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Nearly 1,000 Madagascar children dead of measles since October: WHO

Nearly 1,000 Madagascar children dead of measles since October: WHO

GENEVA (Reuters) – At least 922 children and young adults have died of measles in Madagascar since October, despite a huge emergency vaccination program, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday. The number of deaths is based on official numbers, but these are likely to be very incomplete, as is the current total of […]

Push-up capacity may predict men's heart disease risk

Push-up capacity may predict men's heart disease risk

(Reuters Health) – The number of push-ups a man can do in the doctor’s office may be a good predictor of his risk of developing heart disease in the coming years, new research suggests. In a study of more than 1,100 male firefighters followed for 10 years, researchers found that the risk of atherosclerosis and […]

Merck, Pfizer drug combo extends kidney cancer survival: study

Merck, Pfizer drug combo extends kidney cancer survival: study

(Reuters) – A combination of Merck & Co’s immunotherapy Keytruda and Pfizer Inc’s Inlyta helped patients with advanced kidney cancer live longer than those receiving and older Pfizer standalone therapy, according to data from a late-stage study presented on Saturday. A logo of American pharmaceutical corporation Pfizer Inc., is pictured in Toluca, Mexico October 1, […]

Leaving the hospital early can double the odds of going back

Leaving the hospital early can double the odds of going back

(Reuters Health) – Patients who discharge themselves from the hospital against medical advice are twice as likely to be back within 30 days as those who leave when doctors say they’re ready, a large U.S. study finds. “Discharges against medical advice are a common occurrence among inpatients in the U.S., affecting 1 to 2 percent […]

Asthma classes in school may help reduce attacks

Asthma classes in school may help reduce attacks

(Reuters Health) – School-age children with asthma who receive education on managing the condition may have fewer attacks, emergency room visits and hospitalizations than those who don’t get such classes, a recent study suggests. Asthma is one of the most common chronic diseases in childhood. Severe asthma attacks and breathing problems are associated with an […]

Nektar, Bristol combo drug shows signs of tumor reduction in bladder cancer patients

Nektar, Bristol combo drug shows signs of tumor reduction in bladder cancer patients

FILE PHOTO: Logo of global biopharmaceutical company Bristol-Myers Squibb is pictured on the blouse of an employee in Le Passage, near Agen, France March 29, 2018. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau (Reuters) – Nektar Therapeutics said on Friday some patients with advanced bladder cancer treated with a combination of its experimental treatment and Bristol-Myers Squibb Co’s immunotherapy, Opdivo, […]

France suggests glyphosate exit could be even slower than planned

France suggests glyphosate exit could be even slower than planned

PARIS (Reuters) – Only half of France’s farmland could do without glyphosate-based weed-killers by 2021, the country’s farm minister suggested, further lowering an initial ambition to get rid of the controversial chemical by then. French Agriculture Minister Didier Guillaume attends an interview with Reuters in Paris, February 14, 2019. REUTERS/Charles Platiau In November 2017, President […]

U.S. Medicare plans to track CAR-T cancer therapy outcomes

U.S. Medicare plans to track CAR-T cancer therapy outcomes

(Reuters) – The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on Friday proposed coverage of expensive CAR-T cell therapies at cancer centers that meet criteria including a registry or clinical study to monitor how well patients fare for at least two years after treatment. New hospital payment terms from Medicare, the federal government healthcare […]

Money troubles tied to higher risk of heart disease for African-Americans

Money troubles tied to higher risk of heart disease for African-Americans

(Reuters Health) – African-American adults who often struggle to pay bills may be more than twice as likely to develop heart disease than their counterparts who don’t have much financial stress, a U.S. study suggests. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., and African-Americans are more likely to develop the condition […]

Indonesia to postpone halal label deadline amid industry concerns

Indonesia to postpone halal label deadline amid industry concerns

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia will push back by as much as seven years an October deadline for halal labels on food, drugs and cosmetics, after industry voiced fears the move could bring chaos and threaten supplies of life-saving vaccines and other products. In 2014, the world’s biggest Muslim-majority country adopted a measure for labels certifying […]

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