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FDA OKs drug to block infection after marrow transplant

U.S. regulators have approved the first drug to prevent life-threatening infections in adults after a bone marrow transplant. The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved sales of Merck and Co.’s Prevymix (PREH’-vih-miss) to prevent infections with cytomegalovirus (sy-toe-MEG’-a-low-vy-rus), a common virus. It doesn’t sicken most people, but strikes at least half of transplant patients, who are particularly vulnerable to infection. The virus can damage the eyes, lungs and other organs, trigger pneumonia and even kill. Kenilworth, New Jersey-based Merck says the drug will cost $ 195 to $ 270…

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Hundreds of families block organ donation

Media playback is unsupported on your device Organs from 505 registered donors could not be made available for transplant in the last five years because of objections from relatives. BBC 5 live found that almost a third of families blocked organ donation because they felt the process took “too long”. The law states that consent lies with the deceased, but in practice, relatives’ wishes are always respected. The NHS wants to reduce the number of “overrides” by encouraging prospective donors to talk to their relatives. In England, NHS figures showed…

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Audrey Hepburn’s Personal Collection Goes on the Block at Christie’s

LONDON — Must-see collections will not be limited to the runways of the four fashion capitals this fall. September will also play host to a trio of high-profile auctions that put the private artworks and personal possessions of three tastemakers with strong ties to the fashion world under the hammer. Sotheby’s is set to hold two major sales: The first, in London on Sept. 13, will be composed of photographs, paintings and sculpture owned by the Peruvian fashion photographer Mario Testino, known for his Vogue covers and Princess Diana portraits….

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Tabletop dancers and a touch of The Block: how David Jones launched summer

David Jones certainly gave a more sophisticated meaning to the term “tabletop dancer” at a summer launch that invoked both the spirit of post-war Dior and enough room transformations to rival an episode of The Block. Atop a raised catwalk set between a lavishly set dinner table for more than 300 VIP guests – a nod to the 1948 Dior parade held in the same venue – the department store launched summer 2017 with a host of new fashion faces, as well as its most diverse model line-up in recent…

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Telegram to block terror channels after Indonesian ban

Messaging service Telegram has promised to shut down terrorist-related channels after Indonesia’s government partially blocked access to its platform. The Ministry of Communication and IT blocked Telegram’s web version on Friday and threatened to stop access to its app as well. Jakarta claimed Telegram had been used to promote radicalism and to give instructions for carrying out attacks. The firm’s founder said he was “upset” by the move. In a note posted to his Telegram followers, Pavel Durov said his firm had now removed all terrorist-related public channels reported by…

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House panel seeks to block FDA 'vaping' rules

A House panel is again trying to exempt increasingly popular e-cigarettes from new Food and Drug Administration rules. The legislation approved Wednesday by the Republican-controlled Appropriations Committee would prevent the FDA from requiring retroactive safety reviews of e-cigarettes already on the market. It would exempt some premium and large cigars from those same regulations. E-cigarette products introduced in the future would face the safety reviews. The development comes as the Trump administration has delayed enforcement of the new FDA rule and the e-cigarette industry is hopeful that efforts to roll…

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