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REFILE-Prescription opioids tied to higher risk for invasive pneumococcal diseases

(Fixes typo in para 4 (changes IBD to IPD)) By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Prescription opioid analgesic use is associated with a significantly increased risk for invasive pneumococcal

Seattle Genetics' Hodgkin's lymphoma drug wins U.S. approval

By Tamara Mathias (Reuters) - U.S. regulators on Tuesday approved Seattle Genetics Inc's Adcetris (brentuximab vedotin) as part of a chemotherapy cocktail to treat advanced Hodgkin's lymphoma in

Nearly half of abortions worldwide are unsafe, putting thousands at risk - study

By Emma Batha LONDON, March 20 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Nearly half of the estimated 56 million abortions carried out worldwide each year are unsafe, leading to the deaths of at least 22,800

Fall injuries in oldest old rising, outcomes may be slightly better

By Carolyn Crist (Reuters Health) - An increasing number of U.S. patients in their 90s are hospitalized with injuries after falling, but they may be faring slightly better than in the past, a small

Monsanto backs new company focused on gene editing, not GMOs

By Tom Polansek CHICAGO (Reuters) - Monsanto Co will fund a new U.S. company that aims to develop crops using technology known as gene editing, rather than the genetic modification that helped it

Guns tied to high suicide risk for teens with self-harm history

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Teens and young adults who harm themselves without suicidal intent often kill themselves soon afterward, and the increased risk of death is greatest when guns are

USPSTF endorses counseling of some kids, young adults to prevent skin cancer

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Fair-skinned children and young adults should get counseling on how to avoid sunburns that can lead to skin cancer, according to new guidelines from U.S.

Children risk serious injuries on golf carts

By Carolyn Crist (Reuters Health) - Golf cart crashes involving children can result in serious injuries, a new study confirms. Researchers found that children as young as nine years old were driving

Vulnerable populations interested in clinical trials, but lack information

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Adults from minority groups, those with low socioeconomic status and those who live in rural areas are interested in participating in clinical trials, but

Uncrossmatched whole blood safe for injured children with hemorrhagic shock

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Uncrossmatched type O whole blood can be safely used to transfuse injured children with hemorrhagic shock, according to a small study. “Fresh warm

Sexual function better with laparoscopic mesh after cystocele repair

By Lorraine L. Janeczko NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - For cystocele repair, laparoscopic mesh sacropexy (LS) is safer and better preserves sexual function than does transvaginal mesh repair (TVM),

Mississippi's new law restricting abortion blocked by judge for 10 days

By Alex Dobuzinskis (Reuters) - A U.S. federal judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked a Mississippi law that enacted the tightest restrictions on abortion in the United States, in a ruling handed down

Genetic screening advised before dapsone treatment in Asians

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Genetic screening may be warranted before using dapsone in Asian populations, researchers in Thailand suggest. In a systematic review and meta-analysis

Ophthalmology consult in the ED less likely for blacks, non-English-speakers

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Many eye problems are managed in the emergency department without consulting an ophthalmologist, particularly for patients who are black or whose

Myanmar is worst-performing country for aid access, as Rohingya refugees face monsoon threats

By Jared Ferrie (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Myanmar tops a list of countries where the ability of aid groups to reach people in need has worsened in the past six months, the Geneva-based research

Roche's Tecentriq prolongs PFS in advanced squamous non-small cell lung cancer

By John Miller ZURICH (Reuters) - Roche's immunotherapy Tecentriq (atezolizumab) on Tuesday racked up a third trial win in combination with other cancer drugs, this time in first-line treatment of

FDA seeks data on role of flavors in tobacco addiction

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday asked for data, research and public comment on the role that flavors such as menthol play in tobacco addiction, the

Mediterranean diet linked to better bone, muscle health after menopause

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The Mediterranean diet, known for its cardioprotective benefits, is also associated with higher muscle mass and bone density after menopause, according to

HIV incidence still rising among men who have sex with men

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The incidence of HIV continues to rise among some men who have sex with men (MSM), though it is declining in all other transmission groups, according to

