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Illinois deputies learn how to deal with mentally ill
24 Jun 2016 at 1:56pm
By Justin Madden RIVER GROVE, Ill. (Reuters) - As law enforcement officers across the United States feel the heat about excessive use of force, dealing with the mentally ill was the training focus for Cook County sheriff's deputies this week. The week-long training took place at Triton College near Chicago. "Someone who is suffering from mental illness is no different than that person who is having that asthma attack or the person who is having that heart attack," said Bob Maas, a crisis intervention trainer and 16-year sheriff's deputy.
Global doping agency suspends Rio lab weeks before Olympics
24 Jun 2016 at 1:26pm
(Adds details of lab's recent testing) By Pedro Fonseca RIO DE JANEIRO, June 24 (Reuters) - The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has suspended the credentials of a testing laboratory in Rio de Janeiro for failing to comply with international standards, just over a month before the city hosts the Olympic Games. Although the suspension adds to embarrassments for Brazil in the runup to the Olympics, it is unlikely to affect the Games since the agency has arranged testing elsewhere, as it did when the same Rio lab lost its credentials before the 2014 World Cup.
Researchers pinpoint best meds to treat migraine in the ED
24 Jun 2016 at 1:06pm
By Marilynn Larkin New guidelines for doctors will help them treat migraine headaches that are severe enough to bring patients to the emergency department. According to the guidelines, emergency physicians should avoid injecting migraine patients with morphine or morphine-like drugs, known as opioids. Instead, they should use one of two other intravenous drugs or an injection of sumatriptan.
Female pet owners may be less likely to die of stroke
24 Jun 2016 at 12:58pm
U.S. women over age 50 and generally healthy were less likely to die of cardiovascular events like stroke if they had a cat or dog, the researchers found. After accounting for the increase in physical activity required of dog owners, owning a cat instead of a dog was still tied to a lower risk of death from stroke. About 35 percent of people owned a pet, most often a dog.
UK 'Leave' vote deflates hopes for U.S.-EU trade deal
24 Jun 2016 at 12:54pm
By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Britain's looming exit from the European Union is another huge setback for negotiations on a massive U.S.-EU free trade deal that were already stalled by deeply entrenched differences and growing anti-trade sentiment on both sides of the Atlantic. With French and German officials increasingly voicing skepticism about TTIP's chances for success, the United Kingdom's departure from the deal could sink hopes of a deal before President Barack Obama leaves office in January. "This is yet another reason why TTIP will likely be postponed," said Heather Conley, European program director at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a think tank in Washington.
Rio doping lab expects to return to normal in July before Olympics
24 Jun 2016 at 12:12pm
RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - A laboratory in Rio de Janeiro suspended by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said on Friday that it expects to return to normal operations next month following a visit from a WADA technical committee, in time for the start of the Olympics. (Reporting by Pedro Fonseca; Writing by Daniel Flynn; Editing by Brad Haynes)
False positives likely triggered suspension of Rio doping lab :source
24 Jun 2016 at 12:12pm
RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) likely suspended the credentials for a testing lab in Rio de Janeiro due to technical errors generating false positives, a source familiar with the decision said on Friday. (Reporting by Pedro Fonseca; Writing by Brad Haynes; Editing by Daniel Flynn)
Senator renews scrutiny of pharma ties on federal panel
24 Jun 2016 at 12:10pm
WASHINGTON (AP) ? A high-ranking Senate Democrat is pushing for more answers on why doctors and patient advocates with financial ties to the pharmaceutical industry came to serve on a panel that advises the federal government on pain issues.
Factbox: Domestic violence, abuse plague Native Americans
24 Jun 2016 at 8:16am
By Ellen Wulfhorst TAOS PUEBLO, New Mexico (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Father and son John Tsosie and Ernest Tsosie Jr. travel the American Southwest, promoting awareness of domestic violence and abuse on Indian reservations and aiming their message at Native American men. Here are some facts about Indian communities in the Southwest and elsewhere in the United States.
Flint children's blood lead levels rose in water crisis: U.S. officials
24 Jun 2016 at 8:14am
Federal health officials on Friday confirmed that the blood lead levels of children in Flint, Michigan, rose after the city switched to the Flint River as the source of its drinking water, exposing residents to dangerously high contamination. Flint, with a population of about 100,000, was under control of a state-appointed emergency manager in 2014 when it switched its water source to the river from Detroit's municipal system to save money. The river water was more corrosive than the Detroit system's and caused more lead to leach from aging pipes.
Father-son Navajo Indians draw on violent pasts to teach healing
24 Jun 2016 at 8:12am
By Ellen Wulfhorst TAOS PUEBLO, New Mexico (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - John Tsosie stood up before a small audience at a Pueblo Native American reservation and told the gathering how he hit the mother of his children. Joining him was his father Ernest Tsosie Jr., who recounted how he too inflicted raging violence on his family. The father-and-son duo of Navajo Indians now travels the American Southwest, sharing their stories of violence and recovery to help troubled Native American men prone to alcoholism, drugs and domestic abuse.
Bug Spray Hacks: How to Avoid the Summer Bite
24 Jun 2016 at 7:58am
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Brazil's Bible, beef and bullets lobby backs Temer, unfazed by scandal
24 Jun 2016 at 7:52am
By Anthony Boadle BRASILIA (Reuters) - Conservative legislators in Brazil say they will back interim President Michel Temer through a growing corruption scandal in return for support for their right-wing social agenda, including tougher abortion restrictions and looser gun control. The powerful bloc's willingness to stand by Temer, expressed to Reuters by five of its leading lawmakers, bolsters his chances of surviving the scandal and ousting suspended President Dilma Rousseff in an impeachment trial, despite losing three ministers in a month to a graft probe of state oil company Petrobras . The widening scandal has undermined Temer's six-week-old government and shaken confidence in his ability to pass reforms aimed at cutting Brazil's fiscal deficit as Latin America's largest economy faces its worst recession in decades.
How will 'Brexit' affect aid agencies and charities?
24 Jun 2016 at 6:53am
By Lin Taylor LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Britain has voted to leave the European Union, forcing the resignation of Prime Minister David Cameron and dealing the biggest blow to the European project of greater unity since World War Two. The four-month campaign was among the divisive ever waged in Britain, with accusations of lying and scare-mongering on both sides and rows on immigration which critics said at times unleashed overt racism. It revealed deep splits in British society, with the pro-Brexit side drawing support from millions of voters who felt left behind by globalization and believed they saw no benefits from Britain's ethnic diversity and free-market economy.
EU officials to decide on Roundup herbicide after political impasse
24 Jun 2016 at 6:43am
By Alissa de Carbonnel BRUSSELS (Reuters) - An impasse between EU nations on whether to allow Monsanto's Roundup and similar weed-killers to continue to be sold means that the European Commission, rather than national politicians, will decide the issue next week. With most EU attention focused on Britain's shock decision to quit the bloc, everyday work continued in Brussels on Friday where an "appeal's committee" of representatives from the 28 member states failed to agree on whether to extend the license for the herbicide glyphosate after it expires next week. The European Crop Protection Association said banning the chemical could harm farmers, increase food prices and damage the environment.