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Phone apps help heart patients remember meds

(Reuters Health) – Smartphone apps that remind heart patients to take their pills could help them stick to prescribed regimens, an Australian study suggests. Heart patients often take up to four medications a day, three times a day, and that can be overwhelming, said Dr. Karla Santo. “Our results are ...

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Bulgaria reports its first outbreak of African swine fever

SOFIA (Reuters) – Bulgaria reported its first outbreak of African swine fever on Friday, with authorities saying seven backyard pigs at a farm close to the Romanian border had been infected with the disease. African swine fever is a highly contagious disease that affects pigs and wild boar. It does ...

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Ebola control measures seem to be working in Congo, WHO says

GENEVA (Reuters) – Efforts to halt an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in Democratic Republic of Congo appear to be working, but substantial risks remain, the World Health Organization said on Friday. A Congolese health worker administers Ebola vaccine to a boy who had contact with an Ebola sufferer ...

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California hospital chain with ties to billionaire files for bankruptcy

NEW YORK/WILMINGTON, Del. (Reuters) – Verity Health System of California Inc, a non-profit operator of six California hospitals managed by billionaire former surgeon Patrick Soon-Shiong’s NantWorks LLC, filed for bankruptcy on Friday to help resolve a cash crunch while it seeks a buyer. FILE PHOTO: Patrick Soon-Shiong (L), medical researcher, ...

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Medtech firms get personal with digital twins

HEIDELBERG, Germany (Reuters) – Armed with a mouse and computer screen instead of a scalpel and operating theater, cardiologist Benjamin Meder carefully places the electrodes of a pacemaker in a beating, digital heart. Using this “digital twin” that mimics the electrical and physical properties of the cells in patient 7497’s ...

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Changes to U.S. college football drills could curb head impacts

(Reuters Health) – Limiting time spent on specific drills during practice could help reduce head impacts among U.S. college football players, researchers say. Shortening the highest-risk drills by a few minutes per practice could cut the equivalent of nearly a year’s worth of head impacts over the course of a ...

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AstraZeneca lupus drug fails to meet main goal in study

(Reuters) – AstraZeneca’s experimental drug anifrolumab failed to meet its main target in a late-stage clinical study treating patients with moderate to severe lupus, the British drugmaker said on Friday. AstraZeneca said the drug did not meet the main goal in the final-stage of one of the two clinical trials ...

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China reports fifth case of African swine fever

BEIJING (Reuters) – African swine fever has infected 185 pigs on a farm in eastern China’s Anhui province, the country’s fifth case of the deadly disease in less than a month amid growing concerns about the rapid spread of infection in the world’s largest hog herd. The outbreak killed 80 ...

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Weight gain tied to heart risk in U.S. pro football players

(Reuters Health) – Former U.S. National Football League (NFL) athletes who bulked up before and during their professional careers have an increased risk of heart disease and other health problems compared with other players, researchers say. The study results published in the American Journal of Medicine add to the concerns ...

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