|Doctors group urges measles shots as Disneyland outbreak spreads|
By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The leading U.S. pediatrician group on Friday urged parents, schools and communities to vaccinate children against measles in the face of an outbreak that began at Disneyland in California in December and has spread to more than 80 people in seven states and Mexico. The American Academy of Pediatrics said all children should get the vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella between 12 and 15 months of age and again between 4 and 6 years old. "A family vacation to an amusement park – or a trip to the grocery store, a football game or school – should not result in children becoming sickened by an almost 100 percent preventable disease," Errol Alden, the group's executive director, said in a statement. The California Department of Public Health has reported 68 confirmed measles cases among state residents since December, most linked to an initial exposure at Disneyland or its adjacent Disney California Adventure Park.
Publ.Date : Sat, 24 Jan 2015 02:51:40 -0500
WHO adopts reforms to repair reputation after bungling Ebola
GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization has proposed reforms that could overhaul its structure after botching the response to the biggest-ever Ebola outbreak, a sluggish performance that experts say cost thousands of lives.
Publ.Date : Sun, 25 Jan 2015 15:15:36 -0500
Japanese rice: the new, safe luxury food in China
Now Chinese consumers are adding Japanese rice to the list of everyday foods they will bring in from abroad at luxury-good prices because they fear the local alternatives aren't safe. "Chinese rice farmers use pesticides," said a seller identified as Ying Ying, who started offering Japanese rice on the Taobao online marketplace last August. "Japanese rice isn't polluted by heavy metals." Pollution from industrialization has exacted a heavy toll on China's soil and water. In May 2013, officials in Guangdong province in southern China said 44 percent of rice samples contained excessive levels of the metal cadmium.
Publ.Date : Sun, 25 Jan 2015 16:16:10 -0500
Some homes near Montana oil spill report dark ooze after flushing taps
Residents of a Montana town whose water supply was tainted by an oil pipeline rupture last week got the all-clear on Friday to turn taps back on, though some reported brown or black material spurting from faucets even after their pipes were flushed. Drinking supplies for some 6,000 people in and around the community of Glendive became contaminated last Saturday when an estimated 1,200 barrels of crude oil was spilled into the Yellowstone River from a pipeline breach several miles upstream from the northeastern Montana town. Initial testing of Glendive's water, which is drawn from the river, showed levels of benzene, a cancer-causing constituent of petroleum, well above levels considered safe for human health by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Results of subsequent testing released on Thursday showed that benzene levels had fallen to acceptable levels, and state regulators on Friday said an independent lab analysis confirmed the water was safe to drink after residents flushed their taps of any residual contamination.
Publ.Date : Fri, 23 Jan 2015 23:52:09 -0500
The Problem With Beating Cancer
Cancer. What an ugly word. It seems to be taking over the world- or maybe I'm just getting older and more attune to its presence. Either way, I hate it. I guess everyone hates cancer, though. Or at the very least, no one likes it. Like Creed. (Sorry if you know someone in the band Creed. I'm sure they're all nice fellows.)My mother passed away...
Publ.Date : Fri, 23 Jan 2015 15:45:52 -0500
Overrated Exercises, And The Moves You Should Do Instead
No doubt, any exercise is better than no exercise at all.Click Here to see the Complete List of Overrated Exercises, And The Moves You Should Do InsteadSo, while it's silly to say that an exercise is "useless," it's not unfair to say that some exercises are definitely more worthy of your time than others; that some of the more commonly used...
Publ.Date : Sat, 24 Jan 2015 09:50:58 -0500
Bill would require doctor at NYC youth tackle football games
NEW YORK (AP) — All youth football games would be required to have a doctor present to monitor possible concussions as part of legislation considered Friday by the New York City Council.
Publ.Date : Fri, 23 Jan 2015 15:04:22 -0500
Epileptic Boy's Treatment Delayed by Slow Medical Marijuana Rollout
Administrative delays in Florida are slowing access to the low-THC cannabis Sam Saretti's doctors prescribed to treat his epilepsy.
Publ.Date : Fri, 23 Jan 2015 19:56:19 -0500
Fewer celiac diagnoses among poor UK children
By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) – Children from poorer areas in the UK are less likely to be diagnosed with celiac disease - but it's not clear why, researchers say. “We really don’t have any information from this piece of research to say why there are differences" between children from relatively poor areas compared to those from the least deprived areas, said Laila Tata, the study’s senior author from the University of Nottingham in the UK. Her team found roughly one new diagnosis of celiac disease for every 7,000 children living in wealthy areas, compared to about one new diagnosis for every 12,800 children living in the most deprived areas. In celiac disease, the immune system reacts to gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye.
