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Bird flu reappears in Cameroon, killing thousands of birds
26 May 2016 at 8:20am
YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) ? Cameroon's government says that the H5N1 strain of the bird flu virus has reappeared in Cameroon after an 8-year absence.
From displacement to death, U.N. data innovation aims to boost aid response
26 May 2016 at 8:19am
By Kieran Guilbert DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - From displacement and deaths to funding and food prices, a new data map will enable aid agencies to compare and contrast various needs in a humanitarian crisis and boost their response, according to the U.N. team behind it. The Humanitarian Data Exchange (HDX), an open platform for sharing data among U.N. agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and governments, this week released an interactive map focusing on the humanitarian crisis in the Lake Chad region. "The humanitarian data space used to be very fragmented - it was hard to find information and see where the main needs were," said data systems analyst Chad Hendrix.
'Creative' stoners planted seed for safer medical marijuana: study
26 May 2016 at 8:08am
Swiss scientists have taken a leaf from the pothead recipe book to brew an e-cigarette cannabis liquid for medical use they said Thursday is safer than a joint and better than a pill. The team copied an improvised method popular among marijuana afficionados using butane gas to extract and concentrate cannabinoids -- the active, high-causing compounds of cannabis. "We were inspired by what is done illegally, underground, on the web fora," study co-author Vincent Varlet, a biochemist and toxicologist from the University Centre of Legal Medicine in Lausanne, Switzerland, told AFP.
Girls? early puberty and breast development tied to depression
26 May 2016 at 8:01am
By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Girls who go through puberty and develop breasts earlier than peers may have a higher risk of depression as well, a Chinese study suggests. Researchers analyzed data on puberty timing and adolescent depression for almost 5,800 children born in Hong Kong in 1997. For boys, the timing of genital development was unrelated to the presence of depression, researchers report in the journal Pediatrics.
Migrants stranded in Greece take to fields to avoid state-run camps
26 May 2016 at 7:56am
By Phoebe Fronista IDOMENI/EVZONI, Greece (Reuters) - They packed up their belongings and began to walk, some heading for the fields, others to a gas station, all seeking to avoid state-run Greek migrant camps where they fear they will end up trapped. For months they had been living in Idomeni, a sprawling expanse of tents on Greece's northern border with Macedonia and a symbol of human misery until police and bulldozers began clearing it on Tuesday. Instead, scores of tents have sprung up at gas station in the town of Evzoni, some six 6 km (4 miles) away, and dozens more were being pitched in a grassy field nearby.
South Carolina governor to sign ban on abortion past 19 weeks
26 May 2016 at 7:49am
By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters) - Republican South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley on Wednesday signed into law a bill banning most abortions after 19 weeks of pregnancy unless the mother's life is at risk, a spokesperson told Reuters on Wednesday. The South Carolina legislature passed the bill last week, making it the 17th U.S. state to approve such a ban. A signing ceremony will take place on a date to be announced later, said Haley representative Chaney Adams.
'Saved by the Bell' actor Dustin Diamond back in jail over probation
26 May 2016 at 7:44am
Dustin Diamond, 39, was being held at the Ozaukee County jail after being taken into custody on Wednesday afternoon, corrections officials said. Authorities were investigating the alleged probation violation and Diamond will likely remain in jail in the meantime, Wisconsin Department of Corrections spokesman Tristan Cook said. In April, Diamond was released from Ozaukee County jail a month early after serving three months for a barroom stabbing in Wisconsin.
New FDA rules aim to prevent intentional food adulteration
26 May 2016 at 7:34am
(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Thursday it had finalized new rules aimed at making food manufacturers more accountable for the prevention of intentional adulteration. The new rule, under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), requires both domestic and foreign food facilities to maintain a written food defense plan that assesses their potential vulnerabilities to deliberate contamination. ...
I Stopped Apologizing. Now, I'm So Much More Confident.
26 May 2016 at 6:56am
"Can you break a $20? Sorry, I know you're busy," I said to my coworker on an especially busy afternoon.He stopped what he was doing and turned his entire body to me."Stop apologizing," he said, eyes locked on mine. Then he took the bill from my hands.I hadn't been at all aware that I'd been apologizing often, let alone to a point that someone...
Nearly 1,000 killed in attacks on health workers in 2014-15: WHO
26 May 2016 at 6:51am
By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - Nearly 1,000 people were killed in attacks on health centers worldwide over the past two years, almost 40 percent of them in Syria, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Thursday in its first report on the issue. The United Nations agency documented 594 attacks resulting in 959 deaths and 1,561 injuries in 19 countries with emergencies between January 2014 and December 2015. Syria, torn by civil war since 2011, had the most attacks on hospitals, ambulances, patients and medical workers, accounting for 352 deaths.
Vietnam jails four asylum seekers returned by Australia
26 May 2016 at 6:00am
A court in Vietnam on Thursday jailed four Vietnamese for terms ranging from two to 2-1/2 years each for "organizing others to flee abroad illegally" after Australia sent back their group of asylum seekers, their lawyer said. The 46 asylum seekers were aboard a small vessel intercepted off Australia's remote west coast last year and were returned to Vietnam as a result of negotiations between the two countries. A spokesman for Australia's department of Immigration and Border Protection said it was confident the Vietnamese government was upholding its assurance not to prosecute any of the returned people for their illegal departure.
Me vs. Fibromyalgia: Part 4 -- 10 Do's and Dont's When Someone You Love Has a...
26 May 2016 at 5:45am
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From hardy pigs to super-crops, gene editing poses new EU dilemma
26 May 2016 at 5:40am
It poses a thorny problem for European policymakers wary of new molecular manipulation in agriculture after a quarter century of conflict over genetically modified food. In a research lab in Norwich, 100 miles northeast of London, Wendy Harwood is making exact DNA tweaks in barley plants to produce better-germinating grain, with higher yield and quality. "We've never been able to go in and make such a precise change as we can now with gene editing," said the John Innes Centre scientist.
Early marriage, pregnancy force Tanzanian teenage girls to drop out of school
26 May 2016 at 5:38am
By Kizito Makoye MAPINGA, Tanzania (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Sikudhani Kimweri was the only girl from her primary school who went on to Bunju secondary school in eastern Tanzania's Bagamayo district. "There is no value on education in our village, very few girls finish school," said Kimweri, now 20, in an interview. While Tanzania has made significant progress overall in primary school enrolment, few girls, especially in rural areas, complete their secondary education because of early marriage, teenage pregnancy and poverty, women's rights campaigners say.
Valeant appoints Tyco's Sam Eldessouky corporate controller
26 May 2016 at 5:20am
(Reuters) - Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc said it appointed Sam Eldessouky corporate controller, the latest in a series of management changes at the company as it works to rebuild its reputation amid criticism of its accounting methods. Valeant said in March that "improper conduct" by former Chief Financial Officer Howard Schiller and former Corporate Controller Tanya Carro had contributed to a misstatement of its financial results. Eldessouky's appointment follows the replacement of Michael Pearson as chief executive by Joseph Papa, the former CEO of drugmaker Perrigo Co Plc , and the resignations of Schiller and former Executive Vice President Deb Jorn.