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REFILE-Shorter waits for new patients at VA than in private sector, U.S. study finds

(Corrects Dr. Lieberman's title in para 3) By Linda Carroll (Reuters Health) - In many cases, veterans get a first appointment at VA hospitals quicker than the general public gets first appointments

Long-term exercise by older adults tied to lower risk of falls

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Older adults who have exercised regularly for at least a year may be less likely to experience falls or related injuries than their less active peers, a research

Samsung Bioepis biosimilar to Roche's Herceptin wins FDA nod

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Friday it had approved a biosimilar to Roche Holding AG's blockbuster breast cancer treatment, Herceptin. The biosimilar,

Shorter waits for new patients at VA than in private sector, U.S. study finds

By Linda Carroll (Reuters Health) - In many cases, veterans get a first appointment at VA hospitals quicker than the general public gets first appointments with health care providers, government

Insomnia treatment may help ease depression during menopause

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Women going through menopause may have fewer symptoms of depression when they get treatment for insomnia than when they don't, a recent experiment suggests.

Swiss team develop 'microswimmer' robot to deliver drugs through the body

By Reuters Staff LONDON (Reuters) - A tiny sliver of elastic material swims along inside a narrow tube, coiling up and changing shape in response to the thickness of fluid and the contours of the tube

Lidocaine-prilocaine cream may ease IUD insertion pain

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A network meta-analysis suggests that lidocaine-prilocaine is more effective than some other analgesic options for relieving pain during insertion of an

Bariatric surgery may boost sexual function in women

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Sexual function in severely obese women improves after bariatric surgery, researchers in Brazil say. Dr. Ubirajara Barroso Jr. of Universidade Federal da

Influenza confers added risk for those with heart failure

By Ankur Banerjee (Reuters Health) - When people with heart failure are hospitalized, having influenza is tied to greater odds of respiratory and kidney complications and a higher chance they won't

Pharmacogenomic testing might aid antidepressant treatment, researchers say

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Pharmacogenomics testing might help to identify less effective medications for patients with major depressive disorder, according to results from the

Hypertension treatment not tied to fall risk in older women

By David Douglas NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Long-term treatment and control of high blood pressure does not increase the risk of falls in postmenopausal women, according to a prospective cohort study

Study links opioid epidemic to painkiller marketing

By Gene Emery (Reuters Health) - Researchers are reporting a link between doctor-targeted marketing of opioid products and the increase in U.S. deaths from overdoses. In a county-by-county analysis,

New initiative may reduce racial disparities in breastfeeding

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A hospital- and community-based initiative to create a more breastfeeding-friendly environment for new mothers and their babies can also help reduce racial

Inappropriate antibiotic prescribing for acute bronchiolitis persists

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Inappropriate prescribing of antibiotics for children with acute bronchiolitis persists in U.S. emergency departments (EDs), researchers report. "

Detailed anti-bullying laws can help protect LGBT+ teens, research says

By Benjamin Long NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - U.S. states with anti-bullying laws that explicitly protect LGBT+ teens have fewer suicide attempts among youth than states with more general

Venezuela to receive 2,000 Cuban doctors pulled from Brazil -Maduro

By Reuters Staff CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela will receive 2,000 Cuban doctors who left Brazil following a dispute between the Communist-run island and the government of far-right Brazilian President

Isle of Man becomes first in British Isles to decriminalize abortion

By Lin Taylor LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The Isle of Man has become the first of the British Isles to decriminalize abortion in a dramatic reform that received almost unanimous support in

CVS, Walmart resolve pharmacy contract impasse

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - Walmart Inc, the world's largest retailer, will remain part of CVS Health Corp's network for commercial and Medicaid pharmacy customers, the companies said on Friday,

Sensors, machine learning spot kids with internalizing disorders

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Measuring movement during a 90-second fear-induction task can distinguish children with internalizing diagnoses from controls, new research shows. The

Watchful waiting tied to worse survival for some rectal-cancer patients

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A new study suggests caution in opting for a watch-and-wait strategy in patients with rectal cancer who achieve a complete clinical response (cCR) to

