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Ebola disrupts Liberia birth records, poses trafficking threat-UN
31 Jul 2015 at 12:32am
By Kieran Guilbert LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - West Africa's Ebola epidemic has disrupted birth registrations in Liberia, leaving hundreds of thousands of children without citizenship and in danger of being trafficked or illegally adopted, the U.N. children's agency UNICEF said on Friday. The closure of health facilities and limited health services due to the Ebola outbreak has halted Liberia's progress in registering births in recent years, according to UNICEF.
Woman jailed for outburst during Colorado movie massacre trial
30 Jul 2015 at 8:50pm
A woman protesting against capital punishment stood up in court on Thursday and shouted "Don't kill him!" before bailiffs tackled her during the penalty phase of James Holmes' mass murder trial in Colorado. The disturbance by spectator Deborah Cave came as the district attorney addressed jurors who will ultimately decide whether Holmes, convicted of fatally shooting 12 people in a movie theater in 2012, will be sentenced to death or life in prison without parole. It is mental illness!" Caves cried as she climbed over rows of seats toward Holmes, 27, in the crowded courtroom at the Arapahoe County Justice Center on the outskirts of Denver.
Fluoride debate hits Colorado's largest water utility
30 Jul 2015 at 7:02pm
DENVER (AP) ? Colorado's largest supplier of public drinking water is in the midst of a debate over how much fluoride ? if any ? to put into its delivery system after the federal government announced new standards in April.
Get up, stand up: stand up for your waist!
30 Jul 2015 at 5:00pm
Replacing sitting time with standing time appeared to improve sugar, fat and cholesterol levels in the blood, researchers wrote in the European Heart Journal. The findings suggest that making small changes to a sedentary lifestyle can have a big impact on health -- and that you don't need to go as far as taking up marathon running. "An extra two hours per day spent standing rather than sitting was associated with approximately two percent lower average fasting blood sugar levels and 11 percent lower average triglycerides (fats in the blood)," said a press statement.
Health fallout from Fukushima mainly mental: studies
30 Jul 2015 at 4:45pm
The most lasting health impact of the Fukushima nuclear disaster will likely be psychological not physical, according to a trio of studies published Friday in The Lancet. The meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi facility in March 2011, provoked by a massive earthquake and tsunami, is one of only five nuclear power plant accidents to be rated five or higher since the advent of atomic energy. In contrast to the 1986 explosion in Chernobyl that provoked an increase in thyroid cancer among children in affected areas and perhaps other cancers yet to be detected, the Fukushima debacle is unlikely to cause hikes in cancer rates due to radiation exposure, according the a 2013 UN scientific report.
Canadian oil sands producer Athabasca Oil cuts capex
30 Jul 2015 at 4:11pm
(Reuters) - Canada's Athabasca Oil Corp , which processes oil sands to produce crude, said it would cut its capital expenditure by nearly 5 percent as oil prices stay low. The company said it would now spend C$291 million ($224 million) this year, down from its earlier estimate of C$305 million due to a reduction in planned thermal oil expenditure. Weak prices have curbed growth in Canada's oil sands, cutting production and discouraging investment in the world's third-largest crude reserve.
Mental health suffers most in major nuclear accidents, studies find
30 Jul 2015 at 4:03pm
By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - People caught up in a nuclear disaster are more likely to suffer severe psychological disorders such as depression and post-traumatic stress disorder rather than any harm from radiation, scientists said on Friday. The studies counter the misconception that nuclear disasters have caused widespread death and physical illness, with the researchers finding that the mental health effects were far more profound. "In most nuclear accidents very few people are exposed to a life-threatening dose of radiation," wrote Akira Ohtsuru of the Fukushima Medical University (FMU).
USOC official keeping eye on Rio waters but would canoe
30 Jul 2015 at 3:33pm
(Reuters) - The U.S. Olympic Committee is paying close attention to the water quality for sailors and rowers at the 2016 Rio Olympics, but USOC chief of sport Alan Ashley said he would have no qualms taking a canoe on the polluted waters. "I would do it," Ashley said during a conference call on Thursday marking the upcoming 100 days out from the Rio Games about going on a canoe ride at the Olympic site. The International Olympic Committee said in a statement that it was in continual dialogue with organizers on ensuring the waters were clean enough.
Olympics-USOC official keeping eye on Rio waters but would canoe
30 Jul 2015 at 3:31pm
The U.S. Olympic Committee is paying close attention to the water quality for sailors and rowers at the 2016 Rio Olympics, but USOC chief of sport Alan Ashley said he would have no qualms taking a canoe on the polluted waters. "I would do it," Ashley said during a conference call on Thursday marking the upcoming 100 days out from the Rio Games about going on a canoe ride at the Olympic site. The International Olympic Committee said in a statement that it was in continual dialogue with organizers on ensuring the waters were clean enough.
Lawyers argue life or death for Colorado movie gunman
30 Jul 2015 at 3:30pm
Defense attorneys said the Colorado movie massacre gunman was schizophrenic and they urged jurors on Thursday to spare his life, while prosecutors said James Holmes must not be able to use mental illness as a shield. Lead prosecutor George Brauchler wrapped up closing arguments in the trial's penalty phase, saying nobody in their right mind could plan the slaughter of a theater full of people. For the defense, Brady said no one could turn back time, bring back the dead, or heal the wounds of those injured when Holmes killed 12 people and wounded 70 at a midnight screening of a Batman film.
HPV vaccinations for U.S. teens rise slightly: CDC
30 Jul 2015 at 3:16pm
The percentage of U.S. teenagers vaccinated against the human papillomavirus increased slightly in 2014, but the rate lags behind other immunizations, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Thursday. The HPV vaccine, sold as Gardasil by Merck & Co and Cervarix by GlaxoSmithKline, protects against the most common sexually transmitted infection. The CDC said the percentage of girls between 13 and 17 years old who received at least one dose of the vaccine increased by 3.3 percentage points to 60 percent.
Free checkups helping Special Olympics athletes stay healthy
30 Jul 2015 at 3:01pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) ? They arrived in Los Angeles by the thousands to run, jump and swim and to play such team sports as soccer and softball.
Chemo worsens quality of life for patients near death
30 Jul 2015 at 2:48pm
By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Chemotherapy can hasten deterioration near the end of life in patients with advanced cancer who haven?t yet lost their ability to perform normal daily activities, a study suggests. Many physicians have voiced concerns about the use of chemotherapy for cancer patients nearing death, the researchers note. To see what effects chemotherapy has on cancer patients in their last week of life, Prigerson and colleagues monitored the final days of 312 patients treated at six U.S. oncology clinics.
Brilinta? Brintellix? FDA warns of drug name mix-ups
30 Jul 2015 at 2:35pm
NEW YORK (AP) ? The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday that some doctors and pharmacies are getting confused by the similar names of an antidepressant and a blood-thinning medicine.
GE may ship $10 billion in work overseas as U.S. trade bank languishes
30 Jul 2015 at 2:31pm
General Electric Co is taking steps to shift some U.S. manufacturing work overseas now that the U.S. Export-Import Bank will be shuttered at least until September, the industrial giant's global operations boss told Reuters on Thursday. GE Vice Chairman John Rice said the conglomerate is bidding on over $10 billion worth of projects that require support from an export credit agency (ECA) like Ex-Im.