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Michigan man among 1st in US to get 'bionic eye'
23 Apr 2014 at 11:44am
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) ? A degenerative eye disease slowly robbed Roger Pontz of his vision.
Ebola death toll in West Africa rises to 147
23 Apr 2014 at 10:59am
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) ? The World Health Organization says 147 people have died from the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa.
Study: Gene therapy may boost cochlear implants
23 Apr 2014 at 12:23pm
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Australian researchers are trying a novel way to boost the power of cochlear implants: They used the technology to beam gene therapy into the ears of deaf animals and found the combination improved hearing.
Exclusive: FBI warns healthcare sector vulnerable to cyber attacks
23 Apr 2014 at 12:15pm
By Jim Finkle BOSTON (Reuters) - The FBI has warned healthcare providers their cybersecurity systems are lax compared to other sectors, making them vulnerable to attacks by hackers searching for Americans' personal medical records and health insurance data. Health data is far more valuable to hackers on the black market than credit card numbers because it tends to contain details that can be used to access bank accounts or obtain prescriptions for controlled substances. "The healthcare industry is not as resilient to cyber intrusions compared to the financial and retail sectors, therefore the possibility of increased cyber intrusions is likely," the Federal Bureau of Investigation said in a private notice it has been distributing to healthcare providers, obtained by Reuters.
Weight loss plan better than usual diet for diabetes patients
23 Apr 2014 at 12:02pm
By Andrew M. Seaman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A commercial diet plan that includes prepackaged foods, menu plans and access to counselors was better at helping people with type 2 diabetes shed pounds than a typical diet, according to a new study. What's more, people who took part in the commercial diet plan had better blood sugar control after a year. Jenny Craig, the diet program used in the new study, funded the research and consulted with researchers during the development of the study. Obesity is linked to a number of health conditions, including heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes.
Valeant CEO 'disappointed' in Allergan poison pill: CNBC
23 Apr 2014 at 11:36am
(Reuters) - The chief executive officer of Valeant Pharmaceuticals, which made a $47 billion unsolicited offer for competitor Allergan Inc on Tuesday, said during an interview on CNBC that he was "disappointed" with Allergan's so-called poison pill. Allergan on Tuesday night said its board of directors had adopted a one-year stockholder rights plan to give it more time to consider takeover proposals. The Valeant offer was made with Pershing Square Capital Management hedge fund, which built up a stake in the company. ...
Wall Street slips after six-day S&P run; biotechs drop
23 Apr 2014 at 11:29am
By Chuck Mikolajczak NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks declined on Wednesday after a six-session winning streak as gains in Boeing and Gilead were offset by slides in AT&T and the wider biotech sector. AT&T Inc fell 3.6 percent to $35 a day after the Dow component reported adjusted earnings that beat expectations by a penny, though that was offset by weak service revenue growth. Verizon Communications shed 1.2 percent to $47.36 while the S&P telecom sector index dropped 2.1 percent, easily making it the session's worst-performing sector so far. Biotech shares tumbled, pulling the Nasdaq lower.
Aspirin's benefit in preventing colon cancer depends on DNA
23 Apr 2014 at 11:01am
Two decades after scientists discovered that aspirin might reduce the risk of colorectal cancer, a new study finds that it has that benefit almost exclusively in people with genes that produce high levels of a particular enzyme. "If you have low levels of (the enzyme), taking aspirin to reduce your colon cancer risk is probably not helping you," said Dr. Sanford Markowitz, professor of cancer genetics at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine in Cleveland and co-leader of the study. "But people with higher levels are getting a bang for the buck: The combination of high enzyme levels plus taking aspirin really seems to be the key to measurably reducing colon cancer risk." Identifying who can cut their risk of colorectal cancer, which the American Cancer Society projects will kill 50,000 people in the United States this year, by taking aspirin is especially important because the drug poses a significant risk of ulcers and gastrointestinal bleeding, which can be fatal.
Amedisys to pay $150 million for over billing Medicare
23 Apr 2014 at 10:41am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Home healthcare company Amedisys Inc will pay $150 million to resolve allegations that it submitted false billings to Medicare, the U.S. Justice Department said on Wednesday. Louisiana-based Amedisys between 2008 and 2010 improperly billed for unnecessary services or misrepresented patients' conditions to boost payments, the department said. (Reporting by Aruna Viswanatha. Editing by Andre Grenon)
Could shared sex toys transmit HPV?
23 Apr 2014 at 10:37am
By Ronnie Cohen NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women with the potentially cancer-causing human papillomavirus, or HPV, may be putting their partners at risk if they share sex toys during intimate relations, a new study suggests. Researchers gave 12 women two vibrators each and detected the virus immediately after self-use on at least one of the vibrators used by all nine participants who tested positive for HPV. Lead author Dr. Teresa Anderson, from the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, said the small study is the first to examine whether vibrators could be transmitting the virus between sex partners. "Sex toys used between partners within the same sexual encounter have the potential for transmitting HPV," Anderson told Reuters Health.
The Six Million Dollar Man: We Can Rebuild Him, for How Much?
23 Apr 2014 at 10:18am
How much would it cost today to rebuild Steve Austin, better, stronger, faster?
AP WAS THERE: Probable cause of AIDS found
23 Apr 2014 at 10:17am
WASHINGTON (AP) ? EDITOR'S NOTE: In 1981, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the first cases of a rare pneumonia that had sickened five Los Angeles gay men. The AIDS epidemic had begun.
U.S. soldier convicted of WikiLeaks crimes granted name change
23 Apr 2014 at 10:08am
Former U.S. soldier Bradley Manning, who is serving 35 years in prison for turning over classified files to WikiLeaks, can exchange the name Bradley for Chelsea to reflect her desire to be treated as a woman, a judge in Kansas ruled on Wednesday. Manning's name is legally changed to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning, according to the decision handed down by Leavenworth County District Judge David King. Manning will be issued a new birth certificate to reflect the name change.
Spectrum Pharma to seek cancer drug approval in third quarter
23 Apr 2014 at 8:58am
Spectrum Pharmaceuticals Inc said it expects to seek U.S. marketing approval for its blood cancer drug in the third quarter, after the treatment was shown to be safe and effective in a key mid-stage trial. The injectable drug, Captisol-enabled melphalan, an improved form of common chemotherapy drug melphalan, is being tested in patients with multiple myeloma undergoing stem cell transplants. Roth Capital Partners analyst Joseph Pantginis said he expects CE-Melphalan to receive full approval next year. "CE-Melphalan would fit nicely with (Spectrum's) salesforce's current hematological bag," he said.
HIV Turns 30 Today
23 Apr 2014 at 8:57am
It?s been 30 years since scientists revealed the cause of AIDS: a shifty retrovirus that would come to be known as HIV.