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Life support ends for dead Irishwoman, live fetus
26 Dec 2014 at 10:23am
DUBLIN (AP) ? A clinically dead pregnant Irishwoman was removed from life support Friday after a Dublin court ruled that her 18-week-old fetus also was doomed to die. The case highlighted fear and confusion among doctors over how to observe Ireland's ban on abortion, the strictest such law in Europe, in an age of medical innovation.
Yoga may benefit heart health as much as aerobics
26 Dec 2014 at 10:05am
By Janice Neumann (Reuters) - Those sun salutations and downward dogs could be as good for the heart as cycling or brisk walking, and easier to tolerate for older people and those with health challenges, according to a new review of existing research. Based on 37 clinical trials, researchers found that doing yoga lowered blood pressure, cholesterol, heart rate and other cardiovascular risk factors in increments comparable to those seen with aerobic exercise. ...
Irish court allows abortion row pregnant brain-dead woman to die
26 Dec 2014 at 9:56am
Ireland's high court ruled doctors can withdraw life support for a clinically dead pregnant woman on Friday, in the latest case to trigger heated debate on the country's stringent abortion laws. Despite requests from the woman's family for her to be allowed to die, doctors continued life support as the Irish constitution says a woman and her unborn child have an equal right to life. The woman was 14 weeks pregnant when she was declared clinically dead on December 3 after suffering a brain injury.
Life support can be ended for clinically-dead pregnant woman: Irish court
26 Dec 2014 at 9:55am
LONDON (Reuters) - Ireland's High Court ruled on Friday that a life support machine keeping a brain-dead woman alive could be switched off because her unborn fetus had no chance of survival, a decision likely to upset anti-abortion campaigners. While the unusual case is unlikely to set a precedent, it has revived debate in the predominantly Catholic country about its abortion ban. The pregnant woman, who has not been named to protect her privacy, was declared clinically dead on Dec. 3 after damaging her head in a serious fall. ...
Japan first nation to approve Novartis psoriasis drug
26 Dec 2014 at 9:44am
Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis said Friday it has won approval to market its Cosentyx psoriasis treatment in Japan, making it the first country to authorise commercialisation of the drug. The Japanese decision allows Novartis to sell secukinumab, sold under the name Cosentyx, to adult patients suffering psoriasis vulgaris and psoriatic arthritis, and who aren't responding to other medication. It's estimated 3 percent of the world's population -- or over 125 million people -- suffer from some form of psoriasis, including over 400,000 individuals in Japan alone. Psoriasis vulgaris is a skin disease provoking thick, itchy lesions, while the articular variant causes stiffness and pain in joints.
Science takes a step towards new treatment for infertility
26 Dec 2014 at 3:39am
Using human embryonic stem cells, scientists have produced primordial germ cells that will become sperm and egg in a major breakthrough from the University of Cambridge.
Toshiba CEO says will consider overseas locations for chip plant
26 Dec 2014 at 3:07am
TOKYO (Reuters) - Toshiba Corp will decide during the next business year from April on where to build an additional memory chip plant and will consider overseas locations for the facility, Chief Executive Hisao Tanaka said on Friday. Less than four months after opening a NAND flash memory chip fabrication plant in Yokkaichi, western Japan, Tanaka told Reuters in an interview that demand is outstripping capacity and the Japanese conglomerate must expand production. NAND memory chips are used in smartphones and other electronic devices. ...
Health care findings you may have missed in 2014
26 Dec 2014 at 2:00am
$70 billion in "improper" Medicare Advantage payments and the problem shared by 80 percent of nursing homes.
US Soldiers Give Christmas Present to Liberia
25 Dec 2014 at 8:50am
American soldiers helped finish the last Ebola Treatment Unit 10 days earlier than scheduled to offer a meaningful holiday gift.
Self-exam and doctor's-exam find similar breast tumors
25 Dec 2014 at 8:01am
By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters) - Women?s self-exams and physical exams by a doctor both detect breast cancer tumors at about the same size, but older women are more likely to have a tumor discovered via doctor?s examination, according to a new Swiss study. The authors, led by Fabienne Dominique Schwab of University Hospital Basel, conclude that breast exams by doctors should be an integral part of general medical care for older women. ...
Punishment can worsen bedwetting
25 Dec 2014 at 7:16am
By Shereen Lehman (Reuters) - Punishing children for bedwetting won?t solve the problem and may make it worse, researchers say. In a new study, children who were punished for wetting the bed at night were more likely to be depressed and had worse overall quality of life overall compared to bed-wetters who were not punished. Nighttime bedwetting, or ?nocturnal enuresis,? affects about 15 percent of young children and is three times more common in boys than girls, according to the authors. Up to a third of parents punish their kids for bedwetting, they add. ...
Complex jobs might help maintain brain fitness in aging
25 Dec 2014 at 6:30am
By Janice Neumann (Reuters) - Regardless of IQ, people who work at complex jobs have a slightly higher chance of being better thinkers as they age, a recent study suggests. ?When we look at the association between complexity of work with people or data, we see that those in more complex jobs generally do better on a range of cognitive ability measures,? said Alan Gow, one of the study authors. ?That?s not necessarily surprising . . . ...
Pope condemns Islamic State, decries suffering of children
25 Dec 2014 at 5:21am
By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis on Thursday condemned the "brutal persecution" of minorities by Islamic State insurgents and said the joy of Christmas was marred by the suffering of children in the Middle East and around the world. Tens of thousands of people flocked to St. Peter's Square to hear the Argentine pope deliver his "Urbi et Orbi" (to the city and the world) blessing and message, marking the second Christmas since his election last year. ...
Sombre Christmas, gatherings banned in Ebola-hit Sierra Leone
25 Dec 2014 at 3:45am
By Emma Farge FREETOWN (Reuters) - Sierra Leoneans observed a sombre Christmas in their homes on Thursday, after the government banned traditionally boisterous holiday celebrations to prevent the spread of deadly Ebola in the worst-hit country. Small groups of Christians in formal attire were permitted to attend church services, but the family gatherings, beach parties, concerts and dancing that usually accompany the holiday were banned to help slow the deadly virus. ...
Somber Christmas, gatherings banned in Ebola-hit Sierra Leone
25 Dec 2014 at 3:16am
By Emma Farge FREETOWN (Reuters) - Sierra Leoneans observed a somber Christmas in their homes on Thursday, after the government banned traditionally boisterous holiday celebrations to prevent the spread of deadly Ebola in the worst-hit country. Small groups of Christians in formal attire were permitted to attend church services, but the family gatherings, beach parties, concerts and dancing that usually accompany the holiday were banned to help slow the deadly virus. ...