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Archived News - 2013

Study: Dementia tops cancer, heart disease in cost
Wed, 03 Apr 2013 17:12:40 -0400
Cancer and heart disease are bigger killers, but Alzheimer's is the most expensive malady in the U.S., costing families and society $157 billion to $215 billion a year, according to a new study that looked at this in unprecedented detail.

China bird flu mutates, might infect mammals
Wed, 03 Apr 2013 16:45:26 -0400

A woman and her daughter are frightened while ducks approach closely for food at an amusement park in Beijing, China, Wednesday, April 3, 2013. Scientists taking a first look at the genetics of the bird flu strain that recently killed two men in China said Wednesday the virus could be harder to track than its better-known cousin H5N1 because it might be able to spread silently among poultry without notice. The bird virus also seems to have adapted to be able to be able to sicken mammals like pigs. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan)BEIJING (AP) — In a worrisome sign, a bird flu in China appears to have mutated so that it can spread to other animals, raising the potential for a bigger threat to people, scientists said Wednesday.

Obama proposes $100M for brain mapping project
Tue, 02 Apr 2013 13:48:54 -0400

President Barack Obama speaks about the BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) Initiative, Tuesday, April 2, 2013, in the East Room at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Tuesday proposed an effort to map the brain's activity in unprecedented detail, as a step toward finding better ways to treat such conditions as Alzheimer's, autism, stroke and traumatic brain injuries.

Lawyer defends record of Oklahoma dentist in HIV-exposure scare
Wed, 03 Apr 2013 19:39:50 -0400
By Steve Olafson OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - A lawyer for an Oklahoma oral surgeon accused of using improper sterilization procedures and rusty surgical tools that may have exposed patients to HIV and hepatitis said on Wednesday his client had an impeccable record and provided dedicated care. The attorney for Dr. Scott Harrington did not address the specific allegations of improper care that have been lodged by state regulators. Instead, Tulsa lawyer James Secrest II issued a statement that defended Harrington's professional history. "For almost 35 years, Dr. ...

Reebok's ties with rapper slammed over song said to boast of date rape
Wed, 03 Apr 2013 18:46:37 -0400
By Chris Michaud NEW YORK (Reuters) - A women's rights organization will protest outside Reebok's Manhattan store on Thursday, demanding the athletic goods retailer cut ties with rapper Rick Ross over a song whose lyrics it says boasts about drugging and raping a woman. The Miami-based rapper released the song "U.O.E.N.O." in January featuring lyrics that seem to reference drugging and having sex with a woman who is unaware of what is happening. ...

White House Unveils BRAIN Initiative to Map Mind's Cells and Pathways
Wed, 03 Apr 2013 17:44:00 -0400
President Obama announced on Tuesday that he wants to launch a $100 million project that will map the human brain. The project, labeled the "Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies," or more literally, the BRAIN Initiative, will seek to figure out "how individual cells and complex neural circuits operate in time and space," according to the official explanation of the project's goals published by the National Institutes of Health.

Bird Flu Appears to Have Mutated
Wed, 03 Apr 2013 17:33:45 -0400
New Strain Has Killed 3 People in China

New Film Examines if Internet Addiction Led to a Baby s Death by Neglect
Wed, 03 Apr 2013 17:09:00 -0400

New Film Examines if Internet Addiction Led to a Baby s Death by NeglectNew Film Examines if Internet Addiction Led to a Baby s Death by Neglect

'Tell Me the Truth, Doctor' Answers Your Health Questions
Wed, 03 Apr 2013 16:46:00 -0400
r. Besser has written his first book—a comprehensive health guide that will both inform and surprise as he deciphers fact from fiction for nearly 70 confusing medical questions.

Smokers have worse colon cancer prognosis: study
Wed, 03 Apr 2013 16:44:37 -0400
By Andrew M. Seaman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Smokers are less likely to be alive and cancer-free three years after having surgery for colon cancer than people who have never smoked, according to a new study. Out of about 2,000 people who had part of their colon surgically removed, researchers found 74 percent of those who had never smoked were cancer-free three years later, compared to 70 percent of smokers. Amanda Phipps, the study's lead author from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, said the results provide another reason why people should quit smoking. ...

How Abstinence-Only Sex Ed Is Driving Up STD Rates
Wed, 03 Apr 2013 16:31:37 -0400
Late last month I interviewed a woman who was 19 when she contracted the herpes simplex virus (HSV1) genitally while still identifying as a virgin. “No one ever told me you could contract an STD by [having] oral sex,” she said. “I thought I was being responsible, because I was saving myself for marriage…I come from a very religious background, and that’s what I was taught. Good girls don’t practice safe sex; they don’t have sex until marriage.”

