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E-therapy may help ease insomnia

(Reuters Health) – People with insomnia who receive a digitized version of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) as part of their treatment may find more symptom relief than those who only receive tips to improve their sleep routines, a recent experiment suggests. Researchers randomly assigned 1,700 insomnia patients to receive either ...

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Inconsistent heart surgery ratings may confuse patients

(Reuters Health) – Publicly-available ratings of U.S. hospital quality for heart surgery vary so widely from one another they may be more confusing than helpful for patients trying to pick the best place to have a procedure, researchers say. Out of more than 600 hospitals in a U.S. News & ...

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Uganda begins Ebola vaccinations amid Congo transmission fears

KAMPALA (Reuters) – Uganda says it will start to vaccinate some of its health workers against Ebola on Monday, amid fears that the viral haemorrhagic fever could spread from Democratic Republic of Congo which is battling an outbreak. FILE PHOTO: A Congolese health worker administers Ebola vaccine to a woman ...

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Alkermes’ depression treatment fails to get FDA panel backing

(Reuters) – An advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday voted against approving Alkermes Plc’s treatment for depression in patients with an inadequate response to standard antidepressant therapies. The decision comes two days after FDA staff reviewers bit.ly/2QegxPF flagged abuse potential for the opioid-based depression treatment ...

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FDA panel votes against Alkermes’ depression treatment

(Reuters) – An advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday voted against approving Alkermes Plc’s treatment for depression in patients with an inadequate response to standard antidepressant therapies. The decision comes two days after FDA staff reviewers flagged abuse potential for the opioid-based depression treatment and ...

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Prostate cancer surgery and radiation tied to antidepressant use

(Reuters Health) – Men with prostate cancer who get surgery or radiation are also more likely start taking antidepressants than their counterparts who don’t get aggressive treatment, a recent study suggests. Many men with early-stage prostate cancer may not need treatment right away, or ever, because these tumors often don’t ...

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Pregnancy high blood pressure linked to dementia decades later

(Reuters Health) – Pregnant women who develop preeclampsia, a condition involving dangerously high blood pressure, have more than three times higher risk of dementia later in life than women who don’t have this pregnancy complication, researchers say. A leading cause of pre-term birth, preeclampsia is an inflammatory blood vessel disorder ...

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