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Flint mayor vows to replace lead pipes, seeks help with $55 million tab
9 Feb 2016 at 12:20pm
The mayor of Flint, Michigan, which is struggling to cope with dangerous levels of lead in its drinking water, said on Tuesday the city would replace all residents' pipes and was counting on state and federal help to foot the estimated $55 million bill. The city of some 100,000 people was under control of a state-appointed emergency manager in 2014 when it switched its source of water from Detroit's municipal system to the Flint River to save money. "We're going to restore safe drinking water one house at a time, one child at a time," the city's Democratic mayor, Karen Weaver, told reporters, adding she expected the state's Republican governor, Rick Snyder, to back the move.
China confirms first imported Zika case: report
9 Feb 2016 at 12:15pm
China confirmed its first imported case of Zika late Tuesday, Xinhua reported, as fears mount over the fast-spreading virus that has been linked to severe birth defects mostly in Latin America. Few cases of the mosquito-borne illness have been reported in Asia, but the World Health Organization has declared a global health emergency to combat Zika as cases spread elsewhere. Officials in China said a 34-year-old man was diagnosed with the virus after he returned from Venezuela on January 28 and reported a fever, headache and dizziness, according to Xinhua news agency citing health officials.
Olympic medals prospect Kenya causes stir in weighing Zika and Rio
9 Feb 2016 at 12:13pm
By Drazen Jorgic NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya, with its stellar medal prospects for the Rio Games, caused a stir on Tuesday when the head of its Olympics committee said the team might withdraw because of Zika, but officials said later it was too soon to decide on the impact of the virus. The mosquito-borne virus, which is widespread in Brazil and has been linked to birth defects, has prompted concern among athletes and sports officials around the world as they prepare for the Aug. 5-21 Games in Rio de Janeiro. National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK) head Kipchoge Keino said on Tuesday the country would not "risk taking Kenyans there if this Zika virus reaches epidemic levels," and that he was seeking reassurance from organizers.
Flint mayor demands lead pipes be replaced after scandal
9 Feb 2016 at 12:07pm
Replacing 15,000 lead pipes is the only way that residents of Flint, Michigan can feel safe again in the wake of a tainted water scandal, the US city's mayor said Tuesday. "We have been emotionally traumatized and we need new pipes," Mayor Karen Weaver told reporters. It wasn't until a local pediatrician published evidence of a huge spike in lead poisoning among Flint children in October that state officials admitted the water was unsafe to drink.
8 Personal Tips for Fighting the February Blues
9 Feb 2016 at 12:03pm
Every year when February rolls around, while other people post on social media about how much fun they're having sledding and building snowmen and drinking hot chocolate, I think, shoot me. Just shoot me now. Throughout the winter, I struggle with a vague despondency, but in December, the holidays keep me occupied, and in January, there is the...
'Beauty After Breast Cancer': An Authentic, Breathtaking Look into the Lives ...
9 Feb 2016 at 12:00pm
(Some images may be considered NSFW)"Joyful, sexy, strong. We are showing them a picture and telling them a story that brings awareness to the fact that they do not have to lose these characteristics, or their life. We are granting patients a community when they feel isolated, reassurance when they are frightened and information when they feel...
Never Check Email Before Noon (And Other Thoughts on Doing Your Best Work)
9 Feb 2016 at 11:56am
Dana Vollmer did not have an easy road to the Olympics.Vollmer is an olympic swimmer, but it wasn't just the grueling practice schedule that made her journey to the top difficult. At the age of 15, Vollmer discovered that she had a heart disorder known as long QT syndrome. She had heart surgery later that year, but the operation didn't...
U.S. has room to fight any future downturn with spending: Furman
9 Feb 2016 at 11:52am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House's top economic adviser, Jason Furman, said on Tuesday that the United States has ample capacity to boost spending to cushion any future economic downturn. Furman, at a news conference on President Barack Obama's final budget proposal, said that gross domestic product growth may be slowing somewhat, but that is being offset in a fiscal context by lower unemployment and lower-than-expected interest rates, and a continued decline in healthcare costs. ...
Novartis sets heart-drug price with two insurers based on health outcome
9 Feb 2016 at 11:08am
By Caroline Humer NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S.-based health insurers Cigna Corp and Aetna Inc have struck deals with Novartis AG for a performance-based price for the Swiss drugmaker's new heart drug, Entresto, the companies said on Monday. The agreements are among the few performance-based deals that have been made public by drugmakers and U.S. managed-care companies, which say they have been having more discussions about linking price to health outcomes in order to cut unneeded drug spending.
Man charged with killing Texas deputy declared mentally incompetent
9 Feb 2016 at 11:08am
A district judge committed Shannon Miles, 31, to a state mental hospital after prosecutors found he was not competent to stand trial at this time. Miles was charged with capital murder, which is punishable by death, for killing Harris County sheriff's deputy Darren Goforth, a spokesman for the Harris County District Attorney said. State District Judge Susan Brown committed Miles, currently held at county jail, for 120 days for mental health professionals to evaluate and try to restore competency, a lawyer for Miles said.
Obama proposes $4.1 trillion spending plan in final White House budget
9 Feb 2016 at 11:03am
U.S. President Barack Obama proposed a $4.1 trillion spending plan for fiscal year 2017 on Tuesday in a final White House budget that laid out his priorities for fighting Islamic State, raising taxes on wealthy Americans and helping the poor. The budget for the fiscal year beginning on Oct. 1 is largely a political document and is unlikely to be passed by the Republican-controlled Congress. The spending proposal stayed within the confines of an agreement reached between the White House and Congress last year that lifted mandatory "sequestration" cuts on both defense and domestic spending.
China confirms first imported Zika case: Xinhua
9 Feb 2016 at 10:44am
(Reuters) - China has confirmed its first case of imported Zika virus, the country's state news agency Xinhua reported. The Zika virus was detected in a 34-year-old man from Ganxian county of Jiangxi province, Xinhua said, citing China's National Health and Family Planning Commission. The man was recovering with normal body temperature and fading rash, Xinhua said. (Reporting by Ismail Shakil in Bengaluru; Editing by Rodney Joyce)
VA hospitals compare favorably on deaths, readmission rates
9 Feb 2016 at 10:37am
CHICAGO (AP) ? Veterans' hospitals compare pretty favorably with others when it comes to treating older men with three common conditions ? heart attacks, heart failure and pneumonia, according to a study on death rates and readmissions.
Gun, drug, car deaths loom large in US longevity gap: Study
9 Feb 2016 at 10:36am
CHICAGO (AP) ? Guns, drugs and cars contribute substantially to the life-expectancy gap between the United States and other developed nations, a study found.
Preventable injury deaths shorten U.S. life expectancy
9 Feb 2016 at 10:19am
By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) - About half of the difference in life expectancy between the U.S. and other high-income countries like Austria and the U.K. is due to injuries sustained from guns, drug poisonings and motor vehicle crashes, according to a new study. As of 2012, U.S. life expectancy at birth was 78.7 years, compared to 81.5 years in the U.K. and 82.6 years in France, according to World Bank data. ?Part of the reason there is such a large difference is that people who die from these injuries usually have several decades left to live,? said lead author Dr. Andrew Fenelon of the National Center for Health Statistics in Hyattsville, Maryland.