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REFILE-Two variables accurately predict rebound hyperbilirubinemia

(Adds a third "close parens" symbol to end of equation in para 7.) By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Two variables, gestational age at phototherapy initiation and the difference between

Tobacco, vape shops sell more to minors than other retailers

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - U.S. regulations require retailers to check ID for everyone under age 27 who tries to buy tobacco products, but half of tobacco and vape shops don't do this, a 2018

Yes, counting steps might make you healthier

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - People who track their daily steps may not only be more active, they may also be less likely to develop health problems that lead to events like heart attacks or

Unproven stem cell therapies often peddled by doctors without training

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - At U.S. clinics advertising unproven stem cell treatments, roughly two-thirds of the clinicians may be physicians, but a new study suggests these doctors are often

Illinois joins 10 other U.S. states in legalizing recreational marijuana

By Karen Pierog CHICAGO (Reuters) - Illinois on Tuesday became the 11th U.S. state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana by adults after Governor J.B. Pritzker signed into law a bill that also

Vitamin deficiencies may be the only sign of celiac disease

By Linda Carroll (Reuters Health) - Adults with undiagnosed celiac disease often have nutrient deficiencies as the only sign of the condition, researchers say. Doctors often look for typical signs

Migraine in pregnancy linked with complications for mothers and babies

By Ankur Banerjee (Reuters Health) - Pregnant women with migraine headaches are more likely to develop complications, and their babies are at higher risk for complications early after birth, too, a

Drug-disposal bag helps families properly dispose of unused opioids after kid’s surgery

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Providing drug-disposal bags increases the likelihood that families will properly dispose of unused opioids after their children's surgery, researchers

Kindergarten behaviors tied to adult salaries

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Teacher-rated kindergarten behaviors were associated with adult employment earnings three decades later in an observational study from Quebec. "There is

Valve-in-valve TAVR trickier fix for failing stentless bioprostheses

By David Douglas NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In patients with a failing aortic bioprosthesis, valve-in-valve (ViV) transcatheter aortic-valve replacement (TAVR) can effectively avoid reoperation.

FDA issues warning letters to companies selling drugs containing kratom

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued warning letters on Tuesday to two privately held companies for illegally selling unapproved, misbranded drugs containing

Study supports current airflow-obstruction threshold for COPD diagnosis

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A new study supports current guidelines stating that a diagnosis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) requires a ratio of the forced expiratory

One month of DAPT after PCI may best 12-month course

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) lasting only one month after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) provides outcomes superior to those following the

Midwifery students use augmented technology to improve clinical skills

By Reuters Staff LONDON (Reuters) - Midwifery students in London are learning to bring new life into the world in a radically new way with the help of augmented reality (AR) technology. Using AR

SPECIAL REPORT-How judges added to the grim toll of opioids

By Benjamin Lesser, Dan Levine, Lisa Girion and Jaimi Dowdell WELCH, West Virginia (Reuters) - The opioid epidemic that has so far killed half a million Americans is routinely blamed on greedy drug

Proactive drug monitoring improves outcomes in kids with Crohn’s

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Proactive therapeutic-drug monitoring (TDM) in children with Crohn's disease on adalimumab reduces clinical exacerbations compared to reactive TDM, a

Beta-blockers may attenuate triggering of atrial fibrillation by anger, stress

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Beta-blockers appear to reduce the triggering of atrial fibrillation (AF) by anger or stress, according to results from a prospective study. "In this study

Anticholinergic-drug exposure tied to increased dementia risk

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Exposure to anticholinergic drugs in middle age is associated with an increased risk of dementia, according to a database study. "It was unexpected that

Novartis wins Gilenya reprieve as judge blocks generics, for now

By John Miller ZURICH (Reuters) - Novartis has won a U.S. federal court order preventing rival generic makers from selling versions of the Swiss drugmaker's top-selling multiple sclerosis medicine

FDA declines to approve Acer Therapeutics' treatment for rare genetic disorder

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - Acer Therapeutics Inc said on Tuesday its treatment for a severe, rare genetic disorder that can cause blood vessels to fatally rupture was declined approval from the U.S.

