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Sensory and diet therapies for autism lack strong evidence

By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - There is little or no evidence to support many popular therapies that aim to help children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), according to two new reviews

"Heat-not-burn" cigarettes still release cancer-causing chemicals

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - A new type of "heat-not-burn" cigarette releases some of the same cancer-causing chemicals found in traditional cigarette smoke, a recent experiment suggests.

Tremors tied to recreational drugs can linger in former users

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Recreational drugs like “MDMA” and amphetamines have long been linked to a variety of movement disorders, and a new study suggests that basic motor skill

REFILE-RSV illness often severe in preemies not receiving immunoprophylaxis

(Corrects meeting location in paragraph 2 to San Francisco, California) By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) illness is often severe, requiring intensive

No latent effects of malaria chemoprophylaxis seen in Peace Corps returnees

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Malaria chemoprophylaxis appears safe, according to a new long-term study of health outcomes in Peace Corps volunteers. “This large survey of Returned

Several non-drug options help with fatigue during, after cancer treatment

By Carolyn Crist (Reuters Health) - Non-drug approaches that work best at relieving cancer-related fatigue may differ during and after cancer treatment, according to an analysis of past trials.

More BRCA mutations in African women with triple-negative breast cancer

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - BRCA mutations are more common in triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) than in non-TNBC among Ghanaian women with breast cancer, researchers report. "Our

Surgeons in Lebanon offer hope to wounded Syrian refugees

By Ayat Basma TRIPOLI, Lebanon (Reuters) - Six operations have failed to cure the constant pain that Ismael Moustafa suffers since he was wounded in an airstrike on his village in Syria three years

Minimally invasive surgery for most GI cancers infrequent at most hospitals

By Joan Stephenson NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Although there may be some important benefits for patients who undergo minimally invasive surgery (MIS) for gastrointestinal cancer, the majority of U.S

Emergency-medicine partnership identifies top 10 research priorities

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The Emergency Medicine Priority Setting Partnership has identified the top 10 research priorities for emergency medicine, which cover a range of logistics

Fiber rich diet may protect against arthritis knee pain

By Anne Harding (Reuters Health) - Older people who eat the most fiber are at lower risk of developing knee pain and stiffness due to osteoarthritis (OA), new research shows. Diets rich in fiber

Alabama doctor tied to Insys gets 20 years for illegal prescriptions

By Nate Raymond (Reuters) - An Alabama doctor was sentenced on Thursday to 20 years in prison after being convicted with a colleague of prescribing painkillers through two clinics for no legitimate

German kindergartens must report parents for refusing vaccine advice under new law

By Reuters Staff BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany will pass a law next week obliging kindergartens to inform the authorities if parents fail to provide evidence that they have received advice from their

Non-supine obstructive sleep apnea more improved after weight loss

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Substantial weight loss is associated with greater improvements in non-supine apnea hypopnea index (AHI) than in supine AHI in obese obstructive sleep

Safe Sex: Chinese buy condom business as savvy youth spur demand

By Adam Jourdan SHANGHAI (Reuters) - April Zhang, a 21-year-old student from Shanghai, reflects the fast-shifting attitudes of China's younger generations toward sex. She's confident to talk about a

U.S. college teaches veterans to heal each others' mental wounds

By Scott Malone NEWTON, Mass., (Reuters) - Former U.S. Army Specialist Tara Barney will never forget the 2013 night when a fellow soldier cried as he described holding a dying friend in his arms, a

Statins do not prevent cardiovascular events in older adults

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Statin treatment offers no benefit in primary cardiovascular prevention, compared with usual care, among older adults with moderate hyperlipidemia and

Depressive symptoms begin rising about a decade before dementia diagnosis

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Symptoms of depression later in life are associated with dementia, but midlife depression is not, according to a new study. “The core message is that

RSV illness often severe in preemies not receiving immunoprophylaxis

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) illness is often severe, requiring intensive care unit (ICU) admission and invasive mechanical ventilation, in infants

REFILE-Walking linked to improved cognitive function

(This second refile changes "six weeks" to "six months" in paras 8 and 9.) By Shereen Lehman (Reuters Health) - A moderate-intensity walking regimen may improve cognitive function in adults with

Similar to self-harm, substance abuse in kids is linked with suicide risk

By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - It's obvious that youngsters who harm themselves need psychiatric care, but drugs, alcohol, and violent injuries should set off similar mental-health alarm

Does telling patients of possible side effects make them more likely?

