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Texas abortion providers launch campaign to keep clinics open
9 Feb 2016 at 3:23pm
As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to decide the legality of strict Texas abortion restrictions, women's healthcare providers have launched a campaign across the state trying to win support to keep their clinics open. The U.S. Supreme Court took up a major new abortion case in November by agreeing to hear a challenge by abortion providers to parts of a restrictive, Republican-backed Texas law that critics contend is aimed at shutting abortion clinics. Texas Republicans who backed what is known as HB-2 contend the 2013 abortion law is aimed at protecting women's health.
Zika virus leaves Kenya undecided about attending Rio Olympics
9 Feb 2016 at 3:12pm
By Drazen Jorgic NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya caused a stir on Tuesday when the head of its Olympics committee said the team might withdraw from the Rio Games 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.
Genome offers clues on thwarting reviled, disease-carrying ticks
9 Feb 2016 at 3:09pm
By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Scientists have unlocked the genetic secrets of one of the least-loved creatures around, the tick species that spreads Lyme disease, in research that may lead to new methods to control these diminutive arachnids that dine on blood. The researchers said on Tuesday they have sequenced the genome of Ixodes scapularis, known as the deer tick or blacklegged tick, which transmits Lyme and other diseases by chomping through the skin of people and animals and releasing infected saliva as they devour blood. "They are so persistent, resilient and tenacious," said Purdue University entomologist Catherine Hill, who led the study published in the journal Nature Communications.
Obama proposes $4.1 trillion spending plan in final White House budget
9 Feb 2016 at 2:29pm
By Jeff Mason and David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - 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 met immediate Republican resistance for its cost and reliance on tax hikes to fund domestic priorities. Obama, a Democrat who leaves office next January, sought to outline his fiscal and political vision for the country with proposed investments in infrastructure, cyber security, education, and job growth. Paul Ryan, the Republican speaker of the House of Representatives, called it a "manual for growing the federal government at the expense of hardworking Americans." The budget envisions a deficit of $503 billion in fiscal 2017 after a $616 billion budget gap in the current fiscal year ending on Sept. 30.
Sleep deprivation tied to more false confessions
9 Feb 2016 at 2:26pm
People who are sleep deprived are 4.5 times more likely to sign a false confession than those who got a full night's rest before signing, researchers found. "I think it's important for the legal community and jurors to do what they can to accurately and reliably assess evidence including confession evidence," said study author Shari Berkowitz, of California State University, Dominguez Hills. False confessions are implicated in about 15 to 25 percent of those cases, the authors note.
Minnesota Gov. Dayton proposes paid family leave for state workers
9 Feb 2016 at 2:02pm
If the legislature approves, Minnesota would join California, New Jersey and Rhode Island in having paid family leave, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. All 35,000 Minnesota state employees would be eligible for the benefit, which would amount to an average of $6,200 in wages workers would receive instead of having to take unpaid leave.
Republican senator: Obama administration already has funds for Zika
9 Feb 2016 at 1:59pm
By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration has no immediate need for funding to combat the Zika virus because money remains unspent from fighting the two-year-long Ebola outbreak, a member of the Republican Senate leadership said on Tuesday. "We all believe this needs to be dealt with," said Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri, who will chair a hearing about Zika on Thursday.
Zsa Zsa Gabor hospitalized, husband hopes she will live to 100
9 Feb 2016 at 1:45pm
Ailing movie actress Zsa Zsa Gabor was in a Los Angeles hospital on Tuesday awaiting surgery, her husband said, adding that he hoped the star of Hollywood's golden age would survive to celebrate her 100th birthday in a year's time. Gabor's ninth husband, Frederic Prinz von Anhalt, told Reuters Gabor was admitted to the UCLA Medical Center on Monday after having difficulty breathing. Gabor, the Hungarian-born star of 1950s films "Moulin Rouge" and "Lili" who turned 99 on February 6, has been confined to her home for years following the 2011 amputation of her leg and other complications.
Stop Being a Martyr
9 Feb 2016 at 1:44pm
STOP BEING A MARTYR!!! A common excuse many people make for not taking care of themselves is that they are too busy taking care of others. Whether it's their spouse, their children, their workplace, etc., they justify neglecting THEMSELVES in exchange for their caring for others. While this may seem like a noble gesture, it is merely a means of...
Better diet tied to less severe metabolic syndrome in teens
9 Feb 2016 at 1:33pm
By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - U.S. teens are eating healthier diets and showing less severe metabolic syndrome - a cluster of conditions like high blood pressure and elevated blood sugar that can lead to cardiovascular disease, stroke and diabetes - a new study suggests. Along with these shifts in eating habits, teens also developed increased levels ?good? high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol that helps purge blood vessels of debris and lower levels of triglycerides - dangerous fats that can make blood thicker, stickier and more prone to clots. ?We found that the decrease in severity of the metabolic syndrome was driven by favorable changes in triglycerides and HDL cholesterol,? said senior study author Dr. Mark DeBoer of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.
Factbox: What is in Obama's final budget proposal?
9 Feb 2016 at 1:29pm
(Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Tuesday unveiled his budget proposal for fiscal year 2017, his final year in office. But since the Republican-controlled Congress controls the purse strings, much of Obama's plan likely will be shelved and so it is primarily a political document. The following are some of Obama's proposals: PENTAGON The Pentagon asked for $7.5 billion to fight Islamic State, up 50 percent from the amount received in the previous year's budget, and wants a fourfold increase for military training and exercises in Europe to support NATO allies. ...
4 Tips to Take Away From Rocky IV
9 Feb 2016 at 1:24pm
I'd be lying if I said Rocky IV wasn't my favorite movie of all time. Of course, there are many movies on my list of "best evers." Yet, this movie takes me back to my childhood. A product of the '80s and early '90s, my summers consisted of watching movies at my grandmas house. We had all the greats on VHS: Back to the Future, Harry and the...
Extra fat by age 10 tied to increased diabetes risk in preteens
9 Feb 2016 at 1:24pm
By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Children who have excess body fat by age 10 may have greater odds of developing diabetes in their preteen years than their slimmer peers, a Canadian study suggests. Researchers measured height and hip size to assess body fat in about 600 children when they were 8 to 10 years old, and again two years later. The study published in JAMA Pediatrics also found more exercise and less screen time were linked to better insulin sensitivity, which might reduce the risk of diabetes.
Water tests show a few homes in Ohio village still have lead
9 Feb 2016 at 1:20pm
SEBRING, Ohio (AP) ? Tap water samples taken over the last two weeks have found 30 homes with high levels of lead in a northeastern Ohio village, state environmental regulators said.
It Takes a Strong Head to Have a Healthy Heart
9 Feb 2016 at 12:28pm
February is Heart Health Month. Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death among women. The American Heart Association's "Go Red For Women"campaign stresses the importance of a healthy diet, weight management and regular exercise to maintain heart health.I agree heart health starts with taking care of your body, but I also believe it means...