Lilly's sarcoma drug Lartruvo fails study

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - Eli Lilly and Co said on Friday its cancer treatment Lartruvo (olaratumab), approved on an accelerated basis in 2016, failed to improve patient survival in a long-term

FDA advisory panel split over Sanofi-Lexicon diabetes drug

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - Independent experts on an advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration were divided over whether to recommend approval of a treatment for type 1 diabetes

Essure sterilization implant tied to higher re-intervention rates

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Hysteroscopic sterilization with the Essure device is associated with an increased risk of reoperation within seven years when compared with laparoscopic

Junk food ads disproportionately target black and Hispanic kids - report

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Television advertising in the U.S. for candy, fast food, sugary drinks and other unhealthy treats continues to target mostly black and Hispanic youth, according to

Intersex people should not live in 'fear of humiliation' - UK minister

By Rachel Savage LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Intersex people should not live in fear of humiliation or miss out on going to school, a minister said on Thursday, as Britain launched a

Misdiagnosis of penicillin allergy common

By Carolyn Crist (Reuters Health) - Most patients who report having a penicillin allergy are not really allergic to the antibiotic, and they may be missing out on the best treatment for their

Short sleep tied to subclinical atherosclerosis

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - People who sleep less than six hours a night may be more likely to develop subclinical atherosclerosis than those who sleep seven to eight hours, a Spanish study

Long-lasting menopause symptoms may be tied to slightly higher breast cancer risk

By Tamara Mathias (Reuters Health) - Women who experience symptoms of menopause for many years may be slightly more likely to develop breast cancer than women who never had these symptoms, a U.S.

Haitian women struggle to get help for children fathered by U.N. troops

By Anastasia Moloney BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The United Nations is failing to give Haitian mothers who say their children were fathered by peacekeepers the help it promised in their

Higher risk for neck injury after concussion in females

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Girls and women ages five to 49 who present to the emergency department (ED) with a concussion are more likely than males to have a neck injury as well,

Mesh complications linked to greater depression, self-harm risk

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women who suffer from transvaginal mesh complications are at increased risk of new-onset depression and self-harm, according to new research. "There is

Blisters not required to diagnose pemphigoid

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The presence of blisters is not required to make the diagnosis of pemphigoid, according to a new study of this common cutaneous autoimmune disease. "The

Planning ahead is common among users of erectile-dysfunction meds

By Scott Baltic NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Three out of four East Asian men who use erectile dysfunction (ED) medications typically planned their sexual activity, with majorities of the participants

U.S. separated 'thousands' more immigrant children - watchdog

By Mica Rosenberg NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. government may have separated "thousands" more immigrant children from their parents than previously known but inadequate record-keeping means the exact

More women catch Ebola in Congo in 'unexpected' twist of gender roles

By Nellie Peyton DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - About two-thirds of patients in Congo's latest Ebola outbreak have been women, the World Health Organization said on Thursday, calling for more

U.S. Army vows to fix 'broken' housing at Fort Meade in wake of Reuters report

By Joshua Schneyer NEW YORK (Reuters) - The commander of one of the largest Army bases in the United States promised residents to fix a "broken" housing system in which maintenance lapses by a private

Japan Tobacco ratchets up smokeless war with new products

By Taiga Uranaka TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan Tobacco Inc on Thursday unveiled two "heat-not-burn" products, as it races against market leader Philip Morris International Inc for a larger share of the

Australia's aged care sector braces for powerful inquiry

By Tom Westbrook SYDNEY (Reuters) - A public inquiry into mistreatment of the elderly in Australia's A$20 billion ($14 billion) aged-care industry begins hearings on Friday, with investors expecting

Parkinson disease clinical subtype predicts outcomes

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A clinical-subtype classification can be used to predict outcomes in patients with Parkinson disease, researchers in the UK report. Patients with Parkinson

Hyperglycemia tied to higher fracture risk in elderly Japanese men

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Community-dwelling elderly men with hyperglycemia are at elevated risk of osteoporotic fracture, according to Japanese researchers. In a paper online

