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One-fourth of US cancer deaths linked with 1 thing: smoking
24 Oct 2016 at 11:57am
CHICAGO (AP) ? Cigarettes contribute to more than 1 in 4 cancer deaths in the U.S. The rate is highest among men in Southern states where smoking is more common and the rules against it are not as strict.
Hemp may be next gold mine for Native American tribes
24 Oct 2016 at 11:57am
Now, some hope, cultivating industrial hemp could do the same. Native American-owned CannaNative LLC said on Monday it was in final talks with the Navajo Nation, the largest federally recognized tribe, to grow industrial hemp. The Hemp Industries Association (HIA) estimates that the total U.S. retail value of hemp products in 2013 was $581 million, although the Congressional Research Service says the numbers are under-reported.
Texas hospital reaches settlement with nurse infected with Ebola
24 Oct 2016 at 11:19am
By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A nurse who contracted the Ebola virus while treating the first person diagnosed with the deadly disease in the United States has reached a settlement with the Dallas hospital where she was in a team caring for the man, a statement on Monday said. Terms of the deal between the hospital's owner, Texas Health Resources, and nurse Nina Pham, the first person infected with Ebola in the United States, were not disclosed. Pham sued last year, saying that Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital did not do enough to prevent her from contracting the deadly virus and invaded her privacy after she was diagnosed with it.
Location and socioeconomic status tied to risk of bicycle injury for kids
24 Oct 2016 at 10:54am
By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) - Kids of lower socioeconomic status, those riding in rural areas, and those riding mostly on the sidewalk have higher risk of injury than others, according to a new review. ?Personal characteristics like age and sex were not consistently associated with bicyclist injury among children and adolescents,? which was in surprising, said senior author Brent E. Hagel of Alberta Children?s Hospital in Canada. In terms of economic status and education level, children of parents in the lowest of four income groups (according to parental reports) were more likely to end up in an emergency room with a bicycling injury than those in the higher income groups.
Babies should sleep in parents? room to help prevent SIDS
24 Oct 2016 at 10:31am
By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Infants should sleep in the same bedroom as their parents for at least the first six months of their lives to minimize the risk of sleep-related deaths, according to new guidelines from U.S. pediatricians. Ideally, babies should stay in their parents? room at night for a full year, according to recommendations released today by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Babies shouldn?t share a bed with parents, however, because that increases the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), the guidelines stress.
Hired experts back claims St. Jude heart devices can be hacked
24 Oct 2016 at 10:27am
Short-selling firm Muddy Waters said in a legal filing on Monday that outside cyber security experts it hired have validated its claims that St. Jude Medical Inc cardiac implants are vulnerable to potentially life-threatening cyber attacks. Muddy Waters released a 53-page report from boutique cyber security firm Bishop Fox, the latest piece of evidence to emerge in an ongoing dispute over claims made in August by the short-selling firm and cyber research firm MedSec Holdings that St. Jude cardiac implants are vulnerable to hacking. St. Paul, Minnesota-based St. Jude has strongly disputed those claims, which are under investigation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
FDA seeks to improve hospital reporting of device injuries
24 Oct 2016 at 10:21am
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is seeking to improve hospital reporting of injuries and deaths associated with medical devices after inspections at 17 hospitals revealed widespread under-reporting of such events. The FDA initiated the inspections following high-profile safety scandals involving power morcellators and contaminated duodenoscopes. Morcellators are used to remove uterine fibroids but can spread unsuspected cancerous tissue beyond the uterus.
Polish women protest again as ruling party heats up abortion row
24 Oct 2016 at 10:20am
By Marcin Goettig WARSAW (Reuters) - Hundreds of women marched again in Polish cities on Monday to oppose proposals for tight restrictions on abortion after earlier protests effectively scuttled a near-total ban on terminating pregnancies. Television reports showed hundreds of women dressed in black protesting on the streets of major Polish cities including Katowice, Wroclaw, Poznan, Gdansk, Warsaw and Bialystok. The renewed protest was organized by a group called The Nationwide Women's Strike and was aimed at the PiS government and its close ally, the influential Roman Catholic Church.
Exclusive: Philippines police plan new phase in drugs war - sources
24 Oct 2016 at 10:09am
By Tom Allard and Clare Baldwin MANILA (Reuters) - Signaling a shift in strategy in its blood-soaked war against drugs, Philippines police aim to reduce the killing of suspects and put more resources into arresting prominent people tied to the trade, two sources with knowledge of the matter said. Project Double Barrel Alpha will put a stronger focus on arresting politicians, military, police, government officials and celebrities allegedly involved in narcotics, the sources said. The new approach will be outlined on Tuesday at a meeting of police chiefs from each of the Philippines' 18 regions at Camp Crame, the police headquarters north of the capital Manila, Philippines National Police spokesman Dionardo Carlos confirmed to Reuters.
Pregnancy raises stroke risk in younger, not older women: study
24 Oct 2016 at 9:45am
Doctors have long warned women that getting pregnant later in life can raise the risk of stroke, but a study Monday suggested that actually, only young women face this increasing risk. The findings in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Neurology compared stroke rates among pregnant and non-pregnant women of different age groups. Previous studies have focused on the rate of stroke among pregnant women of different ages -- finding stroke is more common among older women -- but have not included a non-pregnant, aged-matched control group for comparison.
As Medicaid loses stigma, election may cloud its future
24 Oct 2016 at 9:39am
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Medicaid, often stigmatized among government health care programs, is finally coming into its own.
Myanmar army forces hundreds of Rohingya villagers from homes - witnesses
24 Oct 2016 at 9:11am
By Wa Lone YANGON (Reuters) - Hundreds of Myanmar's Rohingya villagers are facing a second night hiding in rice fields without shelter, after the army on Sunday forcibly removed them from a village in a crackdown following attacks on border security forces. Four Rohingya sources contacted by Reuters by telephone, said border guard officers went to Kyee Kan Pyin village on Sunday and ordered about 2,000 villagers to abandon it, giving them just enough time to collect basic household items. The move marks an escalation in violence which has destabilized Myanmar's most volatile state located in the remote northwest.
Life Care to pay record $145 million over false claims
24 Oct 2016 at 8:56am
(Reuters) - Life Care Centers of America Inc and its owner Forrest Preston agreed to pay $145 million to resolve a U.S. lawsuit accusing the company of submitting false claims for rehabilitation therapy services that were not reasonable, necessary or skilled, the U.S. Department of Justice said on Monday. The accord with the Cleveland, Tennessee-based company is the Justice Department's largest with a skilled nursing facility chain, according to Benjamin Mizer, who heads the department's civil division. (Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York; Editing by Dan Grebler)
New report reveals the health habits and problems of Europe
24 Oct 2016 at 7:31am
A new survey released today has highlighted some of the key health issues in Europe and the attitudes towards physical and mental health in 21 European countries. The new European Social Survey (ESS) gathered 40,000 responses from across Europe during 2014-2015 and found that a large number of Europeans are suffering from a wide range of physical and mental health conditions.
Heading footballs 'affects memory': study
24 Oct 2016 at 7:11am
Heading a football can significantly affect a player's brain function and memory up to a day, a study by researchers at Scotland's Stirling University has said. "We found there was in fact increased inhibition in the brain immediately after heading and that performance on memory tests was reduced significantly," Dr Magdalena Ietswaart, a cognitive neuroscientist at Sterling University, told the BBC on Monday. "Although the changes were temporary, we believe they are significant to brain health, particularly if they happen over and over again as they do in football heading," she added.