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Buffett, Munger slam Valeant; drugmaker turned into 'a sewer'
Sat, 30 Apr 2016 17:29:51 -0400
Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger made clear that they are no fans of embattled drugmaker Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. "In my view, the business model of Valeant was enormously flawed," Buffett said at the annual Berkshire Hathaway meeting on Saturday.
Buffett defends Berkshire's big Coke stake
Sat, 30 Apr 2016 13:23:58 -0400
Warren Buffett on Saturday vigorously defended Berkshire Hathaway Inc's large, long-standing investment in Coca-Cola Co, rejecting critics who say the company's sugary drinks harm people's health. Speaking at Berkshire's annual shareholder meeting in Omaha, Nebraska, Buffett said it seemed "spurious" to argue that calories from Coke alone were a significant factor in obesity levels. Hedge fund manager William Ackman, among others, has said he would not own Coke stock.
People with albinism risk "extinction" in Malawi, says UN official
Sat, 30 Apr 2016 08:30:50 -0400
By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - People with albinism in Malawi are at risk of "systemic extinction" due to relentless attacks fueled by superstitions, the United Nations' top expert on albinism said on Friday on her first official visit in her new role. At least 65 cases of violence against people with albinism including killings and dismemberment have been recorded by police in Malawi since late 2014, said Ikponwosa Ero, the U.N.'s independent expert on human rights and albinism. People with albinism live in danger in regions of the world where their body parts are valued in witchcraft and can fetch a high price.
Study of Liberia Ebola flare-up shows need for longer vigilance
Sat, 30 Apr 2016 05:04:15 -0400
Men walk by a mural in MonroviaA study of a cluster of Ebola cases that appeared in Liberia last year, months after the country was declared Ebola-free, has found that the virus re-emerged after lying dormant in a female survivor. The results suggest Liberia and the other African countries at the centre of the outbreak should maintain high levels of vigilance for longer than thought to contain any future flare-ups of the deadly haemorrhagic fever. World Health Organization data show West Africa's Ebola epidemic killed more than 11,300 people and infected some 28,600 as it swept through Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia from 2013 in the world's worst outbreak of the disease.


Colombia's illegal mining linked to malaria outbreak
Sat, 30 Apr 2016 03:06:59 -0400
Critics point to stagnant water buildups at Colombia's clandestine mining sites and poor sanitary conditions at the workers' camps for an increase in mosquitos spreadingColombia's widespread illegal mining is blamed for causing environmental damage and holding workers in slave-like conditions -- and now is also being blamed for a malaria outbreak. Critics point to stagnant water buildups at the clandestine sites and poor sanitary conditions at the workers' camps for an increase in mosquitos spreading the disease, which has quadrupled in jungle regions of the hard-hit and impoverished western department of Choco. "The country had more or less controlled its malaria problem... the death rate had dropped significantly," Health Minister Alejandro Gaviria said this week.


U.S. jury finds Immunosyn ex-CEO Ferrone guilty of fraud
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 21:14:56 -0400
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in 2011 had charged California-based Immunosyn with misleading investors about the regulatory status of the company's sole product, a drug derived from goat blood called SF-1019, that was intended to treat a variety of ailments. “We are pleased with the jury’s finding that Stephen Ferrone defrauded Immunosyn’s investors with misleading statements in the company’s filings and press releases and his own speeches and interviews," Andrew Ceresney, director of the SEC'S Division of Enforcement said in a statement.
Canadian-run Syrian clinic was evacuated before strike on hospital: operator
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 20:44:16 -0400
A Canadian-run health care center in Aleppo, Syria that was hit by an air strike on Friday had been evacuated in the wake of another bombing at a hospital earlier this week, a spokesman for the non-profit group that operated it said. "After the hospital bombing three days ago, they've evacuated all the medical centers," said Avi D'Souza, media co-ordinator for UOSSM-Canada, which operates the Al Marjeh Primary Health Care Centre. "There wasn't anybody there at the time - thank God." Global Affairs Canada, the country's foreign department, condemned the attacks in a statement.
Actor Woody Harrelson's application to open pot business in Hawaii fails
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 20:39:32 -0400
Cast member Harrelson poses at the premiere of "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2" in Los Angeles(Reuters) - Oscar-nominated actor Woody Harrelson's bid to open a medical marijuana dispensary in Hawaii was rejected on Friday, as the state approved eight of more than 60 applicants, officials said. Harrelson, who is best known for his roles in the film "White Men Can't Jump" and 1980s sitcom "Cheers," had applied for a license on behalf of his company Simple Organic Living LLC. The actor, who for more than a decade has spoken in favor of pot and is on the advisory board of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, made national headlines earlier this year when his application became public. The Hawaii Department of Health on Friday released a list of approved applicants, with three in Honolulu on the island of Oahu, two on the Big Island, two on Maui and one on Kauai.


