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Type of weight loss surgery matters for diabetes remission
6 Oct 2015 at 10:13pm
By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Diabetics considering weight-loss surgery to help send their disease into remission should opt for the most popular procedure, a gastric bypass, researchers suggest. In their study of different types of so-called bariatric surgeries, the biggest impact on diabetes remission was seen with gastric bypass, which can reduce the size of the stomach from about three pints to roughly the size of a shot glass. The researchers studied 569 obese patients with type 2 diabetes who had different types of weight-loss operations and 1,881 similar diabetics who didn?t have surgery.
Weight loss, exercise may boost fertility odds for women with PCOS
6 Oct 2015 at 10:10pm
By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Women who suffer from a leading cause of infertility may increase their odds of conception if they exercise and lose weight, a U.S. study suggests. Researchers compared pregnancy outcomes for 150 women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a condition that occurs when the female body makes higher than normal amounts of testosterone and androgens, sex hormones associated with male traits. Women with PCOS often experience irregular menstrual cycles, weight gain, excess hair on the face and body and infertility.
Nearly 700 killed by dengue in Brazil: health officials
6 Oct 2015 at 6:25pm
Health officials in Brazil said a record 693 people have died so far this year after contracting dengue fever, the deadly mosquito-borne disease running rampant across Central and South America. Most of the deaths occurred in Sao Paulo state, according to a statement from the federal health ministry, which said the deaths were the highest since 1990, when officials began compiling records tracking the number of people infected with the ailment. The actual number of fatalities is presumably higher, since the official figure reflects deaths in Brazil from dengue from the beginning of the year just through the end of August.
Right-to-die backers say California helps fight elsewhere
6 Oct 2015 at 4:54pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) ? It will soon be legal for the terminally ill to end their own lives in the nation's most populous state, and right-to-die advocates expect other states to follow California's example.
Transplanting ovarian tissue helps some women have babies
6 Oct 2015 at 4:23pm
LONDON (AP) ? The biggest study ever of women who had ovarian tissue removed, frozen and transplanted suggests the experimental technique is safe and can help about one third of them to have babies.
Post-war trauma endangers peacebuilding, economic growth: experts
6 Oct 2015 at 4:03pm
By Alex Whiting LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Traumatized by his experiences as a child soldier in South Sudan, 14-year-old Peter decided to settle an argument with two other children by taking an AK-47 from the local military barracks to shoot them. Peter, whose name has been changed to protect his identity, was one of nearly 1,800 children being reintegrated into their communities after their release earlier this year from the South Sudan Democratic Army Cobra Faction in eastern Jonglei state. Counselor Shaun Collins, who has recently returned to Britain after six months as a leader on the U.N. children's agency (UNICEF) program which helped release and reintegrate the children, decided to not to offer Peter formal therapy.
Lawsuit over DuPont Teflon-making chemical C8 goes to jury
6 Oct 2015 at 3:52pm
By Kathy Lynn Gray COLUMBUS, Ohio (Reuters) - The first lawsuit against DuPont by a cancer patient who claims her disease was linked to a chemical used in the making of Teflon went to jurors at a U.S. federal court in Ohio on Tuesday after three weeks of testimony. Plaintiff Carla M. Bartlett is trying to prove that C8, which leached into drinking water near one of DuPont's plants in West Virginia, gave her kidney cancer and that DuPont's recklessness is to blame.
Obama makes pitch to win support for Pacific trade pact
6 Oct 2015 at 3:44pm
By Krista Hughes and Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama kicked off a sales pitch on Tuesday for a 12-nation Pacific Rim trade agreement, urging farmers to push their lawmakers to approve what he called a "generational deal." Although ultimate winners and losers from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) are still unclear, some Republicans are worried about its impact on industries including dairy, tobacco and pharmaceuticals, highlighting the battle ahead to win votes. Obama was upbeat about winning support in the Republican-controlled Congress for the pact, which will cut trade barriers and expand access to 40 percent of the world economy. "Ultimately we?re going to get this done, and it will be an enormous achievement for us to be able to make sure that 40 percent of the world?s economy is operating under rules that don?t hurt us," Obama told agricultural and business leaders gathered at the U.S. Agriculture Department.
Montana judge rules lethal injection drug violates state law
6 Oct 2015 at 3:42pm
Montana law stipulates that one of the drugs in its lethal injection mix must be an "ultra fast-acting barbiturate" and the current drug intended to play that role, pentobarbital, does not meet that criteria, District Court Judge Jeffrey Sherlock said in his ruling. The decision is unlikely to have any immediate impact in Montana, which has no executions planned and has conducted only three since 1976, when the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty.
Futuristic Device Fixes Holes In The Heart Without Invasive Surgery
6 Oct 2015 at 3:10pm
Scientists in Boston have come up with an ingenious new way to repair life-threatening holes in patients' hearts and other organs.Instead of invasive surgery and the risk that entails, the new technique makes use of an ultraviolet-light-enabled catheter that patches the holes using a plug made of a biodegradable, light-activated...
Express Scripts sees $750 million in spending on new cholesterol drugs
6 Oct 2015 at 3:06pm
Express Scripts Holding Co, the largest manager of prescription drug plans for U.S. employers and health plans, said it has reached deals to cover two costly new cholesterol drugs and expects to spend no more than $750 million on them next year. The injected drugs - Repatha from Amgen Inc and Praluent from partners Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc and Sanofi - each have list prices of more than $14,000 a year. Express Scripts, which has been a vocal critic of rising U.S. drug prices, would not comment on how much of a discount it had negotiated.
Factors in middle school tied to impaired driving later on
6 Oct 2015 at 3:05pm
By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - Risk factors for intoxicated driving in high school, or for riding with impaired drivers, may be evident in children as young as 12, a new study suggests. Middle-schoolers with positive attitudes toward marijuana or recent alcohol use, for example, were at increased risk of driving under the influence and riding with drinking drivers as teens, the authors found. Regular conversations with adolescents may help parents and caregivers identify the youngsters who are at risk, said senior author Elizabeth D'Amico, of the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, California.
GE probing similar engine parts in wake of BA plane fire
6 Oct 2015 at 2:47pm
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said last month that a failure in the plane's GE90 engine was not contained by the engine's casing and that it had found several pieces of the high pressure compressor spool on the runway. In an update to the investigation on Tuesday, the NTSB said that a spool in the high-pressure compressor section of the engine had failed.
AmerisourceBergen to buy PharMEDium for $2.58 billion
6 Oct 2015 at 2:23pm
(Reuters) - Drug distributor AmerisourceBergen Corp agreed to buy PharMEDium Healthcare Holdings Inc for $2.58 billion from private equity firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, expanding its business of supplying compounded drugs to hospitals. Compounding is a process in which pharma products are diluted to create doses that are not sold commercially. Increased regulatory oversight following a fungal meningitis outbreak at a compounding pharmacy in 2012 has escalated the costs for hospitals to produce compounded products internally, boosting demand for large-scale firms such as PharMEDium. ...
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6 Oct 2015 at 2:23pm
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