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Spanish judge orders release of ill boy's parents
2 Sep 2014 at 11:30am
SOTO DEL REAL, Spain (AP) ? Spanish officials have ordered the immediate release of a detained British couple who were wanted by police in the United Kingdom after they took their critically ill child for treatment abroad without doctors' consent.
Double mastectomy doesn't boost cancer survival rates: study
2 Sep 2014 at 6:54pm
Women fighting cancer in one breast don't benefit from having both breasts removed, according to new research out Tuesday, that found long-term survival was equivalent after targeted surgery plus radiation. Hollywood star Angelina Jolie famously announced last year she had a double mastectomy to reduce her risk of one day developing breast cancer, because she has a genetic mutation that substantially increases breast cancer risk. It was the first study to directly compare survival rates between the three main surgical interventions used in breast cancer: a single or a double mastectomy, or a lumpectomy to removing only the cancerous tissue, followed by radiation therapy.
Comedian Joan Rivers still on life support: daughter
2 Sep 2014 at 4:39pm
Comedian Joan Rivers remained on life support on Tuesday after being hospitalized in serious condition due to cardiac arrest last week, her daughter Melissa said. At this time, she does remain on life support," Melissa Rivers said in a statement.
Players using psychologists to find the extra one percent
2 Sep 2014 at 4:28pm
By Simon Cambers NEW YORK (Reuters) - Tennis players are always looking for that extra 1 percent, the unseen edge that could take them to the very top. A common sight for years in golf and now used extensively in sports like cycling and athletics, for a long time it seemed as though tennis players were reluctant to open up their minds, perhaps fearful of what they might find. Murray has had something of a love-hate relationship with sports psychologists over his career, initially finding them a bit odd, unclear how someone who had never played the game would be able to help him on court. Open, with South Africa's Kevin Anderson praising her for helping him win close matches and rebound from tough defeats.
Mississippi woman gets life sentence in fatal buttocks injection case
2 Sep 2014 at 4:25pm
A Mississippi woman convicted of murder for administering an unlicensed silicone buttocks injection to a patient who later died was sentenced on Tuesday to life in prison. Tracey Lynn Garner, 54, performed the unlicensed injection in 2012 in her Jackson home on 37-year-old Karima Gordon, who fell ill immediately after the procedure and died a few days later. A jury last week found Garner guilty of depraved-heart murder. Prosecutors argued during the trial that Garner was motivated by greed. Garner faces a separate trial in the death of Marilyn Hale, an Alabama woman who authorities say died under similar circumstances two years earlier. Lee McDivitt, an investigator for the Mississippi Attorney General's Office, testified during the trial that he found a large bottle of silicone and syringes in Garner's home that were labeled "veterinary use only." Garner, who is transgender, was formerly named Morris Garner.
Wealthy countries must send medical teams to halt Ebola: Medecins Sans Fronti...
2 Sep 2014 at 4:21pm
The worst ever outbreak of the Ebola virus will not be halted unless wealthy nations dispatch specialized biological disaster response teams to West Africa to stop its spread, the head of medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres said on Tuesday. "Six months into the worst Ebola epidemic in history, the world is losing the battle to contain it," MSF President Joanne Liu said in a speech to United Nations member states. She said aid charities and West African governments did not have the capacity to stem the outbreak and needed intervention by foreign states. The organization is known in the United States as Doctors Without Borders.
West Africa struggles to contain Ebola as warnings and deaths mount
2 Sep 2014 at 4:21pm
Doctors in Liberia were out on strike on Tuesday as they struggled to cope with the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, while the United Nations warned the spread of the disease in West Africa was causing food shortages in one of the world's poorest regions. Medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said 800 more beds for Ebola patients were urgently needed in the Liberian capital Monrovia alone, while in Sierra Leone highly infectious bodies were rotting in the streets. MSF called for rich nations to send military medical teams to support buckling healthcare systems in West Africa.
