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A BAT deal with Reynolds adds to Big Tobacco's e-cig advantage
25 Oct 2016 at 2:32pm
NEW YORK/LONDON (Reuters) - British American Tobacco Plc's proposed takeover of Reynolds American Inc could speed up Big Tobacco's dominance of the quickly changing e-cigarette market, putting more pressure on early innovators already getting squeezed out. BAT offered last week to buy its U.S. peer for $47 billion (38.54 billion pounds) in a deal that would combine Lucky Strike and Newport cigarettes, and Vuse and Vype e-cigarettes. Reynolds has yet to respond to the unsolicited approach.
Bypass surgery may be better than stents for patients who skip meds
25 Oct 2016 at 2:27pm
By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - For heart disease patients who adhere to optimal medical therapy, outcomes of coronary bypass graft surgery (CABG) and percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) may not differ, a new study finds. When they don?t take their meds as directed, CABG patients are 68 percent more likely to avoid complications than PCI patients. "Therefore, patient compliance with medical therapy may inform clinical decision making and should be incorporated into all future comparative studies of comparative coronary revascularization strategies," the authors write in Circulation October 24th.
Why Health Care Premiums Are Rising Under Obamacare
25 Oct 2016 at 2:14pm
Average premiums are expected to rise an average of 22 percent.
Work environment may moderate menopause misery
25 Oct 2016 at 1:13pm
By Madeline Kennedy (Reuters Health) - Women experiencing menopause symptoms like hot flashes and sleeping problems do better if they have a comfortable workplace and a supportive boss, according to an Australian study. By offering support to menopausal women, such as trained managers and temperature controls, workplaces can improve the employee experience and help themselves by boosting productivity, the researchers write in the journal Menopause. ?Women in midlife and older adulthood now constitute a large proportion of the workforce and many women transition through menopause while they are in paid employment,? said lead author Emily Bariola, a researcher at La Trobe University in Melbourne.
Nurse charged with murdering eight in Canadian old-age homes
25 Oct 2016 at 1:07pm
By David Ljunggren OTTAWA (Reuters) - A Canadian nurse was charged on Tuesday with using drugs to murder eight elderly patients in long-term care facilities in an alleged killing spree that ran for seven years. Elizabeth Wettlaufer, 49, is accused of killing five women and three men in the Ontario towns of Woodstock and London between 2007 and 2014. "The victims were administered a drug," Woodstock Police Chief William Renton told a televised news conference, declining to give further details.
A picture and its story: Severe malnutrition in Yemen
25 Oct 2016 at 12:07pm
"The problem is malnutrition due to (her) financial situation and the current (war) situation at this time," Asma Al Bhaiji, a nurse at the hospital, told Reuters on Tuesday. The 18-year-old is one of more than 14 million people, over half of Yemen?s population, who are short of food, with much of the country on the brink of famine, according to the United Nations. Baghili is from the small village of Shajn, about 100 km (60 miles) southwest of the city of Hodaida, and used to work with sheep before developing signs of malnutrition five years ago, according to her aunt, Saida Ali Baghili.
U.N. legal stance on Haiti cholera likely pushed by U.S.: expert
25 Oct 2016 at 12:07pm
By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations likely refused to accept legal responsibility for a cholera outbreak in Haiti that has killed thousands in the past six years because it was a position pressed by the United States, an independent U.N. investigator said on Tuesday. Haiti was free of cholera until 2010, when U.N. peacekeepers dumped infected sewage into a river.
Breastfeeding support helps new moms stick with it, U.S. doctors say
25 Oct 2016 at 11:54am
By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Women who want to breastfeed their babies may be more likely to try it and to stick with it when they receive education and support, new U.S. guidelines conclude. Updated recommendations issued today by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recognize the many health benefits of breastfeeding for both mothers and babies while also accepting that women need to make a personal choice about how to feed their infants, said task force member Ann Kurth, dean of the Yale School of Nursing in Orange, Connecticut. ?Evidence suggests that any breastfeeding appears to be more beneficial than no breastfeeding, and health benefits continue to increase the longer a woman continues to breastfeed,? Kurth said by email.
Girls & autism: It can be subtle, or absent for some at risk
25 Oct 2016 at 11:46am
CHICAGO (AP) ? Think autism and an image of an awkward boy typically emerges. The developmental disorder is at least four times more common in boys, but scientists taking a closer look are finding some gender-based surprises: Many girls with autism have social skills that can mask the condition. And some girls are born without autism despite the same genetic mutations seen in boys with the condition.
Gates Foundation gives University of Washington $210 million
25 Oct 2016 at 11:37am
SEATTLE (AP) ? The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is giving the University of Washington $210 million to help build a new facility to advance efforts to improve the health and well-being of people worldwide, officials said Tuesday.
UN refusal to recognize role in Haiti cholera a 'debacle': expert
25 Oct 2016 at 11:29am
The United Nations' refusal to recognize its legal responsiblity for Haiti's cholera epidemic is a debacle that must be turned into a success story, a UN expert said Tuesday. The world body must set up a procedure to settle claims by the families of thousands of victims killed by cholera, said Philip Alston, UN special rapporteur for extreme poverty and human rights. Alston addressed a General Assembly committee as the United Nations was preparing to roll out an aid package of about $200 million to help the families of cholera victims.
New Jersey boys survive 100-foot fall with suicidal father
25 Oct 2016 at 10:58am
The father, identified as John Spincken, jumped from an overpass along Interstate 187 in Wanaque, New Jersey, sometime after 7 p.m. EDT (2300 GMT) on Monday in what police have described as a suicide. Spincken, 37, was found dead at the scene, but his 1- and 3-year-old sons were alive and taken to a hospital for treatment, according to Christopher DePuyt, a police captain in Pequannock, where Spincken lived.
After concussion, kids? quality of life may dip for months
25 Oct 2016 at 10:52am
By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) - Kids with persistent symptoms months after a concussion have lower quality of life than kids who have recovered, but even kids who recovered quickly may still struggle, according to a new Canadian study. ?While it has been long-understood that brain injuries may negatively impact quality-of-life (especially in those patients with severe injuries who have required surgery), we were surprised to see that the quality-of-life following concussion may have prolonged effects (3 months or more) on school even in those children who had recovered within one month,? said senior author Dr. Roger Zemeck of the Children?s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute in Ottawa. The researchers evaluated quality of life factors for about 2,000 kids aged 5 to 18 years who had presented to an emergency department within two days of suffering an acute concussion.
UN expert: Junk food is a human rights concern
25 Oct 2016 at 10:43am
UNITED NATIONS (AP) ? A U.N. expert says junk food is a human rights concern.
Judge sides with Planned Parenthood over Mississippi abortion law
25 Oct 2016 at 10:35am
The decision by U.S. District Judge Daniel Jordan III is the latest in a string of rulings striking down similar laws elsewhere in the country against the women's health provider. Jordan's two page order noted a ruling from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that rejected a similar law in Louisiana, saying "essentially every court to consider similar laws has found that they violate" federal law. Medicaid is a health insurance program for the poor run jointly by the federal government and individual states.