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Details emerge of Republicans' plans to replace Obamacare

By Yasmeen Abutaleb WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Details of potential Obamacare replacements by U.S. House Republicans emerged in news reports on Friday, as Republican lawmakers have vowed to introduce new

Migration elevates striatal dopamine and may increase risk of psychosis

By Lorraine L. Janeczko NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – The experience of migration may be associated with elevated striatal dopamine and possible psychosis, according to new research from Canada and the

Not all insect repellents are equally effective - study

By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - Pay attention to the ingredients of bug sprays and other repellents, because they're not equally effective at warding off mosquitoes that carry diseases like

Bright-light therapy improves sleep-wake cycles in Parkinson's patients

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Bright-light therapy can improve sleep-wake cycles in patients with Parkinson's disease, hint results of a small randomized controlled trial. With

For men, heavy drinking may damage the heart over time

By Madeline Kennedy (Reuters Health) – Men with a history of heavy drinking are more likely to have arterial stiffness, an important measure of heart risk, according to a recent study. “Arterial

Circulating tumor cells may help guide bladder cancer treatment

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Circulating tumor cells (CTCs) might help identify bladder cancer patients who may not be cured by radical cystectomy alone, researchers in Germany

Even minor heart defects may affect kids’ school performance

By Will Boggs MD (Reuters Health) – Children born with heart defects, even minor ones, perform worse than other kids on third-grade reading and math tests, a new study finds. “While it was not

What belongs in medical kits for climbers and hikers?

By Madeline Kennedy (Reuters Health) – For mountain climbers and hikers, injuries often include broken bones, sprains and skin wounds, but many don’t carry the right supplies for the injuries and

Opioid painkillers often stored within reach of little kids

By Carolyn Crist (Reuters Health) – Opioid pain relievers such as codeine and hydrocodone often aren’t stored safely in households with children, according to a new study. About one in three parents

A quarter of unilateral AMD cases may become bilateral over 5 years

By Lorraine L. Janeczko NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Unilateral age-related macular degeneration (AMD) becomes bilateral in a substantial proportion of cases over five years, according to new research

Doppler probe-guided hemostasis improves outcomes in nonvariceal upper GI bleeding

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Using a Doppler probe to guide endoscopic hemostasis improves outcomes of patients with severe nonvariceal upper gastrointestinal (UGI) bleeding,

Most Americans want U.S. to keep funding expanded Medicaid -poll

By Reuters Staff WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A majority of Americans say it is important to keep federal funding for an expansion of the Medicaid program for the poor under Obamacare, even as Republicans

Low-dose aspirin tied to better pregnancy outcomes in women with inflammation

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – A daily low-dose aspirin may give women with inflammation who have lost a pregnancy a better chance of conceiving and carrying to term, researchers

Mom’s antibodies to herpes simplex virus 2 tied to autism in male offspring

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Increased levels of maternal antibodies to herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV-2) in midpregnancy are associated with an elevated risk of autism spectrum disorder

Debriefing may boost performance by reducing mental workload

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Debriefing after a surgical crisis may help residents perform better in subsequent crises by easing their mental workload, according to new research. “

Short-term PCI outcomes appear comparable for bioresorbable scaffolds

By David Douglas NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Everolimus-eluting and novolimus-eluting bioresorbable scaffolds (BRS) appear to have similar short-term efficacy in patients undergoing percutaneous

Scientists test deep brain stimulation as potential anorexia therapy

By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - A small study in 16 people with severe anorexia has found that implanting stimulation electrodes into the brains of patients could ease their anxiety and help them

Millions at risk from African famine worsened by Boko Haram -UN

By Gwladys Fouche OSLO (Reuters) - Aid agencies must get food to close to 3 million people by July to avert a famine in Africa's Lake Chad region caused by drought, chronic poverty and Islamist

White House may boost recreational marijuana enforcement -spokesman

By Reuters Staff WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The administration of President Donald Trump may ramp up enforcement of federal laws against recreational marijuana use, a White House spokesman said on

