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What does it mean to be human? Philosophers, theologians, sociologists and psychologists have attempted to understand the nature of mankind for ages. Their conclusions often contradict each other which lead to confusion rather than clarification. Clearly Man is a very complicated social being. The Bible tells us that man is “fearfully and wonderfully made.”
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One of the last instructions given by Jesus to the Church was, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel.” (Mark 16:15)

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Male babies slightly raise gestational diabetes risk

‎28 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎04:57:17 PMGo to full article
By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) - For pregnant women, carrying a boy brings with it a slight increase in the risk of developing diabetes before giving birth, according to a new study. The findings aren’t something that women need to be concerned about, because the absolute increase in risk is small, said coauthor Dr. Baiju Shah, senior scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences in Toronto, in a phone interview. Women who do not have diabetes before getting pregnant may develop a gestational form of the condition, which can often be managed with diet and exercise and will go away soon after delivery, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

New drugs from Bristol, Merck at forefront of cancer meeting

‎28 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎01:16:14 PMGo to full article
New data to be released this weekend should help deepen the understanding of how broadly new drugs that unleash the body's immune system to fight cancer can be used. Results from key clinical trials will be presented starting Friday in Chicago at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. "It's going to be an important meeting to get some more (details) on the PD-1 and PD-L1 drugs," said Morningstar analyst Damien Conover.     Bristol's Opdivo, or nivolumab, was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in December to treat advanced melanoma.

Mexico working hard to prevent new outbreaks of bird flu: official

‎27 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎11:46:36 PMGo to full article
Mexico is working hard to prevent outbreaks of a bird flu epidemic that has stricken the U.S. poultry and egg industry in recent months, a senior Mexican agriculture ministry official said on Wednesday. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, was responding to comments on Tuesday by a world health official who said that Mexico was particularly vulnerable. Bernard Vallat, director-general of the Paris-based World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), said there is a high risk that bird flu strains could spread within the American continent, mainly to Mexico.

US to review pilot mental health issues after Germanwings crash

‎27 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎10:41:41 PMGo to full article
US aviation regulators announced on Wednesday a study of the mental health of US airline pilots in the wake of the Germanwings and Malaysia Airlines disastersThe Federal Aviation Administration said the study's findings could result in changes to the way pilots are evaluated for fitness to fly. The crash of a Germanwings flight in France in late March, killing all 150 people aboard, apparently was deliberately caused by a co-pilot who had a history of severe depression. A Malaysia Airlines flight inexplicably went missing in a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in 2014.

U.S. to review pilot mental health after Germanwings crash

‎27 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎10:13:23 PMGo to full article
By Jeffrey Dastin and David Morgan NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A panel of experts from government and industry will review how the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration monitors the mental health of commercial pilots and will make recommendations within six months, the agency said Wednesday. Formation of the Pilot Fitness Aviation Rulemaking Committee was announced two months after a Germanwings flight crashed in the French Alps. The committee of U.S. and international experts will examine methods used to evaluate pilots' emotional health as well as the barriers to reporting any issues, the FAA said.

Aging demographic to push up Canada cancer rate 40%

‎27 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎09:17:05 PMGo to full article
Aging demographic to push up Canada cancer rate 40%Canada must boost its capacity to treat cancers as new cases among its aging and growing population are set to soar, the Canadian Cancer Society said Wednesday. The agency released a report in collaboration with Statistics Canada and the nation's public health agency predicting a 40 percent rise in new cancer cases in the next 15 years. The study estimates that 227,000 people a year will be diagnosed with cancer by 2030, amid an upsurge in prostate and colorectal cancer cases.

Post Holdings says 35 percent of egg supply now affected by bird flu

‎27 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎09:02:35 PMGo to full article
(Reuters) - Post Holdings Inc said a third company-owned chicken flock in Nebraska had tested positive for avian flu, bringing total affected egg supply to about 35 percent of commitments. The company, best known for its breakfast cereals including Raisin Bran and Honey Bunches of Oats, said the financial impact from the latest outbreak was still being assessed. Post said earlier this month that avian flu constituted a "force majeure event" for its Michael Foods egg business.

Researchers oppose unvalidated gene panel tests for cancer links

‎27 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎02:17:18 PMGo to full article
A monitor shows the image of a breast cancer at a centre run by the "Reto" Group for Full Recovery of Breast Cancer in Mexico CityBy Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - A group of international researchers is making the case that genetic tests that look for multiple hereditary genes suspected of being linked to breast cancer should not be offered until they are proven to be valid and useful in clinical practice. What the researchers are concerned about are lesser-known genes included in the tests.

Trial shows virus treatment effective against skin cancer

‎27 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎10:30:01 AMGo to full article
Trial shows virus treatment effective against skin cancerA genetically modified herpes virus was effective in fighting skin cancer by infecting and destroying cancer cells as well as triggering an immune response, according to results of a clinical trial released Tuesday. In the study, more than 16 percent of those treated with the drug had a treatment response lasting longer than six months, compared with two percent in the control groups. Results were more pronounced in patients with less advanced skin cancer and in those who had no prior treatment, indicating T-VEC could be a first-line treatment.

Family history may not impact breast cancer survival odds

‎27 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎01:44:38 AMGo to full article
By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - In younger women with breast cancer, having a family history of the disease may not worsen their survival odds, a new study suggests. “They should not be concerned that their family history alone will affect the chance of a successful outcome,” Cutress said. Worldwide, breast cancer is the most common malignancy in women.

Doctors’ lapse may explain some minority lag in colon cancer screens

‎26 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎10:41:51 PMGo to full article
By Janice Neumann (Reuters Health) - - Racial minorities may be more likely to forego colon cancer screening than whites because their healthcare providers don’t recommend the potentially life-saving tests, a new study in California suggests. “We can do all the public policy we want, but we need to make it very clear to providers that they should emphasize colon cancer screening and more importantly recommend colon cancer screening to patients of all ethnic backgrounds,” May said. Colon cancer is the second leading cause of death in the U.S. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 49% of African Americans, 37% of Latinos and 48% of Asian Americans over age 50 were screened in 2008, compared to 56% of whites.

Younger cancer patients more open to alternative therapies

‎26 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎10:19:10 PMGo to full article
Staff members of a government-run pharmaceutical college light candles arranged in the formation of a ribbon to promote cancer awareness and mark World Cancer Day, in the southern Indian city of Bengaluru, formerly known as BangaloreBy Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Cancer patients under age 65 are much more likely than older people to explore alternative and complementary medicine for easing their symptoms and side effects of treatment, a new study suggests. “We found that the baby boomers are much more likely to use complimentary and alternative therapies than their parents in part due to a social change in the U.S. in the 60s and 70s with a big social movement toward things like a macrobiotic diet and yoga that made these things more mainstream,” said senior study author Dr. Jun Mao, director of integrated oncology at the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Mao and colleagues surveyed adults with breast, lung and gastrointestinal tumors who were treated at the cancer center between June 2010 and September 2011.

Soy supplements do not help asthma sufferers

‎26 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎06:46:19 PMGo to full article
Soy supplements do not help asthma sufferersThe randomized double blind study found that soy supplements did not improve lung function and highlights the importance of focusing on overall health as a way of managing the condition. "You are what you eat, but that's a whole constellation of foods, not just a single food or a single component of a food," said first author Dr. Lewis Smith, professor of medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.



U.S. bird flu virus seen under control within a few months

‎26 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎08:34:08 PMGo to full article
By Sybille de La Hamaide PARIS (Reuters) - An epidemic of bird flu that has devastated U.S. poultry flocks this year is likely to be under control within a few months as the United States steps up measures to contain the virus and the summer weather weakens it, senior officials said on Tuesday. There is, however, a high risk that bird flu strains could spread within the American continent, mainly Mexico, the head of the Paris-based World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said, calling farmers and authorities to boost biosecurity measures. The U.S. poultry industry is confronting its biggest recorded outbreak of bird flu, which has led to the death or culling of more than 40 million birds after confirmation on commercial farms and backyard flocks in 16 U.S. states and in Canada.

USDA chief vet says bird flu cases waning, sees end by July

‎26 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎07:15:53 PMGo to full article
The number of cases of bird flu in the United States has started to decline and the epidemic is likely to be over within a couple of months, helped by warm weather in the summer, the U.S. chief veterinary officer said on Tuesday. "We believe the worst is behind us, which doesn't mean that we still won't see additional cases but we know we see a decline in cases," John Clifford, Chief Veterinary Officer for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, told Reuters. The U.S. poultry industry is confronting its biggest outbreak of bird flu on record, which has led to the death or culling of 40 million birds after confirmation on commercial farms and backyard flocks in 16 U.S. states and in Canada.

