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Creation, Exhilaration, and the Color of Wonder
6 Jul 2015 at 4:25pm
Take time to let your mind wandermeander along neuropaths of bliss -- saturated, earth-rich, present. Thoughts and feelings flow hand in hand through your soul's ponderland.Create your new world for today, this month, this season. Built of fibers lean and strong. A foundation for life. The ease of exhilaration by your side, reverberating,...
FGM app launches in Britain as school holiday danger zone nears
6 Jul 2015 at 4:09pm
By Kieran Guilbert LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A new app designed to educate young people about female genital mutilation (FGM) was launched in Britain on Tuesday amid a government crackdown on people who take girls abroad to undergo the practice during the summer holidays. Britain's first FGM app, "Petals", presents facts and information about the practice, offers a quiz to test the user's knowledge and provides details on where young girls can receive help - including a direct link to an FGM advice line. FGM involves the partial or total removal of external genitalia and can cause serious physical and psychological problems and complications in childbirth.
Faith groups can help boost healthcare in developing nations: experts
6 Jul 2015 at 4:06pm
By Magdalena Mis LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Religious groups are an under-used health resource that could help achieve universal healthcare and accelerate the medical response to disease outbreaks, health experts said on Tuesday. Faith-based organizations such as the Islamic Relief or the Salvation Army are the only health providers in some regions and the medical community should build on their experience, reach and influence to save lives, a study published in the Lancet medical journal said.
Nigerian gay, bi men report more fear in healthcare after law
6 Jul 2015 at 4:03pm
By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - Gay and bisexual men in Nigeria are reporting increased reluctance to access healthcare after the country passed a law last year levying additional sanctions against same-sex couples. While consensual sexual relationships between men were already illegal in Nigeria, the Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition Act, signed into law in January 2014, prohibited participation in organizations supporting gay people or attempts at any kind of civil same-sex relationship. There were reports of arrests and torture following the enactment of the law, according to a paper in The Lancet HIV by Sheree Schwartz of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore and colleagues.
New Brazil rules seek to cut Cesarean craze
6 Jul 2015 at 3:52pm
New regulations aimed at rolling back Brazil's obsession with Cesarean sections took effect Monday, with the government hoping it can steer the country from its status as a world leader in C-section births.
Pregnant drinking common in Ireland, England, Australasia
6 Jul 2015 at 3:46pm
Twenty to 80 percent of women questioned in England, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand drank alcohol while pregnant, researchers said Tuesday, flagging a "significant public health concern". "New policy and interventions are required to reduce alcohol prevalence both prior to and during pregnancy," the authors wrote. The World Health Organization (WHO) warns that alcohol use during pregnancy can damage the unborn child for life -- though there is no certainty about the dose at which it becomes dangerous.
Aetna CEO addresses antitrust concerns over Humana deal
6 Jul 2015 at 3:32pm
By Caroline Humer NEW YORK (Reuters) - Aetna Inc's chief executive said Monday he was confident any antitrust review of the health insurer's proposed purchase of smaller rival Humana Inc would allow the deal to close in the second half of 2016. Mark Bertolini said Aetna had already prepared for possible divestitures to address overlaps with Humana's business in the largest-ever U.S. health insurance deal. Aetna has not discussed the deal directly with the U.S. Department of Justice, but has consulted with regulatory experts, Bertolini told cable channel CNBC.
Humana cuts outlook, raising new concerns about Aetna deal
6 Jul 2015 at 3:26pm
By Caroline Humer NEW YORK (Reuters) - Humana Inc, fresh from announcing an agreement to be purchased by larger rival Aetna Inc, prompted new investor concerns about the $33 billion deal on Monday by lowering its 2015 financial forecasts. The transaction announced on Friday is already expected to face a tough review by U.S. antitrust regulators, particularly if another major deal among health insurers emerges. Humana, which has posted disappointing results for several quarters in a row, said on Monday that members of its Medicare Advantage plans for the elderly were using hospital services at a higher rate than the company expected.
Mammograms may not reduce breast cancer deaths
6 Jul 2015 at 3:02pm
By Reuters Staff (Reuters Health) - Breast cancer screenings may not lead to fewer deaths but may lead to overdiagnosis, U.S. researchers suggest. In areas of the U.S. with high levels of screening, more tumors were diagnosed - but breast cancer death rates were no lower than in areas with fewer screenings, researchers report. "The mortality results that we observed are far from definitive," cautioned Charles Harding, the study's lead author from Seattle, Washington.
AstraZeneca, Cephalon to pay to resolve Medicaid allegations: U.S.
6 Jul 2015 at 2:44pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - AstraZeneca LP has agreed to pay $46.5 million and Cephalon Inc $7.5 million to resolve allegations that the two drug companies underpaid rebates owed under the Medicaid program, the U.S. Justice Department said on Monday. (Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Bill Trott)
Many docs come to work sick
6 Jul 2015 at 2:18pm
By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) - Many doctors, nurses, midwives and physicians assistants come to work sick even through they know it puts patients at risk, a new survey suggests. At the Children?s Hospital of Philadelphia, Julia E. Szymczak and colleagues analyzed survey responses collected last year from 536 doctors and advanced practice clinicians at their institution. Doctors were more likely than nurses or physicians assistants to work while sick.
Signs of aging appear in mid-20s, study finds
6 Jul 2015 at 1:49pm
The findings in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences' July 6 issue are based on a group of 954 people born in New Zealand in 1972 or 1973. Using a total of 18 biological measurements, researchers determined a "biological age" for each participant at age 38 -- with some registering under 30 and others appearing to be nearly 60. When scientists looked closely at the ones who had aged more quickly, they found signs of deterioration were apparent at age 26, the age when the first set of biological measurements were taken.
8 Ways to Live in Hormone-y
6 Jul 2015 at 1:40pm
Everyday I keep trying to be the best me, the healthiest me, yet sometimes I am downright shocked and insulted when my body and brain go AWOL. Something is going on, and it's called menopause -- there I said it, the change of life. Sometimes it feels like "the curse," but I'm choosing to believe it's a new beginning. A grounded, wiser me lurks...
'Stunning' number of large drug doses by doctor, expert says
6 Jul 2015 at 1:32pm
DETROIT (AP) ? Patients of a Detroit-area doctor received "stunning" doses of a powerful, expensive drug that exposed them to life-threatening infections, an expert testified Monday as a judge heard details about a cancer specialist who fleeced insurance companies and harmed hundreds of people.
Cancer Mortality News, Between the Lines
6 Jul 2015 at 1:13pm
A CDC report just released indicates that the age-adjusted risk of cancer death is declining for Americans overall, and the trajectory is largely in line with the aspirational objectives of Healthy People 2020. There are several, salient messages in this report- and at least one more between its lines.First, as noted, the principal finding is...