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  • Popular Indian Character Actor Om Puri Dead at 66

    January 6, 2017 6:25 AM 14

    NEW DELHI — Noted Indian character actor Om Puri has died in the western city of Mumbai. He was 66. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and a host of leading movie stars tweeted condolence messages shortly after Puri's death Friday morning. In a career spanning more than three decades, Puri had won a slew of national awards and international fame for his work in several

  • Hong Kong confirms second bird flu death this winter

    January 6, 2017 3:38 AM 18

    HONG KONG A 62-year-old man traveling from mainland China died in Hong Kong from bird flu on Friday, the second such death this winter, the Hospital Authority said. The man, who visited the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou in mid-December and was hospitalized in the neighboring city of Dongguan earlier this week, died from H7N9. The patient was admitted

  • Hong Kong confirms third bird flu case in three weeks

    January 6, 2017 2:32 AM 18

    HONG KONG Hong Kong has confirmed its third case of human bird flu in three weeks, a 62-year-old man who was in critical condition, after a second patient was confirmed to have contracted the same H7N9 strain of the disease last Friday. The latest case, confirmed on Thursday, comes as fears grow over the spread of bird flu in South Korea, Japan and mainland

  • MD Anderson Cancer Center to Lay Off Roughly 5% of Workforce

    January 5, 2017 10:18 PM 17

    Job cuts will include administrators and back-office staff including billing and clinical employees who don’t work with patients MD Anderson Cancer Center said it would cut 800 to 900 jobs, or about 5% of its workforce, as the globally renowned Texas hospital struggles with financial losses. Chief Financial Officer Dan Fontaine attributed the losses

  • Kids with concussion need vision check before return to school

    January 5, 2017 8:59 PM 19

    THURSDAY, Jan. 5, 2017 -- A new study suggests that children who've had a concussion should undergo comprehensive eye exams to see if they're ready to go back to school. This is especially important, researchers said, for kids who struggle in school. "Concussed children with vision symptoms, hearing disturbances and difficulty concentrating often have academic

  • The date people are most likely to begin an affair

    January 5, 2017 1:23 PM 113

    It's been revealed that Jan. 9 is the date people are most likely to start an affair. Data from thousands of cheaters has found that the New Year is a particularly popular time among those who are unfaithful. Gleeden, a dating site for people looking to cheat, revealed its website is the busiest on the second Monday after Christmas. This means Jan. 9 is the day your partner

  • Otonomy's ear infection drug succeeds in late-stage trial

    January 5, 2017 1:14 PM 14

    Drug developer Otonomy Inc said on Thursday its drug to treat acute otitis externa (AOE), an infection in the outer ear canal, met the main goal in a late-stage trial. AOE, also known as swimmer's ear, is a type of bacterial infection causing inflammation in the external ear canal. The drug, Otiprio, is approved for use in pediatric patients during tympanostomy

  • New NIH guidelines on infants and peanuts may contradict everything you’ve heard before

    January 5, 2017 12:01 PM 18

    When my husband and I had our first child seven years ago, the prevailing wisdom was that babies at risk of allergies should avoid peanuts or peanut products until age 3 or older. The idea behind this restriction — which was based on American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) guidelines released in 2000 — was that feeding peanuts too early to little ones might

  • New Allergy Guidance: Most Kids Should Try Peanuts

    January 5, 2017 12:00 PM 16

    Even children with the highest risk of having a peanut allergy should be tested with a tiny dose of the nut because it might prevent the allergy from ever developing, doctors said in new guidelines released Thursday. Most kids should get a small taste of peanut protein by the time they are 6 months old, and they should get regular doses if they don't

  • Gilead poaches Novartis cancer specialist Riva

    January 4, 2017 11:09 AM 15

    ZURICH Gilead Sciences has hired a top cancer specialist from Swiss drugmaker Novartis as the U.S. healthcare group sharpens its focus on oncology. Alessandro Riva will become a Gilead senior vice president and head of its haematology and oncology therapeutic area, the U.S. company announced late on Tuesday. Riva joins from Novartis Oncology, where he was global