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U.N. declares Algeria and Argentina free of deadly malaria

By Anastasia Moloney BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Algeria - the nation where malaria was discovered - is officially free of malaria, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday,

Parents get conflicting advice about mixing infant formula

By Carolyn Crist (Reuters Health) - National and international pediatric and health organizations should develop a uniform set of guidelines around infant formulas, says a group of pediatric experts.

African-Americans less likely to get rehab care after injuries

By Saumya Joseph (Reuters Health) - When people with moderate or severe injuries are discharged from the hospital, follow-up care, especially at rehabilitation centers, is a crucial part of their

Congo wants more use of Merck vaccine rather than J&J newcomer - minister

By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - Democratic Republic of Congo called on Wednesday for Merck's experimental Ebola vaccine to be fully licensed to facilitate its use in the Ebola-hit country, while

In 'Power' move, Amazon TV show protests abortion law by leaving U.S. state

By Kate Ryan NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Amazon is taking "The Power" away from Georgia after the southern U.S. state decided this month to ban nearly all abortions, the TV series'

Kissing is a risk factor for throat gonorrhea

By Carolyn Crist (Reuters Health) - Deep kissing with tongue may be a way that gonorrhea is passed on, even if romantic partners haven't been otherwise sexually active, according to research from

Car-seat naps outside the car put babies at risk

By Anne Harding (Reuters Health) - Most infant deaths in car-safety seats happen when the seat is being used as a napping spot, rather than for transportation, a U.S. study shows. "Car seats are for

Brazil sues top tobacco firms to recover public health costs

By Reuters Staff BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil's solicitor general's office is suing the world's largest cigarette makers British American Tobacco Plc and Philip Morris International to recover the

IBM, Cera Care to test self-driving car tech in elder homes

By Caroline Copley BERLIN (Reuters) - IBM and British start-up Cera Care plan a six-month pilot to test whether lidar laser sensors, used to help self-driving cars "see," can enable elderly people to

Venezuela turns to Russia, Cuba, China in health crisis

By Stephanie Nebehay ENEVA (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's government is increasingly turning to allies Cuba, China and Russia to offset a health crisis caused by U.S. sanctions, a

REFILE-U.S. measles outbreak spreads to Maine, 25th state to report case

(Adds dropped word "a" in first paragraph) By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - Maine became the 25th U.S. state to confirm a case of measles amid the country's worst outbreak of the disease in a quarter

Amid land crunch, U.S. state legalizes human composting

By Carey L. Biron WASHINGTON (Thomson Reuters Foundation)It saves space, cuts emissions and feeds plants - now human composting may go mainstream after Washington became the first U.S. state to

Doctors report second pediatric case of bladder alveolar soft-part sarcoma after chemotherapy

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Pediatric bladder alveolar soft-part sarcoma (ASPS) appears to occur rarely as a secondary malignancy after prior cytotoxic chemotherapy, according to a

Implantable sensor seems beneficial in chronic heart failure

By David Douglas NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In patients with chronic heart failure, ambulatory hemodynamic monitoring via implantable wireless pulmonary-artery pressure sensors appears to improve

Following guidelines on prehospital TBI treatment may boost survival

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Statewide implementation of nationally vetted traumatic brain injury (TBI) treatment guidelines among the EMS agencies of Arizona was associated with

Distribution of high-risk HPV different outside US

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The distribution of high-risk human papillomaviruses (HPV) among women in low- to middle-income countries may be different from that in U.S. women,

Infants born to mothers with IBD have altered gut microbiome

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Infants of mothers with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) have lower gut bacterial diversity and altered bacterial composition like their mothers, compared

Patients equally satisfied with oral, IV sedation for cataract surgery

By Scott Baltic NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Oral sedation with triazolam during cataract surgery elicited similar patient satisfaction as did intravenous midazolam, in a study by researchers at Boston

Radiology residents may miss signs of child abuse on skeletal surveys

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Radiology residency programs in the United States may not be adequately teaching residents how to recognize child abuse on skeletal surveys, according to a

U.S. measles outbreak spreads to Maine, 25th state to report case

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - Maine became the 25th U.S. state to confirm a case of measles amid the country's worst outbreak of the disease in a quarter century, as state medical officials on

Previously unrecognized heart attack linked to cerebral infarction

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Unrecognized myocardial infarction (MI) is associated with increased odds of having brain MRI evidence of cerebral infarction, according to findings from

In climate change-hit Bangladesh, hospital boats keep healthcare afloat

By Naimul Karim DHAKA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Living on a secluded island in northern Bangladesh, several hours from the nearest hospital, Abdul Jalil believed he was destined to die blind.