Publ.Date : Fri, 23 Jan 2015 18:17:20 -0500
New York jail watchdog seeks federal probe in Rikers inmate death
A New York state watchdog agency that oversees jails has urged the U.S. Justice Department to investigate the death of a mentally ill inmate who was found naked and covered in feces at Rikers Island, The New York Times reported late on Thursday. Bradley Ballard was locked in his cell at the problem-plagued New York City jail complex and deprived of food, running water and insulin for his diabetes for six days leading up to his death on Sept. 11, 2013, according to news accounts. In its report, the New York State Commission of Corrections said the circumstances of Ballard's death "shock the conscience" and were the result of gross incompetence by medical workers, guards and Corizon Health, a private jail contractor, the Times said. Ballard's death is seen as evidence of the bleak conditions at Rikers Island, one of the nation's largest jail complexes.
Publ.Date : Fri, 23 Jan 2015 18:32:22 -0500
British nurse makes full recovery from Ebola
A British nurse who had been critically ill with Ebola after working in Sierra Leone has been discharged from a London hospital after making a full recovery. Pauline Cafferkey was admitted to the Royal Free Hospital in north London on Dec. 30 after falling ill on her return from Sierra Leone, where she had been working for the charity Save the Children at a treatment centre outside the capital, Freetown.
Publ.Date : Sun, 25 Jan 2015 02:48:09 -0500
Legally Blind Mom Sees Newborn for First Time Through Special Glasses
Kathy Beitz has been legally blind since she was 11.
Publ.Date : Fri, 23 Jan 2015 18:08:34 -0500
Four tobacco makers accused by French anti-smoking of collusion
A French anti-smoking association said Sunday it had filed a case accusing makers of Marlboro, Camel, Lucky Strike and Gauloise cigarettes of colluding to limit prices so smokers won't cut their consumption. "The four big international tobacco industrials work as a cartel, (and) do all they can so that prices rise in a moderate manner to ensure consumption doesn't fall," Martinet told AFP.
Publ.Date : Sun, 25 Jan 2015 18:28:49 -0500
WHO pledges reforms as it admits Ebola mistakes
The World Health Organization's chief on Sunday admitted the UN agency had been caught napping on Ebola and pledged reforms to avoid similar mistakes in future. Despite turning a corner in the fight against Ebola, there was no room for complacency, WHO head Margaret Chan told a rare emergency session of the agency. "The world, including WHO, was too slow to see what was unfolding before us," she told delegates at only the third emergency session in the history of the WHO.
Publ.Date : Sun, 25 Jan 2015 18:27:58 -0500
Ebola experts say 16 other bat viruses could infect man
By Emma Batha LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Scientists looking for Ebola in bats have identified 16 other viruses in the animal which could jump to humans and potentially cause a disease outbreak on a similar scale to the West African crisis, a health security expert said on Friday. Professor Nigel Lightfoot said the additional viruses had been identified by scientists from the National Institute for Communicable Diseases in South Africa. “They tell me they have got 16 other (viruses)...which are just waiting to spread to humans and cause the next (epidemic),” he told a conference in London on tackling serious infectious diseases. Lightfoot said the World Bank would shortly announce hundreds of millions of dollars in investment in infrastructure in the three countries worst affected by Ebola – Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.
Publ.Date : Sat, 24 Jan 2015 04:35:33 -0500
FDA approves NPS drug, in move validating Shire takeover deal
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved NPS Pharmaceuticals Inc's drug Natpara to treat a rare hormone disorder, validating a bet by Shire Plc, which recently agreed to acquire NPS for $5.2 billion. Natpara is designed to treat hypoparathyroidism, a condition in which the body's parathyroid gland does not secrete enough parathyroid hormone (PTH). The hormone works with vitamin D to regulate body calcium. Analysts expect the drug to generate peak annual sales of $542 million by 2019, according to Thomson Reuters data.