Akorn gets another FDA warning letter, shares slide

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - Akorn Inc said on Tuesday it received a warning letter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration regarding its manufacturing facility in New Jersey, the latest in a

U.S. Supreme Court to hear insurers' bid for $12 billion in Obamacare money

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to decide whether insurers can seek $12 billion from the federal government under a program set up by the Obamacare law aimed at

Teleflex recalls endotracheal tubes worldwide after reports of 4 deaths

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - Teleflex Inc said on Monday it plans to recall some lots of its Hudson RCI Sheridan endotracheal tubes following reports of four deaths. The worldwide recall comes after

Personalized music playlists could help dementia patients

By Carolyn Crist (Reuters Health) - Personalized music playlists that rekindle memories of childhood and happy moments may bring joy to dementia patients, because music can activate parts of the brain

Adrenal incidentalomas rarely change; may up risk of cardiometabolic problems

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Adrenal masses found incidentally on imaging rarely change after initial diagnosis or become malignant but may carry an increased risk for cardiometabolic

Young women smokers at much higher risk for STEMI

By Linda Carroll (Reuters Health) - While smoking boosts the likelihood of acute ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) in both men and women of all ages, it has a much more powerful

U.S. Supreme Court to hear insurers' bid for $12 billion in Obamacare money

By Nate Raymond (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to decide whether insurers can seek $12 billion from the federal government under a program set up by the Obamacare law aimed at

Teens with strong connections at home and school may become healthier adults

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Teens who feel understood by their parents and teachers may grow up to be healthier adults, a U.S. study suggests. The 14,800 study participants completed health

Late thrombolysis improves functional outcomes in stroke patients with salvageable brain tissue

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Thrombolysis performed 4.5 to nine hours after stroke onset improves functional outcomes in patients with salvageable brain tissue identified by perfusion

Forced diuresis with matched hydration during TAVI does not prevent acute kidney injury

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Forced diuresis with matched hydration during transcatheter aortic-valve implantation (TAVI) does not prevent acute kidney injury (AKI), according to

Opioid overdose more likely if family member has prescription

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Opioid overdoses may be much more likely to happen in families when somebody in the household has been prescribed these drugs, a U.S. study suggests. Even when a

HIV patients spend more time on kidney transplant waiting list

By Rob Goodier NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - HIV-positive patients who need a new kidney have delayed referral to transplant programs and spend more time on the waitlist, according to preliminary data

Androgen deprivation therapy affects multiple bone properties

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Beyond the well-known association of androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) with an accelerated decline in areal bone mineral density (aBMD), the treatment

Vitamin D supplementation unlikely to help the heart

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Vitamin D supplementation was not associated with fewer cardiovascular events or reduced mortality in a recent meta-analysis. "The most surprising

U.S. records 33 new measles cases, mostly in New York State

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - Thirty-three new measles cases were recorded in the United States last week, most of them in New York, federal health officials said on Monday, bringing the number of

Europe's food waste is 'a scandal', says agency chief

By Thin Lei Win ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Europe's high levels of food waste are an ethical scandal at a time when hundreds of millions of people around the world are going hungry, the head

Virtual reality may help scare residents to flee looming storms

By Kate Ryan NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Virtual reality simulations work better than traditional alerts in motivating people to evacuate ahead of hurricanes, new research suggests.

Primary anastomosis better than Hartmann's procedure for treating perforated diverticulitis

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - For stable patients with perforated diverticulitis and peritonitis, sigmoidectomy with primary anastomosis provides better outcomes than does Hartmann's

Successful epilepsy surgery restores brainstem functional connectivity

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Successful epilepsy surgery appears to correct disturbances in brainstem functional connectivity, researchers report. "Seizures lead to brain network

FDA approves drug for loss of sexual desire in women

By Saumya Joseph (Reuters) - The U.S. drug regulator on Friday approved Palatin Technologies and Amag Pharmaceuticals' drug to restore sexual desire in premenopausal women, the latest attempt to come

In border camps, Syrians rely on doctors in trucks and tents

By Khalil Ashawi AZAZ, Syria (Reuters) - The Syrian war has inflicted all kinds of hardships on Najwa Abdelaziz but she still manages to make light of one of them. "The uprising ruined my teeth," she

Death toll from acute encephalitis in east Indian town rises to 129 children

By Mayank Bhardwaj NEW DELHI (Reuters) - At least 129 children have now died of acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) in the town of Muzaffarpur in the eastern Indian state of Bihar since an outbreak

Coronary events may hasten cognitive decline

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Adults with coronary heart disease may be more prone to cognitive decline than their counterparts without such cardiac problems, a study suggests. This was true

Hydroxyurea remains underused in children with sickle cell disease

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Despite recent increases in use of hydroxyurea for sickle cell disease (SCD), only about one in four children with SCD received hydroxyurea in 2015,

