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Haiti orphanage fire kills 15, renews debate over unlicensed orphanages

By Jeanty Junior Augustin and Andre Paultre PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) - Fifteen children died in a fire that swept overnight through an orphanage in Haiti run by a U.S. religious group, authorities

Workers in mining, extraction industries continue to have highest U.S. suicide rate

By Saumya Joseph (Reuters Health) - Suicide rates vary across industries and occupations, but workers in mining and oil and gas extraction continue to suffer the top U.S. rate of deaths, followed

Physical activity tied to lower risk of kidney disease

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - People who get plenty of physical activity may be less likely than their more sedentary counterparts to develop chronic kidney disease, a recent study suggests.

Pathology reports often puzzle patients

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Even the most educated, take-charge individuals may have a hard time deciphering the test results they can access after a doctor visit, two new studies suggest. "

UK firms urged to act on domestic abuse as female murder cases rise

By Sonia Elks LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Companies were urged on Friday to offer a lifeline to workers suffering from domestic abuse after official data showed the number of women murdered

U.S. health officials to start testing for coronavirus in five states

By Julie Steenhuysen (Reuters) - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday it will start testing for the rapidly spreading coronavirus that originated in China through its

Iscalimab promising for Sjogren's syndrome

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The anti-CD40 monoclonal antibody iscalimab showed preliminary efficacy against Sjogren's syndrome in a proof-of-concept study. Although Sjogren's

Tramadol linked to higher hip fracture risk than other pain drugs

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In older patients, use of tramadol was associated with a higher risk of hip fracture than codeine and other commonly used non-steroidal anti-inflammatory

WHO says joint China mission to start coronavirus probe this weekend

By Stephanie Nebehay and Kate Kelland GENEVA/LONDON (Reuters) - A World Health Organization-led mission to China will start its outbreak investigation this weekend and will focus on how the new

Few perinatally exposed infants receive recommended hep C testing

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Fewer than a quarter of infants exposed perinatally to hepatitis C virus (HCV) undergo testing for the virus, according to a database study. "Hepatitis C

Review calls for better recognition, treatment of groin-pain syndrome

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Diagnosing chronic groin pain that is not hip- or hernia-related can be difficult, but this common problem can usually be treated successfully with physical

ANALYSIS -Who should decide when a child can change gender?

By Hugo Greenhalgh LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - It was a case that tore a family apart – and exposed the faultlines in an increasingly bitter global row over the rights of a child to define

UPDATE 1-U.S. states reject $18 bln proposal to settle opioid lawsuits, discussions ongoing -sources

(Updates with state attorneys general sources) By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - Twenty one states have rejected an $18 billion settlement proposal from three major U.S. drug distributors to resolve

Deaths from dengue fever in Paraguay spike to 16 under strained health system

By Daniela Desantis ASUNCION (Reuters) - Paraguay health officials said on Friday that deaths from dengue fever increased to 16 in the South American country's worst outbreak of the disease in the

Similar HbA1c reduction with empagliflozin in real-world users, clinical-trial participants

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Empagliflozin use is associated with similar reductions in hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) among participants in clinical trials and real-world users, even though

Pediatric MOG-antibody-associated syndromes include encephalitis

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Pediatric myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein (MOG)-antibody-associated syndromes should be expanded beyond demyelinating syndromes to include encephalitis

21 states reject $18 bln offer from U.S. distributors to settle opioid lawsuits - WSJ

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - Twenty one states have rejected an $18 billion settlement offer from three major drug distributors to resolve a litigation over their alleged role in the opioid crisis,

China says 1,716 health workers infected by coronavirus, six dead

By Reuters Staff BEIJING (Reuters) - A senior Chinese health official said on Friday 1,716 health workers have been infected by the coronavirus and six of them have died. National Health Commission

Dying a desperate death: A Wuhan family's coronavirus ordeal

By Yawen Chen and Tony Munroe BEIJING (Reuters) - There were no doctors, nurses or medical equipment at the Wuhan hotel converted into a temporary quarantine facility for suspected coronavirus

Lenders cheered as Kenya binged on medical equipment. Did patients get help?

By Maggie Fick NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya's health minister celebrated the delivery of a CT scanner at a large county hospital, telling journalists that sick patients could now be diagnosed locally.