Actor Omar Sharif suffering from Alzheimer's: agent

‎26 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎04:30:43 PMGo to full article
Actor Sharif poses for photographers during "Al Mosafer" photocall during the 66th Venice Film FestivalBy Edward Baran LONDON (Reuters) - Acting legend Omar Sharif, best known for his title role as Doctor Zhivago in the Oscar-winning film, is suffering from Alzheimer's disease, his agent said on Tuesday. The 83-year-old Sharif, whose films also include "Lawrence of Arabia" and "Funny Girl" opposite Barbra Streisand, is being cared for by his son. "Omar is suffering from Alzheimer's. I don't know much else," said Steven Kenis, the actor's agent.

Newton, Nutrition, and the Tweets of Doom

‎26 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎03:24:26 PMGo to full article
Newton, Nutrition, and the Tweets of DoomFor all his contributions to science, controversial and otherwise, in modern context Sir Isaac Newton is most indelibly associated with one rather succinct assertion of physical truth: For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Were the governance of this third law of thermodynamics limited to the domain of physics, as was...

Overweight in teens boosts middle age bowel cancer risk

‎26 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎12:41:43 AMGo to full article
Teenagers who are very overweight may run double the risk of developing colorectal cancer when they reach middle age, according to research published MondayTeenagers who are very overweight may run double the risk of developing colorectal cancer when they reach middle age, according to research published Monday. At the time of conscription, around 12 percent of the men were underweight, more than 80 percent were of normal weight and five percent were moderately overweight. Of the remainder, 1.5 percent were very overweight -- with a body mass index of between 27 and nearly 30 -- and one percent were obese, with a BMI of more than 30.


U.S. bird flu causes egg shortage, emergency measures

‎23 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎03:17:31 PMGo to full article
FILE - This Nov. 25, 2014, file photo, shows eggs for sale in a Des Moines, Iowa, grocery store. Egg prices reached record levels on Friday, May 22, 2015, after a bird flu outbreak decimated a flock, leading to the death of more than 20 million egg-laying hens over the last month in the top producing state of Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)By P.J. Huffstutter and Bill Berkrot CHICAGO/NEW YORK (Reuters) - As a virulent avian influenza outbreak continues to spread across the Midwestern United States, some egg-dependent companies are contemplating drastic steps - importing eggs from overseas or looking to egg alternatives. A spokeswoman for Archer Daniels Midland Co said that as egg supplies tighten and prices rise, the food processing and commodities company has received numerous inquiries from manufacturers about the plant-based egg substitutes it makes. With a strong dollar bolstering the buying power of U.S. importers, some companies are scouting for egg supplies abroad.

How the Bird Flu Sweeping Through US Flocks Is Different Than Past Outbreaks

‎23 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎03:17:41 AMGo to full article
How the Bird Flu Sweeping Through US Flocks Is Different Than Past OutbreaksAn now, Minnesota has canceled its poultry shows at the state fair to protect its prize fowl. But this outbreak is different from previous outbreaks, some of which have led to human infections in other parts of the globe, experts said. There are multiple strains of the virus in the H5 family affecting birds -- nearly all of them in the H5N2 strain, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Smokers more likely to think cancer is a death sentence

‎22 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎11:08:57 PMGo to full article
By Madeline Kennedy (Reuters Health) - Smokers have more pessimistic attitudes about cancer and may be more likely to delay getting screened, according to a new survey from the UK. Smokers are less likely to engage in cancer screening programs and are less engaged with health services overall, senior author Jane Wardle told Reuters Health in an email. “We wanted to investigate why, by exploring whether this could be partly due to excessively negative beliefs about cancer,” said Wardle, the director of the Health Behavior Research Center at University College London.

Cholera epidemic hits 3,000 Burundi refugees in Tanzania: U.N.

‎22 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎07:46:22 PMGo to full article
A Burundian refugee child sleeps as she receives treatment at a makeshift clinic at the Lake Tanganyika stadium in Kigoma western TanzaniaBy Stephanie Nebehay and Goran Tomasevic GENEVA/BUJUMBURA (Reuters) - About 3,000 refugees fleeing political turmoil in Burundi have been infected in a cholera epidemic in neighboring Tanzania, the United Nations said on Friday, stoking fears of a growing humanitarian crisis in Africa's Great Lakes. Up to 400 new cases of the deadly disease were emerging every day, the U.N.'s refugee agency UNHCR said, mainly in Tanzania's Kagunga peninsula where tens of thousands of Burundians have taken refuge, often in squalid conditions. Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza's decision last month to stand for a third term has triggered protests, a failed coup and sent refugees, many from Burundi's Tutsi minority, into Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Fast heart rate could point to diabetes risk

‎22 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎06:05:35 PMGo to full article
Researchers have identified a fast heart rate as a possible risk factor for diabetes.Researchers from the US and China have found an association between resting heart rate and diabetes that could help identify those with a higher future risk for the disease. In a study of 73,357 Chinese adults, they found that faster heart rates were associated with an increased risk of developing diabetes, as well as impaired fasting glucose levels.

How and Why Everyone Needs to Support LGBTQQ Young Adults Who Are Living with Cancer

‎22 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎05:47:51 PMGo to full article
There are many sociological factors that influence the health of populations in North America. These include, but are not limited to: education, physical environment, income, social support, employment, gender, culture and healthy child development. In Canada, we are fortunate to have a universal healthcare system. However, despite this, we see...

Common cleaning products can trigger asthma symptoms

‎22 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎04:35:56 PMGo to full article
A customer shops along the cleaning product aisle at a Sam's Club store in BentonvilleBy Roxanne Nelson (Reuters Health) - Fumes from cleaning products used at work can make existing asthma worse, according to a new study of professional cleaning service employees. Products such as bleach, glass cleaner, detergents and air fresheners exacerbated asthma-related symptoms for the women, and their reduced lung function lasted until the morning after exposure, in some cases getting worse with time. "These results support the importance of developing workplace health and safety practices designed to limit exposures to irritant chemicals in cleaning products," the study team writes in Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

Simplicity Works in Cancer Prevention -- For You and Your Kids

‎22 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎04:34:10 PMGo to full article
Simplicity Works in Cancer Prevention -- For You and Your KidsIt's easy to feel overwhelmed when it comes to making healthy choices in your life. Every day, it seems, new studies come out that tout increasingly complicated regimens to follow: eat these three things, avoid these five things, get these tests and do these activities -- but only in this specific way. Then, tomorrow, newer new studies come...

U.S. bird flu causing egg squeeze, emergency measures

‎22 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎02:03:54 PMGo to full article
Safeway brand Lucerne eggs are seen at the store in Wheaton MarylandBy P.J. Huffstutter and Bill Berkrot CHICAGO and NEW YORK (Reuters) - As a virulent avian influenza outbreak continues to spread across the Midwestern United States, some egg-dependent companies are contemplating drastic steps: importing eggs from overseas or looking to egg alternatives. A spokeswoman for grain giant Archer Daniels Midland Co said that, as egg supplies have tightened and prices risen, the company has received numerous inquiries from manufacturers about the plant-based egg substitutes it makes. "The U.S. has never imported any significant amount of eggs, because we've always been a very low-cost producer," said Tom Elam of FarmEcon, an agricultural consulting company.

Merck follows Bristol with EU green light for immune cancer drug

‎22 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎01:28:50 PMGo to full article
(Reuters) - European regulators have recommended approval of Merck & Co Inc's immune system-boosting cancer drug Keytruda, following a similar green light last month for Bristol-Myers Squibb Co's rival product Opdivo. Merck's drug, also known as pembrolizumab, was endorsed on Friday by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for the treatment of melanoma. The EMA said Keytruda was recommended for use on its own for the treatment of advanced melanoma, the most aggressive type of skin cancer, in both first-line and previously treated patients.

Countries vow to all but eradicate malaria by 2030: WHO

‎22 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎12:23:32 AMGo to full article
A woman looks at her sick child laying under a mosquito net in a hospital on April 24, 2015 in AbidjanCountries have agreed to rid the world of malaria almost completely over the next 15 years, the World Health Organization said Thursday. Diplomats gathered in Geneva for the UN health body's annual decision-making assembly agreed late Wednesday to a plan to cut malaria cases by 40 percent by 2020 and by 90 percent by 2030, WHO said. The plan also calls for completely eliminating malaria in at least 35 new countries over the next 15 years.

