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Cuba to withdraw doctors from Brazil after Bolsonaro snub

By Reuters Staff HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba said on Wednesday it would pull thousands of its doctors from Brazil after the South American nation’s President-elect Jair Bolsonaro questioned their training

Where are the men? Experts target missing link in contraception

By Ellen Wulfhorst RWAMAGANA, Rwanda (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Ask Esther Imaniragena to name her top challenge as she doles out contraceptive advice and supplies at a Rwandan health clinic and

JK Rowling charity urges global action to end orphanages, trafficking

By Emma Batha LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A charity founded by "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling called on Wednesday for businesses, lawyers and tourists to help end orphanages and the

Single injection of platelet-rich plasma yields minimal benefit for photoaged skin

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Compared with placebo, a single injection of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) may reduce signs of photoaging as perceived by recipients of the treatment,

Novel multigene test helps classify thyroid nodules

By David Douglas NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Benign thyroid nodules can often be identified via the ThyroSeq v3 genetic classifier, which may help avoid diagnostic thyroid surgery in many patients,

Nosocomial UTI tied to higher readmission risk in stroke patients

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Stroke patients who develop a urinary tract infection (UTI) during their initial hospitalization are at increased risk of being readmitted to the hospital

Some infants at high risk of meningitis may be missed without lumbar puncture

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Feverish young infants discharged from an emergency department (ED) without cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) testing may be at risk for meningitis and should be

Patients and industry fret over drug supplies, if no Brexit deal

By Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) - Consumers and the pharmaceuticals industry alike are anxious about medicine supplies, if there is no deal on Britain's departure from the European Union. While the

World's top aid agency to promote resilience with new body

By Sebastien Malo NEW ORLEANS (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is to set up a new body to promote resilience, a senior official said, amid growing

Pfizer loses blockbuster drug patent fight in UK Supreme Court

By Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) - Pfizer lost the final round in a long-running patent battle in Britain on Wednesday after the country's highest court ruled against it in a case involving its $5

Most violent injuries seen in ER not reported to police

By Linda Carroll (Reuters Health) - The vast majority of violent injuries seen by doctors in emergency rooms are not reported to police, a new report suggests. Researchers looking at violent injuries

Many US drugstores fail to provide naloxone for opioid overdoses

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Despite state laws expanding access to the opioid-overdose antidote naloxone without a prescription, two U.S. studies suggest many pharmacies don't stock the drug

Concussions tied to doubled risk of suicide

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Survivors of traumatic brain injuries may be more than twice as likely to die by suicide as individuals without a history of injuries like concussions or skull

Obese kids less often demonstrate coping skills, academic interest

By Rob Goodier (Reuters Health) - Obese children may be less likely to meet a set of five markers for childhood flourishing that include academic and emotional skills, a new analysis of U.S. survey

Walmart, Home Depot adopt health insurer tactic in drug copay battle

By Caroline Humer and Michael Erman NEW YORK (Reuters) - Walmart and Home Depot, two of the top 10 U.S. employers, have embraced a health insurance strategy that punishes drugmakers for using discount

Congo's Ebola outbreak to last at least six more months: WHO

By Marina Depetris GENEVA (Reuters) - The Ebola outbreak in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, which has already killed more than 200 people, is expected to last until mid-2019, a senior World

Express Scripts offers new formulary for lower list-price drugs

By Deena Beasley (Reuters) - Express Scripts Holding Co on Tuesday announced a new drug reimbursement list with lower U.S. prices for brand-name medications, as a way to encourage drugmakers to move

Roche's Tecentriq wins fast FDA review in tough-to-treat breast cancer

By John Miller ZURICH, Nov 13 (Reuters) - Swiss drugmaker Roche said on Tuesday its Tecentriq medicine will get a speedy review by U.S. regulators in a tough-to-treat form of breast cancer, as it

Mayo Clinic gets $200 million donation from turnaround expert

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - The Mayo Clinic on Tuesday said it received $200 million, the largest donation the academic medical center has ever received, from Jay Alix, founder of the consulting firm

Juul Labs to pull sweet e-cig flavors to curb youth use

By Chris Kirkham (Reuters) - Juul Labs Inc, the U.S. market leader for electronic cigarettes, said on Tuesday it will pull popular flavors such as mango, cucumber and fruit from retail store shelves

Age key determinant in fertility-preservation success

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women who undergo fertility preservation (FP) are more likely to deliver a live baby if they freeze their eggs before their 36th birthday, according to new

Bariatric surgery may protect against heart failure death years later

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Obese adults who have bariatric surgery and later develop congestive heart failure (CHF) have a lower risk of dying than their peers who did not have

Screening, brief behavioral counseling can reduce unhealthy alcohol use

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Screening and brief behavioral-counseling interventions in primary-care settings can reduce unhealthy alcohol use in adults, according to an updated

