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Doctors hope for cure in a 2nd baby born with HIV
5 Mar 2014 at 3:34pm
A second baby born with the AIDS virus may have had her infection put into remission and possibly cured by very early treatment ? in this instance, four hours after birth.
Study: Surgery helps some prostate cancer patients
5 Mar 2014 at 2:01pm
Surgery to remove the prostate saves lives compared to "watchful waiting" for some men whose cancers were found because they were causing symptoms, long-term results from a Scandinavian study suggest.
WHO: 5 percent of calories should be from sugar
5 Mar 2014 at 8:21am
LONDON (AP) ? Just try sugar-coating this: The World Health Organization says your daily sugar intake should be just 5 percent of your total calories ? half of what the agency previously recommended, according to new draft guidelines published Wednesday.
U.N. says almost all Muslims have fled Central African capital
7 Mar 2014 at 10:18am
By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - Fewer than 1,000 remain of more than 100,000 Muslims who once lived in the capital of the Central African Republic, after a campaign of violence by Christian militias, the U.N. aid chief said on Friday. With 650,000 people displaced by the religious conflict, Valerie Amos said the United Nations had received much less than a fifth of the $551 million it asked for in December to provide food, medical care and shelter. "The demography of CAR is changing, from a situation where you had 130,000 to 145,000 Muslims in Bangui, to where you had around 10,000 in December," Amos told a news conference. France has deployed 2,000 troops to support a 6,000-strong African Union peacekeeping mission in the country of 4.5 million people but they have failed to halt the violence.
Colorado theater shooter lawyers ask Supreme Court for reporter's sources
7 Mar 2014 at 9:52am
Attorneys for the man charged with mass murder for shooting dozens of people at a Colorado movie theater have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to force a reporter to reveal confidential sources she used for a story about the massacre. James Holmes, 26, faces the death penalty in the shooting rampage that killed 12 people and injured dozens more at a screening of the Batman film "The Dark Knight Rises" on July 20, 2012. His attorneys filed a petition on Thursday, asking the Supreme Court to consider overturning a 2013 ruling by New York's top state court, the Court of Appeals, which found that New York's journalist shield law protected Fox News reporter Jana Winter from being compelled to testify in Holmes' case in Colorado. Holmes' lawyers said Winter's testimony is necessary to determine the identity of law enforcement officials who violated a gag order and divulged some of the contents of a notebook Holmes allegedly sent to a psychiatrist before the shooting incident.
Abortion Ship Travels Globe Offering Pills to End Pregnancy
7 Mar 2014 at 9:44am
Misoprostol, a prostaglandin inhibitor, is usually used as part of a two-part, FDA-approved medical abortion with mifepristone or RU486. Alone, it is routinely used off-label for obstetrical and gynecological procedures such as cervical ripening, labor induction and mid-trimester terminations. It can be used to induce miscarriage, typically up to nine weeks, but can also be safely given in through the second semester.
Canadian guilty of sexual assault after piercing condoms
7 Mar 2014 at 9:14am
By Randall Palmer OTTAWA (Reuters) - The Supreme Court of Canada on Friday upheld the sexual assault conviction of a Nova Scotia man for poking holes in his condoms before having consensual sex with his girlfriend in order to try to make her pregnant. Craig Jaret Hutchinson's girlfriend, whose name the court has protected, said she had agreed to sex as long as it was with a condom so that she would not get pregnant. The country's top court held 7-0 that while she may have consented to sex, she had not consented to unprotected sex, and that by poking holes in the condoms first, he had committed sexual assault. "We conclude that there was no consent in this case by reason of fraud... Mr Hutchinson is therefore guilty of sexual assault," Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin and Justice Thomas Cromwell wrote in arguments joined by two other justices.
Surgery for 'Brainy' Scalp Changes a Man's Life
7 Mar 2014 at 8:59am
CVG is a rare disorder that thickens the scalp into folds.
