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Michigan man among 1st in US to get 'bionic eye'
23 Apr 2014 at 4:46am
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) ? A degenerative eye disease slowly robbed Roger Pontz of his vision.
Kids get codeine in ER despite risks, guidelines
20 Apr 2014 at 10:49pm
CHICAGO (AP) ? Despite recommended limits on codeine use in children, the potent painkiller is prescribed for children in at least half a million emergency room visits each year, a study suggests.
Saudi health minister sacked amid virus deaths
21 Apr 2014 at 10:31am
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) ? Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah sacked the country's health minister on Monday amid a spike in deaths and infections from the virus known as the Middle East respiratory syndrome, or MERS.
Earnings shine but string of Wall St gains stalls
23 Apr 2014 at 6:42am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks dipped at the open on Wednesday despite upbeat corporate earnings as buyers appeared scarce following the longest streak of daily gains on the S&P 500 so far this year. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 9.02 points, or 0.05 percent, to 16,505.35, the S&P 500 lost 2.15 points, or 0.11 percent, to 1,877.4 and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 11.926 points, or 0.29 percent, to 4,149.531. The S&P 500 rose for a sixth straight session on Tuesday. (Reporting by Rodrigo Campos; Editing by Peter Galloway)
Spectrum Pharma's cancer drug meets main goal in trial
23 Apr 2014 at 5:19am
(Reuters) - Spectrum Pharmaceuticals Inc said its experimental blood cancer drug was shown to be safe and effective in a mid-stage trial, sending its shares up 10 percent. The injectable drug, Captisol-enabled melphalan, an improved form of common chemotherapy drug melphalan, is being tested in patients with multiple myeloma undergoing stem cell transplants. High-dose chemotherapy in combination with stem cell transplants is an option for patients with multiple myeloma, a form of blood cancer that originates in the bone marrow. The higher dose of chemotherapy given during the treatment destroys more myeloma cells.
Meet 5 Incredible 'Bionic' Pets
23 Apr 2014 at 5:13am
These amazing animals have prosthetic limbs.
Valeant CEO 'disappointed' in Allergan poison pill: CNBC
23 Apr 2014 at 5:05am
(Reuters) - The chief executive officer of Valeant Pharmaceuticals, which made a $47 billion unsolicited offer for competitor Allergan Inc. on Tuesday, said during an interview on CNBC that he was "disappointed" with Allergan's so-called poison pill. Allergan on Tuesday night said that its board of directors had adopted a one-year stockholder rights plan to give it more time to consider takeover proposals. The Valeant offer was made with Pershing Square Capital Management hedge fund, which built up a stake in the company. ...
Family Raises $500K in 15 Days to Save Daughter
23 Apr 2014 at 5:02am
If your child's life depended on you raising $2 million, could you do it?
Saudi Arabia reports 11 new cases of MERS virus, first in Mecca
23 Apr 2014 at 2:37am
Saudi Arabia said on Wednesday it had discovered 11 more cases of the potentially deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), including what appeared to be the first case in the Muslim holy city of Mecca. A health ministry statement said eight of the people were in intensive care, two were stable, including a 24-year-old Saudi man from the "holy capital" Mecca, and one showed no symptoms. Three of those affected worked in health care, it said. Saudi Arabia has witnessed a jump in the rate of infection with the virus in recent weeks, with many of the new cases recorded in Jeddah, the kingdom's second largest city.
Breastfeeding may protect against heart disease: study
23 Apr 2014 at 1:27am
People who had low birth weights and those breastfed for short periods may be more likely to develop chronic inflammation linked to heart disease in adults, a study said Wednesday. Researchers in the United States found a "significant" association in almost 7,000 people between birth weight or duration of breastfeeding and higher levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), an indicator of inflammation, in blood samples of young adults. The protein is produced by the liver and levels increase when a person suffers from inflammation. "Each pound of additional birth weight predicted a CRP concentration that was five percent lower," said a statement from Northwestern University, whose experts took part in the study published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.
Missouri executes convicted killer in 1993 cattle-stealing plot
23 Apr 2014 at 12:27am
By Carey Gillam KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) - Missouri on Wednesday executed a man who had been convicted in 1993 of murdering an elderly farming couple in a plot to steal their cattle, a state official said. William Rousan, 57, was pronounced dead at 12:10 a.m. (1.10 a.m. EDT) at a state prison in Bonne Terre, said Mike O'Connell, a spokesman for the state's Department of Public Safety. Rousan was sentenced to death for the murder of 62-year-old Grace Lewis and life in prison without parole for the murder of her 67-year-old husband Charles. Authorities said he was the mastermind in a siege that included his son and his brother, Robert, a spokeswoman for Missouri's top lawyer said.
Chairman of Lanzhou Veolia apologizes after water pollution in China
23 Apr 2014 at 12:11am
The chairman of the Chinese unit of French utility Veolia Environment has apologized to the public after a cancer-inducing chemical was found in tap water supplied by the company, the Xinhua news agency said. Benzene was found in tap water supplied by the Lanzhou Veolia Water Company in the northwestern city of Lanzhou on April 10, forcing the city of 3.6 million people to turn off supplies in one district. Last week, China blamed Veolia for failing to maintain water quality. Veolia said it was not responsible for polluting the tap water with benzene.
Oklahoma execution halted amid confusion over stay orders
22 Apr 2014 at 9:57pm
By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin issued a one-week stay in the execution of a death row inmate due to die by lethal injection on Tuesday, in a move to clear up confusion over which state body has the final say over executions. Fallin ordered the stay for convicted murderer Clayton Lockett a day after the state Supreme Court issued its own emergency stay for Lockett and a second inmate, Charles Warner, amid legal wrangling over drugs used in lethal injections. The stay issued by Fallin moves back Lockett's execution to April 29, the same day Warner is scheduled to be executed.
Teen who stowed away on Hawaii flight resting in hospital
22 Apr 2014 at 9:51pm
A teenage boy who stowed away on a flight from California to Hawaii in the frozen, oxygen-deprived wheel well of a passenger jet was resting in hospital on Tuesday, two days after his death-defying jaunt over the Pacific, a Hawaii official said. The teenager, whose name has not been released, is "resting comfortably" at a hospital in Hawaii, Kayla Rosenfeld, spokeswoman of the state's Department of Human Services, said in a statement. The boy, who is from Santa Clara, California, is in the custody of the department's Child Welfare Services division, and officials were working to ensure his safe return home, she said. A local CBS-affiliate reported the boy was living with his father in Santa Clara, but his mother lives in Somalia.
California bill to curb medical marijuana passes key hurdle
22 Apr 2014 at 9:05pm
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) - A measure to regulate California's chaotic medical marijuana industry passed a key legislative hurdle on Tuesday, in a move that could lay the groundwork to tax and control recreational use of the drug if it ultimately becomes legal. U.S. states are increasingly moving to remove curbs on marijuana following landmark voter initiatives in Colorado and Washington state in 2012 that legalized the drug for recreational purposes. But the drug remains illegal under federal law, leaving states that have opted for medicinal legalization struggling to control a thriving trade in medical cannabis. "The current state of chaos around medical marijuana has got to come to an end," said state Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, a San Francisco Democrat.