Increasing tumor stage predicts local regrowth of rectal cancer during watch-and-wait management

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Increasing tumor stage is associated with greater risk of rectal-cancer local regrowth in patients with a clinical complete response following

Ethnic minorities more likely to have severe dysphagia after ICH

By Lorraine L. Janeczko ATLANTA (Reuters Health) - Ethnic-minority patients with intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) are more likely to have severe dysphagia and receive a feeding tube than are whites,

Hypoxic burden could be better gauge of CVD risk in sleep apnea

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Hypoxic burden is a better predictor of cardiovascular disease (CVD) mortality in sleep apnea patients than apnea-hypopnea index (AHI), a new analysis of

Autonomic-regulation devices show promise in heart failure

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Autonomic-regulation devices improve some outcomes in patients with heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF), according to a systematic review

Diabetes meds may normalize dementia-related changes in brain gene expression

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Antidiabetic agents appear to normalize the aberrant expression of endothelial and insulin receptor signaling pathway (IRSP) genes in the parahippocampal

U.S. plans new limits on heavy-duty truck emissions

By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will announce plans to propose new rules to significantly decrease emissions of smog-forming nitrogen oxide from

Every breath you take: Indian capital's smog leaves children gasping for air

By Malini Menon NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Deepa Tampi worries a lot about the air her two children breathe. The garment exporter says she believes her 14-year-old daughter Mahika and 12-year-old son

Docs should screen kids' daily physical activity as a 'vital sign' for health

By Rob Goodier (Reuters Health) - More than half of U.S. children may not be getting the recommended amount of physical activity and doctors can help by making exercise one of the "vital signs"

Web-based tool identifies PE patients who can be treated at home

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - An online decision-support tool can quickly and easily identify many low-risk patients with acute pulmonary embolism (PE) who can be safely discharged

Helicopter emergency medical services uneven across Europe

By Carolyn Crist (Reuters Health) - The availability of helicopter ambulance service varies widely across different European countries, a recent study suggests. This inconsistency could lead to

New melanoma treatments do not supplant surgery as first-line therapy

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Although several new melanoma treatments have shown promise, none replaces surgery as the primary therapy yet, according to updated guidelines from the

Cosmesis after breast radiation noninferior with hypo- or conventionally fractionated doses

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Cosmetic outcomes after hypofractionated (HF) whole-breast irradiation (WBI) are at least as good as after conventionally fractionated (CF) WBI, according

Online family problem-solving treatment for pediatric TBI more effective for older children

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Online family problem-solving treatment (OFPST) for pediatric traumatic brain injury (TBI) is more effective in older children and when begun after the

Upper GI x-rays unhelpful after sleeve gastrectomy

By David Douglas NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Gastrografin upper gastrointestinal inspection is generally of little value in determining the integrity of staple lines following laparoscopic sleeve

Co-prescribing "never events" are common in Medicare patients with Parkinson's dementia

By Lorraine L. Janeczko ATLANTA (Reuters Health) - Almost half of U.S. Medicare beneficiaries with Parkinson's disease (PD) and dementia are prescribed medications that should never be given together,

REFILE-Endoscopic vein-graft harvesting no less safe than open harvesting

(Modifies headline to clarify point of story, with no changes to text.) By Gene Emery (Reuters Health) - A new comparison of 1,150 patients undergoing coronary-artery bypass grafting at 16 Veterans

World set to miss contraception goal leaving millions of women behind

By Ellen Wulfhorst KIGALI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - An ambitious goal to boost the number of women using modern contraception by tens of millions by 2020 is falling far behind, said experts on

Concussions in World Cup soccer often missed or ignored

By Linda Carroll (Reuters Health) - Concussions are still often missed or ignored in World Cup soccer games despite rule changes designed to sideline players with head injuries, a new study suggests.

REFILE-Filgrastim biosimilars comparable to reference drug

(Corrects location of institution in para 18.) By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Colony-stimulating growth factors (CSF) biosimilars filgrastim-sndz and filgrastim-tbo are comparable in

U.S. plans new limits on heavy-duty truck emissions

By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday will announce plans to propose new rules to significantly decrease emissions of smog-forming nitrogen

Britain ends health data sharing in a victory for trafficking victims

By Lin Taylor LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Britain's health department has ended a deal to share private patient records with immigration officials, which campaigners say had put trafficking

Women cancer patients learn makeup tips in new Egypt workshop

By Lena Masri CAIRO (Reuters) - When cancer patient Merhan Khalil had a bone marrow transplant and chemotherapy in 2012, her hair started to fall out in the shower. On Saturday she joined a Cairo

Neurofilament protein a "valuable" biomarker of early neurodegeneration

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Elevated levels of neurofilament light (NfL) protein in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) are associated with increased risk for mild cognitive impairment (MCI) in

