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APNewsBreak: Feds balk at paper health application
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Federal health officials, after encouraging alternate sign-up methods amid the fumbled rollout of their online insurance website, began quietly urging counselors around the country this week to stop using paper applications to enroll people in health insurance because of concerns those applications would not be processed in time.
In one of the biggest advances against leukemia and other blood cancers in many years, doctors are reporting unprecedented success by using gene therapy to transform patients' blood cells into soldiers that seek and destroy cancer.
Hong Kong reports 2nd H7N9 bird flu case
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong reported its second human case of H7N9 bird flu just days after the first, raising fears that the virus is spreading beyond mainland China.
Scientific American 's 2013 Gadget Guide: 10 Technologies You Need to See [Slide Show]
Scientific American 's 2013 Gadget Guide: 10 Technologies You Need to See [Slide Show]
Acura says FDA to review data from failed painkiller trial, shares jump
(Reuters) - Acura Pharmaceuticals Inc said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration agreed to review the results of a failed mid-stage trial of a painkiller made with the company's technology designed to deter abuse. Acura shares jumped 24 percent in premarket trade. Results from the mid-stage trial showed in August that Acura's tablet, being tested for potential abuse by snorting, did not significantly reduce likability among abusers. Acura said on Monday that FDA agreed to provide a definitive response regarding the suitability of the trial to be considered in an approval application review.
United Therapeutics receives subpoena for 3 drugs
(Reuters) - United Therapeutics Corp said it received a subpoena from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services regarding marketing practices used to sell three of its drugs to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). The subpoena, which follows an investigation by the Department of Justice, requires the company to submit documents regarding its Remodulin injection, Tyvaso inhalation solution and Adcirca tablets, the company said on Monday.
You Get to Choose
Waiting in line can be a tedious experience. It can also be an opportunity to be mindful, an excuse to dream, or a chance to meet new and interesting people.
You Talk to Your Kids About Safe Sex... What About Safe Relationships?
Early adolescence is the critical juncture to talk to our children about what constitutes a healthy relationship. If you are worried about your teen talk, with their health care professional who can then put you in touch with local agencies that deal with partner and family violence.
The One Thing Everyone Wants More Than Anything
What is happiness? And where is it found? And further still, if we found it, how would we know that what we found is actually it?
Do You Have the Time?
When we dedicate our time to others, and show them the way to improve their situation, they may end up supporting themselves financially, which would in turn give them pride and self-respect.
10 Tips to Being Deliciously Happy
Life is meant to be experienced joyfully. The past will fill your future with dustballs of discontent if you let it, so gain clarity, clean up and get moving!
Masks Are Fine for Halloween, the Rest of the Time Live Your Authentic Self
The day after Halloween is a very good day to start uncovering and then living your self-story, living a life that reflects who and what you truly are.
How to Alleviate Stress During the Government Shutdown
Even though many Americans disengaged psychologically from our state and federal governments' activities a long time ago, a government shutdown can still be stressful. The majority of my patients had a reaction a lot like my patient Joe (not his real name). "The government? So they shut down. Big deal. What else can you expect from those idiots?" he said. Joe was a heavy-set, middle-aged man who worked in the garment industry. His main issue had been panic attacks, in which he'd experience a racing heart, shortness of breath, and the feeling that he would die. His panic attacks interrupted
The Flow of Energy
It's hard to deny that there's something out there that powers our existence and allows us to effortlessly find new perspectives on circumstances that once seemed troubling. Why not take advantage of it to the fullest?
If I Hadn't Been Treated for Depression, I Wouldn't Have the Life I Have
I've learned that tomorrow does come, and tomorrow usually brings hope. If things don't get better tomorrow, they get better the next day. Things almost always get better. It took me a long time to learn this.
What Did You Say No to by Saying Yes to Another?
Hate choosing one thing? One appetizer? One beau? One career? One restaurant? One pair of shoes? One idea? Choosing one thing always eliminates another. For me, that sucks the joy right out of my cells, and unfortunately the world works in ways where it demands us to choose one thing with definition. For instance, as in, "What do you do for a living?" or "What is your job title?" We are raised to look forward in life to defining ourselves so early in the game that a typical question to a 6-year-old is, "What do want to be when you
What's Your Breaking Point?
You sent yourself this moment as a gift. You can choose to live reactively like a victim, or you can use the present, especially when it's painful, as an opportunity to create.
Pastor Talitha Cumi: New York City, June 11, 2005
I see her walking toward me, fully clad in a brilliant red dress and feathered headpiece, a stunning impossible vision that for an instant I think is a heat mirage.
