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Preschoolers in daycare need more outdoor time

Preschool children dressed as animals participate in a parade ahead of preschool education celebration day on the outskirts of LimaBy Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Many preschoolers in daycare may need more outdoor time to help increase their odds of getting enough physical activity, a small U.S. study suggests. Pediatricians recommend that young children get at least an hour a day of physical activity to help build motor skills, coordination and strong muscles and bones, as well as to reduce the potential for obesity later in life. “But when children are in child care for eight to 10 hours, all of the daylight hours may be in child care settings, so this is not always possible." Researchers studied 380 children ranging in age from three to six years old at 30 childcare centers from 2009 through 2011.

Oklahoma hospital will not charge homecoming crash victims for ER treatment
 The Oklahoma hospital that treated about 40 people after a woman driving a vehicle plowed into a crowd at a university homecoming parade last month will not bill the patients for their initial treatment, hospital officials said on Friday. Stillwater Medical Center will cover some costs through automobile insurance claims and probably take a loss on other billing from the aftermath of the Oct. 24 crash that killed four people at the Oklahoma State University homecoming parade. “We know this has been a very difficult time for our patients and our community,” CEO Jerry Moeller said in a statement.

Brazil to sue BHP, Vale for $5 billion in damages for dam burst

A combination photograph shows windows of damaged houses in Bento Rodrigues district after a dam, owned by Vale SA and BHP Billiton Ltd, burst in Mariana, BrazilBrazil's federal and state governments plan to sue the owners of the Samarco iron ore miner for 20 billion reais ($5.24 billion)in damages caused by the burst of a tailings dam, Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira told reporters on Friday. Samarco is a joint venture between the world's largest mining company, BHP Billiton Ltd, and the biggest iron ore miner, Vale SA. The dam burst earlier this month unleashed 60 million cubic meters of mud and mine waste that devastated a village, killed at least 13 people and polluted a major river valley. Teixeira said the suit will be filed on Monday.

Brazil regulator to apply additional fines against Samarco
 BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil's environmental regulator is planning additional fines against iron ore miner Samarco on top of the 20 billion reais in damages and clean-up charges the government is seeking, the country's attorney general, Luis Adams, said on Friday. The regulator, known as Ibama, has already fined Samarco 250 million reais in the aftermath of a rupture of a tailings dam that ravaged communities and contaminated a major river. Samarco is a joint venture between the world's largest mining company, BHP Billiton Ltd, and the biggest iron ore miner, Vale SA. ...

Chilean mom restricted access to baby for smoking marijuana
 SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A Chilean mother says a hospital is restricting her right to see her newborn daughter because she acknowledged smoking marijuana days before she gave birth.

Man charged with scaling White House fence to undergo psychiatric exam

A restricted area sign is seen outside of the White House in WashingtonA Connecticut man charged with scaling the White House fence draped in the U.S. flag was ordered on Friday to undergo a psychiatric evaluation after officials say they found a suicide note and will. The suspect, Joseph Caputo, 23, of Stamford, triggered a lockdown of the White House on Thanksgiving Day with President Barack Obama inside, according to his public schedule. The incident marks at least the third time someone has jumped the White House fence this year.

Hookah and e-cigarettes popular with high schoolers

File photo of the new e-cigarette Jai is displayed in a tobacco shop in ParisBy Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) - Almost 10 percent of 11th and 12th graders are using e-cigarettes, and other alternative tobacco products are increasingly popular, according to a new study. Young people often use multiple tobacco products at once, the researchers found. “From this analysis we can say that there are two groups of youth that are concerning: those who are likely using e-cigs and hookah concurrently and those youth who are likely using three or more products,” said lead author Tamika D. Gilreath of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

Mixed drinks with diet beverages may boost breath alcohol levels
 By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - People who mix alcohol and diet drinks end up with more alcohol on their breath, according to a new study. People who drank vodka mixed with diet soda had higher alcohol concentrations on their breath than those who drank the same amount of vodka mixed with regular soda, researchers write in Drug and Alcohol Dependence. Prevention materials should include this information so people know that by trying to avoid some extra calories in a mixed drink, they risk having higher breath alcohol concentrations, write the researchers, led by Amy Stamates of Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights.

Obama notified about shooting near Colorado clinic: White House
 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama was notified on Friday about a shooting near a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the White House said. "The president has been notified by his Homeland Security Advisor Lisa Monaco, and will be updated on the situation as necessary," a White House official said. (Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Editing by Mohammad Zargham)

Police cannot confirm Colorado Springs gunman 'contained': spokeswoman
 (Reuters) - Police in Colorado Springs cannot confirm reports that a gunman who shot and wounded several people near a Planned Parenthood clinic in the city on Friday was "contained," or rule out the possibility that hostages were taken, a police spokeswoman said.

