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Merkel's Bavarian allies back her for fourth term
22 Oct 2016 at 2:33am
German Chancellor Angela Merkel's Bavarian allies will back her if she decides to run for a fourth term next year, a member of the Christian Social Union (CSU) said on Saturday, signalling a possible end of a row over migration among conservatives. "Angela Merkel is our candidate," CSU deputy leader Manfred Weber told Spiegel magazine.
India launches phone app to monitor New Delhi's pollution
22 Oct 2016 at 12:51am
NEW DELHI (AP) ? The Indian capital, laboring under the label of being the world's most polluted city, is trying something new to help clean up its air.
Residents Shelter in Place After Chemical Spill in Kansas
21 Oct 2016 at 4:32pm
Residents of Atchinson County, Kansas, were told to shelter in place this morning after a chemical spill in the area forced evacuations and sent several individuals to the hospital. The spill, which happened shortly after 8 a.m. local time, covers a 4-block radius near Main Street, according to officials from the Atchinson County Emergency Management Agency. "At 8:02 this morning two chemicals were inadvertently mixed together at MGP," said Trey Cocking, public information officer for the city of Atchinson.
More than 100 treated after chemical accident in northeastern Kansas
21 Oct 2016 at 3:45pm
By Dave Kaup ATCHISON, Kansas (Reuters) - More than 100 people were treated for respiratory problems after a chemical spill at an MGP Ingredients Inc facility on Friday generated a chemical cloud over the northeastern Kansas city of Atchison before authorities declared the threat over. Authorities evacuated children from local schools, urged residents to remain in their homes and advised people not to enter the city of about 11,000 people located about 50 miles (80 km) northwest of Kansas City, Kansas. "I'm not even sure how to describe it." Seventy-two people were treated locally for respiratory discomfort and an additional 30 received treatment at regional medical facilities, although the injuries were minor, said Trey Cocking, Atchison city manager.
Sanders urges Californians to approve drug price ballot measure
21 Oct 2016 at 2:27pm
(Reuters) - Former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, in an opinion editorial published in the Los Angeles Times, on Friday urged Californians to approve a November ballot measure aimed at reining in pharmaceutical prices. The California Drug Price Relief Act, also known as Proposition 61, seeks to limit state health programs from paying more for medications than the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), which receives the steepest discounts in the country. "Californians on Nov. 8 have a chance to stand up to the pharmaceutical industry's greed and spark a national movement to end this price-gouging," the senator from Vermont said.
Polio vaccine makers failing to make enough doses: WHO experts
21 Oct 2016 at 1:37pm
By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - Two companies making vaccines to help the world eradicate polio are failing to produce enough, so many countries should prepare to give lower doses to make stocks last, a group of experts has advised the World Health Organization. With polio on the brink of eradication globally, the WHO wants to see a worldwide switch from the traditional "live" oral polio vaccine, which runs the risk of spreading the disease, to an inactivated vaccine that needs to be injected. "There are only two manufacturers of the vaccine and they are having some problems with production of the vaccine, and getting enough raw material of the polio virus," SAGE Chairman Jon Abramson told reporters on a conference call on Friday.
Rehab after heart attack tied to longer, not healthier life
21 Oct 2016 at 1:33pm
By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Heart attack survivors who participate in cardiac rehabilitation programs may survive longer, but feel no healthier, than they would without this follow-up care, a U.S. study suggests. Previous research has linked medically supervised rehab programs focused on things like stress reduction, exercise and heart healthy living to lower mortality rates. ?Despite no difference in health status noted in our study, patients who have suffered an acute myocardial infarction (heart attack) should continue to be referred and strongly encouraged to participate in comprehensive cardiac rehabilitation, given its association with increased survival,? said lead study author Dr. Faraz Kureshi of the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Medicine.
Type 1 diabetes often comes with other autoimmune diseases
21 Oct 2016 at 12:51pm
By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - People with type 1 diabetes often develop other autoimmune disorders, such as thyroid and gastrointestinal diseases, and a recent study yields new information about this link. In type 1 diabetes, the immune system attacks the pancreas and destroys its insulin-producing cells. Patients often develop other immune system diseases, too.
GE's CEO says oil, gas drag to continue, forex headwinds to ease
21 Oct 2016 at 11:54am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - General Electric Co expects weakness in oil and gas revenue to continue to drag on its results, but headwinds from foreign exchange translation should ease, Chief Executive Officer Jeff Immelt said on Friday. The diversified industrial company sees scope to continue cutting costs and remains on track to deliver $2 per share in adjusted earnings in 2018, Immelt said during a conference call following the release of GE's third-quarter earnings. (Reporting by Alwyn Scott; Editing by Bernadette Baum)
GE CFO sees alternatives to SLM 3D printing purchase
21 Oct 2016 at 11:54am
By Alwyn Scott NEW YORK (Reuters) - General Electric Co can build its 3D printing capability without buying Germany's SLM Solutions and does not need to increase its takeover offer in light of opposition from a major shareholder, GE Chief Financial Officer Jeff Bornstein said on Friday. GE refused on Friday to extend or change its 38-euro-a-share offer for SLM after activist investor Elliott Advisors, which owns 20 percent of SLM, said it would reject GE's offer. "We have options and alternatives," Bornstein told Reuters in an interview.
Canadian drugmaker Concordia says CEO to step down
21 Oct 2016 at 11:47am
(Reuters) - Canadian generic-drug maker Concordia International Corp said on Friday that Chief Executive Mark Thompson would step down after a replacement is found. Thompson's resignation comes at a time when the company is trying to raise cash to cut its $3 billion debt as it faces curbs on drug pricing from governments and companies.
GE cuts year revenue target on oil, gas weakness, has third quarter profit beat
21 Oct 2016 at 11:46am
General Electric Co scaled back expectations for its full-year revenue and profit on Friday, overshadowing third-quarter profit that beat analyst forecasts and sending its shares lower. Weak global economies and low oil prices hit the industrial giant's sales of oil and gas infrastructure equipment especially hard. This limited GE's organic revenue growth, which excludes acquisitions, to just 1 percent in the quarter.
Cigna ends preauthorization requirement to treat opioid addiction
21 Oct 2016 at 11:30am
Health insurer Cigna Corp has discontinued its policy of requiring doctors to seek authorization before treating opioid addicts, as part of a fight against an epidemic of opioid abuse, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said on Friday. The policy change will apply nationally, said Schneiderman, who has been pushing for easier access to treatments for an estimated 2.2 million American addicts. Preauthorization requirements can lead to significant delays in treatment, and other health insurers are encouraged to follow Cigna's lead, Schneiderman said.
Secondhand smoke linked to higher risk of stroke
21 Oct 2016 at 9:49am
The increased risk of stroke that comes with smoking may extend to nonsmokers who live in the same household and breathe in secondhand smoke, a U.S. study suggests. Researchers found that never-smokers who had a stroke were nearly 50 percent more likely to be exposed to secondhand smoke at home than people who had never had a stroke. During the study, stroke survivors exposed to secondhand smoke were also more likely to die from any cause compared to those without secondhand smoke exposure.
Climate change is shifting areas of skin disease concern
21 Oct 2016 at 9:47am
Climate change is bringing certain skin diseases and other illnesses to regions where they were rarely seen before, according to a recent research review. Dermatologists should keep these changing patterns of skin diseases in mind when making diagnoses, say the authors, who analyzed specific disease shifts in North America. In the U.S., for example, the incidence of the tick-borne Lyme disease increased from an estimated 10,000 cases in 1995 to 30,000 in 2013, and the area where it occurs keeps expanding from New England north into Canada as the ticks find their preferred habitat expanding.