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Venezuelan President says three dead from Zika-linked complications
11 Feb 2016 at 10:00pm
CARACAS, Venezuela (Reuters) - - Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro said on Thursday that three people had died of complications linked to the mosquito-borne Zika virus and that suspected cases of Zika had risen to 5,221. Brazil said on Thursday that three people who died last year had the Zika virus, although authorities could not confirm that Zika alone was responsible for their deaths. Only one in five people infected with Zika experience illness and even then they are normally mild symptoms.
Clinton, Sanders clash over Obama as they vie for minority votes
11 Feb 2016 at 10:00pm
By John Whitesides MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders clashed sharply in a debate on Thursday over their support for President Barack Obama, with Sanders accusing Clinton of "a low blow" after she compared him to Republicans. As the Democratic race moves to states with large minority populations, both candidates openly courted black and Hispanic votes during a debate that was far more restrained and cordial than last week's contentious debate in New Hampshire. In the sharpest exchange of the night, Clinton attacked Sanders for being too critical of Obama, who is extremely popular with the black voters who will play a big role in the outcome in South Carolina and other upcoming nominating contests.
Venezuela says 3 dead from Zika complications
11 Feb 2016 at 8:52pm
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) ? Venezuela has announced the first Zika-related deaths in the South American country.
The Health Requisite for Development
11 Feb 2016 at 8:42pm
Last month, as I attended presentations at the World Economic Forum, I came away impressed by many of the conversations on addressing the world's overlapping economic, social, and environmental threats. But I also came away hoping for more discussion about health as central to meeting these global challenges. Of course, I arrived at the Forum...
Three dead in Venezuela after contracting Zika: Maduro
11 Feb 2016 at 8:27pm
Three people have died in Venezuela from complications linked to Zika, President Nicolas Maduro said -- the first fatalities reported in the country in connection with the mosquito-borne virus. Maduro said 68 patients with complications "have been in intensive care," adding that the country had the necessary drugs to treat them. Without providing any details, he said that 5,221 suspected cases of Zika had been reported from November 5 until February 8.
Influential Texas panel recommends halt to use of bite-mark evidence
11 Feb 2016 at 7:09pm
An influential Texas scientific panel recommended on Thursday that bite-mark analysis not be admissible as evidence in courts, a decision experts said could lead judicial systems in other states to exclude it too. The Texas Forensic Science Commission panel recommended a moratorium on bite-mark evidence until there is science to support its admissibility. Bite-mark evidence has been used in U.S. courts for decades, most often to identify suspects in murders, sexual assaults and child abuse through marks on the flesh of victims.
Massive gas leak near Los Angeles plugged after 16 weeks
11 Feb 2016 at 5:15pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) ? A blowout at a natural gas well that leaked uncontrollably for 16 weeks and drove thousands of residents from their Los Angeles homes was plugged Thursday, a utility said.
Airports boost efforts to stop spread of Zika: UN agency
11 Feb 2016 at 2:42pm
Airports are stepping up efforts to reduce populations of mosquitoes that transmit the Zika virus in order to prevent its spread, the UN aviation agency said Thursday. "The management of the outbreak is currently focused on reducing the populations of the Aedes mosquito that transmit the virus at airports (vector control)," the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) said in a statement. Vector control refers to the spraying of insecticides or other pest control measures.
Weight-loss surgery after age 35 linked to survival benefit
11 Feb 2016 at 2:16pm
By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - Obese people who undergo a certain kind of weight-loss operation after age 35 may live longer than obese people of the same age who don't have the surgery, a study suggests. The findings, reported in JAMA Surgery, show that the so-called gastric bypass operation is associated with a mortality benefit along with its better-known "metabolic" benefits, said lead author Lance Davidson, of Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Past research has found weight loss surgeries are tied to reduced deaths from any cause, cancer and heart disease.
Brazil confirms third Zika-linked death
11 Feb 2016 at 2:02pm
Brasília (AFP) - Health authorities said Thursday they have identified a third death in Brazil linked to the Zika virus, but it is not clear if the disease was the sole cause. The latest case "was communicated to the World Health Organization [WHO] and we are studying it in more depth because we have just received the information," Health Minister Marcelo Castro said during a news conference. "It's not possible at this point to say that Zika was the sole cause of death," he said.
Textile workers at higher risk for rheumatoid arthritis
11 Feb 2016 at 1:30pm
By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Breathing textile dust on the job is linked to an almost tripled risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis, an immune system disorder that causes debilitating swelling and pain in the joints, a Malaysian study suggests. While smoking is a known risk factor for this disease, the findings add to evidence suggesting that environmental factors could trigger rheumatoid arthritis in some people, the researchers note in the Annals of Rheumatic Diseases. The investigators suspect that textile dust might cause changes in the lung tissues, and those changes might trigger the immune response that leads to rheumatoid arthritis in individuals with genetic risk factors for the disease, said senior study author Dr. Camilla Bengtsson of the Karolinska Institute in Sweden.
Dems seek drug abuse funds as election-year issue sharpens
11 Feb 2016 at 1:03pm
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Congressional Democrats called Thursday for hundreds of millions in emergency spending to fight drug abuse but ran into Republican resistance as another health issue spiraled into an election-year showdown.
CDC ships Zika test for pregnant women; Puerto Rico at risk
11 Feb 2016 at 12:04pm
WASHINGTON (AP) ? The government is shipping Zika virus tests for pregnant women to health departments around the country, but warning there could be temporary shortages, as travelers try to tell if they returned with an infection that could put a developing baby at risk.
Convicted al Qaeda supporter loses U.S. medical malpractice trial
11 Feb 2016 at 12:04pm
The U.S. government owes nothing to a New York man, now in prison for aiding al Qaeda, who sought $7 million in damages for alleged medical malpractice that occurred after he was taken into custody, a federal judge ruled on Thursday. U.S. District Judge Gregory Woods in Manhattan said Wesam El-Hanafi, 40, presented no evidence at his malpractice trial showing that the prison system failed to diagnose and treat a blood clot in his leg in a timely fashion. "The plaintiff did not meet his legal burden of establishing any breach of duty of care or that such a breach was the proximate cause to his injury," Woods said in court.
Several states seek to block 2nd trimester abortion method
11 Feb 2016 at 11:50am
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) ? Abortion opponents in Mississippi, West Virginia and several other states are filing bills to ban an abortion procedure commonly used in the second trimester that opponents describe as dismembering a fetus.