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Congo approves use of Ebola vaccination to fight outbreak
KINSHASA (Reuters) - Democratic Republic of Congo's health ministry has approved the use of a new Ebola vaccine to counter an outbreak of the hemorrhagic fever in its northeast that has killed four people, a spokesman said on Monday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 29, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

WHO says India reports cases of Zika virus
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India has reported cases of the Zika virus, the World Health Organization said, adding that efforts should be made to strengthen surveillance. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Bulgaria to conduct food product checks amid quality concerns
SOFIA (Reuters) - Bulgaria said on Saturday it would conduct checks on different food products of multinational companies sold in the Balkan state and compare them with food sold in richer western European countries, amid concerns over quality. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Sensory and diet therapies for autism lack strong evidence
(Reuters Health) - - There is little or no evidence to support many popular therapies that aim to help children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), according to two new reviews of existing research. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

CVS's Omnicare to pay $23 million to resolve U.S. kickback case
BOSTON (Reuters) - CVS Health Corp's Omnicare unit has agreed to pay $23 million to resolve a long-running whistleblower lawsuit alleging that it took kickbacks from a drugmaker, according to settlement papers released on Friday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

'Heat-not-burn' cigarettes still release cancer-causing chemicals
(Reuters Health) - - A new type of "heat-not-burn" cigarette releases some of the same cancer-causing chemicals found in traditional cigarette smoke, a recent experiment suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Tremors tied to recreational drugs can linger in former users
(Reuters Health) - - Recreational drugs like “MDMA” and amphetamines have long been linked to a variety of movement disorders, and a new study suggests that basic motor skill impairment may linger even among former users. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Several non-drug options help with fatigue during, after cancer treatment
Non-drug approaches that work best at relieving cancer-related fatigue may differ during and after cancer treatment, according to an analysis of past trials. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Older adults might be able to stave off arthritis knee pain with fiber
Older people who eat the most fiber are at lower risk of developing knee pain and stiffness due to osteoarthritis (OA), new research shows. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Safe Sex: Chinese buy condom business as savvy youth spur demand
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - April Zhang, a 21-year-old student from Shanghai, reflects the fast-shifting attitudes of China's younger generations toward sex. She's confident to talk about a topic once taboo here and is well educated about the risks. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

U.S. college teaches veterans to heal each others' mental wounds
NEWTON, Mass. (Reuters) - Former U.S. Army Specialist Tara Barney will never forget the 2013 night when a fellow soldier cried as he described holding a dying friend in his arms, a wartime memory he had not shared with anyone. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

German kindergartens must report parents for refusing vaccine advice under new law
BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany will pass a law next week obliging kindergartens to inform the authorities if parents fail to provide evidence that they have received advice from their doctor on vaccinating their children, the health ministry said on Friday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Walking linked to improved brain function
A moderate-intensity walking regimen may reduce symptoms of mild cognitive impairment that are linked to poor blood vessel health in the brain, a small study suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Alcohol, drug, violence and self harm among teens need similar attention
It's obvious that youngsters who harm themselves need psychiatric care, but drugs, alcohol, and violent injuries should set off similar mental-health alarm bells, researchers say. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Red meat tied to higher risk of dying from many diseases
Eating more red meat is associated with an increased risk of dying from eight common diseases including cancer, diabetes and heart disease, as well as “all other causes” of death, according to a recent U.S. study. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Does telling patients of possible side effects make them more likely?
Patients who are told their medication can have certain side effects may report these symptoms more often than patients who aren't aware their treatment carries these risks, a study of popular cholesterol pills suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

How good are activity trackers at counting calories burned?
People who wear activity trackers to count the calories they're burning are probably not getting accurate estimates, suggests a new study. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Activists call on In-N-Out Burger to join the superbug fight
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Nearly three dozen consumer, environmental and public health groups on Thursday pressed privately held In-N-Out Burger to make good on its vow to set time lines for phasing out the use of beef raised with antibiotics vital to human health. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

