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Make-a-Wish program tied to lower hospital costs for sick kids

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Kids with life-threatening illnesses who receive a special gift from the Make-a-Wish Foundation may have lower hospital costs than sick children who don't get these

Appendix tied to Parkinson's disease risk

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Removal of the appendix is linked with lower Parkinson's disease (PD) risk, particularly for people in rural regions, and this finding may shed light on

Alphabet unit halts glucose-detecting contact lens project

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's life sciences division Verily said on Friday that it was putting on hold one of its oldest and highest-profile projects, a smart contact lens designed to

Number of hungry children in Africa's Sahel hits 10-year high - U.N.

By Umberto Bacchi LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The number of hungry children in West Africa's Sahel region reached a 10-year high in 2018 due to poor rains, conflict and high food prices, the

Indian Nobel laureate wants global treaty to tackle online child abuse

By Roli Srivastava LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Nobel peace laureate Kailash Satyarthi called on Friday for a United Nations convention on online child sex abuse and trafficking, saying an

Eleventh child dies from viral outbreak at New Jersey facility

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - An 11th child has died in less than four weeks at a New Jersey rehabilitation center, one of 34 young patients with compromised immune systems to have been infected by a

Pfizer plans to increase U.S. drug prices in January

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters) - Pfizer Inc said on Friday that it plans to hike U.S. prices on 41 of its medicines in January, after walking back its previous price increases this summer under

Hygiene standards not up to the mark at farmers' markets

By Tamara Mathias (Reuters Health) - Vendors at farmers' markets could benefit from lessons in food-safety, according to researchers at Pennsylvania State University. The researchers visited farmers'

Tens of thousands die in Africa each year due to fake drugs

By Sofia Christensen DAKAR (Reuters) - When Moustapha Dieng came down with stomach pains one day last month he did the sensible thing and went to a doctor in his hometown of Ouagadougou, Burkina

New 'Cold Card' helps first-responders treat hypothermia

By Carolyn Crist (Reuters Health) - Search and rescue teams and first responders have a new resource for assessing people who have been exposed to extreme cold. Based on Wilderness Medical Society

Brain network abnormalities may precede psychosis

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Abnormalities in the brain's functional organization can be observed in at-risk youth who go on to develop psychosis, according to new findings from the

Social media posts by marijuana companies may have teen appeal

By Linda Carroll (Reuters Health) - In Washington state, where recreational marijuana has been legal since 2012, cannabis companies are forbidden by law from making social media posts that appeal to

Smartphone app reduces cancer-pain severity and pain-related hospital admissions

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Use of an artificial intelligence (AI)-based smartphone app can help reduce the severity of cancer pain and related hospital admissions, according to a new

Interview: Cavs' Love on a mission to change attitudes about mental health

By Rory Carroll (Reuters) - Kevin Love is one of the toughest players in the NBA but the embodiment of that type of masculinity is 'outdated' and 'dangerous' and stops men from seeking help for

Tech, banking giants back same-sex marriage in Taiwan ahead of referendum

By Beh Lih Yi KUALA LUMPUR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Banking and technology giants including JPMorgan, Google and Microsoft on Friday threw their support behind a campaign for same-sex marriage

DNA-engineered micromotors enable cellphone detection of HIV

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A novel cellphone-based system uses DNA-engineered micromotors powered by metal nanoparticles to detect HIV in blood with high sensitivity and specificity,

VAP-1 inhibitor shows early promise in diabetic kidney disease

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - ASP8232, a novel inhibitor of vascular adhesion protein-1 (VAP-1), reduces the urinary albumin-to-creatinine ratio in patients with type 2 diabetes and

Lack of school toilets puts 620 mln children in danger - report

By Naimul Karim LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A lack of proper school toilets threatens the health, education and safety of at least 620 million children around the world, the charity WaterAid

Increased risk of atrial fibrillation in men with migraine with visual aura

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Migraine with visual aura is associated with an increased risk of developing atrial fibrillation (AF), according to results from the Atherosclerosis Risk

AstraZeneca's pivotal lung cancer trial fails main goal in late stage trial

By Noor Zainab Hussain and Arathy S Nair (Reuters) - AstraZeneca said on Friday its immunotherapy drug Imfinzi did not meet the main goal of improving survival rates for patients with the most

