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Mexico revises hospital gas blast death toll, says two dead not seven
29 Jan 2015 at 11:53am
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - One woman and a child were killed when a gas explosion tore through a maternity hospital on the western edge of Mexico City on Thursday, the capital's mayor said, revising down an earlier toll of seven announced by national emergency services. Officials said there had been confusion around the number of dead, and that another person believed to have died was in fact in a very serious condition. (Reporting by Mexico City Newsroom)
Suspected Ebola patient admitted to California hospital
29 Jan 2015 at 11:46am
A patient suspected of being infected with Ebola was admitted on Thursday to the University of California, Davis, Medical Center in Sacramento, the hospital said in a statement. The statement provided no further immediate information about the patient, except to say that the individual was transferred on Thursday morning from Mercy General Hospital in Sacramento to UC Davis Medical Center with "symptoms consistent with Ebola infection." It said UC Davis has been designated by the California Department of Public Health as a priority hospital equipped to treat confirmed Ebola patients.
Time for an Energy Audit
29 Jan 2015 at 11:32am
Time For An Energy AuditTennessee Valley is one of the more beautiful, family friendly hiking areas in the Bay Area. It draws a crowd, especially on Christmas Day when the weather is gorgeous and people are looking to get out. It's where I found myself this past Christmas, doing a little solo communing and reflection. I had other options. My...
New fund eases expenses for organ donors
29 Jan 2015 at 11:25am
By Randi Belisomo (Reuters Health) ? When Sigrid Fry-Revere decided to donate a kidney to a friend in 2010, she thought she knew what to expect. ?I didn?t know how she was going to pay her bills,? said her sister, Faye Herald, whose research led her to Fry-Revere?s fund.
Should ?High T? determine eligibility for women?s sports?
29 Jan 2015 at 11:23am
By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) ? According to controversial new regulations, female athletes with as much testosterone in their blood as some men are not allowed to compete in women?s sporting events. In 2011 and 2012, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) implemented new rules barring a female from competing in the women?s category if her blood testosterone level is above 10 nanomoles of testosterone per liter (nmol/L). Women usually have less than three nmol/L, according to Dr. Peter Sonksen of Kings College London. Men tend to have 10 to 30 nmol/L. But 2.5 percent of women have hyperandrogenism, meaning more testosterone in their blood than the reference range for females, usually due to genetics, Sonksen told Reuters Health by email.
March meeting to plan rebuilding of Ebola-hit states
29 Jan 2015 at 11:07am
By Edmund Blair NAIROBI (Reuters) - Governments and international organizations plan to meet in March to work out how to rebuild three West African nations whose economies have been shattered by Ebola, a U.N. envoy said on Thursday. The number of newly detected cases of Ebola virus infection has been dropping sharply in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia in recent weeks. The World Bank in January projected they would lose $1.6 billion in income this year, over 12 percent of their combined economic output. "The plans at the moment are for a conference to look at the needs of reconstruction organized by the countries themselves, by the United Nations, by the African Union and by the European Union," said David Nabarro, the U.N. special envoy on Ebola.
Oh, Baby! Welcome to the Mother of All Sports Controversies
29 Jan 2015 at 11:03am
Richard Sherman is the latest dealing with being a soon-to-be dad.
'Humans of New York' blog raises over $1 million for Brooklyn school
29 Jan 2015 at 10:51am
The popular photo blog "Humans of New York" said it had raised more than $1 million by Thursday to pay for college trips and tuition for middle-school students in one of the city's most crime-ridden neighborhoods. The fundraising idea was triggered by a viral response to the blog, www.humansofnewyork.com, after it posted the photo of a student at Mott Hall Bridges Academy in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, who called the school principal the most influential person in his life. The student was identified only as Vidal, age 13, and he was shown in a photograph by blog founder Brandon Stanton with a pursed smile and wooly black hoodie, accompanied by a quote about his principal, Nadia Lopez. "And one time she made every student stand up, one at a time, and she told each one of us that we matter." The blog, on which Stanton posts pictures, quotes and short stories about people he meets in New York City, has nearly 12 million Facebook followers.
