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Anemia in early pregnancy linked with risk for neurodevelopmental disorders

By Linda Carroll (Reuters Health) - Children born to mothers with iron-deficiency anemia early in pregnancy may be at higher risk for neurodevelopmental disorders, a new study suggests. In an analysis

Too few pregnant women get exercise advice from doctors, study finds

By Vishwadha Chander (Reuters Health) - Only one in two pregnant women in an Australian survey said their healthcare practitioner had advised them about exercising, and more than half of these women

Sleep-disordered breathing tied to multiple causes in young children

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Both early- and late-onset sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) are associated with various conditions that cause pharyngeal dysfunction in young children, a

Dual-energy CT may help detect gout patients at risk for heart disease

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Dual energy computed tomography (DECT) can differentiate cardiovascular monosodium urate (MSU) deposits from calcium deposits in patients with gout,

Obesity, drinking and unhealthy diet add to gout risk

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Behavior changes could potentially reduce a large part of the risk for developing gout, a U.S. study suggests. Based on data from more than 14,000 people,

Hot springs can harbor fatal parasite

By Carolyn Crist (Reuters Health) - People who swim in hot spring water should do their best to avoid getting water up their nose because it could transmit a deadly parasite, a U.S. case report

Walmart to stop sales of e-cigarettes in U.S. stores -company memo

By Nandita Bose WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Walmart Inc told staff on Friday it was discontinuing the sale of e-cigarettes and electronic nicotine delivery products at its U.S. stores. In an internal memo

Sheep help researchers study DNA-based antibody administration

By David Douglas NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Studies in sheep are assisting clinical translation of DNA-based administration of monoclonal antibodies (mAbs), according to researchers in Belgium. "

Abortion declines in US not attributable solely to clinic closures

By Reuters Staff (Reuters Health) - Abortion rates in the U.S. have continued to fall, and the decline isn't completely explained by abortion clinic closures, according to an Abortion Provider Census

Less peripheral sensory neuropathy with shorter-term oxaliplatin-based chemotherapy

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Patients with advanced colon cancer face a lower risk of developing long-term peripheral sensory neuropathy (PSN) with a three-month rather than a

French weight-loss pill scandal set for landmark trial

By Matthias Blamont and Simon Carraud PARIS (Reuters) - A landmark French trial to begin next week will seek to settle one of the country's biggest pharmaceutical scandals, probing whether the company

Drug and medical suppliers say urgently need Brexit freight plans

By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - Makers and suppliers of life-saving drugs and medical devices say they have still not been told by British authorities how their goods will be handled if the UK

U.S. senators urge FDA to remove pod, cartridge-based e-cigarettes from market

By Reuters Staff WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bipartisan group of U.S. senators on Friday urged federal regulators to immediately remove all pod and cartridge-based e-cigarettes from the market until it

Many remain stent free years after temporary stent placement for benign biliary strictures

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Most patients remain stent free five years after temporary placement of stents for benign biliary strictures secondary to chronic pancreatitis, researchers

Disaster victims to double by 2050 in climate-battered world - aid group

By Sebastien Malo UNITED NATIONS (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Punishing droughts and more severe storms, floods and wildfires driven by climate change could contribute to twice as many people

U.S. FDA approves oral diabetes drug from Novo Nordisk

By Tamara Mathias (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved an oral version of Novo Nordisk's diabetes drug semaglutide, a boost for the Danish drugmaker which hopes to

Peanut oral immunotherapy might be needed for life

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Peanut oral immunotherapy (OIT) can desensitize adults and children and prevent anaphylaxis but protection may wane when OIT is discontinued or continued

Insomnia severity linked to depression-treatment success

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Treating depression in patients with comorbid insomnia is associated with improved insomnia symptoms, new research shows. At the same time, though, people

U.S. scientists join effort to solve mysterious vaping-related illnesses

By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - The U.S. investigation into hundreds of cases of life-threatening lung illnesses related to vaping has turned up a curious abnormality: Many of the victims had

