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Alabama's aborted execution comes under court review

By Jon Herskovitz (Reuters) - A U.S. judge ordered Alabama on Friday to preserve death chamber evidence of an aborted execution and be ready to present it at court after lawyers for the condemned man

CPR survival rates are lower than most people think

By Carolyn Crist (Reuters Health) - The majority of people believe cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is successful more often than it tends to be in reality, according to a small U.S. study. This

REFILE-Outcomes after heart surgery worse for children in low-income neighborhoods

(Changes "he" to "she" in paragraphs 3, 4 and 11) By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Children from lower-income neighborhoods are at greater risk of death after heart surgery, and use

Wine tied to healthier arteries for some diabetics

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Some diabetics with plaque buildup in their arteries might have less debris in these blood vessels after adding wine to their diets, a recent study suggests. For

Continuous cervical epidural block may alleviate intractable hiccups

By Lorraine L. Janeczko NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Continuous cervical epidural block might be an effective treatment for intractable hiccups, hints an observational study from South Korea. "

BP drops in many apneic hypertensive kids after adenotonsillectomy

By David Douglas NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Many hypertensive children with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) who undergo adenotonsillectomy see a reduction in blood pressure (BP), according to

UPDATE 1-CMS-mandated hemodynamic interventions for sepsis based on lowest level of evidence

(Adds comments from CMS) By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The hemodynamic interventions for sepsis mandated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) are supported at best

In infective endocarditis, larger vegetation means greater risk

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Patients with infective endocarditis and a vegetation size greater than 10 mm are at significantly increased risk of embolism and death, according to a new

FDA approves KemPharm's opioid painkiller

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - KemPharm Inc said on Friday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved its opioid painkiller Apadaz for the short-term management of acute pain. The company

Frail elderly face increased risk of delirium after surgery

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Older adults who have elective surgery are more likely to experience delirium afterwards when they’re frail, a research review suggests. Researchers examined data

Shkreli loses bid to toss stock manipulation conviction

By Brendan Pierson (Reuters) - A federal judge on Friday refused to overturn former drug company executive Martin Shkreli's conviction of scheming to manipulate his company's stock price. U.S.

Legal hurdles, not Amazon, key concern for U.S. dental supply firms

By Ankur Banerjee (Reuters) - Henry Schein Inc and Patterson Cos Inc have bigger things to worry about than Amazon.com Inc potentially disrupting the niche dental-equipment market they dominate in

Prenatal valproate exposure linked to worse school performance

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Children exposed to valproate in utero perform significantly worse on standardized tests from third through eighth grade compared with their unexposed

Outcomes after heart surgery worse for children in low-income neighborhoods

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Children from lower-income neighborhoods are at greater risk of death after heart surgery, and use more resource-intensive care, than children from

Less-invasive heart valve replacement tied to better quality of life

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - People who get minimally-invasive surgery to replace damaged heart valves have an easier time completing daily tasks and a better quality of life after the

Virtual reality coronation takes dementia patients down memory lane

By Reuters Staff HINDHEAD, England (Reuters)For 93-year-old Daphne Padfield, a dementia sufferer in an English care home, the arrival of a virtual reality (VR) headset offered a window back to the

Prognostic value of multigene signatures vary in node-negative breast cancer

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – For women with node-negative breast cancer, a combination of clinical findings and molecular information from the ROR, BCI and EPclin multigene

Medical cannabis shows benefit in study of older patients

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - More than one-third of older people who start using medical cannabis will reduce the number or dosage of the prescription drugs they take, including opioid

Biomarkers predict survival in lung cancer with bone metastases

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A variety of musculoskeletal and metabolic biomarkers predict survival in patients with lung cancer and synchronous bone metastases, researchers from

Puerto Rico governor announces independent probe into Maria death toll

By Nick Brown NEW YORK (Reuters) - Puerto Rico's governor said on Thursday he has tapped researchers at the George Washington University, in Washington, D.C., to lead an independent probe into his

Wilderness medicine could be part of the emergency-medicine residency

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Emergency physicians have proposed a three-year curriculum for a wilderness-medicine track within an emergency-medicine residency. "Setting up a

