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U.S. drinking water regulations tied to reduced arsenic exposure

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) – The public’s exposure to arsenic, a naturally occurring chemical element linked to cancer and birth defects, declined after U.S. regulators tightened restrictions

Brain damage from football concussions varies by position and career duration

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Football players may experience different degrees of brain damage after concussions depending on what position they play and how long they stick with the sport, a

Baby-gender 'reveal' parties may have a dark side

By Ronnie Cohen (Reuters Health) - Expectant parents are bringing back the surprise element of having a baby by learning the results of prenatal ultrasound reports in ever more elaborate "

Stressed out parents less likely to cook homemade meals

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - On days when parents feel stressed or depressed, kids are less likely to get homemade food for dinner, a U.S. study suggests. Beyond just serving up more fast

Drug resistance-associated substitutions identified in HCV genes

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – In patients who fail direct-acting antiviral therapy for hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, resistance-associated substitutions (RASs) vary by HCV

New therapeutic target for ER-positive breast cancer shows promise

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Protein tyrosine kinase 6 (PTK6) inhibition might one day be an effective treatment for ER+ breast cancers, given the enzyme’s role as a promoter of

Diabetics with related eye damage have increased falling risk

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - People with diabetic retinopathy are more likely to fall than diabetics who have not developed vision problems, a study in Singapore suggests. Among almost 9,500

Higher eosinophil counts in sputum may help predict COPD exacerbations

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - High eosinophil concentrations in sputum are a better biomarker than blood concentrations for identifying patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary

Benefit of adjuvant neratinib persists for some with HER2-positive breast cancer

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – A year of adjuvant therapy with neratinib, given after chemotherapy and trastuzumab, may significantly reduce relapses for at least five years in some

High-value oncology practices have key features

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A new study has identified more than a dozen attributes that characterize high-value oncology practices, and three of these carry the highest immediate

Tiny unruptured intracranial aneurysms best left alone

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The best strategy to manage tiny unruptured intracranial aneurysms measuring 3 mm or less is to do nothing, according to results of a comparative

Age-related macular degeneration declined sharply during 20th century

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) in the U.S. declined sharply across generations during the 20th century, new findings show. “There’s

Neuronal activity drops before cognitive lapses after sleep deprivation

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Neuronal activity in the medial temporal lobe (MTL) diminishes just before cognitive lapses in individuals who are sleep deprived, researchers report.

Altered brain activity seen in nightmare-prone people

By David Douglas NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Nightmares occurring during non-rapid eye movement (NREM) sleep might be related to bursts of brain activity called spindles in people who are prone to

Healthcare databases reveal new indications for existing drugs

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Information from existing healthcare databases can be useful for supporting supplemental indications for existing medications, researchers report. “The

Avatars can help schizophrenia patients control threatening voices

By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - An experimental therapy for people with schizophrenia that brings them face to face with a computer avatar representing the tormenting voices in their heads has

Bayer pharmaceuticals head says there's no pipeline problem

By Ludwig Burger and Patricia Weiss LEVERKUSEN, Germany (Reuters) - Bayer is seeking to defend its pharmaceuticals business that will be diluted in importance by the takeover of Monsanto and faces a

Venezuelans suffer as malaria outbreak spreads in drug-short nation

By Maria Ramirez CIUDAD GUAYANA, Venezuela (Reuters) - On a recent morning in Venezuela's southern jungle state of Bolivar, Amanda Santamaria, her two sons, one daughter-in-law, and a granddaughter

Border without doctors? S.Koreans urge more funding for trauma care after defector drama

By Josh Smith and Heekyong Yang SEOUL (Reuters) - A defector’s treatment for critical injuries suffered during a dramatic dash from North Korea has highlighted a shortage of South Korean trauma

FDA scientists provide rationale behind Vosevi indications

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Food and Drug Administration (FDA) scientists explain why the indication for Vosevi is narrower for NS5A inhibitor-naive hepatitis C virus (HCV) patients

Double kissing crush: best stenting technique for left main bifurcation lesions

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The double kissing (DK) crush two-stent technique is better than provisional stenting (PS) for treating left main (LM) bifurcation lesions in patients

