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At G7, Britain presses for global reward system for new antibiotics
26 May 2016 at 4:06pm
By Kylie MacLellan ISE-SHIMA, Japan (Reuters) - Britain is pushing for a global plan to reward drugs companies for developing new antibiotics, while also pledging to cut antibiotic use in England. Former Goldman Sachs chief economist Jim O'Neill, who led the review, said a reward of between $1 billion and $1.5 billion should be paid for any successful new antimicrobial medicine brought to market. British Prime Minister David Cameron will say at the G7 meeting in Japan on Friday that Britain will work with global finance and health experts to develop such as system to bring the new antibiotics to market and make them available to all who need them.
Report: 1st US case of germ resistant to last resort drug
26 May 2016 at 4:03pm
NEW YORK (AP) ? For the first time, a U.S. patient has been infected with bacteria resistant to an antibiotic used as a last resort treatment, scientists said Thursday.
U.S. sees first case of bacteria resistant to all antibiotics
26 May 2016 at 3:41pm
U.S. health officials on Thursday reported the first case in the country of a patient with an infection resistant to all known antibiotics, and expressed grave concern that the superbug could pose serious danger for routine infections if it spreads. "We risk being in a post-antibiotic world," said Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, referring to the urinary tract infection of a 49-year-old Pennsylvania woman who had not traveled within the prior five months. Frieden, speaking at a National Press Club luncheon in Washington, D.C., said the infection was not controlled even by colistin, an antibiotic that is reserved for use against "nightmare bacteria." The infection was reported Thursday in a study appearing in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, a publication of the American Society for Microbiology.
Trump, Sanders explore an unconventional presidential debate
26 May 2016 at 3:15pm
By Emily Stephenson BISMARCK, N.D. (Reuters) - Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders on Thursday explored staging an unconventional U.S. presidential debate that would sideline Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton but create a high-ratings television spectacle. The two men - a billionaire and a democratic socialist - expressed interest in a one-on-one encounter in California even though Republican and Democratic presidential candidates traditionally do not debate each other until the parties have selected their nominees. "I'd love to debate Bernie," Trump told reporters in North Dakota, after he secured enough delegates to clinch the Republican presidential nomination.
Our Bicycles, Ourselves
26 May 2016 at 2:46pm
We love to ride. The camaraderie of riding in a peloton, or the solo inspiration of riding and day dreaming, keeps us on our bikes for hours. We adjust our diets to get leaner. We drink fluids loaded with carbohydrates. Even the clothes we wear are designed to highlight our slim bodies, while diminishing their wind resistance. Over time, our...
'Nightmare' infection found in US for first time
26 May 2016 at 2:40pm
A superbug resistant to all known medications has been found in the United States for the first time, raising new concern about the dwindling effectiveness of antibiotics, the top US public health official said on Thursday. The case involved a 49-year-old woman in Pennsylvania whose urinary tract infection tested positive for a strain of E. coli that is resistant to the antibiotic of last resort for such infections, known as colistin. "It was an old antibiotic, but it was the only one left for what I call nightmare bacteria," a family of germs known as carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), said Thomas Frieden, chief of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Look Within: Energetic Solutions to Increase Success
26 May 2016 at 2:39pm
Look Within: Energetic Solutions to Increase SuccessWe all pursue success - but why are some of us better at achieving our goals than others?This was a question I asked myself as a competitive athlete, then as a coach, and finally, as a therapist. Some of my teammates and clients relentlessly pursued their ambitions until they achieved what...
Social media-based HIV testing finds new cases
26 May 2016 at 2:30pm
By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - Outreach on social media may help encourage men at high risk for HIV infection to get themselves tested, a new study from the U.K. suggests. When researchers advertised home sampling kits to gay and bisexual men through social media and apps, nearly 6,000 men returned saliva or blood sampling kits they requested from the online service. Eighty-two of them were newly diagnosed with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that causes AIDS.