Philippines to vaccinate millions as polio virus resurfaces in 2 children

By Karen Lema MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines recorded its second case of polio on Friday, as it prepared to vaccinate millions of children against a disease it believed to have been eradicated two

Trump signs order aimed at development of better flu vaccines

By Deena Beasley (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday signed an executive order aimed at spurring the development of better vaccines to protect against seasonal influenza as well as a

Advanced MRI technology may help predict dementia after stroke

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - An advanced MRI technique called diffusion tensor image segmentation (DSEG) detects microstructural brain damage in patients with small vessel disease (

Strategies for slowing myopia progression in kids differ widely between ophthalmologists

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The strategies for slowing myopia progression differ widely among pediatric ophthalmologists around the world and include both effective and ineffective

Patients, doctors may not share priorities for chronic diseases

By Carolyn Crist (Reuters Health) - Patients and doctors often have different views about which chronic health conditions are their top priorities, suggests a study in France. After separate surveys

E-sniffer predicts non-responders to lung cancer immunotherapy

By Linda Carroll (Reuters Health) - An electronic "nose" that detects chemicals in the breath of lung cancer patients may help distinguish between those who will and will not respond to immunotherapy,

Sick and elderly: Some EU nationals struggle to prove UK residency ahead of Brexit

By Andrew MacAskill LONDON (Reuters) - Sonja Brain, 84, is losing her sight and bed-bound in hospital after a cancerous tumor was removed from her spine. But she has another problem: proving she has

Neurotoxin may have caused diplomats' illness in Cuba -study

By Reuters Staff HAVANA (Reuters) - Fumigation against mosquitoes in Cuba and not "sonic attacks" may have caused some 40 U.S. and Canadian diplomats and family members in Havana to fall ill,

Unsafe sex: Argentina crisis deflates condom sales as costs rise

By Lucila Sigal BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - In South America's capital of romance, Argentine lovers are cutting back on one important cost: contraception. Amid a biting recession, a sharp currency

Video games more often blamed when school shooters are white

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - In the wake of school shootings, people are more likely to blame violent video games for the crime when perpetrators are white than when they are black, a small U.S

Handwashing beats sanitizer for killing flu virus on hands

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Health workers who use hand sanitizer between patients may be more likely to spread flu germs than those who take the time to wash their hands, a recent experiment

Drugmaker Insys wins bankruptcy court approval to sell off opioid

By Nate Raymond (Reuters) - Drugmaker Insys Therapeutics Inc on Thursday won court approval to sell its flagship fentanyl spray to a buyer who agreed to only market the drug for use by cancer patients

U.S. cases of vaping-related illness rise to 530 as outbreak widens

By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - U.S. health officials said on Thursday there are now 530 confirmed and probable cases and seven deaths from severe lung-related illnesses tied to vaping, and

Anti-EGFR therapy appears beneficial in colorectal cancer with class-3 BRAF mutations

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Metastatic colorectal cancer with class-3 BRAF mutations is likely to respond to anti-EGFR therapy, whereas cancers with class-2 BRAF mutations are

Local therapy tied to longer survival in metastatic intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Liver-directed local therapy is associated with improved overall survival in adults with metastatic and intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma, according to

PrEP uptake low among young black MSM

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Uptake of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) among young black men who have sex with men (YBMSM) is poor and discontinuations are common, new findings in

'Surprise question' helps ED docs identify sickest patients

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - An emergency clinician's response to the question, "Would you be surprised if your patient died in the next one month?" is associated with 30-day mortality

Many expedited drug approvals in Europe based on unvalidated surrogate endpoints

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Most expedited approvals granted by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) from 2011 through 2018 were based on unvalidated surrogate endpoints, researchers

National governments urged to get behind cities to win climate fight

By Megan Rowling BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - With efforts to make buildings, transport, energy and waste management greener, cities could cut their planet-warming emissions nearly 90% by

Mental stress linked to later cardiovascular events in those with pre-existing heart disease

By David Douglas NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In some patients with coronary-artery disease, psychological stress can induce a transitory impairment in endothelial function, which might have lasting

