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Patients may care less about ER doctor's race, gender than assumed

By Linda Carroll (Reuters Health) - In an online experiment, people gave "simulated" emergency room doctors roughly the same satisfaction rating regardless of the healthcare provider's gender or color

Surgical jackets and bouffants costly, unlikely to curb site infection risk

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Surgical jackets and bouffants were neither beneficial nor cost-effective in preventing surgical site infections (SSIs) in a study at a large academic

UPDATE 1-U.S. prepares for coronavirus pandemic, school and business closures -health officials

(Recasts with CDC comments on preparation for community spread, updates headline and byline) By Julie Steenhuysen and Andrew Hay (Reuters) - U.S. health officials on Friday said they are preparing for

Sepsis a growing problem in people who abuse opioids

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Overdosing on opioids is not the only health risk for people who abuse these drugs. A new study shows sepsis is an increasing problem among people with

Researchers discover DNA-methylation signature for schizophrenia

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Genome-wide blood DNA-methylation data has helped generate a specific signature for schizophrenia, German researchers have found. Previous research found

U.S. school lunch overhaul tied to healthier meals for kids

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - An overhaul of school lunch nutrition standards seems to have driven dramatic improvements in the healthiness of meals served to millions of kids nationwide, a U.S.

Netflix's 'Stranger Things' raised awareness about rare disorder

By Vishwadha Chander (Reuters Health) - Popular TV shows can help raise awareness and public interest in rare diseases, as the Netflix series "Stranger Things" has done for a little-known bone-growth

Only three U.S. states can test for coronavirus -public lab group

By Julie Steenhuysen (Reuters) - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is still handling the bulk of testing for the coronavirus as it works out issues with test kits sent to states, and

Study shows sharp increases in U.S. alcohol deaths, especially among women

By Gene Emery (Reuters Health) - Alcohol-related deaths in the United States rose sharply from roughly 2012 through 2016, with the biggest increases among white and Latino women, according to a new

World must act fast to contain coronavirus, says WHO's Tedros

By Reuters Staff GENEVA/LONDON (Reuters) - The window of opportunity to contain wider international spread of the epidemic of the new coronavirus disease is closing, the World Health Organization (WHO

First-ever baby born to cancer patient after in vitro maturation

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - For the first time, a cancer survivor has given birth after her immature eggs were harvested, matured in a laboratory, frozen, then thawed and fertilized

Companies in pharmaceutical supply chain develop system to track counterfeit drugs

By Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss NEW YORK (Reuters) - Some of the industry's largest pharmaceutical companies, including Pfizer Inc and Eli Lilly and Co, have developed a blockchain-based system to track

INSIGHT-Inside the Philip Morris campaign to 'normalize' a tobacco device

By Chris Kirkham (Reuters) - At Germany's Bambi Awards for the media industry in November, celebrities posed for red-carpet photos against a backdrop of established luxury brands. Alongside the likes

Australian state mulls nation's first gay 'conversion therapy' ban

By Beh Lih Yi KUALA LUMPUR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - An Australian state is considering the nation's first ban and jail sentences for so-called gay conversion therapy, a bid that has sparked

Adaptive memory suppression impaired in PTSD

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Individuals with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have an impaired ability to suppress disruptive memory activity, researchers in France report. "These

Ups and downs of childhood vaccinations in the U.S.

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Most U.S. pediatricians participate in the Vaccines for Children Program (VFC), perceiving that its benefits far outweigh its burdens, but this does not

UPDATE 1-Lebanon confirms first case of coronavirus, two more suspected

(Adds quotes, context) BEIRUT, Feb 21 (Reuters) - Lebanon confirmed its first coronavirus case on Friday and said it was monitoring two other potential cases after a 45-year-old woman arriving from

Young cancer survivors have increased risk of gastrointestinal polyposis

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Survivors of childhood and young-adulthood cancer (CYAC) without known causative germline alterations or hereditary colorectal cancer predisposition

Zilucoplan improves outcomes in moderate to severe generalized myasthenia gravis

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The complement inhibitor zilucoplan appears to improve outcomes in patients with moderate to severe generalized myasthenia gravis (MG), according to the

Virus shows plight of China's overstretched doctors

By Alexandra Harney HONG KONG (Reuters) - The coronavirus epidemic has shined a spotlight on another simmering crisis in China's healthcare system: a critical shortage of doctors. Rising demand for

Could warmer weather help contain the coronavirus?

