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American College of Physicians calls for better US health care system for all

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The American College of Physicians (ACP) has issued a comprehensive prescription for creating a better U.S. health care system, in a special supplement to

UPDATE 1-As virus spreads to more Chinese cities, WHO calls emergency meeting

By Se Young Lee and Colin Qian BEIJING (Reuters) - An outbreak of a new coronavirus has spread to more Chinese cities, including the capital Beijing and Shanghai, authorities said on Monday, and a

Parents think teens spend too much time playing video games

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Most American parents think their teens spend too much time playing video games, but many of them also believe this is typical adolescent behavior, a U.S. study

Manifestations of nonfluent variant primary progressive aphasia vary by native tongue

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - English and Italian speakers with nonfluent/agrammatic primary progressive aphasia (nfvPPA) display different patterns of speech impairment, researchers

Blood pressure elevation starts earlier, progresses faster, in women

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In contrast to current thinking, vascular changes such as increased blood pressure (BP) develop earlier and progress faster in women than in men, a

NOACs linked to lower osteoporosis risk in patients with a-fib

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Compared with warfarin, the non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) rivaroxaban and apixaban were associated with a lower risk of

Women rarely regret decision to get abortion

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Five years after an abortion, most women still say it was the right decision even if they struggled with their choice at the time, a U.S. study suggests.

Vitamin cocktail for sepsis fails; PPI for stress ulcer prevention may be risky: ICU studies

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A major new study of intensive care unit (ICU) patients with septic shock failed to find a benefit of giving an intravenous cocktail of vitamin C,

Most patients with knee arthritis don't have timely joint replacement

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Less than 10% of patients with knee osteoarthritis who qualify for knee replacement have surgery within 2 years of qualifying, researchers report. "Because

Patient risk factors should determine antimicrobial choice for community-acquired infection

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A new report may help identify hospitalized patients with community-acquired infection (CAI) in whom treatment guidelines do not apply. Dr. Teresa Cardoso

C. difficile carriage rates increase with proximity to livestock farms

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Residence near a livestock farm is associated with an increased carriage rate of toxigenic Clostridioides difficile, a retrospective study suggests. "Where

Risk to UK of new coronavirus is currently 'very low' - infection service

By Reuters Staff LONDON (Reuters) - The current risk to the United Kingdom from an outbreak of a new coronavirus in China is very low, the national infection service said on Monday. "Based on the

FACTBOX-New coronavirus outbreak spreads in China

By Reuters Staff BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese authorities and the World Health Organization (WHO) say a new strain of coronavirus is behind the outbreak of pneumonia in the central city of Wuhan. Some

Coronavirus spreads to more Chinese cities, President Xi says containment is priority

By Se Young Lee and Colin Qian BEIJING (Reuters) - An outbreak of a new coronavirus has spread to more Chinese cities, including the capital Beijing and Shanghai, national and local authorities

Many clinical trial results go unreported, despite U.S. law

By Julie Steenhuysen (Reuters Health) - Fewer than half of clinical trial sponsors reported their results to a U.S. government registry within a year of the trial's completion, flouting U.S. law and

UPDATE 1-U.S. Supreme Court to hear Trump appeal in Obamacare contraception fight

(Adds background to case) By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday took up an appeal by President Donald Trump's administration seeking to enforce new federal rules

Ideal clinical pathway improves pregnancy outcomes in RA

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who adhere to an ideal clinical pathway have similar pregnancy outcomes as women in the general population, new

Fish oil supplements tied to testicular health

By Linda Carroll (Reuters Health) - Men who consume fish oil supplements, which are high in omega-3 fatty acids, might get a boost in fertility, a new study suggests. After examining data from nearly

Optimal atropine concentration for two-year myopia control affirmed

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Atropine 0.05% remains the optimal concentration for slowing myopia progression among Chinese children, the LAMP study extension shows. In a 2011 study,

Few older patients get needed cardiac rehab

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Only about one in four patients on Medicare receive cardiac rehabilitation recommended to help them recover from events like a heart attack or coronary bypass

Heavy cannabis use before age 16 tied to worse driving performance

By Anne Harding (Reuters Health) - Heavy marijuana users who picked up the habit before age 16 have impaired driving skills even when they're not high, a small study suggests. But chronic cannabis

Whole cell pertussis vaccine may help protect Australian infants against food allergies

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Australian infants who received the whole pertussis (wP) vaccine were less likely to be diagnosed with food allergies than those who received the

Berberine shows promise for chemoprevention after polypectomy

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The natural supplement berberine significantly reduced the recurrence rate of colorectal adenoma and all polypoid lesions in a study conducted in China.

