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Mammograms may not reduce breast cancer deaths
6 Jul 2015 at 12:33pm
By Reuters Staff (Reuters Health) - Breast cancer screenings may not lead to fewer deaths, suggests a new study of U.S. data. In areas of the U.S. with high levels of screening, more tumors were diagnosed - but breast cancer death rates were no lower than in areas with fewer screenings, researchers report. Each year, about 230,000 U.S. woman are newly diagnosed with breast cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute.
Q&A: As Obama health law survives, GOP split over next move
6 Jul 2015 at 12:03pm
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Having lost their latest war against President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, Republicans must decide how to wage battles that could fan the issue for the 2016 elections.
Care for depression, anxiety helps war-exposed children long-term
6 Jul 2015 at 11:57am
By Anne Harding (Reuters Health) - Treating depression and anxiety in youngsters affected by war may have lasting benefits for their mental health and ability to function in society, new findings suggest. The study, of former child soldiers and other young people affected by Sierra Leone's civil war, found that those with higher levels of anxiety and depression two years after the end of the conflict had the highest levels of these ?internalizing symptoms? four years later. The findings suggest that treating anxiety and depression in war-affected youth could have multi-faceted effects on their future mental health, attitudes, and behavior, the researchers write in Pediatrics.
All clear at Maryland military hospital after gunshot report
6 Jul 2015 at 11:48am
Authorities gave the all clear at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in suburban Washington, the biggest military hospital complex in the world, after a report of a gunshot triggered a lockdown on Monday, the U.S. Navy said. Police found no sign of a gunshot or injuries at the sprawling 243-acre (98-hectare) campus in Bethesda, Maryland, the Navy said on its Twitter feed. A call to police reporting the sound of a gunshot triggered the lockdown of the Bethesda, Maryland, site and a massive security response.
'Smell flowers, not smoke': Seattle curbs cigarettes in parks
6 Jul 2015 at 11:42am
Smoking cigarettes and other tobacco products in Seattle's parks became illegal on Monday, as the U.S. Pacific Northwest's largest city joined other American metropolises in restricting puffing in public. Seattle's Parks and Recreation officials voted in May to ban smoking in all of its 465 parks. Cities have pursued the ban as the dangers of cigarette smoking became more widely accepted, and because of cigarette butt litter.
Lush conditions fuel Colorado increase in rabbit fever
6 Jul 2015 at 11:38am
DENVER (AP) ? Fed by unusually lush vegetation, rabbits have been breeding like rabbits around Colorado, increasing the risk for what is normally a rare bacterial disease in the state. Fifteen people have contracted tularemia (too-lah-'REE-mee-ah), or rabbit fever, so far this year.
Lifestyle factors can halve heart failure risk after 65
6 Jul 2015 at 11:35am
By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) - Older people who walk briskly, are moderately active in their free time, drink moderately, don?t smoke and avoid obesity may be half as likely to develop heart failure as people who don't engage in these healthy habits, a new study suggests. Based on the findings, optimizing a few healthy lifestyle factors can cut heart failure risk in half, according to lead author Liana Del Gobbo, a research fellow at Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts. ?A key finding is that physical activity among older adults does not have to be strenuous to reduce heart failure risk,? Del Gobbo told Reuters Health by email.
How Sexism and Implicit Bias Hurt Girls and Women's Health
6 Jul 2015 at 11:09am
This piece originally appeared in Role Reboot.I had a headache that lasted for years. It was there when I woke up and there when I went to sleep. I got so used to it that one day, when my husband, bemoaning a rare headache, asked if we had any painkillers, I realized that for me the exceptional day was†not†having a headache. The doctors I...
Happiness Is Donating Clothes That Are Too BIG!
6 Jul 2015 at 11:00am
HI SP! (Special People)....Well - First time I haven't written a blog for more than a month! It's been a very busy few months for me, as many of you know.Imagine being told by 2 doctors that your kidneys just aren't doing their job for you. What a shock for someone who's sailed through life, throughout her first 74 years, without any...
Aetna CEO addresses antitrust concerns over Humana deal
6 Jul 2015 at 10:37am
Mark Bertolini said Aetna had already prepared for possible divestitures to address overlaps with Humana's business in the largest-ever U.S. health insurance deal. The two sides announced the $37 billion transaction on Friday. Aetna has not discussed the deal directly with the U.S. Department of Justice, but has consulted with regulatory experts, Bertolini told cable channel CNBC.
800 million still hungry and poor despite progress of millennium goals: U.N.
6 Jul 2015 at 10:23am
By Magdalena Mis LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - About 800 million people still live in dire poverty and suffer from hunger despite the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) being the most successful anti-poverty push in history, the U.N. said on Monday. The number of people living in extreme poverty on less than $1.25 a day has more than halved, to 836 million from 1.9 billion in 1990, the U.N. said in a report analyzing eight development goals set out in the Millennium Declaration in 2000. "Following profound and consistent gains, we now know that extreme poverty can be eradicated within one more generation," U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a statement.
Teva plans to raise Mylan bid by as much as $2 billion: Bloomberg
6 Jul 2015 at 9:56am
(Reuters) - Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd is preparing to raise its bid for rival drugmaker Mylan NV by as much as $2 billion, to $43 billion, Bloomberg reported on Monday, citing people familiar with the matter. The improved proposal could be announced as soon as this week, Bloomberg said. Teva may offer $86 to $88 per share for Mylan, up from the $82 per share it bid in April, Bloomberg reported.
Cash urged for schools in crisis zones as refugee numbers surge
6 Jul 2015 at 9:51am
By Alister Doyle OSLO (Reuters) - Cash for educating children caught up in disasters, ranging from the war in Syria to the earthquake in Nepal, needs to rise sharply to cope with a surge in the number of young refugees, a U.N. envoy said on Monday. "While the need is rising, aid is currently falling," former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, the U.N. special envoy for global education, told a July 6-7 conference on education in Oslo. Aid to basic education fell to $3.5 billion in 2013 from $4.5 billion in 2010, even as overall aid flows increased to developing nations, he said.
Molecule clue to memory decline: study
6 Jul 2015 at 8:46am
A molecule that accumulates in the blood with age may be linked to cognitive decline, said scientists Monday who mooted hopes of a memory-restoring treatment. The protein, dubbed B2M, is found in higher concentrations in the blood and cerebral spinal fluid of ageing humans, they said. "We are very excited about the findings because it indicates that there are two ways to potentially reverse age-related cognitive impairments," study co-author Saul Villeda of the University of California San Francisco told AFP.
5 Easy Steps To Kick Your Caffeine Habit
6 Jul 2015 at 7:09am
By Jennifer Still for Thrive MarketThere's nothing wrong with starting your day with a hot cup of coffee. But, if you absolutely can't get out of bed without some java, chances are you've got a caffeine addiction on your hands.While harboring a love for a beverage-based buzz might seem harmless, it gets a bit scary when you consider that, if...