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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

FDA puts partial hold on myeloma trials of AbbVie's cancer drug

March 19 () - (Reuters) - AbbVie Inc said on Tuesday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration placed a partial clinical hold on all trials of its cancer drug Venclexta (venetoclax) for multiple myeloma,

High-dose nifedipine tied to increased risk of sudden cardiac death

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Use of nifedipine in doses of 60 mg/day or higher is strongly associated with increased risk of sudden cardiac arrest, suggest results of a large

UN discloses rise in sex abuse cases, ascribes it to better reporting

By Kate Ryan NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - There was a significant rise in reports of sexual exploitation and abuse involving United Nations staff and affiliates last year, the U.N. said in

Low awareness of heart risks, heart health among young women

By Tamara Mathias (Reuters Health) - Young women are largely unaware of the risks they face from cardiovascular disease, even though it remains the top cause of death for American women, researchers

Light physical activity tied to lower heart disease risk in senior women

By Linda Carroll (Reuters Health) - Senior women may be able to reduce their risk of developing heart disease by increasing the number of hours they spend in low intensity activities, such as walking

More U.S. youth seeking help during psychiatric emergencies

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - The number of young people visiting U.S. emergency rooms with psychiatric problems is rising, driven largely by a surge in teens and minority youth seeking urgent

Higher soda, sports drinks consumption tied to earlier mortality

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - People who consume lots of sugary sodas and sports drinks every day may be more likely to die early of causes like heart disease and cancer than people who rarely

Brief checklist facilitates triage after anthrax mass exposure event

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A brief checklist of signs and symptoms accurately distinguishes anthrax from other conditions and identifies individuals requiring treatment or diagnostic

Fast angiography not helpful for unconscious cardiac arrest patients without STEMI

By Gene Emery (Reuters Health) – When patients are comatose after an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, should they be rushed into coronary angiography if echocardiography doesn't show ST-segment

Wait-and-see strategy in ED safe for recent-onset AFib

By Gene Emery (Reuters Health) - A wait-and-see approach is not inferior to immediate cardioversion in people who come to the emergency department with recent-onset atrial fibrillation, researchers

Ohio accuses UnitedHealth's OptumRx of drug overcharges in lawsuit

By Nate Raymond (Reuters) - Ohio's attorney general on Monday said he had filed a lawsuit against UnitedHealth Group Inc's OptumRx unit, saying the pharmacy benefit manager had overcharged the state

Catheter ablation for AFib reduces dementia risk

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - For patients with atrial fibrillation and carotid arterial disease, catheter ablation to restore normal heart rhythm reduces the risk of dementia and stroke

Switch to oral antibiotics for endocarditis may improve long-term survival

By Gene Emery (Reuters Health) - Three and a half years of follow-up confirms the 6-month finding of the POET study that patients with endocarditis can be safely switched from intravenous to oral

With AFib, apixaban w/out aspirin tied to less bleeding after PCI or acute coronary syndrome

By Gene Emery (Reuters Health) - Apixaban alone, without aspirin, produces less bleeding and fewer hospitalizations, with no significant increase in ischemic events compared to a vitamin K antagonist

PhaseBio monoclonal antibody counteracts ticagrelor in phase 1 trial

By Gene Emery (Reuters Health) - An experimental monoclonal antibody fragment designated PB2452 effectively reverses the anticlotting effects of AstraZeneca's ticagrelor (Brilinta) according to a

Final MOMENTUM 3 results confirm superiority of centrifugal-flow heart pump

By Gene Emery (Reuters Health) - Finals results from the MOMENTUM 3 study show that Abbott's compact centrifugal-flow heart pump poses a lower risk of disabling stroke, bleeding and the need for

Rohingya "lost generation" struggle to study in Bangladesh camps

By Poppy McPherson and Ruma Paul COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (Reuters) - Sixteen-year-old Kefayat Ullah walked to his school in southern Bangladesh in late January, as he had done most days for the

Amarin's Vascepa cuts occurrence of serious heart problems 30 pct

By Saumya Joseph (Reuters) - A high dose of Amarin Corp's Omega-3 drug Vascepa (icosapent ethyl) significantly reduced the occurrence of first and subsequent heart attacks, strokes and other serious

