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Ebola-free Liberia allowed to host internationals
23 May 2015 at 1:36am
Liberia can host international soccer matches again after being declared free of the deadly Ebola virus, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) said on Friday. CAF, however, said the bans on Guinea and Sierra Leone would remain in place. Liberia was earlier this month declared Ebola-free by the World Health Organisation (WHO), who wrote to CAF to suggest international football could safely resume.
Elderly Colorado man deemed incompetent in nursing home killing
22 May 2015 at 6:10pm
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - An 87-year-old Colorado man who suffers from Alzheimer's disease is incompetent and will not face criminal charges for beating to death a fellow dementia patient at a nursing home, prosecutors said on Friday. Homer Castor is in an advanced stage of the degenerative disease, and should be confined to a mental hospital for the slaying of 76-year-old Gerald Propp, the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office said in a statement. Castor was arrested in February after police said he attacked Propp with his fists at the Attria Applewood assisted living center in the Denver suburb of Lakewood.
Amgen ends partnership with AstraZeneca on psoriasis drug
22 May 2015 at 3:41pm
Amgen Inc said it will terminate a collaboration with AstraZeneca Plc to develop a psoriasis drug after it observed suicidal thoughts in the subjects of a trial. Amgen said such safety concerns would likely result in a restrictive label that could limit the number of patients using the late-stage experimental drug, brodalumab. The company needs drugs like brodalumab at a time when many of its drugs face competition from cheaper copies, RBC Capital Markets analyst Michael Yee said.
Mother found pushing dead toddler on swing in Maryland park
22 May 2015 at 3:22pm
(Reuters) - A Maryland mother was found early on Friday pushing her dead 3-year-old boy on a park swing, authorities said. Deputies responded to a call around 7 a.m. to check on a woman who witnesses said had been pushing a child for hours on a swing at Wills Memorial Park in La Plata, about 35 miles (55 km) south of Washington, D.C., said Charles County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Diane Richardson. When the officers arrived they found the 24-year-old woman still pushing the child in the swing, and they realized immediately that the boy was dead, Richardson said.
Senate tweaks veterans health law to boost specialized care
22 May 2015 at 3:20pm
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Veterans would get specialized medical care from private doctors more easily under a bill the Senate approved Friday.
Smokers more likely to think cancer is a death sentence
22 May 2015 at 2:08pm
By Madeline Kennedy (Reuters Health) - Smokers have more pessimistic attitudes about cancer and may be more likely to delay getting screened, according to a new survey from the UK. Smokers are less likely to engage in cancer screening programs and are less engaged with health services overall, senior author Jane Wardle told Reuters Health in an email. ?We wanted to investigate why, by exploring whether this could be partly due to excessively negative beliefs about cancer,? said Wardle, the director of the Health Behavior Research Center at University College London.
Exercise may cut risk of death among elderly men
22 May 2015 at 2:07pm
By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Elderly men who exercise regularly ? even by doing light activities like walking ? may be less likely to die than those who are sedentary, a large Norwegian study suggests. Researchers followed about 5,700 men for about five decades, starting in the 1970s when they were 45 years old on average, to see how their exercise habits influenced longevity. Men who got about 30 minutes of exercise six days a week appeared to reduce their risk of death by 40 percent.
Wal-Mart urges meat suppliers to curb antibiotic use
22 May 2015 at 1:58pm
By P.J. Huffstutter and Nathan Layne CHICAGO (Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc is pressing meat, seafood, dairy and egg suppliers to reduce the use of antibiotics, becoming the first large retailer to take such a public stand against the excessive use of drugs in raising farm animals. The voluntary guidelines announced on Friday would limit suppliers to using antibiotics to treat and prevent disease, and not for promoting growth, a controversial practice by livestock producers. The move comes as concern is growing that over-use of antibiotics in animals can spawn drug-resistant superbugs, endangering human health.
Turning 18 and Turning to Breast Reduction Surgery
22 May 2015 at 1:50pm
Like most teenage girls, Mackenzie Langan loves to shop, but those shopping trips used to often end in tears. Mackenzie, a high school senior, is petite, standing at about 5 feet tall. ?But like I have back pain, I have shoulder pain, I have like swelling on my shoulders.
Why the 'Dad Bod' Is a Sexist Disgrace
22 May 2015 at 1:32pm
Today, an article titled "How to Get the Perfect Dad Bod" popped up on my Twitter timeline. After rolling my eyes and suppressing my gag reflex, all I could think about was the fact that, for some reason, the Internet is still hung up on the "Dad Bod."In case you haven't been informed of the phenomenon that is the Dad Bod, here's a rundown:...
Florida Mom Jailed Over Circumcision Dispute Agrees to Procedure
22 May 2015 at 1:30pm
Heather Hironimus, 31, had been in custody since May 14 after going missing for several months with her 4-year-old son, allegedly to avoid circumcising him, according to court records. Horonimus today signed paperwork to allow the procedure, attorney Ira Marcus, who represents the boy's father, Dennis Nebus, told ABC News. Hironimus has been fighting a legal battle for more than a year with Nebus, over circumcising the child -- a disagreement that began even before the child was born, court documents show.
How the Bird Flu Sweeping Through US Flocks Is Different Than Past Outbreaks
22 May 2015 at 1:25pm
An now, Minnesota has canceled its poultry shows at the state fair to protect its prize fowl. But this outbreak is different from previous outbreaks, some of which have led to human infections in other parts of the globe, experts said. There are multiple strains of the virus in the H5 family affecting birds -- nearly all of them in the H5N2 strain, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Mother stands in at graduation of son killed in prom night crash
22 May 2015 at 1:16pm
A Chicago area woman whose 18-year-old son was killed in an alleged drunk-driving crash after his high-school prom last weekend wore his cap and gown at his graduation in a tribute to him. Along with Dunigan's father, she received a special plaque with his diploma, awards and a graduation ticket. "She got a standing ovation, a lot of tears, a great deal of cheers," said Dwayne Evans, principal of the school in the south Chicago suburb of Calumet City.
Memorial Day and How to Avoid Holiday Dangers
22 May 2015 at 12:42pm
A few tips on staying safe this summer season.
Presumed Dead, Man Starts Moving on the Way to Morgue
22 May 2015 at 12:35pm
The 46-year-old man's name has not been made public, but the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office report says that he hadn't been seen alive in two days when his girlfriend called police to check on him because she was unable to reach him. The fire department arrived at his apartment shortly after noon on Tuesday with the building manager and found the man "cold to the touch and in rigor," according to the report obtained by ABC News. Someone arrived from the medical examiner's office at 1 p.m. and noted that the man was found at the foot of the bed, lying on his right side.