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Fears 11,000 Australian dental patients exposed to HIV
1 Jul 2015 at 7:31pm
Up to 11,000 Australian dental patients were urged to see their doctors Thursday over fears they may have been exposed to HIV and hepatitis due to hygiene breaches at clinics in Sydney. New South Wales Health said 12 dentists from four surgeries were accused of poor cleaning and equipment sterilisation practices and advised patients to get blood tests for HIV as well as Hepatitis A, B and C as a precaution. While NSW Health director of health protection Jeremy McAnulty said no cases had been found so far and the risk of transmission was low, there was concern about people who had undergone invasive procedures.
Diabetes drug helps people lose weight: study
1 Jul 2015 at 5:38pm
Liraglutide, an injectable diabetes drug that US regulators approved last year for weight loss, helped obese people lose an average of 18 pounds (eight kilograms), a yearlong study said. Most patients were able to keep the weight off for the duration of the 56-week study on the drug marketed as Saxenda by Novo Nordisk, according to the findings published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Wisconsin Governor Walker signs bill banning microbeads
1 Jul 2015 at 5:29pm
By Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker on Wednesday signed a bill into law that bans the manufacturing and sale of personal care products containing tiny plastic beads that are known to pollute waterways. The law makes Wisconsin one of seven states including Illinois and New Jersey to ban the tiny pieces of non-biodegradable plastic known as microbeads, often used as an exfoliant in soaps and toothpaste. ?We?re elated to finally have the microbeads bill signed into law,? said Amber Meyer Smith, director of government relations of Clean Wisconsin.
Liberia announces two more confirmed Ebola cases
1 Jul 2015 at 5:09pm
Liberia said Wednesday a teenager who died of Ebola fever had spread the virus to at least two more people, confirming the first outbreak of the tropical disease for months. Health officials told AFP the infected pair had been in physical contact with the 17-year-old victim before his death on Sunday in a village near the country's international airport, around an hour's drive southeast of Monrovia. "One hundred and two contacts have been identified, although that number is expected to increase as investigations continue," the World Health Organization (WHO) said in its latest report on the epidemic.
Child labor on the rise among Syrian children as crisis spirals: agencies
1 Jul 2015 at 4:55pm
By Maria Caspani NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The number of Syrian children being forced to work keeps growing as the conflict drags on, with those as young as six reportedly working in Lebanon, two aid agencies warned on Thursday. Syrian refugee children have become the joint or sole breadwinners in almost half of the households surveyed in Jordan, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and Save the Children said in the first comprehensive report on child labor among Syrian children across the region.
S. Korea reports new MERS case after four days of hiatus
1 Jul 2015 at 4:48pm
South Korea on Thursday reported a new case of the potentially deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus, after four days in which no cases were spotted. It brought to 183 the total number of people diagnosed with MERS in the largest outbreak outside Saudi Arabia. The latest case involved a nurse from Seoul's Samsung Medical Center, the health ministry said.
Colorado movie gunman researched psychosis, military tactics online
1 Jul 2015 at 4:33pm
Colorado movie massacre gunman James Holmes researched hallucinations and mental illness in the weeks ahead of the rampage that killed 12 people, as well as bomb-making and terrorism manuals, jurors at his murder trial heard on Wednesday. Details of the online searches came from police forensic investigator Gordon Madonna, who described for jurors what he found when he scoured the shooter's computers and iPhone following the July 20, 2012 rampage. Holmes could face the death penalty if he is convicted on multiple charges of murder and attempted murder for opening fire inside a suburban Denver multiplex during a midnight screening of the Batman film "The Dark Knight Rises," also wounding 70 people.
Attorneys seek to challenge California's new school vaccination law
1 Jul 2015 at 4:10pm
Opponents of California's new law tightening school vaccination rules said on Wednesday they had put together a team of attorneys to challenge the measure, which was prompted by a measles outbreak at Disneyland that sickened more than 100 people. The lawyers are strategizing ways to seek an injunction against the law, signed on Tuesday by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, said Melissa Floyd, a spokeswoman for the California Coalition for Health Choice. ?The California Legislature just created a brand new group of second class citizens, innocent healthy children who will permanently be barred from schools and day care because they haven?t received all doses of the vaccines on the schedule," Floyd said.
