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Measles surges in UK years after vaccine scare
20 May 2013 at 5:37am
LONDON (AP) ? More than a decade ago, British parents refused to give measles shots to at least a million children because of a vaccine scare that raised the specter of autism. Now, health officials are scrambling to catch up and stop a growing epidemic of the contagious disease.
WHO says single yellow fever shot is enough
17 May 2013 at 2:10am
GENEVA (AP) ? The World Health Organization says a yellow fever booster vaccination given 10 years after the initial shot isn't necessary.
Tiny preemies get a boost from live music therapy
16 May 2013 at 1:16am
CHICAGO (AP) ? As the guitarist strums and softly sings a lullaby in Spanish, tiny Augustin Morales stops squirming in his hospital crib and closes his eyes.
XenoPort to drop multiple sclerosis drug after trial failure
20 May 2013 at 5:32am
(Reuters) - XenoPort Inc said it will stop developing its experimental multiple sclerosis treatment after data from a late-stage trial showed the drug did not improve patients' condition significantly compared with a placebo. Shares of the company were down 28 percent at $4.85 before the bell. The company said it would shut down all activities related to the drug, arbaclofen placarbil, and planned to provide an update on the impact of the expected savings. ...
Actavis to buy Warner Chilcott in $5 billion stock deal
20 May 2013 at 5:27am
(Reuters) - Generic drugmaker Actavis Inc, which has been the subject of takeover speculation, plans to buy specialty pharmaceutical company Warner Chilcott Plc for $5 billion in stock. The companies said the deal had an enterprise value, including debt, of $8.5 billion. The move comes as Actavis has spurned approaches from Canadian pharmaceutical company Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc and Mylan Inc. Analysts have said that if Actavis were to buy Warner Chilcott, it would kill the chances of its being taken over. Warner Chilcott shareholders will receive 0. ...
Brazilian killed in hot-air balloon crash in Turkey
20 May 2013 at 4:15am
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - A hot-air balloon flying over Cappadocia, a tourist destination in central Turkey, crashed after colliding with another balloon on Monday, killing a Brazilian passenger and injuring 24 other people, the Anatolian news agency said. The accident occurred near the city of Nevsehir. Most of the injured were being treated for broken bones but one was in critical condition, Cappadocia is famous for its geological features called fairy chimneys. Balloon rides are a popular way to see the cone-like formations, created by the erosion of volcanic ash around them. ...
Don't wear socks, hot Pakistanis told amid power crisis
20 May 2013 at 3:52am
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan has told civil servants not to wear socks as the country turns off air-conditioners amid a chronic power crisis and soaring temperatures. The government has turned off all air-conditioning in its offices as the country endures blackouts of up to 20 hours a day in some places. "There shall be no more use of air-conditioners in public offices till such time that substantial improvement in the energy situation takes place," a cabinet directive said. As part of a new dress code, moccasins or sandals must be worn without socks. ...
Elan strikes more deals to repel Royalty bid
20 May 2013 at 2:18am
By Padraic Halpin DUBLIN (Reuters) - Elan announced its second major drug deal inside a week on Monday and said it would buy back more shares as it continues to bat against a $5.7 billion takeover bid from U.S. investor Royalty Pharma. Having rejected the Royalty bid, the Irish drug firm has been trying to convince shareholders to do the same by returning cash and going on a spending spree that began with a $1 billion drug royalties deal of its own just a week ago. ...
Childhood ADHD Linked to Obesity in Adulthood
20 May 2013 at 2:00am
Childhood ADHD Linked to Obesity in Adulthood
What do we eat? New food map will tell us
20 May 2013 at 1:41am
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) ? Do your kids love chocolate milk? It may have more calories on average than you thought.
Putting group fitness classes in the proper light
19 May 2013 at 11:03pm
By Dorene Internicola NEW YORK (Reuters) - Fitness experts are shining a new light on group classes from Zumba to yoga because they believe the right lighting can transform the four walls of a fitness studio from a dance party to a meditation space, and back again. "Because of the theatrical nature of group fitness classes, lighting is key to differentiate programming," said Donna Cyrus, senior vice president of programming at Crunch fitness centers. ...
Childhood ADHD tied to obesity decades later
19 May 2013 at 9:21pm
By Genevra Pittman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Boys who are diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in elementary school are more likely to grow up to be obese adults than those who don't have the condition, a new study suggests. Researchers surveyed two groups of 41-year-old men and found those with a history of ADHD were 19 pounds heavier than their non-ADHD counterparts, on average. The findings are consistent with past studies that looked only at children or only at adults and linked ADHD to extra pounds, researchers said. ...
Newer whooping cough vaccine not as protective
19 May 2013 at 9:19pm
By Genevra Pittman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A newer version of the whooping cough vaccine doesn't protect kids as well as the original, which was phased out in the 1990s because of safety concerns, according to a new study. During a 2010-2011 outbreak of whooping cough in California, researchers found that youth who had been vaccinated with the newer, so called acellular vaccine were six times more likely to catch whooping cough than those who had received a series of the older whole-cell vaccine. "This is an ongoing saga," said Dr. H. ...
Consumer group flags high SPF ratings on sunscreen
19 May 2013 at 8:45pm
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Sunbathers headed to the beach this summer will find new sunscreen labels on store shelves that are designed to make the products more effective and easier to use. But despite those long-awaited changes, many sunscreens continue to carry SPF ratings that some experts consider misleading and potentially dangerous, according to a consumer watchdog group.
Indonesia's nationwide healthcare plan stumbles at first hurdle
19 May 2013 at 2:13pm
By Randy Fabi and Nilufar Rizki JAKARTA (Reuters) - When a sick Indonesian baby died after 10 hospitals in Jakarta turned her family away in February, critics blamed a pilot health insurance scheme that had overwhelmed the city's public hospitals. The program, introduced in November, gave health insurance to around 5 million people in Jakarta categorized as poor. Long queues quickly formed at already stretched hospital emergency rooms as many patients, some who were not even ill, sought to take advantage of being covered for the first time. ...