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U.S. teen births hit historic low with plunge in minority rate
28 Apr 2016 at 3:30pm
(Reuters) - The birth rate among teenagers in the United States has fallen to a historic low, with births by black and Hispanic teens down by nearly half over the past decade, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Thursday. Birth rates for all American teenagers are down 40 percent since 2006, thanks in part to prevention programs that address socioeconomic conditions such as unemployment and lower education levels, the CDC said. The birth rate of 24.2 per 1,000 women in this age group is down 9 percent from 2013 and the lowest among 15- to 19-year-olds since 1940, the CDC said.
Colorado clinic gunman thought FBI was tailing him: police
28 Apr 2016 at 3:26pm
The man accused of fatally shooting three people at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado last year thought, before he opened fire, that the FBI was tracking him, a police detective said in court on Thursday. Robert Lewis Dear, 58, told police he believed 10 Federal Bureau of Investigation agents were following him the day of the shooting and that his neighbor and girlfriend worked for U.S. authorities, Colorado Springs Police Detective Jerry Schiffelbein said under questioning by Dear's attorney.
Not all cranberry supplements prevent urinary tract infections
28 Apr 2016 at 3:23pm
(Clarifies April 19 story in paragraphs 7 and 8 to say that proanthocyanidins specifically in cranberry are thought to prevent bacterial adhesion, and 36 mg per day is the dose for prevention of UTI) By Madeline Kennedy (Reuters Health) - Taking cranberry supplements has long been recommended to prevent urinary tract infections (UTI), but it?s important to choose the right products, researchers say. ?There is a lot of variability in quality and efficacy of cranberry supplements, making it difficult for consumers to know which ones will work for them,? said lead author Dr. Bilal Chughtai, assistant professor of urology at Weil Cornell Medical College in New York. UTIs affect some 8 million people each year in the U.S. Approximately half of all women will experience one at some point, Chughtai and his colleagues write in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
GAO: Health care access hard to measure for Native Americans
28 Apr 2016 at 3:21pm
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) ? Federal investigators say access to health care for American Indians is difficult to gauge because the agency that oversees it does a poor job of tracking patient wait times.
Forget about saving a life by plunging a pen through the neck
28 Apr 2016 at 3:19pm
By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - Few movie scenes create more drama than a character saving a dying person's life by plunging a pen into his neck to open up his airway, but a new study from Germany suggests viewers shouldn't try that trick at home. Researchers had 10 people try to push ballpoint pens through the necks of fresh cadavers to create a passage to the airway. The results show that people shouldn't try something just because they read it or see it in the media, said Dr. Michael Kamali, chair of emergency medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York.
U.S. military punishes 16 over 2015 Afghan hospital bombing
28 Apr 2016 at 2:54pm
By Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military will announce on Friday that has it taken disciplinary action against 16 service members over a deadly Oct. 3 air strike in Afghanistan that destroyed a hospital run by the international medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres, U.S. officials told Reuters. Instead, General John Campbell, who was then head of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, described a series of blunders that allowed the American forces to target the hospital, even though it was on a no-strike list. MSF, known as Doctors Without Borders in English, has in the past publicly cast doubt on the idea that the strike could have been a mistake.
Employee Health Data: Shareholder-Worthy?
28 Apr 2016 at 1:51pm
Can a company say to its employees, "We have to weigh you because our shareholders want to know how overweight you are," or "Let me take your blood pressure; our institutional investors need to know." A working group whose members include Humana, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Merck, PepsiCo, Unilever, and South African insurer Discovery Ltd. Companies...
Wall Street sinks on BOJ fears, Icahn comments
28 Apr 2016 at 1:44pm
The benchmark S&P 500 had its worst day in three weeks, losing 19.26 points, or 0.92 percent, to 2,075.89, the Dow Jones industrial average fell 208.81 points, or 1.16 percent, to 17,832.74 and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 57.85 points, or 1.19 percent, to 4,805.29. Nine of the major S&P 500 sectors were lower, with information technology's 1.4 percent fall leading the decliners. Wall Street dipped further late in the day, led by a decline in Apple stock.
LPC: Abbott?s $17.2 billion loan backing St. Jude acquisition set to boost M&A...
28 Apr 2016 at 1:41pm
A US$17.2bn bridge loan that backs Abbott Laboratories? US$25bn acquisition of medical device maker St. Jude Medical will boost investment grade loan volume that so far this year has been depressed by volatility in equities and global economic uncertainty. The Bank of America Merrill Lynch-led transaction will hike merger and acquisition-related volume of investment grade deals after issuance dropped to US$28.5bn in the first quarter from US$46.6bn in the fourth quarter of 2015 and US$71.6bn in the third quarter of last year. Abbott?s new loan will bring bridge loan volume to US$24.5bn early in the second quarter of 2016, surpassing the US$15.3bn seen last quarter.
Abbott deal for St. Jude spurs company split talk
28 Apr 2016 at 1:41pm
When Abbott Laboratories said on Thursday it would buy heart device company St. Jude Medical Inc for $25 billion, it set off a flurry of Wall Street speculation over whether Abbott Chief Executive Miles White is laying groundwork to split the company yet again. Three years ago, White spun off Abbott's fast-growing branded drugs business into a new company, AbbVie, buoyed by top-selling arthritis medicine Humira, which helped AbbVie shares double. Abbott retained medical devices, nutritionals, diagnostics and some generic medicines.
Spike in Cost of Certain Oral Cancer Drugs Puts Squeeze on Patients, Study Finds
28 Apr 2016 at 1:36pm
Prices have gone up multiple-fold for some drugs, a study found.
Nutrient Supplements in the Land of the Law of Unintended Consequences
28 Apr 2016 at 1:24pm
In principle, the law that constrains the marketing of nutrient supplements in the U.S. is "DSHEA," or, the Dietary Supplement Health And Education Act (of 1994). In practice, the law of unintended consequences may exert an even greater influence.I write this in the immediate aftermath of a meeting with an innovative nutrient supplement company...
Oklahoma lawmaker apologizes for linking Native Americans to alcoholism
28 Apr 2016 at 1:24pm
By Lenzy Krebiel-Burton TULSA, Okla. (Reuters) - An Oklahoma state legislator has apologized after saying in the legislature last week that Native Americans are pre-disposed to alcohol abuse, officials said on Thursday. State Representative Todd Russ, a Republican, made the apology in a statement issued by his office this week, his office said on Thursday. During floor debate last week on a measure to amend Oklahoma's liquor laws, Russ said: "The white man took advantage of the Native American people at the rim of an alcohol bottle.
Return visits to the ER more likely for patients with limited English
28 Apr 2016 at 1:04pm
In a study in one New York hospital, about 4 percent of English speakers made an unplanned return to the ER within three days, compared to 5 percent of people with limited English. Low use of professional translators may partly explain the disparity in care, the researchers report in the Annals of Emergency Medicine. The study team, led by Dr. Ka Ming Ngai of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, analyzed 2012 data from the Mount Sinai emergency department.
Younger than you look? Scientists identify gene nobody wants
28 Apr 2016 at 1:03pm
"For the first time, a gene has been found that explains in part why some people look older and others younger for their age," said researcher Manfred Kayser of Erasmus MC University Medical Center Rotterdam in the Netherlands.