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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

Northeast Congo insecurity hampers response to measles outbreak

By Djaffar Al Katanty BUNIA, Congo (Reuters) - Insecurity in northeast Congo has hampered a measles vaccination drive and forced people to flee their homes, local responders said on Wednesday,

Few heart patients use cardiac rehab after PCI

By Carolyn Crist (Reuters Health) - Just one in three patients enrolls in recommended cardiac rehabilitation following percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), a Michigan study suggests. Despite

ANALYSIS-Wall Street takes on long-term care payouts as insurers balk at costs

By David French NEW YORK (Reuters) - Some U.S. insurers are turning to Wall Street's financial wizards for relief from the liabilities of their long-term care (LTC) policies, posing a challenge for

Women have more sleep problems, Brazilian researchers find

By Rob Goodier NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - More women than men have trouble sleeping, and people of both sexes with insomnia have a lower perception of quality of life, according to a study done in

Four strategies facilitate hospital admission of acutely ill older adults

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Four geriatric-evaluation and -management strategies ("GEMS") can help hospitalists routinely and efficiently assess acutely ill older adults. "We believe

Anti-TNF therapy for IBD can be safely stopped before third trimester

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Anti-tumor necrosis factor (TNF) therapy in pregnant women with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) can be discontinued before week 30 of gestation without

Mysterious encephalitis outbreak killing children in India

By Reuters Staff MUZAFFARPUR, India (Reuters) - More than 110 children in India, most from poor rural families, have died this month from encephalitis that has afflicted the eastern state of Bihar for

UPDATE 1-Varying vaccine trust leaves populations vulnerable, global study finds

(Adds comment from CEO of GAVI vaccine alliance) By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - Trust in vaccines - one of the world's most effective and widely-used medical products - is highest in poorer

New recommendations aim to protect electronic communication of pediatric health records

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A new policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) offers several recommendations intended to safeguard the communication of pediatric

CDC clarifies diagnostic testing for individuals who could have either dengue or Zika

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Nucleic-acid-amplification tests (NAATs) should be used to differentiate dengue from Zika virus infection in most patients with clinical illnesses

Cholecystectomy linked to lower stroke risk in gallstone disease

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Cholecystectomy is associated with a reduced risk of stroke, according to a new retrospective cohort study. Based on the findings, physicians should advise

WIDER IMAGE-Nine-year-old who defies labels helps teach educators about queer youth

By Daniel Trotta and Amanda Voisard (Reuters) - When a third-grade teacher from Texas asked her mostly 8-year-old students what they wanted to be when they grow up, one of them wrote on the white

Euthanasia law takes effect in Australia's Victoria state

By Reuters Staff MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Voluntary euthanasia became legal in the Australian state of Victoria on Wednesday, with the government saying it had extensive safeguards to prevent the process

France leads the world in mistrust of vaccines

By Matthias Blamont and Kate Kelland PARIS/LONDON (Reuters) - For Marie-Claire Grime, who works in a pharmacy northeast of Paris, questions about vaccines are a daily challenge. They come mainly from

Varying vaccine trust leaves populations vulnerable, global study finds

By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - Trust in vaccines - one of the world's most effective and widely-used medical products - is highest in poorer countries but weaker in wealthier ones where skepticism

Physical un-fitness linked with depression, anxiety in middle-aged women

By Carolyn Crist (Reuters Health) - Mid-life women with weak upper and lower body fitness may be more prone to depression and anxiety, a study from Singapore suggests. In particular, poor handgrip

Online pharmacy flags possible new impurity in blood pressure drug

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - Online pharmacy Valisure reported that it found a new cancer-causing impurity in some versions of widely prescribed blood pressure medicine valsartan, but U.S. regulators

Obesity-related pain contributes to opioid use

By Carolyn Crist (Reuters Health) - Long-term use of prescription opioids for chronic pain is more common among people who are overweight or obese, a new study finds. As a group, these individuals are

