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British opposition Labour health policy chief resigns after Brexit vote
26 Jun 2016 at 12:46am
The health policy chief of Britain's Labour Party resigned on Sunday, saying the country needed a credible opposition after voting to leave the European Union and that she did not believe party leader Jeremy Corbyn could provide it. "As much as I respect you as a man of principle, I do not believe you have the capacity to shape the answers our country is demanding and I believe that if we are to form the next Government, a change of leadership is essential," Heidi Alexander wrote to Corbyn in a letter she posted on Twitter. Alexander's resignation comes after Labour's foreign policy chief Hilary Benn also told Corbyn he had lost confidence in his leadership, prompting Corbyn to sack Benn.
Pope urges Armenia and Turkey to reconcile, shun vengeance
25 Jun 2016 at 10:30am
By Philip Pullella and Margarita Antidze YEREVAN (Reuters) - Pope Francis urged Armenia and Turkey on Saturday to seek reconciliation and to shun "the illusory power of vengeance" a century after 1.5 million Armenians were massacred in the dying days of the Ottoman Empire. Francis made the appeal in an evening prayer service with leaders of the Armenian Apostolic Church on the second day of a trip in which he has risked Turkey's anger by labeling the events of 1915 a genocide, a term Ankara rejects.
Brazil's Temer says women should retire earlier than men: paper
25 Jun 2016 at 10:08am
Brazil's interim President Michel Temer told local newspapers women should retire earlier than men, explaining why he did not support making a potential minimum retirement age equal for both sexes as his government tackles pension reform. "A little difference is reasonable," Temer said according to an interview published in O Globo newspaper on Saturday. "The woman, in addition to outside work, does the inner work in the home, she is a mother, etc., sometimes cares for siblings." Former Vice President Temer took over from President Dilma Rousseff, Brazil's first female leader, after she was placed on trial in the Senate for breaking budget rules last month.
Global doping agency suspends Rio lab weeks before Olympics
25 Jun 2016 at 1:44am
By Pedro Fonseca RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has suspended the credentials of a testing laboratory in Rio de Janeiro for failing to comply with international standards, just over a month before the city hosts the Olympic Games. Although the suspension adds to embarrassments for Brazil in the runup to the Olympics, it is unlikely to affect the Games since the agency has arranged testing elsewhere, as it did when the same Rio lab lost its credentials before the 2014 World Cup. The lab at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro said on Friday that its operations should return to normal in July after a technical visit from WADA, ahead of the start of the Games on Aug. 5.
China tightens controls on paid-for internet search ads
24 Jun 2016 at 10:12pm
China's internet regulator said on Saturday that search engines should tighten management of paid-for ads in search results, making clear which results are paid-for and limiting their numbers. Chinese regulators last month imposed limits on the number of lucrative healthcare adverts carried by Baidu Inc following the death of a student who underwent an experimental cancer treatment which he found using China's biggest internet search engine. Wei Zexi, 21, died in April of a rare form of cancer, and the case sparked widespread public anger.
Arizona says it has run out of drugs for executions
24 Jun 2016 at 6:52pm
The Arizona Department of Corrections' supply of midazolam, a sedative, expired on May 31 and it has not been able to replace it, state lawyers said in the filing in Phoenix's U.S. District Court. "What is more, the Department's source of midazolam has vanished under pressure from death penalty opponents," the court document said. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of seven death-row inmates who allege that Arizona's use of midazolam and two other drugs violate the U.S. Constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment.
Haiti launches new AIDS testing, information campaign
24 Jun 2016 at 6:09pm
Port-au-Prince (AFP) - Haiti's Ministry of Health and the United Nations launched a new anti-HIV/AIDS campaign, providing information and rapid testing to help thwart the spread of the epidemic. "If a person does not protect him or herself, it's because of a lack of information," Valerie Toureau, a doctor with the UNAIDS organization, said on Friday. More than 100 people got tested at a center installed in downtown Port-au-Prince, and condoms were also distributed.