By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - Public health officials, businesses and financial markets are looking for signs of whether the arrival of warmer weather in the northern hemisphere might slow the

Lebanon confirms first case of coronavirus

BEIRUT, Feb 21 (Reuters) - Lebanon confirmed its first coronavirus case on Friday, a 45-year-old woman who had arrived from Iran and was being quarantined in a Beirut hospital. Two other suspected

EXPLAINER-Could warmer weather help contain the coronavirus?

By Kate Kelland LONDON, Feb 21 (Reuters) - Public health officials, businesses and financial markets are looking for signs of whether the arrival of warmer weather in the northern hemisphere might

Amputations, mortality due to critical limb ischemia down among U.S. veterans

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - A growing number of older U.S. military veterans with blocked leg arteries are getting procedures to restore blood flow, and a new study suggests deaths and

Transgender youth often don't tell doctors about gender identity

By Linda Carroll (Reuters Health) - Nearly half of transgender teens and young adults say they sometimes hide their gender identity from healthcare providers, a U.S. study finds. The survey of more

Few U.S. residential drug treatment centers give recommended medications

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Most people who check in to residential treatment facilities to recover from opioid use disorder won't be given medicines proven to help combat addiction, a U.S.

Short sleep tied to increased musculoskeletal injury risk

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Healthy adults who get at least eight hours of sleep a night may be less likely to experience common exercise-related injuries, a study of U.S. soldiers suggests.

'We're not the walking dead': Americans face coronavirus quarantine stigma

By Andrew Hay and Brad Brooks (Reuters) - When Esther Tebeka, one of more than 1,000 Americans evacuated from China due to the coronavirus outbreak, ended her 14-day quarantine with no signs of the

HPV biomarkers linked to improved survival with esophageal dysplasia, adenocarcinoma

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Human papillomavirus (HPV) positivity and HPV biomarkers are associated with improved survival in adults with Barrett high-grade dysplasia (HGD) and

Kuwait Airways suspends flights to Iran amid fears from coronavirus outbreak

CAIRO, Feb 20 (Reuters) - Kuwait Airways suspended all flights to Iran starting on Thursday on the advice of the Kuwaiti health ministry and civil aviation authority amid fears about a coronavirus

EXCLUSIVE-Canadian regulator considers changes to new drug pricing plan

By Allison Martell TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada's drug pricing agency is contemplating significant changes to how it will apply new regulations aimed at lowering costs, Reuters has learned, as

Lab-grown meat? Dutch start-up keeps pork on your plate without wrecking the planet

By Thin Lei Win ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A Dutch start-up may have found a workaround for eco-conscious consumers struggling to give up meat: pork grown in a laboratory that doesn't harm

UPDATE 1-WHO says no time for complacency as China coronavirus cases fall

(Adds details, quotes throughout) By Reuters Staff GENEVA (Reuters) - A continued decline in the number of new cases of coronavirus infections in China is encouraging, the World Health Organization (

Elder-friendly emergency surgery care can improve outcomes

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Adopting the EASE (Elder-Friendly Approaches to the Surgical Environment) model in an emergency general surgical setting led to a reduction in

In brains of dead athletes, researchers seek clues to head trauma

By Angela Moore BOSTON (Reuters) - Dr. Ann McKee of Boston University studies the brains of deceased football players at the world's largest brain bank, hoping to learn about the long-term impact of

Lower neonatal mortality with hospital transfer of women with very-preterm imminent birth

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Transfer of pregnant women with an imminent very-preterm birth from a non-level-III hospital to a level-III hospital is associated with decreased neonatal

Anti-euthanasia protesters rally in Lisbon ahead of parliament vote

By Catarina Demony LISBON (Reuters) - Hundreds of Portuguese, old and young, protested outside parliament on Thursday against proposed bills that would legalize euthanasia as lawmakers geared up for a

WHO says no time for complacency as China coronavirus cases fall

By Reuters Staff GENEVA (Reuters) - A continued decline in the number of new cases of coronavirus infections in China is encouraging, the World Health Organization said on Thursday, but it is too

Prehydration does not prevent post-contrast AKI

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Prehydration with sodium bicarbonate does not prevent acute kidney injury (AKI) after contrast-enhanced CT in adults with chronic kidney disease (CKD),

