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Preop immune-modulating nutrition improves outcomes after GI-cancer surgery

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Preoperative immune-modulating nutrition (IMN) in patients undergoing surgery for gastrointestinal cancer reduces the risk of infectious complications and

Bayer, J&J settle thousands of U.S. Xarelto lawsuits for $775 mln

By Tina Bellon (Reuters) - Bayer AG and Johnson & Johnson have agreed to settle more than 25,000 U.S. lawsuits alleging that their blockbuster blood thinner Xarelto (rivaroxaban) aused unstoppable and

Oklahoma top court clears way for Purdue, J&J, Teva to face opioid trial

By Nate Raymond (Reuters) - Oklahoma's top court on Monday declined to delay a landmark trial set for May in a multibillion-dollar lawsuit accusing OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma LP and two other

Mozambique prepares for cholera after cyclone wreaks havoc

By Emma Rumney BEIRA, Mozambique (Reuters) - Rescue teams in Mozambique moved hundreds of people displaced by Cyclone Idai's massive and deadly flooding to safer shelters on Monday, while the

Duke University pays $112.5 mln in fake research case sparked by whistleblower

By Jonathan Stempel (Reuters) - Duke University agreed to pay $112.5 million to settle claims by a whistleblower that a former research technician knowingly submitted fake data in applications for

Obamacare enrollments drop marginally for 2019

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - Enrollments in healthcare plans for 2019 through the Federal Obamacare marketplace dropped marginally by 300,000 from last year, according to U.S. government figures

Springtime heralds moose collision season in New England

By Carolyn Crist (Reuters Health) - Drivers in northern New England have long known to watch out for moose on the road, but a new study finds potentially fatal collisions with these large animals

Tiniest U.S. preemies more likely to end up in lower-quality NICU if they're black

By Linda Carroll (Reuters Health) - In a large national study that included nearly 90% of all preterm and low-birth-weight babies born in the U.S. in a recent three-year period, researchers found that

Women diagnosed years later than men for same diseases

By Tamara Mathias (Reuters Health) - For a wide range of diseases, diagnosis comes later in life for women than for men, according to a large Danish study. Researchers don't know whether the later

Significant acute illness can follow inhaled or edible cannabis exposure

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Cannabis exposure, whether inhaled or edible, can lead to acute illness ranging from cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome to myocardial infarction, according

Metformin safe in psoriasis patients with diabetes

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Metformin can be safely used to treat diabetes in patients with psoriasis without worsening their skin problems, researchers from Taiwan report. Metformin

Low-dose, low-frequency PUVA may be suitable for maintenance therapy in mycosis fungoides

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In patients with early-stage mycosis fungoides, treatment and maintenance therapy with low-dose, low-frequency oral psoralen - UV-A (PUVA) may extend

OK to skip biopsy for celiac diagnosis in some children, Europeans say

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A diagnosis of celiac disease can be made without histology in a "significant number" of children, researchers in Europe say. Not all U.S. experts are

BP lowering effects of ultrasound renal denervation maintained at six months

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The effects of endovascular ultrasound renal denervation (RDN) on blood pressure persist six months after the procedure, according to new findings from the

Harnessing smart speaker technology to aid interventional radiologists

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Smart speaker technology could offer unique value to interventional radiologists, giving them the ability to access critical information without breaking

Bill Gates urges Afghanistan and Pakistan to 'get to zero' in polio fight

By Kate Kelland LONDON - Local Afghan Taliban leaders are hindering global efforts to end polio, but Afghanistan and Pakistan must continue their fight to "get to zero" cases, the philanthropist Bill

Early test of male birth control pill shows no safety problems

By Reuters Staff (Reuters Health) - After taking an experimental male birth control pill for 28 days, 30 men reported no serious side effects and the drug showed signs of decreasing sperm production,

Screening modality, ethnicity, BMI affect breast-density assessment

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Breast-density assessment can vary significantly by screening modality, ethnicity and BMI, according to a comparison of digital mammography (DM) and

Point-of-care lung ultrasound diagnoses cardiogenic pulmonary edema

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Point-of-care lung ultrasonography (LUS) is more sensitive than chest x-ray (CXR) for diagnosing cardiogenic pulmonary edema in adults with dyspnea,