Hypothermia use falling in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest

By David Douglas NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - There has been a decline in application of therapeutic hypothermia in people who experience out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, according to a large

A new blood test may help monitor celiac disease activity

By Lorraine L. Janeczko NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A new biomarker assay may detect celiac disease and monitor its progress, new research suggests. "We identified immunogenic epitopes of the tTG-DGP

Death of a teen shows dangers of sniffing, huffing to get high

By Linda Carroll (Reuters Health) - The death of a Dutch teen serves as a grim reminder of the dangers associated with inhaling common household products, such as spray-on deodorant, keyboard dusters

INTERVIEW-Colombia acid attack survivor calls for greater action to help other victims

By Anastasia Moloney LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - After 35 operations to reconstruct her face burned in an acid attack four years ago, Colombian Natalia Ponce de Leon has overcome her anger

African clinicians prefer training, supplies over money

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Instead of money, African clinicians would rather get educational/training programs and medical/hospital supplies from global outreach programs,

Doctors still advise against marijuana for pregnant and breastfeeding women

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Even though there are still a lot of unknowns about the effects of marijuana exposure in the womb and from breast milk, research to date still suggests that

Kids' mental-health issues on the rise in the ED

By Rob Goodier NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - More children seem to be presenting to U.S. emergency departments with mental-health problems, and minorities may account for a disproportionate share,

Assisted reproduction tied to risk of intellectual disabilities in kids

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Parents who use reproductive technologies like in vitro fertilization (IVF) may be more likely to have children with intellectual disabilities than those who

Psoriasis associated with sexual dysfunction

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - People with psoriasis may be at increased risk of sexual dysfunction, particularly when they also suffer from mood disorders or arthritis, a research review

Service workers say supervised injection facilities could cut restroom overdoses

By Carolyn Crist (Reuters Health) - During interviews about opioid overdoses in public restrooms, New York City service industry workers said they supported the idea of supervised injection facilities

DNA-repair-gene mutations linked to more aggressive prostate cancer

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Germline mutations in three DNA-repair genes (ATM and BRCA1/2) are associated with a greater likelihood of grade reclassification in men on active

No increase in cardiovascular events with linagliptin in high-risk diabetics

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Major cardiovascular events are not increased in adults with type 2 diabetes and high cardiovascular and renal risk who use the DPP-4 inhibitor linagliptin

Microfluidic squeezing may edge electroporation for immune cell processing

By David Douglas NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Unlike transfection via the widely used electroporation technique, microfluidic squeezing (SQZ) preserves the functionality of primary immune cells,

Metabolic surgery tops drugs for reducing diabetes-related complications

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - For obese patients with type 2 diabetes, metabolic surgery (sleeve gastrectomy and Roux-Y gastric bypass) prolongs life and reduces cardiovascular events

German court imposes diesel ban on western cities and motorway

By Reuters Staff DUESSELDORF (Reuters) - A German administrative court on Thursday ruled that the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia must ban older diesel vehicles from parts of the nation's

U.S. FDA will ban flavored e-cigarettes at U.S. convenience stores

By Chris Kirkham (Reuters)The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday announced sweeping new restrictions on flavored tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes popular among teenagers in

DNA firm schooled in war zones helps ID California fire victims

By Gabriella Borter (Reuters) - The remains of victims charred beyond recognition in the California wildfires are being identified by a pioneering DNA analysis company that primarily works in war

Ultrasonography useful for predicting ovarian-cancer risk

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The ultrasonographic appearance of ovarian masses is strongly associated with a woman's risk of ovarian cancer, researchers report. "Ovarian cancer is a

Patients with childhood-onset IBD have increased mortality rate

By Scott Baltic NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Children diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) have a three-fold increase in mortality compared with the general population when followed through

Fluoxetine does not appear beneficial in acute flaccid myelitis

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Fluoxetine does not appear to improve limb strength in children with acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), a retrospective study suggests. "Despite having activity

Millions at risk globally from U.S. abortion 'gag rule' - experts

By Ellen Wulfhorst KIGALI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A gag rule imposed by President Donald Trump that bans U.S.-funded groups around the world from discussing abortion has sown confusion and fear

