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UN Ebola mission winds down, WHO takes reins in West Africa
31 Jul 2015 at 9:12am
LONDON (AP) ? The United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response is officially winding down Friday, handing its leadership role and senior staff to the Geneva-based World Health Organization as efforts to contain the deadly virus continue.
Western companies look hard at China as growth slows
31 Jul 2015 at 9:10am
By Tom Bergin LONDON (Reuters) - The Chinese slowdown is forcing many Western companies to take a hard look at their businesses there, leading many to reduce investments, costs and product lines and to tackle increasing bad debts. Double digit growth rates during the first decade of the millennium lured scores of Western companies to invest heavily in China. A recent equities market rout has dashed hopes China will, in the coming years, return to the robust growth it saw in the past.
At the Heart of the Matter: Women Need Better Testing Options
31 Jul 2015 at 9:07am
We know cardiovascular care has come such a long way in the last decade or so. What many don't know is that care is based on studies that represent a huge sex disparity. Only 24 percent of participants in all heart-related studies are women. For the last 50 years women's treatment has largely been based on medical research conducted primarily...
5 Tips for Making New Girlfriends
31 Jul 2015 at 8:55am
Have you ever caught yourself thinking that you could really use some new girlfriends?Maybe you've moved for a job, outgrown your old circle of friends, recently ended a relationship, or just looked up one day and realized you just didn't have many.You are not alone sister! Almost every woman I've talked to agrees that they'd love more friends,...
Experimental Ebola vaccine could stop virus in West Africa
31 Jul 2015 at 8:42am
LONDON (AP) ? An experimental Ebola vaccine tested on thousands of people in Guinea seems to work and might help shut down the waning epidemic in West Africa, according to interim results from a study published Friday.
Breakthrough in quest for Ebola vaccine
31 Jul 2015 at 8:37am
An Ebola test vaccine provided blanket protection in a field trial in Guinea, said researchers Friday, possibly heralding "the beginning of the end" for the devastating West African outbreak that has killed thousands. The serum was 100-percent effective, after a week, in more than 7,600 people innoculated, according to results published in The Lancet and hailed as "extremely promising" by World Health Organization (WHO) chief Margaret Chan. The world was "on the verge of an effective Ebola vaccine," the UN's health agency said in a statement.
Hillary Clinton takes on Jeb Bush on racial equality issues
31 Jul 2015 at 8:34am
By Zachary Fagenson FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Reuters) - Hillary Clinton launched a direct assault on Jeb Bush on Friday, questioning his commitment to tackle issues of economic and racial inequality at a convention of a major African American civil rights group. The meeting of the National Urban League was the first same-stage appearance during the 2016 campaign and could be a general election preview for former Secretary of State Clinton, the front runner for the Democratic nomination for the presidential election, and Bush, a former Florida governor who is one of the leading candidates in the Republican race. Democrats have long counted on African Americans as a loyal voting bloc, whereas the Republican Party acknowledged after its loss in the 2012 presidential race that it needed to build support among minorities to win the presidency.
For seniors, sexual activity is linked to higher quality of life
31 Jul 2015 at 8:20am
By Madeline Kennedy (Reuters Health) - Older adults who value sexual activity and engage in it have better social lives and psychological well-being, according to a small study in Scotland Older adults said "they miss and want to engage in sexual behaviors, whether that be a kiss to intercourse," said study coauthor Taylor-Jane Flynn in an email. "For many, these behaviors remained an important element in their life." Flynn, a psychology PhD candidate at Glasgow Caledonian University, said the study was inspired by her work as a health care assistant for elderly people. Although quality of life is a key consideration for older adults, sexuality is rarely studied, write Flynn and Alan Gow, an associate professor of psychology at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, in the journal Age and Ageing.
Fitness and Diet Tips to Get the Best Body of Your Life From the Hottest Cele...
31 Jul 2015 at 8:14am
Christine Bullock is one of the most inspirational celebrity fitness trainers in Los Angeles with a wealth of knowledge regarding exercise, health and nutrition. I recently met her at a press event in Santa Monica earlier this summer where she taught an incredible fitness class followed by a Q and A session on nutrition and healthy living. I...
Vaccine success holds hope for end to deadly scourge of Ebola
31 Jul 2015 at 8:13am
By Kate Kelland and Tom Miles LONDON/GENEVA (Reuters) - The world is on the verge of being able to protect humans against Ebola, the World Health Organization said on Friday, as a trial in Guinea found a vaccine to have been 100 percent effective. Initial results from the trial, which tested Merck and NewLink Genetics? VSV-ZEBOV vaccine on some 4,000 people who had been in close contact with a confirmed Ebola case, showed complete protection after 10 days. The results were described as "remarkable" and "game changing" by global health specialists. ...
Gunmen open fire at Sri Lanka election rally, one dead
31 Jul 2015 at 8:08am
By Shihar Aneez COLOMBO (Reuters) - One person was killed and 13 wounded on Friday in a drive-by shooting at a Sri Lankan election rally attended by the finance minister, a further act of political violence in a nation still recovering from civil war. Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake called the attack an "act of political terrorism" and blamed forces loyal to former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is attempting a comeback at next month's general election. The body of a woman was brought to Colombo National Hospital and 14 people were admitted with gunshot wounds.
Exercise during teens reaps long-term benefits for women, study shows
31 Jul 2015 at 7:56am
By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Playing team sports and exercising during adolescence can have long-lasting benefits for women and may even reduce their risk of dying from cancer and other causes later in life, a new study showed on Friday. "The main finding is that exercise during adolescence is associated with a reduced risk of mortality, or death, in middle aged to older women," Sarah J. Nechuta, an assistant professor of medicine at Vanderbilt Epidemiology Center and Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center in Nashville, said in an interview. Women who were physically active in their teens had a 16 percent lower risk of dying from cancer and a 15 percent decreased risk of death from all causes, according to the study.
8 Common Worries That Aren't Worth Stressing About
31 Jul 2015 at 7:43am
You know the saying, "Worrying is like a rocking chair. It'll give you something to do, but it doesn't get you anywhere"? Well, it's true: Worrying is a complete and utter misuse of our energy, power, and imagination. All of us have fears, "what if's," and incessant mental chatter about what...
Why Everyone Should Unplug More Often
31 Jul 2015 at 7:41am
I don't know about you, but my smartphone sometimes seems like Grand Central Station at rush hour. Between texts, emails, regular old phone calls, and notifications from multiple social media sites, keeping up with all the inputs can feel like a full-time job. In fact, I can't remember the last time I passed a full 12 hours without checking my...
The Biggest Health Fear Women Have In Their 60s
31 Jul 2015 at 7:27am
Health complaints change over the decades. What worries us at 25 is very different than our concerns at 40. We asked the HuffPost Lifestyle Facebook community to tell us what they worried about most and then conferred with experts. Here's what we learned. (Find them all here.)We asked: What is your biggest health worry?You answered: "Living too...