Congo Ebola epidemic exceeds 1,000 cases - health ministry

By Reuters Staff DAKAR (Reuters) - Congo's Ebola epidemic has now exceeded 1,000 cases, the Health Ministry said on Monday, with a death toll of 629 in the world's second worst ever outbreak. Health

Carpal tunnel syndrome of pregnancy may persist long after delivery

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – About 15% of women who develop carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) while pregnant will suffer persistent and worsening symptoms long after delivery, a new study

Systemic midlife inflammation linked with steeper cognitive decline

By Lorraine L. Janeczko NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People with midlife systemic inflammation may develop greater cognitive decline in older adulthood, according to new data from an ongoing study. "We

FDA rejects Sanofi-Lexicon add-on pill for type 1 diabetes

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration declined to approve a drug developed by Sanofi SA and Lexicon Pharmaceuticals Inc intended for use with insulin in patients with type

Your health app could be sharing your medical data

By Linda Carroll (Reuters Health) - That nifty new health app you downloaded to your phone to keep track of your meds might be sharing your information with a host of unrelated companies, some of

Childhood anxiety tied to school absences

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Children with school attendance or truancy problems might be suffering from anxiety, a research review suggests. Chronic physical problems like asthma and diabetes

Middle-school screening uncovers diabetes, high cholesterol

By Carolyn Crist (Reuters Health) - In a small pilot study that screened 45 Ohio middle school students for cardiovascular risk factors, a third of the children had abnormal levels of cholesterol or

Repeated mass treatment with ivermectin curbs malaria in young children in West Africa

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Repeated mass administration of ivermectin in Burkina Faso reduced childhood malaria episodes by 20% during the transmission season without significantly

Mortality rate higher in asymptomatic patients with very high coronary artery calcium

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Individuals with coronary artery calcium (CAC) scores of 1000 and above have significantly higher mortality risk than individuals with lower CAC scores,

Higher-dose folic acid blunts smoking’s effect on fetal growth

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Higher-dose folic acid reduces the risk of fetal growth restriction (FGR) in women who smoke during pregnancy, according to new research. Neonates whose

Amphotericin B makes path for lung defense in cystic fibrosis

By David Douglas NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Amphotericin B treatment may be able to restore the infection-fighting properties of the lungs in cystic fibrosis by standing in for a missing or deficient

Canagliflozin may cut heart-failure events in type 2 diabetes

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Canagliflozin treatment may be associated with a reduction in heart-failure events, regardless of ejection fraction, in patients with type 2 diabetes,

Eisai starts phase 3 trials for second Alzheimer's drug after first's failure

By Takashi Umekawa TOKYO (Reuters) - Eisai Co Ltd on Friday said it has begun phase 3 clinical trials of Alzheimer's treatment BAN2401, a day after the Japanese drugmaker and U.S. partner Biogen Inc

FDA says cybersecurity vulnerabilities found in some Medtronic devices

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday said cybersecurity vulnerabilities were identified in Medtronic Plc's implantable cardiac devices, clinic

Women fare worse than men after mitral-valve surgery

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women have worse outcomes than men after mitral-valve surgery for severe ischemic mitral regurgitation (SMR), according to findings from the Cardiothoracic

Public reporting of PCI outcomes costly, burdensome

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Massachusetts hospitals spend a median of $100,000 to $200,000 a year to meet state requirements for public reporting of percutaneous coronary intervention

London school-bag essentials: books, lunch and an air-pollution sensor

By Shannon Larson LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - This week, 250 children at five London primary schools have carried backpacks that monitor air quality for a university-led study tracking

UPS eyes in-home health services with U.S. vaccine project

By Lisa Baertlein and Michael Erman LOUISVILLE, Ky. - United Parcel Service Inc wants to get beyond U.S. doorsteps with a new push into healthcare. The world's largest package delivery firm is

Tyson recalls tons of chicken strips for possible metal contamination

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - Tyson Foods Inc is recalling about 69,000 pounds of frozen, ready-to-eat chicken strips that may be contaminated with metal, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said late

