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Correction: Coal Jobs vs Air Pollution story
1 Jul 2016 at 11:04am
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) ? In a story June 28 about a proposed coal ban in Oakland, The Associated Press reported erroneously the name of the organization that David Smith represents. He is an attorney for the Oakland Bulk and Oversized Terminal, not the Oregon Bulk and Oversized Terminal.
Federal judge blocks Florida law to end abortion clinic funding
1 Jul 2016 at 10:12am
By Letitia Stein TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - A federal judge has blocked parts of a new Florida law aiming to cut off state funding for preventive health services at clinics that also provide abortions, acting shortly before the restrictions took effect on Friday. U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle issued a preliminary injunction late on Thursday after state Planned Parenthood affiliates challenged certain provisions as unconstitutional. Hinkle found the clinics were unacceptably targeted by state efforts to eliminate funding for other healthcare services they also provide, such as birth control and screening for cancer and sexually transmitted diseases.
High blood pressure in pregnancy linked to later health risks
1 Jul 2016 at 9:44am
By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) ? Women with slightly elevated blood pressure during pregnancy could be more likely to develop so-called metabolic syndrome later, Chinese researchers say. Metabolic syndrome - a combination of traits and symptoms such as abdominal fat and high blood sugar - is a strong predictor of heart disease and diabetes. ?The optimal blood pressure levels in pregnant women remain an open question,? said lead author Dr. Jian-Min Niu of Guangdong Women and Children Hospital in Guangzhou.
Obama says Congress must end deadlock on Zika funding
1 Jul 2016 at 9:20am
By Ayesha Rascoe WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday said Congress must end its deadlock on funding to combat the Zika virus before lawmakers head out to recess later this summer. "The good news is we feel fairly confident that we can develop an effective vaccine for Zika," Obama said after a meeting with U.S. health officials in the Oval Office. "The problem is right now that money is stuck in Congress." Obama met with the heads of the Health and Human Services Department, the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to discuss the nation's response to the mosquito-borne virus.
Uncertainty looms as Vermont becomes 1st state to label GMOs
1 Jul 2016 at 8:45am
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) ? At Mehuron's Supermarket in Waitsfield, manager Bruce Hyde Jr. said he and his team were ready for the state's new law requiring genetically modified foods to be labeled as such. But uncertainties abound.
Civilians fleeing Iraq's Falluja should not be 'coerced' to return: aid agencies
1 Jul 2016 at 8:43am
By Lin Taylor LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Civilians who have fled Falluja should not be coerced to return because of poor conditions in displacement camps or by Iraqi authorities, aid agencies say, as insecurity remains rife and explosives have not been cleared in the city. A report on Thursday from the United Nations refugee agency UNHCR said Iraqi authorities will allow civilians displaced by the assault on Islamic State-held Falluja to start returning home as early as August. The UNHCR, noting the government's plans, said the level of destruction will make their return difficult in the short term and explosives would pose a hazard to residents.
'Come home and help', urges Central African Republic doctor
1 Jul 2016 at 8:36am
By Paula Dear BANGUI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When violence erupted in the Central African Republic three years ago, hundreds of thousands of people fled the capital Bangui, including most doctors and medical students at the main children's hospital. As the city descended into chaos, 58-year-old Jean Gody was one of the few doctors who chose to stay behind and help. "I would have been ashamed to leave people suffering and then have to come back and look them in the eyes," the hospital director told the Thomson Reuters Foundation in an interview.
Children face 'staggeringly high' hunger in conflict-hit Central African Repu...
1 Jul 2016 at 8:36am
(In June 30 story, corrects child malnutrition figure in paragraph 6 to 30 from 60 following amended information from ACF.) By Paula Dear BANGUI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Clinging to her toy dog, 18-month-old Clemence Mokbem stares ahead as nurses rush past to tend to crying babies in the hot, overcrowded intensive care ward in a Bangui hospital. The toddler was taken to the main children's hospital in Central African Republic's capital by her teenage mother Anita, after successive bouts of malaria led to fever and weight loss. "I fed her but she didn't eat - she cried all night," the 16-year-old told the Thomson Reuters Foundation at the hospital.