Vibegron relieves overactive bladder symptoms

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The selective beta3-adrenoreceptor agonist vibegron improves symptoms and quality of life in patients with overactive bladder (OAB), researchers from

EU panel recommends against nod for Puma Biotech's breast cancer drug

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - A European Medicines Agency (EMA) panel on Friday recommended against approving Puma Biotechnology's lead breast cancer drug, an outcome the U.S drugmaker had signaled

Northern Ireland abortion laws violate women's rights, UN body says

By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Kingdom violates women's rights in Northern Ireland by unduly restricting their access to abortion, a report by the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of

Special Report: Amid claims of police brutality in Kenya, a watchdog fails to bite

By Maggie Fick NAIROBI (Reuters) - She was christened Samantha, but her delighted Kenyan parents quickly nicknamed their tiny daughter "Pendo," which in KiSwahili means "Love." Six months later, in

Mongolian air pollution causing health crisis - UNICEF

Feb 23 (Reuters) - ULAANBAATAR (Reuters) - Smog in the Mongolia's capital, Ulaanbaatar, is causing a public health crisis, especially among children, with treatment costs likely to put the

CMS-mandated hemodynamic interventions for sepsis based on lowest level of evidence

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The hemodynamic interventions for sepsis mandated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) are supported at best by only the lowest level

Soccer is basically medicine, some researchers argue

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Compared to inactive people, recreational soccer players have lower cholesterol, blood pressure and resting heart rates as well as less fat mass, a research review

Blacks in U.S. lose quality of life due to fewer knee replacements

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Black people with knee osteoarthritis may have a worse quality of life than white patients in part because they’re less likely to be offered knee replacement

Major depressive disorder highly prevalent, often untreated in U.S.

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Major depressive disorder (MDD) is “highly prevalent, comorbid and disabling” among U.S. adults, yet a “substantial” number of people remain untreated,

REFILE-YOUR MONEY-Five ways millennial caregivers can find help

(Adds National Alliance for Caregiving as co-author of a caregiving study with AARP in paragraph 9.) By Andrea Januta NEW YORK (Reuters) - Amanda Singer had her plate full running a dance studio in

U.S. budget deal grants $1.5 billion for drug-affected babies, families

By Duff Wilson and John Shiffman WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. budget deal adopted by Congress on Friday includes what advocates call a landmark compromise to provide an estimated $1.5 billion over

YOUR MONEY-Five ways millennial caregivers can find help

By Andrea Januta NEW YORK (Reuters) - Amanda Singer had her plate full running a dance studio in Massachusetts. But after her mother underwent emergency surgery and radiation for breast cancer late

Young men’s drinking tied to later liver disease risk

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Men who drink alcohol in late adolescence are more likely to develop severe liver disease decades later than young people who don’t drink at all, a Swedish study

Florida doctor linked to New Jersey senator sentenced in fraud case

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - A Florida eye doctor linked by prosecutors to New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez in an unsuccessful bribery case against him was sentenced on Thursday to 17 years in prison

Self-compassion may protect perfectionists from getting depressed

By Cheryl Platzman Weinstock (Reuters Health) - Learning to respond to your failures with kindness, or self-compassion, may help offset the negative effects of perfectionism at any age, according to

For clean drinking water in Kenya, just add sunshine (and a can)

By Dominic Kirui EMUCHIMI, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - On a sunny afternoon in Western Kenya, Eunice Shigali filled a 10-liter jerrycan with water, then unfolded it like a suitcase and

Presumptive infection treatment during pregnancy curbs childhood stunting in Malawi

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Treating pregnant women for malaria and other infections reduces the prevalence of childhood stunting, has a positive effect on child development and

Hyperthermia improves survival in some patients with sarcoma

By David Douglas NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Adding regional hyperthermia to neoadjuvant chemotherapy improves survival in patients with localized, high-risk soft-tissue sarcoma, according to

Feature: At-risk Caribbean island on long road to make hospitals, schools safer

By Anastasia Moloney SANTO DOMINGO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When hurricanes Irma and Maria hit the Dominican Republic last year, 21-year-old Roseli de los Santos pulled people from floodwaters

Prescription opioid tapering possible without behavioral treatment

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Community outpatients taking prescription opioids for noncancer chronic pain can successfully taper their opioid use without behavioral treatment,

Death toll from listeria outbreak in South Africa more than doubles to 172

By Reuters Staff JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - The death toll from an outbreak of the food-borne disease listeria in South Africa has more than doubled from previous numbers given in January to 172 deaths

Serum pepsinogen level may help predict death from gastric cancer

By Lorraine L. Janeczko NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Serum pepsinogen (PG) level appears to be a useful biomarker in predicting risk for death from gastric cancer, according to research from Taiwan.

