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The Science Behind Why You Get Hangry
9 Feb 2016 at 5:14am
Photo: Pond5By Kelly Fitzpatrick for Life by Daily Burn You know the feeling: You were in a rush out the door and skipped breakfast, or maybe you have a huge dinner planned so you're skimping on your usual afternoon snacks. Slowly but surely, your plain old hunger turns into a simmering grouchiness and you're officially "hangry."While it's not...
California 'shaken baby' case in vanguard of new legal challenges
9 Feb 2016 at 4:02am
After 17 years in prison for an infant's death at her San Diego daycare center, Suzanne Johnson is in the forefront of legal challenges to "shaken baby syndrome" as courts catch up with medical advances in understanding the mechanisms of childhood brain trauma. Appeals such as Johnson's are occurring with greater frequency at both the federal and state level, said Deborah Tuerkheimer, a Northwestern University law professor who wrote a book on the subject. "Criminal convictions are final, and science moves on," she said.
EXCLUSIVE-U.S. athletes should consider not attending Olympics if fear Zika-o...
9 Feb 2016 at 4:00am
(Repeats story that was published on Monday) By Daniel Bases and Joshua Schneyer NEW YORK, Feb 8 (Reuters) - The United States Olympic Committee told U.S. sports federations that athletes and staff concerned for their health over the Zika virus should consider not going to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in August. The message was delivered in a conference call involving USOC officials and leaders of U.S. sport federations in late January, according to two people who participated in the call. Federations were told that no one should go to Brazil "if they don't feel comfortable going.
U.N. refugee agency urges Turkey to open borders to Syrians
9 Feb 2016 at 3:30am
The United Nations called on Turkey on Tuesday to open its borders to thousands of desperate Syrian refugees fleeing Aleppo, in line with its international obligations to protect people fleeing conflict or persecution. William Spindler, spokesman of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), said the agency understood the concern of Turkish authorities about "possible large influxes" into the country, already hosting more than 2.5 million Syrian refugees. "Turkey has also allowed a number of vulnerable and wounded people in Turkey.
Factbox: Impact of Zika virus on Olympic preparations
9 Feb 2016 at 3:13am
(Reuters) - Sports authorities across the world are scrambling to find out more about the spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus in Brazil as they make plans for August's Rio Olympics. Below are the latest announcements: AUSTRALIA Australia's Olympic Committee said no athletes have indicated they intended to withdraw, but it would "totally understand" if they did. BRITAIN British Olympic Association Chairman Lord Sebastian Coe said none of the country's athletes were reluctant to go.
Impact of Zika virus on Olympic preparations
9 Feb 2016 at 3:02am
Sports authorities across the world are scrambling to find out more about the spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus in Brazil as they make plans for August's Rio Olympics. Below are the latest announcements: AUSTRALIA Australia's Olympic Committee said no athletes have indicated they intended to withdraw, but it would "totally understand" if they did. BRITAIN British Olympic Association Chairman Lord Sebastian Coe said none of the country's athletes were reluctant to go.
Brazilian studies aim to unravel Zika's link to birth defects
9 Feb 2016 at 2:32am
By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - At Roberto Santos General Hospital in Salvador, Brazil, Dr. Antonio Almeida and a team of specialists are closely following two groups of women: Those who deliver babies with abnormally small heads and those who deliver apparently normal babies. The hospital is one of three in this city on Brazil?s eastern coast where investigators are studying the most urgent question of the Zika outbreak: Is the virus causing a spike in birth defects, and, if so, how great is the risk? The answer will help shape the response to the rapid spread of Zika throughout the Americas. Concerns over the potential link to microcephaly have prompted a U.S. alert advising pregnant women against travel to 31 countries and territories with outbreaks.
