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Switching to ?adult doctor? sometimes hard for kids with chronic illness
2 Sep 2014 at 8:42am
By Shereen Lehman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Chronically ill kids who ?graduate? from their pediatrician to an ?adult" doctor often feel dissatisfied with the transition, says a new study. ?It is well known that the transfer from pediatric to adult care poses additional challenges to families dealing with childhood chronic illness or disabilities - what is less well known is how young people themselves look at these challenges and how they experience this period of great changes and great expectations,? Dr. AnneLoes van Staa, who led the study, told Reuters Health in an email. The problem is not just that kids may have known their pediatrician for years, while the ?adult? doctor is a stranger. In other studies, for example, young adults with chronic illnesses who have transitioned away from their pediatricians said they receive less guidance from their adult doctors, the adult doctors are less accessible, they have to wait longer for appointments, and it?s harder to coordinate care among specialists.
UK withdrawing warrant for ill boy's parents
2 Sep 2014 at 8:30am
LONDON (AP) ? U.K. prosecutors are withdrawing the arrest warrant in the case of a British couple who took their 5-year-old son out of the country in hopes of getting a new type of radiation therapy for his brain tumor.
MSF calls for military medics to help tackle West Africa Ebola
2 Sep 2014 at 8:25am
By Misha Hussain DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - World leaders must immediately deploy civilian and military medical teams to fight the world?s biggest outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, the head of an international medical charity said in New York on Tuesday. The international response has so far relied on overstretched health ministries and nongovernmental organisations to tackle the exceptionally large outbreak of the disease, Medecins sans Frontieres President Joanne Liu told U.N. member states at their New York headquarters. Liu accused world leaders of "failing to come to grips with this transnational threat,? and said they had ?essentially joined a global coalition of inaction," despite the World Health Organisation?s Aug. 8 announcement that the epidemic constituted a ?public health emergency of international concern.? Her remarks followed World Bank President Jim Yong Kim?s declaration on Monday that many people were dying unnecessarily from a ?disastrously inadequate response" to the disease and that wealthy nations ought to share their knowledge and resources to help African countries.
Ebola kills 31 people in DR Congo: WHO
2 Sep 2014 at 8:24am
An outbreak of the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo has killed 31 people and the epidemic remains contained in a remote northwestern region, UN the World Health Organization (WHO) said Tuesday. "There are now 31 deaths," Eugene Kambambi, the WHO's head of communication in DR Congo, told AFP, citing Congolese authorities and stressing that the epidemic "remains contained" in an area around 800 kilometres (500 miles) north of the capital Kinshasa. Health officials had previously given a death toll of 13 people from the lethal haemorrhagic fever since August 11 around the isolated town of Boende, surrounded by dense tropical forest in Equateur province. Kabambi was speaking by telephone from Mbandaka, the provincial capital, where he was accompanied by Health Minister Felix Kabange Numbi and the WHO representative in DRC, Joseph Cabore.
Violent Japanese anti-war film is a contender at Venice festival
2 Sep 2014 at 8:11am
By Michael Roddy LONDON (Reuters) - One of the most powerful and violent films to be shown at the Venice Film Festival this year, Japanese director Shinya Tsukamoto's "Nobi" (Fires on the Plain), delivers a stinging anti-war message bathed in blood. A remake of a 1959 classic, the film, shown late on Monday and in competition for the main festival prize, sticks to the plot of Kon Ichikawa's earlier film about defeated Japanese troops in the Philippines in World War Two. The version by Tsukamoto, whose past horror-and-fantasy-tinged films have earned him a reputation as an auteur of the strange, pumps up the volume in terms of severed body parts, bloody stumps of arms, maggot-ridden corpses and starving soldiers descending into cannibalism. Tsukamoto also plays Private Tamura, the main character in the film, which dwells on the dead and the dying among Japanese troops towards the end of the war.
Teva finds positive results in advanced trials for asthma drug
2 Sep 2014 at 8:02am
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries said a drug under development had positive results in reducing the frequency of clinical asthma exacerbations in two advanced trials in patients with moderate to severe asthma. Reslizumab, an investigational antibody, showed statistically significant reductions in the frequency of asthma exacerbations - episodes of progressively worsening shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing, and chest tightness - compared to patients taking a placebo in both Phase III studies, Israel based Teva said on Tuesday. Reslizumab also demonstrated a positive effect on lung function and asthma control, Teva said, noting the data will be presented at the European Respiratory Society Congress next week.
