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Substandard drugs, not fakes, undermine fight against malaria
 By Magdalena Mis LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Poor quality drugs, not fake medicines, are the real threat in fight against malaria, causing deaths and increasing the risk of drug resistance, researchers said on Monday. While previous reports have suggested that up to a third of malaria drugs could be fake, researchers at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine who analyzed anti-malaria drugs in Cambodia and Tanzania, found no evidence of fake medicines.

Making the Shift from Raising Awareness to Raising Healthy Kids
 

Making the Shift from Raising Awareness to Raising Healthy KidsOur healthcare system is criticized for a greater focus on treating versus preventing disease and for not always supporting behavioral changes that lead to positive health outcomes. But many diseases, such as type II diabetes, heart disease, overweight and obesity, are complex societal issues, which many facets of society, and not just the...



Colombian acid survivor seeks tougher justice for 'an identity erased'
 

Natalia Ponce de Leon listens to a question during a news conference at El Tiempo newspaper in BogotaBy Anastasia Moloney BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Natalia Ponce de Leon's life was shattered within seconds when a stalker hurled acid at her outside the family home in an upscale part of the Colombian capital last year. The sulphuric acid devoured Ponce's face, neck, abdomen and legs, melting her skin and leaving a quarter of her body burnt in an attack that shocked the Latin American country. Although acid attacks are most common in South Asia, Colombia reported one of the highest rates per capita in the world in 2012. Under Colombian law, acid attacks are defined as personal injury, a crime carrying a maximum 15-year prison sentence.



Care needed to reduce pet-to-human infection risk
 

Arthur Ward stands with his Pyrenean Mountain Dog Cody during the first day of the Crufts Dog Show in BirminghamBy Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) - Pets can be a source of infection, and newborns, the elderly, children with leukemia and adults with cancer are especially vulnerable, according to a new review of data from previous research. Selecting the right pets and using safe strategies to care for them can reduce the risk, the authors write. “Pets have a number of really important health benefits,” including emotional and social support, said lead author Dr. Jason Stull of the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine at Ohio State University in Columbus. Pet-sourced infections have also been reported in organ donors and recipients, according to Bruno Chomel, who researches veterinary public health and zoonoses at University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.



Wearables get serious with artificial lung in the works
 

The race is on to improve the quality of life for those who suffer from lung disease.In the future, even respiratory failure and cardiopulmonary collapse might not necessarily keep sufferers hospitalized in the long term as the University of Maryland (UM) Ventures joins forces with Breethe, Inc. to create the first portable artificial lung that users can don at home. The wearable artificial lung would enable patients to leave the hospital and participate in at least some of their favorite activities, says Dr. Bartley Griffith, executive director of the University of Maryland Medical Center/School of Medicine Program in Lung Healing and the Thomas E. and Alice Marie Hales Distinguished Professor in Transplant Surgery at the School of Medicine. Dr. Griffith developed the technology that's being used in the wearable and is also the founder of Breethe, Inc. UM and the early-stage Baltimore-based medical device company announced last week that they have obtained exclusive rights to develop the device using technology created by faculty at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.



Teva to pay $512 million to settle claims of delayed generic Provigil
 

A sign bearing the logo of Teva is seen in JerusalemTeva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd has agreed to pay $512 million to settle a class action claiming that Cephalon Inc, which Teva bought in 2011, used anticompetitive settlements to delay generic versions of its wakefulness drug Provigil. The settlement is the largest ever to be paid to drug wholesalers and retailers over allegations of delaying generic drugs, according to a motion to approve the settlement filed on Friday in Philadelphia. The settlement still has to be approved by Judge Mitchell Goldberg, who is presiding over the case. The next largest such settlement, reached in 2008, was for $250 million in a case against Abbott Laboratories and its French partner Fournier Industrie et Santé over the cholesterol drug TriCor.