Golfer Grace pulls out of Olympics due to Zika
24 Jun 2016 at 4:48pm
(Reuters) - South African Branden Grace joined a growing list of leading golfers withdrawing from the Rio Olympics on Friday due to concerns about the Zika virus. The world number 11, who is South Africa's top ranked golfer, joins compatriots Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel in pulling out of the August Games, which will see the sport return for the first time in 112 years. "After serious consideration, it is with regret that I have decided to withdraw myself from the Olympic competition due to the risk posed by the Zika virus," the 28-year-old, who is engaged to Nieke Coetzee, said in a statement.
Olympics-Golfer Grace pulls out of Olympics due to Zika
24 Jun 2016 at 4:39pm
South African Branden Grace joined a growing list of leading golfers withdrawing from the Rio Olympics on Friday due to concerns about the Zika virus. The world number 11, who is South Africa's top ranked golfer, joins compatriots Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel in pulling out of the August Games, which will see the sport return for the first time in 112 years. "After serious consideration, it is with regret that I have decided to withdraw myself from the Olympic competition due to the risk posed by the Zika virus," the 28-year-old, who is engaged to Nieke Coetzee, said in a statement.
Racially biased cancer doctors spend less time with black patients
24 Jun 2016 at 3:31pm
By Kathryn Doyle Racial bias on the part of a doctor can lead to poor communication and medical treatment for black cancer patients, a U.S. study suggests. Researchers who analyzed video-recorded discussions between oncologists and African-American patients found that biased doctors spent less time with patients, and patients had a harder time remembering the contents of the conversation. Many people have some level of implicit racial bias, and doctors are no different, said lead author Louis A. Penner of the Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit, Michigan.
Weight loss surgery helps keep pounds off 10 years later
24 Jun 2016 at 3:09pm
By Linda Thrasybule Ten years after gastric-bypass weight-loss surgery, patients in a recent study had managed to keep off much of the weight they?d lost. Mehaffey, from the University of Virginia School of Medicine, told Reuters Health by phone, ?It?s not just that people are losing a lot of weight, but they?re also much healthier.? In gastric bypass operations, surgeons remove part of the stomach and reroute the intestines to help patients with extreme obesity lose weight. The American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery estimates that in 2014, 193,000 people in the U.S. underwent weight loss operations, known collectively as bariatric surgery.
Illinois deputies learn how to deal with mentally ill
24 Jun 2016 at 1:56pm
By Justin Madden RIVER GROVE, Ill. (Reuters) - As law enforcement officers across the United States feel the heat about excessive use of force, dealing with the mentally ill was the training focus for Cook County sheriff's deputies this week. The week-long training took place at Triton College near Chicago. "Someone who is suffering from mental illness is no different than that person who is having that asthma attack or the person who is having that heart attack," said Bob Maas, a crisis intervention trainer and 16-year sheriff's deputy.
Researchers pinpoint best meds to treat migraine in the ED
24 Jun 2016 at 1:06pm
By Marilynn Larkin New guidelines for doctors will help them treat migraine headaches that are severe enough to bring patients to the emergency department. According to the guidelines, emergency physicians should avoid injecting migraine patients with morphine or morphine-like drugs, known as opioids. Instead, they should use one of two other intravenous drugs or an injection of sumatriptan.
Female pet owners may be less likely to die of stroke
24 Jun 2016 at 12:58pm
U.S. women over age 50 and generally healthy were less likely to die of cardiovascular events like stroke if they had a cat or dog, the researchers found. After accounting for the increase in physical activity required of dog owners, owning a cat instead of a dog was still tied to a lower risk of death from stroke. About 35 percent of people owned a pet, most often a dog.
UK 'Leave' vote deflates hopes for U.S.-EU trade deal
24 Jun 2016 at 12:54pm
By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Britain's looming exit from the European Union is another huge setback for negotiations on a massive U.S.-EU free trade deal that were already stalled by deeply entrenched differences and growing anti-trade sentiment on both sides of the Atlantic. With French and German officials increasingly voicing skepticism about TTIP's chances for success, the United Kingdom's departure from the deal could sink hopes of a deal before President Barack Obama leaves office in January. "This is yet another reason why TTIP will likely be postponed," said Heather Conley, European program director at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a think tank in Washington.