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Leaving the hospital early can double the odds of going back
15 Feb 2019 at 10:33am
(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.
Push-up capacity may predict men's heart disease risk
15 Feb 2019 at 8:12am
(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.
Money troubles tied to higher risk of heart disease for African-Americans
15 Feb 2019 at 7:03am
(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.
France suggests glyphosate exit could be even slower than planned
15 Feb 2019 at 6:43am
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.
U.S. proposes Medicare coverage for CAR-T cancer therapies
15 Feb 2019 at 6:31am
The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on Friday proposed Medicare coverage of approved CAR-T cell therapies that use the patient's immune system to fight cancer.
Nearly 1,000 Madagascar children dead of measles since October: WHO
15 Feb 2019 at 3:50am
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.
Explainer: Low vaccination rates, global outbreaks fuel U.S. measles spread
15 Feb 2019 at 3:08am
A measles outbreak that has stricken at least 225 people in New York state since October began with a traveler who visited Israel during the Jewish high holidays and returned to a predominantly ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighborhood of Rockland County.
Indonesia to postpone halal label deadline amid industry concerns
14 Feb 2019 at 11:18pm
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.
Bayer stresses drug's tolerability in bid for prostate cancer market
14 Feb 2019 at 1:48pm
Bayer is banking on the mild side effects of its experimental prostate cancer drug darolutamide, as it prepares to take on established rival products by Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson.
Delayed newborn baths tied to higher breastfeeding rates
14 Feb 2019 at 1:14pm
(Reuters Health) - Newborns who don't get baths right away may be more likely to be exclusively breastfed than infants who get whisked away to be washed soon after delivery, a U.S. study suggests.
More young adults binge-drinking well into their 20s
14 Feb 2019 at 1:04pm
(Reuters Health) - More young men and women are binge-drinking into their mid- and late-20s today than a generation ago, increasing their risk of accidental injuries, deaths and a variety of chronic illnesses, researchers say.
Breast-density notification letters may be too dense
14 Feb 2019 at 12:53pm
(Reuters Health) - Post-mammogram form letters telling women about dense breasts may be more confusing than helpful if they are difficult to read and understand, researchers say.
Paramedics not washing their hands nearly enough
14 Feb 2019 at 9:26am
(Reuters Health) - Hand hygiene compliance among paramedics may be "remarkably low," according to a study that monitored ambulance workers in Scandinavia and Australia over six months.
Merck to further study Keytruda in prostate cancer after early success
14 Feb 2019 at 6:51am
Merck & Co Inc said on Thursday it was launching three late-stage studies for its cancer immunotherapy Keytruda as a combination treatment for prostate cancer after the drug showed anti-tumor activity in an early-stage trial.
Precious antibiotics still being used to boost animal growth: OIE
14 Feb 2019 at 3:34am
Farmers in 45 countries still use antibiotics to boost animal growth, despite warnings from health experts and bans on the practice in many parts of the world, the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) said on Thursday.