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Pedestrian-friendly road design law tied to fewer traffic deaths

March 16, 2018 - 2:02am
(Reuters Health) - Pedestrian deaths have decreased significantly in Florida since the state implemented a law mandating roadway design that accommodates walkers and cyclists from the beginning, according to a new study.

Sexual orientation top risk for suicidal thoughts in college freshmen

March 16, 2018 - 1:46am
(Reuters Health) - Nearly one third of first-year college students have thought about suicide, according to a study across eight countries, and non-heterosexual identity or feelings were the biggest risks for this kind of thinking or behavior.

South Africa's listeria outbreak in early stages, will spread: minister

March 15, 2018 - 10:58pm
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - The worst listeria outbreak on record is only in its early stages and will likely infect more people in South Africa and the region, health minister Aaron Motsoaledi said on Thursday.

FDA takes fresh step towards curbing U.S. nicotine addiction

March 15, 2018 - 10:47pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration took a fresh step on Thursday towards setting a maximum nicotine level for tobacco products in a bid to lower tobacco-related deaths across the country, saying it would collect public comment and scientific research over the next three months.

Many transgender patients pay cash for gender-affirming surgery

March 15, 2018 - 10:21pm
(Reuters Health) - Even though a growing number of transgender patients now use insurance for gender-affirming surgery, almost half are still paying cash for procedures their health plans don’t cover, a U.S. study suggests.

ATM pharmacy to cut queues for South Africa's AIDS patients

March 15, 2018 - 9:15pm
ALEXANDRA, South Africa (Reuters) - South Africa has launched an ATM-like vending machine to dispense medicines to patients with chronic illnesses such as AIDS in a move aimed at reducing waiting times and congestion in public healthcare facilities.

Probiotics during pregnancy tied to lower eczema risk for kids

March 15, 2018 - 8:53pm
(Reuters Health) - Women who take probiotics while they’re pregnant and breastfeeding could be less likely to have children with eczema than mothers who don’t, a research review suggests.

Alexion's second rare blood disorder drug could fortify future revenue

March 15, 2018 - 8:50pm
(Reuters) - Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc said its experimental drug to treat a rare blood disorder showed in an eagerly awaited study that it was not inferior to its flagship drug, Soliris, paving the way for the company to establish a dominant position in the market as competition looms.

FDA seeks research, public input in fresh move to curb nicotine addiction

March 15, 2018 - 8:19pm
(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is seeking public opinion as well as scientific research on the role nicotine plays in cigarette addiction, the agency said on Thursday, as it aims to lower tobacco-related deaths across the country.

South Africa expects listeria infections to increase

March 15, 2018 - 7:05pm
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's health minister expects the infections from the worst listeria outbreak in history that has killed 180 people since January last year to increase and warned that there could also be other cases in the southern Africa region.

South Africa to back anyone pursuing legal action in listeria outbreak

March 15, 2018 - 6:09pm
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's health minister said on Thursday the government would support anyone intending court action over the worst listeria outbreak in history that has killed 180 people since January last year.

Green Crack, Blue Dream, Gorilla Glue: The problem of pricing pot

March 15, 2018 - 4:37pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - In 2014, as Jonathan Rubin and Ian Laird considered investing in the booming U.S. cannabis industry, they hit a problem: How to value pot starts-ups with little verified data on the price of the weed itself?

Alexion's rare blood disorder drug succeeds in late-stage study

March 15, 2018 - 4:21pm
(Reuters) - Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc said its experimental drug, ALXN1210, met the main goal in a late-stage study in patients with a rare blood disorder.

Federal judge blocks Down syndrome abortion ban in Ohio

March 15, 2018 - 6:11am
CLEVELAND (Reuters) - A federal judge on Wednesday blocked an Ohio law due to take effect later this month that would criminalize abortions based on a Down syndrome diagnosis, ruling that it violates a woman's right to choose.

Birth defect rate pegged at 7 percent for babies born to Zika-infected women

March 15, 2018 - 2:51am
(Reuters Health) - A pregnant woman who becomes ill from the Zika virus faces a 7 percent chance that her child will be born with birth defects, and that risk jumps to nearly 13 percent if she becomes ill during the first trimester, a new study conducted in French territories in the Americas has concluded.

Patients face high out-of-pocket fees for imaging

March 15, 2018 - 2:33am
(Reuters Health) - Patients with private health insurance often face high out-of-pocket fees for advanced imaging, a U.S. study suggests.

South Dakota sues opioid makers as litigation swells

March 15, 2018 - 1:52am
(Reuters) - South Dakota on Wednesday sued three major drugmakers, accusing them of deceptively marketing prescription opioids and contributing to a nationwide epidemic.

Breast cancer patients in U.S. territories receive lower quality care

March 15, 2018 - 1:29am
(Reuters Health) - Older women with breast cancer who live in United States territories are less likely than their peers in the continental U.S. to receive recommended care, a study suggests.

Weight loss spreads within couples in ‘ripple effect’

March 14, 2018 - 10:14pm
(Reuters Health) - When one-half of a couple embraces good health, there’s a higher likelihood that the other half will, too, a recent study suggests.

Smoking tied to higher risk of hearing loss

March 14, 2018 - 9:53pm
(Reuters Health) - Smokers may be more likely to develop hearing loss than nonsmokers, and the risk increases with each additional cigarette people smoke on a typical day, a Japanese study suggests.