Indian police use facial recognition app to reunite families with lost children

By Anuradha Nagaraj CHENNAI, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Indian police have reunited thousands of missing and trafficked children with their families using a new facial recognition app that

Why your Valentine might want hot chocolate for that walk on the beach

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters) - Drinking cocoa rich in flavonols - plant compounds also found in fruits, vegetables and tea - might make walking easier for some older adults with poor circulation, a

Low health literacy may predict higher obstetric risks

By Rob Goodier NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Pregnant women who score low on a health-literacy test are more likely to have cesareans, preterm birth and other complications, new research suggests. The

Adding cetuximab to chemo curbs survival in resectable colorectal liver metastasis

By Davd Douglas NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The combination of chemotherapy and the epidermal-growth-factor receptor (EGFR) antibody cetuximab shortens survival compared with chemotherapy alone in

Similarly high response rates found with four monoclonal antibodies in plaque psoriasis

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Brodalumab, guselkumab, ixekizumab, and risankizumab-rzaa provide the highest response rates in both short-term and long-term therapy of plaque psoriasis,

REFILE-Chinese coronavirus epidemic doubling every 7.4 days - study

(Fixes typo in para 6, in story originally published January 30.) By Reuters Staff (Reuters Health) - An analysis of the first 425 cases of the new coronavirus wreaking havoc in China has concluded it

REFILE-Fractional flow reserve may help guide revascularization decisions for diabetics

(In para 13, corrects typo (changes 3.1 to 13.1).) By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Fractional flow reserve (FFR) can help guide cardiovascular disease management strategies, including

High lifetime sexual partners number linked to increased cancer risk

By Linda Carroll (Reuters Health) - People who have had 10 or more sexual partners during their lifetime may have increased odds of being diagnosed with cancer, a new study suggests. Women, in

Gilead drug prevents type of coronavirus in monkeys; raises hope for China trials

By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - An experimental Gilead Sciences antiviral drug prevented disease and reduced the severity of symptoms in monkeys infected with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome

Transgender breast screening information hard to find

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - At a time when a growing number of transgender Americans are getting gender-affirming treatments to make their bodies match their identity, breast imaging centers

'Ghost' ancestors: African DNA study detects mysterious human species

By Will Dunham (Reuters) - Scientists examining the genomes of West Africans have detected signs that a mysterious extinct human species interbred with our own species tens of thousands of years ago

Air pollution aggravates rhinitis

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - People with rhinitis from colds or allergies may feel much worse if they're exposed to high levels of air pollution, a recent study suggests. "Breathing polluted

Lung cancer incidence higher in young women vs young men in 6 wealthy countries

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Lung cancer incidence is higher among young women than men in countries around the world, and the reasons aren't clear, researchers say. "These findings

Indian generic drugmakers may face supply shortages from China if coronavirus drags on

By Ankur Banerjee (Reuters) - Shortages and potential price increases of generic drugs from India loom if the coronavirus outbreak disrupts suppliers of pharmaceutical ingredients in China past April,

UPDATE 1-Spike in China virus cases doesn't show big shift in epidemic -WHO

(Recasts, adds quotes,) By Reuters Staff GENEVA (Reuters) - The spike in cases reported from China reflects reclassifying a backlog of suspect cases using patients' chest images and not necessarily

Coronavirus not spreading 'dramatically' outside China except on cruise ship -WHO

By Reuters Staff GENEVA (Reuters) - Cases of coronavirus are not rising dramatically outside China apart from passengers on a cruise liner now quarantined off a Japanese port, a senior World Health

Mad cow fright keeps EU cautious on food rules

By Philip Blenkinsop BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The specter of the 1990s BSE crisis means the European Union is likely to reject U.S. demands it ease strict food safety rules, even with President Donald

Chinese public dial in for support as coronavirus takes mental toll

By David Kirton SHENZHEN, China (Reuters) - Hundreds of 24-hour mental health support telephone hotlines have sprung up in China in recent weeks as millions of people fret about catching the

CDC confirms 15th case of coronavirus in the United States

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - U.S. officials reported the 15th case of coronavirus in the United States on Thursday, saying the patient was among those who had been evacuated from Wuhan, China, and

Maternal mortality may be falling in hospitals but rising at home

By Rob Goodier NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - While overall U.S. maternal mortality rates have risen in recent decades, a dissection of the data shows a more nuanced picture. In an analysis of national

