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Kenyan government doctors go on strike, demand honoring of 2013 pay deal
Mon, 05 Dec 2016 06:58:31 -0500
By Humphrey Malalo and Thomas Mukoya NAIROBI (Reuters) - Doctors working in Kenyan state hospitals went on strike on Monday to demand fulfillment of a 2013 agreement between their union and the government that would raise their pay and improve working conditions, a senior union official said. Police fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of members of the Kenya Medical Practitioners Pharmacists and Dentists' Union (KMPDU) who had marched to the health ministry headquarters in the capital, Reuters witnesses said. The medics, wearing white gowns and surgical caps, then marched on to the Finance Ministry headquarters.
Don't give up on giving up: Five facts about quitting smoking
Mon, 05 Dec 2016 06:24:53 -0500
Cravings diminish progressively.Here are five facts about quitting smoking, cravings and withdrawal symptoms explained by Bernard Antoine, a smoking cessation and addiction specialist in Paris, France. Smoking withdrawal symptoms certainly exist, but they aren't unmanageable.

Hawaii grandma's plea launches women's march in Washington
Mon, 05 Dec 2016 05:35:37 -0500
Teresa Shook is pictured in this undated handout photoBy Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hawaii grandmother Teresa Shook wanted to share her outrage with other women the night after Donald Trump was elected president, but she had few options in her remote island community. Four weeks later, organizers credit Shook’s quiet plea with igniting what could be the largest demonstration in the nation's capital related to a presidential election. More than 125,000 people from across the country have signed up to march in Washington on Jan. 21, the day after Trump’s inauguration in support of women’s rights.

Police fire tear gas to disperse striking Kenyan doctors
Mon, 05 Dec 2016 05:34:26 -0500
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Police fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of striking doctors demonstrating over pay and conditions outside Kenya's health ministry on Monday. The medics, swearing white gowns and surgical caps, were demanding the government honour a 2013 deal to increase their salaries. The members of the Kenya Medical Practitioners Pharmacists and Dentists' Union, all working for state hospitals, marched on to another part of the capital. (Reporting by Humphrey Malalo and Thomas Mukoya; Writing by George Obulutsa; Editing by Andrew Heavens)
Egyptian billionaire Sawiris in surprise exit as Orascom CEO
Mon, 05 Dec 2016 05:20:15 -0500
Egyptian billionaire Sawiris answers journalists' questions during the "Rome 2015 MED, Mediterranean dialogues" forum in RomeBy Amina Ismail CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris has resigned as chief executive officer of Orascom and his deputy Tamer El Mahdi has been nominated as his successor, the company said on Sunday, without explaining his decision. "Naguib Sawiris has submitted his resignation from his position as CEO effective January 1st, 2017," Orascom Telecom Media and Technology Holding (OTMT) said in a statement. Orascom has holdings in media, technology and cable businesses, but under Sawiris has sought to move further into the financial sector by creating a major investment firm.

ReNeuron says stem cells improved motor function in stroke study
Mon, 05 Dec 2016 04:12:27 -0500
(Reuters) - Biotechnology company ReNeuron Group Plc said its experimental stem cell therapy helped some patients improve motor functions in their arms in a mid-stage study after being disabled by stroke. Shares of the company jumped 22 percent to 3.45 pence per share in morning trade on Monday on the London Stock Exchange. ReNueron's trial adds to a small but growing number of studies being conducted by a few publicly listed companies around the world that are testing stem cell therapies in various indications.
Girls turn poo to clean power in Cameroon biogas push
Mon, 05 Dec 2016 03:37:38 -0500
By Elias Ntungwe Ngalame BUEA, Cameroon (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - An initiative by youth organisations in Cameroon to turn human waste into biogas is reducing pollution and providing cheap, renewable energy to the growing populations of the university towns of Buea and Bamenda. The organisation says its efforts are spurring the use of clean energy in homes and secondary schools where grid electrical power is non-existent or unreliable and alternative sources of energy such as gas cylinders are expensive. “Many have come to discover the cheap energy in their backyard and are not only embracing the technology but are also learning the transformation process,” said Cedrick Kemajou, Bioenergy’s coordinator.
U.N. launches record $22.2 billion humanitarian appeal for 2017
Mon, 05 Dec 2016 03:28:20 -0500
The logo of the United Nations is seen on the outside of their headquarters in New YorkGENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations needs a record $22.2 billion to cover humanitarian relief projects next year, covering the needs of 93 million people in 33 countries, U.N. humanitarian chief Stephen O'Brien said on Monday. "This is a reflection of a state of humanitarian need in the world not witnessed since the Second World War," he told a news conference, adding that 80 percent of the needs stemmed from man-made conflicts, such as those in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Nigeria and South Sudan. (Reporting by Tom Miles and Stephanie Nebehay)

