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Background noise can make it harder for toddlers to learn words
27 Jul 2016 at 5:24pm
?Either turning off the TV and radio or turning them down may help language development,? McMillan said by email. To understand how background noise influences language development in toddlers, McMillan and colleagues did three experiments with a total of 106 kids ranging in age from 22 to 30 months. In the first experiment, 40 kids aged 22 to 24 months heard either louder or softer background speech when learning the new words.
Induced labor not linked to higher autism risk
27 Jul 2016 at 5:23pm
By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Inducing labor doesn?t appear to increase the baby's odds of autism, a new study suggests. Researchers examined data on more than 1.3 million births in Sweden and found about 3.5% of babies born after induction were diagnosed with autism by age 20, compared with 2.5% of other infants. This translates into a roughly 19% greater risk of autism with induced labor, which is statistically significant.
Women with later start to periods, menopause more likely to reach age 90
27 Jul 2016 at 5:21pm
By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - Women with later menarche and later menopause are more likely to reach age 90 than those whose reproductive milestones come at earlier ages, suggests a new study. "People have always wondered whether the timing of reproductive events affect longevity, but no study to date has evaluated that relationship," said lead author Aladdin Shadyab, of the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. The research team used data collected from 16,251 participants in the Women's Health Initiative, starting between 1993 and 1998 and continuing until August 2014.
Exclusive: Advent, CVC bid for inVentiv ahead of IPO: sources
27 Jul 2016 at 4:37pm
By Carl O'Donnell and Greg Roumeliotis (Reuters) - Buyout firms Advent International and CVC Capital Partners have made offers to acquire inVentiv Group Holdings, a pharmaceutical research firm seeking to go public at a valuation of over $4 billion including debt, people familiar with the matter said. The bids illustrate the private equity sector's insatiable appetite for contract research organizations such as inVentiv, which have benefited in recent years from the pharmaceutical companies' drive to cut costs, reduce clinical trial times and expand their research and development presence around the world. Thomas H. Lee Partners, the private equity firm that owns inVentiv, will decide by next week whether to press ahead with an initial public offering (IPO) for inVentiv or agree to an outright sale of the company with one of the two private equity firms, the people said on Wednesday.
UK health service under fire over access to hepatitis C drugs
27 Jul 2016 at 4:05pm
British health authorities improperly restrict access to expensive new hepatitis C drugs that can cure the liver-destroying disease, patient groups and a leading medical journal charged on Thursday. Despite the clear benefits of the drugs, the National Health Service in England rations the drugs to just 10,000 people with the virus each year, campaigners said. The Hepatitis C Trust said it was now seeking a judicial review of NHS England?s decision and the court is considering whether to grant permission for the case to go ahead.
Rauner: Illinois doing all it can on Legionnaires' cases
27 Jul 2016 at 3:58pm
QUINCY, Ill. (AP) ? Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner said Wednesday that the state is doing everything it can to prevent the spread of Legionnaires' disease at a veterans home where an outbreak last year sickened 53 people, including 12 who died.
Florida identifies two more Zika cases not related to travel
27 Jul 2016 at 3:40pm
The Florida health department said on Wednesday it was investigating another two cases of Zika not related to travel to a place where the virus is being transmitted, raising the possibility of local Zika transmission in the continental United States. The Florida health department said it has identified an additional case of Zika in Miami-Dade County, where it was already investigating a possible case of Zika not related to travel, and another case in Broward County, where it has been investigating a non-travel related case. "Evidence is mounting to suggest local transmission via mosquitoes is going on in South Florida," said CDC spokesman Tom Skinner said.
Lack of exercise costs world $67.5 billion and 5 million lives a year
27 Jul 2016 at 3:37pm
By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - A study of one million people has found that physical inactivity costs the global economy $67.5 billion a year in healthcare and productivity losses, but an hour a day of exercise could eliminate most of that. Sedentary lifestyles are linked to increased risks of heart disease, diabetes and cancer, researchers found, but activity - such as brisk walking - could counter the higher likelihood of early death linked with sitting for eight or more hours a day. Such inactivity is estimated to cause more than 5 million deaths a year - almost as many as smoking, which the World Health Organization (WHO) says kills 6 million a year.
Lack of exercise costs world $67.5 bln and 5 million lives a year
27 Jul 2016 at 3:30pm
* Physical inactivity linked to 5 million deaths a year * Sitting for eight hours or more raises mortality risk * Experts say at least an hour a day of exercise is ideal By Kate Kelland, Health and Science Correspondent LONDON, July 27 (Reuters) - A study of one million people has found that physical inactivity costs the global economy $67.5 billion a year in healthcare and productivity losses, but an hour a day of exercise could eliminate most of that. Sedentary lifestyles are linked to increased risks of heart disease, diabetes and cancer, researchers found, but activity - such as brisk walking - could counter the higher likelihood of early death linked with sitting for eight or more hours a day. Such inactivity is estimated to cause more than 5 million deaths a year - almost as many as smoking, which the World Health Organization (WHO) says kills 6 million a year.
Teva, Allergan win U.S. antitrust approval for generics deal
27 Jul 2016 at 2:42pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd won U.S. antitrust approval to purchase Allergan Plc's generics business, after agreeing to divest 79 generic drugs to rival firms, the Federal Trade Commission said on Wednesday.
Exercise lowers heart disease risk, even for younger women
27 Jul 2016 at 2:26pm
By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) - For women under age 50, spending two and half hours of leisure time each week being active could cut heart disease risk by 25%, according to a U.S. study. While that's been shown before for middle aged and older adults, less was known about whether exercise would make a measurable difference for younger women, the authors wrote in a July 26 online paper in Circulation. ?However, it is worth emphasizing that it doesn't matter if the exercise is moderate or vigorous, if you do it 6 days per week or 3 .
2 more mysterious Zika infections reported in South Florida
27 Jul 2016 at 2:02pm
NEW YORK (AP) ? Florida health officials are investigating two more mysterious cases of Zika infection that do not appear to be related to travel, bringing the total to four.
Consumer Reports Highlights Dietary Supplement Dangers
27 Jul 2016 at 1:57pm
Supplements can cause side effects especially with other medications.
Timeline: Zika's origin and global spread
27 Jul 2016 at 1:49pm
The following timeline charts the origin and spread of the Zika virus from its discovery nearly 70 years ago: 1947: Scientists researching yellow fever in Uganda's Zika Forest identify the virus in a rhesus monkey 1948: Virus recovered from Aedes africanus mosquito in Zika Forest 1952: First human cases detected in Uganda and Tanzania 1954: Virus found in Nigeria 1960s-80s: Zika detected in mosquitoes and monkeys across equatorial Africa 1969?83: Zika found in equatorial Asia, including India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Pakistan 2007: Zika spreads from Africa and Asia, first large outbreak on ...
Alere faces criminal probe over Medicare, Medicaid Billing: WSJ
27 Jul 2016 at 1:46pm
(Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department's criminal-fraud section sent diagnostic-testing company Alere Inc a subpoena last month seeking patient-billing records, the WSJ reported, citing people familiar with the matter. Alere's shares plunged 28.6 percent to close at $31.47 on Wednesday. The subpoena asked for information about Alere's efforts to collect co-payments from patients, as well as forms submitted on their behalf to government programs such as Medicare, the WSJ said.