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U.S. court strikes down North Carolina ultrasound abortion law
22 Dec 2014 at 2:32pm
By Colleen Jenkins WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) - A North Carolina law requiring women seeking an abortion to have an ultrasound of the fetus performed and described to them is unconstitutional because it forces doctors to voice the state's message discouraging the procedure, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Monday. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a district judge's decision striking down the 2011 law, which was passed by North Carolina's Republican-led legislature over a veto by then-Governor Beverly Perdue, a Democrat. ...
Exercise tied to prostate cancer survival
22 Dec 2014 at 2:18pm
By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - Among men with prostate cancer, those who lead active lifestyles have better survival rates than those who don?t, a new study suggests. There are many benefits to being physically active, but the new results suggest there are ?specific effects also on the survival among prostate cancer patients,? said the study's lead author Stephanie Bonn of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. ?There is great potential for men diagnosed with prostate cancer to improve their own survival by being physically active,? she wrote in an email to Reuters Health. In the U.S. ...
British soul singer Joe Cocker dies at 70
22 Dec 2014 at 2:08pm
(Reuters) - Joe Cocker, the raspy-voiced, Grammy-winning singer best known for his cover of the Beatles' "With a Little Help from My Friends" and "You Are So Beautiful," died on Monday, his agent said. He was 70. The death was confirmed by Marshall Arts, the company of Cocker's agent, Barrie Marshall, in England. The rock singer, known for flailing his arms on stage during performances, lost a long battle with lung cancer, his record label, Sony Music, said in a statement. "His international success as a blues/rock singer began in 1964 and continues till this day. ...
Do heart patients fare better when doctors away?
22 Dec 2014 at 1:48pm
CHICAGO (AP) ? Doctors joke that if you're going to have a heart attack, the safest place would be at a big national gathering of heart specialists. But a new study suggests some older hospitalized heart patients may fare better when these doctors aren't around.
Gluten-Free Holiday Hacks
22 Dec 2014 at 1:33pm
As someone with celiac disease, I always have a bit of anxiety around holiday meals. Whether they be made by family or friends, there is always a risk for cross-contamination of food that makes it nearly impossible to relax when you are invited into someone else's home, or sometimes even in your own, for holiday feasts. And while those around...
Mother?s depression when kids are young linked to risky teen behaviors
22 Dec 2014 at 1:28pm
By Shereen Lehman (Reuters Health) - Having a depressed mother during elementary or middle school raises the likelihood a child will engage in risky behaviors like drinking and smoking during the teen years, according to a new Canadian study. Based on nearly 3,000 children followed since they were toddlers, the researchers also found that kids with depressed mothers in ?middle childhood? were likely to start risky health behaviors earlier in their adolescence than other kids. ...
Express Scripts drops Gilead hep C drugs for cheaper AbbVie rival
22 Dec 2014 at 1:18pm
By Caroline Humer (Reuters) - The largest U.S. pharmacy benefit manager said on Monday it has lined up a cheaper price for AbbVie Inc's newly approved hepatitis C treatment and, in most cases, will no longer cover Gilead Sciences Inc's treatments after trying for nearly a year to win a deeper discount. Express Scripts' move reignited investor concerns that pharmaceutical companies will have to bow to pricing pressure from U.S. insurers and lawmakers over novel medications whose cost can reach hundreds of thousands of dollars for some diseases. Gilead shares dropped 13 percent, or about $14. ...
Germany introduces bird flu test for ducks, geese
22 Dec 2014 at 1:15pm
Germany said it would start testing ducks and geese for bird flu prior to slaughter, after two cases of the highly infectious H5N8 strain were detected in a week. The emergency procedure, which will take effect Tuesday, requires all duck and geese farmers across Germany to have their animals tested for bird flu before being transported, the agriculture ministry said. "The animals can only be transported and slaughtered in the case of a negative test result," the ministry said in a written statement. Unlike turkeys and chickens, ducks and geese display no symptoms when they are infected with H5N8.
FDA approves Bristol-Myers' immunotherapy for skin cancer
22 Dec 2014 at 12:35pm
(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Bristol-Myers Squibb Co's skin cancer drug, more than three months before the scheduled review date. Opdivo, or nivolumab, belongs to a promising new class of drugs designed to help the body's own immune system fight cancer by blocking a protein called Programmed Death receptor (PD-1). The drug is the second PD-1 inhibitor to be approved by the FDA, the first being Merck & Co Inc's Keytruda in September. ...
Fat Could Be the New Smoking in Terms of Life Expectancy
22 Dec 2014 at 11:41am
When you're thinking about loading up on that second helping of apple pie, you might want to remember the results of a just-released study from McGill University. It showed that obesity can reduce your lifespan by eight years. The study examined the records of 3,993 people logged in a survey called the National Health and Nutrition Examination...
Hong Kong halts some U.S. poultry imports due to bird flu in U.S
22 Dec 2014 at 11:33am
By P.J. Huffstutter (Reuters) - Hong Kong said Monday it has suspended imports of certain U.S. poultry and poultry products because strains of avian influenza have been identified in the United States, marking the second foreign market to issue such a ban. Two separate virus strains were identified in Whatcom County, Washington, including H5N2 in northern pintail ducks, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) said in a statement last week. This same strain has killed thousands of birds on two Canadian farms in British Columbia. ...
Alstom says will aim for best practices after record bribery settlement
22 Dec 2014 at 11:17am
PARIS (Reuters) - Alstom said on Monday it would strive for the best compliance procedures and had stopped hiring external sales consultants after it agreed to pay $772 million to settle global bribery charges with the U.S. Justice Department.
FDA approves BioCryst's intravenous flu drug
22 Dec 2014 at 11:05am
By Natalie Grover (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved BioCryst Pharmaceuticals Inc's single-dose flu drug, in what the company says is the agency's first ever approval for an intravenous drug to fight influenza. The drug is intended for adults with acute uncomplicated influenza who are unable to swallow pills such as Gilead Sciences Inc's Tamiflu or inhale GlaxoSmithKline Plc's Relenza because of upper respiratory problems. ...
Ebola-infected Italian doctor 'recovering'
22 Dec 2014 at 10:45am
An Italian doctor who contracted Ebola in west Africa is recovering but is still in an isolation unit, the specialist clinic in Rome treating him said Monday. The Spallanzani institute said on Twitter that the 50-year-old medic -- who has not been named -- was in a "good condition" and was "recovering in isolation".
Runners Should Never Have to Pay for Their Race Photos
22 Dec 2014 at 10:43am
You know what I don't like about the "big race" experience? The never-ending chain of emails from photo vendors teasing you with expensive photos of your accomplishment. After paying hundreds of dollars in race fees and travel expenses, it feels wrong to be pestered by vendors looking for another dollar while holding a runner's image hostage....