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Upmarket bug snacks to creep into Thai store shelves
26 Feb 2015 at 9:10pm
By Kaweewit Kaewjinda BANGKOK (Reuters) - Street vendors selling deep-fried insects as snacks are a familiar sight in Bangkok, but a Thai entrepreneur is trying to give edible bugs a more upmarket appeal. Panitan Tongsiri will launch his "HiSo", short for high-society, brand of seasoned insect snacks in March and plans to stock them at gourmet food markets around the Thai capital. Though many in the West shy away from fried worms and cicadas, the United Nations' Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) has said eating insects has health benefits and they could be a food source for the world's growing population. "Insects are a highly nutritious and healthy food source with high fat, protein, vitamin, fiber and mineral content," the FAO said in a 2013 report.
Data from largest U.S. tobacco study shows high use of multiple products
26 Feb 2015 at 8:46pm
(Reuters) - Preliminary results from the largest U.S. survey of tobacco consumption show a high number of people use multiple products, adding key data to the debate on the role of e-cigarettes in reducing harm from tobacco. The results of the study, released Thursday, showed 40 percent of tobacco consumers use multiple products, such as cigarillos, hookah and cigars. Data released on Thursday did not give definitive insight about why people are using different forms of tobacco. Andrew Hyland, scientific principal investigator on the study and chair of the department of health behavior at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, said they may be transitioning away from cigarettes, or they may be becoming more entrenched.
Black Madam: I've done thousands of buttocks injections
26 Feb 2015 at 7:06pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) ? A Gothic hip-hop artist who called herself "the Michelangelo of buttocks injections" testified at her murder trial on Thursday that she got into body sculpting 20 years ago to help transgender friends and has since performed thousands of procedures.
UnitedHealth tightens rules covering hysterectomies
26 Feb 2015 at 4:18pm
NEW YORK (AP) ? UnitedHealth, the largest U.S. health insurer, said Thursday it is tightening its coverage rules on hysterectomies.
Too many waiting for blood stem cell transplants
26 Feb 2015 at 4:13pm
Over a million people have received blood and marrow stem cell transplants for life-threatening diseases in the past 57 years, but too many are still waiting, a study said Friday. Haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) often offers the only possibility of a cure for blood diseases and rare cancers like myeloma or leukaemia. The procedure involves taking healthy stem cells from the blood or marrow of the patient or from a healthy donor, with which to boost the system of someone whose blood-manufacturing bone marrow or immune system is damaged or defective. By December 2012, that number had risen to almost a million at 1,516 transplant centres in 75 countries.
McDonald?s Customer Claims He Got Cleaning Liquid in His Tea
26 Feb 2015 at 4:07pm
An Indianapolis police officer took a sip of McDonald's iced tea over the weekend and wound up in the hospital because the drink apparently was contaminated with cleaning chemicals, his wife told ABC News. Reserve Officer Paul Watkins went to the McDonald's at around 10 p.m. Saturday night for a self-serve tea before his shift, his wife Jerilyn Watkins said, adding that she wasn't with him at the time and his lawyer advised him not to speak to the media. The owner of the McDonald's where Watkins was served, Elizabeth Henry, issued the following statement: "Serving my customers safe, high quality food and beverages is a top priority at our restaurants. Emails to McDonald's corporate communications office seeking additional comment were not returned.
UnitedHealth places tighter controls on hysterectomies
26 Feb 2015 at 4:00pm
(Reuters) - UnitedHealth Group Inc, the largest health insurer in the United States, is placing tighter controls on its coverage of hysterectomies after a device called a morcellator was linked to the spread of undiagnosed cancer cells. In an update to its reimbursement guidelines, UnitedHealth said that, starting April 6, it will require physicians to obtain authorization before carrying out certain types of hysterectomies, a procedure in which a woman's uterus is removed for reasons ranging from fibroids or endometriosis to chronic pelvic pain. UnitedHealth said it will not require prior authorization for vaginal hysterectomies, in which the uterus is removed through the vagina, when done on an outpatient basis. In its update, the insurer cites the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists as identifying vaginal hysterectomies as the preferred method.