Rembrandt Enterprises to temporarily cut Minn. staff due to bird flu

‎21 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎11:32:12 PMGo to full article
Rembrandt Enterprises, one of the top U.S. egg producers, said on Thursday it would temporarily cut 39 full-time employees, after the company's poultry facilities in Renville, Minnesota, tested positive for the fast-spreading avian influenza virus. Rembrandt's Renville plant has been quarantined by the Minnesota Board of Animal Health, the company said in a statement. All birds at the facility are expected to be culled, and the company said it expects the layoffs to happen on June 1.

Exclusive: Iowa bird-flu farms fall short on containment measures

‎21 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎11:31:42 PMGo to full article
A sign warning of a Biosecure Area at a chicken farm in HarrisBy Tom Polansek and P.J. Huffstutter IRETON, IOWA/CHICAGO (Reuters) - Measures to control the worst bird flu outbreak in U.S. history are not being enforced at several farms at its epicenter in northwestern Iowa, potentially increasing the risks that the disease could spread further, spot checks by Reuters show. In visits to six affected sites in Iowa last week, a Reuters reporter found procedures at three in Sioux County did not comply with USDA or state protocols for restricting access to infected sites, providing protective gear to workers and cleaning the wheels of vehicles leaving the sites.     Burke Healey, the USDA's national incident commander coordinating response to the bird flu, said he was concerned about the findings of lax biosecurity in Iowa after hearing about them from Reuters.

Gastric bypass helps treat diabetes, but has risks

‎21 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎11:10:15 PMGo to full article
Jazmine Raygoza, 17 looks at a model of a stomach with a Lap-Band attached before her "first fill" at Rose Medical Center in DenverBy Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) - Two years after surgery, people who have had gastric bypass have better control of their type 2 diabetes than people who did not, but also had higher risk of infections and bone fractures, according to a new international study. “Some doctors had thought that gastric bypass could cure diabetes, but that did not happen for most of our patients,” said coauthor Dr. Charles J. Billington. “Also unexpected was the extent of complications in the bypass patients,” said Billington, of the endocrinology and diabetes division at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.

Memory loss may not always be first sign of Alzheimer’s

‎21 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎10:04:32 PMGo to full article
By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - While memory loss is thought to be a classical first sign of Alzheimer’s disease, some middle-aged people and younger seniors may initially experience different cognitive problems such as trouble with language or problem solving, a large U.S. study suggests. Researchers reviewed data on early symptoms for almost 8,000 Alzheimer’s patients and found one in four people under age 60 had a chief complaint unrelated to memory, though memory was by far still the most common problem overall. “Non-memory first cognitive symptoms were more common in younger Alzheimer’s disease patients,” lead study author Josephine Barnes, a researcher at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London, said by email.

Cholera outbreak kills 27 Burundi refugees in Tanzania: UN

‎21 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎04:20:49 PMGo to full article
Burundian refugee Faheri Ndabahanuye waits for food at the Lake Tanganyika Stadium in Kigoma, on May 20, 2015At least 27 Burundian refugees fleeing weeks of political violence have died of cholera in Tanzania, the United Nations said Thursday, warning more could die without urgent action. Over 110,000 Burundians have become refugees since unrest erupted in their country in April, according to the UN refugee agency. More than 70,000 have gone to Tanzania, over 26,000 to Rwanda, and over 9,000 to Democratic Republic of Congo.

Parents Say Pot Helped Daughter's Seizures

‎21 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎07:13:02 AMGo to full article
Parents Say Pot Helped Daughter's SeizuresAn Ohio family moved 1,200 miles to get a medical marijuana derivative for their 3-year-old to give her some relief from her seizures, and they say it's working. Addyson Benton began having tiny seizures when she was just 9 months old, her mother, Heather Benton, told ABC News. Soon, the seizures got worse, doctors learned that Addyson was having more than 1,000 a day, and they diagnosed her with severe intractable myoclonic epilepsy, Benton said.

Another Peek Behind the Curtain: How a Psychiatrist Diagnoses and Treats Bipolar Disorder

‎20 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎07:52:04 PMGo to full article
Another Peek Behind the Curtain: How a Psychiatrist Diagnoses and Treats Bipolar DisorderMy previous article "How a Psychiatrist Treats Depression: A Peek Behind the Curtain" discusses the experience of seeing a psychiatrist for the first time. However, not every patient who comes to my office for an initial evaluation with depression has major depressive disorder. Some people suffering from depression may have (or think that they...

Hormel Foods says avian flu likely to hurt turkey sales till 2016

‎20 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎06:19:01 PMGo to full article
Hormel sliced turkey is seen for sale in Westminster(Reuters) - Hormel Foods Corp, the maker of Spam lunch meat, said it expected sales at its Jennie-O Turkey Store business to fall about 15 percent in the second half of the year, due to a supply shortfall caused by an avian flu outbreak in the United States. The Jennie-O business ended the second quarter facing substantial supply chain challenges, Chief Executive Jeffrey Ettinger said in a statement on Wednesday. The business, which accounts for about 18 percent of Hormel's revenue, got about 78 percent of its turkeys from its farms in Minnesota and Wisconsin last year.

Cholera kills 33 in Burundi refugee camp in Tanzania

‎20 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎06:06:09 PMGo to full article
A general view shows Burundian refugees receiving treatment at a makeshift clinic at the Lake Tanganyika stadium in Kigoma western TanzaniaDAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) - A cholera outbreak at a refugee camp sheltering thousands of Burundian refugees in northwest Tanzania has killed at least 33 people, a Tanzanian regional health official said on Wednesday. "The number of Burundi refugees who have died from the cholera outbreak has now reached 33," Leonard Subi, a medical officer in the nearby town of Kigoma, told Reuters. (Reporting by Fumbuka Ng'wanakilala; Writing by George Obulutsa; Editing by Ed Cropley)

Bullied kids have higher risk of adult obesity and heart disease

‎20 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎01:04:20 AMGo to full article
By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - Victims of childhood bullying are more likely to be overweight or obese as adults and have a higher risk of developing heart disease, diabetes and other illnesses, according to a study by British psychiatrists. Researchers found that just over a quarter of women who were occasionally or frequently bullied as children were obese at age 45, compared to 19 percent of those who had never been bullied. "Bullying is bad for your physical health, whether you're a man or a woman," said Andrea Danese, who worked on the study at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at King’s College London.

Egg prices jump as impact of bird flu begins pinching supply

‎19 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎11:29:58 PMGo to full article
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Egg prices have surged higher as the death of millions of hens from bird flu is beginning to tighten supplies.

Cholesterol drugs may curb strokes among low-risk older adults

‎19 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎08:49:41 PMGo to full article
By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Cholesterol-lowering drugs such as statins may reduce the risk of stroke in low-risk elderly patients, a French study suggests. People who took statins or fibrates, another type of cholesterol-lowering medicine, were 34 percent less likely to have a stroke than those who didn't, researchers report. "If confirmed, these results are compatible with the view of keeping elderly individuals on lipid-lowering drugs for longer periods of time," senior study author Christophe Tzourio, an epidemiology professor at the National Institute of Health and Medical Research and the University of Bordeaux in France, said by email.

Four U.S. cancer charities charged; two settle

‎19 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎08:10:27 PMGo to full article
By Diane Bartz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government has charged four cancer charities with misusing more than $187 million in donations, with two agreeing to be dissolved and two fighting the allegations, the Federal Trade Commission said on Tuesday. The FTC, 50 states and the District of Columbia charged the Cancer Fund of America, Cancer Support Services Inc, the Children's Cancer Fund of America and the Breast Cancer Society Inc with collecting millions of dollars in donations but doing little to help patients. The Children's Cancer Fund of America and Breast Cancer Society Inc agreed to shut down.

Cancer patients get chance to create a musical legacy

‎19 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎04:25:27 PMGo to full article
By Pavithra George FALLS CHURCH, Va. (Reuters) - Musician Stuart Jewell is working on a long-cherished dream to record a song that he wrote almost thirty years ago, but his purpose is to create a memento for his family, rather than to become a star. A stage III cancer patient, Jewell spends long hours in a recording studio in Falls Church, Virginia, as he battles his disease. "When I play music, I don't feel like a cancer patient anymore," he said between takes.

