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U.N. calls on El Salvador to stop jailing women for abortion

November 17, 2017 - 7:02pm
SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) - El Salvador should apply a moratorium on laws that punish women with harsh jail terms for having an abortion while it reviews cases of those already incarcerated in the socially conservative Central American country, a top U.N. official said Friday.
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Risk of breast cancer recurrence lasts for decades

November 17, 2017 - 5:40pm
(Reuters Health) - Many women who follow initial breast cancer treatment with five years of hormone therapy to keep tumors at bay may still experience new malignancies up to two decades after their diagnosis, a study suggests.
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Radiologists want patients to get test results faster

November 17, 2017 - 5:11pm
(Reuters Health) - Patients these days expect to get imaging test results more promptly than they did in the past – and radiologists are moving toward making that happen, researchers say.
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Alpine visitors should know the signs of acute mountain sickness

November 17, 2017 - 2:35pm
(Reuters Health) - Going quickly from low altitude to high altitude can cause headache, fatigue and nausea, the American Medical Association warns in a new publication directed at travelers.
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Brain pathway makes head and face pain very draining

November 17, 2017 - 12:13pm
(Reuters Health) - If head and facial pain seem stronger and scarier than pain elsewhere, it’s because a special pathway in the brain is heightening our emotions from pain at those sites, according to studies in mice.
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Europe's drug industry waits for white smoke in Brussels

November 17, 2017 - 10:32am
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - It may be a cross between the Eurovision Song Contest, a papal conclave and a social club raffle but a ballot among EU ministers on Monday could hurt Europe's pharmaceutical industry and the health of millions.
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Steep alcohol taxes drive Turkey's drinkers to home-brew

November 17, 2017 - 9:13am
ANKARA (Reuters) - Carefully testing the temperature of a bucket of fermenting beer, Onder Ceyhan pushes back the foam to add a touch of yeast to his latest batch of home-brewed drink.
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Three Yemen cities run out of clean water due to lack of fuel for pumps: ICRC

November 17, 2017 - 8:52am
GENEVA (Reuters) - Three cities in Yemen have run out of clean water because a blockade by a Saudi-led coalition has cut imports of fuel needed for pumping and sanitation, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Friday.
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Injured defector's parasites and diet hint at hard life in North Korea

November 17, 2017 - 7:07am
SEOUL (Reuters) - Parasitic worms found in a North Korean soldier, critically injured during a desperate defection, highlight nutrition and hygiene problems that experts say have plagued the isolated country for decades.
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Pope denounces healthcare inequality in rich countries

November 17, 2017 - 4:21am
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis condemned on Thursday inequality in healthcare, particularly in rich countries, saying governments had a duty to ensure the common good for all its citizens.
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Japan health ministry to water down proposal on restaurant smoking: media

November 16, 2017 - 11:35pm
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's health ministry is likely to drastically water down a proposal restricting smoking in restaurants, media said on Friday, a move that risks Tokyo becoming one of the unhealthiest hosts of the Olympic Games hosts in years.
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Trump administration proposes Medicare rules aimed at opioids, drug costs

November 16, 2017 - 8:06pm
(Reuters) - The Trump administration on Thursday proposed changes to Medicare drug plans including limits on opioid prescriptions and rules aimed at reducing drug costs for seniors, such as requiring health insurers to pass on discounts to consumers.
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Johnson & Johnson hit with $247 million verdict in hip implant trial

November 16, 2017 - 5:35pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal jury in Dallas on Thursday ordered Johnson & Johnson and its DePuy Orthopaedics unit to pay $247 million to six patients who said they were injured by defective Pinnacle hip implants.
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Kids still get codeine after surgeries despite safety warnings

November 16, 2017 - 5:07pm
(Reuters Health) - Even after warnings from doctors and drug regulators about the dangers of opioids for children, 1 in 20 kids still get codeine after two common childhood surgeries, a U.S. study suggests.
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Endo unit cleared of liability in first testosterone replacement trial

November 16, 2017 - 4:27pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal jury in Chicago said on Thursday that Endo International's Auxilium unit was not responsible for the heart attack a man suffered while using the company's testosterone replacement drug Testim.
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Cataract surgery tied to lower risk of early death for older women

November 16, 2017 - 4:22pm
(Reuters Health) - Older women with cataracts who get surgery to treat the eye problem may be less likely to die prematurely than those who don’t get the operations, a recent U.S. study suggests.
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Lower Medicaid fees linked to scarcer primary care appointments

November 16, 2017 - 4:17pm
(Reuters Health) - When the fees paid to healthcare providers by Medicaid go up, appointments with primary care doctors suddenly become more available to Medicaid beneficiaries – and the opposite happens when fees go down, according to a recent U.S. study.
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Roche hemophilia drug wins FDA nod, with a warning

November 16, 2017 - 4:10pm
ZURICH (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved Roche's Hemlibra, a new medicine for hemophilia A that the Swiss drugmaker is counting on to help to offset eroding sales of older medicines going off patent.
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FDA expands approval for Pfizer cancer drug Sutent

November 16, 2017 - 4:09pm
(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved the use of Pfizer Inc's cancer drug Sutent to help prevent kidney cancer from returning following surgical removal of a kidney.
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Johnson & Johnson wins California lawsuit claiming asbestos in talc caused cancer

November 16, 2017 - 4:07pm
(Reuters) - A California jury on Thursday ruled in favor of Johnson & Johnson in a lawsuit by a woman who said she developed the cancer mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos in the company's talc-based products including J&J's Baby Powder.
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