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APNewsBreak: Feds balk at paper health application
7 Dec 2013 at 9:00am
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) ? Federal health officials, after encouraging alternate sign-up methods amid the fumbled rollout of their online insurance website, began quietly urging counselors around the country this week to stop using paper applications to enroll people in health insurance because of concerns those applications would not be processed in time.
Gene therapy scores big wins against blood cancers
7 Dec 2013 at 5:10pm
In one of the biggest advances against leukemia and other blood cancers in many years, doctors are reporting unprecedented success by using gene therapy to transform patients' blood cells into soldiers that seek and destroy cancer.
Hong Kong reports 2nd H7N9 bird flu case
6 Dec 2013 at 6:25pm
HONG KONG (AP) ? Hong Kong reported its second human case of H7N9 bird flu just days after the first, raising fears that the virus is spreading beyond mainland China.
Singer Susan Boyle reveals she has Asperger's syndrome: paper
8 Dec 2013 at 9:51am
(Reuters) - Scottish singer Susan Boyle says she has a form of autism known as Asperger's syndrome, a diagnosis she says came as a relief after years of believing she had brain damage. Boyle, 52, told the Observer newspaper in an interview published Saturday she had sought help from a Scottish specialist a year ago believing her childhood diagnosis of brain damage was incorrect. "I was told I had brain damage.
AbbVie leukemia drug impresses in early-stage trial
8 Dec 2013 at 7:30am
An experimental AbbVie Inc drug for leukemia controlled or eliminated signs of the disease in more than 80 percent of patients who had failed to benefit from previous treatments, an unprecedented finding that could spur use of the medicine for other cancers, researchers said. The AbbVie drug, ABT-199, works by blocking a protein called BCL-2 that allows cancer cells to overcome a natural mechanism called programmed cell death, in which the body kills off defective or cancerous cells. The favorable data was seen in a phase I, or early-stage, trial involving 67 patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia who had not been helped by chemotherapy or relapsed from such treatment. "To achieve that magnitude of complete remission is extraordinarily promising and unprecedented in this particular type of leukemia, among patients with otherwise resistant disease," Dr. John Seymour, a researcher with the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne, Australia, said in a telephone interview.
J&J, Pharmacyclics leukemia drug effective long term: study
8 Dec 2013 at 7:09am
A closely watched leukemia drug developed by Johnson & Johnson and Pharmacyclics Inc maintained its effectiveness in keeping the disease at bay for most patients, according to long-term follow-up data from a midstage study being presented at a major medical meeting. The oral drug, ibrutinib, last month won U.S. approval to treat a rare and aggressive form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma known as mantle cell lymphoma. It is awaiting a Food and Drug Administration decision on treating chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), a slowly progressing form of blood cancer that primarily affects people aged 65 and older. Some industry analysts had expected the CLL approval to come at the same time as the lymphoma decision.
Teva bets on new therapeutic uses of known molecules
8 Dec 2013 at 7:04am
By Tova Cohen TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, the world's biggest maker of generic drugs, estimates its pipeline of so-called new therapeutic entities (NTEs) could generate revenue of $1 billion to $1.5 billion by 2018. This figure could jump to $3 billion in 2020, Elisabeth Kogan, Teva's senior vice president of generic research and development, told reporters on Sunday. The NTE program, launched a year ago, is a major element in Teva's strategy for growth and the company has 15 such products in its pipeline. One such product, called Adasuve, which it licensed from Alexza Pharmaceuticals, has been approved and is expected to be launched in the United States in about a month, Teva officials said.
China bans shark fin dinners, suites for officials in latest crackdown
8 Dec 2013 at 6:55am
Chinese authorities have banned shark fin and bird's nest soup from official receptions and told lower level officials they cannot stay in suites on business trips in the latest step in a crackdown on extravagance and waste. The official Xinhua news agency said on Sunday that cigarettes and expensive alcoholic drinks were also banned from official receptions, citing a document issued by the Communist Party's Central Committee and the State Council. "Shark fins, bird nests and products of rare wild animals are popular materials in luxury dinners in China," Xinhua cited the document as saying. "Officials on business tours should arrange their own meals according to relevant expenditure standards." Chinese President Xi Jinping has sought to address growing public anger at the illegal or unethical behavior of party officials, especially those with flamboyant lifestyles, often seen as a sign they are corrupt.
The Top 10 Workout Songs for December 2013
8 Dec 2013 at 5:36am
Remixes abound in this month's top 10 list. Half the songs below are chart favorites that have been given a makeover.
8 Ridiculously Cheap Superfoods Less Than $1 Per Serving
8 Dec 2013 at 5:15am
It's not just an excuse: Nutritious eats really are more expensive than food that won't do a body good. According to a new study, healthful food is $1.50 more expensive per day, or about $550 per year. But that certainly doesn't mean you can give up on fruits and veggies, nor does it mean that lean meats and whole grains have to break the bank. Here are eight of our favorite superfoods -- all of which cost less than a buck per serving. Now that's delicious! Cost per serving calculated by The Huffington Post using data from the Bureau of
The BRFWA Process
8 Dec 2013 at 5:15am
Often in the yoga world, you'll hear directions like, "Let it go," "Relax," "Breathe into it." These all sound lovely, but when I'm in a wound-up state, they strike me as abstract, unattainable, and a tad annoying. Let what go, where? Relax? Thanks, I'll get right on that. And breathe into what?
Engagement In An Activity Boosts Life Satisfaction, Ski Study Shows
8 Dec 2013 at 5:13am
The study, from researchers at Yonsei University in the Republic of Korea, examined 279 skiing and snowboarding visitors at three resorts in South Korea.
Few Girls Receive All 3 Doses Of HPV Vaccine, Study Finds
8 Dec 2013 at 5:13am
Just one-third of teen girls in the U.S. have received all three doses of the vaccine against the human papillomavirus (HPV), according to new research. The study, presented at a meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research, also showed that most people for whom the HPV vaccine is relevant (meaning someone between ages 9 and 27, or someone who has an immediate family member in that age range) are unaware of its effectiveness. ...
What You REALLY Think About Healthy Food
8 Dec 2013 at 5:12am
While there are some general rules of thumb when it comes to healthy eating -- fruits, vegetables, lean meats, whole grains -- there's still some wiggle room for personal interpretation of what makes up a nutritious diet. For some, a Paleo plan might work. Others might opt to go vegan. And some of us even make room for the occasional slice of pizza or cheeseburger. (Cheers to that!) To get a better sense of what you really think of as healthy food, we asked our Facebook fans to tell us how they would describe nutritious picks in just one word.
Obama takes up new agenda item after battering on healthcare
7 Dec 2013 at 12:46pm
By Steve Holland and Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama, battered by weeks of turmoil over the malfunctioning HealthCare.Gov website, turned to a fresh item on his agenda on Saturday as he pressured Republicans in Congress to extend benefits for jobless Americans. It was a sign Obama may be slowly turning the corner from one of the worst crises of his five years in office, emerging bruised and weakened from the troubled rollout of his signature healthcare law, even as big challenges remain. "For decades, Congress has voted to offer relief to job-seekers - including when the unemployment rate was lower than it is today," Obama said in his weekly address. Attending memorial services in South Africa next week for anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela and then launching into holiday season will also allow for a change of subject from the healthcare controversy.