Fatty liver linked to a shrinking brain

By Will Boggs MD (Reuters Health) - Fatty liver disease that is not related to excess drinking is associated with greater brain shrinkage than normally happens with age, researchers say. The reduced

Unhealthy lifestyle may cause half of diverticulitis cases

By Shereen Lehman (Reuters Health) - Men’s risk for diverticulitis may be drastically reduced if they follow an overall healthy lifestyle, a recent U.S. study suggests. Diverticulitis has become one

Good sexual function, lower self-esteem after surgical treatment of penile fracture

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Penile fracture repair does not impair sexual function, but self-esteem scores drop during the early months after surgery, researchers from Turkey report.

Lasers may boost anti-VEGF effect in patients with macular edema due to RVO

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Adding laser therapy to anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) treatment for macular edema (ME) secondary to retinal vein occlusion (RVO) may

Pregnant and breastfeeding women travelers underprotected from disease

By Natalie Grover (Reuters Health) - Pregnant and breastfeeding women who travel to places with high risk of diseases like malaria and yellow fever are less likely than other women travelers to be

Pre-surgery cognitive screen can flag elderly complications risk

By Carolyn Crist (Reuters Health) - Screening older surgery patients for cognitive impairment can catch undiagnosed problems that raise risk for complications, researchers say. Among 211 patients

Parallel rises in nephrolithiasis rates, BMI among Israeli youth

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The prevalence of nephrolithiasis has increased in parallel with body mass index (BMI) in the Israeli pediatric population over the past three decades,

Patients with stable angina don’t benefit from PCI

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is no better than a sham procedure for improving exercise time in patients with stable angina, according to the

Cardiovascular effects of DPP-4 inhibitors tied to metformin use

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Concomitant metformin use is associated with cardiovascular outcomes of the use of dipeptidyl peptidase 4 (DPP-4) inhibitors, according to a meta-analysis

New guidelines support use of laparoscopic liver surgery

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - New European consensus guidelines support the use of laparoscopic liver surgery for colorectal liver metastases, certain benign diseases and rare

Exclusive: India pares back planned funding for crucial public health scheme

By Aditya Kalra and Tommy Wilkes NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India has approved a three-year budget for its flagship public health program almost 20 percent lower than what the health ministry said was

Teva Pharmaceutical set for major layoffs in Israel, U.S. -report

By Reuters Staff TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Teva Pharmaceutical Industries is expected to cut 20-25 percent of its 6,860 workers in Israel and a few thousand more in the United States, financial news

Three coffees a day linked to more health than harm - study

By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - People who drink three to four cups of coffee a day are more likely to see health benefits than harm, experiencing lower risks of premature death and heart disease

U.S. judge strikes down Texas measure to limit second-trimester abortions

By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A U.S. district judge on Wednesday struck down parts of a Texas law that would ban the most common type of second-trimester abortions in the state, after

Bayer pharmaceuticals head says there's no pipeline problem

By Ludwig Burger and Patricia Weiss LEVERKUSEN, Germany (Reuters) - Bayer is seeking to defend its pharmaceuticals business that will be diluted in importance by the takeover of Monsanto and faces a

Possible breakthrough in combating river blindness

By Gene Emery NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Development of a device that easily measures the severity of a person's Loa loa infection, combined with extremely preliminary evidence that the anti-cancer

Gymnastics-US team doctor Nassar pleads guilty to criminal sexual conduct in Michigan court

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - Larry Nassar, the former USA Gymnastics team doctor, pleaded guilty in a Michigan court on Wednesday to seven counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. In a press

Ex-WellCare general counsel gets six months in U.S. prison

By Nate Raymond (Reuters) - A former general counsel of insurer WellCare Health Plans Inc was sentenced on Wednesday to six months in prison for making a false statement to Florida's Medicaid program

Civilians die after last aid agency evacuates Central African Republic town

By Nellie Peyton DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Four patients have died and thousands are stranded without healthcare in an embattled Central African Republic town, after an attack forced the