Citing Reuters report, health groups push tech firms to police tobacco marketing

By Chris Kirkham (Reuters) - More than 100 public health and anti-tobacco organizations are calling on Facebook Inc, Instagram, Twitter and Snap Inc to take "swift action" to curb advertising of

More evidence welding fumes raise lung cancer risk

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Workers exposed to welding fumes are more likely to develop lung cancer than those not exposed to the fumes, and a new study suggests this holds true regardless of

Rise in suicide rates in U.S. youth, especially girls

By Linda Carroll (Reuters Health) - Suicide rates among U.S. youth have been on the rise for nearly a decade, with the sharpest increase in young girls, a new study shows. After examining records from

U.S. states, cities sue to block Trump 'conscience' rule for healthcare workers

By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - A coalition of 23 U.S. states and municipalities sued the Trump administration on Tuesday to stop it from enforcing a rule that would make it easier for

Few teen mothers with contraceptive implants also use condoms

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Teen mothers are much less likely to use condoms when they have long-acting contraceptive implants like intrauterine devices (IUDs) than peers using other types of

Ticagrelor kills gram-positive, multi-drug-resistant bacteria

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The antiplatelet drug ticagrelor has bactericidal effects against antibiotic-resistant gram-positive bacteria in a petri dish and in mice, new research

RYGB tied to higher risk of fracture versus adjustable gastric banding

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) is associated with a higher risk of nonvertebral fractures compared with adjustable gastric banding (AGB), a study

Improved air quality tied to fewer new childhood asthma cases

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Childhood asthma rates appear to be dropping in many communities across southern California, and a new study suggests this may be due at least in part to improved

Early dexmedetomidine sedation does not reduce mortality in ICU patients

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Early sedation with dexmedetomidine does not improve survival and may increase adverse events among patients requiring mechanical ventilation in the

As-needed budesonide-formoterol reduces exacerbations in mild asthma

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Budesonide-formoterol used on an as-needed basis reduces exacerbations in patients with mild asthma, compared with as-needed albuterol (salbutamol),

Early neuromuscular blockade does not reduce mortality in ARDS

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In patients on mechanical ventilation for moderate-to-severe adult respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), early continuous neuromuscular blockade for 48

Flash glucose monitoring helps control type 2 diabetes

By David Douglas NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A flash glucose monitoring (FGM) system, the FreeStyle Libre from Abbott, helps achieve significant hemoglobin (Hb)A1c reductions in patients with type 2

Mexican health service chief quits over spending cuts

By Reuters Staff MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The head of Mexico's social security institute has stepped down citing budget cuts he said put at risk health services for the poor, in one of the first major

Galcanezumab may take up to three months to lower migraine pain in some

By Lorraine L. Janeczko NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Some migraineurs may need to take galcanezumab for two or three months before they respond, according to an industry-sponsored study. "The onset of

Low-dose chemo effective in frail elderly patients with gastroesophageal cancer

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In frail older adults with advanced gastroesophageal cancer, lower doses of oxaliplatin and capecitabine work as well at delaying disease progression as

Many negative phase 3 cancer trials done without supporting evidence from phase 2 trials

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Negative phase 3 trials in oncology are often done without a supporting phase 2 trial, suggests a pooled analysis. "Physicians, particularly those

REFILE-Less hematoma expansion in deep ICH seen with intensive BP reduction

(Adds slug, with no changes to text) By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Intensive blood pressure reduction is associated with less hematoma expansion in patients with deep intracerebral

Less hematoma expansion in deep ICH seen with intensive BP reduction

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Intensive blood pressure reduction is associated with less hematoma expansion in patients with deep intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH), according to an

British MP urges law to protect new mums from layoffs

By Emma Batha LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Pregnant women and new mothers would be protected from redundancy (layoff) until six months after returning to work, under proposed legislation

Vaccine doubts spread like disease, must be taken offline - vaccine chief

By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - Doubts about vaccines have spread across social media like a disease and false information that "kills people" should be taken down by the companies running digital

