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Rohingya dying from lack of health care in Myanmar
12 Mar 2014 at 3:33am
THE' CHAUNG, Myanmar (AP) ? Noor Jahan rocked slowly on the floor, trying to steady her weak body. Her chest heaved and her eyes closed with each raspy breath. She could no longer eat or speak, throwing up even spoonfuls of tea.
Obama pitches his health care plan on Funny or Die
11 Mar 2014 at 7:15pm
NEW YORK (AP) ? Zach Galifianakis brought the ferns, and President Barack Obama opened a new avenue of presidential communication.
Gene mapping study shows promise, challenges
11 Mar 2014 at 1:14pm
CHICAGO (AP) ? These days, it's faster and cheaper than ever to decipher a person's entire DNA. But a small study suggests that looking for disease risks that way may not be ready for the masses.
Moms in labor can bar dads from birth room, N.J. judge rules
12 Mar 2014 at 8:48am
By Victoria Cavaliere NEW YORK (Reuters) - New Jersey this week became the first U.S. state to allow pregnant women to bar the fathers of their children from the delivery room while giving birth, under a court ruling. Mothers-to-be are also not obligated to inform fathers they have gone into labor, according to a decision published Monday by Passaic County Superior Court Judge Sohail Mohammed. "The court further finds that it would be an undue burden on the mother to require her to notify the father when she is in labor or require his presence during labor. It would invade her sphere of privacy and provide unwarranted strain on the mother." Mohammed's ruling pertains specifically to "putative fathers," or biological fathers not wed to the mother.
GO FIGURE: Health care needs 42 sign-ups a minute
12 Mar 2014 at 8:29am
WASHINGTON (AP) ? If the Obama administration's health care plan is going to pass what amounts to its first physical, people have to sign up this month at a pretty speedy rate: 42 times a minute.
Quitting smoking linked to improved mood
12 Mar 2014 at 8:23am
By Kathleen Raven NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Smokers who kick the habit appear to benefit from an improved mood, according to a new review of past studies. On average, quitting smoking was associated with improvements in mental health similar to taking an antidepressant drug, a team of UK researchers found. "The main message is that when people stop smoking, they feel better than they did when they were smoking," Dr. Paul Aveyard, one of the review's authors, told Reuters Health. "People who quit smoking may feel grumpy, irritable and bad - those feelings are similar to feelings of stress and people conflate the two," Aveyard, from the University of Oxford, said.
Wall Street declines on China, Ukraine concerns
12 Mar 2014 at 7:58am
By Chuck Mikolajczak NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks declined on Wednesday, putting the S&P 500 on track for a third straight decline after its most recent record high, as concerns grew over the strength of China's economy. London copper, seen as a proxy for China's economic health, fell for a fourth day to its lowest level since July 2010. Recent China data suggested an economic slowdown, while the country's first-ever bond default last week increased concerns financing deals that use the industrial metal as collateral could unravel. Investors also continue to monitor geopolitical developments as earnings season has drawn to a close and amid a light economic calendar, leaving no catalyst to push the benchmark S&P index higher after its most recent record close on Friday.
Everything You Need to Know About ADHD in 10 Tweets
12 Mar 2014 at 7:41am
Diagnosis of ADHD has increased by 41 percent in the last decade.
Malaysia Flight MH370: Excruciating Uncertainty Compounds Families' Grief
12 Mar 2014 at 7:39am
It?s been four days since the flight between Kuala Lumpur and Beijing went missing with 239 onboard. Mental health experts say that the hardest thing human beings deal with is the "unknown" and the grief of families is compounded by lack of information.
Henman believes doping not significant in tennis
12 Mar 2014 at 7:36am
Tennis must guard against doping even if performance enhancing drugs have not been a major problem in the sport, former world number four Tim Henman warned on Wednesday. High-profile men's players Marin Cilic of Croatia and Serbia's Viktor Troicki both fell foul of anti-doping regulations last year. The International Tennis Federation (ITF) is introducing a biological passport system, following calls for more anti-doping procedures from leading players like Roger Federer, but Henman doubts whether doping can even help tennis players.
FDA approves device for preventing migraines
12 Mar 2014 at 7:17am
On Tuesday the Food and Drug Administration announced its approval of a device for preventing migraines. Called Cefaly, it's the first transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) device designed for use prior to the crushing pain of such headaches. A migraine lasts four to 72 hours if untreated. "Cefaly provides an alternative to medication for migraine prevention," Christy Foreman, director of the Office of Device Evaluation at the FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health, said in a statement.
Dying Boy to Get Unapproved Drug After Family's Plea
12 Mar 2014 at 6:33am
Drug company answers family's plea for unapproved drug for dying son.
Lose Weight by Ballooning Up With New Pill
12 Mar 2014 at 5:57am
The Obalon balloon weight loss pill and other new alternatives to weight loss surgery
U.S. drugmaker to give unapproved medicine to dying Virginia boy
12 Mar 2014 at 5:35am
A dying seven-year-old boy who is suffering from a viral infection could receive an unapproved treatment as early as Wednesday after a drugmaker struck a deal with U.S. regulators to provide the medicine. Pharmaceutical company Chimerix Inc, lobbied by supporters of Josh Hardy in a campaign that has gained national attention, will make him the first patient in a 20-patient pilot trial of open-label brincidofovir (CMX001). The drug, used to treat adenovirus infections in patients with weakened immune systems, has not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and was initially withheld by the Durham, North Carolina-based company. "Being unable to fulfill requests for compassionate use is excruciating, and not a decision any one of us ever wants to have to make," Chimerix President and Chief Executive Kenneth Moch said in a statement on Tuesday.
Eating Habits for Better Sleep
12 Mar 2014 at 5:28am
Our cultural lack of sufficient sleep does more than just keep Starbucks in business; it may be contributing to our ever-growing waistline.