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Exercise helps women tolerate breast cancer drugs
12 Dec 2013 at 8:48am
SAN ANTONIO (AP) ? Exercise might help women beat breast cancer. Researchers found it can ease the achy joints and muscle pain that lead many patients to quit taking medicines that treat the disease and lower the risk of a recurrence.
CDC: Flu season starting a little more normally
12 Dec 2013 at 11:38am
ATLANTA (AP) ? Health officials say the flu season seems to be getting off to more normal start this year.
Study: Hormone-blocker slashes breast cancer risk
12 Dec 2013 at 6:49am
SAN ANTONIO (AP) ? Women at high risk of developing breast cancer because of family history or bad genes have a new option to help prevent the disease.
California asks to use non-approved meningitis vaccine for college outbreak
12 Dec 2013 at 9:28pm
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) - Public health officials in California said on Thursday they had sought permission from the federal government to use a vaccine not approved for use in the United States against an outbreak of meningococcal disease among students in a public university. The outbreak, which resulted in a student at the University of California, Santa Barbara, having his feet amputated, is similar to one that has stricken eight students at Princeton University in New Jersey, where students began receiving the European and Australian vaccine this week.
Are Your Greatest Strengths Holding You Back?
12 Dec 2013 at 8:36pm
We've all known people who touted the merits of their best (perceived) traits without realizing that they carried them to such extremes that people found them off putting.
Highlights of a modest U.S. budget accord
12 Dec 2013 at 6:52pm
(Reuters) - The modest U.S. budget deal approved in the U.S. House of Representatives Thursday gives both Democrats and Republicans something to brag about. Democrats can say they found relief from forced spending cuts on education and other domestic spending programs, while avoiding major changes to Medicare and Social Security benefits for the elderly. But airline travelers, newly hired federal employees and some military retirees would lose out in the agreement to be presented to Congress for approval in the next two weeks. Here are the major components of the tentative agreement negotiated by Republican Representative Paul Ryan and Democratic Senator Patty Murray: AUTOMATIC "SEQUESTER" SPENDING CUTS It blunts the effect of the already enacted across-the-board cuts by allowing spending on federal agencies and discretionary programs to rise by $63 billion over scheduled levels - $45 billion in fiscal 2014, which began on October 1, and $18 billion in fiscal 2015.
Iowa, federal government reach agreement on health insurance expansion
12 Dec 2013 at 6:37pm
By Kay Henderson DES MOINES, Iowa (Reuters) - Iowa has reached a tentative agreement with federal officials on a plan to expand the number of low-income state residents eligible for Medicaid under President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law, Iowa's governor said on Thursday. The two sides have been negotiating for months over the details of the "Iowa Health and Wellness Plan," which will eventually offer coverage to more than 150,000 residents. "This is an Iowa plan that fits the health needs of our state," Republican Governor Terry Branstad said in a statement.
Cycling-Tour champion Froome says clear of parasitic disease
12 Dec 2013 at 5:44pm
Tour de France champion Chris Froome has been cleared of the parasitic disease bilharzia that has troubled him for four years, he told Friday's Independent newspaper in an interview. "At last I am free of the debilitating disease bilharzia," said the Kenya-born Froome, who this year became the second Briton to win the Tour de France after Bradley Wiggins in 2012. "When I was first diagnosed they said it had been in my system for at least two years, but it could have been there even longer, five or six years possibly." Froome will begin his quest to retain the Tour de France title next year when the race starts in England on July 5.
U.S. lays out steps to smooth Obamacare coverage for January
12 Dec 2013 at 4:48pm
By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration asked insurers on Thursday to be flexible with Americans trying to buy new health policies through the federal website HealthCare.gov, as officials race to fix problems still plaguing the enrollment process. U.S. officials laid out a series of steps to help prevent disruptions in coverage for health policies due to start January 1, including the possibility of retroactive coverage. Widespread stories of coverage gaps could pose new political problems for President Barack Obama, whose signature domestic policy has already sparked a public uproar over the botched launch of the website and the millions of cancellation notices sent out for policies that do not comply with the law. The administration said it would consider further extensions of the enrollment deadlines if required by "extraordinary circumstances," having extended its December 15 enrollment deadline for obtaining benefits on January 1 to midnight December 23 (0500 GMT December 24).
Gift to the Soul: The Space of Presence
12 Dec 2013 at 4:35pm
For many of us this is a season when it feels that we are going faster and faster. Everything's racing, through school semesters, wrapping up work commitments, entering the holidays, the currents of life are in full tilt. Given the time of year, one student fell into a period of intense stress resulting from a cycle of classes, studying, working and little sleep. He didn't realize how long he had neglected to write home until he received the following note: Dear Son, Your mother and I enjoyed your last letter. Of course, we were much younger then and more impressionable.
During Your Depression: A Letter to My Grandfather (Part 4 of 4)
12 Dec 2013 at 4:13pm
Continued from Part 3 of 4 My fondest memories of growing up was when we bought that house just across the road from you, and spent our summers there. On the weekends, Dad made Wayne and I mow and weed-eat your grass. Following, Dad would present watermelons from the farmer's market and Grandmother brewed Luzianne sweet tea for everyone. Dad invited all of your sons and daughters to join us, his brothers and sisters, who never left town, who all had found clerk and desk and teaching jobs in order to be near one another. Once we ate, drank, and
Winter Is Magic! Go Outside!
12 Dec 2013 at 4:03pm
So I made a pact with myself: to live in this winter, not just through it. To play more and complain less. And to appreciate each white winter day for how peacefully alive it can make you feel if you get outside long enough to really feel it.
U.S. House passes two-year budget plan; Senate vote next week
12 Dec 2013 at 3:29pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday passed a two-year, bipartisan budget plan that would end some automatic spending cuts on federal agencies and replace them with more targeted government savings. By an overwhelming margin, the House passed the measure that also aims to end the partisan fighting between Republicans and Democrats over fiscal affairs, which led to last October's 16-day partial government shutdown. The budget deal must next pass the Democratic-controlled Senate before being sent to President Barack Obama for signing into ...
Obamacare enrollment in California surges
12 Dec 2013 at 3:19pm
By Sharon Begley NEW YORK (Reuters) - California's Obamacare insurance marketplace experienced a surge in enrollment last week, officials said on Thursday, offering welcome news for President Barack Obama's sweeping healthcare law from a state crucial to its success. Some 144,146 applications were completed and 49,708 people selected commercial plans in the first week of December, compared to 403,323 completed applications and 109,296 enrollments in the previous two months since the Covered California marketplace opened, officials said. At that rate, California would meet its 2013 enrollment target. "This is a good day for Californians," Peter Lee, executive director of Covered California, the state's Obamacare marketplace, told reporters.
CDC: 221 sickened by synthetic pot in Colorado
12 Dec 2013 at 2:51pm
DENVER (AP) ? Synthetic marijuana is believed to have sickened 221 people in Colorado during a monthlong outbreak this year, according to a federal report released Thursday.