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Patients report few side effects from aggressive blood pressure control

By Gene Emery NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Patients subjected to aggressive blood pressure (BP) control report few side effects and little difference in quality of life compared to those whose

Genetically engineered T cells targeting MAGE-A3 show promise in metastatic cancer

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - T cells genetically engineered to target the cancer germline antigen MAGE-A3 appear safe and effective in some patients with metastatic cancer, according

Vision loss associated with cognitive decline, dementia

By Carolyn Crist (Reuters Health) - Hearing impairment is already linked to a heightened risk of cognitive decline in old age, and a new study suggests that impaired vision may carry the same risk.

Brain activity tied to blood pressure during stress

By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - Brain scans obtained during psychological stress might someday help doctors identify people who are at higher risk for heart disease, a new study suggests.

Transcatheter PDA occlusion feasible but risky in the smallest infants

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Transcatheter patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) occlusion is technically feasible in infants, but risks for major adverse events are high, particularly for

Blood culture of limited value in most kids hospitalized with community-acquired pneumonia

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Routine blood cultures may not be necessary for most children hospitalized with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP), researchers conclude based on a large

PET might be optimal imaging test for diagnosing coronary artery disease

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Positron emission tomography (PET) is more accurate than single-photon emission tomography (SPECT) or coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA)

Blacks with prostate cancer less likely to get ideal treatment

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Black men with riskier prostate cancers may be less likely than their white counterparts to get aggressive treatment that can give them the best survival odds, a

SPECIAL REPORT - As Taser warns of more risks, cities bear a burden in court

By Tim Reid, Peter Eisler, Jason Szep and M.B. Pell CINCINNATI, Ohio (Reuters) - Officer Richard Haas says he never meant for Everette Howard to die. He just wanted to stop him. A top high-school

Many heart failure patients don’t recognize the risks of their illness

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Even though doctors think most people with heart failure have a high likelihood of requiring a heart transplant or dying from complications of their illness, a

Lithium in drinking water may affect Alzheimer's risk

By Gene Emery (Reuters Health) – Long-term consumption of tiny amounts of lithium may reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia, but only if the dose isn't too small,

Can continuous glucose monitoring help with type 2 diabetes?

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - People taking insulin for type 2 diabetes may manage symptoms better with a device that constantly checks their blood sugar, a small study suggests. Researchers

Discontinuing denosumab leads to rapid loss of bone mineral density

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Discontinuation of denosumab for osteoporosis should be avoided, as it leads to rapid loss of bone mineral density (BMD), according to a systematic review

India's proposed pharma marketing rules hit legal roadblock

By Zeba Siddiqui MUMBAI (Reuters) - India's plan to bring in marketing rules to curb unethical promotional practices in the country's drug industry faces an indefinite delay after it hit a legal

Weak patient admissions to bug U.S. hospital operators through 2018

By Ankur Banerjee and Divya Grover (Reuters) - Weak patient admissions that plagued U.S. hospital operators in the June quarter are likely to persist through 2018, as patients fret about soaring

New device allows colonoscopic full-thickness resection of colorectal lesions

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A new over-the-scope device allows safe colonoscopic full-thickness resection of colorectal lesions, according to results from the WALL RESECT multicenter

Omalizumab anaphylaxis usually appears within first three treatments

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Most cases of anaphylaxis related to treatment with the asthma drug omalizumab occur within the first few times a patient receives it, with most reactions

Does thoracoscopic lobectomy improve long-term outcomes in early lung cancer?

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Video-assisted thoracoscopic (VATS) lobectomy is associated with shorter hospital stay and non-inferior long-term survival in patients with stage 1

Profit finally in sight for gene therapy specialist Oxford Bio

By Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) - After 20 years of losses, gene therapy specialist Oxford BioMedica is at last close to achieving its first profit thanks to the success of Novartis with a

After solar eclipse, Americans' eyes seem mostly none the worse

By Jonathan Allen and Julie Steenhuysen (Reuters) - Eye doctors who had braced themselves for at least a few patients after a dazzling solar eclipse swept the United States cautiously exhaled on

Using unproven methods to tackle cancer could be deadly

By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - People who decide to tackle their cancer using only unconventional methods are likely to die sooner than patients who opt for conventional treatments, according

Better provider communication might improve medication adherence

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Several modifiable aspects of patient-provider communication contribute to poor medication adherence in patients with hypertension, researchers report. "