Hormone therapy formulation, delivery may affect cardiovascular benefits

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Menopausal hormone therapy (HT) may have different effects on atherosclerosis progression depending on formulation and route of administration, according to

China pushes for cheaper health insurance products to battle virus -sources

By Sumeet Chatterjee, Cheng Leng and Zoey Zhang HONG KONG/BEIJING (Reuters) - China is nudging insurers to work on cheaper medical cover linked to the coronavirus and is assuring them of fast-track

Hypertonic saline promising in diuretic-resistant heart failure

By David Douglas NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Hypertonic saline (HS) appears to be safe and well tolerated as an adjuvant to loop diuretics in refractory acute decompensated heart failure (ADHF),

Higher risk of preterm birth in U.S. black women may have more to do with racial bias than socioeconomic status

By Rob Goodier NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Black women in the United States have long been known to have a higher rate of preterm birth than white women, and new research suggests racial bias may be

Dosage schedule linked to rate of PCV breakthrough infections

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A dosing schedule that includes three primary doses of pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) is associated with fewer breakthrough infections in the first

Fewer kids hospitalized for diabetic ketoacidosis after quality-improvement initiative

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Implementation of an evidenced-based treatment guideline by a multidisciplinary team appears to have significantly cut the number of pediatric

Abnormal urine-test results frequent with long-term opioid use

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Targeted urine drug testing (UDT) is more likely to turn up non-medical opioid use than random UDT in patients on long-term opioid treatment for cancer

Involving anticoagulation clinics may help manage blood clot meds before a procedure

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Referral to an anticoagulation clinic, facilitated by a best-practice alert in the electronic medical record (EMR), is associated with improved

Views on what spurt in China's cases suggests about coronavirus

By Reuters Staff SINGAPORE (Reuters) - A new diagnostic method has led the Chinese province at the epicenter of a coronavirus outbreak to report a record rise in deaths and thousands more cases on

Hunt on for 'patient zero' who spread coronavirus globally from Singapore

By John Geddie, Sangmi Cha and Kate Holton SINGAPORE/SEOUL/LONDON (Reuters) - As lion dancers snaked between conference room tables laden with plastic bottles, pens, notebooks and laptops, some staff

Experts fear China reluctant to accept WHO ground mission

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - China is dragging its heels in accepting help on the ground from international health specialists, diplomats and experts said on Thursday, noting four days

Air pollution crossing U.S. state lines, causing premature deaths

By Julie Steenhuysen (Reuters Health) - A study 11 years in the making has found that half of premature deaths related to air pollution in U.S. states are caused by pollution that originated from

Ozone pollution in cities linked to premature death

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - People who live in cities where the air is polluted by factories and traffic fumes may not live as long as they would have with cleaner air, a recent study suggests

Wide range of sleep difficulties are normal in infants

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - New parents who struggle to get babies to sleep through the night may not be doing anything wrong, according to new research suggesting that many apparent sleep

Injected heroin use still high in U.S., may explain HCV infection rate

By Linda Carroll (Reuters Health) - Heroin use by injection has leveled off in recent years but had been rising steadily for more than a decade, a study finds. Rates of heroin use, injection and

Parabens exposure in pregnancy tied to girls' weight gain

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Mothers who use beauty products containing chemicals known as parabens during pregnancy may be more likely to have overweight daughters, a small study suggests.

HIPAA may not apply to medical care in schools

By Linda Carroll (Reuters Health) - The privacy protections Americans have come to expect when it comes to their medical information may not always apply in school settings, a new report suggests.

Medtronic polymer heart stent noninferior for patients at high bleeding risk

By Gene Emery (Reuters Health) - Medtronic's polymer-based zotarolimus-eluting stent is not inferior to BioSensors International's polymer-free umirolimus-coated stent when used for cardiac patients

Study shows no benefit for plasma exchange in ANCA vasculitis

By Gene Emery (Reuters Health) - In findings that raise questions about the go-to treatment for patients with antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA)-associated vasculitis, researchers behind the

Results from Chinese drug trials for coronavirus due in weeks -expert

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - Chinese scientists are testing two antiviral drugs against the new coronavirus and preliminary clinical trial results are weeks away, the co-chair of a World

