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Jury still out on celiac disease screening, U.S. doctors say
3 May 2016 at 4:12pm
By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - There isn?t enough evidence yet to say whether widespread screening for celiac disease makes sense, according to draft guidelines proposed by U.S. physicians. The draft recommendations issued by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) today conclude that more research is needed on the potential health benefits of screening people without symptoms, particularly for individuals at increased risk for celiac disease due to diabetes or a family history of celiac disease. ?In the face of unclear evidence, doctors should use their clinical judgment when deciding whom to screen,? said task force member Dr. Alex Krist, a researcher in family medicine and population health at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.
Rebels launch assault in Syria's Aleppo, diplomats try to revive truce
3 May 2016 at 3:32pm
By Lisa Barrington and Denis Dyomkin BEIRUT/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Rebel fighters launched an assault in Syria's divided northern city of Aleppo on Tuesday and fired rockets on a hospital in the latest violence to hit civilians as diplomats struggled to restore an unraveling ceasefire and resurrect peace talks. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based group that monitors the conflict, said rebel rockets had killed 19 people in government-held territory, including an unspecified number at the al-Dabit hospital. Rebels had hit a government gun position with a guided missile.
Exclusive: Pfizer approaches Medivation about potential takeover - sources
3 May 2016 at 3:04pm
By Lauren Hirsch and Carl O'Donnell (Reuters) - Pfizer Inc has approached U.S. cancer drug maker Medivation Inc to express interest in an acquisition, raising the possibility of a bid rivaling a $9.3 billion offer by Sanofi SA , people familiar with the matter said on Tuesday. Pfizer's approach comes less than a week after Sanofi went public with its $52.50 per share cash offer, complaining that Medivation refused to engage. Medivation subsequently rejected the offer as too low.
Safe Space for Opioid Users Reveals Changing Views on Addiction
3 May 2016 at 3:02pm
More health officials are working on "middle ground" to save addicts.
Study: 'Biggest Loser' contestants have slower metabolisms
3 May 2016 at 2:35pm
CHICAGO (AP) ? A new study has found that many competitors on NBC's "The Biggest Loser" leave the show with a slower metabolism, making it more difficult to keep off the pounds.
U.S.-funded abstinence programs not working in Africa
3 May 2016 at 2:23pm
By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - The U.S. funds abstinence and faithfulness education in sub-Saharan Africa to prevent HIV transmission, but a new study suggests the investment doesn't lead to less risky sexual behaviors in that area. When researchers looked at the number of sexual partners in the past year, age at first sexual intercourse and teenage pregnancy, there were no differences between countries that did or did not receive the funding. "Changing HIV risk behaviors is hard to do, and the limited resources available for HIV prevention should be used carefully and directed towards programs that are likely to be effective," said senior author Dr. Eran Bendavid, of the Stanford University School of Medicine in California.
A New Fitness Trend (And It's Not a Good One)
3 May 2016 at 2:22pm
It's been quite some time since I wanted to write an article like this. I wasn't sure how it would go over but I think it's time for me to share my thoughts. I'm going to share with you a new fitness trend that's becoming increasingly popular (and it's not a good one). In my personal experience, this trend is becoming more and more common, and...
Dreams, Eye Masks and Lavender Tea: The Sleep Revolution by Arianna Huffington
3 May 2016 at 2:20pm
Thomas Edison slept only three hours a night. Winston Churchill got by on five. Richard Branson also clocks in five. And Marissa Mayer subsides on only four hours of shut-eye a night. Arianna Huffington - president and co-founder of The Huffington Post - on the other hand, makes sure she gets no less than eight hours a night.Since 2007, when...
Medical error third leading cause of death in US: study
3 May 2016 at 1:57pm
Medical error is the third largest cause of death in the United States, according to an analysis published Wednesday in the medical journal BMJ. "People don't just die from bacteria and heart plaque, they die from communication breakdowns, fragmented healthcare, diagnostic mistakes, and over-dosing," said Martin Makary, a professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore and lead author of the study. "Collectively, these represent the third leading cause of death in the United States," he told AFP, adding that it is one of the most underreported endemics in global health.
