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California 'maternity hotel' operators may face heat from guests
5 Mar 2015 at 5:39pm
By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - At least some of the pregnant women from China caught up in raids this week on so-called maternity hotels, catering to foreign mothers-to-be seeking U.S. citizenship for their babies, are still likely to remain long enough in California to give birth on American soil. Federal officials have declined to say how many pregnant customers they encountered in searches conducted on Tuesday of more than 50 locations suspected of involvement in three large "maternity tourism" networks in Southern California. No arrests have been made as of Thursday, said Virginia Kice, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, or ICE. She declined to say how many if any of the women would end up staying long enough to give birth in the United States now that the schemes were exposed but suggested some were likely to remain in California as the investigation progresses.
Exclusive: Costco working to end use of human antibiotics in chicken
5 Mar 2015 at 4:25pm
By Nathan Layne CHICAGO (Reuters) - Costco Wholesale Corp is working toward eliminating the sale of chicken and meat from other animals raised with antibiotics that are vital to fighting human infections, senior executives at the third-largest U.S. retailer told Reuters on Thursday. The ongoing push by Costco, which sells 80 million rotisserie chickens a year, highlights growing pressure on the supply chain in the wake of this week's announcement by fast-food giant McDonald's Corp that it would stop buying chicken raised with so-called "shared-use" antibiotics within two years. "We are working towards, and working with our suppliers and the regulatory agencies... to see how we can get rid of shared-use antibiotics in animals," Craig Wilson, vice president of food safety at the Issaquah, Washington-based retail giant, said in a phone interview. "I think all of us want to move to a point where we can get the human-use antibiotics out of the system.
U.S. says inaction on online piracy risks public safety
5 Mar 2015 at 3:23pm
By Krista Hughes WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. trade office on Thursday urged a crackdown on website name registrars who fail to take action against sellers of illegal goods such as counterfeit medicines and warned that turning a blind eye puts public safety at risk. The U.S. Trade Representative also said it is keeping an eye on China's Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's consumer shopping website for sales of fake and pirated goods, but refrained from reinstating the site on its piracy blacklist. Representatives of Alibaba, the world's largest e-commerce company, had no immediate comment. USTR named a domain name registrar, a company which manages the registration of internet names, for the first time in its annual "notorious markets" list as an example of concern about some registrars not taking action to block or suspend sites selling illegal goods.
Opening statements in Colorado cinema massacre trial due April 21
5 Mar 2015 at 3:16pm
By Keith Coffman CENTENNIAL, Colo. (Reuters) - The judge overseeing the Colorado cinema massacre trial said on Thursday he wants opening statements in the much-delayed case against gunman James Holmes to begin on April 21. "We hope to have openings on April 21," Arapahoe County District Court Judge Carlos Samour told one prospective juror.
Report: Suicides by girls and young women continue to climb
5 Mar 2015 at 3:15pm
NEW YORK (AP) ? The suicide rate for girls and young women in the U.S. continues to rise, at a pace far faster than for young males, health officials said Thursday.
Washington state woman files wrongful death lawsuit over superbug infection
5 Mar 2015 at 2:51pm
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - A Washington state woman has filed a lawsuit against a hospital and a leading medical-device manufacturer claiming her husband died from a drug-resistant "superbug" he contracted from a contaminated medical scope, her lawyer said on Thursday. Theresa Bigler, of Woodway, is seeking unspecified monetary damages for the death of her husband Richard Bigler, 57, who died in 2013 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Bigler's attorney, Joel Cunningham, said his death certificate also lists a drug-resistant form of E. coli bacteria as contributing to his demise. Bigler was among 31 people infected in an outbreak at Seattle's Virginia Mason Medical Center between 2012 and 2014 that was spread through medical devices called duodenoscopes that the hospital said harbor the germs even after being cleaned to manufacturer and federal guidelines.
U.S. third bitcoin auction spurs more demand with 34 bids
5 Mar 2015 at 2:49pm
By Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Marshals Service on Thursday held its third auction of bitcoins seized from Ross Ulbricht, convicted of operating black-market website Silk Road, with a sale of 50,000 units attracting higher demand than the previous auction. The government had 14 registered bidders for the 34 bids received, said Marshals Service spokeswoman Lynzey Donahue. The bitcoins on the auction block are valued at $13.9 million at current prices. The six-hour online auction began at 8 a.m. EST (1300 GMT).
