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New York clinic that treated comic Joan Rivers sued over her death
26 Jan 2015 at 6:48pm
By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Joan Rivers' daughter filed a malpractice lawsuit on Monday against the New York medical clinic that treated her mother days before her death, saying doctors there posed for selfies with their sedated celebrity patient even as her vital signs were plunging. Rivers, who was 81, suffered a loss of oxygen to her brain on Aug. 28 while physicians at the Yorkville Endoscopy center in Manhattan were performing procedures to examine her throat and vocal cords, and she died a week later at a New York hospital. Moreover, the complaint says, the outpatient clinic allowed a doctor whose presence was unauthorized to twice conduct a procedure that Rivers had not consented to, a trans-nasal laryngoscopy, in which a scope is passed through sinus passages into the larynx.
Six more measles cases reported in California after Disneyland outbreak
26 Jan 2015 at 5:18pm
By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Six more cases of measles have been confirmed in California following an outbreak at Disneyland that began in December, public health officials said on Monday, raising to 74 the total number of people in the state who have been infected. Previously, 68 people in California had been confirmed to have the measles, along with 14 others elsewhere: five in Arizona, three in Utah, two in Washington state, one each in Oregon, Colorado and Nevada, and one in Mexico. The latest tally includes 73 cases documented by the California Department of Public Health and one additional patient reported by the Ventura County Health Care Agency.
Mexico City swaps squats for subway rides
26 Jan 2015 at 4:56pm
There may be no such thing as a free lunch, but the overweight in Mexico City will be glad to hear there is such a thing as a free subway ride. Concerned health officials in the Mexican capital hope to get residents in shape by offering free journeys in return for them burning a few extra calories. The so-called "health stations" are a novel way for health chiefs to draw attention to Mexico's dismal obesity levels. For me, it's the number one public health problem," the capital's health secretary Jose Armando Ahued Ortega said as he introduced the project, devised by leftist mayor Miguel Angel Mancera.
Epileptic Boy's Parents Frustrated by Delays Plaguing Medical Marijuana Rollout
26 Jan 2015 at 4:37pm
Andrea Seratti's son has had seizures for the past year.
E-cigarettes would be banned in public places under California bill
26 Jan 2015 at 4:37pm
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - California would ban the use of electronic cigarettes in public places and ramp up enforcement against selling them to minors under a bill introduced in the legislature on Monday. There is growing concern about the health risks from e-cigarettes, also known as vapor cigarettes or vapes, which are not lit or smoked like their old-fashioned counterparts, but do generally release nicotine in a heated liquid. "Whether you get people hooked on e-cigarettes or regular cigarettes, it?s nicotine addiction and it kills," Democratic state Senator Mark Leno, who introduced the bill, said in a telephone interview. California would be the fourth U.S. state to treat them like regular cigarettes, and the 23rd to regulate e-cigarettes in some way.
Patient shoots nurse during struggle at L.A. mental clinic
26 Jan 2015 at 4:07pm
A 20-year-old patient shot and wounded a nurse at a Los Angeles area mental health urgent care facility during a struggle, authorities said on Monday. The man had been brought by family members to the clinic in suburban Willowbrook for treatment when a male nurse became concerned by his behavior and summoned security guards, Deputy Amber Smith of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said. She said the suspect was detained by security guards until sheriff's deputies arrived and took him into custody.
Post-Ebola plan needed to avert 'double disaster' in West Africa: Oxfam
26 Jan 2015 at 4:03pm
By Magdalena Mis LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The three West African countries worst hit by Ebola risk a "double disaster" unless a multi-million dollar plan is put in place to help their economies recover, Oxfam said on Tuesday. In Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone people were struggling to make ends meet having seen their incomes plummet, the aid agency said. "The world was late in waking up to the Ebola crisis, there can be no excuses for not helping to put these economies and lives back together," Mark Goldring, Oxfam's chief executive, said during a visit to Liberia.
FDA names scientist from Duke to senior post
26 Jan 2015 at 3:22pm
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday named Dr. Robert Califf, a top cardiologist and researcher, to oversee its drug, medical device and tobacco policy in what experts said is a coup for the FDA. Califf was named as deputy commissioner for medical products and tobacco, the most senior medical products position at the agency after the commissioner and one that has been empty for nearly two years. "This is a great catch for the FDA," said Dr. Steven Nissen, chairman of the department of cardiovascular medicine at the Cleveland Clinic.
