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Merck's Keytruda fails pivotal gastric cancer trial

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - Merck & Co Inc said on Thursday a key late-stage trial testing its blockbuster drug, Keytruda, failed to meet its main goal of extending lives of patients with a type of

Giant rats increase their attack on tuberculosis in Tanzania

By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The use of giant rats to sniff out the potentially deadly disease tuberculosis (TB) in Tanzania is set to nearly double by the end of the

Families of dementia patients see positive effect of social robot seal

By Carolyn Crist (Reuters Health) - Paro, a robotic baby harp seal, seems to improve dementia patients’ mood and increase opportunities for communication with family members, according to a small

DaVita pharmacy unit settles U.S. billing probe for $63.7 million

By Nate Raymond (Reuters) - A pharmacy services unit of DaVita Inc will pay $63.7 million to resolve allegations that it improperly billed federal healthcare programs for medications and paid illegal

Childhood obesity climbing with media use, European doctors warn

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Children’s waistlines have been expanding in lock step with the amount of time they spend with televisions, computers, smartphones and tablets, European doctors

Social media may help chronically ill connect to doctors, fellow patients

By Mary Gillis (Reuters Health) - Social media groups that bring together patients, family, friends and healthcare providers can improve patients’ outlook and reduce their anxiety and depression, a

Asthma med facilitates food immunotherapy in multi-allergic kids

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The combination of the anti-IgE asthma medication omalizumab with oral immunotherapy facilitates rapid oral densitization in children with multiple food

Transgender women may get small breasts with hormones

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Transgender women who take sex hormones to feminize their bodies may not experience as much breast development as they expect, a new European study suggests.

Success as 1 billion treated in battle against painful tropical diseases

By Inna Lazareva LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A pledge by health and development experts to tackle neglected diseases that blind, disable and disfigure millions of the world's poorest people

Sport-Athletes' universal rights 'will protect from doping fallout'

By Steve Keating (Reuters) - The world's leading players' associations unveiled a universal declaration of player rights on Thursday designed to give athletes a global voice and protect them from the

U.S. EPA seeks input to rework rule on lead in drinking water

By Reuters Staff WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Thursday it will seek input from state and local officials as it considers how to rework a 1991 rule meant to

Precision test may help diagnose older adults with obstructive CAD

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – A blood-based test incorporating age, sex and gene expression score (ASGES) may be useful in evaluating older outpatients with symptoms indicative of

Brain cells develop more mutations as we age

By Will Boggs MD (Reuters Health) - Brain cells - neurons - develop gene mutations over the course of a lifetime, contributing to normal aging and potentially presenting a target for treatments that

High-intensity exercise safe, slows motor decline in Parkinson’s patients

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – High-intensity treadmill exercise can safely slow the development of motor symptoms in patients with de novo Parkinson disease (PD), according to a new

Mortality risk may rise in the first year after postmenopausal women stop HT

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Discontinuing postmenopausal hormone therapy (HT) may be associated with an increased risk of cardiac and stroke death in the first post-treatment year

Later onset of ALS appears common

By Lorraine L. Janeczko NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Late-age onset amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) appears to be relatively common, according to a small study from Austria. "It is neurology

Error-related negativity predicts response to anxiety treatment

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Patients with anxiety who have high baseline error-related negativity (ERN) are more likely to respond to cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) than to

Kids with sepsis who get steroids in the ICU might have less PTSD later

By Scott Baltic NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In children with sepsis, corticosteroid use is associated with fewer symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) several months after pediatric

Italy adopts living wills allowing patients to refuse treatment

By Isla Binnie ROME (Reuters) - Italy's Senate passed into law on Thursday a bill allowing severely ill people to refuse treatment that would prolong their lives. The bill passed 180 votes to 71 in

IBD may be more aggressive in depressed patients

By Lorraine L. Janeczko NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) tend to be depressed and have diminished quality of life, and IBD patients with depression tend to

Age no bar to immunotherapy for metastatic melanoma

By David Douglas NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - After immunotherapy for metastatic melanoma, patients over age 65 appear to show equivalent, and perhaps better, clinical outcome than their younger

