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Nurse charged with murdering eight in Canadian old-age homes
25 Oct 2016 at 1:07pm

By David Ljunggren OTTAWA (Reuters) - A Canadian nurse was charged on Tuesday with using drugs to murder eight elderly patients in long-term care facilities in an alleged killing spree that ran for seven years. Elizabeth Wettlaufer, 49, is accused of killing five women and three men in the Ontario towns of Woodstock and London between 2007 and 2014. "The victims were administered a drug," Woodstock Police Chief William Renton told a televised news conference, declining to give further details.

A picture and its story: Severe malnutrition in Yemen
25 Oct 2016 at 12:07pm

"The problem is malnutrition due to (her) financial situation and the current (war) situation at this time," Asma Al Bhaiji, a nurse at the hospital, told Reuters on Tuesday. The 18-year-old is one of more than 14 million people, over half of Yemen?s population, who are short of food, with much of the country on the brink of famine, according to the United Nations. Baghili is from the small village of Shajn, about 100 km (60 miles) southwest of the city of Hodaida, and used to work with sheep before developing signs of malnutrition five years ago, according to her aunt, Saida Ali Baghili.

U.N. legal stance on Haiti cholera likely pushed by U.S.: expert
25 Oct 2016 at 12:07pm
By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations likely refused to accept legal responsibility for a cholera outbreak in Haiti that has killed thousands in the past six years because it was a position pressed by the United States, an independent U.N. investigator said on Tuesday. Haiti was free of cholera until 2010, when U.N. peacekeepers dumped infected sewage into a river.

Breastfeeding support helps new moms stick with it, U.S. doctors say
25 Oct 2016 at 11:54am

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Women who want to breastfeed their babies may be more likely to try it and to stick with it when they receive education and support, new U.S. guidelines conclude. Updated recommendations issued today by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recognize the many health benefits of breastfeeding for both mothers and babies while also accepting that women need to make a personal choice about how to feed their infants, said task force member Ann Kurth, dean of the Yale School of Nursing in Orange, Connecticut. ?Evidence suggests that any breastfeeding appears to be more beneficial than no breastfeeding, and health benefits continue to increase the longer a woman continues to breastfeed,? Kurth said by email.

Girls & autism: It can be subtle, or absent for some at risk
25 Oct 2016 at 11:46am

CHICAGO (AP) ? Think autism and an image of an awkward boy typically emerges. The developmental disorder is at least four times more common in boys, but scientists taking a closer look are finding some gender-based surprises: Many girls with autism have social skills that can mask the condition. And some girls are born without autism despite the same genetic mutations seen in boys with the condition.

Gates Foundation gives University of Washington $210 million
25 Oct 2016 at 11:37am

SEATTLE (AP) ? The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is giving the University of Washington $210 million to help build a new facility to advance efforts to improve the health and well-being of people worldwide, officials said Tuesday.

UN refusal to recognize role in Haiti cholera a 'debacle': expert
25 Oct 2016 at 11:29am

The United Nations' refusal to recognize its legal responsiblity for Haiti's cholera epidemic is a debacle that must be turned into a success story, a UN expert said Tuesday. The world body must set up a procedure to settle claims by the families of thousands of victims killed by cholera, said Philip Alston, UN special rapporteur for extreme poverty and human rights. Alston addressed a General Assembly committee as the United Nations was preparing to roll out an aid package of about $200 million to help the families of cholera victims.

New Jersey boys survive 100-foot fall with suicidal father
25 Oct 2016 at 10:58am
The father, identified as John Spincken, jumped from an overpass along Interstate 187 in Wanaque, New Jersey, sometime after 7 p.m. EDT (2300 GMT) on Monday in what police have described as a suicide. Spincken, 37, was found dead at the scene, but his 1- and 3-year-old sons were alive and taken to a hospital for treatment, according to Christopher DePuyt, a police captain in Pequannock, where Spincken lived.

After concussion, kids? quality of life may dip for months
25 Oct 2016 at 10:52am
By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) - Kids with persistent symptoms months after a concussion have lower quality of life than kids who have recovered, but even kids who recovered quickly may still struggle, according to a new Canadian study. ?While it has been long-understood that brain injuries may negatively impact quality-of-life (especially in those patients with severe injuries who have required surgery), we were surprised to see that the quality-of-life following concussion may have prolonged effects (3 months or more) on school even in those children who had recovered within one month,? said senior author Dr. Roger Zemeck of the Children?s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute in Ottawa. The researchers evaluated quality of life factors for about 2,000 kids aged 5 to 18 years who had presented to an emergency department within two days of suffering an acute concussion.

UN expert: Junk food is a human rights concern
25 Oct 2016 at 10:43am
UNITED NATIONS (AP) ? A U.N. expert says junk food is a human rights concern.

Judge sides with Planned Parenthood over Mississippi abortion law
25 Oct 2016 at 10:35am

The decision by U.S. District Judge Daniel Jordan III is the latest in a string of rulings striking down similar laws elsewhere in the country against the women's health provider. Jordan's two page order noted a ruling from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that rejected a similar law in Louisiana, saying "essentially every court to consider similar laws has found that they violate" federal law. Medicaid is a health insurance program for the poor run jointly by the federal government and individual states.

Exclusive: WHO cancer agency asked experts to withhold weedkiller documents
25 Oct 2016 at 10:04am

In a letter and an email seen by Reuters, officials from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) cautioned scientists who worked on a review in 2015 of the weedkiller glyphosate against releasing requested material. The review, published in March 2015, concluded glyphosate is "probably carcinogenic", putting IARC at odds with regulators around the world. Critics say they want the documents to find out more about how IARC reached its conclusion.

Some breastfeeding advice worth ditching: US task force
25 Oct 2016 at 9:46am

A review of scientific evidence on breastfeeding out Tuesday found that some long-held advice is worth ditching, including that babies should avoid pacifiers and moms should breastfeed exclusively in the first days after birth. Individual interventions to help expectant and new moms breastfeed are still recommended, but systematic or hospital-wide policies tend to show little benefit, said the report by the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), an independent panel of experts. The benefits of breastfeeding include providing optimal nutrition and an immune system boost for babies, while helping mothers bond with infants and speeding maternal weight loss after birth.

Bill Gates foundation gives $210 million to Seattle-based university
25 Oct 2016 at 9:46am

The gift from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, named after the billionaire and his wife, will be used to construct a building at the university to house its Population Health Initiative, the school said. The donation is one of the largest contributions to the University of Washington in the 155-year-old institution's history, it said. "Melinda and I are pleased to make this investment in the University of Washington to help dramatically accelerate their 25-year vision to achieve positive health outcomes for populations around the world," Gates said in a statement.

Ireland joins queue to prise industry watchdogs from London after Brexit
25 Oct 2016 at 8:13am
Ireland put itself forward on Tuesday as the latest candidate to lure the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the European Banking Authority (EBA) should they uproot from London after Britain's vote to leave the European Union. Ireland's economy is considered to have more to lose from Brexit than any other in the EU because of its close trade ties, but it could also benefit from the relocation of agencies such as the EMA or EBA as well as multinationals and banks. The country's low tax and business-friendly environment has made it a favored destination of some banks and big international companies, and nine of the world's top 10 pharmaceutical companies have operations in the country.

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