Monday, June 25, 2018

Smoking boosts heart attack risk 8-fold for younger adults

(Reuters Health) - - For young adults who smoke, the risk of a major heart attack is 8 times higher than for their peers who never smoked or who gave it up, a UK study found....

Want to delay death? Then swim, dance, or get on court, study shows

LONDON (Reuters) - Swimming, racquet sports and aerobics are associated with the best odds of staving off death, and in particular of reducing the risk of dying from heart disease or stroke, scientists said on Tuesday....

Bagged salads may encourage Salmonella growth

(Reuters Health) – - Crushed leaves in bagged lettuces at the supermarket may leak juice that fosters the right environment for Salmonella growth, according to a new study from the UK....

Trade group sues TV’s Dr. Oz over his claims of fake olive oil

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A trade group representing olive oil importers sued television personality Dr. Mehmet Oz on Tuesday under a largely untested Georgia food libel law, objecting to his claims that much of the imported extra virgin olive oil sold in U.S. supermarkets may be fake....

Novo Nordisk reports Tresiba insulin achieves target in study

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Novo Nordisk's long-acting insulin blockbuster Tresiba has a safe cardiovascular profile and reduces episodes of severely low blood glucose levels in patients with type 2 diabetes, the Denmark-based company said on Tuesday....

Talks with families tied to fewer hospitalizations from nursing homes

(Reuters Health) - - Nursing homes that send fewer residents to the hospital at the end of life might do a better job of communicating with families about the pitfalls of aggressive interventions than other facilities, a recent U.S. study suggests....

Retail clinics may not reduce emergency room visits for minor illness

(Reuters Health) - Despite an explosion of clinics in U.S. stores and shopping malls that can handle minor illnesses and injuries, emergency room visits for these non-emergency problems have barely decreased, researchers say....

Injections, implants tested as new weapons to prevent HIV

LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists are taking the battle to prevent HIV to the next level with large-scale trials set to start using injections to protect vulnerable groups such as gay men and women in Africa for at least two months....

German Merck, Pfizer get FDA priority review for cancer drug

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German drugmaker Merck KGaA and U.S. partner Pfizer have been granted priority review status in the United States as they seek approval to fight a rare and aggressive form of skin cancer with immunotherapy drug avelumab....

South Korea confirms highly pathogenic bird flu outbreaks, ramps up quarantine

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea has confirmed the country's first outbreaks of the highly pathogenic H5N6 bird flu virus and has ramped up quarantine measures in response, agriculture ministry officials said on Friday....