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China births drop 3.5 percent in 2017 - China Daily

12 hours 8 min ago
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Births in mainland China fell by 3.5 percent to 17.23 million last year, the China Daily reported on Friday, citing figures from the country's statistics bureau.

FDA plans more restrictive policy for bulk drug compounding

14 hours 14 min ago
(Reuters) - The head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday said it is preparing a new, more restrictive policy targeting what drugs compounding pharmacies can produce that do not go through the agency's approval process.

Canada's Ontario to stop putting the mentally ill in solitary confinement

14 hours 25 min ago
TORONTO (Reuters) - Ontario, Canada's most populous province, will stop putting people with mental illness in indefinite solitary confinement and begin phasing out segregation entirely amid growing pressure for Canadian governments to end treatment the United Nations has deemed "torture."

One surprising reason for more positive pregnancy tests this month

14 hours 40 min ago
(Reuters Health) - - Lots of couples in predominantly Christian countries may be looking at positive pregnancy tests this month at least in part because of cultural forces that encourage mating around major holidays like Christmas, suggests a recent study.

Denial of abortion leads to economic hardship for low-income women

15 hours 46 min ago
(Reuters Health) - - Women who want an abortion but are denied one are more likely to spend years living in poverty than women who have abortions, a new study suggests.

Gardening may help cancer survivors eat better, feel greater ‘worth’

15 hours 57 min ago
(Reuters Health) - - For cancer survivors, three seasons of home vegetable gardening may increase physical activity, fruits and vegetables in the diet and also enhance feelings of self-worth, researchers say.

Being around natural greenery may cheer up even adolescents

January 18, 2018 - 11:54pm
(Reuters Health) - - Exposure to trees and other greenery has been shown to stave off depression in adults, and a new U.S. study finds the same may be true for teenagers.

Canada's Aurora to sell medical marijuana to Italy

January 18, 2018 - 10:44pm
(Reuters) - Canada's Aurora Cannabis Inc said on Thursday its German unit Pedanios won a contract to supply medical marijuana to the Italian market.

U.S. government to shield health workers under 'religious freedom'

January 18, 2018 - 10:13pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government is seeking to further protect the "conscience and religious freedom" of health workers whose beliefs prevent them from carrying out abortions and other procedures, in an effort likely to please conservative Christian activists and other supporters of President Donald Trump.

U.S. government creates health division for 'religious freedom'

January 18, 2018 - 9:29pm
(Reuters) - The U.S. government will create a division within its health agency that focuses on guaranteeing "conscience and religious freedom" for health workers who say their beliefs prevent them from carrying out abortions and other procedures.

U.S. court invalidates J&J cancer drug patent, hitting UK's BTG

January 18, 2018 - 3:39pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. administrative court invalidated a Johnson & Johnson patent on its blockbuster prostate cancer drug Zytiga, bringing rivals closer to selling generic versions and hitting shares in its British partner BTG Plc .

Toothpaste ingredient could fight malaria, research shows

January 18, 2018 - 3:38pm
LONDON (Reuters) - Research carried out in part by an artificially-intelligent (AI)'robot scientist' has found that a common ingredient of toothpaste could be developed to fight drug-resistant strains of malaria.

India plans to raise health spending by 11 percent in budget; less than requested

January 18, 2018 - 3:05pm
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India is poised to raise its public health spending by 11 percent in the annual budget next month, after rejecting the health minister's demand for a much bigger increase to ramp up disease control, according to government sources and documents.

Snus tobacco on the rise as Norway smoking halved in a decade

January 18, 2018 - 1:10pm
OSLO (Reuters) - The share of Norwegians who smoke on a daily basis has halved in the last decade and was last year exceeded for the first time by the use of snus, a wet snuff tobacco product, Statistics Norway said on Thursday.

U.S. court invalidates patent on J&J cancer drug Zytiga

January 18, 2018 - 5:28am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. administrative court on Wednesday invalidated a Johnson & Johnson patent on its blockbuster prostate cancer drug Zytiga, bringing rivals closer to selling generic versions.

Exclusive: Exercise? I get more than people think, Trump says

January 18, 2018 - 4:58am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Do not expect U.S. President Donald Trump to hit the gym, despite his doctor's orders.

How neighborhoods shape life with diabetes

January 18, 2018 - 4:03am
(Reuters Health) - - People with diabetes who live in poor communities with limited access to exercise facilities or grocery stores may have a harder time managing their symptoms than diabetics living in more affluent areas, a U.S. study suggests.

Heated abdominal chemo bath improves ovarian cancer survival

January 18, 2018 - 3:40am
(Reuters Health) - - A heated chemotherapy organ bath circulated throughout the abdomen after surgery can significantly prolong a woman's survival with advanced ovarian cancer, according to doctors testing the new treatment.

Senate committee advances Azar nomination as health secretary

January 18, 2018 - 1:57am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Senate committee on Wednesday voted to move forward the nomination of Alex Azar, a former drug industry executive and lobbyist whom President Donald Trump has tapped to be the next secretary of Health and Human Services.

Brazilians rush to get yellow fever vaccinations amid fatal cases

January 18, 2018 - 1:47am
BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazilians lined up for hours to get yellow fever vaccinations in Brazil's largest states, alarmed by the increase in the number of fatal cases of infection and a warning from the World Health Organization to tourists visiting parts of the country.