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Planned Parenthood sued over Colorado abortion clinic shooting
23 May 2016 at 11:20pm
The widow of a man fatally shot at a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Colorado and a woman wounded in the same 2015 attack are suing the facility over lax security, court records showed on Monday. The suit claims that given the "long history of violence" at U.S. abortion clinics, Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs should have implemented safeguards that would have prevented a gunman from going on a shooting rampage that left three people dead and nine wounded on Nov. 27 last year. The wife of Ke? Arere Stewart, who was killed, and Samantha Wagner, who suffered a gunshot wound to her arm, accuse the clinic of being liable, negligent and of outrageous conduct in the suit filed on Friday in Denver District Court.
U.S. e-cigarette use stalls as health concerns grow: Reuters/Ipsos poll
23 May 2016 at 10:05pm
Use of electronic cigarettes and other vaping devices has stalled in the United States as more Americans question their safety, according to a new online Reuters/Ipsos poll. Forty-seven percent of respondents said vaping was not healthier than smoking conventional cigarettes compared with 38 percent who felt that way a year ago. Additionally, 49 percent said this year that it could have a similar effect to that of second-hand tobacco smoke compared with 42 percent last year.
South Dakota Indian hospital threatened with funds cutoff
23 May 2016 at 9:44pm
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) ? The U.S. government on Monday threatened to cut off Medicare and Medicaid funding to a government-run hospital in Rapid City ? the third South Dakota hospital serving Native Americans that's been found to have serious deficiencies in recent months.
World Humanitarian Summit: 'The way we respond to crisis is itself a crisis'
23 May 2016 at 6:31pm
Governments, aid organizations and U.N. agencies are meeting in Istanbul this week to develop a better response to what has been called the worst humanitarian crisis since World War Two, as conflicts and natural disasters have left some 130 million people in need of aid. On Monday, celebrities who work on humanitarian issues set out their concerns and hopes for the two-day U.N. summit: FOREST WHITAKER, U.S. ACTOR AND FILMMAKER "Around the world 250,000 boys and girls are serving as soldiers.
Loss of Y chromosome linked to Alzheimer's disease: study
23 May 2016 at 6:08pm
About one in five men over age 80 lose the Y chromosome from their blood cells, and this condition has now been linked to an increased risk of Alzheimer's disease, researchers said. The condition known a loss of Y, or LOY, is the most common genetic mutation acquired during a man's lifetime. Previous research has shown LOY can raise the likelihood of cancer and is more frequently found in smokers.
States on Zika's frontline see big gaps in funding, expertise
23 May 2016 at 3:57pm
In Mississippi, a small team of entomologists has begun the first survey of mosquito populations in decades. Experts do not believe the kind of mosquitoes most likely to carry the Zika virus are active in the state, but they cannot know for sure. By contrast, the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District, has been active since the late 1920s.
Judge halts Ohio law that blocked funds for Planned Parenthood
23 May 2016 at 3:52pm
A federal judge in Cincinnati temporarily blocked the implementation of a state law that would have effectively de-funded 28 Ohio Planned Parenthood clinics, in a ruling on Monday. U.S. District Judge Michael Barrett granted a two-week stay halting the diversion of federal funding in a ruling on a May 11 lawsuit filed by Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio and Southwest Ohio. The Ohio law signed in February by Republican Governor John Kasich stripped $1.3 million in federal taxpayer funds from any healthcare organization that provides abortion services.
Bayer defies critics with $62 billion Monsanto offer
23 May 2016 at 3:43pm
By Ludwig Burger and Georgina Prodhan FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German drugs and crop chemicals group Bayer AG has offered to buy U.S. seeds company Monsanto for $62 billion in cash, defying some of its own shareholders in a bid to grab the top spot in a fast-consolidating farm supplies industry. Monsanto Co's stock ended trading up 4.4 percent at $106 on the New York Stock Exchange on Monday, well below Bayer's $122 per share cash offer price, in a sign that it faces a tough task convincing the St. Louis-based company to sign off on the deal. Monsanto has said it would review the proposal.
Patient can't always access complete medical records, doctors say
23 May 2016 at 3:17pm
By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Technology makes it possible for patients to access medical records online, but a thicket of legal issues may still keep people from always seeing everything in their chart, some doctors say. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) gives U.S. patients the right to access their medical records and control who else has access to the information, physicians note in an essay in the Annals of Internal Medicine. ?I think the default should be for patients to have complete access to their electronic medical records, and the benefits would likely greatly outweigh any harm,? said lead author Dr. Bryan Lee of Altos Eye Physicians in Los Altos, California, and the University of Washington in Seattle.
Immediate aspirin after mini-stroke cuts risk of major stroke
23 May 2016 at 3:15pm
By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) - Starting treatment with aspirin right after a mini-stroke greatly reduces the risk of a major stroke in the following days, according to a new analysis. Stroke causes one out of every 20 deaths in the U.S., killing nearly 130,000 people each year. In a mini-stroke, known technically as a transient ischemic attack (TIA), blood flow to the brain is only blocked for a short time, usually less than five minutes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Trial begins of Ohio man accused of leaving dead baby in apartment
23 May 2016 at 2:40pm
A man accused of leaving his deceased infant daughter in an apartment last summer went on trial on Monday in northeast Ohio on charges related to the child's death. Eric Warfel waived his right to a jury trial and opted for a bench trial, in which a judge will decide if he is guilty of five felonies including gross abuse of a corpse, cocaine possession and tampering with evidence. Last July, a cable installer discovered the body of Ember Warfel in an apartment in Medina, about 32 miles (52 km) south of Cleveland.
Using a Sunscreen With High SPF Might Not Actually Protect Your Skin
23 May 2016 at 2:32pm
For Teen Vogue, by Emma Sarran Webster.Photo: Courtesy of CNP MontroseIt makes sense in theory: If you're super pale and you burn easily, you should use the highest SPF you can find when you go out in the sun, right? Not necessarily. The reality of what various SPFs offer in the way of protection -- and which ones you should be using -- is a...
Brazil confirms mosquito as Zika vector
23 May 2016 at 2:12pm
Brazilian scientists said Monday they have found the first hard evidence the Zika virus blamed for causing brain damage in hundreds of babies is carried by the Aedes aegypti mosquito. Despite the fact that world health authorities have said for months that the mosquito species is the main vector for Zika, no Aedes aegypti carrying the virus had previously been found in the Americas. Brazil, the country hardest hit by the Zika outbreak, has focused its efforts to contain the virus on eradicating Aedes aegypti populations, and the scientists behind the study said it was important to confirm the link between the mosquito and the disease.
Just 5% of Terminally-Ill Cancer Patients Fully Understand Prognosis, Study F...
23 May 2016 at 1:59pm
Small study looked at cancer patients' understanding of their disease.
No More Lives Lost: Now Is the Time to Fix America?s Mental Health System
23 May 2016 at 1:41pm
May is Mental Health Month, a time to reaffirm our nation?s commitment to increasing our understanding of mental illness, improving access to treatment, and letting those who are affected by mental illnesses know they are not alone. This month provides us with the opportunity to continue our national conversation about the mental health system, yet now is also the time that we must turn that dialogue into action. Today, one in five Americans have a mental health condition.