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California oversight of oil well injection sites inadequate: state review
8 Oct 2015 at 1:47pm
California's oversight of wells where oil companies dispose of wastewater brought to the surface during oil production is hindered by inadequate staffing and poorly organized paper records, a state review of the program said Thursday. In a report to the legislature, California's Department of Conservation (DOC) found that wastewater injection wells also suffer from inconsistent permitting, monitoring and enforcement of their construction and operation, among other problems. "We analyze past and present regulation of underground injection and find that the permitting unit - which was created over 50 years ago - has struggled and sometimes failed to embrace a transparent enforcement process driven by scientific research and best practices," said DOC director David Bunn.
By the numbers: Flint's water emergency
8 Oct 2015 at 1:36pm
When Flint left the Detroit water system last year, it was after years of frustration over the cost and with the anticipation that the city had a cheaper, independent solution. On Thursday, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder called for Flint to switch back to Detroit's system to address a public health emergency over lead in the water supply. By the numbers, a look at what happened:
Court: Hot yoga's sequence of poses can't be copyrighted
8 Oct 2015 at 1:35pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) ? The founder of a popular form of yoga that is performed in a room heated to more than 100 degrees lost a court appeal Thursday to copyright a sequence of 26 poses and two breathing exercises.
New York City to offer low-cost healthcare to uninsured immigrants
8 Oct 2015 at 1:23pm
New York will become one of the first major U.S. cities to expand low-cost healthcare to uninsured immigrants regardless of their legal status under a pilot program to launch next spring, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Thursday. The pilot, called Direct Access, will initially apply to 1,000 immigrants. ?The City?s actions today are the first step in our efforts to develop a fully inclusive health care system that protects all of our residents, regardless of immigration status,? Nisha Agarwal, commissioner of the Mayor?s Office of Immigrant Affairs, said in a statement.
U.S. court says yoga sequence cannot be copyrighted
8 Oct 2015 at 1:02pm
By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court ruled against a celebrity yogi on Thursday, finding that he is not entitled to copyright protection for a sequence of 26 yoga poses and two breathing exercises that he developed. Bikram Choudhury published a book in 1979 with descriptions, photographs and drawings of the yoga sequence, which is practiced in a room heated to 105 degrees Fahrenheit (41 degrees Celsius). Choudhury sued two individuals who took his training course and then founded their own business instructing the same yoga technique.
Ten quarantined in Nigeria over Ebola scare
8 Oct 2015 at 12:58pm
A patient came to the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital on Wednesday with symptoms consistent with the viral hemorrhagic fever, staff there said. "We have sent blood samples for testing and quarantined identified contacts," the hospital's chief medical director, Queeneth Kalu, said. Nigeria's National Emergency Management Agency said 10 people were in quarantine.
Hungary hopes to decide Croatian border closure in a week
8 Oct 2015 at 12:56pm
Hungary will decide in a week whether to close its border with Croatia, where a double fence to stop a massive flow of migrants through the country is "99 percent finished," a top government official said on Thursday. Hungary has seen more than 330,000 migrants pass through its territory so far this year, Janos Lazar, Prime Minister Viktor Orban's chief of staff, told journalists on Thursday, and the government wants to put an end to the flow. About 6,000 migrants are passing through daily now, officials say, coming over the border from Croatia and being sent directly to Austria.
Low- and middle-income countries lack assistive devices for elderly
8 Oct 2015 at 12:38pm
By Shereen Lehman (Reuters Health) - Governments in low- and middle-income countries give some thought to access for devices that assist disabled elderly, a recent study suggests, but more attention is needed. Poorer countries are expected to see the fastest growth rates in their elderly populations, researchers write in BMJ Innovations, so they have to address needs for assistive devices that help those with disabilities and also technologies designed to prevent people from becoming disabled. Assistive technologies can range from wheelchairs, canes, prosthetic and orthotic devices, to spectacles, low vision aids, hearing aids, communication boards, household robots and assistive mobile and computer technology.
