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One-fourth of US cancer deaths linked with 1 thing: smoking
24 Oct 2016 at 8:01am
CHICAGO (AP) ? New research shows cigarettes contribute to more than 1 in 4 cancer deaths in the U.S. The rate is highest among men in southern states where smoking is more common and tobacco control policies are less strict.
New report reveals the health habits and problems of Europe
24 Oct 2016 at 7:31am
A new survey released today has highlighted some of the key health issues in Europe and the attitudes towards physical and mental health in 21 European countries. The new European Social Survey (ESS) gathered 40,000 responses from across Europe during 2014-2015 and found that a large number of Europeans are suffering from a wide range of physical and mental health conditions.
Hired experts support claims St. Jude heart devices can be hacked
24 Oct 2016 at 7:16am
Short-selling firm Muddy Waters said in a legal brief filed on Monday that outside cyber security experts it hired have validated its claim that St. Jude Medical Inc cardiac implants are vulnerable to potentially life-threatening cyber attacks. Boutique cyber security firm Bishop Fox disclosed its findings in a 53-page report that was attached to a legal brief filed on Monday in U.S. district court in Minnesota on behalf of the short-sellers, who hired the firm to perform the work as they defend themselves in a lawsuit filed by St. Jude. A representative for St. Jude was not immediately available for comment.
Heading footballs 'affects memory': study
24 Oct 2016 at 7:11am
Heading a football can significantly affect a player's brain function and memory up to a day, a study by researchers at Scotland's Stirling University has said. "We found there was in fact increased inhibition in the brain immediately after heading and that performance on memory tests was reduced significantly," Dr Magdalena Ietswaart, a cognitive neuroscientist at Sterling University, told the BBC on Monday. "Although the changes were temporary, we believe they are significant to brain health, particularly if they happen over and over again as they do in football heading," she added.
Arbitration scheme obstacle to EU-Canada trade deal
24 Oct 2016 at 5:59am
The French-speaking region of Wallonia may be the final hold-out against a planned EU-Canada free trade deal, but its view that a system to protect foreign companies threatens democracy is shared by many protesters across Europe. Investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) was once a term known only to international trade experts, but became the rallying cry of those opposed to EU-U.S. trade negotiations when these were launched three years ago. Were it not for planned EU-U.S Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) could well have sailed through like the EU's last major deal, with South Korea in 2011.
Special Report: As death toll mounts, Duterte deploys dubious data in drugs war
24 Oct 2016 at 4:51am
By Clare Baldwin and Andrew R.C. Marshall MANILA (Reuters) - Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte ended a recent speech in Manila with a now-familiar claim: Two policemen were dying every day in his violent battle to rid the country of illegal drugs. From July 1, when Duterte launched his "war on drugs," to Oct. 12, when he spoke in Manila, 13 police officers were killed. This is not the only dubious claim Duterte has used to justify his bloody anti-narcotics campaign, according to a Reuters review of official government data and interviews with the president's top anti-drug officials.
Babies should sleep in parents' room first year: US doctors
24 Oct 2016 at 4:19am
To reduce the risk of sudden death, babies should sleep in the same room as their parents but in their own crib or bassinet for the first year of life, US doctors said Monday. The new policy statement by the American Academy of Pediatrics still says babies should sleep on their backs, on a clean surface free of toys and blankets, a guideline that has been in place since the 1990s and has reduced sudden infant deaths by about 50 percent. "Parents should never place the baby on a sofa, couch, or cushioned chair, either alone or sleeping with another person," said lead author Rachel Moon.
India's Ola ties up with BMW for luxury cabs segment
24 Oct 2016 at 4:17am
MUMBAI (Reuters) - Indian ride-sharing service Ola has partnered with German carmaker BMW to strengthen its luxury mobility segment, the app-based taxi aggregator said on Monday. The tie-up will allow Ola cab operators to avail cheaper credit to buy BMW cars, receive after-sales support and guaranteed buyback, Ola said in a statement. BMW-certified instructors will also train drivers about auto safety systems and technology, the statement said. The agreement follows Ola's partnership, announced last month, with India's top SUV maker, Mahindra & Mahindra. ...