REFILE-'Fasting-mimicking' diet said to reduce risk factors for aging

(Corrects affiliation in par 2 from UCLA to USC.) By Marilynn Larkin (Reuters Health) – Following a diet that mimics fasting may reduce risk factors for disease in generally healthy people,

Lingual tonsillectomy appears effective for pediatric OSA

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Lingual tonsillectomy appears effective for children with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) caused by lingual tonsil hypertrophy, researchers from Taiwan

Sleep duration linked to mortality in advanced cancer patients

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Sleep duration shows a U-shaped relationship with mortality in advanced cancer patients, with both short and long duration associated with increased

Deadly U.S. heroin overdoses quadrupled in five years -study

By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - The number of deadly heroin overdoses in the United States more than quadrupled from 2010 to 2015, a federal agency said on Friday, as the price of the drug

Cempra's bacterial skin infection drug succeeds in key study

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - Cempra Inc said on Friday that its oral experimental drug to treat acute bacterial skin infections met the main goal of a late-stage study, sending the company's shares

Novartis wins CHMP nod for drug combo against some lung cancers

By Reuters Staff ZURICH (Reuters) - Swiss drugmaker Novartis's drugs Tafinlar (dabrafenib) and Mekinist (trametinib) edged closer to approval in Europe to be used together against a type of lung

REFILE-Antiandrogen therapy for recurrent prostate cancer yields survival benefit

(In para 2 of story originally posted on Feb 1, changes "4" percentage points to "5") By Gene Emery NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Adding antiandrogen therapy to radiation therapy can slightly improve

Doctor-rating websites lack helpful information

By Carolyn Crist (Reuters Health) – Consumers increasingly turn to commercial physician-rating websites, similar to those for restaurants and hotels, when searching for a new doctor, but the sites

Boston Scientific recalls Lotus Valve heart devices

By Natalie Grover (Reuters) - Boston Scientific Corp said on Thursday it was recalling its Lotus range of heart devices, citing reports of problems with the locking mechanism, sending its shares down

China updates key drug list in boost for Big Pharma

By Adam Jourdan SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China has updated list of medicines covered by basic medical insurance schemes, a long-awaited fillip for drugmakers in the world's second-largest drug market

Cyclacel's leukemia drug for elderly patients fails in key study

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - Cyclacel Pharmaceuticals Inc said its lead experimental drug did not help elderly patients with acute myeloid leukemia live longer in a late-stage study. The drug

Merck drug prevents serious infection after marrow transplant -study

By Bill Berkrot (Reuters) - An experimental Merck & Co drug succeeded in preventing clinically serious cytomegalovirus (CMV) following bone marrow transplant and was associated with a lower death

Acupuncture might help prevent migraine

By Shereen Lehman (Reuters Health) – For people with migraine without aura, regular acupuncture may help reduce the frequency of attacks, hints a study from China. Patients with migraine without

Burnout among pediatric residents leads to worse patient care

By Madeline Kennedy (Reuters Health) – A large number of pediatric residents may already be experiencing burnout, a recent U.S. study suggests, and those who do are more likely to make errors or take

Less recurrent pancreatitis seen with adherence to cholecystectomy guidelines

By Lorraine L. Janeczko NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Treating biliary pancreatitis according to cholecystectomy guidelines is associated with a smaller risk of recurrence and later hospitalization,

Encephalopathy outbreak in India traced to lychee consumption

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Annual outbreaks of acute toxic encephalopathy among children living in India’s main lychee-growing region are due to consumption of the fruit, a new

Systematic counseling approach may curb overtreatment of prostate cancer

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Teaching physicians how better to communicate the benefits and risks of prostate-cancer treatments can decrease overtreatment, researchers report. “

Increasing incidence of ACL tears in young patients

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The incidence of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears in younger U.S. patients has increased over the past two decades, according to a retrospective

Victims of sex crime race strict Indian abortion deadline

By Roli Srivastava MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Shiny Varghese Padiyara knew she faced a race against time when a woman rescued from a brothel was brought to her shelter in the Indian city

Is homemade baby food healthier for infants?

