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UN: World eating too much sugar; cut to 5-10 percent of diet
4 Mar 2015 at 8:16am
LONDON (AP) ? Put down the doughnut. And while you're at it, skip the breakfast cereal, fruit juice, beer and ketchup.
Disasters have same human impact as tuberculosis: U.N.
4 Mar 2015 at 8:04am
By Megan Rowling BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Deaths, economic losses and other negative impacts from disasters have caused losses equivalent to 42 million years annually since 1980, a measure that is comparable to the burden of tuberculosis worldwide, the United Nations said. More than 90 percent of the total "years" lost in disasters between 1980 and 2012 were in low and middle-income countries, representing a serious setback to their development, the U.N. Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) said. "If these figures show that disaster loss is as much a critical global challenge to economic development and social progress as is disease, they also show that it is a challenge unequally shared," the UNISDR said in a report on Wednesday. Bina Desai, UNISDR policy and research coordinator, referred to the number of years lost due to disaster-related deaths, injuries, economic damage and other losses as an "opportunity cost".
WHO declares war on hidden sugars in fight against obesity
4 Mar 2015 at 8:04am
The World Health Organization on Wednesday urged the recommended daily intake of hidden sugar be halved, as it steps up the fight against obesity. The UN health agency had previously issued guidelines that sugars should make up less than 10 percent of a person's total daily energy intake, but in a new twist urged countries to strive for half that amount. The UN agency pointed out that much of the so-called free sugars we consume today are "hidden" in processed foods that are not usually seen as sweet such as ketchup, which contains a full teaspoon of sugar in each tablespoon. WHO has for more than a decade recommended keeping sugar consumption below 10 percent of a person's total daily energy intake -- a target it considers clearly supported by scientific evidence which countries should adopt as policy.
Justices pepper health care law opponents with questions
4 Mar 2015 at 8:03am
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Supreme Court justices peppered opponents of President Barack Obama's health care law with skeptical questions during oral arguments Wednesday on the latest challenge to the sweeping legislation.
U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments in new challenge to Obamacare
4 Mar 2015 at 7:57am
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on Wednesday on a second major challenge to President Barack Obama's healthcare law, but no clear majority was immediately apparent in the case that takes aim at a pivotal part of the statute providing tax subsidies to help people afford insurance. Conservative Justice Anthony Kennedy, who often provides the deciding vote in close cases, said he saw a "serious constitutional problem" with the arguments mounted against the law but said the challengers still may prevail.
U.S. high court's Kennedy criticizes challenge to Obamacare subsidies
4 Mar 2015 at 7:57am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Justice Anthony Kennedy, a possible swing vote on a closely divided U.S. Supreme Court, told a lawyer challenging Obamacare subsidies on Wednesday that his argument raised a serious constitutional problem, but said the lawyer might win anyway on other grounds. Justice Anthony Kennedy questioned lawyer Michael Carvin part way into the scheduled one-hour oral argument about how a ruling might unlawfully pressure states in a case that tests President Barack Obama's signature domestic policy achievement. (Reporting by David Ingram; Editing by Will Dunham)
Bristol's $1 billion Bavarian deal may signal cancer vaccine revival
4 Mar 2015 at 7:45am
By Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) - The idea of using vaccines to fight cancer has received a shot in the arm from a $1 billion deal between Bristol-Myers Squibb and Bavarian Nordic. The agreement gives the U.S. drugmaker an exclusive option to the Danish biotech firm's therapeutic prostate cancer vaccine Prostvac and signals that such shots may have a bright future when combined with so-called checkpoint inhibitor drugs. Shares in Bavarian Nordic surged 35 percent on Wednesday on news of the Bristol-Myers tie-up, under which it could receive up to $975 million, including an upfront payment of $60 million. Unlike traditional preventative vaccines, therapeutic ones are designed for people with established disease and the aim is to boost the patient's immune system to keep tumors at bay.
McDonald's USA to phase out human antibiotics from chicken supply
4 Mar 2015 at 7:30am
McDonald's Corp's U.S. restaurants will gradually stop buying chicken raised with antibiotics vital to fighting human infections, the most aggressive step by a major food company to force chicken producers to change practices in the fight against dangerous 'superbugs.' The world's biggest restaurant chain announced on Wednesday that within two years McDonald's USA will only buy chickens raised without antibiotics that are important to human medicine. McDonald's policy will begin at the hatchery, where chicks are sometimes injected with antibiotics while still in the shell. She said the company is working with its domestic chicken suppliers, including Tyson Foods Inc, to make the transition. Veterinary use of antibiotics is legal.
