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Put Down the Q-Tips: You've Been Cleaning Your Ears All Wrong
 

Put Down the Q-Tips: You've Been Cleaning Your Ears All WrongEarwax is one of those annoying facts of life, and for many of us, Q-tips are a satisfying way to get the gunk out. But we've been on edge ever since seeing Hannah Horvath's Q-tip incident on Girls (shudder), so we reached out to ear, nose, and throat doctors to find the best way to get that pesky earwax out, without any permanent damage. ...



Cancer, transplant patients protest Venezuela's medicine shortages
 

Protesters hold placards during a gathering in demand for medicines in CaracasBy Alexandra Ulmer CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelans with chronic medical conditions such as breast cancer, hemophilia and transplants protested in Caracas on Thursday, the latest demonstration to demand urgent medicines in a country whose health care system is beset with shortages. Around 13,000 people with chronic issues are at risk of severe harm if they do not take medicines including chemotherapy and medicines to prevent organ transplants being rejected, according to organizer CodeVida, a non-profit umbrella health group. A combination of currency controls, slumping domestic production and cross-border smuggling have caused acute shortages of medical supplies in socialist-led Venezuela.



Real On-Air Violence Can Traumatize Viewers
 The shooting on live television in Virginia Wednesday could have a psychological effect on the thousands of viewers who were exposed to the traumatic event, experts say.

Scientists solve mystery of polar bear Knut's death
 

Journalists watch the full-sized polar bear Knut model covered with the original fur during the presentation to the media at the natural history museum in BerlinKnut, the star polar bear who was hand-reared at Berlin zoo after his mother rejected him, had a type of auto-immune inflation of the brain that is found in humans, scientists said on Thursday. Knut, who was just four when he drowned at the zoo in 2011, was reared by his keeper Thomas Doerflein. Knut had an epileptic fit and drowned in a pool in his enclosure.



Long working hours tied to stroke risk
 

A businessman rides on an escalator in Tokyo's business districtBy Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) - People who work at least 55 hours a week are significantly more likely to eventually suffer a stroke than people who work 35 to 40 hours a week, a recent study suggests. Previously, the same research team had linked longer working hours with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, but only for those in lower socioeconomic groups. “This was not the case for stroke: the association between long working hours and stroke was similar” at all socioeconomic levels, said lead author Mika Kivimaki of University College London, in an email.



FDA lays out proposal for naming lower-cost biotech drugs
 WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration released its proposal Thursday for naming lower-cost biotech drugs, a critical step in creating a market for the new class of medicines.

Pup That Used to 'Hop Like a Kangaroo' Gets Prosthetic Paws
 A pup named Journey was injured after being set on fire.

Utah man dies from plague in 4th fatal case in US this year
 

This Aug. 6, 2015, photo, shows prairie dogs, in southern Utah. Utah health officials said Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, that a resident who died from the plague in August mostly likely contracted it from a prairie dog infected with the disease. State wildlife officials say the only confirmed outbreak of plague in prairie dogs this year was in an eastern Utah colony. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah man in his 70s has died after contracting the plague, bringing to four the number of deaths from the disease reported in the United States this year, health officials said Thursday.



Health official: States should post local vaccination info
 

FILE - In this Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015 file photo, a pediatrician holds a dose of the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine at his practice in Northridge, Calif. In 2014, only 21 states posted vaccination rates for individual schools, school districts, counties or areas of the state. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been quietly prodding more states to make the information available. On Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, the CDC's Dr. Anne Schuchat made the push more public during a news conference. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)NEW YORK (AP) — How many kids are vaccinated at your child's school? Federal health officials think you should be able to easily find out.



FDA warns companies over 'natural' label on cigarettes
 

A view shows the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) headquarters in Silver Spring(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has warned the makers of Winston, Natural American Spirit and Nat Sherman cigarettes that they cannot claim their products are "natural" or "additive-free" without regulatory approval. The FDA first gained authority to regulate cigarettes in 2009, partly in reaction to the tobacco industry's misuse of terms such as "mild" and "light" to suggest those products were less dangerous. The FDA now requires any company seeking to claim that one tobacco product is less dangerous than another to prove it with scientific evidence.



