Reuters Health Report: In Missouri, J&J faces biggest trial yet alleging talc caused cancer

In Missouri, J&J faces biggest trial yet alleging talc caused cancer

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A lawsuit by 22 ovarian cancer patients against Johnson & Johnson went to trial on Wednesday in Missouri state court, marking the largest case the company has faced over allegations its talc-based products contain cancer-causing asbestos.

UK top court says can't enforce abortion law change in Northern Ireland

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Supreme Court said on Thursday that Northern Ireland's strict abortion law was incompatible with human rights, but also said it did not have the powers to make a formal ruling that the law should be changed.

Scientists map genetic codes of 3,000 dangerous bacteria

(Reuters) - Scientists seeking new ways to fight drug-resistant superbugs have mapped the genomes of more than 3,000 bacteria, including samples of a bug taken from Alexander Fleming's nose and a dysentery-causing strain from a World War One soldier.

Including family in ICU rounds could improve communication

(Reuters Health) - Hospitals that allow family members of critically ill patients to attend doctors' rounds in the intensive care unit (ICU) may improve healthcare quality by enhancing communication and satisfaction, a Canadian study suggests.

Drug combination better for restoring womb after miscarriage

(Reuters Health) - Two drugs are better than one when it comes to restoring the womb after an incomplete miscarriage, according to a new study.

Legal denial of service to same-sex couples tied to mental distress

(Reuters Health) - Gay, lesbian and bisexual people living in states where it's legal to deny services to same-sex couples may have an increased risk of mental illness even when they don't personally experience discrimination, a U.S. study suggests.

U.S. drug prices hit by insurer tactic against copay assistance: analysis

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A recently adopted tactic by U.S. health plans to limit the financial assistance drugmakers provide directly to consumers for prescription medicines is taking a toll on drug prices, according to a new analysis released on Tuesday.

Obese teens with psychiatric issues can still benefit from weight loss surgery

(Reuters Health) - Obese teens who have weight loss surgery are likely to lose the same amount of weight regardless of whether they were previously diagnosed with psychiatric problems, a U.S. study suggests.

FDA sends warning letters to nine online marketers over opioids

(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday sent warning letters to nine online networks operating a total of 53 websites to stop illegally marketing unapproved versions of opioid medications.

U.S. Medicare reserves seen lasting three years less than prior forecast

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. government's healthcare program for the elderly will exhaust its reserves for hospital insurance in 2026, three years earlier than last year's forecast, the Social Security and Medicare Boards of Trustees said in a report on Tuesday.

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