Neonatal surgeries for complex congenital heart disease rise, remain high after Fukushima

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Following the 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan, complex congenital heart disease (CHD) operations increased in neonates, and the number of

IVIG plus cyclosporine boosts heart outcomes in resistant Kawasaki disease

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Adding cyclosporine to intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) may prevent adverse coronary artery outcomes in Kawasaki disease patients at risk of not

Long-term hormone use after menopause tied to Alzheimer's risk

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Women who take hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to ease menopause symptoms like hot flashes and night sweats may be slightly more likely to develop Alzheimer's

Phone app may help conquer fear of heights

By Linda Carroll (Reuters Health) - People who are terrified of heights may be able to conquer their phobia using a virtual reality app and an inexpensive set of cardboard VR googles, a Dutch study

African cyclone survivors risk 'second wave' of loss with disease threat

By Nita Bhalla NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - At least half a million survivors of a powerful cyclone in southeast Africa are at risk of fatal diseases, from cholera and dysentery to malaria,

Metabolic syndrome may predict lung damage in 9-11 responders

By Carolyn Crist (Reuters Health) - For firefighters who worked at "Ground Zero" around September 11, 2001, a group of heart-disease risk factors also predicted who was likely to develop World Trade

New technique may help detect hydroxychloroquine-induced eye problems

By Lorraine L. Janeczko NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Swept-source optical coherence tomography angiography (SS-OCTA) may detect eye abnormalities in patients taking hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) longer than

UPDATE 1-Biogen scraps two Alzheimer drug trials, wipes $18 bln from market value

(Adds Alzheimer's expert comments, updates headline, byline) By Julie Steenhuysen and Takashi Umekawa (Reuters) - Biogen and partner Eisai Co Ltd are ending two late-stage trials for the experimental

Mississippi governor signs 'heartbeat' abortion ban

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - Mississippi's Republican governor signed one of America's strictest abortion bills on Thursday banning women from obtaining an abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected,

Many Catholic hospitals fail to disclose religious affiliation, restrictions online

By Carolyn Crist (Reuters Health) - Patients should know if the hospital they choose will restrict their care for religious reasons, but among nearly 650 Catholic hospitals in the U.S., a new study

Outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy safe, effective for pediatric cellulitis

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy (OPAT) is noninferior to in-hospital intravenous therapy for children with cellulitis, according to results

Burnout rates on the rise at academic-faculty practice organization

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Burnout rates among physicians at a multispecialty academic-faculty practice organization increased significantly between 2014 and 2017, according to a

FEATURE -'When is it going to stop?' Malaysia's marital rape victims ask

By Michael Taylor KUALA LUMPUR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Neelambika's husband slapped her, she decided to end their marriage, but this only made him angrier and he began to repeatedly rape

Jazz Pharma's sleep disorder treatment gets FDA nod

By Aakash B (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Jazz Pharmaceuticals Plc's treatment for patients with a form of sleep disorder, the company said on Wednesday. The drug,

Low-tech test can identify preeclampsia in minutes

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A simple paper-based test can rapidly identify or rule out preeclampsia (PE) at the point of care, a new prospective study confirms. The test, which detects

Laser treatment of port-wine stains feasible without general anesthesia in infants

By David Douglas NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Port-wine-stain birthmarks can be safely and effectively treated in early infancy with pulsed dye laser without the need for general anesthesia, according

Multiple sclerosis patients now less likely to reach disability milestones

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The risk of reaching multiple sclerosis (MS) disability milestones has dropped significantly in the past decade, researchers from Sweden report. "As many

Roche sues U.S. executives in diabetes test strip fight

By John Miller ZURICH (Reuters) - Roche is seeking tens of millions of dollars in a U.S. lawsuit against former executives of a Utah-based pharmacy company in the Swiss drugmaker's latest court case

Mississippi governor to sign 'heartbeat' abortion ban

March 21 (Reuters) - Mississippi's Republican governor was due to sign one of America's strictest abortion bills on Thursday banning women from obtaining an abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected

Screening ultrasonography does not improve breast-cancer detection

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Rates of breast-cancer detection are similar after screening mammography with or without screening ultrasonography, according to an observational study.

