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China to investigate hospital dying student found on search engine
3 May 2016 at 2:01am
China's health ministry will investigate a hospital that a university student turned to for cancer treatment after seeking information on the Baidu Inc search engine, a state health commission said on Tuesday. The student, Wei Zexi, 21, died last month of a rare form of cancer and China's Internet regulator said on Monday it would investigate Baidu over the case. Wei had searched Baidu for the best place for treatment, finding a department under the Second Hospital of Beijing Armed Police Corps which offered an experimental treatment that ultimately failed, state media reported this week.
Common calculator 'overestimates' heart disease risk: study
3 May 2016 at 1:06am
A commonly used method of calculating a person's risk of heart attack or stroke in the next five years may overestimate the actual risk, leading doctors to unnecessarily prescribe cholesterol-lowering drugs, researchers said Monday. The study was published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. "From a relative standpoint, the overestimation is approximately five- to six-fold," said senior author Alan Go, MD, chief of cardiovascular and metabolic conditions research at the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research.
Some Hebei steelmakers breaching shutdown orders: China ministry
3 May 2016 at 1:05am
Steelmakers in China's Hebei province have built new plants in contravention of state measures aimed at tackling overcapacity, and have kept mills running that should have been shut down, China's pollution watchdog said on Tuesday. The Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) said Hebei, home to much of China's heavy industry, had made some progress in curbing smog and improving water quality, but it was still not putting enough pressure on local governments to meet environmental standards and shut down polluting industries. It said "fraudulent practices" continued to take place, while new power plants were also being approved in the province despite Hebei's plans to cut coal consumption.
Australia blames refugee advocates after asylum seeker sets herself alight
2 May 2016 at 11:28pm
By Colin Packham SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia blamed refugee advocates on Tuesday for "encouraging" asylum seekers held in remote camps towards acts of self-harm after a woman set herself on fire, while the United Nations renewed its criticism of Australia's harsh immigration policy. Australian officials said an unidentified 21-year-old Somali woman was in a critical condition after she set herself alight at an Australian detention camp on the tiny South Pacific island of Nauru on Monday, the second such incident in a week. A 23-year-old Iranian man also set himself on fire last week in protest against his treatment on Nauru and later died.
Study: Football concussions and resuming play vary by age
2 May 2016 at 6:50pm
CHICAGO (AP) ? Younger football players are more likely to return to the field less than a day after suffering concussions than those in high school and college, according to a new study.
EPA takes offline report that says glyphosate not likely carcinogenic
2 May 2016 at 6:12pm
By P.J. Huffstutter CHICAGO (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday pulled a report offline that concluded glyphosate is not likely to be carcinogenic to humans, saying the document was inadvertently published and the agency had not finished its review of the chemical, which is the key ingredient in Monsanto's herbicides. The 86-page report, seen by Reuters and published on Friday on the regulations.gov website that the EPA manages, was from the EPA's cancer assessment review committee (CARC). It found that glyphosate, the active ingredient in the world's mostly widely used weedkiller, was "not likely to be carcinogenic to humans." The EPA took down the report and other documents on Monday afternoon, saying it did so "because our assessment is not final," in an emailed statement to Reuters.
Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay $55 million in talc-powder trial
2 May 2016 at 5:15pm
Johnson & Johnson was ordered by a U.S. jury on Monday to pay $55 million to a woman who said that using the company?s talc-powder products for feminine hygiene caused her to develop ovarian cancer. The verdict, which J&J plans to appeal, was the second straight trial loss for the company, which is facing about 1,200 lawsuits accusing it of not adequately warning consumers about its talc-based products' cancer risks. Following a three-week trial in Missouri state court, jurors deliberated for about a day before returning a verdict for Gloria Ristesund.
