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China June factory, services surveys fuel hopes economy leveling out, no quic...
30 Jun 2015 at 8:42pm
By Kevin Yao BEIJING (Reuters) - Activity in China's factory sector expanded slightly in June though not as much as expected, while growth in the services sector sped up, official surveys showed, offering some signs that the world's second-largest economy may be starting to slowly level out after a raft of support measures. Beijing has rolled out a flurry of steps since last year, including interest rate cuts and more infrastructure spending, but analysts remain wary about the outlook given the still-weak property market, erratic global demand for China's exports and fears of a collapse in its wild stock market.
Ohio legislature strikes back against pot legalization effort
30 Jun 2015 at 7:00pm
Ohio legislature approves new ballot measure to ban monopolies as retaliation against marijuana legalization effort.
Recreational-use marijuana to become legal in Oregon
30 Jun 2015 at 6:13pm
Marijuana smoking, seed sharing and cannabis-themed rallies are among the ways Oregon residents plan to celebrate as recreational-use pot becomes legal in the fourth western U.S. state on Wednesday. Marijuana use purely for the sake of getting high is to become legal in the state from midnight on Tuesday, the first step in a voter-approved initiative that will usher in retail weed stores in 2016 like those operating in Washington state and Colorado. "We are thrilled with the end of adult marijuana prohibition, but we are far from where we need to be," said Russ Belville, of pro-marijuana group NORML's Portland chapter.
Honduras issues arrest warrant for Congress vice-president
30 Jun 2015 at 5:42pm
Honduran authorities have issued an arrest warrant for federal lawmaker and Congress vice-president Lena Gutierrez, along with 15 other people accused of defrauding the country's health ministry, the head of the supreme court said on Tuesday. Gutierrez, from the governing National Party, was charged last week by the prosecutors office, along with her father, two brothers and several others for fraud, crimes against public health and falsification of documents. "The order is to make sure that those being investigated cannot leave the country," Jorge Rivera, the head of the Supreme Court of Honduras, said.
What's next for California's contentious vaccine law
30 Jun 2015 at 4:24pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) ? Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed a hotly contested California bill to impose one of the strictest school vaccination laws in the country in the wake of an outbreak of measles at Disneyland late last year.
July Is Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
30 Jun 2015 at 4:11pm
In July, organizations across the country will take part in Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. Named after Bebe Moore Campbell, an accomplished author, activist, and NAMI Urban Los Angeles co-founder, July is a month to focus on building awareness about the importance of mental wellness and effective mental...
U.S. doctors, hospitals reap $6.5 billion from drug and device makers: report
30 Jun 2015 at 3:41pm
(Reuters) - U.S. doctors and research hospitals collected nearly $6.5 billion in payments for services rendered to pharmaceutical and medical device companies in 2014, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Open Payments report released on Tuesday.
California bill limits school vaccine exemptions
30 Jun 2015 at 3:33pm
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill on Tuesday to make it harder for parents to opt out of vaccinating their children for communicable diseases in the aftermath of a measles outbreak at Disneyland that was linked to low inoculation rates. The law, which makes California the third state to eliminate religious and other personal exemptions to vaccinations, generated vociferous opposition from some parents, many who feared a now debunked link between childhood vaccinations and autism and others who feared intrusion on the religious exemption. "The science is clear that vaccines dramatically protect children against a number of infectious and dangerous diseases," Brown, a Democrat, wrote in his signing message.
Colorado movie gunman acted bizarrely in jail, nurse tells trial
30 Jun 2015 at 3:06pm
A nurse at the jail where Colorado cinema gunman James Holmes was held after killing 12 moviegoers told his murder trial on Tuesday she saw him acting bizarrely behind bars, including smearing feces on himself, licking walls and eating paper. Sandra Paggen said she observed Holmes behaving "odd" in the Arapahoe County jail in November 2012, nearly four months after he opened fire inside a Denver-area multiplex during a midnight screening of a Batman film. Dressed head-to-toe in body armor and wearing a gas mask, Holmes threw a tear gas canister into the packed theater then opened fire with a semiautomatic rifle, a 12-gauge, pump-action shotgun and a .40-caliber pistol.
Drug and device firms paid $6.5B to care providers
30 Jun 2015 at 2:58pm
WASHINGTON (AP) ? From research dollars to free lunches and junkets, drug and medical device companies paid doctors and leading hospitals nearly $6.5 billion last year, according to government data posted Tuesday.
Facials Are Part of a Healthy Lifestyle
30 Jun 2015 at 2:54pm
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Ex-Iowa egg farm manager gets probation after assisting feds
30 Jun 2015 at 2:39pm
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) ? A former Iowa egg farm manager will avoid jail time after cooperating with investigators in a criminal prosecution stemming from a 2010 salmonella outbreak.
PTSD tied to heart, stroke risk among women
30 Jun 2015 at 2:36pm
By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - Women with symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may be at an increased risk for heart attacks and strokes, suggests a new study. Women with the most symptoms were about 60 percent more likely to develop cardiovascular disease, compared to women who never experienced trauma, researchers report in the American Heart Association journal Circulation. "Women who have PTSD should be aware they are at increased risk of cardiovascular disease or stroke," said Jennifer Sumner, the study's lead author from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in New York.
Minor changes turned Black Death germ from mild to murderous
30 Jun 2015 at 1:58pm
By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The bacterium Yersinia pestis has inflicted almost unimaginable misery upon humankind over the centuries, killing an estimated 200 million or more people and triggering horrific plagues in the 6th and 14th centuries. Yersinia pestis caused two of the deadliest pandemics in human history: the 6th century Justinian Plague, named for the Byzantine emperor who was sickened but survived, and the 14th century Black Death. The addition of the gene long ago transformed Yersinia pestis from a pathogen that caused a mild gastrointestinal infection to one that caused the fatal respiratory disease called pneumonic plague.
Plastic surgeons from different countries prefer different breast shapes
30 Jun 2015 at 1:53pm
By Madeline Kennedy (Reuters Health) - In an international study, plastic surgeons from different countries had varying preferences for the ideal size and shape of breasts and size of areolas. ?Cosmetic surgery tourism,? or traveling to a different country to have a cosmetic procedure, has been on the rise for the past ten years, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons ? which means these international differences in ideal appearance may be of growing importance. ?In a global environment, patients who seek surgery in another country may not be happy with their result,? said Dr. Neil Tanna, who worked on the study.