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Doctors hope for cure in a 2nd baby born with HIV
5 Mar 2014 at 3:34pm
A second baby born with the AIDS virus may have had her infection put into remission and possibly cured by very early treatment ? in this instance, four hours after birth.
Study: Surgery helps some prostate cancer patients
5 Mar 2014 at 2:01pm
Surgery to remove the prostate saves lives compared to "watchful waiting" for some men whose cancers were found because they were causing symptoms, long-term results from a Scandinavian study suggest.
WHO: 5 percent of calories should be from sugar
5 Mar 2014 at 8:21am
LONDON (AP) ? Just try sugar-coating this: The World Health Organization says your daily sugar intake should be just 5 percent of your total calories ? half of what the agency previously recommended, according to new draft guidelines published Wednesday.
Malaysia opposition's Anwar convicted of sodomy
7 Mar 2014 at 2:14am
By Al-Zaquan Amer Hamzah PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (Reuters) - A Malaysian court convicted opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim of sodomy on Friday, overturning his acquittal two years ago in a ruling that his supporters and international human rights groups say was politically influenced and aimed at ending his career. Anwar, who spent six years in jail on sodomy and corruption charges until his release in 2004, faces a jail term of up to 20 years, whipping and disqualification from holding political office. "It's (happening) all over again after 15 years," Anwar, who was sacked as deputy prime minister in 1998 and convicted a year later on sodomy and corruption charges, told reporters. That poll was expected to pave the way for him to take charge of Selangor, Malaysia's richest and most populous state.
Saudi Arabia reports 1 more death from new virus
6 Mar 2014 at 11:39pm
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) ? Saudi Arabia says a man has died from a new respiratory virus related to SARS, bringing to 62 the number of deaths in the kingdom at the center of the outbreak.
Novartis says blood cancer drug meets goals in final stage study
6 Mar 2014 at 10:43pm
ZURICH (Reuters) - Swiss drugmaker Novartis said on Friday a final stage test of Jakavi, used to treat patients with a rare blood cancer, had met its primary endpoint and improved two key measures of disease control in patients. When compared to the best available therapy for polycythemia vera, an incurable blood cancer associated with an overproduction of blood cells, Jakavi was able to maintain red blood cell volume without the need for phlebotomy and reduce spleen size in certain patients, Novartis said. ...
SEC scores partial win in insider trading case over 2009 Sanofi deal
6 Mar 2014 at 6:46pm
Federal securities regulators have won a partial victory against two brothers accused of trading on inside information in 2009 about French pharmaceutical company Sanofi's plan to buy a Tennessee-based company. A jury in the U.S. district court in Cleveland, Ohio, found that Andrew Jacobs and Leslie Jacobs committed insider trading in the context of a tender offer, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced in a statement. At the same time, the jury also found that the brothers were not liable under a broader insider trading statute not specific to tender offers, Ned Searby, a lawyer for Leslie Jacobs, said. The decision is the latest in a string of mixed jury verdicts that highlight how difficult it can be for the SEC to obtain clear-cut victories in complex securities cases.
'Too drunk' gambler sues Las Vegas casino over $500,000 debt
6 Mar 2014 at 2:39pm
(Reuters) - A California man who lost $500,000 in 17 hours gambling at a Las Vegas casino was so drunk he could not remember the episode after waking up in his hotel room, said a lawsuit filed on his behalf that seeks to erase the debt. Mark Johnston, 52, arrived drunk at the Downtown Grand casino and was plied with free alcoholic drinks while he gambled, according to the suit filed February 18 in Nevada state court for Clark County. After leaving the gaming tables, Johnston went to his hotel room and woke up the next day with no memory of his time at the tables, stated the lawsuit, depicting his mental state while gambling as a "blackout period." Johnston's attorney, Sean Lyttle, described him as a self-made millionaire who previously owned a number of car dealerships and was involved in real estate development. Starting on the night of January 30 and running into the next afternoon at the casino in downtown Las Vegas, a few miles from The Strip, Johnston played pai gow and blackjack for 17 hours and was served about 20 drinks, according to the lawsuit.
