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Valeant to report first-quarter results on June 7
31 May 2016 at 3:54pm
The Beleaguered Canadian drugmaker reiterated that it expects to file its quarterly report with U.S. and Canadian regulators on or before June 10, ahead of a July 31 deadline. The troubled drugmaker filed its 2015 financial report in late April, allaying concerns about a possible default on its debt of more than $30 billion. The company missed an original March 15 deadline, citing an in-house review of its accounting practices.
Doctors credit fitness for helping California woman survive shark attack
31 May 2016 at 3:46pm
A woman bitten by a shark off the coast of Southern California suffered a single chomp from her shoulder to her pelvis and survived largely because she was physically fit enough to tread water until she was rescued, doctors said on Tuesday. The victim, identified by medical officials as 52-year-old Maria Korcsmaros, was pulled from the Pacific Ocean by lifeguards on a patrol boat on Sunday about 150 yards (meters) off the shore of Newport Beach after she was seen in distress, said Mary Locey, a spokeswoman for the city. Korcsmaros was training for an Ironman triathlon when she was attacked by the shark on Sunday and doctors have credited her physical fitness for her survival, said Kelsey Eiben, a spokeswoman for Orange County Global Medical Center where the woman is being treated.
General Mills recalls flour over possible link to E.coli outbreak
31 May 2016 at 3:36pm
(Reuters) - General Mills Inc on Tuesday issued a voluntary recall of about 10 million pounds of flour, saying it was working with health officials to investigate an outbreak of E. coli that had sickened 38 people in 20 U.S. states. The bacteria strain behind the outbreak has not been found in any of General Mills' Gold Medal, Wondra and Signature Kitchens flour or their manufacturing plant, the company said. "Out of an abundance of caution, a voluntary recall is being made," General Mills said.
Better-trained doctors would improve healthcare for trans youths: study
31 May 2016 at 3:19pm
By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - Pediatricians rarely receive training in gender-affirming health care, and as a result, few transgender youths who are eligible for such healthcare actually receive it, experts say. Transgender people, whose gender does not align with their sex assigned at birth, experience higher rates of anxiety, depression, substance abuse and suicide than other people, the researchers write in the Journal of Adolescent Health. Timely access to gender-affirming healthcare, such as puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones, is tied to improved body image and a lower risk of long term mental health problems, according to Samantha Gridley of the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville and colleagues.
Put Your Own Oxygen Mask on FIRST!
31 May 2016 at 1:47pm
Ever flown in an airplane? At the beginning of the flight, the flight attendants review what to do in an emergency, and they always stress that if the oxygen masks come down, you should put your own mask on before helping anyone else.I always nod wisely when they say that, because of course, if you don't have oxygen, you won't be able to help...
Canada to make plain packaging for tobacco products compulsory
31 May 2016 at 1:28pm
Canada, following the lead of Britain and Australia, will make plain packaging of cigarettes compulsory in a bid to cut the rate of smoking, Health Minister Jane Philpott said on Tuesday. Although Canada already obliges firms to slap large graphic warning labels on cigarette packets, Philpott said more must be done, given that some 5 million of Canada's 36 million inhabitants still use tobacco products. "I don't believe tobacco companies should be allowed to build brand loyalty with children for a product that could kill them," Philpott told reporters.
Air pollution tied to high blood pressure risk
31 May 2016 at 1:10pm
By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) - Short and long-term exposure to air pollution from vehicle exhaust or burning coal is associated with high blood pressure, according to a review of 17 studies. ?Since the 1990s, a hypothesis of air pollution leading to hypertension risk was proposed by many researchers,? said senior author Tao Liu of the Guangdong Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Guangzhou, China. The researchers analyzed 17 studies of air pollution and hypertension, defined as blood pressure higher than 140/90 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg).