Colorado gunman still shooting from inside clinic, police say
 (Reuters) - The suspected gunman who shot and wounded several people near a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs on Friday is still shooting from inside the building, a police spokeswoman said.

FDA declines expanded approval for Bristol-Myers' Opdivo drug
 (Reuters) - Bristol-Myers Squibb Co said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration declined to approve its immuno-oncology drug, Opdivo, for its expanded use to treat an additional type of advanced skin cancer. Bristol-Myers said it received a so-called complete response letter from the health regulator, which indicated the need for additional data in the BRAF mutated patient population. The regulator issues a complete response letter when a new or generic treatment cannot be approved in its current form.

New York police send vehicles to Planned Parenthood clinics across city
 (Reuters) - The New York Police Department said it has redeployed vehicles to Planned Parenthood locations throughout the city on Friday in the wake of a shooting at a clinic in Colorado, although there were no specific threats made.

At least nine injured by gunman at Colorado abortion clinic
 Police engaged in a shootout on Friday with a gunman who stormed a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Colorado Springs in a burst of violence that left four officers and an undetermined number of civilians injured, police said. Police swarmed the area around the building after an emergency call reporting shots fired at about 11:30 a.m. Mountain Time (1830 GMT), and officers ultimately confronted the suspect inside the building, said Lieutenant Catherine Buckley, the police department spokeswoman.

Three killed, nine injured in attack on Colorado abortion clinic
 By Keith Coffman COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Reuters) - A gunman stormed a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Colorado Springs on Friday and opened fire with a rifle in an attack that left three people dead and nine others injured, authorities said. The dead included one police officer and two civilians, Colorado Springs Police Chief Peter Carey told reporters about an hour after the suspect had been captured. All nine surviving victims - five police officers and four civilians - were listed in good condition at area hospitals, Carney said.

Air pollution in Beijing hits hazardous levels

People wearing face masks walk across Tiananmen Square on a day with poor air quality in Beijing, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015. Air pollution in Beijing reached hazardous levels on Saturday as smog engulfed large parts of the country despite efforts to clean up the foul air. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)BEIJING (AP) — Air pollution in Beijing reached hazardous levels on Saturday as smog engulfed large parts of China despite efforts to clean up the foul air.

How Controversial Gene Editing Could Lead To Groundbreaking Cures

How Controversial Gene Editing Could Lead To Groundbreaking CuresThanks to the controversial new technology known as CRISPR, scientists are beginning to make headway in understanding and potentially curing some of the world's most intractable diseases.Sickle-cell anemia, HIV, schizophrenia and autism -- essentially, anything involving bad DNA is now fair game. The latest example, from a study published...

Police name suspect in Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood shooting
 (Reuters) - The suspect in the deadly shooting at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic was named on Saturday as Robert L. Dear, 57, according to a Tweet by Colorado Springs Police public affairs' section.

7 Pantry Essentials Dietitians Always Have On Hand

7 Pantry Essentials Dietitians Always Have On HandAs a dietitian, I often recommend – and include in my own diet – foods that provide the biggest nutritional bang for the buck. These powerhouse picks go above and beyond simply satisfying hunger. They also help prevent diseases, according to research. So, check out seven of the hardest-working foods that nutrition pros like me always have...

How To Stop Being A Holiday Perfectionist And Have Fun This Year

How To Stop Being A Holiday Perfectionist And Have Fun This YearIf you’re a perfectionist, chances are the impending aroma of turkey and the sound of jingle bells makes you a little bit nervous. Whether it’s your quest to find the perfect gift, the need to capture the perfect family moment or the desire to cook the perfect meal, the overwhelming drive to make sure everything goes according to plan is...

Obama says U.S. has to 'do something' about guns after Colorado shooting

U.S. President Obama addresses joint news conference at the White House in WashingtonExpressing what has become regularly repeated frustration on the issue, President Barack Obama said on Saturday the United States needs to "do something" to make it harder for criminals to get guns after a shooting in Colorado killed three people and injured nine. In Friday's shooting, an assailant opened fire at a Planned Parenthood clinic, a center that provides health services including abortions, in Colorado Springs. It was the latest in a long series of U.S. mass shootings during Obama's seven years in office.

Suspect in Colorado clinic shooting had past brushes with the law

A suspect is taken into custody outside a Planned Parenthood center in Colorado SpringsBy Keith Coffman COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Reuters) - The 57-year-old man with a bushy white beard who is suspected of killing three people in a shooting rampage at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado has a history of brushes with the law, including a "peeping Tom" complaint in his home state of South Carolina. Robert Lewis Dear, named as the suspect in the Friday shooting in Colorado Springs, was in jail on Saturday awaiting an initial hearing on Monday, police and jail records showed. Police have not discussed a motive for the attack at the clinic, which offers a range of health services, including abortions.

