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Smokers who switch to vaping rapidly boost heart health in trial

By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - Chronic smokers who switched from tobacco cigarettes to e-cigarette vapes in a large randomized control trial saw a significant improvement in markers of heart

Despite safety guidelines, too many kids get hurt by lawnmowers

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Many children are injured by lawnmowers despite safety guidelines in place to prevent these accidents, and kids in rural communities are most at risk, a U.S. study

When insurance covers IVF, more women use it

By Linda Carroll (Reuters Health) - When insurance covers in vitro fertilization, more women struggling with infertility, especially those with limited financial resources, will use the method to

Trump says U.S. states will be able to buy prescription drugs abroad

By Reuters Staff WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Friday he would be giving U.S. states the right to buy prescription drugs from other countries, as part of a bid to boost

Oklahoma judge reduces Johnson & Johnson payout in opioid case to $465 million

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - An Oklahoma judge on Friday said Johnson & Johnson needs to pay only $465 million of the $572 million he previously concluded it owed the state for fueling the opioid

Novartis sickle-cell drug gets U.S. FDA approval

By John Miller and Carl O'Donnell (Reuters) - Novartis on Friday won U.S. approval for its experimental sickle cell disease drug, making it the first of several proposed new therapies designed to

FDA clears Pentax's duodenoscope designed to reduce need for disinfection

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Friday it had cleared medical equipment maker Pentax of America's duodenoscope, which is designed to be easier to disinfect

In states with restrictive abortion laws, women seek online options

By Vishwadha Chander (Reuters Health) - There's demand among U.S. women for an online service offering abortion medication, and it's driven mainly by restrictive abortion policies, but also by high

Women in prison have higher rates of HPV, cervical cancer

By Carolyn Crist (Reuters Health) - Across the world, imprisoned women have higher rates of cervical cancer and the human papillomavirus (HPV) infection that can lead to cancer, according to a

Patients with vasospastic angina and microvascular resistance have worse prognosis

By David Douglas NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In patients with angina and nonobstructive coronary-artery disease, coexistence of epicardial coronary spasm and increased microvascular resistance (IMR)

Systemic-artery aneurysms common in Kawasaki disease

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Systemic-artery aneurysms are common in children with Kawasaki disease, but most resolve during follow-up, researchers report. Coronary-artery aneurysms

Dialysis patients from communities with more black people hospitalized more often

By Rob Goodier NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Dialysis patients who live in communities with a higher percentage of black people are hospitalized at a higher rate, new research suggests. "A higher

Nonbullous pemphigoid unrecognized cause of pruritus in nursing homes

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Nonbullous pemphigoid can be more frequent among nursing home residents than bullous pemphigoid and may be an unrecognized cause of pruritus, a

Subtle findings may predict Parkinson's disease risk in LRRK2, GBA mutation carriers

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Non-manifesting carriers of LRRK2 and GBA mutations may exhibit subtle symptoms suggesting an increased risk for developing Parkinson's disease (PD), a

UPDATE 1-Congo president says Ebola outbreak should be over this year

(Adds details) BERLIN, Nov 15 (Reuters) - An outbreak of Ebola in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo should be eradicated by the end of 2019, Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi said on Friday. The

Congo president says Ebola outbreak should be over this year

BERLIN, Nov 15 (Reuters) - An outbreak of Ebola in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo should be eradicated by the end of 2019, Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi said on Friday. The epidemic in

Pakistan deploys new vaccine against "superbug" typhoid outbreak

By Kate Kelland (Reuters) - Pakistan began vaccinating millions of children against typhoid on Friday to try to control a drug-resistant superbug outbreak of the fever that has already infected some

LGBT+ delegates say sidelined at 'inclusive' global sexual health summit

By Nita Bhalla NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A global summit on sexual and reproductive health hailed by organizers as being an inclusive event failed to adequately hear the voices of sexual

High-tech mapping, apps fight deadly dengue outbreak in Honduras - medical charity

By Anastasia Moloney BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - High-tech mapping and mobile phone apps are being used to combat dengue fever in Honduras as the Central American nation struggles to fight

Stellate ganglion block may reduce PTSD symptoms in veterans

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Two stellate ganglion block (SGB) treatments two weeks apart reduced posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms in a multisite randomized clinical



Integrase-strand-transfer inhibitors linked to gestational hypertension

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women with HIV taking combination antiretroviral therapy (ART) and women without HIV are at similar risk of hypertensive disorders during pregnancy,

Google versus PubMed: it depends on what you're searching for

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - PubMed Clinical Queries provides the best answers to three clinical questions commonly encountered in the emergency department (ED), whereas Google Scholar

