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

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

Tailored program might help some with severe mental illness quit smoking

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

IBD patients who switch from infliximab to biosimilar see mixed results

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

Yale study revives cellular activity in pig brains hours after death

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

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

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

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

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

Hearing loss tied to increased risk for depression

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

3D goggles may soon help surgeons see better

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

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

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

MRI identifies rectal-cancer patients suitable for primary surgery

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

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

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

Pleasant smells may curb cigarette cravings

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

France to ban titanium dioxide whitener in food from 2020

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

Donkeys deliver vaccines in Mali as diseases spike with violence

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

Dozens of doctors in Appalachia charged in opioid fraud bust

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

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

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

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

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

Schizophrenia may be tied to brain structural heterogeneity

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

Wrist, upper-arm BP readings often differ considerably

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

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

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

Thousands feared at risk after Mexico reforms HIV+ regime

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

Ireland pleads with religious orders for answers on baby deaths

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

Switzerland to monitor potential health risks posed by 5G networks

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

Ebola survivors comfort sick and frightened in Congo outbreak

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

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

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

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

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

Child abuse, recurrent depression linked to similar changes in brain

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

Sexual harassment common in surgical training programs

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

Immune signatures differ between healthy vs complicated lupus pregnancies

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

DOACs useful alternative for treating cancer-associated VTE

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

Gene signature linked to survival after pancreatic-cancer surgery

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

Ebola is real, Congo president tells skeptical population

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

Recordati to seek Canadian approval for kidney disease drug

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

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

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

Two medicated mouthwashes ease radiation-related oral mucositis pain

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

Reusable tourniquets used for venipuncture often contaminated

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

FDA orders withdrawal of transvaginal surgical mesh from market

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

Simplified MRI index assesses Crohn's disease activity and severity

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

Abnormal Romberg test predicts prolonged concussion recovery

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

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

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

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

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

World's first vagina museum in London to tackle taboos

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

Suboptimal statin response linked to worse cardiovascular disease risk

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The risk of cardiovascular disease is increased in patients who have a suboptimal LDL cholesterol response to statin therapy, researchers from UK report. "

Extensive repeat biopsy may be useful for some on active surveillance for prostate cancer

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Extensive transrectal repeat biopsy with anterior sampling lacks utility for general use in men on active surveillance for low-risk prostate cancer, but it

New "added sugars" labeling could save money and improve health

By Linda Carroll (Reuters Health) - The Food and Drug Administration's new mandatory rules requiring labels on all packaged foods and drinks to indicate the presence of so-called added sugars could

In the U.S., male physicians earn 25% more than females

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Physician salaries are up, and so is the gender pay gap, according to the Medscape 2019 Annual Physician Compensation report. Male physicians now earn

First-year medical residents spend little time on patient care

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Over a typical 24-hour shift, first year residents training in internal medicine spend just three hours on direct patient care and only 1.8 hours on education, a

Cannabis users may need more anesthesia for surgery

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - People who regularly use cannabis may need more than twice the usual dose of anesthesia for surgery, a U.S. study suggests. As a growing number of U.S. states

Tool calculates competing risks of death in older women with early breast cancer

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A risk calculator incorporating age, comorbidities and estrogen receptor status can estimate competing risks of death for older women with stage 1 breast

Sleeve gastrectomy may benefit obese adolescents with cognitive or developmental disability

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Sleeve gastrectomy yields similar benefits for severely obese adolescents with and without cognitive impairment or developmental disability (CI/DD),

Smartphone app helps predicts abdominal incisional hernia

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - One out of every eight patients who undergo abdominal surgery will develop an incisional hernia and a new smartphone app developed by a team from the

REFILE-Device based on deep-learning detects hyperkalemia using two ECG leads

(Changes "he" to "she" in paras 12-14.) By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Two ECG leads plus artificial intelligence may be all that's needed to detect hyperkalemia in at-risk patients

U.S. Supreme Court rejects Allergan bid to use tribe to shield drug patents

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday cast aside pharmaceutical company Allergan Plc's unorthodox bid to shield patents from a federal administrative court's

Canagliflozin cuts ESRD risk by nearly one third in type 2 diabetics

By Gene Emery (Reuters Health) - The type 2 diabetes drug canagliflozin lowers the combined risk of end-stage kidney disease and death from kidney or cardiovascular problems by 30% compared to placebo