The genetic testing company 23andMe, headed by the ex-wife of a Google cofounder, says it will stop providing health information to its customers as part of its analysis results. Last month, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned the company that its "saliva collection kit and personal genome service" needs to get regulatory approval. 23andMe, cofounded by Anne Wojcicki and backed by Google, offers a saliva analysis kit designed to determine a person's genetic risks for a host of diseases, from diabetes to breast cancer.
By Dorene Internicola NEW YORK (Reuters) - Women's fitness has come a long way since skinny defined the ideal body and a muscled arm was cause for alarm. From resistance training to power workouts such as barbell squats, medicine ball throws and kettlebell swings, a rigorous regime has become more popular with women. "We want women who want to turn it up a little bit," said Dean Hodgkin, a fitness writer and martial artist who co-authored the book "Better Body Workouts for Women" with fitness consultant and nutritionist Caroline Pearce. "We specifically included heavy resistance and weight training formats because if women don't train heavy, they'll miss the opportunity to gain strength," said Hodgkin, who is based in Leicestershire, England.
Novartis starts supplying meningitis B vaccine to Princeton
Swiss drugmaker Novartis said on Monday it had started supplying its meningitis B vaccine to Princeton University in an effort to stop an outbreak of meningitis on the Ivy League campus. Although the vaccine, called Bexsero, is not yet approved in the United States, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given the green light to its use at Princeton following an Investigational New Drug application from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Eight students at the university have been diagnosed with the serogroup B strain of meningitis, a potentially fatal infection that causes swelling of the brain and spinal cord and can kill within 24 hours.
China is poorly prepared to tackle the impact of climate change that presents a serious threat to the country, thanks to a lack of planning and public awareness, the government said on Monday. The world's most populous country already faces challenges from weather extremes, with 2,000 people dying on average each year since the 1990s in natural disasters that are set to get worse, China's powerful economic planning agency said. "Our country is a developing nation with a large population, complex climate conditions and a weak environment (situation)," the National Development and Reform Commission said in a report. "Climate change is already a serious threat to food, water, ecological and energy security, and to people's lives and property," it added.
After WTO, expectations grow for Trans-Pacific trade deal
By Rachel Armstrong and Masayuki Kitano SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Expectations are growing that an ambitious trade pact between a dozen nations around the Pacific Rim may be wrapped up in 2-3 months, with signs that political desire for a deal is trumping a string of technical difficulties in drawing it up. Just days after the first World Trade Organisation trade reform deal was pushed through on Saturday, trade ministers from 12 countries are in closed-door talks in a Singapore hotel to try to tie up the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Agreement would establish a free-trade bloc stretching from Vietnam to Chile and Japan, encompassing some 800 million people and almost 40 percent of the global economy. Just a few months ago a deal looked a long way off, with Japan only entering into the talks in July and many countries at odds over issues ranging from tariffs on farm produce to rules on Internet freedom and state-owned enterprises.
Risky behaviors come together across PG-13 and R films
By Andrew M. Seaman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Violent movie characters often engage in other risky behaviors like sex and drinking, according to a new study. Those compounded behaviors also occur equally among PG-13 and R-rated movies. "We know that studies have been done that linked smoking, sex and alcohol on screen to real life," Amy Bleakley, the study's lead author, said. "We haven't really looked at those being clustered or what effect that might have." Bleakley is a senior research scientist at the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
I woke up yesterday morning and for some reason I felt an urge to sit on the side of my bed and immediately began to meditate and pray. I usually go into the living room, relax with a cup of my homemade tea or some coffee, and ease into my day with my meditation and prayer practice. But yesterday I felt I had to begin immediately after waking up. I sat and at first I just listened. I focused on my breath and listened to the inner whisper that told me today someone unexpected would need me to be there
(Reuters) - Scottish singer Susan Boyle says she has a form of autism known as Asperger's syndrome, a diagnosis she says came as a relief after years of believing she had brain damage. Boyle, 52, told the Observer newspaper in an interview published Saturday she had sought help from a Scottish specialist a year ago believing her childhood diagnosis of brain damage was incorrect. "I was told I had brain damage.
