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FDA classifies Edwards Lifesciences Sapien delivery system recall as severest

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Thursday the recall of Edwards Lifesciences Corp's Sapien 3 Ultra delivery system was classified as the agency's severest (

Mexico lacks basic data on hundreds of trafficking victims - government watchdog

By Christine Murray MEXICO CITY (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Mexican authorities do not know the nationality of hundreds of identified foreign trafficking victims, according to a government watchdog

Bismuth curbs antibiotic use for diarrhea in Pakistan

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Encouraging bismuth subsalicylate (BSS) use as a first-line treatment for acute diarrhea and promoting its use for self-management can reduce antibiotic

Migrants traveling through Mexico to the U.S. face high violence risk

By Linda Carroll (Reuters Health) - Nearly one third of migrants traveling through Mexico to the U.S. experience physical, psychological and/or sexual violence during their journey, a new study finds.

Hospitals treat patients without admitting them, to avoid penalties

By Will Boggs MD (Reuters Health) - Hospitals appear to be treating Medicare patients in emergency departments (EDs) and observation areas to avoid readmissions and the financial penalties associated

India proposes ban on e-cigarettes, with jail terms for offenders - govt documents

By Aditya Kalra NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's health ministry has proposed a ban on the production and import of electronic cigarettes, documents seen by Reuters showed, potentially jeopardizing the

Gender minority college students at increased mental health risk

By Carolyn Crist (Reuters Health) - Gender minority students in U.S. colleges and universities are four times as likely as other students to experience mental health problems, researchers say.

COLUMN-U.S. Medicare readies new plan-shopping website, but timing prompts concerns

By Mark Miller CHICAGO (Reuters) - Medicare experts often advise enrollees to re-shop their plan coverage during the annual fall open enrollment period. This is the time when you can make unlimited

Aspirin, mortality link in breast cancer may depend on methylation of breast-cancer genes

By David Douglas NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Prior to diagnosis, breast cancer-related genes appear to interact with aspirin in certain women and could influence survival, an observational study hints

Use of prophylactic cranial irradiation for extensive-stage small-cell lung cancer may be dropping

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Prophylactic cranial irradiation (PCI) for patients with extensive-stage small-cell lung cancer (ES-SCLC) appears to have become less common in the U.S.,

Fewer U.S. teens participating in substance abuse prevention programs

By Tamara Mathias (Reuters Health) - Fewer U.S. adolescents are participating in programs designed to prevent substance abuse, a study suggests. Participation in these programs has dropped

Weight loss doesn't improve breast cancer-related lymphedema

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In overweight breast cancer survivors, neither losing weight nor exercising at home improves lymphedema, a new study shows. "Current guidelines from the

GERD a risk factor for temporomandibular joint disorders

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is associated with a nearly three-fold increased risk of temporomandibular disorders (TMD), according to a new

Mom's subclinical thyroid abnormalities may be linked to small rise in preterm birth

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Some maternal subclinical thyroid abnormalities may be associated with a slightly increased risk of preterm birth, according to a systematic review and

Fewer health care-associated infections with all private rooms

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The move from an older, tertiary-care hospital with ward-type rooms to a completely new facility with all private rooms was associated with decreases in

Trump administration to appeal ruling blocking price disclosure for drug ads

By Carl O'Donnell (Reuters) - The Trump administration is appealing a court ruling that struck down its plan to compel pharmaceutical companies to disclose wholesale prices of their drugs in

U.S. imposes sanctions on three Chinese accused of fentanyl trafficking

By Jonathan Landay WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Treasury on Wednesday imposed sanctions on three Chinese men accused of illegally trafficking fentanyl, acting three weeks after President Donald

GSK's long acting HIV injection gets boost from study

By Ludwig Burger and Pushkala Aripaka (Reuters) - GlaxoSmithKline's experimental HIV injection is as effective when given every other month as monthly, according to a study, a convenience that could

Retrophin drug to treat nervous system disorder fails late-stage study

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - Retrophin Inc said on Thursday its treatment for a rare neurological disorder failed to meet the main goal of improving patient's ability to conduct daily activities in a

Phase 2 studies find rivaroxaban safe for pediatric VTE

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Body weight-adjusted rivaroxaban is safe for treating children with venous thromboembolism (VTE), according to the results of three new phase 2 studies.