Changing childcare settings can affect sleep

By Shereen Lehman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Inconsistent childcare arrangements can affect toddlers’ sleep at night, a new study suggests. Consistent childcare arrangements - even complicated ones

Life expectancy tied to voting choices in last U.S. presidential election

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Voters in counties where life expectancy has stagnated and declined in recent years were more likely to abandon the Democratic Party to help elect U.S. President

Hernia repair with biosynthetic mesh may increase 30-day complications

By Joan Stephenson NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Using slow-resorbing biosynthetic mesh, rather than macroporous synthetic polypropylene mesh, for open ventral hernia repair may yield higher rates of

New conversion factors better estimate radiation doses for cardiac CT

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - New cardiac k-factors more accurately estimate effective doses of radiation for cardiac CT scans. Older conversion factors significantly underestimated

Mindful coffee consumption may help reduce sugar intake

By Carolyn Crist (Reuters Health) - People who’d like to reduce their daily calories without restrictive dieting should consider taking their coffee with little or no sugar - and savoring the

Activists hope lifting Chile's abortion ban sets example through Latin America

By Anastasia Moloney BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Latin American countries should follow Chile's example and overturn absolute bans on abortion that put women's lives at risk in a region

Dr. Mom may work less than other female physicians

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - In two-physician couples, women with kids work fewer hours than women without children, a recent U.S. study suggests. Parenthood doesn’t appear to influence hours

Vaginal estrogen for menopause-associated symptoms seems safe

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Treating menopausal genitourinary symptoms with vaginal estrogen is not associated with an increased risk of heart disease or cancer over the long term,

Ketamine alone best for ED procedural sedation in children

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Ketamine alone is associated with the fewest adverse events after emergency department (ED) procedural sedation in children, according to a report from

Special Report: How Reuters tracked fatalities and Taser incidents

By Peter Eisler, Grant Smith and Jason Szep (Reuters) - In a first-of-its-kind review of court documents, police reports, other public records and news accounts, Reuters compiled the most

Missed opportunities to intervene after nonfatal opioid overdose

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - After treatment for a nonfatal overdose of heroin or prescription opioids, many Medicaid patients continue to have “persistently high” prescription opioid

Thailand bans baby formula marketing to boost breastfeeding

By Beh Lih Yi KUALA LUMPUR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Thailand is moving to ban advertisements for infant milk formula in a bid hailed as a major step for a country which has one of the world's

India grants Pfizer patent on pneumonia vaccine in blow to aid group

By Zeba Siddiqui MUMBAI (Reuters) - India has granted Pfizer Inc a patent for its powerful pneumonia vaccine Prevenar 13, in a blow to some health groups that said this would put the treatment out of

Special Report: A 911 plea for help, a Taser shot and the toll of stun guns

By Peter Eisler, Jason Szep, Tim Reid and Grant Smith ONTARIO, California (Reuters) - As her husband stalked around the back yard, upending chairs and screaming about demons, Nancy Schrock knew he

Outpatient hysteroscopy adequate for evaluating postmenopausal bleeding

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Outpatient hysteroscopy is adequate for diagnosing uterine pathology in women with postmenopausal bleeding, a retrospective analysis shows. “The huge

Is flexible sigmoidoscopy best for colorectal cancer screening?

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A re-analysis of 2016 data from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) on colorectal cancer (CRC) screening indicates that flexible sigmoidoscopy

Maraviroc-containing regimens appear safe for HIV PrEP in women

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Maraviroc-containing regimens appear to be safe and well tolerated, compared with tenofovir-emtricitabine (TDF-FTC), for preventing HIV infection in women

Longer telomeres linked to renal-cell carcinoma risk

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Genetic variants that predispose individuals to longer telomere length appear to be associated with an increased risk of renal-cell carcinoma (RCC),

Common moss may prove a cheap city pollution monitor, say scientists

By Sophie Hares TEPIC, Mexico (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Delicate mosses found on rocks and trees in cities around the world can be used to measure the impact of atmospheric change and could

Tool predicts hypoglycemia-related use of hospitals in T2DM

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A risk-stratification tool based on six patient-specific variables identifies patients with type 2 diabetes at high risk of hypoglycemia-related emergency

American surgeons poorly prepared for humanitarian operations

By Ronnie Cohen (Reuters Health) - A Haitian physician taught American-trained vascular surgeon Dr. David Kuwayama how to perform C-sections in a Caribbean clinic, and a Congolese surgeon taught him

Cognitive function not worse with lower blood pressure targets

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Lower systolic blood pressure (SBP) targets are not associated with worsening cognitive outcomes, according to findings from the Health Aging and the Body

J&J ordered to pay $417 million in trial over talc cancer risks

By Nate Raymond (Reuters) - Johnson & Johnson on Monday was ordered by a California jury to pay $417 million to a woman who claimed she developed ovarian cancer after using the company's talc-based

Smokers hospitalized for heart attacks often don’t get cessation drugs

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Few smokers hospitalized for heart attacks and other serious complications of cardiac disease get medication to help them quit smoking, a U.S. study suggests.

