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Obamacare hit by ruling, but subsidies to continue
22 Jul 2014 at 10:08am
WASHINGTON (AP) ? President Barack Obama's health care law is enmeshed in another big legal battle after two federal appeals courts issued contradictory rulings on a key financing issue within hours of each other Tuesday.
White House: Health subsidies not halted by ruling
22 Jul 2014 at 8:34am
WASHINGTON (AP) ? The White House says health subsidies under the Affordable Care Act will continue to flow for the time being despite a major setback delivered by a federal appeals court.
HIV pills show more promise to prevent infection
22 Jul 2014 at 7:53am
There is more good news about HIV treatment pills used to prevent infection in people at high risk of getting the AIDS virus: Follow-up from a landmark study that proved the drug works now shows that it does not encourage risky sex and is effective even if people skip some doses.
Exercise may slow physical and mental decline after menopause
22 Jul 2014 at 11:41am
By Kathryn Doyle NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women who exercise regularly after menopause tend to maintain their physical strength and mental acuity longer than those who don?t, according to a new review of past studies that found exercise that gets the heart rate up is best. ?We found that all the studies showed that physical activity was associated with decreased rates of cognitive decline and that even becoming active in later life as opposed to a lifetime of physical activity still lowered the risk compared to those who were inactive,? said Debra Anderson. Anderson worked on the study at the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation of the Queensland University of Technology in Kelvin Grove, Australia. She and her team reviewed 21 studies published between 2009 and 2014 assessing exercise or leisure time physical activity among women ages 65 and older.
U.S. Senate panel advances global disabilities treaty
22 Jul 2014 at 11:39am
By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Senate committee voted on Tuesday to advance a U.N. treaty to protect people with disabilities from discrimination, but the agreement faces a tough fight winning the two-thirds majority needed for ratification by the full Senate. Although 146 nations and the European Union have ratified the United Nations convention, it has failed to win approval in the deeply divided Senate, where many conservatives are wary of subjecting American social policies to global laws. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted 12-6 in favor of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Only two Republicans, John McCain and John Barrasso, joined the panel's 10 Democrats in favor.
German court allows patients to grow medical marijuana
22 Jul 2014 at 11:13am
A German court ruled for the first time Tuesday that seriously ill patients may grow their own marijuana for medical purposes in certain cases. The administrative court in the western city of Cologne said that while cannabis remained illegal for general use in Germany, it may be cultivated at home by some patients with medical permits for the drug. The decision came as many parts of the world are relaxing laws on cannabis use and medicinal marijuana is gaining popularity to ease suffering from cancer, glaucoma, HIV or AIDS, Hepatitis C, Parkinson's disease and other serious conditions. Five patients with chronic pain had filed suits to gain permission from Germany's Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices to grow their own medical marijuana.
Meningitis diagnosis prompted W.Va. clinic probe
22 Jul 2014 at 11:09am
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) ? An investigation that found syringes were being reused at a West Virginia pain management clinic ? whose operator had his medical license revoked in Texas ? was triggered after a patient developed bacterial meningitis, a health official said Tuesday.
Schizophrenia has many genetic links, study says
22 Jul 2014 at 10:46am
By Andrew M. Seaman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) ? Over 100 locations on the human genome may play a role in a person?s risk of developing schizophrenia, according to a new study. While the results don?t have an immediate effect on those living with the psychiatric disorder, one of the study?s authors said they open areas of research into a topic that had looked closed. ?The exciting thing about having little openings is it gives you a place to dig and make big openings,? said Steve McCarroll, director of genetics for the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research at the Broad Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts. McCarroll is part of the Schizophrenia Working Group of the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium, which published the study in the journal Nature.
India's new government vows clampdown on healthcare graft
22 Jul 2014 at 10:38am
By Aditya Kalra NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's health minister called for tougher laws on Tuesday after a media report alleged that laboratories had offered kickbacks to doctors who referred patients to their diagnostic centers. Harsh Vardhan has lashed out several times in recent days against bribery in the $74 billion healthcare sector, signaling that the new government will make tackling the corruption that blighted the outgoing administration a priority. An undercover investigation by Hindi news channel News Nation that ran on Monday showed footage purportedly of reputed private laboratories offering commissions as high as 50 percent to doctors who referred patients to their diagnostic centers. With about 40,000 laboratories in India, the diagnostic market is the fastest growing segment of India's healthcare industry, according to PwC, with the segment forecast to grow to $17 billion by 2021 from $3.4 billion in 2011.
U.S. courts deliver conflicting rulings on Obama health care law
22 Jul 2014 at 10:37am
By David Morgan and Aruna Viswanatha WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two federal judicial panels on Tuesday delivered conflicting rulings on how the government subsidizes premiums through President Barack Obama's healthcare law, creating more uncertainty over signature legislation that has been dogged by challenges from Republicans and other conservatives. The rulings, handed down by appeals court judges in the District of Columbia and Virginia, could lead to a new showdown over Obamacare before the U.S. Supreme Court, which in June 2012 narrowly upheld the Democratic president's healthcare insurance overhaul.
Listeria Fears Spark Nationwide Fruit Recall
22 Jul 2014 at 10:07am
California's Wawona Packing issues voluntary nationwide fruit recall over listeria concerns
Britain plans new laws to prevent female genital mutilation
22 Jul 2014 at 9:50am
By Kylie MacLellan and Emma Batha LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will introduce new laws to combat female genital mutilation (FGM) including making it compulsory for teachers and health workers to report cases, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Tuesday. "It's absolutely clear what we are trying to achieve...and that is to outlaw the practices of female genital mutilation and childhood and early forced marriage; Around 103,000 women aged between 15 and 49, and another 10,000 girls aged under 15 who have migrated to England and Wales are estimated to have undergone FGM, according to a report on Tuesday from City University London. Cameron said ending FGM and child marriage was a global challenge on a par with eradicating poverty and tackling diseases.
Separate U.S. appeals court upholds subsidies under Obama health law
22 Jul 2014 at 9:30am
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit upheld a federal regulations that implemented subsidies that are vital to President Barack Obama's healthcare overhaul, in direct conflict with another ruling on the issue handed down earlier on Tuesday. A three-judge panel unanimously said the law was ambiguous, and that it would defer to the IRS's determination that subsidies could go to individuals who purchased health insurance on both federal and state-run exchanges. A separate panel from a federal appeals court in Washington on Tuesday morning said the IRS could not offer premium tax credits to people who purchase insurance through the federal insurance marketplace that serves most of the 8 million consumers who have signed up for private coverage for 2014.
3 Healthy Eating Tips From Google Headquarters
22 Jul 2014 at 9:07am
'No safe place for civilians' in Gaza, U.N. says
22 Jul 2014 at 8:55am
By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - Palestinian civilians in densely-populated Gaza have no place to hide from Israel's military offensive and children are paying the heaviest price, the United Nations said on Tuesday. Israel pounded targets across the Gaza Strip, saying no ceasefire was near as U.S. and U.N. diplomats pursued talks on halting fighting that has claimed more than 600 lives as the conflict entered its third week. "There is literally no safe place for civilians," Jens Laerke, spokesman of the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), told a news briefing in Geneva. Nearly 500 homes have been destroyed by Israeli air strikes and 100,000 people have sought shelter in schools of the U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), where they need food, water and mattresses, he said.