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Ebola-related events in the United States and response
21 Nov 2014 at 2:47pm
(Reuters) - Health agencies around the world are grappling with the worst Ebola epidemic since the virus was identified in 1976. The following is a chronology of events in the United States and the government's response at home and abroad from the time the World Health Organization identified the beginnings of the outbreak in early 2014 in Guinea: March 22: Guinea confirms hemorrhagic fever that killed more than 50 people is Ebola. March 30: Liberia reports two Ebola cases; suspected cases in Sierra Leone. May 26: WHO confirms first Ebola deaths in Sierra Leone. ...
United Nations members resolve to end child marriage
21 Nov 2014 at 2:46pm
By Mirjam Donath UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations agreed on Friday that all members should pass and enforce laws banning child marriages, resolving to end a practice that affects about 15 million girls every year. The committee of the 193-nation General Assembly that deals with human rights adopted by consensus a resolution urging all states to take steps to end "child, early and forced marriage." There are now more than 700 million women who were married before their 18th birthday, many in conditions of poverty and insecurity, according to U.N. statistics. ...
FDA approves Purdue's painkiller that can reduce abuse
21 Nov 2014 at 2:42pm
(This version of the Nov. 20 story, corrects final paragraph to show Embeda treats pain, not opioid dependence) (Reuters)- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a long-acting narcotic painkiller with abuse-resistant properties made by Purdue Pharma L.P., the agency said on Thursday. The FDA approved the once-daily drug, Hysingla ER, with the expectation that it will reduce, though not necessarily prevent, abuse through snorting or injecting. It is the second extended-release "pure" hydrocodone drug approved by the FDA. ...
Maintaining a firm grip differs for men and women
21 Nov 2014 at 2:06pm
By Ronnie Cohen NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A simple grip-strength test might someday help doctors identify patients? risk for potentially disabling conditions later in life, but interventions likely would differ for men and women, a new study suggests. Using data from the Swedish Adoption/Twin Study of Aging, researchers found gender differences in potential reasons why men and women lose their ability to maintain a firm grip. A strong grip is helpful for activities of daily living. ...
TSX nears two-month high on Chinese, European policy moves
21 Nov 2014 at 1:48pm
By John Tilak TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada's benchmark stock index rose to its highest level in nearly two months on Friday as investors cheered a move by China to cut interest rates and signs that the European Central Bank might step up asset purchases. The surprise announcement was the first time in two years that China had cut rates, following signals that the pace of growth in the world's second-biggest economy was slowing. The move helped drive gains in the prices of commodities such as gold, copper and oil; and that pushed up shares in the mining and energy sectors. ...
This Winter, Start Small and Be Consistent
21 Nov 2014 at 1:35pm
Most people look at adopting a fitness regimen as a life-altering event that is going to take lots of time and require major changes. We can easily imagine the results we want and the next thing you know we've entered a 12 week challenge at work or at the gym. Unfortunately, this type of thinking can be really intimidating. When we're scared we...
?Hypoallergenic? labels may not be accurate
21 Nov 2014 at 12:26pm
By Madeline Kennedy (Reuters Health) ? Products for kids with itchy skin that are labeled hypoallergenic often contain ingredients that can cause allergic reactions, a recent study found. The ?hypoallergenic? label is not regulated by the FDA, said Carsten Hamann, a medical student at the Loma Linda University School of Medicine in California and the lead researcher on the study. He and his colleagues tested products that might be used by kids with eczema, which affects 17.8 million people in the U.S., according to the National Eczema Association. ...
How To Get The Right Man To Commit To You
21 Nov 2014 at 12:06pm
I tell my husband that I am beyond grateful that I met him when I was 27 and not a day earlier. Why? Because I wasn't committed enough to myself before that in order for him to truly commit to me. Here is the deal: Unless you are truly committed to yourself (and I will talk about what that means below), nobody else can truly commit to you...
International Ebola fight helping but more work needed: U.N. chief
21 Nov 2014 at 12:04pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - International efforts to fight Ebola are helping to slow the rate of new infections in some areas but increased infections in others and fears of further contagion in Mali indicate much work is still to be done, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Friday. Ban said more trained medical teams are needed, especially in remote districts of countries in West Africa where more than 5,400 people have been killed by the virus. Ban said the coordinated efforts of country leaders and safer burial practices, combined with international support, are helping. ...
FBI gets package mailed by gunman killed at Florida university
21 Nov 2014 at 11:23am
By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE Fla. (Reuters) - Authorities are investigating mailed packages linked to a gunman who shot three people before he was killed by officers at Florida State University, the FBI said on Friday. Police said the packages were part of their investigation into why the gunman opened fire in a crowded library. Thought to have been mailed by suspected shooter Myron May before his violent outburst, the packages were not a threat to the public or addressees, said officials at the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. One was intercepted by the Houston office of the FBI. ...
U.S. threatens to cut food stamp funding to Maine in photo ID row
21 Nov 2014 at 11:06am
By Dave Sherwood BRUNSWICK Maine (Reuters) - The federal government has threatened to cut funding for Maine?s food stamp program, saying the state may be violating recipients' civil rights by requiring welfare cards to bear their photograph. Maine began printing photos on electronic benefit (EBT) cards in July in an effort that Republican Governor Paul LePage said was designed to combat fraud. The U.S. ...
The Skinny on Nestl??'s New Exercise in a Bottle Project
21 Nov 2014 at 10:56am
Exercise in a bottle? Maybe someday.
Give Thanks for Your Eyes: 7 Amazing Facts
21 Nov 2014 at 10:20am
As Thanksgiving fast approaches, we're reminded to give thanks for the wonderful things in our lives: our loved ones, our freedom and most certainly our good health. As humans, we're extremely visual creatures, so as you look upon the joyous gathering of friends and family prior to feasting, consider taking a moment to give thanks for your...
Two drugs found effective in treating excess potassium
21 Nov 2014 at 10:05am
By Gene Emery (Reuters Health) - Two experimental drugs can reduce dangerously high potassium levels in the blood, a problem that can plague people with diabetes and kidney disease and lead to a fatal heart rhythm, researchers say. The findings are from two separate studies financed by the manufacturers and released Friday by the New England Journal of Medicine. The oral drugs are sodium zirconium cyclosilicate (also known as ZS-9 and being developed by ZS Pharma) and patriomer (developed by Relypsa). Both drugs treat high potassium by binding to it as they travel through the gut. ...
Accepting Change: Letting Yourself Fall in the Flow of Your Life
21 Nov 2014 at 10:03am
While my current situation is not life-threatening, it has been life-altering. The following are my musings of dealing with a life-changing event.Imagine being in the top physical shape of your life. Years of training, rebooting your body. You changed your food habits, you had adopted exercise habits. You found yourself enjoying working out and...