Most big companies failing U.N. human rights test, ranking shows

By Umberto Bacchi LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Most big companies operating in sectors at high risk of labor abuses are failing to meet human rights standards set by the United Nations,

Endoscopic vein-graft harvesting not significantly better than open harvesting

By Gene Emery (Reuters Health) - A new comparison of 1,150 patients undergoing coronary-artery bypass grafting at 16 Veterans Affairs centers has concluded that endoscopic vein-graft harvesting

Low-dose methotrexate fails to lower risk of heart attack, stroke

By Gene Emery (Reuters Health) - Hoping to tap the anti-inflammatory powers of methotrexate, researchers have failed to show that a low-dose of the drug, already used to fight cancer and arthritis,

AstraZeneca's diabetes drug curbs heart failure, kidney risks

By Ben Hirschler (Reuters) - The biggest clinical trial so far to assess a new class of diabetes pills shows that AstraZeneca's Farxiga (dapagliflozin) can prevent heart failure and cut the risk of

New drug options, risk factors added to U.S. heart guidelines

By Deena Beasley (Reuters) - Updated U.S. guidelines on heart health advise more personalized assessment of risk as well as two newer types of cholesterol-lowering drugs for people at particularly

WHO uncovers big national variations in antibiotics consumption

By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - Antibiotics are used far more in some countries than in others, a survey by the World Health Organization showed on Monday, suggesting that urgent action was needed to

Treatment delays tied to poorer head and neck cancer outcomes

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In patients with head and neck cancer, survival is associated with timing of initiation of treatment, with initiation of postoperative radiotherapy, and

Internet-based prevention program may best education for some depressed adolescents

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Cognitive behavioral humanistic and interpersonal training (CATCH-IT) may be better than health education as a primary care intervention to reduce risk

REFILE-FOCUS-U.S. regulators snip red tape for medical devices to curb opioid crisis

(Corrects third paragraph to say the deaths were from drug overdoses, not specifically opioid overdoses) By Tamara Mathias (Reuters) - Laura Perryman expected her medical company, Stimwave

Long-term imatinib helpful after GI stromal tumor resection

By David Douglas NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Five years of adjuvant therapy with the tyrosine kinase inhibitor imatinib mesylate (Gleevec, Novartis) appears to be of benefit following macroscopically

Soy baby formula linked to severe menstrual cramps later in life

By Linda Carroll (Reuters Health) - Feeding infant girls baby formula containing soy may set them up for more painful menstrual periods as young women, a new study suggests. The research, which

Mylan and Theravance's COPD treatment gets FDA approval

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - Theravance Biopharma Inc and partner Mylan NV on Friday won U.S. regulatory approval for their treatment for a chronic lung condition that causes breathing-related

Lady Gaga Opens Up About Her 'Mental Health Crisis'

By Marc Malkin LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Lady Gaga has no problem living - and revealing - her truth. While accepting a patron award at the SAG-AFTRA Foundation's third annual Patron of the Artists

Weight loss after menopause tied to lower breast cancer risk

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Older women who lose weight may have a lower risk of developing invasive breast cancer than those who maintain or gain weight, a large U.S. study suggests. While

Doctors not pushing smokers with peripheral artery disease to quit

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Smokers with peripheral artery disease (PAD) would do well to quit smoking, but many doctors may not be giving them enough support to do it, a recent study suggests

Many troubled by their sexual feelings, urges

By Linda Carroll (Reuters Health) - The number of people in the U.S. who have difficulty controlling sexual feelings and urges may be greater than realized, a new survey suggests. Seven percent of

20 mln girls in developing world lack access to contraception

By Sonia Elks LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Six million unwanted pregnancies and two million unsafe abortions could be avoided each year by helping teenage girls in developing countries to get

SAVR volume may be tied to hospitals' TAVR success

By David Douglas NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Hospitals with a high volume of surgical aortic-valve replacement (SAVR) procedures are more likely to adopt the transcatheter approach (TAVR) early and

Snoring, nocturnal reflux tied to daytime sleepiness

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women with nocturnal gastroesophageal reflux (nGER) are at increased risk of daytime sleepiness, and if they also snore their risk is even higher, according

Greater use of thyroid ultrasound may be driving increased thyroid-cancer incidence

By Lorraine L. Janeczko NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Patients in areas of the U.S. where thyroid ultrasound has increasingly been used for initial imaging are more likely to be diagnosed with thyroid

Dutch to prosecute doctor for euthanasia on woman with dementia

By Reuters Staff AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch prosecutors launched a criminal case on Friday against a doctor for performing euthanasia on an Alzheimer's sufferer without adequately confirming she

FOCUS-U.S. regulators snip red tape for medical devices to curb opioid crisis

By Tamara Mathias (Reuters) - Laura Perryman expected her medical company, Stimwave Technologies Inc, would have to wait several years for its painkilling device to win U.S. approval as a treatment

U.S. concerned about Ebola outbreak in Congo conflict zone -official

By Lesley Wroughton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is worried about the outbreak of Ebola in conflict-hit eastern Congo where there are 312 confirmed and probable cases and 191 deaths, a

U.S. to restrict e-cigarette flavors to fight teenage vaping 'epidemic'

By Chris Kirkham Los Angeles (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration next week will issue a ban on the sale of fruit and candy flavored electronic cigarettes in convenience stores and gas

Biochemical recurrence predicts prostate-cancer survival in some

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Biochemical recurrence predicts survival in men with prostate cancer who have additional specific clinical risk factors, according to a systematic review.