Treat trafficking as a health problem to break cycle of abuse - academics

By Kieran Guilbert LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The debilitating scars left by modern slavery, ranging from depression to lost limbs, often fuel the exploitation of survivors' children,

Sign-up pace slows in 3rd week of 2018 Obamacare enrollment

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - The pace slowed in the third week of enrollment for 2018 Obamacare individual insurance as nearly 800,000 people signed up through the federal government website

Dysphagia often resolves by age 5 in ambulatory cerebral palsy

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Oropharyngeal dysphagia (OPD) present in children with cerebral palsy (CP) between ages 18 months and 2 years will resolve in many instances by age 5,

Low-dose aspirin not tied to longer survival with esophageal, gastric cancers

By Lorraine L. Janeczko NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Patients with esophageal or gastric cancer who take low-dose aspirin do not live longer, new research suggests. "In analyses of two large

Female doctors adjust lives to accommodate home

By Carolyn Crist (Reuters Health) - Female physicians are more likely to make professional adjustments to accommodate their responsibilities at home, according to a new study. In particular, male

Motorcycle crashes cause far more severe injuries than car accidents

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Motorcycle crashes are much more likely to cause severe injuries, fatalities and extensive medical costs than car accidents, a Canadian study suggests. While

Many hospitals lack specialists for hand, face emergencies

By Carolyn Crist (Reuters Health) - In an emergency involving face or hand trauma, barely one in four hospitals can muster a specialist surgeon, a recent U.S. study suggests. In a survey of

Urinary proteins link BPH and obesity

By Scott Baltic NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A signaling molecule released by fat cells appears to be “a major molecular correlate of obesity” in the urine of men with benign prostatic hyperplasia (

HPV vaccine still effective after 10 years

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The 4-valent human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine remains immunogenic and clinically effective during 10 years of follow-up, researchers report. Earlier

New molecular diagnostic method for infantile nystagmus syndrome shows promise

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Next-generation sequencing (NGS) can yield a molecular diagnosis in more than half the cases of infantile nystagmus syndrome (INS), researchers from South

Stool-based protein biomarkers could improve colorectal cancer screening

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Several stool-based protein biomarkers are more sensitive than the fecal immunochemical test (FIT) for detecting colorectal cancer (CRC) and advanced

Australia's Victoria state closer to legalizing assisted death

By Reuters Staff SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's second-largest state on Wednesday took another step towards adopting a law allowing voluntary assisted dying for terminally ill patients. Any resident

BMI obesity cutoff may need to be lower after menopause

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A body mass index (BMI) of 30 kg/m2 may not be the best way to define obesity in postmenopausal women, new research shows. “Using that cutoff point could

Liver resection feasible, effective for less common metastases

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Liver resection provides good outcomes for less common metastases not arising from colorectal, neuroendocrine, sarcomatous, or ovarian (NCNSO) tumors,

Turning poop into power: how Kenyans are cooking up a cleaner climate

By Lee Mannion LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Millions of Kenyans, without toilets in their homes, are forced to endure their neighbours' unsavory smells and habits in a shared pit in the

U.S. FDA approves first two-drug HIV regimen in win for GSK

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first two-drug regimen to treat HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, aimed at lessening the side effect burden of

Proposed cuts in foreign aid could cause malaria resurgence

By Cheryl Platzman Weinstock (Reuters Health) - If U.S. President Donald Trump cuts 44% of the President's Malaria Initiative (PMI) funding, a significant proportion of the global budget for malaria

Disaster preparedness for obstetricians, maternity hospitals

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – For catastrophic events and infectious disease outbreaks, obstetricians and facilities providing maternity care need disaster preparedness plans,

Canada proposes health warnings, child-proof packs for legal pot sales

By Reuters Staff OTTAWA (Reuters) - The Canadian government proposed on Tuesday mandatory health warnings and child-proof packaging as well as a licensing regime for all cannabis products in

Hand, wrist injuries in high school sports often severe

By Anne Harding (Reuters Health) - High school athletes have high rates of hand and wrist injuries, especially in certain sports, according to a new U.S. study. Football players have the highest

Raising HDL with CETP inhibition may not confer cardiovascular benefits

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – In the absence of significantly reduced low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, increasing high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol levels with a

