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Hunger 'deadlier than violence' in Boko Haram-hit northeast Nigeria
28 Sep 2016 at 9:20am
By Kieran Guilbert DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Living conditions for people uprooted by Boko Haram violence and seeking refuge in camps and towns across northeast Nigeria are more deadly than the conflict between the Islamist militants and the army, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said on Wednesday. Hunger and malnutrition is widespread among the displaced in Borno State, not just in remote, previously inaccessible areas, but also in the capital Maiduguri, the medical aid group said. Coordination of relief efforts must be drastically improved and food aid urgently delivered to people in need across Borno, where the humanitarian situation is reaching "catastrophic levels", said MSF emergency program manager Natalie Roberts.
U.S. Senate poised to move forward on bill averting government shutdown
28 Sep 2016 at 9:04am
The U.S. Senate on Wednesday was poised to advance a stop-gap funding bill to avert a looming federal government shutdown, after Democrats and Republicans agreed to help Flint, Michigan, resolve its water crisis. Republican House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan and Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi reached the deal late on Tuesday, hours after a piece of legislation known as a continuing resolution aimed at avoiding the shutdown failed to garner enough votes to advance in the Senate.
Warplanes knock out Aleppo hospital as Russian-backed assault intensifies
28 Sep 2016 at 7:52am
By Ellen Francis and Tom Perry BEIRUT (Reuters) - Russian or Syrian warplanes knocked a major Aleppo hospital out of service on Wednesday, hospital workers said, and ground forces intensified an assault on the city's besieged rebel sector, in a battle that has become a potentially decisive turning point in the civil war. The World Health Organization said it had reports that both hospitals were now out of service. "The warplane flew over us and directly started dropping its missiles ... at around 4 a.m.," Mohammad Abu Rajab, a radiologist at the M10 hospital, the largest trauma hospital in the city's rebel-held sector, told Reuters.
In-office tests may detect hip tendon problems before MRI
28 Sep 2016 at 7:52am
By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) - Two simple tests that can be done in a doctor?s office may be able to rule in or out a painful hip condition that is usually hard to diagnose without magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), according to a small study. A common overuse injury, gluteal tendinopathy can be treated with rest and stretching. ?It is important to identify the condition because this will help better target therapy and we believe this study has moved the field forward considerably in terms of our understanding of clinical tests that help us diagnose the condition,? said senior author Bill Vicenzino of the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia.
Moderate drinking may not affect women?s fertility
28 Sep 2016 at 7:47am
?We tell women not to eat seafood, or consume too much caffeine when trying to conceive,? Dr. Christina Porucznik of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City told Reuters Health by phone. ?So it?s reassuring to know that if they drink a small amount of alcohol, it?s not going to prevent them from getting pregnant.? But she cautions that women who think they might be pregnant should still limit their alcohol intake. Lead author Dr. Ellen Mikkelsen, senior researcher in the Department of Clinical Epidemiology at Aarhus University in Denmark, didn?t respond to a request for comment.
Senators ask Justice Dept to consider probe of EpiPen Medicaid classification
28 Sep 2016 at 7:16am
U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal, Charles Grassley and Amy Klobuchar asked the Justice Department to investigate whether Mylan NV may have misclassified its EpiPen in order to pay lower rebates to the states. In a letter released on Wednesday, the lawmakers noted that Mylan classified the EpiPen with the Medicaid Drug Rebate Program as a non-innovator multiple source drug, which pays a rebate of 13 percent to states, rather than innovator, which pays a rebate of a minimum of 23.1 percent.
Thais probe babies with microcephaly for Zika link
28 Sep 2016 at 6:05am
Thai doctors are running tests to see whether Zika was the cause of microcephaly in two babies whose mothers are infected with the mosquito-borne virus, a health official said Wednesday. If the remaining pair are found to be linked, they could be the first case of Zika-related microcephaly in Southeast Asia, according to the World Health Organisation. "It is too early to conclude if (the other two) had Zika, we need more information," said Apichai Mongkol, director general of the Department of Medical Sciences.
