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(Reuters) - An erectile dysfunction drug that reduces by half the time patients need to take the pill before sexual activity has won approval for marketing in the United States.

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany's Bayer plans to list its plastics business on the stock market in a deal that could value the division at about 10 billion euros ($13 billion) and allow the group to focus on its more profitable life-science businesses.

ROME (Reuters) - Italy said on Thursday it would grow medical marijuana at a secure military lab outside Florence and distribute it through pharmacies to slash costs and make it more easily available to the sick.

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People who manage to get clean after being addicted to drugs are at lower risk of becoming addicted to something else in the future than people who never overcame the first substance use disorder, according to a new study.“The results are surprising, they cut against conventional clinical lore which holds that people who stop one addiction are at increased risk of picking up a new one,” said senior author Dr. Mark Olfson, a professor of clinical psychiatry at Columbia

THE HAGUE (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The lack of regulation around international commercial surrogacy has left many babies in stateless limbo, with no country granting them citizenship because of complex conflicts over who the legal parents are.

LONDON/GENEVA (Reuters) - At least 2,630 people have died in the worst outbreak of Ebola virus in history, which has so far infected at least 5,357 people in West Africa, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday.

(Reuters) - Boehringer Ingelheim is betting on a cancer vaccine to fight lung tumors after signing a deal worth up to $600 million with U.S.-based CureVac, despite recent disappointments with cancer vaccines from rival firms.

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German drugs and chemicals maker Merck KGaA is in advanced talks with potential partners interested in its experimental cancer immunotherapy drug and expects to clinch a partnership deal before the end of the year.

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Novo Nordisk's type 2 diabetes treatment Ryzodeg has proved effective in providing good blood sugar control with fewer injections than a so-called basal-bolus treatment, according to new data from a late-stage study.

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German drugs and chemicals maker Merck KGaA appointed the head of its pharma business, Stefan Oschmann, as deputy chief executive, it said on Thursday.

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