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FDA recommends Zika testing for all blood donated in U.S.
26 Aug 2016 at 2:57pm
By Julie Steenhuysen and Letitia Stein CHICAGO/TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommended on Friday that all blood donated in the United States and its territories be tested for Zika virus, as it moves to prevent transmission of the virus through the blood supply. The agency said its decision to expand blood screening in the United States was based on concerns about more cases of local transmission in Florida, the growing number of travel-related infections and concerns that Zika-tainted blood could unwittingly be given to a pregnant woman, putting her unborn baby at risk of severe birth defects. ?The transfusion of a pregnant woman with blood infected with the Zika virus could have terrible consequences,? Peter Marks, director of the FDA?s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, said during a conference call with reporters.
EpiPen Users Have Few Options for Generic or Alternate Drugs
26 Aug 2016 at 2:50pm
The drug epinephrine has been around for decades, but the EpiPen, which is made by Mylan, has become the go-to epinephrine auto injector for many people in the U.S. There are multiple reasons why the EpiPen has become so popular, including diminishing competition and the fact that pharmacists in many states cannot automatically substitute a generic alternative. Recalls from Mylan's competitors have also boosted sales of the EpiPen. There appears to be one other company making an epinephrine auto injector available in the U.S., according to data available from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Icahn denies attempt to sell Herbalife stock, buys more shares
26 Aug 2016 at 2:49pm
Herbalife shares rose 4 percent in extended trading, reversing course after Icahn said he had bought 2.3 million shares on Friday. "Completely contrary to what Bill Ackman stated on television today, I have never given Jefferies an order to sell any of our Herbalife shares," Icahn said in a statement after market close. Ackman, who unveiled a $1 billion short bet against Herbalife in 2012, said on CNBC earlier in the day that Icahn's planned stake sale would accelerate the company's downfall.
Second case of babies switched in Canadian hospital shakes community
26 Aug 2016 at 2:30pm
By Rod Nickel WINNIPEG, Manitoba (Reuters) - For the second time in less than a year, two men from the same remote Canadian community have discovered they were switched at birth, prompting outrage and new questions about substandard healthcare for Canada's indigenous people. David Tait and Leon Swanson were swapped in the government-run Norway House Hospital in 1975 in the western Canadian province of Manitoba, DNA testing confirmed. Norway House is made up of two northern Manitoba communities and has a population of about 5,000 predominantly indigenous Cree Nation people.
Survival of quake victims depends on many factors
26 Aug 2016 at 2:19pm
NEW YORK (AP) ? How long can people survive in the rubble of an earthquake?
St. Jude says report by short sellers 'false and misleading'
26 Aug 2016 at 2:18pm
The report, which caused St. Jude shares to fall 5 percent after its release on Thursday, alleged there were significant security bugs in the company's Merlin@home device for monitoring implanted heart devices. St. Jude chief technology officer Phil Ebeling on Thursday said "the allegations are absolutely untrue" but provided no specific examples of errors. St. Jude on Friday said most of the observations in the report applied to older versions of its Merlin@home devices, which had not been patched with security upgrades that the company automatically pushes out to customers.
Self-injury is a 'major killer' in U.S
26 Aug 2016 at 2:12pm
By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - When deaths from substance abuse are counted as self-inflicted, then deaths from self-injury in the U.S. are tied with deaths attributed to diabetes and outnumber those from flu and pneumonia or kidney disease, new research suggests. "Self injury is a major killer and it encompasses more than suicide," said study leader Ian Rockett, of West Virginia University School of Public Health in Morgantown.
Maine governor apologizes for obscenity-laced voicemail
26 Aug 2016 at 1:42pm
Maine Governor Paul LePage apologized on Friday for an obscenity-laced voicemail he left for a lawmaker who he believed had called him a racist for remarks he made about drug dealers. The incident followed a town hall meeting on Wednesday during which LePage said he kept a binder with photographs of drug dealers arrested in Maine and more than 90 percent of them were black or Hispanic, the Portland Press Herald reported. The governor's remarks triggered a barrage of criticism from political figures and the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine.