Bird flu epidemic hits 35 countries since early 2014 - OIE

‎19 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎03:47:00 PMGo to full article
More than 35 countries have been hit in a surge in bird flu outbreaks since early last year, killing tens of millions of poultry, the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) said on Tuesday. U.S. poultry and egg producers have been grappling with a record outbreak of avian flu, mainly the H5N2 strain, that has led to the culling of more than 33 million birds since December last year and is now threatening supplies. "From there the strain probably spread with migratory wild birds to India, Europe, Canada and later the United States of America," the OIE said in a statement.

Lawsuit says kids traumatized by violence have right to mental health services in school

‎19 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎11:00:00 AMGo to full article
Litigation says kids traumatized by violence have a right to mental health services

Doctor group seeks to clear confusion in cancer screening

‎19 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎02:38:36 AMGo to full article
FILE - In this May 6, 2010 file photo, a radiologist uses a magnifying glass to check mammograms for breast cancer in Los Angeles. Screening for cancer has gotten more complicated in recent years with evolving guidelines that sometimes conflict. Now a doctors' group aims to ease some confusion — and encourage more discussion of testing's pros and cons, with what it calls advice on "high-value screening" for five types of tumors. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Mammograms at 40 or 50? Every year or every other year? What's the best colon check?

Bird flu could cost nearly $1 billion in Minnesota and Iowa

‎18 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎11:41:16 PMGo to full article
In this May 12, 2015 photo, dead chickens are buried in a farm field near Rose Acre Farms, near Winterset, Iowa. Rose Acre Farms is depopulating its Winterset egg-laying operation after the avian influenza virus was discovered two weeks ago. Agriculture economists say the bird flu could cost the Iowa economy more than $600 million and Minnesota over $300 million as the virus continues to spread to new barns. The estimates include sales losses to feed suppliers, trucking companies, and processing plants.(Rodney White/The Des Moines Register via AP) MAGS OUT, TV OUT, NO SALES, MANDATORY CREDITDES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Bird flu could cost nearly $1 billion in the economies of the two states hardest hit, Minnesota and Iowa, agricultural economists said Monday, and the virus is still spreading.

Less frequent cancer screenings possible for many people, doctors say

‎18 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎11:22:11 PMGo to full article
Less frequent screening for some malignancies, as well as starting tests later in life and ending them earlier in old age, may make sense for some adults without a family history or other risk factors for cancer, according to American College of Physicians (ACP) guidelines published May 18 in the Annals of Internal Medicine. "There are certain cancers that, even if you detect them, are not going to progress in that person's lifetime to the point where they will die of this cancer, particularly if they have other medical problems or are already at an advanced age," said Dr. Amir Qaseem, senior author of the recommendations and director of clinical policy at the ACP. The new recommendations draw on guidelines previously issued by several medical societies for tumors of the breast, prostate, colon and rectum, cervix and ovaries. The recommendations offer framework to assess the value of screening and concentrate testing efforts on situations when treatment is more likely to be necessary and effective.

Novo Nordisk weighs diabetes drug's use in fatty liver disease

‎18 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎03:39:29 PMGo to full article
Novo Nordisk is looking into recent clinical trial data that show its diabetes drug Victoza has potential as a treatment for fatty liver disease, a hot area for pharmaceutical development. Research from Britain's University of Birmingham showed last month that the drug, also known as liraglutide, resolved fatty liver disease in more than a third of patients in a small Phase II study. Frontrunners include Gilead Sciences, Intercept Pharmaceuticals and Genfit.

Tanzania confirms cholera at Burundian refugee camp

‎18 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎03:36:47 PMGo to full article
Tanzania confirmed a cholera outbreak on Monday at a refugee camp sheltering thousands of people who had fled political unrest in neighboring Burundi. "We can confirm that there is an outbreak of cholera at the Burundi refugee camp in Tanzania," Health Ministry spokesman Nsachris Mwamwaja said.

Veracyte lung cancer test could help avoid some risky biopsies

‎18 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎03:04:22 AMGo to full article
A new diagnostic test from Veracyte Inc could help many people avoid risky and costly invasive lung biopsies at a time when millions of American smokers are eligible for lung cancer screening, according to data from studies presented on Sunday. The company's Percepta Bronchial Genomic Classifier takes cell samples from the windpipe of smokers during a bronchoscopy procedure and analyzes 23 genes for their reaction to exposure to cigarette toxins. They're telling us whether that nodule deep down in the lung is likely to be a cancer," said Dr. Avrum Spira of Boston University School of Medicine, co-inventor of the test and lead investigator of the studies.

Exclusive: Sysco sees U.S. bird flu hurting egg supply up to 18 months

‎16 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎05:12:51 AMGo to full article
An egg-producing chicken farm run by Sunrise Farm is seen in HarrisBy Anjali Athavaley NEW YORK (Reuters) - Food distributor Sysco Corp said on Friday that a record U.S. outbreak of avian flu would limit its supply of eggs and chickens that lay them for nine to 18 months, based on information provided to the company by its suppliers. Sysco is the biggest U.S. food distributor, whose clients include restaurants, hotels and hospitals. The company is discussing options with its customers, including creating alternative menu items during the period, a Sysco spokesman said in an email. It is too soon to tell whether the supply squeeze will have a material impact on financial results, spokesman Charley Wilson said.

FDA warns on newer class of type 2 diabetes drugs

‎15 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎10:56:39 PMGo to full article
The headquarters of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is shown in Silver Spring near WashingtonThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday warned that a widely used newer class of type 2 diabetes drugs sold by AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson and Eli Lilly in partnership with Boehringer Ingleheim may cause dangerously high levels of blood acids that could require hospitalization. The oral drugs belong to a class known as SGLT2 inhibitors that work by causing blood sugar to be secreted in the urine. They include AstraZeneca's Farxiga (dapagliflozin), J&J's Invokana (canagliflozin) and Jardiance (embagliflozin) from Lilly and Boehringer.

Childrens Mental Health Awareness Month: No One Is Untouched By Mental Illness

‎15 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎10:33:19 PMGo to full article
Childrens Mental Health Awareness Month: No One Is Untouched By Mental IllnessIn May each year we celebrate Children's Mental Health Awareness Month. I say "celebrate" because we all need to rejoice in a child's mental health. We also need to be aware that no individual or family is untouched by mental illness. Despite ongoing and pervasive stigma, the facts speak for themselves. One in 4 individuals will suffer from a...

Tongue exercises could prevent snoring

‎15 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎06:09:52 PMGo to full article
A new study finds that getting adequate sleep could be the key to handling a tough work schedule.If the results of a new study are to be believed, a few exercises of the mouth and tongue could be all it takes to stop snoring at night. A team of Brazilian and Colombian researchers has concluded that by using a technique of oropharyngeal mouth and tongue exercises, you could reduce snoring by 36% in frequency and 59% in intensity. According to the National Sleep Foundation, snoring affects approximately 90 million American adults, 37 million of them on a regular basis. The exercises are rather simple and possible for all.

UK's Circassia buys two asthma-focused firms for up to $377 million

‎15 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎10:00:06 AMGo to full article
Circassia Pharmaceuticals, a British company developing allergy therapies, said on Friday it had agreed to buy Sweden's Aerocrine and privately held Prosonix, two companies focused on asthma. Circassia will pay about 139 million pounds ($219 million) for Aerocrine and up to 100 million pounds for Prosonix, with the deals funded through a 275 million pounds placing and open offer. Shares in Aerocrine jumped 14 percent in early trading on news of the agreed takeover, while Circassia fell 7.5 percent. Circassia, which listed on the London stock market in March 2014 in Britain's largest biotech flotation for decades, is banking on using Aerocrine's established commercial operation to help with the launch of its new cat allergy treatment Cat-SPIRE.

Nebraska declares state of emergency in bird flu outbreak

‎14 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎11:22:16 PMGo to full article
A sign warns of the closure of a footpath after an outbreak of bird flu in the village of UphamNebraska Governor Pete Ricketts declared a state of emergency on Thursday, after federal agriculture officials confirmed a second farm site had tested positive for the rapidly spreading avian flu virus. The declaration follows earlier, similar actions by governors in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa, whose states have all been hard hit by the ongoing bird flu outbreak that has led to the culling of more than 33 million birds in 16 U.S. states. Ricketts' move opens the door to releasing emergency funds and other aid to the Nebraska Department of Agriculture and other state agencies trying to contain the bird flu outbreak. The U.S. poultry and egg industry has been grappling for months with the biggest outbreak on record of avian influenza in the United States.