Air France pilot union says ready to resume talks with management
8 Oct 2015 at 12:15pm
Air France's main pilot union SNPL is ready to resume talks with the carrier's management over a planned restructuring, a union spokesman said on Thursday. Air France-KLM Chief Executive Alexandre de Juniac is expected to meet SNPL leaders alongside some of the company's executives on Friday. A majority of SNPL's council voted in favor of a resumption of talks with management, spokesman Emmanuel Mistrali said.
Selena Gomez says suffered from lupus, underwent chemotherapy
8 Oct 2015 at 12:04pm
(Reuters) - Pop singer and actress Selena Gomez has revealed in an interview that she was diagnosed with the autoimmune disease lupus, which led to her canceling the end of her tour in 2013, but that the disease is now in remission. "I was diagnosed with lupus, and I?ve been through chemotherapy," Gomez, 23, told Billboard magazine. Gomez canceled concerts in Russia and Australia saying at the time that she needed "to spend some time on myself." The move, followed by a stint at an Arizona rehabilitation facility, generated tabloid rumors of struggles with pills, alcohol, or even difficulties over her breakup with pop star Justin Bieber, which Gomez told Billboard angered her.
10-year digital brain project shows first results
8 Oct 2015 at 11:31am
An ambitious project led by researchers in Switzerland to digitally map the brain released on Thursday its first results, showing a complex view of how the brain is wired. The project is part of a global initiative involving 82 study authors from 12 countries called the Blue Brain Project, hosted at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL).
Perceived discrimination linked to smoking and poor diet
8 Oct 2015 at 11:03am
By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Feeling like the target of discrimination may increase a person?s odds of harmful behaviors like smoking, eating fatty foods and getting less sleep, a study of African-Americans suggests. Researchers examined the connection between discrimination and these unhealthy habits among almost 5,000 African-American residents of the Jackson, Mississippi metropolitan area. ?We conducted this particular analysis to understand the extent to which multiple measures of perceived discrimination were associated with types of behaviors that are known to be risk factors for cardiovascular disease in African-Americans,? lead study author Mario Sims, a researcher with the Jackson Heart Study and the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, said by email.
MSF says 33 still missing after US air strike
8 Oct 2015 at 10:26am
Thirty-three people are still missing five days after a catastrophic US air strike on an Afghan hospital, medical charity MSF said Thursday, sparking fears that the death toll may significantly rise. The bombing raid last Saturday killed 12 MSF staff and 10 patients, prompting the charity to close the trauma centre, seen as a lifeline in a war-battered region with scant medical care. "We are still in shock," Doctors Without Borders (MSF) country representative Guilhem Molinie told a press conference in Kabul.
Flint will return to Detroit water system due to lead concerns
8 Oct 2015 at 9:59am
By Serena Maria Daniels DETROIT (Reuters) - Flint will resume getting water from Detroit, officials said on Thursday, a week after the Michigan city confirmed that children were showing elevated levels of lead since it began using water from a nearby river. "Reconnecting to Detroit is a major step toward safe water," Flint Mayor Dayne Walling said at a news conference. Michigan Governor Rick Snyder told reporters he would ask the state legislature to provide half of the $12 million needed to connect Flint's water supply with the Great Lakes Water Authority through next summer.
Neurocrine's neurological disorder drug effective in late: stage study
8 Oct 2015 at 9:57am
Neurocrine Biosciences Inc's experimental drug for tardive dyskinesia, a neurological disorder, was effective in a late-stage study, bringing it a step closer to becoming the first treatment to win U.S. approval for the condition. Data showed the drug, NBI-98854, was significantly more effective than a placebo in reducing involuntary movements in patients with tardive dyskinesia, a condition frequently afflicting patients taking antipsychotic drugs. About 10 percent of the 6 million U.S. patients who are currently on antispychotics develop tardive dyskinesia, Leerink Partners' analyst Paul Matteis estimated, assigning an 80 percent probability that the drug would be approved.