Redstone granddaughter agrees to case dismissal, helps broader deal
26 Aug 2016 at 1:29pm
The granddaughter of Viacom Inc's controlling shareholder Sumner Redstone has agreed to let a Massachusetts court dismiss claims brought by former company leaders, a step that will help end a battle over the fate of the media empire. Lawyers for Keryn Redstone said at a Massachusetts court hearing on Friday they have also agreed to mediate remaining parts of her family dispute and that she will have an in-person meeting with her 93-year-old grandfather. "There will be peace in the Redstone valley" said Keryn Redstone's attorney Pierce O'Donnell, speaking to reporters after the hearing at Norfolk County Probate and Family Court in Canton, Massachusetts.
Miami hotel bookings slow, airfares fall since Zika outbreak
26 Aug 2016 at 1:28pm
Travelers have booked fewer hotel rooms in downtown Miami, and leisure airfares to the greater Miami area have inched down in the weeks since the Zika virus was detected there, data reviewed by Reuters shows. Hotels sold 2.9 percent fewer rooms in Miami's central business district and northern neighborhoods during the first three weeks of August than they did a year earlier in the same period, according to hotel data and analytics firm STR. The decline in hotel bookings may be an early indication of the virus's effect on Miami's robust tourism industry, which had an economic impact of $24.4 billion in 2015, according to the Greater Miami Convention and Visitor Bureau.
Italy quake death toll hits 281, state funeral planned
26 Aug 2016 at 1:27pm
By Steve Scherer and Gabriele Pileri PESCARA DEL TRONTO, Italy (Reuters) - Hopes of finding more survivors from Italy's powerful earthquake faded on Friday, with the death toll rising to 281 and the rescue operation in some of the stricken areas called off. Three days after the quake struck the mountainous heart of the country, sniffer dogs and emergency crews continued to scour the town of Amatrice, which was leveled in the disaster, but there was no sign of life beneath the debris. "Only a miracle can bring our friends back alive from the rubble, but we are still digging because many are missing," town mayor Sergio Pirozzi told reporters.
Muddy Waters says St. Jude shares could fall below $55 a share: CNBC
26 Aug 2016 at 1:11pm
Carson Block, the head of short-selling firm Muddy Waters, said on Friday that shares of medical device maker St. Jude Medical Inc could fall to $55 per share or lower if Abbott Laboratories' deal to buy the company falls apart. "If the deal were to break, I think that we could be $55 or lower," Block told cable television network CNBC. St. Jude agreed in April to be purchased by Abbott Laboratories.
Rights organizations can avoid further harming victims
26 Aug 2016 at 12:52pm
By Madeline Kennedy (Reuters Health) - Lawyers interview victims of human rights violations to document their stories and seek justice, but victims who have to relive the violence during a single interview may be traumatized anew, researchers argue. In the journal BMJ Global Health, psychiatrists and human rights advocates jointly propose a research agenda to find the best ways to protect both the legal rights and mental health of these victims. Led by psychiatrist Susan Meffert of the University of California, San Francisco, the proposal authors point out that ?debriefing? a victim in a single interview session used to be a mode of therapy.
Judge in Redstone hearing urges attorneys to reach agreements
26 Aug 2016 at 12:44pm
A Massachusetts judge on Friday told attorneys to see if they could agree to resolve at least parts of a lingering family dispute over the fate of the empire built by Sumner Redstone, the controlling shareholder of Viacom Inc . Judge George Phelan gave the instruction before declaring a break in a hearing on Friday that is part of the ongoing legal saga over whether Redstone was mentally competent when he removed former Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman and board member George Abrams from a trust that will determine the fate of his media empire. The proceedings likely will not affect the removal of Dauman and Abrams from Viacom and Redstone's trust, according to people familiar with the situation.