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Study: 'Biggest Loser' contestants have slower metabolisms
3 May 2016 at 2:35pm
CHICAGO (AP) ? A new study has found that many competitors on NBC's "The Biggest Loser" leave the show with a slower metabolism, making it more difficult to keep off the pounds.
U.S.-funded abstinence programs not working in Africa
3 May 2016 at 2:23pm
By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - The U.S. funds abstinence and faithfulness education in sub-Saharan Africa to prevent HIV transmission, but a new study suggests the investment doesn't lead to less risky sexual behaviors in that area. When researchers looked at the number of sexual partners in the past year, age at first sexual intercourse and teenage pregnancy, there were no differences between countries that did or did not receive the funding. "Changing HIV risk behaviors is hard to do, and the limited resources available for HIV prevention should be used carefully and directed towards programs that are likely to be effective," said senior author Dr. Eran Bendavid, of the Stanford University School of Medicine in California.
A New Fitness Trend (And It's Not a Good One)
3 May 2016 at 2:22pm
It's been quite some time since I wanted to write an article like this. I wasn't sure how it would go over but I think it's time for me to share my thoughts. I'm going to share with you a new fitness trend that's becoming increasingly popular (and it's not a good one). In my personal experience, this trend is becoming more and more common, and...
Dreams, Eye Masks and Lavender Tea: The Sleep Revolution by Arianna Huffington
3 May 2016 at 2:20pm
Thomas Edison slept only three hours a night. Winston Churchill got by on five. Richard Branson also clocks in five. And Marissa Mayer subsides on only four hours of shut-eye a night. Arianna Huffington - president and co-founder of The Huffington Post - on the other hand, makes sure she gets no less than eight hours a night.Since 2007, when...
New York City to pay U.S. $4.3 million in Medicare fraud case
3 May 2016 at 1:54pm
New York City agreed to pay the U.S. government $4.3 million to settle a civil fraud lawsuit accusing the city's fire department of accepting tens of thousands of improper Medicare reimbursements for emergency ambulance services. The accord signed on Tuesday resolves claims that the city cheated the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services out of millions of dollars from October 2008 to October 2012 by submitting claims for services that were not medically necessary, violating the federal False Claims Act. According to court papers, part of the problem may have been linked to the New York City Fire Department's ("FDNY") ambulance billing contractor.
Bankers say U.S. antitrust concerns weigh on deal activity
3 May 2016 at 1:48pm
Anti-trust concerns are preventing corporations from pursuing mergers more than other broad regulatory or economic issues, several senior investment bankers said during a panel on Tuesday at the Milken Institute's Global Conference. "It's that increasingly high bar that we're seeing from an anti-trust perspective," said Paul Stefanick, Deutsche Bank AG's head of corporate and investment banking in the Americas. Stefanick pointed to several deals that have recently fallen apart, including this week's dashed $28 billion merger of oilfield services companies Baker Hughes Inc and Halliburton Co .
Polluted air may up risk of many cancers
3 May 2016 at 12:41pm
By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) - For elderly people in Hong Kong, long term exposure to fine-particle air pollution is tied to an increased risk of dying from many cancers, including breast, liver and pancreatic cancer, in addition to the expected lung cancer risk, according to a new study. ?We assumed a number of sites would be affected, but outside of the expected lung and upper GI cancers, we were unsure which cancers would show an association, so this really helps highlight the breadth of involvement of particulates in the development of cancer,? said co-lead author G. Neil Thomas, from the Institute of Applied Health of the College of Medical and Dental Sciences at The University of Birmingham in the UK. The researchers began following more than 66,000 people age 65 and older in Hong Kong between 1998 and 2001 and tracked them through 2011.
Chicago schools to allow transgender students to choose facilities
3 May 2016 at 12:33pm
Chicago's public school system said on Tuesday it would allow transgender students to use restrooms and locker rooms that correspond with their gender identities. The move by the third-largest U.S. public school system comes during a national debate over equality, privacy and religious freedom as some states have passed or proposed legislation that supporters of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights say is discriminatory. "Chicago Public Schools, like much of the country, has become far more aware of the needs and experiences of the transgender community, and it?s crucial for CPS guidelines to reflect our commitment to promoting safe and inclusive schools," Chief Education Officer Janice Jackson said in an emailed statement.
Exclusive: Venezuela's PDVSA quietly issues new debt to pay off suppliers
3 May 2016 at 12:13pm
By Brian Ellsworth, Corina Pons and Marianna Parraga CARACAS/HOUSTON (Reuters) - Venezuelan state oil firm PDVSA has issued at least $310 million in debt to companies including General Electric Co as it negotiates private issuances to pay off its suppliers, industry sources told Reuters, stretching the finances of a company that bondholders already worry is on its way to default. The securities are not bonds but offer rights similar to those enjoyed by bondholders, and at least one issue offers dispute resolution via the Paris-based International Chamber of Commerce, according to one of the three sources, who cited a term sheet. This means that if PDVSA defaults, investors holding their bonds may find that there are more creditors competing for compensation than they had originally anticipated.
Flu strikes fewer infants when pregnant women get vaccinated
3 May 2016 at 12:00pm
By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Infants have a much lower risk of getting influenza when their mothers are vaccinated against the virus during pregnancy, a U.S. study confirms. Doctors recommend flu vaccinations for pregnant women because the virus is linked to complications like preterm births, and because it helps protect babies from catching the flu before they?re able to get vaccinated at six months of age. Before six months, babies born to vaccinated mothers were about 64 percent less likely to have flu symptoms and 70 percent less likely to have confirmed infections than infants born to women who didn?t get vaccinated during pregnancy, the study found.
Poor Health for Some Means Problems for Us All
3 May 2016 at 11:54am
One of the things that first drew me to medicine was that health problems touched all people. It doesn't matter if you're rich or poor, young or old, black or white, college-educated or didn't finish high school, everyone gets sick at some point. As a doctor, I focus more on diseases than demographics. But over the course of my career, I've...
One in three US antibiotic prescriptions 'unnecessary:' study
3 May 2016 at 11:23am
Nearly one in three antibiotic prescriptions doled out in the United States is "inappropriate," said a study Tuesday that called for improved stewardship of this important medicine. Experts say overuse of antibiotics leads to more antibiotic-resistant infections -- affecting two million people and killing 23,000 each year in the United States alone, according to the report in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The study found that in the United States in 2011, 262 million outpatient antibiotic prescriptions were dispensed -- almost one for each of the nation's 300 million people.
Kenyan court to hear case against alleged gay anal examinations
3 May 2016 at 11:19am
Two men are seeking a Kenyan court ruling declaring enforced anal examinations unconstitutional after they were subjected to such tests last year to see if they had been involved in gay sex, the men's lawyer said on Tuesday. Rights activists have condemned the examinations as inhuman and humiliating. New York-based Human Rights Watch said such coerced examinations might amount to torture under international law.
How to Discuss Your Sexual History with a New Partner
3 May 2016 at 11:09am
We know you don't want to hear it, but: you've got to have the hard conversation with each new sexual partner about where your junk has been and what it's seen. Especially in an age when casual sex is de rigueur, and Tinder is causing STD rates to skyrocket. We're not going to candy-coat it: The talk will be awkward as hell. Though not as...
Ways the Color Green Helps
3 May 2016 at 11:08am
In my experience, color factors in with my clients via emotion, and I've noticed that emotion, whether positive or negative seems to make a difference in how they may feel on any given day, as well as how they perform on those days.