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NFL-Rice details bruising career before declaring brain donation
3 Mar 2015 at 3:11pm
By Larry Fine NEW YORK, March 3 (Reuters) - It was a long road to a shortened National Football League career for Sidney Rice, an All-Pro receiver who retired last July at age 27 due to fears about his long-term health after numerous concussions. "The first time I actually experienced a head trauma was when I was eight years old," Rice told Reuters after announcing on Tuesday he was donating his brain to medical research after his death.
Health officials perplexed by vaccination skeptics
3 Mar 2015 at 3:09pm
NEW YORK (AP) ? Certain that they are right, struggling to find ways to get their message across, public health officials are exasperated by their inability to persuade more U.S. parents to vaccinate their children.
Special issue of journal looks at fracking's effects on people, animals
3 Mar 2015 at 3:07pm
The Journal of Environmental Science and Health has devoted its current issue to the potentially harmful side of the drilling boom.
Cancer risk above 50 percent for Brits born in 1960
3 Mar 2015 at 3:07pm
By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) - More than half of people born after 1960 in the U.K. may be diagnosed with some form of cancer in their lifetimes, a new estimate suggests. ?Everyone has to die of something and the longer people live the more likely that they will have previously been treated for a serious illness,? wrote Peter Sasieni, the study?s senior researcher from Queen Mary University of London, in an email to Reuters Health. As reported in the British Journal of Cancer, he and his coauthors estimated the lifetime risk of cancer, excluding non-melanoma skin cancer, in Britain for men and women born from 1930 to 1960. They used data on all causes of death in the UK from 1951 through 2012 and projected causes of death from 2013 to 2060, as well as data on the number of cancer diagnoses and cancer deaths from 1971 to 2009.
Texas defense lawyers seek appeal for 'American Sniper' conviction
3 Mar 2015 at 3:02pm
By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Lawyers for the man convicted of murdering Chris Kyle, the former U.S. Navy SEAL whose best-selling autobiography was turned into the movie "American Sniper," have filed a notice of appeal with a Texas court, court officials said on Tuesday. Eddie Ray Routh, 27, a former U.S. Marine, was found guilty on Feb. 24 of fatally shooting Kyle and Kyle's friend Chad Littlefield multiple times at a gun range about 70 miles (110 km) southwest of Fort Worth in February 2013. Defense lawyers, who tried unsuccessfully to have Routh declared innocent by reason of insanity, had sought to have the venue changed from Stephenville, a rural Texas city near where Kyle was raised and where many regard him as a hero. Defense lawyers said Routh had been to hospitals at least four times because of his mental illness and was diagnosed as psychotic.
Man tried to bribe deputies after fatal Arizona crash: police
3 Mar 2015 at 3:00pm
(Reuters) - A 21-year-old man tried to bribe sheriff's deputies in Arizona with a wad of cash after crashing his car in a fiery, rollover collision that killed a 27-year-old woman in the passenger seat, authorities said. Joseph Wilson, 21, first gave a fake name to an officer who responded to the scene of the accident southeast of Phoenix, and then he tried to give him the banknotes, the Pinal County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.
FDA limits use of testosterone drugs, warns of possible heart risk
3 Mar 2015 at 2:45pm
(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has asked makers of prescription testosterone therapies to change their labeling to clarify that their products are approved only for men with specific medical conditions and could increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Prescriptions for low testosterone, or "Low T" have soared over the past decade, driven by a surge in use by men facing falling testosterone levels as they age. The number of men being prescribed testosterone jumped more than 75 percent, to 2.3 million, between 2009 and 2013. About 70 percent of these patients were between the ages of 40 and 64, the FDA said.
Homeless man shot dead by LAPD had served time for bank robbery
3 Mar 2015 at 2:41pm
By Steve Gorman and Daina Beth Solomon LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A homeless man whose fatal shooting by Los Angeles police stirred an uproar among civil rights activists and fellow skid row residents was a convicted bank robber paroled from federal prison last year, according to a law-enforcement source and records. The Times reported that Robinet, accused of pistol-whipping a teller during a 2000 bank holdup north of Los Angeles, told investigators at the time that he robbed the bank to cover the cost of acting classes at the Beverly Hills Playhouse.
