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Insomnia symptoms tied to increased risk of heart attack and stroke

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - People who have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep may be more likely to have a heart attack or stroke than individuals who don't have any sleep difficulties,

Black, Hispanic mothers report more pain after delivery but get less pain medication

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - White mothers may receive more pain assessments after delivery and have better access to painkillers than women from other racial and ethnic groups, two new studies

Patients just as satisfied when surgeons give fewer opioids for pain

By Vishwadha Chander (Reuters Health) - When surgeons cut their prescribing of opioids for pain by more than 50%, their patient-satisfaction scores didn't suffer, a small U.S. study found. As reported

Hiccups in newborns might help baby brains wire-up

By Linda Carroll (Reuters Health) - A long string of hiccups in a newborn can make parents uneasy. But researchers now say that those hiccups may aid in the baby's brain development. Each time a

Congenital nasolacrimal-duct obstruction commonly resolves, even after age 1

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Spontaneous resolution of congenital nasolacrimal duct obstruction (CNLDO) remains common beyond the first year of life, researchers report. "We can just

More than a quarter of completed lung cancer trials are unpublished

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Approximately 27% of completed lung cancer trials were unpublished as of 2016, raising concern about publication bias, a cross-sectional study suggests.

African children exposed to HIV, ART perinatally face higher risk of stunting

By Scott Baltic NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Prolonged perinatal exposure to maternal HIV and antiretroviral therapy (ART) is associated with lower height and weight and more stunting in uninfected

Special atrial-fibrillation clinics may help boost quality of care

By David Douglas NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - After discharge from the emergency department, patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) assigned to a specialized clinic are much more likely to receive

Bempedoic acid reduces LDL cholesterol in high-risk patients

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Bempedoic acid lowers LDL cholesterol levels in patients at high risk for cardiovascular disease who are receiving maximally tolerated statin therapy,

Fish-oil drug for reducing heart risk receives largely positive FDA review

By Saumya Joseph (Reuters) - Amarin Corp Plc's fish oil-derived drug for reducing cardiovascular risk in high-risk patients received a largely positive review from FDA staffers on Tuesday, dispelling

REFILE-Prescription-strength topical steroids often sold OTC in US

(Adds slug, with no changes to text.) By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Prescription-strength topical corticosteroids (TCs) can be purchased over the counter (OTC) in stores selling foreign

Increased VTE risk with testosterone therapy

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Men with and without hypogonadism have an increased risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE) with testosterone therapy, according to a case-crossover study. "

Prescription-strength topical steroids often sold OTC in US

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Prescription-strength topical corticosteroids (TCs) can be purchased over the counter (OTC) in stores selling foreign products in many U.S. cities, new

Better outcomes seen with early paracentesis for ascites

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Paracentesis performed within 24 hours of hospitalization is associated with better outcomes in adults with cirrhosis who present with symptomatic ascites,

Sleeve gastrectomy may yield greater health benefits at lower BMI

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Having sleeve gastrectomy at a BMI less than 35 kg/m2 is associated with better results than having the surgery at a higher BMI, challenging decades-old

Duchenne muscular dystrophy trial halted as patient develops serious side effects

By Manojna Maddipatla (Reuters) - Solid Biosciences Inc said on Tuesday U.S. health regulators put on hold a trial testing its gene therapy for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, after a seven-year-old boy

Google signs healthcare data and cloud computing deal with Ascension

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google signed its biggest cloud computing customer in healthcare yet, according to an announcement on Monday, gaining with the deal datasets that could help

Hospital sticker prices can rise faster than inflation

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - U.S. hospitals' sticker prices for two common sources of surprise medical bills have climbed far faster than economic inflation, a new study suggests. Researchers

Granting dying patients' wishes may help families feel better about end-of-life ICU care

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Families of dying patients may feel better about end-of-life care in the ICU if they are granted simple wishes, like letting the patient taste a favorite meal or

Many black, elderly US lung cancer patients don't get recommended care

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Only about 60% of lung cancer patients get recommended treatments like chemotherapy and radiation that are linked to better survival odds, and a new study suggests