AbbVie leukemia drug impresses in early-stage trial
An experimental AbbVie Inc drug for leukemia controlled or eliminated signs of the disease in more than 80 percent of patients who had failed to benefit from previous treatments, an unprecedented finding that could spur use of the medicine for other cancers, researchers said. The AbbVie drug, ABT-199, works by blocking a protein called BCL-2 that allows cancer cells to overcome a natural mechanism called programmed cell death, in which the body kills off defective or cancerous cells. The favorable data was seen in a phase I, or early-stage, trial involving 67 patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia who had not been helped by chemotherapy or relapsed from such treatment. "To achieve that magnitude of complete remission is extraordinarily promising and unprecedented in this particular type of leukemia, among patients with otherwise resistant disease," Dr. John Seymour, a researcher with the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne, Australia, said in a telephone interview.
J&J, Pharmacyclics leukemia drug effective long term: study
A closely watched leukemia drug developed by Johnson & Johnson and Pharmacyclics Inc maintained its effectiveness in keeping the disease at bay for most patients, according to long-term follow-up data from a midstage study being presented at a major medical meeting. The oral drug, ibrutinib, last month won U.S. approval to treat a rare and aggressive form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma known as mantle cell lymphoma. It is awaiting a Food and Drug Administration decision on treating chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), a slowly progressing form of blood cancer that primarily affects people aged 65 and older. Some industry analysts had expected the CLL approval to come at the same time as the lymphoma decision.
By Tova Cohen TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, the world's biggest maker of generic drugs, estimates its pipeline of so-called new therapeutic entities (NTEs) could generate revenue of $1 billion to $1.5 billion by 2018. This figure could jump to $3 billion in 2020, Elisabeth Kogan, Teva's senior vice president of generic research and development, told reporters on Sunday. The NTE program, launched a year ago, is a major element in Teva's strategy for growth and the company has 15 such products in its pipeline. One such product, called Adasuve, which it licensed from Alexza Pharmaceuticals, has been approved and is expected to be launched in the United States in about a month, Teva officials said.
Chinese authorities have banned shark fin and bird's nest soup from official receptions and told lower level officials they cannot stay in suites on business trips in the latest step in a crackdown on extravagance and waste. The official Xinhua news agency said on Sunday that cigarettes and expensive alcoholic drinks were also banned from official receptions, citing a document issued by the Communist Party's Central Committee and the State Council. "Shark fins, bird nests and products of rare wild animals are popular materials in luxury dinners in China," Xinhua cited the document as saying. "Officials on business tours should arrange their own meals according to relevant expenditure standards." Chinese President Xi Jinping has sought to address growing public anger at the illegal or unethical behavior of party officials, especially those with flamboyant lifestyles, often seen as a sign they are corrupt.
It's not just an excuse: Nutritious eats really are more expensive than food that won't do a body good. According to a new study, healthful food is $1.50 more expensive per day, or about $550 per year. But that certainly doesn't mean you can give up on fruits and veggies, nor does it mean that lean meats and whole grains have to break the bank. Here are eight of our favorite superfoods -- all of which cost less than a buck per serving. Now that's delicious! Cost per serving calculated by The Huffington Post using data from the Bureau of
Often in the yoga world, you'll hear directions like, "Let it go," "Relax," "Breathe into it." These all sound lovely, but when I'm in a wound-up state, they strike me as abstract, unattainable, and a tad annoying. Let what go, where? Relax? Thanks, I'll get right on that. And breathe into what?
Just one-third of teen girls in the U.S. have received all three doses of the vaccine against the human papillomavirus (HPV), according to new research. The study, presented at a meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research, also showed that most people for whom the HPV vaccine is relevant (meaning someone between ages 9 and 27, or someone who has an immediate family member in that age range) are unaware of its effectiveness. ...
While there are some general rules of thumb when it comes to healthy eating -- fruits, vegetables, lean meats, whole grains -- there's still some wiggle room for personal interpretation of what makes up a nutritious diet. For some, a Paleo plan might work. Others might opt to go vegan. And some of us even make room for the occasional slice of pizza or cheeseburger. (Cheers to that!) To get a better sense of what you really think of as healthy food, we asked our Facebook fans to tell us how they would describe nutritious picks in just one word.
By Steve Holland and Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama, battered by weeks of turmoil over the malfunctioning HealthCare.Gov website, turned to a fresh item on his agenda on Saturday as he pressured Republicans in Congress to extend benefits for jobless Americans. It was a sign Obama may be slowly turning the corner from one of the worst crises of his five years in office, emerging bruised and weakened from the troubled rollout of his signature healthcare law, even as big challenges remain. "For decades, Congress has voted to offer relief to job-seekers - including when the unemployment rate was lower than it is today," Obama said in his weekly address. Attending memorial services in South Africa next week for anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela and then launching into holiday season will also allow for a change of subject from the healthcare controversy.