Health News Headlines - Yahoo News
Get the latest health news headlines from Yahoo News. Find breaking health news, including analysis and opinion on
top health stories.
'Brain training' cut dementia risk in healthy adults -U.S. study
24 Jul 2016 at 10:19am
By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - A computerized brain training program cut the risk of dementia among healthy people by 48 percent, U.S. researchers said on Sunday in reporting an analysis of the results of a 10-year study. The preliminary findings, presented at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference in Toronto, are the first to show that any kind of intervention could delay the development of dementia in normal, healthy adults. To date, cognitive psychologists and neuroscientists have largely rejected evidence that computer-based cognitive-training software or "brain games" have any effect on cognitive function.
Australians stay away from Village due to blocked toilets, exposed wiring
24 Jul 2016 at 10:08am
Accommodation for Olympic athletes came under scrutiny on Sunday after the Australian team said Rio de Janeiro's Olympic village was "not safe or ready" for next month's Games and refused to move in. "Due to a variety of problems in the Village, including gas, electricity and plumbing I have decided that no Australian team member will move into our allocated building," the head of the country's delegation Kitty Chiller said on Sunday. The first Australian athletes to arrive in Rio were due to move into the Village on July 21 but have instead been living in nearby hotels.
Olympics-Australians stay away from Village due to blocked toilets, exposed w...
24 Jul 2016 at 10:04am
(Adds details, quotes, writethru) RIO DE JANEIRO, July 24 (Reuters) - Accommodation for Olympic athletes came under scrutiny on Sunday after the Australian team said Rio de Janeiro's Olympic village was "not safe or ready" for next month's Games and refused to move in. "Due to a variety of problems in the Village, including gas, electricity and plumbing I have decided that no Australian team member will move into our allocated building," the head of the country's delegation Kitty Chiller said on Sunday. The first Australian athletes to arrive in Rio were due to move into the Village on July 21 but have instead been living in nearby hotels.
India urges security forces to exercise restraint in Kashmir
24 Jul 2016 at 8:00am
By Fayaz Bukhari SRINAGAR, India (Reuters) - India has asked its security forces to exercise restraint in responding to protests in disputed Kashmir and replace pellet guns with non-lethal weapons, its home affairs minister said on Sunday. Forty six people have been killed and more 5,000 wounded, including Indian security forces, since protests erupted after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani on July 8. "I appeal to the youth not to resort to stone pelting and I also want to appeal to the security forces not to use pellets.
The easiest thing to win at Rio Games? A ticket
24 Jul 2016 at 7:08am
By Joshua Schneyer NEW YORK (Reuters) - Over the past few weeks, one U.S. marketing executive's phone has been ringing hot with offers that many sports fans could only dream of: an all-expenses-paid trip to watch the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro next month. The marketing executive, speaking on condition of anonymity to avoid harming business relationships, said he had turned down Rio due to prior commitments. "And when you have a souring market, which Brazil has become, the concept of entertaining at a high-profile event can also go sour." For the host city, corporate entertainment is an important part of its plan to recoup part of its $12 billion (9.15 billion pound) in Games investment.
Can STDs Be Transmitted Through Swimming Pools? An Expert Weighs In
24 Jul 2016 at 7:00am
The Question: Is it possible to catch STDs from swimming in a pool or hot tub?No, not unless you?re having sex in the pool with someone who has an STD.According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an individual can only pass on an STD through direct person-to-person contact. Take syphilis, for example. The disease cannot...
Syrian government air strikes put 4 hospitals out of action - monitor
24 Jul 2016 at 3:32am
Syrian government air strikes overnight put four hospitals in Aleppo province out of action, the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Sunday. The strikes hit near the hospitals, it said.
