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As medical costs mount, Japan to weigh cost-effectiveness in setting drug prices

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese doctor Yasushi Goto remembers prescribing the cancer drug Opdivo to an octogenarian and wondering whether taxpayers might object to helping fund treatment, which at the time cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, for patients in their twilight years. Learn More


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Interval training burns off more pounds than jogging or cycling

(Reuters Health) - Workouts that mix up a variety of intense exercises with brief recovery periods in between may help people lose more weight than chugging along at a steady pace on a treadmill or exercise bike, a research review suggests. More »


Brief general anesthesia appears safe for children's brains

(Reuters Health) - In infants, an hour of general anesthesia - long enough for most minor surgeries done in babies - doesn't increase the risk of impaired brain development compared to an hour of regional anesthesia, a study suggests. More »


Supply of primary care doctors linked with mortality rates

(Reuters Health) - Mortality rates are lower in American communities with more primary care physicians than in areas of the country with fewer doctors, a study suggests. More »


Parenthood derails the careers of many in STEM, especially women

(Reuters Health) - Almost half of women and a quarter of men leave careers in science, technology, engineering and math after they have their first child, a new study shows. More »


Japan approves test of iPS cells for treating spinal injuries

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese scientists will test the use of human-induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS) to treat spinal cord injuries, a health ministry panel that approved the research project said on Monday. More »


Chinese frozen food firm recalls products suspected of African swine fever contamination

BEIJING (Reuters) - Major Chinese frozen food producer Sanquan Food Co Ltd said on Monday it has recalled products that may be contaminated with African swine fever, following media reports that some of its dumplings tested positive for the virus. More »


Merck, Pfizer drug combo extends kidney cancer survival: study

(Reuters) - A combination of Merck & Co's immunotherapy Keytruda and Pfizer Inc's Inlyta helped patients with advanced kidney cancer live longer than those receiving and older Pfizer standalone therapy, according to data from a late-stage study presented on Saturday. More »


Nektar, Bristol combo drug shows signs of tumor reduction in bladder cancer patients

(Reuters) - Nektar Therapeutics said on Friday some patients with advanced bladder cancer treated with a combination of its experimental treatment and Bristol-Myers Squibb Co's immunotherapy, Opdivo, showed signs of tumor reduction in an early-stage study. More »


Explainer: Low vaccination rates, global outbreaks fuel U.S. measles spread

(Reuters) - A measles outbreak that has stricken at least 225 people in New York state since October began with a traveler who visited Israel during the Jewish high holidays and returned to a predominantly ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighborhood of Rockland County. More »


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