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Success of heart valve surgery depends on more than hospital volume

By David Douglas NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Although often used as a surrogate for outcomes, hospital surgical volume alone does not accurately reflect the success of aortic and mitral-valve (MV)

Combination analgesia with ring block most effective for newborn circumcision

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Ring block combined with oral sucrose and EMLA (eutectic mixture of local anesthetic) cream is most effective for managing pain in neonatal circumcision

Anterior palatoplasty may be‘moderately’ effective in OSA

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Anterior palatoplasty (AP) appears to be moderately effective for treating obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), according to a new systematic review and

Spironolactone helpful in acute central serous chorioretinopathy

By Lorraine L. Janeczko NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - For patients with acute central serous chorioretinopathy (CSC), oral spironolactone is more effective than observation and absorbs subretinal fluid

Nigerian charity steps in to help sick Chibok girls

By Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani CHIBOK, Nigeria (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A group of injured and sick Chibok schoolgirls freed by Boko Haram will be supported by a Nigerian charity to get the

Antifibrinolytic treatment delay limits survival after severe hemorrhage

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Each 15-minute delay in initiating antifibrinolytic treatment is associated with a significantly diminished survival benefit in patients with acute severe

Trump administration proposes Medicare rules aimed at opioids, drug costs

By Deena Beasley (Reuters) - The Trump administration on Thursday proposed changes to Medicare drug plans including limits on opioid prescriptions and rules aimed at reducing drug costs for seniors,

China's average air quality worsens in October on the year

By Reuters Staff SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Average air quality in 338 Chinese cities worsened in October, the environment ministry said on Friday, despite the launch of a six-month winter campaign to cut

Japan health ministry to water down proposal on restaurant smoking - media

By Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's health ministry is likely to drastically water down a proposal restricting smoking in restaurants, media said on Friday, a move that risks Tokyo becoming one

Injured defector's parasites and diet hint at hard life in N.Korea

By Josh Smith and Hyonhee Shin SEOUL (Reuters) - Parasitic worms found in a North Korean soldier, critically injured during a desperate defection, highlight nutrition and hygiene problems that

Endo unit cleared of liability in first testosterone replacement trial

By Tina Bellon NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal jury in Chicago said on Thursday that Endo International's Auxilium unit was not responsible for the heart attack a man suffered while using the

Kids still get codeine after surgeries despite safety warnings

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Even after warnings from doctors and drug regulators about the dangers of opioids for children, 1 in 20 kids still get codeine after two common childhood surgeries

Cataract surgery tied to lower risk of early death for older women

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Older women with cataracts who get surgery to treat the eye problem may be less likely to die prematurely than those who don’t get the operations, a recent U.S.

Lower Medicaid fees linked to scarcer primary care appointments

By Cheryl Platzman Weinstock (Reuters Health) - When the fees paid to healthcare providers by Medicaid go up, appointments with primary care doctors suddenly become more available to Medicaid

UPDATE 1-Billionaire founder of Insys to plead not guilty to opioid bribe scheme

(New throughout, adds further details from court hearing) By Nate Raymond BOSTON (Reuters) - The billionaire founder of drugmaker Insys Therapeutics Inc pleaded not guilty on Thursday to charges

J&J wins California lawsuit claiming asbestos in talc caused cancer

By Nate Raymond (Reuters) - A California jury on Thursday ruled in favor of Johnson & Johnson in a lawsuit by a woman who said she developed the cancer mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos in

Johnson & Johnson hit with $247 mln verdict in hip implant trial

By Tina Bellon NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal jury in Dallas on Thursday ordered Johnson & Johnson and its DePuy Orthopaedics unit to pay $247 million to six patients who said they were injured by

Parkinson's hits earlier with higher genetic burden of LRRK2 variants

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Increases in the genetic burden of LRRK2 risk variants are associated with an earlier age at onset of Parkinson's disease (PD) in Asians, a new study

Roche hemophilia drug wins FDA nod, with a warning

By Reuters Staff ZURICH (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved Roche's Hemlibra, a new medicine for hemophilia A that the Swiss drugmaker is counting on to help to

LGBT activists call for global end to electric shocks, pills to 'cure' gay people

