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Health apps may not disclose sharing your personal information

24 Apr 2019

(Reuters Health) - While nine out of 10 phone apps for depression and smoking cessation assessed in a recent study were found to be sharing user data with third parties, only two out of three disclosed they were doing so.

In many states, pregnancy invalidates a woman's DNR

23 Apr 2019

(Reuters Health) - Most states have statutes that invalidate a woman's advance directive if she is pregnant, a U.S. study finds. And because those statutes are often not clearly outlined in the DNR form, women filling out an advance directive most likely would not know that it wouldn't apply if they were pregnant, researchers reported in JAMA.

Updated pediatric blood pressure guidelines catch more kids at risk for heart disease

22 Apr 2019

(Reuters Health) - Pediatric blood pressure guideline changes issued in 2017 increase the number of children diagnosed with high blood pressure, a new study finds.

Crowdsourced AI learns to target lung tumors for radiation

18 Apr 2019

(Reuters Health) - In many parts of the world there are not enough radiation oncologists to design and deliver radiation treatments for lung cancer patients, but that gap could one day be filled with the help of artificial intelligence, researchers suggest in a new study.

3D goggles may soon help surgeons see better

17 Apr 2019

(Reuters Health) - In a first, heart surgeons in Poland used 3D goggles to help them see inside a patient's chest as they opened up a narrowed heart valve, according to a report in the European Heart Journal.

In some states, sexting could land teens in jail for a long time

16 Apr 2019

(Reuters Health) - Sexting - the texting of sexual images - is increasingly common among teens, but in nearly half the U.S. the practice may hold an unexpected danger: in 23 states, sexting between teens is considered child pornography, which could potentially result in a 20-year prison term and mandatory registration as a sex offender, a new report warns.

New 'added sugars' labeling could save money and improve health

15 Apr 2019

(Reuters Health) - The Food and Drug Administration's new mandatory rules requiring labels on all packaged foods and drinks to indicate the presence of so-called added sugars could have substantial health and cost saving benefits in the United States over the next two decades, a new study suggests.

Top cancer hospitals' outcomes may be better than affiliates'

12 Apr 2019

(Reuters Health) - Patients often assume that surgical outcomes at all hospitals in a healthcare network are equally good. But a new study comparing outcomes from top-ranked cancer hospitals to their affiliates finds significant differences when it comes to complex cancer surgeries.

Telemedicine not ideal for kids with respiratory infections

09 Apr 2019

(Reuters Health) - Children with acute respiratory infections were prescribed antibiotics more often when the doctor "visit" was via telemedicine instead of at a primary care office or an urgent care clinic, a new study shows.

California allows aid-in-dying drugs for terminally ill, but hospitals set barriers

08 Apr 2019

(Reuters Health) - Since 2016, a California law has allowed terminally ill patients to obtain and use aid-in-dying medications from their doctors. But nearly two-thirds of California hospitals have policies against prescribing the drugs and forbid affiliated doctors from helping patients get them, a survey shows.

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