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Supreme court to weigh challenge to Obama mercury air pollution rule
25 Nov 2014 at 11:18am
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to weigh a challenge by industry groups and some states to an Obama administration regulation intended to limit emissions of mercury and other hazardous pollutants mainly from coal-fired power plants. In a blow to the federal government, the justices said in a brief order that they would review an April ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit that upheld the rule. The court order said the justices would focus on the single question of whether the U.S. ...
Doctor behind 'free radical' aging theory dies
25 Nov 2014 at 10:53am
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) ? Dr. Denham Harman, a renowned scientist who developed the most widely accepted theory on aging that's now used to study cancer, Alzheimer's disease and other illnesses, has died in Nebraska at age 98.
Once-weekly Lilly diabetes drug wins EU approval
25 Nov 2014 at 10:53am
(Reuters) - The European Commission has granted marketing approval to Eli Lilly and Co's injectable Trulicity treatment for adults with type 2 diabetes, the U.S. drugmaker said on Tuesday. The once-weekly drug belongs to a family of diabetes treatments called GLP-1 receptor agonists, which includes Novo Nordisk's widely used daily treatment Victoza. They act like GLP-1, a natural hormone, in prodding the body to release insulin when patients eat. ...
Sierra Leone Ebola burial workers dump bodies in pay protest
25 Nov 2014 at 10:41am
By Umaru Fofana FREETOWN (Reuters) - Burial workers in Sierra Leone have dumped bodies in the street outside a hospital in protest at authorities' failure to pay bonuses for handling Ebola victims. Residents said up to 15 corpses had been abandoned in the eastern town of Kenema, three of them at a hospital entrance to stop people entering. The head of the district Ebola Response Team, Abdul Wahab Wan, said the bodies included those of two babies. A spokesman for the striking workers, who asked not to be identified, said they had not been paid their weekly hazard allowance for seven weeks. ...
India orders culling after bird flu outbreaks in Kerala
25 Nov 2014 at 10:40am
PARIS (Reuters) - India has found two outbreaks of a highly contagious bird flu virus in the southern state of Kerala, prompting the authorities to cull more than 200,000 birds, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Tuesday. The virus itself killed about 15,000 infected ducks in Kottayam and another 500 in nearby Alappuzha, the first cases of the disease in the country since February this year, the Paris-based OIE reported on its website, citing data submitted by the Indian ministry of agriculture. ...
Ethiopia hopes to set world record for HIV tests
25 Nov 2014 at 10:24am
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) ? Ethiopia is attempting to set a world record for the number of HIV tests carried out in one day.
Chinese-built Ebola center dedicated in Liberia
25 Nov 2014 at 10:20am
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) ? China, one of the first countries to send aid to battle Ebola in West Africa, ramped up the assistance significantly Tuesday by opening a 100-bed treatment center in Liberia as rows of uniformed Chinese army medics stood at attention.
How Many Calories You'll Eat This Thanksgiving
25 Nov 2014 at 10:17am
There's nothing like a day of solid eating to get you in the Thanksgiving spirit, but as family members catch up, they often don't realize just how many calories they're
Facing health law hikes, consumers mull options
25 Nov 2014 at 10:16am
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Consumers across most of America will see their health insurance premiums go up next year for popular plans under President Barack Obama's health care law.
Only three in 10 Americans have HIV under control: government report
25 Nov 2014 at 10:04am
By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - Just 30 percent of Americans living with HIV have the virus in check, putting others at risk of infection, U.S. health officials said on Tuesday. The report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that 840,000 of the 1.2 million people infected with HIV in 2011 were not consistently taking anti-HIV drugs that keep the virus suppressed at very low levels. ...
Hookah smokers are inhaling benzene
25 Nov 2014 at 10:00am
By Shereen Lehman (Reuters Health) - High levels of benzene, a chemical in crude oil and gasoline, are present in hookah smokers and nonsmokers after they attend social events where the water pipes are used, a new report says. Benzene exposure is a known risk factor for leukemia. Since there are no safe levels of benzene exposure, interventions to prevent or reduce hookah smoking or regulate the tobacco products are needed, say the authors. ...
Is Your Office Making a Bad Flu Season Worse?
25 Nov 2014 at 9:56am
November marks the official start of the holiday season, but for office workers across the country, it also means something else: flu season.As much as 20 percent of the U.S. population battles the flu each year, with workplaces serving as a common breeding ground for the virus. Each season, more than 11 million workdays are lost due to the...
New FDA rules will put calorie counts on menus
25 Nov 2014 at 9:56am
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Whether they want to or not, consumers will soon know how many calories they are eating when ordering off the menu at chain restaurants, picking up prepared foods at supermarkets and even eating a tub of popcorn at the movie theater.
Moving Beyond Botched Sterilizations: Human Rights and Reproductive Health Care
25 Nov 2014 at 9:46am
More than a dozen women died earlier this month in Chhattisgarh state in India after receiving tubal ligations in a government-run "camp." After being promised financial compensation, 83 women received sterilization procedures conducted by one surgeon in six hours. Village "motivators" were paid to persuade the women to go, and midwives were...
Shia LaBeouf appears in N.Y. court in disorderly conduct case
25 Nov 2014 at 9:31am
By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Actor Shia LaBeouf made a brief appearance in a New York court on Tuesday to show he was in compliance with a treatment program after he pleaded guilty in September to a disorderly conduct violation for disturbing a performance of "Cabaret" on Broadway. Wearing a dark suit and white shirt, the short-haired, clean-shaven 28-year-old, who appeared in the "Transformer" films and with Brad Pitt in the World War Two drama "Fury," nodded when the judge asked if he was receiving treatment. LaBeouf's lawyer, G. ...