Publ.Date : Fri, 23 Jan 2015 19:40:20 -0500
Sorry, Pregnant Women, New Study Is Not a Carte Blanche to Eat Sushi
Despite jubilant tweets and Facebook posts to the contrary, a new study does not reverse decades of advice prohibiting pregnant women from eating sushi, experts said. The study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition said pregnant women may be able to eat more fish than previously thought thanks to what appear to be minimal negative effects from mercury consumption on their unborn children, but experts say sushi is a whole different story. Researchers at Rochester University followed more than 1,200 pregnant mothers in the Republic of Seychelles until their children were 20 months old. The pregnant women in the study ate 12 fish meals a week on average, and researchers concluded that the fatty acids found in the fish may have protected children's brains from the harmful effects of mercury.
Publ.Date : Fri, 23 Jan 2015 20:01:47 -0500
'We have a deal': insurance may unlock India-U.S. atomic trade
By Frank Jack Daniel and Douglas Busvine NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Prime Minister Narendra Modi and U.S. President Barack Obama unveiled a plan centered on insurance on Sunday that they hope will convince U.S. companies to build nuclear power stations in India, but stopped short of demands to soften a liability law. With the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy still fresh in India's mind, parliament five years ago passed a law that makes equipment suppliers ultimately responsible for an accident, a deviation from international norms that the companies found hard to swallow. India's top diplomat, Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh, said the new plan was "squarely within our law". "The India nuclear insurance pool is a risk transfer mechanism which is being formed by GIC Re and four other public sector undertakings in the general insurance business in India," foreign ministry joint secretary Amandeep Singh said.
Publ.Date : Sun, 25 Jan 2015 18:52:56 -0500
Factbox: Obama and Modi unveil India nuclear trade breakthrough
(Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled a deal aimed at unlocking billions of dollars in nuclear trade and deepening defense ties, steps both sides hope will help establish an enduring strategic partnership. Following are some key agreements and points of discussion during Obama's visit: CIVIL NUCLEAR India and the United States struck a deal that could open the door for U.S. companies to build nuclear reactors in India by promising insurance cover to U.S. companies that had shied away from an Indian law placing liability on suppliers in case of an accident. It remains to be seen whether the new pact will satisfy companies such as GE and Toshiba-owned Westinghouse, who had stayed away since a landmark 2008 agreement that ended India's nuclear isolation. STRATEGIC IMPORTANCE India's size, location, fast-growing economy and potential as a democratic counterbalance to China makes the South Asian nation an increasingly important element of U.S. military and commercial strategy.
Publ.Date : Sun, 25 Jan 2015 11:30:29 -0500
Wall Street falls on miners, UPS; indexes up for week
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks fell modestly on Friday, pressured by underwhelming corporate news including guidance from economic activity bellwether UPS and as materials stocks fell after bearish notes.
Publ.Date : Fri, 23 Jan 2015 16:30:22 -0500
In bike-loving Colorado city, ambulances get racks for rides
Publ.Date : Fri, 23 Jan 2015 15:18:57 -0500
Lawson of NBA's Nuggets arrested on drunken driving charges
(Reuters) - Denver Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson was arrested early on Friday on drunken driving charges, Denver police said. Lawson, 27, was arrested at 1:19 a.m. after being stopped for driving 61 mph (98 kph) in a 35 mph (56 kph) zone, police said. "We have been made aware of an incident involving Ty Lawson early this morning," the Nuggets said in a statement. Lawson is averaging 16.7 points and a career-high 9.9 assists for the Nuggets through 41 games.
Publ.Date : Fri, 23 Jan 2015 15:42:09 -0500
Anger, mistrust in Guinea villages hinders battle to beat Ebola
By Saliou Samb CONAKRY (Reuters) - Angry residents are blocking access for health workers to dozens of remote villages in Guinea, in a sign of persistent mistrust that could threaten President Alpha Conde's aim to eradicate Ebola from the country by early March. The worst Ebola outbreak on record began deep in the forests of southeastern Guinea in December 2013 and has since spread to other countries in the impoverished region, killing more than 8,600 people. Like its West African neighbours Liberia and Sierra Leone - the worst-affected nations - Guinea has recorded a sharp fall in infections in recent weeks, fuelling hope that the tide has turned against the epidemic.
Publ.Date : Sat, 24 Jan 2015 03:19:56 -0500
Epileptic Boy's Parents Frustrated by Delays Plaguing Medical Marijuana Rollout
Andrea Saretti's son Sam starts the day each morning by putting on a special helmet and medical bracelet to protect him in case he falls to the ground with a seizure. Sam, 9, was diagnosed with epilepsy last year and has suffered seizures that have not stopped despite multiple medications and even an electronic implant that is designed to prevent seizures by sending mild electrical pulses to the brain through the vagus nerve. The medications Sam is currently on have helped somewhat but they have also led to side effects, including weight gain, Saretti said, noting that Sam, who is also autistic, went from 80 pounds to over 120 pounds in just one year of treatment after being prescribed adult doses of medication to try and stop the seizures. While many doctors are reluctant to say with certainty that marijuana can help with epilepsy, patients who have found little relief with conventional drugs have turned to the natural remedy as anecdotal reports suggest it can reduce seizures.