U.S. shutdown taking toll on FDA, USDA inspection roles-experts

By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - The partial government shutdown is taking a toll on key safety inspection duties performed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Department of

Use of statins, other non-psychotropic drugs tied to better mental-illness outcomes

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Use of statins, L-type-calcium-channel antagonists and biguanides are associated with lower rates of psychiatric hospitalization and self-harm in people

Invest in health for global security and growth, Gates urges donors

By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - Donating billions of dollars to global funds that fight poverty and disease is one of the best investments governments can make to boost security and economic growth

Slim but sedentary might face same heart risks as overweight

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Adults with a healthy weight but a sedentary lifestyle may have the same risk for heart attacks or strokes as people who are overweight, a recent study suggests.

Evictions loom for poor, elderly as U.S. government shutdown drags on

By Benjamin Long NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A growing number of poor, elderly and disabled people face eviction from their homes as federal housing assistance dries up under the U.S.

New job of US vice president's wife sparks LGBT+ furor

By Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The wife of the U.S. vice president has started a job teaching art to children, the White House announced, working at a private school with a

Amgen's postmenopausal osteoporosis drug wins FDA panel backing

By Saumya Joseph and Aakash B (Reuters) - An advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Wednesday that benefits of Amgen Inc's osteoporosis treatment for postmenopausal women at

Scientists reveal "ideal diet" for peoples' and planet's health

By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists have unveiled what they say is an ideal diet for the health of the planet and its people - including a doubling of consumption of nuts, fruits, vegetables

Hearing aid users often don't see doctors to ensure devices help

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - In 2020, a new U.S. law will allow people to buy hearing aids over-the-counter, but that may not improve access to hearing care, a new study suggests - because many

3D-printed scaffold helps treat severed spinal cords in rats

By Linda Carroll (Reuters Health) - Patients with severed spinal cords once had no hope of regaining limb function. But a method that helps new nerve cells bridge the damage by growing through a

Single-dose tafenoquine nearly as effective against malaria as multi-dose primaquine

By Gene Emery (Reuters Health) - Two new studies show that GlaxoSmithKline's tafenoquine is nearly as effective - and just as safe - as standard therapy with Sanofi's primaquine at providing a radical

REFILE-Madariaga virus on the move in the Americas

(Fixes spelling of Madariaga in headline and throughout story) By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Madariaga virus (MADV) has moved from Panama to Haiti, raising questions about its

Stem-cell transplant an option for select patients with highly active MS

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In patients with multiple sclerosis who suffer frequent relapses, nonmyeloablative hematopoietic-stem-cell transplantation (HSCT) may be more effective than

Understanding confidentiality helps young patients open up about tough issues

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Confidentiality discussions may pave the way for adolescents and young adults to talk about potentially sensitive topics with their physicians, new findings

Fecal-microbiota transplant boosts ulcerative colitis remission

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Anaerobically prepared fecal-microbiota transplantation (FMT) improved remission rates in adults with mild to moderate ulcerative colitis (UC) in a

Med-student documentation guidelines need careful implementation

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - New student-documentation guidelines from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) require careful implementation to avoid reductions in

Tumor markers limit imaging need in germ-cell tumor surveillance

By David Douglas NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Tumor markers are a sensitive, radiation-sparing means of surveillance in children and adolescents with malignant germ-cell tumors, according to a

No quick fix for physician burnout, depression

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Close to 44% of U.S. physicians are burned out, and 15% are depressed and thinking about suicide, according to a survey conducted by Medscape. More than

Maradiaga virus on the move in the Americas

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Maradiaga virus (MADV) has moved from Panama to Haiti, raising questions about its potential for further spread in the Caribbean or North America,

Walgreens and Microsoft partner to develop digital healthcare services

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - Drugstore chain Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc and Microsoft Corp said on Tuesday they have entered a seven-year agreement to research and develop new methods of delivering

