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Updated pediatric blood pressure guidelines catch more kids at risk for heart disease

By Linda Carroll (Reuters Health) - Pediatric blood pressure guideline changes issued in 2017 increase the number of children diagnosed with high blood pressure, a new study finds. That means more

Soft bedding top cause of suffocation death for sleeping babies in US

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Most sleep-related suffocation deaths among babies less than one year old happen because infants' airways got blocked by things like pillows, blankets, couch

Research needed on long-term osteoporosis drug therapies

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A variety of drugs are effective for preventing osteoporotic fractures, but there are gaps in the evidence supporting their safety and effectiveness beyond

Metformin may help patients maintain weight loss long-term

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - For overweight adults who successfully lose weight with diet and exercise, metformin can help them keep the pounds off long-term, according to new data

Non-adherence to antiplatelet therapy after PCI ups risk of MACE in anemic patients

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In anemic patients who have undergone percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), non-adherence to dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) - but not

Judge upholds New York City's mandatory measles vaccination order

By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Brooklyn judge on Thursday ruled against a group of parents who challenged New York City's recently imposed mandatory measles vaccination order, rejecting

Computers diagnose PTSD by analyzing veterans' speech patterns

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Voice analysis software can help detect post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in veterans based on their speech, a study suggests. While some previous research

Medicare hospital fund reserves likely to be exhausted in 2026 -U.S. report

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - Medicare's hospital insurance fund will be depleted in 2026, as previously forecast, and Social Security program costs are likely to exceed total income in 2020 for the

Promising strategy identifies triple-negative breast cancers that might respond to tamoxifen

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) tumors with estrogen receptor-beta and a mutated p53 tumor suppressor might be responsive to tamoxifen, a series of

Promising results in mice prompt human trial of novel lymphoma vaccine

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - An in situ vaccine (ISV) combined with immune stimulants and radiotherapy showed efficacy in mice, prompting a phase 1 trial of patients with advanced

BPH drugs linked to small increase in type 2 diabetes risk

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Men on long-term treatment of benign prostatic hypertrophy with steroid 5alpha-reductase inhibitors are at a modestly increased risk of type 2 diabetes, a

Transgender US adults have higher risk of poor health

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Transgender adults may be more likely to have unhealthy habits and medical issues that negatively impact their quality of life than people whose gender identity

US FDA grants marketing approval for device to treat ADHD

By Reuters Staff (Reuters Health) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday granted marketing approval for the first medical device to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

U.S. records 71 new measles cases in week as outbreak spreads

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - The United States recorded 71 new measles cases last week, a 13 percent increase as the country faces its second-worst outbreak of the disease in almost two decades,

Artificial neural network identifies cardiac devices on chest x-rays

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Artificial intelligence researchers have developed a new system based on a neural network that can identify the manufacturer and model group of a pacemaker

Dolutegravir during pregnancy appears safe

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Dolutegravir treatment does not appear to worsen pregnancy or neonatal outcomes, according to a registry study. "While the results are not conclusive

Second death in Novartis gene therapy trials under investigation

By Deena Beasley (Reuters) - Novartis AG, which this week announced positive interim trial results for its experimental gene therapy for spinal muscular atrophy, on Friday said investigation is

Merck's Keytruda wins FDA approval as combination therapy for kidney cancer

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Merck & Co Inc's cancer therapy Keytruda (pembrolizumab) as part of a combination therapy for previously untreated

UK soap opera 'Coronation Street' to spotlight modern slavery

By Sonia Elks LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - British soap opera "Coronation Street" will begin a storyline on modern slavery on Monday, highlighting the plight of tens of thousands trapped in

China draws up tighter rules on human gene and embryo trials - Xinhua

By Reuters Staff BEIJING (Reuters) - China's top legislature will consider tougher rules on research involving human genes and embryos, the first such move since a Chinese scientist sparked

Higher state minimum wage tied to lower suicide rates

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Suicide rates grow more slowly in states that increase their minimum wage, according to a U.S. study that suggests this might be one strategy for curbing deaths by

Certain factors predict celiac disease risk in children with positive serology but negative biopsy

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In children with "potential" celiac disease - positive serology but negative biopsy - who are not on gluten-free diets, factors that may help predict

Sleep myths may hinder good sleep and health

By Carolyn Crist (Reuters Health) - Widespread beliefs about sleeping include advice on how much sleep is enough, what quality sleep means and how to achieve it, but when these pronouncements are

Stress disorders tied to increased heart disease risk

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - People who suffer from conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may be more likely to develop cardiovascular disease, a Swedish study suggests, and the

U.S. FDA approves Teva's generic nasal spray to treat opioid overdose

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - Generic drugmaker Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd on Friday received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market its generic naloxone nasal

