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U.S. Medicare plans to track CAR-T cancer therapy outcomes

By Deena Beasley (Reuters) - The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on Friday proposed coverage of expensive CAR-T cell therapies at cancer centers that meet criteria including a

Smartphone app promising for postop care after pediatric tonsillectomy

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Families and caregivers found a smartphone app helpful for communicating with a physician after their child's tonsillectomy, in a pilot study. Dr. S.

Neoadjuvant anti-PD-1 immunotherapy may improve glioblastoma outcomes

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Neoadjuvant immunotherapy with anti-PD-1 agents may improve outcomes in patients with resectable or recurrent glioblastoma, researchers report. "The

Nektar, Bristol combo drug shows signs of tumor reduction in bladder cancer patients

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - Nektar Therapeutics said on Friday some patients with advanced bladder cancer treated with a combination of its experimental treatment and Bristol-Myers Squibb Co's

Asthma classes in school may help reduce attacks

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - School-age children with asthma who receive education on managing the condition may have fewer attacks, emergency department visits and hospitalizations than those

Leaving the hospital early can double the odds of going back

By Carolyn Crist (Reuters Health) - Patients who discharge themselves from the hospital against medical advice are twice as likely to be back within 30 days as those who leave when doctors say they're

Comorbidities, not PTSD itself, behind higher heart risks

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Comorbidities such as smoking, anxiety and depression account for the increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in veterans with post-traumatic stress

Kenyan activist's death in botched abortion spotlights 'killer' backstreet clinics

By Nita Bhalla NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The death of a Kenyan activist due a botched abortion spotlights how thousands of pregnant women and girls are being driven by social stigma and

Army calls base housing hazards 'unconscionable,' details steps to protect families

By Joshua Schneyer, Andrea Januta and Deborah Nelson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Deeply troubled by military housing conditions exposed by Reuters reporting, the U.S. Army's top leadership vowed Friday to

Push-up capacity may predict heart disease risk in men

By Linda Carroll (Reuters Health) - The number of push-ups a man can do in the doctor's office may be a good predictor of his risk of developing heart disease in the coming years, new research

Money troubles tied to higher risk of heart disease for African-Americans

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - African-American adults who often struggle to pay bills may be more than twice as likely to develop heart disease than their counterparts who don't have much

Culture-negative TB likely under-recognized and underdiagnosed globally

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Culture-negative pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) is under-recognized and can lead to untreated disease, researchers say. "Physicians who see a lot of TB

Expanding genetic testing for prostate cancer could improve patient management

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Expanding genetic testing beyond current guidelines could better stratify prostate cancer patients for the presence of pathogenic variants and improve

Bayer stresses drug's tolerability in bid for prostate cancer market

By Ludwig Burger FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Bayer is banking on the mild side effects of its experimental prostate cancer drug darolutamide, as it prepares to take on established rival products by Pfizer

Indonesia to postpone halal label deadline amid industry concerns

By Maikel Jefriando and Gayatri Suroyo JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia will push back by as much as seven years an October deadline for halal labels on food, drugs and cosmetics, after industry voiced

Low vaccination rates, global outbreaks fuel U.S. measles spread

By Steve Gorman (Reuters) - A measles outbreak that has stricken at least 225 people in New York state since October began with a traveler who visited Israel during the Jewish high holidays and

Telehealth-enhanced referral process gets more kids into mental-health care

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A telehealth-enhanced referral process significantly improved initial access to mental-health care for children referred from primary care in a study

Aortic-stenosis staging tied to post-TAVR mortality

By David Douglas NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The staging of aortic stenosis is associated with cardiac changes and all-cause mortality following transcatheter aortic-valve replacement (TAVR),

Similar long-term postprocedural outcomes after carotid endarterectomy, stenting

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The risk of stroke or death beyond 120 days is similar after stenting and endarterectomy for symptomatic carotid stenosis, researchers report. "Our studies

Trump enters obese range, but still in 'good health,' exam findings show

By Reuters Staff WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump has put on a few pounds over the past year and is now in the obese range, although he remains in "very good health overall," according to

REFILE-Nearly 1,000 Madagascar children dead of measles since October - WHO

(Corrects fifth paragraph to refer to vaccination of 2.2 million children, not 22 million people, following clarification by WHO, and makes clear those receiving booster are also children.) By

Breast-density notification letters may be too dense

By Carolyn Crist (Reuters Health) - Post-mammogram form letters telling women about dense breasts may be more confusing than helpful if they are difficult to read and understand, researchers say.

Delayed newborn baths tied to higher breastfeeding rates

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Newborns who don't get baths right away may be more likely to be exclusively breastfed than infants who get whisked away to be washed soon after delivery, a U.S.

