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San Francisco hospital begins rare six-way kidney transplant chain
5 Mar 2015 at 11:26am
Doctors at a San Francisco hospital began an unusual series of kidney transplants on Thursday with six living donors providing organs to six patients in a chain that began with a woman described as an altruistic donor unrelated to any of the recipients. The first donor and recipient went into surgery at California Pacific Medical Center at 7:30 a.m., with two more donor-recipient pairs on the schedule for Thursday, then the remaining three pairs on Friday, hospital spokesman Dean Fryer said. The chain of donations began when Zully Broussard, 55, of Sacramento, whose son and husband both died of cancer, offered to donate a kidney to a friend, but the friend ultimately had to use another donor, according to hospital officials. "I'm excited, not nervous," Broussard told San Francisco?s KNTV news on the eve of surgery.
A drink a day may not be good for everyone
5 Mar 2015 at 11:22am
By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) - Based on a new analysis, the health benefits of having a drink a day may be exaggerated, UK researchers say. Only women over age 65, if anyone, might get a protective effect from light drinking, compared to people who never drank, the study found. Much past research has shown that people who drink a low to moderate amount of alcohol ? about one drink per day ? fare better than both heavy drinkers and those who abstain completely.
Chain of kidney transplants begins in San Francisco hospital
5 Mar 2015 at 11:21am
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) ? The first of a series of interlinked kidney transplants involving six patients and six donors has started at a San Francisco hospital.
FBI to open field office in North Dakota's oil capital
5 Mar 2015 at 11:20am
By Ernest Scheyder WILLISTON, N.D. (Reuters) - The FBI said on Thursday it will open a field office in Williston, North Dakota, capital of the state's oil patch and an area grappling with a rise in drug use and sex trafficking. At least two agents from the FBI, the national law enforcement agency, will have jurisdiction over western North Dakota's oil counties, where the population has spiked due to the development of the Bakken shale formation, one of the world's largest reserves of crude. Williston alone has seen its population more than double since 2010 to roughly 30,000. State demographers forecast that, even with the recent dip in crude oil prices, the population will double yet again to 60,000 by the end of the decade.
Exclusive: Commerzbank nears $1.4 billion-plus settlement with U.S.- sources
5 Mar 2015 at 11:35am
Commerzbank AG is nearing an agreement to pay U.S. authorities more than $1.4 billion to settle alleged violations of U.S. sanctions and a separate probe that stemmed from transactions linked to an Olympus Corp accounting scandal, according to two people close to the case.
Fresh coat: scientists develop tough new self-cleaning paint
5 Mar 2015 at 11:17am
British and Chinese scientists say they have developed a new paint that can be applied to clothes, paper, glass and steel to make resilient surfaces that can self-clean even after being scratched or scuffed. In research published in the journal Science on Thursday, the scientists said the paint, made from coated titanium dioxide nanoparticles, is extremely repellent to water but, unlike other waterproof coatings, continues to work even when damaged or exposed to oil. "The biggest challenge for self-cleaning surfaces is finding a way to make them tough enough to withstand everyday damage," said Claire Carmalt, a professor of inorganic chemistry at University College London, who co-led the research.
Recovering Heroin Addict Explains Why You Should Care That Overdose Deaths Ha...
5 Mar 2015 at 11:17am
Dr. Joseph Shrand, who runs the CASTLE substance abuse treatment program in Massachusetts, said seven of his former patients have died in the past month, when he normally sees four or five deaths a year among his 1,900 former patients over the past seven years. "It looks like there are more heroin addicts in their 20s, 30s, 40s," Shrand said.