Catastrophizing may help explain link between PTSD, chronic pain

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Pain catastrophizing mediates the relationship between post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms and chronic pain, according to a new study. "

Evolocumab lowers LDL-C in diabetic patients on maximum statins

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In patients with type 2 diabetes and hyperlipidemia or mixed dyslipidemia on a maximally tolerated statin, treatment with evolocumab lowers

New genetic score might help predict risk of Barrett's esophagus

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A new genetic risk score (GRS) might help predict the risk of Barrett's esophagus independently of most other risk factors, but the results are not

Attacks on hospital in Ebola zone kill Cameroonian doctor

By Reuters Staff GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) - Attacks on a hospital at the epicenter of Democratic Republic of Congo's Ebola outbreak have killed a Cameroonian doctor and injured

Older people feel more youthful when they also feel in control

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Older adults may feel younger than their age on days when they feel most in control of their lives, a small study suggests. People who believe they can influence

In first, New York caps climate emissions from buildings

By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - New York's skyline is getting a green makeover under a bill adopted on Thursday that imposes massive cuts to the planet-warming greenhouse

Budget limits major constraint on heart-failure research

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Insufficient funding is generally the most important of limitations on heart-failure research, but enrolling subjects and contract completion are also

Reporting of adverse drug reactions differs by gender

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Reported adverse reactions to specific drugs show distinct gender differences, new findings show. "Women are more likely to report certain adverse drug

Simulation training can improve operating-room fire management

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Simulation training can significantly improve the ability to manage operating room (OR) fires, according to results from a randomized trial. "You never

Immediate breast reconstruction after mastectomy does not delay adjuvant therapy

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Immediate breast reconstruction after mastectomy for breast cancer does not delay initiation of adjuvant therapy, according to results from the iBRA-2

U.S. launches 4-state study to find ways to reduce opioid overdose deaths

By Manas Mishra and Tamara Mathias (Reuters) - U.S. health officials on Thursday said they will spend $350 million in four states to study ways to best deal with the nation's opioid crisis on the

Lower dose of Pfizer-Lilly painkiller misses main goals in late stage study

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - A lower dose of non-opioid painkiller developed by Pfizer Inc and Eli Lilly and Co failed to meet main goals in a late-stage study in patients with moderate-to-severe

Judge upholds New York City's mandatory measles vaccination order

By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Brooklyn judge on Thursday ruled against a group of parents who challenged New York City's recently imposed mandatory measles vaccination order, rejecting

Crowdsourced AI learns to target lung tumors for radiation

By Linda Carroll (Reuters Health) - In many parts of the world there are not enough radiation oncologists to design and deliver radiation treatments for lung cancer patients, but that gap could one

Obese sleep apnea patients may live longer with PAP therapy

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Obese people with sleep apnea may live longer with positive airway pressure (PAP) therapy, a recent study suggests. After following obese patients with sleep apnea

Many young cancer patients regret initial treatment decisions

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Most teens and young adults with cancer want a voice in how their tumors are treated, but almost one in four express regret about the initial treatment decisions

Global burden of kidney disease high, inequities in care common

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - By 2030, 14.5 million people around the world will have end-stage kidney disease (ESKD), yet only 5.4 million will be treated due to economic, social and

Reminder bell improves incentive spirometer use after CABG

By David Douglas NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Following coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery, compliance with incentive spirometer use was improved by the SpiroTimer, an add-on use tracking

Rapid initiation of single-tablet, quadruple anti-HIV therapy effective

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A high proportion of patients with newly diagnosed HIV-1 infection achieved an undetectable viral load through 48 weeks after starting Symtuza (Janssen)

Many older U.S. gun owners don't store firearms safely

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Roughly one-third of older people in the U.S. may live in households with guns and a new study suggests that many of those firearms are not stored in the safest way

Watch the birdie: Badminton players at risk for eye injuries

By Carolyn Crist (Reuters Health) - Badminton players may be at high risk for serious eye injuries, many of which can bring on permanent vision problems or blindness, according to a study of wounds

Pulse pressure better than systolic BP for predicting severe diabetic retinopathy

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Pulse pressure (PP), the difference between systolic and diastolic blood pressure, is a better predictor of severe diabetic retinopathy than is systolic

FEATURE -Trans weddings in Japan: forced surgery before 'I do'

By Michael Taylor KUALA LUMPUR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - For Tacaquito Usui to marry his partner, Japanese law first requires him to undergo sterilization surgery and be diagnosed with a mental

U.S. Senate leader calls for raising minimum age to buy tobacco products to 21

By Chris Kirkham and Uday Sampath Kumar (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell said on Thursday he plans to introduce legislation to raise the minimum age for buying tobacco products,

