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U.S. TV pitchman Kevin Trudeau loses appeal of conviction, sentence
5 Feb 2016 at 3:02pm
(Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Friday rejected former TV pitchman Kevin Trudeau's bid to overturn his conviction and 10-year prison sentence for having exaggerated the content of a weight-loss book he marketed through infomercials. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago rejected Trudeau's claims that there was not enough evidence to convict him, that his jury was instructed improperly, and that his sentence was too long. (Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York; Editing by James Dalgleish)
California doctor gets 30 years to life in landmark overdose case
5 Feb 2016 at 3:01pm
A Southern California doctor was sentenced to 30 years to life in prison on Friday for over-prescribing drugs that caused the fatal overdose of three patients in a murder case capped by the first conviction of its kind in the United States. The case against Dr. Hsiu Ying "Lisa" Tseng, 46, comes amid what public health officials describe as a national epidemic of drug abuse. A Los Angeles jury in October convicted Tseng of three counts of second-degree murder in a case prosecutors said showed she put greed above patients' wellbeing.
How to Beat Jetlag and Travel Healthier
5 Feb 2016 at 2:33pm
It's the morning after my journey from the Andes to Ireland. Four planes, a 12 hour transatlantic flight, 7 hour time difference, 11k foot altitude change, 3 countries, complete culture shock, all after battling altitude sickness + food poisoning.How do I recover to be so productive when I land? Here's how:1) Coffee. Max two (big) cups daily....
Dad Whose Baby Nearly Lost a Toe Shares Warning About This Very Common Hazard
5 Feb 2016 at 2:31pm
A Kansas dad is making headlines after posting a photo on Facebook as a warning to parents everywhere. At first glance, all you might see is a little foot, but closer observation shows what happened to his 19-week-old daughter -- who had a hair tourniquet and almost lost her toe.I think it's safe to say that many moms and dads have no idea what...
Doctor gets 30 years to life for prescription drug deaths
5 Feb 2016 at 2:28pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) ? A Los Angeles-area doctor convicted of murder for prescribing pain killers that killed three patients apologized in court Friday but that did little to sway the judge, who sentenced her to 30 years in prison and said she seemed to care more about money than the health of those she treated.
Injuries at work may increase risk of losing one?s job
5 Feb 2016 at 2:18pm
By Madeline Kennedy (Reuters Health) - Although worker protections are supposed to prevent it, a new U.S. study of nursing home workers finds that within six months of an injury, workers are more likely to lose their jobs. Workers who had been injured multiple times were also twice as likely to quit their jobs in the next six months as colleagues with no injuries, the study found. In general, workers are most likely to be injured during the first few months in a new work environment, the study team notes in Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
7 Medical Myths Debunked
5 Feb 2016 at 2:09pm
In my 25 years of practicing as an orthopaedic surgeon working with athletes and people with arthritis, I have learned that much of what we think we know turns out to be only part of the truth.. For that reason, research that challenges our common knowledge makes the art and science of medicine both intellectually stimulating and -- for me --...
A Meditation for Beginners With Deepak Chopra
5 Feb 2016 at 2:02pm
By Deepak ChopraTake a few minutes of peaceful contemplation to lay the groundwork for deeper practice. In this video Deepak Chopra, M.D., asks you to simply focus on your inner self and notice your breathing. This practice is designed to be a meditation for beginners, but it's also helpful for more experienced practitioners who just want to...
CFM jet engine backlog hits $180 billion as sales rise
5 Feb 2016 at 2:01pm
CFM, a joint venture of General Electric Co and Safran SA of France, said its backlog rose to 13,400 engines, including 2,154 sales in 2015 valued at $27 billion. The backlog of LEAP engines, which power Airbus A320neo and Boeing 737 MAX jetliners entering service this year and next, rose by 1,418 last year to total more than 10,000 units valued at $140 billion, the company said.
Florida readies for a fight with Zika virus
5 Feb 2016 at 1:56pm
MIAMI (AP) ? Florida's history of fighting off mosquito-borne outbreaks puts the state in perhaps better position than most when it comes to the Zika virus.
U.S. traffic deaths increase 9 percent in 2015
5 Feb 2016 at 1:53pm
Traffic deaths in the United States rose about 9 percent in the first nine months of 2015 compared to same period a year earlier, the U.S. Transportation Department said on Friday, as low gasoline prices increased road travel. The department's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration did not offer an explanation for the increase in traffic deaths to an estimated 26,000 in the first nine months of 2015, the highest level since the same period in 2008. The northwestern United States reported a 20 percent increase in road deaths, higher than any other region.
Kansas confirms norovirus case related to Buffalo Wild Wings
5 Feb 2016 at 1:42pm
(Reuters) - The Kansas health department has confirmed one positive case of norovirus related to Buffalo Wild Wings Inc, the department's Johnson County office said. "These types of illness are common this time of year," Johnson County Department of Health and Environment Director Lougene Marsh said in a statement. "There have been no further reports of illness." Buffalo Wild Wings was not immediately available for comment.
Condom makers step up to help with Zika effort
5 Feb 2016 at 1:27pm
Condom makers including Ansell Ltd are offering to help Zika-affected countries after the first case of the virus being sexually transmitted added to growing concerns over the spread of the disease. World Health Organization (WHO) spokesman Gregory Hartl stressed that "almost a 100 percent of the cases" are transmitted by the bite of a mosquito. "Ansell will be approaching regional associations in Brazil and other countries to offer its assistance and expertise in alleviating this major public health issue," Jeyan Heper, president and general manager of the Australian company's sexual wellness global business unit told Reuters in an email.
New Zealand athletes given warnings on Zika
5 Feb 2016 at 1:24pm
By Greg Stutchbury WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand's Olympic athletes and officials have been warned of the risk associated with the Zika virus on Friday, including the possibility that it could be sexually transmitted. The spread of the virus across Latin America and the Caribbean have put the Rio Olympics in the spotlight with the Games' authorities working to eradicate the mosquito that has been attributed as the principal cause of the outbreak. Health officials in Dallas County, however, reported on Tuesday the first known case contracted in the United States was a person infected after having sex with somebody who had returned from Venezuela.
Factbox: Why the Zika virus is causing alarm
5 Feb 2016 at 1:24pm
(Reuters) - Global health officials have said that the Zika virus, which has been linked to severe birth defects in thousands of babies in Brazil, is rapidly spreading in the Americas and could infect up to 4 million people. The virus is transmitted to people through the bite of infected female Aedes mosquitoes, the same type of mosquito that spreads dengue, chikungunya and yellow fever. The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) said Aedes mosquitoes are found in all countries in the Americas except Canada and continental Chile, and the virus will likely reach all countries and territories of the region where Aedes mosquitoes are found.