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CDC classifies three drug-resistant bacterial infections as urgent public-health threats

CDC classifies three drug-resistant bacterial infections as urgent public-health threats

September 16, 2013 1:00 pm by | 0 Comments

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea, a diarrhea-causing superbug and a class of fast-growing killer bacteria dubbed a “nightmare” were classified as urgent public-health threats in the United States on Monday.
According to a new report …


For states expanding Medicaid, new enrollees are likely to be younger and in better health

For states expanding Medicaid, new enrollees are likely to be younger and in better health

September 9, 2013 5:39 pm by | 0 Comments

CHICAGO (Reuters) – U.S. states that opt to expand Medicaid under President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) can expect to enroll new patients who are younger, thinner, healthier, less depressed and more likely to be white than those now cover…



Ending a long debate, U.S. panel backs lung cancer screening for high-risk groups

Ending a long debate, U.S. panel backs lung cancer screening for high-risk groups

July 29, 2013 5:01 pm by | 0 Comments

CHICAGO (Reuters) – After decades of debate, an influential U.S. panel has endorsed the use of low-dose CT scans to detect lung cancer in high-risk individuals, paving the way for insurance coverage of the test for as many as 10 million smokers and fo…


I forgot? Is it a ‘senior moment’ or an early sign of Alzheimer’s?

I forgot? Is it a ‘senior moment’ or an early sign of Alzheimer’s?

July 17, 2013 2:28 pm by | 0 Comments

CHICAGO (Reuters) – For years, doctors have dismissed patients’ worries about mild slips of memory as a normal part of aging. Now, as the focus in Alzheimer’s research moves toward early diagnosis, researchers are looking for ways to tell whether some…


U.S. falls behind peers in many health measures

U.S. falls behind peers in many health measures

July 10, 2013 10:03 am by | 0 Comments

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The United States is falling behind its economic peers in most measures of health, despite making gains in the past two decades, according to a sweeping study of data from 34 countries.
Although Americans are living longer, with ov…


Medicare decision to restrict coverage for Alzheimer’s test raises outcry from experts

Medicare decision to restrict coverage for Alzheimer’s test raises outcry from experts

July 9, 2013 12:15 am by | 0 Comments

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Alzheimer’s experts are set to protest after Medicare issued draft guidelines last week saying it would only pay for an Eli Lilly and Co diagnostic test for the disease if patients were taking part in clinical trials for it.
Both L…


Experimental type 1 diabetes vaccine shows potential in early study

Experimental type 1 diabetes vaccine shows potential in early study

June 26, 2013 2:04 pm by | 0 Comments

CHICAGO (Reuters) – An early stage study suggests an experimental vaccine may be able to tame bits of the immune system that go haywire in people with type 1 diabetes, offering hope for a new way to delay or prevent the autoimmune disease, researchers…



Preventive daily dose works ‘for all populations at increased risk for HIV’

Preventive daily dose works ‘for all populations at increased risk for HIV’

June 12, 2013 12:12 pm by | 0 Comments

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A daily dose of powerful anti-HIV medicine helped cut the risk of infection with the AIDS virus by 49 percent in intravenous drug users in a Bangkok study that showed for the first time such a preventive step can work in this high-…


Breast cancer study could impact treatment for black women

Breast cancer study could impact treatment for black women

June 4, 2013 11:25 am by | 0 Comments

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Researchers have been working for years to determine whether genetic glitches are driving high rates of especially deadly breast cancer in black women in the United States.
Now, the most comprehensive genetic study yet found that o…


Simple vinegar screening associated with 31% fewer cervical cancer deaths in India study

Simple vinegar screening associated with 31% fewer cervical cancer deaths in India study

June 2, 2013 11:13 am by | 0 Comments

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A simple screening program for cervical cancer using vinegar and visual exams helped reduce deaths caused by the cancer by 31 percent in a group of 150,000 poor women in India, researchers reported on Sunday.
If implemented broadly…


Experimental AZN drug is first to demonstrate tumor shrinkage in melanoma of the eye

Experimental AZN drug is first to demonstrate tumor shrinkage in melanoma of the eye

June 1, 2013 9:33 am by | 0 Comments

CHICAGO (Reuters) – In his first few weeks as head of the melanoma group at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center seven years ago, a young man walked into Dr. Gary Schwartz’s office with a rare form of the skin cancer that affects the eye.
“It was ho…


Scientists reject dramatic findings on cancer drug in Alzheimer’s mice

Scientists reject dramatic findings on cancer drug in Alzheimer’s mice

May 23, 2013 1:59 pm by | 0 Comments

CHICAGO (Reuters) – U.S. scientists say a dramatic result last year suggesting that a cancer drug already approved by U.S. regulators could quickly clear out Alzheimer’s plaques in mice was too good to be true.
The study, published last year in the jo…


Pfizer leads race to create MRSA vaccine, but it’s only halfway home

Pfizer leads race to create MRSA vaccine, but it’s only halfway home

May 23, 2013 12:59 am by | 0 Comments

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Kathrin Jansen is a microbiologist with at least two breakthrough vaccines to her name: she brought the cervical cancer vaccine Gardasil to market for Merck and helped develop the $4 billion a year pneumonia and meningitis vaccine …


Combo therapy of Yervoy + Nivolumab shrank tumors in 75% of melanoma patients

Combo therapy of Yervoy + Nivolumab shrank tumors in 75% of melanoma patients

May 15, 2013 6:24 pm by | 1 Comments

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Melanoma patients treated with two Bristol-Myers Squibb drugs fared much better than those who received either of the medications individually, a new advance for treatments that harness the body’s immune system to fight cancer.
Bri…


Many in U.S. don’t get proper testing for hepatitis C: CDC

Many in U.S. don’t get proper testing for hepatitis C: CDC

May 7, 2013 1:31 pm by | 0 Comments

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Only half of people in the United States who have ever been infected with hepatitis C get proper testing for the liver-destroying disease, U.S. health officials said on Tuesday.
Proper testing is a two-step process in which people…