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Lawmakers: Agency not doing enough against dengue fever
26 Nov 2015 at 4:05pm
HONOLULU (AP) ? Hawaii state Sen. Russell Ruderman worries whenever there's a mosquito buzzing in his home.
ADHD impact on families predicts whether kids get needed services
26 Nov 2015 at 2:40pm
By Madeline Kennedy (Reuters Health) - Many elementary school children with ADHD don?t get services like medication and behavior therapy that might improve their condition, according to an Australian study. ?ADHD is not a trivial problem. It can have major negative effects on children's learning, social interactions, emotional well-being, self-esteem and quality of life,? said lead author Dr. Daryl Efron by email.
Merck plans to sell its allergy business unit to cut debt: Bloomberg
26 Nov 2015 at 2:32pm
(Reuters) - German drugs and chemicals maker Merck KGaA is planning to sell its allergy business, Allergopharma, Bloomberg reported, citing sources.
Annual HIV infection record for Europe in 2014
26 Nov 2015 at 1:17pm
Europe registered a record number of HIV infections in 2014, driven by cases in Russia and immigrants who acquired the virus after arrival, the EU and the World Health Organization said Thursday. "Despite all the efforts to fight HIV, this year the European region has reached over 142,000 new HIV infections, the highest number ever. This is a serious concern," WHO regional director for Europe Zsuzsanna Jakab said in a report published by WHO and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control in Stockholm.
Family of late deejay Casey Kasem file civil suit against widow
26 Nov 2015 at 12:16pm
(Reuters) - The widow of U.S. radio personality Casey Kasem has been sued by three of his children and his brother, who claim her actions led to his death in June 2014. The suit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday accuses Jean Kasem of elder abuse, inflicting emotional distress and breach of contract by restricting access to Kasem and failing to provide adequate medical care. Kasem, the former "American Top 40" deejay, died in Washington state at 82 after suffering from Lewy body disease, a form of dementia.
Feds plan new guidelines on toxic algae in lakes, rivers
26 Nov 2015 at 11:20am
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) ? New national guidelines are being developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to protect swimmers and kayakers from the growing threats posed by toxic algae in lakes and rivers.
South Sudan food team finds risk of 'widespread catastrophe'
26 Nov 2015 at 10:03am
By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of people surviving on water lilies and swamp fish after fleeing South Sudan's war may run out of food entirely when the dry season starts in January, food security experts said in a report seen by Reuters on Thursday. The Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) team said after a trip to South Sudan's Unity State that said 40,000 people there were projected to be in a food security "catastrophe" and at risk of famine. The IPC members include non-governmental organizations and U.N. agencies including the Food and Agriculture Organization and World Food Programme.
Men may eat more when women are watching
26 Nov 2015 at 9:51am
Researchers observed diners at an all-you-can-eat Italian buffet and found men who dined with at least one woman at the table ate 93 percent more pizza than their peers who had only male dining companions. The tendency to overeat extended to healthier fare as well ? men ate 86 percent more salad in the company of women. ?We find that while men disproportionately over-eat in the company of women, women felt like they overate and felt rushed when eating with men even though there was no evidence that they actually ate more,? said lead study author Kevin Kniffin of the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.
Most Tanzanians rely on unsafe water despite government efforts: survey
26 Nov 2015 at 9:31am
By Kizito Makoye DAR ES SALAAM (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Only one in three people in Tanzania has access to piped water despite government efforts to improve water supplies with most of the population still relying on unsafe water that brings the risk of disease, according to a study on Thursday. Two years after a government initiative to try to ensure better water supplies, a survey by a local governance think-tank, Twaweza, found most Tanzanians, of 64 percent, still draw water from unsafe sources such as wells and surface water. The study of 1,852 people found most people in the east African nation, or 65 percent, saw access to clean water as the major challenge facing their communities.
Arsenic and mercury found in river days after Brazil dam burst
26 Nov 2015 at 9:11am
By Stephen Eisenhammer RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Illegal levels of arsenic and mercury polluted the Rio Doce river in the days after a dam burst at an iron ore mine in early November in Brazil's worst-ever environmental disaster, according to tests by a state water agency. The Institute for Water Management in Minas Gerais (IGAM), found arsenic levels more than ten times above the legal limit in one place along the Rio Doce after the dam burst on Nov. 5, killing at least 13 people and flooding thick mud across two states. Mercury slightly above the permitted level was also found in one area.
VW's Audi suspends two engineers in emissions probe
26 Nov 2015 at 9:05am
By Andreas Cremer BERLIN (Reuters) - Volkswagen's luxury flagship Audi has suspended two engineers after its larger diesel engines were found evading emissions limits in the United States, Audi CEO Rupert Stadler said in a newspaper interview published on Thursday. Volkswagen (VW) and Audi notified U.S. authorities last Thursday that about 85,000 vehicles with 3.0 liter V6 diesel engines were fitted with emissions-control equipment that was not disclosed to U.S. regulators. The news widened a scandal at parent VW which has led to the ouster of its long-time chief executive and wiped more than 20 billion euros ($21 billion) off the group's market value.
Diabetic vision loss medication may promote return to driving
26 Nov 2015 at 8:28am
By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) - After a year of treatment with the drug ranibizumab (Lucentis), some people with vision loss due to diabetes regain their confidence to drive and have vision good enough to do so, according to a new study. Up to 45 percent of people in the U.S. with type 1 or type 2 diabetes have some level of vision loss, most commonly diabetic retinopathy. The results provide tangible evidence that improvements in vision measured with an eye chart also translate to real-world functioning based on vision, said lead author Dr. Neil M. Bressler of the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore.
Healthy diets may not be one-size-fits-all
26 Nov 2015 at 8:25am
By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - When two people follow the same weight-loss diet to the letter, but one fails to lose weight, the problem might be their bodies? different responses to the same foods, a recent Israeli study suggests. Over time, elevated blood sugar can lead to health problems like obesity and diabetes. Many popular diets such as Atkins, The Zone and South Beach center on a component known as the glycemic index (GI), a fixed ranking of foods based on how fast and how high they raise blood sugar after meals.
Broad smiles and enduring spirit at Holocaust survivors' beauty contest
26 Nov 2015 at 7:04am
By Amir Cohen HAIFA, Israel (Reuters) - To the strains of Madonna's "Vogue", the 13 women with a combined age of about 1,050 strutted down the runway cautiously, hindered only slightly by walking sticks and the odd dodgy hip. The third annual Holocaust survivors' beauty pageant, honoring women who lived through the concentration camps and death marches of Nazi Germany, was held in the city of Haifa this week with hundreds of relatives turning out in support. "Many of them were children, teenagers or young adults during the Holocaust," said Jurgen Buhler, the German director of the International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem, a sponsor.
WHO records highest-ever number of new HIV cases in its European Region
26 Nov 2015 at 6:38am
The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday that in 2014 it had recorded the highest number of new HIV cases in its European Region, which also includes Central Asia, since the start of reporting in the 1980s. WHO and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) said in a statement that more than 142,000 people in WHO's European Region were diagnosed with HIV last year with the increase coming from its eastern sector which comprises 15 countries including Russia, Ukraine and Central Asia. The statement followed publication on Tuesday of findings by the United Nations AIDS program which showed that new HIV infections overall had fallen by 35 percent since the peak of the three-decade-old pandemic in 2000.