FDA study finds little evidence of antibiotics in milk
5 Mar 2015 at 2:46pm
WASHINGTON (AP) ? In an encouraging development for consumers worried about antibiotics in their milk, a new Food and Drug Administration study showed little evidence of drug contamination after surveying almost 2,000 dairy farms.
Inspector testing positive for deadly bacteria didn't get it at Louisiana lab...
5 Mar 2015 at 2:45pm
(Reuters) - A federal investigator who tested positive for a deadly bacteria that affected five monkeys at a Louisiana primate research facility did not contact it while she was at the lab, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Thursday. The worker likely became exposed to the bacteria, Burkholderia pseudomallei, during previous travels to parts of the world where the bacteria is endemic, Jason McDonald, a spokesman at the CDC, told Reuters. Five monkeys at the high-security Tulane National Primate Research Center near New Orleans were accidentally infected with or exposed to the bacteria late last year. Research on the bacteria, which was being done to find a vaccine, has been halted while investigators determine how the bacteria escaped from its confines in the lab, Tulane spokesman Mike Strecker said.
Many in U.S. live too far from advanced stroke care
5 Mar 2015 at 2:34pm
By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - Many Americans would not have quick access to the best healthcare options during a stroke, even under the most ideal circumstances, according to a new computer model. ?There are effective treatments for stroke, but they are time sensitive,? said lead author Dr. Michael Mullen. ?The faster a patient is treated, the more likely they are to be eligible for acute stroke therapies and the more effective those therapies will be.? Timely transport to a qualified medical center is especially important with recent evidence supporting a new method to clear stroke-causing blood clots from the brain, said Mullen, a neurologist from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, in an email to Reuters Health. Starting in 2012, they could also be certified as comprehensive stroke centers to show they deliver the most advanced stroke care.
Chain of kidney transplants begins at San Francisco hospital
5 Mar 2015 at 2:28pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) ? Zully Broussard thought she was going to help one person by donating a kidney.
Recovering Heroin Addict Explains Why You Should Care That Overdose Deaths Ha...
5 Mar 2015 at 2:27pm
Dr. Joseph Shrand, who runs the CASTLE substance abuse treatment program in Massachusetts, said seven of his former patients have died in the past month, when he normally sees four or five deaths a year among his 1,900 former patients over the past seven years. "It looks like there are more heroin addicts in their 20s, 30s, 40s," Shrand said.
Last Ebola Patient in Liberia Leaves Treatment Ward
5 Mar 2015 at 2:27pm
Beatrice Yardolo, 58, spent 16 days in a Chinese Ebola treatment unit, but she returned home today, singing and dancing while her husband looked on and cried. "Words are inadequate to even express how I feel," Steve Yardolo, 61, told ABC News, stopping at times to stare at his wife in awe. In the days after her foster daughter died, she started to have Ebola symptoms and decided she needed to go to the Ebola treatment unit. She said the doctors at the Chinese Ebola treatment unit in Monrovia saved her life.
AbbVie CEO defends Pharmacyclics deal to skeptical investors
5 Mar 2015 at 2:24pm
AbbVie Inc chief Richard Gonzalez fought two other drugmakers to "the bitter end" to buy Pharmacyclics Inc for its hot-selling Imbruvica cancer drug, but may have a harder time convincing investors it is worth $21 billion. Since then, some shareholders have questioned how the company will protect its best-selling drug Humira, for arthritis, against new rivals when it loses patent protection in late 2016. "AbbVie is taking a hit today because of the dilution and because they look a little desperate to do a deal," said Chris Pultz, portfolio manager for Kellner Merger Fund, an arbitrage fund that took a stake in Pharmacyclics on Thursday. "AbbVie lost a little credibility" by paying top dollar for Pharmacyclics, he said.
Hormone disrupting chemicals may cost EU 157 billion euros a year
5 Mar 2015 at 2:21pm
Human exposure to hormone disrupting chemicals could cost the European Union some 157 billion euros a year in health care and lost productivity, according to a study published Thursday in a scientific journal. The study in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism linked endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) to IQ loss, autism, attention hyperactivity disorder, obesity, testicular cancer and male infertility. Hundreds of EDCs are present in food products, textiles, hygiene products, toys, cosmetics and plastic bottles. Some of these substances are already banned in EU countries, such as in Scandinavia, but are used in others.