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Reuters Health News Summary

Updated: 19-02-2019 10:27 IST
Reuters Health News Summary

Following is a summary of current health news briefs. Interval training burns off more pounds than jogging or cycling

(Reuters Health) - Workouts that mix up a variety of intense exercises with brief recovery periods in between may help people lose more weight than chugging along at a steady pace on a treadmill or exercise bike, a research review suggests. Doctors often advise people trying to lose weight to focus on cutting calories and getting more active. But the ideal type and amount of exercise for optimal weight loss isn't clear, researchers note in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Mongolia suspends KFC outlets after hundreds show food poisoning symptoms

Mongolia has temporarily suspended operations of all KFC restaurants in the country to conduct an inquiry, as 42 people were hospitalized and hundreds showed food poisoning symptoms after eating at one of the outlets of the fast-food chain. The incident occurred in Ulaanbaatar last week and was caused by poor internal hygiene checks, the city's Metropolitan Professional Inspection Agency said, adding that 247 people had reported food poisoning symptoms such as diarrhea and vomiting. Chinese frozen food firm recalls products suspected of African swine fever contamination

Major Chinese frozen food producer Sanquan Food Co Ltd said on Monday it has recalled products that may be contaminated with African swine fever, following media reports that some of its dumplings tested positive for the virus. African swine fever is incurable in pigs but does not harm people. An epidemic of the disease has spread rapidly across China since August 2018, reaching 25 provinces and regions. As medical costs mount, Japan to weigh cost-effectiveness in setting drug prices

Japanese doctor Yasushi Goto remembers prescribing the cancer drug Opdivo to an octogenarian and wondering whether taxpayers might object to helping fund treatment, which at the time cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, for patients in their twilight years. Japanese have easy access to new medicines, whose prices are decided by the government and subsidized by the country's public health insurance system. Supply of primary care doctors linked with mortality rates

Mortality rates are lower in American communities with more primary care physicians than in areas of the country with fewer doctors, a study suggests. Overall in the U.S., the total number of primary care physicians rose from 196,014 in 2005 to 204,419 in 2015, the study found. But because of disproportionate losses of providers in rural areas, the average number of primary care physicians for every 100,000 people in the population declined from 46.6 to 41.1 during the same period. Parenthood derails the careers of many in STEM, especially women

(Reuters Health) - Almost half of women and a quarter of men leave careers in science, technology, engineering and math after they have their first child, a new study shows. Researchers found that 43 percent of women and 23 percent of men walk away from full-time STEM jobs after starting a family, according to the study released by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. Brief general anesthesia appears safe for children's brains

(Reuters Health) - In infants, an hour of general anesthesia - long enough for most minor surgeries done in babies - doesn't increase the risk of impaired brain development compared to an hour of regional anesthesia, a study suggests. By age three, roughly one in 10 children in developed countries will have had general anesthesia at least once for things like repairing a hernia, placing ear tubes, removing tonsils or completing MRIs, researchers note in The Lancet. Japan approves test of iPS cells for treating spinal injuries

Japanese scientists will test the use of human-induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS) to treat spinal cord injuries, a health ministry panel that approved the research project said on Monday. The research team from Tokyo's Keio University planned to inject about two million iPS cells into the damaged areas of an individual patient and review the results over the course of a year, according to the plan approved by the health ministry.