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Studies: Some cancer treatments can be skipped
11 Dec 2013 at 11:06am
SAN ANTONIO (AP) ? Tens of thousands of women each year might be able to skip at least some of the grueling treatments for breast cancer ? which can include surgery, heavy chemo and radiation ? without greatly harming their odds of survival, new research suggests.
Fight against malaria slows, fewer nets given out
11 Dec 2013 at 8:02am
LONDON (AP) ? Global efforts to curb malaria are stalling after a drop in funds to buy bed nets, according to the latest report Wednesday from the World Health Organization.
Health care signups pick up pace in November
11 Dec 2013 at 9:28am
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Playing catch-up with a long way to go, President Barack Obama's new health insurance markets last month picked up the dismal pace of signups, the administration reported Wednesday.
Malaria control efforts saved 3.3 million since 2000, WHO says
11 Dec 2013 at 11:11am
(Reuters) - Global efforts to curb malaria have saved the lives of 3.3 million people since 2000, cutting global death rates from the mosquito-borne disease by 45 percent and by half in children under 5, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday. WHO said in its World Malaria Report 2013 that expanded prevention and control measures helped produce declines in malaria deaths and illness. "Investments in malaria control, mostly since 2007, have paid off tremendously," said Ray Chambers, the United Nations secretary-general's special envoy for malaria. The estimated number of malaria cases per 1,000 at-risk individuals - a figure that takes population growth into account - shows a 29 percent drop globally between 2000 and 2012, and a 31 percent drop in Africa.
Republicans attack slow pace of Obamacare enrollments
11 Dec 2013 at 11:09am
By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration touted improvements to its new health insurance website on Wednesday and opposition Republicans shifted their criticism to the slow pace of early enrollments and fears some people may be left uninsured when coverage starts on January 1. U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, in her third congressional hearing since the disastrous October 1 rollout of the website at the center of President Barack Obama's policy overhaul, sought to reassure lawmakers that steps were being taken to find out what went wrong and to install a stronger management team. U.S. officials reported on Wednesday that about 365,000 people signed up for healthcare coverage in October and November through the federal HealthCare.gov website and online portals to 14 other marketplaces operated by individual states. Republicans questioned the veracity of the numbers.
E-cigarettes: a burning question for U.S. regulators
11 Dec 2013 at 11:07am
By Marina Lopes NEW YORK (Reuters) - At the Henley Vaporium, one of a growing number of e-cigarette lounges sprouting up in New York and other U.S. cities, patrons can indulge in their choice of more than 90 flavors of nicotine-infused vapor, ranging from bacon to bubble gum. A sprawling sign on one wall lists all the carcinogens that e-cigarette users avoid by kicking their smoking habits and using the e-devices instead. The product, introduced in China in 2006, has become a worldwide trend at least in part because it may help smokers of regular cigarettes break the habit. "It's an addiction - not everyone can quit cold turkey," said Nick Edwards, 34, a Henley employee who says he kicked a 15-year cigarette habit the day he tried his first e-cigarette.
Female libido drug remains in limbo
11 Dec 2013 at 11:07am
WASHINGTON (AP) ? The multi-decade search for a pill that boosts sexual desire in women has hit another roadblock, raising questions about the future of efforts to develop a female equivalent to Viagra.
Wall Street willing to offer Freedom Group more debt: sources
11 Dec 2013 at 11:03am
By Natalie Harrison, Michelle Sierra and Greg Roumeliotis NEW YORK (Reuters) - Some creditors of Freedom Group Inc, maker of the Bushmaster rifle used in the Newtown, Connecticut, school massacre, are willing to offer the company more debt, despite the fact many of its private equity fund investors want out. Private equity fund manager Cerberus Capital Management LP, which vowed to sell Freedom Group a year ago in the wake of the shooting, had turned to an undisclosed financial institution for a $200 million mezzanine loan to pay off some investors, people familiar with the matter said on Monday. But Freedom Group told its lenders later that it would instead try to raise $175 million from them in an effort led by Bank of America Merrill Lynch , people briefed on the matter said on Wednesday. The new debt deal was proposed following discussions with lenders this week, during which it became apparent there was appetite on Wall Street for more of the company's debt, despite the controversy surrounding Freedom Group, the people said.
