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Carolyn Crist

Expired drugs may remain effective, safe to use in a pinch

1:03pm EST

(Reuters Health) - Even medicines that are years past their expiration date and haven't always been kept in strict climate-controlled conditions may still retain their original potency, a small study suggests.

Leaving the hospital early can double the odds of going back

Feb 15 2019

(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.

Breast-density notification letters may be too dense

Feb 14 2019

(Reuters Health) - Post-mammogram form letters telling women about dense breasts may be more confusing than helpful if they are difficult to read and understand, researchers say.

Paramedics not washing their hands nearly enough

Feb 14 2019

(Reuters Health) - Hand hygiene compliance among paramedics may be "remarkably low," according to a study that monitored ambulance workers in Scandinavia and Australia over six months.

Treating kids’ sleep apnea may keep them safer on the street

Feb 08 2019

(Reuters Health) - Kids with obstructive sleep apnea may be at lower risk of accidents with oncoming vehicles during the day if they use positive airway pressure, or PAP, therapy at night, a new study suggests.

Kids start brushing too late, use too much toothpaste

Feb 07 2019

(Reuters Health) - Most children are using too much toothpaste, don't brush often enough and don't start brushing their teeth at a young enough age, according to a U.S. survey.

Cancer patients may need longer support to quit smoking

Feb 04 2019

(Reuters Health) - Cancer patients are more successful at giving up cigarettes for good if they take smoking-cessation medicine for 24 weeks instead of the usual 12 weeks, a small clinical trial suggests.

Doctors describe treatment options for adolescent depression

Feb 01 2019

(Reuters Health) - When a teen is diagnosed with depression, it's normal for parents to feel overwhelmed and to search for information about which treatment options are best, doctors write in a new patient resource published in JAMA Pediatrics.

Suicide-risk screening might cut deaths among incarcerated youth

Jan 31 2019

(Reuters Health) - Teens and young men in correctional facilities are at increased risk of dying by suicide, but they are otherwise fairly similar to unincarcerated youth who take their own lives, a U.S. study suggests.

Workplace foods a source of unhealthy calories

Jan 29 2019

(Reuters Health) - - Foods eaten in U.S. workplaces - whether purchased in cafeterias, or available to employees for free - are usually unhealthy, researchers say.

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