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Obama seeks funds to fight Zika; sees no cause for panic
8 Feb 2016 at 11:51am
WASHINGTON/LONDON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will ask the U.S. Congress for more than $1.8 billion in emergency funds to fight Zika at home and abroad and pursue a vaccine, the White House said on Monday, but Obama also said there was no reason to panic over the mosquito-borne virus. Zika, spreading rapidly in South and Central America and the Caribbean, has been linked to severe birth defects in Brazil and public health officials' concern is focused on pregnant women and women who may become pregnant. Obama's request to Congress includes $200 million for research, development and commercialization of new vaccines and diagnostic tests for the virus.
FDA Loophole Allows Possibly Dangerous Chemicals in Food
8 Feb 2016 at 11:33am
Don't Ask/Don't Tell Food Additive System Puts Many At RiskSince 1958, the FDA has allowed everyday ingredients in food without requiring a lengthy approval process for them. Food companies and their suppliers have never had to prove, for example, that vinegar, vegetable oil or sugar are safe; they are allowed in food under the Generally...
Hugh Jackman has another skin cancer growth removed
8 Feb 2016 at 11:31am
(Reuters) - "X-Men" star Hugh Jackman said on Monday he had another skin cancer growth removed from his nose, and urged people to wear sunscreen. Jackman, 47, posted a photo on his Instagram account, showing a bandage across his nose. It was the Australian actor's 5th known basal cell carcinoma removal since 2013.
Twin births almost double in rich countries: study
8 Feb 2016 at 11:26am
Twin births have almost doubled in developed countries in four decades, said researchers Monday who cautioned about the associated health risks. In a study published in the US journal Population and Development Review, scientists said the rate of twin births nearly doubled in the United States from 9.5 twins per 1,000 deliveries in 1975, to 16.9 in 2011. "We're not sure if the rate will continue to increase, but the data is increasingly seen as a public health crisis," said Gilles Pison of France's Ined demographic research institute, who co-authored the study.
Obama calls for $1.8 billion to fight Zika
8 Feb 2016 at 11:25am
President Barack Obama on Monday asked for more than $1.8 billion in emergency funds to tackle the fast-spreading Zika virus in the United States and beyond. The mosquito-borne illness has surged through Latin America, prompting fears that clement spring weather could bring a spate of cases north of the Rio Grande. Zika is not deadly but in Latin America has been linked to a rapid rise in the number of children born with microcephaly -- abnormally small heads and brains.
Chipotle stores shut nationwide for staff food safety meeting
8 Feb 2016 at 10:58am
Chipotle also said it would spend about $10 million to help local suppliers adhere to the company's new safety measures. The popular burrito chain had already told investors in December about its plans to increase testing of ingredients and centralize some processing of food. The meeting, excerpts of which were broadcast over Twitter Inc's live-streaming app Periscope and in tweets, started at 11:00 a.m. ET and was hosted by Ells and co-CEO Montgomery Moran.
Concussion boosts risk of suicide 3x: study
8 Feb 2016 at 10:54am
Adults who suffer a concussion may see their risk of suicide rise three times or more in the years after the injury, according to a study out Monday. The medical records of more than 235,000 patients who sustained concussions over a 20-year period in Ontario, Canada were analyzed in the journal of the Canadian Medical Association (CMAJ). Overall, those who had concussions experienced a three times higher risk of the suicide in the coming years than the general population.
Wisconsin couple, too drunk to drive, give keys to 9-year-old: court
8 Feb 2016 at 10:48am
By Brendan O'Brien MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - A Wisconsin couple allowed their 9-year-old daughter to drive them and their 11-month-old baby because they were too drunk to do so themselves, according to Polk County Circuit Court records. Jason Roth, 36, and Amanda Eggert, 32, pleaded not guilty at the court on Friday to charges of recklessly endangering safety and neglecting a child, according to the online records. On Jan. 31, a sheriff's deputy responded to a call about an erratic driver and found the couple and their children parked at a boat drop in Polk County, about 75 miles northeast of Minneapolis, according to a criminal complaint.
The Cancer Moonshot Could Depend Most on You
8 Feb 2016 at 10:45am
In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama announced that Vice President Joe Biden would lead an effort toward a "moonshot" cure for cancer. More recently, Vice President Biden met with health care leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos to build momentum for the initiative, and later will meet with agency officials and...
Risk of suicide increases three-fold after a concussion
8 Feb 2016 at 10:43am
By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) - Adults who suffer a concussion are at three times the long-term risk of suicide compared to the general population, according to a new study from Canada. ?For years there have been examples of serious head injuries leading to potential cases of suicide in military veterans and professional athletes,? said senior author Dr. Donald A. Redelmeier of the University of Toronto in Ontario. ?I always worried that even mild concussions acquired in normal community settings might also be a risk, and might cause lasting damage,? he told Reuters Health.
Bananas may help detect, cure skin cancer: study
8 Feb 2016 at 10:28am
The black spots on old banana peels may unlock a faster, easier diagnosis of human skin cancer, boosting survival chances, scientists said Monday. When bananas ripen, their skin is covered in small, round black spots caused by an enzyme known as tyrosinase. The same enzyme is present in human skin, and in greater quantities in people suffering from melanoma -- a potentially deadly form of skin cancer.
Mother, sons freed from debris, dark and confusion in quake-toppled Taiwan home
8 Feb 2016 at 10:19am
By J.R. Wu TAINAN, Taiwan (Reuters) - When an earthquake struck southern Taiwan in the early hours of Saturday, Chang Chun-jung thought it was all over. All three are being treated in hospital for lacerations.
U.S. health official: Widespread Zika vaccine not likely to be available for ...
8 Feb 2016 at 10:12am
(Reuters) - U.S. health officials said on Monday that a widespread vaccine to combat the Zika virus will likely not be available for years. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told reporters during a briefing at the White House that initial steps are under way but health officials believe it is "unlikely to have vaccine that's widely available for a few years." (Reporting by Clarece Polke; Editing by Chris Reese)
3 Unlikely Secrets to Being More Productive and Successful
8 Feb 2016 at 10:08am
By Brian SabinYour phone is blowing up from calls, emails, and texts. Your growing to-do list on your desk is equally vying for your attention. You don't know where to focus and can't seem to get a single task done without interruptions. If this sounds like a typical day at the office, you're not alone. Studies show long-term stress and...
Thousands of lives at risk unless WHO reforms now: U.N. report
8 Feb 2016 at 10:07am
By Kate Kelland LONDON, Feb 8 (Reuters) - - The World Health Organization's emergency response capability is "lacking" and will put thousands of lives at risk if it is not reformed now, according to a high-level U.N. report on health crises. "This may be the last opportunity to ensure the WHO is empowered" to build an effective emergency response capacity, warned an advance, unedited copy of the U.N. panel's report, made available online over the weekend in a link on the United Nations' daily Journal website. "If the WHO does not successfully reform, the next major pandemic will cause thousands of otherwise preventable deaths." The U.N. report, entitled "Protecting Humanity from Future Health Crises", is the latest in a series of reviews by global health experts which have been sharply critical of the WHO's response to the devastating Ebola epidemic in West Africa.