U.S. abortion-rights activists rally at Supreme Court to protest new state bans

By Reuters Staff WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. abortion-rights campaigners, including several Democrats running for president in 2020, are set to rally in front of the Supreme Court on Tuesday to

U.S. must ensure access to safe abortions - U.N. rights office

By Cecile Mantovani GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations human rights office called on U.S. authorities on Tuesday to ensure that women have access to safe abortions, saying bans lead to risky

Dengue fever numbers soar on La Reunion - WHO

By Reuters Staff GENEVA (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of people are thought to have caught dengue fever in an unprecedented outbreak of the mosquito-borne disease on the French overseas territory of

The Taj Mahal becomes first Indian monument with breastfeeding room

By Annie Banerji NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The Taj Mahal, built as a monument to a woman who died in childbirth, is set to get a baby feeding room in a first for India where

French court says doctors must resume life support for paralyzed patient

By Gilbert Reilhac STRASBOURG, France (Reuters) - A French appeals court on Monday ordered doctors to resume giving food and water to a French quadriplegic, lawyers said, some 12 hours after medics

REFILE-Early treatment of vulvovaginal atrophy may prevent distressing symptoms

(Corrects 10th para to say "...untreated versus treated...") By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Treatment of vulvovaginal atrophy (VVA) in postmenopausal women should start as early as

Merck's Keytruda fails as monotherapy in breast cancer study

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - The Phase 3 KEYNOTE-119 trial evaluating Merck's Keytruda (pembrolizumab) as monotherapy for the second- or third-line treatment of patients with metastatic

Relying on homemade, natural sunscreens might get you burned

By Anne Harding (Reuters Health) - Homemade sunscreens on Pinterest may look pretty and smell even prettier, but most of them won't shield you from sunburn or skin cancer, new research shows. "

Until broadband access improves, telemedicine won't help rural communities

By Linda Carroll (Reuters Health) - Telemedicine has been touted as a solution to the dearth of doctors in rural America. But the same places where residents must drive many miles to see a physician

Teen drivers with ADHD have higher crash rates even with graduated licenses

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - New teen drivers with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder are more likely to crash their cars than adolescents who don't have ADHD - especially right after

Joint arthroplasty infection risk in RA patients is similar across biologics but tied to glucocorticoid dose

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In individuals with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), glucocorticoids are associated with a dose-dependent increase in adverse outcomes after primary or

Alpelisib improves outcomes in PIK3CA-mutated advanced breast cancer

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Alpelisib improves progression-free survival (PFS) in patients with PIK3CA-mutated, hormone receptor (HR)-positive advanced breast cancer, according to

'Center of Excellence' may not mean fewer deaths or readmissions

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Select hospitals designated as "Centers of Excellence" by major U.S. health plans may not necessarily have lower death rates or fewer repeat admissions than other

Adolescents benefit from gastric bypass for obesity

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Adolescents who undergo gastric bypass for obesity experience weight loss similar to that of adults who undergo bariatric surgery, according to researchers

Schoolgirls used as human shields in Congo due to 'magical powers' - charities

By Nita Bhalla NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Schoolgirls in the Democratic Republic of Congo were raped, forced into marriage and used as human shields by militias who believed they had "

Nearly half of Juul's Twitter followers are too young to buy e-cigarettes -study

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Almost half of the people who followed Juul Labs Inc on Twitter were not old enough to legally purchase e-cigarettes in the United States, according a new study.

Surgery tied to increased risk of VTE recurrence, despite prophylaxis

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Current measures used to prevent postoperative venous thromboembolism (VTE) in those with a history of the condition may not be enough, particularly for

U.S. Supreme Court tosses ruling against Merck on Fosamax osteoporosis drug

By Andrew Chung WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday threw out a lower court ruling that had revived hundreds of lawsuits accusing Merck & Co of failing to properly warn patients of

Central retinal vein occlusion rarely complicates ulcerative colitis

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Central retinal vein occlusion (CRVO) can rarely complicate the course of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), according to a case series. As many as 11.8% of

Mammography-based deep learning model improves breast cancer risk prediction

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A mammography-based deep learning model is more accurate than established clinical models for predicting breast cancer risk, according to a retrospective

Researchers claim sepsis has four faces so tailored therapy may hold promise

By Gene Emery (Reuters Health) - Doctors in Pittsburgh say they have developed a system to classify sepsis into 4 categories that may help doctors develop better treatments for a condition that is the

Rare pregnancy complication linked to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - New research suggests a link between intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP) and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), which "could have important

Israel's MyHeritage expands DNA testing to health

By Reuters Staff TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Israel's MyHeritage, a service for family history and DNA testing, said on Monday it was launching a test that provides comprehensive health reports to consumers.