Forget the martini lunch, sweatworking mixes business with exercise
 

To match Reuters Life! FITNESS-SOULCYCLE/By Dorene Internicola NEW YORK (Reuters) - Sweatworking, the growing practice of meeting clients for a walk, a run or a fitness class, is elbowing networking out of bars and restaurants and into boutique fitness studios. “Sweatworking was born out of a desire to connect with clients on a deeper level that wasn’t so sales-y,” said Sarah Siciliano, 32, an advertising executive who has been entertaining clients with workouts. “A lot of sales jobs revolve around drinking.” Siciliano, who is based in New York City, considers taking her mostly female clients, who range in age from 22 to 52, to yoga, spinning, bootcamp and dance studios a great tool to develop relationships. “If you can knock out a client event and your workout at the same time, why not?” Sweatworking began in the advertising world, but has spread to more traditionally conservative professions such as law and banking, according to Alexia Brue, co-founder of the wellness media company Well+Good.



The Ayurveda Experience in India
 

The Ayurveda Experience in IndiaI'm a California girl, born and raised. I never travelled much when I was young, I really couldn't afford to. Other than a spring break in Mexico I hadn't even left the country much. But then, in 2000, Deepak Chopra organized a group to go to India, and I felt compelled to go. I had to go, I just somehow felt the trip was a must for me.And so I...



GE in talks to sell lending, leasing portfolio to Wells Fargo: source
 

The General Electric logo is seen in a Sears store in SchaumburgThe talks with Wells Fargo underscore GE's urgency in looking to dismantle its GE Capital business and free itself from the financial regulatory pressures that come with it. GE earlier this month unveiled plans to exit the bulk of GE Capital over the next few years to focus more on industrial manufacturing. Chief Financial Officer Jeff Bornstein told analysts on the company's quarterly conference call last week that GE was seeing "incredible" interest in the GE Capital assets.



This Is What Happens to Your Body When You Run a Marathon
 The 35,000 runners who line up for today???s Boston Marathon can expect their body to take quite a beating from the 26.2 mile distance.

Blind Teen May Play For USC Football Team He Inspired in 2009
 At 12, Jake Olson watched USC football games before losing his eyes to cancer. Now, he may play for them.

Heartbeat problem less likely when sleep apnea is treated
 By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) - For people who have both a common type of irregular heartbeat and a common sleep disorder, treating the sleep problem helps keep the heart rhythm under control, too, researchers say. The sleep disorder, obstructive sleep apnea, affects 12 million Americans and raises the risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, and diabetes. Using a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine reduces episodes of sleep apnea. Dr. Larry Chinitz of NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City and colleagues pooled the results of seven past studies involving more than 1,000 patients with AF and sleep apnea who were followed for seven to 42 months.

3 Ways Broadband Internet Is Improving Health Care And Education
 

3 Ways Broadband Internet Is Improving Health Care And EducationIn many parts of the world, being able to download information on a smartphone, tablet or laptop in a few seconds is the norm. In Silicon Valley, wireless high-speed Internet connections are more ubiquitous than Starbucks.Broadband, or a wide bandwidth data transmission that has the capacity to transmit a lot of information quickly, has changed...



How Your Brain Learns New Things
 

How Your Brain Learns New ThingsHave you ever met someone who learns new things easily? Spanish, algebra, the piano -- all mastered with ease while you struggle to memorize verb conjugations, formulas and which key is middle C.Maybe you're the person who has no trouble picking up a new skill, but when friends ask how you do it you have no idea.A new study published in Nature...



U.S. Supreme Court rejects appeal over Arizona 'fish pedicures'
 The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal by the owner a Phoenix-area spa that ran afoul of Arizona state regulations that barred her from providing pedicures in which clients have their feet nibbled by small fish to remove dead skin. The procedure involves customers placing their feet in a water tank filled with toothless Garra rufa fish, also known as doctor fish, which suck the dead tissue off their feet to leave them feeling softer. Cindy Vong, who has operated a nail salon in the Phoenix suburb of Gilbert since 2006, introduced the treatment in 2008. In 2009, Vong was told by the Arizona Board of Cosmetology that the treatment violated the agency's safety standards, and that she could face criminal charges.

