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Pre-op steroid shots don’t up infections after decompression surgery

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Preoperative lumbar epidural corticosteroid injections do not increase the risk of postoperative infections in patients undergoing single-level lumbar

Early RA treatment tied to less long-term disability

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Early treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is associated with lower long-term rates of disability compared with late treatment, according to data from a

UK plain cigarette pack law seen cutting number of smokers by 300,000

By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - The introduction of plain packaging for tobacco cigarettes sold in Britain from next month could cut the number of smokers in the country by another 300,000 within

Pertussis-vaccine booster shot safe, effective in kids with IBD

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Children and adolescents with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) - including those who are on immunosuppressant therapy - have an adequate response to

Surgery and radiation yield better survival in some oral cancer patients

By David Douglas NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Surgery and radiotherapy may be a better course than organ preservation with concurrent chemoradiotherapy in selected patients with oral cavity squamous

Most US children with elevated blood lead go undetected, untreated

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Large numbers of children in the United States with elevated blood lead levels are being missed because they aren't being tested, a new study suggests. “

REFILE-Where medical marijuana is legal, illegal use climbs

(Corrects spelling of Dr. Hasin in par 13 and 14) By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - Where medical marijuana is legal, adults are more likely to use the drug illegally and are at an increased

Conservatives back latest U.S. healthcare bill, obstacles remain

By Susan Cornwell and Yasmeen Abutaleb WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The conservative House Freedom Caucus came out in support of a reworked U.S. healthcare overhaul bill even though it would not fully

Global foundation launches value-based healthcare pilots

By Deena Beasley (Reuters) - Key healthcare stakeholders, led by the World Economic Forum, plan pilot programs this year to show the value of a new model for healthcare that would track and pay for

Merck cholesterol drug Vytorin faces competition from Impax, Teva generics

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - Merck and Co's cholesterol-reducing drug Vytorin faces competition for the first time ever after two companies announced progress on their generic versions of a drug that

Where medical marijuana is legal, illegal use climbs

By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - Where medical marijuana is legal, adults are more likely to use the drug illegally and are at an increased risk of cannabis use disorder, according to a new

Adalimumab enhances methotrexate therapy in arthritic children with uveitis

By Gene Emery NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - When methotrexate alone isn't working, uveitis treatment failures in children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) are less common when adalimumab is

Potentially harmful effects of energy drinks - it's not the caffeine

By Will Boggs MD (Reuters Health) - Drinking 32 ounces of energy drink is associated with potentially harmful changes in blood pressure and heart function that are beyond those seen with caffeine

Exercise may protect against heart damage in obese individuals

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Even though heavy adults can be more prone to cardiac problems than their slimmer peers, exercise may lower the odds of heart damage for obese people, a recent

Mental disorders and medications may affect FRAX estimates

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Depression and certain psychotropic drugs are associated with an increased risk of fracture that is not fully captured by the FRAX tool, researchers say

Fumes from firearms tied to lung problems

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Fumes from military weapons may pose a respiratory risk for soldiers and others who do live-fire training regularly or are in a closed environment,

Drug use tops booze for first time in fatal U.S. crashes -study

By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. data has shown for the first time that drivers killed in crashes were more likely to be on drugs than drunk, with marijuana involved in more than a third of

Three decision tools effectively identify pediatric TBI

By Scott Baltic NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Three clinical decision rules for head injuries in children, widely used in the English-speaking world, are adequately sensitive when used as intended, a

Cheap drug could prevent thousands of maternal deaths in developing world

By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - A cheap and widely available drug could save the lives of one in three of the 100,000 new mothers who bleed to death after childbirth every year, mostly in poorer

Injured Venezuela protesters face another woe: finding medicine

By Alexandra Ulmer CARACAS (Reuters) - Demonstrators injured in Venezuela's often violent street protests are facing additional hardship: how to get treatment in a crisis-hit country where basics

High discontinuation rate with Alzheimer’s medications

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Many patients prescribed acetylcholinesterase inhibitors (AChEIs) for Alzheimer’s disease (AD) stop taking them due to adverse events and cost, a “