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Patients who are told their medication can have certain side effects may report these symptoms more often than patients who aren't aware their treatment carries

Red meat tied to higher risk of dying from many diseases

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Eating more red meat is associated with an increased risk of dying from eight common diseases including cancer, diabetes and heart disease, as well as “all other

Activity trackers not very good at counting calories burned

By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - People who wear activity trackers to count the calories they're burning are probably not getting accurate estimates, suggests a new study. Researchers who

Ethnic differences in the eye associated with different types of glaucoma

By Lorraine L. Janeczko NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Ethnic differences in the eye may explain why different types of glaucoma tend to occur in one group over another, new research comparing healthy

REFILE-Kids with psoriasis need regular comorbidity screening: experts

(Corrects source at end to JAMA Dermatol) By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Children with psoriasis need special attention to comorbidity screening in an effort to optimize their future

Celiac disease symptoms more likely to resolve in children

By Will Boggs MD (Reuters Health) - In response to a strict gluten-free diet, celiac disease symptoms are more likely to resolve in children than in adults, researchers say. The study team found “

TAVR shows promise for treating pure aortic regurgitation

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) offers a less invasive approach for treating pure aortic regurgitation in native valves and failing surgical

Needless hospitalizations for kids with anaphylaxis lower after intervention

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Unnecessary hospitalizations for children with anaphylaxis have dropped following a multicomponent quality-improvement intervention at Boston Children's

Kids with psoriasis need regular comorbidity screening: experts

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Children with psoriasis need special attention to comorbidity screening in an effort to optimize their future health, according to an expert consensus.

Models may help ID heart failure patients most likely to benefit from ICDs

By Joan Stephenson NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A combination of two risk models may help identify which patients with heart failure are most or least likely to benefit from receiving an implantable

Wearable activity monitor may improve intermittent claudication outcomes

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Supplementing supervised exercise programs with the use of a wearable activity monitor may boost walking distances and quality of life in patients with

As surgeries triple, Kenya aims to end shame of fistula

By Daniel Wesangula NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Kenya's hopes of ending incontinence caused by fistula, one of the most serious childbirth injuries, are rising as more women are receiving

Brazilian doctors use fish skin to treat burn victims

By Paulo Whitaker and Pablo Garcia FORTALEZA, Brazil (Reuters) - Researchers in Brazil are experimenting with a new treatment for severe burns using the skin of tilapia fish, an unorthodox procedure

US Alzheimer's deaths jump 54 pct; many increasingly dying at home

By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - U.S. deaths from Alzheimer's disease rose by more than 50 percent from 1999 to 2014, and rates are expected to continue to rise, reflecting the nation's aging

Modi's generics-only drugs plan worries health experts, Indian pharma sector

By Zeba Siddiqui MUMBAI (Reuters) - India's plan to bring in a law to ensure doctors prescribe medicines only by their generic names risks proliferating the sale of substandard drugs in a country

Comparable long-term outcomes with HIV regimens containing raltegravir, efavirenz

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Rates of death or progression to AIDS at four years are low and similar with antiretroviral regimens containing raltegravir or efavirenz, according to a

World Bank says nations ill-prepared to battle pandemic diseases

By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Most of the world is failing to invest enough money to prevent the potential global spread of disease that could kill millions of people and

Extracellular vesicles in bile promising biomarker for malignant biliary stenoses

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The concentration of extracellular vesicles (EVs) in bile can be used as a biomarker to differentiate malignant from nonmalignant common bile duct

Endovascular thrombectomy effective up to 24 hours after stroke

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - For some stroke patients, endovascular thrombectomy can be effective when performed up to 24 hours after stroke, according to results of the DAWN trial