Catalent seeks slice of gene therapy market with Paragon buy

By Saumya Joseph (Reuters) - Contract drugmaker Catalent Inc said on Monday it would buy privately held Paragon Bioservices Inc for $1.2 billion in cash, bolstering its capabilities to make gene

Hyponatremia linked to metabolic bone disease in epilepsy

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In patients with epilepsy, hyponatremia - a common side effect of several antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) - is independently associated with decreased

Emergency-medicine residents often miscalculate IV doses for kids

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Emergency-medicine residents often miscalculate doses for a variety of intravenous medications used to treat children, according to new findings. Under- or

Measles cases in U.S. surge nearly 20% in early April, CDC says

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - The number of confirmed cases of measles in the United States this year jumped by nearly 20 percent in the week ended April 11 in the country's second-worst outbreak in

Israeli scientists say they 3D-printed a heart

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - Israeli researchers said on Monday they have printed the world's first 3D heart with blood vessels, describing it as a major breakthrough in engineering replacements for

U.S. government backs off case of female genital mutilation

By Kate Ryan NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A decision by the U.S. Department of Justice not to fight to defend a federal law banning female genital mutilation (FGM) sends a "damaging message

Ebola spread concentrated in Congo, not a wider emergency - WHO

By Stephanie Nebehay and Kate Kelland GENEVA/LONDON (Reuters) - An outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) that has killed more than 700 people and is continuing to spread does not

More US kids coming to EDs for swallowing small items

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - A growing number of American children are being treated in emergency departments after swallowing foreign objects like coins, toys, and jewelry, a U.S. study

Insomnia common among cancer patients

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Roughly half of patients with cancer have symptoms of insomnia, and many may have sleep problems that linger for at least a year, a small study suggests. Up to 10

Top cancer hospitals' outcomes may be better than affiliates'

By Linda Carroll (Reuters Health) - Patients often assume that surgical outcomes at all hospitals in a healthcare network are equally good. But a new study comparing outcomes from top-ranked cancer

Patch testing may reveal allergy to implanted cardiac device

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Contact allergy to implanted devices is rare, but should be considered and tested for in certain situations, researchers say. "When there is clinical

Schizophrenia and insulin resistance may be genetically linked

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Schizophrenia and insulin resistance (IR) may be genetically linked and patients with the two conditions may constitute a unique subgroup, researchers

U.S. FDA approves J&J's bladder cancer drug

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved Johnson & Johnson's treatment for patients with a form of bladder cancer. Balversa (erdafitinib) is the first

Lower risk of new primary cancer after carbon-ion radiotherapy of localized prostate cancer

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The risk of subsequent primary cancer is lower after carbon-ion radiotherapy than after photon radiotherapy for localized prostate cancer, researchers from

Metformin use linked to worse cognition, B-vitamin deficiency

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Metformin is associated with worse cognitive function in older adults, which could be explained by B-vitamin deficiency, new research suggests. "Fortified

IBD survey accurately captures patient-reported symptoms

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Symptom Inventory accurately captures patient-reported symptoms and can be used to monitor patients in clinic or

Female firefighters' health needs often unaddressed

By Carolyn Crist (Reuters Health) - Women firefighters, particularly in North America, are less likely to have access to female-specific personal protective equipment and appropriate strength training

Teratogenic antiepileptics often used in young women

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Many women of childbearing age with epilepsy are treated with teratogenic antiepileptic drugs (AEDs), according to a large population-based study. "Many

Two brain regions may be particularly affected in HIV

By David Douglas NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In people with HIV, gray-matter atrophy is most prevalent in the frontal region, including the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC), and the caudate/striatum

US trans troops return to 'dark days' under new policy, say LGBT+ groups

By Sonia Elks LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The U.S. military is returning to the era of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policies, said troops and LGBT+ groups, as new rules that will ban most openly

Esophageal reflux common after sleeve gastrectomy

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - About one in four patients will develop gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) after sleeve gastrectomy, but few will require conversion to gastric bypass

Genetic testing under-utilized in ovarian cancer

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Only a minority of women with ovarian or breast cancer undergo recommended genetic testing, a new study suggests. Researchers examined data for about 77,000

Novo Nordisk and Gilead team up to test fatty liver disease treatment

By Reuters Staff COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Novo Nordisk and Gilead Sciences will join forces on a clinical trial combining drugs from the two pharmaceutical firms to treat a progressive fatty liver

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