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Fist bumps less germy than handshakes, study says
27 Jul 2014 at 9:05pm
NEW YORK (AP) ? When it comes to preventing the spread of germs, maybe the president is on to something with his fondness for fist bumps.
After 6 weeks, finally a deal on VA health care
28 Jul 2014 at 8:41am
WASHINGTON (AP) ? A bipartisan deal to improve veterans health care would authorize at least $15 billion in emergency spending to fix a veterans health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up delays.
Aid Group: 2 Americans have Ebola in Liberia
28 Jul 2014 at 8:30am
BOONE, N.C. (AP) ? Two American aid workers have tested positive for the Ebola virus while working to combat an outbreak of the deadly disease at a hospital in Liberia, a relief group official said.
Kids? packed lunches often fall short of dietary guidelines
28 Jul 2014 at 8:23am
By Shereen Lehman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Packed lunches that children bring from home are often missing the vegetables, milk and other healthy items recommended by dietary guidelines, says a new study. ?Most of the foods we saw were pre-packaged salty snack foods and sugary desserts - we saw much less fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy,? lead author Kristie Hubbard told Reuters Health in an email.
Medical marijuana support high ahead of Florida vote
28 Jul 2014 at 7:58am
Support for legalizing medical marijuana in Florida gathered steam ahead of a November referendum, with a poll out Monday showing 88 percent in favor of the measure. Only 10 percent of residents opposed legalization, the survey by Quinnipiac University found. Florida took a preliminary step in that direction in May when the state legislature allowed a variety of marijuana called "Charlotte's web," which contains a minimal amount of the drug's main psychoactive substance, to be used to treat diseases like epilepsy and cancer. The Quinnipiac survey also found that 55 percent of Floridians were in favor of "allowing adults in Florida to legally possess small amounts of marijuana for personal use," while 41 percent were against it.
Sierra Leone president visits Ebola epicentre
28 Jul 2014 at 7:20am
Sierra Leone's president visited the epicentre of an Ebola outbreak on Monday as West African leaders stepped up efforts to contain the spread of the deadly virus. It was Ernest Bai Koroma's first visit to the northeastern district of Kailahun since the start of the epidemic that has killed some 672 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), making it the worst outbreak ever. The president headed to Kailahun by helicopter after a prayer session at the national stadium to mark the end of the Muslim month of fasting. Koroma, a Christian, told the Muslim congregation that he would visit Sheik Umar Khan, the country's leading Ebola doctor who tested positive for the virus last week.
U.S. lawmakers expand probe of federal biolab mishaps
28 Jul 2014 at 7:15am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers on Monday said they were expanding their investigation of federal biosecurity lapses including problems at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that led to the mishandling of anthrax and bird flu pathogens. Republicans from the House Energy and Commerce Committee said they sent a letter on Monday to the CDC director, Dr. Thomas Frieden, asking him to explain why the leading U.S. public health agency was unable to detect systemic problems involving the handling of deadly agents dating back to 2010. ...
Sierra Leone president visits Ebola epicenter
28 Jul 2014 at 7:14am
Sierra Leone's president visited the epicenter of an Ebola outbreak on Monday as West African leaders stepped up efforts to contain the spread of the deadly virus. It was Ernest Bai Koroma's first visit to the northeastern district of Kailahun since the start of the epidemic that has killed some 672 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), making it the worst outbreak ever. The president headed to Kailahun by helicopter after a prayer session at the national stadium to mark the end of the Muslim month of fasting. Koroma, a Christian, told the Muslim congregation that he would visit Sheik Umar Khan, the country's leading Ebola doctor who tested positive for the virus last week.
LabStyle gets Israeli approval to market diabetes meter
28 Jul 2014 at 7:05am
LabStyle Innovations Corp said on Monday it has received approval from Israel's Ministry of Health to sell its Dario smart meter for diabetes in Israel. The market launch of Dario began in late March in the United Kingdom, Italy, and New Zealand. In early 2014 LabStyle said it filed an application with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to market the Dario system.
Virus drugmaker fights pediatricians' new advice
28 Jul 2014 at 6:54am
CHICAGO (AP) ? A costly drug given mostly to premature babies is at the center of a clash between the manufacturer and the nation's leading pediatrician's group, which recommends scaling back use of the medicine.
Nigeria isolates Lagos hospital where Ebola victim died
28 Jul 2014 at 6:30am
The Nigerian city of Lagos on Monday shut down and quarantined a hospital where a man died of Ebola in the first recorded case of the highly infectious disease in Africa's most populous country. Patrick Sawyer, a consultant for the Liberian finance ministry in his 40s, collapsed on arrival at Lagos airport on July 20 and was put in isolation at the First Consultants Hospital in Obalende, one of the most crowded parts of a city that is home to 21 million people. Ebola has killed 672 people across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone since it was first diagnosed in February. Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association Tope Ojo was quoted in local media on Saturday as saying the strike would not be called off despite the Ebola threat.
Massachusetts Chooses a Governor: Implications for Us All
28 Jul 2014 at 6:07am
Fittingly, Beacon Hill is a neighborhood in Boston, and often used as a metonym for state government. Massachusetts has indeed served as a national beacon, most indelibly during the American Revolution -- but also of late, as the first state to implement a very close approximation to universal health coverage (notably, during the tenure of...
AcelRx stock plunges after FDA rejects pain drug device
28 Jul 2014 at 5:53am
(Reuters) - Shares of AcelRx Pharmaceuticals Inc plunged nearly 28 percent in premarket trading, after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration rejected its pain drug device, Zalviso, late on Friday. Analysts said they expected the product to eventually receive approval as the issues cited in Zalviso's "rather mild" complete response letter were requests for additional information largely around the device. AcelRx said it would resubmit its marketing application for Zalviso by the end of the year, pending further discussions with the FDA. In its complete response letter to the company, the agency did not ask for any additional efficacy trials but requested additional information to ensure proper use of the device.
Fist bumps more hygienic than handshakes, say scientists
28 Jul 2014 at 4:59am
Fist bumps are more hygienic than handshakes and drastically reduce the risk of spreading infectious diseases, researchers in Britain have found. The study discovered that a handshake transfers 10 times as much bacteria as a fist bump, following a series of tests at Aberystwyth University on the west coast of Wales. Doctor Dave Whitworth, who led the research, said the study could have a serious impact on public health. The results of the research, published in the American Journal of Infection Control, showed that handshakes passed on far more of the dangerous bacteria than fist bumps or high fives.
Lessons From A Hip Replacement
28 Jul 2014 at 4:54am
Three years ago, at age 70, I began to experience pain in my upper right leg after playing tennis. I diagnosed myself with a groin pull and made an appointment with a physical therapist. After about five minutes, she said, "Ellen, I hope this isn't a shock to you, but I don't think you have a groin pull. I think you have osteoarthritis." Wow....