U.S. Alzheimer's deaths jump 54 percent; many increasingly dying at home
CHICAGO (Reuters) - U.S. deaths from Alzheimer's disease rose by more than 50 percent from 1999 to 2014, and rates are expected to continue to rise, reflecting the nation's aging population and increasing life expectancy, American researchers said on Thursday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Celiac disease symptoms more likely to resolve in children
(Reuters Health) - In response to a strict gluten-free diet, celiac disease symptoms are more likely to go away in children than in adults, researchers say. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Modi's generics-only drugs plan worries health experts, Indian pharma sector
MUMBAI (Reuters) - India's plan to bring in a law to ensure doctors prescribe medicines only by their generic names risks proliferating the sale of substandard drugs in a country where regulation is already lax, doctors and pharmaceutical executives say. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Brazilian doctors use fish skin to treat burn victims
FORTALEZA, Brazil (Reuters) - Researchers in Brazil are experimenting with a new treatment for severe burns using the skin of tilapia fish, an unorthodox procedure they say can ease the pain of victims and cut medical costs. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Drug approvals bounce back as R & D labs churn out new winners
LONDON (Reuters) - The number of new drugs approved for sale in United States and Europe has bounced back this year, suggesting a marked slowdown in 2016 was an aberration rather than a sign of flagging research and development productivity. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Under U.S. Republican bill, 23 million would lose health coverage: watchdog
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bill passed by U.S. House Republicans would cause 23 million people to lose healthcare coverage by 2026 while de-stabilizing health insurance markets in some states and making it hard for sick people to buy insurance, a budget watchdog agency said on Wednesday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Estimated 23 mln would lose health insurance under Republican bill: CBO
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An estimated 23 million people would lose health coverage by 2026 under Republican legislation aimed at repealing Obamacare, a nonpartisan congressional agency said on Wednesday in the first calculation of the new bill's potential impact. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Deadly brain infection in German MS patient prompts Roche investigation
ZURICH (Reuters) - A person in Germany treated with Roche Holding AG ’s new multiple sclerosis drug Ocrevus has been diagnosed with an often-deadly brain infection after switching from another medication earlier this year, the Swiss drugmaker said on Wednesday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Exclusive: McConnell frets about healthcare, hopeful on tax overhaul
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Wednesday he does not yet know how Republicans will amass the votes needed to pass legislation now being crafted to dismantle Obamacare, but expressed some optimism on another top priority, overhauling the tax code. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Foot mat may help predict who will get a common diabetes complication
An experimental foot-temperature monitoring system might one day be able to detect when diabetic patients are developing foot ulcers, a common complication that can lead to infections and amputations, a small study suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

GW to file cannabis drug as journal confirms epilepsy success
LONDON (Reuters) - GW Pharmaceuticals is set to file its cannabis-derived drug with U.S. regulators imminently, following publication of detailed data on its success in fighting severe childhood epilepsy. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Estimated 23 million would lose health insurance under Republican bill: CBO
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An estimated 23 million people would lose health coverage by 2026 under Republican legislation aimed at repealing Obamacare, a nonpartisan congressional agency said on Wednesday in the first calculation of the new bill's potential impact. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Adolescent ADHD linked to teen parenthood
Adolescents who have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder are much more likely than peers without ADHD to become teenaged parents, according to a large Danish study. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Roche investigating case of patient illness after taking MS drug
ZURICH (Reuters) - A person in Germany treated with Roche ’s new multiple sclerosis drug Ocrevus has been diagnosed with an often-deadly brain infection after switching from another medication earlier this year, the Swiss drugmaker said on Wednesday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Former Heritage Pharma executives settle with states
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two former executives of Heritage Pharmaceuticals who pleaded guilty to fixing drug prices in January have agreed to settle with 41 states and territories involved in the probe, the Connecticut attorney general's office said on Wednesday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Exclusive: McConnell expects bipartisan support for bill reauthorizing FDA user fees
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell told Reuters on Wednesday he expects bipartisan support for approval of a bill authorizing taxpayer and industry funding for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Exclusive: U.S. Senate's McConnell sees tough path for passing healthcare bill
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday said he has yet to hit upon a formula for repealing Obamacare and replacing it with a new healthcare program, but he expressed some optimism on another top priority, overhauling the tax code. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

