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Suspect in Colorado clinic shooting told he faces murder charge
30 Nov 2015 at 5:34pm
The man accused of killing three people and wounding nine in a shooting rampage at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs was told he faces first-degree murder charges during his first court appearance on Monday. Robert Lewis Dear, 57, appearing by video link from jail, spoke only to tell a judge he understood and had no questions. Police records from North Charleston, South Carolina, showed that Dear was charged with rape there in 1992, although Reuters could not determine in court records how the case was resolved.
Opposition mounts to genetic modification of human embryos
30 Nov 2015 at 5:23pm
By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - A group of U.S. scientists and activists on Monday called for a global ban on the use of new tools to edit the genes of human embryos, in a report issued a day before a major international meeting in Washington to discuss the ethical and policy issues surrounding the technology. A technological innovation that can strategically edit out specific stretches of DNA could ultimately lead to the genetic modification of children, and should be halted before it starts being used, scientists at the Center for Genetics and Society and the activist group Friends of the Earth argued in their report. This is a line we must not cross,? said Pete Shanks, a consulting researcher with the Center for Genetics and Society and author of the report.
China struggles with IVF demand as one-child policy ends
30 Nov 2015 at 5:16pm
By Adam Jourdan SHANGHAI (Reuters) - The Nanfang clinic in China's southern Guangdong province says it offers Chinese patients seeking in-vitro fertilization (IVF) the chance to choose the gender of their child, avoid stringent approval checks and snarling queues. China's strict regulation of its IVF market forbids gender selection, requires birth licenses and proof of marriage, and prohibits some more advanced procedures - rules that have pushed patients to go overseas or seek treatment in unregulated clinics at home. Demand for IVF in China is expected to rise after Beijing scrapped its controversial one-child policy in October, which will strain already-crowded state-run hospitals but create opportunities for overseas health centers, firms helping train local doctors - and underground clinics.
Despite treatment advances, AIDS stigma lingers in rural South Africa
30 Nov 2015 at 5:14pm
By Laurie Goering QUDENI, South Africa, (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Eunice Khanyile opened a soup kitchen in a rural village in South Africa last year to help HIV-positive residents get the nutrition needed to stay healthy, not one person came. When it comes to AIDS, "the stigma is a huge problem", she said. People do not want to open up to others about their status." Today, just over 200 people eat the lunch cooked daily at the yellow-painted cement block kitchen in Qudeni, drawn by the smell of butternut and lentils and the banging of pots and pans.
Myanmar's HIV patients shunned despite progress in treatment
30 Nov 2015 at 4:49pm
By Ei Cherry Aung LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Shortly after Cho's husband passed away at his parent's home his family called to tell her he had died of AIDS and said she should get tested. In September, the former market stallholder went for another HIV test. "As soon as I found out I had HIV, I felt really sad as well as upset," the 43-year-old said, wiping tears from her cheeks.
U.S. media mogul Redstone?s ex-girlfriend loses motion in mental competence suit
30 Nov 2015 at 4:42pm
A California court on Monday rejected a request from the former girlfriend of Sumner Redstone for the 92-year-old chairman of Viacom Inc to undergo an immediate medical evaluation. Former girlfriend Manuela Herzer filed a lawsuit last week seeking to have Redstone declared mentally incompetent and petitioned to have him examined to determine if he can still make decisions for himself. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Clifford Klein ruled there was no need for an immediate evaluation of Redstone but allowed the case to proceed.
Could This Be the End of Junk-Food Commercials on Television in the U.K.?
30 Nov 2015 at 4:35pm
Unsurprisingly, the U.K.?s Advertising Association dismissed the report?s recommendation to reduce commercials for HFSS (high fat, sugar, and sodium) items. ?The bigger picture is that food advertising in the U.K. is amongst the most strictly regulated in the world, children see far fewer HFSS ads on TV today than ever before, and new rules already being considered would mean no advertising targeted at children in any media,? Ian Barber, director of communications at the Advertising Association, told The Guardian.
Alabama ends court fight over Planned Parenthood funding
30 Nov 2015 at 4:25pm
Alabama called off a legal battle with Planned Parenthood on Monday after a federal judge last month blocked the state from defunding the reproductive health organization's clinics amid national controversy about its handling of aborted fetal tissue. In a joint court filing, both parties said that Alabama had resumed funding of Planned Parenthood clinics in Mobile and Birmingham, and the clinics were following state regulations. The agreement followed an order by U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson to stop Alabama from terminating its agreement with a Planned Parenthood regional affiliate providing services under Medicaid, the federal and state healthcare program for the poor.
Poor countries increasingly targeted by tobacco marketing
30 Nov 2015 at 4:03pm
Faced with falling sales in richer nations, the tobacco industry has increasingly marketed their product in the developing world, where restrictions on promoting smoking are more relaxed, a new study said Tuesday. The study, which looked at tobacco marketing in 462 communities spread across 16 countries, was published by the Bulletin of the World Health Organization, a journal created by the UN agency, but the contents of which do not reflect WHO's views. The study found that "people living in poor countries are exposed to more intense and aggressive tobacco marketing than those living in affluent countries".
Into the Pink
30 Nov 2015 at 3:32pm
As a prelude to 10KSA's milestone event on December 12 of this year, people from around the globe submitted their own designs for a tarha (scarf) that captures the soul of 10KSA's breast cancer awareness initiative.This year, Saudi Arabian women are set to make history. On December 12, under the auspices of 10KSA, 10,000 women will gather to...
'Live positively': Togo's 'Tino' sets example for HIV/AIDS
30 Nov 2015 at 2:37pm
Augustin Dokla is arguably Togo's most famous person with HIV, having lived with the virus -- against the odds ?- since 1999. Among friends at Espoir-Vie, the West African nation's largest non-governmental association for people living with HIV, Dokla exudes optimism. Dokla tested positive for HIV in 1999 after a bout of serious pneumonia, which saw him spend three months in hospital.
Mosquitos spread microcephaly disease in Brazil
30 Nov 2015 at 2:26pm
Brasília (AFP) - Cases of microcephaly, which causes babies to be born with small heads, are skyrocketing in Brazil and the discovery that mosquitoes carry the disease means there are few ways to stop it, officials said Monday. Latest figures show 1,248 cases this year, compared to just 147 last year, said the health ministry. Complicating the situation is the revelation that mosquitos carrying the dengue-like Zika virus are spreading microcephaly, which also curbs mental development in the baby, Claudio Maierovitch, director of the epidemiology department at the health ministry, said.
New York state adding $200M more to $2.5B fight against AIDS
30 Nov 2015 at 2:17pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) ? New York will dedicate $200 million more to its effort to end the AIDS epidemic by 2020, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday.
Size matters: Stockholm clinic launches penis measuring tape
30 Nov 2015 at 1:41pm
Forget reassurances to insecure teens: a Stockholm youth health clinic is handing out special measuring tapes to young men and asking them to size up their penises, it said on Monday. The specially-designed measuring tape, which measures circumference and not length, will be handed out free of charge at the clinic as of December 1. "A common reason for a condom slipping off or breaking during sex is that you've bought the wrong size... You have to measure the circumference of the penis when erect, not the length," a male nurse at the clinic, Eddie Sandstrom, says in a podcast on its website.
AP News Guide: Summit opens debate on ethics of gene editing
30 Nov 2015 at 1:40pm
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Designer babies or an end to intractable illnesses: A revolutionary technology is letting scientists learn to rewrite the genetic code, aiming to alter DNA in ways that, among other things, could erase disease-causing genes.