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Stretching may ease women's depression and menopause symptoms
28 Jul 2016 at 5:19pm
(This June 30th story was refiled to fix link at the bottom of the story) By Reyna Gobel (Reuters Health) - Stretching just 10 minutes a day might help ease menopause and depression symptoms in middle-aged women, a small study suggests. ?Light-intensity exercises such as stretching have not been previously evaluated for its impact on menopausal and depressive symptoms,? lead researcher Yuko Kai told Reuters Health by email. Forty Japanese women, ages 40 to 61 years, participated in the study at the Physical Fitness Research Institute, Meiji Yasuda Life Foundation of Health and Welfare in Tokyo.
Factbox: Why the Zika virus is causing alarm
28 Jul 2016 at 4:30pm
Global health officials are racing to better understand the Zika virus behind a major outbreak that began in Brazil last year and has spread to many countries in the Americas. Zika is transmitted to people through the bite of infected female mosquitoes, primarily the Aedes aegypti mosquito, the same type that spreads dengue, chikungunya and yellow fever. The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) said Aedes mosquitoes are found in all countries in the Americas except Canada and continental Chile, and the virus will likely reach all countries and territories of the region where Aedes mosquitoes are found.
Timeline: Zika's origin and global spread
28 Jul 2016 at 4:30pm
The following timeline charts the origin and spread of the Zika virus from its discovery nearly 70 years ago:
Australia's Muslim migrants on edge, race relations falter with rise of the r...
28 Jul 2016 at 4:17pm
By Jonathan Barrett SYDNEY (Reuters) - Race relations in Australia have deteriorated so badly that some community leaders fear violence will erupt in a political vacuum where the new government, elected with a bare majority, must rely on the support of parties that have fomented the discord. The potential for violence after a bitter election campaign, which featured calls for a ban on Muslim immigration, is palpable for people like Afghan-born Muhammad Taqi Haidari. Haidari, from Afghanistan's Shi'ite Muslim Hazara minority, no longer tells people his name is Muhammad, preferring to use Taqi.
FDA takes steps to protect blood supply in Florida amid Zika probe
28 Jul 2016 at 4:06pm
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has ordered blood banks in Florida's two most densely populated counties to stop collecting blood as health officials determine whether Zika has begun transmission in the continental United States. Florida has been investigating four possible cases of local transmission in Miami-Dade County and Broward County. Zika has struck hardest in Brazil, where the outbreak was first detected last year, and has since spread rapidly through the Americas.
FDA Halts Florida Blood Donations in 2 Counties Over Concerns of Zika Outbreak
28 Jul 2016 at 4:00pm
Blood donations have been halted in two Florida counties being investigated as the epicenter of a possible outbreak of locally transmitted Zika virus, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. At least four cases of Zika infections in Miami-Dade and Broward counties are being investigated by the Florida Health Department as a possible outbreak of locally transmitted Zika. Yesterday, the FDA asked all blood donation centers in both Miami-Dade and Broward counties to cease collecting blood until they can implement tests to check donor blood for signs of the Zika virus.
How Health Experts Investigate Possible Zika Outbreaks
28 Jul 2016 at 3:33pm
The Florida Health Department is now investigating four Zika infections that may have been transmitted locally. More than 1,300 people have been diagnosed with Zika in the U.S. and virtually all contracted the disease while traveling abroad. A small number were due to sexual transmission of the disease.
Michigan prosecutor to bring new criminal charges in Flint water scandal
28 Jul 2016 at 3:27pm
The Michigan Attorney General's Office said on Thursday it will bring a second round of criminal charges related to the investigation into dangerous lead levels in the city of Flint's drinking water. Attorney General Bill Schuette's office said in a brief media advisory the charges would be announced on Friday morning. Office spokeswoman Andrea Bitely said she could provide no further information on the upcoming announcement, including specific charges and the identities of those being charged.
Judge rules against nearly 1,300 lawsuits over Bayer's Mirena IUD
28 Jul 2016 at 3:26pm
By Brendan Pierson NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York federal judge has ruled in favor of Bayer AG against nearly 1,300 lawsuits filed by women who say they suffered internal injuries from the company's Mirena intra-uterine contraceptive device. U.S. District Judge Cathy Seibel in White Plains said on Thursday that there was no way for the lawsuits to continue after her earlier ruling barring crucial testimony from plaintiffs' experts. Lawsuits against Bayer over Mirena started to pile up in 2011 and were consolidated in the New York court in 2013.
Technology alone may not close disparities in medical research
28 Jul 2016 at 3:15pm
By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - Internet technologies may help underserved populations participate in medical research studies, but relying on those technologies to get broader participation isn't likely to work, a new study suggests. "Most of those are based on educated white people, and not on the full range of the American population," said Dr. Sarah Hartz, of the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. Internet technologies like smart phones may make it easier for people to join those projects.
Elephant sedative emerges as new threat in overdose battle
28 Jul 2016 at 3:07pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) ? A drug used to sedate elephants and other large animals, 100 times as potent as the fentanyl already escalating the country's heroin troubles, is suspected in spates of overdoses in several states, where authorities say they've found it mixed with or passed off as heroin.
U.N. suspends aid in Nigeria's Borno state after attack on convoy
28 Jul 2016 at 2:54pm
The United Nations has temporarily suspended aid deliveries in Nigeria's northeastern state of Borno, the former stronghold of jihadists Boko Haram, after a humanitarian convoy was attacked, the U.N. children's agency UNICEF said on Thursday. UNICEF said in a statement that unknown assailants attacked the convoy on Thursday as it returned to Maiduguri from delivering aid in Bama, injuring a UNICEF employee and an International Organization for Migration contractor. "The United Nations has temporarily suspended humanitarian assistance missions pending review of the security situation," it said.
New York pharmacy owner, husband plead guilty to large opioid pill scheme
28 Jul 2016 at 1:35pm
The owner of two New York City pharmacies and her husband pleaded guilty on Thursday to charges arising out of their roles in what authorities have called one of the largest opioid painkiller diversion schemes ever uncovered in the city. Lilian Jakacki, the pharmacies' owner, and Marcin Jakacki, her husband, entered their pleas in Manhattan federal court, nine months after authorities arrested them amid efforts to combat the nation's heroin and opioid drug epidemic. Lilian Jakacki, 50, also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit health care fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering.
Miami blood donations halted over Zika fears
28 Jul 2016 at 1:12pm
US regulators Thursday called for a halt to blood donations in the Miami area as investigators probe four potential non-travel associated cases of the mosquito-borne Zika virus, which can cause birth defects. If confirmed, the cases would mark the first time that mosquitoes carrying the virus are known to be present in the mainland United States. The US territory of Puerto Rico has already seen a surge in local transmission of Zika, which can spread by mosquitoes or sexual contact.
Too much light at night, too little in the morning tied to obesity risk
28 Jul 2016 at 11:54am
By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) - Older people exposed to high lighting in the evening, and low light in the morning are more likely to gain weight, and the opposite light exposures may encourage weight loss, Japanese researchers say. Over two years, lighting exposure was tied to abdominal weight gain regardless of other factors like calorie intake, exercise and what time people went to sleep or woke up, the study found. ?Our results are reasonable because human beings have evolved under the lighting condition of daytime high and nighttime low light intensity,? said lead author Dr. Kenji Obayashi of Nara Medical University School of Medicine.