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Report: NPS hantavirus response followed policy
20 May 2013 at 9:11pm
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) ? Federal investigators probing the hantavirus outbreak blamed for three deaths at Yosemite National Park recommended on Monday that design changes to tent cabins and other privately run lodging first be reviewed by National Park Service officials.
Sports seem OK for many with heart-zapping device
20 May 2013 at 4:17pm
WASHINGTON (AP) ? New research is challenging medical guidelines that say people with a heart-zapping device in their chests should avoid intense sports like basketball and soccer in favor of golf or bowling.
Measles surges in UK years after flawed research
20 May 2013 at 7:35am
LONDON (AP) ? More than a decade ago, British parents refused to give measles shots to at least a million children because of now discredited research that linked the vaccine to autism. Now, health officials are scrambling to catch up and stop a growing epidemic of the contagious disease.
Intercell vaccine gets U.S. pediatric approval
20 May 2013 at 11:47pm
VIENNA (Reuters) - Austria's Intercell said on Tuesday it has won U.S. regulatory approval for pediatric use of its Ixiaro vaccine to protect against Japanese Encephalitis (JE), a step it had achieved in Europe in February. "For the first time in nearly two years, a licensed vaccine will now be available to vaccinate traveling children and children of forward-deployed military personal in Asia as well against JE," Chief Executive Thomas Lingelbach said in a statement, calling the step a key growth element for the product. (Reporting by Michael Shields; Editing by David Cowell)
Analysis: Some Republicans see new scandal in Sebelius fundraising
20 May 2013 at 10:06pm
By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With the White House already reeling from three major controversies, some Republican lawmakers are zeroing in on what they perceive is another possible scandal tied to President Barack Obama's landmark health reform law just as it nears implementation. ...
Erupting Alaska volcano spews ash, disrupts air travel
20 May 2013 at 9:04pm
By Yereth Rosen ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - One of Alaska's most active volcanoes, which has been belching ash and spewing lava since last week, has forced regional flight cancellations and dusted some nearby communities with ash, scientists and local officials said on Monday. Pavlof Volcano has sent up ash as high as 22,000 feet, with the cloud blowing eastward and the eruption showing no signs of abating, according to the federal-state Alaska Volcano Observatory. The lava from its 8,261-foot (2,518-metre) peak has also created huge steam clouds on meeting the mountain's snow. ...
Healthcare workers set to strike California public hospitals
20 May 2013 at 8:11pm
By Ronnie Cohen SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Nearly 13,000 healthcare employees at five University of California medical centers plan to strike on Tuesday in a move that threatens to back up emergency rooms and already has forced the postponement of elective surgeries. ...
Angelina Jolie and the One Percent
20 May 2013 at 5:46pm
Angelina Jolie and the One Percent
Keyboardist Ray Manzarek of The Doors dies at age 74
20 May 2013 at 4:49pm
By Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Ray Manzarek, a founding member and keyboardist of 1960s rock group The Doors, died on Monday at a medical clinic in Germany at age 74 following a battle with cancer, the group's manager Tom Vitorino said. Manzarek, who lived in Northern California's Napa Valley wine country for the past decade, had been seeking treatment in Germany for bile duct cancer, Vitorino said. He died in Rosenheim, Germany, surrounded by his wife and brothers. ...
UK first in EU to get Merck's new Schmallenberg vaccine
20 May 2013 at 4:05pm
LONDON (Reuters) - British farmers will be the first in Europe to get a vaccine against Schmallenberg virus, a new livestock disease that hit the continent in 2011. Britain's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said on Tuesday that MSD Animal Health, a unit of Merck & Co, had been issued a license for the new vaccine after an accelerated assessment to make it available this summer. As a result, farmers will be able to vaccinate sheep and cattle before most of them become pregnant, which is important as exposure to the virus can cause damage to foetuses. ...
U.S. charges 3 NYU researchers in Chinese bribery case
20 May 2013 at 3:34pm
By Nate Raymond and Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. authorities brought criminal charges against three New York University researchers on Monday, alleging they conspired to take bribes from Chinese medical and research outfits for details about NYU research into magnetic resonance imaging technology. A criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in Manhattan charged Yudong Zhu, 44, Xing Yang, 31, and Ye Li, 31, with commercial bribery conspiracy in connection with NYU research financed by the U.S. government. ...
Pfizer halts study of lymphoma drug unlikely to help survival
20 May 2013 at 2:57pm
(Reuters) - Pfizer Inc, which has been on a hot streak with three recent approvals of cancer drugs, stumbled on Monday, saying it was halting a late-stage trial of a drug for aggressive non-Hodgkin lymphoma after independent monitors found it was not likely to improve survival. Pfizer said it would continue to study the experimental drug, inotuzumab ozogamicin, in other hematologic cancers. ...
Swine virus confirmed in Iowa, Indiana hog herds
20 May 2013 at 2:33pm
By P.J. Huffstutter (Reuters) - Farms in two of the nation's leading pork producing states have tested positive for the potentially fatal porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV), U.S. pork industry veterinarian official said Monday. Three farms in Iowa and one Indiana operation have confirmed cases of the virus, said Dr Lisa Becton, director of swine health information and research for the National Pork Board. The cases in Iowa were located on farms "all across the state, not in one specific area," Becton said. PEDV does not pose a food safety or health risk to humans and the pork is safe eat. ...
Want to Know if You?re Sober Enough to Drive? Don?t Ask an App
20 May 2013 at 2:05pm
Put ?alcohol? and ?apps? into Google and you?ll get dozens of possible downloads for your smartphone. Many are specifically aimed at helping you track your blood alcohol content (BAC), and each works pretty much the same way: You key in info every time you have a cocktail, and the app then uses that to track your BAC and gauges your fitness to drive. It?s just an app, though, and in many cases these tools don?t know how much you weigh; if you?ve taken medication; or even if you?ve eaten recently or had water?all of which affect your BAC.
Does prostate cancer treatment help older, sick men?
20 May 2013 at 2:02pm
By Andrew M. Seaman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Older men with other illnesses may not live long enough to benefit from aggressive prostate cancer treatments, such as prostate removal or radiation, and they'd have to live with their side effects, says a new study. "If you're going to die of a heart attack in five years, what's the point of going through radiation?" asked Dr. David Penson, the study's senior author from the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. ...