Different hypertensive phenotypes emerge after preeclampsia

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women with preeclampsia can develop different patterns of hypertension following preeclampsia, researchers from Switzerland report. Women who develop

Investors call on Sanderson, Denny's, McDonald's to cut antibiotics

By Lisa Baertlein (Reuters) - An investor coalition that presses for corporate responsibility is calling on U.S. food companies McDonald's Corp, Denny's Corp and Sanderson Farms Inc to stop buying or

Former Philippine President defends controversial dengue program

By Reuters Staff MANILA (Reuters) - Former Philippine President Benigno Aquino defended on Thursday his decision to implement a controversial immunization program using a new dengue vaccine in 2016,

With no deal on children's health plan, U.S. states scramble for Plan B

By Jilian Mincer and Yasmeen Abutaleb NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - For Nancy Minoui of Portland, Oregon, and Crystal Lett of Dublin, Ohio, Congress' failure to fund the Children's Health Insurance

Pfizer's second biosimilar of J&J's Remicade wins U.S. FDA approval

By Tamara Mathias (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Pfizer Inc's second biosimilar to Johnson & Johnson's blockbuster rheumatoid arthritis drug, Remicade, the company said on

Seasonal flu kills more globally than previously thought - U.S. study

By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - As many as 646,000 people are dying globally from seasonal influenza each year, U.S. health officials said on Wednesday, a rise from earlier assessments of

Bumper crop of new drugs fails to lift big pharma R&D returns

By Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) - It is shaping up to be a bumper year for drug approvals, with U.S. officials clearing twice as many novel medicines as in 2016, yet returns on research investment

Ohio passes law barring abortion over Down syndrome diagnosis

By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - Women in Ohio would be prohibited from receiving abortions because of a fetal Down syndrome diagnosis under a bill that passed the state senate on Wednesday and is

U.S. study sheds light on how Zika causes nerve disorder

By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - A new study sheds light on how the mosquito-borne Zika virus causes a rare neurological condition, and the findings could have implications for companies

War-torn Yemen faces new threat of deadly diphtheria outbreak, aid groups say

By Heba Kanso BEIRUT (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Yemen, ravaged by war, hunger and disease, is seeing a spike in diphtheria cases that will inevitably erupt into a larger, deadly outbreak because

Heart irradiation shows promise in cutting scar-caused VT

By Gene Emery (Reuters Health) - A team of doctors says it has virtually eliminated instances of refractory ventricular tachycardia (VT) in five volunteers using non-invasive stereotactic body

Head and neck cancer survivors have long-lasting cognitive problems

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Patients who survive head and neck cancer may be more likely to experience declines in cognitive function than people who don’t have these tumors, a recent study

Medtronic settles states' probe into Infuse marketing for $12 million

By Nate Raymond BOSTON (Reuters) - Medtronic Plc has agreed to pay $12 million to resolve claims that the company engaged in a deceptive marketing strategy to promote its Infuse bone graft product

Optic neuritis often overdiagnosed

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Close to 60% of patients referred for optic neuritis actually have a different condition, such as headache or another optic neuropathy, researchers say.

Music therapy may help ease depression

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Traditional depression treatments like psychotherapy or medication might work better for some patients when doctors add a dose of music therapy, a research review

Shift work linked to burnout in sleep-deprived nurses

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Shift-work nurses who have sleep problems are more likely to experience career burnout that has the potential to compromise their job performance, a small Italian

Revance will wait to seek backing for Botox-rival

By Divya Grover (Reuters) - Revance Therapeutics Inc will wait to seek partnerships with bigger drugmakers until it is closer to regulatory approval for its Botox rival treatment, Chief Executive Dan

400,000 children risk starvation in volatile Congo as aid dries up

By Nellie Peyton DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Hunger has surged in the Democratic Republic of Congo, with 400,000 children at risk of starving to death due to conflict, displacement and

Low-cost, handheld device reliably detects neonatal jaundice

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Total serum bilirubin (TSB) levels measured with a battery-powered handheld device reliably detected neonatal jaundice in a small pilot study in Malawi,