Tens of thousands die in Africa each year due to fake drugs

By Sofia Christensen DAKAR (Reuters) - When Moustapha Dieng came down with stomach pains one day last month he did the sensible thing and went to a doctor in his hometown of Ouagadougou, Burkina

COLUMN-How U.S. seniors on Medicare can bridge the gap in dental insurance

(The opinions expressed here are those of the author, a columnist for Reuters.) By Mark Miller CHICAGO (Reuters) - During a recent visit to my dentist, we got talking about his frustrations with

Low emission zones improve city air, but not enough -study

By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - London's low emission traffic zone has modestly reduced residents' exposure to diesel engine pollution, but the better air quality has not brought improved lung

EXCLUSIVE-Safety and time are women's biggest concerns about transport - global poll

By Belinda Goldsmith LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Safety is the biggest concern for women using public and private transport in five of the world's biggest commuter cities, according to a

UK health service risks 350,000 staff gap by 2030 -thinktanks

By Reuters Staff LONDON (Reuters) - Lack of staff now represents a bigger challenge to Britain's health service than funding and the system could face a 350,000 personnel shortage by 2030, leading

Babies' brain development may not depend on sleeping through the night

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Infants who don't sleep through the night don't seem to be at higher risk for cognitive or motor development problems, a Canadian study suggests. Deciding when or

Merck drug Keytruda succeeds in late-stage esophageal cancer trial

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - Merck & Co's blockbuster drug Keytruda (pembrolizumab) met the main goal of the Phase 3 KEYNOTE-181 trial testing the treatment in patients with advanced esophageal or

In rural France, Macron seeks remedy for 'healthcare deserts'

By Matthias Blamont LAVAL, France (Reuters) - When Joelle Dupas falls ill, she goes to a medical center in her home town in rural western France where all 12 doctors have come out of retirement. The

Jury clears J&J of liability in California talc cancer case

By Tina Bellon (Reuters) - A California jury on Wednesday cleared Johnson & Johnson of liability in a case involving a woman who alleged that the company's talc-based products, including its baby

Surgeons design inexpensive headlamp to make operations safer in poor conditions

By Linda Carroll (Reuters Health) - Surgeries in poorer countries can become dangerous when electrical power goes out, as it often does. That's why a group of doctors working with a charity called

Impact of Medicare billing changes varies by specialty

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The proposed collapsing of payment amounts for levels 2 to 5 evaluation and management (E/M) services by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid

Prednisone cuts risk of dangerous immune-system rebound during HIV-TB treatment

By Gene Emery NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Giving low-dose prednisone soon after initiation of HIV therapy to people who are both infected with tuberculosis and have very low CD4 counts can prevent

Transdermal nitroglycerin may help ease tendon pain

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Nitroglycerin patches help patients with common injuries to tendons, a research review suggests. The study team focused on overuse tendon injuries in the shoulders,

Stricter state gun laws linked to fewer child deaths from gunshot wounds

By Rob Goodier (Reuters Health) - Twice as many U.S. children die from gunshot wounds in states with lax gun laws, compared to those with stricter rules, researchers told the annual conference of the

Ebola may have long-term neurological sequelae

By Lorraine L. Janeczko ATLANTA (Reuters Health) - Ebola virus disease (EVD) survivors may have long-term neurological complications that are not well understood, according to a new case series. "

Higher CVD risk in IBD not explained by traditional risk factors

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Traditional cardiovascular risk factors are not increased in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), despite their higher risk of cardiovascular

Side effects from immune checkpoint inhibitors may be more common than thought

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Immune-related side effects with immune checkpoint inhibitors may be more common than reported in the initial trials that led to their approval, according

New estimates of distance to pediatric care reveals disparities

By Rob Goodier NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A new method for calculating the distance children must travel for pediatric surgery in the U.S., using publicly available Census data, reveals potential

Cuba to withdraw doctors from Brazil after Bolsonaro snub

By Reuters Staff HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba said on Wednesday it would pull thousands of its doctors from Brazil after the South American nation’s President-elect Jair Bolsonaro questioned their training

