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One killed, several injured in hit-and-run crash in New York City
26 Nov 2015 at 8:14pm
(Reuters) - One person was killed and several people were injured on a busy New York City street on Thursday when a hit-and-run driver struck a pedestrian before driving away and crashing into parked cars, police said.
Storm in a herbal cup: Indonesian elixirs get a modern twist
26 Nov 2015 at 7:54pm
The trendy cafe looks like a typical coffee shop in the Indonesian capital Jakarta, but in fact it sells herb-infused brews promising to fix every ailment from coughs to impotence. Indonesians have for generations taken herbal medicine, known locally as "jamu", as a remedy for common ailments, and many children's early memories include being forced to gulp down concoctions of ingredients such as ginger and turmeric. A resurgence in domestic popularity is being driven by hangouts such as the Jakarta cafe, which welcomes young professionals and students to a retro setting that mixes old-fashioned furniture with touches of the past, such as black and white prints and vintage bicycles.
E. coli from Costco chicken salad traced to tainted celery
26 Nov 2015 at 7:15pm
By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A multi-state E. coli outbreak that has sickened at least 19 people who ate rotisserie chicken salad sold at Costco Wholesale Corp's stores has been traced to a celery-and-onion mix used in the salad, prompting its California maker to recall the product. The contaminated chicken in that case was supplied by California-based Foster Poultry Farms.
Farm recalls produce used in Costco salad linked to E. coli
26 Nov 2015 at 6:48pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) ? A California farm is recalling a vegetable mix believed to be the source of E.coli in Costco chicken salad that has been linked to an outbreak that has sickened 19 people in seven states, the Food and Drug Administration said Thursday.
More than one million children need urgent aid in the conflict-torn Central A...
26 Nov 2015 at 5:07pm
More than a million children in the Central African Republic are in urgent need of humanitarian aid while almost half of those under five are malnourished, the United Nations said on Friday ahead of Pope Francis' visit to the conflict-torn country. Sectarian violence has plagued the country since and fresh fighting broke out in Bangui two months ago, the worst violence in the capital this year, when the murder of a Muslim man triggered reprisal attacks on a largely Christian neighborhood. Some two million children have been affected by violence which first broke out in December 2012, and 1.2 million now need urgent aid, said the U.N. children's agency, UNICEF.
As climate impacts hit, Pakistan faces migration surge: experts
26 Nov 2015 at 5:03pm
By Aamir Saeed THATTA, Pakistan (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Fisherman Muhammad Yusuf's family has been living on the island of Hajamaro, just over three miles off the coast of southern Pakistan, for generations. Sea level rise and frequent cyclones are eroding Yusuf?s property. Across Pakistan, families are struggling against rising sea level, droughts, floods and other climate-change related pressures.
Lawmakers: Agency not doing enough against dengue fever
26 Nov 2015 at 4:05pm
HONOLULU (AP) ? Hawaii state Sen. Russell Ruderman worries whenever there's a mosquito buzzing in his home.
ADHD impact on families predicts whether kids get needed services
26 Nov 2015 at 2:40pm
By Madeline Kennedy (Reuters Health) - Many elementary school children with ADHD don?t get services like medication and behavior therapy that might improve their condition, according to an Australian study. ?ADHD is not a trivial problem. It can have major negative effects on children's learning, social interactions, emotional well-being, self-esteem and quality of life,? said lead author Dr. Daryl Efron by email.
Merck plans to sell its allergy business unit to cut debt: Bloomberg
26 Nov 2015 at 2:32pm
(Reuters) - German drugs and chemicals maker Merck KGaA is planning to sell its allergy business, Allergopharma, Bloomberg reported, citing sources.
Annual HIV infection record for Europe in 2014
26 Nov 2015 at 1:17pm
Europe registered a record number of HIV infections in 2014, driven by cases in Russia and immigrants who acquired the virus after arrival, the EU and the World Health Organization said Thursday. "Despite all the efforts to fight HIV, this year the European region has reached over 142,000 new HIV infections, the highest number ever. This is a serious concern," WHO regional director for Europe Zsuzsanna Jakab said in a report published by WHO and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control in Stockholm.
Can self-monitoring help in blood pressure management?
26 Nov 2015 at 12:34pm
A special smartphone-based program may prove to be a useful tool in controlling and even lowering one's own blood pressure, according to new Swedish research. Results published in a doctoral thesis by Ulrika Bengtsson, PhD student at the Sahlgrenska Academy, Gothenburg University, showed that by using an interactive system on their smartphone, patients with high blood pressure could track their lifestyle habits and blood pressure readings to better understand their condition, and then use this information to manage their lifestyle accordingly, and lower blood pressure. In the study a group of 50 participants, all with high blood pressure, used the interactive system on their mobile phone over a period of eight weeks to record their blood pressure, pulse, medication intake, lifestyle, state of well being, and symptoms.
Family of late deejay Casey Kasem file civil suit against widow
26 Nov 2015 at 12:16pm
(Reuters) - The widow of U.S. radio personality Casey Kasem has been sued by three of his children and his brother, who claim her actions led to his death in June 2014. The suit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday accuses Jean Kasem of elder abuse, inflicting emotional distress and breach of contract by restricting access to Kasem and failing to provide adequate medical care. Kasem, the former "American Top 40" deejay, died in Washington state at 82 after suffering from Lewy body disease, a form of dementia.
Feds plan new guidelines on toxic algae in lakes, rivers
26 Nov 2015 at 11:20am
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) ? New national guidelines are being developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to protect swimmers and kayakers from the growing threats posed by toxic algae in lakes and rivers.
South Sudan food team finds risk of 'widespread catastrophe'
26 Nov 2015 at 10:03am
By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of people surviving on water lilies and swamp fish after fleeing South Sudan's war may run out of food entirely when the dry season starts in January, food security experts said in a report seen by Reuters on Thursday. The Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) team said after a trip to South Sudan's Unity State that said 40,000 people there were projected to be in a food security "catastrophe" and at risk of famine. The IPC members include non-governmental organizations and U.N. agencies including the Food and Agriculture Organization and World Food Programme.
Men may eat more when women are watching
26 Nov 2015 at 9:51am
Researchers observed diners at an all-you-can-eat Italian buffet and found men who dined with at least one woman at the table ate 93 percent more pizza than their peers who had only male dining companions. The tendency to overeat extended to healthier fare as well ? men ate 86 percent more salad in the company of women. ?We find that while men disproportionately over-eat in the company of women, women felt like they overate and felt rushed when eating with men even though there was no evidence that they actually ate more,? said lead study author Kevin Kniffin of the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.