Canadian vitamin maker Jamieson up for sale by CCMP: sources
2 May 2016 at 4:57pm
By Lauren Hirsch, Denny Thomas and John Tilak NEW YORK/HONG KONG/TORONTO (Reuters) - U.S. private equity firm CCMP Capital Advisors is trying to sell Jamieson Laboratories about two years after buying the Canadian vitamin maker, according to three sources familiar with the situation. CCMP, which has hired investment banks Houlihan Lokey and Nomura to facilitate the sale, has received some approaches from potential buyers, said the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity as the matter was not public. One source said Jamieson could go for a multiple of 12 to 14 times EBITDA, which would be roughly $600 million to $700 million.
Tenet sees competitors picking up UnitedHealth exchange business
2 May 2016 at 4:44pm
Tenet Healthcare Corp , the third-largest U.S. for-profit hospital operator, expects other insurers to step in and absorb UnitedHealth Group Inc's share of the exchange market when the largest U.S. health insurance provider exits that business, company executives said on Monday. UnitedHealth, one of the biggest sellers of plans on the exchanges, last month said it would exit the Obamacare individual insurance market in most states next year, citing losses from the program. Tenet's hospitals have seen a boost in business from the influx of newly insured patients who bought coverage through the exchanges, created as part of President Barack Obama's national healthcare law.
Wrestling body revokes ex-House Speaker Hastert's awards
2 May 2016 at 4:28pm
The organization's board of governors unanimously voted for the revocation after an ethics committee found Hastert's actions to be "detrimental to the ideals and objectives" of the Wrestling Hall of Fame, according to a statement on its website. Lee Roy Smith, the body's executive director, said in the statement the board wanted to wait until Hastert's criminal case was over before making a decision. Hastert, 74, once one of the most powerful U.S. conservative politicians, was sentenced on Wednesday to 15 months in federal prison for a financial crime related to sexual abuse of high school wrestlers he coached decades ago.
Ex-girlfriend can get video deposition of Sumner Redstone in upcoming trial: ...
2 May 2016 at 3:30pm
Media mogul Sumner Redstone can be deposed at his home in a short videotaped session ahead of a trial to resolve his ex-girlfriend's lawsuit over his mental competence, a California judge ruled on Monday. The recording of Redstone, the controlling shareholder of media companies Viacom Inc and CBS Corp , will not be seen by the public, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge David Cowan said. Lawyers for Redstone's former companion, Manuela Herzer, had requested that the 92-year-old billionaire be called as a witness in the trial, which starts on Friday.
Extreme Weight Loss Linked to Slower Metabolism, Explaining Why It's So Hard ...
2 May 2016 at 3:27pm
Study could explain why it's so hard to keep the weight off.
More Children Are Suffering Traumatic Brain Injuries at the Playground, Study...
2 May 2016 at 2:55pm
Researchers found that children are increasingly being diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries after a run-in with playground equipment. Researchers from the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control looked at injury rates for kids under 14 from 2005 to 2013 and determined that there was a significant increase in children going to the emergency room for traumatic brain injuries. Boys accounted for 58.6 percent of the TBIs identified while 50.6 percent of children with TBIs were between the ages of five and nine, according to a study published today in the Pediatrics Medical Journal.
(Cultural) Implications of Biggest Losers' Unfortunate (re)Gains
2 May 2016 at 2:49pm
A feature article in today's New York Times chronicles the unfortunate fate of participants in The Biggest Loser after the spotlights dim, the TV cameras stop speeding, and some time goes by. They regain the weight. Some of it, most of it, all of it, or even all of it plus some.The article cites the work of Kevin Hall, a researcher at NIH and...
Time Zone Tips for Traveling with Children: Easy Ways to Help Reset Their Clocks
2 May 2016 at 2:30pm
Huffington Post is proud to partner with the American Sleep Association (ASA) to promote sleep awareness.Traveling with kids can be tiring for the whole family. One major culprit is crossing time zones; it can wreak havoc not only on sleep routines, but general behavior as well. As I mentioned in 11 Sleep Tips for Traveling with Children,...