Ethical challenges with nusinersen treatment of spinal muscular atrophy

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Treatment of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) with nusinersen raises a host of ethical issues, not the least of which is the high cost for such a small

Obamacare sign-ups rise to 1 million as pace picks up before deadline

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters) - The number of consumers who signed up for 2018 Obamacare health insurance next year surpassed the 1 million mark in the second-to-last week of enrollment on the

U.S. less generous than European nations with development assistance

By Ronnie Cohen (Reuters Health) - The U.S. contributes more than any other nation in development assistance for health to low- and middle-income countries, but its generosity falls short when

Adsorbent drug may help shield microbiome from antibiotics’ ill effects

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - An experimental product based on activated charcoal may help protect the gut microbiome from disruption by antibiotics, a phase 1 randomized trial

Diabetes and obesity both tied to higher risk of cancer

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Many cancer cases worldwide may happen at least in part because people are overweight or have diabetes, a new report suggests. Diabetes and being overweight or

Vitamin D-metabolite ratio predicts fracture risk better than 25(OH)D

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Vitamin D-metabolite ratio (VMR) may be a better marker of bone health than 25(OH)D (25-hydroxyvitamin D), a new study suggests. “The parameter that’s

“Loss of control” eating after bariatric surgery tied to worse outcomes in teens

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In obese adolescents, “loss of control” eating declines sharply right after bariatric surgery but then gradually increases thereafter, and may adversely

Myocardial fibrosis seen in competitive male triathletes

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Competitive male triathletes may be at increased risk for non-ischemic myocardial fibrosis and the more they compete, the higher the risk, according to

Statins underused in women with or without HIV

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Only about a third of women in whom statins are indicated actually receive them, regardless of their HIV status, according to results from the Women's

India draws flak for banning "indecent" condom ads on daytime TV

By Nita Bhalla NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - India's decision to ban condom ads on daytime television drew widespread ridicule on Wednesday as a retrograde step that threatened progress on

Correcting for protein in parenteral nutrition does not affect hyponatremia risk

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Most patients receiving parenteral nutrition (PN) have hyponatremia, and PN composition does not appear to affect hyponatremia risk, according to a new

Abortions in India are 20 times higher than estimated

By Nita Bhalla NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Some 15.6 million abortions take place in India each year, with the majority of women taking pills at home without adequate counseling, a study

East Africa's healthcare "Avon ladies" help to keep children alive

By Lee Mannion LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Imagine living so far from a doctor that getting medication for your feverish child involved a day's travel and countless hours of waiting, only

Stephen Hawking says eradicating neglected tropical diseases "within our grasp"

By Adela Suliman CAMBRIDGE, England (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The world has made huge progress towards stamping out debilitating tropical diseases such as river blindness and elephantiasis, and

Half of world's people can't get basic health services - WHO

By Reuters Staff LONDON (Reuters) - At least half the world's population is unable to access essential health services and many others are forced into extreme poverty by having to pay for healthcare

France's Sanofi pins hopes on new drugs after setbacks

By Matthias Blamont (Reuters) - French pharmaceuticals group Sanofi said on Wednesday it had suffered from low uptake for a new cholesterol drug and from concerns about a dengue vaccine, but

Preterm birth tied to sleep problems well into childhood

By Scott Baltic NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Children born preterm may experience poorer sleep quality and quantity when they reach school age, compared with kids born at term, according to a small

HT not useful for preventing chronic disease after menopause

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - After reviewing recent evidence, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has reiterated its 2012 recommendation against the use of menopausal

Many young U.S. men at high risk for HIV do not take anti-HIV pill

By Natalie Grover (Reuters Health) - Less than 4% of young adult men-who-have-sex-with-men (MSM) in the U.S. – a population at significant risk of contracting HIV infection – reported ever using the

Healthy diet, lifestyle tied to less disability in MS

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – An active, healthy lifestyle and a diet emphasizing fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains are associated with lower levels of disability in

Weight loss after bariatric surgery is typically durable

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Patients experience weight fluctuations after bariatric surgery, but for most, weight loss tends to be durable for up to seven years, researchers say.

