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Get Off the Scale!
25 Apr 2015 at 8:01pm
It's seems that once again, the public conversation about health has been degraded to weight and appearance.As usual, celebrity women have become the prime targets of jabbing and sometimes devastating comments. This collective social behavior always trickles into the day-to-day lives and consciousness of so many women, fueling insecurity,...
New avian flu viruses send U.S. scientists scrambling
25 Apr 2015 at 4:06pm
By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - Three highly pathogenic avian flu viruses that have infected poultry and wild birds in the U.S. Midwest appear unlikely to present a significant risk to humans. The H parts, which are highly pathogenic in poultry, originated in Asia, and the N parts come from North American, low pathogenic, avian flu viruses, said Dr. Rubin Donis, an associate director for policy and preparedness in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's influenza division.
Quake triggers Everest avalanche, reports say 18 killed
25 Apr 2015 at 4:02pm
By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - An Indian army mountaineering team found 18 bodies on Mount Everest on Saturday, an army spokesman said, after a massive earthquake in Nepal unleashed an avalanche on the world's tallest mountain at the start of the main climbing season. Nepal's Tourism Ministry could only confirm 10 deaths, but spokesman Gyanendra Shrestha said the death toll could rise, and that the avalanche had buried part of the base camp. He died as a result of head injuries when the avalanche hit, according to a statement from the mountaineering company that had taken him to base camp."We pray too for all those who have lost their lives in one of the greatest tragedies ever to hit this Himalayan nation," Jagged Globe said.Tourism ministry officials estimated that at least 1,000 climbers, including about 400 foreigners, had been at base camp or on Everest when the earthquake struck. April is one of the most popular times to scale the 8,850-metre (29,035 foot) peak before rain and clouds cloak it at the end of May. Almost exactly a year ago, an avalanche killed 16 Nepali guides in what was the single deadliest day on the mountain.
Nepal seeks help, death toll seen rising after devastating quake
25 Apr 2015 at 4:02pm
By Gopal Sharma and Ross Adkin KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal urged countries to send aid to help it cope with the aftermath of a devastating earthquake that killed nearly 1,400 people, a toll predicted to rise as rescuers used their hands to dig for survivors among the rubble on Sunday. Thousands of people braved freezing temperatures and patchy rain to sleep on pavements, in parks or in fields in the crowded Kathmandu valley, too afraid to return to homes damaged by a 7.9 magnitude quake which struck at midday on Saturday. "Our country is in a moment of crisis and we will require tremendous support and aid," he told Indian television. Police said the death toll had reached 1,394, with about 4,700 injured.
Bristol-Myers says hepatitis C drug combination succeeds in study
25 Apr 2015 at 2:04pm
(Reuters) - Bristol-Myers Squibb Co said its experimental drug cured hepatitis C in over 90 percent of patients in combination with Gilead Sciences Inc's Sovaldi and a commonly prescribed drug, ribavirin, in a late-stage study. Data presented at the International Liver Congress on Saturday showed that the combination cured 94 percent of the patients suffering from hepatitis C after a liver transplant and 83 percent of patients with severe scarring. There were no adverse events observed in the study, Bristol-Myers said on Saturday. Bristol-Myers has been testing the drug, daclatasvir, in combination with Sovaldi after shelving plans to market another hepatitis C drug, asunaprevir, in the United States.
Blast injures two at legal Kentucky moonshine distillery
25 Apr 2015 at 2:03pm
(Reuters) - An explosion leveled a western Kentucky distillery, authorities said on Saturday, injuring two workers at one of the few facilities permitted by the commonwealth to produce moonshine, a high-octane liquor mostly associated with illegal stills. Distiller Jay Rogers, 40, his assistant Kyle Rogers, 26, were severely burned by a blast and fire on Friday at the Silver Trail Distillery in Hardin, said Frank Murphy, the director of Marshall County Emergency Management. The men were airlifted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, where they remained in critical condition on Saturday, hospital spokesman Bill Snyder said.
