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REFILE-Treating HCV may improve glycemic control in diabetics

(Corrects affiliation in paragraph 2 to University of Washington, Seattle) By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Treating hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection with direct-acting antiviral (DAA

Benefits of prostatic urethral lift durable through 5 years

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Improvements in lower-urinary-tract symptoms (LUTS) due to benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) following implantation of the prostatic urethral lift (PUL)

Living healthily, learning more could cut dementia cases by a third

By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - Learning new things, eating and drinking well, not smoking and limiting hearing loss and loneliness could prevent a third of dementia cases, health experts said on

Be prepared for ambulance wait times

By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - Bystanders should be prepared to give first aid during an emergency until responders arrive on the scene, experts say. On average in the U.S., the length of

Scales tip in AIDS fight as death rates decline, treatment rates rise

By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - The scales have tipped in the fight against AIDS, with more than half of people infected with HIV now getting treatment and AIDS-related deaths almost halving since

Study finds slight autism risk link to antidepressants in pregnancy

By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - Children exposed to antidepressants during their mothers' pregnancies seem to have a slightly higher risk of autism than children whose mothers had psychiatric

Pressing questions about medical procedures aren’t getting attention: reviewers

By Ronnie Cohen (Reuters Health) - Thousands of studies have examined the value of tonsillectomies, but whether the benefits of the procedure outweigh the risks for a given patient still isn’t always

Australia helps Sri Lanka to control dengue fever after 250 die

By Reuters Staff COLOMBO (Reuters) - Australia announced programs on Wednesday to help control dengue fever in Sri Lanka, where the mosquito-borne disease killed more around 250 people in the first

Long work hours tied to atrial fibrillation

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - People who typically work much more than 35 to 40 hours a week may be at heightened risk of developing atrial fibrillation, which can lead to stroke, heart failure

Kids still getting hurt riding ATVs despite safety warnings

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Even though pediatricians warn parents not to let children under 16 ride all-terrain vehicles, young kids are still getting injured and killed in ATV crashes, a

Sexual violence in Haiti is a public health problem - charity

By Anastasia Moloney BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Rampant sexual violence in Haiti against women and children, including some toddlers, should be treated as a public health issue and more

Point-of-care testing for neonates speeds ART initiation

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Point-of-care testing (POCT) for neonates exposed to HIV leads to earlier initiation of antiretroviral therapy (ART), according to new findings. “It

Tobacco industry blocking anti-smoking moves - WHO

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The tobacco industry continues to subvert government attempts to prevent tobacco-related deaths, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday in a

Treating HCV may improve glycemic control in diabetics

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Treating hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection with direct-acting antiviral (DAA) agents is associated with improved glycemic control in patients with type

Blacks and whites have similar outcomes after PCI

By Gene Emery (Reuters Health) - A study designed to look for differing outcomes when black and white U.S. veterans undergo percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) instead found no differences once

Mental health coverage cuts result in extra costs

By Gene Emery (Reuters Health) - An effort by the Netherlands to save money on mental health care by raising patient co-pays produced $15 million in short-term savings but ended up adding $29 million

Gastroscopy within 5 years before gastric-cancer diagnosis tied to lower mortality

By Lorraine L. Janeczko NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Gastroscopy five years or less before a diagnosis of gastric cancer is associated with lower mortality, new research from Taiwan shows. "Our

Statins tied to lower mortality risk in ankylosing spondylitis

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) who start taking statins live longer than those who aren’t on the cholesterol-lowering drugs, according to a new

Repositionable, retrievable aortic valve effective in routine clinical practice

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Transcatheter implantation with the repositionable, fully retrievable Lotus Valve is effective in routine clinical practice for treating patients with

Alabama finds atypical mad cow case, no human threat seen

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - An 11-year-old cow in Alabama tested positive for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), commonly known as mad cow disease, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on

Belgian doctors pin hope on large brain collection to treat diseases

By Reuters Staff DUFFEL, Belgium (Reuters) - A psychiatric hospital in Belgium is home to one of the world's largest collections of human brains, which researchers say could hold the key to

Increased risk of intracranial aneurysm in women with fibromuscular dysplasia

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women with fibromuscular dysplasia (FMD) are about twice as likely as other women to have intracranial aneurysms, according to new findings. FMD, which

Misdiagnosis of Alzheimer’s more common in psychotic patients

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Misdiagnosis of Alzheimer disease (AD) is more likely in patients with psychosis, and the reasons for misdiagnosis differ in the presence or absence of

Study suggests caution in SPRINT-like BP targets in elderly

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A new analysis finds an increased risk of falls and syncope in elderly community-dwelling patients with hypertension treated to a target systolic blood

EU watchdog concerned drug agency EMA may be too close to companies

By Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) - The European Medicines Agency (EMA), eager to accelerate access to promising new drugs, may be getting too cosy with the pharmaceutical companies it regulates.

