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Gene mapping study shows promise, challenges
11 Mar 2014 at 1:14pm
CHICAGO (AP) ? These days, it's faster and cheaper than ever to decipher a person's entire DNA. But a small study suggests that looking for disease risks that way may not be ready for the masses.
Study: 2 percent of Americans have new hips, knees
11 Mar 2014 at 12:51am
It's not just grandma with a new hip and your uncle with a new knee. More than 2 of every 100 Americans now have an artificial joint, doctors are reporting.
FDA approves electric headband to prevent migraine
11 Mar 2014 at 2:03pm
WASHINGTON (AP) ? The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday it approved a nerve-stimulating headband as the first medical device to prevent migraine headaches.
Obama pitches his health care plan on Funny or Die
11 Mar 2014 at 4:12pm
NEW YORK (AP) ? Zach Galifianakis brought the ferns, and President Barack Obama opened a new avenue of presidential communication.
Obamacare enrollment in private coverage rises to 4.2 million people
11 Mar 2014 at 3:39pm
By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration said on Tuesday that 4.2 million people have signed up for private health insurance under Obamacare, and indicated that total enrollment could surpass a 6 million-enrollee forecast by the end of March. New enrollment data for a five-month period from October 1 through March 1 came out as the administration threw its public relations campaign into overdrive, with President Barack Obama appearing for an interview on the comedy website, "Funny or Die," in a direct appeal to the site's audience of young adults. ...
Insurers wary of Obamacare unknowns as they plan for 2015
11 Mar 2014 at 2:40pm
By Caroline Humer NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. health insurers are struggling to set prices for their Obamacare plans in 2015 and decide which regions to return to before the deadlines for submitting those plans to regulators. Some insurers already expect to lose money this year following the rocky launch of President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, which aims to provide coverage to millions of uninsured Americans with the help of government subsidies. ...
When Zach met Barack: pitching Obamacare online
11 Mar 2014 at 2:23pm
By Mark Felsenthal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama took his quest to sign young people up for health insurance to an edgy comedy website on Tuesday, where he traded insults with host Zach Galifianakis while plugging his signature Obamacare health program. Obama sat for an interview on "Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis," on the Funny or Die website. The actor, who starred in "The Hangover" films, is known for his cringe-inducing banter on the program. ...
Watch: Alleged Child Sex Assault Victim to Testify in Michigan
11 Mar 2014 at 2:05pm
Social worker explains why testifying in court could compound the 6-year-old's trauma.
Especially for women, hearing loss linked to depression
11 Mar 2014 at 1:57pm
Higher rates of depression were most common among women and among the middle aged, compared to people over 70, researchers found. A few smaller studies have shown a connection between hearing loss and depression, but they were not based on nation-wide samples and the results were conflicting, Dr. Chuan-Ming Li said.
Profit-taking drags Wall Street lower
11 Mar 2014 at 1:54pm
By Rodrigo Campos NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks fell on Tuesday, with selling picking up late in the session, as investors cashed in some of the recent market gains, but the S&P 500 finished less than 1 percent away from a record high set last week. Indexes had swung between gains and losses in the first half of the session, as the lack of major corporate earnings or market-affecting data kept trading directionless, but they closed near the day's lows. Shares of retailers American Eagle and Urban Outfitters fell sharply after disappointing outlooks. ...
Alleged Sex Assault Victim, 6, Too Young to Testify?
11 Mar 2014 at 1:45pm
Research shows that more sexual abuse cases are coming to light and children are increasingly being admitted as witnesses in court proceedings. An estimated 1.6 percent of children between the ages of 12-17 have been victims of rape/sexual assault and many must face their assailants.
Judge in Colorado theater massacre case appoints new sanity evaluator
11 Mar 2014 at 1:38pm
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A judge overseeing the Colorado movie theater massacre case appointed an evaluator on Tuesday to conduct a second sanity examination of accused gunman James Holmes after earlier ruling a first evaluation to be "incomplete and inadequate." Arapahoe County District Court Judge Carlos Samour, in a written ruling, approved the selection by the state mental hospital of the new examiner, whose name was redacted in the order. Holmes has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to murder and attempted murder charges linked to the 2012 shooting during a viewing of a Batman film in a suburban Denver cinema that killed 12 moviegoers and injured 70 others.
Oxigene Inc says drug meets main goal of ovarian cancer trial
11 Mar 2014 at 1:36pm
(Reuters) - Oxigene Inc said on Tuesday that its experimental drug Zybrestat combined with Roche's big selling cancer drug Avastin significantly slowed progression of recurrent ovarian cancer better than Avastin alone in a midstage clinical trial. Shares of tiny Oxigene, which had been halted prior to announcement of the trial results, more than doubled in extended trading. The drugs, which use different mechanisms to deprive tumors of blood supply and oxygen needed to grow, met the primary goal of the study by demonstrating a statistically significant increase in progression-free survival (PFS), or the time it takes before the cancer begins to worsen. "This promising combination warrants further evaluation particularly given the significant need for new treatment options in relapsed ovarian cancer," Dr. Bradley Monk, lead investigator of the study, said in a statement.
Challenges remain before docs use whole-genome sequencing
11 Mar 2014 at 1:33pm
Researchers found that sequencing a person's whole genome - all three billion or so DNA nucleotides in the chromosomes - required a significant amount of manpower for a small payoff. One of the study's authors said the cost of sequencing a person's entire genome has dropped in recent years, but the technology has been mostly used for research. "We thought the time had come to do a small pilot study of patients in the clinical setting," Dr. Euan Ashley told Reuters Health. For the new study published in JAMA, he and his colleagues recruited 12 unrelated people between November 2011 and March 2012 to have their full genomes sequenced.
Carnival passengers sue for damages over disrupted 2013 cruise
11 Mar 2014 at 1:32pm
(This March 10 story's headline and 1st paragraph have been corrected to show passengers are not seeking $5,000 per month for life and corrects 11th paragraph quote to two hours from five hours) By David Quiñones MIAMI (Reuters) - Three passengers suing Carnival cruise lines for damages after an engine fire left their ship adrift for days are asking the company to pay $5,000 per year for life while the rest are seeking $2,500 to $5,000 for four to five years. A lawsuit brought by 33 passengers of the ill-fated 2013 voyage could change how cruise lines insulate themselves from legal actions, according to maritime legal experts. A second pending lawsuit with three-times as many plaintiffs has the potential to further undo the advantageous legal position cruise lines have long enjoyed. Stalled in the Gulf of Mexico for five days, passengers described human waste seeping into hallways, and being forced to sleep on deck under makeshift tarps with no cooked food.