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FDA warns of severe joint pain risk with DPP-4 diabetes drugs
28 Aug 2015 at 10:39am
(Reuters) - A class of diabetes drugs that include Merck & Co Inc's Januvia have been linked with severe joint pain, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Friday. The FDA said it had identified 33 cases of severe joint pain in patients taking a class of drugs known as DPP-4 inhibitors between Oct. 16, 2006, when the first one was approved, through Dec. 31, 2013.
Schippers shifts up a gear to take 200m gold
28 Aug 2015 at 10:14am
By Nick Mulvenney BEIJING (Reuters) - Dutch flier Dafne Schippers completed her transformation from heptathlete to world champion sprinter when she ran the fourth fastest 200 meters of all time to win by a nose at the Bird's Nest on Friday. The 23-year-old European champion clocked 21.63 seconds to beat Jamaica's Elaine Thompson by three-hundredths of a second and add gold to the silver medal she won in the 100m behind Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce on Monday. Only Americans Florence Griffith-Joyner, the world record holder, and Marion Jones, who was later banned for doping, have run faster.
Taking My Own Advice
28 Aug 2015 at 10:07am
A human being is a part of the whole called by us, the "Universe" -- a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest -- a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a...
28 Aug 2015 at 10:02am
I recently read an interview with comedian-of-the-moment, Amy Schumer, in which her genius way of turning insecurity into comic fodder shed some light on the subject of self worth. She explained that her stand up routines often use the experiences of her formative years as a way to tell relatable yet hilarious stories. She went on to regret...
Athletics-Schippers shifts up a gear to take 200m gold
28 Aug 2015 at 9:54am
By Nick Mulvenney BEIJING, Aug 28 (Reuters) - Dutch flier Dafne Schippers completed her transformation from heptathlete to world champion sprinter when she ran the fourth fastest 200 metres of all time to win by a nose at the Bird's Nest on Friday. The 23-year-old European champion clocked 21.63 seconds to beat Jamaica's Elaine Thompson by three-hundredths of a second and add gold to the silver medal she won in the 100m behind Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce on Monday. Only Americans Florence Griffith-Joyner, the world record holder, and Marion Jones, who was later banned for doping, have run faster.
Netflix drug drama 'Narcos' blurs line between cartels, agents
28 Aug 2015 at 9:18am
By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Not all cops are good guys and not all drug suppliers are obvious villains in Netflix Inc's dark drug drama "Narcos," a bilingual examination of the history of cocaine smuggling in America and its most menacing supplier. "Narcos," premiering across all Netflix territories on Friday, explores the origins of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar and the tense relationship between his Medellin cartel and the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as cocaine use became widespread among Americans in the 1980s. While Escobar, who was killed in 1993, was known as one of the drug world's wealthiest and ruthless criminals, "Narcos" attempts to understand the man behind the myth and those who strived to bring him down.
GAO to review accuracy of nursing home ratings
28 Aug 2015 at 9:15am
Watchdog arm of Congress to examine subject of Center investigation
What Your Genetic Blueprint Says About You: The Rise of Epigenetics
28 Aug 2015 at 9:08am
Health care and medicine is living through a major transformation. We're entering into a new era of medicine where prevention precedes treatment. Now this idea, believe it or not, is quite new. Of course, prevention is always the ideal, but sadly the health care sector has been programmed to curing the problem, rather than erasing the problem...
Inmate left to inhale own feces can sue NY prison officials
28 Aug 2015 at 8:54am
A federal appeals court revived a lawsuit accusing New York prison officials of locking an inmate for weeks in tiny cells that reeked of urine and feces, including one cell where they disabled his toilet and forced him to inhale his own excrement. Reversing a lower court ruling, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday said Aaron Willey could pursue civil claims against officials at the Wende Correctional Facility, a maximum security prison, in Alden, New York, near Buffalo.
Oklahoma day care probed for drugging kids to get them to sleep
28 Aug 2015 at 8:43am
A southeastern Oklahoma day care is under investigation for child abuse on suspicion of drugging children in its care, including those under a year old, to get them to sleep, police and state officials said on Friday. Officials from the day care center were not immediately available for comment. According to dosage recommendations on its packaging, liquid Benadryl is not to be given to infants younger than one year old or children who weigh less than 20 pounds, unless specifically ordered by a doctor.
Olympics-German sailor's infection puts heat on Rio organisers
28 Aug 2015 at 8:17am
* German Olympic Committee says taking case seriously * Sailing federation will inform organisers * Organisers say sailing will not be moved (Adds position of organising committee and rival sailing venue campaign) By Karolos Grohmann BERLIN, Aug 28 (Reuters) - German sailor Erik Heil, who was third at the Rio De Janeiro Olympic test last week, is being treated for several infections which he says were caused by the polluted waters during the regatta there, piling more pressure on organisers to move the location of next year's sailing event. The Brazilian metropolis will host the summer Games, the first South American city to do so, but it is struggling with polluted waters on which the athletes will compete.
Wellington boots from Glastonbury donated to Calais migrants
28 Aug 2015 at 8:10am
By Joseph D'Urso LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Several hundred pairs of wellington boots left behind at Britain's Glastonbury festival in June have been donated to migrants in the French port of Calais, where thousands are living in makeshift camps. Festival organizers have also donated bin liners to a team cleaning up the camp. "There is a massive issue at the migrant camp with rubbish collection and recycling," festival organizers said in a statement.
U.N. plans new Libya talks next week in Geneva
28 Aug 2015 at 8:04am
The United Nations plans a new round of talks between Libya's warring factions next week in Geneva in an effort to form a unity government and end the country's crisis, a UN spokesman said on Friday. Western governments see a U.N.-backed peace deal as the only solution to chaos in Libya where two rival governments battle for control, leaving a security vacuum which has been exploited by migrant smugglers and Islamic militants. Months of negotiations have been stalled by hardliners on both sides and fighting among armed groups siding with the two loose factions that emerged four years after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi.
Forget goals, get back to nature to save planet, says Indian conservationist
28 Aug 2015 at 7:59am
By Magdalena Mis STOCKHOLM (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The way to achieve sustainable development is to reconnect with nature, not by setting international targets that are difficult to understand, according to a renowned Indian conservationist. A new set of development objectives - known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - is due to be adopted at a U.N. summit in September. "The SDGs are not the real way you can reach anything," Rajendra Singh told the Thomson Reuters Foundation on the sidelines of a global water conference in the Swedish capital.
Sleep-deprived kids are more tempted by food
28 Aug 2015 at 6:57am
By Janice Neumann (Reuters Health) - Children who don?t get enough sleep might be more tempted by food, a new study suggests. The children who slept less than 11 hours at night also had a higher body mass index ? a measure of weight in relation to height ? than those who slept 11 hours or more. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends 11 to 12 hours of sleep for pre-school children.