Artificial intelligence detects eye disease, spread of breast cancer

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Artificial intelligence (AI) systems can detect diabetic retinopathy and lymph node metastases from breast cancer, as well as - if not better than -

Hearing loss may be a risk factor for dementia

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Older adults who develop hearing loss may more likely to experience dementia and cognitive decline than their counterparts without hearing problems, a research

Variations in aortic root anatomy could influence TAVR outcomes

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Individual variations in the membranous septum and in the rotation of the aortic root could have implications for transcatheter aortic valve replacement (

"Not going to stop having sex": Trump's cuts leave U.S. rural teens at pregnancy risk

By Sarah Mahoney SKOWHEGAN, Maine (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Teenage girls in rural America could be the first to see a rise in unplanned pregnancies as drastic cuts in access to health care,

NSAIDs better than opioids for acute pain from kidney stones

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In patients with acute renal colic, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) provide more sustained pain relief with fewer side effects than opioids,

Motorcycle passengers have higher head injury risks

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Motorcycle passengers are less likely than drivers to wear helmets, and they are more likely to suffer traumatic brain injuries in crashes, a U.S. study suggests.

Blepharitis may portend metabolic syndrome

By Lorraine L. Janeczko NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Blepharitis may serve as an early sign of metabolic syndrome (MetS), according to a population-based study from Taiwan. "Blepharitis is associated

Children of women with RA at greater risk for chronic disease

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Children born to women with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) have an increased risk of certain chronic diseases, researchers from Denmark report. "We showed an

"Heat-not-burn" tobacco may be safer but still a risk - UK panel

By Reuters Staff LONDON (Reuters) - A new wave of "heat-not-burn" tobacco products are probably safer than traditional cigarettes but the devices still produce a number of potentially harmful

EU health and food safety experts warn of stubborn salmonella

By Reuters Staff LONDON (Reuters) - The number of salmonella food poisoning cases in the European Union has risen by 3% since 2014 in a "worrying" reversal of a decade-long declining trend, EU health

U.S. FDA accepts application for Indivior's new schizophrenia drug

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) accepted Indivior's application for its new schizophrenia treatment, the British drugmaker said on Tuesday, boosting hopes of

FDA proposes new fast path to market for certain medical devices

By Toni Clarke (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday proposed creating a new fast track to market for certain medical devices and a potential reduction in the amount of safety

Slaughtered by sex, Zambia's 'Sweet Town' survives ravages of AIDS

By Lyndsay Griffiths MAZABUKA, Zambia (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Sugar brought a rush of people and prosperity to the drab highway stop in southern Zambia they now call "Sweet Town" - and with

Cholera resurges in Zambian capital Lusaka, WHO says

By Reuters Staff GENEVA (Reuters) - Cholera has killed 15 people and made 547 sick in Zambia's capital Lusaka and the rising caseload is expected to grow further as the rainy season starts, according

Air pollution fine particles linked to poor sperm quality

By Shereen Lehman (Reuters Health) - Exposure to fine particles in air pollution may be another factor that affects men’s sperm quality and their fertility, suggest researchers in Taiwan. Although

Amgen's Kyprolis improves overall survival in blood cancer patients

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - Amgen Inc said on Monday a final analysis of late-stage trial data showed that its Kyprolis combined with two other drugs helped blood cancer patients live longer.

Shared decision-making limits unnecessary transport of assisted living residents who fall

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Shared decision-making between paramedics and primary care physicians (PCPs) can reduce unnecessary transport to the emergency department (ED) for

Promising responses seen with Agios leukemia drug in study

By Bill Berkrot (Reuters) - Nearly a third of patients with an advanced form of a fast-progressing leukemia who carry a specific genetic mutation experienced a complete or near complete response to

Neuroimaging study ties working memory to behavior, lifestyle choices

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – The cohesiveness of the brain network implicated in working memory is associated with behavioral traits such as higher physical endurance and better

