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California Assembly votes to make pregnancy centers tell women of abortion op...
26 May 2015 at 5:41pm
By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The California State Assembly approved a bill on Tuesday that would require licensed pregnancy centers, which sometimes steer women away from abortion, to inform clients about state programs offering such services, officials said. The Democratic-led Assembly voted 49-26 to approve the bill, which has the support of California's Democratic attorney general, Kamala Harris, and will next go to the state Senate, said Allison Ruff, aide to Assemblywoman Autumn Burke, a Democrat and co-author of the bill. With the vote, lawmakers in liberal-leaning California are moving in the opposite direction of a number of more conservative states, where laws have placed increased obligations on abortion providers.
Family history may not impact breast cancer survival odds
26 May 2015 at 4:44pm
By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - In younger women with breast cancer, having a family history of the disease may not worsen their survival odds, a new study suggests. ?They should not be concerned that their family history alone will affect the chance of a successful outcome,? Cutress said. Worldwide, breast cancer is the most common malignancy in women.
Colorado movie gunman wrote of 'obsession to kill' since childhood
26 May 2015 at 4:44pm
By Keith Coffman CENTENNIAL, Colo., (Reuters) - Colorado cinema gunman James Holmes wrote in a notebook he sent to his psychiatrist prior to opening fire in a suburban theater that he had harbored an "obsession to kill" since childhood, a police officer testified at his murder trial on Tuesday. Holmes mailed a package to the psychiatrist that included the notebook a day before he opened fire inside a cinema in the Denver suburb of Aurora during a screening of the Batman film "The Dark Knight Rises." Prosecutors have said they will seek the death penalty for Holmes if he is convicted of killing 12 moviegoers and wounding 70 others in the July 2012 rampage. Aurora Police Sergeant Matthew Fyles read aloud excerpts from the 29-page notebook, in which Holmes allegedly wrote: "The obsession to kill since I was a kid, with age became more realistic." Fyles said that Holmes wrote in another entry that he had thought about multiple ways to kill, including with nuclear weapons and biological warfare.
U.S. bird flu virus seen under control within a few months
26 May 2015 at 3:42pm
By Sybille de La Hamaide PARIS (Reuters) - An epidemic of bird flu that has devastated U.S. poultry flocks this year is likely to be under control within a few months as the United States steps up measures to contain the virus and the summer weather weakens it, senior officials said on Tuesday. There is, however, a high risk that bird flu strains could spread within the American continent, mainly Mexico, the head of the Paris-based World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said, calling on farmers and authorities to boost biosecurity measures. No new U.S. cases of the disease were confirmed on Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in a daily notice.
New study backs risk estimate for contraceptive pills
26 May 2015 at 3:36pm
The broadest study of its kind on Wednesday backed estimates that newer kinds of contraceptive pills carry a higher risk of dangerous blood clots. The probe, published in the BMJ, compared oral contraceptives containing a synthetic version of the hormone progestogen with earlier versions of the pill. Compared with women not using oral contraceptives, women using older pills had about two and a half times increased risk of VTE, it found.
Question: Does Cognitive Behavior Therapy Include Insight?
26 May 2015 at 2:32pm
Answer: Insight is always a part of cognitive therapy -- an important part, but not an end in itself. We help patients gain insight into why they have unhelpful or upsetting reactions. Their emotions and behavior make sense once they understand how they perceived a given situation. And the characteristic themes in their perceptions (represented...
Two drinks per day may be harmful to elderly hearts
26 May 2015 at 2:02pm
By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) - For elderly people, just a couple of alcoholic drinks a day can have adverse effects on heart function, a new study suggests. Elderly people who drank two or more alcoholic drinks per day had hearts with thicker walls and larger pumping chambers, and possibly reduced heart function, researchers say. Alcohol may protect against problems like heart attacks, said senior author Dr. Scott D. Solomon, ?but in high quantities alcohol is a heart toxin.? ?We wanted to determine whether there were any subtle effects on heart structure,? said Solomon, of Brigham and Women?s Hospital in Boston.
World Exclusive: Recap - #thinkMS: The 4th International MS Patient Summit In...
26 May 2015 at 2:01pm
Much speech is one thing, well-timed speech is another - SophoclesReaching 8.5 million people around the world, it's fair to say last Friday's 2015 World Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Patient Summit was an amazing success story for the heroes who made this conference a reality. Not to mention, the social media storm that brewed as the summit became a...
