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Study to test 'chocolate' pills for heart health
16 Mar 2014 at 10:43pm
It won't be nearly as much fun as eating candy bars, but a big study is being launched to see if pills containing the nutrients in dark chocolate can help prevent heart attacks and strokes.
APNewsBreak: North Dakota abortion lawsuit settled
14 Mar 2014 at 8:32am
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) ? North Dakota's sole abortion clinic has settled a lawsuit it filed over a new law requiring doctors who perform abortions to obtain hospital-admitting privileges, officials said Friday.
Free rides to combat pollution in France, Belgium
14 Mar 2014 at 12:42pm
PARIS (AP) ? Air pollution that has turned the skies over Paris a murky yellow and shrouded much of Belgium for days forced drivers to slow down Friday and gave millions a free ride on public transportation.
Stock futures sharply higher after Crimea vote
17 Mar 2014 at 4:20am
By Ryan Vlastelica NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures rose on Monday, rebounding from a steep drop in the previous week, after Sunday's referendum over whether Crimea will join Russia passed without violence. While markets are seen as vulnerable to further developments in what is considered the biggest crisis between Russia and the United States since the Cold War, anticipated sanctions against Russia had yet to materialize. The 97-percent vote in Crimea in favor of quitting Ukraine was condemned as illegal by Kiev and the West, with the White House calling Russian actions "dangerous and destabilizing.
Activist investors bump into each other in campaigns
17 Mar 2014 at 4:06am
By Soyoung Kim and Olivia Oran NEW YORK, March 17 (Reuters) - When Barington Capital Group in October reported a stake of more than 2 percent in Darden Restaurants Inc with a vow to shake up the company, another investment firm was caught off guard. A few months prior to that, an activist fund was preparing to go public with proposals to shake up Aeropostale Inc and was amassing a stake, only to learn that Sycamore Partners had taken an 8 percent stake in the teen clothing retailer. The examples show how investors are increasingly bumping into one another in corporate campaigns, as more funds are starting to follow the playbook of aggressive shareholders such as Carl Icahn and Bill Ackman, who use their stock positions to urge companies to sell, break up, buy back shares or oust management. Investors and their lawyers say that it's getting tougher to find easy targets as investors are chasing the same "low-hanging fruit" - companies that have poor corporate governance or performance and are vulnerable to calls for change.
Fitness options multiply for the time-pressed and money-stressed
17 Mar 2014 at 2:09am
Time-pressed fitness fans seeking short, focused workouts are flocking to boutique studios specializing in everything from indoor cycling to boot camp, and the no-frills gyms that burgeoned during the financial recession are still thriving in the recovery. Cedric X. Bryant, chief science officer with the American Council on Exercise, believes fitness has taken a minimalist turn that encourages smaller venues. Nearly one in five Americans is a health club consumer, according to a 2014 report by IHRSA, the International Health and Racquet Club, an industry trade association. While membership has remained more or less steady, IHRSA reports a shift in the past few years from large multipurpose clubs to smaller gyms, boutique or sport-specific studios and fitness-only facilities, many of which are franchised.
Abandoned 'baby hatch' scheme suspended in southern Chinese city
17 Mar 2014 at 12:50am
By Grace Li HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese authorities have suspended operations at a "baby hatch", where anonymous mothers can safely abandoned new-born babies, in the city of Guangzhou as a surge in the number of infants has overwhelmed the center which only opened in late January. Many Chinese cities have set up baby hatches, which consist of an incubator and a delayed alarm, to protect unwanted newborns in a country where strict family planning laws have been blamed for the high number of baby girls being abandoned. The baby hatch in Guangzhou which opened on January 28 has so far received 262 abandoned babies, 148 boys and 114 girls, according to the city's Bureau of Civil Affairs. "Due to an increasing number of abandoned babies at the baby hatch, the orphanage's ability to receive those babies has reached the limit," said Xu Jiu, director of Guangzhou Social Welfare Institute, at a briefing.
Riding with impaired drivers tied to riskier teen driving
16 Mar 2014 at 9:31pm
While other studies have found ties between riding with impaired drivers and teen impaired driving risk, the new study surveyed about 2,500 U.S. students each year between 10th and 12th grades to examine rates over time - not at just one point. "We were interested in both driving while intoxicated and riding with an intoxicated driver, because it's the combined of the two behaviors that reflects the true risk," Bruce Simons-Morton, one of the researchers, told Reuters Health. "When you do that, you see a relatively high proportion - about 30 percent in our study - reported either driving while intoxicated or riding with an intoxicated driver within the last three years," he said.