Chamomile tea tied to lower thyroid cancer risk
 By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Consumption of chamomile tea was linked with a lower risk of thyroid cancer in a small Greek study. Researchers interviewed some Athens residents about their lifestyle, eating and drinking habits and found that people who reported drinking more chamomile tea over longer periods of time were less likely to develop thyroid malignancies or benign growths than those who didn't. While the study doesn't prove tea prevents cancer, it adds to a growing body of evidence pointing to the potential health benefits of a Mediterranean diet including lots of lean fish, fresh vegetables and healthy fats in addition to tea, study co-author Dr. Athena Linos, an environmental health researcher at Prolepsis in Greece, said by email. "The finding was not surprising to me because many aspects of the Mediterranean diet have been shown to be protective towards cancer in general," Linos said.

Kraft removing synthetic colors from iconic macaroni & cheese
 

A box of Kraft Velveeta shells and cheese is displayed in a grocery store in New YorkKraft Foods Group Inc on Monday said it is revamping its family-friendly macaroni and cheese meal, removing synthetic colors and preservatives from the popular boxed dinner. The move comes at a time when Kraft is battling sluggish demand as consumers shift to brands that are perceived as healthier, including foods that are organic or less processed. The company has also been targeted by consumer advocacy groups. The groups have pressured Kraft to remove artificial food dyes from its products, complaining that the additives are not used, and in some cases, banned in other countries.Kraft spokeswoman Lynne Galia said the changes were being made to address concerns expressed by consumers, including demands for improved nutrition and "simpler ingredients." "We know parents want to feel good about the foods they eat and serve their families," Galia said in an emailed statement about the changes to its macaroni and cheese product.



Is the FDA unKIND?
 Chances are, if you have ever ventured just about anywhere outside of your own house, that you are familiar with the increasingly ubiquitous KIND bars. And chances are as well, if that place you call home is anywhere other than under a large rock, you are now aware of KIND's kerfuffle with the FDA.The FDA is wrong.Let's be clear: I am a...

'Everything comes from above,' says world's oldest living person
 

Talley sits at the head table during a celebration of her 115th birthday at the New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church in InksterJeralean Talley, the world's oldest-known living person, will celebrate her 116th birthday in Detroit next month thanking God for her longevity. Born on May 23, 1899, Talley climbed to the top of a list kept by the Gerontology Research Group, which validates the ages of the world's longest-living people, after Gertrude Weaver died at 116 in Arkansas this month. Talley was born in Georgia and moved to Michigan in 1935 with her husband, Alfred Talley, for his job at a Ford plant. Sharing apple pies from McDonald's with the youngest member of her five-generation family, two-year-old Armmell Holloway, Talley said: "I feel just like I feel.



Mayor in standoff with chemical firms in Israel's Haifa
 

Mayor of Haifa Yona Yahav has ordered municipal rubbish trucks to block access to four chemical plants and an oil refinery after warnings linking high cancer rates in the area to air pollutionThe mayor of Haifa, Israel's third largest city, Monday ordered municipal rubbish trucks to block access to a refinery and four petrochemical plants following a scare over high cancer rates. The standoff began Sunday when Mayor Yona Yahav ordered the revocation of the five firms' business licences after warnings linking high cancer rates in the area to air pollution. The issue, focusing on a fierce debate over air pollution in the northern port, will come before a Haifa court on Tuesday. "These trucks were sent once again on Monday morning to block access to four petrochemical plants and a refinery," Tzahi Terrano, a spokesman for Haifa city council, told AFP.



Iowa flock with 5.3 million chickens infected with deadly bird flu: USDA
 A flock of 5.3 million chickens in Iowa has been infected with a deadly strain of bird flu, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Monday, the biggest flock yet to be hit by the virus.

