LGBT patients may prefer to report sexual orientation in writing

(Reuters Health) – LGBT patients treated in the emergency room (ER) are more comfortable reporting their sexual orientation on a medical form rather than in a discussion with a health care provider, a new study shows.

Global Markets: Trade optimism lifts stocks, but 2018 ends in red

Equities around the world rose on Monday as possible progress in resolving the trade dispute between the United States and China engendered some investor optimism in what has been a punishing end of year for markets.

Oil posts first year of losses since 2015

Oil prices ended with full-year losses for the first time since 2015, after a desultory fourth quarter that saw buyers flee the market over growing worries about a supply glut and mixed signals related to renewed U.S. sanctions on Iran.

Gold firms near six-month peak; faces first yearly fall in three

Gold traded near a more than six-month peak hit early on Monday but was headed for its first annual decline since 2015, having lost this year to dollar strength due to trade tensions and rising interest rates by the U.S. Federal Reserve.

Handguns more lethal than rifles in mass shootings

(Reuters Health) – In public mass shootings in the U.S., victims shot with a handgun were more likely to die than in the events associated with a rifle, according to a new study in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.

Brent crude rises but set for first yearly drop since 2015

Oil prices rose more than 2 percent on the final day of the year, mirroring gains in stock markets, but were on track for their first annual decline in three years as concerns of a persistent supply glut lingered.