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Crowdsourced AI learns to target lung tumors for radiation

Apr 18 2019

(Reuters Health) - In many parts of the world there are not enough radiation oncologists to design and deliver radiation treatments for lung cancer patients, but that gap could one day be filled with the help of artificial intelligence, researchers suggest in a new study.

3D goggles may soon help surgeons see better

Apr 17 2019

(Reuters Health) - In a first, heart surgeons in Poland used 3D goggles to help them see inside a patient's chest as they opened up a narrowed heart valve, according to a report in the European Heart Journal.

In some states, sexting could land teens in jail for a long time

Apr 16 2019

(Reuters Health) - Sexting - the texting of sexual images - is increasingly common among teens, but in nearly half the U.S. the practice may hold an unexpected danger: in 23 states, sexting between teens is considered child pornography, which could potentially result in a 20-year prison term and mandatory registration as a sex offender, a new report warns.

New 'added sugars' labeling could save money and improve health

Apr 15 2019

(Reuters Health) - The Food and Drug Administration's new mandatory rules requiring labels on all packaged foods and drinks to indicate the presence of so-called added sugars could have substantial health and cost saving benefits in the United States over the next two decades, a new study suggests.

Top cancer hospitals' outcomes may be better than affiliates'

Apr 12 2019

(Reuters Health) - Patients often assume that surgical outcomes at all hospitals in a healthcare network are equally good. But a new study comparing outcomes from top-ranked cancer hospitals to their affiliates finds significant differences when it comes to complex cancer surgeries.

Telemedicine not ideal for kids with respiratory infections

Apr 09 2019

(Reuters Health) - Children with acute respiratory infections were prescribed antibiotics more often when the doctor "visit" was via telemedicine instead of at a primary care office or an urgent care clinic, a new study shows.

California allows aid-in-dying drugs for terminally ill, but hospitals set barriers

Apr 08 2019

(Reuters Health) - Since 2016, a California law has allowed terminally ill patients to obtain and use aid-in-dying medications from their doctors. But nearly two-thirds of California hospitals have policies against prescribing the drugs and forbid affiliated doctors from helping patients get them, a survey shows.

No U.S. labs follow all guidelines for 'cell-free' prenatal testing

Apr 04 2019

Not even one of the commercial labs offering "cell-free" noninvasive prenatal screening for chromosomal disorders is fully following the recommendations published by the American College of Medical Genetics, according to a new report.

Restaurant dishes labeled gluten-free often are not

Apr 02 2019

(Reuters Health) - For people with celiac disease, even tiny amounts of gluten in foods can cause trouble, and restaurants may be the hardest places to avoid the hidden protein, a U.S. study suggests.

More people might survive cardiac arrest if more bystanders tried hands-only CPR

Apr 01 2019

(Reuters Health) - More lives could be saved after cardiac arrest if bystanders applied cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), even if it's just the hands-only version, a new study suggests.

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