GSK's over-the-counter nicotine oral spray gets FDA panel backing

By Saumya Joseph and Manas Mishra (Reuters) - An independent expert panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday recommended approval of GlaxoSmithKline Plc's over-the-counter nicotine

British baby's death not due to SMA gene therapy -- Novartis

By John Miller ZURICH (Reuters) - A British baby's death this year after getting Novartis's gene therapy Zolgensma was not caused by a toxic drug reaction, the Swiss drugmaker said, allaying concerns

U.S. House Speaker Pelosi unveils proposal to lower drug prices

By Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi released proposed legislation on Thursday that would allow the federal government to negotiate the prices of hundreds of

Acute migraine pain relief with oral rimegepant yields lasting benefits

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The acute treatment of migraine with rimegepant can provide lasting reduction in migraine-related disability and improved quality of life, according to new

As neighborhood crime rates rise, so does blood pressure

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - People living in communities with rising crime rates may be more likely than those in safer neighborhoods to develop high blood pressure, a new study suggests.

Survey logs big one-year jump in nicotine vaping among 8th-graders

By Gene Emery (Reuters Health) - The rate of nicotine vaping among 8th-graders in the U.S. nearly doubled in the past year and the rate among 12th-graders jumped by 22%, according to a new survey

Four-drug combo pill may lower heart risks in poor population

By Gene Emery (Reuters Health) - A single daily pill containing low doses of common medications might provide a simple, inexpensive way to reduce risks for heart attacks and stroke in underprivileged

Prediction tools underestimate cardiovascular disease risk in severe mental illness

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk assessment tools that do not include severe mental illness as a predictor can significantly underestimate CVD risk,

UPDATE 1-U.S. charges 58 in Texas with healthcare fraud, illegal opioid distribution

(Adds comments, details) By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - Fifty-eight people have been charged with engaging in healthcare fraud schemes that centered on the illegal distribution of more than 6 million

Childhood behavior problems linked to insomnia in adulthood

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Treating kids' behavior problems might have the additional benefit of reducing their risk of insomnia as adults, a recent study suggests. Researchers followed 8,050

Machine learning helps identify wasteful medical testing

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Low-yield diagnostic testing is common, but machine learning could potentially identify and discourage wasteful testing that may be costly and harmful,

Vegetarians have higher risk for stroke, lower heart disease risk

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - People who follow vegetarian or vegan diets may have lower odds for heart disease but higher chances of having a stroke, compared to meat eaters, a large UK study

Some experimental cancer drugs kill by off-target effects

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Some cancer drug candidates in clinical trials kill tumor cells through off-target effects, rather than by interacting with their intended target,

Tanzania tells WHO it has no Ebola cases - statement

By Omar Mohammed NAIROBI (Reuters) - Tanzania has formally told the World Health Organization (WHO) that it has no cases of Ebola after a woman died there earlier this month from an unknown illness

U.S. charges 58 in Texas with healthcare fraud, illegal opioid distribution

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors announced charges on Wednesday against 58 people accused of engaging in healthcare fraud schemes that centered on the illegal distribution of more than 6

Baby gut study finds bacteria different after C-section births

By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - A huge study of babies' stool samples has found key differences between infants born vaginally and via cesarean section, offering clues about the development of the

Biologic therapy linked to long-term disease control in refractory noninfectious uveitis

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In patients with noninfectious uveitis refractory to corticosteroids and second-line immunosuppression, biologic agents yielded satisfactory disease

Novartis halts distribution of its Zantac versions amid probe into impurities

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - Novartis AG's Sandoz unit said on Wednesday it was halting distribution of its versions of the drug commonly known as Zantac in all its markets, including the United

Vibration may dull pain from anesthetic injection

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A vibratory stimulus reduces pain from anesthetic injections given before skin cancer surgery, and is most effective for patients who don't catastrophize

Sandy Hook shooting victims' advocacy group airs chilling anti-school violence ad

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - Sandy Hook Promise, a non-profit organization led by family members of children massacred at a Connecticut elementary school in 2012, released a chilling public awareness

