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U.S. says results encouraging for healthcare delivery reforms

By David Morgan

WASHINGTON Thu Jan 30, 2014 3:42pm EST

Janet Perez (R) oversees specialists (top) as they help callers and potential customers find health insurance at a customer contact and call center for HealthSource RI, Rhode Island's health insurance exchange program for the Affordable Care Act or ''ObamaCare,'' in Providence, Rhode Island October 25, 2013. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Janet Perez (R) oversees specialists (top) as they help callers and potential customers find health insurance at a customer contact and call center for HealthSource RI, Rhode Island’s health insurance exchange program for the Affordable Care Act or ”ObamaCare,” in Providence, Rhode Island October 25, 2013.

Credit: Reuters/Brian Snyder

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Thursday reported what it called encouraging results from efforts to reduce healthcare costs and improve the quality of care for more than 5 million Medicare beneficiaries under Obamacare

Seeing ultrasound rarely changes abortion plans: study

By Shereen Jegtvig

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – NEW YORK Thu Jan 30, 2014 2:37pm EST

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Nearly 99 percent of women went ahead with an abortion after voluntarily viewing an ultrasound image of the fetus beforehand, according to a large new U.S. study.

Based on medical records for more than 15,000 women seeking abortion at Los Angeles Planned Parenthood clinics, researchers found that only a small fraction of the women changed their minds after seeing the image.

Lilly's quarterly sales largely offset Cymbalta slide

By Ransdell Pierson

Thu Jan 30, 2014 11:08am EST

(Reuters) – Drugmaker Eli Lilly and Co’s quarterly revenue fell far less than expected, it reported on Thursday, as plunging sales of its Cymbalta depression treatment were largely offset by higher revenues for most of its other prescription drugs.

The company earned $728 million, or 67 cents per share, in the fourth quarter. That compared with $827 million, or 74 cents per share, in the year-earlier quarter, when Lilly took charges for asset impairments and restructuring.

ADHD tied to more traffic accidents; medication may help

By Andrew M. Seaman

NEW YORK Wed Jan 29, 2014 4:22pm EST

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – People with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are more likely to be in a serious traffic accident, but medication may counteract that risk for some, according to a new study from Sweden.

Researchers found that people with ADHD are about 50 percent more likely to be in serious traffic accidents, compared to people without the condition.

But taking medication to control some of the symptoms may help reduce that increased risk – at least among men, according to the study’s lead author.

Lilly CEO: 'It's time to go back on offense'

By Ransdell Pierson

Wed Jan 29, 2014 3:55pm EST

Eli Lily and Company's President and CEO John Lechleiter speaks during the APEC CEO summit in Honolulu, Hawaii November 11, 2011. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

Eli Lily and Company’s President and CEO John Lechleiter speaks during the APEC CEO summit in Honolulu, Hawaii November 11, 2011.

Credit: Reuters/Chris Wattie

(Reuters) – After three years of seeing major drugs like Zyprexa for schizophrenia lose patent protection and wipe away billions of dollars in revenue, Eli Lilly and Co Chief Executive Officer John Lechleiter wants to change the game plan.

Fourth Canadian farm hit by pig killing virus: Ontario official

Wed Jan 29, 2014 2:34pm EST

(Reuters) – The piglet killing Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus has spread to a fourth farm in the Canadian province of Ontario, the provincial government said on Wednesday, despite the hog industry’s efforts to stop it by disinfecting delivery trucks and clothing used on farms.

The virus has killed more than 1 million piglets in the United States but it has so far been contained within Canada to southern Ontario farms. The fourth case has been confirmed in Norfolk County along the north shore of Lake Erie, said Mark Cripps, a spokesman for Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne.

Scientists hail breakthrough in embryonic-like stem cells

By Kate Kelland

LONDON Wed Jan 29, 2014 7:04am EST

LONDON (Reuters) – In experiments that could open a new era in stem cell biology, scientists have found a cheap and easy way to reprogramme mature cells from mice back into an embryonic-like state that allowed them to generate many types of tissue.

The research, described as game-changing by experts in the field, suggests human cells could in future be reprogrammed by the same technique, offering a simpler way to replace damaged cells or grow new organs for sick and injured people.

Anti-VEGF drugs making a difference in vision, longterm care

By Shereen Jegtvig

NEW YORK Tue Jan 28, 2014 3:51pm EST

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – A treatment introduced less than 10 years ago has already made a difference in the number of Americans losing their vision and being admitted to nursing homes, according to a new study.

Two Duke University economists looked at Medicare beneficiaries with so-called “wet” macular degeneration and found those diagnosed after the introduction of anti-VEGF drugs were less likely to go blind and less likely to move into long-term care.