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Insys agrees to pay $4.45 mln to resolve Illinois opioid lawsuit

By Nate Raymond BOSTON (Reuters) - Insys Therapeutics Inc has agreed to pay $4.45 million to resolve a lawsuit by Illinois' attorney general claiming it deceptively marketed an addictive

UK's Destiny Pharma taps AIM market to fund 'superbug' drugs

By Reuters Staff LONDON (Reuters) - British biotech firm Destiny Pharma is aiming to raise more than 10 million pounds ($12.9 million) of new equity to develop drugs that target antibiotic-resistant

Inflammation and sarcopenia may predict poor prognosis in colorectal cancer

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Systemic inflammation combined with sarcopenia could double the risk of death in patients with colorectal cancer (CRC), suggesting that these markers

Spouse hostility may worsen chronic low back pain

By Carolyn Crist (Reuters Health) - People with chronic low back pain may feel it even more sharply if their spouses are critical and unsupportive of their condition, according to a recent study.

Eating disorders linked to history of theft

By Shereen Lehman (Reuters Health) - Women with anorexia nervosa or bulimia are up to four times more likely to be convicted of theft - often petty thefts like shoplifting - compared to peers without

Shorter anti-HCV regimen effective in patients with or without cirrhosis

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - An eight-week regimen containing grazoprevir-ruzasvir-uprifosbuvir appears to be effective for treating hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in patients with

IBD patients seek more attention to their psychological health

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Many patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) perceive physicians as not being interested in the psychological impact of the condition on their

Sleeve gastrectomy may be better than gastric bypass for NASH patients

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Patients with nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) may be more vulnerable to early transient deterioration of liver function after Roux-en-Y gastric

Surgeries to remove weight-loss devices on the rise

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Doctors are doing fewer weight-loss procedures to implant adjustable bands around the stomach and more operations to remove the devices or alter them, a U.S. study

Brain imaging detects ongoing inflammation in aviremic HIV-positive people

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Diffusion-basis spectral imaging detects ongoing brain inflammation in HIV-positive patients despite good virological control, researchers report. "This

Salvage radiation tied to longer metastasis-free survival in some patients after prostatectomy

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In all but the highest- and lowest-risk groups, early salvage radiation therapy (SRT) is associated with longer metastasis-free survival after radical

Alcohol may impair tired drivers even if they aren’t drunk

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - People with blood alcohol levels below the legal cutoff for being considered drunk may still be unsafe drivers if they’re also sleep deprived, a small experiment

Lipids, statin treatment linked to revision rate after rotator cuff repair

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Elevated lipid levels are associated with an increased revision-surgery rate after arthroscopic rotator-cuff repair, while statin use appears to mitigate

Study of e-cigarettes in UK teenagers gives mixed signals

By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - A British study into smoking and e-cigarette use among UK teenagers has produced mixed results, prompting scientists to caution against altering policy decisions or

Aid workers struggle as South Asia floods affect more than 16 million

By Gopal Sharma and Zarir Hussain KATHMANDU/GUWAHATI, India, Aug 18 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - More than 16 million people have been affected by floods in South Asia, aid workers and officials

Prognosis is improving for younger breast cancer patients after breast-conserving surgery

By Joan Stephenson NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Local control and overall prognosis have improved significantly during the past 20 years for women younger than 40 with breast cancer who undergo

India threatens Philip Morris with 'punitive action' over alleged violations

By Aditya Kalra NEW DELHI, Aug 18 (Reuters) - The Indian government has threatened Philip Morris International Inc with "punitive action" over the tobacco giant's alleged violation of the country's

Hodgkin lymphoma: PET may pinpoint which children can omit radiotherapy

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Opting to forgo radiotherapy can be considered in children with Hodgkin lymphoma who achieve metabolic remission on interim positron emission tomography (

Preemies do better now than years ago, but still at risk

By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - Children born very prematurely today are more likely than those born years ago to survive without a serious disability, but they're still at risk for

FDA approves Pfizer's drug for rare blood cancer

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said on Thursday it approved Pfizer Inc's rare blood cancer drug, Besponsa, with a boxed warning. Besponsa was approved to

