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Rescuers find schoolchildren lost in Welsh mountains
29 Jun 2016 at 10:06am
LONDON (Reuters) - Police said rescuers had found 20 schoolchildren who had become lost on Wednesday in the Brecon Beacons, a mountainous area in Wales. "We are pleased to confirm that following a search and rescue operation on the Brecon Beacons this afternoon, all 26 members of the party involved have been accounted for," a police spokesman said. "It is also very pleasing that no one was injured, but as a precaution they are being taken to hospital to be checked." (Reporting by Estelle Shirbon and Michael Holden; editing by Stephen Addison)
Following prevention guidelines linked to lowered risk for cancer
29 Jun 2016 at 9:58am
By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) ? Keeping active and eating healthy really does seem to reduce the odds of getting certain cancers and dying from them, according to a new review of past research. The analysis of 12 large studies found significant reductions in breast, endometrial and colorectal cancers in particular among people who consistently followed cancer-prevention lifestyle guidelines compared to those who didn?t. ?What is most interesting to me is how much cancer can be reduced by our lifestyle behaviors,? said lead author Lindsay N. Kohler of the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health in Tucson.
Health officials prepare for Zika, but local efforts tight
29 Jun 2016 at 9:57am
HOUSTON (AP) ? The poorest parts of Houston remind Dr. Peter Hotez of some of the neighborhoods in Latin America hardest hit by Zika.
Biden outlines 'Moonshot' initiatives to fight cancer
29 Jun 2016 at 9:43am
By Toni Clarke WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden on Wednesday announced plans as part of the administration's "Cancer Moonshot" initiative, aimed at speeding development of treatments by cutting bureaucracy and easing collaboration between scientists, industry, patients and government. Speaking at a cancer summit at Howard University in Washington, Biden made an impassioned plea for increased urgency in the fight against cancer. Biden's son Beau died last year at age 46 from brain cancer, something Biden said helps inform his passion for the project.
Gunmen kill four security officials in Pakistan's Quetta
29 Jun 2016 at 9:39am
By Gul Yousafzai Quetta, PAKISTAN (Reuters) - Gunmen shot dead four paramilitary officials in Pakistan's western city of Quetta on Wednesday, police said, a day after four policemen were killed in a region that is to host a $46 billion China-Pakistan economic corridor. Police said the officials of the paramilitary Frontier Corps were patrolling in their official vehicle when they were attacked. "Four of our soldiers have been killed in a terrorist attack," Khan Wasey, the spokesman for the paramilitary force said on Wednesday.
FDA seeks more data on over-the-counter hand sanitizers
29 Jun 2016 at 9:22am
(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it is seeking additional data to support the safety and effectiveness of certain active ingredients used in topical consumer antiseptic rubs, including hand sanitizers, that are sold over-the-counter. The action is part of a larger ongoing review by the agency after a lawsuit settlement with the environmental group Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) in 2013. The group had sued the FDA, claiming the agency failed to regulate toxic chemicals found in antimicrobial soap and other personal care products.
Parents' country of birth may influence vaccination rates for kids
29 Jun 2016 at 8:18am
By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Where parents were born may influence whether their children get vaccinated, a U.S. study suggests. Researchers analyzed data on about 277,000 kids living in Washington State, including more than 65,000 with at least one parent born in Somalia, Ukraine, Russia, Mexico or India. Children of Somali-born parents were 18 percent less likely to get the measles vaccine than kids with two parents born in the U.S., though there were no other disparities for childhood vaccinations.
CPR outcomes may be better with heavier rescuers
29 Jun 2016 at 8:12am
By Linda Thrasybule (Reuters Health) ? The odds of surviving a cardiac arrest are higher if the rescuer performing CPR is heavier in weight and has upper body strength, researchers say. ?Our results confirm that the heaviest people perform CPR better than those who are underweight,? they report in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine. Upper body strength can offset the disadvantages of low weight, however, according to Angel Lopez Gonzalez of the School of Nursing at University of Castilla-La Mancha in Albacete, Spain and colleagues.
Tesaro's ovarian cancer drug study succeeds, shares soar
29 Jun 2016 at 7:19am
(Reuters) - Tesaro Inc said its experimental ovarian cancer drug niraparib met the main goal of prolonging survival in patients, without the disease worsening, in a late-stage trial, sending its shares to a record high. About 22,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer in the United States every year, and nearly 80 percent are diagnosed after it has progressed to a severe stage. The trial which enrolled more than 500 patients, included subjects some of whom had a BRCA gene mutation.
U.S. lifts 'too big to fail' designation of GE's financing unit
29 Jun 2016 at 7:17am
Lender GE Capital is no longer "too big to fail" - the U.S. government on Wednesday removed its "systemically important" designation, a label born of the financial crisis given to institutions with the potential to wreck the economy in the event of distress. ?The council will remove a designation when that company no longer poses risks to U.S. financial stability,? Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said in a statement. In March GE Capital formally asked the U.S. government to remove the "too big to fail" label, saying it had shrunk to the point where it would not pose a major threat to the nation's financial stability if it experienced distress.
Pakistan extends Afghan refugee registration deadline by six months
29 Jun 2016 at 6:01am
By Mehreen Zahra-Malik and Jibran Ahmad PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistan has extended by six months a deadline for Afghan refugees to register with the government, a refugee official said on Wednesday, a day before the deadline was set to expire. Pakistan has the world's second largest refugee population, with more than 1.5 million registered, and about a million unregistered, refugees from Afghanistan, most of whom fled the Soviet occupation of their country in the 1980s. The number of Afghans voluntarily returning home has plunged this year as violence worsens in Afghanistan, where the government and its U.S. allies are fighting a stubborn Taliban insurgency.
Shire says ADHD drug meets main goal of study
29 Jun 2016 at 5:19am
(Reuters) - Irish drugmaker Shire Plc said a study testing an experimental drug to treat attention-deficit disorder met the main goal, bringing the drug one step closer to approval in the United States. The company's shares were up 3 percent at 4381 pence at 12.52 GMT (8.52 a.m. ET) on the London Stock Exchange on Wednesday. Shire's U.S.-listed shares were up 3 percent at $176.28 in light premarket trading on the Nasdaq.
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29 Jun 2016 at 5:15am
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Lipocine says FDA does not approve its testosterone drug
29 Jun 2016 at 5:10am
(Reuters) - Lipocine Inc said its oral testosterone replacement product did not get the approval in the United States, sending the drugmaker's shares down 52 pct in premarket trading. LPCN 1021, Lipocine's most advanced drug, is intended to treat adult males who suffer from deficiency or absence of testosterone that could lead to a loss of libido, decreased muscle mass, fatigue and depression. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's decision was conveyed via a complete response letter, which said the "application cannot be approved in its present form".
Golfer Spieth unsure about taking part in Rio
29 Jun 2016 at 4:35am
(Reuters) - Twice major winner Jordan Spieth is still undecided about whether to participate in August's Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games or opt out because of the Zika virus like several of his fellow professionals. The American world number two is the highest-ranked golfer left in the field after number one Jason Day withdrew on Tuesday, citing concerns over Zika, a mosquito-borne virus that the World Health Organization says is spreading rapidly in the Americas. "Right now, I'm uncertain," Spieth told reporters ahead of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.