U.S. healthcare spending growth slows for second year in a row

Healthcare spending growth in the United States slowed for the second year in a row in 2017, mainly due to slower spending growth for hospital care, physician and clinical services as well as retail prescription drugs, according to a report from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

More evidence fruits and greens can be good for the brain

(Reuters Health) – – Middle-aged men who eat lots of fruits and vegetables may be lowering their odds of cognitive problems as they get on in years, compared to peers who don’t consume these foods very often, a U.S. study suggests.

Mallinckrodt plans to spin off specialty generics business

Mallinckrodt Plc said on Thursday it planned to spin off its specialty generics business to shareholders by the second half of 2019, capping a two-year long effort to look for strategic options for the unit.

Nestle recalls batch of Alfamino infant formula in Germany

Nestle has recalled a batch of its Alfamino amino acid specialist infant formula in Germany, saying a number of the products have a substantially increased dose of minerals that could make children sick.

Migrants tend to be healthier, live longer: study

Migrants tend to be healthier than the residents of wealthy countries they travel to, such as the United States, and often help fight diseases by becoming healthcare workers in those nations, according to a study published on Wednesday.

AbbVie halts late-stage trial for lung cancer drug Rova-T

AbbVie Inc said on Wednesday it had halted enrollment for a late stage trial of Rova-T as a second-line therapy for advanced small-cell lung cancer, following recommendations made by an independent data monitoring committee.

Asian longhorned tick spreading in U.S

(Reuters Health) – – The Asian longhorned tick has spread across nine states since it first appeared in the U.S. last year, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Smartphone app could screen for anemia

(Reuters Health) – – For people with chronic anemia who want to monitor their condition or those who just suspect they might be anemic, a fast answer could soon come from a smartphone selfie – of their fingernails, researchers say.

Pre-race screening of runners could reduce life-threatening health issues

(Reuters Health) – – As long-distance races like half-marathons and full marathons become more popular, race organizers and medical directors should consider using online medical screening to identify risky runners and avert medical emergencies, researchers say.

Showing people their own arteries might improve heart health

(Reuters Health) – – People who see vivid pictures of their own arteries getting clogged up with debris may be more likely to adopt a heart-healthy lifestyle than individuals who don’t see these images, a recent experiment suggests.