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Microsoft unveils new Microsoft Band fitness tracker
6 Oct 2015 at 7:40am
(Reuters) - Microsoft Corp unveiled on Tuesday a new version of its wearable fitness tracker, Microsoft Band, that will run on Windows 10, its latest operating system. The new Microsoft Band, which allows users to monitor their fitness and exercise regime, will be priced at $249 when it becomes available on Oct. 30. Unlike its predecessor, Microsoft's entry product in the wearable technology market a year ago, the new Band has a curved display, which uses the Corning Gorilla glass 3, and has a barometer sensor to track elevation.
FDA's new anti-smoking campaign uses hip-hop to target youth
6 Oct 2015 at 8:19am
WASHINGTON (AP) ? The Food and Drug Administration will try to adapt the sounds, style and attitudes of hip-hop into a multi-million dollar anti-smoking campaign to discourage young African Americans, Hispanics and other groups from using tobacco.
Britain tops world 'Quality of Death' index
6 Oct 2015 at 7:15am
London (AFP) - Britain topped an 80-country "quality of death" study released Tuesday, which warned that ageing and booming populations would make palliative care a growing worldwide issue.
What Experts May Be Getting Wrong About Co-Sleeping
6 Oct 2015 at 5:26am
Guidelines on co-sleeping from the American Academy of Pediatrics and National Institute of Health are pretty clear: babies should sleep alone, on their backs, and far from any suffocation hazards like blankets, pillows or toys. According to the AAP, co-sleeping is the biggest risk factor for sleep-related infant death, or the unexpected...
Mass immigration is damaging Britain, says Cameron's interior minister
6 Oct 2015 at 5:21am
By William James MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) - Mass immigration is damaging British society, Conservative interior minister Theresa May said on Tuesday, promising a tough approach on an issue that will influence Britons' choice of whether or not to leave the European Union. "When immigration is too high, when the pace of change is too fast, it's impossible to build a cohesive society," May, seen as a possible future leader, told a party conference in the northern city of Manchester. Mass immigration strained public services like schools and hospitals, depressed wages and pushed people out of work, she said, describing the economic benefits as "close to zero".
MSF says U.S., Afghan remarks on Kunduz point to war crime
6 Oct 2015 at 5:17am
Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said on Tuesday that it was working under the assumption that the deadly bombing of its hospital in the Afghan city of Kunduz at the weekend was a "war crime". U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter has promised a full investigation into whether the American military was involved in the strike on the hospital, that killed 22 people, but warned it would take time to gather information. Dr. Joanne Liu, president of MSF International, said in a statement: "Statements from the Afghanistan government have claimed that Taliban forces were using the hospital to fire on Coalition forces.
AmerisourceBergen to buy PharMEDium for $2.58 billion
6 Oct 2015 at 4:49am
(Reuters) - AmerisourceBergen agreed to buy PharMEDium Healthcare Holdings Inc for $2.58 billion from private equity firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice to boost its drug distribution business. PharMEDium provides compounded intravenous and local anesthesia products to hospitals in the United States. Compounding involves creation of a product to meet unique needs of a patient when commercially available drugs don't work. As the costs of compounding rise, hospitals are increasingly relying on large-scale firms such as PharMEDium to meet their needs. ...
Choking Delhi vows pollution tax, car-free days to improve air
6 Oct 2015 at 4:44am
By Aditya Kalra NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's polluted capital, New Delhi, will within two months impose a tax on commercial vehicles entering the city and prohibit the use of cars on certain busy routes once every month, its transport minister said on Tuesday. High pollution levels have worried environmentalists, public and the authorities in the city of 16 million people, which the World Health Organization last year said had the worst air quality in the world. India rejected the report's findings.
Third of footballers have mental health issues: study
6 Oct 2015 at 4:17am
Depression and anxiety issues affect over a third of current professional footballers, according to a study published by world players' union FIFPro on Tuesday. The research, led by FIFPro's chief medical officer Dr Vincent Gouttebarge, found that 38 percent of the 607 current players sampled and 35 percent of 219 former players reported symptoms of depression and anxiety in the four weeks prior to being questioned. The study also produced evidence of a correlation between serious injury and depression, with players who had sustained three or more such injuries found to be between two and four times more likely to report mental health issues.
Chinese Nobel medicine winner, 84, 'not really surprised'
6 Oct 2015 at 4:07am
Tu Youyou, the first Chinese woman to win a Nobel prize for medicine, said Tuesday she was "not really surprised" to be recognised after a remarkable career which saw her team test a breakthrough malaria drug on themselves during the chaos of the Cultural Revolution. "We carried out this research over a number of decades, so to win this award was not a surprise," the 84-year-old told the Qianjiang Evening News from her home in Zhejiang. Tu won half of the award for her work on artemisinin, an anti-malarial drug based on ancient Chinese herbal medicine, it was announced Monday.
Everything You Need To Know About Motion Sickness
6 Oct 2015 at 4:01am
The question: What causes motion sickness and who is most likely to feel sick?The answer: No one knows for sure when it comes to the first part of the question. Despite the fact that people have been suffering from travel-related dizziness, nausea and headaches since ancient Greece, there's still no consensus in the scientific community...
Soccer-Depression widespread in professional football - FIFPro
6 Oct 2015 at 3:39am
Professional footballers suffer more from depression and anxiety than the general public, with more than a third of current and former players reporting symptoms, according to a study by the world players' union FIFPro. The survey also reveals that current players who have suffered three or more severe injuries are four times more likely to report mental health problems than other footballers. Former Professional Footballers' Association chairman Clarke Carlisle revealed earlier this year that he attempted suicide in December 2014 while suffering from depression.
China wins long-sought Nobel Prize in one of the sciences
6 Oct 2015 at 2:05am
BEIJING (AP) ? For decades, China has yearned for a Nobel Prize in science. Now, a little-known researcher who helped develop a malaria medicine in a secret military project to assist Vietnam in its war against the U.S. has finally won Beijing that honor.
Historic Pacific trade deal faces skeptics in U.S. Congress
6 Oct 2015 at 1:51am
By Krista Hughes and Kevin Krolicki ATLANTA (Reuters) - Twelve Pacific Rim countries on Monday reached the most ambitious trade pact in a generation, aiming to liberalize commerce in 40 percent of the world's economy in a deal that faces skepticism from U.S. lawmakers. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) pact struck in Atlanta after marathon talks could reshape industries, change the cost of products from cheese to cancer treatments and have repercussions for drug companies and automakers. New Zealand's demand for greater access for its dairy exports was only settled at 5 a.m. EDT (0900 GMT) on Monday.
Pacific trade deal adds to U.S. price quandary for biotech drugs
6 Oct 2015 at 1:51am
By Bill Berkrot and Krista Hughes NEW YORK/ATLANTA (Reuters) - The Pacific trade deal agreed on Monday, which grants biotechnology drug producers less protection than offered by the United States, could put more downward pressures on the costly drugs' pricing in the industry's most lucrative market. The United States and 11 trading partners, including Mexico, Japan, Canada and Australia, wrapped up five years of talks after securing a compromise on protection for biotech drugs that would help determine when less expensive versions known as biosimilars can enter the market. Countries can sign on for a minimum of five years of data exclusivity that with added time for regulatory processes, would in effect provide a ?comparable outcome? to an eight-year time frame.