Forceps that ‘sense’ may help assess surgeons' skills

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Forceps that sense tool-tissue interactions may help determine a surgeon’s skill level, which could improve outcomes and enhance surgical education,

Teen dating violence linked to prescription drug abuse

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Teens who use prescription drugs for nonmedical reasons are more likely than other youth to be victims of dating violence, a U.S. study suggests. The researchers

CORRECTED-Crucial vote in Brazil could lead to ban on abortion for rape victims

(Corrects to committee will vote in para 7) By Karla Mendes RIO DE JANEIRO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - More pregnant women could die in Brazil if it passes a law banning all abortions on Tuesday,

Guideline adherence limits use of acid-suppressing meds in NICU

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Implementing an evidenced-based guideline can significantly reduce the use of acid-suppressing medications in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU),

Nursing home residents eligible for palliative care often don’t get it

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Many nursing home residents who might benefit from palliative care to make them more comfortable and improve their quality of life don’t receive it, a small U.S.

Scottish government to start minimum alcohol pricing on May 1

By Reuters Staff EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Minimum pricing for alcohol in Scotland, aimed at improving public health in the northernmost part of the United Kingdom, will be introduced on May 1 next year,

Crucial vote in Brazil could lead to ban on abortion for rape victims

By Karla Mendes RIO DE JANEIRO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - More pregnant women could die in Brazil if it passes a law banning all abortions on Tuesday, including in cases of rape or when the

Shorter hospital stay with indwelling catheter for malignant pleural effusion

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - For patients with malignant pleural effusion, treatment with an indwelling pleural catheter (IPC) is associated with fewer hospitalization days, compared

Inpatient palliative-care consults most often for advanced care planning

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Hospitalized patients who receive a palliative care consultation usually have been referred for advanced care planning (ACP), and many will elect to change

Insulin pill fails to delay or prevent type 1 diabetes

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Taking an insulin pill daily did not delay or prevent the development of type 1 diabetes in autoantibody-positive relatives of patients with type 1

Peripheral blood eosinophilia may identify IBD patients who fare worse

By Lorraine L. Janeczko NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Peripheral blood eosinophilia (PBE) may be a biomarker for a subgroup of IBD patients with a unique inflammatory signature and worse clinical

Train U.S. doctors and nurses to spot victims of modern slavery, say advocates

By Lee Mannion LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - With proper training, hospital staff in the United States could play a significant role in identifying and helping victims of human trafficking,

UK experts offer guidance on use of liver blood tests

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – New UK guidelines are intended to help improve the use of liver blood tests, results of which the authors say has led to unnecessary repeat testing in

Brexit gets real for drugmakers as regulator moves to Amsterdam

By Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) - Drugmakers are racing to implement Brexit contingency plans to prepare for a jolt to their regulatory system as the European Medicines Agency is uprooted from

J&J multiple myeloma drug succeeds in first-line combination study

By Bill Berkrot (Reuters) - Johnson & Johnson's blockbuster multiple myeloma drug Darzalex when added to a standard therapy regimen reduced the risk of disease progression or death by 50% compared

Roche, AbbVie leukemia drug superior to older medicine in study

By Bill Berkrot (Reuters) - Patients with a type of leukemia that had relapsed who received the new drug Venclexta in combination with Rituxan went significantly longer without the disease worsening

Counting the costs: U.S. hospitals feeling the pain of physician burnout

By Julie Steenhuysen ANN ARBOR, Mich. (Reuters) - Dr. Brian Halloran, a vascular surgeon at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, starts planning his garden long before spring arrives in southeast Michigan.

