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Brazil's anti-Zika war goes house to house
5 Feb 2016 at 9:45pm
Sao Paulo resident Juliana Matuoka always thought her stunning tropical flowers were something to appreciate from afar. "Here, I got one!" exclaimed Marcio Hoglhammer, a municipal health department worker who arrived along with colleagues and two young soldiers as part of Brazil's massive house-to-house effort to eradicate the Zika virus and dengue-carrying mosquitoes. "I found larvae of the Aedes aegypti (mosquito)," he said.
First Zika-linked deaths reported in Colombia
5 Feb 2016 at 9:33pm
The mosquito-borne Zika virus sweeping through Latin America has claimed three lives in Colombia, as the United Nations urged increased access to abortion because of fears of severe birth defects. In the first direct statements from government health officials blaming Zika for causing deaths, Colombia's National Health Institute (INS) said Friday that the patients died after contracting the virus and developing a rare neurological disorder called Guillain-Barre syndrome.
In Brazil, pregnant women urged to be cautious with a kiss
5 Feb 2016 at 8:26pm
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) ? In a sign of mounting global concern over the Zika virus, health officials on Friday warned pregnant women to think twice about the lips they kiss and called on men to use condoms with pregnant partners if they have visited countries where the virus is present.
Convicted al Qaeda supporter, U.S. face off in medical malpractice trial
5 Feb 2016 at 7:21pm
A New York man serving a 15-year prison sentence for providing support to al Qaeda is urging a federal judge to award him $7 million because of a medical condition he says went untreated while in U.S. custody. Lawyers for Wesam El-Hanafi, 40, and the U.S. government made their closing arguments on Friday in a week-long medical malpractice trial over whether the prison system failed to timely diagnose and treat a blood clot in a deep vein in his calf. El-Hanafi, a Brooklyn-born man who U.S. prosecutors say facilitated surveillance of the New York Stock Exchange, contends his symptoms began shortly after his arrest in Dubai in 2010.
NFL-Aikman sees Panthers as possible powerhouse
5 Feb 2016 at 5:37pm
By Larry Fine SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 5 (Reuters) - Three-time Super Bowl winning quarterback Troy Aikman says the Carolina Panthers could be on the brink of a blockbuster run in the National Football League if they can avoid pitfalls that can come with success. Hall of Famer Aikman, who won three Super Bowl rings in a four-year stretch in the 1990s, said the emergence of quarterback Cam Newton and the Panthers' core of young players could make the Panthers a perennial powerhouse. Carolina, 17-1 this season, is nearly a touchdown favorite against the Denver Broncos for Sunday's Super Bowl 50 at Levi's Stadium in the suburb of Santa Clara.
League hit with rising concussions, brain trauma news
5 Feb 2016 at 5:36pm
By Larry Fine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Former quarterback Troy Aikman says he is fortunate to have gotten out of the NFL in good health as news of brain trauma in recently deceased former players is mounting, and he knows others are suffering. "I know there's people that I played with and against and those before me that are really battling some tough times as a result we assume from having played the game," the three-time Super Bowl champion with the Dallas Cowboys told Reuters on Thursday. Two days before, a specialist said a study of former Oakland Raiders quarterback Ken Stabler's brain following his death last year showed signs of CTE, which is closely associated with the repeated head blows common in boxing, hockey, football and other contact sports.
U.S. judge grants injunction against anti-abortion activists
5 Feb 2016 at 5:10pm
A U.S. judge on Friday granted a preliminary injunction stopping the distribution of surreptitious videos taken by anti-abortion activists who alleged Planned Parenthood staff discussed the illegal sale of aborted fetal tissue. The National Abortion Federation (NAF), a nonprofit representing abortion providers, accused the Center for Medical Progress and its founder, David Daleiden, in a lawsuit last year of illegally infiltrating and recording its private meetings. San Francisco federal judge William Orrick last year issued a temporary order prohibiting the distribution of the videos, which he extended on Friday until the litigation is over.