More young adults binge-drinking well into their 20s

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - More young men and women are binge-drinking into their mid- and late-20s today than a generation ago, increasing their risk of accidental injuries, deaths and a

Coronary-artery plaque characteristics improve with biologic therapy for psoriasis

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Biologic therapy in patients with severe psoriasis is associated with significant improvements in coronary-artery plaque characteristics, according to new

Paramedics not washing their hands nearly enough

By Carolyn Crist (Reuters Health) - Hand hygiene compliance among paramedics may be "remarkably low," according to a study that monitored ambulance workers in Scandinavia and Australia over six months

Late-window thrombectomy benefits larger strokes

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Late-window thrombectomy benefits stroke patients with pretreatment core-infarct volumes up to 70 mL, according to an analysis of data from the DEFUSE 3

Stereotactic body radiotherapy shows long-term safety in prostate cancer

By David Douglas NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) appears to provide good long-term results and very few toxic effects in certain prostate cancers, according to data

Outcomes better with arthroscopy for femoroacetabular impingement

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Arthroscopic hip surgery results in better outcomes than physiotherapy and activity modification in patients with symptomatic femoroacetabular impingement (

Starving girl shows impact of Yemen war, economic collapse

By Reuters Staff HAJJAH, Yemen (Reuters) - Displaced by war, starving and living under a tree, 12-year-old Fatima Qoba weighed just 10kg (22.05 lb) when she was carried into a Yemeni malnutrition

Flies and fungi: Climate change could make food less safe, experts warn

By Andualem Sisay Gessesse ADDIS ABABA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As the planet warms, governments must pay more attention to food safety, and address the issue in their action plans to tackle

Nearly 1,000 Madagascar children dead of measles since October - WHO

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - At least 922 children and young adults have died of measles in Madagascar since October, despite a huge emergency vaccination program, the World Health

U.S. unveils plan to control some toxins in drinking water

By Valerie Volcovici (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday announced a plan to control a group of toxic chemicals found in Americans' drinking water but will not set a limit

Increased cardiovascular disease risk in Korean women with high-risk HPV infection

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Korean women infected with high-risk human papillomavirus (HPV) genotypes face an increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), especially if they are

Mixed results of intensive blood pressure reduction in acute ischemic stroke

By Will Boggs NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Intensive blood pressure reduction in patients with acute ischemic stroke treated with intravenous thrombolysis reduces intracranial bleeding, but does not

More US ob-gyns offering abortion

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The number of U.S. ob-gyns who provide abortions is on the rise, according to new research. Nearly one-quarter of those surveyed in 2016-2017 reported

Novel radiation therapy promising for metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A novel, targeted radiation therapy called Lutetium-177 PSMA-617 (LuPSMA) has shown promising clinical activity in men with prostate-specific membrane

Precious antibiotics still being used to boost animal growth -OIE

By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - Farmers in 45 countries still use antibiotics to boost animal growth, despite warnings from health experts and bans on the practice in many parts of the world, the

Aggressive sanitizing at home lowers post-hospital MRSA risk

By Gene Emery (Reuters Health) - A six-month program of aggressively washing and sanitizing at home after surgery can lower the risk of developing a potentially-deadly infection for people who harbor

Gender-affirming treatment tied to better quality of life for older adults

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Older transgender adults have a better quality of life when they get drugs or surgery to help their bodies match their gender identity, a U.S. study suggests.

Johnson & Johnson supplier seeks bankruptcy over talc lawsuits

By Tina Bellon and Tom Hals (Reuters) - A key supplier of talc used in Johnson & Johnson's baby powder filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Wednesday in the wake of multibillion-dollar lawsuits alleging

Certain drugs, supplements may improve sperm health

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Men with infertility may have better-quality sperm when they take certain nutritional supplements and medicines, but it's unclear whether that leads to pregnancies

Heart attack tied to edible marijuana is a warning to doctors

By Linda Carroll (Reuters Health) - As medical and recreational marijuana becomes legal in more and more places, experts worry there isn't enough science on the risks and benefits of the drug,

Algorithm helps predict recovery of swallowing after stroke, need for enteral tube feeding

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Clinicians from the UK and Switzerland have developed and validated a simple scoring algorithm to help predict recovery from dysphagia after stroke and the

Tortoise-inspired device delivers insulin pellets to stomach lining

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A small tortoise-inspired self-orienting device allows oral delivery of tiny insulin spears ("milliposts") to the stomach lining where they release insulin

Recurrent strep throat linked to aberrant immune responses

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Several alterations in immune responses contribute to the risk of recurrent group A Streptococcus tonsillitis ("strep throat"), researchers report.