New equations predict chronic kidney disease risk

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Two new equations from the CKD Prognosis Consortium, one for diabetics and one for non-diabetics, accurately predict the risk of developing chronic kidney

Merck wins European approval for first-ever Ebola vaccine

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - U.S. drugmaker Merck & Co Inc on Monday received approval from the European Commission to market its Ebola vaccine, less than a month after a European medicines panel

After 2013 ACC/AHA cholesterol guidelines, lipid levels lower but risk awareness unchanged

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Following publication of the 2013 American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association (ACC/AHA) cholesterol guidelines, lipid and lipoprotein

No renal benefits of vitamin D, omega 3s in type 2 diabetes

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Vitamin D or omega-3 fatty acid supplementation does not preserve kidney function in patients with type 2 diabetes, new research shows. There was no

Risk calculator helps obese diabetes patients decide on bariatric surgery

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A new web-based risk calculator can help patients with diabetes and obesity weigh the benefits of metabolic surgery over standard medical therapy. Developed

Hair care issues may keep some black women from exercising

By Linda Carroll (Reuters Health) - Primary care providers often don't realize that hair care can be a barrier to regular exercise for some black women, a new study suggests. Hair care routines aren't

Baclofen encephalopathy risk rises with higher doses

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The risk of encephalopathy associated with baclofen increases with higher doses, especially in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD), according to a

Experience-dependent increase in deep-sleep activity blunted in ADHD

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) show a reduced magnitude of the normal experience-dependent increase in deep-sleep activity,

AstraZeneca succeeds in treating lupus in late-stage study

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - AstraZeneca Plc said on Monday its experimental treatment anifrolumab significantly reduced disease activity in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) in its

Roche tests 'brain shuttle' in humans in Alzheimer's project

By Reuters Staff ZURICH (Reuters) - Roche is testing its "brain shuttle" technology in humans, with the Swiss drugmaker hoping to rejuvenate the theory that removing amyloid plaques from the brains of

Breath test may predict response to rifaximin for IBS-D

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Lactulose breath testing (LBT) may be useful in predicting response to rifaximin treatment for irritable bowel disease with diarrhea (IBS-D), a clinical

Trump to meet with vaping industry on vaping, e-cigarettes

By Reuters Staff WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday he will be meeting with vaping industry officials as well as medical and political officials to discuss vaping and

Crohn's disease may not be a contraindication to hemorrhoidectomy

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Excisional hemorrhoidectomy may be a viable treatment option in patients with Crohn's disease who have failed nonoperative hemorrhoidal therapy, according

Roche drug for spinal muscular atrophy hits target in late-stage trial

By Reuters Staff ZURICH (Reuters) - Roche's bid to rival Biogen and Novartis in treating spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) got a lift on Monday when the Swiss drugmaker said its drug risdiplam improved

Prophylactic cranial irradiation may not be needed in children with ALL

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) at risk for central nervous system (CNS) relapse, a higher dose of chemotherapy plus two extra doses

Drug produces 'marked and rapid reduction' in hemodialysis-related itching

By Gene Emery (Reuters Health) - Injections of the experimental analgesic difelikefalin three times a week produced "a marked and rapid reduction" in the pruritis seen in some people undergoing

Sex-change operations yield long-term mental health benefits for transgender people

By Vishwadha Chander (Reuters Health) - When transgender people undergo sex-reassignment surgery, the beneficial effect on their mental health is still evident - and increasing - years later, a

Trauma outcomes worse with metabolic syndrome

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Severely injured patients are more likely to have complications or die if they have metabolic syndrome, a recent study suggests. Metabolic syndrome - a cluster of

Americans spending more out-of-pocket on mental health than physical health

By Linda Carroll (Reuters Health) - Many insured Americans go out of network for mental health services, a new study suggests, despite the higher costs to them and despite a federal law mandating that

Increase in complications, mortality for transvenous lead extractions for device-related infections

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A "dramatic increase" in transvenous lead extractions (TLEs) for cardiac implantable electronic device-related infections (DRIs) led to a high rate of