Publ.Date : Fri, 23 Jan 2015 20:01:48 -0500
The Moment a Blind Mom Sees Baby for First Time
Kathy Beitz, 29, has been legally blind since the age of 11 but was able to see her newborn with the help of eSight glasses.
Publ.Date : Fri, 23 Jan 2015 18:25:15 -0500
Imperial Tobacco launches caffeinated mouth strips
By Martinne Geller LONDON (Reuters) - Imperial Tobacco Group, the world's third largest cigarette maker, is moving into caffeine as more people kick the deadly smoking habit, launching a melt-in-your-mouth strip designed to give an energy boost in seconds. The product, called Reon, comes in flavors such as "grapefruit & zing" and "black currant & fresh". For now it is only sold in the English city of Manchester and online. Developed by Imperial's Fontem Ventures subsidiary, Reon comes in packs of eight strips, each with 20 mg of caffeine, or less than a third of the amount in a shot of Starbucks espresso.
Publ.Date : Sun, 25 Jan 2015 08:19:30 -0500
UK nurse who contracted Ebola recovers, leaves hospital
LONDON (AP) — A British nurse who contracted Ebola while working in Sierra Leone has been discharged from the hospital after making a complete recovery.
Publ.Date : Sat, 24 Jan 2015 13:54:49 -0500
Kentucky doctor charged in patients' deaths pleads not guilty
Jaime Guerrero, 47, was released on a $50,000 unsecured bond at his arraignment in Louisville, according to a spokeswoman for the prosecutor's office. As part of his release, he had to surrender his passport and his Drug Enforcement Agency registration number, which allows him to prescribe drugs. Guerrero was indicted on Wednesday by a federal grand jury in Kentucky on 32 counts, including dispensing Oxycodone, Methadone and Hydrocodone to patients without a legitimate need, prosecutors said. Prosecutors say Guerrero illegally prescribed medications to 30 patients from December 2009 to last May. Five patients died between 2010 and 2012.
Publ.Date : Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:04:53 -0500
Added protections for consumer information on health website
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration appears to be making broader changes to protect consumer information on the government's health insurance website, after objections from lawmakers and privacy advocates.
Publ.Date : Sat, 24 Jan 2015 19:12:12 -0500
Tide turning in Ebola fight after hard lessons
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A top U.N. official in the fight against Ebola greeted just three patients at one treatment center he visited this week in Sierra Leone. Families in Liberia are no longer required to cremate the remains of loved ones to halt the spread of the virulent disease.
Publ.Date : Sat, 24 Jan 2015 14:40:08 -0500
Just five Ebola cases left in Liberia, government says
Liberia, once the epicentre of West Africa's deadly Ebola epidemic, has just five remaining confirmed cases of the disease, a senior health official said on Friday, highlighting the country's success in halting new infections. The worst Ebola outbreak on record has killed more than 8,600 people in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. Earlier this year at the height of the outbreak in Liberia, hospitals without beds for new patients were forced to turn away victims and bodies were left in the streets. "We have five confirmed Ebola cases in Liberia as of today," said Deputy Health Minister Tolbert Nyenswah, who heads Liberia's Ebola taskforce.
Publ.Date : Sat, 24 Jan 2015 02:37:29 -0500
Pediatrician group urges measles vaccinations amid Disneyland outbreak
By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The leading U.S. pediatrician group on Friday urged parents, schools and communities to vaccinate children against measles in the face of an outbreak that began at Disneyland in California in December and has spread to more than 50 people. The American Academy of Pediatrics said all children should get the vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella between the ages of 12 and 15 months old and again between 4 and 6 years old. "A family vacation to an amusement park – or a trip to the grocery store, a football game or school – should not result in children becoming sickened by an almost 100 percent preventable disease," Errol Alden, the group's executive director, said in a statement. The California Department of Public Health has reported 59 confirmed measles cases among state residents since December, most linked to an initial exposure at Disneyland or its adjacent Disney California Adventure Park.