Less-aggressive approach to non-ST segment elevation ACS advised

By Scott Baltic NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Holding off on coronary angiography for patients with non-ST-segment elevation acute coronary syndromes (NSTE-ACS) and elevated cardiac troponin T is not

Adalimumab no better than azathioprine for preventing Crohn's disease recurrence

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Adalimumab is no better than azathioprine for preventing recurrence of Crohn's disease after surgery, researchers from Spain report. "We started the

U.S. top court debates making copycat biologics available sooner

By Andrew Chung WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court justices on Wednesday struggled over whether to speed up the time it takes to bring to the market copycat versions of biologic drugs,

Anthem moving ahead on 2018 Obamacare insurance plans

By Caroline Humer (Reuters) - Anthem Inc, which has 1.1 million customers in individual Obamacare plans, said it is moving ahead with its 2018 insurance filings but telling state regulators that it

Pregnancy complications await childhood cancer survivors

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Women who manage to conceive after surviving childhood cancer may encounter treatment-related pregnancy and labor complications if they got radiation for their

ASCO guidance on 2nd-line hormone therapy for castration-resistant prostate CA

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - For men with castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC), a castrate state should be maintained indefinitely, according to a provisional clinical opinion

WHO says Liberia taking precautions after mystery deaths

By Reuters Staff GENEVA (Reuters) - Liberian health authorites are taking rapid precautionary steps after eight people died of a mystery illness, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday, 10

Apremilast safe long-term in patients with psoriasis

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The phosphodiesterase 4 inhibitor apremilast is safe and well tolerated for three years and longer in patients with psoriasis, according to results from

World's mushrooming cities pose big vaccination challenges - UNICEF

By Astrid Zweynert LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Rapid urban growth poses a big challenge for efforts to vaccinate the world's poorest children and increases the risk of rapidly spreading

Organ trafficking 'booming' in Lebanon as desperate Syrians sell kidneys, eyes - BBC

By Magdalena Mis LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Trade in illegal organs is a booming business in Lebanon as desperate Syrian refugees resort to selling body parts to support themselves and

Study finds how polluting nanoparticles get into blood and damage the heart

By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - Inhaled nanoparticles like those pumped out in vehicle exhausts can work their way through the lungs and into the bloodstream where they can raise the risk of heart

AstraZeneca's third-line lung cancer trial delayed by few months

By Reuters Staff LONDON (Reuters) - A clinical study testing AstraZeneca's experimental immunotherapy drugs in lung cancer patients who have already received at least two previous treatments will

India's antitrust watchdog orders probe into Roche cancer drug

By Zeba Siddiqui MUMBAI (Reuters) - India's antitrust regulator has ordered a probe into Swiss drugmaker Roche for allegedly using anti-competitive practices to restrict cheaper copies of a

Brexit leaves industrial firms staring into regulatory void

By Ben Hirschler and Kate Holton LONDON (Reuters) - Summit Therapeutics is about to start pivotal tests of a novel antibiotic discovered by UK scientists to treat a sometimes deadly bowel infection,

REFILE-Compact colposcope images concordant with those from standard device

(Modifies first sentence of para 3, correcting LED numbers.) By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - An investigational point-of-care colposcope can produce images of the cervix that are

Most U.S. patients would disclose sexual orientation to docs

By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - While most doctors think patients prefer not to disclose their sexual orientation, a new survey found people are willing to provide the information when asked.

TTN mutation may not rule out medical therapy for dilated cardiomyopathy

By David Douglas NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In patients with dilated cardiomyopathy, loss-of-function mutations in the titin gene (TTN) do not preclude systolic function recovery following standard

HEART score safe for ED evaluation of chest pain

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Use of the HEART score for evaluating patients with chest pain in the emergency department is not associated with increased major adverse cardiac events,

Gender viewpoints similar in trans preschoolers and other kids

By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - Transgender preschoolers are no less confident than their peers about their gender, a new study hints. They were just as likely as non-transgender children to

Black men should be screened earlier for prostate cancer

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Compared with white men, black men develop preclinical prostate cancer at an earlier age and face a higher risk of metastatic progression, researchers

Can playground design help reduce bullying?