Increased mortality seen with empirical anti-MRSA treatment for pneumonia

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Empirical anti-MRSA treatment is associated with an increased risk of 30-day mortality in patients hospitalized for pneumonia, compared with standard

AI outperforms radiologists for detecting breast cancer on mammography

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - An artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm outperforms radiologists for detecting breast cancer on mammography, according to a retrospective study. If shown

Following ERAS protocol associated with better outcomes after hip, knee surgery

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Greater adherence to the Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) care protocol is associated with fewer complications after elective total hip arthroplasty

Older ICU survivors often don't get recommended home health rehab

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - One in three Medicare patients referred for home health rehabilitation following a stay in the intensive-care unit (ICU) don't receive any services, and

Changes in gut-microbe metabolite linked to heart-disease risk

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Rising levels of the gut-microbe metabolite trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO) are associated with increased risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) in healthy

INSIGHT-'Hit with a truck' - How Iran's missiles inflicted brain injury on U.S. troops

By Phil Stewart and Idrees Ali (Reuters) - In the wee hours of Jan. 8, Tehran retaliated over the U.S. killing of Iran's most powerful general by bombarding the al-Asad air base in Iraq. Among the

China lab says conspiracy theories hurting efforts to curb virus

By David Stanway SHANGHAI (Reuters) - An outbreak of disinformation in China and elsewhere has hurt global efforts to combat the new coronavirus, said a specialist infectious disease lab located at

Two passengers from coronavirus-hit cruise ship in Japan die, authorities defend quarantine

By Linda Sieg and Chang-Ran Kim TOKYO (Reuters) - Two elderly passengers became the first people from aboard a cruise ship moored near Tokyo to die of the coronavirus, the Japanese government said on

New coronavirus spreads more like flu than SARS -Chinese study

By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - Scientists in China who studied nose and throat swabs from 18 patients infected with the new coronavirus say it behaves much more like influenza than other

Preventive V-tach ablation in ICD patients does not curb hospitalizations, mortality

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In patients with implanted cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs), ventricular tachycardia (VT) ablation before implantation did not reduce unplanned

California to make state buildings available to house homeless

By Reuters Staff SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - California will provide nearly 300 state properties for use as homeless shelters and should change its laws to make it easier for local officials to get

Patients with neurological conditions often skip meds when out-of-pocket costs rise

By Linda Carroll (Reuters Health) - When out-of-pocket drug costs rise, patients with common neurological disorders are more likely to forgo their medication, a U.S. study suggests. Private insurance

Young MSM know too little about cancer-causing HPV

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Many young men who have sex with men are unaware of their increased risk for contracting human papillomavirus (HPV) and of the vaccine that can prevent these

After 80, heart attack patients less often get bypass surgery

By Gene Emery (Reuters Health) - Age, they say, is just a number. But when someone turns 80, their chance of getting bypass surgery to treat a heart attack immediately drops by 24%, according to a new

Monoclonal antibody provides itch relief for prurigo nodularis

By Gene Emery NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - An experimental treatment for prurigo nodularis (PN) can reduce itching by 53% over four weeks, according to a phase-2 test of subcutaneous nemolizumab. The

Many kids with distal radius fractures undergo unneeded reductions

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - New research suggests children with distal radius fracture often undergo unnecessary closed reductions in the emergency department. "Our data suggest that

New guideline targets sleep problems in youth with autism

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Bedtime resistance, sleep onset latency, sleep continuity and behavior problems tied to insufficient sleep are among the issues experienced by young

FACTBOX-Global efforts to develop vaccines, drugs to fight the coronavirus

By Reuters Staff CHICAGO (Reuters) - Researchers and drug companies are scrambling to develop vaccines and treatments to fight the new coronavirus that emerged in central China in December and has

EXCLUSIVE-SmileDirectClub's top dentist risks losing license in California crackdown

By Joshua Schneyer NEW YORK (Reuters) - The top dentist and public face of SmileDirectClub is at risk of losing his California license following a two-year state dental board investigation, records

Utah Senate votes to decriminalize polygamy among consenting adults

By Jennifer Dobner SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - The Utah state Senate voted unanimously on Tuesday effectively to decriminalize polygamy among consenting adults, reducing penalties for a practice with

FEATURE-Haiti political morass fuels growing crisis of hunger, malnutrition

By Sarah Marsh and Andre Paultre DESSOURCES, Haiti (Reuters) - Farmhand Celavi Belor has lost so much weight over the past year his clothes hang limply off his angular frame. "Sometimes I go two or