FDA approves expanded use of AstraZeneca ovarian cancer drug

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday expanded the use of Lynparza, sold by AstraZeneca Plc and Merck & Co Inc, to include ongoing treatment of patients with

Switching from bisphosphonates to teriparatide may improve BMD in women with RA

By Scott Baltic NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Switching women with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) from oral bisphosphonates to teriparatide increases bone mineral density (BMD) and trabecular bone score,

Couples-focused apnea therapy may improve sleep, CPAP use

By Carolyn Crist (Reuters Health) – Positive, supportive interactions between sleep partners could help people with sleep apnea adhere to continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy, suggests

ED-initiated buprenorphine cost-effective for opioid dependence

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Initiating buprenorphine in the emergency department (ED), followed by ongoing primary care with buprenorphine, is cost-effective for patients with opioid

U.S. House Democrats launch probe into MS drug pricing

By Michael Erman NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. House Democrats said on Thursday they were launching an investigation into why prices for multiple sclerosis (MS) treatments have nearly quadrupled since

Errors found in study claiming physicians underestimate women's heart risks

By Gene Emery NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The Journal of the American College of Cardiology and a 15-member team of researchers have acknowledged that they were wrong to claim in a June report that

Country-specific antibiotic resistance strategies advocated for H. pylori in Asia-Pacific

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Primary antibiotic resistance in Helicobacter pylori varies widely among countries in the Asia Pacific, suggesting that treatment strategies should be

Many who groom pubic hair end up with minor injuries

By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - Most adults in the United States groom their pubic hair, and a significant percentage of them end up with cuts and infections as a result, researchers say. In

Long-term gum disease linked to Alzheimer's disease

By Will Boggs MD (Reuters Health) - Chronic gum inflammation, known as periodontitis, is associated with an increased risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, researchers from Taiwan report. Chronic

Arsenic trioxide consolidation allows anthracycline dose reduction in young leukemia patients

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Arsenic trioxide consolidation allows for use of lower anthracycline doses while preserving excellent survival outcomes in young patients with acute

Common chemicals in cosmetics, soaps tied to poor semen quality

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Men who have been exposed to common chemicals known as parabens have lower testosterone levels and more sperm that are abnormally shaped and slow moving, according

UPDATE 1-Mylan, U.S. finalize $465 million EpiPen settlement

(Adds comment from Sanofi, background; corrects fourth paragraph to say Mylan did not admit wrongdoing) By Nate Raymond BOSTON (Reuters) - Mylan NV has finalized a $465 million settlement with the

Laser treatment may diminish erectile function in men with BPH

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – A laser procedure for treating benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) may negatively affect erectile function (EF), new findings show. “High prevalence of

Adult gambling addiction tied to childhood trauma

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Men with gambling addictions are more likely than their peers to have endured childhood traumas like physical abuse or violence at home, and treatment needs to

Factors affecting 4D-CT accuracy for hyperparathyroidism elucidated

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Multigland disease, multinodular goiter or thyroid nodule, and small parathyroid lesion size are associated with discordance between preoperative 4-

Mylan, U.S. finalize $465 million EpiPen settlement

By Nate Raymond BOSTON (Reuters) - Mylan NV has finalized a $465 million settlement with the U.S. Justice Department, resolving claims it overcharged the government for its EpiPen emergency allergy

Novo Nordisk's diabetes drug succeeds in key trial

By Divya Grover (Reuters) - Novo Nordisk A/S said on Wednesday its diabetes drug met the main goal of reducing glucose levels in patients in a key late-stage trial, setting the stage for it to become

Rape victim, 10, delivers baby after India court bars abortion

By Rina Chandran MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A 10-year-old rape victim who was denied an abortion by India's top court gave birth on Thursday in a case that has drawn outrage about the

COLUMN-New Medicare cards a lone bright spot in identity-theft battle

(The opinions expressed here are those of the author, a columnist for Reuters.) By Mark Miller CHICAGO (Reuters) - Older Americans are especially vulnerable to scams and identity theft, and Medicare

Early, late outcomes of therapy for diabetic macular edema correlate

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Early vision gains correlate with long-term visual outcomes in patients with diabetic macular edema (DME) treated with bevacizumab or dexamethasone