Aid agencies fear disease among 50,000 Burundi refugees by lake

‎14 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎08:24:32 PMGo to full article
Burundian refugees wait at the shores of Lake Tanganyika in Kagunga village in Kigoma region, western Tanzania, as MV Liemba arrives to transport them to Kigoma townshipBy Katy Migiro NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Up to 50,000 Burundian refugees are stranded in an overcrowded lakeside village on the border with Tanzania, amid mounting tension with local people and fear of disease, the United Nations said on Thursday. Aid agencies are preparing for the regional crisis to worsen following an attempted coup in Burundi on Wednesday. Roadblocks and the closure of borders have been making it hard for people to flee, agencies said, as protests erupted over President Pierre Nkurunziza's plan to run for a third term. "The real problem that we have at the moment is trying to take these people off Kagunga before we have a major health situation," said Joyce Mends-Cole, the United Nations refugee agency's (UNHCR) representative in Tanzania.

Immune approach is new tool against multiple myeloma cancer

‎14 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎12:31:11 AMGo to full article
A new kind of immune therapy has shown promise against the third most common blood cancer, multiple myeloma, researchers saidA new kind of immune therapy has shown promise against the third most common blood cancer, multiple myeloma, researchers said Wednesday. The drug, elotuzumab, is a monoclonal antibody -- a type of immune cell -- made by Bristol Myers-Squibb, and was granted a breakthrough therapy designation by the US Food and Drug Administration last year. The phase III study involved 646 people who had multiple myeloma which returned after initial treatment with the standard therapy, lenalidomide and dexamethasone. After a follow-up period of about two years, those who took the additional drug saw a 30 percent lower risk of dying or having their cancer return, compared to the other group.

Vitamin B3 reduces risk of skin cancer: study

‎13 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎11:48:28 PMGo to full article
The vitamin supplement nicotinamide was shown to enhance DNA repair and restore the skin's immunity, said findings presented in advance of the American College of Clinical Oncology ConferenceA certain type of vitamin B3 may help reduce the risk of non-melanoma skin cancers by 23 percent, according to research released Wednesday ahead of a major US cancer conference. Known as nicotinamide, the vitamin supplement was shown to enhance DNA repair and restore the skin's immunity, said the findings presented in advance of the American College of Clinical Oncology Conference in Chicago later this month. "This is the first clear evidence that we can reduce skin cancers using a simple vitamin, together with sensible sun protection," said lead researcher Diona Damian, a professor of dermatology at the University of Sydney. The study involved 386 patients who had been diagnosed with at least two skin cancers -- such as basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma -- in the last five years.

Roche drug shrinks tumors in half of patients with lung cancer mutation

‎13 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎11:12:39 PMGo to full article
A drug being developed by Roche Holding AG was shown in pivotal trials to shrink tumors in patients with advanced lung cancer with a specific gene mutation who had stopped responding to crizotinib, another drug in the same class. Currently, Pfizer Inc's crizotinib, or Xalkori, is approved for patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer with a mutation of the ALK gene. Roche's alectinib is an oral ALK inhibitor, which the company says is able to cross the blood-brain barrier - an important benefit for lung cancer, which often spreads to the brain. In addition, alectinib was shown to shrink tumors in people whose cancer had spread to the central nervous system.

Roche immunotherapy improves lung cancer survival

‎13 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎11:12:10 PMGo to full article
The logo of Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche is seen outside the Shanghai Roche Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. headquarters in ShanghaiA mid-stage trial of Roche Holding AG's experimental immunotherapy showed that it doubled the likelihood of survival for lung cancer patients with the highest levels of a specific biomarker. The drug, known by the code name MPDL3280A, is part of a new class designed to help the body's immune system fend off cancer by blocking a protein known as Programmed Death receptor (PD-1), or a related target known as PD-L1, used by tumors to evade the body's defenses. Unlike some of its competitors, Roche is using its own assay to measure patient levels of PD-L1 in order to identify people most likely to benefit from the treatment. Interim results from the trial of 287 patients with previously treated non-small cell lung cancer showed that the immunotherapy reduced the risk of death by 53 percent in those with the highest levels of the biomarker, compared with those treated by chemotherapy.

Personalized approach helped cure more children with kidney cancer

‎13 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎11:08:38 PMGo to full article
By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - A personalized treatment targeting a patient's individual genetic makeup helped cure more children with a rare form of kidney cancer, researchers said on Wednesday. The findings, based on two studies led by Dr. David Dix of the British Columbia Children's Hospital in Vancouver, were released ahead of the American College of Clinical Oncology meeting later this month. They were performed on young children with Wilms tumor, a rare kidney cancer that mostly affects children under age 5. About 500 cases of Wilms tumor are diagnosed in the United States each year.

AstraZeneca drug combination on track to fight lung cancer

‎13 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎11:04:41 PMGo to full article
A man walks past a sign at an AstraZeneca site in MacclesfieldA closely watched immune system-boosting drug cocktail from Britain's AstraZeneca shows promise in advanced lung cancer, despite adverse side effects in a number of patients. Researchers said on Wednesday that the combination of the experimental drugs MEDI4736 and tremelimumab had "a manageable safety profile with evidence of clinical activity, including in PD-L1 negative disease". The update was provided in a scientific summary, or abstract, released ahead of the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) later this month. Tremelimumab blocks a different molecule, CTLA-4, that also keeps the immune system from attacking cancer.

U.S. cancer screening uneven, not up to targets

‎13 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎10:43:34 PMGo to full article
By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) - In 2013, mammogram and colorectal cancer screening rates had stalled and Pap tests were on the decline, with many eligible U.S. adults not getting the recommended tests, according to a new report. Among people who should be regularly screened for breast, colon and cervical cancer according to current guidelines, many are not getting the tests as often as recommended or at all, researchers say. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force – a government backed independent panel of experts who review medical evidence - recommends that women ages 50 to 74 have a mammogram to screen for signs of breast cancer every two years. The study team looked at whether eligible people in the U.S. were meeting Healthy People 2020 targets for cancer screening, which are based on USPSTF recommendations.

Depression may double stroke risk in older adults

‎13 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎10:36:52 PMGo to full article
By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Chronic depression may more than double the risk of stroke for older adults, and the danger remains high even when mental health improves, a large U.S. study suggests. While previous research has linked depression to greater odds of having a stroke, the current study offers fresh evidence that mood-improving treatments like counseling or medications may not completely address the stroke risk tied to psychological problems. "When symptoms of depression go away, risk of stroke remains higher, at least for two years," lead study author Paola Gilsanz, a researcher at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, said by email. Scientists still don't know if this holds true for people of all ages or whether it matters how or why depression gets better, she added.

Cancer conference data may prompt healthcare share volatility

‎13 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎07:01:33 PMGo to full article
Healthcare stocks may be unusually volatile after abstracts are released on Wednesday night by many companies scheduled to present at a cancer conference between May 29 and June 2. Investors were waiting for news that could move share prices from many bigger companies including Bristol-Meyers Squibb Co, Amgen Inc and Celgene Corp. Hot topics at the American Society of Clinical Oncology conference in Chicago will include immuno oncology and CAR-T cell therapies. Share prices for smaller companies may also move depending on what rivals and academics present, according to Jerry Isaacson, director of research at LifeSci Advisors LLC which manages exchange traded funds.

Optimism over faster diagnosis of neglected Chagas disease: MSF

‎13 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎06:34:59 PMGo to full article
A public health official holds up three Triatoma dimidiatas in San Pedro SulaBy Anastasia Moloney BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Researchers are optimistic a rapid test for Chagas disease will be approved early next year, revolutionizing diagnosis and ensuring earlier treatment for a disease affecting seven million people, mainly in Latin America, a medical charity said. Chagas, which kills 12,000 people a year, is transmitted by a cockroach-like bug endemic to Latin America that hides in the adobe houses where many of the region's rural poor live. Doctors from the charity Medicins Sans Frontieres (MSF) say the parasitic disease is difficult to spot, just five percent of those infected have been diagnosed or treated, and no new drugs have been developed for 40 years. The diagnosis requires a certain level of expertise and time," said Dr Martin Cazenave, MSF mission head in Bolivia, which has the highest prevalence of Chagas in the Americas.

Mental health worry for Nepalis traumatized by aftershocks

‎13 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎04:06:26 PMGo to full article
By Andrew MacAskill and Krista Mahr KATHMANDU/CHARIKOT, Nepal (Reuters) - The powerful 7.3 magnitude tremor that struck Nepal this week left an already traumatized population gripped by even deeper fear, underlining concerns that the country is ill-prepared to cope with the mental side effects. Tuesday's quake caused a fraction of the fatalities inflicted by the huge 7.8 earthquake that killed some 8,000 people less than three weeks earlier, but left millions more frightened than ever. Binda Dhungel, 31, and her injured son and daughter sat inside a health clinic in the mountain town of Charikot on Wednesday after they walked two hours from their village, which was devastated in the second quake. Tuesday's quake killed about 80 people, and destroyed many houses.