Gene variants tied to albuterol response in minority kids with asthma

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A new genome-wide association study has identified variants associated with worse albuterol response in African American and Puerto Rican children with

CSF markers distinguish subtypes of frontotemporal lobar degeneration

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - An algorithm based on Alzheimer disease cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) biomarkers can be used to differentiate between subtypes of frontotemporal lobar

Climate change and protectionism could harm efforts to feed the world - report

By Thin Lei Win ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Rising protectionist and anti-trade sentiments threaten efforts to curb malnutrition even as more people go hungry and climate pressures rise, a

Supreme Court mulls California law on anti-abortion facilities

By Andrew Chung WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday tackles a dispute over whether a California law requiring Christian-based facilities that counsel pregnant women against

Faced with Delhi's pollution, India's federal agencies bought air purifiers

By Aditya Kalra NEW DELHI (Reuters) - As pollution choked India's capital Delhi in recent years, a total of 140 air purifiers were purchased for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's offices and at least

Teens who hide sexual orientation have higher suicide risk

By Carolyn Crist (Reuters Health) - Teens who hide their true sexual orientation are at higher risk for suicidal behaviors, a new study suggests. The study focused on teens who either identified as

Serious TBI in kids linked with late ADHD risk

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Young children who are hospitalized with head injuries may be at higher than average risk for developing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) later on,

Even doctors struggle to continue breastfeeding

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Although doctors may be more likely than other mothers to breastfeed for at least a year, less than one-third of female physicians are able to continue nursing as

VR added to standard stroke rehab care may benefit patients

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Virtual-reality therapy (VRT) for stroke rehabilitation may improve outcomes, according to a Cochrane review. “Clinicians who currently have access to

Higher radiation dose doesn’t boost survival in intermediate-risk prostate cancer

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Escalating the radiation dose in men with intermediate-risk prostate cancer improves biochemical control but not overall survival, researchers say. Dr.

Reduction in supragastric belching seen with cognitive-behavioral therapy

By Lorraine L. Janeczko NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Receiving cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is associated with reduced supragastric belching (SGB) and acid gastroesophageal reflux, and improved

Canada prepares for legal pot with new license class, strict labels

By Nichola Saminather TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada's health regulator on Monday set out thresholds for a new class of cannabis cultivation and processing licenses, and outlined strict requirements for

Trump says he is working to lower prescription drug prices

By Roberta Rampton MANCHESTER, N.H. (Reuters) - President Donald Trump promised to bring down prescription drug prices on Monday, saying U.S. citizens pay far more than people in other countries do

Riluzole appears to extend ALS survival by prolonging the last stage

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Riluzole appears to extend survival in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) by prolonging the last clinical stage before death, according to

Algorithm bests NICE guidelines in detecting preterm preeclampsia

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A first-trimester screening algorithm that combines maternal characteristics with biomarkers significantly improves detection of preeclampsia compared

MRI can save some men from prostate cancer biopsy – study

By Gene Emery (Reuters Health) - Getting an MRI of the prostate may identify some men who do not need a biopsy when high PSA levels or a rectal exam raise the suspicion of cancer, according to a new

S.African authorities ordered to pay $15 million over death of 144 patients

By Reuters Staff JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A judge ordered a provincial government in South Africa to pay $15 million in damages to families of at least 144 psychiatric patients who he said died of

Geniculate-artery embolization promising nonsurgical treatment for knee arthritis

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Geniculate-artery embolization (GAE) appears to reduce pain and improve range motion for patients with knee pain due to osteoarthritis, according to

Fluoroquinolone linked with higher risk of aortic aneurysm, study confirms

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Fluoroquinolone use is associated with an increased risk of aortic aneurysm, according to a Swedish nationwide study. "This study confirms and

Chlamydia infection tied to higher risk of ovarian cancer

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Infection with Chlamydia trachomatis is associated with an increased risk of ovarian cancer, according to new research. Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)

Cows in the classroom: inside South Sudan's cattle camp schools

By Stefanie Glinski MINGKAMAN, South Sudan (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In the early morning, smoke from burning cow dung rose over hundreds of animals sleeping tightly side by side, with children

