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Hormel Foods, other meat company shares fall as bird flu concerns mount
21 Apr 2015 at 4:44pm
By P.J. Huffstutter CHICAGO (Reuters) - The spread of a deadly strain of bird flu into an Iowa egg farm accelerated market concerns over how big a bite the current outbreak could take from the United States' egg and poultry businesses, sending shares of several leading meat companies' down on Tuesday. Hormel Foods Corp shares closed down 2.3 percent after the Minnesota-based company said the impact of the virulent strain of avian influenza may drag its fiscal 2015 earnings toward the lower end of forecasts. The virus has been identified at a facility west of Minneapolis that is owned by a subsidiary of Hormel. Minnesota, the largest turkey-producing state in the country, has been the hardest hit so far, followed by farms in Arkansas, Missouri, the Dakotas, Wisconsin and Iowa.
Patients hospitalized on weekends risk more falls and infections
21 Apr 2015 at 4:25pm
Patients admitted to the hospital on weekends are more likely to get a preventable illness or injury during their stay than people admitted during the week, a large U.S. study finds.
California lawmaker plans to revive bill tightening vaccination rules
21 Apr 2015 at 3:51pm
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - The author of a California bill to require school children to be vaccinated for such diseases as polio and measles regardless of their parents' personal beliefs said he would revive the measure, which stalled in the legislature last week. The bill, introduced in the wake of a measles outbreak that began at Disneyland and sickened 147 people last year, was pulled before it could come to a vote in the Senate education committee last week amid intense opposition from religious groups and parents who fear side-effects from vaccines. "These diseases not only paralyzed our country with fear, there are many people living amongst us who still bear the ravages of these diseases," said state Senator Richard Pan, a Democrat from Sacramento. "Why would we not demand that children be vaccinated before they enter school?" Pan, a pediatrician, was flanked by two elderly polio survivors in wheelchairs as he announced that he would bring the bill up for consideration a second time in the Senate education committee on Wednesday.
Mexico bans poultry, egg imports from bird flu-hit Iowa
21 Apr 2015 at 3:34pm
By Adriana Barrera MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico, the biggest buyer of U.S. chicken, has halted imports of live birds and eggs from the U.S. state of Iowa due to an outbreak of deadly bird flu there, the Mexican government said on Tuesday. Mexico and other major countries last month imposed new export restrictions on poultry products from various U.S. states, but a new outbreak has hit top U.S. egg-producing state Iowa. Iowa found a lethal strain of bird flu in millions of hens at an egg-laying facility on Monday, the worst case so far in a national outbreak that prompted Wisconsin to declare a state of emergency. Bird flu, also called avian influenza or AI, is a viral disease that infects birds.
Heartbreaking Testimony From Son of Caramel Apple Listeria Victim
21 Apr 2015 at 3:26pm
81-year-old Shirlee Frey died after eating her favorite treat: a caramel apple.
Generic drugmaker Teva makes $40 billion offer for rival Mylan
21 Apr 2015 at 3:25pm
TEL AVIV/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd on Tuesday made an unsolicited $40 billion offer for smaller rival Mylan NV, a bold bid for growth as its lucrative Copaxone drug faces generic competition. The offer followed weeks of speculation that Israel-based Teva, the world's largest generic drugmaker, would soon target Mylan. Shares of Mylan traded below the offer price of $82 in cash and stock, evidence of investor skepticism that Teva can win over the company, which has set up a defense that includes a poison pill. Analysts agreed that Teva would need to sweeten its bid to the $90-per-share range.
U.S. cancer institute, software firm reach deals in Cuba
21 Apr 2015 at 3:17pm
By Daniel Trotta HAVANA (Reuters) - A U.S. cancer research center and a software company reached agreements with Cuban partners during a two-day trade mission to Cuba led by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in the first trip of its kind since the rapprochement between Washington and Havana. The Roswell Park Cancer Institute of Buffalo, New York, on Tuesday signed an agreement with Cuba's Center for Molecular Immunology to develop a lung cancer vaccine with a clinical trial in the United States, Roswell Chief Executive Officer Candace Johnson said.
Niger shuts schools and vaccinates children to fight meningitis outbreak
21 Apr 2015 at 3:01pm
Niger has shut all schools in the region around the capital Niamey and launched a campaign to vaccinate children aged 2 to 15 in an effort to halt a meningitis outbreak that has killed at least 85 since January. Schools will be closed from Wednesday until Monday next week, the government said in a statement, adding that 905 cases of the disease had been recorded, most of them in Niamey and the west of the country. "A vaccination campaign targeting children will start on Friday April 24," the statement said. Prime Minister Brigi Raffini said later on state television on Tuesday evening that the West African nation needed some 1.2 million doses of vaccines but could only get half of that by Thursday.
Finding LGBT-competent doctors may be difficult
21 Apr 2015 at 2:33pm
By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - Finding doctors at U.S. teaching hospitals who consider themselves competent to care for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) patients may be difficult, suggests a new study. Few such hospitals reported having ways to identify doctors knowledgeable about LGBT health, and only a few hospitals offered comprehensive LGBT-competency training to their staffs, researchers report in the American Journal of Public Health. ?As medical organizations we really should be making a better effort to identify providers that can provide competent healthcare,? said Dr. Allison Diamant, the study?s senior author from the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. The researchers write that the U.S. government recently described a shortage of healthcare providers culturally competent in LGBT health.
Q&A: What is listeria? Bacteria found in Blue Bell ice cream
21 Apr 2015 at 2:27pm
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Blue Bell Creameries is pulling all of its products off the shelves after samples of its ice cream tested positive for a potentially deadly bacteria ? listeria.
Racial differences seen among fitness levels in married men
21 Apr 2015 at 2:19pm
By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) - African American married men have lower odds of meeting federal physical activity guidelines than white married men, according to a new study. ?Other studies indicate African American men are less physically active than white men,? so finding that the difference persists within the bounds of marriage is interesting, but not surprising, said Steven Hooker, who studies physical activity interventions for men in midlife at Arizona State University in Phoenix. They divided male respondents into married and unmarried categories and compared the number of minutes per week the men reported doing moderate to vigorous physical activity, household or yard work, and walking or biking for transportation. Of more than 7,000 men surveyed, 71% were white and 29% were African American.
FDA: Safety problems prompted review of homeopathic remedies
21 Apr 2015 at 1:51pm
WASHINGTON (AP) ? A top federal drug regulator says increased safety problems with homeopathic remedies contributed to the government's decision to revisit its oversight of the products this week.
Teva Pharmaceutical offers to buy Mylan for $40.1 bn
21 Apr 2015 at 1:49pm
Israel's Teva Pharmaceutical Tuesday launched an unsolicited bid to buy Mylan for $40.1 billion in a transaction that would create a behemoth in generic drugs. Teva's cash-and-stock bid would quash an unsolicited bid by Mylan earlier this month to acquire Perrigo for $28.9 billion. Teva said its bid amounted to superior value for Mylan shareholders compared with Mylan's approach to Perrigo. Under the offer, Mylan shareholders would receive a premium of 37.7 percent compared with the Mylan stock price of $59.57 prior to its April 8 bid for Perrigo, Teva said.
Girl Undergoes Liver Transplant Months After Twin Sister Gets Transplant From...
21 Apr 2015 at 1:16pm
Toddler gets life-saving transplant just months after her twin sister had the same operation.
Teens Attempt DIY Kylie Jenner Pout With Potentially Dangerous Results
21 Apr 2015 at 1:09pm
Teens pucker up for viral Kylie Jenner challenge.