Poor childhood nutrition cuts Malawi GDP by 10 percent yearly: study

‎13 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎03:18:22 PMGo to full article
Sixty percent of Malawian adults suffered from stunting as children, the study "The cost of Hunger in Africa: The Social and Economic Impact of Child Undernutrition in Malawi", said. In a country where two thirds of workers are engaged in manual labour, child undernutrition cost more than 10 percent of GDP in 2012, the most recent year with complete data, the study said. "As a country, we are so worried about this problem," Felix Pensulo Phiri, director of nutrition at Malawi's Health Ministry, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Arizona prosecutors charge woman who faked cancer

‎13 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎09:27:21 AMGo to full article
By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - An Arizona woman was charged with fraud and identity theft after faking cancer to get the state to pay for her late-term abortion five years ago, prosecutors said on Tuesday. Chalice Renee Zeitner, 29, also faces one count each of felony theft and forgery stemming from the scheme in Phoenix between March and 2010, according to a statement from the state Attorney General's Office. State prosecutors accused Zeitner of falsely telling her obstetrician that she had been diagnosed with cancer and that her pregnancy further endangered her life. Zeitner, who was enrolled in Arizona's Medicaid system, received an abortion at a Phoenix hospital on April 2010.

Tracing the bird flu outbreak in North American poultry flocks

‎13 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎01:39:22 AMGo to full article
(Reuters) - The United States is facing its worst outbreak on record of avian influenza as three deadly strains have hit North American poultry flocks since December, with the spread of infection picking up speed in the last few weeks. More than 32 million birds have been killed or are expected to be condemned, and three states - Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa - have declared a state of emergency. Exports, which totaled more than $6 billion last year, have been hit as buyers, including China and Mexico, slap bans on U.S. supplies. Below is a timeline of the spread of the viruses, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Canada's Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), and responses by the industry and trade partners.

Bird flu outbreak hits Nebraska poultry farm: USDA

‎13 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎12:10:39 AMGo to full article
The fast-spreading avian flu virus was confirmed for the first time in Nebraska, at a commercial egg-laying farm that housed a flock of 1.7 million chickens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Tuesday. The case in Dixon County, Nebraska, brings the number of states affected by the outbreak to 16, and the U.S. tally of birds that have either died or will be killed to 32 million. The U.S. poultry and egg industry has been grappling for months with the biggest outbreak on record of avian influenza in the United States. Authorities do not know how the H5N2 virus reached the Nebraska farm.

TV chef Sandra Lee, N.Y. governor's girlfriend, diagnosed with cancer

‎12 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎05:36:40 PMGo to full article
File photo of Sandra Lee speaking during the Elton John AIDS Foundation's 12th Annual "An Enduring Vision" benefit gala at Cipriani in New YorkBy Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK (Reuters) - Sandra Lee, a television chef and longtime girlfriend of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, has been diagnosed with breast cancer, and the governor will be taking time off to be with her, his office announced on Tuesday. Lee, 48, will undergo a double mastectomy this week, she said in an appearance on ABC's "Good Morning America" program. The cancer was detected in its early stages after a mammogram in March, Lee said.

WHO works on plan to tackle disease outbreaks after Ebola fiasco

‎12 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎04:28:04 PMGo to full article
The Ebola epidemic left more than 11,000 dead, mainly in the west African nations of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra LeoneThe World Health Organization, reeling under stinging criticism for its late response to the worst ever Ebola outbreak, on Tuesday said it was creating a blueprint to handle future disease outbreaks. A two-day meeting of the UN agency was aimed at creating better research and diagnostic facilities, improving data sharing between countries, and creating biobanks, said Marie-Paule Kieny, WHO assistant director for health systems and innovation. WHO chief Margaret Chan said the latest Ebola epidemic -- which has left more than 11,000 dead, mainly in the west African nations of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone -- had intensified research into what was until recently considered "a rare disease". "New tools have been developed with unprecedented speed," Chan said Monday, on the first day of the experts' meeting in Geneva.

Merck KGaA, Threshold win fast track for pancreatic cancer drug

‎12 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎12:30:25 PMGo to full article
Germany's Merck KGaA said that experimental cancer drug evofosfamide, which it is jointly developing with Threshold Pharmaceuticals, won fast track status for the treatment of advanced pancreatic cancer from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Merck had licensed in evofosfamide, previously known as TH-302, from Threshold in 2012. The drug, currently being tested in the third and last phase required for regulatory approval, already has the FDA's fast track designation for treatment of soft tissue sarcoma.

Bird flu found in Indiana; 15th state to report it

‎12 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎12:26:43 AMGo to full article
A strain of avian flu that until now had been found only in the Western United States has cropped up in Indiana, bringing the total number of states affected by the virulent outbreak to 15, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Monday. The H5N8 strain found in a backyard poultry flock in Indiana is concerning to them also. Federal and state officials have confirmed it in commercial chicken and turkey farms in California and a backyard poultry flock in Oregon. It was also found in captive falcons in Idaho and Washington, according to the USDA.

New blood tests, liquid biopsies, may transform cancer care

‎11 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎09:36:31 PMGo to full article
Patient Carole Linderman speaks to Dr. Massimo Cristofanilli before her blood is drawn for a liquid biopsy at Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia on Tuesday, April 28, 2015. A new type of blood test, the liquid biopsy, is starting to transform cancer treatment, sparing many patients the surgical and needle biopsies long needed to guide their care. The tests capture cancer cells or DNA that tumors shed into the blood, instead of analyzing tissue from the tumor itself. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)A new type of blood test is starting to transform cancer treatment, sparing some patients the surgical and needle biopsies long needed to guide their care.

Inhaler ban boosts costs for people with asthma

‎11 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎06:51:00 PMGo to full article
By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) - A 2008 ban on chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) has ended up being particularly costly for people with asthma. The ban changed the type of albuterol inhaler available in the U.S., and since then costs have gone up and inhaler use has gone down, according to a new study. Albuterol inhalers prevent and treat wheezing, shortness of breath, coughing, and chest tightness due to asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Generic albuterol inhalers using CFCs were banned and were replaced by more expensive inhalers using hydrofluoroalkane (HFA).

Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Diabetes

‎09 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎04:59:22 AMGo to full article
View image | gettyimages.comCognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is usually short-term, goal-directed, and skills-based. Therapists help patients identify and solve problems and learn specific skills to change their thinking and behavior so they can make lasting changes in their behavior and general functioning. At each session, patients record...

Swine flu or monkey pox? Think again on disease names, WHO says

‎08 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎02:38:55 PMGo to full article
By Emma Batha LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - If you're a scientist and have just identified a dangerous new disease in Peru originating from pigs then please don't call it paralytic Peruvian pig pox. Disease names like swine flu or Rift Valley fever risk stigmatizing communities and damaging economies, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Friday as it called for a rethink on naming new human diseases. "This may seem like a trivial issue to some, but disease names really do matter to the people who are directly affected," said Keiji Fukuda, WHO's assistant director-general for health security. "We've seen certain disease names provoke a backlash against members of particular religious or ethnic communities, create unjustified barriers to travel, commerce and trade, and trigger needless slaughtering of food animals.

UN health agency: Don't name diseases after regions, animals

‎08 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎11:42:06 AMGo to full article
LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization is issuing new advice on the best way to name new diseases — guidelines the U.N. health agency itself has previously broken.

Novartis says lung cancer drug Zykadia gains EU approval

‎08 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎07:39:53 AMGo to full article
Swiss drugmaker Novartis' logo is seen at the company's plant in the northern Swiss town of SteinSwiss drugmaker Novartis said European health regulators have approved a drug for advanced lung cancer that is intended to treat patients with a specific genetic mutation. It is designed for use in non-small cell lung cancer patients who have previously been treated with Pfizer's Xalkori, another ALK inhibitor. Between 2 and 7 percent of non-small cell lung cancer patients have the specific mutation of the ALK (anaplastic lymphoma kinase) protein for which such treatment is targeted.

