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Acadia's schizophrenia treatment misses late-stage main goal

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - Acadia Pharmaceuticals Inc said on Monday its add-on treatment for schizophrenia failed to meet the main goal in a late-stage study. In the study, 396 patients with

Multidrug-resistant malaria spreading in Southeast Asia -study

By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - Malaria parasites resistant to two key anti-malarial medicines are becoming more dominant in Vietnam, Laos and northern Thailand after spreading rapidly from

Congo minister's resignation over Ebola snub could unblock new vaccine

By Fiston Mahamba GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) - Congo's health minister resigned on Monday after being stripped of responsibility for managing the country's Ebola outbreak,

Plant-based diets tied to lower risk of type 2 diabetes

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - People who tend to eat mostly plants may be less likely to develop type 2 diabetes, a research review suggests. Researchers examined data from nine previously

Nursing home residents often have preventable complications after hospital stay

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Many nursing home residents who are hospitalized develop preventable health problems after they go back to the nursing facilities, a new study suggests. Researchers

Antibiotic use without prescription common in US

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Many people in the U.S. take antibiotics that weren't prescribed for them, according to a new meta-analysis. The authors of the analysis examined data from 31

Many Americans still use aspirin to prevent heart disease

By Linda Carroll (Reuters Health) - Many Americans still regularly take aspirin without a doctor's recommendation, believing it will protect their hearts, a new study finds. While doctors used to

School-aged children commonly take melatonin for sleep problems

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - School-aged children commonly take melatonin to treat sleep problems, according to findings from the Generation R Study in the Netherlands. "Melatonin is

Increased risk of ALS in first-degree relatives

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The risk of developing amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is higher in first-degree relatives of patients than in the general population, a

More people developing colorectal cancer before age 50

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - More people in the US are developing colorectal cancer before age 50, a trend that has also been seen in Europe. This study "confirms that colorectal cancer

U.S. records 25 new measles cases as outbreak spread to Ohio, Alaska

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - The United States recorded 25 new measles cases last week, bringing the total number of cases in the year to 1,148 as the country recorded its worst outbreak of the

HIV drug heightens birth defect risk if taken during conception

By Gene Emery (Reuters Health) - The AIDS drug dolutegravir poses a small but significant risk of causing neural-tube defects for newborns when HIV-infected mothers are taking the drug when they

Vedolizumab brings endoscopic remission in some patients with Crohn's disease

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - About 1 patient in 8 experiences endoscopic remission of Crohn's disease after completing 26 weeks of treatment with the gut-selective monoclonal antibody

Cardiology e-consults may boost access to care

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Cardiology e-consultations seem to be a promising tool for increasing access to outpatient cardiac care, but more research is needed to evaluate the

Higher-intensity lipid lowering after ACS seems beneficial in patients 75+

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In patients 75 and older with acute coronary syndrome (ACS), adding ezetimibe to a statin for higher-intensity lipid lowering may be beneficial and safe,

Risankizumab outperforms adalimumab in plaque psoriasis

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The anti-IL-23 monoclonal antibody risankizumab is more effective for treating moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis than the TNF-alpha inhibitor adalimumab,

Rescued human trafficking victims in Thailand nears record high

By Nanchanok Wongsamuth BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The number of human trafficking victims rescued in Thailand is set to hit a record high this year, according to government data, with

Cannabis among top priorities for new Thai government

By Reuters Staff BANGKOK (Reuters) - Developing a medical cannabis industry is among top policy priorities for Thailand's new government, according to a document released before the formal

Some women don't heed warnings of acne drug danger during pregnancy conception

By Linda Carroll (Reuters Health) - It's long been known that the highly effective acne medication isotretinoin is tied to the risk of severe birth defects. But even with a special program in place to

Indoor smoking ban tied to heart attack decline in older adults

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Heart attack rates dropped among older adults in Scotland in the decade after a nationwide indoor smoking ban took effect, a new study suggests. Scotland banned

Smokers have more complications after skin cancer surgery

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Complications after skin cancer surgery may be more common in smokers and former smokers, a U.S. study suggests. Researchers examined outcomes after Mohs

Out-of-pocket costs may curb ARNI use among Medicare recipients

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - High out-of-pocket costs may be hindering the use of sacubitril/valsartin, an angiotensin receptor-neprilysin inhibitor (ARNI) with a known mortality