Canada resident tests positive for H7N9 avian flu virus
26 Jan 2015 at 2:51pm
By Julie Gordon VANCOUVER (Reuters) - A Vancouver area resident has tested positive for the H7N9 avian flu virus in the first documented case of the infection in a human in North America, the Canadian government said on Monday. The woman, who is in her 50s, had returned to Canada from China and is recovering from the illness in self-isolation, the Public Health Agency of Canada said in a statement. "I want to emphasize that the risk to Canadians is very low because there is no evidence of sustained human-to-human transmission of H7N9," Gregory Taylor, Canada's Chief Public Health Officer, said at a news conference in Ottawa. Taylor said the woman returned to Canada on Jan. 12 after visiting numerous locations in China and began to feel ill two days later on Jan. 14.
CBO lowers cost forecast for Obamacare's insurance subsidies
26 Jan 2015 at 2:50pm
Obamacare will cost 7 percent less than expected over the next decade for federal subsidies to help lower-income people pay for private health insurance, congressional researchers said on Monday. A report by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said insurance coverage would cost $964 billion from 2015 to 2024, $68 billion below its April 2014 projection, due to factors including lower than expected enrollment in federal and state insurance exchanges set up under the Affordable Care Act. Most of those subsidies, which help pay for insurance premiums and out-of-pocket costs, could be in jeopardy from a U.S. Supreme Court case that seeks to prevent funds from going to consumers in 36 states who obtain coverage through the federal exchange.
Iowa governor to spend night in hospital after falling ill
26 Jan 2015 at 2:43pm
By Kay Henderson DES MOINES, Iowa (Reuters) - Six-term Iowa Governor Terry Branstad is being treated for flu-like symptoms and will spend Monday night in a Des Moines hospital after falling ill at a public event earlier in the day, the governor's office said. Branstad, 68, told reporters earlier on Monday he was suffering from a bad cold and then became ill during a visit to a research facility in Johnston, Iowa, a Des Moines suburb. He was taken by ambulance to Iowa Methodist Hospital in Des Moines. "He is being observed and hydrated after having flu-like symptoms," spokesman Jimmy Centers said in a statement.
Ohio sues over Obamacare taxes on state, local governments
26 Jan 2015 at 2:15pm
The state of Ohio filed a lawsuit on Monday that claims Obamacare tax assessments against state and local governments for public employee health plans are unconstitutional. The suit by Attorney General Mike DeWine involves the federal government's power under the Affordable Care Act's Transitional Reinsurance Program to levy taxes against health insurance companies and certain employers who offer self-insured group health plans. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has said it is assessing this tax on state and local governments for their public employee health plans, DeWine's office said.
Blizzard Baby Booms: Fact or Fiction
26 Jan 2015 at 2:15pm
Every time a snowstorm keeps people indoors, there's someone around to make a joke about more babies being born nine months later. And, come on, this storm is named Juno.
Siemens names new healthcare bosses, power head goes
26 Jan 2015 at 1:41pm
German industrial group Siemens announced a major reshuffle of its management board on Monday, appointing a new team to run its healthcare business and saying the chief of its struggling power and gas unit would leave this week. Bernd Montag, currently head of imaging and therapy systems at healthcare, will replace Hermann Requardt as chief executive of the healthcare business, which Siemens is hiving off into an independent legal entity, Siemens said. It also named Michael Sen finance chief and Michael Reitermann as a third executive board member for the unit, saying this team - all internal candidates - would lead healthcare through the transition.
U.S. bans deceptive ads by green coffee weight-loss marketer
26 Jan 2015 at 1:41pm
A seller of green coffee bean supplements has agreed to stop deceptive advertising saying that the treatments help users lose weight, a claim that was made on "The Dr. Oz Show," the Federal Trade Commission said on Monday. The FTC charged that Lindsey Duncan, whose companies are Pure Health LLC and Genesis Today Inc, had claimed that an extract made of unroasted coffee beans would help people lose 17 pounds (7.7 kg) in 12 weeks without eating less or exercising more. "Lindsey Duncan and his companies made millions by falsely claiming that green coffee bean supplements cause significant and rapid weight loss," said Jessica Rich, director of the FTC?s Bureau of Consumer Protection.