Fog blamed for fiery Wyoming traffic pileup that killed one
 (Reuters) - Dense fog and slush are blamed for a massive Wyoming traffic pileup on Monday that killed one person and injured dozens, ignited a 22,000-gallon tanker containing a hazardous chemical, and closed part of a federal highway, authorities said. The pileup on U.S. Interstate 80 west of Laramie began about 8 a.m. when two semi-trailers collided, causing one to jackknife in both lanes of a roadway that serves as the main east-west artery across the southern part of the state, the Wyoming Highway Patrol reported. Between 21 and 40 cars and trucks were involved in the pileup, and heavy fog and light slush contributed to the crash, Wyoming Highway Patrol Sergeant David Wagener said in a statement. It was the fourth such pileup in less than a week on the 50-mile stretch of I-80 between Laramie and the capital city of Cheyenne in the southeast corner of the state.

Novartis solid tumor 'CAR T cell' still holds promise: researcher
 

Swiss drugmaker Novartis' logo is seen at the company's plant in the northern Swiss town of SteinA new type of immuno-oncology treatment from Novartis AG proved safe in a tiny study of three types of solid tumors, but the trial included too few patients and used too small a dose of the experimental product to prove effectiveness, according to data presented at a cancer meeting on Sunday. The so-called CAR T cell is among a wave of new cancer treatments created by removing T cells, powerful immune system cells, from a patient's body and attaching an antibody fragment that enables them to recognize and target specific proteins on cancer cells. In clinical trials by Novartis and other drugmakers, CAR T cells have proven highly effective and relatively safe against blood cancers, such as leukemias and lymphomas. The new Novartis-sponsored study, conducted by scientists at the University of Pennsylvania and presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research, enrolled six patients who had failed to benefit from standard treatments for ovarian cancer, pancreatic cancer or mesothelioma (a cancer in the protective lining covering many of the body's internal organs).



Heartbreaking Testimony From Son of Caramel Apple Listeria Victim
 81-year-old Shirley Frey died after eating her favorite treat: a caramel apple.

Indiana governor extends needle program to fight HIV
 

Pence talks with reporters as he departs a meeting about debt ceiling legislation with fellow Republicans at the U.S. Capitol in WashingtonBy Steve Bittenbender LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Reuters) - The governor of Indiana on Monday said he would extend an emergency health order, including a needle exchange, in response to an HIV outbreak caused by intravenous drug abuse which has reached 134 confirmed and preliminary cases. The outbreak, centered in rural Scott County near the border with Kentucky, is up from 106 cases 10 days ago, health officials said. The outbreak is the biggest in the state's history - typically, Scott County has fewer than five new HIV cases in a year.



Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor Crosses Finish Line
 Rebekah Gregory DiMartino just ran the Boston Marathon.

Florida governor, state employees end drug testing dispute
 By David Adams MIAMI, (Reuters) - Florida Governor Rick Scott and the state's largest union of public employees agreed to end a long-running dispute over the broad use of random drug testing of state workers, according to a court filing on Monday. If approved by a federal judge, the agreement would end the court battle over Scott's 2011 executive order requiring state employees to submit to mandatory urinalysis drug testing without suspicion of wrongdoing. The order was aimed at state workers in agencies under the governor's authority, accounting for about 77 percent of the state workforce. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Florida, on behalf of AFSCME Council 79, the state's largest union of public employees, said the order violated the U.S. Constitution's Fourth Amendment, which prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures.

Utah mother sentenced to 15 years to life for murdering six newborn infants
 

Megan Huntsman appears in court in ProvoA Utah mother who pleaded guilty to murdering six of her newborn infants over the course of a decade was sentenced on Monday to 15 years to life in prison. Megan Huntsman confessed to suffocating or strangling the babies while she was suffering from methamphetamine and alcohol addiction, according to police.



