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Medicare drug premiums to rise for 2nd year
31 Jul 2014 at 1:42pm
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Medicare says premiums for prescription drug plans will rise in 2015 for the second year in a row.
U.S. warns against traveling to Ebola-hit countries
31 Jul 2014 at 1:53pm
U.S. health officials are warning Americans not to travel to the three African countries hit by an outbreak of Ebola.
Probe exposes flaws behind HealthCare.gov rollout
30 Jul 2014 at 11:40pm
Officials tell The Associated Press that a nonpartisan investigative report concludes that management failures by the Obama administration set the stage for the computer problems that paralyzed the HealthCare.gov website last fall.
US scientists take step toward blood test for suicide
31 Jul 2014 at 2:01pm
US scientists have identified a gene mutation that appears to be common in people who attempt or commit suicide, a finding that could lead to a blood test to predict risk. The discovery is based on a small study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland and was published on Wednesday in The American Journal of Psychiatry. "We have no consistent way to predict those who are at increased risk of killing themselves," said lead author Zachary Kaminsky, an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. "With a test like ours, we may be able to stem suicide rates by identifying those people and intervening early enough to head off a catastrophe."
California's proposed 2015 Obamacare premiums to rise 4 percent in 2015
31 Jul 2014 at 2:01pm
Healthcare premiums will rise an average of 4.2 percent in 2015 on California's health insurance exchange, the largest of the state marketplaces established by President Barack Obama's healthcare reform, state officials said on Thursday. Ten companies will sell plans for 2015 through Covered California, three fewer than this year, said the exchange's Executive Director Peter Lee. Opponents of Obama's healthcare reform, the 2010 Affordable Care Act, have warned for months that 2015 premiums would soar due to the high medical costs of the first wave of enrollees who, they claimed, are older and sicker than the general population. In California, however, insurers' projections of 2014 medical spending were fairly accurate.
Judge says unclear if NYC is fair when revoking licenses
31 Jul 2014 at 1:59pm
By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal judge in New York said it is an open question whether the city's Taxi and Limousine Commission treats drivers fairly in hearings over whether to revoke their licenses. U.S. District Judge Sidney Stein made the assessment in a 50-page decision on Thursday, in which he reviewed challenges by drivers to revocations of licenses because of failed drug tests or some criminal convictions, including misdemeanors. Stein nonetheless declined to declare the TLC license revocation process unconstitutional. The 6-1/2-year-old lawsuit by seven former drivers, who seek class action status, claimed the TLC violated their due process rights by taking away their licenses or recommending revocation.
U.S. House panel requests probe of federal labs
31 Jul 2014 at 1:50pm
A U.S. congressional committee investigating the mishandling of anthrax at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) asked a federal watchdog agency on Thursday to review U.S. lab procedures for handling dangerous pathogens. In a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the House Energy and Commerce Committee called for GAO to provide details about current federal lab policies and procedures and guidance on whether agencies that run biosecurity labs have undertaken efforts to assess and improve their practices. The committee is looking into a series of lapses at CDC labs and other facilities, including the potential exposure of more than 80 lab workers to live anthrax bacteria at the CDC in Atlanta, the accidental release of a deadly strain of bird flu and the discovery of vials containing smallpox at the National Institutes of Health campus outside Washington. "Recently, there have been several highly publicized reports of federal laboratories experiencing lapses in the management of dangerous pathogens, prompting concern that these incidents may not be isolated events," said the letter, which was signed by three Republicans and three Democrats including U.S. Representative Fred Upton, the panel's Republican chairman.
On first meeting, men prefer ?nice? women: study
31 Jul 2014 at 1:46pm
?Although dating patterns have changed over the years, gender-stereotypic behavior persists in the dating realm,? said lead author Gurit E. Birnbaum. Men, in contrast, are expected to take control of the dating environment,? said Birnbaum, of the School of Psychology at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzliya, Israel. Past studies have also found that for heterosexuals, having gender-typical qualities that line up with your biological sex is generally attractive to the opposite sex, Birnbaum told Reuters Health in an email. For the first part, students were randomly paired with another of the opposite sex in a laboratory setting.
U.S. to modernize poultry inspections to boost food safety
31 Jul 2014 at 1:44pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Thursday it will modernize its decades-old inspection methods for poultry in an attempt to crack down on food-borne illness. USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) will require all poultry companies to take measures to prevent Salmonella and Campylobacter contamination, rather than addressing contamination after it occurs. "The United States has been relying on a poultry inspection model that dates back to 1957 ... ...
Burger King cuts ties with supplier in China food safety scare
31 Jul 2014 at 1:43pm
(Reuters) - Burger King Worldwide Inc said on Thursday it would no longer buy products from OSI Group LLC suppliers in China, where the fast-food hamburger chain has about 200 restaurants. OSI is the U.S. parent of Shanghai Husi Food, the factory at the heart of China's latest food safety scandal. Police have detained five people, including Shanghai Husi's head and quality manager. Burger King last week suspended the sale of any products from the Husi factories in Shanghai that supplied its restaurants and launched an investigation, Alix Salyers, a spokeswoman for the Miami-based chain, said in an email.
Ebola-Stricken Doc Gives 'Experimental Serum' to Coworker
31 Jul 2014 at 1:39pm
Kent Brantly Was Treating Ebola Patients in Liberia
Soccer-Seychelles forfeit tie after refusing team entry
31 Jul 2014 at 1:39pm
(Adds Seychelles health official comments) CAPE TOWN, July 31 (Reuters) - The Seychelles have forfeited their African Nations Cup qualifying tie against Sierra Leone after refusing the west African nation's soccer team entry over Ebola virus fears. Sierra Leone, which has declared a state of emergency to quarantine victims of the deadly disease, were due to face the Seychelles in a playoff second leg on Saturday but on Thursday were denied permission to board a Nairobi to Mahe flight. The Seychelles have since said they will forfeit the game, allowing Sierra Leone to advance to the next round. Seychelles Health Commissioner Jude Gedeon said regular World Health Organisation (WHO) alerts indicated that while the disease has so far been transmitted from epicentres in Liberia, Guinea-Conakry and Sierra Leone over borders by land, there are now strong indications it is also being spread by air travel.
Please Stop Hating Your Body
31 Jul 2014 at 1:34pm
We live in a culture that hates the body. Don't believe me? Look around. We set unsustainable standards of physical beauty and enlist models to represent them. We then slather these models in oils and makeup, place them under "flattering" lights, and Photoshop them into oblivion.We take these deceptive images and publish them to the...
Health worsens for two U.S. aid workers infected with Ebola
31 Jul 2014 at 1:32pm
By Colleen Jenkins WINSTON-SALEM N.C. (Reuters) - The health conditions of a U.S. physician and a missionary who contracted Ebola while helping fight an outbreak of the disease that has claimed more than 700 lives in West Africa have worsened, two relief organizations said on Thursday. Dr. Kent Brantly and missionary Nancy Writebol are in "stable but grave condition" in Liberia as they battle the deadly virus, according to North Carolina-based Christian relief groups Samaritan's Purse and SIM. Brantly and Writebol were serving in Monrovia, Liberia, as part of a joint team from the two relief organizations. There is no known cure for Ebola.
Why Social Media Should Take the Back Seat When It Comes to Health
31 Jul 2014 at 1:31pm
In the pursuit of thinness, there always seems to be some new fad or weight loss movement that young women subscribe to. Years ago, it was all about protruding hip and collar bones made popular by the waify-thin runway models. Then came thinspiration, where girls kept a collection of photos of extremely thin bodies as motivation to lose more...