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Passengers on BA jet that caught fire in Las Vegas sue Boeing, GE
27 Nov 2015 at 8:25am
Passengers on a British Airways plane that caught fire taking off from Las Vegas in September are suing the makers of the plane and its engines in Chicago, their lawyers said on Friday. The engine of the Boeing 777 burst into flames, forcing all 170 passengers and crew to escape via emergency slides, after a part of a spool in the high-pressure compressor failed, according to findings from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). Now 65 passengers from the United States, Britain, Northern Ireland, Ireland and Germany are seeking damages from Boeing and engine maker GE for pain, suffering, emotional stress as well as financial losses, law firm Stewarts Law said in a statement.
Screen time, in moderation, not linked to youngsters' depression
27 Nov 2015 at 8:00am
There was, however, little difference in depression risk between children who didn?t have any screen time and those who got about two hours a day. Screen time didn't appear connected to depression in older teens. Overall, in smaller doses, screen time appeared to be a good thing. ?The finding of the lower depression risk with a relatively low quantity of screen time may suggest that exposure to screen/media, when in moderation, can have potentially positive impacts on adolescents? mental health,? said senior study author Dr. Yao Shuqiao of the Medical Psychological Institute, Second Xiangya Hospital of Central South University in Hunan, China.
UNICEF: AIDS leading cause of death for African teenagers
27 Nov 2015 at 7:59am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) ? While the global push to eradicate HIV may have saved over a million babies, AIDS is now the leading cause of death for African teenagers and the second most common killer for adolescents across the globe, the United Nations' agency for children said on Friday.
U.N. Syria envoy says downing of Russian jet 'did not help' peace process
27 Nov 2015 at 7:41am
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Turkey's downing of a Russian jet near the Syrian border earlier this week risks harming the Syrian peace process, the United Nation's top Syria diplomat said on Friday, speaking in Stockholm. "It certainly did not help... there is a likelihood of it complicating this," U.N. envoy Staffan de Mistura said about political negotiations over peace or a cease fire. NATO member Turkey and Russia have been in a war of words after Turkey's air force shot down a Russian warplane. (Reporting by Alistair Scrutton, Writing by Daniel Dickson; Editing by Simon Johnson)
Broad smiles and enduring spirit at Holocaust survivors' beauty contest
27 Nov 2015 at 7:39am
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.
Misleading HPV vaccine websites are easy to find
27 Nov 2015 at 7:25am
By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Parents who go online to find out about the vaccine for human papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually transmitted disease that causes cervical cancer, may have a hard time finding accurate information, a recent U.S. study suggests. In the U.S., the HPV vaccine is recommended for children at age 11 or 12 years, with the goal of protecting them against the virus before they become sexually active, and also for teens and young adults who may not have previously been vaccinated. The Internet, where the vast majority of Americans go for answers to a wide variety of medical questions, may be particularly misleading when it comes to facts about HPV, researchers report in the Journal of Adolescent Health.
8 Questions To Ask Your Pharmacist
27 Nov 2015 at 6:00am
More than 4 billion prescriptions were filled at retail pharmacies in 2014, according to data from theHenry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Of those prescriptions, roughly half to three-quarters were used incorrectly, says pharmacist Linda Bernstein, a volunteer clinical professor at University of California-San Francisco School of Pharmacy and a...
5 Things Psychologists Wish Their Patients Would Do
27 Nov 2015 at 6:00am
Does your therapist have a secret wish list of things you should do to optimize your therapy?If you?re one of the millions of people in the United States who sees a therapist, you may have had this exact thought. To answer that question, we asked five psychologists -- Melanie Greenberg, PhD, Laura Kauffman, PhD, Craig Malkin, PhD, Simon...
The 'Angelina effect' has doubled preventative mastectomy numbers in the UK
27 Nov 2015 at 3:31am
Two years after the actress Angelina Jolie went public about having a gene mutation linked to breast cancer and her preventative double mastectomy, a new UK study has shown that the number of preventative operations of this kind has risen. Angelina Jolie's announcement in May 2013 that she had had a double mastectomy caused a media storm. The American actress carries a mutation in the BRCA1 gene, as did her mother, who died of breast cancer.
Study shows that low-sugar diet makes food taste sweeter
27 Nov 2015 at 3:08am
A new study by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that adults who stuck to a low-sugar diet found that food tasted sweeter. Results showed that for those who had reduced their sugar intake, food tasted much sweeter than for those who stuck to their original sugar intake.
Produce in Costco salad linked to E. coli is being recalled
27 Nov 2015 at 1:51am
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) ? Federal officials say a business is recalling a vegetable mix believed to be the source of E.coli in Costco chicken salad that has been linked to an outbreak that has sickened 19 people in seven states.
South Sudan food team finds risk of "widespread catastrophe"
26 Nov 2015 at 11:28pm
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 organisations and U.N. agencies including the Food and Agriculture Organization and World Food Programme.
Easing of China one-child policy too late for those who lost only child
26 Nov 2015 at 10:14pm
By Kim Kyung-Hoon BEIJING (Reuters) - Cui Wenlan was devastated when she heard the news last month that China was scrapping its one-child policy. Cui's story underscores the punitive nature of China's family planning policy, beyond the more well-known stories of forced abortions and sterilisations, and highlights the plight of an estimated million "shidu" families, or those who have lost their only child. China, the world's most populous country with nearly 1.4 billion people, says the once-child policy has averted 400 million births since 1980, saving scarce food resources and helping to pull families out of poverty.
Allegations of plot against Thai government unfounded: opposition
26 Nov 2015 at 9:57pm
By Amy Sawitta Lefevre BANGKOK (Reuters) - Allegations by Thailand's prime minister that members of the opposition planned to attack senior officials are baseless and designed to deflect attention from a corruption investigation, one of the main opposition groups said on Friday. Accusations of graft involving a park built to honor Thailand's monarchy are threatening to damage an anti-graft drive by the ruling junta, which seized power last year vowing to clean up government and protect royal prestige. The graft accusations, leveled by some Thai media and opposition groups, have transfixed a country anxious over the declining health of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, 87.
One killed, several injured in hit-and-run crash in New York City
26 Nov 2015 at 8:14pm
(Reuters) - One person was killed and several people were injured on a busy New York City street on Thursday when a hit-and-run driver struck a pedestrian before driving away and crashing into parked cars, police said.