Edwards, Medtronic heart valve systems prove worth in low-risk patients: studies

By Tamara Mathias (Reuters) - Non-invasive heart valve replacement systems from Medtronic Plc and rival Edwards Lifesciences Corp proved as good or better than open heart surgery in younger, more

Apple Watch detects irregular heart beat in large U.S. study

By Manas Mishra and Tamara Mathias (Reuters) - The Apple Watch was able to detect irregular heart pulse rates that could signal the need for further monitoring for a serious heart rhythm problem,

Smartphone mindfulness app may help curb loneliness

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Adults who spend just 20 minutes a day using a smartphone mindfulness training app may feel less lonely and have more social interactions than people who don't, a

Press Release: EPA bans consumer sales of methylene chloride paint removers

By Reuters Staff WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Friday it had issued a final rule to prohibit the manufacture, import, processing and distribution of methylene

Partial fundoplication may have edge in treating GERD

By David Douglas NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In surgical treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), partial fundoplication (PF) prompts less dysphagia than total fundoplication (TF),

Teen drivers reaching for objects more likely to crash

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Teen drivers who wisely stow away their cell phones while they're behind the wheel still need to be aware of another important risk factor for accidents, a small

New study ties egg and cholesterol consumption to heart disease risk

By Linda Carroll (Reuters Health) - After a raft of studies reassuring consumers that eggs are OK to eat, a new report associates an increasing risk of heart disease with the increasing consumption of

High-volume hospitals and surgeons do better on carotid artery procedures

By Carolyn Crist (Reuters Health) - A new analysis suggests a decreased risk of procedural death and stroke after carotid endarterectomy (CEA) or carotid artery stenting (CAS) among high-volume

Long-term cancer survivors at higher risk of hospitalization for other diseases

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Survivors of the 12 most common cancers are at higher risk for a wide range of diseases that require hospitalization and should be monitored for new

Sleep apnea common in pregnant obese women

By Scott Baltic NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Undiagnosed, mild obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is common in late pregnancy among women who are obese, U.S. researchers report. The small prospective study

User-friendly visual-acuity chart shows good agreement with existing charts

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The Runge near-vision card is user-friendly and shows good agreement with the Early Treatment Diabetic Retinopathy Study (ETDRS) and Snellen visual-acuity

UPDATE 1-High sensitivity cardiac troponin tests for acute MI may be flawed

(Adds byline, outside comment at end) By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - High sensitivity cardiac troponin I (hs-cTnI) assays routinely used to help exclude or diagnose acute myocardial

Common simple tests for dehydration don't work for older care-home residents

By Lorraine L. Janeczko NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Looking at someone's eyes, skin, the inside of their mouth, or asking them if they're thirsty, tired, or have a headache, doesn't reveal dehydration

India's health ministry calls for blocking Juul's entry into country-document

By Aditya Kalra NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's health ministry has called for Juul Labs Inc's electronic cigarettes to be blocked from entering the country, a letter seen by Reuters showed, potentially

New US reference standard for amniotic fluid volume

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A new chart based on observations from more than 1,700 women can serve as a U.S. reference standard for amniotic fluid volume, researchers report.

Better lymphoma outcomes with bendamustine-rituximab combination

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The combination of bendamustine and rituximab provides better progression-free survival (PFS), event-free survival, and duration of response in patients

'Unworkable' U.S. system traps former sex slaves with criminal records

By Jason Fields NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Trafficking victims who sell sex, drugs or steal in the United States often end up with criminal records that make it hard to find jobs or rent

India's main opposition promises to spend more on health if voted back

By Devjyot Ghoshal and Manoj Kumar NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's main opposition Congress party said on Friday it would more than double healthcare spending in five years if voted back to power,

Statin use tied to lower colorectal-cancer risk after negative colonoscopy

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Statin use is associated with a reduced risk of colorectal cancer between six and 36 months after an initial negative colonoscopy, according to a

Alcohol consumption inhibits ADP platelet function

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Alcohol consumption inhibits platelet function in healthy men, but not in women, according to new findings. "Although further investigation and larger

Optical technologies unreliable at diagnosing pre-cancerous colorectal polyps

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The accuracy of optical technologies in differentiating cancerous from benign tissue is "insufficient" for most routine clinical applications, including

Adding bempedoic acid to statin therapy lowers LDL by another 16.5 pct

By Reuters Staff (Reuters Health) - In patients with heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia, atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, or both, adding bempedoic acid when statin therapy isn't