Type, frequency of e-cigarette use linked to quitting smoking
 

A woman exhales vapour from an e-cigarette outside the offices of British e-cigarette manufacturer Totally Wicked in BlackburnBy Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - Two new studies looking at whether electronic cigarettes help smokers to quit their deadly habit have found that while some of them can, it depends on the type and how often it is used. Many experts think e-cigarettes, which heat nicotine-laced liquid into an inhalable vapor, are a lower-risk alternative to smoking, but questions remain about their use and safety. The charity Action on Smoking and Health says more than 2 million adults in Britain use e-cigarettes. So-called "cigalike" e-cigarettes are disposable or use replaceable cartridges, while "tank" models look quite different and have refillable containers of nicotine "e-liquid".



Mindfulness therapy as good as medication for chronic depression - study
 By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) may be just as effective as anti-depressants in helping prevent people with chronic depression from relapsing, scientists said on Tuesday. Depression is one of the most common forms of mental illness, affecting more than 350 million people worldwide. It is ranked by the World Health Organization as the leading cause of disability globally. Treatment usually involves either medication, some form of psychotherapy or a combination of both.

New U.S. mammogram guidelines stick with screening from age 50
 By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - New mammogram screening guidelines from an influential panel of U.S. experts reaffirm earlier guidance that breast cancer screening should begin at age 50 for most women, but they acknowledge that women in their 40s also benefit, something experts say is a step in the right direction. "They made it really clear this time around, unlike 2009, that the discussion between a woman and a clinician about breast cancer screening should begin at 40," said Dr. Richard Wender, chief cancer control officer at the American Cancer Society. The Department of Health and Human Services provided for mammogram coverage for women age 40 to 49 after the health panel made its recommendation in 2009. The department said on Monday that the guidelines are only in draft form and that nothing has changed regarding access to mammograms or other preventive services.    Critics stressed that keeping 50 as the starting age for screening – a change first introduced by the panel six years ago - could threaten insurance coverage for millions of women age 40 to 49.     "If this becomes the final guideline, coverage of mammograms would no longer be mandated under the ACA," said Wender.

Lawmakers seek FDA review of ingredients used in cosmetics
 WASHINGTON (AP) — Two U.S. senators introduced legislation Monday that would require the Food and Drug Administration to evaluate and report on some of the ingredients used in cosmetics and personal-care products such as shampoo and skin cream.

Prognosis unclear for daughter of late singer Whitney Houston: lawyer
 

Brown daughter of the late singer Houston poses at premiere of Sparkle in Hollywood(Reuters) - Bobbi Kristina Brown is expected to live a long life, but her prognosis remains unclear, an attorney for her father Bobby Brown said on Monday, clarifying the singer’s remarks at a weekend concert that she was awake months after being found unresponsive in her bathtub. She's watching me," Brown told concert-goers at the Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie, Texas, according to a video posted on the website TMZ. "However, Bobbi Kristina is presently embarking on a rehabilitation process and the quality of her life will not be known for years to come." Bobby Brown's wife, Alicia Etheredge-Brown, noted in the statement that her husband was "in an emotional state" when he spoke at the concert on Saturday. "He is encouraged by the steps that Bobbi Kristina has made since her hospitalization," she said.



Iowa reports biggest U.S. outbreak of bird flu in poultry
 By Tom Polansek CHICAGO (Reuters) - Iowa, the top U.S. egg-producing state, found a lethal strain of bird flu in millions of hens at an egg-laying facility on Monday, the worst case so far in a national outbreak that prompted Wisconsin to declare a state of emergency. The infected Iowa birds were being raised near the city of Harris by Sunrise Farms, an affiliate of Sonstegard Foods Company, the company said. The flock has been quarantined, and birds on the property will be culled to prevent the spread of the disease, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said. The Agriculture Department said the Iowa flock numbered 5.3 million birds.