In childhood epilepsy, scalp spike ripples predict seizure risk better than spikes

By Lorraine L. Janeczko NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In children with epilepsy, recorded scalp spike ripples are better than spikes at predicting seizure risk, according to new findings. Spike ripples,

New York City defends measles vaccination order in court

By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City's Department of Health defended its mandatory measles vaccination order in a state court on Thursday after a group of anonymous Brooklyn parents

Parent-child reminiscing affects children's pain memories

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - How parents and children reminisce about the child's recent surgery affects the child's pain memory, researchers from Canada report. Children who recall

Online activists are silencing us, scientists say

By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - The emails, tweets and blog posts in the "abuse" folder that Michael Sharpe keeps on his computer continue to pile up. Eight years after he published results of a

FEATURE-Only for 'naughty girls': stigma lingers after S. Korea abortion ban overturned

By Beh Lih Yi KUALA LUMPUR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - South Korea is set to legalize abortion after a decades-long ban was struck down, but women's rights campaigners have warned those who undergo

Tailored program might help some with severe mental illness quit smoking

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A smoking-cessation program tailored to people with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder may help some quit, new findings show. "It doesn't disrupt their

IBD patients who switch from infliximab to biosimilar see mixed results

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) can safely switch from infliximab to the biosimilar CT-P13, though they may face a higher risk of clinical

Yale study revives cellular activity in pig brains hours after death

By Steve Gorman (Reuters) - Yale University scientists have succeeded in restoring basic cellular activity in pigs' brains hours after their deaths in a finding that may one day lead to advances in

Penalizing US hospitals for readmissions doesn't benefit heart failure patients

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Implementation of the U.S. Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP) in the past decade has not been associated with changes in hospital length of

INTERVIEW-Doping-Targeted tests having an impact in e-sports, says Verroken

By Alan Baldwin LONDON (Reuters) - Targeted testing of e-sports competitors is leading to a rethink about drug cheating in online gaming and which stimulants are more widespread, according to

Hearing loss tied to increased risk for depression

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Older adults with hearing loss may be more likely than peers without hearing difficulty to develop symptoms of depression, a research review suggests. Globally,

3D goggles may soon help surgeons see better

By Linda Carroll (Reuters Health) - In a first, heart surgeons in Poland used 3D goggles to help them see inside a patient's chest as they opened up a narrowed heart valve, according to a report in

St. Jude doctors claim cure for 'bubble boy' disease

By Gene Emery (Reuters Health) - Relying on the trickery used by the AIDS virus to infect people, doctors at two medical centers say they have cured 10 infants of so-called bubble boy disease, a

MRI identifies rectal-cancer patients suitable for primary surgery

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - MRI criteria can be used to identify "good prognosis" rectal-cancer patients for primary surgery (without chemoradiotherapy first), according to results

Follow-up finds durable benefit of microbiota transplant for autism symptoms

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) continue to show improvements in autism symptoms and gastrointestinal symptoms two years after undergoing

Pleasant smells may curb cigarette cravings

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Smokers may find cigarettes easier to resist when they smell things they enjoy like peppermint or chocolate, a small study suggests. Most adult smokers say they

France to ban titanium dioxide whitener in food from 2020

By Reuters Staff PARIS (Reuters) - France will ban the use of titanium dioxide as a food additive from 2020 after the country's health and safety agency said there was not enough evidence to guarantee

Donkeys deliver vaccines in Mali as diseases spike with violence

By Nellie Peyton DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - With spiraling ethnic violence exposing more children in Mali to fatal diseases, health workers are using donkeys and boats to deliver life-saving

Dozens of doctors in Appalachia charged in opioid fraud bust

By Gabriella Borter (Reuters) - Dozens of medical professionals in Appalachia, a region hard-hit by the U.S. opioid crisis, have been charged with writing hundreds of thousands of illegal

MR enterography best identifies fibrotic vs inflammatory strictures in Crohn's disease

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Conventional imaging techniques accurately detect strictures in patients with Crohn's disease, but magnetic resonance enterography (MRE) best

Jury still out on routine screening for elevated blood lead in children, pregnant women

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - There remains insufficient evidence to recommend for or against routine screening for elevated blood lead levels in asymptomatic children aged 5 and

Schizophrenia may be tied to brain structural heterogeneity

By David Douglas NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Schizophrenia appears to be associated with increased interindividual differences in brain structure, suggesting that it is a highly heterogeneous disorder

Wrist, upper-arm BP readings often differ considerably

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Systolic blood pressure measured inside the radial artery is commonly higher than pressure measured inside the brachial artery, which has implications for

Closed-loop insulin delivery may improve glycemic control in patients on nutritional support