B cells, tertiary lymphoid structures promote cancer immunotherapy responses

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - B cells and tertiary lymphoid structures (TLS) play key roles in promoting cancer immunotherapy responses, according to results from three studies

U.S. Supreme Court to hear Trump appeal in Obamacare contraception fight

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday took up an appeal by President Donald Trump's administration seeking to enforce new federal rules allowing employers to

U.S. to screen passengers for new China coronavirus at 3 airports

By Julie Steenhuysen and Manas Mishra (Reuters) - The United States will begin screening efforts at three U.S. airports to detect travelers from the central Chinese city of Wuhan who may have symptoms

Judge slashes $8 bln Risperdal award against Johnson & Johnson to $6.8 mln

By Jonathan Stempel (Reuters) - A Pennsylvania judge on Friday slashed to $6.8 million from $8 billion a punitive damages award against Johnson & Johnson to a man who said it failed to warn that boys

It's a boy! Paternity leave looms for Japanese minister Koizumi

By Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese environment minister Shinjiro Koizumi, who has said he will take paternity leave

Paraguay braces for deadly Dengue fever outbreak

By Daniela Desantis ASUNCION (Reuters) - Paraguay is bracing for a potential major epidemic of Dengue fever after recording close to 7,000 suspected cases in the first two weeks of 2020, similar to

Thailand finds second case of new Chinese virus, says no outbreak

By Reuters Staff BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand has found a second case of a new Chinese coronavirus, authorities said on Friday, as they ramped up checks on Chinese visitors, nearly a million of whom

D/C/F/TAF tablet effective rapid-initiation HIV treatment

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The single-tablet combination of darunavir/cobicistat/emtricitabine/tenofovir alafenamide (D/C/F/TAF) is effective for treating newly diagnosed HIV-1

Conduction disturbance after TAVR tied to worse outcomes

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Conduction disturbances after transcatheter aortic-valve replacement (TAVR) are associated with increased mortality and other adverse outcomes, according

Lower hepatoma risk with earlier ALT normalization during HBV treatment

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Earlier normalization of alanine aminotransferase (ALT) levels during treatment of chronic hepatitis B is independently associated with a reduced risk of

Novo Nordisk's diabetes pill Rybelsus to be covered by Express Scripts

By Reuters Staff COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Novo Nordisk's diabetes pill Rybelsus (semaglutide) will be covered by Express Scripts Holding Co, one of the largest U.S. pharmacy benefit managers, the Danish

Health warning: How Fitbits can help predict flu outbreaks

By Kate Kelland LONDON, (Reuters) - The Fitbit on your wrist not only counts your steps and minutes of sleep, it can also help tell if you're coming down with the flu - and warn health authorities to

Doctors spend about 16 minutes per patient in EHR

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - For each patient they see, doctors spend about 16 minutes using electronic health records to do things like review charts, document diagnoses and treatment plans,

Gastric bypass beats diet and exercise for reversing diabetes

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - People who undergo gastric bypass surgery are more likely to achieve remission of diabetes than those who try to lose weight by dieting and exercising, researchers

Magnesium disorders tied to hypocalcemia after thyroidectomy

By David Douglas NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Hypocalcemia, a common complication after total thyroidectomy, is more likely and costly in patients with magnesium disorders, according to a retrospective

Chargemaster pricing for treatments may be misleading

By Linda Carroll (Reuters Health) - The "list price" for healthcare treatments can vary wildly and may not reflect what will appear on a patient's bill, a new study finds. After reviewing listed

For OAB in men, try behavioral therapy first, researchers say

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - For men with overactive bladder, behavioral therapy alone may be the best first step in addressing the problem, researchers say. In a randomized controlled

Wearable may help spot Afib, but doctors still required

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - A smartwatch band with integrated electrodes to produce an electrocardiogram (ECG) might be able to help detect atrial fibrillation, but not as well as a

Mineralocorticoid receptor antagonists unlikely to induce hypotension in HFrEF

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Patients with heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) can be treated with mineralocorticoid receptor antagonists (MRAs) and are unlikely to

SGLT2 inhibitors risky in latent autoimmune diabetes

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Sodium-glucose co-transporter-2 (SGLT2) inhibitors can cause ketoacidosis in patients with latent autoimmune diabetes (LADA), a report on three cases in

U.S. vaping-related deaths rise to 60, cases of illness to 2,668

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - U.S. health officials on Thursday reported three more deaths from a mysterious respiratory illness tied to vaping, taking the total death toll to 60. As of Jan. 14, the

Dual vaping and smoking tied to elevated stroke risk in younger adults

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Young and middle-aged adults who vape and smoke are more likely to have had a stroke than those who use only one of these types of nicotine product, or none at all,

U.S. FDA panel split over approval of Durect's non-opioid painkiller

By Trisha Roy and Saumya Joseph (Reuters) - Independent experts on an FDA advisory panel on Thursday were split over the approval of Durect Corp's non-opioid painkiller to manage post-surgical pain.

