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California AG sues Johnson & Johnson over marketing for pelvic mesh
24 May 2016 at 12:43pm
By Jessica Dye NEW YORK (Reuters) - California's attorney general filed a lawsuit on Tuesday accusing Johnson & Johnson of failing to warn doctors and patients about the severity and frequency of complications associated with its pelvic mesh devices. According to the lawsuit, J&J and its Ethicon unit falsely marketed the devices as a safe and superior option to non-mesh treatments for pelvic floor disorders, when it was aware that the devices could cause devastating side effects like pain, bleeding, infection and loss of sexual function. "Johnson & Johnson put millions of women at risk of severe health problems by failing to provide critical information to doctors and patients about its surgical mesh products," California Attorney General Kamala Harris said in a statement.
Consider obesity surgery more often for diabetes: Guidelines
24 May 2016 at 12:36pm
WASHINGTON (AP) ? New guidelines say weight-loss surgery should become a more routine treatment option for diabetes, even for some patients who are mildly obese.
Washington, California sue over pelvic mesh implants
24 May 2016 at 12:29pm
SEATTLE (AP) ? Washington state and California are suing Johnson & Johnson, saying for more than a decade the company misrepresented the risks of vaginal mesh implants it sold.
Golf-Willett is keeping an eye on Zika before the Olympics
24 May 2016 at 12:17pm
Danny Willett became the latest golfer to suggest he may skip this year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, as he evaluates the threat the Zika virus might pose. Earlier this week, world number three Rory McIlroy said he would have to "monitor" the situation with the virus in Brazil, hinting he might decide against competing. Englishman Willett feels much the same.
Early exposure to traffic pollution may affect lungs later
24 May 2016 at 12:13pm
By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) - Infants exposed to higher levels of vehicular air pollution more often have problems later on in the small airways near the edges of their lungs, according to a new study. The finding that early life exposure to air pollutants affects the so-called peripheral airways, ?has not been reported before,? said lead author Dr. Erica S. Schultz of the Karolinska Institutet Institute of Environmental Medicine in Stockholm, Sweden. ?The lungs and airways are exposed to different air pollutants throughout life, but as the lungs are not fully developed at birth, young children are considered to be particularly vulnerable to adverse effects,? she said.
6 Research-Based Tips That Will Help You Cut Down on Meat
24 May 2016 at 12:06pm
39 percent of Americans are trying to cut down on how much meat they eat. But judging from the pork, beef and poultry consumption in the US, which has been steadily rising in recent years, not that many are succeeding. Even among self-proclaimed vegetarians about 60 percent have dined on meat within the last 24 hours.For most people,...
Parents who lose a baby to SIDS want more information
24 May 2016 at 11:57am
By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) - When parents have lost a baby to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), doctors may fear that discussing the risk factors will distress them or cause them to blame themselves. When the cause of an infant?s death is unclear after a detailed investigation, it?s classified as SIDS. Although the exact cause of SIDS isn?t known, some factors, like putting the baby to sleep face down, or using soft bedding, do increase the risk.
Sharing the Joy and Knowledge With Educators
24 May 2016 at 11:48am
This was a good week.I had introduced a group of about 25 parent educators to the world of mindfulness, and this was our last session. Over six weekly meetings I covered the basics... but only barely. These teachers were busy, let me tell you! It was their school that had volunteered them to meet with me at the end of a long workday, and, while...
Dancer Refuses To Let Lupus Stop Her Gift
24 May 2016 at 11:44am
Imagine moving across the country with no family and no friends in sight. Imagine suddenly having to navigate a new world with no crutch to hold onto. What do you do? Do you sink or do you swim? Tonneta Drummond chose to swim.A budding accountant by trade and liturgical dancer by passion Tonneta Drummond was your average healthy young woman....
Drop in deaths in Mediterranean is hopeful sign, migration body says
24 May 2016 at 11:26am
By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - Fewer migrants are dying as they try to cross the Mediterranean to Europe, which may reflect better management of refugee flows and swifter rescue operations, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on Tuesday. The death toll included 13 in May, none of them on the eastern Mediterranean route between Turkey and Greece, where arrivals have slowed to a trickle since the European Union struck an agreement with Turkey to get it to curb the flow.
Monsanto rejects Bayer bid, but open to more talks
24 May 2016 at 11:04am
Monsanto Co , the world's largest seed company, turned down Bayer AG's $62 billion acquisition bid as "incomplete and financially inadequate" on Tuesday, but said it was open to engage further in negotiations. Monsanto's decision, first reported earlier on Tuesday by Reuters, puts pressure on Bayer to decide whether to raise its bid, even as the company faces criticism from some shareholders that its $122-per-share cash offer is already too high. The other options are to walk away, or mount a hostile bid.
Sleep training needn?t be stressful for babies
24 May 2016 at 10:34am
Both sleep-training programs were linked to better sleep for babies, but parent education wasn?t, researchers report in Pediatrics. ?Parents often have a misconception of a baby?s sleep patterns and they think that babies will sleep through the night much earlier in life than they are ready to physiologically,? Goodstein, who wasn?t involved in the study, added by email.
Call for gastric surgery to be standard diabetes treatment
24 May 2016 at 9:58am
By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - People with diabetes should be offered gastric surgery as a standard treatment option which could help control it for years without medication, the world's leading diabetes groups said. A joint statement from a 45-strong group said on Tuesday that bariatric, or metabolic, surgery could have a significant benefit for hundreds of thousands of patients worldwide, which they said represented one of the biggest shifts in diabetes treatment guidelines since the advent of insulin. The new guidelines say surgery to reduce the stomach and induce weight loss should be recommended to treat all diabetes patients whose body mass index (BMI) is 40 or over, regardless of their blood glucose control, as well as those with a BMI of 30 and over whose blood sugar levels are not being controlled by lifestyle changes or medication.
Anthem CEO expects U.S. regulatory decision in July
24 May 2016 at 9:02am
By Caroline Humer NEW YORK (Reuters) - Anthem Inc Chief Executive Officer Joseph Swedish said on Tuesday the health insurer was pushing for approval from antitrust regulators reviewing its $51 billion acquisition of Cigna Corp and expects to hear a decision in July. Anthem's bid for Cigna followed closely after Aetna Inc's proposed $34 billion purchase of Humana Inc last July. Swedish said antitrust regulators have asked many questions about how it and Cigna manage healthcare benefits for large employers, but that the overall review was moving forward as expected.
In first, Russia, China emergency medical teams get global certificate
24 May 2016 at 8:57am
Three Russian and Chinese emergency medical teams have become the first certified by the World Health Organization to respond to disasters and disease outbreaks globally, the UN health agency said Tuesday. "This means that, when a disaster strikes and an affected country requests help, we can quickly deploy medical teams that we know meet our high standards," WHO chief Margaret Chan said in the statement. The certification programme was launched last year in a bid to ensure that medical teams sent abroad to respond to an emergency have well-trained staff and bring along the proper medicine and equipment to respond to the situation.