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Playgrounds designed with risk-taking in mind may mean more pushing and shoving during recess, but they also might make kids less likely to feel bullied, a small

U.S. Supreme Court may limit where companies can be sued

By Andrew Chung WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday appeared poised to clamp down on where corporations can be sued, a potential setback for plaintiffs' lawyers who strive to

U.S. House bill would exempt e-cigarettes from tobacco regulations

By Toni Clarke and Jilian Mincer (Reuters) - A bill expected this week in the U.S. House of Representatives would weaken a Food and Drug Administration rule governing e-cigarettes and represent a

Ok to wait up to nine months for colonoscopy after positive fecal test

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - People who wait up to nine months to get a colonoscopy after a positive fecal immunochemical test (FIT)are no more likely to be diagnosed with cancer or advanced

Obesity 'frightening' in Latin America, driving disease and draining economies- U.N.

By Anastasia Moloney BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - More than two thirds of people living in Chile, Ecuador and Mexico are overweight or obese, costing their economies tens of billions of

Green the red: Indian city breaks taboos for 'sustainable menstruation'

By Anuradha Nagaraj CHENNAI, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The change in the sanitary pads was first noticed by maintenance staff at the Centre for Development Studies in India's southern city

Screen for preeclampsia throughout pregnancy: USPSTF

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Pregnant women should get their blood pressure checked at each prenatal visit to screen for preeclampsia, new U.S. guidelines say. While many doctors already

Systemic antihypertensives have little effect on IOP

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Systemic beta blockers, ACE inhibitors and other cardiovascular medications don’t meaningfully affect intraocular pressure (IOP), researchers say.

Deep learning tools may detect TB in chest X-rays

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Deep convolutional neural networks (DCNNs) can help identify tuberculosis (TB) on chest X-rays, potentially facilitating screening and evaluation in

Measles surges among children in famine-threatened Somalia

By Daniel Wesangula NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Thousands of children have been infected by measles in famine-threatened Somalia, already hit by an epidemic of cholera, the U.N. children's

Scientists develop fluid-filled artificial womb to help premature babies

By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists in the United States have developed a fluid-filled womb-like bag known as an extra-uterine support device that could transform care for extremely

Peptide enhances chemo delivery in pancreatic cancer model

By David Douglas NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In concert with the peptide iRGD, nanoparticles with hollow silica cores can enhance the delivery of irinotecan to a murine model of pancreatic ductal

Apolipoprotein(a) size, lipoprotein(a) level independently linked to CHD

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Smaller apolipoprotein(a) isoform size and higher lipoprotein(a) concentration are independently associated with coronary heart disease, according to a

Elevated troponin-T after noncardiac surgery may predict early death

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - High-sensitivity troponin T (hsTnT) levels should be measured in patients 45 and older undergoing inpatient noncardiac surgery, researchers advise based on

Mexico becomes first in Americas to wipe out tropical eye disease

By Sophie Hares TEPIC, Mexico (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Mexico has become the first country in the Americas to eliminate trachoma, but the world's leading infectious cause of blindness remains

Taiwan eyes U.N. health meet, risks setback in China ties

By Reuters Staff TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan faces a more complicated task this year in seeking to attend a U.N. health agency meeting than it has in the past, a senior official said on Tuesday, as the

London mayor Khan urged to lead campaign on female genital mutilation

By Emma Batha LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - London's mayor, Sadiq Khan, should lead a high profile campaign to end "the hidden crime" of female genital mutilation (FGM) in the capital, the

Government costs could rise $2.3 bln without Obamacare payments

By Reuters Staff WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government's costs could increase by $2.3 billion in 2018 if Congress and President Donald Trump decide not to fund Obamacare-related payments to

Oslo, London, Amsterdam lead push for greener transport-study

By Alister Doyle and Eric Auchard OSLO/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Oslo, London and Amsterdam are leading a shift by major cities to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions from transport, helped by new

Japan's Otsuka aims to apply for TB drug approval in India in 90 days

By Zeba Siddiqui MUMBAI (Reuters) - Japanese drugmaker Otsuka Pharmaceutical aims to apply for approval of its tuberculosis (TB) drug delamanid in India within three months, a senior company official

