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China June factory, services surveys fuel hopes economy leveling out, no quick rebound seen

Employees work at a walling material factory in JiaozuoBy Kevin Yao BEIJING (Reuters) - Activity in China's factory sector expanded slightly in June though not as much as expected, while growth in the services sector sped up, official surveys showed, offering some signs that the world's second-largest economy may be starting to slowly level out after a raft of support measures. Beijing has rolled out a flurry of steps since last year, including interest rate cuts and more infrastructure spending, but analysts remain wary about the outlook given the still-weak property market, erratic global demand for China's exports and fears of a collapse in its wild stock market.

Ohio legislature strikes back against pot legalization effort
Ohio legislature approves new ballot measure to ban monopolies as retaliation against marijuana legalization effort.

Recreational-use marijuana to become legal in Oregon

Canvassers leave flyers on their routes to drum up support for Oregon's Measure 91, which would legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Portland, OregonMarijuana smoking, seed sharing and cannabis-themed rallies are among the ways Oregon residents plan to celebrate as recreational-use pot becomes legal in the fourth western U.S. state on Wednesday. Marijuana use purely for the sake of getting high is to become legal in the state from midnight on Tuesday, the first step in a voter-approved initiative that will usher in retail weed stores in 2016 like those operating in Washington state and Colorado. "We are thrilled with the end of adult marijuana prohibition, but we are far from where we need to be," said Russ Belville, of pro-marijuana group NORML's Portland chapter.

Honduras issues arrest warrant for Congress vice-president

National Congress vice president and member of the ruling National Party, Lena Gutierrez, speaks during a news conference in TegucigalpaHonduran authorities have issued an arrest warrant for federal lawmaker and Congress vice-president Lena Gutierrez, along with 15 other people accused of defrauding the country's health ministry, the head of the supreme court said on Tuesday. Gutierrez, from the governing National Party, was charged last week by the prosecutors office, along with her father, two brothers and several others for fraud, crimes against public health and falsification of documents. "The order is to make sure that those being investigated cannot leave the country," Jorge Rivera, the head of the Supreme Court of Honduras, said.

What's next for California's contentious vaccine law

Sen. Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, is thanked by Leah Russin, holding her son Leo, 21 months, after Pank's measure requiring nearly all California school children to be vaccinated in response to a measles outbreak in Disneyland last year, was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, Tuesday, June 30, 2015, in Sacramento,Calif. The bill, SB277, gives California one of the toughest vaccination laws in the country. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed a hotly contested California bill to impose one of the strictest school vaccination laws in the country in the wake of an outbreak of measles at Disneyland late last year.

July Is Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

July Is Minority Mental Health Awareness MonthIn July, organizations across the country will take part in Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. Named after Bebe Moore Campbell, an accomplished author, activist, and NAMI Urban Los Angeles co-founder, July is a month to focus on building awareness about the importance of mental wellness and effective mental...

U.S. doctors, hospitals reap $6.5 billion from drug and device makers: report
(Reuters) - U.S. doctors and research hospitals collected nearly $6.5 billion in payments for services rendered to pharmaceutical and medical device companies in 2014, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Open Payments report released on Tuesday.

California bill limits school vaccine exemptions

California Governor Jerry Brown waits to speak during a news conference at the State Capitol in SacramentoBy Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill on Tuesday to make it harder for parents to opt out of vaccinating their children for communicable diseases in the aftermath of a measles outbreak at Disneyland that was linked to low inoculation rates. The law, which makes California the third state to eliminate religious and other personal exemptions to vaccinations, generated vociferous opposition from some parents, many who feared a now debunked link between childhood vaccinations and autism and others who feared intrusion on the religious exemption. "The science is clear that vaccines dramatically protect children against a number of infectious and dangerous diseases," Brown, a Democrat, wrote in his signing message.

Colorado movie gunman acted bizarrely in jail, nurse tells trial

Accused Aurora theater gunman James Holmes listens during his arraignment in CentennialA nurse at the jail where Colorado cinema gunman James Holmes was held after killing 12 moviegoers told his murder trial on Tuesday she saw him acting bizarrely behind bars, including smearing feces on himself, licking walls and eating paper. Sandra Paggen said she observed Holmes behaving "odd" in the Arapahoe County jail in November 2012, nearly four months after he opened fire inside a Denver-area multiplex during a midnight screening of a Batman film. Dressed head-to-toe in body armor and wearing a gas mask, Holmes threw a tear gas canister into the packed theater then opened fire with a semiautomatic rifle, a 12-gauge, pump-action shotgun and a .40-caliber pistol.

