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U.N. urges Syrian government to stop blocking aid deliveries
27 May 2016 at 2:33pm
The United Nations' humanitarian chief on Friday demanded that the Syrian government and militant groups stop interfering with the delivery of food and medicine for civilians trapped in besieged and difficult-to-reach areas in war-ravaged Syria. "The continued use of siege and starvation as a weapon of war is reprehensible," U.N. under secretary-general Stephen O'Brien told the 15-nation Security Council. † "Based on the latest information, we now estimate that some 592,700 people are currently living in besieged areas," he said, adding that most of those were surrounded by government forces. The five-year-old civil war in Syria has killed at least 250,000 people.
Cellphone radiation study raises concerns despite low risk
27 May 2016 at 2:21pm
WASHINGTON (AP) ? A new federal study of the potential dangers of cellphone radiation, conducted in rats, found a slight increase in brain tumors in males and raised long-dormant concerns about the safety of spending so much time with cellphones glued to our ears.
Tighter blood pressure control may be advisable for elderly
27 May 2016 at 1:58pm
By Larry Hand NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A new study might help doctors answer the controversial question of what's the healthiest blood pressure for older adults. In adults above age 75 who could walk without assistance, keeping the top blood pressure number below 120 millimeters of mercury (mmHg) led to significantly lower rates of cardiovascular events and deaths from any cause, the study found. There had been some fear that bringing the top number - called the systolic pressure - down below 120 mmHg might actually be risky for older individuals.
Chronic sleep deprivation tied to more depression for young women
27 May 2016 at 1:18pm
By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) - One night of short sleep may lead to less depression the following day, but chronic short sleep is tied to greater depression overall for young women, according to a new study. ?The overall message that poor quality and insufficient sleep lead to poor mood, which, in turn, worsens sleep was not surprising,? said lead author David A. Kalmbach of the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor. The researchers studied 171 female college students for two weeks, beginning with an in-person questionnaire assessment of anxiety and depression levels and continuing with daily self-reported measures of mood and anxiety.
Delay or move Rio Olympics due to Zika: medical experts
27 May 2016 at 1:01pm
More than 100 health experts have called for the Rio Olympic Games to be postponed or moved because of fears that the event could speed up the spread of the Zika virus around the world, according to a public letter published online. "The Brazilian strain of Zika virus harms health in ways that science has not observed before," the letter said. "An unnecessary risk is posed when 500,000 foreign tourists from all countries attend the Games, potentially acquire that strain, and return home to places where it can become endemic." The letter was signed by 150 people identified as health experts and sent to the head of the World Health Organization.
Medical experts urge delay or relocation of Olympics due to Zika
27 May 2016 at 12:28pm
More than 100 health experts have called for the Rio Olympic Games to be postponed or moved because of the threat to public health from Brazil's Zika virus outbreak, according to a public letter published online. "Our greater concern is for global health," the letter said. "The Brazilian strain of Zika virus harms health in ways that science has not observed before.
California rushes to allow HIV-infected organ transplants
27 May 2016 at 12:24pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) ? California lawmakers approved emergency legislation Friday to allow a man with HIV to receive part of his HIV-positive husband's liver before the surgery becomes too dangerous, possibly within weeks.
U.N. urges Greece to improve conditions for transferred refugees
27 May 2016 at 11:54am
Refugees removed from a makeshift Greek camp near the Macedonian border have been taken to sites with "sub-standard conditions" in derelict buildings with insufficient food, water, toilets and showers, the United Nations refugee agency said on Friday. The U.N. agency, the UNHCR, said refugees removed by bus from Idomeni had received little information about conditions at the new sites and how long they would stay there. Poor conditions were compounding the already high level of distress and fuelling tensions, it said.
96-year-old Heimlich uses namesake maneuver on choking woman
27 May 2016 at 11:36am
CINCINNATI (AP) ? Henry Heimlich, a 96-year-old surgeon credited with developing his namesake Heimlich maneuver, has used the emergency technique for the first time himself to save a woman choking on food at his senior living center.
How I (Try) to Filter Through the Noise and Read Effectively
27 May 2016 at 11:29am
Recently, a handful of people have asked me about my method for reading. Before I get to that, some quick context: I flat-out love reading and take it seriously. My humble web of knowledge has grown from the various books and articles that I've read in the past. And the things I'll read in the future will integrate into and expand - or even...
Dr. Heimlich, 96, saves choking woman with namesake maneuver
27 May 2016 at 11:28am
Heimlich, who in multiple national television appearances had demonstrated the technique commonly known as the "Heimlich Maneuver" to dislodge food from an airway, had never employed it in an emergency, said spokesman Ken Paley. "After three compressions, this piece of meat came out, and she just started breathing, her whole face changed," Heimlich said in a video interview shared by Paley, vice president of marketing for Episcopal Retirement Services, which operates Deupree House.
Healthcare costs nosedive when smokers quit
27 May 2016 at 11:23am
By Ronnie Cohen (Reuters Health) - When cigarette smokers quit, societal healthcare costs immediately plunge, a new study shows. If 10 percent of American smokers gave up cigarettes and the rest cut back by 10 percent, the U.S. could shave $63 billion off medical costs the next year, the analysis found. "You start to see the benefits quickly, and they're huge because healthcare costs are so gigantic," study coauthor Stanton Glantz told Reuters Health.
Corrected: U.S. sees first case of bacteria resistant to last-resort antibiotic
27 May 2016 at 11:09am
U.S. health officials on Thursday reported the first case in the country of a patient with an infection resistant to a last-resort antibiotic, and expressed grave concern that the superbug could pose serious danger for routine infections if it spreads. "We risk being in a post-antibiotic world," said Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, referring to the urinary tract infection of a 49-year-old Pennsylvania woman who had not traveled within the prior five months. Frieden, speaking at a National Press Club luncheon in Washington, D.C., said the bacteria was resistant to colistin, an antibiotic that is reserved for use against "nightmare bacteria." The infection was reported Thursday in a study appearing in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, a publication of the American Society for Microbiology.
10 Best Sunscreens to Protect Your Skin
27 May 2016 at 11:00am
Every year, the Friday before Memorial Day is National Sunscreen Day! With summer around the corner and the rising intensity of the sun, it's extremely important to use sunscreen daily to protect our skin from its dangerous ultraviolet rays. There are so many different types of sunscreens out there these days so which brands are best? After...
5 Things People Misunderstand About Mental Strength
27 May 2016 at 10:19am
Decades of research have gone into studying how people can grow stronger by changing the ways they think, feel, and behave. But there are a lot of articles on mental strength and mental toughness that just aren't accurate, so I wanted to take the opportunity to clear up some of the biggest misconceptions about mental strength.Here are five...