Dolphin virus adds to deaths in troubled Florida lagoon
2 Sep 2014 at 3:39pm
By Barbara Liston ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) - A measles-like virus that is blamed for killing hundreds of dolphins on the U.S. East Coast has spread into a Florida lagoon where hundreds of manatees, brown pelicans and dolphins already died mysteriously in recent years. The Indian River Lagoon, south of the Kennedy Space Center, was the scene of the unexplained deaths in 2012 and 2013 and is now threatened by cetacean morbillivirus, which is related to the virus that causes measles in humans. Megan Stolen, a research scientist from the Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute, said on Tuesday that the disease was new to Florida's Intercoastal Waterway, which includes the Indian River Lagoon, but that the deaths appear to be over.
Tennis-Players using psychologists to find the extra one percent
2 Sep 2014 at 3:17pm
By Simon Cambers NEW YORK, Sept 2 (Reuters) - Tennis players are always looking for that extra 1 percent, the unseen edge that could take them to the very top. A common sight for years in golf and now used extensively in sports like cycling and athletics, for a long time it seemed as though tennis players were reluctant to open up their minds, perhaps fearful of what they might find. Murray has had something of a love-hate relationship with sports psychologists over his career, initially finding them a bit odd, unclear how someone who had never played the game would be able to help him on court. Open, with South Africa's Kevin Anderson praising her for helping him win close matches and rebound from tough defeats.
Preschools latest to take on green movement
2 Sep 2014 at 3:09pm
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) ? Three-year-old Clara Centola seems unconcerned by the adults around her as she works at a mini-kitchen, deciding which cloth-toy fruits and vegetables to serve her imaginary guests. There are no plastic fast-food replicas to choose from at her Oklahoma City preschool, where the real food is vegan and gluten-free.
Watch: American Doctor Working in Liberia Tests Positive for Ebola
2 Sep 2014 at 2:21pm
It is unclear how the ELWA Hospital staff member, who was treating pregnant woman, contracted the virus.
Ill UK boy's parents freed from custody in Spain
2 Sep 2014 at 2:14pm
SOTO DEL REAL, Spain (AP) ? The British parents who took their critically ill child for treatment abroad without doctors' consent were released from custody in Spain on Tuesday after authorities in the United Kingdom dropped charges of child cruelty against them.
U.S. Republican lawmakers say regulators treat insurers unfairly
2 Sep 2014 at 2:11pm
By Emily Stephenson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A group of Republican lawmakers on Tuesday accused U.S. The lawmakers, led by Representative Scott Garrett of New Jersey, said that in trying to identify companies so large that their failure could pose a potential threat to financial markets, regulators have considered more analysis and public feedback on asset management firms than they did about insurance companies.
People with widespread pain more likely to develop insomnia
2 Sep 2014 at 1:58pm
The risk of long-term sleep problems was even higher for people reporting widespread pain in the survey. It might not be just the pain that's leading to insomnia, the researchers say. Instead, much of the connection could be explained by lifestyle changes that often happen due to persistent pain, said lead author Nicole K.Y. Tang of the University of Warwick in Coventry, U.K. ?Although we know that people with chronic pain are more likely to report problems sleeping than people without any pain, we know very little about how the presence of pain leads to the development of insomnia,? said Tang. Anyone with trouble falling or staying asleep, waking early, and waking up feeling tired and worn out on most nights of the last month were put in the insomnia category.
Diets work, but the brand doesn?t matter
2 Sep 2014 at 1:57pm
By Kathryn Doyle NEW YORK (Reuters Health) ? When it comes to diet programs, brand names don?t make much difference, according to a new review. Low-carb or low-fat diets resulted in the most weight loss, but despite a difference of a few pounds between groups, all the programs in the study were about equally effective, said lead author Bradley C. Johnston. ?The weight loss differences between branded diet programs were small with likely little importance to those seeking to lose weight,? he told Reuters Health by email. Johnston, of the Hospital for Sick Children Research Institute in Toronto and McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, said any diet program should include exercise and behavioral support.