Many dermatologists need more training on African American skin and hair

By Linda Carroll (Reuters Health) - When dermatologists have training only with Caucasians, it can lead to frustration and poor care for African American patients, a new U.S. study finds. Researchers

Salvadoran woman acquitted in abortion case calls for reform

By Nelson Renteria SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) - Evelyn Hernandez has a message for El Salvador's president: End the criminalization of abortion in the conservative Central American country. Hernandez, 21,

With HPV risk timeline, older women recognize need for cervical cancer screening

By Carolyn Crist (Reuters Health) - When middle-aged women realize their cervical cancer risk from HPV lasts decades, more of them decide to get screened for this cancer than when they only know HPV

Study finds no link between myocardial viability testing and CABG benefit

By Gene Emery NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Testing for myocardial viability is a poor predictor of who will benefit from coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), according to an analysis of data from

Cutting back on vegetable protein tied to unhealthy aging

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Older adults who cut back on vegetable protein consumption may be more likely to experience age-related health problems than their peers who increase their intake

Marijuana may undermine fertility treatment success

By Anne Harding (Reuters Health) - Women undergoing fertility treatment who smoke marijuana may have more success if they quit, recent research suggests. Among more than 400 women undergoing treatment

Fully retrievable valve shows promise for TAVR

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The fully retrievable HLT Meridian valve appears safe and effective for transcatheter aortic-valve replacement (TAVR), according to results from the

HHS to provide $23 mln to Merck for Ebola vaccine production

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said on Wednesday it will fund the manufacturing of Merck & Co Inc's investigational Ebola vaccine called V920, in

E-cigarette firms probed over health concerns by U.S. House panel

By Reuters Staff WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Four dominant e-cigarette manufacturers face a probe into the health impacts of their products, as the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee asked on

Reticular pseudodrusen a risk for more rapid AMD progression

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Patients with reticular pseudodrusen (RPD)-associated age-related macular degeneration (AMD) are at increased risk of progression to geographic atrophy,

New York sues EPA over GE's Hudson River PCB cleanup

By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday, accusing the agency of prematurely allowing General Electric Co to stop clearing the

Spain issues international alert as listeriosis cases hit 150

By Reuters Staff MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's health ministry issued an international alert over the country's biggest ever listeriosis outbreak on Wednesday as the number of people affected rose to 150

Extended olanzapine treatment may lower risk of psychotic-depression relapse

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Extending olanzapine treatment beyond remission of psychotic-depression symptoms may lower relapse rates, according to findings from the STOP-PD II

Racial and ethnic groups poorly represented in landmark oncology trials

By David Douglas NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Some minorities are underrepresented in trials supporting U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) oncology-drug approvals, according to new research. "

Osteoporosis drugs don't reduce overall mortality

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Antifracture medications do not reduce overall mortality in older patients with osteoporosis, according to an updated systematic review and meta-analysis. "

New opioid drug appears to offer longer-term relief from chronic pain

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The novel mu-opioid-receptor agonist NKTR-181 appears to provides long-term pain relief in patients with chronic low-back pain (CLBP), according to results

Pregnancy after bariatric surgery linked to adverse perinatal outcomes

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Pregnancy after bariatric surgery is associated with increases in some adverse perinatal outcomes, according to a new systematic review and meta-analysis.

Child migrants to be held in detention longer under new Trump administration rule

By Andy Sullivan and Mica Rosenberg WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration on Wednesday unveiled new rules that would allow officials to detain migrant families indefinitely while judges

UPDATE 1-Fitbit eyes 1 mln new users in Singapore health scheme

(Adds details of the deal) By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - Fitbit Inc has won a contract with the Singapore government to provide fitness trackers and services to up to one million of the country's

Homeless children in England living in shipping containers, hostels - Commissioner's report

By Adela Suliman LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Children in England are sleeping in converted shipping containers and rooming houses, environments that are often dangerous and far from their

Fitbit to partner with Singapore govt on health initiative

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - Fitbit Inc will collaborate with the Singapore government on a health initiative that involves the use of its fitness trackers, the company said on Wednesday. The

Pfizer invests $500 million in expanding gene therapy facility

By Carl O'Donnell (Reuters) - Pfizer Inc is investing $500 million to expand a manufacturing facility in Sanford, North Carolina, that plays a central role in its efforts to become a major player in

Female paleontologists don beards to get level playing field

By Kate Ryan NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Fed up with being overlooked as a female scientist despite wading through mud carting heavy equipment and working twice as hard as her male

Water pollution an 'invisible threat' to global goals, economists warn

By Kim Harrisberg JOHANNESBURG (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Water pollution threatens nearly all the globally agreed development goals to end environmental destruction, poverty and suffering by 2030

Philips, under investigation in U.S. and Brazil, fired whistleblower who warned of graft

By Brad Brooks (Reuters) - Healthcare giant Philips was warned of suspicious sales of its medical equipment to the Brazilian government, and failed to halt them, nearly a decade before an alleged

AstraZeneca Imfinzi combination fails advanced lung cancer study

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - A combination of AstraZeneca's lung cancer drug Imfinzi and an experimental treatment failed to extend the lives of patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer (

High levels of exhaust pollutants may raise risk for AMD

By Linda Carroll (Reuters Health) - Exposure to high levels of exhaust may raise the risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a new study suggests. In a study of nearly 40,000 people in Taiwan,