China adds blockbuster drugs to insurance list after price cuts

By Adam Jourdan SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China will add three dozen new drugs to a list of medicines covered by basic insurance schemes after global pharmaceutical firms agreed to slash prices of

Poor test results for Roche cloud growth prospects

By John Miller ZURICH (Reuters) - A run of disappointing drug trials at Roche has left analysts suggesting the view from its new 41-storey office building in Basel has become more clouded, with

Senate Republicans reluctantly consider bipartisan healthcare talks

By Amanda Becker and Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As their seven-year effort to repeal and replace Obamacare derailed in the U.S. Senate, Republicans faced the prospect of doing the once

Blood sugar swings tied to depression in elderly with type 2 diabetes

By Will Boggs MD (Reuters Health) - Greater ups and downs of hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) are associated with a higher number of symptoms of depression in elderly individuals with type 2 diabetes, a recent

Absent dads tied to stress-related cellular changes in kids

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - The loss of a father due to death, divorce or jail is associated with children having shorter telomeres, the protective caps on the ends of chromosomes, according

Dual-lead deep brain stimulation decreases MS-related tremor in some patients

By Lorraine L. Janeczko NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Dual-lead deep brain stimulation (DBS) can safely decrease tremor related to multiple sclerosis (MS) in selected patients, a pilot study from the

Vertex reports positive results for cystic fibrosis triple combos

By Bill Berkrot (Reuters) - Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc on Tuesday said three different triple combinations of cystic fibrosis treatments significantly improved patient lung function in clinical

PrEP delays HIV detection in seroconverters but does not boost resistance risk

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Continuing pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) in HIV seroconverters may delay HIV infection detection but does not increase the risk of drug resistance,

Depression boosts risk for metabolic syndrome in schizophrenia

By Scott Baltic NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In patients with schizophrenia, depression appears to boost the risk for weight gain and metabolic syndrome, French researchers say. In their cohort of

High rates of respiratory problems linked to indoor lifeguard work

By Shereen Lehman (Reuters Health) - Lifeguards who spend more than 500 hours a year working at indoor pools are two to six times more likely than colleagues who are exposed less often to have coughs

FDA approves Gilead's drug for chronic hep C patients

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - Gilead Sciences Inc said on Tuesday that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved its hepatitis C drug for patients who had failed to respond to prior treatments.

Drop in repeat hospitalizations not linked to higher death rates

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Fewer - not more - patients die when the number of repeat hospital admissions declines, according to a new U.S. study that suggests efforts to curb readmissions

Improved outcomes of HER2-positive early breast CA with trastuzumab emtansine

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Pathologic complete response rates of HER2-positive early breast cancer are better after treatment with trastuzumab emtansine (T-DM1) than after treatment

DCIS is often more invasive than thought

By David Douglas NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - More than one in five patients originally thought to have non-high-grade ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) were found to have invasive carcinoma, according

Mosquitoes less likely than people to spread disease via air travel

By Carolyn Crist (Reuters Health) - Human travelers are much more likely than stowaway mosquitoes to import illnesses like Zika, yellow fever, malaria and dengue to a new part of the world via

Life expectancy increases in Britain beginning to stall - report

By Reuters Staff LONDON (Reuters) - Life expectancy in Britain has all but stopped rising after more than 100 years of advances, a leading professor of public health said on Tuesday. Until 2010,

Extended Vyvanse treatment prevents binge-eating relapse

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Patients with moderate-to-severe binge eating disorder (BED) are much less likely to relapse if they receive extended lisdexamfetamine treatment, new

Solid meal improves esophageal manometry testing for motility disorders

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Esophageal manometry with a solid test meal instead of single water swallows better diagnoses esophageal motility disorders, researchers from Switzerland

Ovarian cancer screening: harms still outweigh benefits, USPSTF says

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) continues to advise against ovarian cancer screening in asymptomatic women at average risk, saying the

Philip Morris takes aim at young people in India, and health officials are fuming

By Aditya Kalra, Paritosh Bansal, Tom Lasseter and Duff Wilson NEW DELHI (Reuters) - S. K. Arora spent more than three years trudging through the Indian summer heat and monsoon rains to inspect