U.S. official in charge of Obamacare exchanges resigns
6 Mar 2014 at 2:37pm
A top U.S. healthcare official, accused by Republicans of misleading Congress about the readiness of the Obamacare rollout, will resign from his post at the end of March, officials said on Thursday. The departure of Gary Cohen as director of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO) was announced within the administration on Wednesday in an email from his boss, Marilyn Tavenner, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Cohen, a former California insurance regulator who took up his post in August 2012, has overseen regulatory implementation of the Obamacare health insurance marketplaces, a process that often drew fire from insurers and lawmakers for its slow pace and numerous revisions. Along with Tavenner and U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Cohen was among top officials who assured Congress that the October 1 launch of the federal enrollment website HealthCare.gov would be successful.
Rifle-toting McConnell seeks firepower for re-election campaign
6 Mar 2014 at 2:28pm
By David Lawder NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell tried to bring some firepower to his tough re-election battle on Thursday, brandishing a rifle as he strode onstage at the Conservative Political Action Conference. McConnell hoisted the flint-lock muzzle-loading rifle over his head at the gathering of conservative leaders and Republican Party activists and handed it to Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn, a fellow Republican who has said he will retire when his term ends in January 2015 due to health reasons. "This is for you, for your distinguished service," said McConnell, 72, earning the biggest applause of his brief speech at CPAC. For McConnell, who is the sixth-longest serving current U.S. senator, wielding the rifle amounted to a nod to gun-rights conservatives at a time when he has come under fire on two fronts as he seeks another term in the November 4 elections.
Baby's Dramatic Resuscitation on Miami Highway Was Key to Diagnosis
6 Mar 2014 at 2:12pm
The mother of a baby who had to be resuscitated by the side of the road said the incident may have led doctors to the cause of the infant?s distress. Sebastian De La Cruz made headlines last month when a news photographer captured dramatic photos...
Financial 'vicious cycle' traps poor women caregivers
6 Mar 2014 at 2:05pm
"We looked at the relationship among parental caregiving, labor force participation and financial wellbeing," said lead author Yeonjung Lee, a researcher and professor at the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. Overall, the researchers found, women who cared for their parents in 2006 and 2008 had lower incomes in 2008 and 2010.
The dawning of the age of genomic medicine, finally
6 Mar 2014 at 1:30pm
By Julie Steenhuysen LA JOLLA, California (Reuters) - When President Bill Clinton announced in 2000 that Craig Venter and Dr. Francis Collins of the National Human Genome Research Institute had succeeded in mapping the human genome, he solemnly declared that the discovery would "revolutionize" the treatment of virtually all human disease. The expectation was that this single reference map of the 3 billion base pairs of DNA -- the human genetic code -- would quickly unlock the secrets of Alzheimer's, diabetes, cancer and other scourges of human health. As it turns out, Clinton's forecast was not unlike President George Bush's "mission accomplished" speech in the early days of the Iraq war, said Dr. Eric Topol of Scripps Translational Science Institute, which is running a meeting On the Future of Genomic Medicine here March 6-7.
Baby's Dramatic Resuscitation on Highway Was Key to Diagnosis
6 Mar 2014 at 1:24pm
Doctors performed an invasive procedure that revealed the root cause.
Chemo drug helps HIV patients respond to Sangamo gene therapy
6 Mar 2014 at 1:21pm
Treating HIV patients first with a chemotherapy drug improved their response to an experimental gene-modifying technique for controlling the virus, according to Sangamo BioSciences. Shares of Sangamo were up 17 percent at $22.92 in late trading on Nasdaq. On Wednesday, the New England Journal of Medicine published data from an earlier trial showed that Sangamo's strategy of genetically modifying cells from people infected with HIV could become a way to control the virus that causes AIDS without using antiviral drugs. "Sangamo's HIV 'suppression' is promising, but very early and far from a 'cure,'" RBC Capital Markets analyst Michael Yee said in a research note.