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23 Oct 2012 at 12:23pm
Double joy as mother of only giant panda twins in U.S. pregnant again
23 Aug 2016 at 5:17pm
By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - The mother of the only giant panda twins in the United States may soon deliver a second set of twins, Zoo Atlanta said on Tuesday, capping off an eventful month for lovers of the fluffy black and white bears across the globe. Three years ago, mother bear Lun Lun gave birth to female cubs Mei Lun and Mei Huan, who are still at the Georgia zoo but could be returned this fall to China, which owns them, zoo spokeswoman Rachel Davis said. An ultrasound on Monday confirmed that Lun Lun, who turns 19 years old on Thursday, is once again pregnant with twins, the zoo said.
How EpiPen's maker raised prices, and hackles, so much
23 Aug 2016 at 4:36pm
Sky-high price hikes for EpiPen, the injected emergency medicine for severe allergic reactions to foods and bug bites, have made its maker the latest target for patients and politicians infuriated by soaring ...
California bill to repeal 'tampon tax' heads to governor
23 Aug 2016 at 4:29pm
California lawmakers on Tuesday sent a bill to end state sales taxes on feminine hygiene products to Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, the latest success for a nationwide bipartisan effort to end the so-called tampon tax. The bill, which would add tampons, sanitary napkins and other menstrual products to a list of necessities like food and prescription medicines that are not taxed, won unanimous support in the state Assembly on Tuesday, Democratic Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia said. "Fundamentally, this is about gender equity and leveling the field," Garcia, who represents parts of suburban Los Angeles, said in a news release.
Stanford University tightens campus alcohol restrictions
23 Aug 2016 at 4:19pm
Stanford University has tightened campus drinking restrictions, banning large liquor bottles from undergraduate student housing and barring hard alcohol from being served altogether at parties for undergrads. The new policy, issued on Monday in a letter to new and returning students, follows a public furor surrounding the sexual assault of an unconscious, intoxicated woman by Stanford swimmer Brock Turner outside a frat party in 2015.
U.S. trade judge clears Fitbit of stealing Jawbone's trade secrets
23 Aug 2016 at 3:50pm
By Andrew Chung NEW YORK (Reuters) - Fitbit Inc did not steal rival Jawbone's trade secrets, a U.S. International Trade Commission judge ruled on Tuesday, dashing Jawbone's hopes of securing an import ban against Fitbit's wearable fitness tracking devices. The judge, Dee Lord, said that there had been no violation of the Tariff Act, which gives the commission the power to block products that infringe U.S. intellectual property, because "no party has been shown to have misappropriated any trade secret." The ruling means Jawbone comes away with nothing from a complaint it filed with the trade agency in July 2015, accusing Fitbit of infringing six patents and poaching employees who took with them confidential data about Jawbone's business, such as plans, supply chains and technical details.
Residency where marijuana is legal no reason for police search: U.S. court
23 Aug 2016 at 3:14pm
By a 2-1 vote, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver said two Kansas Highway Patrol officers violated the constitutional rights of Colorado motorist Peter Vasquez in December 2011 by pulling him over and searching his car after he had been driving alone at night on Interstate 70. The officers relied heavily on Vasquez's residency to justify the search, which uncovered nothing illegal, saying Colorado was a known "drug source" where marijuana is legal.
States file another lawsuit over Obama transgender rules
23 Aug 2016 at 2:13pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) ? Texas and four other Republican-led states filed another lawsuit Tuesday seeking to roll back the Obama administration's efforts to strengthen transgender rights, saying new federal nondiscrimination health rules could force doctors to act contrary to their medical judgment or religious beliefs.
Devastating Effects of Zika Virus Seen in New Fetal Brain Scans
23 Aug 2016 at 2:13pm
Researchers are learning how Zika affects fetal brain development.
Boy with double-hand transplant's next goal: Play football
23 Aug 2016 at 2:05pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) ? It's been just over a year since 9-year-old Zion Harvey received a double-hand transplant, and he said Tuesday what he really wants to do is play football.
Florida: 5 new Zika cases including 1 in the Tampa Bay area
23 Aug 2016 at 1:59pm
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) ? Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday announced a non-travel-related case of Zika in the Tampa Bay region.
U.S. heart group sets limit on sugar for kids and teens
23 Aug 2016 at 1:55pm
By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - The vast majority of children and teens should have less than six teaspoons of added sugar in their diet each day, according to the American Heart Association. Until age 2, children should consume no added sugars at all, and between ages 2 and 18 they should limit added sugars to 25 grams per day, the organization says. "I think its become clear over time that heart health and prevention of cardiovascular disease starts in childhood," said Dr. Miriam Vos, lead author of a statement from the AHA published in the journal Circulation.
Teen survives rare amoeba infection that kills most people
23 Aug 2016 at 1:49pm
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) ? A South Florida boy has survived a rare brain-eating amoeba that kills most people, aided in part because a hard-to-get drug to fight the infection is made by a company based in Orlando where he was hospitalized, doctors said Tuesday.
Study shows extent of brain damage from Zika infections
23 Aug 2016 at 1:38pm
A report released on Tuesday shows in graphic detail the kind of damage Zika infections can do to the developing brain - damage that goes well beyond the devastating birth defect known as microcephaly, in which the baby's head is smaller than normal. The current Zika outbreak was first detected last year in Brazil, where the virus has been linked to more than 1,800 cases of microcephaly, which can cause severe developmental problems. Prior research has shown the Zika virus attacks neural progenitor cells - a type of stem cell that develops into different types of nerve or brain cells.
Chile issues health alert after faults found in condoms
23 Aug 2016 at 1:28pm
Chile's health authorities on Tuesday issued an alert and said they were investigating reported problems with Chinese-made condoms distributed for free in family health centers nationwide. The public health institute ordered that three batches of approximately 1.7 million Kaiju condoms be withheld from distribution while it investigated reports that they broke during use and were too small. "This is a preventative measure to avoid any problem with users of the product and to show vigilance," said health official Jaime Burrows.