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Avatars can help schizophrenia patients control threatening voices

1 hour 58 min ago
LONDON, Nov 23 (Reuters) - - An experimental therapy for people with schizophrenia that brings them face to face with a computer avatar representing the tormenting voices in their heads has proved promising in early stage trials.

Germany reports outbreak of mild bird flu on farm: OIE

November 23, 2017 - 11:15pm
PARIS (Reuters) - Germany has reported an outbreak of low pathogenic H5N2 bird flu on a farm in the Lower Saxony region in the north of the country, the Paris-based World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Thursday.

Unhealthy lifestyle may cause half of diverticulitis cases

November 23, 2017 - 9:49pm
(Reuters Health) - Men’s risk for a painful inflammation of colon walls may be drastically reduced if they follow an overall healthy lifestyle, a recent U.S. study suggests.

Fatty liver linked to a shrinking brain

November 23, 2017 - 9:48pm
(Reuters Health) - Fatty liver disease that is not related to excess drinking is associated with greater brain shrinkage than normally happens with age, researchers say.

Pre-surgery cognitive screen can flag elderly complications risk

November 23, 2017 - 9:46pm
(Reuters Health) - Screening older surgery patients for cognitive impairment can catch undiagnosed problems that raise risk for complications, researchers say.

Pregnant and breastfeeding women travelers underprotected from disease

November 23, 2017 - 9:45pm
(Reuters Health) - Pregnant and breastfeeding women who travel to places with high risk of diseases like malaria and yellow fever are less likely than other women travelers to be protected by vaccines and drugs, recent U.S. research suggests.

Teva Pharmaceutical set for major layoffs in Israel, U.S.: report

November 23, 2017 - 2:50pm
TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Teva Pharmaceutical Industries is expected to cut 20-25 percent of its 6,860 workers in Israel and a few thousand more in the United States, financial news website Calcalist reported on Thursday.

Bayer pharmaceuticals head says there's no pipeline problem

November 23, 2017 - 2:46pm
LEVERKUSEN, Germany (Reuters) - Bayer is seeking to defend its pharmaceuticals business that will be diluted in importance by the takeover of Monsanto and faces a threat to revenues in 2024 when the blockbuster heart drug Xarelto loses its patent.

Exclusive: India pares back planned funding for crucial public health scheme

November 23, 2017 - 9:41am
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India has approved a three-year budget for its flagship public health program almost 20 percent lower than what the health ministry said was needed, according to sources and previously unreported government documents reviewed by Reuters.

U.S. judge strikes down Texas measure to limit second-trimester abortions

November 23, 2017 - 5:38am
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A U.S. district judge on Wednesday struck down parts of a Texas law that would ban the most common type of second-trimester abortions in the state, after plaintiffs argued the procedure was safe, legal and necessary for women's health.

Three coffees a day linked to more health than harm: study

November 23, 2017 - 5:25am
LONDON (Reuters) - People who drink three to four cups of coffee a day are more likely to see health benefits than harm, experiencing lower risks of premature death and heart disease than those who abstain, scientists said on Wednesday.

U.S. judge strikes down Texas law to limit second-trimester abortions

November 23, 2017 - 4:27am
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A U.S. district judge in Austin on Wednesday struck down parts of a Texas law that would restrict the most common type of second-trimester abortions in the state, after plaintiffs argued the procedure was safe, legal and necessary for women's health.

Judge strikes down Texas law to limit second-trimester abortions

November 23, 2017 - 3:56am
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A U.S. district judge in Austin on Wednesday struck down parts of a Texas law that would restrict the most common type of second-trimester abortions in the state, after plaintiffs argued the procedure is safe, legal and necessary for women's health.

Ex-WellCare general counsel gets six months in U.S. prison

November 23, 2017 - 12:15am
(Reuters) - A former general counsel of insurer WellCare Health Plans Inc was sentenced on Wednesday to six months in prison for making a false statement to Florida's Medicaid program as part of what prosecutors called a sophisticated healthcare fraud scheme.

Female doctors adjust lives to accommodate home

November 22, 2017 - 10:14pm
(Reuters Health) - Female physicians are more likely to make professional adjustments to accommodate their responsibilities at home, according to a new study.

Sign-up pace slows in third week of 2018 Obamacare enrollment

November 22, 2017 - 9:39pm
(Reuters) - The pace slowed in the third week of enrollment for 2018 Obamacare individual insurance as nearly 800,000 people signed up through the federal government website HealthCare.gov, down about 75,000 people from the previous week, a U.S. government agency reported on Wednesday.

Motorcycle crashes cause far more severe injuries than car accidents

November 22, 2017 - 9:26pm
(Reuters Health) - Motorcycle crashes are much more likely to cause severe injuries, fatalities and extensive medical costs than car accidents, a Canadian study suggests.

Many hospitals lack specialists for hand, face emergencies

November 22, 2017 - 9:24pm
(Reuters Health) - In an emergency involving face or hand trauma, barely one in four hospitals can muster a specialist surgeon, a recent U.S. study suggests.

Gold mining firms set aside $360 million for South Africa silicosis law suit

November 22, 2017 - 9:04pm
CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - Six gold mining firms, including Anglo American, have made a 5 billion rand ($361 million) provision to settle a class action law suit with thousands of miners who contracted fatal lung diseases while working in South African mines, an industry document said on Wednesday.

U.S. FDA approves first two-drug HIV regimen in win for GSK

November 22, 2017 - 2:22pm
(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first two-drug regimen to treat HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, aimed at lessening the side effect burden of current treatments that combine three or four medicines.

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