New York sues Trump administration to enforce Clean Air Act

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - New York and Connecticut sued the Trump administration on Thursday, alleging it has failed to enforce the U.S. Clean Air Act and allowed five neighboring states to pump

UPDATE 1-Trump wants to end requiring U.S. religious welfare groups to tell clients of options

(In paragraph 6, expands list of agencies for rule change) By Lisa Lambert WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Religious social service providers receiving funds from the U.S. government would no longer have to

Trump wants to end requiring U.S. religious welfare groups to tell clients of options

By Lisa Lambert WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Religious social service providers receiving funds from the U.S. government would no longer have to tell their clients about other, possibly secular

SPECIAL REPORT-How secrecy in U.S. courts hobbles regulators

By Mike Spector, Jaimi Dowdell and Benjamin Lesser LEBANON, Ohio, Jan 16 (Reuters)Something wasn't right with the Rhino. Reports started trickling in to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)

Too old for new heart? Germany faces dearth of organ donors

By Reuters Staff BERLIN (Reuters) - Siegfried Richtsteig has been waiting in hospital for more than 130 days for a heart that would allow him to do the things he enjoyed most, like playing with his

New guideline recommends sodium thiosulfate to prevent cisplatin-induced ototoxicity

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Sodium thiosulfate can be used to prevent cisplatin-induced ototoxicity in children and adolescents with cancer, according to a new clinical-practice

Primary aldosteronism can present as atrial fibrillation

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Atrial fibrillation can be a presenting sign of primary aldosteronism in patients with hypertension, according to findings from the PAPPHY study. "We

German drug assessment body not convinced by Bayer's cancer drug Vitrakvi

By Reuters Staff FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany's drug assessment body said that data provided by Bayer on its precision cancer drug Vitrakvi did not provide clear enough evidence of benefits, in a

Tailored doses of enoxaparin better prevent VTE after cancer surgery

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Adjusting the doses of enoxaparin based on anti-Xa levels, instead of using standard doses, may better prevent venous thromboembolism (VTE) without

Bezlotoxumab reduces rates of recurrent C. diff infection

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The monoclonal antibody bezlotoxumab reduces the rate of recurrent Clostridioides difficile infection, according to findings from the MODIFY II trial. "We

In Japan, foreign parents lead charge against child 'abduction'

By Chang-Ran Kim TOKYO (Reuters) - A growing number of foreigners in Japan are speaking out against what they say is a little-known but entrenched system that allows one parent in a broken

Japan confirms first case of infection with new China coronavirus

By Reuters Staff TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan confirmed the first case of infection from the new China coronavirus that has killed one person and prompted a travel alert from the U.S. State Department. A

Deep-sea microbe sheds light on primordial evolutionary milestone

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A microorganism scooped up in deep-sea mud off Japan's coast has helped scientists unlock the mystery of one of the watershed evolutionary events for life on

Erythropoietin fails to stem death, neurodevelopmental problems in extreme preemies

By Gene Emery (Reuters Health) - The hope that giving high-dose erythropoietin to extremely preterm infants would prevent death and neurodevelopment impairment appears to have dimmed. A new study of

Safe-sexting advice could help keep teens safe online

By Ruhi Soni and Vishwadha Chander (Reuters Health) - Advocating abstinence to teens hasn't proven very effective with regard to sex, and the same is likely to be true for sexting, researchers say. So

Rise in pre-teen girls tricked into online sex acts

By Sonia Elks LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A growing number of girls as young as 11 are being tricked or coerced into sharing selfies of themselves being sexually abused online, a charity

Online information on probiotics often inadequate, misleading

By Linda Carroll (Reuters Health) - Most websites that provide information about probiotics are unreliable and often tout unproven health benefits, a new study finds. After examining the first 150

Novel score predicts inpatient seizure risk

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The novel 2HELPS2B score is useful for predicting inpatient seizure risk and determining appropriate continuous EEG monitoring durations, researchers

Lumateperone improves schizophrenia symptoms in adults

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Lumateperone is safe and effective for adults with schizophrenia, according to a pivotal study. The drug was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug

Biodegradable coronary stents better than durable stents in registry study

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Patients with acute myocardial infarction (MI) who underwent percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) had better outcomes with biodegradable polymer