Osteoporosis dilemma: denosumab or teriparatide after bisphosphonates

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - For osteoporosis patients on bisphosphonates for more than a year, switching to teriparatide rather than denosumab should be done with caution,

Pets may help older adults manage chronic pain

By Carolyn Crist (Reuters Health) - People with pets may be able to use their companion animals to practice techniques for managing chronic pain without medication, researchers say. In focus group

American College of Surgeons releases standards for surgical care of older adults

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The American College of Surgeons (ACS) has introduced a new surgical quality improvement program for hospitals that aims to promote high-quality surgical

Intranasal lorazepam quickly calms agitated child in ED

By David Douglas NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A kicking, spitting and struggling 7-year-old boy rapidly became cooperative following emergency department (ED) intranasal administration of lorazepam,

Intestinal fibrosis in IBD hard to diagnose, treat

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Intestinal fibrosis in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is challenging to diagnose, and there are no approved antifibrotic therapies,

Fast MRI protocol accurately identifies prostate cancer at lower cost

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A fast MRI protocol can accurately identify prostate cancer in biopsy-naive men at lower cost with minimally increased biopsy rates, researchers from the

FEATURE-Trans asylum seekers assaulted, abused in U.S., UK, Norway detention

By Rachel Savage LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Nahia Riviera was thousands of miles from home in a Norwegian center for asylum seekers last December trying to flee the United States, where she

One-third of Cambodians infected with threadworm

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Nearly a third of Cambodians have been infected with the threadworm Strongyloides stercoralis, according to a nationwide, community-based parasitological

Glycan CA19-9 promotes pancreatic disease in mice

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The glycan carbohydrate antigen 19-9 (CA19-9), a biomarker of pancreatic inflammation and neoplasia, promotes pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer in mice,

Breast ironing is abuse and could lead to jail, UK prosecutors say

By Lin Taylor LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Breast ironing - where a young girl's breasts are compressed to stop them developing - is child abuse and could lead to 10 years in jail, British

Trump EPA allows use of controversial pesticide

By Valerie Volcovici (Reuters) - The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday said it will not ban the use of the pesticide chlorpyrifos, which has been linked to health issues in children, from

Night shifts, long hours linked to miscarriages and preterm births

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Pregnant women who work nights or long hours may be more likely to have a miscarriage or preterm delivery than mothers with day jobs, a research review suggests.

Combining nerve, tendon transfers improves hand function in quadriplegia

By Scott Baltic NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In individuals with quadriplegia from traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI), early nerve transfer surgery can safely supplement tendon transfers in improving

Support for de-prescribing beta-blockers beyond 3 years post-MI in older adults

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Beta-blocker use beyond 3 years after myocardial infarction is common in the elderly but it doesn't yield improved long-term outcomes, according to a new

Women doctors skip conferences because of family responsibilities

By Linda Carroll (Reuters Health) - Female oncologists are more likely than their male colleagues to skip scientific meetings that could offer networking opportunities and a chance to catch up with

Recent cannabis use tied to memory deficits, slowed mental processing

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - People who have recently used cannabis may be more likely to experience memory deficits or difficulties with cognitive function than those who don't use the drug, a

Young men 'benefit' in later years when teen pregnancy ends in abortion

By Carolyn Crist (Reuters Health) - When young women use abortion services, the adolescent men who avoid becoming teenaged fathers go on to have better educational and financial futures than peers who

Wide variability seen in number needed to biopsy for cutaneous melanoma

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The number needed to biopsy (NNB) for cutaneous melanoma varies widely worldwide, and while there isn't a single "ideal" NNB, optimal standards should be

Disturbed eating behaviors linked to worse self-management in type 1 diabetes

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Disturbed eating behaviors (DEB) in adolescents and emerging adults with type 1 diabetes transitioning to adult care are associated with worse diabetes

Connectivity of brain pain networks changes with antidepressant treatment

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The functional connectivity of brain networks associated with the experience of pain changes with antidepressant treatment of adults with persistent

'Pharma Bro' Martin Shkreli to stay behind bars, loses appeal of conviction

By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal appeals court upheld the conviction and seven-year prison term of Martin Shkreli, the pharmaceutical executive known as "Pharma Bro," for defrauding

Recent-onset schizophrenia disorders tied to increased risk of Brugada syndrome

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A "considerable subset" of patients with recent-onset schizophrenia spectrum disorders (SSD) have ECGs suggesting Brugada syndrome (BrS), researchers say

