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Senate blocks Planned Parenthood defunding measure
3 Aug 2015 at 5:14pm
By Susan Cornwell and Alex Wilts WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican legislation to cut off federal funding for Planned Parenthood failed to gather enough support in the U.S. Senate on Monday, halting at least for now moves to punish the women's health group for its role in gathering fetal tissue from abortions for medical research. Senate Democrats succeeded in stopping the bill on a procedural vote. It received 53 votes, with 46 senators opposing it.
Seattle aims to clamp down on indoor smoking lounges after violence
3 Aug 2015 at 5:07pm
Seattle wants to close about a dozen water pipe smoking lounges linked to three homicides and other violence over the past year and a half, the city's mayor said on Monday. The city is expanding its authority to revoke business licenses and pursuing criminal charges against the owner of a hookah lounge located near where a man was killed last month, Mayor Ed Murray said in a statement. "Far too many smoking lounges attract and sustain illegal, violent activity that has no place in our neighborhoods," Murray said.
Suspected killer of Memphis officer surrenders after manhunt
3 Aug 2015 at 4:29pm
By Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Reuters) - A man suspected of fatally shooting a police officer in Memphis over the weekend surrendered to authorities on Monday after an extensive manhunt and being placed on the state's most-wanted fugitives list, the sheriff's office said. Tremaine Wilbourn is suspected of shooting Officer Sean Bolton, 33, multiple times during a scuffle after the officer pulled up to a parked car and apparently interrupted a drug deal, Memphis police said. The Shelby County Sheriff's Office said on its Twitter feed that Wilbourn was in custody.
American Heart Association calls for focus on social factors
3 Aug 2015 at 4:28pm
By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - The American Heart Association said today that more attention needs to be paid to the social factors that influence heart health, such as race, education, and address. "What we?re discovering is that this is a very complicated space and there may be a number of variables beyond people's control that have an impact on their health," said Dr. Clyde Yancy, an author of the report. Cardiovascular disease should not differ based on a person's ZIP code, Yancy said.
Judge 'inclined' to keep injunction against anti-abortion groups on videos
3 Aug 2015 at 4:19pm
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Monday said he was "inclined" to keep an injunction in place that stops anti-abortion groups from releasing videos containing talk of the sale of fetal tissue. At a hearing in San Francisco federal court, U.S. District Judge William Orrick said the injunction would likely remain pending further legal proceedings. In a lawsuit filed last week, the National Abortion Federation, a nonprofit representing abortion providers, accused the Center for Medical Progress and its founder, David Daleiden, of illegally infiltrating and recording its private meetings. ...
Senate blocks GOP bill to halt Planned Parenthood fed funds
3 Aug 2015 at 4:03pm
WASHINGTON (AP) ? The Senate blocked a Republican drive Monday to terminate federal funds for Planned Parenthood, setting the stage for the GOP to try again this fall amid higher stakes ? a potential government shutdown that could echo into next year's presidential and congressional elections.
5 things to know about the fight over Planned Parenthood
3 Aug 2015 at 4:03pm
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Republicans lost Monday's Senate showdown over halting federal aid to Planned Parenthood. Yet the political offensive by abortion foes has just started, prompted by a batch of unsettling videos that has focused attention on the group's little-noticed practice of providing fetal tissue to researchers.
My Choice To Live: Part IV
3 Aug 2015 at 3:23pm
Jay Michael continues his story about living with a stage 4 cancer diagnosis. Read his previous posts in "My Choice to Live: Part I," "Part II" and "Part III." When you spend time fighting cancer you really begin to realize what's important to you. The little things in life become a lot less relevant, while the major parts of your life become...
Arizona man says he beheaded wife 'to get the evil out': police
3 Aug 2015 at 3:18pm
By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - An Arizona man who admitted to decapitating his wife and her two dogs in a bloody incident last month in Phoenix told authorities he was attempting ?to get the evil out? of her, according to court documents released on Monday. Kenneth Dale Wakefield, 43, also told police that he had smoked marijuana and the designer drug Spice about an hour before the gruesome killings in a Phoenix apartment on the morning of July 25, the documents showed. Wakefield, a transient with a history of mental illness who also maimed himself in the incident, was booked into a Maricopa County jail Aug. 1 on one count of first-degree murder and two counts of animal cruelty after being released from a local hospital.
Task force urges more research into child autism screening
3 Aug 2015 at 3:09pm
WASHINGTON (AP) ? A government task force says more research is needed to determine if toddlers should be screened for autism even if check-ups or parents haven't spotted developmental problems ? despite guidelines from other health groups that urge such screening.
Libya warns against diseases in Benghazi as meat rots in closed port
3 Aug 2015 at 3:03pm
By Ayman al-Warfalli BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - Libyan authorities warned on Monday that diseases might break out in the eastern city of Benghazi due to imported meat left rotting for months in containers at the city's closed commercial port. Libya's second-largest city has been a war zone for over a year with forces loyal to the official government based in the east fighting Islamist groups, part of chaos in the oil producer four years after the ousting of Muammar Gaddafi. Imported meat, vegetables and dairy products have been stored in containers in the port since it closed in November when fighting reached the central area.
Gene identified as critical to low-oxygen tolerance
3 Aug 2015 at 2:47pm
Researchers have identified a gene that helps people tolerate low-oxygen conditions, according to a study published Monday, opening the way for new treatments for heart failure and related conditions. "This is the first demonstration that a gene involved in high altitude adaptation is critical in protecting cardiac function in moderate to severe hypoxia at sea level," said lead author Gabriel Haddad, chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of California at San Diego. The researchers identified a gene they believe may help Ethiopians who have lived at high altitudes, where oxygen levels are relatively low, for thousands of years.
Is Yoga the Next New 'Antioxidant'?
3 Aug 2015 at 2:47pm
Have you ever wondered why people who do yoga often look a lot younger than their age? A new study on yoga might have some answers.A study in the July 2015 Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that 12 weeks of yoga amped up the body's natural defense system against toxins. Yoga raised the level of natural antioxidants in the...
Fetal tissue research declining, still important
3 Aug 2015 at 2:38pm
(This August 1 story has been refiled to correct the name of the company in paragraph three from Advanced Cell Technology to Ocata Therapeutics.) By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - A political battle over the use of fetal tissue in medical research has been reinvigorated by the release of undercover videos targeting Planned Parenthood officials. Newer, less-controversial technologies, including the ?reprogramming? of adult skin cells to create specific types of stem cells, have rendered fetal tissue less central - though still important - to medical research, they said. Dr. Robert Lanza, chief scientific officer of Ocata Therapeutics, said that much of tissue needed for research "can now be generated in the laboratory." At Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, for instance, only about 10 out of 8,000 active research protocols involve fetal tissue, according to an official at the Harvard-affiliated hospital who asked to remain anonymous.
Alps tests to see if altitude can boost athletes' performance
3 Aug 2015 at 2:20pm
Researchers have taken to the peaks of France's Mont Blanc this summer to see whether the body's production of red blood cells at high altitudes has similar effects in athletes to doping agents like EPO. In a month-long experiment ending in mid-August, a group of 11 Norwegian downhill skiers aged 18 to 25 are spending most of their days at the Plan de l'Aiguille refuge near Chamonix, altitude 2,200 metres (7,218 feet). After a daily morning commute by cable car down into the valley, the athletes undergo an intensive training regime alternating inline skating, running, weight training, cycling and swimming.