Children in Boko Haram-hit northeast Nigeria face death from hunger unless ai...
1 Jul 2016 at 8:30am
DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Tens of thousands of children in northeast Nigeria will die of malnutrition this year unless they receive treatment soon, the United Nations said on Friday after reaching areas of the country previously cut off from aid by Boko Haram violence. Over the last year Nigeria's army, aided by troops from neighboring countries, recaptured most of the territory that was lost to the militant group, which has waged a seven-year insurgency aimed at creating an Islamic state in the northeast. ...
Creating healthy sleep habits in infants could help prevent childhood obesity
1 Jul 2016 at 8:25am
US research out this week suggests that teaching parents techniques to help encourage healthy sleep habits in their children could help to prevent obesity. The team studied the use of the intervention using data from the INSIGHT study (Intervention Nurses Start Infants Growing on Healthy Trajectories), a longitudinal trial study which looks at how responsive parenting intervention can prevent obesity. One group was given obesity prevention education that covered sleep-related behaviors, bedtime routines, improving sleep duration and avoiding feeding and rocking to sleep.
Obama urges Congress to pass Zika prevention bill
1 Jul 2016 at 8:20am
WASHINGTON (AP) ? President Barack Obama says a vaccine for the Zika virus could be developed in "fairly short order" if Congress acts quickly to pass a bill to prevent the spread of the disease.
UK drugs regulator halts approvals for Indian clinical trials firm
1 Jul 2016 at 8:12am
By Zeba Siddiqui MUMBAI (Reuters) - The UK's healthcare regulator has suspended marketing approval for a widely used antibiotic that had won clearance based on clinical trials conducted by India's Quest Life Sciences, due to concerns over the integrity of trial data. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) might also deny other pending drug approval requests that rely on studies conducted by Quest, the UK agency said in a letter dated June 22, a copy of which was seen by Reuters. The MHRA's decision bars the sale of a generic version of erythromycin that is being sold in the UK by Dawa Ltd, a Kenyan drugmaker, an MHRA spokesman said.
Q&A: How health-boosting crops could benefit 1 billion people
1 Jul 2016 at 8:02am
By Megan Rowling BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Food economist Howarth Bouis is a man with a very big mission: to get staple foods fortified with health-improving vitamins and minerals to 1 billion people in the developing world by 2030. U.S.-based HarvestPlus, the program he founded to kickstart that process in 2003, has so far reached an estimated 20 million people in poor farming families in its eight target countries in Africa and Asia - an achievement that won Bouis the World Food Prize this week.
Opting for CPR but not intubation may not be wise
1 Jul 2016 at 7:17am
By Randi Belisomo (Reuters Health) ? If you have an advance directive that cherry-picks the interventions you want to receive if your heart suddenly stops, you might want to rethink your choices, according to physicians writing in JAMA Internal Medicine. People who prepare for the possibility of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) by specifying selected options - ?everything but intubation? or ?everything but defibrillation? ? don?t realize what that can mean, they warn. Dr. Paul Rousseau of the Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina describes a 77-year-old man with advanced cancer whose ?code status? ? that is, the orders in his chart for how he was to be managed if his heart stopped ? called for a ?partial? code, with ?no intubation.? So while doctors were able to restart his heart, they couldn?t place a breathing tube in his lungs per his written wish.
Self-compassion may help diabetics control their disease
1 Jul 2016 at 7:16am
By Reyna Gobel (Reuters Health) ? Learning to be less harsh or judgmental and more compassionate to oneself may help people with diabetes manage their disease and stave off depression, a recent study suggests. Diabetes can be a stressful disease, the study team writes in Diabetes Care. Reducing the stress of managing diabetes might even have biological effects that improve the condition, they add.