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Menopause tied to faster decline in women?s lung function
6 Dec 2016 at 11:09am
By Lisa Rapaport Age-related decline in women?s lung function may speed up during and after menopause, a recent study suggests. Past research has shown that young women can boost their lung function through their mid-twenties by following a healthy lifestyle that includes getting plenty of aerobic exercise and avoiding cigarettes. After that, lung function declines gradually, and the process can be sped up when people smoke or carry excess fat around their midsection.
Cuba, U.S. to discuss detente in wake of Trump election
6 Dec 2016 at 11:06am
HAVANA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Cuba and the United States will draw up a roadmap for deepening their detente, the Cuban government said on Tuesday, in a first meeting since the election of Donald Trump as U.S. president and the death of Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro. Wednesday's fifth U.S.-Cuban bilateral commission comes at a time of increased uncertainty about the future of U.S.-Cuban relations given Trump's promise to end the detente if Cuba did not offer a better "deal." The administration of outgoing U.S. President Barack Obama has pressed American companies to complete additional business deals in Cuba to help further cement the president?s policy by the time Trump takes office on January 20.
Twin Girls Joined at the Chest to Be Separated in 18-Hour Surgery Today
6 Dec 2016 at 10:54am
Twin 2-year-old girls were born conjoined at chest, abdomen.
Philip Morris seeks U.S. approval to market alternative cigarette
6 Dec 2016 at 10:54am
The company's application is the first to seek U.S. approval to market a tobacco product as being less harmful than traditional cigarettes. If approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the company's iQOS device could give it a significant marketing advantage over alternatives to tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes, which are not allowed to make such a claim. The device electronically heats tobacco to produce a vapor without burning it, and the company claims the vapor has less than 10 percent of the harmful chemicals found in cigarette smoke.
Senate leader pushes for extension of coal miner healthcare
6 Dec 2016 at 10:44am
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday said he is pushing to extend expiring healthcare benefits for retired coal miners by including a provision in a spending bill Congress hopes to pass this week. In a statement on the Senate floor, McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, said that in conversations with House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan he has insisted that the Continuing Resolution include "a provision to address that issue so these retirees don't lose their healthcare benefit at the end of this year." The fate of the United Mine Workers' health care and pension funds is up in the air as Congress weighs legislation to provide financial support for the soon-expiring benefits, which are at risk of default as coal companies grapple with bankruptcies.
Mugabe praises resilient Zimbabweans, skirts bond notes
6 Dec 2016 at 10:44am
By MacDonald Dzirutwe HARARE (Reuters) - President Robert Mugabe praised Zimbabweans on Tuesday for resilience in the face of economic hardship, in a speech that avoided the recent introduction of "bond notes", a new currency that has raised fears of uncontrolled money-printing. "Let me conclude by paying tribute to our peace-loving people who have endured all manner of economic hardships since we embarked on the historic land-reform programme," Mugabe said to grumbles from opposition benches and shouts of "bond notes". Critics accuse Mugabe, in power since independence from Britain in 1980, of wrecking one of Africa's most promising economies through policies such as the violent seizure of white-owned commercial farms and disastrous printing of money.
Factbox: Contenders for key jobs in Trump's administration
6 Dec 2016 at 10:09am
(Reuters) - Below are people mentioned as contenders for senior roles as U.S. President-elect Donald Trump works to form his administration before taking office on Jan. 20, according to Reuters sources and media reports. Trump has already tapped a number of people for other top jobs in his administration. For a list of posts already filled, see. SECRETARY OF STATE * Mitt Romney, 2012 Republican presidential nominee and former Massachusetts governor * Rudy Giuliani, Republican former mayor of New York City * Bob Corker, Republican U.S. ...