Water is now gold for desperate Venezuelans

By Shaylim Valderrama CARACAS (Reuters) - Living with a scarcity of water is becoming the norm for many Venezuelans. Families interviewed by Reuters say they have spent months without receiving any

Talent not testosterone powers intersex athletes, scientists say

By Rachel Savage LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Talent not testosterone is behind the success of intersex athletes such as Olympic champion Caster Semenya, scientists said on Wednesday,

Biogen scraps Alzheimer drug trials, shares slump by a quarter

By Takashi Umekawa and Tamara Mathias TOKYO/BENGALURU (Reuters) - Biogen and partner Eisai Co Ltd are ending two late-stage trials testing the experimental Alzheimer's drug aducanumab, marking the

Congo Ebola outbreak spreads to city of Bunia

By Reuters Staff GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) - Health authorities in Democratic Republic of Congo have confirmed a case of Ebola in another city of close to 1 million people, the

Drug gangs drive huge rise in UK child slavery cases

By Kieran Guilbert LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Modern slavery cases involving British children doubled in 2018 as criminal gangs exploit and use more young people to deal drugs, the National

No more 'fifth wife' sex slaves and maids, Niger's top court rules

By Nellie Peyton DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Niger's top court has outlawed the practice of keeping women as maids and sex slaves known as "fifth wives", capping a decade-long legal battle by

With ADHD, amphetamine has double the psychosis risk of methylphenidate

By Gene Emery (Reuters Health) - Children and young adults with attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) who are treated with the stimulants amphetamine or methylphenidate face a small but

FDA allows sale of certain blood pressure drugs amid shortage

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday said it will temporarily allow certain manufacturers to sell blood pressure medications containing specified levels of a

Study finds key details about 'punch drunk syndrome' and Alzheimer's

By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists studying damaged brains of boxers and other athletes have found key details about a head injury-linked disease called "punch drunk syndrome" that could

Zambia bans energy drink with male sex booster Viagra

By Reuters Staff LUSAKA (Reuters) - Zambia banned an energy drink on Wednesday after it was shown to have been adulterated with the male sex booster Viagra, according to authorities in Ndola, the city

Opioid prescriptions after plastic surgery tied to long-term use

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Opioids account for more than 90% of the painkillers used after plastic surgery, according to a U.S. study that questions how often these addictive narcotics are

Pregnancy prevention app may be good option for some women

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuter Health) - Some women may be able to prevent pregnancy with a smartphone app that tracks their menstrual cycles and reminds them to use condoms when they're most likely to

Living alone does not appear to worsen heart disease

By Ankur Banerjee (Reuters Health) – For people with well-controlled heart disease, living alone isn't linked with a higher risk of cardiovascular problems, a large study suggests. For five years,

Patisiran slows progression of heart disease in hereditary transthyretin amyloidosis

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The small interfering RNA patisiran prevents deterioration of left ventricular (LV) global longitudinal strain (GLS), a measure of heart-disease

Few cardiology guidelines based on top-level evidence

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Most major cardiovascular society guidelines are not based on the highest level of evidence, new research shows. The percentage of U.S. or European

Pessary may curb spontaneous preterm birth in a twin pregnancy with maternal short cervix

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In women carrying twins for less than 34 weeks who did not deliver after a threatened episode of preterm labor and had a short cervix remaining, use of a

Few emergency departments provide safety planning for patients who self-harm

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Only about 15% of U.S. emergency departments (EDs) routinely provide all recommended safety planning practices for patients who self-harm, researchers

Program improves communication between oncology clinicians and patients

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The Serious Illness Care Program helps oncologists have better serious-illness conversations with patients without creating anxiety or depression,

Concussion linked with later neuromuscular changes

By Lorraine L. Janeczko NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Military personnel with a history of recent concussion show deficiencies in neuromuscular control, new research suggests. "Similar to findings of

'Residual inflammatory risk' important in PCI patients with low LDL-C

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Among patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) who have well-controlled LDL cholesterol (<70mg/dL) at baseline, persistent high residual

Liquid biopsy spots early liver cancer in patients with HBV infection

By David Douglas NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In high-risk patients with asymptomatic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection, a liquid biopsy shows promise in detecting early-stage hepatocellular carcinoma

