Altria to buy $12.8 billion minority stake in e-cigarette company Juul

Marlboro cigarette maker Altria Group Inc will buy a 35 percent stake in Juul Labs Inc for $12.8 billion, a marriage between an old-line tobacco giant and a fast-growing electronic-cigarette rival looking to make inroads among smokers.

Obesity explains almost 1 in 20 cancer cases globally

(Reuters Health) – – Excess body weight is responsible for about 4 percent of all cancer cases worldwide and an even larger proportion of malignancies diagnosed in developing countries, a recent study suggests.

Healthcare providers should be ready for nerve agent attacks, experts say

(Reuters Health) – – Recent attacks in the UK and elsewhere using powerful nerve agents show that U.S. healthcare providers don’t need to be near a battlefield to find themselves dealing with similar emergencies, researchers argue in a commentary that offers advice on what to do and who to call.

BoE says Brexit jitters worsen, sees inflation below target

The Bank of England said on Thursday that Brexit uncertainty had “intensified considerably” over the last month but falling oil prices were likely to push inflation below its 2 percent target soon, helping to support the economy.

Factbox: Four reasons why Argentina’s economy buckled in 2018

Argentina’s economy is ending a year of “endless storms,” in the words of President Mauricio Macri. The storms included a severe drought, the ripple effects of the U.S. Federal Reserve’s rate hikes, the crash of the country’s peso currency, and policy missteps.

BlackBerry profit beats as bets on autonomous technology pay off

Canada’s BlackBerry Ltd reported a quarterly profit that beat analysts’ estimates on Thursday, as the company’s focus on fast-growing areas, including autonomous cars, boosted billings in its technology solutions unit.

Altria pays $12.8 billion for minority stake in e-cigarette company Juul

Marlboro cigarette maker Altria Group Inc on Thursday announced it would pay $12.8 billion to take a 35 percent stake in Juul Labs Inc, a marriage between an old-line tobacco giant and a fast-growing electronic-cigarette rival looking to make inroads among smokers.

Supernus Pharma’s ADHD drug meets main goal in study on adolescents

Supernus Pharmaceuticals Inc said on Thursday its drug for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder met the main goal in a late-stage trial on adolescents, weeks after results from trials testing the drug on children failed to impress investors.