Solar plane takes off from Egypt on final leg of world tour
23 Jul 2016 at 6:16pm
By Lila Hassan CAIRO (Reuters) - An aircraft powered by solar energy left Egypt on Sunday on the last leg of the first ever fuel-free flight around the globe. Solar Impulse 2, a spindly single-seat plane, took off from Cairo in darkness en route to Abu Dhabi, its final destination, with a flight expected to take between 48 and 72 hours. The plane, which began its journey in Abu Dhabi in March 2015, has been piloted in turns by Swiss aviators Andre Borschberg and Bertrand Piccard in a campaign to build support for clean energy technologies.
Boxing: After headguards, vests next on Olympic hit list
23 Jul 2016 at 6:12pm
By Alan Baldwin LONDON (Reuters) - Male boxers will step into the ring without headguards at the Rio Olympics for the first time since the 1980 Moscow Games, and their vests could be next on the hit list. "The removal of vests (from the ring) is a proposal we are looking at," a spokesman for governing body AIBA told Reuters in response to a query. "It has to be approved by the relevant AIBA commission and approved by the executive committee and then we will present this request to the IOC (International Olympic Committee)." Unlike professionals, who fight bare-chested, Olympic boxers have always worn tops -- possibly for reasons of decency in the early days although they also protected against rope burn and absorb sweat.
Colorado town finds no marijuana chemical in water, cancels restrictions
23 Jul 2016 at 9:20am
The local sheriff said a criminal investigation has been launched to look into possible tampering of the well in Hugo, a town of about 800 people some 90 miles (145 kms) southeast of Denver. "The Colorado Bureau of Investigation has just reached out to us and advised that samples taken from Well #1 and throughout town are NEGATIVE for THC," the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office said on its Facebook page on Saturday. The water restrictions were lifted on Saturday morning, Lincoln County Public Health said in a Facebook post.
New tests show no pot chemicals in Colorado town's water
23 Jul 2016 at 9:17am
DENVER (AP) ? Authorities said Saturday that new tests show there is no evidence of a marijuana chemical in a Colorado community's tap water and they believe the initial tests were false.
The Latest: Authorities say no pot chemical in city's water
23 Jul 2016 at 8:48am
HUGO, Colo. (AP) ? The Latest on tests showing no marijuana chemical found in Colorado town's city water supply (all times local):
Golf's Rio return jars environmentalists, players stay away
23 Jul 2016 at 2:05am
By Pedro Fonseca RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Golf's return to the Olympic Games next month for the first time in 112 years has been marred by the absence of the sport's leading players and a court battle over potential environmental damage resulting from a new course in Brazil. Players, including the world's top four, are turning up their noses at the Olympics, citing concerns over the mosquito-borne Zika virus even though scientists have said there is little risk visitors will be infected during the Games, which start on Aug. 5. The golfers' lack of enthusiasm comes after the host city of Rio de Janeiro built a 18-hole course on 58,000 square metres of natural park in the Barra de Tijuca neighbourhood.
China launches nationwide inspection of vaccines
22 Jul 2016 at 7:41pm
China health authorities have started a nationwide inspection of vaccinations four months after a scandal broke involving nearly $90 million worth of illegal vaccines that were suspected of being sold in dozens of provinces. Authorities will track purchases as well as the distribution of vaccines and vaccination records, to ensure they are legally traded and properly handled and used, the National Health and Family Planning Commission said in a statement published online. Random checks will be conducted at 20 percent of hospitals and clinics providing vaccinations, while all disease control and prevention agencies nationwide will be inspected, it said.
Alaska's top court rejects parental notice for abortions
22 Jul 2016 at 7:37pm
By Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE (Reuters) - An Alaska law requiring doctors to notify the parents of girls under the age of 18 seeking an abortion violates the state's constitution and cannot be enforced, the state's top court ruled on Friday. The 4-1 decision marks a long-awaited victory for Planned Parenthood and other abortion-rights advocates in Alaska who argued the 2010 law violates the privacy of pregnant teens. It also comes on the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court decision to strike down a Texas abortion law imposing strict regulations on doctors and facilities in the strongest endorsement of abortion rights in America in more than two decades.