ABC documentary on Theranos features ex-CEO deposition tapes

By Reuters Staff LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A television documentary about the rise and fall of Theranos Inc will include deposition tapes from founder and former Chief Executive Elizabeth Holmes and

Family behind Purdue Pharma pushed opioid marketing, Massachusetts says

By Nate Raymond BOSTON (Reuters) - Members of the wealthy Sackler family behind Purdue Pharma LP pushed it to boost sales of OxyContin and other opioids even as questions emerged about the extent its

Drug companies greet 2019 with U.S. price hikes

By Michael Erman NEW YORK (Reuters) - Drugmakers kicked off 2019 with price increases in the United States on more than 250 prescription drugs, including the world's top-selling medicine, Humira,

European nations weigh impact of Brexit on drug supplies

By Reuters Staff FRANKFURT/DUBLIN (Reuters) - Germany's drug safety regulator has concluded that Brexit will not put its patients at risk of losing access to essential drugs, while Ireland has drawn

It's never too late to quit smoking before lung surgery

By Carolyn Crist (Reuters Health) - Smokers preparing for lung cancer surgery should quit smoking before the operation, and the sooner the better, a new study shows. Among patients who had surgery for

One in five U.S. women delay birth control, increasing unwanted pregnancies

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - One in five American women don't start using birth control when they first start having sex, increasing their risk of unwanted pregnancies, a U.S. study suggests.

Gay fathers face stigma as parents

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Even as parenting by same-sex couples becomes more common in the U.S., many gay men and their families still experience discrimination and are stigmatized by

Just one or two experiences with marijuana may alter teen brains

By Linda Carroll (Reuters Health) - Teens who use pot just one or two times may end up with changes to their brains, a new study finds. There were clear differences on brain scans between teens who

Fecal-microbiota transplant beats antibiotics for recurrent C diff

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Fecal-microbiota transplantation (FMT) is superior to 10 days of fidaxomicin or vancomycin for resolving recurrent Clostridium difficile infection (CDI),

Endoscopic transvesical adenomectomy allows less-invasive treatment of large BPH

By Will Boggs NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Endoscopic transvesical adenomectomy of the prostate (ETAP) provides a less-invasive alternative for treating large benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH),

Nef gene function and HIV subtype influence viral reservoir size

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In patients with HIV, the size of the viral reservoir depends, at least in part, on their HIV subtype and the level of Nef gene activity, researchers say

Life expectancy predicts benefit of immune-checkpoint inhibitors 

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Late-life expectancy (LLE) is a better measure of survival benefit with immune-checkpoint inhibitors than is the American Society of Clinical Oncology

Thyroidectomy outcomes comparable with remote access or transcervical approaches

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Remote-access approaches (RAA) to thyroidectomy provide outcomes comparable to those performed via an anterior cervical incision, according to a new review

No social skills required: autistic staff help IT firm thrive

By Umberto Bacchi LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - From a British call centre to an Alaskan satellite facility, Lars Backstrom has had a lot of jobs, but says he always felt like a hexagonal peg

Cyclosporine emulsion promising in vernal keratoconjunctivitis

By David Douglas NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Cyclosporine A cationic emulsion (CsA CE) appears more effective than vehicle alone in treating pediatric patients with vernal keratoconjunctivitis,

Task force adds aromatase inhibitors to advice on breast cancer chemoprevention in high-risk women

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In addition to tamoxifen and raloxifene, aromatase inhibitors (AIs) may now be considered for chemoprevention of breast cancer in women at high risk, the

U.N. delivers food for 9.5 million in Yemen last month, shy of target

By Reuters Staff GENEVA (Reuters) - The U.N. food agency delivered emergency food and vouchers for over 9.5 million people in Yemen in December, just shy of its 10 million monthly target in the

Intoxication from synthetic-cannabinoid-receptor agonists often missed

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Nearly half of patients with suspected synthetic-cannabinoid-receptor agonist (SCRA) intoxication test negative for an SCRA, and many test positive for

UnitedHealth fourth-quarter profit beats on Optum strength

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - UnitedHealth Group Inc beat Wall Street estimates for fourth-quarter profit on Tuesday, mainly driven by growth in its services business, including its pharmacy benefits

