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Ruling on antibiotics in livestock reversed
24 Jul 2014 at 1:57pm
NEW YORK (AP) ? The U.S. Food and Drug Administration isn't required to hold public hearings to evaluate the health risks of widespread use of antibiotics in animal feed, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.
Varying health premium subsidies worry consumers
24 Jul 2014 at 10:39am
MIAMI (AP) ? Linda Close was grateful to learn she qualified for a sizable subsidy to help pay for her health insurance under the new federal law. But in the process of signing up for a plan, Close said her HealthCare.gov account showed several different subsidy amounts, varying as much as $180 per month.
China lifts quarantine after man dies of plague
23 Jul 2014 at 10:27pm
BEIJING (AP) ? A nine-day quarantine imposed on parts of a northern Chinese city where a man died of bubonic plague has been lifted, China's official news agency reported Thursday.
U.S. House panel votes to authorize lawsuit against Obama
24 Jul 2014 at 2:09pm
By Annika McGinnis WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday took another step toward authorizing a lawsuit against President Barack Obama, claiming he has overstepped his executive powers in carrying out his landmark healthcare reform law. In a partisan vote of 7-4, the House Rules Committee approved the legislation, likely setting it up for consideration by the full House next week. The Republican initiative already has spawned a bitter debate with Democrats less than four months before mid-term elections that will determine the political control of Congress next year. For example, House Speaker John Boehner wrote in June that Obama's use of executive orders, including raising the minimum wage for federal contractors and stopping deportations of undocumented youths brought to the United States by their parents, risked giving him a "king-like authority." But Boehner has tamped down calls from some fellow Republicans for impeachment proceedings against Obama, which would be a first step toward removing him from office.
Sanity exam of accused Colorado theater gunman can be filmed: judge
24 Jul 2014 at 1:58pm
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A second psychiatric examination of accused Colorado theater gunman James Holmes, who says he was insane when he shot dead 12 moviegoers two years ago, can be recorded on video, a judge overseeing the case ruled on Thursday. Arapahoe County District Court Judge Carlos Samour ordered a second evaluation in February, siding with prosecutors who said the initial evaluation, whose results have not been made public, was ?incomplete and inadequate.? On Thursday, Samour rejected a motion by lawyers for Holmes that filming the second evaluation could violate his right against self-incrimination.
'Hero' Doctor Battling Ebola Spotlights Selflessness During Outbreak
24 Jul 2014 at 1:48pm
Dr. Sheik Umar Khan Contracted Deadly Infection While Helping Others
Fear of Flying Amplified by Flurry of Air Disasters
24 Jul 2014 at 1:48pm
Experts Say Flying can be 'Perfect Storm' for Phobias
One dead, one wounded by gunman at Pennsylvania hospital
24 Jul 2014 at 1:47pm
Three people were shot at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby, Pennsylvania, on Thursday and one person was in custody, according to NBC10 television station in Philadelphia. Darby Borough Police were at the scene of the hospital, about 7 miles (11 km) west of Philadelphia, according to NBC10. Authorities said a 911 call identified one of the victims as a doctor but police had not confirmed the identity, NBC10 reported.
Traumatic childhood events more common among military volunteers
24 Jul 2014 at 1:18pm
By Andrew M. Seaman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People who served in the military tend to have experienced more traumatic childhood events, such as being abused or living with an alcohol-dependant parent, than people who are not veterans, according to a new study. In particular, men who volunteered for the military were more than twice as likely as men without military experience to report at least one adverse event in childhood, which supports a theory that people may use the military to escape from dysfunctional home lives, the researchers write in JAMA Psychiatry. ?It may be a sign of resilience,? John Blosnich said. Our next step is to look at whether or not these adverse childhood experiences are related to their health outcomes.? Blosnich is the study?s lead author and a researcher at the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion at the Veterans Affairs Pittsburgh Healthcare System.
Experts call for stepped-up hepatitis battle
24 Jul 2014 at 1:08pm
The world can beat the cancer-causing disease hepatitis if it raises its game, but treatment programmes need to go hand in hand with those tackling the likes of HIV, experts said Thursday. Viral hepatitis is a group of infectious diseases known by the letters A, B, C, D or E, which attack the liver. Despite killing close to 1.4 million people every year -- with Asia the hardest-hit region -- hepatitis has long failed to grab the spotlight. Ninety percent of deaths are from hepatitis B and C, responsible for two-thirds of the global liver cancer toll.
Doctors more likely than public to sign up for organ donation: study
24 Jul 2014 at 1:02pm
By Kathryn Doyle NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Doctors are almost twice as likely as the general public to be registered organ donors, according to a study of Canadian physicians. ?A common myth is that physicians won't work as hard to save the lives of patients if they know they are registered for organ donation,? said lead author Alvin Ho-ting Li. ?These findings can help dispel that myth,? said Li, of Western University in London, Ontario, who worked on the study. Li and his team used cross-referenced data on 15,000 active physicians in Ontario in 2013 and 60,000 residents similar in age, sex, income and residential neighborhood with an organ donor registry.
Behavior therapy may help prevent depression over vision loss
24 Jul 2014 at 12:59pm
By Kathryn Doyle NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Combining occupational therapy to help older people adapt to central vision loss with behavior therapy to keep them from becoming too isolated may prevent depression, according to a new study. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) causes vision loss in the center of the retina, eventually leaving only peripheral vision and making activities like reading and driving difficult or impossible. Most people do not regain their lost vision, and up to 30 percent of patients develop clinical depression, the study authors write in the journal Ophthalmology. ?It?s not surprising that people get depressed.? According to his team?s results, even for people over 80, offering low vision rehabilitation and behavioral therapy can help alleviate that depression problem, Rovner told Reuters Health.
UN urges Chile to allow abortion in some cases
24 Jul 2014 at 12:34pm
The UN Human Rights Committee asked Chile Thursday to make exceptions to its ban on abortion in cases of rape, incest and the health of the mother. Chile is one of the few countries in the world that prohibits abortions for any reason. In a periodic report on Chile, the committee said it "should establish exceptions to the general prohibition of abortion, contemplating therapeutic abortion and in those cases in which the pregnancy is a consequence of a rape or incest." Alvaro Elizalde, a government spokesman, said the UN committee's suggestion "must be analyzed on its merit and if a decision is adopted it will be announced in a timely manner."
U.S. court upholds FDA animal feed policy despite health concern
24 Jul 2014 at 12:23pm
By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - A divided federal appeals court on Thursday upheld a U.S. Food and Drug Administration policy allowing the use of various antibiotics in animal feed, even if such use might endanger the public health. Reversing a lower court ruling, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York said the FDA was empowered to reject two citizen challenges to its policy, which discourages but does not ban the use of penicillin and some tetracyclines in feed for chickens, cows and pigs, even if they are not sick. They said the FDA should have followed through on its 1977 proposal to ban the feed entirely. The FDA has long since promoted voluntary limits on animal feed containing the antibiotics.
Oregon GMO labeling measure certified for November ballot
24 Jul 2014 at 11:41am
By Courtney Sherwood PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) - An Oregon citizens' initiative that would require labeling of foods made with genetically modified ingredients has garnered more than enough signatures to gain a spot on the state's November ballot, a state government spokesman said on Thursday. "It cleared easily," said Tony Green, a spokesman for the Oregon Secretary of State's Office. It would not apply to food served in restaurants or to animal feed. Oregon is only one of many states wrestling with the hotly contested issue of GMO labeling.