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Rohingya dying from lack of health care in Myanmar
12 Mar 2014 at 9:26am
THE' CHAUNG, Myanmar (AP) ? Noor Jahan rocked slowly on the floor, trying to steady her weak body. Her chest heaved and her eyes closed with each raspy breath. She could no longer eat or speak, throwing up even spoonfuls of tea.
Obama pitches his health care plan on Funny or Die
11 Mar 2014 at 7:15pm
NEW YORK (AP) ? Zach Galifianakis brought the ferns, and President Barack Obama opened a new avenue of presidential communication.
Gene mapping study shows promise, challenges
11 Mar 2014 at 1:14pm
CHICAGO (AP) ? These days, it's faster and cheaper than ever to decipher a person's entire DNA. But a small study suggests that looking for disease risks that way may not be ready for the masses.
New York's Albany County seeks to limit crude oil processing
12 Mar 2014 at 2:12pm
New York's Albany County on Wednesday issued a moratorium on the expansion of crude oil processing in the Port of Albany, pending a public health investigation. Processing and storing crude oil at the port could pose health risks, said County Executive Daniel McCoy, who estimated that the health review could take "many months." The moratorium targets a proposed expansion at an oil-processing facility operated by Global Partners LP. The company is seeking to build several boilers that would heat crude oil before it is off-loaded and shipped for refining. Global Partners can rail up to 160,000 barrel per day of crude to its Albany terminal, which includes some 50,000 bpd for Phillips 66 in a five-year commitment to ship North Dakotan Bakken crude by rail to its 238,000 bpd Bayway refinery in Linden, New Jersey.
U.S. House panel investigates EPA's power plant rule setting
12 Mar 2014 at 2:02pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. House of Representatives committee said on Wednesday it is launching an investigation into the Environmental Protection Agency's decision-making process involving emissions standards for new power plants. Republican leaders of the House Energy and Committee have written to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy requesting documents to determine whether the agency complied with the law when it developed its proposals for new power plant standards, which were announced in late 2013. (Reporting by Valerie Volcovici; Editing by Susan Heavey)
U.S. Republicans take aim at Obamacare to fund Medicare fix
12 Mar 2014 at 1:45pm
By Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House Republicans said on Wednesday that they are pushing a plan to delay for five years the penalties for failing to buy health insurance under Obamacare, and to use the savings to spare doctors from a steep cut in Medicare payments. Delaying until 2019 the financial penalty for not signing up for health insurance would slow down Obamacare signups and save the government billions of dollars that would otherwise be paid out in taxpayer subsidies to enrollees, the Republicans say, citing Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates. Democrats derided the idea as a "poison pill." They complained that House Republicans have tried dozens of times to change or repeal Obamacare and now proposed another change to a bipartisan deal making a long-sought repair to the formula used to determine Medicare payments to physicians. House Speaker John Boehner confirmed the Republican strategy when asked about it in a Capitol hallway.
Slightly elevated blood pressure also tied to strokes
12 Mar 2014 at 1:44pm
By Andrew M. Seaman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People with blood pressure that is elevated but not enough to be considered "high" are still at an increased risk for strokes, according to a new analysis of past studies. Researchers found that having so-called prehypertension was linked to a 66 percent increased risk of stroke. "There has been disagreement in the community in general," Dr. Joshua Willey told Reuters Health. "Are these people at risk for stroke?" Willey, a neurologist at Columbia University in New York, was not involved with the new study.
Pfizer says U.S. court invalidates Celebrex patent; generics loom
12 Mar 2014 at 1:34pm
(Reuters) - A U.S. court ruled invalid a patent covering Pfizer Inc's blockbuster Celebrex painkiller, the drugmaker said, giving generic rivals an earlier U.S. entry that analysts estimated could cost the company $3 billion in revenue by the end of 2015. Pfizer shares closed down 1.4 percent on the New York Stock Exchange. Pfizer said it would appeal the ruling, made by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, which invalidated a patent covering how Celebrex is administered to treat osteoarthritis. Celebrex has annual global sales of about $3 billion, including $2 billion in the United States.
Prosthetic Limbs Get a Second Life as Donations
12 Mar 2014 at 1:26pm
Used prosthetic limbs can be donated overseas.