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Babies who get homemade food may learn to like a wider variety of food types and be leaner than infants who eat store-bought products, a study suggests. The World

REFILE-Volatility of the gut microbiome tied to IBD

(Corrects spelling of Dr. Jansson throughout.) By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Fluctuations in the gut microbiome over time could underlie inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), including

Neuromodulation appears to maintain fecal continence

By David Douglas NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Continuous sacral neuromodulation appears to have a long-term effect on fecal incontinence in about half of patients, according to a retrospective study

Pregnant opioid users need treatment, not jail, pediatricians say

By Ronnie Cohen (Reuters Health) - Every 25 minutes, a drug-addicted baby is born in the U.S. To try to protect the youngest victims of the nation’s opioid epidemic, Tennessee enacted a law that

Gender disparity in academic medicine sponsorship

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Women are less likely than men to gain sponsorship from their mentors in academic medicine, according to results of a survey of NIH grant recipients. "

Why living longer should not lead to retirement benefit cuts

By Mark Miller CHICAGO (Reuters) - When you hear a politician start a sentence with the phrase "We’re all living longer," grab your wallet. You are about to be told that Social Security or Medicare

Peritoneal resuscitation improves outcomes in trauma patients

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Peritoneal resuscitation improves outcomes of trauma patients undergoing damage-control surgery (DCS), according to results from a randomized controlled

Increased heart-failure risk after modern breast-cancer radiotherapy

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – The risk of heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) increases with increasing cardiac radiation exposure associated with contemporary

Can Barcelona 'superblocks' cut traffic and clean up city air?

By Sophie Davies BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The daily life and work of Gabrielle Green, a language teacher in the Spanish city of Barcelona, just got that little bit easier - but not

Depression top cause of disability, strikes young and old - WHO

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - More than 4 percent of the world's population lives with depression, and women, youth and the elderly are the most prone to its disabling effects, the World

Prognostic value of biomarkers in colorectal cancer hinge on tumor location

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – The utility of tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes for predicting colorectal cancer survival depends on the location of the tumor, new research suggests. “The

Many pacemaker recipients can safely get non-chest MRIs

By Gene Emery (Reuters Health) - It might be possible for people with an older pacemaker to safely undergo magnetic resonance imaging after all. A new study suggests that avoiding an MRI of the

Same-sex marriage laws tied to fewer teen suicide attempts

By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - Enacting policies that promote equality, like same-sex marriage laws, may ease the mental burdens on lesbian, gay and bisexual young people, a new U.S. study

Gut microbiome a player in response to anti-PD-1 cancer immunotherapy

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The gut microbiome may play a role in response to anti-PD-1 immune checkpoint inhibitor therapy, new research suggests. The study in patients with

Many U.S. cancer patients struggle to afford life-saving medications

By Madeline Kennedy (Reuters Health) – As cancer drug costs rise, U.S. cancer patients are more likely than other medical patients to struggle with paying for prescription medications, according to a

Online treatment reduces chronic knee pain from arthritis

By Shereen Lehman (Reuters Health) – A web-based program of exercise and coping skills training improves both function and pain in arthritic knees, a new study suggests. This kind of online therapy

India seeks to crack down on C-section birth for profits

By Nita Bhalla NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - India's minister for women said on Wednesday she would seek to regulate cesarean sections and "name and shame" gynecologists who dupe women

Licorice during pregnancy linked to health issues for kids

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Women who consume licorice during pregnancy might be more likely to have children with cognitive or behavioral problems than women who consume little or no

African American stroke survivors need more care but have more ‘positive’ caregivers

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – African American stroke survivors require more weekly care than white stroke survivors require, yet their caregivers are more positive about their roles

Indonesia orders recall of 'vulgar' children's sex-education book

By Reuters Staff JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia has ordered a publisher to withdraw a sex-education book for children, which addresses the subject of masturbation, for being too vulgar. The publisher