REFILE-Adolescent ADHD linked to teen parenthood

(In paragraph 7, corrects age range to 30-34. In paragraph 2 and 8, corrects age range to 12-16 and in paragraph 8 corrects age range to 17-19, based on notice from study author that erroneous numbers

Drug approvals bounce back as R&D labs churn out new winners

By Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) - The number of new drugs approved for sale in United States and Europe has bounced back this year, suggesting a marked slowdown in 2016 was an aberration rather

GW to file cannabis drug as journal confirms epilepsy success

By Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) - GW Pharmaceuticals is set to file its cannabis-derived drug with U.S. regulators imminently, following publication of detailed data on its success in fighting

REFILE-Walking linked to improved cognitive function

(Modifies para 9 and adds new para 10 to clarify the number of patients in the study.) By Shereen Lehman (Reuters Health) - A moderate-intensity walking regimen may improve cognitive function in

Estimated 23 mln would lose health insurance under Republican bill -CBO

By Yasmeen Abutaleb WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An estimated 23 million people would lose health coverage by 2026 under Republican legislation aimed at repealing Obamacare, a nonpartisan congressional

Floor mat may help predict diabetic foot ulcers

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - An experimental foot-temperature monitoring system might one day be able to detect when diabetic patients are developing foot ulcers, a small study suggests. In

Vermont governor snuffs legal pot, tells lawmakers to 'get it right'

By Peter Szekely (Reuters) - Vermont's governor on Wednesday halted, at least temporarily, efforts to become the ninth state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, but offered to work with

Adolescent ADHD linked to teen parenthood

By Carolyn Crist (Reuters Health) - Adolescents who have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder are much more likely than peers without ADHD to become teenaged parents, according to a large Danish

Hematologic oncologists question adequacy of home hospice for their patients

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Most hematologic oncologists consider hospice care to be helpful for blood cancer patients, but nearly half say home hospice is not adequate for these

Regular acupressure improves quality of life in frail elders

By Scott Baltic NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Applied three or four times a week for 12 weeks, acupressure can improve the quality of life of frail older individuals living in community settings, a new

Should black men choose active surveillance for prostate cancer?

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - African-American men with a new diagnosis of prostate cancer may want to think twice about putting off active treatment in favor of active surveillance, a research

Roche investigating case of patient illness after taking MS drug

By Reuters Staff ZURICH (Reuters) - A person in Germany treated with Roche’s new multiple sclerosis drug Ocrevus (ocrelizumab) has been diagnosed with an often-deadly brain infection after switching

Poor and sick: Film spotlights plight of India's textile workers

By Roli Srivastava MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - It was a childhood memory of time spent at his grandfather's textile mill in Gujarat that inspired Indian film student Rahul Jain to focus on

U.S. Senate's McConnell frets about healthcare, hopeful on tax overhaul

By Susan Cornwell and Yasmeen Abutaleb WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Wednesday he does not yet know how Republicans will amass the votes needed to pass

Tracking Zika: Virus hit earlier than thought in Brazil, Florida

By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - Studies using gene sequencing equipment to trace the path of Zika through the Americas show the virus arrived a year before the first case was detected in

J&J settles drug manufacturing probe by U.S. states for $33 mln

By Nate Raymond (Reuters) - Johnson and Johnson has agreed to pay $33 million to resolve charges by most U.S. states that it misrepresented the manufacturing practices behind Tylenol, Motrin,

U.S. FDA panel backs Puma Biotech's breast cancer drug

By Toni Clarke WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Puma Biotechnology Inc's experimental breast cancer drug reduces the risk of disease recurrence and should be approved, an advisory committee to the U.S. Food

Eat more fruits and vegetables to cut risk of PAD: study

By Will Boggs MD (Reuters Health) - Eating more fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of peripheral artery disease (PAD), according to a study of more than 3.6 million individuals in the U.S. "

Anthem still weighing 2018 Obamacare individual participation

By Caroline Humer NEW YORK (Reuters) - Anthem Inc on Wednesday said its plans for selling 2018 Obamacare individual plans are still up in the air because of political and regulatory uncertainty,

Five charged with insider trading involving U.S. health agency

By Brendan Pierson NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Washington, D.C., political consultant, a former federal employee and three others have been charged with using confidential information from within a U.S.