Elderly Utah resident dies from plague: health officials
 (Reuters) - An elderly Utah resident died from the plague earlier this month, state health officials said on Thursday, the first person in Utah to have been diagnosed with the disease since 2009. The Utah Department of Health did not identify the patient, but said he or she may have contracted plague from a flea, or contact with a dead animal. The bacteria that causes the disease occurs naturally in the western United States.

Check Your Health Before You Check In For Your Next Flight
 

Check Your Health Before You Check In For Your Next FlightRicardobtg / FlickrHave you ever flown with a sinus infection or a toothache? If so, it's likely an experience you won't soon forget. Flying with various health issues can range from extremely painful to damaging, and their effects can cause major travel disruptions. According to Dr. Mark Gendreau, medical director of the emergency department...



7 Tips to Survive the End-of-Summer Blues
 

7 Tips to Survive the End-of-Summer BluesEnd of summer blues is a common affliction. I see it in my office, I hear about it from friends and in the spirit of transparency, Labor Day is more bitter than sweet for me. Transitions are hard and the end of summer can be particularly difficult for a number of reasons.On a symbolic level, the end of summer signifies the end of fun for many...



U.S. vaccination rates high, but pockets of unvaccinated pose risk
 

Measles poster is seen at Venice Family Clinic in Los AngelesBy Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - The vast majority of U.S. kindergarten-age children are vaccinated against preventable diseases but sizable pockets of unprotected children still exist, posing a public health threat, according to a government study. Only 1.7 percent of U.S. parents of kindergartners sought exemptions in 2014 from laws requiring children be vaccinated, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study. "Pockets of children who miss vaccinations exist in our communities and they leave these communities vulnerable to outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases," Dr. Anne Schuchat, director of the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, told reporters in a media briefing.



'We Were Lucky This Time': How Experts are Battling the Next Ebola
 

'We Were Lucky This Time': How Experts are Battling the Next EbolaWe're over 20 months into the Ebola epidemic, and while it has slowed over the last few months, new cases continue to emerge each week. Liberia, declared Ebola-free for over two months, suffered another death from the disease last month, spreading fears of a comeback in the country.However, despite the over 27,000 cases and 11,000 deaths as of...



U.S. prosecutors join probe into New York inmate's death
 Federal prosecutors have joined an investigation into the death of a New York prison inmate who was involved in a confrontation with guards in April. Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said on Thursday that his office was working with the local district attorney in Dutchess County, New York, to investigate the April 21 death of Samuel Harrell at the Fishkill Correctional Facility. Lawyers for Harrell's family have said that he was beaten to death by corrections officers.

Planned Parenthood alleges 'smear' in letter to Congress
 

FILE- In this July 28, 2015 file photo, Erica Canaut, center, cheers as she and other anti-abortion activists rally on the steps of the Texas Capitol in Austin, Texas to condemn the use in medical research of tissue samples obtained from aborted fetuses. Planned Parenthood Federation of America held a conference call Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, to discuss what it calls a “smear campaign” against the organization and its affiliates by a California-based anti-abortion group. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Planned Parenthood Federation of America defended its practices Thursday in a lengthy letter to congressional leaders and included a report by experts it hired who found undercover videos of officials discussing fetal tissue for research were heavily altered by anti-abortion activists.



See a Pair of Twins Hear Their Mom for the First Time
 Kayla and Kiara Hernandez were born with moderate hearing loss.

Obama lauds New Orleans' progress since Katrina, says more to be done
 

U.S. President Barack Obama sits for lunch at Willie Mae's restaurant near downtown during a presidential visit to New OrleansBy Jeff Mason NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Thursday heralded the progress New Orleans has made rebuilding since Hurricane Katrina battered the area 10 years ago but said more needed to be done to overcome poverty and inequality. On his ninth trip to the city that made worldwide headlines in 2005 after a devastating flood was exacerbated by a slow government response, Obama toured a neighborhood of colorful new houses and a new school and community center. "Just because the houses are nice doesn't mean our job's done," Obama told reporters after shaking hands with residents and greeting children from the community.



