U.S. records 71 new measles cases in week as outbreak spreads

The United States recorded 71 new measles cases last week, a 13 percent increase as the country faces its second-worst outbreak of the disease in almost two decades, federal health officials said on Monday.

Posted on 22 April 2019 | 7:46 pm

Updated pediatric blood pressure guidelines catch more kids at risk for heart disease

(Reuters Health) - Pediatric blood pressure guideline changes issued in 2017 increase the number of children diagnosed with high blood pressure, a new study finds.

Posted on 22 April 2019 | 5:04 pm

Swine fever will hurt Brazil soy exports, lift China meat sales: minister

Brazilian soy exports to China will definitely decline this year as African swine fever in the world's No. 2 economy cuts demand for the animal feed, but potential growth in meat exports would offset this, Brazil's agriculture minister said on Monday.

Posted on 22 April 2019 | 4:31 pm

Soft bedding top cause of suffocation death for sleeping babies in U.S.

(Reuters Health) - Most sleep-related suffocation deaths among babies less than one year old happen because infants' airways got blocked by things like pillows, blankets, couch cushions or adult mattresses, a U.S. study suggests.

Posted on 22 April 2019 | 3:59 pm

Voice analysis software may help diagnose PTSD in veterans

(Reuters Health) - Voice analysis software can help detect post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in veterans based on their speech, a study suggests.

Posted on 22 April 2019 | 2:59 pm

Medicare hospital fund reserves likely to be exhausted in 2026: U.S. report

Medicare's hospital insurance fund will be depleted in 2026, as previously forecast, and Social Security program costs are likely to exceed total income in 2020 for the first time since 1982, according to a government report released on Monday.

Posted on 22 April 2019 | 2:29 pm

Transgender U.S. adults have higher risk of poor health

(Reuters Health) - Transgender adults may be more likely to have unhealthy habits and medical issues that negatively impact their quality of life than people whose gender identity matches what it says on their birth certificates, a U.S. study suggests.

Posted on 22 April 2019 | 11:35 am

Merck's Keytruda wins FDA approval as combination therapy for kidney cancer

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Merck & Co Inc's cancer therapy, Keytruda, as part of a combination therapy for previously untreated patients with the most common type of kidney cancer, the company said on Monday.

Posted on 22 April 2019 | 7:38 am

China finds more cases of African swine fever on Hainan island

China has detected new cases of African swine fever in six farms across four locations in Hainan province, the agriculture ministry said on Sunday, adding to two earlier cases of the contagious disease identified in the province on Friday.

Posted on 20 April 2019 | 11:47 pm

China draws up tighter rules on human gene and embryo trials: Xinhua

China's top legislature will consider tougher rules on research involving human genes and embryos, the first such move since a Chinese scientist sparked controversy last year by announcing he had made the world's first "gene-edited" babies.

Posted on 20 April 2019 | 10:40 am