Malaysian firm offers AI-based profiling of Chinese visitors for virus

By Reuters Staff KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia's MYEG Services Bhd said on Wednesday it had developed a coronavirus risk-profiling system for visitors from China and was offering the artificial

UPDATE 1-Young IBD patients gain height after expected growth-plate closure

(Updates Feb 11 story with comments from researcher, in three new paragraphs at the end of the story) By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Young people with Crohn's disease (CD) or ulcerative

UPDATE 1-What, us worry? 80-yr-old U.S. couple smiles through virus quarantine

(Adds background) By Reuters Staff TOKYO (Reuters) - Two elderly American passengers, quarantined in Japan with the new coronavirus, learned on Wednesday they were still carrying the virus even after

What, us worry? 80-yr-old U.S. couple smiles through virus quarantine

By Reuters Staff TOKYO (Reuters) - Two elderly American passengers, quarantined in Japan with the new coronavirus, learned on Wednesday they were still carrying the virus even after their expected

ANALYSIS-Speed science: The risks of swiftly spreading coronavirus research

* Graphic: https://tmsnrt.rs/2HDsBaB By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - One scientific post suggests links between the new coronavirus and AIDS, a second says it may have passed to people via snakes,

Chlorthalidone riskier than hydrochlorothiazide, no more effective

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Chlorthalidone is not associated with improved cardiovascular outcomes in patients with hypertension compared to hydrochlorothiazide, but it is linked to an

People living with HIV have slightly higher incidence of COPD, study confirms

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The incidence of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is slightly but significantly higher among people living with HIV than among HIV-negative

REFILE-Violinist plays Mahler and Gershwin to save her music as surgeons remove brain tumor

(Corrects he to she in last graf) By Reuters Staff LONDON (Reuters) - A patient at a British hospital played Mahler and Gershwin on the violin while a tumor was removed from her brain so that surgeons

End-of-life wishes may not be honored in the hospital

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Patients with documented treatment-limiting medical orders who are hospitalized near the end of life often receive care that is inconsistent with their

Stents could help protect against coronary obstruction after TAVR

By David Douglas NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In patients at high risk of coronary obstruction after transcatheter aortic-valve replacement (TAVR), stent implantation could offer advantages compared

When parents hope for a miracle, communication is key

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - When parents hope for a miracle for their critically ill child, pediatricians must maintain a careful balance between advocating for good medicine and

Violinist plays Mahler and Gershwin to save her music as surgeons remove brain tumor

By Reuters Staff LONDON (Reuters) - A patient at a British hospital played Mahler and Gershwin on the violin while a tumor was removed from her brain so that surgeons could preserve her ability to

Children prey to online ads of harmful products, regulation needed - UN study

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - Children and adolescents are being bombarded with ads on social media promoting harmful products from fast food to tobacco and alcohol, according to a United

Swiss postpone global patient safety summit amid coronavirus outbreak

By Reuters Staff ZURICH (Reuters) - The Swiss government has postponed an annual patient safety summit scheduled for the end of this month, it said on Wednesday, citing the impact of the coronavirus

Passengers depart coronavirus cruise ship at last; Japan's effort under fire

By Linda Sieg and Ryan Woo TOKYO/BEIJING (Reuters) - Hundreds of people began disembarking a cruise ship in Japan on Wednesday after being held on board for more than two weeks under quarantine, as

China HIV patients risk running out of AIDS drugs in days -UNAIDS

By Kate Kelland and Roxanne Liu LONDON/BEIJING (Reuters) - HIV patients in China risk running out of life-saving AIDS drugs because quarantines and lockdowns aimed at containing the coronavirus

Rates of melanoma tied to UV exposure vary widely across U.S.

By Linda Carroll (Reuters Health) - Rates of melanoma caused by exposure to the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays vary widely from state to state, a new U.S. study suggests. Researchers found the highest

Sedentary adolescents more prone to depression at age 18

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Sedentary teens may be more likely than their active peers to be depressed, and a new study suggests even light exercise like walking might help reduce this risk.