In Saharan outpost, Europe's unwanted stuck in limbo

By Nellie Peyton AGADEZ, Niger (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In a dark, dirt-floor house in the back streets of Agadez in central Niger, 22 young women from Nigeria scrape by on sex work trying to

U.S. to cover advanced genomic testing for Medicare cancer patients

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - The U.S. government said on Friday it will pay for certain genetic tests for Medicare-eligible patients with advanced cancer, in a bid to help match patients with the

Trump to unveil opioid plan seeking death penalty for drug dealers: White House

By Ayesha Rascoe WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump will unveil a plan on Monday to combat the opioid addiction crisis that includes seeking the death penalty for drug dealers and urging

Enlist nature's help to quench world's growing thirst - U.N.

By Megan Rowling BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The world should look to nature for better ways to maintain supplies of water, keep it clean, and protect people from droughts and floods,

Prediabetes tied to heart, kidney problems

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Prediabetes may increase patients' risk for heart and kidney disease, a U.S. study suggests. As reported in The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology, online February

Int'l collaboration improves care of rare bladder disorders

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A long-term surgical mission model comprised of an international team collaborating with an in-country host team can lead to improved outcomes for

Exercise improves asthma in obese adults

By Carolyn Crist (Reuters Health) – Exercise training helps improve daily life for obese adults with asthma, a new study found. Patients who exercised had improvements in physical activity,

Massachusetts court: Merck can be sued over generic drug injury

By Nate Raymond BOSTON (Reuters) - Massachusetts' top court on Friday opened the door for consumers to sue Merck & Co Inc and other makers of brand-name drugs over injuries blamed not on their own

Poverty and vehicle access significantly affect pediatric medication adherence

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Poverty and lack of access to a vehicle may impact prescription medication adherence among pediatric patients in a large metropolitan area, researchers

Carboplatin in neoadjuvant chemo may be helpful in triple-negative breast cancer

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Carboplatin should be considered as a potential component of neoadjuvant chemotherapy for women with high-risk, triple-negative breast cancer,

Five New York doctors charged with taking kickbacks from Insys

By Brendan Pierson NEW YORK (Reuters) - Federal prosecutors charged five New York doctors on Friday with taking kickbacks from Insys Therapeutics Inc in exchange for prescribing the company's potent

Employee health plans charge smokers extra but don’t help them quit

By Carolyn Crist (Reuters Health) - Almost half of small employers that charge tobacco users extra for their health insurance don’t offer wellness programs to help employees stop smoking, according

Testicular cancer linked to ovarian cancer in family registry study

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Men with testicular cancer are significantly more likely to have a mother with ovarian cancer than are men without the malignancy, according to a new

Similar outcomes after fibrinolytic therapy with ticagrelor, clopidogrel

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In patients with ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), delayed administration of ticagrelor after fibrinolytic therapy is associated with

Medicare patients with larger support networks more likely to get cataract surgery

By Scott Baltic NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Older adults with fewer family members in their social support network are less likely to undergo cataract surgery, regardless of whether they have a

Oral corticosteroids a cheaper alternative to IV route for optic neuritis

By Lorraine L. Janeczko NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Bioequivalent doses of oral corticosteroids are a cheaper, effective alternative to intravenous corticosteroids for acute optic neuritis (ON),

Atorvastatin loading dose does not reduce major adverse cardiovascular events

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Loading doses of atorvastatin given prior to planned percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) do not yield

Fibroblast growth factor analog shows promise in non-alcoholic steatohepatitis

By David Douglas NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - An engineered analog of FGF-19, a hormone that regulates bile-acid synthesis and glucose homoeostasis, rapidly curbs liver fat in patients with

Excessive daytime sleepiness a risk factor for Alzheimer's disease

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Elderly individuals with excessive daytime sleepiness may be more vulnerable to Alzheimer’s disease-related pathologic changes in the brain, new research

Lundbeck to buy Parkinson's drug developer in potential $1.1 bln deal

By Reuters Staff COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Danish drugmaker Lundbeck said on Friday it had agreed to buy Prexton Therapeutics, which has drug candidate foliglurax in phase II testing for treatment of