AstraZeneca moving costs rise as new HQ nears completion

By Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) - AstraZeneca's move to the English university city of Cambridge will cost more and take longer than initially expected, following increased expenditure on new

White House says vote on healthcare plan may not come for weeks

By Reuters Staff WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A congressional vote on a Republican healthcare plan may not come for weeks as leaders in the House of Representatives and the Senate continue negotiations

Sanofi files U.S. antitrust lawsuit against Mylan over EpiPen

By Nate Raymond (Reuters) - France's Sanofi SA on Monday sued Mylan NV, accusing the pharmaceutical company of engaging in illegal conduct to squelch competition to its EpiPen allergy treatment,

Mindfulness-based stress reduction only slightly improves low back pain

By Will Boggs MD (Reuters Health) - Mindfulness-based stress reduction programs (MSBR) appear to improve low back pain only slightly, and only temporarily, a review of previous research suggests.

Canada recommends against testing everyone for hepatitis C

By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - Adults who don't have an increased risk of hepatitis C infection should not be tested for it, the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care recommended

No consistent pattern of HBV reactivation with direct-acting antivirals for HCV

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The largest case review to date of hepatitis B virus (HBV) reactivation associated with direct-acting antiviral (DAA) therapy for chronic hepatitis C

Pitavastatin trumps pravastatin for lowering LDL in HIV

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Pitavastatin provides a greater reduction in low-density lipoprotein (LDL) than pravastatin in adults with HIV and dyslipidemia, researchers say. Dr.

Brief pediatrics-based intervention can curb anxiety, depression

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A brief, pediatrics-based behavioral intervention for anxiety and depression is associated with more benefits than referring children to an outpatient

Link between gut bacteria, diet, and blood clots

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Gut bacteria take choline, a vitamin-like nutrient, and convert it into a chemical that increases the risk of life-threatening blood clots, researchers

Poorest preschoolers most vulnerable to fatal child abuse

By Ronnie Cohen (Reuters Health) - Children in America’s poorest communities have three times the risk of dying from child abuse before age 5 as children in the wealthiest neighborhoods, a new study

Lilly reports positive interim data on breast cancer combo drug

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - Eli Lilly and Co said the combination of its experimental breast cancer drug and a commonly used treatment met the main goal of a late-stage study in an interim analysis,

Childhood death of sibling might affect survivor’s lifespan

By Will Boggs MD (Reuters Health) - Death of a sibling in childhood is associated with a greater risk of early death in the surviving brother or sister, researchers say. "The public should be aware

Palbociclib plus fulvestrant may boost PFS in Asian women with metastatic breast cancer

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The combination of palbociclib plus fulvestrant may improve progression-free survival (PFS) in Asian women with hormone receptor-positive/HER2-negative

Aid agencies call for life-saving support to Yemen

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - Aid agency Oxfam called on donor nations on Monday to step up life-saving assistance to millions of civilians in Yemen facing starvation and disease, rather

Tofacitinib treatment may improve nail psoriasis

By Rita Buckley NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The oral Janus kinase (JAK) inhibitor tofacitinib appears to improve moderate-to-severe nail psoriasis, according to a new study. “Nails are hard to treat

Structure-based IsoPSA assay outperforms PSA concentration for prostate cancer diagnosis

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A new structure-based IsoPSA serum assay outperforms assays of total PSA for predicting the overall risk of prostate cancer and the risk of clinically

Stem cells in bioabsorbable matrix promising therapy for perianal fistulas

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Autologous mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) incorporated into a bioabsorbable matrix appear to foster healing of perianal fistulas in patients with Crohn's

Statin therapy tied to lower risk of limb amputation in diabetics with PAD

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Use of statins in diabetic patients with peripheral artery disease (PAD) is associated with a lower risk of subsequent lower-limb amputation, according to

REFILE-Ocular manifestations of congenital Zika syndrome identified

(Corrects "he said" to "she said" in last par) By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Infants with congenital Zika syndrome have severe ocular abnormalities in both eyes, researchers have

Saudi foundation pledges $50 million to eradicate measles

By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A Saudi Arabian charitable foundation said on Monday it will give $50 million to the United Nations children's agency to help eliminate