Cricket-Trott's 'con' disrespectful of real illness - Vaughan
16 Mar 2014 at 6:46pm
Jonathan Trott's assertion that mental and physical fatigue had forced him home from England's Ashes tour of Australia rather than depression felt like a "con" and would only convince his team mates he had abandoned them, according to former England captain Michael Vaughan. Team officials cited a long-standing "stress-related illness" as the cause. "I feel a little bit conned we were told Jonathan Trott's problems in Australia were a stress-related illness he had suffered for years," Vaughan wrote in his column in Monday's Daily Telegraph newspaper. "He was obviously not in a great place but he was struggling for cricketing reasons and not mental, and there is a massive difference." Vaughan added that depression was a debilitating illness and for Trott to use terms like "crazy" or "nutcase" in his interview only disrespected those who suffered from it.
Nikon drops to five-week low after China consumer show criticism
16 Mar 2014 at 5:25pm
Shares in Nikon Corp shed 4.2 percent to a five-week low of 1,686 yen on Monday morning after it was criticized by a Chinese consumer show that said the camera maker had sold defective products in China and denied local consumers fair treatment in after-sales service. Nikon, which had sales of 118 billion yen ($1.16 billion) in China in 2013, said on Sunday that it was taking the report "very seriously" and had moved to improve its after-sales network in China, according to its official microblogging sites.
Intercept says liver disease drug effective in trial
16 Mar 2014 at 1:07pm
Intercept Pharmaceuticals Inc said on Sunday its experimental liver disease drug was effective in a third late-stage clinical trial and that the results set the stage for the company to file for marketing approval. The drug, obeticholic acid (OCA), is designed to treat primary biliary cirrhosis, a disease in which bile ducts in the liver become damaged, allowing harmful substances to build up and scar liver tissue. The findings come roughly two months after a clinical trial of the drug in patients with nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, a disease characterized by a buildup of fat in the liver, was halted early because the drug was working better than expected. The latest trial, known as POISE, indicates "that OCA clearly produced clinically meaningful improvements," said Professor Frederik Nevens, chairman of the department of hepatology at the University of Leuven in Belgium and the lead investigator on the trial.
Smithfield halts hog kill at N. Carolina plant due to hog virus: sources
16 Mar 2014 at 9:55am
(The story is refiled to correct annual USDA slaughter figures in paragraph nine) By Meredith Davis and Christine Stebbins (Reuters) - Smithfield Foods Inc, the world's largest pork processor, suspended hog slaughter at its Tar Heel, North Carolina, plant on Friday because of the spread of the deadly Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) which has tightened hog supplies, industry sources said. The Tar Heel plant, the company's largest pork processing facility, reduced its slaughter schedule this week to four days from five days, said the sources, who have knowledge of the plant's operations and hog purchases. Smithfield, acquired last year by China's Shuanghui International, said it does not comment on daily operations, minor disruptions, and openings or closings of processing plants. Smithfield may also reduce operations at its plant in Clinton, North Carolina, the sources said.
Heart maker Carmat to wait before next transplant: founder
16 Mar 2014 at 8:40am
By John Irish PARIS (Reuters) - French artificial heart maker Carmat will not carry out any more human transplants until it has determined the cause of the death of the first patient fitted with its device, one of the company's co-founders said on Sunday. Carmat's first patient, a 76-year-old man, died on March 2 in Paris, two and a half months after his operation. Before he was fitted with the device, the man was suffering from terminal heart failure, when the sick heart can no longer pump enough blood to sustain the body, and was said to have only a few weeks, or even days, to live. "Patients are still being chosen, but of course we will wait to hear a little more on the causes of the death of the first patient before transplanting another artificial heart," Philippe Pouletty, director general of Truffle Capital, one of the main shareholders in Carmat told i Tele television.
Former Boston mayor Tom Menino has cancer: reports
16 Mar 2014 at 7:07am
The longest-serving mayor in Boston history, who stepped down early this year after 20 years in office, has been diagnosed with an advanced form of cancer, the Boston Globe reported on Sunday. Tom Menino, 71, told the newspaper that the cancer has spread to his liver and lymph nodes. I was diagnosed," said Menino, who now teaches at Boston University. And I'll be at work Monday morning." The news drew an outpouring of support from local leaders, including Menino's successor and fellow Democrat Marty Walsh.
A plunge in U.S. preschool obesity? Not so fast, experts say
16 Mar 2014 at 5:20am
By Sharon Begley NEW YORK (Reuters) - If the news last month that the prevalence of obesity among American preschoolers had plunged 43 percent in a decade sounded too good to be true, that's because it probably was, researchers say. First Lady Michelle Obama and others seized on the finding as a sign that efforts to combat the national obesity epidemic were paying off. But as obesity specialists take a closer look at the data, some are questioning the 43 percent claim, suggesting that it may be a statistical fluke and pointing out that similar studies find no such decrease in obesity among preschoolers. In fact, based on the researchers' own data, the obesity rate may have even risen rather than declined.