Microneedles allow faster, nearly pain-free actinic keratosis treatment

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Using microneedles to expedite photodynamic therapy (PDT) of actinic keratoses (AKs) reduces incubation time and leads to “virtually painless” treatment,

Screen eye clinic patients for depression: study

By Lorraine L. Janeczko NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Eye clinic patients with low vision or blindness, and those who smoke or have diabetes, are at increased risk of being depressed and should be

Anti-delirium strategy reduces postop confusion in elderly

By Gene Emery (Reuters Health) - A daily 30-minute regimen designed to help elderly surgery patients stay oriented can cut the rate of postoperative delirium in half and help them return home sooner,

Few cotreatment strategies outperform monotherapy in schizophrenia

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Only a minority of antipsychotic drug treatment combinations outperform monotherapy in patients with schizophrenia, according to a systematic overview of

Kenyan lawyer takes on president in battle for rights

By Daniel Wesangula NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Allan Maleche was offered a position at one of Kenya's top law firms on graduation, he did not imagine a future as an activist standing

Psoriasis patients have more high-risk coronary-artery plaque

By Joan Stephenson NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Psoriasis patients have higher levels of risky lipid-rich non-calcified coronary-artery plaque compared with both hyperlipidemic patients a decade older

Urinary RNA testing helps identify aggressive prostate cancer

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Urinary testing for TMPRSS2:ERG and PCA3 RNA can identify men with aggressive prostate cancer and avoid unnecessary biopsies, according to results from

Ferric carboxymaltose improves post-gastrectomy acute isovolemic anemia

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Ferric carboxymaltose is an effective treatment for isovolemic anemia following radical gastrectomy, according to results of a phase 3 randomized clinical

Trump budget cuts may stir backlash in rural America

By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump’s proposals to slash federal aid to the poor, the sick and people living in rural areas reflect conservatives' demands for a smaller

New WHO head seeks U.S. bipartisan support for global health

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The new head of the World Health Organization (WHO) voiced hope on Wednesday that bipartisan support would prevail in the U.S. Congress to fund global health

UK biotech boasts Europe's best pipeline as Brexit threat looms

By Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's biotech sector boasts the strongest new drug pipeline in Europe but industry leaders say it needs continued access to global talent, funding and

Chocolate tied to decreased risk of irregular heart rhythm

By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - Eating a small amount of chocolate every week or so may decrease the risk of atrial fibrillation, according to study from Denmark. People who ate chocolate one

Ridinilazole versus vancomycin for initial C. difficile infection

By Scott Baltic NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Ridinilazole, a novel, targeted-spectrum antimicrobial, was found to be non-inferior to vancomycin for treating initial Clostridium difficile infection (

“Green collar” workers have a unique profile

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - “Green collar” workers in the United States have a distinct demographic profile, and their on-the-job risks are unique, according to three new studies of

Fecal microbiota transplantation studies are poorly reported

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Important components of fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) intervention studies are poorly reported, thereby compromising their replication and

U.S. teaching hospitals are expensive but have lower death rates

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Academic medical centers, increasingly spurned by insurers for being more expensive than community hospitals, appear to have lower death rates for older adults

FDA clears Merck's Keytruda for cancer patients with certain biomarkers

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved Merck & Co's immuno-oncology treatment, Keytruda (pembrolizumab), for cancer patients with solid tumors that are

US drug laws aimed at pregnant women stop them seeking healthcare - Amnesty

By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - U.S. state laws used to prosecute pregnant women who take drugs are stopping them seeking help from health services and are a violation of

Leader of moderate Republican House group resigns over healthcare

By Amanda Becker WASHINGTON (Reuters) - One of the leaders of the moderate Republican "Tuesday Group" in the U.S. House of Representatives resigned as co-chairman on Tuesday, citing divisions over

Polyneuropathy outcomes not improved by long-term opioid therapy

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Functional status of patients with polyneuropathy is not improved, and may be worsened, with long-term opioid therapy, according to a retrospective study.

