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Two rituximab biosimilars effective for advanced follicular lymphoma

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Two rituximab biosimilars, CT-P10 and GP2013, appear to be as effective as rituximab against previously untreated advanced follicular lymphoma, according

Biomarkers can help diagnose monogenic diabetes in young-onset patients

By Joan Stephenson NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A simple biomarker-based screening pathway for patients with young-onset diabetes can help identify those who do not have type 1 diabetes and might

Autoantibody-based risk stratification for progression to type 1 diabetes

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - New research reveals factors that appear to influence progression to diabetes over 20 years in people under age 40 with a first-degree relative with type

HIV infection plus previous nonmelanoma skin cancer ups risk of SCC

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Individuals with HIV infection and a history of nonmelanoma skin cancer (NMSC) are at higher risk for new squamous cell carcinomas (SCCs), but not basal

Heart attack patients don't opt for smoking cessation drugs

By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - People may be inspired to quit smoking cigarettes soon after a heart attack, but new research suggests many don't take advantage of drugs that could help them.

Protein supplements boost muscle mass, up to a point

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - People who regularly do resistance exercises may build more lean muscle mass when they add more protein to their diet, a recent study suggests. In a review of

EU follows U.S. in backing Sanofi, Regeneron eczema drug

By Reuters Staff LONDON (Reuters) - The European Medicines Agency on Friday recommended approval of Regeneron Pharmaceuticals and Sanofi's new drug Dupixent (dupilumab) for atopic dermatitis, a

GlaxoSmithKline's new CEO prepares to trim drug pipeline

By Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) - GlaxoSmithKline's new chief executive, who has already made her mark with plans to divest some nutritional products, will turn next week to the main business of

High blood pressure in pregnancy may return before middle age

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - The risk of hypertension associated with hypertensive disorders of pregnancy is high right after an affected pregnancy and persists for more than 20 years,

Endometriosis also affects male partners’ quality of life

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Male partners of women with endometriosis say the disease has a wide-ranging impact on their quality of life, according to new findings published in Human

Tennessee inmates offered less jail time in return for vasectomies

By Gina Cherelus (Reuters) - A judge in Tennessee is offering inmates at a county jail reduced sentences if they agree to undergo a free vasectomy or birth control injections, drawing fire from

After Syria sarin attack, doctors train to treat chemical weapons victims

By Dominic Evans GAZIANTEP, Turkey (Reuters) - Wearing chemical suits and gasmasks, Syrian doctors rush to a house where white smoke wafts over a group of people choking and coughing, some calling

Nocturnal enuresis linked to other diagnoses in female veterans

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Female veterans with adult-onset nocturnal enuresis are more likely to have posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, military sexual trauma (MST)

Accountable care organizations don’t always boost medication adherence

By David Douglas NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Although accountable care organizations (ACOs), established in Medicare under the Affordable Care Act, are showing success in some areas, they've had

New model better estimates GFR in cancer patients

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A new model improves estimation of glomerular filtration rate (GFR) in patients with cancer and allows better dosing of carboplatin, researchers report.

Janssen-Cilag's HIV drug gets EU regulatory panel's nod

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - A European regulatory panel recommended granting approval to a treatment for HIV infection developed by Janssen-Cilag International, a unit of U.S. drugmaker Johnson and

Endo to shut Alabama operations, cut 18 pct of workforce

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - Endo International Plc said on Friday it would shutter its manufacturing and distribution facilities in Huntsville, Alabama, resulting in a workforce reduction of about

Yemen cholera to spread with rains; Oxfam sees 600,000 cases

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - Yemen's cholera outbreak is far from being controlled and may be further exacerbated by the rainy season, even if the rate of new cases appears to be slowing

UK pharmacy under fire for 'sexist surcharge' on contraceptive

By Lin Taylor LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Top British pharmacy Boots has come under fire for refusing to cut the cost of emergency contraceptive pills, saying they might be "misused or

WHO sees high risk from Kenya cholera outbreak

By Reuters Staff GENEVA (Reuters) - An outbreak of cholera in Kenya poses a high risk to the region and a moderate threat globally, the World Health Organization said on Friday, after delegates at