Utah mother sentenced to 15 years to life for murdering six newborns
 

Megan Huntsman appears in court in ProvoA Utah mother who pleaded guilty to murdering six of her newborn infants over the course of a decade was sentenced on Monday to 15 years to life in prison. Megan Huntsman, 40, confessed to suffocating or strangling the babies while she was suffering from methamphetamine and alcohol addiction, according to police. The six infants' remains were found in April 2014 wrapped in old towels, shirts and plastic bags inside boxes in the garage in Pleasant Grove, about 40 miles north of Provo. The case of serial infanticide came to light when Huntsman's estranged husband, Darren West, later confirmed by DNA tests to have fathered all of the victims, stumbled on one of the tiny bodies while cleaning out the garage and notified authorities.



Mind training as effective as anti-depressants
 

Depression is often a recurring disorder, and people with a history of the ailment are frequently placed on a long-term course of anti-depressantsA form of mental training which helps people recognise the onset of depression, and control it, works as well as anti-depressants in preventing relapse, researchers said. Dubbed Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), the method may offer a welcome alternative for people wishing to avoid long-term use of anti-depressants, which can have unpleasant side effects like insomnia, constipation and sexual problems, said a study in The Lancet medical journal. In a two-year trial with 424 depression sufferers in England, researchers found that MBCT users faced a "similar" risk of relapse to those on anti-depressants. The method was not more effective than drugs, as many had hoped, but the findings nevertheless suggested "a new choice for the millions of people with recurrent depression on repeat prescriptions," said study leader Willem Kuyken, a professor of clinical psychology at the University of Oxford.



First infant MRI study finds babies feel pain 'like adults'
 By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - The brains of babies "light up" in a similar way to adults when exposed to the same painful stimulus, suggesting they feel pain much like adults do, researchers said on Tuesday. In the first of its kind study using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), scientists from Britain's Oxford University found that 18 of the 20 brain regions active in adults experiencing pain were also active in babies. Brain scans of the sleeping infants while they were subjected to mild pokes on the bottom of their feet with a special rod -- creating a sensation "like being poked with a pencil" -- also showed their brains had the same response to a slighter "poke" as adults did to a stimulus four times as strong, suggesting babies have a much lower pain threshold. "Obviously babies can't tell us about their experience of pain and it is difficult to infer pain from visual observations," said Rebeccah Slater, a doctor at Oxford's pediatrics department who led the study.

Quest Diagnostics, French agency seek to expand breast cancer gene database
 Quest Diagnostics Inc, the world's largest provider of diagnostic testing services, is working with France's national health agency to build an expanded database for BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations to better determine patient hereditary risks of breast and ovarian cancer. Other medical testing companies and public laboratories can participate in the project, called BRCA Share, for which Quest will charge an annual fee in return for access to the curated database, Madison, New Jersey-based Quest said on Tuesday. Laboratory Corporation of America, Quest's biggest U.S. competitor in medical diagnostics testing, has also agreed to participate. Genetic information gathered from DNA testing is not always shared by diagnostics laboratories, which can make it difficult for those with smaller databases to analyze gene mutations.

Texas ice cream maker recalls all products over Listeria
 By Marice Richter DALLAS (Reuters) - Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries announced on Monday a voluntary recall of all its ice cream and frozen treat products from store shelves due to continuing problems with the Listeria bacteria. The move is the most recent in a string of recall announcements by the 108-year-old company, based in Brenham, after health officials said last month three people made ill by Listeria between January 2014 and January 2015 had died in a Kansas hospital where Blue Bell frozen treats were served. Monday's decision came after the bacteria was detected in Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ice cream samples that were tested last month. "We are heartbroken about this situation and apologize to all of our loyal Blue Bell fans and customers," Blue Bell CEO Paul Kruse said.

Task force: Mammograms in 40s a choice, but don't skip at 50
 WASHINGTON (AP) — Women should get a mammogram every two years starting at age 50 — and while routine screening brings little benefit in the 40s, beginning it that early should be a personal choice, a government task force said Monday.

 
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