Exclusive: Obama to propose $2.5 billion tax credit for community college inv...
5 Feb 2016 at 5:01pm
President Barack Obama will propose a $2.5 billion tax credit over five years for businesses that invest in programs at local community colleges and hire their graduates, administration officials said on Friday. The proposal, dubbed the Community College Partnership Tax Credit, would require businesses to donate funds for equipment, instruction, or internships related to programs in areas such as healthcare, energy and information technology. Employers that hire students from such programs would get a one-time, $5,000 tax credit per individual brought aboard.
Utah legislators back plan to declare porn a health crisis
5 Feb 2016 at 4:54pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) ? A panel of Utah lawmakers has heartily endorsed a resolution declaring pornography a public health crisis.
70 Million More Girls Underwent Genital Cutting Than Previously Thought, UNIC...
5 Feb 2016 at 4:49pm
While the global rate of female genital mutilation is declining, a new report shows that more work needs to be done to end the harmful practice. At least 200 million women and girls alive today have suffered from female genital mutilation across 30 countries, according to a report released Friday by UNICEF. UNICEF?s report comes a day before the U.N.?s International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation.
Zika found in saliva, urine in Brazil; U.S. offers sex advice
5 Feb 2016 at 4:35pm
By Pedro Fonseca RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Authorities in Brazil said on Friday Zika has been detected in patients' saliva and urine, adding to the concern over the spread of the virus, while U.S. officials offered new guidance on sex for people returning from Zika-hit regions. Zika, linked to thousands of birth defects in Brazil, is primarily transmitted through mosquito bites, but word surfaced this week of infections through sex and blood transfusions, and news of the presence of the virus in the saliva and urine of two patients prompted new worries. In fact, the president of the Brazilian federal biomedical research institution that made the announcement urged pregnant women not to kiss strangers during the country's free-wheeling Carnival celebrations.
U.S. TV pitchman Kevin Trudeau loses appeal of conviction, sentence
5 Feb 2016 at 3:56pm
A federal appeals court on Friday rejected former TV pitchman Kevin Trudeau's bid to overturn his conviction and 10-year prison sentence for having exaggerated the content of a weight-loss book he marketed through infomercials. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago found no basis to accept Trudeau's claims that the government lacked enough evidence to convict him, his sentence was too long, and jurors were instructed improperly. Trudeau, 52, was appealing his November 2013 conviction by a Chicago jury over his promotion of the 2007 book "The Weight Loss Cure 'They' Don't Want You To Know About" in three 30-minute infomercials, which aired roughly 32,000 times.
Doctor sentenced after victims die from pain drugs
5 Feb 2016 at 3:44pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) ? A Los Angeles-area doctor convicted of second-degree murder for prescribing pain killers that killed three patients was sentenced Friday to 30 years to life in prison in a landmark case that many in the medical community believe will create a chilling effect among physicians across the country.
Brazil finds Zika in saliva, urine; expert warns against kissing
5 Feb 2016 at 3:44pm
By Pedro Fonseca RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Scientists identified the Zika virus in the saliva and urine of two infected patients, a top Brazilian biomedical research institution said on Friday, prompting its president to urge pregnant women not to kiss strangers just as local carnival celebrations begin. The discovery added to the rising concern over Zika, which is spreading rapidly in the Americans and has been linked to thousands of severe birth defects in Brazil.
Kansas confirms one norovirus case related to Buffalo Wild Wings
5 Feb 2016 at 3:08pm
One positive case of norovirus related to an investigation at restaurant chain operator Buffalo Wild Wings Inc has been confirmed, the Kansas health department's Johnson County office said on Friday. Buffalo Wild Wings' shares fell as much as 13 percent to a 15-month low on Friday, before easing back to close down 8 percent at $142.08. The investigation is related to a gastrointestinal illness that affected at least 10 people who ate at a Buffalo Wild Wings' restaurant in Overland Park in suburban Kansas City.