Estrogen replacement improves bone mineral density in athletes with oligo-amenorrhea

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Bone mineral density improves after estrogen replacement in athletes with oligo-amenorrhea, according to results from a randomized clinical trial. Female

In Alzheimer clinical trials, combination therapy tied to quicker cognitive decline

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Concomitant use of cholinesterase inhibitors or memantine is associated with quicker cognitive decline in patients participating in Alzheimer clinical

'I had suicidal thoughts': Gay Lebanese speak out against conversion therapy

By Heba Kanso BEIRUT (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Doctors in Lebanon warned about the dangers of gay conversion therapy on Thursday, saying homosexuality is not a disease - a common misconception in

Small-particle air pollution may raise glaucoma risk in some

By Linda Carroll (Reuters Health) - In people who already have a genetic vulnerability, small-particle air pollution known as black carbon may raise the risk of developing glaucoma, a new study

Argue much? Hugs might help avoid bad moods after disagreements

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - People who get hugs are less likely to experience a bad mood after a disagreement than those who don't receive this kind of affection, a small study suggests. While

Cardiac devices can cost six times more in U.S. than in Europe

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Implanted cardiac devices like pacemakers and stents can cost two to six times more in the U.S. than in Germany, where costs are among the lowest in Europe, a

Hypertension before age 40 tied to earlier strokes, heart disease

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - People who develop hypertension before age 40 have a higher risk of heart disease and strokes in middle age, two new studies suggest. One study followed 4,800 young

Endo targets 2020 for launch of cellulite treatment

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - Endo International Plc said on Thursday it expects to launch its treatment for cellulite in the second half of 2020, a day after the company announced results from two

Filgrastim biosimilars comparable to reference drug

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Colony-stimulating growth factors (CSF) biosimilars filgrastim-sndz and filgrastim-tbo are comparable in terms of safety and efficacy to the reference

COLUMN-A better way to 'live forever,' even for nonbillionaires

(The opinions expressed here are those of the author, a columnist for Reuters.) By Mark Miller CHICAGO (Reuters) - Is there a cure for death? Some Silicon Valley billionaires are looking for it - or

Low-dose imipramine helps reduce functional dyspepsia symptoms

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A low dose of the tricyclic antidepressant (TCA) imipramine can ease symptoms in patients with refractory functional dyspepsia, according to a new

Genetic variants may be tied to otitis media risk

By David Douglas NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Population-specific FUT2 variants appear to confer risk for otitis media susceptibility in multiple cohorts of different ethnicity, according to a

Routine spirometry measure useful for monitoring idiopathic subglottic stenosis

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Peak expiratory flow (PEF) is a simple, efficient method for monitoring progression of idiopathic subglottic stenosis and predicting receipt of surgical

'Wake-up call' as UK medics push one in five trans people to conversion therapy

By Sonia Elks LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - One in 20 British LGBT+ people have been pressured to undergo conversion therapy while getting healthcare, rising to one in five among transgender

African islands call for help as climate change worsens health

By Nellie Peyton DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - African island states this week said they need more help to cope with the health impacts of climate change, from worsening nutrition to a

Scientists angry at UK visa denials for African, Asian researchers

By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists in Britain expressed concern on Thursday after at least 17 delegates from Africa and Asia wanting to attend a health conference in London were denied

Family history of ACL tears predicts graft rupture in adolescents

By Rob Goodier NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Adolescents may be more likely to suffer surgical complications and retears of their primary anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction if two or more

Fremanezumab helps migraineurs revert from chronic to episodic migraine

By Lorraine L. Janeczko ATLANTA (Reuters Health) - Fremanezumab appears to effectively help patients revert from chronic to episodic migraine, according to a new industry-sponsored study. The drug is

Group CBT may be best choice for anxiety disorders in kids

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Group cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) appears to be the best choice of psychotherapy for anxiety disorders in children and adolescents, according to a

Little benefit of cervical-cancer screening after age 55 with HPV-negative test

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A woman who has a negative DNA test for human papillomavirus (HPV) at the age of 55 has a low lifetime risk of cervical cancer and there is little benefit

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