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27 Dec 2014 at 2:00am
We spent 2014 combing through legislation, documents and emissions data to investigate how big companies put people at risk.
Body of autistic New York boy found in South Carolina pond
26 Dec 2014 at 3:09pm
(Reuters) - The body of a 4-year-old New York autistic boy who had gone missing two days earlier from his grandmother's house in South Carolina was found in a nearby pond on Friday, police said. An autopsy performed on Jayden Morrison of White Plains is expected to show that he died of accidental drowning, and there is no indication of foul play, said Lieutenant Raul Denis, spokesman for the Horry County Police Department. The family, including the boy's twin brother, who is also autistic, had traveled to the grandmother's second home in South Carolina for the holidays, Denis said. ...
Propelling Games and Technology Forward By Giving Back
26 Dec 2014 at 2:43pm
The holiday season is upon us -- the time when we count our own blessings and lend a hand to those in need. The video game industry has much to be thankful for as we continue to witness the robust economic impact that we have on the U.S. economy as well as the positive social impact that we create through the ESA Foundation, our industry's...
Language barriers and fear of police may prevent minority 911 calls
26 Dec 2014 at 1:32pm
By Shereen Lehman (Reuters) - In poor, mostly Latino areas of Denver, Colorado, people who suffer cardiac arrest are less likely to get help in part because distrust of law enforcement and language barriers stop bystanders from calling 911 or learning CPR, researchers say. ?We always sort of take it for granted the people will call 911, and this is the first study to really take a step back and say, gosh there's real barriers that we need to talk about,? said Dr. Comilla Sasson, who led the new study. ...
Couple Welcomes Triplets on Christmas Day
26 Dec 2014 at 1:12pm
A Pennsylvania couple got a special Christmas present this year: three babies.
Mom Who 'Burned' From Inside Out After Med Reaction Reunites With Baby
26 Dec 2014 at 12:36pm
Young mom hadn't seen her baby in a month, but they reunited on Christmas.
Teen drivers may run a fatal risk in older, smaller cars
26 Dec 2014 at 12:30pm
By Madeline Kennedy (Reuters) - Teenagers are more likely than middle aged drivers to die in crashes while driving older, smaller cars, according to a recent study. Based on a census of fatal car accidents over five years, researchers found that four out of five teens killed were driving cars that were at least six years old and nearly half drove cars that were more than 11 years old. In addition, nearly one third of the teens killed were driving small or mini cars. ...
Pregnant woman taken off life support in Ireland
26 Dec 2014 at 11:39am
DUBLIN (AP) ? A brain-dead pregnant woman was taken off life support Friday after a court ruled that her 18-week-old fetus was doomed to die ? a case that exposed fear and confusion among doctors over how to apply Ireland's strict ban on abortion in an age of medical innovation.
Yoga may benefit heart health as much as aerobics
26 Dec 2014 at 10:05am
By Janice Neumann (Reuters) - Those sun salutations and downward dogs could be as good for the heart as cycling or brisk walking, and easier to tolerate for older people and those with health challenges, according to a new review of existing research. Based on 37 clinical trials, researchers found that doing yoga lowered blood pressure, cholesterol, heart rate and other cardiovascular risk factors in increments comparable to those seen with aerobic exercise. ...
Irish court allows abortion row pregnant brain-dead woman to die
26 Dec 2014 at 9:56am
Ireland's high court ruled doctors can withdraw life support for a clinically dead pregnant woman on Friday, in the latest case to trigger heated debate on the country's stringent abortion laws. Despite requests from the woman's family for her to be allowed to die, doctors continued life support as the Irish constitution says a woman and her unborn child have an equal right to life. The woman was 14 weeks pregnant when she was declared clinically dead on December 3 after suffering a brain injury.
Life support can be ended for clinically-dead pregnant woman: Irish court
26 Dec 2014 at 9:55am
LONDON (Reuters) - Ireland's High Court ruled on Friday that a life support machine keeping a brain-dead woman alive could be switched off because her unborn fetus had no chance of survival, a decision likely to upset anti-abortion campaigners. While the unusual case is unlikely to set a precedent, it has revived debate in the predominantly Catholic country about its abortion ban. The pregnant woman, who has not been named to protect her privacy, was declared clinically dead on Dec. 3 after damaging her head in a serious fall. ...
Japan first nation to approve Novartis psoriasis drug
26 Dec 2014 at 9:44am
Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis said Friday it has won approval to market its Cosentyx psoriasis treatment in Japan, making it the first country to authorise commercialisation of the drug. The Japanese decision allows Novartis to sell secukinumab, sold under the name Cosentyx, to adult patients suffering psoriasis vulgaris and psoriatic arthritis, and who aren't responding to other medication. It's estimated 3 percent of the world's population -- or over 125 million people -- suffer from some form of psoriasis, including over 400,000 individuals in Japan alone. Psoriasis vulgaris is a skin disease provoking thick, itchy lesions, while the articular variant causes stiffness and pain in joints.
Brush Up on Gym Etiquette as You Kick Off New Year's Resolutions
26 Dec 2014 at 9:06am
Heading to the gym for your New Year's resolution? Follow these rules.
Science takes a step towards new treatment for infertility
26 Dec 2014 at 3:39am
Using human embryonic stem cells, scientists have produced primordial germ cells that will become sperm and egg in a major breakthrough from the University of Cambridge.
Toshiba CEO says will consider overseas locations for chip plant
26 Dec 2014 at 3:07am
TOKYO (Reuters) - Toshiba Corp will decide during the next business year from April on where to build an additional memory chip plant and will consider overseas locations for the facility, Chief Executive Hisao Tanaka said on Friday. Less than four months after opening a NAND flash memory chip fabrication plant in Yokkaichi, western Japan, Tanaka told Reuters in an interview that demand is outstripping capacity and the Japanese conglomerate must expand production. NAND memory chips are used in smartphones and other electronic devices. ...