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Head of troubled CDC anthrax lab has resigned
23 Jul 2014 at 11:34am
NEW YORK (AP) ? The head of the government lab that potentially exposed workers to live anthrax has resigned, an agency spokesman said Wednesday.
Judges in health care rulings vote party line
23 Jul 2014 at 12:20am
WASHINGTON (AP) ? In rapid succession, six federal judges on two appeals courts weighed in on a key component of President Barack Obama's health care law. Their votes lined up precisely with the party of the president who appointed them.
Ohio woman has long road ahead after rock attack
22 Jul 2014 at 12:42pm
DANVILLE, Pa. (AP) ? Doctors had a simple goal when they first saw how a football-size rock thrown from an interstate overpass in Pennsylvania had shattered Sharon Budd's skull ? to keep her alive.
Why It was Easier to Sleep in the Stone Age
23 Jul 2014 at 11:58am
You might sleep better on a ‚??Stone Age‚?? settlement, researchers say.
Slo-mo Is My New Mojo
23 Jul 2014 at 11:44am
U.N. launches inquiry into Israeli violations in Gaza
23 Jul 2014 at 11:43am
GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations Human Rights Council agreed on Wednesday to launch an international inquiry into violations that may have been committed during Israel's latest military offensive in Gaza. At the end of an emergency session, the 47-member Geneva state forum adopted a resolution presented by Palestinians by a vote of 29 states in favor, 1 against (the United States) with 17 abstentions (including some European Union members). (Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall)
U.N. launches probe into alleged Israeli crimes in Gaza
23 Jul 2014 at 11:35am
By Stephanie Nebehay and Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations on Wednesday launched an international inquiry into human rights violations and crimes that may have been committed by Israel during its military offensive in the Gaza Strip. The U.N. Human Rights Council condemned the Israeli assault which it said had involved "disproportionate and indiscriminate attacks", including aerial bombing of civilian areas, collective punishment, and the killing of more than 650 Palestinians.At the end of an emergency session, the 47-member forum adopted a resolution presented by Palestinians by a vote of 29 states in favor, 1 against (the United States) with 17 abstentions (including all nine European Union members). Israel and its ally United States rejected the probe, calling it one-sided and counterproductive amid efforts to clinch a ceasefire. Israel has observer status at the talks.
U.S. FDA approves Gilead blood cancer drug Zydelig
23 Jul 2014 at 11:31am
(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Wednesday it has approved Gilead Sciences Inc's Zydelig, a drug to treat three types of blood cancer. The FDA approved the use of Zydelig in combination with Roche AG's Rituxan for patients with relapsed chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). It also approved Zydelig under a so-called accelerated approval program for relapsed follicular B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) and relapsed small lymphocytic lymphoma, when patients have received at least two prior therapies.
Yum China cuts ties to owner of plant in meat scandal after arrests
23 Jul 2014 at 11:17am
By Brenda Goh and Paul Carsten SHANGHAI/LANGFANG China (Reuters) - Yum Brands Inc's China division severed ties to OSI China after Shanghai police detained five people from that supplier's meat processing factory at the center of a food safety scare that has ensnared several major Western brands. Shanghai police said on Wednesday the five individuals being held included the head of Shanghai Husi Food Co Ltd as well as its quality manager. "Yum China has decided to immediately terminate all procurement from OSI China," including Shanghai Husi, Yum said in a statement.
Sleep Isn‚??t What It Used to Be
23 Jul 2014 at 10:48am
You might sleep better on a ‚??Stone Age‚?? settlement, researchers say.
Sierra Leone's chief Ebola doctor contracts the virus
23 Jul 2014 at 10:33am
By Umaru Fofana FREETOWN (Reuters) - The head doctor fighting an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in Sierra Leone has himself caught the disease, one of a growing list of medical workers infected while battling to halt its spread across West Africa. Ebola has killed 632 people across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone since an outbreak began in February, putting strain on a string of weak health systems facing one of the world's deadliest diseases despite waves of international help. In a sign of the growing frustrations with the failure of region's governments to tackle the outbreak, a Liberian whose brother died from the disease set fire to the Health Ministry in protest on Wednesday. A statement from the president's office said 39-year-old Sheik Umar Khan, a Sierra Leonean virologist credited with treating more than 100 Ebola victims, had been transferred to a treatment ward run by medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres.
Exclusive: CDC says lab director behind anthrax mishap resigns
23 Jul 2014 at 10:29am
By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The director of a government bioterror lab behind the potential exposure of workers to live anthrax has resigned, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday. Michael Farrell, head of the CDC's Bioterror Rapid Response and Advanced Technology Laboratory (BRRAT) in Atlanta, had been reassigned from his position last month after the agency disclosed the safety breaches. He submitted his resignation on Tuesday, the CDC said. ?I can confirm that he was the team lead for the BRRAT lab since 2009 and that he?s resigned from that position,? said CDC spokesman Thomas Skinner.
Peer-led stress reduction may help mothers of kids with autism
23 Jul 2014 at 10:16am
By Shereen Lehman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Programs teaching ?mindfulness? and ?positive psychology? both helped mothers of children with autism and other mental-development disabilities to reduce their stress, anxiety and depression, according to a new study. Most services for such families focus on the disabled child, researchers say, but improving the mental health of parents is likely to make them better caregivers and that, in turn, could improve their child?s development. ?There are literally decades of studies that have described the high levels of stress and distress, anxiety and depressive symptoms that moms and dads of children with developmental disabilities suffer, and I didn't want to describe anymore, I wanted to do something about it,? said Elizabeth Dykens, who led the new study. ?So this is really for parents - it was for their mental health and wellbeing, for their own adult development,? said Dykens, an associate director of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development in Nashville, Tennessee.
Eagle Pharma's drug to treat genetic condition gets U.S. approval
23 Jul 2014 at 10:08am
Eagle Pharmaceuticals Inc won U.S. Food and Drug Administration's approval for its drug that offers a quicker treatment for malignant hyperthermia, a life-threatening metabolic response triggered by anesthesia. Shares of the company, which also received tentative approval for an injectable cancer drug earlier in July, jumped about 5 percent in early trading. Eagle Pharmaceuticals said it will launch the drug, Ryanodex, in August. Ryanodex is an enhanced version of malignant hyperthermia's sole antidote, dantrolene sodium.
Condoms armored with virus-killing lubricant soon to be available
23 Jul 2014 at 9:17am
A condom coated with a special gel that has been able to deactivate as much as 99.9 percent of viruses in laboratory testing, including but not limited to HIV, the herpes virus and the human papillomavirus (HPV), will soon be available in Australia under the brand name LifeStyles Dual Protect. Australian pharmaceutical company Starpharma developed Vivagel, which, in addition to being a promising vaginal microbicide even when used alone, is entering phase 3 of FDA clinical trials for use in treating bacterial vaginosis.