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Midwives come to aid of pregnant Rohingya women in Bangladesh camps

By Rina Chandran MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Dozens of midwives have been deployed to camps in Bangladesh to deliver babies and help young mothers among the hundreds of thousands of

UK backs Opdivo for lung cancer after Bristol-Myers cuts price

By Reuters Staff LONDON (Reuters) - Bristol-Myers Squibb's immunotherapy drug Opdivo has been recommended for some patients with lung cancer by Britain's healthcare cost watchdog NICE after the

"Verbal autopsies" show India has averted a million child deaths since 2005

By Adela Suliman LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - India has avoided the deaths of about one million children under the age of five since 2005, largely due to a decrease in cases of preventable

Primary HPV testing bests cytology for cervical screening

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Primary HPV testing is better than cytology for detecting high-grade precancerous cervical lesions, according to results from the Compass trial in

Christmas berry derivative shows promise in mouse asthma models

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - FR900359, a highly selective blocker of Gq proteins isolated from the leaves of the Christmas berry plant, induces prolonged airway relaxation in mouse

HLA-mismatched microtransplant benefits older AML patients

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Most older patients with newly diagnosed acute myeloid leukemia (AML) achieve complete remission and good overall survival after HLA-mismatched

Antibiotics limit UTIs in kids undergoing VCUG

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Treating kids with antibiotics before and after they undergo a voiding cystourethrogram (VCUG) reduces the risk of urinary tract infections (UTIs),

Poor sleep associated with higher risk of chronic pain

By Carolyn Crist (Reuters Health) - People who sleep poorly may be more likely to develop a chronic pain condition and have worse physical health, a study from the UK suggests. A general decline in

What can studies tell us about whole grains and the heart?

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Scientists haven’t yet proved beyond a doubt that a diet rich in whole grains is healthy for the heart, a research review suggests. Researchers focused only on

US Military surgeons in Afghanistan treat civilian injuries

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - At U.S. military facilities in Afghanistan, roughly half of the surgeries done for local civilians during more than a decade of war have been for non-combat

Lorazepam helps reduce agitated delirium in advanced cancer patients

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Lorazepam added to haloperidol significantly reduces agitated delirium in advanced cancer patients receiving palliative care, according to randomized

Health workers race to contain cholera outbreak in northeast Nigeria

By Kieran Guilbert DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Health workers in northeast Nigeria said on Tuesday they were striving to contain a cholera outbreak which is sweeping through camps for those

Nipple-sparing mastectomy safe for women with BRCA mutations

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Prophylactic nipple-sparing mastectomies (NSMs) are “highly preventive” against breast cancer, even in women with BRCA mutations, and should be offered

Appeals court blocks San Francisco's ordinance for soda health warnings

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday sided with the beverage industry, granting a preliminary injunction to block a San Francisco ordinance mandating health warnings for soda.

Massachusetts pharmacist faces trial over 2012 meningitis outbreak

By Nate Raymond BOSTON (Reuters) - A Massachusetts pharmacist is due in court on Tuesday to face trial on charges including murder stemming from his role in a 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak that

Energy-efficient green buildings may emit hazardous chemicals

By Ronnie Cohen (Reuters Health) - Newly renovated low-income housing units in Boston earned awards for green design and building but flunked indoor air-quality tests, a new study shows. Researchers

Brief antibiotic course after C-section has benefits in obese women

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A brief course of postoperative antimicrobial prophylaxis may significantly reduce the incidence of post-cesarean surgical site infection (SSI) in women

Too few patients get evidence-based methotrexate dosing

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Evidence-based dosing of methotrexate for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is effective in daily practice, but most patients don’t receive optimal doses,

Schools should stock epinephrine, train more staff to administer it - experts

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - New research highlights the need for schools to stock epinephrine and to train staff to administer it. A survey of more than 1,200 school nurses, largely

Statin use tied to lower mortality in alcoholic cirrhosis

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Patients with alcoholic cirrhosis who take statins have a lower mortality rate than those who do not take the cholesterol-lowering drugs, new research