FDA targets antibiotics in meat
11 Dec 2013 at 11:02am
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Citing a potential threat to public health, the Food and Drug Administration moved Wednesday toward phasing out the use of some antibiotics in animals processed for meat.
Uruguay's move to legalize marijuana breaks treaty: INCB
11 Dec 2013 at 10:59am
By Fredrik Dahl VIENNA (Reuters) - Uruguay's legalization of marijuana violates an international drug control convention and fails to consider a negative health impact, a body set up to monitor compliance with the five-decade-old treaty said on Wednesday. The president of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), Raymond Yans, said the change would not protect young people but would rather have the "perverse effect of encouraging early experimentation" and lowering the age of first use. Adding weight to the criticism of Tuesday's move by Uruguay - the first country to take such a step - the U.N. anti-drugs office said it agreed with the INCB and that states should work closely together to deal with the global drugs challenge. "It is unfortunate that, at a time when the world is engaged in an ongoing discussion on the world drug problem, Uruguay has acted ahead of the special session of the U.N. General Assembly planned for 2016," David Dadge, spokesman for the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), said.
U.S. House Republicans voice support for budget deal
11 Dec 2013 at 10:32am
By David Lawder and Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday were falling in line behind a two-year budget deal negotiated behind closed doors, indicating that the normally rambunctious group of lawmakers is not spoiling for a year-end fiscal fight. Despite conservative groups denouncing the $85 billion plan, the Republican-controlled House could vote as early as Thursday to lock into place a measure that would minimize chances of any further government shutdowns at least until October 2015. Representative Tom Cole told reporters that a majority of his fellow House Republicans would vote for the budget deal, which would replace some of the indiscriminate, across-the-board agency spending cuts scheduled for the next two years. "A lot of support was expressed for it" during a closed meeting of House Republicans, Cole told reporters.
CytRx's cancer treatment meets main goal, shares soar
11 Dec 2013 at 10:22am
(Reuters) - CytRx Corp said its experimental cancer treatment improved survival rates in untreated soft tissue sarcoma patients without the disease progressing, compared with standard chemotherapy alone, sending the company's shares up as much as 83 percent. The mid-stage trial tested the therapy, aldoxorubicin, against chemotherapy drug, doxorubicin, in 123 patients every three weeks for up to six cycles. About 67 percent of patients who received aldoxorubicin showed no disease progression at six months compared with about 36 percent of patients treated with doxorubicin, according to investigators at study sites. Aldoxorubicin combines the chemotherapeutic agent, doxorubicin, with a linker-molecule that binds to albumin in the blood, allowing for the delivery of higher doses of doxorubicin.
Consumers often confused about types of sugar in drinks
11 Dec 2013 at 10:18am
Regular soft drinks and many fruit juice beverages and sports drinks are sweetened with added sugars such as sucrose or high fructose corn syrup, while 100-percent fruit juices only contain natural sugars. Milk has natural sugar too, even though it isn't sweet. Diet soft drinks may taste sweet, but they don't contain any sugar. "Some dietary recommendations call out 'sugary' beverages," lead researcher Gail Rampersaud told Reuters Health in an email.
How Technology Is Warping Your Memory
11 Dec 2013 at 10:10am
Take a moment to think about the last time you memorized someone's phone number. And when was the last time you were at a dinner party or having a conversation with friends, when you whipped out your smartphone to Google the answer to someone's question?
4 Habits of Superbly Confident People
11 Dec 2013 at 10:04am
Let's get into that sweet spot of really accepting and cherishing our vulnerabilities, our humanness and ourselves! Let's embrace the whole package, the things we are good at and the things we are not so good at, because that is how we find our confidence and how we make the ground we walk on not only steady, but sacred.