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Insulin pump may cut risk of heart disease deaths with diabetes
2 Jul 2015 at 9:01am
By Roxanne Nelson (Reuters Health) - People with type 1 diabetes must control their blood sugar with insulin, but getting it automatically from an implanted pump may also help to stave off death from heart disease, according to a large Scandinavian study. Among more than 18,000 type 1 diabetics in Sweden followed over time, those with an insulin pump were about half as likely to die of heart-related causes, and 25 percent less likely to die of any cause, compared to those who injected themselves with insulin many times a day. ?Our study shows that treatment with an insulin pump almost halves the risk of cardiovascular mortality,? said lead study author Dr. Isabelle Steineck from Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark.
Anthem, Cigna in new round of talks: source
2 Jul 2015 at 8:55am
(Reuters) - U.S. health insurer Cigna Corp has had its first meetings with competitor Anthem Inc after it rebuffed Anthem's $47 billion merger proposal last month, a person familiar with the matter said on Thursday. The talks come as both Cigna and rival Aetna Inc consider the possible acquisition of smaller player Humana Inc , people familiar with the matter have said previously. Cigna and Anthem declined to comment.
Thousands evacuated after freight train derails, catches fire, in Tennessee
2 Jul 2015 at 8:49am
Firefighters were allowing the blaze to burn itself out as of mid-morning on the advice of specialists, as attempts to extinguish it could be hazardous, Blount County firefighter Kermit Easterling said. Five officers from the Blount County Sheriff's Office and five from the Alcoa Police Department were exposed to chemical-laden fumes from the blaze as they went door-to-door, sheriff's spokeswoman Marian O'Briant said.
Congo and WHO investigate possible Ebola outbreak
2 Jul 2015 at 8:47am
Health officials in Democratic Republic of Congo are investigating a possible outbreak of Ebola in a village, the government and the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday. Eugene Kabambi, a spokesman for WHO in Congo, said the suspected outbreak was in the village of Masambio in Bandundu province, more than 400 km (250 miles) northeast of the capital Kinshasa. A three-month outbreak that killed 49 people late last year in the remote forests of northwestern Congo was not related to the West African epidemic.
Healthcare students often uninformed about smoking dangers, cessation
2 Jul 2015 at 8:38am
By Janice Neumann (Reuters Health) - Nursing and physiotherapy students may be smoking less than they were a decade ago, but they also know less about the health consequences of tobacco and how to help patients quit the habit, a new study from Spain suggests. ?The fact that less than 40 percent of students knew that smoking caused emphysema and only 10 percent identified smoking as a major cause of coronary artery disease in 2013 is quite astonishing,? said Dr. Michael Steinberg, who heads the Tobacco Dependence Program at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. ?Knowledge and attitudes have barely changed despite the years and the laws,? said Beatriz Ordas, a staff nurse at the University Hospital of Leon, who led the new research.
Civilians in Yemen's Aden struggle to survive fighting, shortages: Red Cross
2 Jul 2015 at 8:26am
Lamon, a Swiss national, worked in Aden from January 2014 and stayed months into the Houthi military push on the city that prompted an Arab military intervention on March 26. A Saudi-led coalition of Gulf Arab countries has been bombing the Iran-allied Houthis for three months to try to restore Yemen's exiled government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. Saudi Arabia, determined to thwart any arms deliveries to the Houthis, has imposed a near total blockade on a country heavily reliant on imports.
'Frightened' Child Restrained at Dentist Office, Family Says
2 Jul 2015 at 8:26am
Several parents in Georgia are critical of a device being used to restrain their children during dental procedures.
Mindfulness and the Average Smartphone: Technology for Calm Instead of Chaos
2 Jul 2015 at 8:19am
The modern, technology driven world often seems to make people feel distracted and stressed. In my field, child development research bluntly shows under-monitored technology influences children for the worse. But technology is simply a tool, and how it impacts our lives depends entirely on how we use it. As with any part of our life, we can...
Electrolux CEO seeks to rescue GE deal after legal blow
2 Jul 2015 at 8:00am
The head of Sweden's Electrolux said he believed a $3.3 billion deal to buy the GE Appliances business could be salvaged after the United States moved to block it. The U.S. Justice Department filed a lawsuit on Wednesday to stop the purchase, arguing that it would hurt competition in the market for cooking appliances. Electrolux CEO Keith McLoughlin wants to preserve as much of it as he can.
California cancer patient with amnesia identified by sister: NBC
2 Jul 2015 at 7:53am
(Reuters) - A woman with amnesia who has been undergoing cancer treatments since she was found semiconscious in Southern California has been identified by her sister after turning to social media in a bid to rekindle her memory and find her family, an NBC affiliate in San Diego reported on Thursday.
Superbug threat prompts West to revisit Soviet-era virus therapy
2 Jul 2015 at 7:39am
By Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) - Alarmed by rising resistance to antibiotics scientists and governments are taking a fresh look at bacteria-chomping viruses first isolated a century ago from the stools of patients recovering from dysentery. Bacteriophages, which attack bacteria but leave human cells unscathed, are still used in Russia, Georgia and Poland, but fell by the wayside in the West with the mass production of penicillin, the first antibiotic, in the 1940s. Now, faced with the rise of drug-resistant "superbugs" such as MRSA or multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis, and a World Health Organization warning that a "post-antibiotic era" is dawning, European and U.S. researchers and authorities are thinking again.
Liberia investigating animal link after Ebola re-emerges
2 Jul 2015 at 7:07am
By Alphonso Toweh and James Harding Giahyue MONROVIA (Reuters) - Liberia confirmed a third Ebola case on Thursday, nearly two months after it was declared Ebola free, and officials said they were investigating whether the disease had managed to lurk in animals before resurfacing. Dr Moses Massaquoi, case management team leader for Liberia's Ebola task force, said the three villagers who had tested positive for the disease had shared a meal of dog meat, which is commonly eaten in Liberia. Liberia, the country worst hit by the West African Ebola outbreak discovered last year, was also its biggest success story: the only one of the three hard-hit countries so far to be declared Ebola free.
Biogen enters eye-treatment arena with AGTC deal
2 Jul 2015 at 7:04am
(Reuters) - Biogen said on Thursday it had forged a deal with AGTC to develop gene-based therapies for a range of eye diseases, marking the company's entry into opthalmology. Shares of AGTC, formally known as Applied Genetic Technologies Corp, surged 21 percent to $19.75 in morning trading on the Nasdaq after the announcement. Biogen shares were little changed at $406.08.
S. Korea reports new MERS case after four days of hiatus
2 Jul 2015 at 6:58am
South Korea on Thursday reported two new cases of the potentially deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus, after four days in which no cases were spotted. It brought to 184 the total number of people diagnosed with MERS in the largest outbreak outside Saudi Arabia. The latest cases involved two nurses from Seoul's Samsung Medical Center, the health ministry said.
A year after war, head of U.N. in Gaza says rebuilding to begin
2 Jul 2015 at 6:13am
By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Robert Turner has no quick and easy answer when asked to name the worst of times in his three years running the United Nation's relief effort in Gaza. It will be hard to rank the worst day," the Canadian diplomat told Reuters as he prepares to leave Gaza, where two-thirds of the 1.8 million people receive some form of aid. "There were many - mostly during last summer's conflict." The 51-year-old's deployment with the U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in the Hamas-run territory included two wars - an eight-day conflict in 2013 and the devastating seven-week war last July and August that left tens of thousands of Palestinians homeless.