Deadly listeria could herald tighter food safety rules in South Africa

By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - A huge and deadly outbreak of listeria in South Africa could alter the country's approach to food-borne disease and prompt improvements in food safety standards, a

REFILE-Cleaning products tied to faster lung function decline in women

(Corrects researcher's name in para 5.) By Carolyn Crist (Reuters Health) - Women with regular exposure to cleaning products may face a steeper decline in lung function over time, according to an

Coastal waters tied to swimmers’ risk of infections

By Mary Gillis (Reuters Health) - Even relatively clean coastal waters are likely to harbor microbes that raise the risk of stomach aches, ear infections and diarrhea for those who venture in,

South Dakota sues opioid makers as litigation swells

By Jonathan Stempel (Reuters) - South Dakota on Wednesday sued three major drugmakers, accusing them of deceptively marketing prescription opioids and contributing to a nationwide epidemic. Marty

Pedestrian-friendly road design law tied to fewer traffic deaths

By Carolyn Crist (Reuters Health) - Pedestrian deaths have decreased significantly in Florida since the state implemented a law mandating roadway design that accommodates walkers and cyclists from

Sexual orientation top risk for suicidal thoughts in college freshmen

By Cheryl Platzman Weinstock (Reuters Health) - Nearly one third of first-year college students have thought about suicide, according to a study across eight countries, and non-heterosexual identity

Many transgender patients pay cash for gender-affirming surgery

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Even though a growing number of transgender patients now use insurance for gender-affirming surgery, almost half are still paying cash for procedures their health

Probiotics during pregnancy tied to lower eczema risk for kids

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Women who take probiotics while they’re pregnant and breastfeeding could be less likely to have children with eczema than mothers who don’t, a research review

Appendicitis calculator quantifies risk in children with acute abdominal pain

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – A pediatric appendicitis risk calculator (pARC) accurately quantified the risk among children and adolescents presenting to an emergency department with

Young e-cigarette users don't view themselves as tobacco users

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Adolescents and teenagers who use certain tobacco products including electronic cigarettes, pipe tobacco and smokeless tobacco don't view themselves as

Pacritinib curbs splenomegaly in some with myelofibrosis

By David Douglas NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In patients with myelofibrosis, pacritinib may offer advantages over best available therapy (BAT) including ruxolitinib, according to findings from a

FDA seeks research, public input in fresh move to curb nicotine addiction

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is seeking public opinion as well as scientific research on the role nicotine plays in cigarette addiction, the agency said on

'ATM pharmacy' to cut queues for South Africa's AIDS patients

By Dinky Mkhize ALEXANDRA, South Africa (Reuters) - South Africa has launched an ATM-like vending machine to dispense medicines to patients with chronic illnesses such as AIDS in a move aimed at

30-day mortality better predictor of HF survival than readmission rate

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Risk-standardized mortality rate (RSMR) is a better predictor of long-term survival in hospitalized heart failure (HF) patients than risk-standardized

Methotrexate use tied to DNA damage in sperm of men with IBD

By Scott Baltic NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Even when basic semen analyses might indicate normal results, methotrexate use appears to be associated with reduced DNA integrity in sperm from men

Green Crack, Blue Dream, Gorilla Glue: The problem of pricing pot

By Chris Prentice NEW YORK (Reuters) - In 2014, as Jonathan Rubin and Ian Laird considered investing in the booming U.S. cannabis industry, they hit a problem: How to value pot starts-ups with little

Better outcomes seen with multimodal analgesia for joint replacement

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Multimodal pain management is associated with fewer perioperative complications, less opioid use and shorter hospital stays, according to a database study

Surgery may beat medical treatment for diabetic teens with severe obesity

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Severely obese adolescents with type 2 diabetes who undergo bariatric surgery fare better than those who receive standard medical management, according to

Few SIDS cases involve genetic abnormalities

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Fewer than 15% of cases of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) are related to genetic variants, according to an analysis of 90 susceptibility genes in

South Africa expects Listeria infections to increase

By Reuters Staff JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's health minister expects the infections from the worst listeriosis outbreak in history that has killed 180 people since January last year to