Gunfire at Colorado Planned Parenthood triggered rapid lockdown
 By Keith Coffman COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Reuters) - The moment a receptionist heard gunfire and an "intruder" burst into the Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, the well-drilled staff immediately activated lockdown procedures, the organization's local president said on Saturday. "This is a community that's been under attack," Vicki Cowart, president and chief executive of Planned Parenthood's Rocky Mountain chapter, told Reuters, referring to her organization. "We place the safety of our patients and staff above all else." The gunman, named on Saturday as 57-year-old Robert Lewis Dear, surrendered to officers after an hours-long standoff under steadily falling snow.

Hamstrung by Congress, Obama tries to clinch climate pact

Hamstrung by Congress, Obama tries to clinch climate pactWASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is trying to negotiate a legacy-making climate change pact this coming week in Paris with one hand tied behind his back. Congress can't even agree whether global warming is real.

Beijing aims to refill medicine chest with 'Made in China' drugs

Shelves displaying medicines are seen at a pharmacy in ShanghaiBy Ben Hirschler and Adam Jourdan SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China, already a global powerhouse in high-tech areas from solar panels to bullet trains, is turning its industrial might to the challenge of making more of its own drugs for a vast and aging population. Given the 10 years or more it typically takes to bring a new medicine to market, original "Made in China" treatments won't arrive overnight, but multinationals are already encountering more competition from local generic drugs that look set for a quantum leap in quality. China is the world's second biggest drugs market behind the United States, and fast food, smoking and pollution have fueled a rise in cancers and chronic heart and lung diseases.

Gunfire at Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic triggered rapid lockdown
 The moment a receptionist heard gunfire and an "intruder" burst into the Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, the well-drilled staff immediately activated lockdown procedures, the organization's local president said on Saturday. "This is a community that's been under attack," Vicki Cowart, president and chief executive of Planned Parenthood's Rocky Mountain chapter, told Reuters, referring to her organization.

Colorado officer killed in shooting was church elder, retired figure skater
 By Keith Coffman COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Reuters) - A police officer killed by a gunman who stormed a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs was a retired champion figure skater and an elder at a Christian church where he taught, led worship teams and played guitar. Officer Garrett Swasey, 44, was on duty at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs campus on Friday afternoon and he rushed through billowing snow to support colleagues at the scene when first reports came in of a shooter at large. Two civilians were also killed and nine people, including five other police officers, were wounded in the attack.

Brazil finds Zika virus causes deformities in babies

Health authorities established the link between microcephaly in babies and the Zika virus, transmitted by mosquitoes that spread dengue, after identifying the virus in a deceased baby born with microcephaly and other genetic diseasesBrasília (AFP) - The Brazilian health ministry confirmed that there was a link between cases of microcephaly, a head deformity, in babies and the Zika virus, transmitted by mosquitoes that spread dengue. The outbreak of microcephaly in northeastern Brazil "is a unique situation in global scientific research," the agency said in a statement. Health authorities established the link after identifying the presence of the virus in a deceased baby who had been born with microcephaly and other genetic diseases.

Guinea's last Ebola case, a baby girl, leaves hospital

Health worker injects a woman with an Ebola vaccine during a trial in MonroviaBy Emma Farge DAKAR (Reuters) - A one-month-old baby girl who was Guinea's last reported Ebola case left hospital on Saturday, delighting medical staff and putting the country on course to be declared free of the deadly virus. Guinea will become officially Ebola-free after 42 days if no new cases are reported following the recovery of baby Nubia -- thought to be the first baby to survive after being born to an infected mother. An Ebola outbreak has killed about 11,300 people mainly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone since it began two years ago.

Brazil confirms zica virus link to fetal brain-damage outbreak

Pots with genetically modified male Aedes aegypti mosquitoes are pictured before they are released in Piracicaba, BrazilBy Jeb Blount RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - A link between a form of fetal brain damage and the mosquito-born zica virus has been confirmed by Brazilian health authorities on Saturday. The link between zica, first medically identified as a new disease half a century ago, and birth defects has never been made. The virus, endemic in parts Africa, South America, Southeast Asia and some Pacific Islands, has until now been blamed for symptoms such as fever, mild headache, skin rashes, joint pain and conjunctivitis, or "red eye." Initial analysis shows that the virus can be passed to a fetus and that the fetus is at greatest risk from the virus during the first three months of pregnancy, the statements said.

Trial of Baltimore police officer charged in man's death to start

Members of Baltimore Police Department are pictured in this undated booking photo provided by the Baltimore Police DepartmentTrial begins on Monday for a Baltimore police officer charged in the death of a black man from an injury he suffered while in police custody that triggered rioting and protests and fueled a U.S. debate on police brutality. Officer William Porter, 26, is the first of six officers scheduled for separate trials in Baltimore City Circuit Court for the death in April of Freddie Gray. Gray, 25, died from a spinal injury suffered in the back of a police transport van after he was taken into custody.