Theranos sued over blood tests, in proposed class action
26 May 2016 at 2:07pm
(Reuters) - Blood-testing company Theranos Inc was sued on Thursday, accused of endangering customer health through "massive failures" that misrepresented the accuracy and quality of its blood tests, according to court papers. The proposed class action was brought in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California by the law firm Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP. It estimated that thousands of consumers could be eligible to join the lawsuit, citing Theranos? claims that it had performed more than 6 million tests.
U.S. FDA approves first-ever implant to treat opioid addiction
26 May 2016 at 2:06pm
The first-ever implant to fight addiction to opioids, a class of drugs that includes prescription painkillers and heroin, was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday. The matchstick-sized implant, developed by Titan Pharmaceuticals Inc and privately owned Braeburn Pharmaceuticals, is by design less susceptible to abuse or the illicit resale that plagues existing oral therapies. Fewer than half of the estimated 2.2 million Americans who need treatment for opioid abuse are receiving help, according to the U.S. Centers for Human and Health Services (HHS).
Timeline: Zika's origin and global spread
26 May 2016 at 2:05pm
(Reuters) - The following timeline charts the origin and spread of the Zika virus from its discovery nearly 70 years ago: 1947: Scientists researching yellow fever in Uganda's Zika Forest identify the virus in a rhesus monkey 1948: Virus recovered from Aedes africanus mosquito in Zika Forest 1952: First human cases detected in Uganda and Tanzania 1954: Virus found in Nigeria 1960s-80s: Zika detected in mosquitoes and monkeys across equatorial Africa 1969?83: Zika found in equatorial Asia, including India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Pakistan 2007: Zika spreads from Africa and Asia, first large ...
Programs to reduce drinking may not work on fraternity members
26 May 2016 at 1:55pm
By Madeline Kennedy (Reuters Health) - College students who are in so-called Greek letter organizations seem to be immune to programs that work for other students to reduce the use and abuse of alcohol, according to a new review of research on the topic. Fraternity members continue to drink as much and as often as usual, even while enrolled in programs aimed at reducing drinking, and they have the same number of alcohol-related problems ? such as injury, sexual assault and expulsion - as brethren not involved in programs, the researchers conclude in the journal Health Psychology. ?This was somewhat surprising given the success of alcohol risk reduction interventions in other student groups,? said lead author Lori Scott-Sheldon, a senior scientist in the Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine at The Miriam Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island.
New York City can enforce rule on salt warnings in restaurants: court
26 May 2016 at 1:52pm
By Karen Freifeld NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City can enforce a rule requiring chain restaurants to post warnings on menu items high in sodium, a New York appeals court ruled on Thursday. In February, a New York state judge upheld the rule, knocking down a challenge by the National Restaurant Association. The rule, believed to be the first of its kind in the United States, requires city restaurants with 15 or more locations nationwide to post a salt shaker encased in a black triangle as a warning next to menu items with more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium, the daily limit recommended by the federal government.
U.S. health official says Zika not a reason to cancel Olympics
26 May 2016 at 1:19pm
The widespread Zika virus outbreak in Brazil does not pose enough of a threat to warrant canceling or putting off the Olympic Games set to be held in Rio de Janeiro in August, a leading U.S. health official said on Thursday . "There is no public health reason to cancel or delay the Olympics," Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said during a luncheon at The National Press Club in Washington. A controversial paper by a Canadian professor published earlier this month in the Harvard Public Health Review called for the Games to be canceled or moved because it said they would likely speed up the spread of Zika throughout the world.
CDC urges speed on Zika as House moves to negotiate funding
26 May 2016 at 1:14pm
WASHINGTON (AP) ? The U.S. must act more quickly to protect pregnant women from birth defect-causing Zika, a top health official said Thursday even as the House left town for its Memorial Day recess with no visible progress toward a congressional compromise on emergency funding to battle the virus.