Where are the men? Experts target missing link in contraception

By Ellen Wulfhorst RWAMAGANA, Rwanda (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Ask Esther Imaniragena to name her top challenge as she doles out contraceptive advice and supplies at a Rwandan health clinic and

JK Rowling charity urges global action to end orphanages, trafficking

By Emma Batha LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A charity founded by "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling called on Wednesday for businesses, lawyers and tourists to help end orphanages and the

Single injection of platelet-rich plasma yields minimal benefit for photoaged skin

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Compared with placebo, a single injection of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) may reduce signs of photoaging as perceived by recipients of the treatment,

Novel multigene test helps classify thyroid nodules

By David Douglas NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Benign thyroid nodules can often be identified via the ThyroSeq v3 genetic classifier, which may help avoid diagnostic thyroid surgery in many patients,

Nosocomial UTI tied to higher readmission risk in stroke patients

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Stroke patients who develop a urinary tract infection (UTI) during their initial hospitalization are at increased risk of being readmitted to the hospital

Some infants at high risk of meningitis may be missed without lumbar puncture

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Feverish young infants discharged from an emergency department (ED) without cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) testing may be at risk for meningitis and should be

Patients and industry fret over drug supplies, if no Brexit deal

By Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) - Consumers and the pharmaceuticals industry alike are anxious about medicine supplies, if there is no deal on Britain's departure from the European Union. While the

World's top aid agency to promote resilience with new body

By Sebastien Malo NEW ORLEANS (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is to set up a new body to promote resilience, a senior official said, amid growing

Pfizer loses blockbuster drug patent fight in UK Supreme Court

By Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) - Pfizer lost the final round in a long-running patent battle in Britain on Wednesday after the country's highest court ruled against it in a case involving its $5

Most violent injuries seen in ER not reported to police

By Linda Carroll (Reuters Health) - The vast majority of violent injuries seen by doctors in emergency rooms are not reported to police, a new report suggests. Researchers looking at violent injuries

Many US drugstores fail to provide naloxone for opioid overdoses

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Despite state laws expanding access to the opioid-overdose antidote naloxone without a prescription, two U.S. studies suggest many pharmacies don't stock the drug

Concussions tied to doubled risk of suicide

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Survivors of traumatic brain injuries may be more than twice as likely to die by suicide as individuals without a history of injuries like concussions or skull

Obese kids less often demonstrate coping skills, academic interest

By Rob Goodier (Reuters Health) - Obese children may be less likely to meet a set of five markers for childhood flourishing that include academic and emotional skills, a new analysis of U.S. survey

Walmart, Home Depot adopt health insurer tactic in drug copay battle

By Caroline Humer and Michael Erman NEW YORK (Reuters) - Walmart and Home Depot, two of the top 10 U.S. employers, have embraced a health insurance strategy that punishes drugmakers for using discount

Congo's Ebola outbreak to last at least six more months: WHO

By Marina Depetris GENEVA (Reuters) - The Ebola outbreak in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, which has already killed more than 200 people, is expected to last until mid-2019, a senior World

Express Scripts offers new formulary for lower list-price drugs

By Deena Beasley (Reuters) - Express Scripts Holding Co on Tuesday announced a new drug reimbursement list with lower U.S. prices for brand-name medications, as a way to encourage drugmakers to move

Roche's Tecentriq wins fast FDA review in tough-to-treat breast cancer

By John Miller ZURICH, Nov 13 (Reuters) - Swiss drugmaker Roche said on Tuesday its Tecentriq medicine will get a speedy review by U.S. regulators in a tough-to-treat form of breast cancer, as it

Mayo Clinic gets $200 million donation from turnaround expert

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - The Mayo Clinic on Tuesday said it received $200 million, the largest donation the academic medical center has ever received, from Jay Alix, founder of the consulting firm

Juul Labs to pull sweet e-cig flavors to curb youth use

By Chris Kirkham (Reuters) - Juul Labs Inc, the U.S. market leader for electronic cigarettes, said on Tuesday it will pull popular flavors such as mango, cucumber and fruit from retail store shelves

Age key determinant in fertility-preservation success

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women who undergo fertility preservation (FP) are more likely to deliver a live baby if they freeze their eggs before their 36th birthday, according to new