Man Dies After Wisdom Teeth Removed
Wed, 03 Apr 2013 16:15:04 -0400

Man Dies After Wisdom Teeth RemovedFamily of 24-Year-Old Software Developer Wants Answers Regarding His Death

Experimental sleep drug may cause fewer side effects: Merck study
Wed, 03 Apr 2013 15:12:57 -0400
By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - A study in rats and monkeys suggests an experimental Merck & Co sleep drug may help induce sleep without causing the memory loss and attention problems sometimes seen in the commonly used drugs Ambien and Lunesta, company researchers said on Wednesday. Experiments in animals suggest Merck's sleep drug Suvorexant, now before the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, may avoid these side effects, the company said. Insomnia affects about 10 percent of U.S. adults, and roughly a third of these individuals take drugs to help them sleep. ...

U.S. film critic Roger Ebert says cancer has returned
Wed, 03 Apr 2013 15:07:45 -0400

Film critic Roger Ebert arrives to attend the Webby Awards in New York(Reuters) - Pulitzer Prize-winning U.S. film critic Roger Ebert says he is battling cancer again and that he will scale back his writing by taking a "leave of presence" from his more than four-decade career. Ebert, 70, known for his rhetorical power and prolific output, said he will undergo radiation treatment that will force him to take time away from his job. "I must slow down now, which is why I'm taking what I like to call 'a leave of presence,'" Ebert said in a blog entry posted late on Tuesday, adding that he would scale back his workload. ...

Omega-3 fatty acids tied to longer life: study
Wed, 03 Apr 2013 14:55:50 -0400
By Andrew M. Seaman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Supporting recommendations that people eat a couple of servings of fish per week, a new study suggests adults with the highest levels of omega-3 fatty acids in their blood are less likely to die from a range of causes than those with the lowest levels. Out of about 2,700 older Americans, researchers found people with the most circulating omega-3s - usually found in oily fishes such as tuna or sardines - lived about two years longer than those with the lowest levels, on average. Dr. ...

What treatment's best for hyperactive preschoolers?
Wed, 03 Apr 2013 14:53:18 -0400
By Andrew M. Seaman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Parents of preschoolers at risk for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may first want to try behavior training before they put their children on medications, suggests a new analysis of past studies. Researchers found medications improved young children's behaviors but put them at risk for mood and growth problems. Training that teaches parents to understand their children's needs, however, did the same without side effects. "Training also helps the parent feel more confident," said Dr. ...

Scientists: China bird virus likely silent threat
Wed, 03 Apr 2013 14:16:00 -0400

A woman and her daughter are frightened while ducks approach closely for food at an amusement park in Beijing, China, Wednesday, April 3, 2013. Scientists taking a first look at the genetics of the bird flu strain that recently killed two men in China said Wednesday the virus could be harder to track than its better-known cousin H5N1 because it might be able to spread silently among poultry without notice. The bird virus also seems to have adapted to be able to be able to sicken mammals like pigs. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan)BEIJING (AP) — Scientists taking a first look at the genetics of a bird flu strain that has killed three people in China said Wednesday that the virus could be harder to track than its better-known cousin H5N1 because it might be able to spread among poultry without showing any signs.

Five Myths About Obamacare You Probably Believe
Wed, 03 Apr 2013 13:46:33 -0400
Misconceptions and myths about the Affordable Care Act (ACA; aka Obamacare) abound. That’s not good, says Ron Pollack, the head of FamiliesUSA, an advocacy group based in Washington, D.C. That’s why Pollack’s group recently put together a list of myths, along with the correct information, about this important law and the changes it will soon bring:

Pope stresses "fundamental" value of women in Church
Wed, 03 Apr 2013 13:23:18 -0400

Pope Francis arrives to lead a weekly general audience in Saint Peter's Basilica, at the VaticanBy Naomi O'Leary ROME (Reuters) - Pope Francis stressed the "fundamental" importance of women in the Roman Catholic Church on Wednesday, a message hailed as a significant shift from the position of his predecessor Benedict. Supporters of liberal reform of the Church have called on it to give a greater voice to women and recognize their importance to the largest religious denomination in the world, and some groups call for women to be ordained as priests. ...