Anabolic steroids tied to irreversible heart damage

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Male weight lifters who use illicit anabolic steroids are more likely to have heart damage than men with similar workout habits who don’t use these drugs, a recent

Adding prednisone to methotrexate may be helpful in early RA

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Adding prednisone to methotrexate (MTX) for early rheumatoid arthritis (RA) results in a lower initiation rate of a biologic, better radiographic

Yemen cholera caseload leaps, death toll rises - WHO

By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - The number of cholera cases in Yemen has leapt, a World Health Organization document showed on Tuesday, with 35,217 suspected cases since April 27, when the outbreak

Childhood social disadvantage linked to early puberty

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Household socioeconomic disadvantage in early life is associated with earlier pubertal timing in both girls and boys, new findings suggest. "In addition

Early-onset atopic dermatitis tied to increased risk of food allergies, asthma

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Children who develop atopic dermatitis before age two are much more likely to develop asthma and food allergy by age six, according to a new study

Ethiopian wins vote to be first African head of WHO

By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, a former health minister and foreign minister of Ethiopia, won an election on Tuesday to head the World Health Organization (WHO), the

Home noninvasive ventilation beneficial after acute COPD exacerbation

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Home noninvasive ventilation (NIV) added to home oxygen therapy prolongs the time to rehospitalization after an acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive

'War on sugar' takes toll; Asia, Brazil struggle to make up shortfall

By Ana Ionova and Chris Prentice LONDON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The "war on sugar" being waged by governments and consumers to combat public health emergencies like diabetes is slowing growth in global

WHO votes for a new leader of global health

By Stephanie Nebehay and Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - World Health Organization member states began voting on Tuesday for the next director-general, with an Ethiopian candidate vying to be the first

UK competition watchdog accuses Merck of obstructing biosimilars

By Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's competition watchdog has accused Merck & Co of operating an unfair discount scheme for its medicine Remicade (infliximab) that it said was designed to

In ovarian cancer, better survival with healthy diet before diagnosis

By Rita Buckley NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Higher fiber intake and a healthy diet prior to a diagnosis of ovarian cancer was associated with improved survival in a study of Australian women. “This

German court favors vaccination of child in parents' dispute

By Reuters Staff FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany's highest court ruled on Tuesday that a father could have his child vaccinated according to a schedule recommended by authorities even though the mother

Kenyan medics say US health aid cuts will mean more abortions

By Neha Wadekar KISUMU, Kenya (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's dramatic expansion of a policy blocking U.S. aid to organizations offering abortion services will have one sure result, say medical

Trump seeks to slash government spending in budget plan

By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Tuesday will ask Republicans who control the U.S. Congress - and federal purse strings - to slash spending on healthcare and food

BTG's pulmonary embolism device work faster and at lower doses in study

By Paul Sandle LONDON (Reuters) - British pharmaceutical firm BTG said on Monday its EKOS combination therapy device for pulmonary embolism (PE) was effective using smaller drug dosages and shorter

Novo Nordisk looks to expand Latin American obesity business

By Stine Jacobsen and Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Danish drugmaker Novo Nordisk is looking to expand its obesity business in Latin America on the back of "phenomenal" performance

FDA preliminary review finds breast cancer drug effective

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - Shares of Puma Biotechnology Inc surged about 80 percent on Monday after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration staffers concluded after a preliminary review that the

Celgene MS drug clears key trial, but disability data falls short

By Divya Grover (Reuters) - Celgene Corp's multiple sclerosis drug met the main goal of reducing annualized relapse rate, compared with Biogen Inc's Avonex, in a second late-stage trial, but failed

AstraZeneca's severe asthma drug shows promise

By Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) - AstraZeneca's experimental injection for severe asthma cut substantially the need for patients to take problematic oral steroids drugs in a late-stage study,

Heart safety clouds hopes for Amgen, UCB bone drug approval

By Bill Berkrot and Ben Hirschler (Reuters) - Amgen Inc and UCB SA no longer expect their experimental osteoporosis drug to win U.S. approval this year after a higher rate of serious heart-related

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