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Alstom says will aim for best practices after record bribery settlement
22 Dec 2014 at 3:45pm
PARIS (Reuters) - Alstom said on Monday it would strive for the best compliance procedures and had stopped hiring external sales consultants after it agreed to pay $772 million to settle global bribery charges with the U.S. Justice Department.
Alstom to pay record $772 million to settle bribery charges with U.S.
22 Dec 2014 at 3:45pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The French firm Alstom SA has pleaded guilty and will pay $772 million in criminal penalties to settle charges with the U.S. Justice Department alleging the company bribed government officials to win business around the world.
Justice dept alleges Omnicare received kickbacks from Abbott Labs
22 Dec 2014 at 3:43pm
(Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department has filed a complaint against Omnicare Inc, alleging that the largest U.S. provider of pharmacy services to the elderly received millions of dollars in kickbacks from Abbott Laboratories. Omnicare received the kickbacks for recommending Abbott's prescription drug, Depakote, for epilepsy in dementia patients in nursing homes it serviced, the department alleged in a statement on Monday. Omnicare allegedly disguised the kickbacks from Abbott as "grants" and "educational funding," the department said. Omnicare could not be immediately reached for comment. ...
Pet reptiles pose health risk for infants: study
22 Dec 2014 at 3:42pm
Owning exotic reptiles such as snakes, chameleons, iguanas and geckos could place infants at risk of salmonella infection, according to a British study published on Monday. Researchers in the southwestern English county of Cornwall found that out of 175 cases of salmonella in children under five over a three-year period, 27 percent occurred in homes which had reptile pets. If the pet is allowed to run free in the home, this poses a risk, especially if the child is at an exploratory stage of crawling or licking surfaces. "Coupled with evidence of increasing ownership of indoor reptile pets, the incidence of RAS hospitalisation is likely to increase.
Kansas says new virus found after resident's death
22 Dec 2014 at 3:00pm
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) ? Health officials say a new virus has been discovered following the death of a southeast Kansas resident this summer and they believe it is carried by ticks or other insects.
U.S. court strikes down North Carolina ultrasound abortion law
22 Dec 2014 at 2:32pm
By Colleen Jenkins WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) - A North Carolina law requiring women seeking an abortion to have an ultrasound of the fetus performed and described to them is unconstitutional because it forces doctors to voice the state's message discouraging the procedure, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Monday. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a district judge's decision striking down the 2011 law, which was passed by North Carolina's Republican-led legislature over a veto by then-Governor Beverly Perdue, a Democrat. ...
Exercise tied to prostate cancer survival
22 Dec 2014 at 2:18pm
By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - Among men with prostate cancer, those who lead active lifestyles have better survival rates than those who don?t, a new study suggests. There are many benefits to being physically active, but the new results suggest there are ?specific effects also on the survival among prostate cancer patients,? said the study's lead author Stephanie Bonn of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. ?There is great potential for men diagnosed with prostate cancer to improve their own survival by being physically active,? she wrote in an email to Reuters Health. In the U.S. ...
British soul singer Joe Cocker dies at 70
22 Dec 2014 at 2:08pm
(Reuters) - Joe Cocker, the raspy-voiced, Grammy-winning singer best known for his cover of the Beatles' "With a Little Help from My Friends" and "You Are So Beautiful," died on Monday, his agent said. He was 70. The death was confirmed by Marshall Arts, the company of Cocker's agent, Barrie Marshall, in England. The rock singer, known for flailing his arms on stage during performances, lost a long battle with lung cancer, his record label, Sony Music, said in a statement. "His international success as a blues/rock singer began in 1964 and continues till this day. ...
Do heart patients fare better when doctors away?
22 Dec 2014 at 1:48pm
CHICAGO (AP) ? Doctors joke that if you're going to have a heart attack, the safest place would be at a big national gathering of heart specialists. But a new study suggests some older hospitalized heart patients may fare better when these doctors aren't around.
Gluten-Free Holiday Hacks
22 Dec 2014 at 1:33pm
As someone with celiac disease, I always have a bit of anxiety around holiday meals. Whether they be made by family or friends, there is always a risk for cross-contamination of food that makes it nearly impossible to relax when you are invited into someone else's home, or sometimes even in your own, for holiday feasts. And while those around...
Mother?s depression when kids are young linked to risky teen behaviors
22 Dec 2014 at 1:28pm
By Shereen Lehman (Reuters Health) - Having a depressed mother during elementary or middle school raises the likelihood a child will engage in risky behaviors like drinking and smoking during the teen years, according to a new Canadian study. Based on nearly 3,000 children followed since they were toddlers, the researchers also found that kids with depressed mothers in ?middle childhood? were likely to start risky health behaviors earlier in their adolescence than other kids. ...
Express Scripts drops Gilead hep C drugs for cheaper AbbVie rival
22 Dec 2014 at 1:18pm
By Caroline Humer (Reuters) - The largest U.S. pharmacy benefit manager said on Monday it has lined up a cheaper price for AbbVie Inc's newly approved hepatitis C treatment and, in most cases, will no longer cover Gilead Sciences Inc's treatments after trying for nearly a year to win a deeper discount. Express Scripts' move reignited investor concerns that pharmaceutical companies will have to bow to pricing pressure from U.S. insurers and lawmakers over novel medications whose cost can reach hundreds of thousands of dollars for some diseases. Gilead shares dropped 13 percent, or about $14. ...
Germany introduces bird flu test for ducks, geese
22 Dec 2014 at 1:15pm
Germany said it would start testing ducks and geese for bird flu prior to slaughter, after two cases of the highly infectious H5N8 strain were detected in a week. The emergency procedure, which will take effect Tuesday, requires all duck and geese farmers across Germany to have their animals tested for bird flu before being transported, the agriculture ministry said. "The animals can only be transported and slaughtered in the case of a negative test result," the ministry said in a written statement. Unlike turkeys and chickens, ducks and geese display no symptoms when they are infected with H5N8.
FDA approves Bristol-Myers' immunotherapy for skin cancer
22 Dec 2014 at 12:35pm
(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Bristol-Myers Squibb Co's skin cancer drug, more than three months before the scheduled review date. Opdivo, or nivolumab, belongs to a promising new class of drugs designed to help the body's own immune system fight cancer by blocking a protein called Programmed Death receptor (PD-1). The drug is the second PD-1 inhibitor to be approved by the FDA, the first being Merck & Co Inc's Keytruda in September. ...
Fat Could Be the New Smoking in Terms of Life Expectancy
22 Dec 2014 at 11:41am
When you're thinking about loading up on that second helping of apple pie, you might want to remember the results of a just-released study from McGill University. It showed that obesity can reduce your lifespan by eight years. The study examined the records of 3,993 people logged in a survey called the National Health and Nutrition Examination...