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Wisconsin girls in Slenderman case ruled competent to stand trial
18 Dec 2014 at 1:26pm
By Brendan O'Brien WAUKESHA, Wisc. (Reuters) - Two Wisconsin girls accused of luring a classmate into the woods and repeatedly stabbing her to please a fictional Internet character named Slenderman are competent to stand trial, a judge ruled on Thursday. Anissa Weier and Morgan Geyser, both 12 at the time, were charged as adults with first-degree attempted homicide in the attack on their classmate the morning after a sleepover in May in Waukesha, a suburb west of Milwaukee. ...
'Tis the Season to Be Light
18 Dec 2014 at 12:48pm
This can be a very heavy time of year. We put on heavy clothing to go out into heavy snow. We drive through heavy traffic to carry our heavy boxes of presents into a packed house of family where we share a heavy meal before heading home for a heavy night's sleep. And yet, 'tis the season to be jolly?The holidays can be a time of extreme...
Iowa Spa 'Makeover' Lifts This 4-Year-Old Cancer Patient
18 Dec 2014 at 12:06pm
Girl gets full "red carpet" treatment that she wants every day.
Mansplainer Series: History of the Tampon
18 Dec 2014 at 12:04pm
Believe it or not, tampons have been around for thousands of years! From ancient Egypt to depression-era Denver, Colorado, the story of how they came to be spans continents and centuries.
White House does not dismiss idea of Castro visit
18 Dec 2014 at 12:02pm
By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House does not dismiss the possibility of an eventual, precedent-shattering visit to Washington by Cuban President Raul Castro as part of President Barack Obama's plans to normalize relations with Havana. "I wouldn't rule out a visit from President Castro," White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters on Thursday, a day after the two governments announced they would restore ties and open embassies after half a century of hostility. U.S. ...
Teen contraband cigarette use linked to other drugs
18 Dec 2014 at 11:35am
By Kathryn Doyle Reuters Health - Compared to those who don?t smoke illicit tobacco, kids who do are more likely to try other illegal drugs like cocaine, heroin and amphetamines, according to a recent Canadian study. The researchers used survey data from one point in time, so they can?t say that smoking illegal cigarettes leads to drug use, only that the two often coincide and that?s enough to warrant stronger tobacco control policies. ?The concern for us is that contraband tobacco may be a gateway to other drugs, but we cannot infer causality,? said coauthor Mesbah F. ...
What to Know About the European Union's Obesity Ruling
18 Dec 2014 at 10:12am
First it was a disease, now it's a disability.
EU court says obesity can be disability
18 Dec 2014 at 10:00am
Luxembourg (AFP) - The European Union's highest court ruled Thursday that obesity can be considered a "disability" if it hinders an overweight person's performance at work.
Knee pain may run in the family
18 Dec 2014 at 9:49am
By Shereen Lehman (Reuters Health) - People whose parents had a total knee replacement due to osteoarthritis are more than twice as likely to develop knee pain in midlife as those with no family history of knee surgery, according to a new study. The Australian authors say the link between parents and adult children shows that genetics may have much to do with knee problems and the pain that goes with them. ?It was abundantly clear that genes were a strong contributor to risk of osteoarthritis but there had been limited success in finding these genes,? said Dr. ...
Report: Radiation leak at nuclear dump was small
18 Dec 2014 at 9:32am
CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) ? A final report by independent researchers shows the radiation leak from the federal government's underground nuclear waste repository in southern New Mexico was small and localized.
Heart experts warn of air pollution dangers
18 Dec 2014 at 9:20am
By Janice Neumann (Reuters Health) - Air pollution should be one of the avoidable heart risk factors - just like smoking and excess fat - that doctors warn patients to steer clear of, according to a new statement from 20 heart experts. Citing pollution?s heavy toll on cardiovascular health, the panel urges people to take steps to protect themselves from breathing heavy traffic fumes or industrial air pollution whenever possible, and public officials to pass laws to reduce air pollution. ...
Colorado awards $8 million to study medical marijuana uses
18 Dec 2014 at 9:17am
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - (Corrects paragraph 7 in Dec. 17 story to clarify that funding comes from patient registration fees, not taxes on medical marijuana sales) Colorado health officials awarded $8 million in research grants on Wednesday to study the use of medical marijuana in the treatment of symptoms associated with Parkinson's disease, childhood epilepsy and post-traumatic stress disorder. Colorado was one of the first two U.S. states to legalize recreational pot use, and it is among 23 states and the District of Columbia that permit use of the drug for medicinal purposes. ...
Ebola: 11th Sierra Leone doctor dies; fire destroys supplies
18 Dec 2014 at 9:01am
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) ? One of Sierra Leone's most senior physicians died Thursday from Ebola, the 11th doctor in the country to succumb to the disease, a health official said.
The One New Year's Resolution Every Person Living With Chronic Illness Should...
18 Dec 2014 at 9:01am
There is a part of us that can't help but face a new year with dread as we consider the fact we will continue to battle with our illness and the many dramas that ensue as a result. Yet for most of us, when Jan. 1 rolls around we want to believe that this coming year will be better. Hope is powerful stuff, and whether we like it or not, consider...
Colombia village's 'curse' could hold Alzheimer's cure
18 Dec 2014 at 9:01am
Yarumal, a Colombian village perched in the Andes Mountains, has a high incidence of a genetic mutation that predisposes its population to Alzheimer's -- a bleak heritage that scientists now hope could help lead to a treatment to prevent the disease. Jairo is just 49 but his brain has already been gnawed away by Alzheimer's, a disease caused by toxic proteins that destroy brain cells, leading to memory loss and death. Inherited from the village's European ancestors, the "paisa" genetic mutation -- named for the residents of the Colombian province of Antioquia -- causes a devastating form of early-onset Alzheimer's.