Drug and device firms paid $6.5B to care providers
WASHINGTON (AP) — From research dollars to free lunches and junkets, drug and medical device companies paid doctors and leading hospitals nearly $6.5 billion last year, according to government data posted Tuesday.

Facials Are Part of a Healthy Lifestyle
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Ex-Iowa egg farm manager gets probation after assisting feds
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A former Iowa egg farm manager will avoid jail time after cooperating with investigators in a criminal prosecution stemming from a 2010 salmonella outbreak.

PTSD tied to heart, stroke risk among women

To match Reuters Life! RWANDA-YOGA/By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - Women with symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may be at an increased risk for heart attacks and strokes, suggests a new study. Women with the most symptoms were about 60 percent more likely to develop cardiovascular disease, compared to women who never experienced trauma, researchers report in the American Heart Association journal Circulation. "Women who have PTSD should be aware they are at increased risk of cardiovascular disease or stroke," said Jennifer Sumner, the study's lead author from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in New York.

Minor changes turned Black Death germ from mild to murderous

Handout photograph of archaeologists working on unearthed skeletons in the Farringdon area of LondonBy Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The bacterium Yersinia pestis has inflicted almost unimaginable misery upon humankind over the centuries, killing an estimated 200 million or more people and triggering horrific plagues in the 6th and 14th centuries. Yersinia pestis caused two of the deadliest pandemics in human history: the 6th century Justinian Plague, named for the Byzantine emperor who was sickened but survived, and the 14th century Black Death. The addition of the gene long ago transformed Yersinia pestis from a pathogen that caused a mild gastrointestinal infection to one that caused the fatal respiratory disease called pneumonic plague.

Plastic surgeons from different countries prefer different breast shapes

Technicians work in the processing of silicone gel breast implant manufactured by the French company Sebbin laboratories in Boissy-l'Aillerie, northern ParisBy Madeline Kennedy (Reuters Health) - In an international study, plastic surgeons from different countries had varying preferences for the ideal size and shape of breasts and size of areolas. “Cosmetic surgery tourism,” or traveling to a different country to have a cosmetic procedure, has been on the rise for the past ten years, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons – which means these international differences in ideal appearance may be of growing importance. “In a global environment, patients who seek surgery in another country may not be happy with their result,” said Dr. Neil Tanna, who worked on the study.

Cuba becomes first nation to eliminate mother-to-child HIV

Cuba became the first country in the world to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilisCuba on Tuesday became the first country in the world to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis, the World Health Organization said. "Eliminating transmission of a virus is one of the greatest public health achievements possible," said WHO Director-General Margaret Chan.

GE Capital CEO sees asset sale pace speeding up in third quarter

The logo of General Electric is pictured at the 26th World Gas Conference in Paris"We’re going to pick up the pace in the third quarter," GE Capital Chief Executive Keith Sherin told Reuters in an interview. GE, which is shedding $200 billion in finance assets to focus on industrial manufacturing, earlier on Tuesday announced the $2.2 billion sale of its European private equity financing business to Japan's Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp. A day earlier, GE said it had agreements to shed its fleet management arm. A deal to sell its U.S. private equity lending business was disclosed earlier in the month.

Study Investigates Possible Link Between Citrus and Skin Cancer
Researchers fighting cancer are looking at risks from eating citrus.

Possible Citrus-Skin Cancer Link Subject of New Study
The new study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology examines if eating citrus may put people at greater risk for developing melanoma.

FDA seeks data on e-cigarettes after surge in poisoning cases

An employee prepares e-liquids phials for electronic cigarettes produced at the Vincent dans les Vapes factory in Pessac near Bordeaux(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it is seeking additional data and comments on liquid nicotine as it considers warning the public about the dangers of its exposure amid a rise in electronic cigarette use. The agency has evaluated data and science on the risks, especially to infants and children, from accidental exposure to nicotine and liquid nicotine that is used in e-cigarettes. The surge in e-cigarette use comes as conventional cigarette smoking has declined in the United States to about 19 percent of adults, prompting tobacco companies such as Altria Group Inc, Philip Morris International Inc and Reynolds American Inc to rush into the e-cigarette market.

Many older adults have persistent pain after car crashes
By Madeline Kennedy (Reuters Health) - One in four seniors who've been in car accidents will have lasting pain, and many will struggle to perform basic daily activities in the months afterward, a new study suggests. Car crashes are the second most common form of trauma among older adults, the researchers write in Annals of Emergency Medicine. Lead author Timothy Platts-Mills, of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, said his team’s long-term goal is to prevent this type of trauma from developing into persistent pain for older adults.

