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Officials: Zika spread through sex by man with no symptoms
26 Aug 2016 at 9:11am
NEW YORK (AP) ? U.S. health officials are reporting the first case of Zika spread through sex by a man with no symptoms of the disease.
India's deadly floods raise risk of women, children being sold into slavery
26 Aug 2016 at 8:48am
By Nita Bhalla NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Women and children in India's flood-hit eastern region are at risk of being preyed upon by human traffickers and sold into slavery in middle class homes, restaurants and shops, and even brothels, aid workers warned on Friday. Heavy monsoon rains have caused rivers including the Ganges and its tributaries to burst their banks, forcing more than 200,000 people into relief camps in the states of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttarakhand. Charities working in the worst affected regions of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh said trafficking was widespread in the aftermath of previous disasters in the region, such as last year's earthquake in neighboring Nepal and floods in Bihar in 2008.
FDA expands Zika screening to all US blood centers
26 Aug 2016 at 8:25am
The Food and Drug Administration wants all U.S. blood centers to start screening for Zika, a major expansion intended to protect the nation's blood supply from the mosquito-borne virus. Friday's advisory ...
Hodgkin survivors face risk of serious heart problems
26 Aug 2016 at 8:25am
By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - People who survive a type of blood cancer known as Hodgkin lymphoma early in life may be twice as likely to develop heart problems in adulthood as peers without a history of these tumors, a U.S. study suggests. While the study didn?t look at why these cancer survivors might have heart problems, both chemotherapy and radiation typically used to treat these tumors can cause permanent heart damage, said lead study author Dr. Nickhill Bhakta of St. Jude Children?s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.
Red Bull?s Verstappen fastest in Belgian GP practice
26 Aug 2016 at 8:17am
By Abhishek Takle SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium, (Reuters) - Max Verstappen was fastest on the opening day of practice for the Belgian Formula One Grand Prix ahead of Red Bull team mate Daniel Ricciardo as world champions Mercedes chose to focus on race preparation. Verstappen set a benchmark time of one minute 48.085 seconds, 0.256 quicker than Ricciardo on a hot and sunny day at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit. The German was only sixth-fastest in the afternoon, his best effort 1.076 seconds slower than Verstappen?s. Championship leader Lewis Hamilton, second in the morning, ended the day 13th and 1.697 seconds off the pace.
Adults with longer-lived parents may have healthier old age
26 Aug 2016 at 8:14am
?To our knowledge,? the research team writes in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, ?this is the first study? to find a link between parental longevity and lower risks for heart failure, the heart rhythm problem known as atrial fibrillation, as well as diseases of blood vessels in the arms and legs. The researchers looked at more than 186,000 middle-aged offspring from England, Wales and Scotland who had a deceased parent.
Italy quake death toll hits 268, state funeral planned
26 Aug 2016 at 8:06am
By Steve Scherer and Gabriele Pileri PESCARA DEL TRONTO, Italy (Reuters) - Hopes of finding more survivors from Italy's powerful earthquake faded on Friday, with the death toll rising to 268 and the rescue operation in some of the stricken areas called off. Three days after the quake struck the mountainous heart of the country, sniffer dogs and emergency crews continued to scour the town of Amatrice, which was leveled in the disaster, but there was no sign of life beneath the debris. "Only a miracle can bring our friends back alive from the rubble, but we are still digging because many are missing," town mayor Sergio Pirozzi told reporters, saying, around 15 people, including some children, had not been accounted for.
South Sudanese opposition leader leaves hospital, to stay in Khartoum
26 Aug 2016 at 7:58am
South Sudan opposition leader, Riek Machar, has left hospital but will remain in Khartoum for some time, Sabt Makkouk, an aide accompanying Machar, said on Friday. Sudan's Information Minister announced on August 23 that Machar, who left South Sudan to escape government forces, was in Khartoum for medical treatment. "Riek Machar left hospital this morning in stable health and has recovered ... He will stay in Khartoum for some time," Makkouk told Reuters.
German practitioner suspected of killing patients with experimental drug
26 Aug 2016 at 7:37am
The head of an alternative cancer treatment center in Germany is under investigation after three patients died there in suspicious circumstances, German prosecutors said on Friday. The non-medical practitioner, identified as Klaus R., is suspected of manslaughter in three cases and negligent injury in the case of two more patients who remain in serious condition, said Axel Stahl, senior prosecutor in the Krefeld prosecutor's office. Investigators are looking into allegations that the suspect treated patients with 3BP, an experimental drug that has not been clinically tested or approved for use as a cancer treatment.
Hillary Clinton says her family's foundation is looking for partners
26 Aug 2016 at 7:19am
U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton said on Friday the Clinton Foundation was seeking other organizations to partner with as it looks to wind down some of its charitable work, but defended her work as secretary of state as independent from her family's foundation. Clinton has come under fire in recent days amid questions over the charity and its donors given her role heading the State Department from 2009 to early 2013. Critics have accused her of running a "pay-for-play" operation, a charge she and the foundation have denied.
Ackman approached to buy Herbalife shares owned by Icahn
26 Aug 2016 at 7:10am
Ackman, who has bet more than $1 billion against Herbalife, said on CNBC that Icahn's planned stake sale would accelerate the company's downfall. Carl is what creates the confidence in the company. With Carl exiting, I think the thing is over, and over quickly.
Judge rejects prosecutor request to appeal Pistorius sentence
26 Aug 2016 at 5:24am
By Tanisha Heiberg JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A South African judge dismissed on Friday a request by state prosecutors to appeal Oscar Pistorius' six-year murder sentence, the latest twist in a trial that has captured global headlines. Women's rights groups in a country beset by high levels of violent crime against women say Pistorius has received preferential treatment compared to non-whites and those without his wealth or international celebrity status. Judge Thokozile Masipa sentenced the Paralympic gold medallist to six years behind bars in July for murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, in 2013, but the prosecution had said the decision was "shockingly lenient".
Japan warns on measles after infected fan joins Bieber concert
26 Aug 2016 at 3:47am
Japanese authorities have warned of a possible measles outbreak after a fan who went to a Justin Bieber concert near Tokyo was diagnosed with the contagious disease, officials said Friday. Despite the condition, the man, whose name was withheld, went to Bieber's concert on August 14 at Makuhari Messe in Chiba, east of Tokyo, where some 25,000 fans gathered for the event, they said. The man, from the western Japanese city of Nishinomiya, then stopped in Tokyo and neighbouring Kanagawa prefecture before returning home on August 19, when he was finally diagnosed with measles.
Asylum seekers and refugees donate money, help clearing up after Italian eart...
26 Aug 2016 at 3:43am
By Pietro Lombardi LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Asylum seekers in Italy have rallied to help survivors of the earthquake that killed at least 250 people in Italy, donating money and helping to clear up after the disaster, charity workers said on Thursday. In the southern region of Calabria more than 70 refugees and asylum seekers gave up a daily allowance for personal expenses of 2 euros ($2.30) to help survivors. "Pictures and video of the earthquake made them think of the wars and disasters they fled from," Giovanni Maiolo, local coordinator of the SPRAR project (Protection System for Refugees and Asylum Seekers) told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.