Dole under U.S. probe after deadly Listeria outbreak
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 20:08:47 -0400
By Lisa Baertlein LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Dole Food Co Inc [DFCI.UL] said on Friday the U.S. Department of Justice was investigating a deadly Listeria monocytogenes outbreak linked to packaged salad products from its processing plant in Springfield, Ohio. Dole, the world's largest fruit and vegetable producer, said in a statement the agency recently contacted the company and "we will be ... cooperating with the DOJ to answer questions and address any concerns." Listeria, a common bacterium that can be either harmless or pathogenic, can enter a processing facility via raw produce or other materials, and form colonies. Dole said on Jan. 22 it had temporarily suspended operations at the Springfield plant.
Return visits to the ER more likely for patients with limited English
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 20:02:07 -0400
In a study in one New York hospital, about 4 percent of English speakers made an unplanned return to the ER within three days, compared to 5 percent of people with limited English. Low use of professional translators may partly explain the disparity in care, the researchers report in the Annals of Emergency Medicine. The study team, led by Dr. Ka Ming Ngai of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, analyzed 2012 data from the Mount Sinai emergency department.
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Worsening depression 'link to dementia'
Sat, 30 Apr 2016 00:22:20 GMT
Increasing symptoms of depression in older age could indicate early signs of dementia, say scientists.
Newborn babies tested for alcohol
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 11:38:15 GMT
Newborn babies are being tested for alcohol after researchers raised concerns about pregnant women drinking regularly.
Scandal-hit trust probed for breaches
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 17:12:33 GMT
A hospital trust that ran a unit where a man drowned in the bath is to be investigated for safety breaches.
'Secret of youth' in ginger gene
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 00:16:50 GMT
Scientists say they have made a leap in knowing why some people retain their youthful looks while others age badly.
Gene therapy reverses sight loss
Thu, 28 Apr 2016 22:25:35 GMT
A genetic therapy improves the vision of some patients who would otherwise have gone blind.
Both sides ready to fight on in NHS row
Wed, 27 Apr 2016 16:01:35 GMT
Ministers and doctors have both vowed to fight on as the first all-out doctor strikes in the history of the NHS ended in England without any major problems.
Give e-cigs to smokers, say doctors
Thu, 28 Apr 2016 02:00:12 GMT
Smokers should be offered and encouraged to use e-cigarettes to help them quit, says a leading medical body.
Care children denied mental health help
Thu, 28 Apr 2016 11:34:40 GMT
Children in care have more mental health problems but too often miss out on treatment, say MPs.
More clean air zones needed, say MPs
Wed, 27 Apr 2016 08:54:21 GMT
"Clean air zones" targeting drivers of high-polluting vehicles should be extended to more cities in England, MPs say.
Flu jabs 'more effective in morning'
Mon, 25 Apr 2016 23:45:06 GMT
Morning flu jabs provoke a stronger immune response than those given in the afternoon, a trial shows.
Obesity 'explosion' in Chinese youth
Wed, 27 Apr 2016 04:09:36 GMT
Levels of obesity in China's rural youth have rapidly increased, a study warns, because of socioeconomic changes.
Scandal-hit trust patients 'at risk'
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 12:30:14 GMT
The NHS mental health trust which ran a care unit where a teenager drowned in a bath is "continuing to put patients at risk", inspectors say.
Neurologist wins Wellcome book prize
Mon, 25 Apr 2016 18:33:37 GMT
Neurologist Suzanne O'Sullivan wins the £30,000 Wellcome Book Prize for her book about psychosomatic illness, It's All in Your Head.
Lizards share sleep patterns with humans
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 07:55:10 GMT
Scientists say sleep patterns previously thought exclusive to mammals and birds are also found in lizards.
Spider bites Australian man on penis
Wed, 27 Apr 2016 08:11:23 GMT
An Australian man took himself to hospital after a venomous redback spider bit him on the penis in a portable toilet.
NHS should welcome 'citizen whistleblowers'
Fri, 05 Dec 2014 01:46:52 GMT
Why the NHS should listen to people who see something amiss
'Cancer made me want mashed potato'
Sun, 08 Mar 2015 01:31:05 GMT
The strange effects of cancer on appetite
Care in the UK: The costs you face
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 16:10:11 GMT
As we live longer and with council budgets tight, the care system that supports us in our later years is under increasing pressure. Find out the costs you might face.
VIDEO: Southern Health chairman resigns
Thu, 28 Apr 2016 18:11:04 GMT
The chairman of one of England's biggest mental health trusts has resigned ahead of a critical report to be published on Friday.
VIDEO: E-cigs 'have health benefits' says doctor
Thu, 28 Apr 2016 08:31:22 GMT
Smokers should be encouraged to use e-cigarettes to help them quit, says Dr Nick Hopkinson of the Royal College of Physicians.
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USA Today Health News
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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