Dutchman tapped to head UN Ebola mission
25 Apr 2015 at 12:41pm
The United Nations announced Saturday it has nominated Peter Jan Graaff of the Netherlands as the world body's new chief of mission to fight Ebola. Graaff is replacing Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed at UNMEER, after the Mauritanian diplomat was appointed to special UN envoy for Yemen. Graaff will work closely with Special Envoy on Ebola David Nabarro, along with governments in the region. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon "expresses his sincere gratitude to Mr Ould Cheikh Ahmed for his exceptional work and leadership of UNMEER, and for his commitment to ensuring the affected countries are on the road to recovery from the unprecedented Ebola outbreak," a statement read.
Europe's police crack massive horsemeat trafficking ring
25 Apr 2015 at 11:29am
Police from seven European countries detained 26 people in a crackdown on a horsemeat trafficking ring two years after a tainted meat scandal that rocked the continent, the EU's judicial agency Eurojust said Saturday. The operation involved officers and the judiciary in France, Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Britain, the European Union agency said. Eurojust did not say where the 26 suspects were arrested but the Dutch public prosecutor's office said three were arrested in the Netherlands.
Close the Immunization Gap! Get Vaccinated
25 Apr 2015 at 8:39am
Immunization Prevents 2 - 3 Million Deaths a Year Until the second half of the 20th century, the only way a child could become immune to infectious diseases like whooping cough or measles was to actually get the disease and survive it. Too often, however, infection led to tragic, premature death.Today, children all over the world are routinely...
A Practical Running Plan For Beginners
25 Apr 2015 at 6:18am
Sounds straightforward and easy enough. You're ready to start running and decide to find some good advice on the Web. You plug in your search terms and, uh-oh, information overload. You'll find plans that tell you cross train, plans with speed sessions and hill workouts, plans that emphasize walking, plans for 5k, 10k, and half marathon races....
Women in Business: Nadia Tarazi, Founder, MicroNourish
25 Apr 2015 at 3:34am
Nadia Tarazi is the Founder of MicroNourish®, an advanced nutrient system designed to target brain and gut balance for stable moods, mental clarity and a calmer relationship with food. Nadia curates the online magazine, You Are What You Absorb®, and created the coaching app, ThinkPal® -- which generates coaching questions to help people 'get...
Historic tower collapses in Kathmandu after quake
25 Apr 2015 at 3:05am
A historic tower built in the 19th century collapsed in the Nepali capital Kathmandu following a severe earthquake on Saturday and at least one body was removed as police cordoned off the area, a Reuters witness said. The Dharara Tower, built in 1832, was a historic landmark that had been open to visitors for the last 10 years and had a viewing balcony on its eighth floor.
Kathmandu hospital says 36 bodies counted so far from quake
25 Apr 2015 at 3:05am
(Reuters) - Kathmandu's main civil hospital said 36 bodies had been counted so far after a 7.9 earthquake hit the impoverished Himalayan country of Nepal on Saturday. Nepal's Kantipur TV showed at least 21 bodies lined up on the ground The shallow quake struck west Kathmandu, causing buildings to collapse, injuring many and leaving a pall of dust over the city, witnesses said. (Reporting by Reuters TV; Writing by Nick Macfie)
Farage dismisses health rumours ahead of election
25 Apr 2015 at 2:11am
Nigel Farage, the leader of Britain's anti-EU UK Independence Party, on Saturday dismissed rumours he was seriously unwell but said he had been dogged by chronic back pain that has hampered his ability to campaign for the May 7 election. "There were a lot of rumours at the start of this campaign that I was unwell which I denied," he told the Daily Telegraph, ahead of what is shaping up to be Britain's tightest election in a generation. Often seen as being a one-man band fronted by Farage, UKIP is set to play a key role in the election because it siphons support from Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives and the opposition Labour Party, potentially preventing either from winning an outright majority.
At least two dead after Nepal quake
25 Apr 2015 at 1:53am
At least two people were killed on Saturday when an earthquake measuring 7.9 magnitude struck Nepal and parts of northern India, authorities in both countries said. A 15-year-old girl was killed in northern India after the earthquake brought down the wall of her home in a village near the border with Nepal. Another girl was killed by a falling statue in a town outside Nepal's capital Kathmandu, according to Nepal's state radio.