Friday, June 22, 2018

Seafood tied to more sex and faster conception

Reuters Health - Couples who eat a lot of seafood may have sex more often and get pregnant more quickly than those who shun the shellfish and sardines, a U.S. study suggests. Researchers followed 500 couples in Michigan and Texas for one year, asking them to log their seafood consumption and sexual activity in daily…

Portable music players tied to hearing loss in kids

Reuters Health - Children who listen to music through headphones may be at greater risk of noise-related hearing loss, a Dutch study suggests. Researchers examined hearing test results for 3,316 children ages 9 to 11. They also asked parents about hearing complaints from their children, how often kids used portable music players and how high…

Key marijuana drug approval looms as cannabis goes mainstream

LONDON (Reuters) - Evidence that cannabis can ease epilepsy and other conditions is building as a British company counts down to what would be the first U.S. government approval for a prescription drug derived from the marijuana plant. FILE PHOTO: Marijuana plants are seen in an indoor marijuana plantation of a marijuana's smokers club in…

Bulgaria reports first outbreak of ovine rinderpest in EU

SOFIA (Reuters) - Bulgaria on Thursday reported the first outbreak in the European Union of the highly contagious Peste des Petits Ruminants (PPR), on livestock farms in the village of Voden in southeastern Bulgaria, close to the border with Turkey. The disease, also known as ovine rinderpest or sheep and goat plague, can have a…

Israel’s UroGen to start mid-stage bladder cancer trial

RAANANA, Israel (Reuters) - Israel’s UroGen Pharma plans to begin a mid-stage trial of its treatment for bladder cancer patients in August, after positive interim results last month from an advanced trial of a treatment for upper urinary tract cancer. Workers are seen at the laboratory of Israeli company UroGen Pharma in Raanana, Israel, June…

Oscar to expand individual health insurance to more states

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Oscar Health, which began selling individual health insurance in New York for the 2014 launch of the Obamacare exchanges, on Thursday announced plans to expand into Florida, Michigan and Arizona next year, even as the Trump administration seeks to undercut that marketplace with cheaper insurance products. On Tuesday, the U.S. government…

Novo’s pioneering diabetes pill beats Victoza, Januvia in tests

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Novo Nordisk’s experimental diabetes pill, which it hopes will transform the diabetes market, has proved superior to both Merck & Co’s Januvia and its own best-selling injectable treatment Victoza in tests. FILE PHOTO: Employees stand in the insulin production plant of Danish multinational pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk in Chartres, north-central France, April…

Canada sets October start for legal recreational marijuana sales

TORONTO (Reuters) - Marijuana sales will become legal in Canada beginning October 17, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Wednesday, making it the first major economy to legalize its recreational use. Smoke rises during the annual 4/20 marijuana rally on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, April 20, 2018. REUTERS/Chris Wattie Stocks of marijuana producers,…

Walking ability before heart surgery tied to brain function afterward

(Reuters Health) - Older adults who are faster on their feet may be less likely to suffer cognitive problems after heart surgery than patients who have difficulty walking, a Japanese study suggests. All 181 patients in the study were undergoing non-emergency heart surgery at Nagoya University Hospital. Before surgery, researchers measured how far each participant…

Oral antibiotics tied to increased risk of kidney stones

(Reuters Health) - Children and adults who take five commonly prescribed types of antibiotics may be more likely to develop kidney stones than people who don’t use these medicines, a recent study suggests. Researchers examined electronic health records collected from 1994 to 2015 for 25,981 people who developed kidney stones and a control group of…
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