Doctors? lapse may explain some minority lag in colon cancer screens
26 May 2015 at 1:41pm
By Janice Neumann (Reuters Health) - - Racial minorities may be more likely to forego colon cancer screening than whites because their healthcare providers don?t recommend the potentially life-saving tests, a new study in California suggests. ?We can do all the public policy we want, but we need to make it very clear to providers that they should emphasize colon cancer screening and more importantly recommend colon cancer screening to patients of all ethnic backgrounds,? May said. Colon cancer is the second leading cause of death in the U.S. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 49% of African Americans, 37% of Latinos and 48% of Asian Americans over age 50 were screened in 2008, compared to 56% of whites.
Couple celebrates homey joys of Middle Eastern cuisine
26 May 2015 at 1:29pm
By Dorene Internicola NEW YORK (Reuters) - Traditional Middle Eastern home cooking is the shared passion of Israeli-born chefs Itamar Srulovich and Sarit Packer, the husband and wife team behind ?Honey & Co.: The Cookbook.? All 107 recipes stem from the couple?s restaurant Honey & Co in London, which was named Best New Restaurant of 2013 by the Guardian newspaper. Srulovich, 36, and Packer, 38, spoke to Reuters about their training, their culinary courtship and making the exotic accessible to customers. Q: Why did you name your restaurant Honey & Co. ...
Younger cancer patients more open to alternative therapies
26 May 2015 at 1:19pm
By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Cancer patients under age 65 are much more likely than older people to explore alternative and complementary medicine for easing their symptoms and side effects of treatment, a new study suggests. ?We found that the baby boomers are much more likely to use complimentary and alternative therapies than their parents in part due to a social change in the U.S. in the 60s and 70s with a big social movement toward things like a macrobiotic diet and yoga that made these things more mainstream,? said senior study author Dr. Jun Mao, director of integrated oncology at the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Mao and colleagues surveyed adults with breast, lung and gastrointestinal tumors who were treated at the cancer center between June 2010 and September 2011.
Danish radio station defends killing baby rabbit live on air
26 May 2015 at 1:16pm
A Danish radio station is defending a show during which the host killed a baby rabbit by hitting it with a bicycle pump, live on the air, saying it was intended to show the hypocrisy of animal lovers. The host, Asger Juhl, killed the baby rabbit, called Allan, "according to careful instructions by a professional animal caretaker from a Danish zoo", station 24/7 said on Tuesday. Euw! THEY should have a bicycle pump in their faces," Facebook user Melissa Rod wrote of the radio show.
Gender and family relationships affect caregiver strain
26 May 2015 at 1:10pm
Caregiving can be difficult, but little is known about whether it's harder on women or men, or depends on the nature of the relationship between the recipient and the giver of care, the researchers wrote in The Gerontologist, online April 17. For instance, caring for a spouse or a child may be more intensive than caring for a parent, lead author Margaret J. Penning of the sociology department at the University of Victoria told Reuters Health by email. ?Although women tend to experience greater caregiving burden than men, our findings suggest that female caregivers not only have similar levels of mental health as male caregivers, there are also few or no gender differences in how caregiving relationship affects mental health,? she said.
USDA chief vet says bird flu cases waning, sees end by July
26 May 2015 at 1:09pm
The number of cases of bird flu in the United States has started to decline and the epidemic is likely to be over within a couple of months, helped by warm weather in the summer, the U.S. chief veterinary officer said on Tuesday. "We believe the worst is behind us, which doesn't mean that we still won't see additional cases but we know we see a decline in cases," John Clifford, Chief Veterinary Officer for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, told Reuters. The U.S. poultry industry is confronting its biggest outbreak of bird flu on record, which has led to the death or culling of 40 million birds after confirmation on commercial farms and backyard flocks in 16 U.S. states and in Canada.
To promote breastfeeding, fewer hospitals hand out formula
26 May 2015 at 1:08pm
By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Fewer U.S. hospitals are giving away free infant formula, a new study finds, a shift that may help encourage more new mothers to breastfeed. ?Hospitals and health care systems are places we look to for guidance on health,? lead study author Dr. Jennifer Nelson, a researcher at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said by email. ?When hospitals distribute formula to breastfeeding mothers, it signals that formula feeding is as good as breastfeeding.? In large part to stop sending that signal, hospitals have gradually moved away from giving new mothers gift bags stuffed with free formula samples and coupons, often supplied by companies as a way to establish brand loyalty and bolster sales.