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South Africa's Tutu checks into hospital for infection
24 Aug 2016 at 1:13pm
Veteran South African anti-apartheid campaigner Desmond Tutu checked into a Cape Town hospital for a recurring infection, his daughter said on Wednesday, a bug that put the former cleric hospital for a week last year. "He is expected to remain in hospital for a week or two. The Archbishop underwent similar treatment last year," Thandeka Tutu-Gxashe said in a statement. It is unclear what infection Tutu, 84, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, is suffering from but his family has said it is not related to the prostate cancer he has been living with for nearly 20 years.
Animal spirits: consumers' devotion lifts pet-care stocks
24 Aug 2016 at 1:10pm
Shares of a clutch of companies that sell pet food, develop diagnostic tests for animals and offer veterinary care have far outrun the wider market this year, delivering an average total return of nearly 35 percent versus around 8.3 percent for the Standard & Poor's 500 . Shares of animal health testing company Idexx Laboratories Inc , for example, have skyrocketed more than 50 percent this year, while vet clinic operator VCA Inc is up 31 percent and pet food maker Blue Buffalo Pet Products Inc is up 40 percent. Edelstein follows Blue Buffalo and rival Freshpet Inc , which is up 25 percent in 2016.
Burned firefighter feels normal again after face transplant
24 Aug 2016 at 12:46pm
NEW YORK (AP) ? A Mississippi firefighter who received the world's most extensive face transplant after a burning building collapsed on him said Wednesday that he feels like "a normal guy" for the first time in 15 years.
New York City hospitals settle Medicaid repayment fraud charges
24 Aug 2016 at 12:21pm
Three hospitals in New York's Mount Sinai Health System will pay $2.95 million to settle Medicaid fraud charges for taking two years to repay more than $844,000 of improper billings that had been flagged by a whistleblower, authorities said on Wednesday. U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara in Manhattan said the case arose after Continuum had been alerted by Robert Kane, a technical director for operations, to a software glitch that caused the erroneous billing of 444 claims to Medicaid in 2009 and 2010.
Clinton calls for lower price on allergy drug EpiPen
24 Aug 2016 at 12:18pm
By Ginger Gibson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton called on pharmaceutical company Mylan NV to voluntarily drop the price of its severe allergy treatment drug EpiPen, which has increased in price by more than 400 percent in the past decade. "That's outrageous - and it's just the latest troubling example of a company taking advantage of its consumers," Clinton said in a statement. "It's wrong when drug companies put profits ahead of patients, raising prices without justifying the value behind them." Clinton frequently said during the primary that she would fight pharmaceutical companies - part of an attempt to counter criticism that she was too closely tied to the insurance industry.
At least 120 killed as quake flattens towns in central Italy
24 Aug 2016 at 11:37am
By Steve Scherer ACCUMOLI, Italy (Reuters) - An earthquake flattened towns in central Italy in the early hours of Wednesday, killing at least 120 people and burying some alive in their sleep, with volunteers and firefighters racing to free those trapped under mounds of rubble as darkness fell. In the nearby village of Accumoli, a family of four, including two boys aged 8 months and 9 years, were buried when their house imploded. Aerial photographs showed whole areas of Amatrice, last year voted one of Italy's most beautiful historic towns, flattened by the 6.2 magnitude quake.
Drug price hikes can damage company reputations: White House
24 Aug 2016 at 11:22am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Wednesday said pharmaceutical firms risked damaging their reputations with big price hikes, but it sidestepped commenting directly on Mylan NV's decision to raise the price of its severe allergy treatment drug EpiPen. "I'm obviously not going to make specific comments to specifically second guess the pricing strategy ... of one private enterprise," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said at a news briefing. ...
Doctors may miss ADHD in nonwhite kids
24 Aug 2016 at 11:11am
By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - African-American and Latino children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may be much less likely to receive a diagnosis or treatment than their white peers, a small U.S. study suggests. Researchers examined data on almost 4,300 children whose parents participated in surveys about ADHD symptoms, diagnosis and treatment when the kids were in fifth, seventh and tenth grades. When kids had symptoms of ADHD, parents of white kids were more likely to report that children took medication, researchers report in Pediatrics.
Scientists hope new test could help contain meningitis outbreaks
24 Aug 2016 at 11:11am
By Umberto Bacchi LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A test has been developed that could help diagnose bacterial infections including meningitis in minutes, but it could take several years before a cheap testing device is available to developing countries, scientists said on Wednesday. The new test could save lives, allow treatment of disease - which is difficult to diagnose - to start much sooner and reduce the risk of life-changing after effects, an international team of researchers led by Imperial College London said. "We would very much hope this could become something cheap enough to be applied even in resource poor regions," Imperial College Professor Michael Levin told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
Desperate and Distressed, Traumatized Syrians Go Online for Mental Health Care
24 Aug 2016 at 11:00am
The ongoing violence in Syria has taken a physical and mental toll on many, including one 9-year-old boy, who began to look up "ways to commit suicide" online, according to Dr. Hussam Jefee-Bahloul, who assisted with his care. Growing up, "Adam" (Jefee-Bahloul identifies the boy as Adam for his safety) had been irritable and nervous even before the crisis, but when the violence started, his mental health started to deteriorate further. "While being seen and treated with some medications, he developed adverse reactions and got more restless," Jefee-Bahloul said of Adam.
Raped and tortured by IS, Yazidi women recover in Germany
24 Aug 2016 at 10:59am
VILLINGEN-SCHWENNINGEN, Germany (AP) ? The Yazidi girl had been in the safety of a refugee camp in Iraq for two weeks when she imagined she heard the voices of Islamic State fighters outside her tent.
Chorus grows for Clintons to shutter charitable foundation
24 Aug 2016 at 10:43am
The Clinton Foundation, the family philanthropy of Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, should shut down or transfer operations to another charity despite its good work to avoid perceptions of "pay-for-play", The Washington Post and USA Today said in editorials on Wednesday. Despite plans announced earlier this week to reorganize the Clinton Foundation if Hillary Clinton wins the Nov. 8 election, USA Today said the global charity must close for the Democratic candidate to avoid any appearance of unethical ties. "The only way to eliminate the odor surrounding the foundation is to wind it down and put it in mothballs, starting today, and transfer its important charitable work to another large American charity such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation," the paper's editorial board wrote.
Italy earthquake has killed at least 120 people: prime minister
24 Aug 2016 at 10:30am
ROME (Reuters) - The earthquake that struck central Italy on Wednesday has killed at least 120 people, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said. (Reporting By Philip Pullella)
Over 14,000 women took Sanofi epilepsy drug despite fetus risk: ministry
24 Aug 2016 at 10:18am
More than 14,000 pregnant women in France took Sanofi's anti-epilepsy drug Depakine between 2007 and 2014 even though the risk of fetus malformation was known, according to a study released by France on Wednesday. Health Minister Marisol Touraine said in a statement that a second part of the study, yet to be released, would focus on the impact on children whose mothers took the drug. Its active ingredient is sodium valproate and it has been sold under different brand names.