Tag: health

U.S. Congress seeks answers on patient privacy in Google, Ascension cloud deal

FILE PHOTO: An illuminated Google logo is seen inside an office building in Zurich, Switzerland December 5, 2018. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann/File Photo SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Four Democratic leaders on the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce committee on Monday wrote Alphabet Inc’s Google and Ascension Health demanding briefings by Dec. 6 on how patient […]

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Most parents struggle to distinguish teen angst from depression

(Reuters Health) – Telling the difference between a teen’s normal ups and downs and something bigger is among top challenges parents face in identifying youth depression, a new national poll suggests. The C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health asked a national sample of parents with children in middle, junior high, or high […]

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NHS staff shortages put ‘cancer survival rates at risk’

Progress on treating cancer has stalled in Scotland because of staff shortages and a lack of funding, according to a parliamentary report. The Scottish Parliament’s Cross-Party Group on Cancer found that 18% of cancer patients in June were not seen within the six-week target. The report, which will be published later, has been described as […]

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China’s Inner Mongolia reports fresh bubonic plague case

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s Inner Mongolia reported a fresh, confirmed case of bubonic plague on Sunday, despite an earlier declaration by the country’s health officials that the risk of an outbreak was minimal. The health commission of the autonomous region said a 55-year-old man was diagnosed with the disease after he ate wild rabbit meat […]

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Switch to vaping ‘helps smokers’ hearts’

Smokers can improve the health of their hearts within weeks of switching to e-cigarettes, the largest trial of its kind shows. The month-long study of 114 smokers suggests vaping has the potential to reduce heart attack and stroke risk. The team, at the University of Dundee, stressed vaping was “not safe” – just less harmful […]

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FDA panel unanimously backs expanding use of Amarin’s heart drug Vascepa

(Reuters) – A panel of experts to the U.S. FDA recommended allowing Amarin Corp Plc’s fish-oil derived drug to be used as an add-on therapy for reducing the chance of heart attacks and strokes in high-risk patients with cardiovascular disease. The panel on Thursday voted 16-0 in favor of expanding approval, potentially opening up a […]

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Diabetes tied to increased risk of hidden spinal fractures

(Reuters Health) – People with type 2 diabetes are more likely than others to develop spinal fractures that sometimes have no obvious symptoms but are tied to increased risk of future broken bones, a research review suggests. The analysis focused on so-called vertebral fractures, also known as compression fractures, that happen when bones in the […]

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Getting NHS back on track ‘could take many years’

NHS waiting times have lengthened so much that it could take many years to get them back on target in England, experts say. There are three flagship NHS waiting time targets covering cancer, A&E and routine operations. It is more than three years since any of them were hit in England. And despite the pledges […]

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J&J blockbuster loses ground to biosimilars despite Quebec court ruling

TORONTO/MONTREAL (Reuters) – Johnson & Johnson’s (JNJ.N) Remicade, a blockbuster drug that treats autoimmune disorders, has steadily lost market share among patients enrolled in the Canadian province of Quebec’s public drug program, even after a court ruling reinstated full coverage in January, a Reuters analysis of government data shows. FILE PHOTO: The company logo for […]

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