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Colorado crash of medical transport helicopter kills pilot
3 Jul 2015 at 6:46pm
No patients were on board, and the helicopter was not on a medical mission at the time, he said. The pilot was killed, and a flight paramedic and flight nurse were seriously injured, according to Air Methods Corp , an Englewood, Colorado-based company that operated the helicopter. ?We are deeply saddened by the news that our pilot was fatally injured, and our hearts go out to the pilot?s family," the company said in a statement.
Minnesota burn survivor leaves hospital after 264 days
3 Jul 2015 at 6:38pm
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) ? A Minnesota man who survived being badly burned in a lawnmower explosion was discharged Friday after 264 days in the hospital, but not before his caregivers gathered to say farewell to one of their favorite patients.
Washington woman's measles death is first in US since 2003
3 Jul 2015 at 2:07pm
SEATTLE (AP) ? A woman killed by measles in Washington state had been vaccinated against the disease as a child but succumbed because she had a compromised immune system, a local health official told a TV station.
Weight-loss surgery edges out lifestyle changes for type 2 diabetes
3 Jul 2015 at 1:33pm
By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - People with type 2 diabetes who have weight loss surgery are more likely to have significant improvements in their diabetes three years compared to diabetics who try lifestyle changes, a small new study suggests. "One of the most important things to take away is that there is durability of remission over time," said Dr. Anita Courcoulas of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, who led the research. Past studies have found that weight loss surgeries sometimes result in improvement for people with type 2 diabetes, but it remains to be seen if the surgeries are better at treating the condition than lifestyle interventions, the researchers write in JAMA Surgery.
Aetna to buy Humana as health insurer landscape shifts
3 Jul 2015 at 12:07pm
Aetna aims to spend about $35 billion to buy rival Humana and become the latest health insurer bulking up on government business as the industry adjusts to the federal health care overhaul.
Colombian man dies by euthanasia with government backing
3 Jul 2015 at 12:00pm
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) ? A 79-year old man suffering from incurable throat cancer has become the first Colombian to die by euthanasia with the full backing of the government.
Change in LGBT health sparked 50 years ago in Philadelphia
3 Jul 2015 at 11:24am
By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - On July 4, 1965, with protest signs raised above their heads, 40 marchers outside Philadelphia's Independence Hall showed many people their first glimpse of lesbian, gay and bisexual Americans. The protesters and their leaders, Frank Kameny and Barbara Gittings, were setting in motion the decision by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) to remove homosexuality as a mental illness less than a decade later. The events of 50 years ago are the focus of the National LGBT 50th Anniversary Celebration being held this weekend throughout Philadelphia.
Overweight U.S. women need better pre-pregnancy counseling: study
3 Jul 2015 at 11:03am
By Janice Neumann (Reuters Health) - Better care and counseling is needed to teach overweight women hoping to become pregnant about the health dangers of their excess weight and the importance of maintaining a healthy diet, a new U.S. study concludes. ?Overweight women trying to conceive largely misperceive their weight, which is concerning because they may not try to adopt healthier behaviors,? said study author Mahbubur Rahman of the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2006 recommended improved pre-conception care, including screening for obesity and education about its risks, they add.
Screening teens for obesity may not help them lose weight
3 Jul 2015 at 11:01am
By Madeline Kennedy (Reuters Health) - Weight screenings in high school were not enough to get overweight and obese kids on track toward a healthier weight, a recent U.S. study found. With obesity rates soaring among Arkansas teenagers, the state implemented a screening program in schools in 2003, with alerts sent to parents of kids with weight problems. While the screening and reporting measures in Arkansas have been both popular and controversial, there is no evidence to support their use, said study author Kevin Gee of the University of California, Davis School of Education, in email to Reuters Health.
Row breaks out over Greek medicine supplies
3 Jul 2015 at 10:42am
Wholesalers trading medicines across European borders have criticized a suggestion by manufacturers that Greek exports should be restricted to prevent shortages of life-saving drugs in the country. The European Association of Euro Pharmaceutical Companies (EAEPC), representing firms involved in this so-called parallel trade, said drugmakers were wrong to say supplies could be in jeopardy if Europe did not take such emergency action. "The wealthy pharmaceutical industry is exploiting the potential advent of another crisis in Greece for their own commercial purposes in portraying a medicines shortage," EAEPC wrote in a letter to EU Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis.
How To Make Coffee Even Healthier
3 Jul 2015 at 9:48am
We've all heard that phrase, "It's not what you said, but how you said it."Well, that's sort of what it's like with coffee, because we're hearing that it's not so much the coffee that creates problems but, rather, the way it's brewed... and stored... and ground.As a health coach, I do have my concerns about negative health impacts, but I also...
Exclusive: Hospira wins French biosimilar drug tender at 45 percent discount
3 Jul 2015 at 9:41am
By Matthias Blamont PARIS (Reuters) - A major French hospital group has chosen a cheap copycat version of a top-selling drug for treating its patients with rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn's disease and psoriasis in a victory for a new type of medicine known as biosimilars. In a document seen by Reuters, the central purchasing agency for the Assistance Publique - Hôpitaux de Paris (AP-HP) said on Friday it had decided to buy the biosimilar version of infliximab from Hospira , after the company offered a discount of some 45 percent to branded Remicade. AP-HP caters for nearly a quarter of the country's population and the tender decision will allow the copycat to make significant inroads in the French market. Hospira, which is being acquired by Pfizer , sells its drug under the brand name Inflectra.
U.N. calls on Israel, Palestinians to prosecute Gaza war crimes
3 Jul 2015 at 9:35am
By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations called on Israel and the Palestinians on Friday to prosecute alleged war crimes committed in the 2014 Gaza war and to cooperate with the International Criminal Court's preliminary investigation. The 47-member U.N. Human Rights Council adopted a resolution, presented by Muslim states, by a vote of 41 to one, with five abstentions. Israel's closest ally, the United States, was the only country to vote against.
Aetna to buy Humana for $37 billion in largest insurance deal
3 Jul 2015 at 9:32am
Health insurer Aetna Inc on Friday said it would buy smaller rival Humana Inc for about $37 billion in cash and stock, in the largest ever deal in the insurance industry. The combination will push Aetna close to Anthem Inc's No.2 insurer spot by membership, and would nearly triple Aetna's Medicare Advantage business. The deal will face antitrust scrutiny but if it goes through it would dwarf the previous largest insurance deal announced just this week, where Swiss property and casualty giant ACE Ltd announced it was buying Chubb Corp for $28 billion.
Liberia works to contain Ebola, find source of new cases
3 Jul 2015 at 8:56am
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) ? Liberia is working hard to contain Ebola and find the source of the latest infections of the deadly virus recorded this week.