Cardinal Health warns ongoing opioid-related lawsuits to hit business

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - Drug distributor Cardinal Health Inc warned on Tuesday that its business could be hurt as it defends itself against several opioid-related lawsuits. Several pharmaceutical

Pregnant women may be exposed to MRI contrast agent

By Carolyn Crist (Reuters Health) - Women who don't realize they're pregnant when they undergo magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may be exposed to gadolinium contrast media, which is used in about 30%

Vaping impacts blood vessels, even without nicotine

By Anne Harding (Reuters Health) - Healthy young people show signs of impaired blood vessel function after just a few puffs of an electronic cigarette, even without nicotine, new research shows. "We

Nursing home residents with advanced dementia often overtreated at end of life

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Nursing home residents with advanced dementia, especially men, receive "burdensome interventions" and antibiotics in their final days, a population-based

Bacteremic UTI in infants can be managed with shorter-course parenteral antibiotics

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Recurrent urinary-tract infections (UTIs) are no more frequent among infants with bacteremic UTI who receive shorter versus longer parenteral antibiotic

Higher cardiovascular risk lingers after smokers quit

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Long-term smokers who kick the habit will improve their cardiovascular health, but not immediately, according to a new study. The study found that the risk

Heart failure patients with HIV face higher risk of sudden cardiac death

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The risk of sudden cardiac death (SCD) appears to be higher among heart failure patients who also have HIV infection, according to new findings. "Data from

Glecaprevir-pibrentasvir effective for hepatitis C after treatment failure

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The direct-acting antiviral (DAA) combination of glecaprevir and pibrentasvir is effective in patients with genotype 1 hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection

Teva launches generic version of EpiPen for young children

By Reuters Health (Reuters) - Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd on Tuesday made its generic version of Mylan's EpiPen for young children available in most retail pharmacies at $300 for a 2-pack. Teva

Faced with floods and suicides, U.S. readies for a warmer world

By Ellen Wulfhorst ELLICOTT CITY, Maryland (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Julia Sanger, whose tiny ice cream shop flooded twice in two years in Maryland's historic Ellicott City, joked darkly that the

One dead, over 100 ill in Spain´s biggest listeriosis outbreak

By Reuters Staff MADRID (Reuters) - A 90-year-old Spanish woman died on Tuesday, 56 people have been hospitalized and dozens more taken ill in what is believed to be the biggest outbreak of

Risk of late adverse events 'non-negligible' with bariatric surgery

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Bariatric surgery reduces long-term mortality in obese patients, but also carries a "significantly high" risk of late adverse events, according to new

Increased risk of cataracts with second-generation antipsychotics

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The use of second-generation antipsychotics (SGAs) is associated with an increased risk of cataracts in people with schizophrenia, researchers report. "

One in eight patients get pacemaker a year after TAVI with Sapien 3

By David Douglas NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A year after undergoing transcatheter aortic-valve implantation (TAVI) with the Edwards SAPIEN 3 prosthesis, the incidence of conduction abnormalities

USPSTF expands BRCA-testing guidelines

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In an updated recommendation, the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) is expanding the population eligible for BRCA screening. The USPSTF now says

Drugmaker Endo to pay $10 million to settle opioid case ahead of trial

By Nate Raymond (Reuters) - Endo International Plc on Tuesday said it had agreed to pay $10 million to avoid going to trial in October in a landmark case by two Ohio counties accusing various drug

African Americans need 24-hr blood pressure checks

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - 24-hour blood pressure monitoring is important for identifying and managing hypertension in African-Americans, a new study shows. "Our study suggests that

Seniors at greater risk of choking on dietary supplements

By Linda Carroll (Reuters Health) - Seniors may be more likely than younger adults to choke on vitamins and dietary supplements, or to have other problems swallowing them, especially when the pills

Trustworthiness of American College of Physicians guidelines relies on COI disclosure, management

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The American College of Physicians (ACP) has a comprehensive process for disclosing interests and managing potential conflicts of interest for any person

Nabriva prices two pneumonia antibiotic versions at over $200 per day

By Saumya Joseph (Reuters) - Nabriva Therapeutics Plc on Monday priced an oral and injectable version of its antibiotic Xenleta, which treats community-acquired pneumonia, at more than $200 per day

Lipophilic statins linked to lower HCC risk with viral hepatitis

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Lipophilic, but not hydrophilic, statins were associated with a reduced risk of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in an observational study of viral

Planned Parenthood turns down U.S. subsidies in fight over abortion referrals

By Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - Planned Parenthood said on Monday it would no longer accept grants from a federal program subsidizing reproductive healthcare for low-income women after the Trump

Sleep quality may be linked with success during military basic training

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Soldiers who experience sleep problems during basic combat training may be more likely to struggle with psychological distress, attention difficulties, and anger