Youth with chronic physical ailments more prone to mental illness

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Children and young adults with chronic conditions like asthma, diabetes, and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may be more likely to develop mental

Targeted therapies linked to survival benefits for older patients with advanced renal cancer

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Targeted therapies were associated with "modest survival advantages" in elderly Medicare patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma (mRCC) in a

Average pregnant woman in US may have poor nutrition

By Linda Carroll (Reuters Health) - Many pregnant women in the U.S. may not be getting enough of certain crucial nutrients, while others may be getting too much, a new study suggests. Based a study of

Conservative management favored for most pediatric mandibular fractures

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In young children with mandibular fractures, conservative management with observation or maxillomandibular fixation (MMF) and soft diet is more common

Camp prep can make summers better for kids

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Kids may have a much better - and safer - time at summer camp when parents plan ahead to make sure programs are a good fit for their child and capable of handling

Philadelphia refinery blast puts new spotlight on toxic chemical

By Erwin Seba and Jessica Resnick-Ault (Reuters) - Massive explosions that engulfed a Philadelphia refinery in flames on Friday has renewed concerns about the oil industry's use of a highly toxic

Survivors of Haiti's 2010 earthquake report subsequent sleep problems, depression

By Rob Goodier NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Sleep quality may suffer after natural disasters, according to a study of survivors of the devastating magnitude-7.0 earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010.

Mental stress on rise as coastal towns confront surging climate threats

By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When community leaders in the town of Piermont, just north of New York City, ask residents, "How long do you want to live here?" the question

MRI plus systematic sampling ups first-time prostate-biopsy hits

By David Douglas NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In biopsy-naive men, combining MRI with systematic sampling of the imaged lesions increases detection of clinically significant prostate cancer, according

Missouri won't renew abortion clinic's license, but judge blocks immediate closure

By Robert Langellier ST. LOUIS (Reuters) - Missouri health officials refused to renew the license of the state's only abortion clinic on Friday, but the clinic will remain open for now as a judge left

Synoptic operative reports more complete than narrative reports

By Scott Baltic NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - For recording the results of surgical procedures, synoptic reporting - that is, template-based, procedure-specific reporting - is significantly more

No higher HIV risk with depot medroxyprogesterone

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women using intramuscular depot medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA-IM), a copper intrauterine device (IUD) or a levonorgestrel (LNG) implant for

Early-life gluten intake linked to increased risk of celiac disease

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Higher intake of gluten early in life is associated with an increased risk of celiac disease (CD) and CD autoimmunity, according to new findings. "We found

Lower doses best for most second-generation antidepressants

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The optimal doses for the most commonly used second-generation antidepressants are at the lower range of their licensed doses, according to a new

Ebola outbreaks may often go undetected

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - At least half of all Ebola-virus-disease spillover events and small outbreaks go undetected, researchers from the U.K. estimate. "Ebola spillover is

Acute encephalitis syndrome blamed for preventable child deaths in India

By Alasdair Pal MUZAFFARPUR, India (Reuters) - Five-year-old Soni Khatun was playing in the midday sun last week when she began to vomit and lose feeling in her hands. Her mother, a poor laborer

FDA declines to approve Daiichi Sankyo's blood cancer treatment

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - Japan's Daiichi Sankyo Co said on Friday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has declined to approve its drug quizartinib as a treatment for adults with a type of blood

U.S. group says Novartis MS drug price out of line with benefit

By Reuters Staff ZURICH (Reuters) - A U.S. group that reviews the value of medicines issued a critical report on Novartis's new multiple sclerosis drug Mayzent (siponimod), calling its $88,561 list

Rising rates of marijuana use among pregnant women spark concern

By Linda Carroll (Reuters Health) - Increasing numbers of pregnant women are using marijuana in the U.S. and that may result in issues for their babies, two new studies suggest. Researchers found that

Merck CEO sees legal challenge if U.S. adopts drug pricing based on other countries

By Michael Erman NEW YORK (Reuters) - Merck & Co Chief Executive Ken Frazier said on Thursday a rule to base the price the U.S. government pays for some prescription drugs in it Medicare program on

Extra red meat helpings linked to increased odds of death

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Adults who increase the amount of red meat they consume over the years also increase their odds of dying sooner than those who hold steady or reduce meat intake, a

Dyspnea not necessarily due to a heart problem in older patients

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Dyspnea is multifactorial in older adults and may be associated with obesity or other conditions, a cross-sectional study suggests. "Shortness of breath

