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  • Global warming will increase heat-related death and disease

    November 28, 2018 11:46 PM 104

    LONDON, Nov 28 (Reuters) - Climate change is making more people around the world vulnerable to heat exposure, putting them at greater risk of heart and kidney disease, heat stress, and other heat-related killers, scientists warned on Wednesday. Global warming’s effects look most serious for ageing and urban populations and people with chronic health

  • Astellas Pharma gets U.S. nod for blood cancer treatment

    November 28, 2018 8:31 PM 101

    (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved a blood cancer treatment from Japan’s Astellas Pharma Inc, making it the first targeted therapy to treat patients with a certain mutation. The treatment, Xospata, was approved for patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) with a FLT3 mutation, whose cancer has relapsed or proved

  • Hawaii hospital hit with highly contagious scabies outbreak

    November 28, 2018 4:46 PM 182

    In 2015, a 93-year-old nursing home resident died from a scabies infestation. The autopsy report showed the cause of death as “septicemia due to crusted scabies.” What exactly is scabies and how dangerous is it? An itchy problem is affecting a Big Island hospital in Hawaii: scabies. The Kona Community Hospital (KCH) announced an outbreak of the skin condition

  • FDA finds traces of heavy metals in kratom products

    November 27, 2018 6:34 PM 95

    The FDA has been clamping down on the substance, which advocates say help ease pain and reduce symptoms of opioid withdrawal, but which the agency says has similar effects to narcotics such as opioids and has resulted in dozens of deaths. (AP) The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Tuesday it had found high levels of heavy metals such as lead and nickel

  • Roche buys U.S. biotech Jecure in race for liver disease drugs

    November 27, 2018 6:28 PM 101

    ZURICH (Reuters) - Swiss drugmaker Roche is buying U.S.-based Jecure Therapeutics, joining Pfizer, Gilead Sciences and Novartis in pursuit of new drugs to treat fatty liver disease. Roche did not say how much it was paying for Jecure, which gives it a preclinical portfolio of so-called NLRP3 inhibitors being developed for fighting inflammatory diseases

  • India throws book at schools making young pupils carry heavy bags

    November 27, 2018 11:38 AM 105

    MUMBAI/NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Concerned about producing a generation of children with hunched backs and other spine problems, India has denounced schools for making students carry heavy school bags and giving young children homework. The government has issued weight guidelines for school bags depending on a child’s age, citing studies that show how the load can affect

  • Paralyzed bride walks down aisle 3 years after horrific accident

    November 26, 2018 3:15 PM 167

    Ally Grizzard walked down the aisle three years after she was paralyzed in a horrific car accident. (Fox 5 Atlanta) After a proposal from her boyfriend, Georgia woman Ally Grizzard was determined to walk down the aisle in the wedding of her dreams. Grizzard, who was paralyzed in a horrific car accident three years ago, did just that, and now has her sights

  • China says pig supplies, prices stable amid African swine fever epidemic

    November 23, 2018 3:41 AM 104

    BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s hog supply and prices are generally stable, said an agriculture ministry official on Friday, even as the deadly African swine fever sweeps across the world’s top pork producing nation. The country had culled 600,000 pigs by Nov. 22 due to outbreaks of the disease, said Feng Zhongwu, chief of the animal husbandry and veterinarian

  • Vietnam War veteran goes for last motorcycle ride

    November 19, 2018 7:29 PM 203

    A Vietnam War veteran could enjoy one last motorcycle ride thanks to his hospice care team and a retired police officer. Kenneth Jones, 71, who suffered a series of strokes and is now receiving end-of-life care in Phoenix, Ariz., rode in a sidecar while retired Mesa Police Officer John Duhigg drove the 17-mile ride, Fox 10 Phoenix reported. Jones is also a retired

  • Colorado woman claims hospital removed healthy kidneys

    November 19, 2018 7:27 PM 156

    Strangers come forward to donate their kidneys to woman who lost hers due to alleged medical mistake at University of Colorado Hospital where doctors reportedly thought she had cancer. A 73-year-old Colorado woman undergoes four hours of dialysis three days a week after she claims doctors erroneously removed both of her healthy kidneys six months ago. Linda