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Incorporating Religion and Spirituality Into Healthcare
24 Nov 2014 at 4:15pm
Religion and spirituality are an important, if often private, part of many Americans' lives. According to a poll from Pew Research Center, 65 percent of Americans identify themselves as religious and 18 percent describe themselves as spiritual. Yet, there is one place where those beliefs haven't always been completely welcome: medicine. This is...
Roche's Genentech defends supply shift for top cancer drugs
24 Nov 2014 at 3:41pm
By Bill Berkrot (Reuters) - Genentech, U.S. biotech unit of Roche Holding, faces growing pressure over a decision to allow only a handful of distributors to supply three of the world's most widely used cancer drugs, a move that prominent hospitals say will create delays and raise costs. Genentech in October began distributing Avastin, Herceptin and Rituxan to hospitals and clinics through six specialty drug distributors, rather than through drug wholesalers, which distribute a wide range of medicines, devices and equipment on an enormous scale. ...
College student released after Texas military post lockdown
24 Nov 2014 at 3:24pm
By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - A male college student was released on Monday after being taken into custody for driving an unauthorized vehicle onto San Antonio's Fort Sam Houston military base on Sunday night, sparking a lockdown and a full security alert, officials said. The San Antonio-area man, who has not been identified, posed no security risk, military officials said without offering further details. The suspect was alone in his car when military police pulled him over after a brief pursuit. ...
Mali confirms eighth Ebola case, monitoring 271 people
24 Nov 2014 at 3:19pm
BAMAKO (Reuters) - Mali said on Monday that another person had tested positive for the Ebola virus, bringing the total number of cases in the West African nation to eight. Mali is the sixth West African country to be hit by the worst outbreak on record of deadly haemorrhagic fever that has killed some 5,459 since the first case was recorded early this year in neighboring Guinea. The Malian government did not provide further details about the new case and how the person contracted the disease, but it came after another case was confirmed on Saturday. ...
Iran Mourns Lost Youth in Thousands
24 Nov 2014 at 1:58pm
The coffin holding Morteza Pashaei's body was carried through a large crowd on Sunday in Tehran. Photo Credit: Saeed Faramarzi/Nasimonlinehttp://www.nasimonline.ir/detail/Photo/949475/238For the first time in nearly three decades since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, the Iranian people and the government were in unison to mourn a pop singer's...
NYC doctor known for radio ads settles Medicare fraud case
24 Nov 2014 at 1:57pm
By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - Gilbert Lederman, a former director of radiation oncology at Staten Island University Hospital, agreed to pay $2.35 million to resolve claims that he defrauded Medicare by seeking reimbursement for an experimental cancer treatment he claimed to have pioneered in the United States. Lederman, whose radio ads featuring his distinctive monotone have been a staple of New York airwaves, denied wrongdoing in agreeing to settle the 10-year-old False Claims Act lawsuit. The settlement was made public on Monday by U.S. ...
Mali confirms eighth Ebola case
24 Nov 2014 at 1:57pm
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) ? Mali has confirmed a new case of Ebola, bringing to eight the number of people who have fallen ill with the deadly disease in the West African country.
Studies examine U.S. meals in schools
24 Nov 2014 at 1:55pm
By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) ? School meals may be beneficial to students and be better in nutritional quality than meals brought from home, suggests two new studies looking at U.S. students. Elementary school students are more likely to eat breakfast at school if it?s provided in the classroom, compared to another location, researchers write in JAMA Pediatrics. Additionally, breakfast in the classroom was tied to better school attendance. ...
For rural veterans with PTSD, telemedicine may help
24 Nov 2014 at 1:12pm
By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) ? For the many veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) who don?t have access to a trained mental health care team, connecting with such a team remotely by phone and video chats may help, a new study suggests. At least 500,000 veterans in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) system, or nearly 10 percent of the VHA population, were diagnosed with PTSD in 2012, the researchers write in JAMA Psychiatry. ...
Confessions of a Reformed Dieting Junkie
24 Nov 2014 at 12:56pm
My life revolves around healthy food. I was born into a household that believed in natural health, where a vinegar compress was considered to be the best fever remedy, and private yoga classes were hosted in our living room long before yoga studios adorned every street corner. When I grew to adolescence I took things further and began focusing...
Helmets, engine size important in child deaths on ATVs
24 Nov 2014 at 12:38pm
By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) - Child deaths from crashes of all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), which dipped after 1985, began to climb again around 2001, and 12- to 15-year-olds accounted for more than half of all fatalities, according to a new study of Consumer Product Safety Commission data. The data include kids killed at ages six through age 18, but deaths in each age group were influenced by different risks, the authors write. ...
FBI says 27 U.S. law enforcement died during crimes in 2013; sharp drop
24 Nov 2014 at 12:35pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The FBI reported on Monday that 76 law enforcement officers in the United States died last year while on duty, including 27 during criminal acts, a sharp drop from 2012. The FBI said in its annual Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted report that 49 died in accidents in 2013, while nearly 50,000 officers were assaulted while on duty. The 27 criminal deaths last year was down from 49 in 2012, 48 deaths in 2009 and 57 in 2004, according to the FBI. The deaths last year occurred in 16 states, and the average age of the officer killed was 39. ...
Exclusive: Pay per puff? Caffeine stick? E-cigarette boom sparks race for new...
24 Nov 2014 at 12:09pm
By Martinne Geller and Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) - Electronic cigarette makers are racing to design and buy variations of a technology that has lit a billion-dollar boom, created a new vocabulary, and prompted a backlash from health officials worried about the impact of the new smokeless devices. ...
U.N. to miss Dec 1 Ebola target due to rising Sierra Leone cases
24 Nov 2014 at 11:21am
By Matthew Mpoke Bigg ACCRA (Reuters) - The U.N. Ebola Emergency Response Mission will not fully meet its Dec. 1 target for containing the virus due to escalating numbers of cases in Sierra Leone, Anthony Banbury, the head of UNMEER, said on Monday. The mission set the goal in September of having 70 percent of Ebola patients under treatment and 70 percent of victims safely buried. That target will be achieved in some areas, Banbury told Reuters, citing progress in Liberia. "We are going to exceed the Dec 1 targets in some areas. But we are almost certainly going to fall short in others. ...
Little understood chemicals cut men?s fertility
24 Nov 2014 at 11:17am
By Ronnie Cohen (Reuters Health) ? A new study suggests that chemicals in sunscreen may impair men?s ability to father children, government scientists say. But other experts question whether the chemicals wound up in men?s urine from sunscreen or through another route. The FDA has not authorized the substances ? benzophenone-2, known as BP-2, and 4-hydroxybenzophenone, known as 4-OH-BP ? for use in sunscreens. BP-2 does show up as an ingredient in aftershaves, colognes, antiperspirant and other personal-care products. ...