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Purdue Pharma ‘offers up to $12bn’ to settle opioid cases

Purdue Pharma ‘offers up to $12bn’ to settle opioid cases

Business
Purdue Pharma, the opioid drug-maker owned by the billionaire Sackler family, is reported to be offering between $ 10bn and $ 12bn to settle thousands of lawsuits against it.The firm is facing over 2,000 lawsuits linked to its painkiller OxyContin.Purdue told the BBC it was "actively working" towards a "global resolution" but would not comment on the amount.NBC, which first reported the news, said the settlement would involve the Sacklers giving up ownership of Purdue.The firm said in a statement: "While Purdue Pharma is prepared to defend itself vigorously in the opioid litigation, the company has made clear that it sees little good coming from years of wasteful litigation and appeals. "Purdue believes a constructive global resolution is the best path fo...

UN says suspected cholera cases in Yemen surge to 460,000

World
War-battered Yemen has been hit with more than 460,000 suspected cholera cases so far this year — a sharp rise from the 380,000 cases for all of 2018, the United Nations said Monday. U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said the increased number of cases has led to 705 apparent cholera deaths since January, dramatically higher than the 75 deaths in the same period last year. Haq said the spread of cholera across the country has been accelerated by recent flash flooding, poor maintenance of waste management systems and a lack of access to clean water for drinking or irrigation. The United Nations and its partners are operating nearly 1,200 cholera treatment facilities across Yemen, but Haq said that "funding remains an urgent issue." The U.N. humanitarian appeal for $ 4.2 billion to help more
Obesity ’causes more cases of some cancers than smoking’

Obesity ’causes more cases of some cancers than smoking’

Health
Obesity now causes more cases of four common cancers in the UK than smoking, according to a charity.Cancer Research UK says bowel, kidney, ovarian and liver cancers are more likely to have been caused by being overweight than by smoking tobacco.It says millions are at risk of cancer because of their weight and that obese people outnumber smokers two to one.But its new billboard campaign highlighting the obesity-cancer risk has been criticised for fat-shaming. It is not the first time the charity has been accused of fat-shaming.In February, comedian and campaigner Sofie Hagen took to Twitter to criticise the campaign.One Twitter user, @KenLynch73, said linking obesity with cigarette-style branding was a new low. ...
Genetic risk at fault for 30 percent of heart disease cases

Genetic risk at fault for 30 percent of heart disease cases

Health
June 18 (UPI) -- While diet and lifestyle play a big part in developing heart disease, a new study shows genetics may have a bigger role than researchers thought. In fact, over 30 percent of heart disease cases are caused by genetic factors, according to research published this month in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. "The results of this study demonstrate that the risk of heart disease is a concerted result of interactions between genetic variants and biological environment," Johan LM Björkegran, a researcher at Mount Sinai and study author, said in a news release. "By understanding the complex relationship between the two, we've created a framework for identifying new risk genes in disease-relevant tissues leading to heart disease, which in turn will allow for more e