Steep drop in heart-attack mortality since mid-1990s

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Thirty-day mortality from acute myocardial infarction (AMI) in older patients dropped by one-third from 1995 to 2014, and hospitalizations and readmissions

Cycling-Sport looking to ban corticosteroids in 2020 - UCI boss

By Julien Pretot PARIS (Reuters) - After becoming the first sport to ban Tramadol, cycling is looking to use the same "health reasons" justification to prohibit the use of corticosteroids by 2020,

FDA approves postpartum drug

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration yesterday approved Zulresso (brexanolone) intravenous injection for treatment of postpartum depression (PPD). It's the first approval

San Francisco officials look to ban sale of e-cigarettes

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - San Francisco officials on Tuesday proposed legislation that would ban the sale of e-cigarettes from companies such as Juul until a review by the U.S. Food and Drug

Canada to create national drug agency to help cut cost of medicines

By David Ljunggren OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada will create a national drug agency to help cut the cost of prescription medications as part of a plan to broaden the state-funded healthcare program, the

Daily cannabis and skunk users run higher psychosis risk

By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) – People who use cannabis every day run a significantly higher risk of developing psychosis, especially if they use more potent forms of the drug, such as skunk,

Knee replacement in younger patients has higher complication rate

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Total knee replacement (TKA) is increasingly being performed in younger patients and new research suggests that these patients have a higher risk for

Asthma medication use varies among Latino youth

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - A new U.S. study of groups of Latino youth with asthma sheds light on potential health disparities. Puerto Rican children were less likely than Mexican kids to use

Prescriptions for healthy food might save lives - and money

By Linda Carroll (Reuters Health) - Healthy food prescriptions written for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries might lower the risk of costly chronic illnesses, such as diabetes and cardiovascular

Brain surgery for metastasis tied to distinctive tumor spread

By David Douglas NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In the absence of whole-brain radiation, neurosurgical resection in patients with brain metastases may boost pachymeningeal seeding, a new study hints. "

Sleep problems linked to suicidal thoughts in youth

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Sleep disturbances predict suicidal ideation in adolescents, according to a new systematic review and meta-analysis. "Sleep disturbances, particularly

Novel device uses platelet function to assess transfusion need after trauma

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A microfluidic device that rapidly measures platelet function can help determine whether a trauma patient needs a blood transfusion, researchers say. "

Female infertility tied to small increased risk of cancer

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Infertility in women is associated with a higher risk of developing cancer, though the absolute risk is very low, at 2%, researchers say. "The results

Obese patients who lose 20 lb before knee surgery have better outcomes

By Megan Brooks (Reuters Health) - For morbidly obese patients undergoing knee replacement surgery, losing at least 20 pounds before the surgery leads to shorter time spent in the hospital and lower

WHO panel calls for registry of all human gene editing research

By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - It would be irresponsible for any scientist to conduct human gene-editing studies in people, and a central registry of research plans should be set up to ensure

Fact-checking finds many errors in published nucleotide-sequence reagents

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A semiautomated fact-checking tool, the Seek & Blastn tool, has found numerous errors in nucleotide-sequence reagents in biomedical research publications,

Catheter ablation improves quality of life in atrial fibrillation

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Catheter ablation improves quality of life but not key medical outcomes in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF), compared with antiarrhythmic drug

Semaglutide plus SGLT-2 inhibitor reduces HbA1c, body weight

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Semaglutide is an effective add-on treatment for patients whose type 2 diabetes is not well controlled on sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 (SGLT-2)

No survival benefit for volatile anesthesia in elective CABG surgery

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In a comparison of gas versus needle, a new pragmatic trial has shown that using a volatile anesthesia agent during elective coronary-artery bypass

S.Sudan 'superhero' wins award for work with children born of rape

By Emma Batha LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Children born of rape in South Sudan's civil war must be integrated into their families and communities to ensure lasting peace in the country, aid

England faces 'jaws of death' as taps set to run dry in 25 years

By Lin Taylor LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - England is set to run out of water in 25 years due to population growth, poor water management and climate change, the head of the country's

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