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Faced with strict laws, Brazilian women keep abortions secret
25 May 2016 at 6:16pm
By Sophie Davies RIO DE JANEIRO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Years after giving into family pressure and having an illegal abortion, one Brazilian woman says she is haunted by the secret procedure so taboo that hardly anyone will talk about it. The woman, who only wants to be identified as F.D., went to a clinic hidden away in the southern state of Paraná for an abortion when she was a student. Roughly one million women each year seek abortions to end unwanted pregnancies in Brazil, where abortion is illegal except in cases of rape or incest or if the life of the mother is in danger.
Belize detects first Zika case in pregnant woman
25 May 2016 at 5:27pm
Belize's government said it has detected the first case of Zika in a pregnant woman, bringing to two the number of people confirmed infected with the virus in the Central American country. The government last week announced Belize's first Zika patient, living in the capital Belize City. The mosquito-borne Zika virus can cause the birth defect microcephaly, which can cause babies to be born with unusually small heads and deformed brains.
Bill to end New York tampon tax heads to governor
25 May 2016 at 5:03pm
(Reuters) - A bill to end sales taxes on tampons and sanitary napkins received final approval from New York lawmakers on Wednesday and is headed to the governor, who voiced strong support of the legislation. Several other states have already enacted such exemptions as a movement builds against a tax that critics say unjustly targets women. The New York State Senate on Wednesday unanimously passed the bill, which exempts feminine hygiene products like sanitary napkins, tampons, and panty liners from the state's sales and compensating use tax.
Calgary man found not criminally responsible in fatal stabbing of five
25 May 2016 at 4:27pm
By Eric M. Johnson CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) - The 24-year-old son of a policeman who fatally stabbed five people at a Calgary house party in 2014 was not criminally responsible, a judge ruled on Wednesday, saying a mental disorder blocked him from knowing his actions were wrong. Justice Eric Macklin, of the Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta, issued his verdict on Wednesday in the first-degree murder trial of Matthew de Grood, a case that has made national headlines, lawyers said.
Financial crisis may have caused 500,000 cancer deaths worldwide: study
25 May 2016 at 4:20pm
The global financial crisis may have caused an additional 500,000 cancer deaths from 2008-2010, a new study said Thursday, with patients locked out of treatment because of unemployment and healthcare cuts. The figures were extrapolated from an observed rise in cancer deaths for every percentage increase in unemployment, and every drop in public healthcare spending. "From our analysis we estimate that the economic crisis was associated with over 260,000 excess cancer deaths in the OECD (34-member Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) alone, between 2008-2010," study author Mahiben Maruthappu of Imperial College London told AFP.
U.S. panel backs approval of Sanofi combination diabetes drug
25 May 2016 at 3:16pm
One day after recommending approval of a new diabetes drug made by Novo Nordisk A/S, a U.S. advisory panel on Wednesday recommended approval of a similar product made by Sanofi SA. The panel voted 12-2, with one person not voting, that the Food and Drug Administration should approve Sanofi's combination drug, iGlarLixi, for patients with type 2 diabetes. The agency is not obliged to follow the advice of its advisory panels but typically does so.
Aetna-Humana tie-up is anti-competitive in Missouri-state regulator
25 May 2016 at 3:11pm
The department said in an order, dated May 24 and posted on its website, that if the proposed acquisition of Humana by Aetna were to go forward, the companies would need to stop selling individual insurance, small group and certain Medicare Advantage plans in its state.
'Little House' star drops bid for U.S. congressional seat
25 May 2016 at 3:07pm
(Reuters) - Melissa Gilbert, best known for playing Laura Ingalls Wilder in the 1970s television drama "Little House on the Prairie," has dropped out of the race for a U.S. congressional seat in Michigan for medical reasons. "As much as it breaks my heart to say this, my doctors have told me I am physically unable to continue my run for Congress." Gilbert, who lives with her husband, actor Timothy Busfield, in Howell, Michigan, about 60 miles (100 km) from Detroit, has no political background but served two terms as president of the Screen Actors Guild from 2001 to 2005.
South Carolina governor to sign ban on abortion past 19 weeks
25 May 2016 at 2:48pm
By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, Texas (Reuters) - Republican South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley on Wednesday signed into law a bill banning most abortions after 19 weeks of pregnancy unless the mother's life is at risk, a spokesperson told Reuters on Wednesday. The South Carolina legislature passed the bill last week, making it the 17th U.S. state to approve such a ban. A signing ceremony will take place on a date to be announced later, said Haley representative Chaney Adams.
In U.S. Army, enlisted soldiers' risk of suicide attempts varies over time
25 May 2016 at 2:30pm
By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - The risk of attempted suicide peaks at several points during enlisted soldiers' time in the U.S. Army, a new study found. Soldiers who were never deployed were at highest risk for suicide attempts during their second month of service. "Suicide attempts are important targets for care," said lead author Dr. Robert Ursano, of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland.
Researchers slowly homing in on risk of Zika birth defect
25 May 2016 at 2:13pm
NEW YORK (AP) ? As the international epidemic of Zika virus disease has unfolded and led to devastating birth defects for at least 1,300 children in eight countries, an agonizing question has persisted: What is the chance that an infected pregnant woman will have a baby with these defects?
Sanofi moves to oust Medivation board in $9.3 billion takeover fight
25 May 2016 at 1:41pm
Reuters reported earlier that Sanofi was about to propose a new board line-up, taking advantage of a so-called written consent rule that gives Medivation shareholders the ability to act at any time to replace directors. Sanofi filed documents with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) seeking the approval of Medivation shareholders for the board's overthrow. "Despite multiple attempts, both prior to and following the public disclosure of Sanofi's proposal, Medivation has thus far refused to engage with us regarding the merits of a value creating transaction," said Sanofi CEO Olivier Brandicourt.
Congress: Support, Don't Stymie, Student Health and Nutrition
25 May 2016 at 1:37pm
Approximately every six years, the federal government goes through a major reevaluation and reauthorization of its child nutrition laws. And so this year we are looking to Congress and the president to pass legislation that will help schools determine and achieve their wellness goals and preserve and enhance students' access to nutritious...
South Carolina Governor signs 20-week abortion ban
25 May 2016 at 1:35pm
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) ? Republican Gov. Nikki Haley signed legislation Wednesday that immediately outlaws most abortions in South Carolina at 20 weeks beyond fertilization.
Health and Technology: What You Should Know
25 May 2016 at 1:33pm
We are pioneers in a new world -- the digital world. As we seek to plant flags on new tech summits, it is important to be aware of the health risks involved in navigating this unknown and rocky terrain. Technology-induced accidents notwithstanding, the gadgets have already produced a variety of physical and mental maladies among the general...