Fast MRI an alternative to CT for head injury evaluation in kids

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - "Fast MRI" can spot traumatic brain injuries in children, with an accuracy in line with computed tomography, while avoiding the harms of radiation exposure,

Behavioral therapy adds little to sling surgery in mixed urinary incontinence

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In women with mixed urinary incontinence (UI), combining perioperative behavioral and pelvic-floor-muscle therapy with midurethral sling surgery did not

Mouse study sheds light on cardiac complications of influenza

By David Douglas NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Polymorphisms in the gene encoding the antiviral restriction factor interferon-induced transmembrane protein 3 (IFITM3), associated with hospitalization

Australian hiker rescued after crawling for two days with broken leg and wrist

By Reuters Staff SYDNEY (Reuters) - An Australian hiker said on Wednesday he had to crawl for two days through scrubland before he was rescued after falling six meters (20 feet) down a waterfall,

INTERVIEW-It's not just the Amazon: Indonesia urged to stop deadly fires

By Michael Taylor KUALA LUMPUR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Indonesia must increase funding to detect and tackle forest fires quicker and enforce conservation laws to avoid another major haze crisis

Malaysia PM suggests law to force companies to stop fires abroad

By Reuters Staff KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia may have to pass a law forcing its companies to tackle fires on land they control abroad, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Wednesday, as

Scientists release sterile mosquitoes in Burkina to fight malaria

By Thiam Ndiaga SOUROUKOUDINGA, Burkina Faso (Reuters) - Scientists in Burkina Faso have deployed a new weapon in the fight against malaria, and waded into a thorny bioethics debate, by letting loose

Press Release: U.S. clinic closures put abortion beyond reach of many women

By Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Access to an abortion in the United States depends largely upon where a woman lives, research showed on Wednesday, as a rash of clinics

Roche bid to recycle Gazyva for lupus nephritis wins FDA breakthrough tag

By John Miller ZURICH (Reuters) - Roche has won the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's breakthrough therapy tag for its drug Gazyva in lupus nephritis, the Swiss drugmaker said on Wednesday, boosting

British PM Johnson confronted at a hospital by parent of sick child

By Reuters Staff LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was confronted at a London hospital on Wednesday by the father of a sick child who said the care his child received had not

Zimbabwe doctors say receiving death threats over strike

By MacDonald Dzirutwe HARARE (Reuters) - Striking Zimbabwean doctors said on Wednesday they were being threatened with death and suspected state security agents were pressuring them after police

India bans e-cigarettes as global backlash at vaping gathers pace

By Aditya Kalra and Aftab Ahmed NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India banned the sale of electronic cigarettes on Wednesday and warned of an "epidemic" among young people, in the latest and potentially biggest

Congressional Democrats threaten to subpoena vaping company Juul over documents

By Reuters Staff WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congressional Democrats on Wednesday threatened to subpoena Juul Labs if the e-cigarette maker does not provide documents relating to its products and marketing

France to give iodine to more people living close to nuclear plants

By Reuters Staff PARIS (Reuters) - France will offer free iodine tablets to around 2.2 million people living close to nuclear plants to help protect them from radiation in case of an accident. Nuclear

World at risk of pandemics that could kill millions, panel warns

By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - The world is facing a mounting threat of disease pandemics that could kill millions and wreak havoc on the global economy, a international expert panel has warned,

U.S. Senators urge FTC to scrutinize multi-billion dollar pharma mergers

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - U.S. presidential hopeful Amy Klobuchar on Tuesday led a letter by U.S. senators that urged the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to closely scrutinize pharma mergers,

With a backup to the backup, insulin makers say they're primed for Brexit

By Kate Holton and Paul Sandle LONDON (Reuters) - For two men trained as scientists, the bosses of Britain's major insulin providers have had to become experts in ferry schedules, trucking laws and

U.S. worker, food-safety advocates sound alarm over new hog slaughter rules

By Tom Polansek CHICAGO (Reuters) - U.S. food safety and the health of plant workers will be at risk from new federal rules that allow meat companies to slaughter hogs as fast as they want and shift

