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Studies say 1/3 of young men in China to die from smoking
8 Oct 2015 at 7:36pm
BEIJING (AP) ? Research published in the medical journal The Lancet says one in three of all the young men in China are likely to die from tobacco, but that the number can fall if the men quit smoking.
Measure to repeal California vaccine law won't be on ballot
8 Oct 2015 at 7:26pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) ? Proponents of an effort to repeal California's new stricter law requiring mandatory vaccines for school children failed to submit enough signatures to qualify a ballot initiative asking voters to repeal the law.
Bid to repeal California school vaccination law falls short
8 Oct 2015 at 7:16pm
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - A plan to ask voters to repeal a new California law tightening vaccination requirements for school-age children has fallen short of signatures needed to put the referendum on the ballot, state data showed on Thursday. The effort was part of a backlash against a bill signed into law in June by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown that requires pupils to be vaccinated against childhood diseases unless they have a medical reason to refuse. Opponents of the new rules, some fearing a long-debunked link between vaccines and autism, and others opposed to the state's removal of a religious exemption for parents who want to opt out of vaccination, vowed to take the issue to voters.
China's smoking death toll to double to 2 million in 2030: study
8 Oct 2015 at 4:29pm
Cigarette smoking will kill about two million Chinese in 2030, double the 2010 toll, said researchers Friday who warned of a "growing epidemic of premature death" in the world's most populous nation. On current trends, one in three young Chinese men will be killed by tobacco, the team wrote in The Lancet medical journal. "About two-thirds of young Chinese men become cigarette smokers, and most start before they are 20.
Smoking set to kill one in three young men in China, study finds
8 Oct 2015 at 4:03pm
One in three of all the young men in China will eventually be killed by tobacco unless a substantial proportion of them succeed in quitting smoking, researchers said on Friday. "Without rapid, committed, and widespread action to reduce smoking levels, China will face enormous numbers of premature deaths," said Liming Li, a professor at the Academy of Medical Sciences in Beijing who co-led a large analysis of the issue. The study, published in The Lancet medical journal, found that two-thirds of young men in China start to smoke, mostly before age 20, and that unless they quit for good, around half of those who start will eventually die from their habit.
Snyder supports switching Flint water system back to Detroit
8 Oct 2015 at 3:30pm
FLINT, Mich. (AP) ? Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on Thursday called for Flint to switch back to Detroit's water system to address a public health emergency over lead and grapple with broader concerns about the effects of the aging pipes distributing the city's water supply.
Experts caution on study citing method to predict sexual orientation
8 Oct 2015 at 2:28pm
U.S. researchers on Thursday said they had found a way to predict male sexual orientation based on molecular markers that control DNA function, but genetics experts warned that the research has important limitations and will not provide definitive answers to a potential biological basis for sexual preference. Findings from the study, which has yet to be published or reviewed in detail by other scientists, were presented at a meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics in Baltimore.
MSF says 33 still missing after US air strike
8 Oct 2015 at 2:19pm
Thirty-three people are still missing five days after a US air strike on an Afghan hospital, Doctors Without Borders warned Thursday, sparking fears the death toll could rise significantly. Saturday's bombing in the disputed town of Kunduz killed 12 staff and 10 patients, prompting the medical aid agency to close the trauma centre. "We are still in shock," Guilhem Molinie, the head of Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Afghanistan, told reporters in Kabul.
California oversight of oil well injection sites inadequate: state review
8 Oct 2015 at 1:47pm
California's oversight of wells where oil companies dispose of wastewater brought to the surface during oil production is hindered by inadequate staffing and poorly organized paper records, a state review of the program said Thursday. In a report to the legislature, California's Department of Conservation (DOC) found that wastewater injection wells also suffer from inconsistent permitting, monitoring and enforcement of their construction and operation, among other problems. "We analyze past and present regulation of underground injection and find that the permitting unit - which was created over 50 years ago - has struggled and sometimes failed to embrace a transparent enforcement process driven by scientific research and best practices," said DOC director David Bunn.
By the numbers: Flint's water emergency
8 Oct 2015 at 1:36pm
When Flint left the Detroit water system last year, it was after years of frustration over the cost and with the anticipation that the city had a cheaper, independent solution. On Thursday, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder called for Flint to switch back to Detroit's system to address a public health emergency over lead in the water supply. By the numbers, a look at what happened:
Court: Hot yoga's sequence of poses can't be copyrighted
8 Oct 2015 at 1:35pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) ? The founder of a popular form of yoga that is performed in a room heated to more than 100 degrees lost a court appeal Thursday to copyright a sequence of 26 poses and two breathing exercises.
New York City to offer low-cost healthcare to uninsured immigrants
8 Oct 2015 at 1:23pm
New York will become one of the first major U.S. cities to expand low-cost healthcare to uninsured immigrants regardless of their legal status under a pilot program to launch next spring, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Thursday. The pilot, called Direct Access, will initially apply to 1,000 immigrants. ?The City?s actions today are the first step in our efforts to develop a fully inclusive health care system that protects all of our residents, regardless of immigration status,? Nisha Agarwal, commissioner of the Mayor?s Office of Immigrant Affairs, said in a statement.
U.S. court says yoga sequence cannot be copyrighted
8 Oct 2015 at 1:02pm
By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court ruled against a celebrity yogi on Thursday, finding that he is not entitled to copyright protection for a sequence of 26 yoga poses and two breathing exercises that he developed. Bikram Choudhury published a book in 1979 with descriptions, photographs and drawings of the yoga sequence, which is practiced in a room heated to 105 degrees Fahrenheit (41 degrees Celsius). Choudhury sued two individuals who took his training course and then founded their own business instructing the same yoga technique.
Ten quarantined in Nigeria over Ebola scare
8 Oct 2015 at 12:58pm
A patient came to the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital on Wednesday with symptoms consistent with the viral hemorrhagic fever, staff there said. "We have sent blood samples for testing and quarantined identified contacts," the hospital's chief medical director, Queeneth Kalu, said. Nigeria's National Emergency Management Agency said 10 people were in quarantine.
Hungary hopes to decide Croatian border closure in a week
8 Oct 2015 at 12:56pm
Hungary will decide in a week whether to close its border with Croatia, where a double fence to stop a massive flow of migrants through the country is "99 percent finished," a top government official said on Thursday. Hungary has seen more than 330,000 migrants pass through its territory so far this year, Janos Lazar, Prime Minister Viktor Orban's chief of staff, told journalists on Thursday, and the government wants to put an end to the flow. About 6,000 migrants are passing through daily now, officials say, coming over the border from Croatia and being sent directly to Austria.