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Better at-home drug management needed to counter rising errors

(Reuters Health) – The percentage of Americans sickened as a result of medication errors outside of healthcare facilities doubled between 2000 and 2012, according to research highlighting the need for better labeling and dose management. Medication mistakes outside of hospitals and other healthcare facilities – mostly at home – led to the deaths of 414 people during the 13 years ...

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Study links rising U.S. e-cigarette use to rise in smokers quitting

LONDON (Reuters) – A rise in the use of electronic cigarettes among American adults is linked to a significant increase in the numbers of people quitting smoking, researchers said on Wednesday. In a study published in the BMJ British medical journal, scientists from California said their findings were based on the largest representative sample of e-cigarette users to date and ...

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Study questions newer treatments to help premature babies breathe

(Reuters Health) – An analysis of extremely premature Australian babies who were tracked until their eighth birthday has concluded that the newer strategies to help preemies breathe easier while in a neonatal intensive care unit may have done more harm than good. Survivors treated in 1997 were found to have better lung function at age 8 than those treated in ...

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Suicide attempt risk in U.S. Army tied to unit's past

(Reuters Health) – One suicide attempt in an army unit may foreshadow attempts by other soldiers in the same unit, suggests a new study from the U.S. military. “Clusters do occur, and if there is a suicide attempt in an Army unit there is likely to be another attempt in the unit,” said lead author Dr. Robert Ursano, of the ...

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FDA panel votes against approving Intellipharma's opioid painkiller

(Reuters) – A panel of independent advisers to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration overwhelmingly concluded on Wednesday that there is not enough evidence to support approval of Intellipharmaceutics International Inc’s long-acting opioid painkiller. Long-acting opioids contain high doses of narcotics designed to be released over time. If crushed pills are snorted or injected, they release their full dose all ...

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New research reveals people with mental illness are facing a ‘locked door’ when it comes to getting a job

(Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk) After one employer responded to Madalyn Parker’s request for a mental health sick day in a brilliant, understanding way , it feels like everyone’s talking about mental wellbeing and its relationship to working culture. But for people with mental illness, thinking about how mental health and your job can work together isn’t a new struggle. ...

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Fear keeps many eczema patients from using steroid creams

(Reuters Health) – Many people with eczema, a common skin disease, may avoid creams and ointments that can help ease symptoms like itching and inflammation because they’re afraid to try topical corticosteroids, a recent study suggests. Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, usually develops in early childhood and often runs in families. Scaly, itchy rashes are the main symptoms. The ...

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Constant birth support tied to better outcomes for mothers and babies

(Reuters Health) – Mothers who receive continuous support during labor from a partner, friend or hospital worker may be less likely to need pain medications or have a surgical delivery than women who don’t get constant help, a research review suggests. As a growing number of women in many countries are giving birth in hospitals, having continuous support during labor ...

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GSK gives up on rare diseases as gene therapy gets two customers

LONDON (Reuters) – GlaxoSmithKline is swimming against the tide by getting out of treatments for rare diseases at a time when rivals like Sanofi and Shire see the field as a rich seam for profits. Successful medicines for rare conditions are potentially very lucrative, since prices frequently run into hundreds of thousands of dollars, but patient numbers can be extremely ...

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Chipotle served another subpoena after latest food scare

(Reuters) – Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc (CMG.N ) said U.S. federal prosecutors served a subpoena, seeking information related to a suspected norovirus outbreak at a restaurant in Sterling, Virginia that it briefly closed last week. The burrito chain’s shares were down 1.8 percent at $342.50 in afternoon trading on Wednesday. The latest subpoena is part of an ongoing criminal investigation ...

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