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U.S. jury finds Immunosyn ex-CEO Ferrone guilty of fraud
29 Apr 2016 at 6:14pm
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in 2011 had charged California-based Immunosyn with misleading investors about the regulatory status of the company's sole product, a drug derived from goat blood called SF-1019, that was intended to treat a variety of ailments. ?We are pleased with the jury?s finding that Stephen Ferrone defrauded Immunosyn?s investors with misleading statements in the company?s filings and press releases and his own speeches and interviews," Andrew Ceresney, director of the SEC'S Division of Enforcement said in a statement.
Canadian-run Syrian clinic was evacuated before strike on hospital: operator
29 Apr 2016 at 5:44pm
A Canadian-run health care center in Aleppo, Syria that was hit by an air strike on Friday had been evacuated in the wake of another bombing at a hospital earlier this week, a spokesman for the non-profit group that operated it said. "After the hospital bombing three days ago, they've evacuated all the medical centers," said Avi D'Souza, media co-ordinator for UOSSM-Canada, which operates the Al Marjeh Primary Health Care Centre. "There wasn't anybody there at the time - thank God." Global Affairs Canada, the country's foreign department, condemned the attacks in a statement.
Actor Woody Harrelson's application to open pot business in Hawaii fails
29 Apr 2016 at 5:39pm
(Reuters) - Oscar-nominated actor Woody Harrelson's bid to open a medical marijuana dispensary in Hawaii was rejected on Friday, as the state approved eight of more than 60 applicants, officials said. Harrelson, who is best known for his roles in the film "White Men Can't Jump" and 1980s sitcom "Cheers," had applied for a license on behalf of his company Simple Organic Living LLC. The actor, who for more than a decade has spoken in favor of pot and is on the advisory board of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, made national headlines earlier this year when his application became public. The Hawaii Department of Health on Friday released a list of approved applicants, with three in Honolulu on the island of Oahu, two on the Big Island, two on Maui and one on Kauai.
Dole under U.S. probe after deadly Listeria outbreak
29 Apr 2016 at 5:08pm
By Lisa Baertlein LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Dole Food Co Inc [DFCI.UL] said on Friday the U.S. Department of Justice was investigating a deadly Listeria monocytogenes outbreak linked to packaged salad products from its processing plant in Springfield, Ohio. Dole, the world's largest fruit and vegetable producer, said in a statement the agency recently contacted the company and "we will be ... cooperating with the DOJ to answer questions and address any concerns." Listeria, a common bacterium that can be either harmless or pathogenic, can enter a processing facility via raw produce or other materials, and form colonies. Dole said on Jan. 22 it had temporarily suspended operations at the Springfield plant.
Return visits to the ER more likely for patients with limited English
29 Apr 2016 at 5:02pm
In a study in one New York hospital, about 4 percent of English speakers made an unplanned return to the ER within three days, compared to 5 percent of people with limited English. Low use of professional translators may partly explain the disparity in care, the researchers report in the Annals of Emergency Medicine. The study team, led by Dr. Ka Ming Ngai of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, analyzed 2012 data from the Mount Sinai emergency department.
Sting like a bee: alternative therapy in Gaza
29 Apr 2016 at 4:55pm
Samour inherited the skill of bee-sting therapy from his father, who used to raise bees. Then in 2003, the agricultural engineer started to dedicate all his time to studying and developing the alternative medicine treatment of apitherapy, which uses all bee-related products, including honey, propolis - or bee glue used to build hives - and venom. "I am treating serious and chronic diseases which have no cure in regular medicine, I have achieved excellent results," said Samour, an Egyptian-educated specialist in entomology and bees in the Gaza Strip, a Palestinian enclave.
Puerto Rico Zika cases now include 65 pregnant women, one death: CDC
29 Apr 2016 at 4:38pm
By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - Health officials on Friday confirmed the first U.S. death of a patient infected with the Zika virus in Puerto Rico. Dr. Tyler Sharp of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Dengue Branch in San Juan told Reuters the patient had Zika virus disease, which included symptoms of fever, rash and body pain. Sharp said the ITP case followed the same pattern as patients with Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a paralyzing neurological disorder linked to Zika infections in which the immune system attacks nerves.