Heat blamed for spray vaccine's failure against swine flu
26 Feb 2015 at 3:43pm
ATLANTA (AP) ? The makers of the nasal spray version of the flu vaccine say now they know why it has failed to protect young U.S. children against swine flu ? fragile doses got too warm.
First lady: US experiencing food 'culture change'
26 Feb 2015 at 3:43pm
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Michelle Obama said Thursday that the U.S. has undergone a "culture change" in the five years since she started raising awareness about childhood obesity. But as she celebrated achievements on multiple fronts, the first lady also warned that the progress that's been made is "incredibly fragile."
Sanofi's diabetes drug Toujeo gets U.S. approval, label disappoints
26 Feb 2015 at 3:37pm
French drugmaker Sanofi SA's new Toujeo diabetes drug won U.S. regulatory approval, but with wording on its prescribing label that analysts say could make marketing difficult. Toujeo is a more potent follow-up to the drugmaker's top-selling Lantus insulin product, which accounts for a fifth of Sanofi sales. Sanofi is hoping to convert patients to Toujeo as Lantus is due to lose its U.S. patent protection this month. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration late Wednesday approved the once daily, long-acting basal insulin to treat type 1 and the far more prevalent type 2 diabetes.
U.S. military ends Ebola mission in Liberia
26 Feb 2015 at 3:24pm
By James Harding Giahyue MONROVIA (Reuters) - The United States military officially ended a mission to build treatment facilities to combat an Ebola outbreak in Liberia on Thursday, months earlier than expected, in the latest indication that a year-long epidemic in West Africa is waning. Washington launched the mission five months ago and the force peaked at over 2,800 troops at a time when Liberia was at the epicenter of the worst Ebola epidemic on record. Nearly 10,000 people have died in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea over the past year. More than 4,000 of those deaths were in Liberia, but the number of new cases has plummeted in recent months, leaving many treatment centers empty and the mission has already begun winding down.
Supreme Court protesters say no plans to disrupt Obamacare case
26 Feb 2015 at 2:33pm
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An activist group that has twice disrupted U.S. Supreme Court proceedings in the past year says it does not intend to stage similar protests when the justices hear a major case next week that could gut President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law. Kai Newkirk, a spokesman for the group 99Rise, said in an email that "we are not planning anything" in relation to the Obamacare case being argued next Wednesday or the court's other big case of the year on whether states can ban gay marriage, which will be heard in April. Two of eight protesters arrested after a Jan. 21 disruption pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges in District of Columbia Superior Court on Thursday and will each face a sentence of five days in jail, according to Newkirk. Disruptions inside the Supreme Court are rare.
Panel: Use new meningitis vaccines only for outbreaks
26 Feb 2015 at 2:26pm
ATLANTA (AP) ? A federal panel on Thursday recommended that two new meningitis vaccines only be used for rare outbreaks, resisting tearful pleas to give it routinely to teens and college students.
More U.S. children doing yoga, taking sleep supplements
26 Feb 2015 at 2:17pm
By Ronnie Cohen (Reuters Health) ? - A growing number of American children are bending into downward dog and other yoga poses, according to a new report on complementary health practices. The report analyzed National Health Interview Survey data on practices outside of mainstream medicine and found significantly more kids and teens practicing yoga, tai chi and qi gong in 2012 than in 2007. The study also showed a significant increase in the number of children using melatonin supplements as sleep aids. Yoga originated in India more than 5,000 years ago, and the mind-body practice has become so popular in the west that yoga studios are as common in parts of California as Starbucks coffeehouses.
Food supplements crucial to reduce child malnutrition - TRFN
26 Feb 2015 at 1:38pm
By Kieran Guilbert LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The addition of highly nutritious foods and supplements to the diets of poor mothers could help reduce child mortality and malnutrition in Africa and South Asia, food experts said on Thursday. With breastfeeding, fortified foods, including wheat-based products like porridge and micronutrient powders, are critical for children in the first two years of life, according to the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), a group of governments, businesses and non-governmental organizations working to reduce malnutrition. "Poor families often share one meal prepared for the whole family without taking a child's nutritional needs into account," GAIN's executive director Marc Van Ameringen told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.