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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

Merck CEO resigns from Trump council after Charlottesville

By Michael Erman and Natalie Grover (REUTERS) - Merck & Co Inc Chief Executive Kenneth Frazier resigned from U.S. President Donald Trump's American Manufacturing Council on Monday, saying he was

Yemen records 500,000 cholera cases, nearly 2,000 deaths - WHO

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - More than half a million people in Yemen have been infected with cholera since the epidemic began four months ago and 1,975 people have died, the World Health

Lower gestational diabetes threshold doesn't cut obstetric complications

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Lowering the diagnostic threshold for gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) does not lead to lower rates of obstetric complications, according to a

Favorable midterm outcomes with subcutaneous cardioverter-defibrillator

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The subcutaneous implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (S-ICD) has outcomes similar to those with transvenous ICDs, according to midterm results from the

India aims to revamp health scheme, lower costs after criticism

By Aditya Kalra NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's health ministry has trimmed its cost estimates for extending its main public health program by 25% after criticism from a federal think-tank over

Are all SGLT2 inhibitors linked to reduced cardiovascular mortality?

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Cardiovascular disease and mortality rates are lower in patients with type 2 diabetes who start taking sodium-glucose co-transporter-2 (SGLT2) inhibitors

Marijuana products sending more French kids to ERs

By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - Increased availability of potent marijuana products in France may be driving an increase in emergency room visits by intoxicated toddlers, a new study suggests.

Sleep therapy may help ease knee pain troubles for some

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Patients with knee osteoarthritis and insomnia may be less troubled by joint pain after they get treatment to help them sleep better, a recent study suggests.

Fire station air quality puts firefighters at risk

By Carolyn Crist (Reuters Health) - Firefighters have higher than average cancer rates, and while their exposure to carcinogens during fires is well known, a new study suggests exposures in fire

More women may seek treatment for urinary incontinence if providers ask

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Many women don’t seek treatment for urinary incontinence (UI) for reasons that could be addressed if health care providers asked about the condition,

Elderly report similar QOL with invasive vs. conservative ACS management

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Comparing an invasive with a conservative approach to acute coronary syndrome (ACS) management in patients over 80 revealed only “minor differences” in

Celecoxib may be safest choice for older, chronic NSAID users

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The risk of major non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) toxicity in older adults who take the drugs regularly is higher with naproxen and ibuprofen

New tool has higher sensitivity in major-incident triage

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The Modified Physiological Triage Tool (MPTT) is more sensitive than other such tools to the need for life-saving intervention during major incidents from

Ebola virus RNA can persist in semen years after infection

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Ebola virus RNA can be detected in semen more than two years after recovery from acute infection, researchers report. “From prior outbreaks, small

Should older doctors be examined, tested or forced to retire?

By Ronnie Cohen (Reuters Health) - At 81, Dr. Frank Stockdale continues to see breast cancer patients and believes he offers them the wisdom and knowledge from his more than 50 years of oncology

About 20 people overcome with dizziness, nausea at New Hampshire hospital

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters) - About 20 patients and staff were evacuated from a hospital in Exeter, New Hampshire, on Friday and treated for dizziness, nausea and vomiting, a hospital

Cancer survivors may seek unneeded tests for reassurance

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Many people who survive cancer fear recurrence after their treatment ends, according to a study that suggests these concerns may lead to unnecessary tests. Data

Vaginal cleansing before C-section reduces postpartum infection

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Vaginal cleansing reduces the risk of endometritis in women who deliver by cesarean section, a new review and meta-analysis confirms. “This procedure,

U.S. blockchain company in tie-up on medical artificial intelligence

By Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. technology company The Bitfury Group has formed a partnership with Insilico Medicine, a Baltimore-based medical artificial intelligence (AI) firm

Gay sauna fights HIV in Britain with first-of-its-kind test vending machine

By Umberto Bacchi LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - An innovative vending machine for HIV tests being piloted in Britain aims to help in the fight to end the epidemic by encouraging more people

Do SGLT2 inhibitors’ heart failure benefits involve sodium-hydrogen exchanger?

By David Douglas NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitors may reduce cardiovascular events via interaction with the sodium-hydrogen exchanger, researchers suggest

Special Report - As Trumpcare bill languishes, former opioid users cling to lifeline

By Yasmeen Abutaleb PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (Reuters) - Dusti Hill scooped her two-year-old daughter, Porter, into her arms one day this June in a room filled with toys and cartoon murals, relishing their

Workplace fumes linked to signs of early lung disease

By Shereen Lehman (Reuters Health) - Workplace exposure to vapors, gas, dust and fumes increases the likelihood that a CT scan will show early signs of disease in the lung tissue, according to a U.S.

Previous stroke deficits can reemerge years later

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Previous stroke-related deficits can reemerge years after the original stroke, a phenomenon known as post-stroke recrudescence (PSR). Dr. Aneesh B.

Therapeutic drug monitoring may help guide treatment changes in active IBD

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) conditionally recommends reactive therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM) to guide treatment changes in

Next-gen repositionable self-expanding catheter safe for severe aortic stenosis

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The self-expanding, repositionable Evolut R transcatheter heart valve (THV) from Medtronic appears safe and effective for treating older patients with

REFILE-High-dose flu vaccine cuts hospitalizations for nursing home residents

(Revises paras 3 and 4 to clarify vaccine names.) By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Compared with standard-dose influenza vaccination, high-dose influenza vaccination reduces the number

Glucosamine supplements don’t help knee or hip arthritis pain

By Carolyn Crist (Reuters Health) - Oral glucosamine has no more effect than placebo on joint pain, according to a new meta-analysis. The analysis of randomized controlled trials from which data

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