When a child is hospitalized, parent coping interventions ease anxiety, stress

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A variety of interventions to support parents in coping with a child's acute hospitalization are effective in reducing anxiety and stress, according to an

Better 5-year outcomes with on-pump than with off-pump CABG

By Gene Emery NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - New evidence supports the notion that, in most cases, on-pump coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) is safer and more effective than off-pump surgery. The

U.S. court rules Arkansas can block Planned Parenthood funding

By Nate Raymond (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday reversed a ruling that prevented Arkansas from cutting off Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood following the release of controversial

Biomarker-guided radiotherapy dosing shows promise for high-risk liver cancer patients

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Individualizing radiotherapy according to levels of a patient-specific biomarker of liver function safely achieves local control in cancer patients at

'Liquid biopsy' spots early-stage cancers in blood

By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - A test that scans blood for tumor-specific DNA identified early-stage cancer in more than half of 138 patients with the disease, U.S. researchers reported on

Opioid overdoses leading to more ICU admissions and deaths

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - A growing number of Americans are needing intensive care for opioid overdoses and dying after receiving treatment for serious complications, a U.S. study suggests.

A test that may best biopsy in detecting celiac disease

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The HLA-DQ:gluten tetramer test is better than biopsy for detecting celiac disease after 14-day gluten challenge in people who have been adhering to a

Special probation for prisoners with mental illness cuts recidivism

By Ronnie Cohen (Reuters Health) - Every year, an estimated 2 million people diagnosed with mental illness are jailed in the U.S., and soon after they’re released, many wind up behind bars again.

Evidence on second-line HIV ART regimens not yet definitive

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Beyond ritonavir-boosted lopinavir plus raltegravir, the evidence base for second-line HIV/AIDS antiretroviral therapy (ART) is “thin,” necessitating

Amphetamine combo linked to Islamic State more potent than thought

By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - A synthetic psychoactive drug linked to substance abuse in the Middle East and said to be a fund-raising tool and stimulant for Islamist militants is more dangerous

More kids have vision problems, especially poor children

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Heath) - Perfect eyesight may be less common for kids today than it was a generation ago, and poverty appears to increase the likelihood that children may have severe visual

PET-assessed tumor response does not predict gastric adenocarcinoma outcomes

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Post-treatment/preoperative tumor response, as measured on positron emission tomography (PET), does not predict outcomes in patients with gastric and

Immunotherapy promising for type 1 diabetes

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Proinsulin peptide immunotherapy elicited immune and metabolic responses and was well tolerated in people with newly diagnosed type 1 diabetes in a small

Asia's biggest budget airline trains crew to spot human traffickers

By Beh Lih Yi KUALA LUMPUR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - AirAsia, the biggest budget carrier in Asia, is training thousands of its staff to fight human trafficking, becoming one of the first

New life amid the ruins of Mosul's maternity hospital

By Raya Jalabi MOSUL (Reuters) - As yet unnamed twin babies lie in an incubator in a run-down room in Mosul’s main maternity hospital. Less than two weeks old, they are two of seven newborns crammed

Risk of disease as hundreds queue to identify Sierra Leone mudslide victims

By Reuters Staff FREETOWN (Reuters) - Hundreds of Freetown residents queued on Wednesday to identify relatives killed in a mudslide on the edge of the Sierra Leone capital, as aid workers warned of

Partial lead-pipe replacements bring down levels of toxins

By Ronnie Cohen (Reuters Health) - New research clarifies the benefits of having utilities replace municipal lead water-service lines, even when the pipe that enters a home continues to be made of

Israel's Teva seeks partners for new drugs to relieve pressure

By Steven Scheer, Pamela Barbaglia and Ludwig Burger JERUSALEM/LONDON/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Teva Pharmaceutical Industries is looking to team up with other drugmakers to fund some of its development

Telemedicine saves time, money in kidney-transplant waitlist evaluations

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Incorporating telemedicine into the evaluation process for kidney-transplant waitlists might save both time and money, new research suggests. Dr. Rachel

UnitedHealth names Wichmann CEO, Helmsley executive chairman

By Michael Erman NEW YORK (Reuters) - UnitedHealth Group Inc said on Wednesday that president David Wichmann will become the company's chief executive, succeeding Stephen Hemsley, who is moving to

India introduces price controls for knee implants

By Reuters Staff NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India has capped prices of orthopedic knee implants, in the country's latest move to bring down prices of medical devices. The introduction of price controls

ASCO guidelines suggest adding olanzapine to antiemetic regimens

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Adding olanzapine to antiemetic prophylaxis and an expanded role for neurokinin 1 receptor antagonists in patients receiving chemotherapy are among the

Why does women's bone density drop after gastric bypass?