U.S. mine regulator says no rush on silica limits, despite black lung worries

By Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the U.S. federal agency in charge of mine safety said on Thursday he has no plans to fast-track new limits for coal miner exposure to silica

Obese kids at elevated risk of high BP a few years later

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Children with excess weight or abdominal obesity at age 4 have a significantly increased risk of developing hypertension by age 6, researchers from Spain

When coronary CTA is most appropriate for suspected heart disease

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - New research helps zero in on which patients with suspected coronary artery disease (CAD) will derive the most benefit from coronary computed tomography

Teen 'sexting' may not always spell trouble

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - While teen sexting is linked to increased odds of certain types of risky behavior, a new analysis of research to date on the impact of sexually explicit content on

Peritoneal carcinomatosis profiles highlight gastric cancer targets

By David Douglas NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Sequencing of whole exome and transcriptome of peritoneal carcinomatosis (PC) in patients with gastric adenocarcinoma (GAC) has given novel insights and

U.S. appeals court lets Trump abortion referral 'gag rule' take effect

By Jonathan Stempel (Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Thursday cleared the way for the Trump administration to enforce a controversial rule barring clinics that receive federal funds for family

Spending minimum two hours weekly in nature tied to good health, wellbeing

By Carolyn Crist (Reuters Health) - People who experience nature for at least 120 minutes per week are more likely to report good health and psychological wellbeing, a large UK study suggests.

Niraparib-pembrolizumab combo may have benefit in ovarian, breast cancers

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Niraparib in combination with pembrolizumab may show promise in women with recurrent platinum-resistant ovarian carcinoma (PROC) and in those with advanced

U.S. Supreme Court upholds federal sex offender law

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the federal government's authority under a 2006 law to require thousands of sex offenders to register with

Beauty products send one young child to the ED every two hours

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Injuries from cosmetics, shampoo and other personal care products send one young child to an emergency department in the United States every two hours, according to

Limited data to guide transgender hormonal management beyond middle-age

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Although the risks associated with transgender hormonal therapy likely change with age, current transgender therapy guidelines do not include specific

Lower incidence of type 1 diabetes seen after complete rotavirus vaccine series

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Receipt of the complete rotavirus vaccine series in infancy is associated with a significant reduction in the incidence of type 1 diabetes in childhood,

Prophylactic IVC filters don't prevent clots in bariatric surgery patients

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Prophylactic placement of inferior vena cava filters (IVCFs) in patients awaiting bariatric surgery is associated with worse outcomes and higher costs, new

U.S. Democratic lawmakers vote to repeal global gag rule on abortion

By Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Democratic U.S. lawmakers voted on Wednesday to repeal a rule slashing global access to abortion and to restore worldwide family planning

Minnesota Supreme Court tosses conviction of teen who insulted classmate on Twitter

By Alex Dobuzinskis (Reuters) - A Minnesota stalking law used to convict a high school student for insulting another teen on Twitter is overly broad and violates the U.S. Constitution's First

France has no plans to legalize cannabis for recreational use- minister

By Reuters Staff PARIS (Reuters) - France will not legalize the recreational use of cannabis but could consider authorizing its medical use, Transport Minister Elisabeth Borne said on Thursday. "The

Warming waters bring flesh-eating bacteria to Delaware Bay

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A recent uptick in infections with Vibrio vulnificus, a flesh-eating bacterium, seen at a single New Jersey hospital suggests the pathogen's endemic area is

With stable angina, MRI not inferior to FFR for predicting need for revascularization

By Gene Emery NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In the quest to discover whether patients with stable angina require revascularization, a new comparison has concluded that myocardial-perfusion

Liver donation for transplant misunderstood, underutilized

By Marilynn Larkin (Reuters Health) - Lack of knowledge among community physicians may be keeping them from raising the possibility of living donor transplants with their patients with liver disease,

Strobing stage lights could up risk of epileptic seizures

By Saumya Joseph (Reuters Health) - Flashing light effects that have become the norm for electronic dance music concerts could bring on epileptic seizures in young people who may not know they have a

One in five surgeons still using low-value arteriovenous graft for dialysis access

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - One in five surgeons who do hemodialysis access procedures continue to use arteriovenous grafts (AVG) instead of the recommended best practice of

Refugees have high burden of mental health problems

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Refugees and asylum seekers fleeing conflict in their homeland often have high levels of psychological distress and should undergo routine mental health

Intentional leaflet laceration may prevent coronary artery obstruction after TAVR

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In patients at high risk of coronary obstruction from transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), bioprosthetic or native aortic scallop intentional

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