Despite progress, tuberculosis persists in West European cities
7 Mar 2014 at 8:02am
By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - Tuberculosis is becoming concentrated among immigrants, drug addicts, and the poor and homeless in Western Europe's big cities despite progress in reducing national rates of the disease, experts said on Friday. The contagious lung infection, once known as the "white plague" for its ability to render its victims pale, skinny and feverish, is being well tackled at national levels, they said, but is persisting in high-risk, marginalized groups. In a study of European Union (EU) cities with populations of more than 500,000, the researchers found that on average the rate of tuberculosis (TB) in big cities was twice the rate of the national TB incidence. In Britain, data from the government's health agency, Public Health England (PHE) show that more than 8,750 TB cases were reported 2012, and 3,426 of them - or 40 percent of the national total - were in London.
New hemophilia drugs aim to simplify treatment
7 Mar 2014 at 8:01am
By Deena Beasley LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - For 33-year-old video editor and hemophilia patient Travis Roop, being able to get life-saving infusions of a blood clotting agent every two weeks, instead of rushing to treat a bleeding episode, meant he could jog for the first time. Roop was enrolled in a clinical trial testing a long-acting treatment for hemophilia B from Denmark's Novo Nordisk. The therapy is one of several new blood clotting agents in development that will help hemophilia patients cut by half, or more, the number of regular intravenous infusions they need to prevent traumatic bleeding in their daily lives. "I always avoided trauma to my left ankle ... With this, I knew it would take care of itself." People with hemophilia have a fault in a gene that regulates the body's production of proteins called clotting factors.
Nurse numbers, education linked to patient death rate
7 Mar 2014 at 7:42am
By Allison Bond NEW YORK (Reuters) - Both the quality and quantity of nurses on a hospital staff have significant influence on the chances patients will die following even simple surgery, according to a large new study. Researchers found the proportion of staff nurses with a bachelor's degree and the number of patients each nurse had to care for could add up to a difference of 30 percent or more in mortality rates for inpatients. "If you go to a hospital in a developed country like the U.S. or UK, you think you'd get equal care, but that's really not the case," said the study's lead author, Linda Aiken, a professor of nursing and director of the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. "Research suggests we haven't really made any progress in decreasing deaths even though we've been spending lots of money on patient safety.
Ted Turner rushed to clinic in Argentina with appendicitis: media
7 Mar 2014 at 6:52am
Philanthropist and former media tycoon Ted Turner was rushed to hospital with appendicitis early on Friday in Argentina's Patagonia region, where we he owns property, local media said. After a brief stay in the San Carlos clinic in the picturesque lake-side city of Bariloche, the 75-year-old founder of cable TV powerhouse CNN was flown to Buenos Aires to be operated on, according to several Argentine newspapers. Media said he took a private jet to Buenos Aires.
Panel recommends Northwest Bio brain-cancer trial continue
7 Mar 2014 at 6:25am
(Reuters) - Northwest Biotherapeutics Inc on Friday said an independent monitoring board had recommended that a late-stage study of its experimental brain-cancer treatment be continued, based on an interim safety review. The study involves more than 300 patients newly diagnosed with Glioblastoma multiforme, the most serious form of brain cancer. The main goal of the trial is to determine if the medicine, DCVax-L, can delay progression of the disease when taken on top of standard treatment. Shares of Northwest Biotherapeutics rose 12 percent in premarket trading, from their closing price on Thursday of $5.96 on the Nasdaq.
Weird Signs of Health Troubles
7 Mar 2014 at 4:32am
Whether you realize it or not, many conditions and diseases start with physical changes you may not pinpoint as problematic. The good news: If you know what to look for, you can spot many issues early?and treat them fast. Here are seven ways your body could be signaling a health hazard.
Drugs That Dim Your Sex Drive
7 Mar 2014 at 4:31am
Everyone's heard of medication that can improve your sex life (hello, Viagra!), but some drugs can actually quash it. If you're feeling less than interested in having sex, the culprit might be in your medicine cabinet.