Weight-loss surgery tied to lower risk of birth defects

(Reuters Health) – Women with severe obesity who have gastric bypass surgery to lose weight before becoming pregnant may be less likely to have babies with birth defects than similar women who... Read more »

Michigan judge blocks flavored vape ban as Juul faces wrongful death lawsuit

(Reuters) – A Michigan judge on Tuesday blocked the state’s ban on flavored e-cigarettes about two weeks after it took effect and hours after a wrongful death lawsuit was filed against Juul... Read more »

Drug distributors in talks to settle opioid litigation for $18 billion: WSJ

(Reuters) – Three drug distributors are in talks with state and local governments to settle opioid litigation for $18 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday, citing people familiar with the... Read more »

Parents in medical research labs missing out on government help with conference travel

(Reuters Health) – Few medical schools allow doctor-scientists with children to take advantage of a government program to help with childcare expenses related to travel to professional meetings, a new study suggests.... Read more »

Mexican Senate set to pass bill to legalize marijuana in next few days

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s Senate will vote for a bill to fully legalize marijuana in the next few days, a key lawmaker told Reuters, marking a major step toward changing the... Read more »

Missouri appeals court overturns $110 million Johnson & Johnson talc verdict

FILE PHOTO: The Johnson & Johnson logo is displayed on a screen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., May 29, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo... Read more »

Michigan judge blocks flavored vape ban

FILE PHOTO: A man uses a vape device in this illustration picture, September 19, 2019. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi/Illustration/File Photo (Reuters) – A Michigan judge on Tuesday blocked the state’s ban on flavored e-cigarettes... Read more »

Scientists find how deadly malaria parasite jumped from gorillas to humans

FILE PHOTO: A health worker shows a malaria rapid test kit after collecting blood sample from a resident during a drive to prevent the spread of mosquito-borne diseases in Ahmedabad, India, October... Read more »

Fewer emergency surgeries, more deaths in British hospitals vs U.S.

(Reuters Health) – When patients in England or the U.S. have abdominal emergencies like appendicitis or a ruptured aneurysm, half as many in England get surgery and many more die, a new... Read more »

Different minds: Temple Grandin on nurturing autistic workers

NEW YORK (Reuters) – During the past five decades, Temple Grandin’s visually indexed mind, a key feature of her autism, helped make her a leading animal researcher. FILE PHOTO: Temple Grandin, the... Read more »