Brain injury biomarker levels rise after anesthesia and surgery

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Plasma levels of neurofilament light and tau, biomarkers of brain injury, increase after anesthesia and surgery, according to results from two

Early inpatient dermatology consult for suspected cellulitis has clear benefits

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - For patients hospitalized with presumed cellulitis, an early inpatient dermatology consultation can improve outcomes and save money, according to results

Greek parliament to probe politicians in alleged Novartis bribe case

By Renee Maltezou ATHENS (Reuters) - The Greek parliament voted on Thursday to investigate politicians, including former prime ministers, over allegations of bribery by the Swiss drugmaker Novartis.

Simple walking test may help with tough neurological diagnosis

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Quantitative gait parameters differ significantly among patients with progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), idiopathic normal-pressure hydrocephalus (iNPH

Diarrhea kills 26 Congolese refugees in Uganda, infects hundreds - U.N.

By Elias Biryabarema KAMPALA (Reuters) - Twenty-six refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo have died in a camp in Uganda from acute diarrhea, and hundreds more cases have been registered, an

Therapy dogs heal traumatized survivors of brutal Ugandan war

By John Okot GULU, Uganda (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Francis Okello wanted to kill himself after he was blinded at the age of 12 by an unexploded bomb while digging in his family garden in

Novo's pioneering diabetes pill impresses in first big study

By Stine Jacobsen and Ben Hirschler COPENHAGEN/LONDON (Reuters) - The world's largest diabetes drugmaker, Novo Nordisk, on Thursday presented the first successful data from a large final-stage study

Study seeks to end antidepressant debate: the drugs do work

By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - A vast research study that sought to settle a long-standing debate about whether or not anti-depressant drugs really work has found they are indeed effective in

EU's top court says Poland breached air pollution rules

By Reuters Staff BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union's top court on Thursday said Poland had failed to uphold air quality standards, part of a wider battle by the EU to reduce deaths from

U.S. FDA says it recalls, destroys certain kratom-containing dietary products

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday said it recalled and destroyed a large volume of kratom-containing dietary supplements made by a company in Missouri.

Eating carbs not linked to risk for PMS

By Shereen Lehman (Reuters Health) - The amount of foods containing sugars or other carbohydrates that a woman eats has nothing to do with the likelihood she will start experiencing premenstrual

Aspirin just as good as rivaroxaban for preventing clots after hip, knee surgery

By Gene Emery (Reuters Health) - The expensive anti-clotting drug Xarelto (rivaroxaban) is no better than common aspirin when it comes to preventing painful and potentially-deadly clots in people who

Experimental rotavirus vaccine more effective when started at birth

By Gene Emery NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - An experimental oral rotavirus vaccine, when given at birth and in two subsequent doses, can reduce the rate of severe and potentially deadly diarrhea by 75%

Venezuelans report big weight losses in 2017 as hunger hits

By Vivian Sequera CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelans reported losing on average 11 kilograms (24 lbs) in body weight last year and almost 90% now live in poverty, according to a new university study on

U.S. health officials reverse stance on AstraZeneca's flu vaccine

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - AstraZeneca Plc said on Wednesday an advisory committee of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended the use of its FluMist Quadrivalent vaccine in

Most adults diagnosed with depression in primary care don’t start treatment

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Most people newly diagnosed with depression by their primary care physician don’t start treatment, and older people and non-white individuals are even less

REFILE-Some outcomes not necessarily better with robotic prostate surgery

(Fixes typo in slug with no changes to text) By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Men with prostate cancer who get the gland removed may be just as likely to suffer erectile dysfunction and urinary

