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Surgeon who helped pioneer key CPR technique dies at 87
28 Jul 2015 at 5:55pm
MIAMI (AP) ? Dr. James Jude, one of the experts credited with pioneering life-saving cardiopulmonary resuscitation, has died. He was 87.
Boy who lost hands to infection gets double-hand transplant
28 Jul 2015 at 5:25pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) ? An 8-year-old boy who lost his hands and feet to a serious infection has become the youngest patient to receive a double-hand transplant, surgeons said Tuesday.
Father of Colorado movie gunman pleads with jury for his life
28 Jul 2015 at 5:17pm
The father of the Colorado movie massacre gunman pleaded on Tuesday for his son's life, showing the jury photos of family vacations when he said James Holmes was "a really excellent kid" who became mentally ill and is not to blame for his July 2012 rampage. Bob Holmes, who with his wife Arlene has attended the proceedings on the outskirts of Denver almost every day since they began in late April, made his long-anticipated appearance on the witness stand during the trial's punishment phase. Arlene Holmes is expected to testify on Wednesday.
California lawmaker battles recall by anti-vaccine activists
28 Jul 2015 at 4:38pm
The California lawmker who made it harder for parents to opt out of vaccinating their children, a stance that earned him death threats, is now launching a campaign to save his job, days after the state certified a recall effort against him. Democratic State Senator Richard Pan, a Sacramento pediatrician who introduced a measure eliminating California's personal beliefs exemption to vaccination requirements for schoolchildren in response to a measles outbreak at Disneyland, plans to go public on Wednesday with a website and social media campaign aimed at fighting off the recall drive, a spokeswoman said. "I won't be detoured from taking on the tough issues that are important to people in my district simply because there are some that use anti-science rhetoric to ignite division and fear," Pan said in a text message to Reuters.
Ohio city detects Lake Erie toxins that led to 2014 crisis
28 Jul 2015 at 4:25pm
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) ? Toledo has detected the first signs in Lake Erie of the dangerous toxin that resulted in a water crisis last year that left 400,000 people in northwestern Ohio and southeastern Michigan without safe tap water for two days.
FDA approves stomach-filling balloon for weight loss
28 Jul 2015 at 3:21pm
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Federal health regulators on Tuesday approved an inflatable medical balloon that aids weight loss by filling up space in the stomach.
Conservation group finds haze, ozone problems at U.S. national parks
28 Jul 2015 at 3:21pm
By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A conservation group found 36 U.S. national parks had moderate or worse levels of ozone pollution in a report card released on Tuesday, with four parks in California receiving the worst grades for health effects. The National Parks Conservation Association study singled out Sequoia, Kings Canyon, Joshua Tree and Yosemite national parks with "F" grades in the report's "healthy air" category for ozone pollution. In part, that is because those four parks in California, like other parts of the state, suffer from geography that traps air pollution in vast basins or valleys, said Ulla Reeves, who manages the nonprofit group's clean air campaign.
Iowa extends bird flu disaster proclamation through August
28 Jul 2015 at 3:19pm
(Reuters) - Iowa Governor Terry Branstad on Tuesday extended the state's bird flu disaster proclamation by a month until Aug. 30, keeping in place a raft of state resources for poultry farms recovering from an outbreak of the disease, country's worst-ever. Without the extension, the disaster proclamation would have expired on July 31 even though a cleanup had not yet been completed, the governor's office said in a release. More than 48 million birds, mostly chickens and turkeys, have died from highly pathogenic avian influenza or been culled to control its spread since late last year.
Court orders EPA to redo air-pollution limits in 13 states
28 Jul 2015 at 3:17pm
WASHINGTON (AP) ? A federal appeals court on Tuesday ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to relax some limits it set on smokestack emissions that cross state lines and taint downwind areas with air pollution from power plants.
What You Need to Know About Outbreak Linked to Cilantro
28 Jul 2015 at 3:13pm
A surge of outbreaks related to a microscopic parasite has officials from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration banning all cilantro imported from a Mexican state. Cilantro farms in Pubela have been blamed for causing repeated cyclospora outbreaks in the U.S. in recent years, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The disease is caused by a parasite called Cyclospora cayetanensis and can cause intestinal illness with causes flu-like symptoms.
After videos, Senate Republicans target Planned Parenthood vote
28 Jul 2015 at 3:05pm
By Richard Cowan and Megan Cassella WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Republicans are planning a vote in coming days on legislation to cut $500 million in annual federal funding for Planned Parenthood, reigniting a fight in Congress over abortion that has long been dormant. For years a target of conservatives, Planned Parenthood has come under increasing scrutiny recently due to secretly recorded videos about its role in supplying aborted fetal tissue for medical research. Anti-abortion group Center for Medical Progress on Tuesday released the third of a series of videos that it says prove Planned Parenthood staff sell fetal material from abortions for profit.
Insulin resistance might increase Alzheimer?s risk
28 Jul 2015 at 3:02pm
By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Insulin resistance may increase the risk for Alzheimer?s disease by depriving the brain of sugar needed for normal cognition, a small study suggests. ?By altering insulin resistance in midlife, it may be possible to reduce future risk of Alzheimer?s,? said study co-author Barbara Bendlin, an Alzheimer?s researcher at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, in an email to Reuters Health. Insulin resistance, the body?s failure to respond to the hormone, is a hallmark of diabetes.
While Working to Eradicate Malaria, Let's Eliminate Malaria Deaths
28 Jul 2015 at 2:59pm
Last week, there was a glimmer of hope for everyone that suffers from malaria: the world's first-ever malaria vaccine received a green light from European authorities. While we aren't out of the woods yet, this is a positive step toward eliminating this deadly foe. While RTS,S, does provide hope for a tomorrow without malaria, we cannot be...
I Was Lost and Found in the Mojave Desert
28 Jul 2015 at 2:59pm
A little over a year ago, I had somewhat of a meltdown. It wasn't the kind of meltdown that caused me to go into a depression or try to find myself in religion or therapy. I had already done all that the year prior. I tried a lot of different things to achieve the kind of "spiritual wellness" and "positive energy" all those inspirational...
U.S. Army lab faulted over lax anthrax procedure
28 Jul 2015 at 2:53pm
Techniques used by a U.S. Army laboratory in Utah failed to neutralize live anthrax spores on many occasions over more than a decade and the lab should have realized the procedure was inadequate, a top health official told lawmakers on Tuesday. Despite warning signs, the lab, at the Dugway Proving Ground, persisted with the same process for inactivating anthrax samples for researchers, resulting in the unintentional shipment of live spores of the deadly bacteria to 192 labs in the United States and abroad, officials said. "This hearing is astounding, honestly," Representative Larry Bucshon, a heart surgeon, told witnesses during testimony on an investigation into the shipments.