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Vermont leading US in GMO labeling campaign
23 Apr 2014 at 6:01pm
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) ? Vermont could likely be the first state in the country to require labels on genetically modified foods, under a bill approved by both legislative chambers and favored by the governor.
Michigan man among 1st in US to get 'bionic eye'
23 Apr 2014 at 11:44am
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) ? A degenerative eye disease slowly robbed Roger Pontz of his vision.
Ebola death toll in West Africa rises to 147
23 Apr 2014 at 11:01am
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) ? The World Health Organization says 147 people have died from the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa.
Three Americans killed in Kabul hospital attack
24 Apr 2014 at 10:24am
Three Americans were killed on Thursday when a security guard opened fire at a Kabul hospital funded by a U.S. Christian charity, the latest in a spate of attacks on foreign civilians in Afghanistan. A fourth American was wounded, the Afghan Health Ministry said. The Taliban have claimed responsibility for similar attacks this year, but made no comment about Thursday's shooting. Those killed included a doctor, and a father and son visiting the hospital, Health Minister Suriya Dalil said.
Measles off to a fast start, as cases trend up
24 Apr 2014 at 10:16am
NEW YORK (AP) ? Health officials are worried about recent U.S. measles outbreaks that so far have caused more illnesses than at the same point of any year since 1996.
Oregon energy plant halts Canada medical waste over fetal tissue concerns
24 Apr 2014 at 10:13am
By Shelby Sebens PORTLAND, Oregon (Reuters) - Commissioners in an Oregon county have temporarily stopped accepting boxed medical waste from British Columbia over fears they may have been burning fetal tissue at a plant that converts waste to energy, officials said. Marion County said in a statement late on Wednesday that it had stopped taking the boxes in response to an article by a Vancouver-based newspaper about the possibility the plant had accepted human tissue from outside sources. "We are outraged and disgusted that this material could be included in medical waste received at the facility," Commissioner Janet Carlson said in the statement. We are taking immediate action and initiating discussions with Covanta Marion to make certain that this type of medical waste is not accepted in the future," she added.
U.S. proposal would ban e-cigarette sales to minors, allow advertising
24 Apr 2014 at 9:47am
By Toni Clarke WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed rules on Thursday that would ban the sale of e-cigarettes to anyone under 18, but would not restrict flavored products, online sales or advertising, which public health advocates say attract children. Bonnie Herzog, an analyst at Wells Fargo, said the proposal is "positive for industry." But public health advocates lamented the fact that the proposal does not take aim at e-cigarette advertising or sweetly-flavored products, which they say risk introducing a new generation of young people to conventional cigarettes when little is known about the long-term health impact of the electronic devices. "It's very disappointing because they don't do anything to rein in the wild-west marketing that is targeting kids," said Stanton Glantz, a professor at the Center of Tobacco Control Research and Education at the University of California, San Francisco. FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said at a briefing on Wednesday that the proposal represented the first "foundational" step toward broader restrictions if scientific evidence shows they are needed to protect public health.
Alstom shares jump on report of $13 billion GE bid
24 Apr 2014 at 9:38am
By Natalie Huet and Benjamin Mallet PARIS (Reuters) - Shares in Alstom jumped more than 14 percent on Thursday after a report that U.S. conglomerate General Electric was in talks to buy the struggling French turbine and train maker for about $13 billion. If confirmed, a takeover offer from a foreign company would raise concern among politicians and unions in France, where Alstom employs around 18,000 staff, or 20 percent of its global workforce. A deal could hand GE control of Alstom's high-speed TGV trains and rail-signal technology, and has the support of Bouygues , Alstom's biggest shareholder with a 29 percent stake, the report said. However, one person familiar with the industry said GE's ultimate aim might be to buy Alstom's power business rather than its power arm - a deal that would leave its transport business as a separate publicly listed company in Paris.
Saudi Arabia reports pilgrim infected with MERS
24 Apr 2014 at 9:23am
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) ? In the past 24 hours, Saudi Arabia has reported four new deaths from a Middle East virus related to SARS and 36 more cases of infection, including a Turkish pilgrim in Mecca.
Wall St up on Apple, Caterpillar; Ukraine weighs
24 Apr 2014 at 8:59am
By Ryan Vlastelica NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks rose in a volatile session on Thursday as Apple and Caterpillar were the latest high-profile names to post bullish results, though gains were limited by a resurgence of concerns related to Ukraine. Markets had opened sharply higher, with the Nasdaq initially climbing more than 1 percent before turning negative in the first half-hour of trading. While Wall Street subsequently recovered, with gains again concentrated in the Nasdaq, it remained well off its early highs. "All those geopolitical concerns warrant instability and higher commodity prices, and both of those are things Wall Street hates." Apple Inc , the most valuable U.S. company by market capitalization, rose 8.1 percent to $567.07 a day after posting revenue that far outpaced expectations, helped by strong iPhone sales.
Chicago health center confirms doctor killed in Afghanistan
24 Apr 2014 at 8:36am
A Chicago pediatrician was among those killed in an attack on a Kabul hospital funded by the U.S. Christian charity Cure International on Thursday, a clinic where the doctor worked in Chicago said. "For nearly a decade, Dr. Jerry Umanos volunteered in Afghanistan to train medical residents and to see pediatric patients," said Dr. Bruce Rowell, a medical director of clinical quality at Chicago's Lawndale Christian Health Center.
5 Things You Need to Know About E-Cigarettes
24 Apr 2014 at 8:36am
Millions Have Started to Use the Device as an Alternative for Traditional Cigarettes
Working with a pharmacist benefits stroke patients: study
24 Apr 2014 at 8:29am
By Allison Bond NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People who recently had a minor stroke are more likely to get their cholesterol and blood pressure under control if they see a pharmacist periodically as compared to a nurse, a new study found. Keeping cholesterol and blood pressure in check is important because high levels can boost a patient's risk of having a heart attack, a bigger stroke or even of dying. But these risk factors tend to be poorly controlled. "Our current system of care results in more than three-quarters of patients who've had a minor stroke still having inadequately controlled risk factors six months later," Dr. Finlay McAlister, the study's lead author from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, said.
TSX ekes out gain as Potash, banks rise; gold miners slip
24 Apr 2014 at 8:22am
By Alastair Sharp TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index rose slightly on Thursday, as gains in Potash Corp following better-than-expected results and in some heavyweight banks were offset by declines in gold miners. Potash shares rose 1.3 percent to C$38.85 after the world's biggest fertilizer company beat profit expectations in a tough quarter. But that gain was mitigated by slips in major gold miners Barrick Gold - off 0.7 percent at C$19.45 - and Goldcorp Inc , which was down 0.5 percent at C$27.14. The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index was up 24.39 points, or 0. ...
Watch: FDA Announces Plan to Regulate E-Cigarettes
24 Apr 2014 at 7:52am
The agency's proposed regulations include warning labels and a ban on sales to minors.