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South Africa's Tutu expected home from hospital next week

Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his wife Leah share a moment shortly before renewing their vows as they celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary in Cape TownVeteran South African anti-apartheid activist, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, was responding well to a two-week intravenous antibiotic course and could be discharged from hospital at the end of next week, Tutu's daughter said on Thursday. The 83-year-old, who used the pulpit to preach against apartheid, was admitted to hospital for the second time in a month for treatment of an "inflammation". Tutu was released from hospital earlier in August after being treated for a recurring infection unrelated to the prostate cancer he has been fighting for 18 years.

Component of colorful potatoes could be a cancer deterrent: study

Baked purple potatoes could be effective in fighting colon cancer, according to recent research.Baked purple potatoes contain compounds that might destroy colon cancer stem cells and limit the spread of cancer, according to a new study supported by the United States Department of Agriculture. Since potatoes -- no matter what kind or color -- are frequently consumed baked, the scientists from Pennsylvania State University baked their purple potatoes for the experiment. Bacteria that eat the starch can convert it to beneficial short-chain fatty acids such as butyric acid, says Jairam KP Vanamala of Penn State.

Among young blacks, higher student loan debt tied to less sleep
 By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Black young adults may be more likely to lose sleep over student loan debt than people of other racial and ethnic groups, a U.S. study suggests. Researchers surveyed former college students in their mid-20s to early 30s about their debt load and sleep habits. Among those with student debt, black people typically slept about 42 fewer minutes a night than white individuals if they borrowed around $25,000 in loans.

Low-lying Louisiana parish regroups behind reinforced levee system

Elizabeth Weaver sits on the back of a truck outside her flood damaged home in LouisianaBy Kathy Finn NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Of all the areas near New Orleans blasted by Hurricane Katrina, none was harder hit than St. Bernard Parish, a low-lying coastal stretch southeast of the city, once known for its small fishing villages and thriving seafood industry. The full force of Katrina's 125-mile-an-hour winds and a 20-foot-high wall of water slammed the parish in August 2005, killing 127 residents and all but destroying its 25,000 homes. Considering the devastation, St. Bernard has made an impressive recovery: its population has grown to 44,000, about two-thirds of its 2005 size, according to a 2014 census estimate, and housing units now total 17,000.

Two in five military women endure sexual trauma during service
 By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - In the U.S. military, women may be nearly 10 times more likely than men to experience sexual assault or harassment, a study of recent veterans suggests. Researchers from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) surveyed more than 20,000 men and women who served during the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. About 41 percent of women and 4 percent of men reported suffering some form of sexual harassment during their time in the military.

The Best Workouts for Losing the Last 10 Pounds

The Best Workouts for Losing the Last 10 PoundsSo, you've come a long way on your weight loss journey, but now, whether it's five or 10 pounds you're really struggling to lose that last little bit of weight.Click Here to see the Complete List of Best Workouts for Losing the Last 10 PoundsDon't worry, you're totally not alone.Nearly every expert we spoke with agreed: Losing those last few...

Ain't Got Time for Meditation?

Ain't Got Time for Meditation?You know that thing that happens where you have an inkling that you need to bring something into your life because the universe starts beating it into your head by having it show up everywhere? That's what happened to me with meditation. It seemed that every book I read or podcast that I listened to had some happy, successful person that I...

How to Show Up in the World Naked: It's Only Hair

How to Show Up in the World Naked: It's Only HairLife has a way of picking us up and dropping us down at unknown destinations. That's what life feels like for me some days, like I've been dumped off in a strange place surrounded by nothing that I recognize.Although I have the navigation path to live with this c*ancer detour all mapped out, things happen that continue to shape me and strip me...

Amputees decry Medicare payment overhaul for artificial feet

Theresa Sarea, of New York City, center, is helped to stand up on her prosthesis as she speaks to the Amputee Coalition during a protest against a change in Medicare payment policy for lower limb prosthetics including artificial feet, in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is trying to disentangle itself from another controversy over Medicare coverage. Amputees are protesting this time, fearing they'll be denied the latest technology for artificial legs and feet.

Katrina Displacement Took Major Psychological Toll On Some Moms

Katrina Displacement Took Major Psychological Toll On Some MomsIn the decade following Hurricane Katrina, much has been made of New Orleans residents' resilience and growth. For some, especially for those of means, this rings true. But for others who haven't been able to return to New Orleans, unstable housing and the stress of relocation have wrecked havoc on their mental health. In addition to the...

Planned Parenthood report says fetal tissue videos were distorted

A Planned Parenthood clinic is seen in Vista, CaliforniaPlanned Parenthood told U.S. congressional leaders on Thursday that manipulations and deletions used in the editing process of secretly recorded videos slamming the organization rendered the tapes unreliable for government inquiries. In an 11-page letter to Republican and Democratic congressional leaders, the reproductive healthcare group's president, Cecile Richards, detailed the findings of an analysis conducted by research firm Fusion GPS and commissioned by Planned Parenthood. In recent weeks, the Center for Medical Progress has released eight videos showing Planned Parenthood technicians gathering fetal tissue from abortions.

The Hard-to-Hear Advice Every 20-Something Needs

The Hard-to-Hear Advice Every 20-Something NeedsLet's be honest: Your twenties are a weird time. After teenage years spent in angst over the lack of freedom that comes with living under your parents' roof, you finally have independence. Now what? You have to cook your own meals, clean your apartment (not just your bedroom), and pay all of those bills. Plus, there's the whole searching for a...

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.

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