Why Striving for Happiness Is Not Selfish
31 May 2016 at 1:08pm
Hands up if you like cheesy quotes! Something along the lines of "Happiness never goes out of style," or "Don't worry, be happy." They sound and look great on posters, mugs and Pinterest walls, and are usually about passions, following your dreams or doing what makes you happy.But who really follows their advice? Who actually turns their life...
7 Strategies to Make Healthy Habits Stick
31 May 2016 at 1:05pm
We all have that vision in our head of who we'd love to be. Fit, active, free from pain and chronic health conditions, surrounded by supportive and loving people, and engaged in rewarding and purposeful work. But getting from here to there is tough, and you may feel like you've tried just about everything to get there with no results.You're not...
Are You Getting Into Your Green Zone?
31 May 2016 at 12:50pm
How much of your day do you feel that your body's in stress vs. recovery mode?Whilst we can have a guestimate ourselves, there is a way to take a more scientific approach via heart rate variability testing. I recently went through three days of this in the form of a Lifestyle assessment followed by a debrief with wellness accountant Gitana...
New Zealand, Norway back plain packets for cigarettes
31 May 2016 at 12:45pm
New Zealand and Norway became on Tuesday the latest countries to announce they will remove branding from cigarette packets, in a move hailed by the WHO as an effective way to cut smoking rates. The news came the same day as WHO unveiled a report saying the drab packets plastered with warnings and gruesome pictures helped shrink the number of smokers in Australia, the first nation to impose such measures. "Plans by New Zealand and Norway to introduce plain packaging to reduce demand for tobacco send a powerful signal that this initiative works," Oleg Chestnov, the World Health Organization Assistant Director-General for noncommunicable diseases told AFP in an email.
Denmark to declassify being transgender as mental disorder
31 May 2016 at 12:42pm
Denmark will next year declassify "being transgender" as a mental illness, lawmakers from the parliament health committee decided on Tuesday. "It is completely inappropriate to call it a sickness," the committee's deputy chairman Flemming Moller Mortensen told AFP. "There is a longstanding wish from the trans community in Denmark to have it removed" from the health ministry's clinical guidelines on illnesses, he added.
AC Immune files for U.S. IPO to develop Alzheimer's drug
31 May 2016 at 12:35pm
(Reuters) - Swiss biotech firm AC Immune SA filed with U.S. regulators on Tuesday to raise up to $50 million in an initial public offering of common stock. AC Immune, backed by German billionaire Dietmar Hopp, said it plans to use proceeds from the IPO to develop products, including Alzheimer's drug crenezumab. Crenezumab, which AC Immune licensed to Roche Holding AG's Genentech division in 2006, targets protein plaques found in brains of patients with Alzheimer's. The company told the U.S Securities and Exchange Commission in a preliminary prospectus that Credit Suisse, Jefferies and Leerink Partners were underwriting the IPO.
Key facts from EU drugs report
31 May 2016 at 12:34pm
Europe faces a growing drugs problem with more people using more powerful narcotics, a European Union report said Tuesday. Here are the key findings from the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Addiction report. Amphetamines are also popular, with an estimated 1.6 million people having taken some form of the drug.
For some U.K. teens, sun doesn?t provide enough vitamin D
31 May 2016 at 12:34pm
By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) - At one point in the year, almost 80 percent of teens in a UK study had insufficient vitamin D that should come from sun exposure, and one quarter had insufficient levels even at the peak of summer, according to a new study. The results were surprising because the participants were white children, whose skin is the most sensitive to ultraviolet-B and who therefore need the least amount of sunlight exposure to get enough vitamin D, said senior author Lesley E. Rhodes of the University of Manchester in the U.K. Most vitamin D is synthesized in the skin after exposure to UVB rays from the sun, Rhodes and colleagues write in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. Little comes from foods, they point out, and the UK doesn?t recommend a specific dietary intake of vitamin D. In January, April, June and September 2011, the researchers collected blood samples from 131 Caucasian adolescents ages 12 to 15.