Doctors to end care for French patient in landmark right-to-die case

By Reuters Staff STRASBOURG, France (Reuters) - Doctors treating French quadriplegic Vincent Lambert, who has been in a deep vegetative state for more than a decade, plan to stop feeding him this week

Medical students may be ill-prepared to talk with patients about alcohol use

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The ability to identify various alcohol strengths and brands is "low" among UK medical students, and this may affect their confidence in dealing with

Refugee children in Ohio have higher blood lead levels than US-born peers

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Upon U.S. resettlement, refugee children have substantially greater elevated blood lead levels than children born in the U.S., although disparities exist

Too much screen time tied to school problems even in little kids

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Kindergarteners who get more than two hours of screen time a day may be more likely to have behavior and attention problems in school than their classmates who

Smokers have higher risk for multiple strokes

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Smokers who have a stroke are much more likely to have another one if they don't quit or at least cut back, a Chinese study suggests. Smoking has long been linked

More U.S. mothers diagnosed with depression at childbirth

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Growing numbers of new mothers are being diagnosed with depression before they leave the hospital with their newborns, according to a U.S. study that suggests

U.S. FDA labels J&J surgical staplers' recall as severest

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned of risks of serious injury or death from surgical staplers made by Johnson & Johnson's Ethicon unit, labeling a recent recall

Worse neonatal mortality and morbidity with Apgar scores of 7 to 9

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Apgar scores within the normal range can be associated with worse neonatal outcomes, researchers from Sweden report. "What we found most surprising was

Enhanced-recovery pathway may reduce colorectal-surgery complications

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) protocols are associated with significantly fewer moderate to severe postoperative complications in adults

One-minute sit-to-stand test valid, reliable in pediatric patients

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The cardiorespiratory response to the one-minute sit-to-stand test (STST) in healthy children is similar to, and correlates with, their response to the

Sunday is 'Hepatitis Testing Day'

By Carolyn Crist (Reuters Health) - Millions of people in the U.S. have chronic viral hepatitis, most without knowing it, so the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other groups have

Food dyes facilitate 3D bioprinting of complex tissue

By David Douglas NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Using synthetic and natural food dyes rather than standard toxic light-blocking chemicals enables production of biocompatible and cytocompatible hydrogels

REFILE-Machine-learning algorithm highly prognostic in chest pain patients

(Refiling to add slugs and fix coding, with no changes to text) By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A machine learning (ML) algorithm can help predict myocardial infarction or death in

FEATURE-As rains fall short, Manila trickles into a water crisis

By Matt Blomberg MANILA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - On Block 37, the city water supply starts flowing around 7 am. Two or three hours later, it stops. Evelyn Angeles and her partner make what they

Some systemic psoriasis drugs may carry lower risk of serious infection

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Psoriasis patients who start treatment with apremilast, etanercept or ustekinumab have a lower risk of developing a serious infection than those prescribed

Psychiatric treatment during Ramadan calls for individualized decision-making

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Muslims with psychiatric disorders need individualized guidance regarding their management during the Islamic month of Ramadan, when fasting can last 10 to

AbbVie halts enrollment after brain cancer trial misses goal

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - AbbVie Inc said on Friday it has halted enrollment of patients in all ongoing studies testing its brain cancer treatment after the drug failed to meet the main goal in a

Machine-learning algorithm highly prognostic in chest pain patients

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A machine learning (ML) algorithm can help predict myocardial infarction or death in patients with suspected coronary-artery disease (CAD), according to a

Charcoal toothpaste may do harm and not much good

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Charcoal toothpaste may be having a moment as a go-to brightening and whitening tool, but some dentists say these products might actually damage tooth enamel and

Mass texting and 50,000 volunteers - how India moved a million people to safety

By Annie Banerji NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - From mass texting to mobilizing 50,000 volunteers, the Indian official who masterminded the evacuation of more than a million people revealed

Late cardiac referrals to palliative care persist

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The percentage of patients with cardiovascular disease (CVD) who were referred to palliative care (PC) late in their disease course did not decline between

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