8-week sofosbuvir-velpatasvir-voxilaprevir less effective for HCV

By Lorraine L. Janeczko NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - For patients with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, eight weeks of combined sofosbuvir-velpatasvir-voxilaprevir may not be as effective as

Vaccination gaps lead to dangerous measles outbreaks in Europe - ECDC

By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - Gaps in vaccination coverage against measles have lead to several outbreaks of the highly-contagious disease in Europe in the past year, with both children and

Slight oversizing of SAPIEN 3 transcatheter heart valve curbs paravalvular aortic regurgitation

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Paravalvular aortic regurgitation (PAR) can be minimized with less-than-expected oversizing of the SAPIEN 3 transcatheter heart valve (THV), according to

EU drugmakers urge June decision on new location for watchdog

By Reuters Staff FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Europe's drugmakers pushed for a decision as early as June on the new location for the headquarters of the bloc's medicines watchdog, which will relocate from

India to expand access to TB drug this year

By Zeba Siddiqui MUMBAI (Reuters) - India's top tuberculosis fighter said the government will expand access to Johnson and Johnson's TB drug this year, but health experts warn much more needs to be

Ghana, Kenya and Malawi to pilot GSK malaria vaccine from 2018

By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - Ghana, Kenya and Malawi will pilot the world's first malaria vaccine from 2018, offering it for babies and children in high-risk areas as part of real-life trials,

NASH: The next untapped pharma market gives investors many options

By Bill Berkrot (Reuters) - Large drugmakers with piles of cash are on the hunt for promising medicines being developed by small companies to treat non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), a progressive

EMA panel recommends nod for Sanofi, Regeneron's arthritis drug

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - A European Medicines Agency panel said on Friday it recommended granting marketing approval to Sanofi and Regeneron's experimental drug to treat rheumatoid arthritis.

Wearable sensor collects, tests sweat for cystic fibrosis, glucose levels

By Anne Harding (Reuters Health) - A next step in wearable health sensors might be a device that causes a patch of skin to sweat, then analyzes the perspiration to monitor or even diagnose disease.

REFILE-Cross-sex hormones may boost bone density in transgender persons

(Corrects spelling of Dr. Greene in par 13 and 17) By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Increases in bone mineral density (BMD) were seen after a year of cross-sex hormone (CSH) treatment

Colon cancer rates similar in patients with multiple serrated polyps, serrated polyposis syndrome

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Colon cancer rates are similar in patients with multiple serrated polyps (MSP) and those with serrated polyposis syndrome (SPS), according to a new study

Michigan couple charged with arranging genital mutilation for 7-year-olds

By Joseph Ax (Reuters) - A Michigan doctor and his wife were charged in federal court on Friday with helping a Detroit physician perform genital mutilation on 7-year-old girls. Fakhruddin Attar, who

Intracerebral hemorrhage outcome doesn't differ by anticoagulant

By David Douglas NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Mortality and functional outcomes in patients with anticoagulant-related intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) do not appear to be associated with the type of

Hospital factors affect pediatric residents’ time spent with patients

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Several inpatient hospital factors affect the how much time pediatric residents spend on direct patient care, according to results of a new study. "I

Uphill battle looms as Trump seeks revamped healthcare plan

By Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump, striving to make good on a top campaign promise, is pushing his fellow Republicans who control Congress to pass revamped healthcare

Ocular manifestations of congenital Zika syndrome identified

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Infants with congenital Zika syndrome have severe ocular abnormalities in both eyes, researchers have found. In November, the World Health Organization

Most Americans support restrictions on where firearms can be carried

By Will Boggs MD (Reuters Health) - More than two-thirds of Americans surveyed support some restrictions on carrying firearms in public places. "One of the findings that surprised us was that, even

Medication, money and maps: How to fight a debilitating eye disease

By Astrid Zweynert LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In some of the world's remotest corners, health workers armed with smartphones, digital maps and medication are making steady progress in

Hot flashes at younger ages may signal higher cardiac risk later

By Jeffrey Hoskins (Reuters Health) - Women who start having hot flashes in their 40s and early 50s may be at a higher risk of cardiovascular disease later on, researchers say. In a study of 272

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