Black breast-feeding gatherings battle troubling health gaps
29 Jan 2015 at 10:36am
MILWAUKEE (AP) ? Once a month, baby-toting young women gather in a YMCA conference room to share tips, talk about and demonstrate breast-feeding ? an age-old yet sometimes shunned practice in their community.
Red Cross steps up aid to Syria under local truces: senior official
29 Jan 2015 at 10:22am
By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - Syrian authorities and insurgents have allowed the Red Cross to deliver growing amounts of aid under local ceasefires since August, in a possible harbinger of reconciliation in the civil war, an ICRC official said on Thursday. Boris Michel, outgoing head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) delegation in Syria, also told Reuters in an interview it had made five visits to four government-run prisons last year, the first since May 2012. "If you want to de-escalate the conflict, you have to start from the local level and build local truces, arrangements, just to stabilize the situation because people are exhausted after four years of conflict and the human cost of it is huge." The ICRC has 300 staff in Syria, including 51 expatriates against 35 a year ago. We convinced authorities to provide more access to victims so there is more delivery of humanitarian assistance on a needs-based approach, therefore crossing lines across Syria," he said.
FDA expands use of Imbruvica to treat rare form of blood cancer
29 Jan 2015 at 10:12am
(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it cleared an expanded use of Imbruvica to treat Waldenström's macroglobulinemia (WM), a rare form of blood cancer for which no specific pharmaceutical therapy exists. The regulator's decision, which comes in over two months ahead of its review date, represents a fourth indication for the drug, sold by Johnson & Johnson and Pharmacyclics Inc. A type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, WM was first discovered more than 70 years ago. It usually worsens slowly over time and causes abnormal blood cells, known as B lymphocytes (B-cells), to grow within the bone marrow, lymph nodes, liver, and spleen. Although WM occurs only in up to 1,500 patients in the United States each year, the approval highlights the strength of the Imbruvica franchise, Roth Capital Partner's Joseph Pantginis wrote in a note.
Jim Parsons set for celestial role in Broadway comedy 'Act of God'
29 Jan 2015 at 9:53am
Four-time Emmy winner Jim Parsons, best known as the nerdy scientist Sheldon Cooper in the TV comedy "The Big Bang Theory" will be ascending to new heights when he plays God on Broadway this spring, the show's producer said on Thursday. Parsons, 41, will star in the limited run of "An Act of God," scheduled to open on May 28 at Studio 54. The play is based on "The Last Testament: A Memoir by God," dubbed the ultimate celebrity autobiography, as told to David Javerbaum, the Emmy-winning former executive producer and head writer of "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart." "I chose Jim to play me because I relish the irony of telling the real story of the six days of creation through the star of 'The Big Bang Theory.' Plus, he's funny," a press agent quoted God as saying in a statement.
Obama budget to propose spending lift for military, domestic programs
29 Jan 2015 at 9:48am
By Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's budget will call for an increase in U.S. domestic and military spending that would end spending caps known as 'sequestration,' a White House official said, setting up a new source of conflict with Republicans in Congress. Obama intends to announce his plans during a meeting with congressional Democrats in Philadelphia on Thursday. The fiscal 2016 budget, which the White House intends to unveil on Monday, would fund a host of programs that Republicans are unlikely to support. It is the latest salvo by the Democratic president lobbed at a Congress controlled by the opposition party and follows a defiant State of the Union address last week that critics said betrayed an unwillingness to seek compromise.
Are You Giving Your Body Its Best Shot at a Long, Healthy Life?
29 Jan 2015 at 9:30am
Think of your health like a savings account. Are you saving for a rainy day? There's so much we can do right now to contribute to our future wellbeing and longevity. Ask yourself these questions to get on track for a long, happy, healthy life.How healthy are you now? Whatever your age or health, now is the time to get a thorough and accurate...
6 Ways We Can Use Taste and Smell to Optimize Our Nutrition
29 Jan 2015 at 9:02am
Let's be honest. Rarely a day passes when we are not bombarded with information on how we can improve our health. This usually takes shape in the form of new "fat free" foods, diet fads, and the latest fitness trends. Perhaps that eight-muscled meat snake housed in our pie hole and our discerning schnoz are far less exciting, but these...