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Nobel laureates urge Greenpeace to stop opposing GMOs
30 Jun 2016 at 12:55pm
By Adam DeRose WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More than 100 Nobel laureates called on the international environmental group Greenpeace on Thursday to end its opposition to genetically modified crops, saying there is a scientific consensus they are safe and can benefit society. At a news conference, the scientists cited in particular the value of a genetically modified rice used to prevent some illnesses related to vitamin A deficiency in much of the developing world. "Golden Rice" produces beta carotene in the grain, which rice does not do in the natural world.
More U.S. babies with Zika-related birth defects reported by health agency
30 Jun 2016 at 12:48pm
Three more babies have been born in the United States with birth defects likely linked to Zika virus infections, while another lost pregnancy was linked to the virus, according to figures updated by health officials on Thursday. The figures were listed in a U.S. Zika pregnancy registry created earlier this month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Suicide by job: Farmers, lumberjacks, fisherman top list
30 Jun 2016 at 12:02pm
NEW YORK (AP) ? Farmers, lumberjacks and fishermen kill themselves most often, according to a large new study of workers in the U.S. that showed enormous differences of suicide rates across jobs.
Shock treatment may improve erectile dysfunction
30 Jun 2016 at 12:00pm
By Lisa Rapaport An experimental therapy known as low-intensity shock wave treatment might improve erectile dysfunction, particularly for men with only mild to moderate sexual difficulties, a research review suggests. Like popular medications for erectile dysfunction, low-intensity shock wave treatment focuses on the main cause of the problem, which is insufficient blood flow to the penis that makes it difficult to get and maintain an erection. Unlike these pills, however shock wave therapy isn?t approved to treat erectile dysfunction in the U.S. While the long-term risks and benefits of shock treatment are still unknown, and more studies are needed to determine the best dosage, the therapy may offer an alternative to men who can?t take Viagra or didn?t get the results they wanted from a pill, said senior study author Dr. Tom Lue of the University of California, San Francisco.
Judge blocks Indiana genetic abnormality abortion law
30 Jun 2016 at 11:57am
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) ? A federal judge blocked an Indiana law Thursday that would have banned abortions sought because of a fetus' genetic abnormalities, saying that the state does not have the authority to limit a woman's reasons for ending a pregnancy.
Smoking linked to inflammation, sperm damage in men
30 Jun 2016 at 11:41am
By Kathryn Doyle The sperm of men who smoke, compared to those who don?t, have more damaged DNA, fewer active energy-generating mitochondria and more proteins indicating a revved up immune response, according to a small study. Past research has found that smokers tend to have more abnormal sperm in terms of number, motility, shape and structures known as acrosomes that help sperm penetrate an egg. ?We knew that smoking leads to decreased sperm DNA integrity, decreased mitochondrial activity and decreased acrosome integrity,? said senior author of the new study Dr. Ricardo Pimenta Bertolla of Sao Paulo Federal University in Brazil.
Canada to unveil recreational marijuana rules in November
30 Jun 2016 at 10:27am
Canada's health minister said Thursday that the government has formed a special task force to propose ways to regulate sales of recreational marijuana ahead of legalization in 2017. The group includes a former attorney general of Canada, an expert in pain management and cannabis therapeutics, a drug policy researcher, a law professor and a handful of ex-cops, said Health Minister Jane Philpott. The panel will examine the production and testing of the drug, distribution and marketing, and "look at the experience of other jurisdictions" that have lifted bans on the recreational pot use, Philpott said.
Don't Eat Raw Cookie Dough, FDA Warns After E. Coli Outbreak Linked to Flour
30 Jun 2016 at 10:06am
Make sure you bake your cookies to avoid getting sick.
U.N. peacekeeping mission leaves Liberia after 13 years
30 Jun 2016 at 10:02am
By Alphonso Toweh MONROVIA (Reuters) - A U.N. peacekeeping mission that was sent to Liberia in 2003 to restore order after two brutal civil wars withdrew on Thursday, beginning a new phase of self-reliance for the impoverished West African country. Liberia has relied heavily on the mission of 15,000 U.N. troops, known as UNMIL, which had been winding down for several months before control was officially handed over to domestic forces on Thursday. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf told Reuters much had been done to prepare for the transition, but that more was still needed.
U.S. reports doctors, hospitals brought in $7.52 billion in payments
30 Jun 2016 at 9:58am
Doctors and hospitals in the United States received $7.52 billion in payments and ownership and investment interests from the makers of drugs and medical devices in 2015, according to data released by a government health agency. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said in its open payments report, which is mandated by the "Sunshine Act," that doctors and hospitals reported $2.6 billion in general payments, $3.89 billion in research payments and $1.02 billion of ownership or investment interests. This is the third annual report in the program, which has a searchable website reflecting data for more than 600,000 doctors and over 1,100 teaching hospitals.
Canada forms task force to consult on marijuana legalization
30 Jun 2016 at 9:40am
By Ethan Lou TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada's Liberal government has formed a task force on marijuana legalization that will conduct nationwide consultations before reporting back in November, it said on Thursday. The government said in April it will introduce legislation in the spring of 2017 to legalize the marijuana's recreational use. Medical marijuana is already legal in Canada.
Laws encourage alternatives to prison for veterans with PTSD
30 Jun 2016 at 9:14am
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) ? A former Army sergeant's defenders say he truly believed he was protecting fellow soldiers from a Taliban bomber when he emptied 24 rounds at police and firefighters responding to a fire in his apartment.
Drug for treating addiction may help fight cancer, study finds
30 Jun 2016 at 9:10am
A British research team has discovered that naltrexone, widely used to treat alcohol or heroin addiction, can halt the progression of breast cancer and destroy cancer cells when given in low doses. The researchers found that the drug, when given in low doses, could not only stop cancer cells growing, but also destroy them, thanks to an immune system made more hostile to the disease. Two other drugs, not currently classed as cancer therapies, are also being explored for potential anticancer effects -- the antimalarial drug artesunate and cannabinoids, derived from cannabis.
Why The UK Started Giving Out Those Amazing Baby Boxes
30 Jun 2016 at 8:52am
A baby in a box is not only adorable, it's safe. That is why the practice has been going on for almost 80 years in Finland, which has the world's lowest infant mortality rates. Every newborn is provided with a cardboard box to sleep in along with a starter kit of clothes, diapers and toys from the government.Now, the UK is starting the...
Stretching may ease women's depression and menopause symptoms
30 Jun 2016 at 8:17am
By Reyna Gobel (Reuters Health) ? Stretching just 10 minutes a day might help ease menopause and depression symptoms in middle-aged women, a small study suggests. ?Light-intensity exercises such as stretching have not been previously evaluated for its impact on menopausal and depressive symptoms,? lead researcher Yuko Kai told Reuters Health by email. Forty Japanese women, ages 40 to 61 years, participated in the study at the Physical Fitness Research Institute, Meiji Yasuda Life Foundation of Health and Welfare in Tokyo.