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Thousands evacuated after freight train derails, catches fire, in Tennessee
2 Jul 2015 at 3:01pm
A freight train carrying flammable and toxic gas derailed in eastern Tennessee, igniting a fire in one car and spreading noxious fumes that forced the evacuation of more than 5,000 people and the hospitalization of 25, officials said. Homes and businesses were evacuated following the derailment around midnight Wednesday of the CSX Corp train in Blount County, near Maryville, the officials they said. Local officials said the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was monitoring air quality in the area.
John Smoltz the 1st HOFer to have Tommy John surgery
2 Jul 2015 at 2:57pm
When John Smoltz is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in three weeks he'll be unique ? the only player enshrined to have undergone Tommy John surgery.
Washington woman's measles death is first in US since 2003
2 Jul 2015 at 2:52pm
SEATTLE (AP) ? Measles killed a Washington woman in the spring ? the first such death in the U.S. in 12 years and the first in the state in 25, health officials said Thursday.
Bail set for Florida doctor tied to Senator Menendez corruption case
2 Jul 2015 at 2:44pm
A judge set bail on Thursday at $18 million in a Medicare fraud case for a doctor who has also been accused of bribery and political corruption for giving lavish gifts to U.S. Senator Robert Menendez, his attorney said. Salomon Melgen, 60, has pleaded not guilty to 76 counts of Medicare fraud and falsifying medical records in federal court in southern Florida. Melgen is accused of ordering unnecessary tests and falsifying records at his Florida practice.
Colorado movie gunman not faking psychosis, defense witness says
2 Jul 2015 at 2:18pm
A neuropsychologist who ran tests on Colorado movie massacre gunman James Holmes over three days after the 2012 attack told jurors at his murder trial on Thursday there were no signs the shooter was faking mental illness. Prosecutors say Holmes, 27, is a cold-blooded mass killer who aimed to murder all 400 people watching a midnight premiere of a Batman film at a Denver area cinema, and say he has only pleaded insanity to escape execution. Robert Hanlon, a Chicago-based clinical neuropsychologist, described for the court the tests he performed on Holmes on behalf of the defense team over more than 13 hours of jail house sessions in April 2013.
White House directs GMO regulators to update, improve oversight
2 Jul 2015 at 2:17pm
The White House on Thursday directed the three U.S. agencies that oversee biotech crop products to improve and modernize their regulatory "framework" to boost public confidence in a system that critics call a failure. The order, announced in a statement by President Barack Obama's Office of Science and Technology Policy, followed demands by consumers, food-related organizations and businesses for tighter U.S. regulation of genetically modified (GMO) crops, amid a nationwide debate over whether they should be labeled. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) proposed a rule in 2008 after being cited in a government audit for oversight lapses, and after high-profile GMO contaminations that led to food recalls and disrupted trade.
Washington state reports first U.S. measles death in 12 years
2 Jul 2015 at 2:03pm
(Reuters) - A previously undetected measles infection was found by an autopsy to be the underlying cause of a Washington state woman's death this spring, marking the first known U.S. fatality from the disease in 12 years, public health officials said on Thursday. The woman from Clallam County, in the northwestern corner of the state, was most likely exposed to measles at a medical facility during a recent outbreak in the area, the state Department of Health said in a statement posted on its website. The cause of her death was ruled by medical examiners to be from pneumonia due to measles, according to the Health Department.
Treat 'whole person' by bringing behavioral health into primary care: docs
2 Jul 2015 at 2:03pm
By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) - In a new position paper, the American College of Physicians (ACP) lays out six strategies for bringing mental health and substance abuse care into primary care to better treat each patient as ?a whole person.? Mental and behavioral health issues like inappropriate eating behaviors, sedentary lifestyle, and patterns of social isolation, are common, and have been linked to increased physical illness, higher mortality rates, poorer treatment outcomes and higher healthcare costs, the ACP committee writes in the Annals of Internal Medicine. ?The literature shows that most people with behavioral health needs access the health care system through their primary care physician or other health care professional,? said lead author of the statement Ryan A. Crowley, senior health policy analyst for the ACP.
FDA clears drug for leading form of cystic fibrosis
2 Jul 2015 at 1:50pm
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Federal health officials have approved a new combination drug for the most common form of cystic fibrosis, the debilitating inherited disease that causes internal mucus buildup, lung infections and early death. But it will come at a steep price ? more than $250,000 for a year's treatment.
Liberia investigating animal link after Ebola re-emerges
2 Jul 2015 at 1:31pm
By Alphonso Toweh and James Harding Giahyue MONROVIA (Reuters) - Liberia confirmed a third Ebola case on Thursday, nearly two months after it was declared Ebola free, and officials said they were investigating whether the disease had spread through animals before resurfacing. Dr Moses Massaquoi, case management team leader for Liberia's Ebola task force, said the three villagers who had tested positive for the disease "have a history of having had dog meat together." Dog meat is commonly eaten in Liberia. The first new Liberian sufferer, 17-year-old Abraham Memaigar, died on Sunday in the village of Nedowein, about 50 km (30 miles) from the capital Monrovia.
Former Democratic Senator Webb announces White House campaign
2 Jul 2015 at 1:14pm
Former U.S. Senator Jim Webb launched a long-shot bid for the Democratic presidential nomination on Thursday, promising to fight the political influence of big-money interests and bring a new approach to solving problems. Webb, 69, who represented Virginia in the U.S. Senate from 2007 to 2012, is the fifth Democrat to seek the White House in 2016. "I understand the odds, particularly in today's political climate where fair debate is so often drowned out by huge sums of money," Webb said in a message on his website.
Health insurer Centene adds muscle with $6.3 billion Health Net deal
2 Jul 2015 at 1:11pm
U.S. health insurer Centene Corp will buy smaller rival Health Net Inc for $6.3 billion, underscoring the healthcare industry's rush to bulk up to negotiate better prices with suppliers and hospitals, and attract new customers. Health Net's shares touched a record high of $76.67 on Thursday, but stayed shy of Centene's offer of $78.57, which is at a 21 percent premium. Centene shares were down 3 percent at $78.42.
Regulatory rebuffs could force GE to seek other deals, more buybacks
2 Jul 2015 at 12:58pm
U.S. and European regulatory resistance could force General Electric Co to seek another buyer for its appliances business and different paths to expand its industrial operations in an ongoing strategic overhaul. Chief Executive Jeff Immelt wants further focus on manufacturing of higher-margin products such as jet engines and power-generating turbines, and to move away from riskier finance earnings. GE met with European regulators on Thursday to allay worries its 12.4 billion euro ($13.7 billion) acquisition of Alstom's power equipment business would leave Europe with two gas turbine players.
DISPATCH: Becoming Aware With Lisa Garr
2 Jul 2015 at 12:48pm
In NYC to share her book, Becoming Aware: How to Repattern Your Brain and Revitalize Your Life, Lisa Garr recently offered her story, insight, and inspiration on how to live your best life at a truly experiential workshop hosted by Rose Caiola of Rewire Me. If you're not familiar with the story that would change the trajectory of her life,...
Vertex Pharma's lung disorder therapy wins FDA nod
2 Jul 2015 at 12:19pm
Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc's unique combination therapy for a rare lung disorder was given the green light by U.S. health regulators, extending the company's reach to the most common form of genetic mutation responsible for cystic fibrosis. Orkambi, a combination of Vertex's approved drug Kalydeco and a new compound called lumacaftor, is intended for patients aged 12 and above, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Thursday. The combination treats the most common F508del mutation, while Kalydeco alone treats cystic fibrosis patients with a different mutation.