Walmart opts to leave CVS partnerships over pricing dispute

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - Walmart Inc has opted to end its involvement in the network of commercial and Medicaid pharmacies run by CVS Health Corp after the two companies failed to agree on pricing

Australian authorities warn about heat as temperature soars

By Reuters Staff SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australians have been warned to avoid exerting themselves outdoors and to drink lots of water as record temperatures in parts of the country look set to linger, and

French court cancels Monsanto weedkiller permit on safety grounds

By Reuters Staff PARIS (Reuters) - A French court canceled the license for one of Monsanto's glyphosate-based weedkillers on Tuesday over safety concerns, in the latest blow to the Bayer-owned

Parents often don't know when teens have suicidal thoughts

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Three in four parents are unaware when their teens have recurrent thoughts about suicide, and a big part of the problem may be that adolescents often deny feeling

U.S. lawmaker launches investigation into pharma drug pricing

By Yasmeen Abutaleb WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A top U.S. lawmaker launched an investigation into pharmaceutical industry pricing practices on Monday, less than a week after he and fellow Democrats

Lung cancer screening complications may be higher than expected

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Invasive follow-up tests to examine abnormalities found with lung cancer screening may lead to more complications and extra healthcare costs than previously thought

Vaccine-preventable infections common in pediatric transplant patients

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Over 15% of pediatric solid organ transplant recipients are hospitalized for a vaccine-preventable infection in the first five years after transplant,

Type 2 diabetes before age 40 tied to increased risk of serious mental illness

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Adults who develop type 2 diabetes before age 40 have an excess of hospitalizations during their lifetime, including an "unexpectedly" large burden of

Updated ACP ethics manual provides 6-step approach to dilemmas

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The 2019 edition of the American College of Physicians (ACP) ethics manual provides a 6-step approach to resolving ethical dilemmas and adds or expands

Medicare changes could have some patients paying more for drugs

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - A proposed shift in Medicare coverage for medicines administered by doctors may help reduce total drug spending, but a new study suggests it may also lead to higher

U.S. substance abuse helpline largely unknown

By Linda Carroll (Reuters Health) - The U.S. government's toll-free substance abuse helpline, which provides free referral services to those looking for treatment, gets little publicity, a new study

Brain metabolites altered in first-episode psychosis

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Even in a first episode of psychosis (FEP), alterations in brain metabolite levels are associated with neurocognitive performance, according to findings

Britain pledges legislation in 2019 to combat deadly air pollution

By Reuters Staff LONDON (Reuters) - Britain on Monday pledged to fight air pollution and introduce new legislation this year on air quality to save lives and billions of pounds for the economy. The

Jiu jitsu move may curb blood loss after limb trauma

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The Brazilian Jiu jitsu knee-mount position can decrease blood flow in major limb arteries and may help control bleeding after injury, according to a

Cardiovascular risk increased in Tourette syndrome and chronic tic disorder

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Individuals with Tourette syndrome (TS) or chronic tic disorder (CTD) face an increased risk of metabolic and cardiovascular disorders, researchers from

Technical parameters drive "shocking" int'l variation in CT radiation doses

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - CT protocols and radiation doses vary considerably from country to country, primarily as a result of local choices regarding technical parameters,

Thai capital fires water cannon into the air to fight pollution

By Panarat Thepgumpanat and Panu Wongcha-um BANGKOK (Reuters) - The Thai capital fired water cannon into the hot tropical air and hosed down streets on Monday as authorities handed out masks in a bid

U.S. judge partially blocks Trump administration birth control rules

By Jan Wolfe (Reuters) - A judge in California on Sunday partially blocked a set of Trump administration rules that allow employers to opt out of providing health insurance that covers women's birth

Too much salt: water desalination plants harm environment - U.N.

By Alister Doyle OSLO (Reuters) - Almost 16,000 desalination plants worldwide produce bigger-than-expected flows of highly salty waste water and toxic chemicals that are damaging the environment, a

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