SEC warns pharma companies to be honest about FDA correspondence
3 Mar 2015 at 2:41pm
By Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's top enforcement chief warned on Tuesday that too many pharmaceutical companies are failing to accurately portray their dealings with federal drug regulators - a problem that could get them in trouble. Andrew Ceresney, the SEC's enforcement director, said the agency has seen a lot of problems with disclosures by pharmaceutical companies, including on 8-Ks - a form companies file when they need to disclose an event that is "material" to their business. "One significant type of key event that we see causing problems with disclosure in your industry is disclosures on your dealings with the (Food and Drug Administration)," Ceresney said in prepared remarks at a conference held by the Annual Pharmaceutical Compliance Congress. "Accuracy of reporting in your dealings with the FDA is critical to getting investors the information they need. FDA dealings and approvals are the lifeblood of your business and are so important to investment decisions," he added.
Three accidental shootings of Texas children prompt gun safety calls
3 Mar 2015 at 2:35pm
By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - The shooting deaths of three youngsters after unattended guns ended up in the hands of children in the Houston area in the past five days have prompted calls by some in Texas to re-examine gun safety in homes. The incidents included a 3-year-old who fatally shot himself after finding a gun in his home last Friday, a 4-year-old who died under similar circumstances on Sunday and a 6-year-old who was shot on Monday by his brother while playing, police said. "A lot of families think that those kids don?t know where their guns are hidden, but they do. Kids find things and they are curious," said Angela Turner, a spokeswoman for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.
Mom With Terminal Cancer Blogs Fight for Her Life
3 Mar 2015 at 2:30pm
New mom Whitney Cox's doctors may have put an expiration date on her life, but she's determined to beat expectations and inspire others with her new, and popular, blog.
At least 15 Washington students exposed to pepper spray
3 Mar 2015 at 2:00pm
At least 15 students were exposed to pepper spray at a Washington school on Tuesday and treated for minor injuries, city officials said. The incident occurred at about 1:40 p.m. after someone sprayed pepper spray into a classroom, the Washington Post reported. The students at Cesar Chavez Public Charter School, which teaches sixth through eighth graders, were transported in an ambulance bus to Children's National Medical Center, fire department and police said. A spokeswoman for Mayor Muriel Bowser put the number of students at 16.
Ubisoft game aims to be what the doctor ordered
3 Mar 2015 at 1:56pm
Ubisoft on Tuesday unveiled a tablet video game crafted as a prescription for a medical condition known as "lazy eye," blending the worlds of play and health care. The France-based video game titan created "Dig Rush" in collaboration with US health technology startup Amblyotech, using treatment technology patented by innovators at McGill University in Canada. "This is a good demonstration of the positive impact that video game technology can have on our society," said Ubisoft senior producer Mathieu Ferland.
Mom Turns Terminal Cancer Diagnosis Into Uplifting Blog
3 Mar 2015 at 1:50pm
Whitney Cox, 27, wants to inspire others with her blog after being diagnosed with stage IV cancer.
New pot users in Spain outnumber new tobacco users
3 Mar 2015 at 1:42pm
The number of Spaniards who said they started using cannabis in 2013 outnumbered those who said they took up smoking cigarettes, according to a government study released Tuesday. A total of 169,000 Spaniards began using cannabis in 2013 compared to 142,000 who started to smoke tobacco, according to the latest annual health ministry study of drug use in Spain. "The figures confirm the extension of the problematic pattern of consumption of this substance," the head of the government's National Drugs Plan, Francisco Babin, said in a statement. Of Spaniards aged 15 and 64, 9.2 percent said they had smoked cannabis within the last year, down from 9.6 percent in the previous study carried out in 2012.