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U.N. suspends aid in Nigeria's Borno state after attack on convoy
28 Jul 2016 at 2:00pm
The United Nations has temporarily suspended aid deliveries in Nigeria's northeastern state of Borno, the former stronghold of jihadists Boko Haram, after a humanitarian convoy was attacked, the U.N. children's agency UNICEF said on Thursday. UNICEF said in a statement that unknown assailants attacked the convoy on Thursday as it returned to Maiduguri from delivering aid in Bama, injuring a UNICEF employee and an International Organization for Migration contractor. "The United Nations has temporarily suspended humanitarian assistance missions pending review of the security situation," it said.
New York pharmacy owner, husband plead guilty to large opioid pill scheme
28 Jul 2016 at 1:35pm
The owner of two New York City pharmacies and her husband pleaded guilty on Thursday to charges arising out of their roles in what authorities have called one of the largest opioid painkiller diversion schemes ever uncovered in the city. Lilian Jakacki, the pharmacies' owner, and Marcin Jakacki, her husband, entered their pleas in Manhattan federal court, nine months after authorities arrested them amid efforts to combat the nation's heroin and opioid drug epidemic. Lilian Jakacki, 50, also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit health care fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering.
Judge rules against some 1,300 lawsuits over Bayer's Mirena IUD
28 Jul 2016 at 1:31pm
(Reuters) - A New York federal judge has ruled in favor of Bayer AG against nearly 1,300 lawsuits filed by women who say they suffered internal injuries from the company's Mirena intra-uterine contraceptive device. U.S. District Judge Cathy Seibel in White Plains said on Thursday that there was no way for the lawsuits to continue after her earlier ruling barring crucial testimony from plaintiffs' experts. (Reporting by Brendan Pierson in New York; Editing by Sandra Maler)
Miami blood donations halted over Zika fears
28 Jul 2016 at 1:12pm
US regulators Thursday called for a halt to blood donations in the Miami area as investigators probe four potential non-travel associated cases of the mosquito-borne Zika virus, which can cause birth defects. If confirmed, the cases would mark the first time that mosquitoes carrying the virus are known to be present in the mainland United States. The US territory of Puerto Rico has already seen a surge in local transmission of Zika, which can spread by mosquitoes or sexual contact.
Too much light at night, too little in the morning tied to obesity risk
28 Jul 2016 at 11:54am
By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) - Older people exposed to high lighting in the evening, and low light in the morning are more likely to gain weight, and the opposite light exposures may encourage weight loss, Japanese researchers say. Over two years, lighting exposure was tied to abdominal weight gain regardless of other factors like calorie intake, exercise and what time people went to sleep or woke up, the study found. ?Our results are reasonable because human beings have evolved under the lighting condition of daytime high and nighttime low light intensity,? said lead author Dr. Kenji Obayashi of Nara Medical University School of Medicine.
Judge rejects Sumner Redstone bid to end Viacom CEO lawsuit
28 Jul 2016 at 11:49am
The issue is whether the 93-year-old Redstone knew what he was doing when he removed Dauman and Viacom board member George Abrams in May from the seven-person trust that will control his majority ownership of Viacom and CBS Corp when he dies or is incapacitated. Judge George Phelan of Norfolk County Probate and Family Court in Canton, Massachusetts, rejected Redstone's motion to dismiss and ruled that the case should proceed in Massachusetts.
Ice Bucket Challenge credited with ALS breakthrough
28 Jul 2016 at 11:26am
(Reuters) - The Ice Bucket Challenge that went viral two years ago, raising hundreds of millions of dollars, has helped identify a new gene behind the neurodegenerative disease ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease, researchers say. The challenge involved people pouring ice-cold water over their heads, posting video on social media, and donating funds for research on the condition, whose sufferers include British physicist Stephen Hawking. Celebrities including Taylor Swift, Kim Kardashian, Ellen DeGeneres, Benedict Cumberbatch and former U.S. President George W. Bush were among millions of people who took part in 2014, attracting more than 400 million views on social media.
FDA takes steps to protect blood supply in Florida amid Zika probe
28 Jul 2016 at 10:45am
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has ordered all blood collection centers in Florida's Miami-Dade and Broward counties to stop collecting blood as state health department officials continue to investigate four possible cases of local transmission of the Zika virus. In a statement posted on its website on Wednesday, the FDA said blood centers should stop collecting blood in the two counties until they can implement testing for the Zika virus in each unit of blood collected, or until they can put in place technology that can kill pathogens in collected blood. The FDA also recommends that nearby counties implement the same measures to maintain the safety of the U.S. blood supply.
How Health Experts Investigate Possible Zika Outbreaks
28 Jul 2016 at 10:15am
The Florida Health Department is now investigating four Zika infections that may have been transmitted locally. More than 1,300 people have been diagnosed with Zika in the U.S. and virtually all contracted the disease while traveling abroad. A small number were due to sexual transmission of the disease.
Innovations give African leaders hope malaria can be beaten by 2030
28 Jul 2016 at 9:51am
By Umberto Bacchi LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - African governments are confident malaria can be wiped out within 15 years as research innovations, including a vaccine against the disease, are developed and tested, the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) said. In 2015, about 188 million Africans contracted malaria and 395,000 died of it - most of them children under five, according to the alliance dedicated to ending malaria deaths in Africa.
Sliver of hope seen in Alzheimer's drug trial
28 Jul 2016 at 9:21am
Efforts to find a drug that may slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease saw a glimmer of hope this week in a small trial using an experimental treatment. Researchers are testing the drug, known as LMTM and made by TauRx Therapeutics, Ltd. of Singapore, to see if it can reduce the accumulation of the protein tau in the brain. When tau malfunctions, the brain can form protein tangles that are believed to cause Alzheimer's, the most common form of dementia.
U.S. and UK form global partnership to speed new antibiotics
28 Jul 2016 at 8:50am
U.S. and British health officials have created a new alliance with a budget of hundreds of millions of dollars to accelerate the development of new antibiotics and tackle the growing problem of drug resistance. The new group known as Carb-X, short for Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria Biopharmaceutical Accelerator, brings together government, academia and industry to speed up work on new treatments and diagnostics. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said on Thursday it would provide $30 million in the first year and up to $250 million during the five-year project.
Comparison of commercial and homemade infant meals finds flaws in each
28 Jul 2016 at 8:48am
By Madeline Kennedy (Reuters Health) - Parents making home-cooked meals often provide babies with too much fat and overall calories, while store-bought meals may not have enough of the fat children need to grow, according to a UK study. Meals made at home also tend to be cheaper for parents of young children and to offer a larger variety of vegetables, the researchers write in the Archives of Disease in Childhood. Because they are growing quickly, young children need more fat in their diets than adults, said lead author Sharon Carstairs, a public health researcher at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland Carstairs noted, though, that too much fat in the diet can also be an issue.
To reverse damage of sitting, take a brisk, hour-long walk
28 Jul 2016 at 8:31am
LONDON (AP) ? If you spend all day sitting, then you might want to schedule some time for a brisk walk ? just make sure you can spare at least an hour.
Bristol-Myers shares hit by decline of Yervoy melanoma drug
28 Jul 2016 at 8:24am
By Ransdell Pierson (Reuters) - Bristol-Myers Squibb Co reported disappointing second-quarter sales of its Yervoy melanoma treatment on Thursday, raising concerns about the long-term prospects for one of its most important cancer medicines and sending its shares lower. Sales of Yervoy, often used in combination with either Bristol-Myers' newer Opdivo immuno-therapy or with Merck & Co's similar Keytruda, fell 19 percent to $241 million. ...