Electrotherapy, acupuncture tied to less opioid use after knee arthroscopy

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Electrotherapy and acupuncture are associated with reduced and delayed opioid use after total knee arthroplasty, although more-robust evidence for these

Parents still failing to put babies to sleep on their backs

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Fewer than half of U.S. infants always sleep on their backs, the position doctors recommend to avoid sleep-related injuries and deaths, a study suggests.

In health push, Singapore gets soda makers to cut sugar content

By Aradhana Aravindan SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore's prime minister has urged people to drink water, eat wholemeal bread and choose brown rice over white in a health push that began with an

In-depth assessment should precede systemic therapy for atopic dermatitis: experts

By Rita Buckley NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Patients with severe signs and symptoms of atopic dermatitis should receive in-depth assessment before starting systemic medication, according to a new

Apolipoprotein A-1 mimetic gets second look, more debate

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The apolipoprotein A-1 mimetic D-4F renders HDL less inflammatory in patients at high risk for coronary heart disease (CHD) by way of its effects in the

U.S. study revives argument over mammogram screening

By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - Yearly mammograms starting at age 40 would prevent the most deaths from breast cancer, U.S. researchers reported on Monday in a challenge to more-conservative

Risk of some cancers still high, but declining, in HIV

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – The risk of lung and virus-related cancers in people with HIV infection has declined since the introduction of antiretroviral therapy (ART) in 1996,

Drugmaker Hikma's U.S. unit raises medicine prices -Financial Times

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hikma Pharmaceuticals Plc's U.S. subsidiary has raised the price of a common diarrhea drug by more than 400% and is charging more for five other medicines as

Samsung Bioepis teams up with Takeda to develop original biotech drugs

By Joyce Lee SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Bioepis Co Ltd said on Monday it will fund and develop multiple original drugs in partnership with Japan's Takeda Pharmaceutical Co Ltd, expanding its business

AstraZeneca ups investment in messenger RNA drugs with Ethris deal

By Reuters Staff FRANKFURT (Reuters) - AstraZeneca has stepped up its investment in messenger RNA drugs, a promising approach in genetic therapy, by spending more than 25 million euros ($29 million)

Britain's Creo receives speedy FDA approval for its endoscopic device

By Reuters Staff LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Creo Medical Group said its device to remove cancerous lesions in the bowel during an endoscopy had received U.S. approval much quicker than it planned,

FDA approves Ironwood Pharma's gout drug

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - Ironwood Pharmaceuticals Inc said on Monday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved its oral drug to treat a condition associated with gout. The company's

Reggae helps heal mental wounds of torture for migrants in Italy

By Umberto Bacchi ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In a tiny makeshift rehearsal studio in a residential neighborhood of Rome, Nigerian asylum seeker Sylvester Ezeala let slip a smile as he

Pakistan holds state funeral for German nun who fought leprosy

By Reuters Staff KARACHI (Reuters) - Pakistani soldiers on Saturday carried the flag-draped coffin of German-born Catholic nun Ruth Pfau to a state funeral where she was honoured after devoting her

New Novartis drug takes aim at tough-to-treat malaria

By Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) - Novartis is taking aim at drug-resistant malaria – a growing global problem – by launching clinical trials of the first new antimalarial medicine for many years in

Scientist Hawking blames UK government for healthservice "crisis"

By Michael Holden LONDON (Reuters) - Physicist Stephen Hawking found himself in a war of words with Britain's Conservative government after he said it had caused a crisis in the state-run National

Saudi-led coalition responsible for 'worst cholera outbreak in the world' in Yemen

By Matthew Ponsford LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The majority of deaths from Yemen's cholera outbreak have occurred in rebel-controlled areas cut off from supplies due to airstrikes and

Bayer, Johnson and Johnson win third U.S. trial over Xarelto bleeding risk

By Tina Bellon (Reuters) - A federal jury has cleared Bayer AG and Johnson and Johnson of liability in the third case to go to trial out of thousands of lawsuits claiming the drugmakers' blood

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

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