U.S. AIDS strategy to focus on 13 countries close to controlling epidemic

By Julie Steenhuysen (Reuters) - The United States will concentrate its resources on 13 countries with high levels of HIV that have the best chance of controlling the AIDS epidemic under a strategy

Unbudgeted: How the opioid crisis is blowing a hole in small-town America's finances

By Paula Seligson and Tim Reid INDIANA, Pa./CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (Reuters) - As deaths mount in America's opioid crisis, communities on the front lines face a hidden toll: the financial cost. Ross

Nabriva's pneumonia drug succeeds in late-stage trial

By Manas Mishra (Reuters) - Nabriva Therapeutics Plc has reported that its experimental antibiotic for community-acquired bacterial pneumonia (CABP) met the main goal of a late-stage study. The

REFILE-ACP reiterates opposition to physician-assisted suicide

(Revises slug, with no change to text) By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The American College of Physicians (ACP) continues to oppose the legalization of physician-assisted suicide,

ACP reiterates opposition to physician-assisted suicide

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The American College of Physicians (ACP) continues to oppose the legalization of physician-assisted suicide, according to its updated position paper. "

Continuous subcutaneous parecoxib may limit cancer pain in hospice patients

By Rita Buckley NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Continuous subcutaneous injection of parecoxib may mitigate cancer pain in hospice patients, according to a new study. Peter Armstrong from the Belfast

Gun laws targeting domestic abusers tied to fewer homicides

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - When people convicted of domestic violence or covered by restraining orders are not only banned from buying guns but forced to give up firearms they already own,

Triathlon deaths not rare, and risks rise with age

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Triathlon competitors may be more likely to die suddenly and suffer a fatal trauma or cardiac arrest than previously thought, U.S. data suggest. A study of more

Trial shows venetoclax/rituximab helps leukemia patients- Roche

By Reuters Staff ZURICH (Reuters) - Swiss drugmaker Roche said on Monday that a late-stage trial showed combining venetoclax plus rituximab treatments helped people with previously treated chronic

Thyroid function starting at age 50 tied to life expectancy

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Low-normal thyroid function is associated with longer life expectancy in middle-aged people, according to data from The Rotterdam Study. “At age 50,

Types of adverse events with wireless pulmonary artery sensor have shifted

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Although post-marketing adverse event rates associated with the CardioMEMS HF wireless pulmonary artery sensor are comparable to those reported in the

Smokers with HIV face higher risk from lung cancer than from AIDS

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Smokers living with HIV who consistently take antiretroviral medications may be far more likely to die of lung cancer than of AIDS, a U.S. study suggests. Roughly

Benefit of pioglitazone after stroke tied to patients' baseline risk

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Among nondiabetic patients with insulin resistance who have a stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA), the benefits of pioglitazone hydrochloride

Increasing number of children addicted to opioids

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Opioid addiction is not just a problem among adults in the United States. A new study shows that an increasing number of children seen in the emergency

WHO plans global war on cholera as Yemen caseload nears 700,000

By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization will next month launch a strategy to stop cholera transmission by 2030, it said on Monday, as an unprecedented outbreak in Yemen raced

Pregnant moms who take folic acid cut autism risk from pesticides

By Ronnie Cohen (Reuters Health) - Children whose mothers took folic acid supplements early in their pregnancies were less likely to develop autism, even when the pregnant moms were exposed to

Strong support for continuous glucose monitoring in pregnant women with T1DM

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) during pregnancy in women with type 1 diabetes improves birth outcomes, likely by reducing exposure to maternal

Biosimilar cancer drug threat closing in for Roche

By Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) - The long-heralded threat of cut-price competition to its top-selling biological cancer medicines is finally becoming a reality for Roche, the world's biggest maker

Gates Foundation invests $40 million in UK immunotherapy company

By Reuters Staff LONDON (Reuters) - The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is to invest up to $40 million in privately held British biotech company Immunocore to support its development of

Do the risks of sotagliflozin outweigh benefits for type 1 diabetes?