By Nellie Peyton LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Bisi Alimi came out as gay in Nigeria, his parents took him to a church where he underwent seven days of isolation, prayers and fasting to

Novel biomarker helpful in differential diagnosis of UTI in febrile infants

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The novel biomarker urinary neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin (uNGAL) has “substantial accuracy” identifying febrile infants and young children

PET imaging may predict drug response, survival in advanced prostate cancer

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Positron emission tomography (PET)-based molecular imaging biomarkers may predict therapeutic response and survival in patients with metastatic

$1 million price tag in spotlight as gene therapy becomes reality

By Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) - Battle lines are being drawn as the first gene therapy for an inherited condition nears the U.S. market, offering hope for people with a rare form of blindness and

Slightly elevated blood sugar not tied to higher risk of heart attack

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - For people who already have cardiovascular problems, having high blood sugar below the cutoff for diabetes diagnosis doesn’t raise the risk of potentially fatal

Billionaire founder of Insys to plead not guilty to opioid bribe scheme

By Nate Raymond BOSTON (Reuters) - The billionaire founder of Insys Therapeutics Inc was expected to appear in federal court in Boston on Thursday to plead not guilty to charges that he participated

Probiotics mix may curb atopic dermatitis severity, topical steroid use in young people

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – An oral probiotic formulation may reduce both atopic dermatitis severity and use of topical steroids to treat it in young people with moderate disease,

Faster fix for acute dacryocystitis

By David Douglas NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In patients with acute dacryocystitis with lacrimal sac abscess formation, endoscopic dacryocystorhinostomy (EN-DCR) prompts speedier recovery than

Autorefraction assessment, eyeglasses by mail may help the underserved

By Scott Baltic NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A screening program in Baltimore that used autorefraction to assess patients’ eyesight, and then provided free eyeglasses to them, yielded a high level of

Transcatheter approach may best surgery for peptic ulcer bleeding

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Transcatheter arterial embolization (TAE) can be offered as a first-line treatment for patients with uncontrolled peptic ulcer bleeding, the authors of a

Early isocaloric enteral nutrition in ICU linked to more GI problems

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Early, aggressive enteral nutrition does not improve outcomes in ventilated patients with shock, according to findings from the NUTRIREA-2 trial published

Aortic valve replacement improves survival in high-risk patients

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Aortic valve replacement (AVR) improves survival in patients with severe aortic regurgitation and severely reduced left-ventricular ejection fraction (

COLUMN-Killing medical tax break will hammer U.S. middle-class seniors

By Mark Miller (The writer is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.) CHICAGO (Reuters) - U.S. Republican lawmakers want to cut taxes for corporations and wealthy people by $1.3

India tells top utility to mix crop residue with coal to reduce New Delhi smog

By Reuters Staff NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India directed its largest utility NTPC Ltd to blend crop residue with coal at its power plants, in a bid to reduce stubble burning on agricultural lands which

Pope denounces healthcare inequality, says all should be protected

By Reuters Staff VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis condemned on Thursday inequality in healthcare, particularly in rich countries, saying governments had a duty to protect all citizens. "

"We're praying" - Officials say India will not act on smog this year

By Mayank Bhardwaj and Manoj Kumar NEW DELHI (Reuters) - As pollution level climbed to 12 times above the recommended limit this week in India's capital, government officials said they knew what was

Europe approves GlaxoSmithKline's new triple lung drug

By Reuters Staff LONDON (Reuters) - Europe has approved GlaxoSmithKline's new three-in-one inhaler for chronic lung disease, which the group hopes will help it keep its lead in respiratory medicine

Pfizer, Novartis agree UK price cuts for new breast cancer drugs

Nov 16 (Reuters) - LONDON, Nov 16 (Reuters) - Pfizer and Novartis have agreed price cuts for their rival breast cancer drugs Ibrance (palbociclib) and Kisqali (ribociclib) to ensure they can be used

Philippines reallows contraceptive devices after certifying them safe

By Reuters Staff MANILA (Reuters) - The Roman Catholic-majority Philippines will reallow the use of contraceptive implants after certifying 51 drugs and devices safe and not the cause of abortions,

Experts offer advice on hormonal contraceptive use in women with migraine

By Lorraine L. Janeczko NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Hormonal contraceptives may increase the risk of stroke in young women with migraine, and providers can guide their patients toward the safest