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Increases in bone-marrow fat in diabetics after gastric bypass surgery are associated with lower bone mineral density (BMD), new research shows. Women

Centene to sell Obamacare plans in Nevada next year

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - Centene Corp, one of the largest players in the Obamacare individual insurance market, said it would offer Obamacare plans in Nevada in 2018. Nevada was left without

Abortion after-care costs driven up by scarcity of nearby clinics

By Gene Emery (Reuters Health) - The absence of a nearby abortion clinic drives up healthcare costs, a study of California's poor has found. Women who seek follow-up care but who don’t have a local

Some jobs tied to higher risk of rheumatoid arthritis

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Workers exposed to airborne toxins may have an elevated risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis, an immune system disorder that causes debilitating swelling and

Tumor-educated platelets noninvasively detect non-small-cell lung cancer

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A new signature detection platform uses tumor-educated platelet (TEP) RNA profiles to detect non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). "In our newest study, we

Less-invasive surgery better for very high-risk patients with necrotizing pancreatitis

By Scott Baltic NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In the highest-risk patients with necrotizing pancreatitis, endoscopic and minimally invasive surgical necrosectomy are associated with lower mortality

Thousands left homeless, prey to diseases, after Sierra Leone mudslide

By Kieran Guilbert DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Thousands of people in Sierra Leone left homeless by a mudslide which killed at least 270 people urgently need food, shelter and healthcare,

End of U.S. payments to health insurers would cause premiums to rise: CBO

By Yasmeen Abutaleb WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Health insurance premiums for many customers on the Obamacare individual insurance markets would be 20% higher in 2018 if U.S. President Donald Trump

Flimsy evidence behind many FDA approvals

By Will Boggs MD (Reuters Health) - Many drugs granted accelerated approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) lack clear evidence of safety and effectiveness, and the same is true for

Are U.S. general surgery residents prepared for independent practice?

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – U.S. general surgery residents are not universally ready for independent practice, according to ratings from their attending surgeons. Several reports in

Racial disparities in cardiac arrest survival in U.S. seem to be narrowing

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Differences in survival between black and white patients after in-hospital cardiac arrest in the U.S. have narrowed to a large extent during the past 15

Gabapentinoids ineffective for chronic low back pain

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The gabapentinoids pregabalin and gabapentin are not effective in treating chronic low back pain (CLBP), according to a systematic review and

REFILE-Air pollution ups stress hormones, alters metabolism

(In para 2, changes "mm" to "micrometers") By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Breathing dirty air causes stress hormones to spike, new research suggests, which could help explain why

Gluten-related disorders: distinguishing facts from fantasies

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The prevalence of celiac disease and nonceliac gluten sensitivity is rising, and more people are trying a gluten-free diet for a variety of signs and

MMRV vaccination does not increase febrile seizure risk

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Giving the combination measles-mumps-rubella-varicella (MMRV) vaccine as the second dose of measles-containing vaccine does not appear to increase the

Lack of sleep tied to higher risk of diabetes in kids

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Children who don’t get enough sleep may be more likely to develop diabetes than kids who typically get enough shuteye, a UK study suggests. That’s because each

S. Carolina sues OxyContin maker Purdue over deceptive marketing

By Nate Raymond (Reuters) - South Carolina sued Purdue Pharma LP on Tuesday, becoming the latest state or local government to accuse the OxyContin maker of deceptive marketing practices that have

REFILE-Increased risk of heart attack, stroke soon after cancer diagnosis

(adds slug with no changes to text) By Will Boggs MD (Reuters Health) - Patients with cancer have higher risks of heart attack and stroke from blood clots, especially in the first few months after

