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Study: Diabetic heart attacks and strokes falling
16 Apr 2014 at 5:56pm
NEW YORK (AP) ? In the midst of the diabetes epidemic, a glimmer of good news: Heart attacks, strokes and other complications from the disease are plummeting.
Ebola virus in Africa outbreak is a new strain
16 Apr 2014 at 2:33pm
The Ebola virus that has killed scores of people in Guinea this year is a new strain ? evidence that the disease did not spread there from outbreaks in some other African nations, scientists report.
Portland plans reservoir flush after teen cited
17 Apr 2014 at 4:23am
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) ? Call it the Big Flush 2, and this time the sequel promises to be much bigger than the original.
UnitedHealth says first-quarter profit fell on reform costs
17 Apr 2014 at 4:32am
(Reuters) - UnitedHealth Group Inc , the largest U.S. health insurer, said on Thursday that first-quarter profit fell on costs and taxes related to the national healthcare reform law as well as government cuts to private Medicare funding. Its Optum technology-related division, which has had a role in building the exchanges created by that reform law, continued to grow. UnitedHealth said net profit was $1.1 billion, or about $1.10 per share, compared with $1.2 billion, or $1.16 per share a year earlier. Analysts had expected first quarter profit of $1.09 per share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. UnitedHealth stuck by its previous forecast for 2014 earnings of $5.40 to $5.60 per share and said it sees revenue growth of about 5 percent to $128 billion to $129 billion.
Instant View: GE industrial earnings rise, shares tick higher
17 Apr 2014 at 4:21am
GE, which is increasingly focusing on its traditional manufacturing businesses over its finance unit, posted an 8 percent increase in industrial revenue, even as overall company revenue fell slightly short of Wall Street's target. They have still three quarters to get above zero in terms of what they guided for the year." PERRY ADAMS, NORTHWESTERN BANK, TRAVERSE CITY, MICHIGAN, MANAGES GE SHARES "They beat expectations by a penny, but it definitely was a mixed bag.
California city evacuation lifted after military ordnance found
17 Apr 2014 at 4:21am
(Reuters) - An evacuation order was lifted in a California city on Thursday after a piece of potentially explosive "military ordnance" reported in its business district was rendered safe, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office said. A sheriff's department bomb squad and a disposal unit from Vandenberg Air Force Base investigated the unidentified device, which was reported at around 3:30 p.m. local time in Solvang, a town of about 5,000 residents some 130 miles outside Los Angeles. The American Red Cross set up a location to assist displaced people, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office said. Shortly after midnight on Thursday, the bomb units removed the military ordnance and "rendered it safe." The evacuation was lifted and residents were allowed to return to their homes, the sheriff's office said.
GE industrial profits rise 12 percent, shares up
17 Apr 2014 at 4:14am
(Reuters) - General Electric Co posted a 12 percent rise in overall industrial profits on Thursday, as strength in its businesses selling gas turbines, jet engines and oil industry equipment offset weakness in healthcare and transportation. GE, which is increasingly focusing on its traditional manufacturing businesses over its finance unit, posted an 8 percent increase in industrial revenue, even as overall company revenue fell slightly short of Wall Street's target. GE shares rose 1 percent in initial premarket trading, as profit also edged past analyst estimates. ...
A year after marathon bombs, Boston hospitals apply lessons learned
17 Apr 2014 at 4:03am
By Svea Herbst-Bayliss BOSTON (Reuters) - The homemade bombs that ripped through the crowd at the finish line of last year's Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring 264, showcased the city's medical talent but also taught valuable lessons in responding to a mass disaster. By all accounts, Boston's hospitals performed well after the attacks on April 15, 2013. Looking back, a year after their hospitals were packed with blast victims, Boston officials have tweaked how they prepare for a disaster, now requiring city emergency medical personnel to carry tourniquets and developing a standard method for one city agency to track disaster victims in hospitals.
Cut off from the world, Gazans consumed by poverty
17 Apr 2014 at 3:45am
By Noah Browning and Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Life has never seemed so grim for the Mustafas, a family of seven cramped into a shabby two-room hovel in Gaza's Jabalya refugee camp. Seven years into an Israeli blockade and ten months into a crippling Egyptian one, Gaza's economic growth has evaporated and unemployment soared to almost 40 percent by the end of 2013. Opposition to the Hamas militant group which runs the Gaza Strip has led its neighbors to quarantine the enclave, shutting residents out of the struggling Mideast peace process and leaving them with plenty of parties to blame. Living on U.N. handouts of rice, flour, canned meat and sunflower oil, with limited access to proper health care or clean water, families like the Mustafas - seemingly permanent refugees from ancestral lands now part of Israel - have no money, no jobs and no hope.