Pfizer, Merck KGaA skin cancer drug gets EMA nod for approval

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - European regulators on Friday recommended approving Pfizer Inc and Merck KGaA's immuno-oncology drug Bavencio (avelumab) to treat Merkel cell carcinoma. In May, Bavencio

EMA panel recommends against Nektar, Daiichi Sankyo's breast cancer drug

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - European regulators on Friday recommended against granting approval to a breast cancer drug being developed by Nektar Therapeutics and Daiichi Sankyo's German unit. The

EU medicines agency recommends approval of Novartis leukaemia drug Rydapt

By Reuters Staff ZURICH (Reuters) - A European Medicines Agency (EMA) panel recommended on Friday approval of a new Novartis drug to be used against a tough-to-cure form of blood cancer as the Swiss

Europe backs nuclear medicine for cancer that killed Steve Jobs

By Reuters Staff LONDON (Reuters) - A nuclear medicine targeting gastroenteropancreatic neuroendocrine tumours (NETs) won a green light from EU regulators on Friday, boosting prospects for its

Support at home and in school tied to resilience in child refugees

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Refugee kids may fare better in their new country when they have support from a variety of people at home, in school and in their community, a small Australian

Adult weight gain linked to major chronic diseases

By Carolyn Crist (Reuters Health) - The weight that Americans typically gain between ages 20 and 50 may raise their risk of developing cancer, heart disease and other major illnesses, according to a

Breastfeeding may lower risk of multiple sclerosis

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Women who breastfeed may have a lower risk of developing multiple sclerosis later in life compared to mothers who don’t nurse their infants, a recent U.S. study

Infliximab may effectively treat pediatric Crohn’s over the long term

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Infliximab may be an effective long-term treatment for children with Crohn’s disease, although optimization will likely be needed, researchers in Canada

Allopurinol appears more renoprotective than febuxostat in older adults

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The renal protective effect of allopurinol appears to differ from that of febuxostat in the elderly, according to new research. The study, of a

U.S. Senate Republicans complain of disarray in healthcare effort

By Susan Cornwell and Amanda Becker WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Republicans, scolded by President Donald Trump for failing to overturn Obamacare, tried to salvage their seven-year effort for a

White House developing comprehensive biosecurity strategy - official

By Jonathan Landay ASPEN, Colorado (Reuters) - The Trump administration is developing the first comprehensive strategy to defend the United States against disease pandemics and biological attacks by

Fecal immunochemical test accurately predicts healing in ulcerative colitis

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The noninvasive fecal immunochemical test accurately predicts mucosal healing in patients with ulcerative colitis, researchers from China report. "Fecal

Long-term follow-up needed for pancreatic cysts, regardless of stability

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Patients with pancreatic cysts remain at risk for cyst growth, surgery and cancer for at least five years, even if the cyst is stable, researchers say.

Sex robots: perverted or practical in fight against sex trafficking?

By Lin Taylor BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In the hilly outskirts of sunny Barcelona, Spanish scientist Sergi Santos looks proudly over what appears to be five busty women in tiny shorts

GI decontamination mishandled in most cases of acute pediatric poisoning worldwide

By Rita Buckley NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Gastrointestinal decontamination in acute pediatric poisoning is inappropriately handled in more than 50% of cases worldwide, according to a new study. Dr

Investing in health savings accounts: Not ready for prime time

By Mark Miller CHICAGO (Reuters) - Will health savings accounts be the new 401(k)? Boosters of health savings accounts (HSAs) in the financial services industry and in the U.S. Congress think so.

Many HIV-positive migrants acquired their infections after migration

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - More than half of HIV-positive migrants acquired their infections after moving to their new countries, according to a cross-sectional study from nine

Gut calcium tied to C. difficile germination in mice

By David Douglas NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Excess calcium in the gut appears to be a key ingredient in metabolic activation of Clostridium difficile, according to mouse studies. As Dr. Philip C.