Patients' photos can aid dermatology diagnoses

By Carolyn Crist (Reuters Health) - More patients are bringing pictures of their skin problems to their dermatologists, which helps the doctors better observe the progression and potentially diagnose

Medicare-patient costs lower at teaching hospitals

By Will Boggs NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The overall 30-day costs of caring for Medicare patients are lower at teaching hospitals, according to data from the Medicare inpatient file. "We found it

Mounting data support expanded role for SGLT2 inhibitors in type 2 diabetes

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The sodium-glucose cotransporter type 2 (SGLT2) inhibitor dapagliflozin appears to improve renal outcomes in type 2 diabetes patients regardless of whether

No firm evidence for drug therapy as first-line PTSD treatment

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Available evidence on therapies for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is "sparse," and appears to support psychotherapy over drugs as first-line

Gut bacteria may play a role in restless-legs syndrome

By Rob Goodier NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine appears to be much more common in people with restless-legs syndrome (RLS) than in the general population, a

Vosoritide shows good side effect profile while helping children with achondroplasia

By Gene Emery (Reuters Health) - In a phase 2 dose-finding study of a drug designed to counteract achondroplasia, the highest doses produced generally mild side effects while restoring growth velocity

Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine in infancy cuts otitis media

By Will Boggs NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Administration of pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) in early infancy substantially reduces the risk of pneumococcal acute otitis media (AOM), according to

Lung cancer radiotherapy tied to higher cardiac mortality

By David Douglas NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In patients with locally advanced non-small-cell lung cancer undergoing radiotherapy, cardiac radiation exposure is an independent predictor of adverse

U.S. teen suicides rising, especially among boys

By Linda Carroll (Reuters Health) - For nearly a decade, suicide rates have been climbing among U.S. teens, with an especially pronounced increase in boys recently, a new study suggests. Rates among

Low-FODMAP diet has little effect on micronutrients intake in short term

By Scott Baltic NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Following a low-FODMAP diet for a limited period appears not to reduce the mean daily intake of most micronutrients in adults with irritable bowel syndrome

Roche wins Japan approval for personalized cancer drug Rozlytrek

By John Miller ZURICH (Reuters) - Swiss drugmaker Roche's push into personalized cancer medicines hit a milestone on Tuesday with Japanese approval of a new drug, Rozlytrek (entrectinib), that targets

Uganda clears three experimental Ebola treatments, watches for spread

By Elias Biryabarema KAMPALA (Reuters) - Health workers have got the all-clear to use three experimental Ebola treatments in Uganda, a week after the deadly disease spread over the border from

African survivors of female circumcision call for help with mental trauma

By Nellie Peyton DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - African survivors of female genital mutilation (FGM) said mental health services are their biggest need and urged governments and charities to

Ebola's spread shows how science needs societies to succeed

By Kate Kelland LONDON - The persistence of Congo's Ebola outbreak and its deadly spread to Uganda in recent days show how societal issues are as crucial as scientific advances in controlling disease

New point-of-care TB test has high sensitivity in HIV+ patients

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A new point-of-care (POC) assay is more sensitive for diagnosing tuberculosis in hospitalized patients with HIV than the only commercially available POC TB

When elders leave hospital, falls are big reason they return

By Saumya Joseph (Reuters Health) - Preventing falls among elderly patients who've just left the hospital is an important part of keeping them safe, a large U.S. study shows. When elderly patients are

Lack of sleep linked to mental health problems for college students

By Rob Goodier NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Poor sleep may be linked to a greater risk for poor mental health on college campuses, new research suggests. With each night of insufficient sleep, the risk

Pregabalin linked to suicidal behavior, overdose

By Anne Harding (Reuters Health) - Gabapentinoids - specifically, pregabalin - increase users' risks for suicidal behavior, unintentional overdoses, injuries and car accidents - and the risks are

Support for more selective use of echo in acute MI patients

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Guidelines recommend that patients with acute myocardial infarction undergo echocardiography for assessment of cardiac structure and ejection fraction, but