Blood supplies inadequate in many countries

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Globally, many countries don't have enough donated blood to meet their needs, a recent study suggests. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that for every

U.S. CDC reports 'breakthrough' in vaping lung injury probe as cases top 2,000

By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - Tests of lung samples taken from 29 patients with vaping-related lung injuries suggest all contained Vitamin E acetate, a discovery U.S. officials described as

Safety data on AstraZeneca anaemia drug points to potential use in dialysis

By Reuters Staff FRANKFURT (Reuters) - AstraZeneca said that safety data on roxadustat underpinned the British drugmaker's hopes for the anaemia drug to become a standard treatment for patients with

Many seek 'crowd-diagnosis' of STDs on social media

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Many people use social media to request a diagnosis ("crowd-diagnosis") of sexually transmitted diseases (STD), according to a study of the Reddit social

Dupilumab eases poorly controlled atopic dermatitis in adolescents

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In adolescents with poorly controlled moderate to severe atopic dermatitis (AD), treatment with dupilumab significantly improved signs and symptoms of AD,

U.S. to raise age limit for vaping to 21, Trump says ahead of action next week

By Reuters Staff WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States plans to raise the age limit for vaping to 21, U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday, adding that his administration would issue its

U.S. FDA approves Celgene's rare blood disorder drug

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Friday it had approved a treatment for a rare blood disorder from Celgene Corp, which is in the process of being bought by

Eye tracking gauges response to Mohs defect reconstruction

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Eye-tracking technology may give objective insight into how casual onlookers perceive the facial features of patients following Mohs reconstructive surgery

Deep brain stimulation relieves treatment-resistant depression

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Subcallosal cingulate deep brain stimulation (DBS) provides long-term relief in patients with treatment-resistant depression, according to results from a

Active-shooter preparedness requires operating-room provisions

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Active-shooter response plans need provisions that specifically address what happens in operating rooms. "Hospital shootings and active-shooter events are

More weight loss after gastric bypass linked to better chance of T2DM remission

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Younger patients and those who lose more weight in the first year after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) have a better chance of achieving lasting type 2

Diet for healthy people, healthy planet too costly for some

By Thin Lei Win ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - At least one in five people could not afford science's 'ideal diet' designed to feed 10 billion people without hurting the planet, according to a

Culture change is the cutting edge of mental health benefits at work

By Beth Pinsker NEW YORK (Reuters) - When Hartmut Braune comes to work in security communications at SAP, he never knows what emergency will land in his inbox. It is a challenging job, compounded by

Fagron to pay $22.5 mln to settle U.S. allegations over inflated drug prices

By Reuters Staff WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Pharmaceutical supplier Fagron Holding USA LLC will pay $22.5 million to resolve allegations that its subsidiaries inflated average wholesale prices for

U.S. vaping-related deaths climb to 39, illnesses to 2,051

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - U.S. health officials on Thursday reported 2,051 confirmed and probable cases and 2 more deaths from a mysterious respiratory illness tied to vaping, taking the total

'Crisis pregnancy centers' endanger adolescent health, doctors say

By Carolyn Crist (Reuters Health) - "Crisis pregnancy centers" look and act like healthcare clinics but fail to meet medical and ethical standards, often using biased and inaccurate information to

PPIs tied to infections in children with normal CYP2C19 function

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Proton pump inhibitor (PPI) therapy is associated with higher infection rates in children with normal CYP2C19 function, with infections occurring in 40%

Endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty effective in obese adolescents

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty (ESG) appears safe in children and adolescents with obesity and yields significant weight loss in the first two years that

Lonely heart patients more likely to die within year of leaving hospital

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Patients hospitalized for heart problems may be at greater risk of dying within a year of discharge when they live alone or feel lonely, a Danish study suggests.