U.S. FDA panel backs Puma Biotech's breast cancer drug
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Puma Biotechnology Inc's experimental breast cancer drug reduces the risk of disease recurrence and should be approved, an advisory committee to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration concluded on Wednesday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

For healthier arteries, eat more fruits and vegetables
(Reuters Health) - Eating more fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of peripheral artery disease, according to a study of more than 3.6 million individuals in the U.S. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Anthem still weighing 2018 Obamacare individual participation
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Anthem Inc on Wednesday said its plans for selling 2018 Obamacare individual plans are still up in the air because of political and regulatory uncertainty, making it the latest health insurer to say questions about continued funding of government subsidies will affect consumers next year. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

French drugmaker Servier to face trial over weight-loss Mediator
PARIS (Reuters) - The Paris prosecutor's office said on Wednesday that drugmaker Servier as well as the French drug regulator should face trial over weight-loss pill Mediator, believed to have caused at least 500 deaths in one of France's worst health scandals. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Anti-delirium strategy reduces after-surgery confusion in elderly
(Reuters Health) - A daily 30-minute regimen designed to help elderly surgery patients stay oriented can cut the rate of post-operative delirium in half and help them return home sooner, according to a test among 377 volunteers in Taipei. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Anthem weighing 2018 Obamacare individual participation by state
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Anthem Inc is looking at all 14 states where it sells Obamacare individual plans to determine to what extent it will participate next year, given the continued uncertainty around subsidies and regulations, its chief executive officer said on Wednesday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Anthem weighing Obamacare individual market in each state
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Anthem Inc is looking at each state to determine what its participation in the Obamacare individual market will be next year given the political and regulatory uncertainty, Chief Executive Officer Joseph Swedish said on Wednesday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

New WHO head seeks U.S. bipartisan support for global health
GENEVA (Reuters) - The new head of the World Health Organization (WHO) voiced hope on Wednesday that bipartisan support would prevail in the U.S. Congress to fund global health initiatives, despite deep budget cuts proposed by the Trump administration. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

UK biotech boasts Europe's best pipeline as Brexit threat looms
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's biotech sector boasts the strongest new drug pipeline in Europe but industry leaders say it needs continued access to global talent, funding and regulatory clarity to thrive in the future - all of which could be jeopardized by Brexit. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 23, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Chocolate tied to decreased risk of irregular heart rhythm
Eating a small amount of chocolate every week or so may decrease the risk of a common and serious type of irregular heart rhythm, according to a new study of people in Denmark. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 23, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Republicans push back against Trump plan to cut foreign aid
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's fellow Republicans in Congress on Tuesday assailed his proposed cuts in the diplomatic and foreign aid budget, making it unlikely the cutbacks in global health, peacekeeping and other programs will take effect. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 23, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

FDA clears Merck's Keytruda based on cancer genetics, not location
(Reuters) - Merck& Co's immunotherapy Keytruda on Tuesday became the first cancer drug ever approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration based on a patients' specific genetic traits, regardless of where in the body the disease originated. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 23, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

FDA clears Merck's Keytruda for cancers with certain genetic traits
(Reuters) - Merck& Co's immunotherapy Keytruda chalked up another approval on Tuesday as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said the cancer medicine can be used to treat children and adults who carry a specific genetic feature regardless of where the disease originated. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 23, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Teaching hospitals in U.S. are expensive, but have lower death rates
Academic medical centers, increasingly spurned by insurers for being more expensive than community hospitals, appear to have lower death rates for older adults than other facilities, a U.S. study suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 23, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

FDA clears Merck's Keytruda for cancer patients with certain biomarkers
(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved Merck& Co's immuno-oncology treatment, Keytruda, for cancer patients who carry a specific genetic feature. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 23, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news