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U.S. healthcare spending growth slowed in 2016

(Reuters) – Growth in healthcare spending in the United States slowed in 2016 following two years of expansion under the Affordable Care Act, a government health agency reported on Wednesday. Health spending increased 4.3 percent to $3.3 trillion compared to a 5.8 percent growth rate in 2015, according to a …

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Home births in rural areas just as safe as in cities

(Reuters Health) – Home births may not be more dangerous for healthy rural mothers than for their urban counterparts, a recent U.S. study suggests. The 18,723 pregnant women in the study all had a low risk of complications, were being cared for by midwives, and planned to deliver their babies …

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Roche to seize leap-frog opportunity in lung cancer

LONDON (Reuters) – After lagging rivals in cancer immunotherapies, Swiss drugmaker Roche hopes to leap-frog into the lead in the biggest market, tackling previously untreated lung cancer. FILE PHOTO: World’s biggest maker of cancer drugs Roche CEO Severin Schwan attends a news conference in Basel, Switzerland February 1, 2017. REUTERS/Ruben …

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Interview: Roche to seize leap-frog opportunity in lung cancer

LONDON (Reuters) – After lagging rivals in cancer immunotherapies, Swiss drugmaker Roche hopes to leap-frog into the lead in the biggest market, tackling previously untreated lung cancer. FILE PHOTO: World’s biggest maker of cancer drugs Roche CEO Severin Schwan attends a news conference in Basel, Switzerland February 1, 2017. REUTERS/Ruben …

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Kids aren’t protecting themselves against STDs during oral sex

(Reuters Health) – Adolescents and young adults regularly engage in oral sex but seldom use condoms to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, new research shows. That didn’t surprise the researcher who headed the study. “Many studies show that adolescents and young adults are unaware of the health risks …

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FDA proposes drug development guidance for rare pediatric diseases

(Reuters) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a draft guidance on Wednesday to simplify the procedure of developing drugs for rare pediatric disorders, such as Gaucher’s disease, by eliminating the need for certain trials and minimizing patient enrollment. The health regulator said the new approach reduces the number …

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Sign-ups pick up in week five of 2018 Obamacare open enrollment – U.S.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The number of people signing up for 2018 Obamacare plans picked up significantly during the fifth week of open enrollment, a U.S. government agency reported on Wednesday, but the number of people signed up for such plans appears to be falling short of last year’s numbers with …

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Check the key targets in your area

The NHS is under unprecedented pressure. Rising numbers of patients need hospital care – whether in an accident and emergency department, for cancer treatment or for planned operations and care, such as knee and hip replacements. For each there are strict targets local services are expected to meet across the …

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Babies' brains damaged by pollution, Unicef says

Seventeen million babies under the age of one are breathing toxic air, putting their brain development at risk, the UN children’s agency has warned. Babies in South Asia were worst affected, with more than 12 million living in areas with pollution six times higher than safe levels. A further four …

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Postnatal PTSD often misdiagnosed, warns expert

Media playback is unsupported on your device Hundreds of mothers suffering from postnatal post-traumatic stress disorder are undiagnosed in Wales every year, according to experts. Women who have a traumatic birth are vulnerable to the condition. The Birth Trauma Association estimates 1,000 women every year in Wales will develop PTSD …