After a rescue, running or rolling better for lifeguards than resting

By Carolyn Crist (Reuters Health) - After a water rescue, lifeguards need to actively help their muscles recover so they’ll be ready for the next call to perform, according to a small study from

Urine test for TERT promotor mutations predicts bladder cancer recurrence

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Testing for mutations of the telomerase reverse transcriptase (TERT) gene in urine shows promise as a non-invasive tool for detecting recurrence in

Soccer, wrestling among sports tied to risk of knee arthritis

By Will Boggs MD (Reuters Health) - Participation in some sports, including soccer, wrestling and elite-level long-distance running, may increase the risk of knee osteoarthritis, researchers say. "

Tramadol comparable to buprenorphine in reducing opioid withdrawal symptoms

By Joan Stephenson NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Extended-release tramadol (tramadol ER) is as effective as buprenorphine and more effective than clonidine in reducing withdrawal symptoms during

HIV drug resistance could undermine progress in AIDS battle - WHO

By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - Rising levels of resistance to HIV drugs could undermine promising progress against the global AIDS epidemic if effective action is not taken early, the World

REFILE-Treating HCV may improve glycemic control in diabetics

(Corrects affiliation in paragraph 2 to University of Washington, Seattle) By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Treating hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection with direct-acting antiviral (DAA

Benefits of prostatic urethral lift durable through 5 years

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Improvements in lower-urinary-tract symptoms (LUTS) due to benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) following implantation of the prostatic urethral lift (PUL)

Living healthily, learning more could cut dementia cases by a third

By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - Learning new things, eating and drinking well, not smoking and limiting hearing loss and loneliness could prevent a third of dementia cases, health experts said on

Be prepared for ambulance wait times

By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - Bystanders should be prepared to give first aid during an emergency until responders arrive on the scene, experts say. On average in the U.S., the length of

Scales tip in AIDS fight as death rates decline, treatment rates rise

By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - The scales have tipped in the fight against AIDS, with more than half of people infected with HIV now getting treatment and AIDS-related deaths almost halving since

Study finds slight autism risk link to antidepressants in pregnancy

By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - Children exposed to antidepressants during their mothers' pregnancies seem to have a slightly higher risk of autism than children whose mothers had psychiatric

Pressing questions about medical procedures aren’t getting attention: reviewers

By Ronnie Cohen (Reuters Health) - Thousands of studies have examined the value of tonsillectomies, but whether the benefits of the procedure outweigh the risks for a given patient still isn’t always

Australia helps Sri Lanka to control dengue fever after 250 die

By Reuters Staff COLOMBO (Reuters) - Australia announced programs on Wednesday to help control dengue fever in Sri Lanka, where the mosquito-borne disease killed more around 250 people in the first

Long work hours tied to atrial fibrillation

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - People who typically work much more than 35 to 40 hours a week may be at heightened risk of developing atrial fibrillation, which can lead to stroke, heart failure

Kids still getting hurt riding ATVs despite safety warnings

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Even though pediatricians warn parents not to let children under 16 ride all-terrain vehicles, young kids are still getting injured and killed in ATV crashes, a

Sexual violence in Haiti is a public health problem - charity

By Anastasia Moloney BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Rampant sexual violence in Haiti against women and children, including some toddlers, should be treated as a public health issue and more

Point-of-care testing for neonates speeds ART initiation

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Point-of-care testing (POCT) for neonates exposed to HIV leads to earlier initiation of antiretroviral therapy (ART), according to new findings. “It

Tobacco industry blocking anti-smoking moves - WHO

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The tobacco industry continues to subvert government attempts to prevent tobacco-related deaths, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday in a

Treating HCV may improve glycemic control in diabetics

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Treating hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection with direct-acting antiviral (DAA) agents is associated with improved glycemic control in patients with type

Blacks and whites have similar outcomes after PCI

By Gene Emery (Reuters Health) - A study designed to look for differing outcomes when black and white U.S. veterans undergo percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) instead found no differences once

Mental health coverage cuts result in extra costs

By Gene Emery (Reuters Health) - An effort by the Netherlands to save money on mental health care by raising patient co-pays produced $15 million in short-term savings but ended up adding $29 million

Gastroscopy within 5 years before gastric-cancer diagnosis tied to lower mortality

