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Stigma hinders efforts to combat leprosy in India
9 Mar 2014 at 11:13am
TAHIRPUR, India (AP) ? At first, Ashok Yadav ignored the patches of pink skin on his arm. But when pale sores erupted on his body and he lost sensation in his fingertips, a doctor issued the devastating diagnosis: Yadav had leprosy.
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.
Court won't hear dispute over 'boobies' bracelets
10 Mar 2014 at 10:53am
The Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal from a Pennsylvania school district that tried to ban students from wearing "I (heart) Boobies!" bracelets to promote breast cancer awareness, ending a case that began more than three years ago with the suspension of two middle-school girls who refused a principal's order to take them off.
Drunken groom fights with bride on jet, forces emergency landing
10 Mar 2014 at 1:54pm
By Peter Polack GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (Reuters) - A groom on his honeymoon got into a drunken argument with his bride aboard a flight form Atlanta to Costa Rica, forcing the Delta Air Lines aircraft to make an emergency landing on Grand Cayman island on Sunday night, authorities said. The U.S. citizen was escorted from the flight after it landed by Cayman Islands police and was being held in custody on a charge of drunk and disorderly conduct, according to Royal Cayman Islands Chief Inspector Raymond Christian. He did not name the bride or the groom involved in the incident other than to say the groom was a U.S. citizen. Delta spokeswoman Lindsay McDuff confirmed on Monday that a "disruptive customer" prompted the crew of flight 901 to divert to Grand Cayman.
S&P dips after record; China data, Boeing weigh
10 Mar 2014 at 1:45pm
By Rodrigo Campos NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks dipped on Monday, weighed down by soft data out of China and Boeing's latest production setback. Merger and acquisition announcements, however, as well as company-specific news including on Facebook and Alexion Pharma, helped keep the S&P 500 and Nasdaq from bigger losses. China's exports unexpectedly tumbled 18.1 percent in February, against expectations for a 6.8 percent rise, swinging the trade balance into deficit and adding to fears of a slowdown in the world's second-largest economy. There's a little bit of profit-taking," said Paul Zemsky, head of asset allocation at ING Investment Management in New York.
Exclusive: Germany OKs Northwest Bio brain cancer drug, shares soar
10 Mar 2014 at 1:36pm
Germany has granted Northwest Biotherapeutics Inc special permission to sell its experimental brain cancer drug in the country, the company said, and its stock jumped as much as 36 percent. The tiny U.S. biotech received a special "hospital exemption" in Germany, allowing Northwest to sell the injectable drug for five years even though it has not completed its late-stage trial of the immunotherapy, Chief Executive Officer Linda Powers said in an interview. She said the company, which would also have the right to seek renewal of the exemption after five years, has not yet requested or received formal marketing approval for its product. Even before Monday's announcement, Northwest Biotherapeutics shares had surged 60 percent in 2014.
FactChecking Sarah Palin at CPAC
10 Mar 2014 at 1:25pm
Sarah Palin told her fellow conservatives at CPAC that "there are more uninsured today than when Obama began all of this," referring to the Affordable Care Act. But there is no evidence of that.
ER visits for low blood sugar common among insulin users
10 Mar 2014 at 1:12pm
By Andrew M. Seaman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Almost 100,000 people in the U.S. are sent to emergency rooms every year for low blood sugar or errors related to a common diabetes drug, according to a new government study. "This is important because many of these emergency department visits for insulin-related hypoglycemia are preventable," Dr. Andrew Geller, the study's lead author, said. Hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, can occur when people with diabetes inject themselves with the hormone insulin, which allows the body to turn sugar in the blood into energy. People with diabetes don't produce enough insulin on their own or their bodies have become resistant to it.