UN struggles to stem new rise in Haiti cholera cases

‎07 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎11:32:17 PMGo to full article
A cholera patient is treated at an emergency care center in the Martissan area of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on December 9, 2014A deadly cholera epidemic in Haiti that experts say was introduced by UN peacekeepers from Nepal is on the rise, with hundreds of new cases registered weekly, a UN official said Thursday. Pedro Medrano, the UN coordinator for Haiti's cholera outbreak, said years of work to beat back the disease are in jeopardy as donors turn away from the emergency. More than 8,800 people have died from cholera and 736,000 Haitians have been infected since the outbreak that expert studies have shown was brought to the island by Nepalese troops. This year alone, 113 people have died and there have been 11,721 new cases in Haiti but there are fears that with the start of the rainy season in June, the number of cases will soar.

Fake, low-grade drugs hinder drive against disease, weaken trust: researchers

‎07 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎08:17:06 PMGo to full article
Pharmaceutical tablets and capsules are arranged on a background printed with a DNA pattern in this picture illustration taken in LjubljanaFake and low-quality drugs hinder efforts to tackle disease, weaken public trust in national health systems and raise questions over governance, drug researchers said on Thursday. The proliferation of drugs which fail to work properly creates a "spiral of distrust" that undermines the legitimacy of public health systems, especially when criminals evade detection, they said in a report in the Lancet medical journal. Fake drugs - carrying an inaccurate identity or source - and sub-standard drugs can cause a crisis when treatment fails or disease spreads, leading to loss of confidence in governance and law enforcement agencies, the report said. Apart from building distrust in the health system, fake or bad medicines create three types of risk, authors Lawrence O Gostin, Margareth Ndomondo-Sigonda and Daniel Carpenter wrote.

Study shows measles vaccine thwarts other infectious diseases

‎07 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎08:09:15 PMGo to full article
Measles vaccine is seen at Venice Family Clinic in Los AngelesBy Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The measles vaccine provides benefits beyond merely protecting against that highly contagious viral respiratory disease that remains a leading childhood killer in parts of the world, scientists say. By blocking the measles infection, the vaccine prevents measles-induced immune system damage that makes children much more vulnerable to numerous other infectious diseases for two to three years, a study published on Thursday found. The research focused on a phenomenon called "immune amnesia" in which the measles infection destroys cells in the immune system, the body's natural defense against disease-causing microbes, that "remember" how to fend off previously encountered pathogens. During that period, children who got measles were more likely to die from other infections due to the long-lasting depletion of immune memory cells caused by the virus.

For diabetes control, surgery and intensive lifestyle change about equal

‎07 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎05:37:25 PMGo to full article
A diabetic tests his blood sugar level in ViennaBy Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Intensive medical management with supervised diet and exercise may work as well as weight-loss surgery to help diabetics get blood sugar levels under control, at least in the short term, a small study suggests. Researchers followed 40 people with diabetes and poorly controlled blood sugar for one year, giving half of them weight-loss surgery and offering the other half a non-surgical alternative, so-called intensive medical management. Both options produced similar reductions in blood sugar. "Individuals motivated to impact their health can have substantial diabetes and weight improvements," said senior study author Dr. Allison Goldfine, a researcher at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston.

Safety switches may redeem potent CAR T cancer therapies

‎07 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎03:25:58 PMGo to full article
By Ransdell Pierson NEW YORK (Reuters) - New therapies that clinical data show can eliminate blood cancers such as leukemia and lymphoma in 40 percent to 90 percent of patients may have to be genetically modified to include a switch that shields healthy cells from attack. The therapies could generate tens of billions of dollars in annual sales for drugmakers including Kite Pharma and Juno Therapeutics Inc, once they are approved. The therapies involve using what are known as CAR T cells, which are white blood cells taken from the body and genetically modified to have the cancer-spotting traits of antibodies. Doctors say the reason is that the modified T cells cause inflammation because they kill so many cancer cells so quickly.

Factbox: Testing 'safety switches' for CAR T cancer therapies

‎07 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎07:02:41 AMGo to full article
By Ransdell Pierson NEW YORK (Reuters) - Drugmakers are building safety "switches" that can be used to turn off powerful cancer therapies known as CAR T cells when they cause life-threatening inflammation or attack healthy tissue. Below are details of their plans: * Bellicum Pharmaceuticals Inc has developed a "switch" by genetically programming a CAR T cell to kill itself when exposed to a drug called rimiducid, originally used to control cells modified by gene therapy. The company aims in 2016 to begin a trial of BPX-401, a CAR T cell for leukemias and lymphomas that targets a protein called CD19 found on the surface of blood cancer cells. * Juno Therapeutics Inc has built safety switches into at least two of its experimental CAR T cells, including JCAR014 for patients with advanced leukemias.

Despite U.S. efforts, bird flu thought to spread between farms

‎07 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎01:55:42 AMGo to full article
By Tom Polansek CHICAGO (Reuters) - Poultry veterinarians in Minnesota believe an outbreak of avian flu has spread between farms, indicating the implementation of a U.S. strategy to contain the deadly bird disease failed in at least some cases. Wild birds are thought to be carriers of the flu virus, which can be tracked onto poultry farms by people or trucks that come into contact with contaminated feces. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, which until now has focused on water fowl spreading the bird flu, is investigating "the potential transmission of virus between operations," a spokeswoman said. In Minnesota, the biggest U.S. turkey producing state, delays in the killing of infected poultry flocks may have led to "a couple of cases" of the flu spreading from one farm to another, said Steve Olson, executive director of the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association.

IBM's Watson to guide cancer therapies at 14 centers

‎07 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎12:27:05 AMGo to full article
Attendees gather at IBM Watson event in lower Manhattan, New York(This version of the story has been refiled to correct name of USC unit participating in program, in the 12th paragraph) By Sharon Begley NEW YORK (Reuters) - Fourteen U.S. and Canadian cancer institutes will use International Business Machines Corp's Watson computer system to choose therapies based on a tumor's genetic fingerprints, the company said on Tuesday, the latest step toward bringing personalized cancer treatments to more patients. Oncology is the first specialty where matching therapy to DNA has improved outcomes for some patients, inspiring the "precision medicine initiative" President Barack Obama announced in January. Watson can do it in minutes and has in its database the findings of scientific papers and clinical trials on particular cancers and potential therapies. Faced with such a data deluge, "the solution is going to be Watson or something like it," said oncologist Norman Sharpless of the University of North Carolina Lineberger Cancer Center.

Alexion to bolster rare disease offering with $8.4 billion deal

‎06 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎11:49:25 PMGo to full article
Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc on Wednesday said it agreed to buy Synageva BioPharma Corp for $8.4 billion, more than twice its market value, to expand its offering of potentially high-priced medicines for rare diseases. Alexion's willingness to pay an eye-popping premium for Synageva demonstrates that the appetite for large acquisitions in healthcare continues unabated. It also highlights the attraction of medicines for rare diseases that can command exceptionally high prices with little payer pushback because of the limited number of patients. Alexion's lone product, Soliris, a treatment for two extremely rare life-threatening conditions, is among the world's most expensive drugs.

First Things First: The Case for Investing in Nutrition for Mothers and Children

‎06 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎10:03:59 PMGo to full article
By Rick Leach & Lucy SullivanA few years ago in a tiny village in the highlands of Guatemala, we met a young mother taking care of her baby and two young children. When she introduced them, we learned that the smallest of the two children was not, in fact, the youngest. Despite being the oldest child, he was several inches shorter than his...

Kristen Wiig on mental health, comedy and 'Ghostbusters'

‎06 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎09:30:41 PMGo to full article
Actress Kristen Wiig arrives at the 2015 Film Independent Spirit Awards in Santa MonicaBy Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - As a prominent cast member of "Saturday Night Live" for a decade, Kristen Wiig played characters from political figures to pop stars, but in her latest film, the comedian taps into a more complex and serious side of life. In "Welcome to Me," opening in U.S. theaters and video-on-demand on Friday, Wiig plays Alice Kleig, a secluded woman with borderline personality disorder who wins the lottery and secures herself a televised talk show. Wiig talked to Reuters about portraying mental health in a comedy and "Ghostbusters." Below are excerpts from the interview: Q: How does the film tackle exploring Alice's mental health in the context of a dark comedy?

Coupling a Passion for Food and a Desire to Make a Difference for Cancer Patients in Arizona

‎06 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎08:55:27 PMGo to full article
Coupling a Passion for Food and a Desire to Make a Difference for Cancer Patients in ArizonaBrightly colored paper bags decorated by a local kindergarten class packed with grilled swordfish, fennel, turnips and sweet pepper skewers served over wilted Swiss chard and drizzled with a fennel leaf gremolata is just the veil of The Joy Bus. The Joy Bus is a labor of love that began several years ago with the illuminating sparkle and rosy...

