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Special Report: Flawed CDC report left Indiana children vulnerable to lead po...
28 Sep 2016 at 4:02am
By Joshua Schneyer and M.B. Pell EAST CHICAGO, Indiana (Reuters) - In this industrial northwest Indiana city, hundreds of families who live in a gated public housing community with prim lawns and a new elementary school next door are searching for new homes. The school, temporarily closed, has been taken over by the Environmental Protection Agency and health officials who offer free blood tests to check residents for lead poisoning. Long after the U.S. lead industry left East Chicago, a toxic legacy remains.
Philippine jail brawl wounds inmates set to testify against Duterte rival
28 Sep 2016 at 3:28am
A riot broke out at a Philippine prison on Wednesday, killing one inmate and wounding three, all of whom had been expected to testify at a congressional inquiry on alleged criminal activity by the president's biggest critic. Rolando Asuncion, chief of the Philippines' corrections bureau, said a drug trafficker was stabbed to death in the brawl, and one of the three wounded men, kidnapper Jaybee Sebastian, had been scheduled to give evidence next week. The inquiry, initiated by allies of President Rodrigo Duterte, will test allegations that his rival, Senator Leila de Lima, a former justice minister, was colluding with prison inmates and taking payments from them to fund her poll campaign.
Bombers of civilians in Aleppo will face God's judgment: pope
28 Sep 2016 at 3:06am
Pope Francis urged forces to stop bombing civilians in the Syrian city of Aleppo, warning them on Wednesday they would face God's judgment. Speaking to tens of thousands of people in St. Peter's Square, Francis called Aleppo "this already martyred city, where everybody is dying - children, old people, sick people, young people." He did not name the bombers, but monitors say Syria's government and its Russian backers have stepped up air attacks on rebel-held parts of the northern city since the end of a ceasefire last week. "I renew to all an appeal to commit themselves with all their strength to protect civilians," Francis told the crowd during his weekly address.
Aleppo bombardments hit bakery, hospital: residents
28 Sep 2016 at 2:03am
A bakery and major hospital were hit in bombardments of rebel-held eastern Aleppo early on Wednesday, residents said, as Syrian government forces pressed their Russian-backed campaign to retake the whole city. "The warplane flew over us and directly started dropping its missiles on this hospital...at around 4 a.m.," Mohammad Abu Rajab, a radiologist at the largest trauma hospital in the city's rebel-held sector, told Reuters. A bakery in another rebel-held district was hit around 3 a.m., as people lined up to collect bread, residents said.
Politics of Pain series prompts calls for action
28 Sep 2016 at 2:00am
More than two dozen editorials and columns nationwide responded to our series on the politics behind the opioid epidemic.
Zuckerberg initiative poaches AstraZeneca board member
28 Sep 2016 at 12:23am
The $3 billion health initiative set up by Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan has hired one of AstraZeneca's non-executive directors to head up its science drive. The British drugmaker said on Wednesday that Cornelia Bargmann would step down from its board next month to take up a new role as president of Chan Zuckerberg Science, part of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. Leif Johansson, AstraZeneca's chairman, said the board was sorry to see her leave but understood Bargmann's decision to focus on the new assignment.
Thais probe babies with microcephaly for Zika link
28 Sep 2016 at 12:12am
Thailand is testing three babies and an unborn child with microcephaly whose mothers are infected with Zika to see if the infants' condition is linked to the virus, the Public Health Ministry says. There have been no confirmed cases of Zika-related microcephaly in Thailand so far, but authorities have been monitoring 36 pregnant women infected with the virus.
World's first baby born from 3-parent technique: report
28 Sep 2016 at 12:00am
The woman, whose identity was withheld by New Scientist, and her husband sought the help of John Zhang, a doctor from the New Hope Fertility Center in New York City to have a baby that would be genetically related to them but would not carry the inherited disease. Since the mother carried the genes for the disease in her mitochondria, or DNA that is passed down from the maternal side, Zhang used her nuclear DNA and combined it with mitochondria from an egg donor, in a technique known as spindle nuclear transfer.
Thailand rules out Zika link in two microcephaly cases; investigating two
27 Sep 2016 at 10:36pm
Thailand ruled out on Wednesday Zika as the cause of two cases of microcephaly but is investigating two other cases that could be the first linked to Zika in Southeast Asia of the condition that results in babies being born with small heads. Microcephaly is a rare birth defect that has been linked, in Brazil in particular, to the mosquito-borne Zika virus, which is spreading in Southeast Asia. Thai health authorities said on Tuesday they were investigating four suspected cases of Zika-related microcephaly in three babies and a 36-week old unborn baby.
Reports of plastic prompt recall of Tyson chicken nuggets
27 Sep 2016 at 3:40pm
SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) ? Tyson Foods Inc. says it's voluntarily recalling more than 132,000 pounds of chicken nuggets after receiving reports that "hard, white plastic" was found in some nuggets.
Blood Clot Removal Could Help More Stroke Victims, Study Finds
27 Sep 2016 at 2:35pm
Study found some stroke patients benefited from early clot removal.
How tattoos can help patients with skin grafts and scars
27 Sep 2016 at 2:13pm
By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Patients who get tattoos to cover facial skin grafts and scars may feel happier with both their appearance and quality of life, a Dutch study suggests. The practice of using tattoos to cover damaged skin isn?t that new. ?Scar and skin graft color abnormalities can result in impaired physical, psychological, and social well-being, especially in the facial area that is constantly visible to the patient and others,? van de Langenberg, a researcher at Diakonessen Hospital in Utrecht, said by email.
ADHD drugs no help with homework
27 Sep 2016 at 2:12pm
By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Giving stimulants to kids with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may not help them complete homework or get better grades, a small study suggests. Researchers tested the effectiveness of medication against behavioral interventions in 75 children that attended a summer school program with classes each weekday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for eight weeks. ?Long-acting stimulant medications haven?t been shown to help with homework performance despite companies advertising their utility for homework time,? said lead study author Brittany Merrill, a researcher at the Center for Children and Families at Florida International University in Miami.
Baby born with DNA from 3 people, first from new technique
27 Sep 2016 at 2:08pm
NEW YORK (AP) ? Scientists say the first baby has been born from a controversial new technique that combines DNA from three people ? the mother, the father and an egg donor.
Stop-gap bill to avoid government shutdown fails Senate procedural vote
27 Sep 2016 at 2:04pm
By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A stop-gap funding bill to avoid a federal government shutdown later this week failed to garner enough votes to move forward in the Senate on Tuesday, with Democrats and Republicans both opposing the measure. The must-pass continuing resolution, or CR, which would keep federal agencies operating from Saturday through Dec. 9, received only 45 of the 60 votes needed to limit debate and be considered for passage by the 100-seat Republican-controlled Senate. Forty Democrats and two independents opposed the CR because it lacked a $220 million aid package to address the drinking-water crisis in Flint, Michigan.