Doctors less likely to adjust depressed patients' blood pressure drugs
10 Mar 2014 at 1:10pm
By Shereen Jegtvig NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Doctors may be less likely to make medication changes for patients with uncontrolled high blood pressure who are also depressed, according to a new study. So-called clinical inertia is when doctors don't intensify treatment - upping the dose of current drugs or adding new drugs, for instance - for patients who are not at their goals, in this case for ideal blood pressure. "I'm not saying that physicians are making the wrong decisions, I'm just saying doctors may be less likely to make changes to your blood pressure medications if you're depressed as opposed to if you're not depressed," Dr. Nathalie Moise told Reuters Health. She explained that doctors are often overwhelmed by other medical problems these patients face and optimizing their blood pressure control may drop lower on the list of issues to address during any given visit.
Bullying among kids tied to suicidal thoughts, suicide attempts
10 Mar 2014 at 1:08pm
By Andrew M. Seaman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - School children who are bullied are more than twice as likely to think about killing themselves and to make suicide attempts as their peers who aren't bullied, according to a new analysis. Researchers also found that cyberbullying, such as harassment over the Internet, was more closely linked to suicidal thoughts than in-person bullying. "We found that suicidal thoughts and attempted suicides are significantly related to bullying, a highly prevalent behavior among adolescents," Mitch van Geel told Reuters Health in an email. Van Geel is the study's lead author from the Institute of Education and Child Studies at Leiden University in the Netherlands.
State Considers Lowering the Volume on Movies
10 Mar 2014 at 12:36pm
Critics say the proposed limit violates the First Amendment.
Northeast Syria faces food crisis, but access eases elsewhere: WFP
10 Mar 2014 at 12:14pm
By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - Three northeastern provinces of Syria face an "alarming" food crisis, although access to relieve the impact of civil war has improved somewhat elsewhere, a U.N. aid agency said on Monday. Western powers and U.N. human rights investigators have accused the Syrian government of a policy of "starvation until submission" to punish tens of thousands of civilians in rebel-held areas. Days before the Syrian conflict enters its fourth year, the World Food Programme (WFP) said the hardest areas to reach were the northeastern provinces of Raqqa, Deir al-Zor and Hassaka. But there are certainly widespread (and) what I would call alarming nutritional indicators," Amir Abdulla, the U.N. agency's deputy executive director, told a news briefing in Geneva.
U.S. administration pulls back on Medicare drug benefit proposals
10 Mar 2014 at 10:54am
The Obama administration on Monday pulled back from possible changes to the popular Medicare Part D prescription drug program, saying it would not finalize proposals that have spawned fierce opposition from a broad coalition of interests. Marilyn Tavenner, administrator of the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), said in a letter to members of Congress that her agency had decided not to move forward at present. She said it would instead seek further input from stakeholders with the prospect of revisiting changes "in future years." Lawmakers of both parties have joined insurers, drug makers, pharmacy chains and consumer advocacy groups to express misgivings about the proposals and warn that the changes could limit choices for Part D's 36 million elderly and disabled beneficiaries. Part D provides drug benefits through private insurers.
U.S. justices deliver blow to 'rails-to-trails' policy
10 Mar 2014 at 10:45am
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In a setback to the U.S. government's long-running policy of converting abandoned railroads into public trails, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled for a Wyoming property owner who objected to a plan to extend a pathway across his land. In a decision that could affect similar cases across the United States, the court ruled on an 8-1 vote that the right-of-way across Marvin Brandt's land that was established by a railroad was extinguished when the railroad was later abandoned. Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote in her dissenting opinion that the decision "undermines the legality of thousands of miles of former rights of way that the public now enjoys as means of transportation and recreation." She said the court's decision could lead to more expensive litigation over other trails, including compensation claims filed by landowners.
Scientist urges withdrawal of his own 'breakthrough' stem cell research
10 Mar 2014 at 10:03am
By Kiyoshi Takenaka and Kate Kelland TOKYO/LONDON (Reuters) - A Japanese scientist called on Monday for his own headline-grabbing study on stem cells to be withdrawn from publication, saying its findings had now been thrown into too much doubt. The research - hailed when it came out in January as a breakthrough that could herald a new era of medical biology - was covered widely in Japan and across the world after it was published in the highly reputable science journal Nature. ...