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Pepsi dropping sweetener aspartame from diet cola drinks
24 Apr 2015 at 4:05pm
PepsiCo said Friday it was bowing to customer demand and doing away with the controversial sweetener aspartame in its diet line of cola drinks in the US. Starting in August, Diet Pepsi, Caffeine Free Diet Pepsi and Wild Cherry Diet Pepsi will be sweetened with a mixture of sucralose and acesulfame potassium, the company said. The blend replaces aspartame, an artificial sweetener approved by the US Food and Drug Administration but which has been plagued by criticism for years that it poses health risks.
Hawaii poised to become 1st state to raise smoking age to 21
24 Apr 2015 at 3:23pm
HONOLULU (AP) ? A bill that would make Hawaii the first state to raise the legal smoking age to 21 cleared the Legislature on Friday and is headed to the governor.
Why Surrounding Yourself With Positive People Is 'Crucial' To Your Health
24 Apr 2015 at 3:10pm
Take a good look at the people you surround yourself with every day. Are they happy, positive people who make healthy life choices? Or naysayers who drain the energy from the room and drag you down? Not only is it good for our mental health to surround ourselves with positive people, but it's also vital to our physical health, according to...
Is ice cream safe? Federal health officials say yes
24 Apr 2015 at 2:57pm
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Is ice cream safe to eat? Federal officials say yes, even amid recalls by two ice cream companies after the discovery of listeria bacteria in their frozen confections.
One Word Could Hold the Key to Health and Happiness
24 Apr 2015 at 2:56pm
By: Dr. Janxin Leu, director of product innovation at HopeLabEudaimonia: If the word is new to you, it might sound like a style of electronic dance music or a pharmaceutical. No, eudaimonia can't be downloaded from the cloud or packaged in a pill. But eudaimonia is a remarkable type of experience that can improve health and well-being, for...
Why Leaders Lack Emotional Intelligence
24 Apr 2015 at 2:49pm
Over the past century, the heartless, no-nonsense CEO has become something of an icon--and a cliché--in American society. Hollywood would have us believe that the Machiavellian chief exec is still alive and well. Whether it's the Donald from The Apprentice or Jack Donaghy from 30 Rock, these eat-the-weak-for-breakfast-types seem to be as...
Ohio officials closer to finding source of deadly botulism
24 Apr 2015 at 2:13pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) ? Officials say they are closer to finding the source of botulism that killed one person and sickened many more after a church picnic in central Ohio last weekend.
Drug overlaps, shortages may complicate Teva bid for Mylan
24 Apr 2015 at 1:58pm
By Caroline Humer and Ransdell Pierson NEW YORK (Reuters) - Teva Pharmaceutical Industries' bid for Mylan NV would create a company controlling nearly 25 percent of the U.S. generics market, including drugs in short supply, according to industry experts and a Reuters review of regulatory filings. Teva, the world?s largest generic drugmaker, made its $40 billion offer public on Tuesday and quickly signaled it was ready to sell some overlapping assets to win antitrust approval for a deal. Mylan has not responded to the unsolicited bid but has said it wants to remain independent and that the overlap with Teva's products could scuttle a combination. Previous industry mergers have also reduced capacity, and manufacturing lapses at some plants have delayed or shuttered production, leading to temporary shortages of cancer drugs, anesthesia and other medicines.
Florida Senate passes bill requiring 24-hour wait for abortions
24 Apr 2015 at 1:34pm
By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Reuters) - The Florida Senate approved a bill on Friday mandating a 24-hour waiting period for women seeking abortions, with all Republicans voting in favor and all Democrats opposed. The bill is now headed to Republican Governor Rick Scott, who is expected to sign it into law. Senator Anitere Flores, a Miami Republican who sponsored the bill, said it was reasonable for women to wait 24 hours after meeting with their doctors for an "informed consent" briefing on fetal development, which is already required by state law, and undergoing the abortion procedure itself. She noted that state law requires a three-day waiting period for purchasing a gun or getting married, and 20 days for divorces.
