Sun, 23 Nov 2014 16:30:05 -0500

In this Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013 photo, Merck scientist Janet Lineberger conducts research to discover new HIV drugs in West Point, Pa. The health care industry has announced about $438 billion worth of mergers and acquisitions worldwide so far, about 14 percent of the $3.2 trillion total for all industries, according to data provider Dealogic. Merck & Co. agreed in June to pay nearly $4 billion for Idenix Pharmaceuticals Inc. to combine that company's hepatitis C medicines with its own. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)In a big year for deal making, the health care industry is a standout.


Sun, 23 Nov 2014 14:30:01 -0500

U2 lead singer Bono arrives for the recording of the Band Aid 30 charity single in west LondonLONDON (Reuters) - Band Aid 30's reworked version of "Do They Know it's Christmas", a song intended to raise money to fight the spread of Ebola in Africa, went straight to the top of Britain's single charts on Sunday, the Official Charts Company said. The track was inspired by a celebrity song of the same name with different lyrics which was recorded in 1984 and raised millions of pounds to fight famine in Africa. Bob Geldof, former lead singer of the Irish rock band the Boomtown Rats, helped mastermind the track, as he did the original. ...


Sun, 23 Nov 2014 12:35:54 -0500

Former Washington Mayor Marion Barry Dies at 78By Bill Trott WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Marion Barry, the scandal-plagued former mayor of Washington, D.C., who was jailed for smoking crack cocaine before making a surprising return to office, died early on Sunday aged 78. Before his fall from grace, Barry had been one of the nation's most promising black politicians. Years later, many Washingtonians would consider him a scoundrel but he remained a hero to many others in impoverished parts of the city, even as his continuing battles with substance abuse went public. ...


Sun, 23 Nov 2014 11:03:46 -0500
CAIRO (Reuters) - An Egyptian woman who was six months pregnant has died of H1N1 swine flu, five days after being admitted to hospital, a health ministry spokesman said on Sunday. The 31-year-old woman, who was not named, was admitted on Nov. 18 with flu-like symptoms and was placed in intensive care when she did not respond to treatment, Hossam Abdel Ghaffar said. "We thought it was bird flu, but she tested positive for the H1N1 flu instead," Ghaffar said. Two people died from bird flu in Egypt in the past week. ...
Sun, 23 Nov 2014 11:00:45 -0500

Tony Robbins Shares 7 Steps to Becoming Financially FreeLast week, I was talking to Joe Polish, Founder of Piranha Marketing and the Genius Network, catching up on recent happenings and discussing his latest efforts, helping Tony Robbins promote his latest book, MONEY: Master The Game, 7 Simple Steps To Financial Freedom. Joe, along with his podcasting partner-in-crime, marketing guru Dean Jackson,...


Sun, 23 Nov 2014 07:09:37 -0500
PARIS (Reuters) - A U.N. health worker was discharged from a French hospital on Sunday and left the country after recovering from Ebola, the French Health Ministry said in a statement. The U.N. worker, whose name and nationality have not been disclosed, had been flown to France from Sierra Leone and was in isolation at the Begin military hospital in the eastern Paris suburb of Saint-Mandé. The death toll in the Ebola epidemic has risen to 5,459 out of 15,351 cases identified in eight countries by the end of Nov. 18, the World Health Organization said on Friday. ...
Sun, 23 Nov 2014 03:22:05 -0500

Swedish banker and industrialist Jacob Wallenberg speaksBy Alistair Scrutton and Niklas Pollard STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Jacob Wallenberg, the 58-year-old head of one of Europe's most enduring family dynasties, is trying to work out how the empire controlling much of Sweden's economy could look with a woman or someone without the family name at the helm. Roughly 30 members of the sixth generation, aged between 15 and 30, are contenders to see if they could one day run Wallenberg's Investor holding company and several foundations with major stakes in Electrolux, Atlas Copco and Ericsson. ...