In Jordan hospital, mental trauma scars children blown apart by bombs
Mon, 05 Dec 2016 01:09:52 -0500
Young girls play puzzles as an occupational therapist assesses their cognitive development inside a Medecins Sans Frontieres hospital in AmmanBy Lin Taylor AMMAN (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As soon as the bombs exploded outside his house in the Iraqi town of Falluja, Rachid Jassam rushed onto the street to rescue the injured. "I lost five centimetres of my bone from my right leg and I couldn't move it anymore." More than 20 per cent of all patients at the MSF hospital are children just like Rachid - blown apart, severely burnt and disfigured by conflicts in Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Gaza. Since it opened in 2006, the hospital has treated almost 4,400 patients free of charge, and remains the only hospital in the Middle East to perform advanced reconstructive surgery on victims of war.

At least 11 killed in hotel blaze in Pakistan
Mon, 05 Dec 2016 00:42:02 -0500
Men gather at hospital morgue to identify their relatives who were killed after a fire had erupted in a hotel early morning in KarachiA fire at a luxury hotel in the Pakistani city of Karachi killed at least 11 people on Monday and injuring dozens, media reported. The blaze broke out in a ground floor kitchen of the Regent Plaza hotel and trapped guests in upper floors, the English-language Dawn newspaper reported. Video footage showed some hotel guests using a chain of bed sheets to climb down from windows of top floors as smoke filled the hotel Karachi Mayor Waseem Akhtar told reporters the cause of the fire was not clear.