By Lorraine L. Janeczko NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Gastroscopy five years or less before a diagnosis of gastric cancer is associated with lower mortality, new research from Taiwan shows. "Our

Statins tied to lower mortality risk in ankylosing spondylitis

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) who start taking statins live longer than those who aren’t on the cholesterol-lowering drugs, according to a new

Repositionable, retrievable aortic valve effective in routine clinical practice

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Transcatheter implantation with the repositionable, fully retrievable Lotus Valve is effective in routine clinical practice for treating patients with

Alabama finds atypical mad cow case, no human threat seen

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - An 11-year-old cow in Alabama tested positive for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), commonly known as mad cow disease, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on

Belgian doctors pin hope on large brain collection to treat diseases

By Reuters Staff DUFFEL, Belgium (Reuters) - A psychiatric hospital in Belgium is home to one of the world's largest collections of human brains, which researchers say could hold the key to

Increased risk of intracranial aneurysm in women with fibromuscular dysplasia

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women with fibromuscular dysplasia (FMD) are about twice as likely as other women to have intracranial aneurysms, according to new findings. FMD, which

Misdiagnosis of Alzheimer’s more common in psychotic patients

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Misdiagnosis of Alzheimer disease (AD) is more likely in patients with psychosis, and the reasons for misdiagnosis differ in the presence or absence of

Study suggests caution in SPRINT-like BP targets in elderly

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A new analysis finds an increased risk of falls and syncope in elderly community-dwelling patients with hypertension treated to a target systolic blood

EU watchdog concerned drug agency EMA may be too close to companies

By Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) - The European Medicines Agency (EMA), eager to accelerate access to promising new drugs, may be getting too cosy with the pharmaceutical companies it regulates.

China adds blockbuster drugs to insurance list after price cuts

By Adam Jourdan SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China will add three dozen new drugs to a list of medicines covered by basic insurance schemes after global pharmaceutical firms agreed to slash prices of

Poor test results for Roche cloud growth prospects

By John Miller ZURICH (Reuters) - A run of disappointing drug trials at Roche has left analysts suggesting the view from its new 41-storey office building in Basel has become more clouded, with

Senate Republicans reluctantly consider bipartisan healthcare talks

By Amanda Becker and Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As their seven-year effort to repeal and replace Obamacare derailed in the U.S. Senate, Republicans faced the prospect of doing the once

Blood sugar swings tied to depression in elderly with type 2 diabetes

By Will Boggs MD (Reuters Health) - Greater ups and downs of hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) are associated with a higher number of symptoms of depression in elderly individuals with type 2 diabetes, a recent

Absent dads tied to stress-related cellular changes in kids

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - The loss of a father due to death, divorce or jail is associated with children having shorter telomeres, the protective caps on the ends of chromosomes, according

Dual-lead deep brain stimulation decreases MS-related tremor in some patients

By Lorraine L. Janeczko NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Dual-lead deep brain stimulation (DBS) can safely decrease tremor related to multiple sclerosis (MS) in selected patients, a pilot study from the

Vertex reports positive results for cystic fibrosis triple combos

By Bill Berkrot (Reuters) - Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc on Tuesday said three different triple combinations of cystic fibrosis treatments significantly improved patient lung function in clinical

PrEP delays HIV detection in seroconverters but does not boost resistance risk

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Continuing pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) in HIV seroconverters may delay HIV infection detection but does not increase the risk of drug resistance,

Depression boosts risk for metabolic syndrome in schizophrenia

By Scott Baltic NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In patients with schizophrenia, depression appears to boost the risk for weight gain and metabolic syndrome, French researchers say. In their cohort of

High rates of respiratory problems linked to indoor lifeguard work

By Shereen Lehman (Reuters Health) - Lifeguards who spend more than 500 hours a year working at indoor pools are two to six times more likely than colleagues who are exposed less often to have coughs

FDA approves Gilead's drug for chronic hep C patients

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - Gilead Sciences Inc said on Tuesday that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved its hepatitis C drug for patients who had failed to respond to prior treatments.