Migraines linked to higher levels of nitrate-modifying bacteria in the mouth ...
24 Oct 2016 at 3:18am
An American study has found that migraine sufferers have higher levels of oral bacteria that break down nitrates, which could trigger headaches. Researchers from the University of San Diego, USA, have identified a difference in the levels of specific bacteria in the mouth, throat and gut of patients who suffer from migraines. Compared to healthy participants, migraine sufferers were found to have higher levels of the bacteria that convert nitrates into nitric oxide in the blood, which can lead to headaches.
British lawmakers ask Obama to let hacking suspect face trial in UK
24 Oct 2016 at 2:21am
A group of 105 British members of parliament (MPs) have asked President Barack Obama to withdraw a warrant for the extradition of an autistic Briton who is accused of hacking high-security U.S. state computers. Lauri Love, 31, who has Asperger's syndrome, is accused of involvement in a series of hacks in 2012 and 2013 into computers at agencies including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. army, the Missile Defense Agency and the Federal Reserve. A London court approved his extradition in September despite warnings from his family, lawyers and supporters that he would be at risk of killing himself if sentenced to a lifetime in a U.S. prison.
GSK files potential $1 billion shingles vaccine for U.S. approval
24 Oct 2016 at 12:16am
By Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) - GlaxoSmithKline has filed its shingles vaccine Shingrix for U.S. regulatory approval, the drugmaker said on Monday, bringing the potential $1 billion-a-year seller a step closer to market. Shingrix is viewed by analysts as among the British company's most promising experimental products, since it has shown greater protection among older recipients than Merck & Co's rival shot Zostavax. The company, which will see Emma Walmsley take over as chief executive in 2017, is seeking to revitalise a drug portfolio hit by falling sales of best-selling inhaled lung treatment Advair.
Pakistan's plan to cut disaster risk aims at a new target - schools
23 Oct 2016 at 10:57pm
By Saleem Shaikh SAJAWAL, Pakistan (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When seven hours of non-stop rain led to a flash flood that swept through his village school, leaving it heavily damaged, science teacher Ali Zamin Samejo had to be hospitalized for shock. Schools in flood-prone Pakistan are proving particularly vulnerable to worsening extreme weather and shifting rainfall patterns linked to climate change, officials say. According to the country?s National Disaster Management Authority, about 10,000 educational institutions were damaged or destroyed in mega-floods that affected a fourth of Pakistan in 2010.
Boeing takes on peers, partners in bid for replacement parts business
23 Oct 2016 at 10:25pm
By Alwyn Scott PHOENIX (Reuters) - In search of higher profits margins, Boeing Co is aiming to win more of the lucrative market for replacement parts and repair services, pitting the plane maker against major suppliers who view that growing $62 billion a year market as their turf. Boeing told Reuters it has added 35,000 parts to stocks it positions around the world to serve airlines in the last year, after analyzing its vast store of aircraft data to see where the parts will be needed. Boeing is trying to capture more profit from spare parts made under license by suppliers as well.
'Real-life Cinderella' film delves into plight of Hong Kong maids
23 Oct 2016 at 5:07pm
By Beh Lih Yi JAKARTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Cyril Goliava cut an elegant figure in her yellow evening gown as she won a beauty pageant in Hong Kong, smiling to cheers from the crowd as she was presented with a tiara and trophy. Six days of stressful work, I'll be eating alone again and a full day of a repetitive job." The story of Goliava, a Filipina domestic helper, and her fellow workers is the subject of a new documentary that seeks to shatter stereotypes about the millions of women employed in households across the world. Directed by filmmaker Baby Ruth Villarama, "Sunday Beauty Queen" follows five domestic workers as they gear up for the annual Miss Philippines Tourism Hong Kong, a pageant organized by the maids in the Asian financial hub since 2008.
Worker dies in 'work-related fatality' at World Cup stadium in Qatar
23 Oct 2016 at 3:07am
A worker has died in a "work-related fatality" at the site of a 2022 World Cup stadium in Qatar, the country's World Cup organizing body said late on Saturday. The incident occurred on Saturday morning at the Al Wakrah Stadium and is being investigated, Qatar's Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy said in a statement. Al Wakrah was designed by the late British architect Zaha Hadid.