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U.S. to review pilot mental health after Germanwings crash
27 May 2015 at 11:35am
By Jeffrey Dastin and David Morgan NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A panel of experts from government and industry will review how the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration monitors the mental health of commercial pilots and will make recommendations within six months, the agency said on Wednesday. Formation of the Pilot Fitness Aviation Rulemaking Committee was announced two months after a Germanwings flight crashed in the French Alps. The committee of U.S. and international experts will examine methods used to evaluate pilots' emotional health as well as the barriers to reporting any issues, the FAA said.
Health law court case winner could be political loser
27 May 2015 at 11:16am
WASHINGTON (AP) ? The party that wins the impending Supreme Court decision on President Barack Obama's health care law could be the political loser.
Good News and Bad News for Antibiotics
27 May 2015 at 11:16am
Every credible medical and health organization, including the American Medical Association, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the World Health Organization, has said if we don't significantly reduce antibiotic use in people and agriculture, we will soon live in a world where these drugs no longer work. This...
Hey Coffee Drinkers, There's Something You Should Know
27 May 2015 at 11:00am
You should probably be drinking your morning cup of coffee around 10 a.m., according to a new video from AsapScience. We know, we know. If you're an I-need-caffeine-as-soon-as-I-wake-up kind of person, this isn't great news. But as AsapScience explains it, the production of cortisol, the "stress hormone" associated with the way the body...
Romania's Antibiotice to boost exports to the U.S.
27 May 2015 at 10:52am
By Luiza Ilie BUCHAREST (Reuters) - The United States will become Romanian state-owned drugmaker Antibiotice Iasi's biggest foreign market by the middle of next year as it increases exports, its chief executive said on Wednesday. The generic drug producer shifted its focus to exports in 2009 when the financial crisis depressed domestic demand. Since then, its exports have doubled to roughly $25.6 million last year, accounting for a third of its turnover.
Peru lawmakers reject bill to allow pregnant rape victims an abortion
27 May 2015 at 10:45am
By Anastasia Moloney BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Peruvian rape victims who have become pregnant have no legal option but to keep an unwanted pregnancy after Congress voted against a bill to legalize abortion in such cases, an issue that has divided ordinary Peruvians. The vote, late on Tuesday, meant the Latin American nation kept in place a stringent law that permits abortion only if the mother's life or health is at risk. "It has been decided to shelve this bill, which was proposed by civil society groups that aimed to decriminalize abortion, based on criteria proposed by the Congress committee that the basis of the right to life is from the moment of conception," said conservative congressman Juan Carlos Eguren.
Ukraine faces looming HIV treatment shortage
27 May 2015 at 10:21am
A group of Ukrainians infected with HIV warned on Wednesday that thousands could soon perish because the war-torn country was running out of treatment for the virus responsible for AIDS. "We are calling on the prime minister and the government of Ukraine to avert this catastrophe," protest coordinator Volodymyr Zhovtyak said in a statement. "After all, medication being used by 30,000 HIV-positive people will run out in three weeks," he wrote.
Newer contraceptive pills may further raise risk of blood clots
27 May 2015 at 10:18am
By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) - Newer versions of the Pill may raise a woman?s risk of dangerous blood clots even more than older versions, a large U.K. study suggests. Women taking any combined oral contraceptive pills - containing both estrogen and progestin - were three times as likely to develop a blood clot in a deep vein in the leg or pelvis, compared to women not on the Pill. ?This association is between 1.5 and 1.8 times higher for the newer formulations,? said lead author Yana Vinogradova, a research fellow in medical statistics at the University of Nottingham.
Hit Like A Girl? You Bet!
27 May 2015 at 10:12am
Tom Tom Magazine Founder, Mindy Seegal Abovitz, on empowering girls through drums.
65-year-old German mum's quadruplets face big health risks: doctors
27 May 2015 at 10:01am
Doctors at a Berlin clinic said on Wednesday quadruplets, whose very premature births to a 65-year-old German mother have captured headlines and stirred debate, face big health risks. Teacher Annegret Raunigk, who has already had 13 children, gave birth to the quadruplets by caesarian section in the 26th week of pregnancy, after travelling to Ukraine for fertility treatment with two anonymous donors. "These children need our help," said Christoph Buehrer, head of the Charite's neonatal services.
More than four espressos a day can harm health: EU
27 May 2015 at 9:31am
Drinking the caffeine equivalent of more than four espressos a day is harmful to health, especially for minors and pregnant women, the EU food safety agency said on Wednesday. "It is the first time that the risks from caffeine from all dietary sources have been assessed at EU level," the EFSA said in a statement, recommending that an adult's daily caffeine intake remain below 400 milligrammes a day. Deciding a recommended limit was a request of the European Commission, the EU's powerful executive body, in an effort to find a Europe-wide benchmark for caffeine consumption.
Exclusive: Greece owes drugmakers $1.2 billion - and counting
27 May 2015 at 9:30am
Richard Bergstrom, director general of the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations, told Reuters his members had not been paid by Greece since December 2014. Drugmakers and EU officials are now discussing options in the event Greece defaults on its debt or leaves the euro zone, disrupting imports of vital goods, including medicines. "We have started a conversation in Brussels with the European Commission," Bergstrom said.
GlobeImmune Hep B drug fails mid-stage study, shares plunge
27 May 2015 at 9:08am
Drug developer GlobeImmune Inc said its experimental hepatitis B drug did not reduce infection in patients after 24 weeks of treatment in a mid-stage study, sending the company's shares down as much as 60 percent to a record low. GlobeImmune, which is developing the drug with Gilead Sciences Inc, is among several drugmakers looking to tap the demand for hepatitis B treatments as hepatitis C drugs flood the market. Hepatitis B is being seen as the next big opportunity in the liver disease market as it is the most common liver infection, affecting about 400 million people worldwide.
Study reveals flaws in gene testing; results often conflict
27 May 2015 at 8:57am
The first report from a big public-private project to improve genetic testing reveals it is not as rock solid as many people believe, with flaws that result in some people wrongly advised to worry about a disease risk and others wrongly told they can relax.
Florida college ends use of students for vaginal probe training
27 May 2015 at 8:56am
By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) - A Florida community college under fire for allowing female sonography students to perform vaginal probes on one another as part of their class instruction said it will cease the practice for good. The announcement by Valencia College on Tuesday followed a lawsuit filed on May 14 by two students who accused the school of bullying them into enduring the invasive probes and threatening their academic standing if they did not participate. The school in Orlando has said using volunteers, including students, for medical sonography training is a nationally accepted practice.