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Thailand rules out Zika link in two microcephaly cases; investigating two
27 Sep 2016 at 10:36pm
Thailand ruled out on Wednesday Zika as the cause of two cases of microcephaly but is investigating two other cases that could be the first linked to Zika in Southeast Asia of the condition that results in babies being born with small heads. Microcephaly is a rare birth defect that has been linked, in Brazil in particular, to the mosquito-borne Zika virus, which is spreading in Southeast Asia. Thai health authorities said on Tuesday they were investigating four suspected cases of Zika-related microcephaly in three babies and a 36-week old unborn baby.
Reports of plastic prompt recall of Tyson chicken nuggets
27 Sep 2016 at 3:40pm
SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) ? Tyson Foods Inc. says it's voluntarily recalling more than 132,000 pounds of chicken nuggets after receiving reports that "hard, white plastic" was found in some nuggets.
Blood Clot Removal Could Help More Stroke Victims, Study Finds
27 Sep 2016 at 2:35pm
Study found some stroke patients benefited from early clot removal.
How tattoos can help patients with skin grafts and scars
27 Sep 2016 at 2:13pm
By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Patients who get tattoos to cover facial skin grafts and scars may feel happier with both their appearance and quality of life, a Dutch study suggests. The practice of using tattoos to cover damaged skin isn?t that new. ?Scar and skin graft color abnormalities can result in impaired physical, psychological, and social well-being, especially in the facial area that is constantly visible to the patient and others,? van de Langenberg, a researcher at Diakonessen Hospital in Utrecht, said by email.
ADHD drugs no help with homework
27 Sep 2016 at 2:12pm
By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Giving stimulants to kids with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may not help them complete homework or get better grades, a small study suggests. Researchers tested the effectiveness of medication against behavioral interventions in 75 children that attended a summer school program with classes each weekday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for eight weeks. ?Long-acting stimulant medications haven?t been shown to help with homework performance despite companies advertising their utility for homework time,? said lead study author Brittany Merrill, a researcher at the Center for Children and Families at Florida International University in Miami.
Baby born with DNA from 3 people, first from new technique
27 Sep 2016 at 2:08pm
NEW YORK (AP) ? Scientists say the first baby has been born from a controversial new technique that combines DNA from three people ? the mother, the father and an egg donor.
Stop-gap bill to avoid government shutdown fails Senate procedural vote
27 Sep 2016 at 2:04pm
By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A stop-gap funding bill to avoid a federal government shutdown later this week failed to garner enough votes to move forward in the Senate on Tuesday, with Democrats and Republicans both opposing the measure. The must-pass continuing resolution, or CR, which would keep federal agencies operating from Saturday through Dec. 9, received only 45 of the 60 votes needed to limit debate and be considered for passage by the 100-seat Republican-controlled Senate. Forty Democrats and two independents opposed the CR because it lacked a $220 million aid package to address the drinking-water crisis in Flint, Michigan.
How the AP-GfK poll on the candidates' health was conducted
27 Sep 2016 at 12:47pm
The Associated Press-GfK poll on health and the presidential race was conducted by GfK Public Affairs and Corporate Communications Sept. 15-19. It is based on online interviews of 1,694 adults, including 1,476 registered voters and 1,251 likely voters, who are members of GfK's nationally representative KnowledgePanel.
WHO declares Americas world's first measles-free region
27 Sep 2016 at 12:27pm
Measles has been eradicated from the Americas after decades of vaccination efforts, the world's first region to rid itself of the highly contagious disease, global health authorities said Tuesday. Measles remains a top killer of children worldwide, and took nearly 115,000 lives in 2014 -- or about 13 deaths every hour -- according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Before vaccination became widespread around the globe, measles killed about 2.6 million people per year.
Americas becomes first region to eliminate measles: health agency
27 Sep 2016 at 12:02pm
By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The Americas has become the first region in the world to be free of measles, following a 22-year vaccination drive against the disease which continues to infect tens of thousands of people globally, the Pan American Health Organization said on Tuesday. The milestone was confirmed after no cases of the highly contagious disease originating in the Americas were recorded in at least three years, the PAHO said. "This is truly a historic deed," said Carissa Etienne, director of the PAHO, which serves as the World Health Organization's (WHO) regional office for the Americas.
Task force advises routine preeclampsia screening in pregnancy
27 Sep 2016 at 11:44am
By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Pregnant women should get routine blood pressure checks at every prenatal visit to screen for preeclampsia, according to new proposed U.S. guidelines aimed at preventing deaths from this complication. ?The Task Force recognizes the seriousness of this condition, which can progress quickly and become severe, and we continue to recommend pregnant women get screened for preeclampsia,? task force member Dr. Maureen Phipps, a women?s health researcher at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, said by email.
Hollywood portrayals of brain death don't match real life
27 Sep 2016 at 11:22am
By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - Portrayals of brain death in film and television are as fictional as the characters, researchers say. After reviewing films and TV shows featuring a storyline about brain death, they found that while 19 characters were declared brain dead, no portrayals showed a proper examination that would allow doctors to reach that conclusion. "In most cases it was inaccurate and misleading," said lead author Dr. Ariane Lewis, a neurologist at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York.
Feds charge seller of mislabeled Chinese 'Viagra substitute'
27 Sep 2016 at 11:16am
ATLANTA (AP) ? An Alabama man is accused of importing a Chinese drug sold as a Viagra substitute, then selling it to gas stations.
Unhappy Target customers send strong message on pill bottles
27 Sep 2016 at 11:13am
Longtime customers of Target's pharmacies are finding a change in pill bottle design hard to swallow.
Measles: A grim reaper of children despite vaccine
27 Sep 2016 at 11:10am
Declared "eliminated" in the Americas on Tuesday, measles still kills tens of thousands of children in the world every year, despite the availability of safe, affordable and effective vaccines. Known for its characteristic reddish rash, measles is a highly contagious disease caused by a virus spread through physical contact or coughing and sneezing. It can weaken the immune system and render children vulnerable to complications from diarrhoea, pneumonia and malnutrition.