Some outcomes not necessarily better with robotic prostate surgery

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Men with prostate cancer who get the gland removed may be just as likely to suffer erectile dysfunction and urinary incontinence with robotic surgery as with other

More Sanderson Farms investors support end of antibiotic use

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - More Sanderson Farms Inc investors supported a shareholder proposal this year urging the third-largest U.S. poultry producer to stop giving medically important

TV trauma cases don’t look much like real life

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Fans of the television show “Grey’s Anatomy” may be getting the wrong idea about what happens in trauma cases - and that could create unrealistic expectations in

Cigars and pipes tied to same risks as cigarettes

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Cigarettes are not the only type of tobacco products that can lead to premature death or fatalities from smoking-related cancers, a U.S. study confirms. While

Visual field variability may delay glaucoma care in people of African descent

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Increased visual field variability in patients of African descent might help to explain the higher rates of glaucoma-related visual impairment in this

Functional satisfaction after rhinoplasty unaffected by preoperative mental health

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Perception of improvement in nasal function after rhinoplasty is not influenced by a patient’s mental health status before the procedure, researchers in

Aging U.S. population drives brisk increase in Merkel-cell carcinoma

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Rates of Merkel-cell carcinoma (MCC) in the United States have increased significantly in the past decade due largely to the aging population, a new study

Novo Nordisk gets nod from U.S. drug purchaser for new diabetes hope

By Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Insulin maker Novo Nordisk said its Ozempic diabetes drug had been included on a list of medicines approved for patients covered by U.S. private

Outcomes of sleeve gastrectomy tied more to patient factors than surgical technique

By Lorraine L. Janeczko NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Patient characteristics are better than surgical technique at predicting adverse outcomes after laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG), according to

New guidelines on otolaryngological assessment of scuba divers

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - New guidelines provide recommendations to otolaryngologists for assessing the fitness of scuba divers. “Diving has become an extremely popular sport,

Baricitinib also appears effective in biologic-refractory RA

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The selective Janus kinase 1 and 2 inhibitor baricitinib appears also to help patients whose rheumatoid arthritis (RA) has not responded adequately to

REFILE-Pacemakers, defibrillators are potentially hackable

(In graf 17, updates Armstrong affiliation to Keck School of Medicine at USC) By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Heart devices that use software or wireless communications may be vulnerable to

British air pollution plans are inadequate - High Court

By Reuters Staff LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's plans to curb air pollution are inadequate and must be improved, the High Court ruled on Wednesday following a legal complaint from environmental lawyers

Lithuania says Philip Morris may have breached advertising rules with new smoking device

By Andrius Sytas VILNIUS (Reuters) - Lithuania's tobacco regulator believes Philip Morris's new electronic smoking device should be subject to the same advertising restrictions as tobacco,

Early palliative care may add QOL benefit to psychosocial support

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Early, systematic integration of palliative care into oncological care for patients with advanced disease already receiving psychological support

Feature: The Australians washing their way to better mental health

By Sue White SYDNEY (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Luke Terry decided to set up a business, hiring unemployed people with mental illnesses to do laundry for hotels and hospitals in eastern

Merck to buy Australian viral immuno-oncology firm for $394 million

By Ben Hirschler (Reuters) - U.S. drugmaker Merck & Co, already one of the leaders in the hot area of cancer immunotherapy, said on Wednesday it had agreed to buy Viralytics for 502 million

More baby girls than boys die in India, as parents neglect healthcare - U.N.

