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Child still critical after lightning hits 11 in Paris park
28 May 2016 at 2:35pm
PARIS (AP) ? Eight children and three adults were struck by lightning Saturday in a Paris park after a sudden spring storm sent a bolt crashing down upon a children's birthday party, a spokesman for Paris' fire service said. He credited an off-duty firefighter with playing a critical role in getting immediate medical help to the victims, but one child remains in critical condition.
Flint, Michigan, pipe-replacement cost nearly doubles: newspaper
28 May 2016 at 2:35pm
(Reuters) - The cost of replacing water lines in Flint, Michigan, has nearly doubled amid a health crisis from high lead levels in drinking water, the Detroit Free Press reported on Saturday. The average cost for replacing a service water line in Flint through a pilot project that ended this month was $7,500, the newspaper said. The figure is almost twice the $4,000 estimated by the state Department of Environmental Quality at the beginning of Flint's water crisis last fall.
Canada's Trudeau defends assisted suicide bill as deadline nears
28 May 2016 at 2:22pm
By Rod Nickel WINNIPEG, Manitoba (Reuters) - A bill legalizing medically-assisted suicide in Canada strikes the right balance between defending fundamental freedoms and protecting against abuses, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Saturday, predicting confusion if it is not approved. The draft legislation, introduced by Trudeau's Liberal government in April, would allow people with incurable illnesses or disabilities to end their lives with a medical professional's help, but stopped short of extending the right to minors and the mentally ill. "There are people who think we should have gone further with this bill, there are people who think we already went too far," Trudeau told reporters at a Liberal convention in Winnipeg.
Djokovic urges wider concern over Zika
28 May 2016 at 2:06pm
By Pritha Sarkar PARIS (Reuters) - Novak Djokovic urged people to think about Brazilians who are having to live with the Zika outbreak on a daily basis rather than worrying about how the situation might affect those traveling to the country for the Rio Olympics in August. The World Health Organization (WHO) rejected a call on Saturday to move or postpone the Aug. 5-21 Rio Games over the outbreak after more than 100 leading scientists said new findings about Zika made it unethical for the Games to go ahead. The United Nations health agency said having the Games in Rio as planned would "not significantly alter" the spread of Zika, which is linked to serious birth defects.
Tennis-Djokovic urges wider concern over Zika
28 May 2016 at 2:01pm
By Pritha Sarkar PARIS, May 28 (Reuters) - Novak Djokovic urged people to think about Brazilians who are having to live with the Zika outbreak on a daily basis rather than worrying about how the situation might affect those travelling to the country for the Rio Olympics in August. The World Health Organization (WHO) rejected a call on Saturday to move or postpone the Aug. 5-21 Rio Games over the outbreak after more than 100 leading scientists said new findings about Zika made it unethical for the Games to go ahead. The United Nations health agency said having the Games in Rio as planned would "not significantly alter" the spread of Zika, which is linked to serious birth defects.
WHO rejects calls to move Olympics over Zika fears
28 May 2016 at 1:46pm
The World Health Organization has ruled out any change in timing or the location of the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, shunning a call by doctors and scientists to shift the event over the Zika virus. An open letter addressed to the global health body signed by 150 international doctors, scientists and researchers Friday had called for the August Games to be moved or delayed to help prevent the spread of Zika virus. Holding the Games in Rio, the second worst affected city in Brazil, would be "irresponsible" and "unethical" and could risk spreading the virus to "poor, as-yet unaffected places" like Africa and South Asia, said the letter.
The Latest: Child on life support after lightning strike
28 May 2016 at 1:24pm
PARIS (AP) ? The Latest on the lightning strike that struck 11 people at a park in Paris. (all times local):
Lightning hits children's soccer match in Germany, 3 injured
28 May 2016 at 1:02pm
BERLIN (AP) ? More than 30 people were taken to the hospital after lightning struck Saturday at the end of a children's soccer match in western Germany, police said.
Honolulu schools to let kids with lice stay in class
28 May 2016 at 11:39am
HONOLULU (AP) ? Honolulu students who get lice next year can stay in schools that are included in a new education department policy.
Eleven people struck by lightning in Paris, six seriously hurt
28 May 2016 at 10:19am
Eleven people were struck by a bolt of lightning in a park in Paris on Saturday and six of them were seriously hurt, the French interior ministry said. Eric Moulin, a spokesman for the French fire-fighting service, said the situation would have been worse if an off-duty fire officer had not been at hand to quickly provide first aid.
WHO rejects call for Olympics to be moved due to Zika
28 May 2016 at 8:29am
By Kate Kelland and Health and Science Correspondent LONDON, (Reuters) - The World Health Organization (WHO) on Saturday rejected a call for the Rio Olympic Games to be moved or postponed due to the threat posed by a large outbreak of Zika virus in Brazil. "Based on the current assessment of Zika virus circulating in almost 60 countries globally and 39 in the Americas, there is no public health justification for postponing or cancelling the games," the WHO said in a statement. In a public letter posted online on Friday, around 150 leading public health experts, many of them bioethicists, said the risk of infection from the Zika virus was too high for the Games to go ahead safely.
Sleep Revolution in the Summertime
28 May 2016 at 7:16am
Image of me showing off my Somni face mask from my Sleep Revolution gift bag. Photo by Milton Dimas. After a stressful school year, all college students want to come home and relax. I know; I am no different. Since being home I've admittedly watched hours of TV, and binged on Buzzfeed or Tasty videos late into the night. Without all the...
Pakistan bans airing of 'undesired' contraceptive advertisements
28 May 2016 at 4:49am
By Asad Hashim ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan has banned advertisements for contraceptive products on television and radio over concern that they expose inquisitive children to the subject of sex, local media reported on Saturday. The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) said it was acting in response to complaints from parents and its ban covered all contraceptive, birth control and family planning products. The ban came despite a government initiative to encourage birth control in Pakistan, a conservative Muslim country of 190 million people where talking about sex in public is taboo.
Medical experts want Rio Olympics delayed or moved due to Zika
28 May 2016 at 2:08am
LONDON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More than 100 medical experts, academia and scientists on Friday have called for the Rio Olympic Games to be postponed or moved because of fears that the event could speed up the spread of the Zika virus around the world. On Thursday, Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, declared there was no public health reason to cancel or delay this summer's Games. In a public letter posted online, the group of 150 leading public health experts, many of them bioethicists, said the risk of infection from the Zika virus is too high.
Delay or move Rio Olympics due to Zika - medical experts
28 May 2016 at 1:25am
More than 100 health experts have called for the Rio Olympic Games to be postponed or moved because of fears that the event could speed up the spread of the Zika virus around the world, according to a public letter published online. "The Brazilian strain of Zika virus harms health in ways that science has not observed before," the letter said. "An unnecessary risk is posed when 500,000 foreign tourists from all countries attend the Games, potentially acquire that strain, and return home to places where it can become endemic." The letter was signed by 150 people identified as health experts and sent to the head of the World Health Organization.