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Health insurance sign-ups coming to shopping malls
26 Nov 2014 at 8:45am
CHICAGO (AP) ? The Obama administration says more than 462,000 people selected a health plan in the first week of 2015 enrollment through HealthCare.gov.
How to Live Your Light...
26 Nov 2014 at 8:23am
Quick question... Are you living your light? Not your life, but your light? I know we're all living our life, but I'm talking about that spark inside that ignites you with passion and purpose! That's your light. Everyone is born with their own inner light. Yet as I've been coaching many people, I find that so many of us are disconnected from...
U.S. EPA seeks tighter ozone standards to cut pollution
26 Nov 2014 at 8:05am
By Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration on Wednesday proposed stricter curbs on ground-level ozone, a pollutant linked to several serious health conditions, in a move industry groups said would place a heavy burden on the U.S. economy. The Environmental Protection Agency said it would set National Ambient Air Quality Standard between 65 and 70 parts per billion concentration of ozone and consider public comments on standards within a 60 to 75 ppb range. The EPA must finalize the rule by October. It will replace the current standard of 75 ppb set in 2008. ...
U.S. government says 462,125 health plans selected on Healthcare.gov
26 Nov 2014 at 7:48am
(Reuters) - During the first week of open enrollment for 2015 in the individual health plans created by the national healthcare reform law, 462,125 people selected plans from the federal healthcare website Healthcare.gov, the U.S. government said on Wednesday. Of the people selecting the plans between Nov. 15 when enrollment began and Nov. 21, 48 percent were new customers and 52 percent were individuals enrolled in a 2014 plans. ...
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg recovering after heart procedure
26 Nov 2014 at 7:40am
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Wednesday underwent a heart procedure at a Washington hospital after reporting discomfort following routine exercise, a court statement said. Ginsburg, 81, was resting comfortably after having a stent placed in her right coronary artery and is expected to be discharged from MedStar Washington Hospital Center within 48 hours, the statement said. She reported discomfort after routine exercise on Tuesday night, according to the court statement. ...
Give the gift of farts that smell like chocolate this Christmas
26 Nov 2014 at 7:24am
French inventor Christian Poincheval, who in 2006 perfumed the putrid odor of flatulence with pills that give it a rose aroma, has added chocolate to his fart-scent menu just in time for the holiday season.
Obama administration sets stricter smog standard
26 Nov 2014 at 7:08am
WASHINGTON (AP) ? The Obama administration took steps Wednesday to cut levels of smog-forming pollution linked to asthma, lung damage and other health problems, making good on one of President Barack Obama's original campaign promises while setting up a fresh confrontation with Republicans and the energy industry.
West African artists urge French-speaking nations to act on Ebola
26 Nov 2014 at 6:44am
By Misha Hussain DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - West African artists have urged heads of state holding a French-speaking nations' summit in Dakar this weekend to take action to stop the spread of the deadly Ebola virus in the region. The rare tropical disease has infected more than 15,000 people in West Africa since it was first recorded in Guinea in March. More than 5,000 people have died from the virus, which causes severe vomiting, diarrhoea and internal bleeding. ...
Ebola discoverer Piot sees long, bumpy road to ending epidemic
26 Nov 2014 at 6:00am
By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - West Africa's Ebola epidemic could worsen further before abating but new infections should start to decline in all affected countries by the end of this year, a leading specialist on the disease said on Wednesday. Peter Piot, one of the scientists who first identified the Ebola virus almost 40 years ago, said the outbreak was far from over, but said that "thanks to now massive efforts at all levels" what had been an exponential growth in numbers should soon begin to recede. ...
11 Things Powerful People Never, Ever Think
26 Nov 2014 at 5:15am
Powerful people think in a healthy way that invites inspiration. From when they wake up in the morning to when they close their eyes at night, they're creating thoughts that bring the best possibilities. Check out this list of things powerful people never think so you can become even more powerful:1. "How can I blame this on someone...
Gut check: how vultures dine on rotting flesh, and like it
26 Nov 2014 at 4:50am
By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - They snack on danger and dine on death, merrily munching on rotting flesh that would certainly sicken or kill any person and most other animals. But how do vultures do it? These feathery scavengers have one of the toughest guts on the planet, that is how. Scientists said on Tuesday that their analysis of two species of North American vultures showed that the birds possess a ferociously acidic digestive system and intestines loaded with two fiendish kinds of bacteria. ...
Spoon for unsteady hands now available from Google-acquired start-up
26 Nov 2014 at 4:14am
A spoon equipped with sensors capable of detecting tremors in the hand has been released by Lift Labs, which was a start-up funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH) before being acquired by Google in September.
Cricket-Australia's Hughes continues to fight for life
26 Nov 2014 at 2:12am
* Batsman's condition remains critical after scans * Domestic cricket matches called off as mark of respect (Adds details, quotes) SYDNEY, Nov 26 (Reuters) - Australia cricketer Phil Hughes was still fighting for his life on Wednesday as family and friends kept vigil at his hospital bedside. Hughes remains in an induced coma after undergoing emergency surgery on Tuesday when he was struck in the head by a bouncer, a devastating blow that experts likened to the trauma experienced by car crash victims. ...
Cricket-Hughes blow takes Chatfield back to 1970s blackout
26 Nov 2014 at 2:02am
By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE, Nov 26 (Reuters) - Phillip Hughes' fight for survival from a severe head injury has prompted a wave of sympathy across the globe, not least from former New Zealand cricketer Ewen Chatfield, who was nearly killed by a fast delivery in the 1970s. Chatfield played 43 tests, ending his international career in 1989, but his debut against England 14 years earlier remains memorable for all the wrong reasons. ...
Kenyan women pay the price for slum water "mafias"
26 Nov 2014 at 1:59am
By Katy Migiro and Magdalena Mis NAIROBI/LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Rising before dawn, the women emerged from their ramshackle shacks and squelched through the mud to stand in line for water in Kibera, Nairobi's biggest slum. Seven hours later, bullet-grey skies drizzled on and off, but the women stuck by their yellow jerrycans in the glutinous mud, awaiting their turn at the precious water tap. "Water is life," said Judith Makhoha, a mother of three, who was buying 200 litres of water to do her laundry. "You can't live without water. ...