Sat, 22 Nov 2014 22:04:37 -0500
By Courtney Sherwood PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) - Vietnam War veterans on Saturday called for more research into the health effects of U.S. service members' exposure to Agent Orange, in a first of its kind open meeting at a VA hospital in Portland, Oregon, on the lingering effects of the chemicals. The U.S. military during the Vietnam War sprayed millions of gallons of Agent Orange to destroy foliage and expose enemy troops. The herbicide, nicknamed for its giant orange storage drums, was often contaminated with a type of dioxin, a potently carcinogenic chemical. ...
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 17:29:34 -0500
(Reuters) - The University of Virginia is suspending all fraternal organizations until January after a magazine article described in detail an alleged sexual assault that occurred on the campus, the school said on Saturday. All fraternal organizations and associated social activities will shut down until Jan. 9, the beginning of the spring semester, so that students, faculty and alumni can address sexual assault and sexual violence on campus, said Teresa Sullivan, president of the prestigious state university, located in Charlottesville, about 100 miles southwest of Washington, D.C. ...
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 14:17:43 -0500

A man walks past an AVIVA logo outside the company's head office in the city of LondonLONDON (Reuters) - British insurer Aviva plc said on Saturday it would compensate around 250 annuity customers who had been short-changed because of an error in its sales process. The Telegraph newspaper reported on Saturday that Aviva had discovered staff had sold hundreds of customers inappropriate pensions in 2013. Savers with medical conditions including diabetes, high blood pressure and smokers should have been offered an increased annuity - which provides an income for life - based on their lower life expectancy, the newspaper said. ...


Sat, 22 Nov 2014 13:41:12 -0500
BERLIN (Reuters) - A senior ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned the foreign minister and his fellow Social Democrats (SPD) against pursuing a more friendly approach towards Russia in the Ukraine crisis, according to Spiegel magazine. "I know Mr (Frank-Walter) Steinmeier as a sensible diplomat. And we also need the dialogue with Russia," Horst Seehofer, leader of the Bavarian Christian Social Union (CSU), was quoted as saying in an interview published on Saturday. ...
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 12:27:52 -0500
BERLIN (Reuters) - German authorities on Saturday confirmed a second case of the H5N8 strain of bird flu in the eastern state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, with the virus found in a wild bird. The strain is highly contagious among birds but has never been detected in humans. "For the first time, the H5N8 virus has been confirmed in a wild bird in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern," Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt said in a statement. ...
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 10:48:39 -0500
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali on Saturday confirmed a new case of Ebola and said two more suspected patients are being tested, raising concern about a further spread of the disease which has already killed at least five people in the country.
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 10:37:16 -0500
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis tenderly embraced children with autism spectrum disorders, some of whom avoided meeting his gaze, during an audience Saturday aimed at offering solidarity to people living with the condition.
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 10:00:33 -0500

Children watch as a health worker sprays disinfectants outside a mosque in BamakoBAMAKO (Reuters) - Mali has recorded a new case of Ebola in the capital Bamako after the friend of a nurse who died of the hemorrhagic fever earlier this month tested positive for the disease, health and medical officials said on Saturday. The nurse contracted the disease after treating an imam from neighboring Guinea, who died after being incorrectly diagnosed with kidney problems. This allowed Ebola to spread to five other people in the West African nation's second outbreak. "Of two suspected cases tested, one was negative and the other positive. ...


Sat, 22 Nov 2014 09:32:17 -0500
By Kate Kelland LONDON, (Reuters) - (This story corrects to make clear that the finding that 97 percent of cases were hospital-acquired was from a study of an outbreak in Jeddah, paragraph 10) Saudi Arabia has not yet traced the source of a mysterious camel virus, leaving many questions about a disease that has killed 346 people in the Kingdom. ...
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 08:04:26 -0500
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — The first wave of volunteers from Britain's National Health Service arrived in Sierra Leone Saturday amid what the World Health Organization has described as an "intense" surge in cases.
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 06:22:54 -0500
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A plague outbreak has killed 40 people on the island nation of Madagascar, with 119 people diagnosed with the bacterial disease since August.
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 05:24:03 -0500
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch health authorities on Saturday were destroying 8,000 ducks to prevent the possible spread of bird flu, which has infected three farms in a week in the Netherlands, a leading poultry and egg exporter. A government statement said ducks were being culled in the central town of Barneveld as a precaution because authorities want to eliminate all risks after the H5N8 virus spread to three out of 12 provinces since last Sunday. ...
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 03:16:52 -0500

United Nations Secretary-General Ban walks after speaking to the media after the UN Chief Executive Board's private session on the Ebola response in WashingtonWASHINGTON (Reuters) - International efforts to fight Ebola are helping to slow the rate of new infections in some areas but increased infections in others and fears of further contagion in Mali indicate much work is still to be done, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Friday. Ban said more trained medical teams are needed, especially in remote districts of countries in West Africa where more than 5,400 people have been killed by the virus. Ban said the coordinated efforts of country leaders and safer burial practices, combined with international support, are helping. ...