Houston police officer shoots hospital patient during struggle
 A Houston police officer working a second job as a hospital security guard shot and critically wounded on Thursday a patient who had been combative with staff and fought with security, a Houston police spokesman said. The officer was one of two off-duty police officers working as security at St. Joseph Medical Center in Houston who were called into the room to subdue the suspect, described as a 26-year-old male, the spokesman said. One of the officers deployed his Taser but that did not appear to have any effect, spokesman Kese Smith said.

Woman gives birth to conjoined twins in Colorado
 

In this Aug. 25, 2015 photo provided by KUSA-TV, expectant mother Amber McCullough is pictured during an interview with Colorado's KUSA-TV, a day before she was to give birth to conjoined twins in Aurora, Colo. McCullough, of Hastings, Minn., was scheduled to deliver twin girls at the Colorado Fetal Care Center at Children's Hospital Colorado by C-section on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. Hospital officials said Wednesday they had no update on the surgery. (KUSA-TV Photo via AP)AURORA, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado hospital where a Minnesota woman gave birth to conjoined twins said Thursday that one of the babies died after a complicated five-hour separation procedure.



High blood pressure in pregnancy tied to family risk
 

A child touches her pregnant mother's stomach at the last stages of her pregnancy in BordeauxBy Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - For women with pregnancy-related high blood pressure, the higher risk of hypertension that follows them through life may be due not just to the episode in pregnancy but also to family risk factors, researchers say. "We wanted to really be able to isolate a women’s pregnancy from her family history," said lead author Tracey Weissgerber, who is also from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.



FDA approves Amgen's cholesterol-lowering drug Repatha
 By Toni Clarke WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved Amgen Inc's Repatha drug for patients with hereditary forms of high cholesterol and those with cardiovascular disease. Last month the FDA approved a similar drug from Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc and Sanofi SA. The drugs belong to a potent new class of injectable LDL-lowering drugs known as PCSK9 inhibitors. It was also approved for patients with cardiovascular disease including heart attack or stroke, who require additional cholesterol lowering.

FDA proposes adding suffixes to distinguish biosimilar drug names
 By Toni Clarke WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed on Thursday identifying cheaper versions of biologic drugs with a suffix to distinguish them from their more expensive, branded counterparts. The FDA said its draft guidance is designed to prevent the inadvertent substitution of non-interchangeable products and to make it easier to monitor and track usage once the products are on the market. Biologic drugs are made from living organisms and, unlike most traditional drugs, cannot be easily replicated.

Contact lens makers take fight over price law to court
 

FILE - In this May 13, 2015, file photo, a contact lens is displayed in front of a 1-800-Contacts shipping box in Salt Lake City. A legal battle over a hotly contested Utah law banning minimum prices for contact lenses is set to come before a federal appeals court on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)DENVER (AP) — Contact lens makers struggled Thursday to defend their pricing policies in a federal appeals case that could have wide-ranging effects on the $4 billion industry.



Bill to regulate e-cigarettes clears California legislative hurdle
 

A man smokes an electronic cigarette vaporizer, also known as an e-cigarette, in TorontoBy Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - The California State Senate on Thursday passed a bill to regulate electronic cigarettes as tobacco products, sending the measure to the Assembly where a similar bill died earlier this year. The measure was one of several anti-tobacco bills that advanced in the Senate on Thursday, including one to raise the legal age for buying cigarettes to 21 from 18. The e-cigarette regulations, introduced by State Senator Mark Leno, a Democrat from San Francisco, would ban use of the devices, also known as vapor cigarettes or vapes, in the workplace, at schools and other places where cigarettes already are forbidden, and would require that they be sold in child-resistant packaging.



Amgen wins approval for second biotech cholesterol drug
 

This undated image provided by Amgen Inc. shows Repatha. Amgen Inc. has won federal approval for the second medicine in a new class of pricey biotech drugs that reduce artery-clogging cholesterol more than older statin drugs that have been used for decades. The Food and Drug Administration approved the drug Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, for two groups of patients who are unable to control their cholesterol with existing drugs and treatments. (Amgen Inc. via AP)WASHINGTON (AP) — Amgen Inc. has won federal approval for the second medicine in a new class of pricey biotech drugs that reduce artery-clogging cholesterol more than older statin drugs that have been used for decades.



Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose, two others, accused in lawsuit of rape
 

NBA: Playoffs-Chicago Bulls at Cleveland Cavaliers(Reuters) - Derrick Rose, the 2011 National Basketball Association Most Valuable Player, is being sued by a former girlfriend who alleges he and two friends drugged and gang-raped her in 2013. Rose's accuser, identified only as Jane Doe, said she and the three-time All-Star Chicago Bulls guard dated from 2011 to 2013. In August 2013, she said, Rose and two friends invited her to Rose's home in Beverly Hills, California, where they slipped a drug into her drink with the aim of raping her.



Cancer, transplant patients protest over Venezuela's medicine shortages
 

Protesters hold placards during a gathering in demand for medicines in CaracasBy Alexandra Ulmer CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelans with chronic medical conditions such as breast cancer, hemophilia and transplants protested in Caracas on Thursday, the latest demonstration to demand urgent medicines in a country beset with shortages. Around 13,000 people with chronic issues are at risk of severe harm if they do not find chemotherapy or medicines, including those that prevent organ transplants being rejected, according to organizer CodeVida, a non-profit umbrella health group. A combination of currency controls, slumping domestic production and cross-border smuggling have caused acute shortages of medical supplies in socialist-led Venezuela.



China says will report pollution information from Tianjin blast site
 

An aerial picture shows smoke rising from the debris among shipping containers at the site of Wednesday night's explosions at Binhai new district in TianjinChina's Environment Ministry has put in place a 24-hour monitoring system for pollutants from explosions this month at a port and will report accurate and timely data to the public, it said on Friday. The blasts at a warehouse storing chemicals in the port city of Tianjin, not far from Beijing, killed at least 145, and stirred public anger about persistently poor work safety standards and possible health risks from the incident. Speaking at a meeting, Environment Minister Chen Jining said environmental monitoring would not let up, with 24-hour checking for air, soil and water pollution.



Fears grow for Nepal's pregnant women after quake
 

Nepalese villager Junu Shrestha holds her child at a makeshift birthing centre in the village of Gerkhu, in Nuwakot, north of KathmanduAs labour pains gripped Junu Shrestha around midnight one day in early July, the heavily pregnant villager set off on foot along a muddy path destroyed in Nepal's earthquake, desperate for help. "I had to keep stopping because of the pain." Some 70 percent of pre-natal clinics that had been providing crucial services to pregnant women were severely damaged in the Nepalese districts hardest hit by the quake. Many babies have been stillborn while premature deliveries tripled in the worst-hit districts, according to health experts, who say the shock and trauma triggered by the disaster led to a surge in medical complications experienced by pregnant women.



Q&A: Questions, answers in Planned Parenthood controversy
 

FILE- In this July 28, 2015 file photo, Erica Canaut, center, cheers as she and other anti-abortion activists rally on the steps of the Texas Capitol in Austin, Texas to condemn the use in medical research of tissue samples obtained from aborted fetuses. Planned Parenthood Federation of America held a conference call Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, to discuss what it calls a “smear campaign” against the organization and its affiliates by a California-based anti-abortion group. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Planned Parenthood Federation of America is defending its abortion practices and its donation of fetal tissue for medical research.



Japan partly lifts U.S., Canada poultry ban after bird flu
 Japan's Farm Ministry on Friday partiality lifted a ban on imports of live poultry and poultry meat from the United States and Canada following an outbreak of bird flu. Imports from the eight U.S. states of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, California, Kansas, Arkansas, Montana and Indiana, and Canadian Province of British Columbia will resume after restrictions were imposed for up to nearly nine months, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries said in a statement. After the latest measure, restrictions on live poultry and poultry meat still remain in place on the seven U.S. states of Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska, and Canadian Province of Ontario, pending local checks by Japanese officials, a ministry official said.