In heart failure, odds of hospitalization tied to diabetes control

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Heart failure patients may be less likely to be hospitalized or die prematurely if they don’t also have diabetes – but even if they do have it, they may still

Cardiac arrest study in young athletes raises heart screening questions

By Gene Emery (Reuters Health) - Screening exams to identify young athletes at risk for cardiac arrest might not be worthwhile, a new study suggests. Having your heart stop while playing a sport is

Lab screening of kids entering foster care may have low yield

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Laboratory screening for infectious diseases in children entering foster care yields few results that are clinically meaningful, researchers report. "Our

How severe dengue infection causes vascular leakage

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Dengue virus causes vascular leak through its nonstructural protein 1 (NS1)-mediated disruption of endothelial glycocalyx components, researchers report.

Atrial fibrillation has four distinct clinical phenotypes

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Atrial fibrillation (AF) can be classified into four clinical phenotypes with distinct outcomes, researchers report. "The most surprising finding was

Could giant rats help fight tuberculosis in major cities?

By Heba Kanso LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Giant rats are probably not the first thing that come to mind to tackle tuberculosis, but scientists hope their sniffing skills will speed up

Spain says Barcelona back in the race to host EU drugs agency

By Emma Pinedo MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's move to take direct control of Catalonia and thwart the region's independence bid has put Barcelona back in the race to host the European Medicines Agency (

Systematic weaning from thickened fluids helps children with dysphagia and aspiration

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Children with oropharyngeal dysphagia and aspiration may be weaned successfully from thickened fluids using a systematic, incremental approach,

Timing matters when patients need gallstone and weight-loss surgeries

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Obese patients who need to have their gallbladder removed and also need weight-loss surgery may have fewer complications if they get the gallbladder procedure

U.S. FDA clears nerve stimulator for opioid withdrawal symptoms

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday cleared for use an electrical nerve stimulator designed to reduce the symptoms of opioid withdrawal. The device, made

Physicians may be biased against research from poor nations

By Ronnie Cohen (Reuters Health) - Physicians in England appear to favor research from high-income countries over research from low-income countries, a bias that could lead to reluctance to adopt

Ohio delays another execution after struggling to find vein

By Chris Kenning (Reuters) - The Ohio government delayed the planned execution of a 69-year-old convicted murderer on Wednesday after officials were unable to find a suitable vein in the inmate, who

Shanghai Pharma buys U.S. Cardinal Health's China business for $557 mln

By Julie Zhu (Reuters) - Shanghai Pharmaceuticals Holding Co has agreed to buy Cardinal Health Inc's China drug distribution business for $557 million, winning a highly competitive auction in a move

Online collaborative care effective for depression, anxiety

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Guided online computerized cognitive behavioral therapy (CCBT) can improve primary care patients’ mood and anxiety symptoms, and the more online sessions a

Soluble IL-2 receptor levels may help to diagnose sarcoidosis in uveitis patients

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Soluble interleukin-2 receptor (sIL-2R) levels could be a useful marker for diagnosing sarcoidosis in patients with uveitis and may be slightly better

Nearly 1.5 million people signed up for Obamacare plans so far -officials

By Yasmeen Abutaleb WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More than 800,000 people signed up for Obamacare individual health insurance plans in the second week of open enrollment, U.S. government health officials

Bayer hires new blood to stem 'Amazon effect' in consumer health

By Ludwig Burger FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German drugmaker Bayer has hired the head of Nestle's baby food business to help it reverse a drop in revenue from consumer health brands, which often fail to

Drug-eluting stents best bare-metal stents in the elderly

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Elderly patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) have better outcomes with drug-eluting stents (DES) than bare-metal stents (BMS), with similar

PCI quality consistently good across U.S. hospitals

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In-hospital outcomes of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) are similar at top-ranked and non-ranked hospitals in the United States, a new study

Afghanistan's opium production hits record high in 2017, U.N. says

By Reuters Staff VIENNA (Reuters) - Opium production in Afghanistan reached a record high this year, rising 87% compared with last year, after a rapid expansion of the areas used to cultivate poppies