Study aims to uncover why cancer plagues golden retrievers

‎06 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎08:37:58 PMGo to full article
This photo taken April 1, 2015, and provided by Susan Horecki shows Snickers, right, and his sister Logan after passing her Denver Pet Partners therapy dog evaluation therapy dog during a visit with patients and staff at Rose Medical Center in Denver. If a golden retriever gives birth, gets stung by a bee or sprayed by a skunk, the dog's veterinarian wants to know. Scientists are studying the dogs to find out why their lifespans have gotten so short and why cancer has gotten so prevalent among them. (Marla Yetka via AP)LOS ANGELES (AP) — If a golden retriever gives birth, gets stung by a bee or sprayed by a skunk, veterinarians want to know.

Bird flu may take bite out of Thanksgiving's turkey supply

‎06 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎02:53:45 AMGo to full article
Customers shop for turkey at a Walmart store in the Porter Ranch section of Los AngelesBy P.J. Huffstutter CHICAGO (Reuters) - The largest-ever U.S. outbreak of avian influenza, which has devastated Midwestern poultry and egg producers in recent weeks, could be felt at Thanksgiving tables across the nation come November, farmers and some trade groups say. The virulent H5N2 strain has already spread to 14 states and led to the deaths or scheduled euthanizations of more than 21 million birds, including 3.3 million turkeys in Minnesota, the nation's top turkey producer. The whole process can take up to three months before a new flock of turkey poults can be brought in, said Steve Olson, executive director of the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association. After chicks are re-introduced to the barns, farmers say, it typically takes about four months to produce a full-sized hen – the type of turkey most Americans prefer for their holiday feasts.

Exclusive: U.S. boosts bird flu emergency funds as Hormel cuts jobs

‎06 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎12:29:44 AMGo to full article
Hormel sliced turkey is seen for sale in WestminsterBy P.J. Huffstutter and Tom Polansek CHICAGO (Reuters) - The U.S. government approved the use of an additional $330 million in emergency funds to help contain the worst avian influenza outbreak in U.S. history, as infected bird cases soared and hundreds of Minnesota poultry workers learned they would lose their jobs. The funds became available after the federal Office of Management and Budget granted U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack's request for additional emergency funds, USDA sources confirmed to Reuters on Tuesday. Virulent H5 avian influenza strains have spread to 14 states in five months and affected about 24 million birds so far, mostly egg-laying hens and turkeys, according to USDA. In Minnesota, the largest producer of U.S. turkeys, state officials said almost 5.5 million turkeys and egg-laying chickens have either died from the flu virus or are set to be killed in an effort to contain the outbreak.

Healthy relationships may prevent depression in child abuse survivors

‎05 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎11:35:21 PMGo to full article
By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Child abuse survivors who find stable romantic relationships as adults may also find that these relationships help protect against depression, a study suggests. Researchers followed a group of 485 young adults in Rochester, New York, for 12 years to see how exposure to neglect or maltreatment during childhood would influence their ability to have satisfying relationships with intimate partners and their susceptibility to depression. "In our sample, we do not find evidence that maltreatment reduces the likelihood that an individual will be in a stable, satisfying intimate partner relationship," lead study author Kimberly Henry, a researcher in psychology and public health at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, said by email. Henry and colleagues used records from Child Protective Services to identify 99 participants who had been abused before the age of 18 and compared their experiences to a group of 386 people who weren't maltreated.

NYC mayor proposes millions in new mental health services

‎05 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎10:35:49 PMGo to full article
NEW YORK (AP) — Over 80 schools would get mental health clinics, every police precinct would have a victims' advocate and social workers would arrange psychological care for thousands of families in homeless shelters under Mayor Bill de Blasio's plan to invest tens of millions of dollars in mental health, his wife's signature issue.

US Hispanics face higher risks from diabetes, liver disease

‎05 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎10:06:57 PMGo to full article
US Hispanics face higher risks from diabetes, liver diseaseHispanics in the United States face a higher risk than whites of dying from diabetes and liver disease, according to the first nationwide report of its kind released Tuesday by US health authorities. When compared to non-Hispanic whites, Hispanics were less vulnerable to most leading causes of death, but were about 50 percent more likely to die from diabetes or liver disease and cirrhosis, said the report by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

IBM's Watson extends cancer insights to 14 new centers

‎05 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎09:57:24 PMGo to full article
IBM will use "deep analytics," on top of Facebook's anonymized and aggregate audience data, to give marketers a clearer picture of their target audiences, statement saysIBM on Tuesday said 14 US cancer treatment centers would join a partnership to get personalized care treatment plans from the company's Watson supercomputer. The project extends the use of Watson for cancer treatment based on a patient's own DNA and insights from a large database of medical literature and studies. "Determining the right drug combination for an advanced cancer patient is alarmingly difficult, requiring a complex analysis of different sources of Big Data that integrates rapidly emerging clinical trial information with personalized gene sequencing," said Norman Sharpless, of the University of North Carolina's Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. According to IBM, Watson helps cut the time needed to analyze the best treatment options for cancer patients.

Hormel unit Jennie-O lays off employees due to bird flu in poultry

‎05 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎09:26:44 PMGo to full article
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Hormel Foods Corp unit Jennie-O Turkey Store will temporarily lay off 233 workers at a Minnesota plant because an outbreak of bird flu has reduced the number of turkeys available for processing, the company said on Tuesday. The layoffs will take effect May 26, according to a statement. (Reporting by Tom Polansek; Editing by Phil Berlowitz)

Aetna curtails coverage of surgical tool tied to cancer risk

‎05 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎07:44:51 PMGo to full article
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The health insurer Aetna is ending most coverage of hysterectomies performed with a once-popular device that has drawn warnings from federal regulators over a risk for spreading cancer.

Monsoons could bring disease, a second crisis, to Nepal: UNICEF

‎02 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎02:26:18 AMGo to full article
A man sits on rubble of collapsed houses following Saturday's earthquake at Sankhu, on outskirts of KathmanduBy Joseph D'Urso LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - There is only "a small window of time" for relief workers in Nepal to put in place measures to protect people from deadly disease outbreaks, a senior United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) official said on Saturday. The dangers posed would be exacerbated by wet and muddy conditions brought on by the upcoming rainy season, said Rownak Khan, UNICEF's deputy representative in the country. Nepal's monsoon season normally runs from June to September. "Hospitals are overflowing, water is scarce, bodies are still buried under the rubble and people are still sleeping in the open," UNICEF's Khan said in a statement.

Iowa governor declares state of emergency due to bird flu outbreak

‎02 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎12:28:58 AMGo to full article
Iowa Governor Branstad speaks at the Family Leadership Summit in AmesBy P.J. Huffstutter CHICAGO (Reuters) - Iowa Governor Terry Branstad declared a state of emergency on Friday due to a rapidly expanding avian flu outbreak, saying the entire state was at risk from the spread of the disease. The announcement, which gives authorities powers to enforce preventative measures, was made soon after state agriculture officials announced four new poultry farms had initially tested positive for the virus. Iowa, the top egg-producing state in the United States, is the third state to declare a state of emergency because of the viral outbreak, which either has led or will lead to the extermination of up to 21 million chickens and turkeys nationwide. Iowa's state of emergency is effective immediately now and will be in force until at least the end of May, depending on developments in the outbreak, Branstad told a news conference.

Worse survival after lung cancer surgery for residents of poor neighborhoods

‎01 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎08:33:30 PMGo to full article
By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Residents of low-income neighborhoods with few high school graduates may be more likely to die after lung cancer surgery than more affluent patients, a U.S. study finds. Researchers reviewed records for more than 200,000 patients who had lung cancer surgery from 2003 to 2011. They found that while factors such as age, gender and other medical conditions influenced survival, so did non-clinical variables like the neighborhoods where patients lived, and the type of hospital where they were treated. The researchers had expected that outcomes would be linked with social and economic factors, said senior author Dr. Felix Fernandez of Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta.

Less aggressive diabetes care needed in hospice

‎01 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎05:27:05 PMGo to full article
By Roxanne Nelson (Reuters Health) - Keeping blood sugar under control is an essential part of diabetes care, but for patients in hospice, the goal is to provide the highest quality of life and that may mean less aggressive type 2 diabetes treatment, researchers say. "The usual process of dying involves eating less, so most patients with diabetes will need less and less medicine as their disease advances," said lead author Dr. Sei J. Lee, an associate professor of geriatrics at the University of California San Francisco.



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