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Netflix drug drama 'Narcos' blurs line between cartels, agents
28 Aug 2015 at 9:18am
By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Not all cops are good guys and not all drug suppliers are obvious villains in Netflix Inc's dark drug drama "Narcos," a bilingual examination of the history of cocaine smuggling in America and its most menacing supplier. "Narcos," premiering across all Netflix territories on Friday, explores the origins of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar and the tense relationship between his Medellin cartel and the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as cocaine use became widespread among Americans in the 1980s. While Escobar, who was killed in 1993, was known as one of the drug world's wealthiest and ruthless criminals, "Narcos" attempts to understand the man behind the myth and those who strived to bring him down.
What Your Genetic Blueprint Says About You: The Rise of Epigenetics
28 Aug 2015 at 9:08am
Health care and medicine is living through a major transformation. We're entering into a new era of medicine where prevention precedes treatment. Now this idea, believe it or not, is quite new. Of course, prevention is always the ideal, but sadly the health care sector has been programmed to curing the problem, rather than erasing the problem...
Inmate left to inhale own feces can sue NY prison officials
28 Aug 2015 at 8:54am
A federal appeals court revived a lawsuit accusing New York prison officials of locking an inmate for weeks in tiny cells that reeked of urine and feces, including one cell where they disabled his toilet and forced him to inhale his own excrement. Reversing a lower court ruling, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday said Aaron Willey could pursue civil claims against officials at the Wende Correctional Facility, a maximum security prison, in Alden, New York, near Buffalo.
Oklahoma day care probed for drugging kids to get them to sleep
28 Aug 2015 at 8:43am
A southeastern Oklahoma day care is under investigation for child abuse on suspicion of drugging children in its care, including those under a year old, to get them to sleep, police and state officials said on Friday. Officials from the day care center were not immediately available for comment. According to dosage recommendations on its packaging, liquid Benadryl is not to be given to infants younger than one year old or children who weigh less than 20 pounds, unless specifically ordered by a doctor.
Olympics-German sailor's infection puts heat on Rio organisers
28 Aug 2015 at 8:17am
* German Olympic Committee says taking case seriously * Sailing federation will inform organisers * Organisers say sailing will not be moved (Adds position of organising committee and rival sailing venue campaign) By Karolos Grohmann BERLIN, Aug 28 (Reuters) - German sailor Erik Heil, who was third at the Rio De Janeiro Olympic test last week, is being treated for several infections which he says were caused by the polluted waters during the regatta there, piling more pressure on organisers to move the location of next year's sailing event. The Brazilian metropolis will host the summer Games, the first South American city to do so, but it is struggling with polluted waters on which the athletes will compete.
Wellington boots from Glastonbury donated to Calais migrants
28 Aug 2015 at 8:10am
By Joseph D'Urso LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Several hundred pairs of wellington boots left behind at Britain's Glastonbury festival in June have been donated to migrants in the French port of Calais, where thousands are living in makeshift camps. Festival organizers have also donated bin liners to a team cleaning up the camp. "There is a massive issue at the migrant camp with rubbish collection and recycling," festival organizers said in a statement.
U.N. plans new Libya talks next week in Geneva
28 Aug 2015 at 8:04am
The United Nations plans a new round of talks between Libya's warring factions next week in Geneva in an effort to form a unity government and end the country's crisis, a UN spokesman said on Friday. Western governments see a U.N.-backed peace deal as the only solution to chaos in Libya where two rival governments battle for control, leaving a security vacuum which has been exploited by migrant smugglers and Islamic militants. Months of negotiations have been stalled by hardliners on both sides and fighting among armed groups siding with the two loose factions that emerged four years after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi.
Forget goals, get back to nature to save planet, says Indian conservationist
28 Aug 2015 at 7:59am
By Magdalena Mis STOCKHOLM (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The way to achieve sustainable development is to reconnect with nature, not by setting international targets that are difficult to understand, according to a renowned Indian conservationist. A new set of development objectives - known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - is due to be adopted at a U.N. summit in September. "The SDGs are not the real way you can reach anything," Rajendra Singh told the Thomson Reuters Foundation on the sidelines of a global water conference in the Swedish capital.
Sleep-deprived kids are more tempted by food
28 Aug 2015 at 6:57am
By Janice Neumann (Reuters Health) - Children who don?t get enough sleep might be more tempted by food, a new study suggests. The children who slept less than 11 hours at night also had a higher body mass index ? a measure of weight in relation to height ? than those who slept 11 hours or more. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends 11 to 12 hours of sleep for pre-school children.
Kids? blood sugar improves with short walks: study
28 Aug 2015 at 6:02am
Getting off the couch to walk for as little as three minutes during TV commercial breaks or between classes can improve children's blood sugar, according to a new study. "Interrupting a long period of sitting with a few minutes of moderate activity can have short-term benefits on a child's metabolism," says senior author, Jack A. Yanovski, MD, PhD, of the NIH's Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). "While we know getting 30 minutes or more of moderate intensity exercise each day improves children's health and metabolism, small behavioral changes like taking short walking breaks can also yield some benefits," says Dr. Yanovski.
Are Generic Drugs As Good As The Real Thing?
28 Aug 2015 at 5:50am
It's one of healthcare's greatest bargains: Nearly 88 percent of prescriptions written in the U.S. in 2014 were for knock-offs of brand-name drugs, sold at a fraction of the price. And for the most part, consumers don't lose anything in the deal. "Even though generics aren't perfect replicas, the FDA is really on top of...
Behind bright facade, Mississippi coast still battles Katrina demons
28 Aug 2015 at 5:27am
The columned facade of Pass Christian's city hall looks out over the Mississippi coastline to a refurbished harbor, a new yacht club and a bar where locals streamed in for sundown cocktails. A few miles west, in the city of Bay St. Louis, tourists strolled through the colorful galleries, antique stores and cafes that dot its quaint main street. Ten years ago this week, the eye of Hurricane Katrina ripped through these two small towns, which face each other across a small bay 60 miles (97 km) east of New Orleans.
UN plans new Libya talks next week in Geneva: official
28 Aug 2015 at 5:20am
SKHIRAT, Morocco (Reuters) - The United Nations plans a new round of talks between Libya's warring factions next week in Geneva in an effort to form a unity government and end the country's crisis, a UN spokesman said on Friday. Delegates from Tripoli's self-declared government had dropped out of talks organised in Morocco this week, saying they needed time to form a new negotiating team after a chief member resigned. Representatives of the rival internationally recognized government had been present.
What Real People Think About When They Run
28 Aug 2015 at 4:22am
When elite runners were tasked with thinking aloud during an eight-mile run, 32 percent of them thought about how painful running was. "Hill, you're a bitch," was one runner's spoken thought, according to a study published in the International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology in June.Another 40 percent thought about their time and...
Olympics-German sailor treated for infections after Rio test event
28 Aug 2015 at 3:53am
By Karolos Grohmann BERLIN, Aug 28 (Reuters) - German sailor Erik Heil, who was third at the Rio De Janeiro Olympic test event this month, is being treated for several infections which he says were caused by the polluted waters during the sailing regatta there. The Brazilian metropolis will host the 2016 summer Games, the first South American city to do so, but it is struggling with polluted waters on which the athletes will compete. Heil, who won third spot along with Thomas Ploessel in the 49er class, was told by the Berlin hospital treating him daily that he had been infected by multi-resistant germs, the German sailing team said.