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Adding sotagliflozin to insulin may help improve insulin control, weight, and blood pressure in people with type 1 diabetes, but the drug also increases

Still too many CT scans for pediatric nontraumatic abdominal pain

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Emergency department CT imaging rates for children with nontraumatic abdominal pain have changed little since 2007, although pediatric emergency

Teva Pharma to sell more women's health assets for $1.38 billion

By Reuters Staff TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd said on Monday it would sell the remaining assets in its specialty women's health business for $1.38 billion in two separate

Costly drugs to weigh on U.S. employers' expenses in 2018 - survey

By Divya Grover (Reuters) - U.S. employers are bracing for higher health care expenses in 2018 as spending on new drugs to treat diseases such as cancer, multiple sclerosis and hepatitis C is

Natgas pipeline builders hail U.S. okay of blocked New York project

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - Energy traders and natural gas pipeline companies on Friday hailed a U.S. federal regulator's decision to overturn New York's denial of a water permit for building the

FDA plans new compounding pharmacy policy, agency head says

By Nate Raymond BOSTON (Reuters) - The head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Friday the agency is working on a new policy that would encourage more compounding pharmacies to register

Poor rains in Kenya deepens drought, children go hungry - UNICEF

By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The number of children in need of life-saving aid continues to grow in Kenya amid one of most punishing droughts in years and another

Laser may be safer than bevacizumab in babies with acute-phase ROP

By Lorraine L. Janeczko NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Babies with acute-phase retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) who are treated with bevacizumab have more long-term eye problems than babies treated with

Young adults with autism face additional health concerns

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are more likely than other young adults to experience psychiatric and other health issues, researchers

Anthem to sell Obamacare health plans in Virginia counties that don't offer them

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. health insurer Anthem Inc said on Friday it plans to sell Obamacare health plans in 68 cities and counties in Virginia next year, covering the only

You can’t blame a toothache on bad genes

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Even though people are born with microbes in their mouth that they inherited from their parents, these bacteria aren’t associated with toothaches and cavities, a

Continuous glucose monitoring helpful in very preterm infants

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In very preterm infants, glucose administration guided by continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) and a computer-based algorithm for adjusting glucose

MI risk after high-risk vascular surgery remains high

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The risk of postoperative myocardial infarction (MI) remains high in patients undergoing high-risk vascular surgery, despite improvements in perioperative

REFILE-GSK's three-in-one inhaler gets positive opinion from EU agency

(Adds slug; no text changes) By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - GlaxoSmithKline said on Friday that a European Medicines Agency (EMA) panel has recommended the company's three-in-one inhaled lung drug.

GSK's three-in-one inhaler gets positive opinion from EU agency

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - GlaxoSmithKline said on Friday that a European Medicines Agency (EMA) panel has recommended the company's three-in-one inhaled lung drug. GSK's once-daily triple inhaler

Tesaro's ovarian cancer drug gets EU agency backing

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - A European Medicines Agency (EMA) panel recommended the approval of Tesaro Inc's key drug, niraparib, for the treatment of recurrent ovarian cancer. The recommendation

European panel backs Janssen's psoriasis drug

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - A European Medicines Agency (EMA) panel recommended the approval of Johnson & Johnson unit Janssen's drug, guselkumab, for the treatment of plaque psoriasis in adults.

France's Neovacs takes on GSK and AstraZeneca in battle to treat lupus

By Matthias Blamont PARIS (Reuters) - French biotech company Neovacs is confident that its experimental drug to treat lupus could grab significant market share from standard treatments of the

Distraction isn’t only way virtual reality might ease pain

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Virtual reality games might help ease pain not just by distracting players from what ails them, but also by triggering changes in the brain, a recent research

Fewer doses of HPV vaccine may provide protection for several years

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Even a single dose of the HPV16/18 vaccine may protect against infection with HPV types 16 and 18 during seven or more years of follow-up, according to

Stereotactic radiosurgery an option for some Cushing’s disease patients

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) should be considered for Cushing’s disease (CD) patients with persistent hypercortisolism after pituitary surgery and