Sanofi pledges stable 2016 earnings
9 Feb 2016 at 1:45am
By Matthias Blamont and Noëlle Mennella PARIS (Reuters) - Sanofi said it expected stable earnings per share this year after reporting lower fourth-quarter income on Tuesday, hurt by declining sales of diabetes and cancer treatments and other prescription drugs. The French drugmaker, which is in the midst of a reorganisation to address falling sales of its best-selling insulin drug Lantus, said sales of its next-generation insulin treatment Toujeo launched last year doubled in the fourth quarter compared with the previous three months. Shares in Sanofi were 0.4 percent lower at 69.6 euros at 0856 GMT, off 11 percent this year and down 25 percent since the company said in November its reorganisation would prevent any meaningful profit growth over the next two years.
Kenya threatens to pull out of Rio Olympics over Zika threat
9 Feb 2016 at 1:29am
Kenya threatened on Tuesday to pull its elite runners and other athletes out of the Rio Olympics unless it got assurances they would not be exposed to the Zika virus outbreak in Brazil. Sports authorities across the world are scrambling to find out more about the mosquito-borne virus as they make plans for the games in August. "Obviously, we are not going to risk taking Kenyans there if this Zika Virus reaches epidemic levels.
Gov't report: Drop in uninsured in 8 states
9 Feb 2016 at 1:20am
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Eight states saw a significant drop last year in the number of residents going without health insurance, according to a government report out Tuesday that has implications for the presidential campaign.
Kenya could pull out of Rio Olympics due to Zika concerns: committee head
9 Feb 2016 at 1:16am
ATHENS (Reuters) - Kenya could pull out of this year's Rio Olympics due to concerns over the Zika virus outbreak in Brazil, the head of Kenya's Olympics committee said on Tuesday. Kenya boasts some of the best middle and long-distance runners in the world and the East African nation topped the medals table at the 2015 World athletics championships. "Obviously, we are not going to risk taking Kenyans there if this Zika Virus reaches epidemic levels," Kipchoge Keino told Reuters. (Writing by Drazen Jorgic; editing by John Stonestreet)
Nigeria's Dangote Cement gains after plans to expand operations
9 Feb 2016 at 1:09am
Nigeria's Dangote Cement share rose sharply on Monday after the firm, majority owned by billionaire Aliko Dangote, announced plans to expand. Dangote Cement shares rose 7.8 percent on the local bourse after it said it plans to build new cement plants in Nigeria and increase local production capacity to 38.25 metric tonnes per year from 29.25 metric tonnes. Dangote Cement, which accounts for a third of the market's capitalisation, traded at 134.98 naira ($0.6783) at the close.
Battle to place heroin crisis at heart of US election
9 Feb 2016 at 12:43am
New Hampshire may conjure up images of pristine winter skiing, crystal-clear lakes and summer hiking, but scratch the surface and there is a deadly war at the heart of the US presidential campaign. Across New Hampshire there were around 450 overdose deaths in 2015, up from 380 the previous year, say officials. While other US states are fighting the same curse, treatment in New Hampshire lags almost everywhere else in the country.
Hawaii's Big Island declares emergency over dengue fever infections
8 Feb 2016 at 11:33pm
(Reuters) - The mayor of Hawaii's Big Island declared a state of emergency on Monday to deal with a growing outbreak of dengue fever, spread by infected mosquitoes, with 250 cases confirmed over the past four months. As a result of Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi's order people on the Big Island will be allowed to resume disposing of old tires in landfills, since tires which are left lying around are a known breeding spot for mosquitoes. There have been 250 confirmed cases of dengue fever on the island since Oct. 29, making it the largest outbreak in the state since the 1940s, according to the mayor's declaration and Hawaii health officials.
Sierra Leone discharges last known Ebola patient
8 Feb 2016 at 11:27pm
Sierra Leone's last known Ebola patient has been released from hospital, medical officials said on Monday, allowing authorities to begin a six-week countdown before declaring the West African country free of the virus once more. Thirty-eight-year-old Memunatu Kalokoh was discharged on Friday, said Col. Sahr Foday, the head of the Sierra Leone Army Medical Unit where she was admitted. Kalokoh is the aunt of Mariatu Jalloh, the 21-year-old student who died of the virus last month in the same week that the World Health Organization declared the region Ebola-free.