Lung-cancer-screening eligibility should be expanded: researchers

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) eligibility criteria for lung-cancer screening should be expanded to cover other risk groups, researchers say

Asia-Pacific meth drug trade worth up to $61 billion, U.N. says

By Tom Allard and Panu Wongcha-um BANGKOK (Reuters) - Transnational crime groups are trafficking vast quantities of methamphetamine made in Southeast Asia, the United Nations said on Thursday, putting

To end slavery, free 10,000 people a day for a decade, report says

By Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Ten thousand people would need to be freed every day to eliminate modern slavery over the next decade, according to research on Wednesday

After #MeToo, U.S. women seen reporting less workplace harassment

By Lin Taylor LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - From leering and unwanted touching to being asked for sexual favors, U.S. women say they suffer less sexual harassment in the workplace since #MeToo

Malnutrition, disease kill at least 139 displaced in Indonesia's Papua - group

By Reuters Staff JAKARTA (Reuters) - Thousands of people in Indonesia's easternmost province of Papua have been displaced by fighting between soldiers and separatists, and at least 139 of them have

Epithelial response to butyrate diminished in active IBD

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The epithelial response to butyrate in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is diminished, but only in the presence of tumor necrosis factor

'Habit' of workouts at consistent time of day tied to meeting activity goals

By Carolyn Crist (Reuters Health) - People who always work out at the same time of day get more exercise overall and are more likely to get the recommended minimum amounts of weekly activity, a small

U.S. women with less income, education often lack access to infertility care

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Although women from all walks of life tend to experience infertility at similar rates, a new U.S. study suggests there are wide disparities in access to treatment.

Male victims of domestic violence struggle to disclose abuse

By Tamara Mathias (Reuters Health) - Men who experience domestic violence and abuse often don't seek help until the problem becomes a crisis, researchers say. Men tend to worry they would not be

Maintaining or starting exercise in middle age tied to longer life

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Even if they were inactive during their younger years, middle aged and older adults who get at least the minimum recommended amount of exercise each week may live

Three studies give mixed support for aggressive, universal HIV testing, treatment

By Gene Emery (Reuters Health) - In the quest to find the best way to quench the ongoing AIDS epidemic, three new studies of African communities where the incidence is high are showing mixed results

Large study finds both numbers important in blood pressure reading

By Gene Emery (Reuters Health) - In the debate over which number is more important in a blood pressure reading, a new study using data from 1.3 million adults in Northern California, collected over 8

Dyslipidemia, prediabetes more common in youth with Down syndrome

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Children and young adults with Down syndrome (DS) have a greater prevalence of abnormal lipid levels and prediabetes compared to typically-developing youth,

New age-related macular degeneration common in untreated fellow eyes

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - New age-related macular degeneration (AMD) develops in about a quarter of fellow eyes to those treated for neovascular AMD with intravitreal anti-VEGF

As Trump touts U.S. air quality, EPA data shows some areas worsening

By Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of unhealthy air days in major cities across the United States has risen sharply over the last two years, even as emissions of key pollutants

UPDATE 2-WHO sounds Ebola alarm as risks intensify

(Updates headline) By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization on Wednesday declared Congo's Ebola outbreak an international health emergency, sounding a rarely used global alarm

UPDATE 1-WHO reports new Ebola incident in Uganda amid fears of virus spreading

(Recasts with WHO declaring "public health emergency of international concern") By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization on Wednesday declared Congo's Ebola outbreak an

U.S. overdose deaths post annual drop for first time in two decades

By Matthew Lavietes (Reuters) - U.S. overdose deaths dropped last year for the first time in nearly two decades, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday, in a sign that a

Obstetric care package for women with opioid use disorder

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In an effort to reduce adverse maternal and neonatal health consequences of substance use, the National Partnership for Maternal Safety has created a

Emergency department residents drive buprenorphine waiver campaign

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Emergency department (ED) resident physicians are driving a campaign to increase the number of buprenorphine-waivered emergency physicians as part of their

Paint makers reach $305 mln settlement in California, ending marathon lead poisoning lawsuit

By Joshua Schneyer OAKLAND, Calif. (Reuters) - After a 19-year legal struggle, three former makers of lead paint have agreed to a $305 million settlement with California county and city governments to

