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U.S. EPA expected to tighten long-awaited ozone standards: sources
25 Nov 2014 at 6:27pm
By Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to propose on Wednesday more stringent air quality standards for ground-level ozone, the main culprit in smog, sources said. Under a court-ordered deadline of next Monday to release its proposal, the agency could propose a National Ambient Air Quality Standard between 65 and 70 parts per billion concentration of ozone, and take comment on standards within a 60-75 ppb range, sources familiar with the matter said. That would compare with the current level of 75 ppb set under then-President George W. ...
Ebola isolation at US base 'pretty much vacation'
25 Nov 2014 at 5:52pm
HAMPTON, Va. (AP) ? With plenty of flat screen TVs, game nights and even an outdoor fire pit, life in isolation for members of the U.S. military who have returned from the Ebola mission in West Africa can look a lot like summer camp.
Cricket-Australia's Hughes to undergo scans after surgery
25 Nov 2014 at 5:28pm
(Adds details) SYDNEY, Nov 26 (Reuters) - Australia cricketer Phillip Hughes remains in critical condition and will have more scans on Wednesday after undergoing emergency surgery to relieve pressure on his brain at a Sydney hospital. The batsman suffered a severe head injury when he was struck by a ball during a domestic match at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday. ...
Top Democrat says Obama focus on healthcare in 2009 was mistake
25 Nov 2014 at 4:09pm
By Amanda Becker WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A top U.S. Senate Democrat said on Tuesday that President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats made a major political blunder in 2009 when they chose to focus on healthcare reform instead of concentrating on fixing the economy. Charles Schumer, the No. 3 Senate Democrat, said it "made no political sense" for the party to push healthcare reform as its highest domestic priority when lack of health insurance coverage affected only a small portion of voters. ...
HCA hospitals halt use of uterine fibroid surgical tool
25 Nov 2014 at 3:59pm
(Reuters) - HCA Holdings Inc, the largest for-profit U.S. hospital operator, said a procedure for removing uterine fibroids that has been linked to the spread of cancer will no longer be performed at its facilities. The surgical technique involves use of a laparoscopic power morcellator device that pulverizes tissue before it is extracted from the uterus through a small opening. Morcellation is the mincing or pulverization of tissue to make it easier to remove. HCA's decision follows new guidelines for the devices issued Monday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. ...
Doctor behind 'free radical' aging theory dies
25 Nov 2014 at 3:34pm
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) ? Dr. Denham Harman, a renowned scientist who developed a prominent theory on aging that's now used to study cancer, Alzheimer's disease and other illnesses, has died in Nebraska at age 98.
Sierra Leone Ebola burial workers dump bodies in pay protest
25 Nov 2014 at 3:24pm
By Umaru Fofana FREETOWN (Reuters) - Burial workers in Sierra Leone have dumped bodies in the street outside a hospital in protest at authorities' failure to pay bonuses for handling Ebola victims. Residents said up to 15 corpses had been abandoned in the eastern town of Kenema, three of them at a hospital entrance to stop people entering. The head of the district Ebola Response Team, Abdul Wahab Wan, said the bodies included those of two babies. A spokesman for the striking workers, who asked not to be identified, said they had not been paid their weekly hazard allowance for seven weeks. ...
Fat to blame for half a million cancers a year, WHO agency says
25 Nov 2014 at 3:03pm
By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - Some half a million cases of cancer a year are due to people being overweight or obese, and the problem is particularly acute in North America, the World Health Organization's cancer research agency said on Wednesday. In a study published in the journal The Lancet Oncology, the WHO's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) said high body mass index (BMI) has now become a major cancer risk factor, responsible for some 3.6 percent, or 481,000, of new cancer cases in 2012. ...
Thanksgiving -- Not Just a Holiday
25 Nov 2014 at 3:01pm
Athletes know how important giving thanks is, especially after a game without injury. The same is true in life, especially when you leave that family gathering and are grateful for not punching Uncle Marvin in the face for his condescending comments about women in the workplace. Giving thanks for even the smallest things in life puts us in a...
Supreme Court to weigh challenge to Obama mercury air pollution rule
25 Nov 2014 at 2:38pm
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to weigh a challenge by industry groups and some states to an Obama administration regulation intended to limit emissions of mercury and other hazardous pollutants mainly from coal-fired power plants. In a blow to the administration, the justices said in a brief order they would review an April ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit that upheld the rule. The court will decide whether the U.S. ...
U.S. Fed plans enhanced capital standards for GE unit
25 Nov 2014 at 2:32pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Reserve on Tuesday proposed to impose tougher capital standards on General Electric's finance unit, one of a handful of non-bank firms deemed critically important to the health of the financial system.
Vote tally too close, recount ordered on Oregon GMO labeling
25 Nov 2014 at 1:56pm
By Carey Gillam (Reuters) - The final vote tally on an Oregon ballot measure that would require labeling of foods made with genetically modified ingredients was so close that state officials are doing a recount, a spokesman for the state said on Tuesday. Final results show the Oregon measure losing by 812 votes out of a total of more than 1.5 million votes, according to the Oregon Secretary of State's Office. "State law says that if the margin is no more than one-fifth of 1 percent of the total votes cast in that election... ...
Prioritizing healthcare overhaul was a mistake: Senate Democrat
25 Nov 2014 at 1:24pm
By Amanda Becker WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The No. 3 Democrat in the Senate said on Tuesday the Democratic Party had made a political mistake by pushing for Obamacare. New York Senator Charles Schumer, speaking at the National Press Club in Washington, said that after passing a stimulus package to jumpstart the economy during the economic downturn, Democrats "put all of our focus on the wrong problem" by turning to President Barack Obama's healthcare reform effort, which passed in 2010. ...
MRIs may be too painful for some with cochlear implants
25 Nov 2014 at 1:10pm
By Kathryn Doyle NEW YORK (Reuters Health) ? Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machines may displace the magnets of cochlear implants or cause extreme discomfort for some wearers, according to a new study. More than 300,000 people worldwide now have a cochlear implant, a small electronic device with an external transmitter held in place behind the ear with a magnet and an internal electrode array. The devices can help restore a sense of hearing to the profoundly deaf, according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. ...
Air dryers may spread more hand germs
25 Nov 2014 at 12:49pm
By Janice Neumann (Reuters Health) ? What?s better for limiting the spread of bacteria in washrooms: paper towels, or air dryers? New research funded by a trade organization of paper towel manufacturers suggests that towels spread less bacteria. Previous studies have shown mixed results, some finding air dryers spread more bacteria and others showing they?re as safe as towels. A review of past studies published in 2012 in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings suggested that in healthcare settings, at least, ?paper towels should be recommended. ...