Oral food challenges safe when performed in doctor's office

By Shereen Lehman (Reuters Health) - Oral food challenges at the doctor’s office are a safe way to diagnose food allergies, a U.S. study suggests. Based on records of more than 6,000 food challenge

Drop in deaths from S. aureus bacteremia linked to evidence-based care

By Joan Stephenson NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Use of three evidence-based practices appears to substantially increase survival of veterans with Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia (SAB), new research

Obese minority children less likely to have weight-loss surgery

By Carolyn Crist (Reuters Health) - Obese white teens in the U.S. are much more likely obese black or Hispanic teens to be treated with weight-loss surgery, according to a recent study. That's

Can testing UC patients for two fecal markers, not one, better predict relapse?

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Using both fecal calprotectin (Fcal) and the fecal immunochemical test (FIT) may improve the reliability of relapse prediction in patients with

Samsung Bioepis wins EU endorsement for first Herceptin copy

By Joyce Lee and Ludwig Burger SEOUL/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - European regulators have for the first time recommended approval of a copy of Swiss drugmaker Roche's blockbuster breast cancer drug

Drug industry on tenterhooks as Maryland price-gouging law nears

By Deena Beasley (Reuters) - As U.S. consumer outrage grows over prescription drug prices, state authorities and patient advocates in Maryland are preparing to enforce the nation's first law designed

5T4-targeted immunotherapy promising in metastatic colorectal cancer

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Immunotherapy with modified vaccinia Ankara-5T4 (MVA-5T4, TroVax) may improve survival in patients with metastatic colorectal cancer, researchers report.

New guidelines focus on diagnosing, treating lupus nephritis in kids

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - New guidelines from the European SHARE initiative are the first to focus specifically on the evidence for diagnosing and treating childhood-onset lupus

Mental disorders, poor diets and tobacco make the world sick

By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - Heart disease and tobacco ranked with conflict and violence among the world's biggest killers in 2016, while poor diets and mental disorders caused people the

ACA Medicaid expansion tied to earlier cancer care for the poor

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - After the Affordable Care Act (ACA) helped reduce the number of uninsured Americans, more low-income adults got cancer diagnosed when it was less advanced and

Obamacare enrollment to fall in 2018 and beyond after cuts -CBO

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters) - Enrollment on the Obamacare health insurance exchanges in 2018 and later years is expected to be less than previously forecast, dampened by the Trump

Challenge of Allergan tribal patent deal in uncharted legal territory

By Jan Wolfe (Reuters) - As generic drug manufacturers are gearing up to argue that a deal Allergan Plc made with a Native American tribe to shield patents from administrative review is a sham, some

U.S. FDA approves Bayer drug to treat follicular lymphoma

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Thursday it has approved Bayer AG's treatment for follicular lymphoma, a cancer of the lymph system. The drug, Aliqopa,

U.S. FDA approves biosimilar version of cancer drug Avastin

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Thursday it has approved Amgen Inc's biosimilar version of Roche Holding AG's cancer drug Avastin (bevacizumab). Amgen's

Lilly/Incyte pill beats placebo in mid-stage eczema trial

By Deena Beasley (Reuters) - Eli Lilly and Co and Incyte Corp on Thursday said a mid-stage trial of their oral drug baricitinib showed that at the highest dose it worked better than placebo for

EXCLUSIVE-Prosecutors identify Insys founder as unindicted co-conspirator in opioid case

By Nate Raymond BOSTON (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors have identified Insys Therapeutics Inc's billionaire founder as an unindicted co-conspirator in a case accusing six former executives and managers

Dental work tied to heart infections in people with artificial valves

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Invasive dental procedures may raise the risk of rare but serious infections in people who have prosthetic heart valves, a recent French study suggests. Some

Thermodilution better than estimated Fick for assessing cardiac output

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The thermodilution method is better than the estimated oxygen uptake Fick method for assessing cardiac output in clinical practice, according to a

Neurodevelopment is normal in HIV-exposed but uninfected 2-year-olds

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - HIV-exposed uninfected (HEU) children perform equally well on neurodevelopmental assessments, compared with HIV-unexposed uninfected (HUU) children, at 24

Finnish healthcare firm Terveystalo plans IPO ahead of sector reform

By Reuters Staff HELSINKI (Reuters) - Finland's largest healthcare company Terveystalo plans to raise around 100 million euros ($119 million) in a return to the Helsinki stock market, hoping to

How long should adjuvant endocrine therapy be extended beyond 5 years?