Cuba says USA, not Canada, manipulating diplomat health incidents

By Reuters Staff HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba denounced the Trump administration on Thursday for continuing to refer to health incidents among their diplomats in Havana as "attacks" without presenting any

Breast cancer risk tied to DDT varies by exposure timing

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - The once-common pesticide DDT has long been linked to an increased risk of breast cancer. Now, research suggests that women's age at first exposure to DDT may

Excess pregnancy weight gain tied to risk for delivery complications

By Carolyn Crist (Reuters Health) - Women who gain more weight than recommended while pregnant may increase their chances for serious complications at delivery, a study of more than a half-million

Diabetics more likely to report back pain

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - People with diabetes are more likely to report back and neck pain, but it's still unclear if diabetes is the cause of their pain, a research review concludes.

Many children and adolescents suffer with back pain

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - About a third of children and adolescents in the United States suffer from back pain, according to a new survey. "That's a lot of kids," Dr. Peter Fabricant

Fewer T1 melanoma nodal biopsies after 2009 staging manual

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The overall number of T1 melanomas undergoing nodal biopsy have decreased following the 7th edition of the AJCC Cancer Staging Manual (AJCC 7), according

Expansion sphincter pharyngoplasty may help some with sleep apnea

By David Douglas NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Expansion sphincter pharyngoplasty could be a useful surgical option in certain patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a retrospective study from

Mosquito-killing drug offers new tool for fighting malaria

By Nellie Peyton DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A mosquito-killing drug tested in Burkina Faso reduced malaria cases by a fifth among children and could be an important new tool in the global

WHO says Ebola area contained but Congo needs long-term support

By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - The Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo is now concentrated in two areas and could be stopped by September, but the world must tackle Congo's broader crisis

Canadian hypertension prevalence would nearly double under 2017 American guidelines

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The prevalence of hypertension among Canadian adults would nearly double with adoption of the lower diagnostic blood pressure cutoff in the 2017 American

CORRECTED-In HIV patients, isoniazid-rifapentine combo dramatically cuts TB prophylaxis therapy

(In para 8, changes "All the patients..." to "Twenty-three percent of the patients...") By Gene Emery NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Preventing tuberculosis with one month of daily treatment with an

Lung-cancer screens effective in asbestos-exposed smokers

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) screening can detect early lung cancers in smokers with a history of occupational asbestos exposure, new research shows

Diagnosis, treatment of opioid use disorder in pregnancy tied to state laws in US

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Patterns of diagnosis and treatment of opioid use disorder (OUD) in pregnant women in the U.S. vary significantly by region and by whether the disorder

U.S. court rejects Alvogen's patent challenge for Celgene's cancer drug

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - The U.S. patent office on Thursday rejected a filing by Alvogen Pine Brook Llc for a review challenging patents on Celgene Corp's blockbuster myeloma drug Revlimid (

Soccer-Lopes injury highlights failures in concussion protocol - FIFPro

By Brian Homewood ZURICH (Reuters) - Olympique Lyonnais goalkeeper Anthony Lopes's injury against Barcelona has exposed failings in the way professional soccer deals with concussion, the global

Turkey's Erdogan opens giant city hospital in Ankara amid criticism from medics

By Tuvan Gumrukcu ANKARA (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan opened one of the world's largest hospitals in the Turkish capital Ankara on Thursday, brushing aside criticism of what is the latest in a

Fetal exposure to infection increases risk of autism, depression

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Fetal exposure to infection is associated with an increased long-term risk of autism and depression, according to findings from Swedish registries. "We

Childhood-cancer survivors get infertility risk wrong, require long-term fertility care

By Lorraine L. Janeczko NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Adult survivors of childhood cancer tend to have an incorrect perception of their infertility risk and need ongoing fertility care, a large

FEATURE-U.S. lawmakers tuck into juicy debate over meat substitutes

By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Towering over a wooden podium in the Arkansas General Assembly this month, Republican representative David Hillman, a self-declared calf-roper

Malaysia shuts 111 schools, but says poisoning outbreak 'under control'

By Reuters Staff KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia ordered 111 schools to close on Thursday as more than 200 children, teachers and others were taken to hospital after breathing in chemical fumes, but