Texas voter ID law heads to trial in U.S. court
2 Sep 2014 at 8:50am
The trial heard by District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos is expected to last two weeks with a decision handed down before the Nov. 4 congressional election. State Republican leaders have said the law aims to prevent fraud at the ballot box and that there is no evidence to show that the law is discriminatory. Attorney General Eric Holder in July said Texas would be the start of his push to overturn the voter ID laws.
Triathlons test the mettle of the middle-aged athlete
2 Sep 2014 at 7:36am
By Dorene Internicola NEW YORK (Reuters) - Triathlons, the swim-bike-run races of varying lengths, are scaling the bucket lists of many middle-aged athletes, according to U.S. ?It?s not about who goes the fastest, it about who slows down the least,? said Connecticut-based running coach Tom Holland, 45, who has run more than 50 triathlons. USA Triathlon, the sport?s governing body in the United States, said the 40 to 44 age group comprises the highest percentage of its members and just over 30 percent of its annual membership base. ?It?s an attainable challenge,? explained Lindsay Wyskowski of USA Triathlon.
Diet Research, Stuck in the Stone Age
2 Sep 2014 at 7:34am
You cannot get a good answer to a lousy question. The current diet study making headlines purportedly asked, and answered this question: Which is better for weight loss and improving cardiac risk, a low-fat or a low-carb diet? For starters, that is a truly lousy question, resurrected from something like the Stone Age. I doubt even the Paleo...
Death toll from Congo Ebola outbreak rises to 31
2 Sep 2014 at 7:26am
The death toll from an outbreak of the Ebola virus in the Djera region of northern Democratic Republic of Congo has risen to 31, the government said on Tuesday, as the World Health Organization confirmed there was no link with an epidemic in West Africa. The separate outbreak in West Africa has killed more than 1,550 people since it was first reported in the forests of southeastern Guinea in March. The WHO said on Tuesday that the outbreak in Congo was a "distinct and independent event, with no relationship to the outbreak in West Africa".
Is Personal Training Dead?
2 Sep 2014 at 7:22am
I recently received a newsletter titled "Personal Training Is Dead." That's a pretty bold statement, if you ask me. And pretty interesting, given that the number of personal trainers in the United States has grown at a rate of more than 20 percent per year for the past five years. What's more, over the next few years, this rate is only...
Lundbeck says Northera available in U.S. after FDA approval
2 Sep 2014 at 7:18am
COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Lundbeck said on Tuesday its drug used to treat disorders caused by an underlying neurological disease had been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the capsules are available to the country's market through specialty pharmacies. Northera is only approved for use in the United States and treats patients who complain of dizziness caused by neurological diseases such as Parkinson's, the company said. (Reporting by Sabina Zawadzki)
Loving Food That Loves Us Back, Extra Space at The Table
2 Sep 2014 at 7:14am
There is a geographical midpoint between living to eat, and eating to live. It's where health comes from the pursuit of pleasure, and pleasure comes from the pursuit of health. It's where you love the food you eat, and the food you eat loves you back -- by nurturing your health and vitality, by contributing years to life, and life to years....
Liberia doctors strike, UN warns of food shortages due to Ebola
2 Sep 2014 at 7:09am
By James Harding Giahyue MONROVIA (Reuters) - Scores of healthcare workers at Liberia's main hospital have gone on strike over unpaid wages, complicating the fight against the world's worst Ebola epidemic that the U.S. As well as the quickly mounting human toll, the United Nations warned the spread of the fever could lead to food shortages in West Africa, potentially further depleting the resources of governments frantically trying to contain it. The World Health Organisation and other international bodies are scrambling to support of fragile healthcare systems in some of the world's poorest countries, but so far additional staff and resources have been slow to arrive on the ground. More than 120 healthworkers have died during the Ebola outbreak amid shortages of equipment and trained staff in the region.
Liberia doctors strike, U.N. warns of food shortages due to Ebola
2 Sep 2014 at 7:08am
By James Harding Giahyue MONROVIA (Reuters) - Scores of healthcare workers at Liberia's main hospital have gone on strike over unpaid wages, complicating the fight against the world's worst Ebola epidemic that the U.S. As well as the quickly mounting human toll, the United Nations warned the spread of the fever could lead to food shortages in West Africa, potentially further depleting the resources of governments frantically trying to contain it. The World Health Organization and other international bodies are scrambling to support of fragile healthcare systems in some of the world's poorest countries, but so far additional staff and resources have been slow to arrive on the ground. More than 120 healthworkers have died during the Ebola outbreak amid shortages of equipment and trained staff in the region.