New mnenomic could help cut false diagnoses of recluse spider bites

By Scott Baltic NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A simple mnemonic can help avoid false diagnosis of recluse spider bites, which has been mistaken for up to 40 other medical conditions, according to three

Tool predicts if patients with chest pain need cardiac testing

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – A web-based tool made up of commonly gathered clinical information can identify patients with chest pain who may not need a stress test or cardiac

U.S. top court sides with disabled girl in dispute over service dog

By Andrew Chung (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday sided with a disabled Michigan girl whose school refused to let her bring her service dog to class, making it easier in cases like hers

CVS removes artificial trans fats from its food brands

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - CVS Health Corp said its pharmacy chain had removed artificial trans fats, which have been linked to rising rates of heart diseases, from its store-branded food products

Self-guided internet-based CBT may help ease depression

By Gene Emery (Reuters Health) – Online programs offering cognitive behavioral therapy without the therapist can reduce depression symptoms for some, according to a new review of existing research on

Microbial signature could help in Crohn’s diagnosis

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Crohn’s disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC) are distinctly different on the microbiome level, new findings show. “Dysbiosis (alteration in the

Life expectancy study shows many likely to live beyond 90 by 2030

By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - Average life expectancy will rise in many countries by 2030, breaking through 90 years in some places, and policymakers need to make more efforts to plan for it,

Wild boars roam Czech forests - and some of them are radioactive

By Reuters Staff PRAGUE (Reuters) - The Czech Republic has an unusual problem this winter with its wild boar meat, a local delicacy. The boars are radioactive. Actually, it's not the boars

"Alarming" superbugs a risk to people, animals and food, EU warns

By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - Superbug bacteria found in people, animals and food across the European Union pose an "alarming" threat to public and animal health having evolved to resist widely

Increased monitoring detects more atrial fibrillation after acute stroke

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – More frequent, more prolonged Holter monitoring initiated early is better than standard care for the detection of atrial fibrillation (AF) after acute

Office-based laryngeal surgery using CO2 lasers feasible for some lesions

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Many laryngeal lesions are amenable to office-based treatment using carbon dioxide lasers, researchers from Taiwan report. “CO2 laser is the oldest laser

Photodynamic therapy useful in some with squamous cell carcinoma

By David Douglas NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Photodynamic therapy (PDT) along with ablative fractional laser therapy is effective in treating microinvasive squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) when surgery

Stem cell transplant prevents progression in multiple sclerosis

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (AHSCT) prevented neurological progression in many patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) in a

Studies provide fuller picture of testosterone benefits, risks

By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - Testosterone-containing gels may offer a mixed bag of benefits and risks for men with low levels of testosterone, according to a series of five new studies.

Toddler behavioral symptoms may hint at celiac disease

By Shereen Lehman (Reuters Health) – For young children with a family history of celiac disease, anxiety, aggression, sleep problems and other behavioral issues might signal that it’s time to test

Patient complaints tied to risk of surgical complications

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Patients whose surgeons receive large numbers of complaints may be more at risk of surgical and medical complications, researchers suggest. “

Lifestyle modifications improve outcomes in women with breast cancer

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Several lifestyle modifications, most importantly exercise, can improve prognosis and overall health in women with breast cancer. "Physicians should

Virginia governor vetoes bill defunding Planned Parenthood

By Reuters Staff WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe on Tuesday vetoed a bill that would have blocked funding for Planned Parenthood, which provides abortions and other health

Volatility of the gut microbiome tied to IBD

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Fluctuations in the gut microbiome over time could underlie inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), including Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis, researchers

Stress hormone may help explain health advantages of marriage

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Married couples may be healthier than single, divorced or widowed adults at least in part because they have lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol, a recent

Fructose tied to advanced liver disease in children and teens

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Obese youth with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and a diet high in fructose may be more likely to develop serious chronic liver damage common in adult

Yemen launches polio vaccination drive amid fears disease could reappear

By Emma Batha LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Yemen has launched a major polio vaccination campaign amid fears the disease could reappear in the war-ravaged nation where the health system is on