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HIV 'game-changer' now on NHS
Sun, 04 Dec 2016 08:39:23 GMT
A drug that dramatically reduces the risk of being infected with HIV will now be given to patients by the NHS in England.
Health advisers call for minimum alcohol unit pricing
Fri, 02 Dec 2016 12:57:07 GMT
Minimum pricing of alcohol in England would improve the health of the heaviest drinkers, health experts say.
Parkinson's disease 'may start in gut'
Fri, 02 Dec 2016 02:20:38 GMT
The brain disorder Parkinson's disease may actually start with bacteria living in the gut, according to scientists.
'Drinking plenty of fluids' advice questioned
Fri, 02 Dec 2016 17:48:38 GMT
Doctors often advise patients to 'drink plenty of fluids' when unwell, but drinking too much water too quickly can be dangerous.
BMA calls for complete ban on smoking in vehicles
Mon, 05 Dec 2016 09:32:13 GMT
The Scottish government should ban smoking in vehicles completely, according to the British Medical Association.
Wales' top-paid locum doctor paid £183,000 in 2015-16
Sat, 03 Dec 2016 18:15:32 GMT
Wales' top-earning locum doctor was paid £183,000 in 2015-16, with the amount spent on temporary workers across Wales doubling in three years.
Elton John says HIV 'end in sight' in West
Fri, 02 Dec 2016 06:51:14 GMT
Sir Elton John says, with improved testing, the end of HIV "is in sight" in Western countries.
Councils urged to redesign speed bumps to cut pollution
Thu, 01 Dec 2016 10:22:12 GMT
Local authorities should redesign speed bumps in a bid to reduce air pollution, health experts say.
Junior doctors' training under threat, says GMC
Thu, 01 Dec 2016 07:34:16 GMT
Junior doctors' workloads mean they miss out on vital training, the General Medical Council says.
Wales organ donations 'encouraging' in year after consent law
Thu, 01 Dec 2016 06:34:32 GMT
A new organ donation law, brought in a year ago in Wales, is saving lives, say ministers.
'It is time to make' three-person babies
Wed, 30 Nov 2016 17:59:59 GMT
It is time to start making babies from three people, scientists advising the fertility regulator say.
UK has 'first sexually transmitted Zika'
Wed, 30 Nov 2016 17:46:48 GMT
The first likely case of sexual transmission of Zika virus in the UK is reported by the authorities.
'It's lovely to find out about their lives'
Mon, 05 Dec 2016 12:03:28 GMT
A young care home worker describes the positive side of her role.
Pill could reduce HIV risk by 86%
Sun, 04 Dec 2016 08:27:47 GMT
A drug that reduces the risk of being infected with HIV will be given to NHS patients in England.
Prince Harry and Rihanna get HIV tests in Barbados
Thu, 01 Dec 2016 23:06:32 GMT
Prince Harry and Rihanna have taken HIV tests together in Barbados to raise awareness on World Aids Day.
'I'm called a slut for being openly HIV+'
Thu, 01 Dec 2016 14:42:53 GMT
Tom Hayes discusses how there is still a stigma on HIV-infected people
How did World Aids Day come about?
Thu, 01 Dec 2016 09:03:48 GMT
In 1988 around 140 countries took part in the first World Aids Day to raise awareness of the epidemic
'She suddenly stopped eating'
Tue, 29 Nov 2016 15:08:31 GMT
The ITN newsreader talks about struggling to get the right care.
Are trampoline parks safe enough?
Wed, 30 Nov 2016 10:40:22 GMT
A group of organisations, including the governing body of gymnastics, want trampoline parks to adhere to a set of safety guidelines.
A father and son talk about their experience battling OCD
Tue, 29 Nov 2016 13:51:22 GMT
Richard has suffered from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder since he was a teenager. He and his father have been talking about their lives.
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Melanoma cases rising; young women at greatest risk
Mon, 02 Apr 2012 14:15:12 GMT
Study says that could be because they are more likely to use tanning beds than men.
Long use of any hormones raises women's breast cancer risk
Sun, 01 Apr 2012 17:28:19 GMT
A new study tracked about 60,000 nurses and found that use of any kind of hormones for 10 years or more slightly raised the chances.
Black women have trouble clearing cervical cancer virus
Tue, 03 Apr 2012 15:27:11 GMT
Provocative new research might help explain why black women are so much more likely than whites to develop and die from cervical cancer.
FDA rejects call to ban BPA from food packaging
Mon, 02 Apr 2012 14:05:53 GMT
The FDA has rejected a petition from environmentalists that would have banned BPA from all food and drink packaging.
Surgeon general urges new focus on suicide prevention
Mon, 10 Sep 2012 20:59:06 GMT
The Obama administration is urging a new focus on preventing suicides and is beefing up the nation's crisis hotline to help.
My Semicolon Life: Setting new goals
Fri, 07 Sep 2012 20:26:22 GMT
USA TODAY music writer Brian Mansfield chronicles his life with colon cancer.
Company seeks more approval for clot blocker
Fri, 07 Sep 2012 21:27:36 GMT
Johnson & Johnson gave the FDA additional data on its new anti-clotting drug, in a second attempt to get approval for more uses.
Radiation may up breast cancer risk in some women
Thu, 06 Sep 2012 22:30:00 GMT
Mammograms might raise the chances of developing cancer in young women whose genes put them at higher risk, a study suggests.
U.N.: Chemicals damaging health and environment
Thu, 06 Sep 2012 15:25:52 GMT
The report by the U.N. Environment Program warned that the increasing production of chemicals is increasing health costs.
Ouch! Hospital to review woman's $83,046 scorpion sting bill
Thu, 06 Sep 2012 15:26:33 GMT
An Arizona hospital that billed a woman $83,046 for scorpion sting treatment said it will adjust her bill and review its price.
Most grandparents provide care for the grandkids
Thu, 06 Sep 2012 14:49:57 GMT
Two new reports find lots of babysitting and financial support for their grandkids, as grandchildren try to save their children money.
Study: Ginkgo doesn't prevent Alzheimer's disease
Thu, 06 Sep 2012 02:34:37 GMT
Taking ginkgo biloba didn't prevent Alzheimer's disease in older adults, according to the biggest prevention study in Europe.
University pulls Kinsey Institute app over privacy concerns
Thu, 06 Sep 2012 01:43:40 GMT
The Kinsey Institute released a new mobile app that allows users to report on sexual behavior and experiences.
War might be making young bodies old
Wed, 05 Sep 2012 21:56:51 GMT
A VA study finds that veterans in their 20s and 30s show signs of premature aging.
7-year-old Colo. girl recovers from bubonic plague
Thu, 06 Sep 2012 15:11:59 GMT
The parents of 7-year-old Sierra Jane Downing thought she had the flu when she felt sick days after camping in southwest Colorado.
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