Health News

White House crafts first-ever plan to fight superbugs


NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES - The White House is due to issue an ambitious plan to slow the growing and deadly problem of antibiotic resistance over the next five years, one that requires massive investments and policy changes from a broad array of U.S. government health agencies, according to a copy of the report reviewed by Reuters.

Two experimental Ebola vaccines pass safety test in African trial

NEW YORK - Two experimental Ebola vaccines, one from GlaxoSmithKline PLC and the other from biotech start-up NewLink Genetics Corp, "appear to be safe" part way through a clinical trial being conducted in Liberia, the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) said on Thursday.

26 Mar 2015

U.S. House okays bipartisan bill to fix Medicare doctor payments

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK - The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a bill to permanently repair the formula for reimbursing Medicare physicians, marking a rare bipartisan achievement and sending the issue next to the Senate.

Politics, U.S., 26 Mar 2015

Exclusive: Modi government puts brakes on India's universal health plan

NEW DELHI - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked for a drastic cutback of an ambitious health care plan after cost estimates came in at $18.5 billion over five years, several government sources said, delaying a promise made in his election manifesto.

World, 26 Mar 2015

U.S. ad campaign points to dangers of dual cigarette/e-cig use

- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control is launching an ad campaign warning consumers against the dual use of e-cigarettes and regular cigarettes.

U.S., 26 Mar 2015

Widows may have fewer social and financial problems than in the past

(Reuters Health) – - A new Swiss study says that widows and widowers still mourn their spouses as much as ever, but compared to 35 years ago, everyday life is easier, especially for women.

26 Mar 2015

Occupational exposure to chemicals may up lymphoma risk for men

(Reuters Health) – - Men who work with hormone-mimicking chemicals for at least 30 years have a higher risk of cancers of the lymph tissue than others, according to a long-term observational study in several European countries.

26 Mar 2015

Olympus issues urgent steps for cleaning device linked to superbugs

NEW YORK - Olympus Corp, the largest maker of a medical device at the center of recent U.S. superbug outbreaks, issued new cleaning instructions for its equipment on Thursday, urging health providers to adopt them "as soon as possible."

26 Mar 2015

U.S. Ebola patient's condition improved to serious: NIH

WASHINGTON - A U.S. patient being treated for the Ebola virus at a National Institutes of Health facility in Maryland has improved to serious condition from critical, the NIH said on Thursday.

U.S., 26 Mar 2015

Plain cigarette packs with health warnings may encourage quitting

(Reuters Health) - - Plain cigarette packages adorned with graphic health warnings may make smokers more likely to consider quitting, an Australian study finds.

26 Mar 2015