Factbox: Contrasting legal styles in Supreme Court Obamacare drama
4 Mar 2015 at 7:27am
(Reuters) - When the U.S. Supreme Court takes up the new challenge to President Barack Obama?s healthcare law on Wednesday, the justices will hear from two experienced attorneys with dueling views and contrasting styles. DONALD VERRILLI U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, 57, will defend the law for the Obama administration. When Verrilli argued on behalf of the law the first time, in 2012, news and political commentators lambasted him. ?This was a train wreck for the Obama administration,? CNN legal commentator Jeffrey Toobin said at the time, contending Verrilli?s style was shaky and his responses ineffective.
Doctors, patients scramble ahead of high court Obamacare decision
4 Mar 2015 at 7:27am
By Sharon Begley NEW YORK (Reuters) - As the U.S. Supreme Court takes on a make-or-break Obamacare case this week, a growing number of U.S. patients and their doctors are already devising a Plan B in case they lose medical coverage. The Court's ruling, expected by late June, will determine whether millions of Americans will keep receiving federal subsidies to help them pay for private health insurance under President Barack Obama's healthcare law. The White House, which said it is confident the justices will rule in favor of the subsidies that are a key element of Obamacare, said it has no immediate fix if the decision goes the other way. Worried about newly-insured patients such as those who have just begun treatment for cancer or other serious illnesses, they are dusting off playbooks they retired when Obamacare slashed the number of uninsured people.
Timeline: Milestones in Obamacare U.S. Supreme Court challenge
4 Mar 2015 at 7:27am
(Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on Wednesday in a second major challenge to President Barack Obama's healthcare law. Florida and other states begin suing on the day it is signed into law, challenging the constitutionality of the "individual mandate" that requires Americans to obtain health insurance. - May, 2, 2013: With the financial backing of the libertarian Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), a group of individuals and businesses sue the government in federal court in the District of Columbia, claiming the law's text allows tax-credit subsidies only for insurance purchased on exchanges established by states.
Italian e-cigarette firms say new tax benefits tobacco
4 Mar 2015 at 7:16am
(This February 27 story was corrected to say CFO, not CEO, in third paragraph of second section) By Sara Ledwith and Martinne Geller LONDON (Reuters) - Electronic cigarette firms in Italy say a new levy that doubles the price of e-liquid refills unfairly helps tobacco giants like Philip Morris International and will hurt their industry. The tax, which was adopted in January, is set at half the rate of that on traditional cigarettes. The controversy centers on the fact that the lower rate is applied to both electronic cigarettes and to tobacco products such as Marlboro HeatSticks, which Philip Morris is launching in Italy alongside a 500 million euro ($568 million) factory investment.
Sixteen injured in fire at Cairo convention center
4 Mar 2015 at 7:15am
At least 16 people were injured on Wednesday when a large fire broke out at a convention center in a northeastern Cairo neighborhood, medical and security sources said. Health Ministry spokesman Hossam Abdel Ghaffar said 16 people were wounded in the fire. Interior Ministry spokesman Hani Abdellatif told state television the initial investigation showed the fire may have started in a closed office and spread through central air-conditioning vents.
Slash sugar intake to fight obesity, tooth decay: WHO
4 Mar 2015 at 6:58am
Adults and children must cut the amount of sugar they consume by as much as half in North America and Western Europe and even more in other areas to lower risk of obesity and tooth decay, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday. New guidelines meant people should reduce the amount to less than 10 percent of their daily energy intake -- or to about 50 grams or 12 teaspoons of sugar for adults, experts at the U.N. body told Reuters. The current average in North and Central America was 95 grams per adult per day, in South America about 130 grams, and in Western Europe about 101 grams, said Dr. Francesco Branca, Director of WHO's Department of Nutrition for Health and Development.
Dr. Jim Roach -- America's Healer
4 Mar 2015 at 6:25am
"There is no reason to be suffering from anything right now if you have access to this guy right here...I literally can't talk highly enough about how much I think you are really doing good stuff in the world." -- Jack Canfield, multiple New York Times number one best-selling author of Chicken Soup for the Soul, talking about Dr. Jim Roach,...