Doctors not talking enough about cancer genetic testing costs

By Carolyn Crist (Reuters Health) - About one in four U.S. oncologists rarely or never discusses the price of genomic testing with their cancer patients, even though cost is important for informed

During deep sleep, the brain does housekeeping

By Linda Carroll (Reuters Health) - During deep sleep, the brain may be tidying up the detritus that accumulates during a hard day of thinking, a recent study suggests. Researchers have found that

E-cigs, vaping linked to nonspecific imaging findings

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Using electronic cigarettes or vaping is associated with lung injury that can appear as nonspecific findings on chest radiography and CT, researchers

Few differences between American and European guidelines for syncope

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - There are few important differences between guidelines for the diagnosis and management of syncope from the American College of Cardiology/American Heart

Some CBD products could lead to positive urine test for pot

By Linda Carroll (Reuters Health) - A small pilot study finds that vaping CBD products might lead to a positive urine test for marijuana, researchers report. The study tested people after use of

IMRT for breast cancer fell after 2013 statement against routine use

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Breast-cancer patients were less likely to receive intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) as part of breast-conserving treatment after a 2013 Choosing

Chromosomal abnormalities common in couples with recurrent miscarriage

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Almost 12% of couples with recurrent miscarriage have chromosomal abnormalities, according to results of low-pass genome sequencing (GS) studies. "Although

Left atrial implant appears to curb stroke risk in some with atrial fibrillation

By David Douglas NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Older patients with atrial fibrillation show a reduced risk of stroke following left-atrial-appendage closure (LAAC) with an implanted device, according to

In joint case with U.S., China jails nine fentanyl smugglers

By Huizhong Wu XINGTAI, China (Reuters) - A Chinese court on Thursday imprisoned nine people, one of whom received a suspended death sentence, on charges of smuggling fentanyl into the United States,

Geriatric factors improve performance of Surgical Risk Calculator in older patients

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The addition of six geriatric-specific risk factors improves the predictive performance of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) National Surgical Quality

Singapore tackles "pop up" sex but little help seen for victims

By Beh Lih Yi KUALA LUMPUR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Singapore is clamping down on landlords whose rental flats serve as "pop up" brothels but campaigners said on Thursday it would do little to

Johnson & Johnson files for European approval of Ebola vaccine

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - Johnson & Johnson said on Thursday it had filed for an approval from European regulators for its two-dose experimental vaccine to protect against Ebola, less than a month

China's Bio-Thera gets approval for Humira biosimilar

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - China's Bio-Thera Solutions Ltd has won a regulatory approval for its version of AbbVie Inc's blockbuster rheumatoid arthritis treatment Humira (adalimumab), paving the

Most patients with access to electronic medical records not using it

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Only about one in 10 discharged hospital patients given access to their electronic medical records go online to take a look, a U.S. study suggests. Widespread

Even a little running might help you live longer

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Any amount of regular running is associated with a lower risk of dying prematurely, particularly from cancer or heart disease, compared to not running at all, a

'Wave of hope' to end FGM in Ethiopia as activist pioneer dies

By K. Sophie Will LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Ethiopia's Bogaletch Gebre - feted for almost eradicating female genital mutilation in her home region - has died, her charity said on Wednesday

Injured soldier has functional penis one year after first-of-its-kind transplant

By Gene Emery (Reuters Health) - Doctors who transplanted a complete penis and scrota onto the body of a soldier wounded by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan reported Wednesday that the

Brief antibiotic therapy wards off pneumonia in some cases of cardiac arrest

By Gene Emery NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Just two days of injected antibiotic therapy can prevent nearly half the cases of ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) in people who are getting targeted

Bloody nightmare? Do-good health businesses struggle in Cameroon

By Reuters Staff YAOUNDE (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - With her award-winning online blood bank, Cameroonian nurse-turned-entrepreneur Melissa Bime won international fame and funding but faced one

Takeda's dengue vaccine effective overall in study but with major limitation

By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - Takeda Pharmaceutical Co's experimental dengue vaccine was highly effective at preventing the mosquito-borne disease in a late stage study, but it failed to

Minorities, smokers with H. pylori infection have higher gastric CA risk

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Racial- and ethnic-minority individuals with Helicobacter pylori (HP) infection are at increased risk of gastric cancer compared with whites with the same

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