By Lorraine L. Janeczko NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Closed-loop insulin delivery appears to improve glycemic control in hospital patients receiving nutritional support, researchers report. "We have

Thousands feared at risk after Mexico reforms HIV+ regime

By Oscar Lopez MEXICO CITY (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Thousands of Mexicans living with HIV or at risk of infection could be left without life-saving services after the government changed the way

Ireland pleads with religious orders for answers on baby deaths

By Padraic Halpin DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland pleaded with religious orders on Wednesday to reveal where decades-old remains of all babies who died in their care are buried, after an official inquiry

Switzerland to monitor potential health risks posed by 5G networks

By Reuters Staff ZURICH (Reuters) - Switzerland will introduce a monitoring system to assuage concerns about the potential health impact of fifth-generation (5G) mobile frequency emissions and smooth

Ebola survivors comfort sick and frightened in Congo outbreak

By Alessandra Prentice BENI, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) - Wearing a disposable gown and gloves for protection, Jeanine Masika cradles a 2-year-old Ebola patient and offers the listless

In some states, sexting could land teens in jail for a long time

By Linda Carroll (Reuters Health) - Sexting - the texting of sexual images - is increasingly common among teens, but in nearly half the U.S. the practice may hold an unexpected danger: in 23 states,

Most diabetes apps lack real-time advice on blood sugar management

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Hundreds of smartphone apps promise to make managing type 2 diabetes easier, but very few offer real-time guidance on what to do for dangerously high or low blood

Child abuse, recurrent depression linked to similar changes in brain

By Tamara Mathias (Reuters Health) - Abuse during childhood may cause physical changes to the human brain that in turn may render adults more vulnerable to depression, research suggests. In their

Sexual harassment common in surgical training programs

By Carolyn Crist (Reuters Health) - About seven in 10 young female surgeons say they have experienced at least one form of sexual harassment during their training, according to a new survey. That was

Immune signatures differ between healthy vs complicated lupus pregnancies

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Healthy and uncomplicated lupus pregnancies have similar immune signatures that differ from those in complicated lupus pregnancies, researchers report.

DOACs useful alternative for treating cancer-associated VTE

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) can be a safe alternative to low-molecular-weight heparin (LMWH) for treating cancer-associated venous thromboembolism (

Gene signature linked to survival after pancreatic-cancer surgery

By David Douglas NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In patients with pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) presence of two single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) may help predict surgical outcome,

Ebola is real, Congo president tells skeptical population

By Reuters Staff GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) - C ongolese President Felix Tshisekedi on Tuesday implored people in areas hit by the nation's worst-ever Ebola outbreak to accept the

Recordati to seek Canadian approval for kidney disease drug

By Allison Martell TORONTO (Reuters) - Italy's Recordati said on Tuesday it plans to seek Canadian approval for its drug Cystagon, which treats a rare kidney disease, in a potential blow to Horizon

Age-appropriate CPT improves abuse-related PTSD in young people

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - For young people with abuse-related posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), developmentally adapted cognitive processing therapy (D-CPT) can be an

Two medicated mouthwashes ease radiation-related oral mucositis pain

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Two medicated mouthwashes, one with doxepin and the other with diphenhydramine-lidocaine-antacid ("Magic Mouthwash"), reduce oral mucositis pain in

Reusable tourniquets used for venipuncture often contaminated

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Tourniquets, one of the most widely used and reused items in healthcare, are often contaminated with microbes that could put patients at risk, according to

FDA orders withdrawal of transvaginal surgical mesh from market

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday ordered makers of transvaginal surgical mesh implants to immediately stop sale and distribution of the products in the

Simplified MRI index assesses Crohn's disease activity and severity

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A simplified four-item MRI-based index of activity (MARIAs) quickly assesses Crohn's disease (CD) activity and response to therapy, researchers from Spain

Abnormal Romberg test predicts prolonged concussion recovery

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - When children have had a sport-related concussion, asking them to stand with their feet touching each other and then to close their eyes - the so-called

Doping-Drug testing methods stuck in the 1970s, says former WADA

By Alex Baldwin LONDON (Reuters) - Drug testing methods in sport are still rooted in the 1970s and better technology is needed to catch more than "dopey dopers", former World Anti-Doping head David

Cholera cases rise in Kenya's capital, top hospital says

By Reuters Staff NAIROBI (Reuters) - The Kenyan capital has experienced a jump in cholera cases, one of the city's top hospitals said on Tuesday, adding that eight of its own staff had been infected

World's first vagina museum in London to tackle taboos

By Lin Taylor LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Disco parties, comedy nights, school tours and art exhibitions may be unusual ways to help break the stigma associated with female genitals, but

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