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Injured defector's parasites and diet hint at hard life in North Korea

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 07:07:18 -0500

SEOUL (Reuters) - Parasitic worms found in a North Korean soldier, critically injured during a desperate defection, highlight nutrition and hygiene problems that experts say have plagued the isolated country for decades.(image)



U.N. calls on El Salvador to stop jailing women for abortion

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 19:02:36 -0500

SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) - El Salvador should apply a moratorium on laws that punish women with harsh jail terms for having an abortion while it reviews cases of those already incarcerated in the socially conservative Central American country, a top U.N. official said Friday.(image)



Europe's drug industry waits for white smoke in Brussels

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:32:56 -0500

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - It may be a cross between the Eurovision Song Contest, a papal conclave and a social club raffle but a ballot among EU ministers on Monday could hurt Europe's pharmaceutical industry and the health of millions.(image)



Brain pathway makes head and face pain very draining

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:13:32 -0500

(Reuters Health) - If head and facial pain seem stronger and scarier than pain elsewhere, it’s because a special pathway in the brain is heightening our emotions from pain at those sites, according to studies in mice.(image)



Pope denounces healthcare inequality in rich countries

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 04:21:05 -0500

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis condemned on Thursday inequality in healthcare, particularly in rich countries, saying governments had a duty to ensure the common good for all its citizens.(image)



Three Yemen cities run out of clean water due to lack of fuel for pumps: ICRC

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 08:52:45 -0500

GENEVA (Reuters) - Three cities in Yemen have run out of clean water because a blockade by a Saudi-led coalition has cut imports of fuel needed for pumping and sanitation, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Friday.(image)



Risk of breast cancer recurrence lasts for decades

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:40:25 -0500

(Reuters Health) - Many women who follow initial breast cancer treatment with five years of hormone therapy to keep tumors at bay may still experience new malignancies up to two decades after their diagnosis, a study suggests.(image)



Radiologists want patients to get test results faster

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:11:29 -0500

(Reuters Health) - Patients these days expect to get imaging test results more promptly than they did in the past – and radiologists are moving toward making that happen, researchers say.(image)



Alpine visitors should know the signs of acute mountain sickness

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:35:24 -0500

(Reuters Health) - Going quickly from low altitude to high altitude can cause headache, fatigue and nausea, the American Medical Association warns in a new publication directed at travelers.(image)



Trump administration proposes Medicare rules aimed at opioids, drug costs

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 20:06:22 -0500

(Reuters) - The Trump administration on Thursday proposed changes to Medicare drug plans including limits on opioid prescriptions and rules aimed at reducing drug costs for seniors, such as requiring health insurers to pass on discounts to consumers.(image)