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South Korea lifts ban on beef with feed additive: food ministry
1 Sep 2014 at 8:03pm
South Korea has lifted a ban on animal feed additive zilpaterol in beef, a food ministry official said on Tuesday. Seoul had earlier flagged that it intended to ease its zero-tolerance policy on zilpaterol-based drugs, such as Merck & Co Inc's Zilmax. The official confirmed that imports of beef muscle with 1 part per billion (ppb) of zilpaterol, 5 ppb in beef liver and 10 ppb in beef kidney had been approved as of late last month. South Korea suspended some U.S.
China poultry farm hit in new outbreak of H5N6 bird flu
1 Sep 2014 at 6:02pm
Nearly 18,000 geese died on a poultry farm in northeast China after being stricken by the H5N6 bird flu virus last month, the agriculture ministry said. As many as 20,550 geese on the farm in Harbin, the capital of Heilongjiang province, showed symptoms of avian flu and 17,790 birds died, the ministry said on its website on Monday. The ministry sealed off and sterilized the infected area, besides culling and safely disposing of almost 69,000 geese, it added. The National Avian Influenza Reference Laboratory confirmed that the geese had the H5N6 virus.
Poor response to Ebola causing needless deaths: World Bank head
1 Sep 2014 at 5:14pm
By Daniel Flynn and Tim Cocks DAKAR/LAGOS (Reuters) - The world's "disastrously inadequate response" to West Africa's Ebola outbreak means many people are dying needlessly, the head of the World Bank said on Monday, as Nigeria confirmed another case of the virus. In a newspaper editorial, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim said Western healthcare facilities would easily be able to contain the disease, and urged wealthy nations to share the knowledge and resources to help African countries tackle it. "Many are dying needlessly," read the editorial, co-written by Harvard University professor Paul Farmer, with whom Kim founded Partners In Health, a charity that works for better healthcare in poorer countries. In a vivid sign of the danger posed by inadequate health provision, a man escaped from an Ebola quarantine center in Monrovia on Monday and sent people fleeing in fear as he walked through a market in search of food, a Reuters witness said.
16 Simple Things I Do Daily
1 Sep 2014 at 5:05pm
In no order, I do the following 16 simple things daily to improve my physical and mental health:1. Walk 10k steps. 2. Drink from a water fountain every time I see one.3. 100 sit ups. 4. Take stairs instead of elevator/escalator/moving walkway. 5. Take nutritional supplements, multivitamins and calcium. 6. Eat at least 60g of protein. ...
Nigeria records another Ebola case in oil city, 17 cases total
1 Sep 2014 at 4:02pm
Nigeria has a third confirmed case of Ebola in the oil hub of Port Harcourt, bringing the country's total confirmed infections to 17, with 271 people under surveillance, the health minister said on Monday. A doctor in Port Harcourt died last week after treating someone who came in contact of the Liberian-American man who was the first recorded case of the virus in Africa's most populous country. Patrick Sawyer, the first case, came from Liberia, and then collapsed at Lagos airport on July 20. The shift to Port Harcourt shows how easily containment efforts can be undermined.
Nurses go on strike in Ebola-hit Liberia
1 Sep 2014 at 3:51pm
Nurses at Liberia's largest hospital went on strike on Monday, demanding better pay and equipment to protect them against a deadly Ebola epidemic which has killed hundreds in the west African nation. John Tugbeh, spokesman for the strikers at Monrovia's John F Kennedy hospital, said the nurses would not return to work until they are supplied with "personal protective equipment (PPEs)", the hazmat-style suits which guard against infectious diseases. "From the beginning of the Ebola outbreak we have not had any protective equipment to work with. The Ebola virus, transmitted through contact with infected bodily fluids, has killed more than 1,500 people in four countries since the start of the year -- almost 700 of them in Liberia.
The Power of Aromas
1 Sep 2014 at 3:25pm
Walk through any mall in America and you might suddenly be enticed by the smell of cinnamon buns or coffee. Sell your home and often you are advised by your realtor to bake bread or cookies to encourage prospective buyers. Smells are more influential then you may realize. In these two incidents smells are used to elicit sales. They are there to...
Low-carb diets may beat low-fat options for weight loss, heart health
1 Sep 2014 at 3:08pm
By Andrew M. Seaman A low-carbohydrate diet is better for losing weight and may also be better for lowering the risk of heart disease than a low-fat diet, according to a new study. While low-carb diets have outperformed other diets when it comes to weight loss, some researchers feared they might be worse for heart health because they tend to be high in fat. The new study shows that with proper nutritional counseling, people can lose more weight and lower their risk factors for heart disease on a low-carbohydrate diet, said the lead author, Dr. Lydia Bazzano of Tulane University in New Orleans. "This study shows if you are overweight and have cardiovascular disease risk factors and haven't had success on other diets, certainly a low-carbohydrate diet is worth a try," said Bazzano.
Family dinners may help kids cope with cyberbullying
1 Sep 2014 at 2:34pm
By Kathryn Doyle NEW YORK (Reuters Health) ? Like victims of face-to-face bullying, kids who experience internet bullying are vulnerable to mental health and substance use problems ? but spending more time communicating with their parents may help protect them from these harmful consequences, a new study suggests. For example, the researchers found, regular family dinners seemed to help kids cope with online bullying. ?In a way, cyberbullying is more insidious because it?s so hard to detect,? said lead author Frank J. Elgar of the Institute for Health and Social Policy at McGill University in Montreal.
High-action TV shows lead to more snacking: study
1 Sep 2014 at 2:32pm
By Kathryn Doyle NEW YORK (Reuters Health) ? Watching high-energy TV programs might make watching calories harder, a new study suggests. With snacks freely available, young adults watching an action movie ate almost twice as much food as those watching an interview show, the researchers found. Those watching the action movie ate more even if the sound was turned off. ?What we found was that even watching the silent film generated a large increase in what people ate compared to the talk show,? said coauthor Aner Tal at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.
Action-packed TV might make you snack more: Study
1 Sep 2014 at 2:30pm
CHICAGO (AP) ? Could action-packed TV fare make you fat? That's the implication of a new study that found people snacked more watching fast-paced television than viewing a more leisurely-paced talk show.
US eating habits improve a bit _ except among poor
1 Sep 2014 at 2:17pm
CHICAGO (AP) ? Americans' eating habits have improved ? except among the poor, evidence of a widening wealth gap when it comes to diet. Yet even among wealthier adults, food choices remain far from ideal, a 12-year study found.
Parents of ill UK boy fight extradition from Spain
1 Sep 2014 at 1:30pm
LONDON (AP) ? The parents of a child suffering from a severe brain tumor signaled Monday they would defy efforts to force them to return to Britain, days after their family fled to seek a novel kind of radiation treatment for the 5-year-old boy.
Novartis Japan admits concealing drug side effects
1 Sep 2014 at 12:56pm
The Japanese unit of Swiss pharma giant Novartis has admitted it did not report more than 2,500 cases of serious side effects in patients using its leukaemia and other cancer drugs, reportedly including some fatalities. The revelations, which marked the latest in a string of scandals at the company's Japanese subsidiary, come after local authorities slapped the firm on the wrist, saying it had to clean up its operations. On Friday, Novartis issued a statement saying it had failed to report to regulators at least 2,579 cases where patients had suffered serious potential side effects from its drugs. Japanese media said the number of cases involved could rise as Novartis probes 6,000 other cases.
Senegal monitors contacts of 1st Ebola patient
1 Sep 2014 at 10:55am
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) ? Senegalese authorities on Monday were monitoring everyone who was in contact with a student infected with Ebola who crossed into the country, and who has lost three family members to the disease.