Sat, 22 Nov 2014 03:03:16 -0500
CONAKRY (Reuters) - Robbers in Guinea hijacked a Red Cross vehicle this week and made off with a cooler containing blood samples from suspected Ebola patients, a senior Red Cross official said on Friday. "No doubt they thought it was something else," Youssouf Traoré, head of the Red Cross delegation in Guinea, told Reuters. He gave no further details of the attack but said the robbers would probably dump the cooler once they found it did not contain gold or diamonds. More than 5,000 people have died in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia in the worst outbreak of the Ebola virus on record.
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 03:00:17 -0500
GENEVA (Reuters) - An outbreak of the plague has killed 40 people out of 119 confirmed cases in Madagascar since late August and there is a risk of the disease spreading rapidly in the capital, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday. So far two cases and one death have been recorded in the capital Antananarivo but those figures could climb quickly due to "the city's high population density and the weakness of the healthcare system", the WHO warned. ...
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 02:57:49 -0500

A U.N. convoy of soldiers passes a screen displaying a message on Ebola on a street in AbidjanGENEVA (Reuters) - The death toll in the Ebola epidemic has risen to 5,459 out of 15,351 cases identified in eight countries by the end of Nov. 18, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday. The figures showed an increase of 39 recorded deaths and 106 new cases since those issued on Wednesday. "Transmission remains intense in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone," the WHO said, referring to the hardest-hit countries. All six known Ebola cases in Mali have now died and 327 contacts exposed to the virus are being monitored in the capital Bamako, it said.


Fri, 21 Nov 2014 19:01:16 -0500

Crime scene tape is seen in front of the library at Florida State University, in TallahasseeBy Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE Fla. (Reuters) - Authorities are investigating mailed packages linked to a gunman who shot three people before he was killed by officers at Florida State University, the FBI said on Friday. Officials said the packages were part of their investigation into why the gunman opened fire in a crowded library. Thought to have been mailed by suspected shooter Myron May before his rampage, the packages were not considered a threat to the public, said U.S. Postal Inspection Service officials. ...


Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:47:26 -0500
By Richard Weizel MILFORD Conn. (Reuters) - A Connecticut man pleaded not guilty on Friday to a charge of criminally negligent homicide in the death of his 15-month-old son, who died on a hot summer day after the father left him in the back seat of his car and went into work. The cause of the boy's death on July 7 was "hyperthermia due to environmental exposure," the chief state medical examiner's office said, ruling the death as a homicide in August. Kyle Seitz, who faces up to a year in jail if convicted, has said he forgot he had the toddler in the back seat when he arrived at his ...
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:22:23 -0500

Adam Lanza is pictured in this undated handout photoBy Richard Weizel MILFORD Conn. (Reuters) - By the time Adam Lanza massacred 26 children and adults at a Connecticut school two years ago, he was living in nearly complete isolation, communicating with no one except an online network of people obsessed with mass murder, a report released on Friday said. The 20-year-old's fascination with violence, which came to a head in the December 2012 shootings at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, was already evident when Lanza was himself in grade school, according to the state's Office of the Child Advocate. ...


Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:19:27 -0500
By Jessica Dye NEW YORK (Reuters) - Boston Scientific Corp’s back-to-back losses in the first two federal trials over its transvaginal mesh devices could drive up the cost of resolving thousands of similar lawsuits, according to legal experts. On Thursday, a jury in West Virginia awarded four women $18.5 million for injuries they said were caused by the Massachusetts-based company’s Obtryx device for stress urinary incontinence, including $4 million for “gross negligence.” The verdict came one week after a Miami jury awarded $26. ...
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:02:40 -0500

James Holmes sits in court for an advisement hearing at the Arapahoe County Justice Center in CentennialBy Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A judge overseeing the Colorado theater massacre case rejected a defense motion on Friday to have a second sanity examination administered to accused gunman James Holmes barred from his upcoming murder trial, court records show. Holmes, 26, has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to opening fire inside a Denver-area theater during a midnight screening of the Batman film “The Dark Knight Rises” in July of 2012, killing 12 moviegoers and wounding dozens more. ...


Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:59:55 -0500
I recently did an exercise in my acting class where we tapped into abundance and played with the energy that it evokes. We got to see it, visualize it, hold it and touch it. When I awoke from the trance, I had a profound experience where I realized that for the first time, I truly trust my self and honor my self -- something I know I didn't...
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:49:03 -0500

Health for the Holidays? Have Fun!With this singular season of lofty ideals, crass commercialism, family gatherings, varying religious significance, aeronautical ungulates, indulgent torpor and culinary debauchery- euphemistically known as "the holidays" -- upon us, where should health figure in it?At the front of the line, I say. Have a good time!You might expect me, a...


Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:47:56 -0500
(Reuters) - Health agencies around the world are grappling with the worst Ebola epidemic since the virus was identified in 1976. The following is a chronology of events in the United States and the government's response at home and abroad from the time the World Health Organization identified the beginnings of the outbreak in early 2014 in Guinea: March 22: Guinea confirms hemorrhagic fever that killed more than 50 people is Ebola. March 30: Liberia reports two Ebola cases; suspected cases in Sierra Leone. May 26: WHO confirms first Ebola deaths in Sierra Leone. ...
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:46:55 -0500
By Mirjam Donath UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations agreed on Friday that all members should pass and enforce laws banning child marriages, resolving to end a practice that affects about 15 million girls every year. The committee of the 193-nation General Assembly that deals with human rights adopted by consensus a resolution urging all states to take steps to end "child, early and forced marriage." There are now more than 700 million women who were married before their 18th birthday, many in conditions of poverty and insecurity, according to U.N. statistics. ...
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:42:04 -0500
(This version of the Nov. 20 story, corrects final paragraph to show Embeda treats pain, not opioid dependence) (Reuters)- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a long-acting narcotic painkiller with abuse-resistant properties made by Purdue Pharma L.P., the agency said on Thursday. The FDA approved the once-daily drug, Hysingla ER, with the expectation that it will reduce, though not necessarily prevent, abuse through snorting or injecting. It is the second extended-release "pure" hydrocodone drug approved by the FDA. ...
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:06:11 -0500
By Ronnie Cohen NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A simple grip-strength test might someday help doctors identify patients’ risk for potentially disabling conditions later in life, but interventions likely would differ for men and women, a new study suggests. Using data from the Swedish Adoption/Twin Study of Aging, researchers found gender differences in potential reasons why men and women lose their ability to maintain a firm grip. A strong grip is helpful for activities of daily living. ...
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:48:39 -0500
By John Tilak TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada's benchmark stock index rose to its highest level in nearly two months on Friday as investors cheered a move by China to cut interest rates and signs that the European Central Bank might step up asset purchases. The surprise announcement was the first time in two years that China had cut rates, following signals that the pace of growth in the world's second-biggest economy was slowing. The move helped drive gains in the prices of commodities such as gold, copper and oil; and that pushed up shares in the mining and energy sectors. ...
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:35:42 -0500

This Winter, Start Small and Be ConsistentMost people look at adopting a fitness regimen as a life-altering event that is going to take lots of time and require major changes. We can easily imagine the results we want and the next thing you know we've entered a 12 week challenge at work or at the gym. Unfortunately, this type of thinking can be really intimidating. When we're scared we...


Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:26:46 -0500
By Madeline Kennedy (Reuters Health) – Products for kids with itchy skin that are labeled hypoallergenic often contain ingredients that can cause allergic reactions, a recent study found. The “hypoallergenic” label is not regulated by the FDA, said Carsten Hamann, a medical student at the Loma Linda University School of Medicine in California and the lead researcher on the study. He and his colleagues tested products that might be used by kids with eczema, which affects 17.8 million people in the U.S., according to the National Eczema Association. ...
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:06:34 -0500

How To Get The Right Man To Commit To YouI tell my husband that I am beyond grateful that I met him when I was 27 and not a day earlier. Why? Because I wasn't committed enough to myself before that in order for him to truly commit to me. Here is the deal: Unless you are truly committed to yourself (and I will talk about what that means below), nobody else can truly commit to you...


Fri, 21 Nov 2014 14:06:02 -0500
By Dave Sherwood BRUNSWICK Maine (Reuters) - The federal government has threatened to cut funding for Maine’s food stamp program, saying the state may be violating recipients' civil rights by requiring welfare cards to bear their photograph. Maine began printing photos on electronic benefit (EBT) cards in July in an effort that Republican Governor Paul LePage said was designed to combat fraud. The U.S. ...
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 13:56:08 -0500
Exercise in a bottle? Maybe someday.