No reductions in IBD hospitalizations, surgeries after infliximab approval in Canada

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Introduction of infliximab, the first biologic therapy approved for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in Canada, did not lead to lower rates of

Prenatal anti-epileptic drugs tied to behavior problems in children

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Children exposed prenatally to their mothers' anti-epileptic medication had an increased risk of behavioral problems compared to population norms,

Mexico announces end to funding for human trafficking NGOs

By Christine Murray MEXICO CITY (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Mexico will stop giving financial aid to anti-human trafficking organizations and instead run shelters and victim care directly, the

Genetics research gets help from social media

By Linda Carroll (Reuters Health) - Researchers have harnessed the power of social media to build a genetic database, according to a new report. The "Genes for Good" project, which turned to Facebook

UN climate chief says 3C hotter world 'just not possible'

By Megan Rowling BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Climate change is an "existential issue" for humankind, and stepping up efforts to keep warming to globally agreed limits is urgent, the U.N.

New lymphocyte type plays important role in type 1 diabetes

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A newly identified lymphocyte that expresses both T-cell receptors (TCR) and B-cell receptors (BCR) appears to play an important role in type 1 diabetes,

QOL with ambulatory advanced heart failure worse for women than men

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Quality of life in patients with ambulatory advanced heart failure is worse among women than among men, according to findings. "Despite physicians

Press Release: Eleven US cancer centers get to charge more for care

By Linda Carroll (Reuters Health) - For several decades, certain cancer centers have been allowed by the U.S. government to charge more for the care they give. A new study finds the care given at

Study confirms malformation risks with older antiepileptics, finds new signals

By Will Boggs NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The use of valproic acid or topiramate during the first two months of pregnancy is tied to previously reported congenital malformations, and three other

3D printing can help guide urological surgeries

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Prior to urological surgery, 3-dimensional printing can help guide the identification of lesions and their relationships with surrounding structures, among

VBI hepatitis B vaccine meets main goals in late-stage trial

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - VBI Vaccines Inc said on Monday a late-stage study testing its hepatitis B vaccine against GlaxoSmithKline's Engerix-B in adults met its main goals. The trial administered

Encephalitis kills 97 in east India

By Reuters Staff NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Nearly 100 children have died this month from encephalitis in Bihar, a state health official said on Monday. Ninety-seven children had died and 146 were being

U.S. measles cases hit 1044 this year

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - The United States recorded 22 new measles cases last week, a 2.2% increase, taking the total cases for the year to 1,044 in the worst outbreak since 1992, federal health

WHO panel decides not to declare international Ebola emergency

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - A World Health Organization panel decided on Friday not to declare an international emergency over Congo's Ebola outbreak despite its spread to Uganda this week

U.S. drugmakers file lawsuit against rule requiring drug prices in TV ads

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - U.S. drugmakers on Friday filed a lawsuit to prevent the companies from disclosing the list price of prescription drugs in direct-to-consumer television advertisements as

Listening to music may ease cancer patients' pain

By Carolyn Crist (Reuters Health) - Listening to music at home may reduce cancer patients' pain and fatigue and ease symptoms like loss of appetite and difficulty concentrating, according to research

Half of severely obese GERD patients still have reflux after surgery

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Gastric-bypass surgery leads to rapid improvement in reflux symptoms in obese patients with gastroesophageal reflux (GERD), but about half still need

Pharmacies may not stock naloxone, despite statewide orders

By Saumya Joseph (Reuters Health) - More than three years after Pennsylvania issued a statewide order expanding access to the life-saving opioid antidote naloxone, the product was still hard to

Cortical-stimulation-induced seizures predict successful epilepsy surgery

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Seizure induction by cortical stimulation predicts good outcomes of surgery for focal drug-resistant epilepsy as reliably as do spontaneous seizures,

Got an antibiotic prescription from your dentist? Chances are, it might be unnecessary