Bariatric surgery may protect against heart failure death years later

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Obese adults who have bariatric surgery and later develop congestive heart failure (CHF) have a lower risk of dying than their peers who did not have

Screening, brief behavioral counseling can reduce unhealthy alcohol use

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Screening and brief behavioral-counseling interventions in primary-care settings can reduce unhealthy alcohol use in adults, according to an updated

Increasing tumor stage predicts local regrowth of rectal cancer during watch-and-wait management

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Increasing tumor stage is associated with greater risk of rectal-cancer local regrowth in patients with a clinical complete response following

Ethnic minorities more likely to have severe dysphagia after ICH

By Lorraine L. Janeczko ATLANTA (Reuters Health) - Ethnic-minority patients with intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) are more likely to have severe dysphagia and receive a feeding tube than are whites,

Hypoxic burden could be better gauge of CVD risk in sleep apnea

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Hypoxic burden is a better predictor of cardiovascular disease (CVD) mortality in sleep apnea patients than apnea-hypopnea index (AHI), a new analysis of

Autonomic-regulation devices show promise in heart failure

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Autonomic-regulation devices improve some outcomes in patients with heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF), according to a systematic review

Diabetes meds may normalize dementia-related changes in brain gene expression

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Antidiabetic agents appear to normalize the aberrant expression of endothelial and insulin receptor signaling pathway (IRSP) genes in the parahippocampal

U.S. plans new limits on heavy-duty truck emissions

By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will announce plans to propose new rules to significantly decrease emissions of smog-forming nitrogen oxide from

Every breath you take: Indian capital's smog leaves children gasping for air

By Malini Menon NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Deepa Tampi worries a lot about the air her two children breathe. The garment exporter says she believes her 14-year-old daughter Mahika and 12-year-old son

Docs should screen kids' daily physical activity as a 'vital sign' for health

By Rob Goodier (Reuters Health) - More than half of U.S. children may not be getting the recommended amount of physical activity and doctors can help by making exercise one of the "vital signs"

Web-based tool identifies PE patients who can be treated at home

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - An online decision-support tool can quickly and easily identify many low-risk patients with acute pulmonary embolism (PE) who can be safely discharged

Helicopter emergency medical services uneven across Europe

By Carolyn Crist (Reuters Health) - The availability of helicopter ambulance service varies widely across different European countries, a recent study suggests. This inconsistency could lead to

New melanoma treatments do not supplant surgery as first-line therapy

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Although several new melanoma treatments have shown promise, none replaces surgery as the primary therapy yet, according to updated guidelines from the

Cosmesis after breast radiation noninferior with hypo- or conventionally fractionated doses

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Cosmetic outcomes after hypofractionated (HF) whole-breast irradiation (WBI) are at least as good as after conventionally fractionated (CF) WBI, according

Online family problem-solving treatment for pediatric TBI more effective for older children

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Online family problem-solving treatment (OFPST) for pediatric traumatic brain injury (TBI) is more effective in older children and when begun after the

Upper GI x-rays unhelpful after sleeve gastrectomy

By David Douglas NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Gastrografin upper gastrointestinal inspection is generally of little value in determining the integrity of staple lines following laparoscopic sleeve

Co-prescribing "never events" are common in Medicare patients with Parkinson's dementia

By Lorraine L. Janeczko ATLANTA (Reuters Health) - Almost half of U.S. Medicare beneficiaries with Parkinson's disease (PD) and dementia are prescribed medications that should never be given together,

REFILE-Endoscopic vein-graft harvesting no less safe than open harvesting

(Modifies headline to clarify point of story, with no changes to text.) By Gene Emery (Reuters Health) - A new comparison of 1,150 patients undergoing coronary-artery bypass grafting at 16 Veterans

World set to miss contraception goal leaving millions of women behind

By Ellen Wulfhorst KIGALI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - An ambitious goal to boost the number of women using modern contraception by tens of millions by 2020 is falling far behind, said experts on

Concussions in World Cup soccer often missed or ignored

By Linda Carroll (Reuters Health) - Concussions are still often missed or ignored in World Cup soccer games despite rule changes designed to sideline players with head injuries, a new study suggests.

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