Seattle plans $600 million wastewater overflow project
24 Apr 2015 at 1:27pm
A Seattle utility unveiled a $600 million plan on Friday to stop millions of gallons of untreated wastewater and polluted runoff from flowing into the area's creeks, lakes, the Duwamish river and the Puget Sound. The plan would involve construction of a 2.7-mile, $374-million combined sewer overflow storage system along the north side of the Lake Washington Ship Canal, just miles from an unrelated headline-grabbing $3.1 billion Seattle roadway overhaul that has been fraught with delays. "The plan would also keep millions of gallons of storm runoff out of public waterways, reducing threats to human and aquatic health and the region's quality of life," Seattle Public Utilities spokesman Andy Ryan said in a statement. The 15-year plan aims to fulfill promises Seattle made in a 2013 consent decree with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the state's Department of Ecology to reduce sewer overflows to comply with state and federal law.
HIV cases skyrocket among US painkiller abusers
24 Apr 2015 at 1:15pm
Cases of HIV have skyrocketed among injection drug users in a rural community in the midwestern state of Indiana where 142 people have been diagnosed since the beginning of the year, officials said Friday. Indiana State Health Commissioner Jerome Adams described the current outbreak as "unprecedented," noting that HIV used to be quite rare in Scott County, a community of 4,200 people and just one doctor in southeastern Indiana. Only three new cases of HIV were recorded there from 2009 to 2013. A public health emergency was declared in Scott County on March 26 by Governor Mike Pence.
Indiana HIV outbreak, hepatitis C epidemic sparks CDC alert
24 Apr 2015 at 12:55pm
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) ? An Indiana county is experiencing nearly daily increases in new HIV infections tied to intravenous drug use, and health officials hope the situation prompts other states to closely track their hepatitis C and HIV rates to identify potential clusters of the diseases.
Material witness in 'maternity tourism' case arrested at L.A. airport
24 Apr 2015 at 12:48pm
By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A woman considered a material witness in an investigation by U.S. immigration authorities into so-called maternity hotels in Southern California has been arrested while trying to flee the country, prosecutors said on Friday. Ying Wu, 31, was taken into custody by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents at Los Angeles International Airport last week while attempting to board a flight to China with her husband and newborn child, U.S. Attorney's Office spokesman Thom Mrozek said. Wu has not been charged criminally in connection with the investigation into the maternity hotels, which cater to foreign mothers-to-be seeking U.S. citizenship for their babies, but she had been ordered by a judge to remain in the United States on an unsecured $1,000 bond, Mrozek said. Mrozek said several others of the some two dozen women identified as material witnesses in the maternity tourism case had fled the country since search warrants were served in connection with the case.
Your Brain on Exercise
24 Apr 2015 at 11:57am
I am pushing sixty. That is enough exercise for me. -- Mark TwainDiet and exercise. The importance of both was known to the earliest humans, but today we know much more about how food and exercise affects our minds and bodies through scientific evidence. In this two-part series, I will explore the latest science behind diet and exercise and...
Republicans seen scrapping Ryan Medicare plan in U.S. budget push
24 Apr 2015 at 11:55am
By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Aiming to acquire more budget powers and take a swipe at Obamacare, Republicans will likely scrap a proposal that stirred controversy and helped launch Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan on the national stage: privatizing the Medicare health program. Ryan's bold Medicare "premium support" plan would be sacrificed to ensure passage of Congress' first full budget in six years and allow Republicans a rare opportunity to use a powerful procedural tool to ease passage of other legislation. Dropping the fiscal conservative's signature plan, which had little chance of enactment, is one sign of how the Republican-controlled House and Senate are trying to show they can govern effectively as they seek to win the White House in 2016. Republicans are hoping to use the power known as budget "reconciliation" to pass a bill to repeal or replace President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, known as "Obamacare," a long-standing goal of the party.