Monsanto ally Novozymes sees opportunity, risk in Bayer merger
28 Sep 2016 at 5:13am
Novozymes , already grappling with the consequences of low oil and crop prices, is watching anxiously to see what Bayer's purchase of Monsanto will mean for the Danish group's ties with its key agricultural partner. Chief Executive Peder Holk Nielsen said in an interview that a merged Bayer-Monsanto could extend the market for the company's smart microbial crop-boosting products, known as inoculants, but added the union also brings uncertainties. Nielsen has not yet held any discussions with Bayer about the future of its strategic tie-up with Monsanto, the BioAg Alliance, but said he expected to do so before the takeover is completed.
Bombers of civilians in Aleppo will face God's judgment: pope
28 Sep 2016 at 4:56am
Pope Francis urged forces to stop bombing civilians in the Syrian city of Aleppo, warning them on Wednesday they would face God's judgment. Speaking to tens of thousands of people in St. Peter's Square, Francis called Aleppo "this already martyred city, where everybody is dying - children, old people, sick people, young people." He did not name the bombers, but monitors say Syria's government and its Russian backers have stepped up air attacks on rebel-held parts of the northern city since the end of a ceasefire last week. "I renew to all an appeal to commit themselves with all their strength to protect civilians," Francis told the crowd during his weekly address.
Moldova bans Ukraine meat over African swine fever fears
28 Sep 2016 at 4:40am
CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) ? Moldovan authorities are banning the import of live animals and meat from Ukraine due to fears of African swine fever.
US health insurer to subsidize Apple Watch buys
28 Sep 2016 at 4:22am
A major US health insurance company on Monday said it will help buy Apple smartwatches for customers as part of a move to integrate the gadgets into wellness management programs. Aetna announced that, in the coming open enrollment period, it will make Apple Watch buys an option for large employers and individual customers, becoming the first major health care company to subsidize "a significant portion" of the cost of an Apple Watch. Aetna would let people pay off the balances of Apple Watch buys using monthly payroll deduction plans if they wish.
Special Report: Flawed CDC report left Indiana children vulnerable to lead po...
28 Sep 2016 at 4:18am
By Joshua Schneyer and M.B. Pell EAST CHICAGO, Indiana (Reuters) - In this industrial northwest Indiana city, hundreds of families who live in a gated public housing community with prim lawns and a new elementary school next door are searching for new homes. The school, temporarily closed, has been taken over by the Environmental Protection Agency and health officials who offer free blood tests to check residents for lead poisoning. Long after the U.S. lead industry left East Chicago, a toxic legacy remains.
Philippine jail brawl wounds inmates set to testify against Duterte rival
28 Sep 2016 at 3:28am
A riot broke out at a Philippine prison on Wednesday, killing one inmate and wounding three, all of whom had been expected to testify at a congressional inquiry on alleged criminal activity by the president's biggest critic. Rolando Asuncion, chief of the Philippines' corrections bureau, said a drug trafficker was stabbed to death in the brawl, and one of the three wounded men, kidnapper Jaybee Sebastian, had been scheduled to give evidence next week. The inquiry, initiated by allies of President Rodrigo Duterte, will test allegations that his rival, Senator Leila de Lima, a former justice minister, was colluding with prison inmates and taking payments from them to fund her poll campaign.
Politics of Pain series prompts calls for action
28 Sep 2016 at 2:00am
More than two dozen editorials and columns nationwide responded to our series on the politics behind the opioid epidemic.
Zuckerberg initiative poaches AstraZeneca board member
28 Sep 2016 at 12:23am
The $3 billion health initiative set up by Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan has hired one of AstraZeneca's non-executive directors to head up its science drive. The British drugmaker said on Wednesday that Cornelia Bargmann would step down from its board next month to take up a new role as president of Chan Zuckerberg Science, part of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. Leif Johansson, AstraZeneca's chairman, said the board was sorry to see her leave but understood Bargmann's decision to focus on the new assignment.