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Man diagnosed with Lassa fever dies in US after Liberia trip
25 May 2015 at 7:03pm
NEW YORK (AP) ? A New Jersey man died Monday evening after been diagnosed with Lassa fever ? a frightening infectious disease from West Africa that is rarely seen in the United States, a federal health official said.
Canada salmonella outbreak leaves 34 people sick after poultry contact
25 May 2015 at 5:00pm
Canadian health authorities are investigating after 34 people became sick with salmonella infections after contact with live baby poultry, the country's Public Health Agency said on Monday. Symptoms of salmonella infection, called salmonellosis, include fever, cramps and vomiting. It often clears up without treatment in healthy people, the Public Health Agency said, but some can become severely ill.
Overweight in teens boosts middle age bowel cancer risk
25 May 2015 at 3:41pm
Teenagers who are very overweight may run double the risk of developing colorectal cancer when they reach middle age, according to research published Monday. At the time of conscription, around 12 percent of the men were underweight, more than 80 percent were of normal weight and five percent were moderately overweight. Of the remainder, 1.5 percent were very overweight -- with a body mass index of between 27 and nearly 30 -- and one percent were obese, with a BMI of more than 30.
Three hurt as waterspout sends bouncy house flying at Florida beach
25 May 2015 at 1:24pm
(Reuters) - A waterspout touched down on Florida's Fort Lauderdale beach amid a Memorial Day crowd on Monday, lifting an inflatable bouncy house into the air and injuring three children, police said. The waterspout, a swirling funnel of water similar in some ways to a tornado, uprooted the bouncy house and sent it across a parking lot into a roadway, Detective DeAnna Greenlaw of the Fort Lauderdale police said on Twitter. Three children were hurt but the extent of their injuries as well as their conditions was not immediately known, Greenlaw said in her Twitter post.
Summertime: The Perfect Time to Vaccinate
25 May 2015 at 1:22pm
It's schoolchildren's favorite time of the year -- when they don't have to go to school and can just enjoy being children. As summer vacation begins, many kids will be off to camp; others will join their parents on vacation. Both are great reasons to make sure everyone's, parents and kids, vaccinations are up to date. It's the perfect time to...
'Food Nazi' or Responsible Foreperson?
25 May 2015 at 11:57am
Several weeks ago, I led a conversation at my son's school about healthy eating. Parents, teachers, and administrators participated. After I made a case for better nutrition, one father voiced concern about becoming a "Food Nazi." Should he deny his child the package of Oreos and bag of chips with lunch? -- a lunch that might also include...
North American weed poses hay fever problem for Europe
25 May 2015 at 11:48am
Itchy eyes, sneezing and wheezing are likely to spread in Europe in coming decades as a notorious allergy-causing North American weed goes on the rampage, scientists said on Monday. Introduced to Europe in the late 19th century, common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia) is a plant with reddish stalks whose tassel flowers are massive producers of pollen. Today, the plant is firmly established in northern Italy and southeastern France, and is spreading elsewhere in niche habitats such as farmland, roadside verges and railway embankments.
In the US, at least one in four pre-packaged foods contains trans fats
25 May 2015 at 8:48am
Trans fats, those industrial oils that give foods more consistency, are present in 27% of 84,000 supermarket products tested, according to a recent study published by US non-profit the Environmental Working Group (EWG). Trans fats or hydrogenated oils have no nutritional value and numerous epidemiological studies have shown that excessive consumption of them, which increases the production of "bad cholesterol," is linked to an increase in the risk of cardiovascular problems. Trans fats can be found predominantly in processed foods such as pizzas, pies, French fries and prepared meals, but also in chocolate bars and margarines.
Study: E-cigarettes good as short-term quitting aid
25 May 2015 at 8:30am
A new study into how e-cigarettes can help people quit smoking long-term suggests that the biggest effects are felt over the first month.
More than 500 people killed as heat wave bakes parts of India
25 May 2015 at 8:12am
Soaring temperatures have gripped parts of southern and northern India in an extreme heat wave which has killed more than 500 people and looks set to continue this week, officials said on Monday. The hottest place in India was Allahabad, a city in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, which saw mercury rise to 47.7 degrees Celsius (117.8 Fahrenheit) on Sunday, while the capital Delhi recorded a high of 43.5C (110.3F). Most of the 539 recorded deaths have been of construction workers, the elderly or the homeless in the southern states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, said officials, but some deaths have also occurred in Uttar Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal.
Study: Europeans to suffer more ragweed with global warming
25 May 2015 at 8:08am
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Global warming will bring much more sneezing and wheezing to Europe by mid-century, a new study says.
Donor fatigue hits Nepal one month after mega earthquake: U.N.
25 May 2015 at 8:06am
By Nita Bhalla NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The international community's response to devastating earthquakes in Nepal has been disappointing, a United Nations official said on Monday, adding that donors were focusing more on reconstruction than much needed aid such as food and shelter. The impoverished Himalayan nation is reeling from a 7.8 magnitude earthquake which struck on April 25, disrupting the lives of almost a third of the 28 million population. "I am disappointed in the sense that there was such an impressive response in terms of search and rescue - all the teams that came in to do the work, they did very impressively and comprehensively - and maybe they think that's the job done," said Jamie McGoldrick, U.N. resident coordinator in Nepal.
Battle ropes become popular go-to fitness tools in U.S. gyms
25 May 2015 at 6:17am
By Dorene Intenicola NEW YORK (Reuters) - Battle ropes, the thick and heavy ropes that look as if they could tether a ship to shore, have become go-to fitness tools in gyms for people seeking a tough workout that is also engaging and fun. Whipping, slamming, dragging and drumming the long, anchored ropes have long been used in training for sports like football, but fitness experts said they have now gone mainstream in gyms as an efficient workout routine. ?It?s a little like running with the upper body,? said Jonathan Ross, spokesperson for the American Council on Exercise.
Some blind individuals see using echoes: study
25 May 2015 at 5:06am
As scientists discover ways to transfer sensory elements such as sight and sound across bone, converting one to the other in the central nervous system, a new study says this could occur naturally in certain blind individuals in a process called echolocation.
Indonesian minister fears government sabotage in contaminated rice scare
25 May 2015 at 4:07am
By Fergus Jensen JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia's home minister called for a police investigation into the suspected contamination of rice with plastic, saying it may be an attempt at sabotaging the government, media reported on Monday. President Joko Widodo has called for calm after reports that tainted rice may have caused the hospitalization of a girl in Medan on Sunday and made some customers at a food market in Bekasi sick last week. Rice is a common food staple in Indonesia, the world's third biggest importer, and reports of contamination can quickly cause food scares in the vast archipelago.