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Colorado Planned Parenthood shooting suspect to appear in court
30 Nov 2015 at 8:37am
By Keith Coffman COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Reuters) - The gunman accused of killing three people and wounding nine at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs was due to appear in court by video link from jail on Monday. Robert Lewis Dear, 57, was expected to face multiple counts of murder and attempted murder. Planned Parenthood says reports he told investigators "no more baby parts" after his arrest showed he had an anti-abortion agenda.
Facebook network and stress levels may be tied together
30 Nov 2015 at 8:18am
By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) ? A small study suggests that for adolescents, their number of Facebook friends may be related to their stress levels, with more than 300 friends associated with higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol. The study only included 88 participants at one point in time, so it can?t indicate whether changes in Facebook metrics cause an increase in stress, or vice versa. Other important external factors are also responsible for cortisol levels, but Facebook involvement may have its own effect, senior author Sonia Lupien of Montreal Mental Health University Institute said in a statement.
FDA approves new Bristol-Myers treatment for multiple myeloma
30 Nov 2015 at 8:12am
(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Monday it had approved a drug to be sold by Bristol-Myers Squibb Co as a treatment for a form of blood cancer. The FDA said it approved the treatment, Empliciti, to be used in multiple myeloma patients in combination with Celgene Corp's Revlimid and common anti-inflammatory drug dexamethasone. The National Cancer Institute estimates there will be 26,850 new cases of multiple myeloma and 11,240 related deaths in the United States in 2015.
My Choice to Live: Part V
30 Nov 2015 at 7:17am
Jay Michael continues his story about living with a stage 4 cancer diagnosis. Read his previous posts in "My Choice to Live: Part I," "Part II," "Part III," and "Part IV".Three months into my intense chemo, it was time for my PET scan to see how the cancer reacted to all the brutal treatments. Obviously, I was nervous as hell awaiting the...
NYC's Salt Warning Labels Take Effect This Week
30 Nov 2015 at 7:16am
NEW YORK (AP) -- New York City begins a new era in nutritional warnings this week, when chain restaurants will have to start putting a special symbol on highly salty dishes.The first-of-its-kind rule takes effect Tuesday. It will require a salt-shaker emblem on some sandwiches, salads and other menu items that top the recommended daily limit of...
Diet Clinic Diary: I, Claudius, Must Have My Apéritif!
30 Nov 2015 at 7:15am
Not all who are here, at the diet clinic in Cannes, are what you would consider "serious" about changing their lifestyles in the Anglo-Saxon sense of the word. The French are very individualistic and hate to give up what they believe are their natural rights. Many start their comments with "moi" or me followed by "je" or I. As in: "Moi, I need...
N.Ireland abortion law 'against human rights'
30 Nov 2015 at 7:15am
Northern Ireland's restrictive abortion legislation is in breach of human rights law, the Belfast High Court found on Monday in a judgement hailed as "historic". The case was taken by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission in a bid to allow women and girls to access abortion in cases of rape, incest, or where their baby has no chance of survival, without facing criminal charges. Unlike the rest of the United Kingdom, the law in Northern Ireland currently bans abortion unless it is required to save a woman's life or if there is a serious risk to her health.
Beijing air pollution reaches extremely hazardous levels
30 Nov 2015 at 7:00am
BEIJING (AP) ? Beijing suffered its worst air pollution of the year on Monday, with monitoring sites throughout the city reporting extremely hazardous levels of pollutants.
Supreme Court rejects Covidien bid to restore patent verdict against Ethicon
30 Nov 2015 at 6:43am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal by Covidien LP seeking to restore a $176 million patent infringement verdict against Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon Inc. In refusing to hear the case, the high court left in place a December 2014 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit that threw out a judge?s finding that Ethicon had infringed upon Covidien's patents for surgical cutting tools. Covidien is owned by Medtronic Plc. (Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; Editing by Will Dunham)
Northern Irish abortion laws breach human rights - court
30 Nov 2015 at 6:07am
By Ian Graham BELFAST (Reuters) - Northern Ireland's restrictive abortion laws are in breach of human rights by failing to provide exceptions in the case of fatal foetal abnormality and sexual crime, Belfast's High Court found in a landmark ruling on Monday. Unlike other parts of the United Kingdom, abortion is banned in Northern Ireland except only where the life or mental health of the mother is in danger. After four months of deliberation, Judge Mark Horner upheld a challenge by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission that the laws breached the European Convention on Human Rights.
NYC's novel salt warning rule set to take effect at chains
30 Nov 2015 at 5:24am
NEW YORK (AP) ? New York City begins a new era in nutritional warnings this week, when chain restaurants will have to start putting a special symbol on highly salty dishes.
As they grow up, South African AIDS orphans confront crime, HIV
30 Nov 2015 at 5:02am
By Laurie Goering QUDENI, South Africa (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Mpume Shezi was a baby when her parents died of AIDS. For the past 10 years, her grandmother has watched over her, her older sister and eight orphan cousins in a collection of mud-and-daub huts clinging to a windswept hillside in Qudeni, a remote village in South Africa's eastern KwaZulu-Natal province. Hunger and poverty are just some of the threats facing the AIDS orphans of Qudeni, a village that, like thousands of other villages in South Africa, is struggling not just with the virus but the aftermath of a generation of parents lost to AIDS.
British lawmakers call for sugar tax to tackle childhood obesity
30 Nov 2015 at 5:00am
British lawmakers urged the government on Monday to introduce tough measures, including a tax on sugary drinks and controls on price promotions for "unhealthy food and drink", to help tackle childhood obesity. Parliament's Health Committee said there was "clear evidence that measures to improve the food environment" must be used to tackle obesity, treatment of which costs the state-run health service 5.1 billion pounds ($7.6 billion) every year.
There Aren't Enough Specialists To Treat Our Growing Obese Population
30 Nov 2015 at 4:31am
There are currently fewer than 6,000 endocrinologists in the U.S., according to a new analysis, confirming a health care shortage that's particularly distressing in light of this month's report that obesity rates are once again on the rise. A full 38 percent of U.S. adults are now considered to be obese, up from 32 percent of adults a decade...
British MPs call for sugar tax to tackle childhood obesity
30 Nov 2015 at 4:23am
British members of parliament urged the government on Monday to introduce tough measures, including a tax on sugary drinks and controls on price promotions for "unhealthy food and drink", to help tackle childhood obesity. Parliament's Health Committee said there was "clear evidence that measures to improve the food environment" must be used to tackle obesity, treatment of which costs the state-run health service 5.1 billion pounds every year.