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British lawmakers call for sugar tax to tackle childhood obesity
30 Nov 2015 at 1:59am
British lawmakers urged the government on Monday to introduce tough measures, including a tax on sugary drinks and controls on price promotions for "unhealthy food and drink", to try to tackle childhood obesity. Parliament's Health Committee said there was "clear evidence that measures to improve the food environment" must be used to tackle obesity, treatment of which costs the state-run health service 5.1 billion pounds ($7.65 billion) every year. In its report, the committee said there should be strong controls on price promotions of unhealthy food and drink and a sugary drinks tax on full sugar drinks, with all proceeds targeted to help those children at greatest risk of obesity.
Bono, Clooney, Kardashian part of all-star campaign for AIDS
30 Nov 2015 at 12:53am
NEW YORK (AP) ? Would you like to spend quality time with George Clooney as he showers you with compliments?
Costly 'cleaner' coal fights for space in emissions debate
30 Nov 2015 at 12:09am
By Krishna N. Das, Tommy Wilkes and Yuka Obayashi NEW DELHI/TOKYO (Reuters) - The global coal industry is trumpeting "cleaner coal" technology to fight bubbling competition from renewable energy, but the high costs of greener plants are proving a major obstacle in selling them to power-hungry countries such as India. The challenges are highlighted by the experience of Japan - despite a concerted push by Tokyo to take a lead in exporting the technology, only 7 percent of the power stations built or planned since 2010 with funds from Tokyo's export credit agency were of the most energy-efficient type, according to data from a group of NGOs.
NYC's novel salt warning rule set to take effect at chains
29 Nov 2015 at 10:19pm
NEW YORK (AP) ? New York City begins a new era in nutritional warnings this week, when chain restaurants will have to start putting a special symbol on highly salty dishes.
Kevorkian archive opens as physician-assisted deaths rise
29 Nov 2015 at 10:18pm
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) ? Just days before she died with Dr. Jack Kevorkian's assistance, Merian Frederick could not speak or hold up her head without help from her daughter, Carol Poenisch.
Obama prods world on climate change, faces pushback at home
29 Nov 2015 at 6:05pm
PARIS (AP) ? Facing pushback at home, President Barack Obama said Sunday that American leadership was helping make gains in the global fight against climate change as he tried to reassure world leaders assembling for a historic conference in Paris that the U.S. can deliver on its own commitments.
Stay-at-home mom, Iraq war veteran named as Colorado clinic fatalities
29 Nov 2015 at 4:20pm
The Colorado Springs Police Department named the two civilians as Jennifer Markovsky, 35, and Ke'Arre Marcell Stewart, 29, though it said the identifications were preliminary pending completion of the autopsies. Also killed in the shooting was Garrett Swasey, 44, a campus police officer for the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.
Planned Parenthood says Colorado shooter opposed abortion
29 Nov 2015 at 4:19pm
By Keith Coffman COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Reuters) - Planned Parenthood said on Sunday that news reports that the gunman who attacked its Colorado health clinic had uttered "no more baby parts" during his arrest showed the suspect was motivated by an anti-abortion agenda. The remark attributed to suspect Robert Lewis Dear was an apparent reference to Planned Parenthood's abortion activities and its role in delivering fetal tissue to medical researchers, a hot-button issue in the 2016 race for the presidency. "We now know the man responsible for the tragic shooting at PP's health center in Colorado was motivated by opposition to safe and legal abortion," the organization said on Twitter.
Planned Parenthood to reassess security after Colorado attack
29 Nov 2015 at 4:19pm
Now some affiliates of the reproductive health organization say they will scrutinize their security measures even further after a gunman's deadly attack on one of the nonprofit's clinics in Colorado on Friday. "We don't want to militarize our health centers," said Stephanie Kight, chief executive officer for Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio. Three people were killed and nine injured when a gunman, identified by police as Robert Lewis Dear, 57, opened fire on Friday at the Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs.
Stay-at-home mother identified as Colorado clinic fatality
29 Nov 2015 at 2:52pm
Another of the three people killed in last week's rampage at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic was identified on Sunday as Jennifer Markovsky, a stay-at-home mother of two young children. Julia Miller, a sister-in-law who lives in California, said in a phone interview that Markovsky was at the clinic to be with a friend. Colorado Springs police have said they would name the two deceased civilians after autopsies were completed, likely on Monday.
Norway mulls using heroin to prevent deadly overdoses
29 Nov 2015 at 9:26am
BERGEN, Norway (AP) ? The pale, zombie-like addicts staggering through concrete underpasses make an unlikely scene in wealthy Norway's picturesque second city. As a gateway to the fjords which zigzag the oil-rich nation's long coastline, Bergen is the last stop on a global drug route that gives it one of the worst heroin problems in Europe.
Roche pulls out of 'superbug' antibiotic project
29 Nov 2015 at 8:03am
Swiss drugmaker Roche Holding has dropped out of a high-profile project to develop an antibiotic for treating "superbug" infections, the company said on Sunday. Roche had agreed in 2013 to pay privately held partner Polyphor up to 500 million Swiss francs ($485.3 million) for rights to the product, marking a rare foray by a major pharmaceuticals company into the battle against superbug infections in hospitals. "Roche has decided to discontinue its involvement in the clinical development of the investigational antibiotic RG7929/POL7080 for the treatment of patients with severe Pseudomonas aeruginosa infections and will return the asset to Polyphor," a company spokesman said by email when asked about a report to this effect by the NZZ am Sonntag newspaper.
What's The Difference Between Corn Syrup And Sugar?
29 Nov 2015 at 6:30am
Scientists are still debating whether there is a real difference between the effects on a person's health of high-fructose corn syrup and those of sugar, even as the issue features in an ongoing lawsuit.An attorney representing sugar companies said in court earlier this month that corn syrup cannot be compared to sugar; meanwhile, another...
Resources to Recover Aids the Human Capacity to Survive Mental Illness
29 Nov 2015 at 5:26am
Jay Boll, Vice President and Editor-in-Chief of Resources to Recover (RtoR). Credit: Katherine DuResources to Recover (RtoR), a gateway website equipping families with resources to tackle mental illness, has flourished since its launch in 2014.An initiative of Laurel House, a 501(c)(3) social services organization based in Stamford,...
Trial of Baltimore police officer charged in man's death to start
29 Nov 2015 at 3:12am
Trial begins on Monday for a Baltimore police officer charged in the death of a black man from an injury he suffered while in police custody that triggered rioting and protests and fueled a U.S. debate on police brutality. Officer William Porter, 26, is the first of six officers scheduled for separate trials in Baltimore City Circuit Court for the death in April of Freddie Gray. Gray, 25, died from a spinal injury suffered in the back of a police transport van after he was taken into custody.