Entries by Reuters Health

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National Football League concussion settlement gets final approval

(Reuters) – A federal judge on Wednesday gave final approval to a multimillion-dollar settlement in a lawsuit brought by about 5,000 former National Football League players who accused the league of covering up the dangers of concussions. The settlement, approved by Judge Anita Brody, includes allowing for monetary awards of up to $5 million per claimant […]

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Roche more confident in beating Alzheimer’s after Biogen data

(Reuters) – Swiss drugmaker Roche has “renewed confidence” that drugs targeting potentially brain-destroying plaque can fight Alzheimer’s disease, following promising results with a product from a rival. Pharmaceuticals head Daniel O’Day said on Wednesday Roche would look again at prospects for two of its experimental Alzheimer’s drugs, both of which suffered setbacks in 2014, in […]

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California bill ending ‘beliefs’ exemption for childhood vaccines advances

(Reuters) – California’s senate education committee approved a bill making it mandatory for children to be vaccinated before starting school despite opposition from “ant-vaxxer” parents who have packed public hearings and flooded lawmakers with calls. The bill, which has already passed the senate health committee, has several more hurdles to clear before becoming law. It […]

Florida House passes bill requiring 24-hour waiting period for abortions

(Reuters) – The Florida House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a measure that would require women seeking abortions to wait 24 hours between a medical briefing and performance of the procedure.  The bill is expected to pass the Republican-controlled state Senate as soon as this week, and Republican Governor Rick Scott has expressed support for […]

Extreme ‘morning sickness’ tied to children’s neurological problems

(Reuters Health) – The children born to women who suffered severe nausea and vomiting during pregnancy are more likely to be diagnosed with neurological developmental disorders, according to a small U.S. study. Compared to children of women without such severe morning sickness – formally known as hyperemesis gravidarum – children who were exposed to the […]

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Recommended treatments for alcoholic hepatitis ‘fail to keep patients alive’

(Reuters) – Two key drugs recommended in international guidelines and used to treat alcoholic hepatitis are failing to increase patients’ survival and leave death rates among patients “alarmingly high”, researchers said on Wednesday. In a trial involving more than 1,000 patients, the generic medicines — prednisolone and pentoxifylline — were found to make no significant […]

Risk low for human infection from U.S. strains of bird flu: CDC

A general view of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia September 30, 2014. Reuters/Tami Chappell (Reuters) – The strain of avian flu that has been identified in 12 U.S. states and led to the extermination of more than 7 million birds is different from the H5N1 bird flu virus that […]

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Scientists to share real-time genetic data on deadly MERS, Ebola

(Reuters) – Genetic sequence data on two of the deadliest yet most poorly understood viruses are to be made available to researchers worldwide in real time as scientists seek to speed up understanding of Ebola and MERS infections. The project, led by British scientists with West African and Saudi Arabian collaboration, hopes to encourage laboratories […]

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First infant MRI study finds babies feel pain ‘like adults’

(Reuters) – The brains of babies “light up” in a similar way to adults when exposed to the same painful stimulus, suggesting they feel pain much like adults do, researchers said on Tuesday. In the first of its kind study using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), scientists from Britain’s Oxford University found that 18 of the […]