South Sudan rebels, army again accuse each other of attacks after pact
 

South Sudan's rebel leader Riek Machar prepares to address a news conference during the peace signing meeting in Ethiopia's capital Addis AbabaBy Denis Dumo JUBA (Reuters) - South Sudanese rebels and the army have accused each other for the second time this week of attacks, this time barely a day after President Salva Kiir signed a peace deal that looks increasingly fragile. Rebel leader Riek Machar said that South Sudanese government troops had attacked towns held by the insurgents but army spokesman, Col. Philip Aguer, rejected the accusation and said it was the rebels who had attacked the government soldiers. During the signing ceremony Kiir said the rebels had attacked government troops in the north of the country.



Georgia church limits entry for Jimmy Carter's Sunday school
 

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter takes questions from the media during a news conference about his recent cancer diagnosis and treatment plans, at the Carter Center in AtlantaBy Mike Cooper ATLANTA (Reuters) - The Georgia church where Jimmy Carter teaches Sunday school lessons said it would limit visitors starting this weekend to deal with crowds hoping to see the former U.S. president who is undergoing treatment for cancer. Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, Georgia, where Carter taught two classes last Sunday to accommodate attendance, said on Thursday on its website that it had room for only 400 people "from a practical and safety standpoint." The church, which seats about 300 people in its sanctuary, was packed last Sunday after Carter, 90, announced to the world that cancer had spread to his brain. The church said that on Sunday mornings visitors would be given numbers "to ensure orderly and fair entrance into President Carter's class." Another hundred or so people would be permitted to watch the class on a television in the church's Fellowship Hall.



US approves injectable anti-cholesterol drug Repatha
 

US approves injectable anti-cholesterol drug RepathaUS regulators on Thursday approved Repatha, the second injectable drug of its kind designed for certain patients with stubbornly high cholesterol which puts them at risk of heart disease. Repatha, also known as evolocumab, is made by Amgen and is part of a new class of drugs known as PCSK9 inhibitors, or antibodies which work on the liver to lower cholesterol. It was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for people with inherited conditions that cause high levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or bad cholesterol, as well as people whose clogged arteries have led to heart disease.



Soccer-Bournemouth ready for tough test against Leicester - manager
 Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe is not surprised by Leicester City's impressive start to the Premier League campaign and predicted a tough test for his players against the Foxes on Saturday. Leicester are second in the table with seven points from three games, scoring seven goals even though they are yet to keep a clean sheet. Whereas, the Cherries had lost their opening two games but won their last game 4-3 against West Ham United, courtesy of a hat-trick from Callum Wilson.

Leading stem cell scientist cleared of misconduct charges
 

FILE - In this Friday, July 30, 2010 file photo, Dr. Paolo Macchiarini looks on during a press conference where he announced that his surgical team successfully transplanted the windpipes of two cancer patients with an innovative procedure that uses stem cells to allow a donated trachea to regenerate tissue and create an organ that is biologically close to the original, Florence, Italy. Sweden's Karolinska Institute said on Friday, Aug. 28, 2015 that Macchiarini, a leading stem cell scientist accused of unethical behavior, has been cleared of scientific misconduct though he sometimes acted without due care. (AP Photo/Lorenzo Galassi, File)LONDON (AP) — Sweden's Karolinska Institute says a leading stem cell scientist accused of unethical behavior has been cleared of scientific misconduct though he sometimes acted without due care.



Olympics-German sailor treated for infections after Rio test event
 By Karolos Grohmann BERLIN, Aug 28 (Reuters) - German sailor Erik Heil, who was third at the Rio De Janeiro Olympic test event this month, is being treated for several infections which he says were caused by the polluted waters during the sailing regatta there. The Brazilian metropolis will host the 2016 summer Games, the first South American city to do so, but it is struggling with polluted waters on which the athletes will compete. Heil, who won third spot along with Thomas Ploessel in the 49er class, was told by the Berlin hospital treating him daily that he had been infected by multi-resistant germs, the German sailing team said.

What Real People Think About When They Run
 

What Real People Think About When They RunWhen elite runners were tasked with thinking aloud during an eight-mile run, 32 percent of them thought about how painful running was. "Hill, you're a bitch," was one runner's spoken thought, according to a study published in the International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology in June.Another 40 percent thought about their time and...



 
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