Obama pushes state Medicaid expansion in healthcare hub Nashville
1 Jul 2015 at 4:03pm
By Julia Edwards NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Reuters) - Fresh from another Supreme Court validation of his landmark healthcare law, President Barack Obama visited healthcare hub Nashville, Tennessee on Wednesday to push state governments to expand the Medicaid health program for the poor. Obamacare, as the president's law is known, envisions a major expansion of the program, but nearly half of all U.S. states, mostly Republican-controlled, have rejected that part of the law. Without expansion, 6.9 million low-income Americans, including 292,000 in Tennessee, will not get Medicaid assistance, said the Kaiser Family Foundation.
As New Ebola Cases Emerge in Liberia, Officials Race to Halt Outbreak
1 Jul 2015 at 3:05pm
Confirmation of new Ebola infections in Liberia this week have brought back fears that another outbreak could run rampant in the West African country, but experts caution that the government and aid organizations are far more prepared now to stop the spread of the deadly virus. Officials from Liberia's Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs, and Tourism confirmed today that two people had tested positive for Ebola, after a teenager died on Sunday of the disease. However, experts say the cases simply show that increased surveillance is working to stop the disease before it can spread widely.
Sunburn 'Art' Makes Experts Cringe
1 Jul 2015 at 3:05pm
This summer some sunbathers are getting a little creative by trying their hand with ?sunburn? art. ?This is where popular culture is clashing with medical advice,? said Dr. Barney Kenet, a New York-based dermatologist. Kenet said that if people were really aiming to have a good clean example of sunburn ?art? they may be inclined to stay out in the sun longer.
U.S. sues to stop Electrolux acquiring GE's appliance business
1 Jul 2015 at 2:52pm
By Diane Bartz and Lewis Krauskopf WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States filed a lawsuit on Wednesday to stop Sweden's Electrolux AB , which owns the Frigidaire, Kenmore and Tappan brands, from buying General Electric Co's appliance business, the Justice Department said in a statement. Whirlpool Corp , which bought Maytag in 2006, is the third. Electrolux shares traded in the U.S. on the OTC Pink market fell 9.3 percent, with more than 40,000 shares exchanged.
Total recall: brain process for memory formation revealed
1 Jul 2015 at 2:43pm
By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With a little help from Clint Eastwood, Jennifer Aniston and Josh Brolin - or at least photos of them - scientists have gained a new understanding of how memories of everyday events are formed in the brain. Researchers said on Wednesday a study involving people with electrodes implanted in their brains has shown that individual neurons in a region called the medial temporal lobe play a central role in swiftly forming these memories. The devices also enabled the researchers to pinpoint individual neurons that encoded memories.
Implanted drug improves tolerance of sunlight in rare condition
1 Jul 2015 at 2:28pm
By Gene Emery (Reuters Health) - A skin-darkening drug can help protect against serious pain in people with a rare inherited condition that makes them flee sunlight like movie vampires, according to tests in Europe and the U.S. The condition, known as erythropoietic protoporphyria, causes severe burning skin pain after several minutes of direct sun exposure. Victims sometimes refer to themselves as "shadow hoppers," said Dr. Manisha Balwani, co-investigator in the U.S. trial. Adults who received the implanted drug reported that they could spend significantly more time in the sun than those who received a placebo implant, although the increase was not always dramatic because people with the condition have developed a powerful aversion to sunlight that is difficult to overcome.
Poll: Approval for Supreme Court health care decision
1 Jul 2015 at 2:02pm
WASHINGTON (AP) ? A new poll finds that most Americans approve of the recent Supreme Court decision preserving the health care law's subsidized insurance premiums for people in all 50 states.