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U.S. panel reaffirms depression screening for adolescents
8 Feb 2016 at 2:18pm
By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - Adolescents between 12 and 18 years old in the U.S. should be screened for depression, according to guidelines reaffirmed by a government-backed panel of prevention experts. "From a parent's perspective, I think it?s important for them to know that depression can be relatively common in adolescence and we have ways to treat it," said Dr. Alex Krist, a member of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) and professor at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. The USPSTF says about 8 percent of U.S. adolescents experience major depression each year.
More evidence there may be no such thing as ?fat and fit?
8 Feb 2016 at 2:16pm
By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Obese people have an increased risk of kidney disease even when they don?t have health problems like high blood pressure or elevated blood sugar that can impair renal function, a large Korean study suggests. In otherwise healthy individuals, obesity was linked to 6.7 more cases of kidney disease for every 1,000 people over five years than occurred among normal-weight patients. The findings contradict some previous research that has found people with what?s known as ?metabolically healthy obesity? may not face an increased risk of kidney problems, cardiovascular disease or other issues linked to excess weight, said lead study author Dr. Yoosoo Chang of Kangbuk Samsung Hospital Total Healthcare Center in Seoul.
Chipotle shuts U.S. stores for food safety meeting, rivals pounce
8 Feb 2016 at 2:15pm
Chipotle Mexican Grill closed all of its U.S. restaurants during prime lunchtime hours on Monday to hold staff meetings on food safety guidelines, sparking offers from rivals eager to poach customers of the burrito chain as it recovers from several food-borne outbreaks. More than 50,000 Chipotle employees crowded into rented movie theaters and other locations to hear live video feeds of co-Chief Executives Steve Ells and Montgomery Moran laying out their program to improve restaurant safety. Chipotle's shares have lost nearly a third of their value and sales have plunged about 30 percent since November, when first reports of E. Coli sickness linked to the chain emerged.
It's Time to Enjoy Life: The Enjoy Life Community Program
8 Feb 2016 at 1:44pm
Years ago I was the President of the Port Jefferson Station / Terryville Civic Association. During my time as an officer, our organization functioned beyond its primary function of being a community watchdog. Myself, Bill Theis and Jacki Kirsch - our officers, worked to bring the community together, to collaborate with everyone, and to bring...
U.S. researchers find new bacteria that causes Lyme disease
8 Feb 2016 at 1:38pm
By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - Researchers have discovered a new bacteria that causes Lyme disease in humans, a U.S. health agency said Monday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, working with the Mayo Clinic and health officials from Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota, discovered the new bacteria, called Borrelia mayonii, the CDC said in a statement. Previously, only one bacteria, Borrelia burgdorferi, was believed to cause human Lyme disease, which is transmitted through bites from by the blacklegged "deer" tick, the CDC statement said.
Parents of Flint, Michigan, toddler sue over lead in water
8 Feb 2016 at 1:34pm
The parents of a 2-year-old Flint, Michigan, girl sued the city and state on Monday over high levels of lead in the child's blood, accusing officials of callous and deliberate indifference over contaminated water. The lawsuit by Flint residents Luke Waid and Michelle Rodriguez said government officials and workers had violated their constitutional rights to due process in the course of switching the source of the city's water to the Flint River from Lake Huron in April 2014.
Concussions May Increase Suicide Risk, Study Finds
8 Feb 2016 at 1:30pm
The risks of suffering a concussion have been under the spotlight in recent years, especially as the degenerative neurological illness known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) has been found in multiple football players after their deaths. The degenerative disease is believed to be linked to brain trauma, including concussions. Now, a new study has found that concussions may also be associated with an increase in the long-term risk of suicide.
Flashing night-lights may help lessen jet lag, circadian problems
8 Feb 2016 at 1:17pm
By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) - Exposing sleeping people to a series of short flashing lights at night might help them adjust more quickly to time zone changes, according to a new U.S. study. In experiments, the technique ? which is based on the way non-visual parts of the brain respond to light ? was much more effective than sustained bright light similar to that from devices sometimes used to combat sleep disorders or seasonal depression. ?Jet lag itself is really a nuisance syndrome as it is self-resolving,? said senior author Jamie Zeitzer, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine in California.