Publ.Date : Fri, 23 Jan 2015 15:25:55 -0500
Brengle slops on sunscreen and slips into fourth round
Madison Brengle could conceivably be the new face of advertising campaigns Down Under that urge people to 'slip, slop, slap' during the scorching summer months to help Australians and New Zealanders to lower the risk of skin cancers. The 24-year-old American, who made the fourth round of a grand slam for the first time on Saturday with a surprise 6-3 6-2 victory over compatriot Coco Vandeweghe, was lucky to be in Australia at all.
Publ.Date : Sat, 24 Jan 2015 04:30:20 -0500
Fort Hood shooter showed no clear warning signs: report
By David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The soldier who went on a deadly shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, last year was under great personal stress because of family deaths, a career setback and financial woes, but showed no signs he was about to explode, investigators said on Friday. Army Specialist Ivan Lopez-Lopez, 34, opened fire at several locations on the sprawling military post on April 2, 2014, with a .45 caliber pistol, killing three soldiers and wounding 12 before taking his own life when confronted by military police. Relatives told investigators Lopez-Lopez had been profoundly affected in the months before the shootings by the deaths of his grandfather and then his mother. Health problems had caused a career setback that forced him to shift from being an infantryman to a driver, the investigators said.
Publ.Date : Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:39:46 -0500
California reports 68 measles cases in state since Disney outbreak
State health officials on Friday reported 68 confirmed measles cases in California, most of them linked to an outbreak at Disneyland that began in December. Fourteen more cases linked to Disney parks were reported on Friday out of state - five in Arizona, three in Utah, two in Washington state and one each in Oregon, Colorado, Nevada and Mexico.
Publ.Date : Fri, 23 Jan 2015 19:15:44 -0500
Liberia Ebola vaccine trial "challenging" as cases tumble
By Ben Hirschler DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - A steep fall in Ebola cases in Liberia will make it hard to prove whether experimental vaccines work in a major clinical trial about to start in the country, the head of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) said on Saturday. The NIH might have to move some testing to neighbouring Sierra Leone, while regulators could end up approving Ebola shots based on efficacy data from animal tests backed by only limited human evidence, Francis Collins told Reuters. Liberia, once the epicentre of West Africa's deadly Ebola epidemic, has just five remaining confirmed cases of the disease, a senior health official has said.
Publ.Date : Sun, 25 Jan 2015 03:02:36 -0500
Gates sees "miracle" tools for AIDS by 2030 in vaccine and drugs
Two new tools to fight AIDS should be available by 2030 in the form of a vaccine and new intense drug treatments, ending most cases of a disease that has killed millions in the past 30 years, Bill Gates said. The Microsoft founder, whose philanthropic foundation has poured millions of dollars into medical research, told the World Economic Forum in Davos the "two miracles" were within reach in the coming years. A vaccine is seen as pivotal in preventing new infections among susceptible populations, while new kinds of intense drug treatments should do away with the need for life-long pills, he said. Gates, whose Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation plays a major role in funding medical research, is also optimistic about the fight against malaria, where work on a vaccine is more advanced than for AIDS.
Publ.Date : Sat, 24 Jan 2015 06:48:35 -0500
Privacy concerns over health care website prompt reversal
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bowing to privacy concerns, the Obama administration reversed itself Friday, scaling back the release of consumers' personal information from the government's health insurance website to private companies with a commercial interest in the data.
Publ.Date : Fri, 23 Jan 2015 19:34:56 -0500
Avian flu confirmed in commercial turkey flock in California
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal agriculture officials say they have found avian influenza in a commercial turkey flock in central California.
Publ.Date : Sat, 24 Jan 2015 15:59:15 -0500
After Ebola, WHO to set up contingency fund, develop 'surge capacity'
By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Sunday it will create a contingency fund and an emergency workforce to respond quickly to crises after strong criticism of the agency's delay in confronting the Ebola epidemic. Director-general Dr. Margaret Chan said at an emergency meeting called to discuss the agency's Ebola response that the outbreak showed the need to strengthen WHO's crisis management and to streamline procedures for recruiting frontline workers. "Member states truly understand that the world does need a collective defence mechanism for global health security." In the past year, 21,724 Ebola cases have been reported in nine countries and 8,641 people have died, according to the WHO, which says West Africa's outbreak is ebbing. "The WHO we have is not the WHO we need, not the WHO we needed to respond to health emergencies of the magnitude of Ebola," Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), told the talks.
Publ.Date : Sun, 25 Jan 2015 16:03:41 -0500