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Vietnam's transgender say new law paves way for surgeries
24 Nov 2015 at 10:49pm
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) ? Gay and transgender activists in Vietnam say a new law recognizing their rights will pave the way for gender reassignment surgery in the communist country and reduce discrimination.
19 people ill in E. coli linked to Costco chicken salad
24 Nov 2015 at 10:42pm
SEATTLE (AP) ? The strain of E. Coli linked to Costco chicken salad that has sickened 19 people in seven states is more likely to be life-threatening than a recent foodborne illness that led to the closure of some Chipotle restaurants in the Northwest
Report says combination of errors led to U.S. bombing of MSF hospital: NYT
24 Nov 2015 at 5:04pm
A U.S. air strike that destroyed a hospital run by Medecins Sans Frontieres in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz last month resulted from "human errors, failures in procedure and technical malfunctions," the New York Times reported on Tuesday, citing military officials briefed on an internal investigation. "It's a combination of factors," the Times quoted an unnamed senior Defense Department official as saying, describing the findings in what it said was a 3,000-page investigative file. Two other military officials said the Air Force AC130 gunship that attacked the hospital was intended to target a different compound several hundred feet (metres) away that was believed to be a Taliban base of operations, the paper reported.
Research raises questions over ADHD drug effects
24 Nov 2015 at 4:10pm
By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - Researchers voiced concern on Wednesday about poor quality studies on the popular ADHD treatment Ritalin, saying evidence of some benefits, but also of sleep problems and appetite loss, suggests the drug should be prescribed with caution. Ritalin is sold by Swiss pharmaceutical firm Novartis NOVN.VX, known generically as methylphenidate and also sold under the brand names Concerta, Medikinet and Equasym. It has been used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)for more than 50 years.
Five charged in $600 million California health care fraud scheme
24 Nov 2015 at 3:48pm
By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The former chief financial officer of a California hospital and four other people have been charged in a series of health care kickback schemes that generated nearly $600 million in fraudulent billings for spinal surgeries, prosecutors said on Tuesday. All five defendants have agreed to cooperate in a wide-ranging federal investigation into the fraud, dubbed "Operation Spinal Cap", U.S. Attorney's spokesman Thom Mrozek said, and two have already pleaded guilty to federal charges. Prosecutors say one of the schemes involved kickbacks and fraudulent claims submitted in thousands of spinal surgery cases referred to Pacific Hospital in the Los Angeles suburb of Long Beach.
FDA panel says BioMarin DMD drug data not persuasive enough
24 Nov 2015 at 3:45pm
A panel of outside advisers to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration indicated that efficacy data from BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc on its experimental drug for treating a muscle wastage disorder was not persuasive enough to warrant approval. The FDA panel did not officially vote on an approval of the drug, but 15 out of 17 members were of the opinion that the lack of statistical significance in BioMarin's late-stage study weakened the findings from two earlier studies. The drug, drisapersen, is being developed to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) - a disease that affects one in 3,600 newborn boys and causes rapid muscle degeneration.
Company at center of drug pricing storm cuts cost of medicine
24 Nov 2015 at 3:40pm
(Reuters) - Turing Pharmaceuticals, the company that became a lightning rod for criticism over excessive price increases for older medicines, on Tuesday said it would cut the cost of its anti-infection drug to hospitals. Privately-held Turing and its Chief Executive Martin Shkreli sparked outrage in September after it acquired the rights to a 62-year-old drug, Daraprim, and raised the price more than 5,000 percent to $750 a pill from $13.50. The company said it will offer reductions of up to 50 percent off its previously announced price for hospitals, which handle about 80 percent of cases of toxoplasmosis encephalitis, the dangerous infection that Daraprim is used to treat.
CDC says at least 19 E. coli infections linked to Costco chicken salad
24 Nov 2015 at 3:17pm
(Reuters) - At least 19 people in seven states may have been infected by E. coli after eating rotisserie chicken salad sold at Costco Wholesale Corp's stores, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Tuesday. No deaths have been reported, but two individuals developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, or HUS, a type of kidney failure that can lead to permanent organ damage. The infections have been reported in Montana, Utah, Colorado, California, Missouri, Virginia and Washington, CDC said.
The Stakes Could Not Be Higher
24 Nov 2015 at 3:17pm
Today, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) released its 2015 World AIDS Day report, in advance of December 1. The report finds that 15.8 million people were accessing antiretroviral treatment (ART) as of June 2015. This is an extraordinary achievement--more than doubling the number of people that were on treatment just...
12 Ways to Avoid a Food Coma This Thanksgiving
24 Nov 2015 at 2:54pm
Photo: Pond5By Barbara Brody for Life by Daily Burn Gravy-drenched drumsticks, buttery mashed potatoes, and gooey pecan pie all sound scrumptious -- until you think about what they'll do to your waistline. While you shouldn't deprive yourself of all your favorite Thanksgiving staples, cutting back just a little and making some smart swaps can...
US Prescription Drug Abuse on the Rise
24 Nov 2015 at 2:42pm
An estimated 2.4 million Americans used prescription drugs nonmedically for the first time in 2010, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). And most abusers start the habit in their teenage years.
The Hidden Costs of Hunger We All Pay For
24 Nov 2015 at 2:39pm
Hunger and food insecurity in the United States cost us all a great deal more than we may realize. Maybe you think I'm talking about school lunches and other food-assistance programs, but those aren't the real costs. In fact, these programs actually save us money in the long run, for example, by improving educational and health outcomes. The...
Girl Fights Rare Case of Breast Cancer at Age 8
24 Nov 2015 at 2:33pm
8-year-old girl is battling battling breast cancer.
Agency: 19 people ill in E. coli outbreak tied to Costco
24 Nov 2015 at 2:15pm
SEATTLE (AP) ? Nineteen people in seven states, including Washington and California, have contracted E. coli in an outbreak linked to chicken salad bought at Costco, federal health officials said Tuesday.
Doctors relive Paris attacks
24 Nov 2015 at 1:52pm
The medics treating the scores of victims in the Paris terror attacks came back without their belts -- so great was the need in the field for tourniquets, medical personnel said Tuesday. The harrowing details come from the most detailed recounting yet of the response inside Paris's massive medical system as it was hit by France's worst terror attacks. The Paris hospital system first learned of the coming horror on November 13 around 9:30 pm, when it was alerted to the explosions outside the Stade de France, where three suicide attackers blew themselves up.