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Study: 2 percent of Americans have new hips, knees
10 Mar 2014 at 10:25pm
It's not just grandma with a new hip and your uncle with a new knee. More than 2 of every 100 Americans now have an artificial joint, doctors are reporting.
Stigma hinders efforts to combat leprosy in India
9 Mar 2014 at 11:13am
TAHIRPUR, India (AP) ? At first, Ashok Yadav ignored the patches of pink skin on his arm. But when pale sores erupted on his body and he lost sensation in his fingertips, a doctor issued the devastating diagnosis: Yadav had leprosy.
Doctors hope for cure in a 2nd baby born with HIV
5 Mar 2014 at 3:34pm
A second baby born with the AIDS virus may have had her infection put into remission and possibly cured by very early treatment ? in this instance, four hours after birth.
Missed ADHD Diagnosis, Lost Childhood
11 Mar 2014 at 6:07am
Andrea Frank is an adult with ADHD. This is her story.
Wall Street to open flat as Ukraine tensions eyed
11 Mar 2014 at 6:05am
By Chuck Mikolajczak NEW YORK (Reuters) - Stocks were set for a flat open on Tuesday after a slight decline in the prior session left the S&P 500 within striking distance of its recent record high and amid investor caution as tensions in Ukraine continued. * Investors were wary in light of events in Ukraine. A pro-Russian force opened fire in seizing a Ukrainian military base in Crimea on Monday and NATO announced reconnaissance flights along its eastern frontiers as confrontation around the Black Sea peninsula showed no sign of easing. * On Tuesday, ousted leader Viktor Yanukovich insisted he remained Ukraine's legitimate president and commander-in-chief, saying he would return to Kiev and appealing to the armed forces to defy any "criminal orders" handed down by his foes.
Court denies Myriad motion to block rival genetic tests
11 Mar 2014 at 6:01am
(Reuters) - Myriad Genetics Inc said a U.S. court denied its motion to temporarily stop rival Ambry Genetics Corp from selling products similar to Myriad's gene-based cancer test, the latest setback for the diagnostics company. Myriad's shares fell 12 percent before the bell on Tuesday. Myriad's problems started last June when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the company could not patent naturally occurring human genes, curbing the company's monopoly over a type of gene-based cancer testing. That ruling allowed other test makers, including Quest Diagnostics Inc and privately held Ambry, to develop and market the so-called BRCA tests.
Ranbaxy scrambles for ingredients to make generic Nexium
11 Mar 2014 at 5:32am
By Sumeet Chatterjee and Ben Hirschler MUMBAI/LONDON (Reuters) - Indian drugmaker Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd is in talks with at least two companies on sourcing ingredients for a generic version of AstraZeneca Plc's heartburn drug Nexium, a source said, to ensure the pills can be sold in the United States. Washington in January prohibited Ranbaxy, India's top drugmaker by revenue, from selling drugs in the United States using ingredients from one of its plants in northern India due to poor manufacturing practices. This effectively barred it from selling drugs made in its India plants in the United States and has forced Ranbaxy to look elsewhere for supplies.
Family Petitions For Unapproved Drug To Save Son
11 Mar 2014 at 5:17am
Cancer survivor, 7, needs help fighting virus.
Florida election a bellwether for fall U.S. mid-term race
11 Mar 2014 at 4:35am
By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - Voters on Florida's Gulf Coast head to the polls Tuesday to fill a vacant U.S. Congressional seat in a special election watched by both major parties for what it portends for November when all 435 congressional seats will be up for grabs. Turnout is key," Susan MacManus, a longtime political analyst and professor at the University of South Florida in Tampa, told Reuters less than 24 hours before polls opened. Florida's is a big swing state, with 27 seats in the House of Representatives, tied with New York state for the third largest delegation in the nation, and behind only California and Texas. Democrats hold the advantage in the more liberal south of the state and Republicans prevail in the conservative north, while central Florida is more evenly split.
U.N. anti-drugs chief praises Iran fight despite executions
11 Mar 2014 at 4:25am
The U.N. anti-drugs chief has praised Iran's fight against narcotics trafficking despite what human rights groups describe as a surge in executions in the country, many of people convicted of drug-related offences. Yury Fedotov, executive director of the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), said the Vienna-based agency opposes the death penalty and he planned to raise the issue again with Iranian officials later this week. "But on the other side, Iran takes a very active role to fight against illicit drugs," he told reporters before a international meeting in Vienna on March 13-14 on global efforts to combat narcotics. In 2012, Iran seized 388 metric tons of opium, the equivalent of 72 percent of all such seizures around the world.
How Dumbo and Pluto Helped Boy Emerge From Autism
11 Mar 2014 at 3:24am
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind writes about raising his son Owen in "Reaching My Autistic Son Through Disney," which appeared in the New York Times Magazine. He has written a larger book on so-called ?Disney therapy? in his 2014 book, ?Life Animated.?
Watch: Loud Movies Could Be Silenced in Connecticut
11 Mar 2014 at 3:02am
State legislature is considering a bill to prevent films from being shown at over 85 decibels.
Top 5 Headache-Healing Foods
11 Mar 2014 at 2:41am
The next time you start feeling those little people with sledgehammers tap-tap-tapping away at the inside of your skull, reach for these foods.
Bayer's Nexavar misses target in liver cancer trial
11 Mar 2014 at 1:22am
Germany's Bayer said a final stage Phase III clinical trial of cancer drug Nexavar as an adjuvant therapy for liver cancer did not meet its main target. Nexavar, or sorafenib, is made by Bayer and Onyx Pharmaceuticals, and is already approved to treat advanced kidney cancer and liver cancer that cannot be surgically removed. Bayer is testing the drug, taken orally, as an additional treatment for liver cancer patients who had no detectable disease after surgery. "We are disappointed that the trial did not meet its primary endpoint," said Joerg Moeller, member of the Bayer HealthCare Executive Committee.
Four more workers test positive for radiation from New Mexico site
10 Mar 2014 at 10:09pm
Four more workers have tested positive for exposure tied to an accidental release of radiation from an underground nuclear waste site in New Mexico, but tests have shown no further contamination in two sections of the site, officials said on Monday. This brings to 17 the number of workers exposed to radiation at the Waste Isolation Pilot Project, but a U.S. Department of Energy spokesman in a statement characterized the level of exposure as "very low." No workers were underground at the site in southeastern New Mexico when on February 14 air sensors half a mile below surface in an ancient salt formation triggered an alarm, indicating excessive amounts of radioactive particles. Thirteen workers working above ground when the accident happened were initially revealed last month to have tested positive for radiation exposure. Another four workers who were at the site the day after the accident have tested positive for trace amounts of radiation, U.S. Department of Energy spokesman Bradley Bugger said in statement.