Retirement linked to longer, better sleep

By Carolyn Crist (Reuters Health) – As work worries abate, sleep difficulties may also diminish when workers make the transition to retirement, according to a recent study from Finland. In

Gene therapy promising in producing healthy factor VIII levels in hemophilia A

By Gene Emery (Reuters Health) - Doctors testing an experimental gene therapy for hemophilia A say it has brought factor VIII activity up to normal levels for a year in 6 of 7 volunteers who received

FDA OKs Sanofi's follow-on biologic of Lilly's diabetes drug Humalog

Dec 11 (Reuters) - (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Monday it approved Sanofi SA's Admelog as the first follow-on biologic version of Eli Lilly and Co's fast-acting insulin,

Breast reconstruction after cancer less common at cash-strapped hospitals

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Women with breast cancer who have one or both breasts removed are less likely to get immediate reconstruction surgery at hospitals that are struggling financially,

Medical lab trade group sues over U.S. reimbursement cuts

By Nate Raymond (Reuters) - A U.S. trade association representing medical laboratories filed a lawsuit on Monday challenging a new reimbursement system used by the federal government that it said

Commuters often exposed to damaging noise levels

By Shereen Lehman (Reuters Health) - Loud noise exceeding levels that can damage hearing is regularly encountered by commuters using buses, subways and even biking, a Canadian study suggests. "The

Kids continue to die in window-blind accidents, despite safety warnings

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Even though window coverings have been recognized for decades as a safety hazard to children, injuries from blinds and shades still send many kids to the emergency

More than 8 million Yemenis "a step away from famine" - U.N.

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - Warring sides must let more aid get through to 8.4 million people who are "a step away from famine" in Yemen, a senior U.N. official said on Monday. A Saudi-led military

Austria to drop planned smoking ban, bucking Western trend

By Reuters Staff VIENNA (Reuters) - While much of the West has barred smoking in restaurants and bars, Austria's planned ban has gone up in smoke. The small, affluent country is famed for its Alpine

Opioid painkiller prescriptions may run in families

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - When one person in a household gets prescribed opioids, the other people who live with them are more likely to get their own prescriptions for these narcotic

France orders international recall of Lactalis baby formula

By Reuters Staff PARIS (Reuters) - France has ordered banned the sale and ordered a recall of several baby formula milk and baby food products made by French dairy giant Lactalis after the discovery

Apixaban ranks highest for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Apixaban ranks higher than other direct-acting oral anticoagulants (DOACs) for preventing stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF), according to a

Mother’s weight may affect metformin's influence on fetal growth

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Metformin exposure may affect fetal growth differently in normal-weight and overweight women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), according to a post-hoc

Structured interventions lower depression in intellectually disabled adults

By Lorraine L. Janeczko NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Behavioral intervention and guided self-help each improve depression in intellectually disabled adults, research from the UK suggests. Lead author

Not all immunocompromised women need intensive cervical cancer screening

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Contrary to some society guidelines, only subsets of immunocompromised women may be at increased risk for cervical cancer and merit intensive screening,

Temporary ovarian suppression may preserve fertility during breast cancer chemo

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Treatment with a gonadotropin-releasing hormone analog (GnRHa) can protect ovarian function and potentially preserve fertility in premenopausal women

Transfusion needs may delay hospice care in leukemia patients

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Older patients with leukemia use the Medicare hospice benefit less often than those with other types of cancers, and their need for palliative transfusions

REFILE-'Ground-breaking' new drug gives hope on Huntington's disease

(Corrects spelling of Huntington's) By Reuters Staff LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists have for the first time fixed a protein defect that causes Huntington's disease by injecting a drug from Ionis

'Ground-breaking' new drug gives hope on Huntingdon's disease

By Reuters Staff LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists have for the first time fixed a protein defect that causes Huntingdon's disease by injecting a drug from Ionis Pharmaceuticals into the spine, offering

Merck raises stakes in lung cancer as rivals close in

By Deena Beasley LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Merck & Co Inc, maker of the only immunotherapy approved for patients newly-diagnosed with the most common type of lung cancer, could solidify its lead by

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