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Autism study shows lasting benefits of early interaction
25 Oct 2016 at 5:45pm

A year-long training programme to help parents communicate with their very young autistic children reduced symptoms of the disorder up to six years later, according to a follow-up analysis released Wednesday. Children were less impaired in their ability to communicate, and less likely to show repetitive behaviour, one of the telltale signs of the disorder. Autism is a complex disorder of brain development characterised, to varying degrees, by troubled social interactions, difficulty in communicating and repetitive actions or speech.

U.S. Catholic health group hit with complaint over sterilization ban
25 Oct 2016 at 5:21pm

The complaint was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights. It asks the health department to investigate the policies on sterilization of Ascension Health [ASCNH.UL] and its subsidiary, Genesys Health System, to see if they violate federal medical care regulations.

LA hospital pays $450,000 after 'dumping' homeless patient
25 Oct 2016 at 4:53pm

A Los Angeles hospital will pay $450,000 to settle a lawsuit alleging that it "dumped" a mentally ill homeless lady in the street, wearing only simple paper pajamas. The city sued the Gardens Regional Hospital and Medical Center in April 2015, stating that its employees had driven the 38-year-old woman suffering from schizophrenia and other mental disorders to a welcome center for the homeless in the city's Skid Row district, then left her there in her paper hospital pajamas. Feuer announced Monday that the city and hospital had settled the suit, which alleged that the same woman had been abandoned in the same way at least five times before.

UN refusal to recognize role in Haiti cholera a 'debacle': expert
25 Oct 2016 at 4:46pm

The United Nations' refusal to admit full responsibility for the years-long cholera epidemic that has claimed more than 9,000 lives in Haiti is a debacle that it has a duty to correct, a UN expert said Tuesday. The world body admits that it is morally bound to help Haiti deal with the deadly outbreak, which is blamed on UN peacekeepers who were sent to the Caribbean country after the 2010 earthquake. Alston said the world body must set up a procedure to settle claims by the families of thousands of victims killed by cholera.

Women and men won't reach economic equality until 2186, index says
25 Oct 2016 at 4:37pm

By Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Efforts to close gender gaps in pay and workforce participation slowed so dramatically in the past year that men and women may not reach economic equality for another 170 years, the World Economic Forum said on Tuesday. Statistics just a year ago predicted the economic gap between genders could close in 118 years, but progress has decelerated, stalled or reversed in nations around the world, the Swiss non-profit WEF said in its annual gender gap index. Instead, they reflect the current state of progress and serve as a call to action," Saadia Zahidi, a member of the WEF executive committee, said in a statement.

Exclusive: WHO cancer agency asked experts to withhold weedkiller documents
25 Oct 2016 at 3:52pm

In a letter and an email seen by Reuters, officials from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) cautioned scientists who worked on a review in 2015 of the weedkiller glyphosate against releasing requested material. The review, published in March 2015, concluded glyphosate is "probably carcinogenic," putting IARC at odds with regulators around the world. Critics say they want the documents to find out more about how IARC reached its conclusion.

Why Health Care Premiums Are Rising Under 'Obamacare'
25 Oct 2016 at 3:47pm
Average premiums are expected to rise an average of 22 percent.

A BAT deal with Reynolds adds to Big Tobacco's e-cig advantage
25 Oct 2016 at 2:32pm

NEW YORK/LONDON (Reuters) - British American Tobacco Plc's proposed takeover of Reynolds American Inc could speed up Big Tobacco's dominance of the quickly changing e-cigarette market, putting more pressure on early innovators already getting squeezed out. BAT offered last week to buy its U.S. peer for $47 billion (38.54 billion pounds) in a deal that would combine Lucky Strike and Newport cigarettes, and Vuse and Vype e-cigarettes. Reynolds has yet to respond to the unsolicited approach.

Bypass surgery may be better than stents for patients who skip meds
25 Oct 2016 at 2:27pm
By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - For heart disease patients who adhere to optimal medical therapy, outcomes of coronary bypass graft surgery (CABG) and percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) may not differ, a new study finds. When they don?t take their meds as directed, CABG patients are 68 percent more likely to avoid complications than PCI patients. "Therefore, patient compliance with medical therapy may inform clinical decision making and should be incorporated into all future comparative studies of comparative coronary revascularization strategies," the authors write in Circulation October 24th.

Work environment may moderate menopause misery
25 Oct 2016 at 1:13pm
By Madeline Kennedy (Reuters Health) - Women experiencing menopause symptoms like hot flashes and sleeping problems do better if they have a comfortable workplace and a supportive boss, according to an Australian study. By offering support to menopausal women, such as trained managers and temperature controls, workplaces can improve the employee experience and help themselves by boosting productivity, the researchers write in the journal Menopause. ?Women in midlife and older adulthood now constitute a large proportion of the workforce and many women transition through menopause while they are in paid employment,? said lead author Emily Bariola, a researcher at La Trobe University in Melbourne.

Nurse charged with murdering eight in Canadian old-age homes
25 Oct 2016 at 1:07pm

By David Ljunggren OTTAWA (Reuters) - A Canadian nurse was charged on Tuesday with using drugs to murder eight elderly patients in long-term care facilities in an alleged killing spree that ran for seven years. Elizabeth Wettlaufer, 49, is accused of killing five women and three men in the Ontario towns of Woodstock and London between 2007 and 2014. "The victims were administered a drug," Woodstock Police Chief William Renton told a televised news conference, declining to give further details.

A picture and its story: Severe malnutrition in Yemen
25 Oct 2016 at 12:07pm

"The problem is malnutrition due to (her) financial situation and the current (war) situation at this time," Asma Al Bhaiji, a nurse at the hospital, told Reuters on Tuesday. The 18-year-old is one of more than 14 million people, over half of Yemen?s population, who are short of food, with much of the country on the brink of famine, according to the United Nations. Baghili is from the small village of Shajn, about 100 km (60 miles) southwest of the city of Hodaida, and used to work with sheep before developing signs of malnutrition five years ago, according to her aunt, Saida Ali Baghili.

U.N. legal stance on Haiti cholera likely pushed by U.S.: expert
25 Oct 2016 at 12:07pm
By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations likely refused to accept legal responsibility for a cholera outbreak in Haiti that has killed thousands in the past six years because it was a position pressed by the United States, an independent U.N. investigator said on Tuesday. Haiti was free of cholera until 2010, when U.N. peacekeepers dumped infected sewage into a river.

Breastfeeding support helps new moms stick with it, U.S. doctors say
25 Oct 2016 at 11:54am

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Women who want to breastfeed their babies may be more likely to try it and to stick with it when they receive education and support, new U.S. guidelines conclude. Updated recommendations issued today by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recognize the many health benefits of breastfeeding for both mothers and babies while also accepting that women need to make a personal choice about how to feed their infants, said task force member Ann Kurth, dean of the Yale School of Nursing in Orange, Connecticut. ?Evidence suggests that any breastfeeding appears to be more beneficial than no breastfeeding, and health benefits continue to increase the longer a woman continues to breastfeed,? Kurth said by email.

Girls & autism: It can be subtle, or absent for some at risk
25 Oct 2016 at 11:46am

CHICAGO (AP) ? Think autism and an image of an awkward boy typically emerges. The developmental disorder is at least four times more common in boys, but scientists taking a closer look are finding some gender-based surprises: Many girls with autism have social skills that can mask the condition. And some girls are born without autism despite the same genetic mutations seen in boys with the condition.

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