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Legionnaires' outbreak leaves 4 dead at Illinois veterans home: newspaper
31 Aug 2015 at 9:41pm
The outbreak in Quincy, which is about 240 miles southwest of Chicago, follows recent outbreaks of the respiratory illness that killed a dozen people in New York City and has sickened inmates at a California prison. Adams County, Illinois, health officials have confirmed that the more than two dozen cases all are connected to the Quincy veterans' home, the newspaper said. In New York, an outbreak traced to the historic Opera House Hotel killed 12 people and sickened 128 before it was declared over in August.
Daily pot smoking on U.S. college campuses at 35-year high: study
31 Aug 2015 at 9:11pm
The number of U.S. college students smoking marijuana every day or nearly every day is greater than it has been in 35 years, according to a study released on Tuesday. Nearly 6 percent of college students reported using pot daily or near-daily in 2014, up from 3.5 percent in 2007 but less than the 7.2 percent recorded in 1980, the University of Michigan's Monitoring the Future study found. "It's clear that for the past seven or eight years there has been an increase in marijuana use among the nation's college students," said Lloyd Johnston, the study's principal author.
China Caixin factory, service PMIs suggest economic slowdown worsening
31 Aug 2015 at 7:20pm
Activity in China's vast factory sector shrank at its fastest pace in almost 6-1/2 years in August, a private survey showed on Tuesday, increasing investor fears that the world's second-largest economy may be lurching toward a hard landing. Some economists believe China's current growth rate is already much weaker, and investors fear the twin shocks from a yuan currency devaluation and stock market collapse over the summer have put the economy and financial system at even greater risk.
China August services activity falls to lowest level in over a year - Caixin PMI
31 Aug 2015 at 7:10pm
Activity in China's services sector expanded at its slowest rate in more than a year in August, a private survey showed on Tuesday, a worrying sign for what has been one of the lone bright spots in the cooling economy. Services have accounted for the biggest part of China's economic output for at least two years, with resilience in the sector helping to cushion the downdraft from persistent weakness in the factory sector.
California doctor faces murder trial in 3 men's drug deaths
31 Aug 2015 at 3:36pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) ? A prosecutor says that even after several patients died of overdoses, the California doctor now charged in their deaths continued to prescribe powerful painkillers in appointments that lasted as little as three minutes.
Judge sides with anti-abortion group in birth control case
31 Aug 2015 at 3:10pm
WASHINGTON (AP) ? A federal judge on Monday sided with an anti-abortion group in its challenge of a key birth control provision of the Obama administration's health care overhaul.
Regulations may make kids' fast food meals healthier
31 Aug 2015 at 2:53pm
By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - Regulating fast food kids' meals that include toys may end up making the meals healthier, according to a new study. If a proposed new policy in New York City is approved, then fast food meals that come with toys would contain fewer calories overall, and fewer from fat and sodium, researchers report. "We can create policies that will nudge us toward healthier behaviors," said senior author Marie Bragg, of NYU Langone Medical Center in New York.
9 Healthy (and Tasty) Back-To-School Snack Recipes
31 Aug 2015 at 2:46pm
As much as I love the laidback energy of July and August, I usually get this giddy vibe when back-to-school season hits. I'm not actually heading back to class. But even for us childless adults, September brings us back to some reality of sorts. Like the beginning of the year, and its accompanying resolutions, the first day of September can be...
People who lack sleep are more likely to catch colds
31 Aug 2015 at 2:31pm
People who do not get enough sleep are four times more likely than their well-rested counterparts to catch a cold, US researchers said Monday. The findings in the journal Sleep are based on a study of 164 volunteers who allowed themselves to be exposed to the cold virus by researchers who were also tracking their sleep habits. Once sequestered in the hotel, researchers administered the cold virus via nasal drops and monitored the volunteers for a week, collecting daily mucus samples to see if the virus had taken hold.
Chipotle sued over GMO-free menu claims
31 Aug 2015 at 2:19pm
A California woman has accused the popular chain in a lawsuit of false advertising after it trumpeted on April 27 that it was the first national restaurant company to use only ingredients that are free of controversial genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. In her lawsuit filed Friday in federal court in San Francisco, the plaintiff Colleen Gallagher also alleged that Chipotle violated the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act because its food labeling is false and misleading, and deceived diners into paying more for their food. "As Chipotle told consumers it was 'G-M-Over it,' the opposite was true," the Piedmont, California resident said.
New guidelines for cancer doctors aim to make sense of gene tests
31 Aug 2015 at 2:00pm
By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) has issued guidelines on how cancer doctors should approach the use of new genetic tests that screen for multiple cancer genes at the same time, including counseling patients about genes whose contribution to cancer is still poorly understood. The guidelines aim to educate doctors about the risks and benefits of new genetic tests, argue for regulation to assure quality and call for more equitable reimbursement of the cost of the tests from private and public insurers. The falling price of genome sequencing has made it possible for cancer doctors to cheaply test for a wide variety of mutated genes that could guide treatment or predict a person's risk for cancer.
Why Working Moms Should Do Less So They Can Have it All
31 Aug 2015 at 1:22pm
Artwork: Awakening Truth, by Jeanette MacDonaldHear this working moms: unrealistic, unhealthy expectations of what you should be able to accomplish will slowly and surely burn you out, run you into the ground and make you hate your life. If your expectation is that you must work harder and do more to get what you want, you will have to work...
Challenging the Ice Bucket 'Breakthrough' -- A Toxic Blend of Science and Mar...
31 Aug 2015 at 1:16pm
Everyone, it seems, knows about the Ice Bucket Challenge, the viral phenomenon that raised record-breaking sums for the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Association. This feel-good movement was critiqued by many, but no one can claim it was a bad thing: It raised lots of money, the overwhelming majority (96 percent) of which was used to...
Five die, six injured in explosion at Spanish fireworks factory
31 Aug 2015 at 12:51pm
By Luis Correas ZARAGOZA, Spain (Reuters) - Five people died and six were injured in an explosion at a fireworks factory on Monday near Zaragoza in northeastern Spain, officials said. The cause of the blast at the factory on the outskirts of the city near the airport was unknown.
Arizona woman held on $2 million bail for drowning twin sons
31 Aug 2015 at 12:48pm
An Arizona mother who police say admitted to drowning her twin sons in a bathtub because "nobody loved them" and attempted to do the same to another child was ordered held on $2 million bond on Monday by a commissioner. Mireya Alejandra Lopez, 22, made her first appearance in Maricopa County Superior Court on suspicion of first-degree murder and attempted murder stemming from the incident at her suburban Phoenix home. Lopez, who has a history of mental illness and was on medication, was arrested on Sunday in the suburb of Avondale, west of Phoenix, after the boys? grandmother called police.