Drop in repeat hospitalizations not linked to higher death rates

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Fewer - not more - patients die when the number of repeat hospital admissions declines, according to a new U.S. study that suggests efforts to curb readmissions

Improved outcomes of HER2-positive early breast CA with trastuzumab emtansine

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Pathologic complete response rates of HER2-positive early breast cancer are better after treatment with trastuzumab emtansine (T-DM1) than after treatment

DCIS is often more invasive than thought

By David Douglas NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - More than one in five patients originally thought to have non-high-grade ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) were found to have invasive carcinoma, according

Mosquitoes less likely than people to spread disease via air travel

By Carolyn Crist (Reuters Health) - Human travelers are much more likely than stowaway mosquitoes to import illnesses like Zika, yellow fever, malaria and dengue to a new part of the world via

Life expectancy increases in Britain beginning to stall - report

By Reuters Staff LONDON (Reuters) - Life expectancy in Britain has all but stopped rising after more than 100 years of advances, a leading professor of public health said on Tuesday. Until 2010,

Extended Vyvanse treatment prevents binge-eating relapse

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Patients with moderate-to-severe binge eating disorder (BED) are much less likely to relapse if they receive extended lisdexamfetamine treatment, new

Solid meal improves esophageal manometry testing for motility disorders

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Esophageal manometry with a solid test meal instead of single water swallows better diagnoses esophageal motility disorders, researchers from Switzerland

Ovarian cancer screening: harms still outweigh benefits, USPSTF says

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) continues to advise against ovarian cancer screening in asymptomatic women at average risk, saying the

Philip Morris takes aim at young people in India, and health officials are fuming

By Aditya Kalra, Paritosh Bansal, Tom Lasseter and Duff Wilson NEW DELHI (Reuters) - S. K. Arora spent more than three years trudging through the Indian summer heat and monsoon rains to inspect

Dengue kills 21 in Indian tourist hotspot, crisis looms

By Reuters Staff THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, India (Reuters) - A dengue outbreak has killed at least 21 people in India's southern state of Kerala in the past three weeks, a government official said, adding

U.S. Republicans left scrambling after health bill sinks again

By Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The collapse of Republicans' push to repeal and replace Obamacare in the U.S. Senate set up a possible repeal-only vote and clouded the path forward for

More hospital closings in rural America add risk for pregnant women

By Jilian Mincer Bay Minette, Alabama (Reuters) - Dr. Nicole Arthur, a family practice physician, was trained to avoid cesarean deliveries in child-birth, unless medically necessary, because surgery

U.S. FDA approves Puma Biotech's breast cancer treatment

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday approved Puma Biotechnology Inc's experimental breast cancer drug that lowers the risk of the disease returning

Immune response to trauma may flag impending organ failure

By David Douglas NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Early immune response signatures in the critically injured may shed light on mechanisms underlying multiple organ system failure, according to UK

Infants with potential in utero Zika exposure need eye exams

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Eye abnormalities may be the only findings in congenital Zika virus infection, suggesting that all infants with potential intrauterine exposure should

Tobacco companies diversify into ‘pharmaceuticals’

By Ronnie Cohen (Reuters Health) - Tobacco companies claim to be developing and selling merchandise to help cigarette smokers quit, but health researchers accuse the industry of trying to hook

Vasectomy does not raise prostate cancer risk: study

By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - Men considering a vasectomy shouldn't worry that the procedure will increase their risk of prostate cancer, researchers say. In a review of past research, they

9/11 survivors face higher risk of heart and lung problems

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) – Survivors of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York City on September 11, 2001 - and first-responders who were on the scene that day - may have

Online tool predicts heart risk in young adults

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - An online calculator may help young people predict their risk of developing heart disease in middle age - in time to make lifestyle changes to minimize their odds

Some vegetarian diets more heart-healthy than others

By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - People may turn to vegetarian diets to reduce their risk of heart disease, but a new study suggests not all plant-based foods are created equal. People on

Opioid tapering may improve outcomes for chronic pain patients

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - For the roughly 10 million U.S. adults with chronic pain prescribed long-term opioid therapy, tapering the opioid dose over time can lead to improvements

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