Environmental group takes De Beers Canada to court over mercury
6 Dec 2016 at 10:07am
(Reuters) - An environmental group said on Tuesday it had filed a lawsuit against De Beers Canada, accusing the diamond producer of failing to report toxic levels of mercury and methylmercury at its Victor Diamond mine in northern Ontario. The Wildlands League alleged that De Beers failed to report mercury levels from five out of nine surface water monitoring stations for the creeks next to its open pit mine between 2009 and 2016. This was an offence under the Ontario Water Resources Act, the group said in a statement.
Historians seek reparations for Californians forcibly sterilized
6 Dec 2016 at 9:04am
In a Sacramento government office, historian and lead author Alexandra Minna Stern stumbled across a filing cabinet containing about 20,000 recommendations for eugenics-motivated sterilizations dating from 1919 through 1952. Stern, a professor at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and her colleagues used the documents and actuarial tables to calculate that as many as 831 men, women and children slated for sterilization could still be alive and would be on average almost 88 years old. Many of the typewritten and signed sterilization recommendations were for children, the youngest 7 years old, Stern said in a phone interview.
One drink a day may not always keep the doctor away
6 Dec 2016 at 8:47am
By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - It?s called ?holiday heart? because it happens to binge drinkers who feel a flutter or irregular heartbeat after too many cocktails at parties. Conventional wisdom, based on plenty of previous research, is that the occasional glass of wine or beer can be good for the heart, reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke as well as death from cardiovascular causes, lead study author Dr. Peter Kistler of the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute and the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, told Reuters Health. For the current study, however, researchers examined data collected on almost 900,000 people and found an 8 percent risk increase for irregular heartbeat with each alcoholic drink consumed per day.
IUDS, implants may be best birth control for women with diabetes
6 Dec 2016 at 8:41am
By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - The two most effective hormonal birth control methods for women in general are also excellent options for women with diabetes, according to a new study. Intrauterine devices (IUDs) and contraceptive implants that are placed under the skin, both of which are highly effective, were linked with the lowest risk of blood clots in these higher-risk women. Hormonal contraceptives boost women's risk for clots, which can lead to heart attack and strokes.
U.S. patent agency to weigh rival claims on gene-editing technology
6 Dec 2016 at 8:16am
(Corrects company name to Editas Medicine from Editas Pharmaceuticals in paragraph 15) By Brendan Pierson (Reuters) - The U.S. patent agency on Tuesday will hear arguments in a heated dispute over who was first to invent a revolutionary gene-editing technology known as CRISPR. Hundreds of millions of dollars may be at stake, as the technology promises commercial applications in treating genetic diseases, engineering crops, and other areas. CRISPR works as a type of molecular scissors that can trim away unwanted parts of the genome, and replace them with new stretches of DNA.
Indonesia pledges to protect peatlands to fight climate change, haze
6 Dec 2016 at 7:45am
By Coco Liu HONG KONG (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Environmental activists hailed on Tuesday Indonesia's ban on converting peatlands into plantations but said enforcement was critical to reducing annual fires that shroud parts of Southeast Asia in choking haze. Indonesia announced on Monday that companies were banned from turning peatlands into palm oil and other types of plantations, and must restore peatlands they have degraded. When peatlands are drained or cleared by fire to make way for plantations, the carbon is released into the atmosphere.
Factbox: Contenders, picks for key jobs in Trump's administration
6 Dec 2016 at 6:51am
(Reuters) - U.S. President-elect Donald Trump said on Monday he would nominate retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, a presidential rival-turned-supporter to serve as Department of Housing and Urban Development secretary. Below are people mentioned as contenders for senior roles as Trump works to form his administration before taking office on Jan. 20, according to Reuters sources and media reports. See the end of list for posts already filled. ...
Emaciated Yemeni woman now smiles but recovery patchy
6 Dec 2016 at 6:28am
By Mohammed Ghobari SANAA (Reuters) - Images of 18-year-old Saida Ahmad Baghili's emaciated body shocked the world and turned a spotlight on the worsening humanitarian crisis across war-torn Yemen. Now, after weeks of specialist hospital care in the capital Sanaa, though she can still barely speak and sometimes finds eating more difficult than ever, she can at least smile.