Advances show promise for treating functional abdominal pain in children

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Several pharmacological, nonpharmacological, and psychological advances show promise for treating pediatric functional abdominal pain disorders (FAPDs),

Repair of proximal humerus fracture linked to worse outcomes in elderly

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Higher rates of surgery for proximal humerus fracture among Medicare beneficiaries are associated with increased costs, adverse events, and mortality,

Sleep problems linked to cognitive decline and dementia

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - People who have trouble falling asleep may be at increased risk of developing cognitive problems or dementia than their counterparts who sleep well, a research

'Our historic duty': Putin plans steps to boost Russia's birth rate

By Vladimir Soldatkin and Katya Golubkova MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin announced measures on Wednesday to boost Russia's birth rate, describing them as vital to the country's future

Lymphopenia tied to increased mortality risk

By David Douglas NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Incidental lymphopenia as seen in the general population is associated with a greatly increased risk of both cause-specific and overall mortality,

Psychological distress in pregnancy harms brain development in fetuses with CHD

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Psychological distress is common among pregnant women carrying fetuses with congenital heart disease (CHD) and is associated with impaired fetal brain

Nektar withdraws application for opioid painkiller after FDA panel's vote

By Saumya Joseph and Vishwadha Chander (Reuters) - Nektar Therapeutics said on Tuesday it was withdrawing the application for its opioid painkiller for adults with chronic low back pain, after a U.S.

Japan minister Koizumi to take paternity leave, aims to be role model

By Reuters Staff TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese environment minister Shinjiro Koizumi on Wednesday announced he would take paternity leave, as he aims to become a role model for the country's working

Thailand on high alert for China virus ahead of Lunar Near Year

By Panarat Thepgumpanat BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai health officials are stepping up monitoring and inspection at its airports for the new mystery virus from China ahead of Lunar New Year, when Chinese

U.S. warns citizens in China against pneumonia outbreak

By Reuters Staff BEIJING (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department warned Americans in China about an outbreak of pneumonia in the central city of Wuhan believed to be caused by a new strain of

More active sex life tied to lower risk of early menopause - scientists

By Reuters Staff LONDON (Reuters) - Women who have sex at least once a month have a lower risk of entering menopause early than women with less active sex lives, scientists have found in research

Worse functional outcomes after stroke linked to smoking

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - People who smoke or have recently quit have higher odds of being severely impaired after a stroke than their counterparts who never smoked, a new study suggests.

Changing FDA procedures may mean less exacting standards

By Linda Carroll (Reuters Health) - Changes in U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) procedures meant to speed approvals for medications may have resulted in less exacting standards, a new analysis

Suicide rates sharply higher than average in teens, young adults with diabetes

By Vishwadha Chander (Reuters Health) - Young people with diabetes are at greater risk than peers without the disease of developing mental health problems or attempting suicide as they transition into

Small response gain with double-dose flu shot in pregnant women with HIV

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Doubling the dose of influenza vaccine for pregnant women with HIV moderately improves immunogenicity compared to a single flu shot, but response remains

Fractional flow reserve may help guide revascularization decisions for diabetics

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Fractional flow reserve (FFR) can help guide cardiovascular disease management strategies, including revascularization deferral, for patients with

Cognitive testing can identify older clinicians with significant limitations

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Cognitive testing can identify older clinicians whose clinical practices should be proctored or who should retire, according to the results of a program at

Comparative harms of prostate cancer treatment estimated in new analysis

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A new analysis provides estimates of bowel, bladder, and sexual function through five years following contemporary treatments for localized prostate cancer,

Changes may mean FDA approval inspires less confidence

By Linda Carroll (Reuters Health) - Changes in U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) procedures meant to speed approvals for medications may have resulted in less exacting standards, a new analysis

RimabotulinumtoxinB reduces sialorrhea in adults

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - RimabotulinumtoxinB (RIMA) safely reduces sialorrhea in adults, according to results from the phase 3 MYSTICOL clinical trial. Sialorrhea, the excess

Breast conservation after neoadjuvant chemotherapy less common in US than elsewhere

By David Douglas NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Neoadjuvant systemic therapy can facilitate breast conservation in certain women with stage II and III operable breast cancer. But compared to other

UPDATE 1-Eli Lilly to launch half-priced versions of two more insulin treatments

(Adds details, prices, comment from patient group) By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - Eli Lilly and Co said on Tuesday it plans to sell two versions of insulin products at half their current U.S. list

Black, Latina women in NYC have more childbirth complications

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Black and Latina mothers in New York City are more likely than white women to experience severe delivery complications even when they have the similar types of

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