Puerto Rico Zika cases now include 65 pregnant women, 1 death -CDC
29 Apr 2016 at 4:26pm
(Recasts, adds interview with CDC doctor) By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO, April 29 (Reuters) - Health officials on Friday confirmed the first U.S. death of a patient infected with the Zika virus in Puerto Rico. Dr. Tyler Sharp of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Dengue Branch in San Juan told Reuters the patient had Zika virus disease, which included symptoms of fever, rash and body pain. Sharp said the ITP case followed the same pattern as patients with Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a paralyzing neurological disorder linked to Zika infections in which the immune system attacks nerves.
Worsening depression may be dementia cue: study
29 Apr 2016 at 4:07pm
People over 54 who suffer from steadily-worsening depression may run a higher risk of developing dementia, according to new research published Saturday that suggested it may be an early symptom. Other types of depression, such as one-off or recurring episodes, did not appear to pose a similar threat. "Only the group whose symptoms of depression increased over time was at an increased risk of dementia," said a statement by The Lancet Psychiatry, which published the results.
U.S. Dept. of Justice investigating Dole after deadly Listeria outbreak
29 Apr 2016 at 3:43pm
Dole Food Company Inc [DFCI.UL] on Friday said the U.S. Department of Justice is investigating a deadly Listeria monocytogenes outbreak linked to packaged salad products from its processing plant in Springfield, Ohio. "Dole has recently been contacted by the Department of Justice in connection with its own investigation, and we will be similarly cooperating with the DOJ to answer questions and address any concerns," Dole said in a statement.
U.S. approves first drug for psychosis linked to Parkinson's
29 Apr 2016 at 3:32pm
Acadia Pharmaceuticals Inc's drug for psychosis linked to Parkinson's disease was approved in the United States on Friday, becoming the first treatment for the condition to get a nod in the country. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, however, asked Acadia to include a black-box warning, its strictest warning, on the drug's label for an increased risk of death associated with its use in older people. The drug, Nuplazid, is expected to be priced at $13,500 per patient for a year and reach more that $1 billion in sales in 2021, according to Leerink analyst Paul Matteis.
'West Wing' actress gives White House press briefing
29 Apr 2016 at 3:07pm
By Susan Heavey WASHINGTON (Reuters) - For a few moments at the White House on Friday, "The West Wing" TV series came back to life as actress Allison Janney who played fictional White House spokeswoman CJ Cregg took the podium at the daily press briefing. Janney's appearance was a stunt meant to highlight Saturday's White House Correspondents Dinner, a glitz-filled annual event which draws celebrities and powerbrokers alike. Janney, whose character served as press secretary to fictional president Jed Bartlett in the televised drama, peppered her remarks with inside jokes from the show as she beat White House press secretary Josh Earnest to the briefing.
Mindfulness therapy works for recurrent depression
29 Apr 2016 at 2:42pm
By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - For people with recurring depression, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy may be more helpful than other treatments, according to a new analysis. Cognitive therapy focuses on substituting constructive patterns of thinking for maladaptive thought processes. Combining mindfulness techniques with cognitive therapy should be an option for patients, according to study leader Willem Kuyken of the University of Oxford in the UK.
No need to fast before cholesterol check
29 Apr 2016 at 2:36pm
By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - Most people don't need to fast overnight before getting their blood drawn for a cholesterol test, according to a group of experts. Cholesterol test results obtained one to six hours after a meal were not significantly different from results obtained after a fast, researchers found. "It could be implemented tomorrow with no problems at all," said lead author Dr. Borge Nordestgaard, of the University of Copenhagen in Denmark.
The Double Vision of Blind Faith
29 Apr 2016 at 1:32pm
Faith is blind when we believe in something unseen without any or sufficient evidence. Underlying many of our actions is our belief that it will lead to the desired goal.Many people act as if they don't believe (or accept) that exercise and a balanced diet lead to better health and a sense of well-being (although evidence exists). It is as if...