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Kids get codeine in ER despite risks, guidelines
20 Apr 2014 at 10:32pm
CHICAGO (AP) ? Despite recommended limits on codeine use in children, the potent painkiller is prescribed for children in at least half a million emergency room visits each year, a study suggests.
Health care site flagged in Heartbleed review
18 Apr 2014 at 10:18pm
WASHINGTON (AP) ? People who have accounts on the enrollment website for President Barack Obama's signature health care law are being told to change their passwords following an administration-wide review of the government's vulnerability to the confounding Heartbleed Internet security flaw.
Study: Half of jailed NYC youths have brain injury
18 Apr 2014 at 2:35pm
NEW YORK (AP) ? About half of all 16- to 18-year-olds coming into New York City's jails say they had a traumatic brain injury before being incarcerated, most caused by assaults, according to a new study that's the latest in a growing body of research documenting head trauma among young offenders.
Marijuana fans pack 4/20 events in Colorado, Washington state
20 Apr 2014 at 6:35pm
Thousands of marijuana enthusiasts gathered in Colorado and Washington state over the weekend for an annual celebration of cannabis culture with rallies, concerts and trade shows in the first two U.S. states to legalize recreational marijuana. Voters in both Western states approved ballot initiatives in 2012 allowing personal possession and use of marijuana by anyone aged 21 and or older for purposes of just getting high, though public consumption of pot remains illegal. In January the world's first state-licensed retail marijuana outlets opened for business in Colorado, and stores in Washington are set to follow suit later this year.
Country singer and cancer survivor Kevin Sharp dies at 43
20 Apr 2014 at 5:49pm
Kevin Sharp, who survived cancer as a teenager and went on to become a successful country music singer in the 1990s, died late Saturday, according to his website. Sharp, a California native, recorded several hit singles in mid-1990s, including his version of the song "Nobody Knows," which held the top spot on Billboard's Hot Country Single & Track for four weeks. Sharp was diagnosed in high school with a rare form of bone cancer that had spread to his lungs, according to his website, and he became involved in the Make-A-Wish Foundation, a non-profit that seeks to provide wish-fulfillment experiences to children with life-threatening illnesses. Sharp's cancer went into remission in 1991, and he launched his musical career while staying active in Make-A-Wish, becoming a national spokesman for the organization, according to his website.
Sleeping California teen killed when car plows into apartment
20 Apr 2014 at 1:00pm
(Reuters) - A 16-year-old girl asleep in her bed was killed early Sunday when a suspected drunk driver careened into an apartment building in southern California, law enforcement officials said. The crash occurred at 3:15 a.m. local time in Palmdale, which is located about 63 miles north of downtown Los Angeles. Robert Rodriguez, 20, of Palmdale, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and was charged at the Palmdale Sheriff's Station with vehicular manslaughter, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said in a statement. "The driver was at a high rate of speed and either tried to turn or lost control, impacted the curb and went into the apartment building," Sergeant David Sauer of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.
Saudi Arabia announces jump in new cases of deadly MERS virus
20 Apr 2014 at 9:23am
By Angus McDowall RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia confirmed 20 new cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS)on Saturday and Sunday, adding up to 49 infections in six days, a sudden increase of a disease that kills about a third of the people infected and has no cure. MERS, a SARS-like novel coronavirus that emerged in Saudi Arabia two years ago, has infected 244 people in the kingdom, of whom 76 have died, the Health Ministry said on its website. He said he did not know why there had been a surge of cases in Jeddah but said it might be part of a seasonal pattern since there was also a big rise in infections last April and May. Another cluster of cases has been detected in the United Arab Emirates and a Malaysian who was recently in the Gulf has been confirmed as infected, his country said. MERS has no vaccine or anti-viral treatment, but international and Saudi health authorities say the disease, which originated in camels, does not transmit easily between people and may simply die out.
Pfizer considers $100 billion bid for AstraZeneca: report
20 Apr 2014 at 7:04am
U.S. pharmaceutical giant Pfizer has approached British rival AstraZeneca to propose a 60 billion pound ($101 billion) takeover, Britain's Sunday Times reported. The paper cited senior investment bankers and industry sources saying that informal conversations about a deal had taken place between the two but that no talks were currently under way after AstraZeneca resisted the approach. Pfizer and AstraZeneca both declined to comment on the report to Reuters. AstraZeneca, Britain's second-biggest pharmaceuticals group, has been frequently touted as a potential takeover target as it wrestles with patents expiring on a number of best-selling drugs, leaving future growth uncertain.
On Easter, Pope calls for end to war, condemns waste exacerbating hunger
20 Apr 2014 at 3:35am
By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis, in his Easter address before a huge crowd, on Sunday denounced the "immense wastefulness" in the world while many go hungry and called for an end to conflicts in Syria, Ukraine and Africa. "We ask you, Lord Jesus, to put an end to all war and every conflict, whether great or small, ancient or recent," he said in his "Urbi et Orbi" (to the city and the world) message. Francis, marking the second Easter season of his pontificate, celebrated a Mass to an overflowing crowd of at least 150,000 in St. Peter's Square and beyond.
Obamacare enrollees urged to change passwords over Heartbleed bug
19 Apr 2014 at 8:56pm
By Chris Francescani NEW YORK (Reuters) - Americans with accounts on President Barack Obama's health insurance enrollment website, HealthCare.gov, were advised that their passwords had been reset to guard against the "Heartbleed" bug, in a message posted on the site on Saturday. The warning marks the latest fallout from the widespread security bug, which surfaced this month and allows hackers to steal data online without a trace. Companies from Amazon.com Inc to Google Inc. have been forced to take steps to protect against Heartbleed. HealthCare.gov, a health insurance exchange for the 36 states that opted out of creating their own state insurance exchanges, was created under Obama's signature health care law, the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Woman With Engineered Vagina Says She Has 'Normal Life'
19 Apr 2014 at 1:00pm
Researchers Were Able to Engineer Organs From Patient's Own Cells
Gunmen kidnap two Pakistani U.N. staff members from Karachi
19 Apr 2014 at 1:08am
By Syed Raza Hassan ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Gunmen have kidnapped two men working for the U.N. Children's Fund from Pakistan's southern city of Karachi, police said Saturday. A spokeswoman for the U.N. Children's Fund, also known as UNICEF, was not available to comment. The port city of Karachi is Pakistan's financial heart and home to 18 million people. Many neighborhoods are considered Taliban strongholds, including the area of Shorab Goth, which is near where the men were taken.
APNewsBreak: Medicaid paid $12M for Illinois dead
18 Apr 2014 at 4:42pm
CHICAGO (AP) ? The Illinois Medicaid program paid an estimated $12 million for medical services for people listed as deceased in other state records, according to an internal state government memo.
Watch: Scientists Engineer Lab-Grown Vaginas
18 Apr 2014 at 3:03pm
Four women with a genetic condition took part in a ground-breaking study.
Yoga may help women ease PTSD symptoms
18 Apr 2014 at 2:36pm
By Shereen Jegtvig NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women enrolled in a small study reported a reduction in symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after a series of yoga classes. However, women in a comparison group that didn't take the classes also reported a similar decline in symptoms, researchers found. "The yoga group did well - they improved in their PTSD symptoms - and our control group actually did well, which we didn't expect," Karen Mitchell told Reuters Health. Mitchell, from the National Center for PTSD at the VA Boston Healthcare System, led the new study.