California jury awards $29 mln to woman with cancer who used J&J talc

By Tina Bellon (Reuters) - A California jury on Wednesday awarded $29 million to a woman who said that asbestos in Johnson & Johnson's talcum-powder-based products caused her cancer. The verdict, in

Rise in pediatric IV acetaminophen use drives up costs

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The annual cost of acetaminophen for hospitalized children increased more than six-fold from 2010 to 2017, largely due to rapid uptake of an intravenous

High sensitivity cardiac troponin tests for acute MI may be flawed

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - High sensitivity cardiac troponin I (hs-cTnI) assays routinely used to help exclude or diagnose acute myocardial infarction can be misleading, researchers

Pregnancies tied to breast cancer odds for high-risk women

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Having more than one pregnancy has long been linked to lower odds of breast cancer, and a new study suggests that may hold true even for some women with genetic

Hypertensive teens at risk for kidney disease in middle age

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Hypertension in adolescents doubles their risk of serious kidney disease by middle age, an Israeli study suggests. The researchers followed almost 2.7 million teens

Third-degree relatives with Alzheimer's linked to higher risk for the disease

By Linda Carroll (Reuters Health) - Having second- or third-degree relatives with Alzheimer's raises a person's risk of developing the disease, a new study suggests. It's already known that children

Cutbacks by some doctors halved new opioid prescriptions over 5 years

By Gene Emery (Reuters Health) - The rate of first-time opioid prescriptions declined 54% between 2012 and 2017 in the U.S., largely because many doctors stopped prescribing the painkillers, according

Working weekends tied to increased depression risk

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Men and women who work on weekends may be more likely to develop depression, a UK study suggests. Although a growing number of people worldwide are working longer

U.N. warns of millions of premature deaths by 2050 due to environmental damage

By Nita Bhalla NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Environmental damage caused by man-made activities is having a devastating toll on human health, the United Nations said on Wednesday, warning of

Free tampons in schools not enough to end period poverty - British charities

By Adela Suliman LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - More must be done to dispel the shame and ignorance surrounding menstruation in Britain, charities said on Wednesday, after the government

U.S. proposes stricter curbs on e-cigarette sales

By Chris Kirkham and Manas Mishra (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday released formal plans to curb the sale of flavored e-cigarettes and slow a surge in teenage use

In HIV patients, isoniazid-rifapentine combo dramatically cuts TB prophylaxis therapy

By Gene Emery NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Preventing tuberculosis with one month of daily treatment with an isoniazid-rifapentine combination is no less effective than nine months of daily isoniazid

Shaving 10 months off treatment not inferior against rifampin-resistant TB

By Reuters Staff (Reuters Health) - A new study in patients with rifampin-resistant tuberculosis (TB) is providing the first strong evidence that the Bangladesh protocol for treating

Unenhanced MRI accurately detects new brain lesions in MS

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Unenhanced MRI without contrast can accurately detects new brain lesions in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS), researchers from Germany report. "In our

Underweight patients having shoulder surgery face highest risk for adverse events

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Patients who are underweight have higher rates of adverse events and postoperative infections than any other BMI category when undergoing total shoulder

Experts call for halt to gene editing that results in 'designer babies'

By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - Top scientists and ethicists from seven countries on Wednesday called for a global moratorium on gene editing of human eggs, sperm or embryos that would result

Zimbabwe doctors say patients dying due to drug, equipment shortages

By Reuters Staff HARARE (Reuters) - Doctors said on Wednesday that patients in Zimbabwe's biggest state hospital were dying due to a lack of medicines and basic supplies, brought on by a cash crunch

Persistent alopecia after cancer treatment tied to lower quality of life

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Persistent chemotherapy-induced alopecia (pCIA) is often more severe than endocrine-induced alopecia after chemotherapy (EIAC), but both conditions are

Early-onset colorectal cancer has distinct clinical and genetic features

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Colorectal cancer that is diagnosed before age 50 has clinical and genetic features that differ from those seen in colorectal cancer diagnosed later in

New procedure codes for advance care planning seldom used

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The new Medicare procedure codes for advance care planning are seldom used, researchers report. "We were not surprised that uptake would start low, given

Untreated osteoporosis may hasten progression of bone metastasis

By David Douglas NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Certain women with breast cancer and untreated osteoporosis show accelerated progression of bone metastasis, according to a new study from Taiwan. In a

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