Dengue kills 21 in Indian tourist hotspot, crisis looms

By Reuters Staff THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, India (Reuters) - A dengue outbreak has killed at least 21 people in India's southern state of Kerala in the past three weeks, a government official said, adding

U.S. Republicans left scrambling after health bill sinks again

By Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The collapse of Republicans' push to repeal and replace Obamacare in the U.S. Senate set up a possible repeal-only vote and clouded the path forward for

More hospital closings in rural America add risk for pregnant women

By Jilian Mincer Bay Minette, Alabama (Reuters) - Dr. Nicole Arthur, a family practice physician, was trained to avoid cesarean deliveries in child-birth, unless medically necessary, because surgery

U.S. FDA approves Puma Biotech's breast cancer treatment

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday approved Puma Biotechnology Inc's experimental breast cancer drug that lowers the risk of the disease returning

Immune response to trauma may flag impending organ failure

By David Douglas NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Early immune response signatures in the critically injured may shed light on mechanisms underlying multiple organ system failure, according to UK

Infants with potential in utero Zika exposure need eye exams

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Eye abnormalities may be the only findings in congenital Zika virus infection, suggesting that all infants with potential intrauterine exposure should

Tobacco companies diversify into ‘pharmaceuticals’

By Ronnie Cohen (Reuters Health) - Tobacco companies claim to be developing and selling merchandise to help cigarette smokers quit, but health researchers accuse the industry of trying to hook

Vasectomy does not raise prostate cancer risk: study

By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - Men considering a vasectomy shouldn't worry that the procedure will increase their risk of prostate cancer, researchers say. In a review of past research, they

9/11 survivors face higher risk of heart and lung problems

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) – Survivors of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York City on September 11, 2001 - and first-responders who were on the scene that day - may have

Online tool predicts heart risk in young adults

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - An online calculator may help young people predict their risk of developing heart disease in middle age - in time to make lifestyle changes to minimize their odds

Some vegetarian diets more heart-healthy than others

By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - People may turn to vegetarian diets to reduce their risk of heart disease, but a new study suggests not all plant-based foods are created equal. People on

Opioid tapering may improve outcomes for chronic pain patients

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - For the roughly 10 million U.S. adults with chronic pain prescribed long-term opioid therapy, tapering the opioid dose over time can lead to improvements

Tool predicts safe ED discharge for those with lower GI bleeding

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Researchers have developed a tool that can help assess when patients with acute lower gastrointestinal bleeding can safely be managed as outpatients. “

Massachusetts court rules for woman fired for medical marijuana use

By Nate Raymond BOSTON (Reuters) - Massachusetts' top court on Monday ruled that a woman who had been fired for testing positive for marijuana that she had been legally prescribed under state law

U.S. court upholds Takeda patent on cancer drug Velcade

By Jan Wolfe (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court ruled on Monday that a patent on Takeda Pharmaceutical Co Ltd's cancer treatment Velcade (bortezomib) is valid, pushing back the date when generic drug

New York attorney general says will sue over Obamacare repeal

By Dan Levine (Reuters) - New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman intends to sue the federal government if Republican lawmakers pass proposed legislation to overhaul the U.S. healthcare

Immune checkpoint inhibitors effective for advanced urothelial, renal cancers

By Lorraine L. Janeczko NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In patients with advanced urothelial cell and renal cell cancers, immune checkpoint inhibitors (ICIs) are more effective and safer than

Artificial sweeteners may not be risk free

By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - People hoping to lose a few pounds by substituting artificial sweeteners for regular sugar may end up disappointed, suggests a fresh look at past research. The

Global health price tag could be $371 bln a year by 2030, WHO says

By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - Meeting life-saving global health targets by 2030 could require investments by donors and national governments of up to $58 per person per year, or $371 billion

Essential Frailty Toolset best predictor of outcomes after valve replacement

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The Essential Frailty Toolset (EFT) outperforms other frailty scales in assessing the risk of death or disability after transcatheter valve replacement (

Stereotactic radiosurgery after complete resection of brain mets improves outcomes

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Postoperative stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) reduces local recurrences with fewer adverse effects on cognitive function, according to results from two

EU will only extend herbicide license with national backing

By Reuters Staff BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union will only extend its approval for the herbicide glyphosate if there is sufficient support from the bloc's 28 member states, European Health