Safe to extend screening interval for high-risk HPV

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Routine primary cervical screening for high-risk human papillomavirus (hrHPV) increased the detection of intraepithelial neoplasia grade 3 or worse and

Military survey finds deep dissatisfaction with family housing on U.S. bases

By M.B. Pell and Joshua Schneyer WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A new survey of military families living on U.S. bases found most are dissatisfied with their housing, often citing serious health and safety

Britons are happiest in their teens and retirement -study

By Reuters Staff LONDON (Reuters) - People in Britain are at their happiest at the ages of 16 and 70, according to an analysis of UK national statistics published on Wednesday. Teenagers score higher

Singapore police say American accused of leaking HIV data 'pathological liar'

By Reuters Staff SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore police said on Wednesday a U.S. citizen accused of leaking the names of more than 14,000 HIV-positive people was "a pathological liar," in a case that

Pioglitazine may prevent cardiovascular events in stroke patients with prediabetes

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Pioglitazone could reduce cardiovascular events and new-onset diabetes in patients with stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA) and prediabetes,

Laparoscopic gastrectomy outcome comparable to open surgery

By David Douglas NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Patients with stage I gastric cancer who undergo laparoscopic distal gastrectomy have long-term-survival rates similar to those who have open distal

Supporters renew push for nationwide paid family leave in U.S.

By Benjamin Long NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Democrats pushed on Tuesday for a nationwide paid family leave system in the United States, the only developed nation that does not guarantee

'Sexist' data is holding women back, Bill and Melinda Gates say

By Sonia Elks LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - "Sexist" data is making it harder to improve women and girls' lives, the world's leading philanthropic couple Bill and Melinda Gates said on Tuesday

In physician pay-for-performance, larger bonuses improve care

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In physician pay-for-performance (P4P) settings, increasing the bonus size was associated with significantly improved quality of care, while adding loss

Treg cells show promise as immunotherapy for Crohn's disease

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Crohn's disease (CD) symptoms may be reduced if an agonist of the retinoic acid receptor alpha (RARA) can be used to traffic T-regulatory (Treg) cells to

Heavier red meat consumption tied to higher NAFLD risk

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - People who eat a lot of animal protein may be more likely to have excessive fat in their livers and a higher risk of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) than

Sleep boosts T-cell antiviral potency

By Linda Carroll (Reuters Health) - It looks like your mother was right: when you've got a cold, sleep may be the best medicine. German researchers have discovered one way sleep improves the body's

Higher postop mortality risk with asymptomatic heart failure

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Even relatively healthy heart failure patients may still be more likely to die after surgery than people with healthier hearts, a U.S. study suggests. For

Better breast cancer screening, treatments may have saved hundreds of thousands of lives over 30 years

By Linda Carroll (Reuters Health) - Over the last three decades, improved screening and treatments may have kept hundreds of thousands of women from dying of breast cancer, computer simulations

Africa welcomes refugees but freedom, jobs needed - aid groups

By Nita Bhalla NAIROBI(Thomson Reuters Foundation) - African nations, which host more than 20 million people forced to flee their homes, must enforce international agreements to better protect and

Counseling interventions can prevent perinatal depression

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Pregnant and postpartum women who are at increased risk of perinatal depression should be referred for counseling to prevent perinatal depression,

Mylan launches Advair generic at one-third price

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - Mylan NV on Tuesday priced its generic version of GlaxoSmithKline's blockbuster asthma treatment Advair 70 percent lower than the branded medicine. The treatment, the

U.S. FDA panel recommends approval of nasal-spray depression drug

By Saumya Joseph (Reuters) - An advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday recommended Johnson & Johnson's experimental nasal spray, which has a compound similar to

Support team selected by suicidal teens may curb mortality

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The Youth Support Team (YST) intervention for suicidal adolescents is associated with reduced mortality for up to 14 years, according to a post hoc

Mind your own business: Small firms opt out as India Inc races to be LGBT-friendly

By Annie Banerji and Hugo Greenhalgh KARNAL, India(Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Following India's September move to scrap a colonial-era ban on gay sex, more and more corporations are opening their

REFILE-Prenatal metformin exposure linked to adiposity, obesity in children

(Refiling to fix formatting, with no changes to text.) By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In utero metformin exposure is associated with a higher BMI, more central adiposity and greater

Ibuprofen a 'reasonable' option for early pain control after hip replacement

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Combining paracetamol (acetaminophen) with ibuprofen does not cut postoperative use of morphine in a clinically meaningful way relative to ibuprofen alone,

Turn it down! Millennials' music habit puts their hearing at risk -UN

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA(Reuters) - A generation of music-lovers are damaging their hearing with audio players that do not limit dangerously high noise levels, the U.N. health agency said on

GLP-1 enhances insulin secretion after bariatric surgery

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1) plays a major role in driving enhanced insulin secretion following bariatric surgery, researchers from the U.K. report. "

