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Serbian man kills 5, injures 22, in cafe shooting
2 Jul 2016 at 2:05am
Five people were killed and another 22 were wounded early on Saturday when a man entered a cafe in northern Serbia and opened fire with an assault rifle, police said. Police arrested the suspect, a man in his late 30s identified only as Z.S., immediately after the shooting during a local festival in the village of Zitiste, around 80 kilometers north of Belgrade. Nebojsa Stefanovic, the interior minister, told Belgrade's B92 TV that Z.S. killed his estranged wife and a another woman, before firing at others in the cafe with an assault rifle he illegally owned.
Guinea-Bissau confirms three cases of Zika virus, government says
2 Jul 2016 at 1:19am
Guinea-Bissau has confirmed its first three cases of the Zika virus in a group of islands off the mainland and has set up an emergency committee to stop further transmission of the disease, the government said on Friday. Experts have feared the tiny nation could become a gateway for Zika's spread to mainland West Africa, after an outbreak of the mosquito-borne virus was first recorded in the African island chain of Cape Verde late last year. "The Health Minister has informed (the government) of three confirmed cases of Zika virus contamination located in the Bijagos Archipelago," read a government statement sent to reporters.
Husband surprises wife with 500 roses after chemo treatment
1 Jul 2016 at 6:40pm
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) ? A dozen roses simply weren't enough for a Nebraska man who wanted "to do something special" for his wife to celebrate her last chemotherapy treatment. So, he raised money and surprised her with 500.
Mexico air lifts food into villages as teacher blockades spread
1 Jul 2016 at 4:59pm
Mexico's air force flew tons of grain to the southern state of Oaxaca on Friday as protests by teachers opposed to education reform spread across the country and road blocks led to dwindling food supplies in some remote regions. Tension in the state intensified after eight people died last month in clashes between police and the protesting teachers, and unrest has flared throughout Mexico. Local media reported protests by factions of Mexico's CNTE teachers union on Friday in the states of Guerrero, Oaxaca, Michoacan, Chiapas, Nuevo Leon and in Mexico City.
J&J's Janssen hit with $70 million verdict in Risperdal trial
1 Jul 2016 at 3:23pm
A U.S. jury on Friday awarded $70 million to the family of a boy who developed breasts after taking Johnson & Johnson unit Janssen Pharmaceuticals' antipsychotic drug Risperdal. Andrew Yount, of Tennessee, developed gynecomastia at the age of five as a result of taking Risperdal, his lawyers say. Johnson & Johnson and Janssen are facing more than 12,000 claims over Risperdal, according to Johnson & Johnson's most recent quarterly report.
Democrats' draft platform calls for reviews of trade deals
1 Jul 2016 at 2:27pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Democratic Party's 2016 policy platform calls for reviews of trade deals, wider health coverage through public programs such as Medicare, and federal investigations of fossil fuel companies accused of misleading shareholders on climate change, according to a draft version released on Friday. The committee drafting the platform last weekend approved the document, which spells out the party's policy priorities. It still must be formally adopted at the Democratic National Convention, to be held in Philadelphia in July. ...
Aetna launches Medicare Advantage asset sale: sources
1 Jul 2016 at 2:09pm
Merging Aetna's and Humana's Medicare Advantage businesses would make the combined company the largest U.S. manager of the healthcare insurance for seniors and the disabled. Aetna has sent out pitchbooks to potential buyers and will begin collecting bids as soon as next week, the people said on Friday.
Girls less likely to get pregnant if a friend has a baby
1 Jul 2016 at 1:42pm
By Linda Thrasybule (Reuters Health) - - Girls whose friends have experienced teen childbirth are less likely to get pregnant themselves, a new study suggests. In 2000-2001 - the fifth year after the start of the study - girls whose friends had given birth had about 25 fewer sexual intercourse encounters, on average, than girls whose friends had miscarried.
Uncertainty looms as Vermont becomes 1st state to label GMOs
1 Jul 2016 at 1:20pm
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) ? Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders joined other Vermont leaders Friday to celebrate the state's newly implemented law requiring labels on genetically modified food and blast proposed federal legislation that could pre-empt the state requirement.
Many everyday common chemicals are endangering child brain development says n...
1 Jul 2016 at 12:46pm
A new report published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives is calling for more attention to be paid to the growing evidence that exposure to many everyday common chemicals are causing harm to children's brain development. Dozens of scientists, health practitioners and children's health advocates have expressed their concern in the paper that these chemicals are disrupting brain development from as early as pregnancy with the effect continuing through to children of all ages.
Spain records first case of sexually transmitted Zika virus
1 Jul 2016 at 11:44am
Spain has recorded its first known case of the Zika virus being sexually transmitted, after a woman contracted it from her partner after he returned from a Latin American country, health authorities in Madrid said on Friday. The mosquito-borne Zika virus has been linked to thousands of cases of the microcephaly birth defect in countries such as Brazil, which has declared a public health emergency over the disease. The birth defect is marked by babies born with brain abnormalities and undersized heads.
Obama urges Congress to release Zika funds
1 Jul 2016 at 11:40am
US President Barack Obama urged Congress Friday to advance $1.9 billion in emergency funds to fight the Zika virus, saying Republicans should set aside politics to tackle the fast-moving disease. "This is not the time to play politics," Obama said in remarks delivered in the White House Oval Office following a meeting with National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases chief Anthony Fauci and other officials. "Congress should not leave, should not adjourn, until they get this done," he added ahead of the Independence Day holiday weekend.
UK drugs regulator to halt approvals for Indian clinical trials firm
1 Jul 2016 at 11:40am
By Zeba Siddiqui MUMBAI (Reuters) - The UK's healthcare regulator has decided to suspended marketing approval for a widely used antibiotic that had won clearance based on clinical trials conducted by India's Quest Life Sciences, due to concerns over the integrity of trial data. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) might also deny other pending drug approval requests that rely on studies conducted by Quest, the UK agency said in a letter dated June 22, a copy of which was seen by Reuters. The MHRA's decision bars the sale of a generic version of erythromycin that is being sold in the UK by Dawa Ltd, a Kenyan drugmaker, an MHRA spokesman said.
People eat less when wearing ?bite counters?
1 Jul 2016 at 11:16am
By Madeline Kennedy People who wear ?bite counters? on their wrists while eating tend to cut down on how much they consume during a meal, a study suggests. Several years ago, Eric Muth and colleagues at Clemson University in South Carolina developed a way to track how much people eat based on their wrist motion. Muth told Reuters Health by email that self-monitoring is vital when trying to meet health goals.
Woman on FBI's top 10 fugitive list captured in North Carolina
1 Jul 2016 at 11:15am
Shanika Minor, 24, was captured by sheriff's deputies at a Fayetteville, North Carolina, motel near an airport at about 1:30 a.m., the FBI's Milwaukee office said in a statement. Deputies located Minor after someone called the FBI's public tip line with information about her whereabouts, the FBI said. Minor, who is being temporarily held at the Cumberland County Detention Center in Fayetteville, faces a top charge of intentional homicide, the FBI said.