Female sex a risk factor for penicillin allergy

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women are three to four times more likely than men to have a positive penicillin skin test, a finding that supports emerging evidence that gender plays a

U.S. vaping-related deaths rise to 42, cases of illness to 2,172

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - U.S. health officials on Thursday reported 2,172 confirmed and probable cases and 3 more deaths from a mysterious respiratory illness tied to vaping, taking the death toll

Jazz Pharma's sleep disorder drug gets European panel backing

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - Jazz Pharmaceuticals Plc's treatment for a form of sleep disorder has been recommended for approval in Europe by a panel of the European Medicines Agency (EMA), the

FDA panel unanimously backs expanding use of Amarin's heart drug Vascepa

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - A panel of experts to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommended allowing Amarin Corp Plc's fish-oil derived drug to be used as an add-on therapy for reducing the

Relapse definitions in antipsychotic trials lack clinical relevance

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Relapse definitions vary widely in antipsychotic trials, and few such definitions reflect a clinically significant relapse, according to a systematic

Diabetes tied to increased risk of hidden spinal fractures

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) – People with type 2 diabetes are more likely than others to develop vertebral fractures that sometimes have no obvious symptoms but are tied to increased risk of

BeiGene drug wins U.S. FDA approval for rare form of lymphoma

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved BeiGene Ltd's lymphoma treatment, validating the China-based drugmaker's strategy of largely using data from

Best surgery for long-term weight loss not yet clear

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) – People with obesity may initially shed more excess pounds with laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass than with laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, but a research

Cancer doctors hesitate to discuss fertility issues with young women

By Carolyn Crist (Reuters Health) - Although cancer doctors know it's important to talk about fertility concerns with young women patients, they may feel uncomfortable and unprepared to discuss the

Hearing loss, even when mild, linked to mental decline in seniors

By Linda Carroll (Reuters Health) - Slight declines in hearing, smaller than the usual cutoff for diagnosing hearing loss, are associated with measurable mental decline in seniors, a new study

At-risk individuals need surveillance for familial pancreatic cancer

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Individuals who have multiple close relatives with pancreatic cancer should undergo surveillance for pancreatic cancer, according to updated

Severity of flu season, shot effectiveness don't change vaccination rates

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Influenza-season severity and vaccine effectiveness (VE) do not appear to affect flu-vaccination rates in children, according to new research. Dr. Melissa S

Tesamorelin resolves NAFLD in some HIV patients

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Tesamorelin can reduce liver fat and prevent fibrosis progression in HIV patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), according to a new phase-2

Disruption of blood-brain barrier in ischemic stroke allows liposomal transport in mouse model

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Disruption of the blood-brain barrier (BBB) in ischemic stroke provides two windows of opportunity for selective liposomal transport, according to findings

Bleeding and hemorrhagic stroke risk may be higher in women than men after PCI

By David Douglas NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Following percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) women may be more likely than men to experience bleeding and hemorrhagic stroke, according to

Hospitalizations for pregnancy-related kidney injury increasing

By Rob Goodier NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The rate of hospitalizations for pregnancy-related acute kidney injury (AKI) is increasing, and diabetes is adding to the risk, new research suggests. The

Few serious infections in babies exposed to non-TNF-inhibitor biologics or tofacitinib

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Children born to mothers with chronic inflammatory diseases who took non-tumor-necrosis-factor inhibitor (TNFi) biologics or tofacitinib while pregnant

Climate change exposes future generations to life-long health harm

By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - A child born today faces multiple and life-long health harms from climate change - growing up in a warmer world with risks of food shortages, infectious diseases,

China says plague outbreak risk minimal after two new cases in Beijing

By Reuters Staff SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Chinese health officials say the risk of an outbreak of pneumonic plague is minimal after two new cases were confirmed this week in Beijing, the official China

Apple launches app to let users enroll in health studies

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - Apple Inc on Thursday launched an app that will let users of its devices to enroll in three health studies, allowing them to share health-related data for medical research

Britain's health service recorded worst ever emergency performance in October

By Reuters Staff LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's National Health Service recorded its worst ever performance in treating patients in emergency wards in October, a blow to Prime Minister Boris Johnson who

Flood, fire and plague: climate change blamed for disasters

By Robert Birsel SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Extreme floods in Venice, fires in Australia and even an outbreak of plague in China have been attributed to climate change this week, while researchers have

Rollout of Johnson & Johnson Ebola vaccine begins in Congo

By Reuters Staff GOMA, Congo (Reuters) - Health authorities in eastern Congo have introduced a new Ebola vaccine produced by Johnson & Johnson, aid group MSF said on Thursday, to help combat the

Antibiotic-resistant infections killing twice as many Americans as once thought

By Dan Whitcomb (Reuters) - Nearly twice as many people are dying in the United States from antibiotic-resistant infections than previously believed, U.S. health officials said on Wednesday, as