Trees alone can't win fight against soaring heat, cities warned

By Zoe Tabary ABU DHABI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Popular projects to plant more trees and expand green space in cities may not protect residents from soaring and often deadly heat unless the

Juul bought ad space on kids' websites, including Cartoon Network -lawsuit

By Chris Kirkham (Reuters) - E-cigarette maker Juul Labs Inc bought online advertisements on teen-focused websites for Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network and Seventeen magazine after it launched its product

Virtual reality intervention reduces labor pain

By Rob Goodier (Reuters Health) - Immersion in virtual reality may relieve some of the pain of contractions before childbirth, a small study suggests. In a half-hour test among 40 hospitalized women

Patient-level data affirm that rosiglitazone increases cardiovascular risk

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Patient-level data support previous evidence that the antidiabetic drug rosiglitazone is associated with increased cardiovascular risks, especially heart

Most gay, bisexual male adolescents don't get tested for HIV

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Fewer than one in four adolescent men who have sex with men (AMSM) have had an HIV test, new U.S. research shows. "Among HIV-positive teens only about half

Therapeutic genome editing shows promise, but numerous challenges remain

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Current technology has allowed for the identification of genetic mutations associated with various diseases, but there is a growing separation between

U.S. health officials await invite to assist with coronavirus in China

By Julie Steenhuysen (Reuters) - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Wednesday it had not yet been invited to send experts to China to assist with the investigation of

Bariatric surgery safety improved over time, but utilization is low

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Despite advances in the safety of bariatric surgery over the past 25 years, utilization has remained low, an observational study reveals. When offered in

FOCUS-Coronavirus outbreak begins to disrupt booming China drug trials

By Tamara Mathias, Roxanne Liu and Manojna Maddipatla (Reuters) - The fast-spreading coronavirus is starting to disrupt testing of experimental medicines in China, posing a threat to plans by global

Outpatient palliative care improves outcomes in Parkinson's and related disorders

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Outpatient palliative care improves quality of life and other outcomes in patients with Parkinson disease and related disorders (PDRD), according to

Most women readmitted for post-partum hypertension have de novo disease

By Rob Goodier NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - More than half of women readmitted to the hospital for post-partum hypertension did not have hypertensive disorders of pregnancy prior to discharge,

U.S. citizen died from coronavirus in China's Wuhan

(Originally published on February 8, 2020) By Reuters Staff BEIJING (Reuters) - A 60-year old U.S. citizen diagnosed with coronavirus died at Jinyintan Hospital in China's Wuhan on Feb. 6, a U.S.

Sevoflurane boosts breast-cancer metastasis in mice

By David Douglas NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Compared with propofol, using sevoflurane as an anesthetic during breast-cancer resection may lead to a greater metastatic burden in the lung, a mouse

China's new coronavirus cases drop, world still scared

By Ryan Woo and John Geddie BEIJING/SINGAPORE (Reuters) - China reported on Wednesday its lowest number of new coronavirus cases in two weeks, bolstering a forecast by Beijing's senior medical adviser

FEATURE-'Death sentence': Indigenous groups spotlight Canada homelessness crisis

By Jillian Kestler-D'Amours MONTREAL (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Nakuset was tired of waiting. So, when the indigenous activist noticed a spike in deaths among Montreal's homeless population, many

INTERVIEW-Coronavirus outbreak 'just beginning' outside China, says expert

By John Geddie SINGAPORE (Reuters) - The coronavirus epidemic may be peaking in China where it was first detected in the central city of Wuhan but it is just beginning in the rest of the world and

Spaniards repatriated from China to be discharged, no virus found

MADRID, Feb 12 (Reuters) - All 19 Spanish citizens who were repatriated from China on Jan. 31 amid concerns over the coronavirus epidemic will be discharged from hospital on Thursday after testing

Circulating tumor cells may predict melanoma relapse

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In patients with stage III melanoma, levels of circulating tumor cells (CTCs) may predict relapse, potentially allowing for identification of individuals

U.S. Senate's McConnell cites hurdles to agreement on lowering drug prices

By Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday he did not know whether lawmakers would be able to resolve divisions over lowering prescription

One in five patients get surprise surgery bills even when they plan ahead

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - One in five patients who get elective surgery at U.S. hospitals that accept their insurance may still get surprise medical bills, especially if they receive