New York City to pay U.S. $4.3 million in Medicare fraud case
3 May 2016 at 1:54pm
New York City agreed to pay the U.S. government $4.3 million to settle a civil fraud lawsuit accusing the city's fire department of accepting tens of thousands of improper Medicare reimbursements for emergency ambulance services. The accord signed on Tuesday resolves claims that the city cheated the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services out of millions of dollars from October 2008 to October 2012 by submitting claims for services that were not medically necessary, violating the federal False Claims Act. According to court papers, part of the problem may have been linked to the New York City Fire Department's ("FDNY") ambulance billing contractor.
Bankers say U.S. antitrust concerns weigh on deal activity
3 May 2016 at 1:48pm
Anti-trust concerns are preventing corporations from pursuing mergers more than other broad regulatory or economic issues, several senior investment bankers said during a panel on Tuesday at the Milken Institute's Global Conference. "It's that increasingly high bar that we're seeing from an anti-trust perspective," said Paul Stefanick, Deutsche Bank AG's head of corporate and investment banking in the Americas. Stefanick pointed to several deals that have recently fallen apart, including this week's dashed $28 billion merger of oilfield services companies Baker Hughes Inc and Halliburton Co .
Polluted air may up risk of many cancers
3 May 2016 at 12:41pm
By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) - For elderly people in Hong Kong, long term exposure to fine-particle air pollution is tied to an increased risk of dying from many cancers, including breast, liver and pancreatic cancer, in addition to the expected lung cancer risk, according to a new study. ?We assumed a number of sites would be affected, but outside of the expected lung and upper GI cancers, we were unsure which cancers would show an association, so this really helps highlight the breadth of involvement of particulates in the development of cancer,? said co-lead author G. Neil Thomas, from the Institute of Applied Health of the College of Medical and Dental Sciences at The University of Birmingham in the UK. The researchers began following more than 66,000 people age 65 and older in Hong Kong between 1998 and 2001 and tracked them through 2011.
Chicago schools to allow transgender students to choose facilities
3 May 2016 at 12:33pm
Chicago's public school system said on Tuesday it would allow transgender students to use restrooms and locker rooms that correspond with their gender identities. The move by the third-largest U.S. public school system comes during a national debate over equality, privacy and religious freedom as some states have passed or proposed legislation that supporters of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights say is discriminatory. "Chicago Public Schools, like much of the country, has become far more aware of the needs and experiences of the transgender community, and it?s crucial for CPS guidelines to reflect our commitment to promoting safe and inclusive schools," Chief Education Officer Janice Jackson said in an emailed statement.
Exclusive: Venezuela's PDVSA quietly issues new debt to pay off suppliers
3 May 2016 at 12:13pm
By Brian Ellsworth, Corina Pons and Marianna Parraga CARACAS/HOUSTON (Reuters) - Venezuelan state oil firm PDVSA has issued at least $310 million in debt to companies including General Electric Co as it negotiates private issuances to pay off its suppliers, industry sources told Reuters, stretching the finances of a company that bondholders already worry is on its way to default. The securities are not bonds but offer rights similar to those enjoyed by bondholders, and at least one issue offers dispute resolution via the Paris-based International Chamber of Commerce, according to one of the three sources, who cited a term sheet. This means that if PDVSA defaults, investors holding their bonds may find that there are more creditors competing for compensation than they had originally anticipated.
Flu strikes fewer infants when pregnant women get vaccinated
3 May 2016 at 12:00pm
By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Infants have a much lower risk of getting influenza when their mothers are vaccinated against the virus during pregnancy, a U.S. study confirms. Doctors recommend flu vaccinations for pregnant women because the virus is linked to complications like preterm births, and because it helps protect babies from catching the flu before they?re able to get vaccinated at six months of age. Before six months, babies born to vaccinated mothers were about 64 percent less likely to have flu symptoms and 70 percent less likely to have confirmed infections than infants born to women who didn?t get vaccinated during pregnancy, the study found.