Laryngeal adductor reflex allows intraop assessment of laryngeal, vagus nerves

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Intraoperative elicitation of the laryngeal adductor reflex (LAR) provides a simple method for assessing the integrity of laryngeal and vagus nerves,

Eight to 10 Republicans have concerns on healthcare bill: Collins

By Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Eight to 10 Republican U.S. senators have serious concerns about Republican healthcare legislation to roll back Obamacare, moderate Republican Senator Susan

EU regulators charge Teva over pay-for-delay drug deal

By Foo Yun Chee BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU antitrust regulators charged Israeli drugmaker Teva on Monday with doing an illegal deal with Cephalon to delay selling a cheaper generic version of the

Less stress might mean lower blood sugar for overweight women

By Will Boggs MD (Reuters Health) - An eight-week mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) program not only reduces stress, but could also lower blood sugar, U.S. researchers say. "Our study

Biomarker panel may predict nephropathy in type 2 diabetes

By Lorraine L. Janeczko NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Novel biomarkers may predict rapid kidney function loss in type 2 diabetes, a study reported in a late-breaking poster June 11 at the 77th

LVAD components malfunction at varying rates

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Malfunctions in left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) may affect not only the pump, but also a range of components that are vulnerable to failure at

Exercise should be primary approach to shoulder impingement

By Scott Baltic NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Shoulder-specific exercises should be prescribed for all patients with shoulder impingement syndrome, according to a new systematic review and

Sidelined healthcare lobby stymies Republican healthcare effort

By Yasmeen Abutaleb WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Republicans pushing to overhaul Obamacare largely ignored key players in the debate over insuring the poor: the health insurers and hospitals

Dying veterans boost participation in hospice care

By Ronnie Cohen (Reuters Health) - An initiative to enroll dying veterans in hospice care appears to be working, and its success may offer clues for how to persuade others who are terminally ill to

Little or no increase in all-cause mortality tied to starting benzodiazepines

By Joan Stephenson NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Starting benzodiazepine treatment is associated with no more than a minor increase in the risk of death from all causes during the first six months of

One more Republican defection would doom Senate healthcare bill

By Susan Cornwell and David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump turned up the heat on Friday on fellow Republicans in the U.S. Senate to pass a bill dismantling the Obamacare law,

More non-doctors providing U.S. nursing home healthcare

By Carolyn Crist (Reuters Health) - As the U.S. healthcare system grows to accommodate more aging patients, nursing home care is increasingly being delivered by specialized nurses and physician

Genetic biomarker tied to suicide risk in schizophrenia

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP), rs300774, which has been identified as a marker for suicide in people with bipolar disorder (BD), also predicts

Financial scams target millions of older Americans annually

By Ronnie Cohen (Reuters Health) - One in 18 older Americans falls victim to financial fraud or scams annually, and that figure excludes seniors who’ve been financially abused by friends and

Magnetic implantable device improves acquired nystagmus

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – In a test case, a novel magnetic oculomotor prosthetic reduced acquired nystagmus, UK researchers report. "We were glad to obtain in the one patient

Higher HDL levels linked to lower inflammation in atopic asthma

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - High-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol levels are negatively correlated with inflammatory biomarkers in patients with atopic asthma, while

Vapors from hand sanitizers can expose preemies to ethanol

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Ethanol-based hand sanitizers can cause inadvertent exposure of preterm neonates in isolettes to ethanol vapors, an in vitro study suggests. "Preterm

Fewer U.S. hospitals can care for children

By Ronnie Cohen (Reuters Health) - In Massachusetts, a child who winds up in an emergency room - whether for a routine or a serious problem - is likely to be transferred to a second hospital for care

Growth impairment persists in kids with congenital diaphragmatic hernia

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Poor growth during the first years of life in children with congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) is likely to persist into adolescence, according to

WHO warns of cholera risk at annual haj, praises Saudi preparedness

By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - A cholera epidemic in Yemen, which has infected more than 332,000 people, could spread during the annual haj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia in September, although Saudi

AstraZeneca's silence on CEO helps wipe out 3 billion pounds

By Kate Holton LONDON (Reuters) - Uncertainty over the future of AstraZeneca Chief Executive Pascal Soriot drove the Anglo-Swedish drugmaker's shares lower again on Friday, taking the cost of two

Novartis stocks drug cabinet with "Big-3" arthritis blockbusters

By John Miller ZURICH (Reuters) - Switzerland's Novartis is stocking up cheaper versions of the world's top-selling arthritis medicines, hoping a broad portfolio gives it an edge on rivals with

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