Virtual crossmatching allows faster kidney transplantation

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Kidney transplantation can be safely performed with virtual crossmatching of donor and recipient without the need for a prospective physical crossmatch,

Goal of 'cardiovascular health for all' will require better surveillance

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Improvements in cardiovascular health and disease surveillance are needed to achieve the American Heart Association (AHA) goal of equitably increasing

Doctors in Egypt launch anti-genital cutting campaign after girl dies

By Menna A. Farouk CAIRO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Doctors in Egypt have taken time out of their surgeries for a campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of female genital mutilation (FGM)

Euthanasia bill sparks fierce debate in Spanish parliament

By Reuters Staff MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's new left-wing government submitted to parliament on Tuesday a bill that would allow euthanasia and assisted suicide in certain cases, reigniting a bitter

Coronavirus emergency is 'Public Enemy Number 1' - WHO

By Stephanie Nebehay and Emma Farge GENEVA (Reuters) - China's coronavirus outbreak poses a "very grave threat for the rest of the world" and should be viewed as "Public Enemy Number 1," the head of

Nearly 200 Americans evacuated from China set to be freed from quarantine

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - Nearly 200 Americans evacuated from the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in China could be released from quarantine at a U.S. Air Force base in California on Tuesday

Girls' age at puberty has declined worldwide since late 1970s

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Age at pubertal onset in girls as measured by breast development, or thelarche, has decreased nearly three months for every decade since 1977, according to

Youth with HIV less likely to achieve viral suppression

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - About one in three U.S. youth diagnosed with HIV will start antiretroviral therapy (ART), while just fewer than one in eight achieve viral suppression,

Minocycline foam promising against rosacea

By David Douglas NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The new topical minocycline 1.5% foam FMX103 from Foamix Pharmaceuticals appears effective against moderate-to-severe papulopustular rosacea, according to

Radiology subpecialties differ in advice on incidental liver lesions

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Breast- and abdominal-radiology subspecialists often differ in their follow-up recommendations for incidental liver lesions found on breast MRI, a

Young IBD patients gain height after expected growth-plate closure

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Young people with Crohn's disease (CD) or ulcerative colitis (UC) often continue to grow in height beyond the typical time of growth-plate closure,

Baseline eye pressure tied to outcome of selective laser trabeculoplasty

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Baseline intraocular pressure (IOP) is the only determinant of success after primary selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT) for open-angle glaucoma (OAG) or

Greater migraine improvement after PFO closure when interatrial shunt is absent

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Migraine patients who have no residual interatrial shunt following transcatheter closure of patent foramen ovale (PFO) have significantly higher odds of

EXCLUSIVE-Coronavirus outbreak may be over in China by April: expert

By David Kirton GUANGZHOU, China (Reuters) - The coronavirus outbreak is hitting a peak in China this month and may be over by April, the government's senior medical adviser said on Tuesday, in the

Novacyt biotech company says winning race for high-speed virus test

By Matthias Blamont PARIS (Reuters) - Franco-British biotech company Novacyt says it can offer a coronavirus test that is faster than rival methods by focusing on a narrow sequence of DNA coding, as

Japan's halt of regular HPV vaccine to cause thousands of cancer deaths - study

By Reuters Staff TOKYO (Reuters) - A decision by Japan to stop recommending adolescent girls receive a HPV vaccination will likely result in almost 11,000 deaths from cervical cancer if it is not

Japan's halt of regular HPV vaccine to cause thousands of cancer deaths - study

TOKYO, Feb 11 (Reuters) - A decision by Japan to stop recommending adolescent girls receive a HPV vaccination will likely result in almost 11,000 deaths from cervical cancer if it is not reversed,

Pregnant women with Medicaid less likely to get recommended vaccines

By Tamara Mathias (Reuters Health) - Pregnant women who rely on state-administered Medicaid health insurance programs are far less likely to receive recommended vaccines that could protect them and

Certain chronic illnesses tied to increased crash risk for elderly drivers

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Some older drivers with chronic health problems may cut back on driving but still be at increased risk of crashes, a recent study suggests. Meanwhile, other drivers

Youth suicide rates fall, but sexual minorities still outpace heterosexual peers

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Youth suicide rates are dropping in the U.S., but the proportion of teens who have suicidal thoughts or make an attempt remains consistently higher among sexual

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