Clinical data identify psychoses subgroups

By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Subgroups of patients with schizophrenia and other affective disorders were identified through data-driven clustering, a technique that analyzes clinical

Home cleaning products may up risk of childhood asthma

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - New parents who obsessively clean their homes to protect babies from germs might want to relax a bit, suggests a new study linking high exposure to cleaning

Sexual orientation, gender identity tied to skin cancer risk

By Linda Carroll (Reuters Health) - Skin cancer risk may vary according to sexual orientation and gender identity, two new studies suggest. An analysis of survey data from more than 800,000 U.S.

Polygenic risk scores do not improve prediction of heart disease

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Polygenic risk scores do not meaningfully improve the prediction of coronary-artery disease (CAD), compared with clinical risk scores, according to a pair

Even low-dose methotrexate can cause adverse effects

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Low-dose methotrexate can be associated with gastrointestinal, pulmonary, infectious, hematologic and other adverse effects (AEs), according to an analysis

Russian blogger's HIV documentary reaches millions, draws Kremlin praise

By Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber MOSCOW (Reuters) - A hard-hitting YouTube documentary about Russia's HIV epidemic by a popular blogger has attracted more than 13 million views in a week and even drawn

Sanofi teams up with U.S. agency against coronavirus

By Reuters Staff PARIS (Reuters) - French drugmaker Sanofi is working with a U.S. government agency to develop a vaccine against the new coronavirus from China, saying it could have a candidate ready

Kids' survival after kidney transplantation improving

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Survival after kidney transplantation during childhood and adolescence has improved substantially in the past four decades, according to findings from the

New score identifies patients at risk for progressive nonalcoholic steatohepatitis

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A newly developed score can accurately identify patients at risk for progressive nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), thereby sparing patients unlikely to

Some evidence supports bladder stimulation in pre-continent children

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Bladder-stimulation techniques may be effective in stimulating urine in children who are not toilet-trained, but there is still too little data to determine

New guidelines on sepsis in kids urge child-specific care

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - New guidelines on sepsis in children provide recommendations for timely and appropriate, child-specific care for this deadly condition. "Millions of

Upping opioid dose may not be helpful in chronic pain

By David Douglas NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In patients with chronic musculoskeletal pain, an increase in opioid dosage appears to be of no clear benefit, according to a two-year study. As Dr.

New targeted drug yields promising activity in advanced kidney cancer

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A new targeted drug has shown encouraging results in patients with heavily pretreated metastatic clear-cell kidney cancer. The drug, now known as MK-6482,

ANALYSIS-A nervous wait at Louisiana abortion clinic at center of U.S. Supreme Court fight

By Lawrence Hurley SHREVEPORT, La. (Reuters) - A 27-year-old woman from southern Arkansas waited nervously at the Hope Medical Group for Women after traveling two hours for a medical procedure that is

Athletics-Fitness app Strava finds love-hate relationship with running

By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - Only a fraction of people who run do so because they love it, and most are motivated by boosting their body image and improving their heart and mental health,

New French health minister: 'credible risk' of coronavirus pandemic

By Reuters Staff PARIS (Reuters) - New French health minister Olivier Veran said on Tuesday there is a "credible risk" China's coronavirus outbreak could turn into a pandemic, spreading across the

Japan plans HIV drug trials to fight coronavirus as Diamond Princess cases rise

By Sakura Murakami and Ju-min Park TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan plans to start trials of HIV medications to treat coronavirus patients as an increase in the number of cases poses a growing threat to the

New guidelines address management of chronic insomnia, OSA

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - New guidelines from the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Department of Defense (DoD) address the management of chronic insomnia disorder and

Chinese doctors using plasma therapy on coronavirus, WHO says "very valid" approach

By Reuters Staff SHANGHAI/GENEVA (Reuters) - Doctors in Shanghai are using hyperimmune globulin derived from plasma of patients who have recovered from the coronavirus to treat those still battling

Light sedation, no sedation mortality comparable in ventilated ICU patients

By Reuters Staff (Reuters Health) - Among intensive care unit patients receiving mechanical ventilation, it makes little difference whether they are receiving light sedation with daily interruption or

Young cancer survivors face severe health problems, higher mortality

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - People who survive cancer during childhood and early adulthood are more likely to experience severe, life-threatening health problems and die prematurely, a recent

'Cancer does not wait': Children's medicine shortage stokes anger in Mexico

By Diego Oré MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Hermes Soto, who turned 5 on Monday, will not be celebrating his birthday with friends. Instead, he is bracing for his 15th chemotherapy session to tackle a rare

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