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – In patients with early breast cancer, extending adjuvant letrozole therapy for five years after an initial five-year course of tamoxifen, an aromatase

Brief, intense exercise may keep breast cancer at bay

By Will Boggs MD (Reuters Health) - Exercise has long been linked to better outcomes for women with breast cancer, and a recent study might explain why. Brief exercise that’s intense enough to get

Vasomotor symptom improvement with hormone therapy tied to better sleep

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Hormone therapy (HT) improves sleep satisfaction, sleep disturbances and sleep duration in menopausal women, new research shows. Both transdermal and oral

Weekly diabetes drug offers no heart benefit

By Gene Emery NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Diabetes control is supposed to protect against the elevated risk of heart disease. But a new large worldwide study has concluded that the diabetes drug

Happy music linked to creative thinking

By Carolyn Crist (Reuters Health) - Listening to happy music while working may spark the kind of divergent thinking that’s associated with creativity and problem solving, a recent study in the

Cellular tango: how immune and nerve cells work together to fight gut infection

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - New research shows that nerve cells in the gut play a key role helping the body mount an immune response to infection, a finding that could have

IL-1 inhibitors generally safe before conception, during pregnancy and breastfeeding

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Results of an international multicenter study of IL-1 inhibitor use before conception in both men and women, and in women during pregnancy and

Criminal probe opens into 8 deaths at Florida nursing home after Irma

By Andrew Innerarity HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (Reuters) - Eight elderly patients died after being left inside a stifling South Florida nursing home that lost power during Hurricane Irma, officials said on

Outbreak of disease carried by mosquitoes halts blood donation in Rome

By Reuters Staff ROME (Reuters) - Italian health officials have banned residents across half of Rome from donating blood because of an outbreak of the painful, mosquito-borne illness Chikungunya. At

Pfizer, Astellas prostate cancer drug succeeds in key trial

By Divya Grover (Reuters) - Pfizer Inc and Japan's Astellas Pharma Inc said on Thursday their prostate cancer drug met the main goal of a trial testing it for a more common form of the disease. The

Test type may affect false-positive rate of pregnancy tests in cancer patients

By Lorraine L. Janeczko NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Compared with total beta-human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), intact hCG reagent in patients with cancer may limit false-positive pregnancy test

Genetic variant affects hemoglobin A1c results in African Americans

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - One G6PD variant is associated with a decrease in hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) that can result in underdiagnosis of diabetes in African Americans, according to

Pakistan kicks out medical charity MSF from country's tribal region

By Jibran Ahmed and Saad Sayeed PESHAWAR/ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistan on Wednesday told medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres' (MSF) to stop work and leave its impoverished tribal

Liberal, conservative lawmakers offer opposing U.S. healthcare ideas

By Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. senators unveiled two opposing visions of a healthcare system in the United States on Wednesday - leading liberals advocating government insurance for

Child psychiatric disorders tied to in utero antidepressant exposure

By Cheryl Platzman Weinstock (Reuters Health) - Antidepressant use during pregnancy is tied to an increased risk of psychiatric illnesses, especially mood disorders, in children, according to a new

U.S. suicide attempts rise most among younger adults, less educated

By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - Young adults with low levels of education and people with mental health disorders bore the greatest burden of a recent increase in suicide attempts in the U.S.,

BREAKINGVIEWS-Healthcare’s nonprofit status belongs in the grave

By Robert Cyran (The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.) NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - A $3.75 billion takeover shows how the nonprofit status many

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