Lawyers see limited legal options for workers sent in Zika's way
8 Feb 2016 at 1:05pm
Employees of U.S. companies seeking to avoid exposure to the Zika virus likely have few legal avenues to either refuse travel to affected areas or sue if they actually become sick from the virus. Since Zika was detected in Brazil last year, the mosquito-borne virus has spread to 33 countries, most of them in the Americas. The World Health Organization declared an international health emergency because of strong suspicions that infections in pregnant women may cause microcephaly, a condition in which infants are born with abnormally small heads and can suffer developmental problems.
Sierra Leone discharges last known Ebola patient
8 Feb 2016 at 1:03pm
Sierra Leone's last known Ebola patient has been released from hospital, medical officials said on Monday, allowing authorities to begin a six-week countdown before declaring the West African country free of the virus once more. Thirty-eight-year-old Memunatu Kalokoh was discharged on Friday, said Col. Sahr Foday, the head of the Sierra Leone Army Medical Unit where she was admitted. Kalokoh is the aunt of Mariatu Jalloh, the 21-year-old student who died of the virus last month in the same week that the World Health Organization declared the region Ebola-free.
Lives at risk unless WHO reforms, U.N. report says
8 Feb 2016 at 12:55pm
The World Health Organization needs urgent reform to boost its ability to respond to crises, and failure to act now could cost thousands of lives, according to an advance copy of a high-level U.N. report. The report, entitled "Protecting Humanity from Future Health Crises", is the latest in a series of reviews by global health experts which have been sharply critical of the WHO's response to the devastating Ebola epidemic in West Africa. "This may be the last opportunity to ensure the WHO is empowered" to build an effective emergency response capacity, warned an advance, unedited copy of the report by a U.N. panel, made available online over the weekend in a link on the United Nations' daily Journal website.
Corporate winners of Obama budget still face long odds
8 Feb 2016 at 12:47pm
By Lewis Krauskopf NEW YORK (Reuters) - Facing a hostile Congress in an election year, President Barack Obama will be hard-pressed to push through many of the proposals in his final budget as U.S. leader. Added funding could benefit suppliers such as Delphi Automotive, Autoliv and Mobileye, which are developing safety features for autonomously driven cars, and Lear, which makes electrical power systems, according to Brian Sponheimer, analyst at Gabelli & Co. "The market discounts that any proposals by this administration will be if not ignored, then outright put down," Sponheimer said. "There clearly is upside if it passes, but there is a very healthy skepticism that that is likely to take place." Obama's plan to fund an overhaul of the nation's infrastructure through a $10-a-barrel tax on crude oil could also boost engineering and construction firms such as Granite Construction said Morris Ajzenman, an analyst at Griffin Securities.
Obama seeks funds to fight Zika; sees no cause for panic
8 Feb 2016 at 11:51am
WASHINGTON/LONDON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will ask the U.S. Congress for more than $1.8 billion in emergency funds to fight Zika at home and abroad and pursue a vaccine, the White House said on Monday, but Obama also said there was no reason to panic over the mosquito-borne virus. Zika, spreading rapidly in South and Central America and the Caribbean, has been linked to severe birth defects in Brazil and public health officials' concern is focused on pregnant women and women who may become pregnant. Obama's request to Congress includes $200 million for research, development and commercialization of new vaccines and diagnostic tests for the virus.
Twin births almost double in rich countries: study
8 Feb 2016 at 11:48am
Twin births have almost doubled in developed countries in four decades, said researchers Monday who cautioned about the associated health risks. In a study published in the US journal Population and Development Review, scientists said the rate of twin births nearly doubled in the United States from 9.5 twins per 1,000 deliveries in 1975, to 16.9 in 2011. "We're not sure if the rate will continue to increase, but the data is increasingly seen as a public health crisis," said Gilles Pison of France's Ined demographic research institute, who co-authored the study.
FDA Loophole Allows Possibly Dangerous Chemicals in Food
8 Feb 2016 at 11:33am
Don't Ask/Don't Tell Food Additive System Puts Many At RiskSince 1958, the FDA has allowed everyday ingredients in food without requiring a lengthy approval process for them. Food companies and their suppliers have never had to prove, for example, that vinegar, vegetable oil or sugar are safe; they are allowed in food under the Generally...