Drug firm Concordia overcharged Britain's health service with 6,000 pct price rise

By Reuters Staff LONDON (Reuters) - Drug company Concordia overcharged Britain's health service millions of pounds for an essential thyroid drug by abusing its position as the only supplier, the

Under pressure in diabetes, Novo Nordisk steps up focus on obesity drugs

By Stine Jacobsen and Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen MALOV, Denmark (Reuters) - Danish drugmaker Novo Nordisk is stepping up its efforts to treat obesity, seeking to tap into a potentially huge market as

Dying at home rather than in hospital, elderly Japanese 'go to the afterlife quietly

By Megumi Lim and Kim Kyung-Hoon TOKYO (Reuters) - After he was diagnosed with leukaemia in July, Katsuo Saito decided not to treat it and opted for palliative care. He had a hard time finding a bed

Experts identify best practices for HBV screening, vaccination

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - All at-risk individuals should be vaccinated against hepatitis B virus (HBV), according to best practices identified by experts from the American College

Substituting methadone for opioids could save billions

By Ronnie Cohen (Reuters Health) - Policymakers and insurers have been pushing people addicted to opioids into abstinence-based detox programs, but a new study concludes that methadone and similar

Rivaroxaban plus aspirin benefits patients with stable CAD

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Adding rivaroxaban to aspirin significantly reduced morbidity and mortality in patients with stable coronary artery disease (CAD), although it did

EU drugs agency move to Amsterdam minimizes likely staff losses

By Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) - Amsterdam's success in winning the battle to host the European Medicines Agency (EMA), which is relocating from London because of Brexit, was welcomed by drug

Many U.S. schools don’t teach CPR even when states require it

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Even though high schools in most U.S. states are required to offer training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to students, many do not, a new study suggests.

COLUMN-Rising Medicare costs leave many U.S. seniors with a flat COLA

By Mark Miller (The writer is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.) CHICAGO (Reuters) - Millicent Graves will get a raise from Social Security next year, but her household budget

HCR ManorCare gets respite from dropped Medicare fraud lawsuit

By Tracy Rucinski CHICAGO (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department withdrew a Medicare fraud lawsuit against HCR ManorCare, removing a cloud over one the largest U.S. nursing home chains as it nears a

Babies learn what words mean before they can use them

By Will Boggs MD (Reuters Health) - Babies begin to learn words and what they mean well before they begin talking, and researchers are beginning to understand how they do it. "I think it's

Salivary microRNA changes predict prolonged concussion symptoms

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Changes in salivary microRNA (miRNA) expression after head injury predict prolonged concussion symptoms (PCS) in young individuals, according to results

Cancer survivors often living with PTSD

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Cancer patients may often experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the months after their tumors are diagnosed, and mental health issues can sometimes

Amsterdam to host EU drug agency in lucky-dip thriller

By Gabriela Baczynska BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Amsterdam won the right to host the EU's EMA drug agency when it leaves London after Brexit after the Dutch city tied with Milan in a vote on Monday that

Reimbursement cuts on lab tests pressure US lab firm shares

By Divya Grover (Reuters) - A federal agency on Friday rolled out deep cuts to reimbursement rates for some lab tests under Medicare, a move that could save the government as much as $3 billion over

Noninvasive cardiac testing unnecessary for chest pain in the ED

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - For patients arriving at the emergency department (ED) with chest pain, noninvasive cardiac testing with coronary CT angiography (CCTA) or cardiac stress

Milan, Amsterdam face off to host EU drug agency -sources

By Gabriela Baczynska BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Milan and Amsterdam will run off later on Monday for the right to host the European Medicines Agency (EMA) when the EU drugs body must leave London after

Overweight women might need more frequent mammograms

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Overweight women may need more frequent mammograms to screen for breast cancer, according to a Swedish study. The study found that cancers detected within

Acorda Therapeutics scraps Parkinson's drug after deaths

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - Acorda Therapeutics Inc said on Monday it would stop developing its Parkinson's disease drug, tozadenant, less than a week after the company reported deaths in key

Sentinel node biopsy may be underused for high-risk squamous cell carcinoma

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) is underused and prophylactic lymph node dissection overused in high-risk squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), researchers

Shame silences Britain's male slaves, stops them seeking support

By Kieran Guilbert LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Male survivors of slavery in Britain are often overlooked compared with female victims because shame stops many men speaking out and seeking

Health staff in southern Libya strike after doctor's kidnapping

By Reuters Staff BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - Medical staff in the southern Libyan city of Sabha said on Monday they were suspending work for 10 days in protest over poor security after a doctor was

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