Prenatal metformin exposure linked to adiposity, obesity in children

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In utero metformin exposure is associated with a higher BMI, more central adiposity and greater obesity risk in children born to mothers with polycystic

Mouse-derived kidneys can be generated in rats

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Mouse pluripotent stem cells (PSCs) can differentiate into mouse-derived kidneys in anephric Sall1 mutant rats through interspecific blastocyst

Proposed U.S. migrant shelter may be polluted, green group warns

By Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Parts of a Texas military base that the Trump administration had proposed for a temporary detention facility for migrant children contain toxins that could

Mitoxantrone for childhood cancer more cardiotoxic than thought

By David Douglas NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In pediatric cancer patients, mitoxantrone appears to be at least ten times as cardiotoxic as doxorubicin therapy, while daunorubicin therapy may be less

Glottic cancer rates rising in young people

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Glottic carcinoma rates in children and young adults have increased over the past three decades, according to a retrospective review. The findings may

U.S. citizen who leaked Singapore HIV-cases may have more 'files'

By Reuters Staff SINGAPORE (Reuters) - A U.S. citizen who leaked the names of more than 14,000 HIV-positive individuals in Singapore may be in possession of more "files" from the database, the

Merck, Pfizer combo treatment boosts kidney cancer survival

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters) - Drugmaker Merck & Co Inc said on Monday that the combination of its cancer immunotherapy Keytruda with Pfizer Inc's Inlyta cut the risk of death nearly in half

Catalyst Pharma sees net price of drug, once free, topping $300,000

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters) - Catalyst Pharmaceuticals Inc said on Monday that it expects its drug for a rare disease, which had long been available to patients for free, will cost more than

Gilead misses key goal in NASH liver disease trial, shares sink

By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - Gilead Sciences Inc said on Monday that a late-stage study of a key experimental drug aimed at treating NASH, a progressive fatty liver disease, failed to meet

Similar thrombectomy benefits for transferred "late-window" stroke patients

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Functional outcomes after thrombectomy for ischemic stroke in the late window are similar for transferred patients and patients directly admitted to the

Opioid prescriptions, overdose deaths most common among low-income whites

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Of all racial/ethnic groups in the U.S., low-income whites are more likely to receive opioid prescriptions and to die from overdoses, three studies suggest

One in six US kids have mental health disorders

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Roughly in six U.S. kids have at least one mental health disorder, and only about half of them receive treatment from a mental health professional, a new study

Almost half of U.S. heart disease patients struggle with medical bills

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) – Roughly 45 percent of Americans under 65 who have cardiovascular disease experience financial hardships from medical bills, a U.S. study suggests. And, almost one

Kindergarten teachers' assessments may be linked with pupils' earnings as adults

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Boys whose teachers find them antisocial in kindergarten may have lower income as adults than their classmates who don't have behavior problems, a Canadian study

LGBT youth at risk of poor outcomes in foster care and unstable housing

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) young people are "overrepresented" in foster care and unstable housing, and face "

In monogenic Parkinson's disease, mutation predicts DBS outcomes

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In patients with monogenic Parkinson's disease (PD), outcomes of subthalamic nucleus deep brain stimulation (STN-DBS) vary depending on the genetic

Narrow band UV-B phototherapy may be helpful in mycosis fungoides

By David Douglas NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Narrowband UV-B phototherapy (UVB) appears to be almost as effective as psoralen-UV-A (PUVA) phototherapy for treating early-stage mycosis fungoides,

Brazil's LGBT+ politicians prepare for battle with Bolsonaro

By Oscar Lopez MEXICO CITY (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When he realized Jair Bolsonaro was likely to be elected president of Brazil last year, politician David Miranda's first concern was for his

India's tourist magnet starts to clean child labor 'blot'

By Roli Srivastava JAIPUR, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In a small windowless room in the heart of Indian tourist magnet Jaipur, Parveena shows a school uniform and tiny shoes to prove that

FDA rebukes 17 firms for selling fake Alzheimer's drugs

By Aakash B (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned more than a dozen companies against selling unapproved products which claim to treat Alzheimer's disease and other

Minocycline reduce synaptic pruning in schizophrenia cell models

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Minocycline reduces excessive synaptic pruning in schizophrenia patient-derived cell models, suggesting that it might delay or prevent the onset of

Transferred emergency general-surgery patients arrive sicker

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Transferred emergency general surgery (EGS) patients have slightly higher mortality and morbidity rates, compared with directly admitted patients,

Postop complications with sleep apnea seen even after regional anesthesia

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) have an increased risk of postoperative complications and prolonged hospital stay, even in a setting with

Sanofi and Regeneron cut list price of cholesterol drug by 60 pct

By Michael Erman NEW YORK (Reuters) - Sanofi SA and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc said on Monday that they will slash the U.S. list price of their potent but expensive PCSK9 inhibitor Praluent (

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