GSK, facing bribery claims, battles to build new sales model
17 Apr 2014 at 3:42am
Following a decision to cut commercial ties with outside doctors, GSK expects to increase its in-house team of physicians by 10-20 percent over the next year or so from around 1,500 at present, Chief Medical Officer James Shannon told Reuters. GSK is now investigating claims that bribes were paid to doctors in Poland, Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon, following a much larger case of alleged bribery in China. Chinese authorities in July accused GSK of funneling up to 3 billion yuan ($483 million) to doctors and officials to encourage them to use its medicines in a case that the company has described as "shameful". The firm aims to become the first in the industry to stop paying outside doctors to promote its products, end payments for medics to attend conferences and delink incentives for sales representatives from individual sales targets.
Beijing's bid to move polluting firms watched warily in nearby regions
17 Apr 2014 at 1:46am
By David Stanway BEIJING (Reuters) - China's capital has ordered more than 50 companies to shut down this year in an effort to cut pollution but pushing factories out could raise objections in surrounding areas reluctant to host Beijing's polluters. Smog-shrouded Beijing and the surrounding province of Hebei have become a front in a "war against pollution" declared by Premier Li Keqiang last month. But experts say efforts to cut coal consumption and industrial output in big cities like Beijing is likely to put pressure on other regions to endure more pollution to keep the economy growing, with overall coal consumption expected to rise by a quarter from 2011 to 2015. "Moving Beijing's plants to Hebei isn't the best way," said Yang Fuqiang, a former government researcher and senior energy and environment adviser with the National Resources Defense Council, a U.S.-based think-tank.
Founder of scandal-hit drugmaker Servier dies at 92
17 Apr 2014 at 1:21am
Jacques Servier, founder and president of France's second-largest drugmaker, has died before his trial over Mediator, a weight-loss pill at the center of the country's biggest public health scandal in years. Servier died of old age, a company spokeswoman said on Thursday. Officials have blamed at least 500 deaths on Mediator, which was marketed to overweight diabetics but often prescribed for weight loss. Servier posted revenue of 4.2 billion euros ($5.8 billion) in 2013, making it France's second-biggest drugmaker by sales behind Sanofi.
'X-Men' director Singer accused of drugging and raping teenager
17 Apr 2014 at 12:31am
Producer and director Bryan Singer has been accused of drugging and raping a teenage boy in California and Hawaii in the late 1990s, according to a lawsuit filed in U.S. court on Wednesday. Michael Egan seeks unspecified damages and a jury trial after wide-ranging abuses at California and Hawaii house parties beginning in the late 1990s, according to the civil action filed in a Hawaii federal court. The suit accuses Marc Collins-Rector, a former entertainment business executive and registered sex offender, of initiating the sexual abuse by arranging for Singer to meet Egan at "notorious parties" in Encino, California, around 1998.
5 Steps to Avoid Getting 'Hangry'
16 Apr 2014 at 11:54pm
Your energy is zapped, your stomach is rumbling, and your personality has transformed from level-headed and sweet to short-tempered and snippy. Your hunger has led to anger: You?re officially hangry. We?ve all been there, and it?s not pretty, but fortunately?for the sake of your relationships and social life?it can be avoided. Here are five rules for thwarting hunger-induced crankiness, and the binge that often follows.
Galapagos, GSK successfully conclude phase 2a study of skin disease drug
16 Apr 2014 at 10:57pm
Belgian biotech group Galapagos NV on Thursday said it has successfully concluded the phase 2a study of a skin disease drug it is developing with Britain's GlaxoSmithKline PLC. Galapagos tested drug GSK2586184 on 66 patients with chronic psoriasis and observed a 75 percent improvement in significantly more patients than in the placebo group. GSK, which owns the drug's commercial rights, will decide whether to proceed with clinical trials, Galapagos said in a statement. Galapagos said it could receive a milestone payment of up to 34 million euros ($46.94 million) as well as double-digit royalties as the program proceeds towards commercialization.