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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.

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.

Race may impact help-seeking by women facing barriers to breast cancer care

(Reuters Health) - African American women with abnormal mammograms may be less likely than those from other ethnic and racial groups to recognize the barriers to follow-up care that can delay a breast cancer diagnosis or to seek help overcoming them, a U.S. study suggests.

Mental health diagnoses rising among U.S. college students

(Reuters Health) - A range of common mental health conditions are being diagnosed more often in U.S. university students, according to a study that also finds students are more willing to seek help than in the past.

Tenth child dies from viral outbreak at New Jersey facility

A 10th child died has in a viral outbreak at a rehabilitation center in northern New Jersey, where 27 young patients with compromised immune systems have been confirmed with adenovirus infections, state health officials said.

China birth rate set to continue decline this year: China Daily

China's birth rate is set to decline further this year as well as over the next few years, despite the country's 2016 move to relax its controversial "one-child policy", the China Daily newspaper said on Thursday, citing population experts.

Treating early signs of diabetes risk may stave off the disease

(Reuters Health) - People who have slightly elevated blood sugar and other early signs of risk for type 2 diabetes may avoid developing the full-blown disease if they start taking medications or make lifestyle changes that are usually used to treat diabetes, researchers say.

Less-radical surgery may pose higher death risk in early cervical cancer

(Reuters Health) - Women with early cervical cancer who opt for minimally-invasive surgery die sooner and are more likely to have their tumors reappear than those who have a conventional hysterectomy, according to two studies that could dramatically change treatment for the deadly malignancy.

Many African Americans may have undiagnosed sleep apnea

(Reuters Health) - Even though almost one in four black people in the U.S. may have moderate to severe sleep apnea, a common nighttime breathing disorder, a new study suggests the vast majority haven't been diagnosed or treated by a doctor.

A few interventions may work to reduce C-sections

(Reuters Health) - Unnecessary cesarean-section deliveries (C-sections) might decline if a variety of interventions targeting patients, healthcare professionals and hospitals were implemented, suggests an updated review of existing research.

FDA approves Novartis' copy of AbbVie bestseller Humira

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Novartis AG's copy of Humira, the world's bestselling prescription medicine developed by U.S.-based AbbVie Inc, the agency's website showed on Wednesday.

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