AbbVie boosts cancer drug pipeline with $21 billion Pharmacyclics deal
5 Mar 2015 at 11:15am
AbbVie Inc is to buy Pharmacyclics Inc for about $21 billion, giving it access to what is expected to be one of the world's top-selling cancer drugs and expanding its reach in the profitable oncology field. The deal -- the latest example of a big drugmaker swooping on a biotech firm to refill its medicine pipeline -- confounds expectations that Pharmacyclics would sell out to Johnson & Johnson . AbbVie will pay $261.25 per share in cash and stock, a 13 percent premium to Pharmacyclics stock's closing price on Wednesday. AbbVie failed last October to buy Dublin-based Shire Plc for $55 billion after the United States took steps to deter such tax-lowering deals.
New Siemens healthcare unit to start in May: sources
5 Mar 2015 at 11:13am
German industrial group Siemens will house its German healthcare operations in a standalone unit in the form of a GmbH legal entity on May 1, two sources with knowledge of the matter said. Siemens wants to give the investment-hungry unit independence within the group, creating standalone companies in major markets that will be capable of holding their own licenses for products such imaging equipment independently of Siemens AG. Siemens, whose core operations are business-to-business, is also increasingly threatened by technology firms like Google and Samsung who give more diganostics control to consumers through apps and other software. Chief Executive Joe Kaeser has said the healthcare unit will not be floated this year, and trade unions say he has promised to keep the global headquarters in Germany.
FDA study finds little evidence of antibiotics in milk
5 Mar 2015 at 11:09am
WASHINGTON (AP) ? In an encouraging development for consumers worried about antibiotics in their milk, a new Food and Drug Administration study showed little evidence of drug contamination after surveying almost 2,000 dairy farms.
Warning: Self-Kindness Can Be Habit-Forming!
5 Mar 2015 at 10:42am
One of the most common themes I have noticed with my clients over the years is self-criticism. Regardless of the presenting issue -- be it depression, anxiety, addiction, relationship conflicts, you name it -- so many people are unkind to themselves, in thought and in actions. I work with people all the time who have developed a habit of...
How to Solve Big Problems: Lessons Learned From Cancer Scientists
5 Mar 2015 at 10:31am
In late November of 1991, a 3-year-old girl was diagnosed with leukemia. There was a 30 percent chance she would die.In the coming months, she would receive a long list of chemotherapy drugs: 6MP, asparaginase, methotrexate, prednisone, and vincrinstine. The miracle was not only that these drugs could potentially cure her, but that they existed...
Suicide by suffocation increasing among U.S. youths: study
5 Mar 2015 at 10:10am
Young Americans are increasingly using suffocation and hanging to commit suicide, according to government data released on Thursday. Deaths by those means rose every year from 1994 to 2012 among females and males aged 10 to 24 year olds, for reasons that remain unclear, according to a report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Unlike suicide attempts that involve poisoning, suffocation and hanging are much more likely to result in death, the researchers noted. "A person's first attempt may be their last attempt," said Dr. Eric Caine, director of the Injury Control Research Center for Suicide Prevention at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York, who was not involved in the new report.
Jodi Arias escapes death penalty after Arizona jury deadlocks
5 Mar 2015 at 11:41am
By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - An Arizona jury failed to reach a verdict on Thursday in the sentencing retrial of Jodi Arias after a lone juror refused to back the death penalty, a development that spared the former waitress from execution for murdering her former boyfriend. It was the second time a jury has been unable to decide whether the 34-year-old Arias, convicted of murder in 2013, should be executed for the 2008 killing of Travis Alexander. "We are hung and additional time will not change this," the foreman of the jury of eight women and four men wrote in a note read by Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Sherry Stephens, who swiftly declared a mistrial, drawing sobs from Alexander's relatives. "The real justice will be in the afterlife, when Jodi burns in hell," Alexander's sister, Tanisha Sorenson, tearfully told reporters outside the court.
Staying Healthy After Losing Someone to Suicide
5 Mar 2015 at 10:05am
In the days after my brother's suicide, my cousin asked me how often I found myself sighing. She said, "When I'm too tired to cry, I sigh. I sigh a lot." After the exchange I noticed my own frequent sighs. According to one study, sighing serves as a mental and physical reset button and may bring some relief. Such relief is sorely needed for...