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US bans sale of e-cigarettes to those under 18
5 May 2016 at 3:51pm
The United States Thursday issued a sweeping ban on sales of e-cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco and hookahs to those under 18, marking the first time these products have been federally regulated. The ban will go into effect in 90 days, according to the US Food and Drug Administration, which issued the final rule after several years of study and debate. Until now, the marketplace for tobacco products outside of traditional cigarettes has been like "the wild, wild west," said Mitch Zeller, director of the FDA's Center for Tobacco Products.
Cayman Islands to deploy genetically modified mosquitoes
5 May 2016 at 3:32pm
MIAMI (AP) ? British biotech company Oxitec and the Cayman Islands government announced plans Thursday to release millions of genetically modified mosquitoes in the fight against a species that spreads Zika and other diseases.
This Mother's Day, I'm Making a Pact to Avoid the "Who's Busier" Trap
5 May 2016 at 3:20pm
I am busy. I am busy like so many typical working moms who shuttle two young kids from school to practice while juggling everything around the house and overseeing a successful, growing business. Some days feel like an endless cycle of places to be and things to get done.And I know I'm not alone.It seems to me when I chat with other parents...
One dead, one wounded in Maryland high school shooting: police
5 May 2016 at 3:19pm
The Prince George's County Police Department said it received reports of a shooting at High Point High School after 4:30 p.m. local time in the community of Beltsville, Maryland, about 15 miles northeast of Washington. "One adult fatally shot, second wounded at High Point HS in Beltsville," the department said on Twitter.
Herbalife in advanced talks to settle FTC probe, shares jump
5 May 2016 at 3:14pm
Herbalife Ltd said it was in advanced talks with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to resolve a probe into its business practices and the health supplements maker reported its first sales rise in six quarters. Shares of Herbalife, which estimated a payment of $200 million to settle the investigation, surged 14.5 percent in extended trading on Thursday. An FTC spokesman told Reuters that there could be injunctive relief that could be "just as significant as the money obtained for consumers and even more influential on a company's future operations." Herbalife has been under heavy scrutiny for its business practices, with billionaire activist investor Bill Ackman even calling the company a "pyramid scheme" that pays members more for recruiting new members than for selling its products.
Valeant forms internal committee to oversee drug pricing
5 May 2016 at 3:06pm
(Reuters) - Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc, which has acknowledged mistakes in its drug pricing practices amid U.S. congressional probes, said on Thursday it has formed a new committee to oversee pricing of the company's drugs. The Patient Access and Pricing Committee will initially be chaired by Joseph Papa, Valeant's new chairman and chief executive officer. The committee is made up of a team of Valeant employees including doctors, scientists and other executives.
FDA will require e-cigarettes and contents to be reviewed
5 May 2016 at 2:53pm
WASHINGTON (AP) ? The federal government announced sweeping new rules Thursday for electronic cigarettes that will for the first time require the devices and their ingredients to be reviewed, a mandate that could offer protection for consumers and upend a multibillion dollar industry that has gone largely unregulated.
Insomnia Isn't Just a Nighttime Problem
5 May 2016 at 2:48pm
New research on the 24-hour life of insomniaMost of us have had at least some first-hand experience with insomnia symptoms. Some nights, maybe it's been tough to fall asleep, or you've awakened repeatedly throughout the night. Perhaps there are mornings where you've awakened very early, unable to return to sleep -- or you've risen from be...
FDA Issues New Regulations for E-Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products
5 May 2016 at 2:15pm
E-cigarettes will face new regulations by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, including requirements that affect manufacturing, ingredient labeling and not selling the product to those under the age of 18, the agency announced today. The FDA announced a plan to regulate e-cigarettes two years ago, but these are the first concrete regulations issued. The new rules affect not only e-cigarettes but more traditional tobacco products, including cigars, pipe tobacco and hookah tobacco.
Distraction is often a factor in teen drivers? rear-end collisions
5 May 2016 at 2:09pm
By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) ? In a U.S. study using in-car video recorders, more than three-quarters of rear end collisions involving a teen driver happened when the teen was paying attention to a phone, a passenger or something else other than the road. When a phone was the distraction, the reaction times of teen drivers were markedly slower, and about half the time they did not brake or steer to avoid the crash, researchers report in the Journal of Safety Research. ?There have been several recent naturalistic studies of driving that have reported distraction to be present much more often than was originally seen in police- reported crash data,? said lead author Cher Carney of the Transportation and Vehicle Safety Policy Research Program at the Public Policy Center at The University of Iowa.
Study strengthens suspected link between Zika and paralysis
5 May 2016 at 1:51pm
NEW YORK (AP) ? A study in Brazil found nearly 90 percent of people with a rare paralyzing condition said they had symptoms of Zika earlier ? contributing to mounting evidence that Zika may be a cause.
British canoeist Pennie has novel answer to Zika threat
5 May 2016 at 1:35pm
By Martyn Herman LONDON (Reuters) - British slalom canoeist Fiona Pennie is leaving nothing to chance at this year's Rio Olympics where she will fit a mosquito net to her boat between races to minimize the threat of the Zika virus. Pennie will contest the K1 kayak event at the state-of-the-art Deodoro Whitewater Stadium in the hills above Rio and has already trained on the course several times during the scorching Brazilian summer with no problems. "They've had water readings from Rio and compared them to here in London and it's been totally fine.
Canoeing-British canoeist Pennie has novel answer to Zika threat
5 May 2016 at 1:30pm
By Martyn Herman LONDON, May 5 (Reuters) - British slalom canoeist Fiona Pennie is leaving nothing to chance at this year's Rio Olympics where she will fit a mosquito net to her boat between races to minimise the threat of the Zika virus. Pennie will contest the K1 kayak event at the state-of-the-art Deodoro Whitewater Stadium in the hills above Rio and has already trained on the course several times during the scorching Brazilian summer with no problems. "They've had water readings from Rio and compared them to here in London and it's been totally fine.
U.S. cracks down on e-cigarettes and cigars, bans sales to minors
5 May 2016 at 12:57pm
By Caroline Humer and Clarece Polke NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government on Thursday took wide-ranging steps to crack down for the first time on e-cigarettes and cigars, growing in popularity among teens, and banned sales to anyone under age 18 in hopes of sparing a new generation from nicotine addiction. The Food and Drug Administration's action brought regulation of e-cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco and hookah tobacco in line with existing rules for cigarettes, smokeless tobacco and roll-your-own tobacco.
Regeneron secures more coverage for cholesterol drug Praluent
5 May 2016 at 12:53pm
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc, facing slowing sales of blockbuster eye drug Eylea, said it was making substantial progress in securing more insurance coverage for cholesterol drug Praluent, its other key product. Regeneron said on Thursday about 74 percent of commercially insured lives and 91 percent of Medicare insured lives had access to Praluent, as of April 1. Unprecedented utilization criteria for the drug and tedious paperwork put in place by pharmacy benefit managers and health insurers had made access to Praluent difficult, Regeneron said on a call with analysts.