Resources to Recover Aids the Human Capacity to Survive Mental Illness
 Jay Boll, Vice President and Editor-in-Chief of Resources to Recover (RtoR). Credit: Katherine DuResources to Recover (RtoR), a gateway website equipping families with resources to tackle mental illness, has flourished since its launch in 2014.An initiative of Laurel House, a 501(c)(3) social services organization based in Stamford,...

What's The Difference Between Corn Syrup And Sugar?

What's The Difference Between Corn Syrup And Sugar?Scientists are still debating whether there is a real difference between the effects on a person's health of high-fructose corn syrup and those of sugar, even as the issue features in an ongoing lawsuit.An attorney representing sugar companies said in court earlier this month that corn syrup cannot be compared to sugar; meanwhile, another...

Roche pulls out of 'superbug' antibiotic project

Swiss drugmaker Roche's logo is seen at their headquarters in Basel, SwitzerlandSwiss drugmaker Roche Holding has dropped out of a high-profile project to develop an antibiotic for treating "superbug" infections, the company said on Sunday. Roche had agreed in 2013 to pay privately held partner Polyphor up to 500 million Swiss francs ($485.3 million) for rights to the product, marking a rare foray by a major pharmaceuticals company into the battle against superbug infections in hospitals. "Roche has decided to discontinue its involvement in the clinical development of the investigational antibiotic RG7929/POL7080 for the treatment of patients with severe Pseudomonas aeruginosa infections and will return the asset to Polyphor," a company spokesman said by email when asked about a report to this effect by the NZZ am Sonntag newspaper.

Costly 'cleaner' coal fights for space in emissions debate
 By Krishna N. Das, Tommy Wilkes and Yuka Obayashi NEW DELHI/TOKYO (Reuters) - The global coal industry is trumpeting "cleaner coal" technology to fight bubbling competition from renewable energy, but the high costs of greener plants are proving a major obstacle in selling them to power-hungry countries such as India. The challenges are highlighted by the experience of Japan - despite a concerted push by Tokyo to take a lead in exporting the technology, only 7 percent of the power stations built or planned since 2010 with funds from Tokyo's export credit agency were of the most energy-efficient type, according to data from a group of NGOs.

Stay-at-home mother identified as Colorado clinic fatality
 Another of the three people killed in last week's rampage at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic was identified on Sunday as Jennifer Markovsky, a stay-at-home mother of two young children. Julia Miller, a sister-in-law who lives in California, said in a phone interview that Markovsky was at the clinic to be with a friend. Colorado Springs police have said they would name the two deceased civilians after autopsies were completed, likely on Monday.

Planned Parenthood to reassess security after Colorado attack
 Now some affiliates of the reproductive health organization say they will scrutinize their security measures even further after a gunman's deadly attack on one of the nonprofit's clinics in Colorado on Friday. "We don't want to militarize our health centers," said Stephanie Kight, chief executive officer for Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio. Three people were killed and nine injured when a gunman, identified by police as Robert Lewis Dear, 57, opened fire on Friday at the Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs.

Planned Parenthood says Colorado shooter opposed abortion

A view of the damage to the entrance of the Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado SpringsBy Keith Coffman COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Reuters) - Planned Parenthood said on Sunday that news reports that the gunman who attacked its Colorado health clinic had uttered "no more baby parts" during his arrest showed the suspect was motivated by an anti-abortion agenda. The remark attributed to suspect Robert Lewis Dear was an apparent reference to Planned Parenthood's abortion activities and its role in delivering fetal tissue to medical researchers, a hot-button issue in the 2016 race for the presidency. "We now know the man responsible for the tragic shooting at PP's health center in Colorado was motivated by opposition to safe and legal abortion," the organization said on Twitter.

Stay-at-home mom, Iraq war veteran named as Colorado clinic fatalities
 The Colorado Springs Police Department named the two civilians as Jennifer Markovsky, 35, and Ke'Arre Marcell Stewart, 29, though it said the identifications were preliminary pending completion of the autopsies. Also killed in the shooting was Garrett Swasey, 44, a campus police officer for the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

Obama prods world on climate change, faces pushback at home

President Barack Obama waves as he walks across the South Lawn of the White House to board Marine One, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015, in Washington, for the short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, Md., and on to Paris where the president is to meet with other world leaders at the climate talks. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)PARIS (AP) — Facing pushback at home, President Barack Obama said Sunday that American leadership was helping make gains in the global fight against climate change as he tried to reassure world leaders assembling for a historic conference in Paris that the U.S. can deliver on its own commitments.

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