Increased risk of heart attack, stroke soon after cancer diagnosis

By Will Boggs MD (Reuters Health) - Patients with cancer have higher risks of heart attack and stroke from blood clots, especially in the first few months after diagnosis, compared with people who

Long-term inhaled steroids tied to modestly higher fracture risk in COPD

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Long-term use of inhaled corticosteroids is associated with a modestly greater risk of some fractures in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary

Rare fungus found in 200 patients in 55 UK hospitals

By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - A rare fungus that can cause drug-resistant infections has been found in about 200 patients in more than 55 hospitals across Britain, health officials said on

REFILE-Study finds four predictors of neurocognitive decline in HIV

(In paras 3 and 8, changes "elevated" or "increased" to "decreased".) By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Glomerular filtration rate, duration of HIV infection, educational level and CSF

Little evidence shows cannabis helps chronic pain or PTSD

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Even though pain and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are among the most common reasons people use medical marijuana in the U.S., there isn’t much proof

Air pollution ups stress hormones, alters metabolism

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Breathing dirty air causes stress hormones to spike, new research suggests, which could help explain why long-term exposure to pollution is associated with

Adults with Zika virus infection can face serious neurologic syndromes

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Brazilian adults infected with Zika virus have an increased risk of serious neurologic syndromes, according to new findings. As many as 1.5 million

Corneal patch grafts thin after aqueous drainage device placement

By David Douglas NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Gradual thinning of gamma-irradiated sterile cornea (GISC) patch grafts covering glaucoma-treating aqueous drainage devices (ADDs) suggests ensuing tube

Cosentyx highly effective in scalp psoriasis

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Secukinumab is efficacious and safe for treating moderate-to-severe scalp psoriasis, according to findings from a phase 3b study in the Journal of the

Can drinking a little bit help you live longer?

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Having a little wine or beer to unwind most days may help lower the odds of a premature death as long as that drink or two doesn’t routinely turn into more, a new

Exposure to magnetic fields may curb prosthetic joint infections

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Brief exposure to an alternating magnetic field may destroy the biofilm that forms on prosthetic knee joints, according to researchers testing the

Ways to provide better care to middle-aged lesbians

By Lorraine L. Janeczko NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Lesbians are more likely to seek healthcare if they are in an accepting healthcare environment, a new opinion paper argues. "Clinicians who have

Relamorelin improves symptoms, gastric emptying in diabetic gastroparesis

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Relamorelin (RM-131) relieves symptoms and improves gastric emptying in patients with diabetes-related gastroparesis, according to results from a

Big-name U.S. hedge funds shed healthcare stocks during the rally in Q2

By David Randall NEW YORK (Reuters) - Several big-name hedge fund investors trimmed their stakes in healthcare companies in the second quarter as the sector led the broad U.S. stock market higher,

Fecal calprotectin helpful in workup of kids with suspected IBD

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Fecal calprotectin adds value to the diagnostic workup of children with suspected inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), suggest results of a meta-analysis of

Murders surge in Florida in decade after `Stand Your Ground’ law

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Murders climbed 22% in Florida in the decade after the state enacted its `Stand Your Ground’ self-defense law, even after accounting for the expected spike in

William Demant may make over-the-counter hearing aids if U.S. demand develops

By Julie Astrid Thomsen (Reuters) - William Demant, the world's largest producer of hearing aids, said it could start producing cheaper over-the-counter hearing devices for the U.S. market if demand

Love is in the air on India's first LGBT radio show

By Roli Srivastava MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Outspoken Indian gay rights activist Harish Iyer is used to fighting for equal rights, but during the last month he has turned into a

Gates foundation to spend over $300m in Tanzania in 2017

By Fumbuka Ng'wanakilala DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) - Bill Gates has told Reuters his foundation plans to spend more than $300 million in Tanzania this year on public health and poverty reduction

India restores hospital oxygen supply as anger mounts over child deaths

By Rupam Jain GORAKHPUR, India (Reuters) - Indian health authorities on Monday delivered oxygen to a public hospital where 63 people have died of encephalitis in recent days, nearly half of them

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