By Saumya Joseph (Reuters Health) - More than three-quarters of antibiotic prescriptions written by dentists before dental procedures are unnecessary and might do more harm than good, a new U.S. study

Lawyers pitch plan to include entire U.S. in opioid settlement talks

By Nate Raymond (Reuters) - Lawyers representing county and municipal governments accusing drug manufacturers and distributors of fueling the U.S. opioid epidemic proposed a novel plan on Friday that

Experimental mobile app helps manage migraines

By Carolyn Crist (Reuters Health) - A smartphone-based relaxation app could help migraine sufferers reduce the number of headaches they get each month, a small study suggests. Using the app twice a

Single tablet regimen an option for some HIV-infected patients switching from ABC/3TC

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Switching to a single tablet regimen of elvitegravir/cobicistat/emtricitabine/tenofovir alafenamide (E/C/F/TAF) was non-inferior to continuing an

New birth-weight reference is more accurate

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A new U.S. reference for singleton-birth-weight percentiles uses obstetric estimates of gestation and thereby better identifies outliers, researchers

Radical cystectomy cheaper than trimodal therapy in some bladder cancers

By David Douglas NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In patients with localized muscle-invasive bladder cancer, radical cystectomy appears to have better outcome and may be much less costly than combining

Myanmar doctor's license revoked due to bikini Facebook posts

By Nanchanok Wongsamuth BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A Myanmar model and doctor said she would appeal against a medical council decision to revoke her license for posting photos of herself

Human B-cell response evolves during the years after Ebola infection

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The human B-cell response to Ebola virus evolves significantly during the three years after infection, according to detailed studies of four survivors of

Enanta's lung infection therapy succeeds in mid-stage trial

By Saumya Joseph (Reuters) - Enanta Pharmaceuticals Inc said on Friday its treatment for a highly contagious respiratory infection met the main goal of reducing virus levels in the body in a mid-stage

Esketamine nasal spray prevents relapse of treatment-resistant depression

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Esketamine nasal spray, added to oral antidepressant treatment, helps to prevent relapse in patients with treatment-resistant depression, according to

Higher risks of cardiovascular events in untreated ‘white-coat hypertension’

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Patients with untreated "white-coat hypertension" have an increased risk of cardiovascular events and all-cause mortality compared with those on treatment,

More than a third of people in the Americas may suffer from obstructive sleep apnea

By Rob Goodier NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) may affect as many as 37% of adults in the Americas, according to a review of epidemiological studies presented June 9 at Sleep

WHO likely to declare Ebola an international emergency -experts

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization (WHO) should and is likely to declare an international emergency over the Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo that

Prosecutors drop Flint, Michigan water charges over 'flawed' probe

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - Michigan prosecutors on Thursday dropped all criminal charges over the deadly contamination of the city of Flint's water, saying a more thorough investigation was needed

Mesh implants work for bladder leakage, long-term safety unclear

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Several different types of mesh implant surgery may be effective for treating bladder leaks, but the long-term safety and effectiveness of the procedures isn't yet

Female soldiers wanting to suppress periods face barriers

By Linda Carroll (Reuters Health) - Military women wanting to stop menstruating while they are deployed may face a number of barriers, a new commentary suggests. The majority of surveyed military

Indonesia cracks down on online tobacco ads to deter young smokers

By Reuters Staff JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia, the world's fourth biggest producer of cigarettes, will crack down on online tobacco advertisements in a bid to target youthful smokers, the

Bluebird prices gene therapy at 1.575 mln euros over five years

By Deena Beasley and Tamara Mathias (Reuters) - Bluebird bio Inc on Friday set a price for its gene therapy, Zynteglo, at 1.575 million euros ($1.78 million) over five years, after winning conditional

Father's smoking during pregnancy tied to asthma in kids

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Children who are exposed to tobacco smoke from their fathers while they're in the womb may be more likely than those who are not to develop asthma by age 6,

Communication interventions may alter patients' DNR decisions

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Communication interventions such as pamphlets, discussions, videos about cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), handouts about advanced directives and

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