Alexion's rare blood disorder drug succeeds in late-stage study

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc said on Thursday its experimental drug to treat patients with the rare blood disorder, paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH), was shown to

Irish lawmaker proposes bill to ban 'harmful and deceptive' conversion therapies

By Zoe Tabary LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - An Irish lawmaker has introduced a bill that would ban so-called conversion therapies claiming to "cure" lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (

Britain needs tougher law to tackle 'air quality catastrophe' -lawmakers

By Nina Chestney LONDON (Reuters) - Britain should introduce new, more ambitious legislation to tackle poor air quality after failing to deal with the problem, lawmakers said on Thursday. In a joint

Federal judge blocks Down syndrome abortion ban in Ohio

By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - A federal judge on Wednesday blocked an Ohio law due to take effect later this month that would criminalize abortions based on a Down syndrome diagnosis, ruling

Women in US territories get lower quality breast cancer care

By Rachel Gurevich (Reuters Health) - Older women with breast cancer who live in United States territories are less likely than their peers in the continental U.S. to receive recommended care, a

Weight loss spreads within couples in ‘ripple effect’

By Mary Gillis (Reuters Health) - When one-half of a couple embraces good health, there’s a higher likelihood that the other half will, too, a recent study suggests. “The concept is called the

Cannabidiol reduces seizure frequency in treatment-resistant epilepsy

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Pharmaceutical-grade cannabidiol appears to reduce seizure frequency in treatment-resistant epilepsy, especially in children, according to a systematic

Cardiovascular outcomes with evacetrapib not tied to ADCY9 genotype

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The effect of evacetrapib on cardiovascular outcomes in patients with high-risk vascular disease is not linked to the ADCY9 genotype, according to a new

Zika-related birth defect rate pegged at 7 pct

By Gene Emery (Reuters Health) - A pregnant woman who becomes ill from the Zika virus faces a 7% chance that her child will be born with birth defects, and that risk jumps to nearly 13% if she

Debate continues over acupuncture for pain

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Whether or not doctors should recommend acupuncture for pain remains controversial, as evidenced by a new "head-to-head" article in The BMJ. Dr. Mike

UPDATE 1-Theranos and its founder settle U.S. fraud charges -SEC

(Adds background, SEC comment) By Pete Schroeder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Embattled blood-testing company Theranos Inc and its Chief Executive Elizabeth Holmes agreed to settle "massive fraud" charges

mRNA assay fails to identify latent HPV infection

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The human papillomavirus (HPV) mRNA assay fails to identify most women with latent HPV infections, according to results from a quality-improvement study.

Dietary fiber promotes beneficial gut bacteria in type 2 diabetes

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Dietary fiber promotes a select group of short-chain fatty acid (SCFA)-producing gut bacteria that are associated with improvement in hemoglobin A1c

iPad app can boost colorectal cancer screening rates

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - An iPad application that lets patients self-order tests while they wait to see their doctor can increase colorectal cancer (CRC) screening rates,

Theranos and its founder settle U.S. fraud charges -SEC

By Reuters Staff WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Theranos Inc and its Chief Executive Elizabeth Holmes have agreed to settle "massive fraud" charges in a deal that strips her of majority control over the

Higher risk of hearing loss with smoking

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Smokers may be more likely to develop hearing loss than nonsmokers, and the risk increases with each additional cigarette people smoke on a typical day, a Japanese

Hormone therapy tied to reduction in aging-related heart changes

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Post-menopausal women on menopausal hormone therapy (MHT) who are free of heart disease do not have adverse subclinical changes in cardiovascular structure

Pre-concussion baseline testing often yields invalid results

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Pre-injury baseline testing for managing sport-related concussions is often invalid, and validity varies by indicator and age of the person being tested,

Rapid growth in stem cell clinics for knee OA not justified by hard data

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A growing number of clinics in the United States are offering pricey stem cell therapies for osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee and touting large benefits

Sick and injured start leaving Syria's besieged Ghouta

By Ellen Francis and Orhan Coskun BEIRUT/ANKARA (Reuters) - Sick and injured civilians left a rebel enclave in Syria's eastern Ghouta on Tuesday under the first medical evacuation since one of the

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