Novartis 'completely committed' to Sandoz, has no split-off plan

ZURICH (Reuters) – Swiss drugmaker Novartis is “completely committed” to its $ 10 billion-per-year Sandoz generics business, a spokesman said on Thursday, after a newspaper reported Chief Executive Vas Narasimhan planned to split the unit off. FILE PHOTO: Swiss drugmaker Novartis’ logo is seen at the company’s plant in the northern Swiss town of Stein,… Read More »

How we use music as a possible sleep aid

Many individuals use music in the hope that it fights sleep difficulties, according to a study published November 14 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Tabitha Trahan of the University of Sheffield, UK, and colleagues. As described by the authors, this is the first online survey on the use of music as a sleep… Read More »

ACA enrollment drops 8% in second week

Week two of open enrollment shows an 8 percent drop in the number of people signing up for Affordable Care Act coverage. From Sunday, Nov. 4 to Saturday, Nov. 10, 804,556 people selected a plan through Healthcare.gov, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Of these, 185,631 are new consumers. CMS measures enrollment… Read More »

Hungry? Resting bodies burn more calories in late afternoon, early evening

In the name of biological science, it was a particularly big ask. Boston researchers kept seven people in windowless rooms for 37 days. No clocks, radios, televisions, phones or internet. Bedtimes were adjusted so that each night, participants went to sleep four hours later, throwing their body’s circadian rhythms so off balance the effect was… Read More »