Genome sequencing in newborns raises ethical issues

By Carolyn Crist (Reuters Health) - Screening newborns for health risks using genomic sequencing can raise ethical and equity questions, the authors of a new paper warn. Testing newborns for a handful

Apple Watch detects irregular heartbeats in U.S. study

By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - Apple Inc's Heart study, the largest yet to explore the role of wearable devices in identifying potential heart problems, found the device could accurately

Second surgery for many ovarian cancers found ineffective

By Gene Emery (Reuters Health) - Going back into the operating room for surgery to help a woman whose ovarian cancer has reappeared may not help her live longer - instead, it might shorten her life,

FDA panel votes against Lilly-Boehringer Ingelheim's diabetes drug

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - Independent experts on an FDA advisory panel on Wednesday voted against the use of an already approved diabetes drug from Eli Lilly and Co and Boehringer Ingelheim as an

Otezla may give oral ulcer relief in patients with recurrent aphthous stomatitis

By Reuters Staff (Reuters Health) - A drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in July to treat oral ulcers in patients with Behcet's syndrome may be a candidate for helping people with

Depression symptoms increase over last year of life

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Many people experience worsening depression symptoms over their final year of life, and a U.S. study suggests that women, younger adults and poor people may be

States where recreational marijuana legalized see increased problematic use

By Linda Carroll (Reuters Health) - In the four states where recreational marijuana was legal by 2016, there was a small uptick in cannabis use disorder among adults and teens, and a general rise in

Ramping up exercise tied to lowered heart disease risk in older adults

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Sedentary older adults can help lower their risk of heart disease if they start exercising, a new study confirms. Researchers examined data on more than 1.1 million

Facebook removes 3.2 billion fake accounts, millions of child abuse posts

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - Facebook Inc removed 3.2 billion fake accounts between April and September this year, along with millions of posts depicting child abuse and suicide, according to its

Time's Up new CEO says bosses waking up to risks of 'toxic' workplaces

By Emma Batha LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Bosses are starting to realize the economic and reputational risks of "toxic" workplaces, said the new head of the Time's Up anti-sexual harassment

Simple hysterectomy increasingly used for early-stage cervical cancer

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The rates of simple hysterectomy for women with early-stage cervical cancer increased significantly in the U.S. between 2004 and 2014, with different

Rivaroxaban seems safe, effective for pediatric acute VTE

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In children with acute venous thromboembolism (VTE), treatment with the direct oral anticoagulant rivaroxaban results in a similarly low recurrence risk

Naproxen can be a first-line treatment for gout

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In patients with gout, naproxen was associated with similar pain relief, fewer side effects and lower use of other analgesics compared to low-dose

Pembrolizumab monotherapy helpful in refractory head and neck cancer

By David Douglas NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Pembrolizumab monotherapy is an effective treatment in patients with recurrent or metastatic squamous-cell carcinoma of the head and neck who are positive

Study finds no support for purported side effects of PPIs

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Proton-pump inhibitor (PPI) use is not associated with an increased risk of dementia, pneumonia or intestinal infections, and an association with chronic

Users’ guide explains how to read articles that use machine learning

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A new users' guide from JAMA provides pointers for reading articles that use machine learning. "We hope that this article helps promote understanding that

Emergency-dialysis patients who transition home early tend to have programmatic support

By Rob Goodier NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Few patients who begin emergency dialysis make an early transition to home care, but those who do tend to start the procedure in a center that has programs

Kratom may cause severe liver injury

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The popular herbal supplement kratom has been linked to a growing number of cases of liver injury in recent years, according to new research. "Kratom is

J&J's Remicade losing ground in Quebec health plan despite court victory

By Allison Martell and Allison Lampert TORONTO/MONTREAL (Reuters) - Johnson & Johnson's Remicade, a blockbuster drug that treats autoimmune disorders, has steadily lost market share among patients

N.Y. insurance regulator notifies opioid makers, distributors of enforcement action -sources

By Suzanne Barlyn (Reuters) - New York's insurance regulator has formally notified a group of opioid manufacturers and distributors that it will launch a civil enforcement action against them for

India's top court rebukes government over Delhi smog

By Neha Dasgupta NEW DELHI (Reuters) - As New Delhi remained shrouded in toxic smog on Wednesday, India's top court censured the federal government for its inaction and sought remedial action. Cooler

Michigan boy, 17, gets double lung transplant after damage from vaping

By Dan Whitcomb (Reuters) - A 17-year-old Michigan boy facing "imminent death" from vaping injuries has undergone a double lung transplant, the first in a patient suffering from the effects of

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

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