Chinese toll from new bird flu rises to 9 cases, 3 dead
Wed, 03 Apr 2013 13:00:55 -0400

Technicians carry out a test for the H7N9 bird flu virus using test reagents at the Beijing Center for Diseases Control and PreventionBy Ben Blanchard and Kate Kelland BEIJING/LONDON (Reuters) - China has found two more cases of a new strain of bird flu and one of the victims has died, state media said on Wednesday, bringing to nine the number of confirmed human infections from the previously unknown flu type. A 38-year-old cook fell ill early last month while working in the province of Jiangsu, where five of the other cases were found. He died in hospital in Hangzhou city on March 27, the Xinhua news agency reported. Samples tested positive on Wednesday for the new bird flu strain, H7N9. ...

Tropical Diseases Infect 1 in 6 People
Wed, 03 Apr 2013 12:54:15 -0400
There are so many things we take for granted in America. One of them is that our children are not regularly infected by one of the tropical diseases so common among the world’s poorest people. When I was just starting my career in medicine, I...

LIVE CHAT: 'Kind Hearted Woman' Exposes Sex Abuse on Reservation
Wed, 03 Apr 2013 12:49:17 -0400
LIVE CHAT: 'Kind Hearted Woman' Exposes Sex Abuse on Reservation

Watch: Roger Ebert's Cancer Return Spurs 'Leave of Presence'
Wed, 03 Apr 2013 12:45:47 -0400
The 70-year-old film critic says he'll scale back movie reviews while undergoing treatment.

Employees Prefer Competition With Weight-Loss Cash Rewards
Wed, 03 Apr 2013 11:25:00 -0400
A Michigan study found that cash rewards can be great incentives for improved employee health habits. However, researchers add that the recipe for success includes one important ingredient: competition from workers' peers.

Drinking, drugs more common for kids of deployed
Wed, 03 Apr 2013 11:01:39 -0400
By Kathryn Doyle NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Teens and preteens with a parent deployed in the military may be more likely to binge drink or misuse prescription drugs, according to a new study. Previous studies have found that with a parent's multiple deployments come higher levels of depression and more thoughts of suicide among children. But the new study is the first to focus on alcohol and drug use, senior author Stephan Arndt told Reuters Health. ...

Watch: Young Tech Wiz Dead After Wisdom Teeth Surgery
Wed, 03 Apr 2013 10:57:17 -0400
Paramedics reportedly found surgical gauze in the 24-year-old software developer's airway.

Michelle Obama challenges kids with lunch contest
Wed, 03 Apr 2013 10:20:55 -0400

FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2012 file photo, First lady Michelle Obama sits with Michael Prados, left, from Louisiana, and Ilianna Gonzales-Evans, right, from Washington, and others, during the first Kids’ "State Dinner," in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Children from across the nation will rub elbows with Michelle Obama and dine off fine china in the East Room of the White House this summer as part of a contest to promote healthy eating. The first lady is asking children ages 8 to 12 and their parents to create nutritious lunch recipes that represent each of the food groups for "The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge." (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Children from across the nation will rub elbows with Michelle Obama and dine off fine china in the East Room of the White House this summer as part of a contest to promote healthy eating.

Valeant sweetens bid for Obagi Medical
Wed, 03 Apr 2013 10:07:46 -0400
(Reuters) - Cosmetics products maker Obagi Medical Products Inc agreed to a revised $24-per-share buyout offer from Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc after Valeant raised its offer to top a rival bid from German drugmaker Merz Pharma Group. Obagi shares were up 9 percent at $25.03 in early trading as investors geared up for a takeover fight over a company that makes specialized skin care products to fight signs of aging, sun damage and acne. ...

Scientists race to gauge pandemic risk of new bird flu
Wed, 03 Apr 2013 10:05:50 -0400

Chicken is seen at a local market in Minhang district, south of ShanghaiBy Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - Genetic sequence data on a deadly strain of bird flu previously unknown in people show the virus has already acquired some mutations that might make it more likely to cause a human pandemic, scientists say. But there is no evidence so far that the H7N9 flu - now known to have infected nine people in China, killing three - is spreading from person to person, and there is still a chance it might peter out and never fully mutate into a human form of flu. ...

Watch Your Mouth!
Wed, 03 Apr 2013 09:05:53 -0400
Katie’s Take Taking a seat in the dentist chair goes far beyond maintaining a healthy smile. Our mouths are the gateways to our bodies and can tell us more about our health than we may think. A dentist can detect nearly 120 medical conditions in...