Senate Finance chairman revises tax plan to end Obamacare mandate

By Reuters Staff WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee proposed major changes to a Republican tax reform plan, adding a repeal of Obamacare's health insurance mandate

Acorda reports deaths in Parkinson's trial, shares plunge

By Divya Grover (Reuters) - Acorda Therapeutics Inc said it halted enrolling patients in two late-stage safety studies of its Parkinson's disease drug following deaths, sending its shares tumbling

Pentagon pays for service members' gender-reassignment surgery

By Reuters Staff WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon said on Tuesday it had paid for gender-reassignment surgery of an active-duty service member that took place earlier in the day, as the issue of

Nestle reorganizes infant nutrition business

By Martinne Geller and Silke Koltrowitz LONDON/ZURICH (Reuters) - Nestle, the world's largest packaged food firm, said on Wednesday it would reorganize its infant nutrition business to improve

Monsanto, U.S. farm groups sue California over glyphosate warnings

By Tom Polansek CHICAGO (Reuters) - Monsanto Co and U.S. farm groups sued California on Wednesday to stop the state from requiring cancer warnings on products containing the widely used weed killer

Scotland becomes minimum alcohol price trailblazer in bid to boost public health

By Elisabeth O'Leary EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Scotland, globally known for its whisky production, is to become one of the first countries in the world to introduce minimum alcohol pricing in an attempt

Two top opioid addiction meds equally effective

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Extended-release naltrexone and sublingual buprenorphine-naloxone are equally safe and effective for opioid-relapse prevention after patients have

U.S. Senate Republicans tie tax plan to repeal of Obamacare mandate

By Amanda Becker and Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and fellow Senate Republicans said on Tuesday their tax-cut plan likely will be amended to include a repeal

Waiting to conceive after miscarriage may not be needed

By Shereen Lehman (Reuters Health) – One miscarriage doesn’t necessarily increase the risk of another, and counseling women to delay conception after a pregnancy loss may not be warranted, a recent

Preferred Care-affiliated nursing homes seek bankruptcy after lawsuits

By Tom Hals and Tracy Rucinski (Reuters) - Thirty-three nursing homes affiliated with Preferred Care Group, one of the largest U.S. nursing home chains, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy due to

U.S. top court to hear fight over California pregnancy center law

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to decide whether a California law requiring private facilities that counsel pregnant women against abortion to post

To grow teen athletes, let kids try lots of sports

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - The best way to get teens to play sports may be to let them sample a variety of different athletic pursuits earlier in childhood, a Canadian study suggests.

Treating modestly high blood pressure may not boost survival odds

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Below a certain starting threshold, using medication to reduce blood pressure in otherwise healthy people doesn’t provide a clear survival benefit for most, a

Skin patch for peanut allergy promising in early study

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A skin patch delivering peanut protein reduced peanut sensitivity in children and adults with peanut allergy in a phase 2b trial. In a prior phase 1

Immigrant workers in U.S. have tripled risk for heat-related death

By Carolyn Crist (Reuters Health) - Compared to U.S. citizens, immigrants have more than three times the risk of dying from heat-related illness - with the majority of deaths occurring in just three

CPR: Even sixth-graders can do it

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Sixth-graders can be taught to successfully perform hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), according to preliminary research presented November 13

Teaching hospitals do more of some lab tests

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Patients with bacterial pneumonia or cellulitis undergo significantly more testing at teaching hospitals than at nonteaching hospitals, according to a

Botox use may be tied to less photophobia, dry eye in migraineurs

By Lorraine L. Janeczko NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Injections with botulinum toxin A (BoNT-A) appear to be associated with improved symptoms of migraine pain, dry eye and photophobia in chronic

Neuromotor development in infancy may predict emotional problems in childhood

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Less than optimal neuromotor development in infancy is associated with emotional problems in children, at least through age 10, researchers suggest. “

FDA warns against using kratom for opioid addiction

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned on Tuesday about the usage of kratom, citing reports of 36 deaths, and said there is no reliable evidence to support its use

Perioperative aspirin benefits noncardiac surgery patients with prior PCI

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Perioperative aspirin use reduces the risk of death and nonfatal myocardial infarction (MI) in patients with previous percutaneous coronary intervention (

CORRECTED-Sodium bicarbonate, acetylcysteine do not prevent kidney damage from angiography