Caregivers of seriously ill spouses find life improves more when the partner dies

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - For caregivers tending to a seriously ill spouse, quality of life may improve to a greater extent if the partner dies than if the partner recovers, a German study

Most parents say their kids have ridden with a risky teen driver

By Linda Carroll (Reuters Health) - A majority of parents worry that their children have been in unsafe situations as passengers traveling with a teen driver, a new survey finds. More than a third of

More evidence supports helmet use by cyclists

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Most Americans who are injured in cycling accidents don't wear helmets, and this is especially true of men, children, and black and Hispanic riders, a new study

In men who have sex with men, daily HIV PrEP may work better

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Daily HIV preexposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is more effective than other dosing regimens among men who have sex with men (MSM), a mathematical model suggests.

Off-label prescribing common in pediatric ambulatory care

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Nearly one in five pediatric ambulatory visits includes an order for at least one off-label systemic drug, according to new findings. Three-quarters of

Blood-culture sensitivity higher before antimicrobial therapy in sepsis

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Blood cultures should precede initiation of empirical antimicrobial therapy in patients with sepsis, researchers advise. "For patients in whom rapid

Oxycontin maker Purdue begins bankruptcy in push to settle opioid lawsuits

By Tom Hals and Nate Raymond (Reuters) - Oxycontin maker Purdue Pharma LP on Tuesday told a bankruptcy judge it hopes to broaden support for a proposed settlement of 2,600 lawsuits alleging it fueled

Point-of-care testing useful for newborn sickle cell screening

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Point-of-care testing is useful for newborn screening for sickle cell disease (SCD) in low-income settings, according to results from an observational

Airborne carbon particles reach fetal side of placenta

By Gene Emery (Reuters Health) - Airborne carbon particles that can cause health problems in adults and children are getting into the placenta as it nourishes a developing fetus, a new study has found

Recommended TSH norm for patients on thyroxine shows no ill effect

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Recommended "normal" thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) concentrations for hypothyroid patients receiving thyroxine are not associated with increased risk of

Increased risk of rhabdomyolysis with donepezil

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The risk of rhabdomyolysis is higher with donepezil than with other cholinesterase inhibitors used to treat Alzheimer's disease and other dementias,

Vaginal mesh hysteropexy fails superiority test against vaginal hysterectomy, but questions remain

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - For surgical treatment of uterovaginal prolapse, transvaginal mesh hysteropexy was not significantly better than vaginal hysterectomy with uterosacral

High-risk men might benefit from breast-cancer screening, research suggests

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Men at high risk of developing breast cancer might benefit from screening, a 12-year longitudinal study hints. "Our findings suggest that targeted

It really is hard to sleep in the ER

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Patients who spend the night in the emergency room may get much less rest than patients who sleep in beds in hospital rooms, a small study suggests. For the study,

Mint, menthol e-cigarette liquids high in cancer-causing compound -study

By Linda Carroll (Reuters Health) - A cancer-causing compound banned by U.S. regulators last year as a food additive has been found at potentially dangerous levels in mint and menthol flavored

U.S. CDC activates emergency operations center for vaping-related illnesses

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Monday it has activated its emergency operations center to coordinate the investigation into hundreds of

1 in 16 US women forced or coerced into first-time sex

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Many American women are physically forced or coerced into having sex for the first time, and a new study suggests these women have a higher risk for developing

Race, income may impact U.S. oral cancer screening rates

By Vishwadha Chander (Reuters Health) - Only about 1 in 3 U.S. adults say a dentist has ever examined them for oral cancer - and most of those who remember getting such exams are non-Hispanic whites,

Older patients don't see diabetes recommendations same way doctors do

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Doctors' advice for starting or stopping diabetes medicines often doesn't resonate with older patients, a new study suggests. When deciding how much medicine

Aspirin likely beneficial for primary CVD prevention in some adults, researchers say

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The benefit of aspirin therapy may outweigh the bleeding risk for some adults who do not have heart disease, and these individuals can be identified using a

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