South African doctors say Mandela "much better"
Wed, 03 Apr 2013 08:58:57 -0400

(Blank Headline Received)By Tiisetso Motsoeneng SOWETO, South Africa (Reuters) - Former South African president and anti-apartheid titan Nelson Mandela is making "steady improvement" under treatment for pneumonia and is much better now than when he was hospitalised a week ago, the government said on Wednesday. The three-sentence statement from President Jacob Zuma's office was the most upbeat since the 94-year-old Nobel Peace Prize laureate was admitted to hospital with a recurrence of a lung infection. ...

McFly drummer says marathon training led to heart condition
Wed, 03 Apr 2013 07:43:02 -0400
LONDON (Reuters) - Drummer Harry Judd from the British boy band McFly has been diagnosed with a minor heart condition which he said he developed through training for this month's London Marathon. Judd, 27, told fans via Twitter that he had "acquired an ectopic heart beat through excessive exercise" which proved he had been pushing himself in his training. "It's known as a Wandering Pacemaker commonly seen in athletes ... it's really annoying!!!" He added it was nothing to worry about but it "just means I have to chill out a bit". ...

Egypt students protest over mass poisoning
Wed, 03 Apr 2013 05:27:36 -0400
CAIRO (Reuters) - Some 500 Egyptian students broke into the headquarters of the country's top Islamic university on Tuesday to demand the resignation of its president following a mass food poisoning on campus, a security official said. Around 460 Al-Azhar University students were hospitalised on Monday after eating at a cafeteria on campus, according to the Health Ministry. Most of the students were discharged on Tuesday morning. ...

Mandela's condition unchanged, no deterioration: presidency
Wed, 03 Apr 2013 04:07:49 -0400

Former South African president Nelson Mandela looks on as he celebrates his birthday at his house in QunuJOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela's condition has not changed after a weekend improvement, the South African government said on Tuesday, and it denied media reports suggesting the former president had suffered a relapse in his pneumonia. "His condition is unchanged as reported yesterday," presidency spokesman Mac Maharaj told Reuters. The government said on Monday there was "no significant change" in the condition of the 94-year-old Nobel Peace Prize laureate. ...

AstraZeneca buys early-stage U.S. biotech firm
Wed, 03 Apr 2013 03:57:02 -0400

The CEO of AstraZeneca, Pascal Soriot, is seen posing for a photograph in this undated picture provided by AstraZeneca in LondonLONDON (Reuters) - AstraZeneca boosted its early-stage pipeline of experimental heart drugs on Wednesday by buying privately held U.S. biotechnology company AlphaCore Pharma, which is developing a new type of cholesterol medicine. Financial details of the acquisition by the British drugmaker's MedImmune unit were not disclosed. AstraZeneca's new CEO Pascal Soriot said last month he planned to build up the company's sparse drug pipeline by striking more deals, with cardiovascular and metabolic disease a particular priority. ...

Congo promises action on mass rapes in eastern town: UN
Wed, 03 Apr 2013 02:14:41 -0400
By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The Democratic Republic of Congo has promised to bring a group of suspected mass rapists to justice after the United Nations last month threatened to halt support to two Congolese army battalions, the world body said on Tuesday. The United Nations said 126 women were raped in Minova in November after Congolese troops fled to the town as so-called M23 rebels briefly captured the nearby provincial capital of Goma. The U.N. ...

Arizona "pregnant man" to appeal ruling rejecting divorce
Tue, 02 Apr 2013 22:46:41 -0400
By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - A transgender man who made worldwide headlines after he married and gave birth to three children will appeal an Arizona judge's ruling denying him a divorce from his wife of 10 years, his attorneys said on Tuesday. Thomas Beatie, 39, was born a woman but began living as a man in his 20s, initiating hormone treatments, undergoing breast-removal surgery and legally changing his name, though he kept his female reproductive organs. ...

Alabama Senate passes bill tightening rules for abortion clinics
Tue, 02 Apr 2013 22:19:49 -0400

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley speaks during a news conference in Mobile, AlabamaBy Verna Gates BIRMINGHAM, Ala (Reuters) - The Alabama Senate passed an abortion bill on Tuesday critics say would limit access to the procedure with stricter requirements for clinics that provide it. The Senate passed the bill on a vote of 22-10, after the House passed a similar bill in February. A committee will reconcile the two bills before the proposed legislation goes to the Alabama Governor, Dr. Robert Bentley, who is expected to sign it into law. ...