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  • Leaving the hospital early can double the odds of going back

    (Reuters Health) – Patients who discharge themselves from the hospital against medical advice are twice as likely to be back within 30 days as those who leave when doctors say they’re ready, a large U.S. study finds. “Discharges against medical advice are a common occurrence among inpatients in the U.S., affecting 1 to 2 percent

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  • U.S. Medicare plans to track CAR-T cancer therapy outcomes

    (Reuters) – The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on Friday proposed coverage of expensive CAR-T cell therapies at cancer centers that meet criteria including an approved registry of patient results or clinical study to monitor patients for at least two years after treatment. New hospital payment terms from Medicare, the federal government

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  • Nektar, Bristol combo drug shows signs of tumor reduction in bladder cancer patients

    FILE PHOTO: Logo of global biopharmaceutical company Bristol-Myers Squibb is pictured on the blouse of an employee in Le Passage, near Agen, France March 29, 2018. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau (Reuters) – Nektar Therapeutics said on Friday some patients with advanced bladder cancer treated with a combination of its experimental treatment and Bristol-Myers Squibb Co’s immunotherapy, Opdivo,

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  • Asthma classes in school may help reduce attacks

    (Reuters Health) – School-age children with asthma who receive education on managing the condition may have fewer attacks, emergency room visits and hospitalizations than those who don’t get such classes, a recent study suggests. Asthma is one of the most common chronic diseases in childhood. Severe asthma attacks and breathing problems are associated with an

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  • France suggests glyphosate exit could be even slower than planned

    PARIS (Reuters) – Only half of France’s farmland could do without glyphosate-based weed-killers by 2021, the country’s farm minister suggested, further lowering an initial ambition to get rid of the controversial chemical by then. In November 2017, President Emmanuel Macron pledged to ban glyphosate in France within three years, rejecting a European Union decision to

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  • Push-up capacity may predict men's heart disease risk

    (Reuters Health) – The number of push-ups a man can do in the doctor’s office may be a good predictor of his risk of developing heart disease in the coming years, new research suggests. In a study of more than 1,100 male firefighters followed for 10 years, researchers found that the risk of atherosclerosis and

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  • Money troubles tied to higher risk of heart disease for African-Americans

    (Reuters Health) – African-American adults who often struggle to pay bills may be more than twice as likely to develop heart disease than their counterparts who don’t have much financial stress, a U.S. study suggests. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., and African-Americans are more likely to develop the condition

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  • U.S. proposes Medicare coverage for CAR-T cancer therapies

    (Reuters) – The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on Friday proposed Medicare coverage of approved CAR-T cell therapies that use the patient’s immune system to fight cancer. The proposal would require Medicare to cover the therapy nationwide when it is offered in a CMS-approved registry or clinical study, in which patients are

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  • Explainer: Low vaccination rates, global outbreaks fuel U.S. measles spread

    (Reuters) – A measles outbreak that has stricken at least 225 people in New York state since October began with a traveler who visited Israel during the Jewish high holidays and returned to a predominantly ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighborhood of Rockland County. A measles poster is seen at Venice Family Clinic in Los Angeles, California February

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  • Indonesia to postpone halal label deadline amid industry concerns

    JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia will push back by as much as seven years an October deadline for halal labels on food, drugs and cosmetics, after industry voiced fears the move could bring chaos and threaten supplies of life-saving vaccines and other products. In 2014, the world’s biggest Muslim-majority country adopted a measure for labels certifying

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