(Recasts randomized comparison in paragraphs 1 and 6) By Gene Emery NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In the quest to avert kidney damage caused by the contrast media used in angiography, data from an

PET/CT scans alone not a reliable indicator of lung disease

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Clinicians should not rely on fluorodeoxyglucose F18–labeled positron emission tomography (FDG-PET)/computed tomography (CT) imaging alone to evaluate

Hyperbaric oxygen has no significant benefit for diabetic foot ulcers

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) does not significantly improve wound healing or prevent amputation in diabetes patients with ischemic lower-extremity

Fecal-microbiota transplant shows promise for moderate-to-severe IBS

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Fecal-microbiota transplant (FMT) significantly improves symptom scores in patients with moderate-to-severe irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), researchers

African-Americans taking brunt of oil industry pollution -report

By Reuters Staff WASHINGTON (Reuters) - African-Americans face a disproportionate risk of health problems from pollution caused by the oil and gas industry, and the situation could worsen as

U.N. warns millions at risk in Yemen, urges Saudi coalition to open ports

GENEVA (Reuters) - The U.N. aid coordinator called on the Saudi-led coalition to open all Yemen's seaports urgently on Tuesday, saying millions of lives were at risk. The Saudi-led coalition fighting

Jailed in UAE for popping banned painkiller, Indian workers seek mercy

By Roli Srivastava JAGTIAL, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Lakshmi Motam sent 20 tramadol tablets from her south Indian village to her labourer husband in Dubai, she didn't realize the

Fears mount over killer superbugs, but simple steps on farms can help

By Thin Lei Win ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Imagine a world where a small cut on your finger or a routine hip replacement surgery could prove fatal. This is the future humanity is facing

China says 24 out of 28 cities fail to meet October smog target

By Reuter Staff SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Only four of 28 northern Chinese cities met their air quality targets in October, official data showed on Tuesday, raising questions about the country's ability

Biotech firms race to recruit good bugs in war on cancer

By Ben Hirschler (Reuters) - Biotech companies are competing to develop medicines using "bugs as drugs" to fight cancer, building on the latest scientific findings that patients with high levels of

Reuters finds 3,810 U.S. areas with lead poisoning double Flint’s

By M.B. Pell and Joshua Schneyer (Reuters) - Since last year, Reuters has obtained neighborhood-level blood lead testing results for 34 states and the District of Columbia. This data allows the

SPECIAL REPORT-Lead poisoning lurks in scores of New York areas

By Joshua Schneyer and M.B. Pell NEW YORK (Reuters) - In public health circles, New York City is known for its long war on lead poisoning. The city outlawed residential lead paint in 1960, 18 years

FDA approves first drug in U.S. with digital ingestion tracking

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Monday that it had approved Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co Ltd's Abilify MyCite, the first drug with a digital ingestion tracking

Cost of diabetes epidemic reaches $850 billion a year

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - The number of people living with diabetes has tripled since 2000, pushing the global cost of the disease to $850 billion a year, medical experts said on Tuesday. The

New blood pressure range means nearly half of Americans have hypertension

By Deena Beasley (Reuters) - Tighter blood pressure guidelines from U.S. heart organizations mean millions more people need to make lifestyle changes, or start taking medication, in order to avoid

New tool could let patients contribute to doctors' notes

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - In theory, patients might be more engaged with their care and better able to inform doctors about any health issues if they could directly contribute to their own

Antiretroviral therapy may halt HIV-related brain changes

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – HIV-positive individuals have lower neuropsychological test scores and smaller brain volumes than HIV-negative people, but the disadvantages do not worsen

Adding evolocumab to a statin may benefit some high-risk patients

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Adding evolocumab to statin therapy in high-risk patients with stable atherosclerotic heart disease may further reduce the risk of cardiovascular events

Poor children benefit when parents have access to healthcare

By Ronnie Cohen (Reuters Health) - Low-income children in the U.S. whose parents qualified for Medicaid were more likely to receive preventive care, regardless of their own insurance coverage, a new

Variety of nuts tied to lower risk of heart disease

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - People who regularly eat a variety of nuts including walnuts, peanuts and tree nuts may be less likely to develop heart disease than individuals who rarely or

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