TNF inhibitors linked to higher weight, BMI in psoriasis patients

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Biologic therapies - particularly tumor necrosis factor inhibitors (TNFi) - are associated with increases in body weight (BW) and BMI in psoriasis patients,

Shingles vaccine not the only immunization linked with gout flare

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The recombinant shingles vaccine (RZV) is associated with an increased risk of gout flare, and a new study suggests other vaccines may trigger flares as

Multivariate index assay more sensitive, less specific than CA125 for detecting ovarian cancer

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The multivariate index assay (MIA) is more sensitive but less specific than CA125 for detecting ovarian cancer in women with adnexal masses, especially

UK's Johnson slams 'mumbo-jumbo' about vaccines after measles rates rise

By Reuters Staff TRURO, England (Reuters) - Britons should get vaccinated against measles and ignore online "mumbo-jumbo" about dangers of the jabs, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday after a

'Landmark' study supports mental-health screening in children with IBD

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Children with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) are at increased risk for mental-health disorders, according to a large Swedish study. "Particularly

Study prompts call for lower fluoride consumption by pregnant women

By Gene Emery (Reuters Health) - Adding fluoride to the water supply prevents tooth decay, but women who drink fluoridated water during pregnancy may also trim the IQs of their male children by a few

Baseline left ventricular function predicts two-year survival after TAVR

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Lower baseline left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) is associated with worse two-year cardiovascular mortality after transcatheter aortic-valve

New guidelines help identify patients for antireflux surgery

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - New international consensus guidelines offer recommendations for selecting adults with gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD) for antireflux surgery. Dr.

RPT-THIRD CASE OF EBOLA CONFIRMED IN CONGO'S SOUTH KIVU PROVINCE - GOVT

RPT-THIRD CASE OF EBOLA CONFIRMED IN CONGO'S SOUTH KIVU PROVINCE - GOVT

CORRECTED-FIRST CASE OF EBOLA CONFIRMED IN REMOTE MILITIA-CONTROLLED CONGOLESE PROVINCE OF WALIKALE, IN VILLAGE ABOUT 150 KM NORTHWEST OF GOMA - GOVT (CORRECTS TO MAKE CLEAR IN WALIKALE PROVINCE, NOT TOWN, AND ORIENTATION FROM GOMA)

CORRECTED-FIRST CASE OF EBOLA CONFIRMED IN REMOTE MILITIA-CONTROLLED CONGOLESE PROVINCE OF WALIKALE, IN VILLAGE ABOUT 150 KM NORTHWEST OF GOMA - GOVT (CORRECTS TO MAKE CLEAR IN WALIKALE PROVINCE, NOT

THIRD CASE OF EBOLA CONFIRMED IN CONGO'S SOUTH KIVU PROVINCE - GOVT

THIRD CASE OF EBOLA CONFIRMED IN CONGO'S SOUTH KIVU PROVINCE - GOVT

FIRST CASE OF EBOLA CONFIRMED IN REMOTE MILITIA-CONTROLLED CONGOLESE TOWN OF WALIKALE, ABOUT 200KM WEST OF GOMA - GOVT

FIRST CASE OF EBOLA CONFIRMED IN REMOTE MILITIA-CONTROLLED CONGOLESE TOWN OF WALIKALE, ABOUT 200KM WEST OF GOMA - GOVT

Tobacco industry anti-smoking ads reached less than half of U.S. adults

By Tamara Mathias (Reuters Health) - Court-ordered anti-smoking ads sponsored by the tobacco industry reached only around 40% of adults and about half of all smokers in the U.S., a recent study

As Americans get heavier, obesity-linked cancers may strike earlier

By Linda Carroll (Reuters Health) - Increasing numbers of middle-aged Americans appear to be developing cancers that can be associated with obesity, new data suggest. And the increase in these cancers

Sick hospital workers often expose patients to contagious illness

By Manas Mishra (Reuters Health) - Hospital workers often come to work with contagious respiratory illnesses, against the recommendations of public health regulators, a Canadian study suggests. Nearly

Overscreening, undertreatment common for cancers in the "oldest old"

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Cancers diagnosed after age 85 are more likely to be found at a later stage - despite over-screening in this age group - and are less likely to be

Edwards Lifesciences, Medtronic heart valves win FDA approval for expanded use

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - Transcatheter heart valve systems from Edwards Lifesciences Corp and Medtronic Plc have been approved for use in a condition that restricts blood flow from the heart in

Ebola spread to new Congo area shows flawed response - aid workers

By Nellie Peyton DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Ebola's spread to a new part of Democratic Republic of Congo is a disturbing sign that health workers are failing to keep track of high-risk

Mother's voice may shield sleeping newborn from NICU noise

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Babies in the neonatal ICU who are exposed to their mothers' voice during sleep are less likely to awaken after loud bursts of ambient noise, especially

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