Genetic variant linked to risk of liver cancer after hep C eradication

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – A single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) in the tolloid-like 1 (TLL1) gene is associated with the development of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) after

Mutations tied to ibrutinib resistance in leukemia

By David Douglas NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia, mutations indicating acquired resistance to the Bruton tyrosine kinase (BTK) inhibitor ibrutinib may help

Collateral vessels on arterial spin labeling MRI tied to better outcome

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Patients with acute ischemic stroke who have collateral blood vessels identified by arterial spin labeling (ASL) MRI have better modified Rankin Scale (mRS

Peritoneal dialysis prevents fluid overload in infants after cardiac surgery

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Peritoneal dialysis is superior to furosemide for prevention of fluid overload in infants after cardiac surgery, according to a randomized clinical trial.

Few differences in outcomes among reduced-dose anticoagulants in AFib

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – There are few differences in stroke and bleeding rates among non-vitamin K-antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) and warfarin when used at reduced doses

Fewer late skin side effects with accelerated partial breast irradiation

By Lorraine L. Janeczko NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Accelerated partial breast irradiation (APBI) with interstitial brachytherapy may be an alternative to whole-breast irradiation (WBI) for some

NICU-based interventions may help depressed new moms of preemies

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – For depressed new moms of preemies, interventions delivered within the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) may have benefits, a review of published studies

Nicotinamide shows potential in model of macular degeneration

By David Douglas NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Nicotinamide, a vitamin B3 derivative, represses age-related macular degeneration (AMD) disease-related phenotypes in a human-induced pluripotent stem

U.N. says 1.4 million children at imminent risk of death in famines

By Reuters Staff GENEVA (Reuters) - Nearly 1.4 million children are at "imminent risk" of death in famines in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, the U.N. children's agency UNICEF said on

BrainStorm seeks early approval for stem cell treatment in Canada

By Reuters Staff TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Israel's BrainStorm Cell Therapeutics is seeking early approval in Canada for its adult stem cell treatment for patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)

China revises food, drug safety targets for 2020

By Reuters Staff BEIJING (Reuters) - China has revised 2020 regulatory targets for food and drug safety in a bid to crack down on illegal activity and lax regulation. The State Council, in

FDA rejects Amphastar's nasal opioid overdose treatment

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - Amphastar Pharmaceuticals Inc said on Tuesday that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had rejected its application to market an intranasal version of the emergency

Company-funded studies of approved drugs may not catch safety issues

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Studies drug companies fund after medicines go on sale may be too small to detect rare side effects, a German study suggests. Even if these post-marketing studies

Norway pledges $10 mln to counter Trump's global anti-abortion move

By Reuters Staff OSLO (Reuters) - Norway has joined an international initiative to raise millions of dollars to replace shortfalls left by U.S. President Donald Trump's ban on U.S.-funded groups

Boosting exercise capacity may prolong life

By Shereen Lehman (Reuters Health) – Improving maximal exercise capacity over time may prolong life, suggests a new study. People who started with low exercise capacity but were able to improve to

Norma McCorvey, plaintiff in Roe v. Wade abortion ruling, dies at 69

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - Norma McCorvey, the anonymous plaintiff known as "Jane Roe" in the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark Roe v. Wade ruling legalizing abortion, died on Saturday at the age of 69

Upper endoscopy screening in Koreans reduces risk of gastric cancer death

By Rita Buckley NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Upper endoscopy screening through the Korean National Cancer Screening Program reduces the risk of death from gastric cancer, researchers say. Dr. Jae

Better AML outcomes after myeloablative conditioning pretransplant

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Myeloablative conditioning (MAC) provides better outcomes than reduced-intensity conditioning (RIC) for patients undergoing hematopoietic cell

Killed oral cholera vaccine appears safe in pregnant women

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – The killed oral cholera vaccine appears to be safe in pregnant women, according to a small observational study in Malawi. Although the World Health

Study confirms link between bilateral ovary removal, heart risks

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Bilateral ovarian removal at the time of hysterectomy in premenopausal women with benign disease may be associated with an increased risk of

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