Short-term CBT may curb internet and computer game addiction

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Short-term cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) may address internet and computer game addiction in adults, a new study suggests. At the end of the 15-week

Colonoscopy modifications don't improve detection of serrated adenoma

By David Douglas NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Distal attachments or electronic chromoendoscopy do not generally improve detection of serrated adenomas during colonoscopy, according to pooled data from

Lebanese brave badly polluted water to swim at public beaches

By Imad Creidi BEIRUT (Reuters) - On a beach in northern Lebanon, men and women swim in the Mediterranean's warm blue waters close to a sewage outlet, while children play in sand that is strewn with

Swiss agree to extradite Chinese scientist to U.S. on theft charges

By Reuters Staff ZURICH (Reuters) - Switzerland has agreed to extradite a Chinese researcher to the United States where prosecutors have charged him with helping his scientist sister steal secrets

Merck's treatment for urinary, abdominal infections gets FDA approval

By Aakash B (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Merck & Co Inc's combination treatment for complicated forms of urinary tract and abdominal infections, the drugmaker said on

Dutch airline KLM under fire after breastfeeding mother told to cover up

By Sonia Elks LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Dutch airline KLM faced sharp criticism on Wednesday for its "antiquated values" after cabin crew told a breastfeeding woman to cover herself up to

CVS enters home dialysis care with clinical trial of new system

By Caroline Humer NEW YORK (Reuters) - CVS Health said on Wednesday it will start a clinical trial of its new home dialysis system this week, setting it up to compete directly with the two largest

WHO reports new Ebola incident in Uganda amid fears of virus spreading

By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization reported a new incidence of Ebola in Uganda on Wednesday, fueling concerns that the virus may be spreading beyond Democratic Republic of

Taliban force Swedish charity to close dozens of Afghan health centers

By Reuters Staff KABUL (Reuters) - Taliban militants have forced a Swedish charity to close dozens of health centers in a central Afghan province, accusing it of failing to provide safety to civilians

Head of U.S. Planned Parenthood groups departs, cites differences over abortion

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - The leader of reproductive services provider Planned Parenthood Federation of America and its political arm said on Tuesday that she was leaving both organizations over

Intranasal sufentanil effective for acute severe trauma pain

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Intranasal sufentanil is as effective as intravenous morphine for treating acute severe trauma pain, according to results from a noninferiority study. The

Aggressive lipid lowering improves outcomes after acute coronary syndrome in diabetes

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Aggressive lipid lowering with the anti-PCSK9 monoclonal antibody alirocumab is associated with improved cardiovascular and metabolic outcomes after acute

Mothers' work with solvents tied to higher autism risk for kids

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Women who are exposed to solvents on the job may be more likely to have children with autism than mothers without this occupational exposure, a recent study

When hurricanes halt treatment, lung cancer patients die sooner

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Lung cancer patients whose radiation treatments are halted by hurricanes or other natural disasters may not live as long as patients who complete treatment without

Researchers try to make ICU less traumatic for patients, families

By Linda Carroll (Reuters Health) - Intensive care units (ICUs) can be extremely stressful for patients and families. Changes in the way ICUs are run may help mitigate that stress, two new studies

Study confirms heart benefit of soy as FDA reviews this claim

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - U.S. regulators should continue to recommend soy protein as part of a heart-healthy diet because it helps lower cholesterol, researchers conclude from an analysis

Microaggressions persist in medicine and surgery

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Raising awareness, voicing concerns, and confronting microaggressions are critically needed to foster a more accepting culture in medicine and surgery. "

Real-world data show CV safety of mirabegron for overactive bladder

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Observational data support the cardiovascular safety of mirabegron for overactive bladder (OAB) in patients with CV comorbidities. "These findings offer a

Hidradenitis suppurativa tied to inflammatory bowel disease risk

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Patients with hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) are at relatively high risk for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), according to a recent meta-analysis. "For

Nabiximols plus counseling cuts cannabis use in dependent patients

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Treatment with the cannabis extract nabiximols (Sativex), along with psychosocial interventions, can reduce cannabis use in dependent individuals, new

Abbott to hike production of lower-cost glucose monitors as diabetes soars

By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - Abbott Laboratories plans to ramp up manufacturing capacity for its lower-cost continuous glucose monitor, the FreeStyle Libre, by three to five times in the

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