Wall Street little changed as Ukraine diplomacy advances
12 Mar 2014 at 1:11pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks were little changed on Wednesday amid signs of progress in diplomatic attempts to ease tensions in Ukraine and as investors shrugged off concern over weakness in the Chinese economy. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 11.49 points or 0.07 percent, to 16,339.76, the S&P 500 gained 0.53 points or 0.03 percent, to 1,868.16 and the Nasdaq Composite added 16.144 points or 0.37 percent, to 4,323.332. (Reporting by Rodrigo Campos; Editing by Nick Zieminski)
Sebelius says no Obamacare mandate delay, enrollment extension
12 Mar 2014 at 1:05pm
There will be no delay in the penalty most Americans face under President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law if they fail to obtain health coverage this year, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said on Wednesday. Sebelius also said there would be no postponement of this month's deadline for enrolling in coverage through new private health insurance marketplaces or the Medicaid program for the poor. "No, sir," was Sebelius' categorical answer when asked about both prospects by Representative Kevin Brady of Texas at a hearing of the House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee. Speaking a day after her department released new Obamacare data showing private insurance enrollment rising to 4.2 million people as of March 1, Sebelius rebuffed Republican claims that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's implementation was failing to attract enough enrollees.
Kids with family routines more emotionally, socially advanced
12 Mar 2014 at 12:42pm
They found each ritual was linked to a 47 percent increase in the odds that children would have high so-called social-emotional health, which indicates good emotional and social skills. Social-emotional health "allows children to express their feelings, understand others' emotions and develop and sustain healthy relationships with peers and adults," said Dr. Elisa Muniz, the study's lead author and a pediatrician at Bronx Lebanon Hospital in New York. "There is strong scientific evidence that children who possess these abilities to a greater degree are more likely to succeed in school," Muniz said. The study followed children from birth until they began kindergarten.
Maryland mall shooter may have copied Columbine massacre: police
12 Mar 2014 at 12:39pm
By Alice Popovici MARRIOTTSVILLE, Maryland (Reuters) - The gunman who killed two store employees at a Maryland mall early this year may have been obsessed with the 1999 Columbine High School massacre and left a journal behind in which he wrote that he might already be dead, police said on Wednesday. The shooter, Darion Marcus Aguilar, 19, did not know the victims when he opened fire at a crowded Columbia, Maryland, mall about 20 miles west of Baltimore on January 25 before killing himself with his 12-gauge Mossberg shotgun. Investigators have been unable to find any connection between Aguilar and the employees he gunned down at a Zumiez Inc skateboard store, the Howard County Police Department's investigation found. He was a young man that did not garner much attention to himself," Police Chief William McMahon told a news conference.
TV time linked to less sleep for kids
12 Mar 2014 at 9:30am
By Ronnie Cohen NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The more television children watch, the less total sleep they're getting, according to a small Spanish study. Researchers found that a nine-year-old who watched five hours of television a day, for example, slept an average one hour less a night than a nine-year-old who watched television for less than an hour and a half a day, lead author Marcella Marinelli, from the Center for Research in Environmental Epidemiology in Barcelona, told Reuters Health. The study team followed some 1,700 children for up to three years and found those who increased their TV time got even less sleep as they grew up. "This study really demonstrated that kids who watch a lot of television and continued to do so continued to have a trajectory of less sleep than they should have," said Christina Calamaro, from the Nemours Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Delaware, who was not involved in the research.
Moms in labor can bar dads from birth room, N.J. judge rules
12 Mar 2014 at 8:48am
By Victoria Cavaliere NEW YORK (Reuters) - New Jersey this week became the first U.S. state to allow pregnant women to bar the fathers of their children from the delivery room while giving birth, under a court ruling. Mothers-to-be are also not obligated to inform fathers they have gone into labor, according to a decision published Monday by Passaic County Superior Court Judge Sohail Mohammed. "The court further finds that it would be an undue burden on the mother to require her to notify the father when she is in labor or require his presence during labor. It would invade her sphere of privacy and provide unwarranted strain on the mother." Mohammed's ruling pertains specifically to "putative fathers," or biological fathers not wed to the mother.