By Roli Srivastava MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Parents are less likely to seek treatment for a sick baby girl than a boy in India, where more female infants die within the first month of

REFILE-Epidural steroid for spinal stenosis may trigger cortisol suppression in older adults

(Fixes word "cortisol" in headline and paragraph 1 of Feb 15 story) By Lorraine L. Janeczko NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Older adults who get an epidural steroid injection for spinal stenosis may be

3M, Minnesota settle water pollution claims for $850 million

By Tina Bellon NEW YORK (Reuters) - Industrial group 3M Co and Minnesota's attorney general have agreed to settle a lawsuit over polluted groundwater, with the company agreeing to grant $850 million

Treatment-free remission of CML feasible for some after second-line nilotinib

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Treatment-free remission (TFR) seems to be feasible for patients with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) who achieve a sustained deep molecular response (

Rheumatoid arthritis drug ineffective for osteoarthritic hand pain

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Hydroxychloroquine is no more effective than placebo for relieving moderate-to-severe hand pain due to osteoarthritis, researchers in the UK say. “The

Prophylactic haloperidol does not improve survival of critically ill adults

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Prophylactic haloperidol does not improve survival of critically ill adults at high risk of delirium, according to results from the REDUCE trial. "Based

Annual billing admin costs for physicians approach six figures

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The annual administrative costs associated with physician billing and insurance-related activities in the U.S. exceed $99,000 per primary care physician (

Radiomics model distinguishes malignant, benign lesions on mammography

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A radiomics model using kurtosis MRI reliably distinguishes between malignant and benign lesions identified as suspicious on mammography. "For this study

Exercise during chemo for breast or colon cancer has lasting benefits

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Exercising during treatment for breast or colon cancer can have a positive effect on health and quality of life years later, new research shows. “It is

Pacemakers, defibrillators are potentially hackable

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Heart devices that use software or wireless communications may be vulnerable to hacker attacks that could cause life-threatening malfunctions, U.S. cardiologists

‘Bucket lists’ might help with end-of-life discussions

By Randi Belisomo (Reuters Health) - Sharing your “bucket list” could be easier than discussing end-of-life medical preferences, and it might be just as useful to your physician, researchers suggest.

REFILE-A side effect of tuberculosis in India: crippling debt

(Corrects spelling of finance minister's name in pars 16 and 28) By Anuradha Nagaraj MUTYALACHERUVU, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Tuberculosis patient Yerdodamma Peddeti is hungry, but the

Albertsons to buy Rite Aid as Amazon threat looms

By Siddharth Cavale (Reuters) - U.S. grocer Albertsons Cos Inc said it would buy drug store chain Rite Aid Corp to create a company with $83 billion in annual revenue, giving it more clout to compete

Syria's Ghouta a 'death sentence' for children under siege

By Heba Kanso BEIRUT (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Syria's Eastern Ghouta has become a "death sentence" for children as heavy bombing is killing scores of young people trapped in the besieged

Popular push for Austrian smoking ban gathers pace

By Reuters Staff VIENNA (Reuters) - More than 200,000 Austrians have signed a petition calling for a ban on smoking in bars and restaurants, campaign organizers said - using one of the new right-wing

Vaccinating pregnant mothers is safe for babies

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Infants are much less likely to get influenza or whooping cough when their mothers were vaccinated against these infections during pregnancy, and a new study

Genes might not predict success of low-fat or low-carb diet

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - People who try to avoid junk food may lose similar amounts of weight on a low-carb or low-fat diet even when their genetics suggest that one of these options

Negative symptoms predict treatment failure in early-onset psychosis

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In patients with early-onset psychosis, negative symptoms at first episode - lack of motivation, problems with social interaction, and the like - predict

Pyoderma gangrenosum presentation differs with age

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The clinical manifestation and comorbidities of pyoderma gangrenosum (PG) differ between patients under age 65 and older patients, according to a

Laparascopic sleeve gastrectomy linked to some better pregnancy outcomes

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Some maternal and perinatal outcomes may be better in obese women who undergo laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG) than in their obese peers who are not

Zambia cholera epidemic continues to slow as number of deaths declines

LUSAKA (Reuters) - Zambia's cholera epidemic continues to slow with seven deaths recorded over the last month, Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya said on Tuesday. Eighty-five people have now died since

U.S. to extend skimpy health insurance outside of Obamacare

By Yasmeen Abutaleb and Caroline Humer WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. government on Tuesday proposed extending the availability of skimpy health insurance plans to millions of Americans in

With medicine running out, Venezuelans with transplants live in fear

By Alexandra Ulmer CARACAS (Reuters) - Yasmira Castano felt she had a fresh chance at life when she received a kidney transplant almost two decades ago. The young Venezuelan was able to finish high

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