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Face transplants thriving 2 years after operations
4 Dec 2013 at 12:19pm
CHICAGO (AP) ? The nation's first full face transplant patients are growing into their new appearances ? literally.
Fertility drugs lead to more big multiple births
4 Dec 2013 at 2:18pm
Triplets-and-more increasingly are the result of drugs given to women to make them produce eggs ? not from using multiple embryos from IVF, or lab-dish fertilization, new research shows.
Updated healthcare.gov gets mixed reviews
3 Dec 2013 at 3:40pm
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) ? Counselors helping people use the federal government's online health exchange are giving mixed reviews to the updated site, with some zipping through the application process while others are facing the same old sputters and even crashes.
Group turns racy fundraising video into personal cause for woman with breast ...
4 Dec 2013 at 6:48pm
A group of young men have turned an attempted good deed gone wrong into an even better cause, helping to raise money for a Mom suffering from breast cancer.
Toronto Mayor Ford may have tried to buy crack video -police documents
4 Dec 2013 at 6:03pm
By Cameron French TORONTO (Reuters) - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford may have offered cash and a car to buy a video allegedly showing him using crack cocaine, according to notes from police wiretaps. Ford admitted early last month he had smoked crack cocaine, saying it was probably "in one of my drunken stupors," but he said he is not an addict and does not need help. The existence of an alleged video was initially reported in May by the Toronto Star newspaper and media website Gawker. Ford said at the time that he could not comment on a video he had not seen "or does not exist." But according to police notes of a recorded phone conversation involving two suspected gang members, Ford was aware of the video's existence in March, and offered to buy it.
Mexico finds stolen radioactive material amid dirty bomb fear
4 Dec 2013 at 4:39pm
By Fredrik Dahl and Ana Isabel Martinez VIENNA/MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican police have found dangerous radioactive medical material stolen by thieves that the United Nations said could provide an ingredient for a "dirty bomb," the country's national nuclear safety commission CNSNS said on Wednesday. The truck was found on Wednesday close to where it was stolen outside Mexico City. The thieves removed the radioactive material from a protective case, exposing them to dangerous levels of radiation then dumped it less than a mile away. "Both the container and the radioactive source have been located," said Mardonio Jimenez Rojas, an official at the commission, told Reuters.
New factory puts Iceland in biosimilar drugs race
4 Dec 2013 at 4:05pm
Iceland is joining the race to make copycat versions of complex biotech drugs with an investment of $250 million in development and manufacturing by Alvotech, a sister company of privately owned U.S.-based Alvogen. The money will pay for a 11,800 square meters facility in Iceland that will open in early 2016. Alvotech was founded by Icelandic entrepreneur Robert Wessman, who also heads Alvogen and who has a track record of building generic drug businesses. He ran Actavis until four years before its 2012 sale to Watson.
Dementia epidemic looms with 135 million sufferers seen by 2050
4 Dec 2013 at 4:04pm
By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - Many governments are woefully unprepared for an epidemic of dementia currently affecting 44 million people worldwide and set to more than treble to 135 million people by 2050, health experts and campaigners said on Thursday. Fresh estimates from the advocacy group Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI) showed a 17 percent increase in the number of people with the incurable mind-robbing condition compared with 2010, and warned that by 2050 more than 70 percent of dementia sufferers will be living in poorer countries. "It's a global epidemic and it is only getting worse," said ADI's executive director Marc Wortmann. It's vital that the World Health Organization makes dementia a priority, so the world is ready to face this condition." Alzheimer's, the most common form of dementia, is a fatal brain disease that has no cure and few effective treatments.
Diners say not biting on KFC's China revival campaign
4 Dec 2013 at 3:30pm
By Lisa Baertlein and Adam Jourdan NEW YORK/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Yum Brands Inc's KFC website in China trumpets the slogan "Trust in every bite." That message is part of the company's new "I Commit" campaign intended to reassure customers in its largest market, who have cut back on visits since Chinese media reports a year ago about excessive antibiotic use by a few KFC suppliers. It is China's largest Western restaurant operator with roughly 4,500 KFC outlets, and the company reaps more than half of its overall operating profit there. Despite a decades-long reputation for serving safe food in China, KFC has struggled to fully restore diners' trust in a country where dangerous contamination scandals are commonplace. Interviews with Chinese consumers suggest that rather than soothing concerns, KFC's new ads are reminding diners about the food safety scare at the fried-chicken chain, which could undermine Yum's mission to revive sales there.
Are You Afraid to Approach Women?
4 Dec 2013 at 3:27pm
Feeling uncomfortable around others is one of the most common problems people have to contend with. There is a subcategory of such people who specifically have great difficulty communicating with members of the opposite sex. They have a fear of failure: a fear that members of the opposite sex will reject them. Although women suffer from approach anxiety, it is much more common with men. About two years ago I recruited male volunteers who complained of approach anxiety for a little study I wanted to conduct. I offered to help them eliminate the beliefs causing their approach anxiety so that
After health law woes, Obama returns focus on middle class, poor
4 Dec 2013 at 2:59pm
By Mark Felsenthal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Seeking to recover from the bungled rollout of his healthcare reforms, President Barack Obama went back to basics on Wednesday with a renewed focus on government policies that benefit the struggling poor and middle classes. With his job approval ratings sinking, Obama sought to promote some of the ideals he has championed throughout his presidency. "We have to relentlessly push a growth agenda," Obama told a supportive crowd at a community center in one of the capital's poorest neighborhoods. "A relentlessly growing deficit of opportunity is a bigger threat to our future than our rapidly shrinking fiscal deficit." He challenged Republicans in Congress to do more than say 'no' to initiatives including raising the minimum wage or expanding health coverage: offer alternatives and set aside a preoccupation with cutting government spending.
'Pit of Bones' Yields Oldest Known Human DNA
4 Dec 2013 at 2:41pm
DNA Traced Back 400,000 Years
Mexico finds stolen truck that carried radioactive material: official
4 Dec 2013 at 2:19pm
Mexican police have found a truck they suspect was stolen by common thieves and carried a dangerous radioactive medical material the United Nations said could provide an ingredient for a "dirty bomb," a government official said on Wednesday. The truck was found close to where it was stolen outside Mexico City, said the official, who asked not to be identified in line with policy. The truck was stolen on Monday while it was taking cobalt-60 from a hospital in the northern city of Tijuana to a radioactive waste-storage center, Mexican officials and a U.N. agency said earlier.
Hundreds of commuters evacuated from San Francisco area train
4 Dec 2013 at 2:18pm
By Laila Kearney SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Hundreds of passengers on a San Francisco Bay Area commuter train were evacuated on Wednesday after a parking brake suddenly deployed in a tunnel and passengers complained of smoke inhalation, authorities said. As many as 15 passengers complained of smoke inhalation, the Oakland Fire Department said on its Twitter feed. "This is primarily due to being confined on the train in the tunnel, and there was smoke or brake dust that resulted from the train trying to move while the brake was engaged," BART spokesman Jim Allison said in a recorded message. There was no immediate word on what caused the parking brake to deploy, nor whether passengers felt ill from breathing smoke, fumes or brake dust.
The World Is Waiting for You
4 Dec 2013 at 2:07pm
Every one of us can present a gift to the world. We all possess inherent interests and passions and can choose our respective thresholds for risk, exposure and adventure.