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Aid delivered to four besieged towns in Syria: ICRC
25 Sep 2016 at 2:36pm
Seventy trucks of humanitarian aid were delivered on Sunday to four besieged towns in Syria for the first time in almost six months, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said. The aid organisation said convoys were delivered to Madaya and Zabdani near Damascus and to the villages of al Foua and Kefraya in Idlib province in the north west. Kefraya and al-Foua, in Idlib province in northwest Syria, have around 20,000 people, according to U.N. estimates, and have been surrounded by insurgents since April 2015.
Doctors 'prescribe' fresh produce with help from food banks
25 Sep 2016 at 10:13am
OAK FOREST, Ill. (AP) ? The idea is simple: Load fresh fruits and vegetables into a refrigerator truck and drive it to a health clinic, then have a doctor write a "prescription" for food to improve the diets of low-income people with diabetes and high blood pressure.
Mother uncovers lasting impact of baby son's organ donation
25 Sep 2016 at 7:14am
An ultrasound showed one of Sarah Gray's unborn twins was missing part of his brain, a fatal birth defect. His brother was born healthy but Thomas lived just six days. Latching onto hope for something ...
AIDS pageant in Uganda seeks to stem stigma, discrimination
25 Sep 2016 at 6:53am
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) ? When she was younger, Tryphena Natukunda's mother discouraged her from swallowing her antiretroviral medicines among strangers or even distant relatives.
UK doctors call off strike action
24 Sep 2016 at 2:13pm
The British Medical Association (BMA) had planned a full withdrawal of labor by junior doctors on Oct. 5-7 and 10-11, Nov. 14-18 and Dec. 5-9, which would have been the longest stoppages in the nearly 70-year history of the National Health Service. Junior doctors - a term covering recent medical school graduates right through to doctors who have been working for well over a decade - have staged a series of walkouts over a new work contract the government plans to impose next month. The BMA said its decision to suspend the action follows feedback from doctors, patients and the public, and discussions with NHS England about the ability of the NHS to maintain a safe service if industrial action were to go ahead.
Thousands march in Dublin, abroad for Irish abortion rights
24 Sep 2016 at 9:18am
By Padraic Halpin DUBLIN (Reuters) - Thousands of protestors marched in Dublin, and Irish expatriates joined in demonstrations around the world on Saturday, to put pressure on the Irish government to hold a referendum to repeal restrictive abortion laws. Regulations in the once stridently Catholic Ireland are among the strictest in the world and next month Prime Minister Enda Kenny will call a citizens' assembly to advise the government on whether a vote should be held to boost access to abortion. Demonstrators marched in the rain on government buildings from Dublin's main thoroughfare of O'Connell Street, bringing traffic to a standstill by the River Liffey as they chanted, beat drums and held placards saying "My Body, My Choice".
Feds push back on states targeting Planned Parenthood funds
24 Sep 2016 at 7:37am
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) ? The Obama administration has proposed barring states and other recipients of federal family planning grants from placing their own eligibility restrictions on where the money can go, which would undermine the efforts of 13 Republican-led states to prevent such money from going to Planned Parenthood.
The 10 Healthiest Places to Live in America
24 Sep 2016 at 2:38am
From Hawaii to New Hampshire, here's where to move for your health.
Medically unfit' Fury out of Klitschko rematch
24 Sep 2016 at 2:34am
Next month's world heavyweight title rematch between champion Tyson Fury and Ukrainian Vladimir Klitschko was called off on Friday for a second time with the Briton ruled "medically unfit". The fight was due to be held on Oct. 29 in Manchester, having been originally postponed in July when Fury suffered an ankle injury. "Tyson has this week been declared medically unfit to fight," his promoters Hennessy Sports said in a statement without elaborating.
"We don't need to grow more food to cut hunger in Africa" - activist
24 Sep 2016 at 1:23am
By Alex Whiting TURIN, Italy (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As a young university student of agriculture, Edie Mukiibi believed the latest hybrid seeds which promised bumper crops were the answer to improving the lot of maize farmers in his part of Uganda. He persuaded many to buy the seeds, while working part-time promoting them in Kiboga district in central Uganda. But the consequences were "terrible", he said. When I went back to talk with the farmers I could feel their pain," Mukiibi said. Even worse, the new crops could not be grown with any other crops, so the farmers were left with nothing to fall back on except the bills they had run up for the pesticides, herbicides and fertilisers the maize required, he said. "This is when I started working with farmers ... to diversify (their) farming," said Mukiibi, now vice president of Slow Food International, a grassroots movement of farmers, chefs, activists and academics campaigning to improve the quality of food and the lives of producers.
U.S. presidential contest takes center stage for investors
23 Sep 2016 at 8:00pm
Who becomes the next U.S. president will be a primary focus for Wall Street next week and beyond, starting on Monday with the first debate between candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. While the White House race has so far had little discernible effect on the market, that may soon change as polls show a tightening race. Clinton's once-comfortable lead in opinion polls has evaporated, and with just over six weeks until Election Day, some investors see a toss-up contest creating volatility in certain sectors, including health insurers, drugmakers and industrials.
Cowboys, heat and rain: 'Magnificent Seven' talk challenging shoot
23 Sep 2016 at 3:02pm
By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Bringing the American Wild West to life was no easy task, just ask the cast of "The Magnificent Seven," who endured scorching heat and torrential rain in wool costumes in the Louisiana summer. "We had a lot of lightning, thunder issues where we had to shut (production) down, but the heat was just constant," Denzel Washington, who plays bounty hunter Sam Chisholm, told Reuters. "The Magnificent Seven," a remake of the 1960 classic, is directed by Antoine Fuqua and opens in theaters on Friday.
Fury pulls out of Klitschko rematch through injury
23 Sep 2016 at 3:01pm
BERLIN (Reuters) - The world heavyweight title rematch between champion Tyson Fury and Ukrainian Vladimir Klitschko on Oct. 29 has been called off for a second time with the Briton ruled "medically unfit". "Tyson has this week been declared medically unfit to fight," Fury's promoters Hennessy Sports said in a brief statement on Friday. "Medical specialists have advised that the condition is too severe to allow him to participate in the rematch and that he will require treatment before going back into the ring." (Reporting by Karolos Grohmann; Editing by Tony Jimenez)
Boxing-'Medically unfit' Fury out of Klitschko rematch
23 Sep 2016 at 3:01pm
* Heavyweight fight called off for second time * Champion Fury's condition is "too severe" (Adds quotes, details) BERLIN, Sept 23 (Reuters) - Next month's world heavyweight title rematch between champion Tyson Fury and Ukrainian Vladimir Klitschko was called off on Friday for a second time with the Briton ruled "medically unfit". The fight was due to be held on Oct. 29 in Manchester, having been originally postponed in July when Fury suffered an ankle injury. "Tyson has this week been declared medically unfit to fight," his promoters Hennessy Sports said in a statement without elaborating.
FDA approves Amgen's copy of AbbVie arthritis drug Humira
23 Sep 2016 at 2:51pm
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved Amgen Inc's biosimilar version of AbbVie's top-selling arthritis drug, Humira. The drug, Amjevita, known also as adalimumab-atto, was approved to treat rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, Crohn's disease, psoriasis and other conditions. Amjevita is the fourth biosimilar to be approved by the FDA and is expected to be sold at a discount to the original drug.