California governor toughens vaccinations rules

California governor toughens vaccinations rulesCalifornia's governor on Tuesday signed a bill toughening vaccination requirements for children, following a measles outbreak and outcry across the country. The new law will require all children to be immunized before entering kindergarten, with exceptions allowed only if a doctor advises against immunization, said Jerry Brown. The measure garnered support from both Republicans and Democrats after a measles outbreak in December in the Disneyland theme park affected some 130 people.

OxyContin maker bows out of meeting on harder-to-abuse drug
WASHINGTON (AP) — The makers of the potent painkiller OxyContin have pulled out of a federal meeting to review the company's harder-to-abuse version of the much-debated drug.

Oklahoma to quickly resume executions after Supreme Court decision

A police officer patrols the plaza in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington(Reuters) - Oklahoma is looking to resume executions as soon as August after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled this week that a drug used in the state’s lethal injection mix was appropriate and legal, officials said on Tuesday.

Half of heart disease deaths due to preventable factors

To match feature USA-OBESITY/Although the death toll has steadily declined over the past 30 years due to prevention and treatment measures, heart disease is still the leading cause of death in the U.S., causing one in every four deaths, or 610,000 deaths each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To estimate how many heart disease deaths are due to preventable factors, Patel and her coauthors analyzed responses from more than 500,000 people, ages 45 to 79, to a landline phone-based behavioral risk factor survey in 2009 and 2010, as well as data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. The researchers write in Annals of Internal Medicine that had it been possible to completely eliminate every case of high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity and smoking in the U.S., 54 percent of heart disease deaths among men and almost 50 percent of heart disease deaths among women in 2010 could have been prevented.

Glow on, Girl: 3 Steps to Your Perfect 4th of July Tan

Glow on, Girl: 3 Steps to Your Perfect 4th of July TanWhether you're off to the Hamptons, making it a shore thing in Newport, or snuggling up with your beau during a firework display, you'll want to make sure to get your glow on before daring to bare in your favorite bikini this Forth of July.Looking for a "lit from within" glow without damaging your skin? Join the club. Luckily for you, I've done...

O say can you breathe? Fireworks pollute air, study says

FILE - In this Friday, July 4, 2014 file photo, fireworks light up the lower Manhattan skyline during the Macy's Annual Fourth of July fireworks show in New York. On Tuesday, July 30, 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency said children, older adults, and people with heart disease, asthma or other lung diseases are considered to be particularly sensitive to particle pollution. The agency recommended that they limit their exposure by watching fireworks from upwind. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)NEW YORK (AP) — July Fourth fireworks fill the skies across the nation with more than sparkling bursts of color. They spew pollution, too.

Will pope chew coca leaves in Bolivia? 'Wait and see,' Vatican says

Pope Francis conducts a mass before presenting palliums to Archbishops in Saint Peter's Basilica at the VaticanBy Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis will decide for himself if he chews coca leaves in order to ward off altitude sickness when he lands next week at La Paz, Bolivia, the highest international airport in the world, the Vatican said on Tuesday. A Bolivian minister said on Sunday that Francis had told government officials that he would like to chew coca leaves - the major ingredient of cocaine - when he visits.. But spokesman Father Federico Lombardi, responding at a briefing on the trip where several questions revolved around the Argentine pope and the Andean coca leaf, said he did not know if any such request had been made. "The pope will do what he thinks is most opportune." At just over 4,000 meters (13,000 feet) above sea level, La Paz airport, appropriately called "El Alto".

Liberia announces return of Ebola

Health workers burn clothes belonging to Ebola patients at a medical centre in the Liberian capital Monrovia, on September 27, 2014Liberia announced the return of Ebola on Tuesday following the death of a 17-year-old boy, dealing a worrying blow to the country's recovery three months after its last known case. Health minister Bernice Dahn told a news conference the boy got ill while travelling on the Roberts International Airport Highway and died at a village near the hub, about an hour's drive southeast of Monrovia. The sample was sent out for Ebola testing," she told reporters in the capital.

Report urges major steps to help victims of cardiac arrest
WASHINGTON (AP) — Would you know what to do if you see someone collapse, not breathing — a loved one at home, a co-worker at the office, a stranger on the street? Far too many Americans die of cardiac arrest, and now a major new report urges a national campaign to improve survival in part by making sure more bystanders know how to help.

Liberia records Ebola death despite being declared virus-free

Health worker injects a woman with an Ebola vaccine during a trial in MonroviaBy Alphonso Toweh MONROVIA (Reuters) - A Liberian teenager has died of Ebola, more than seven weeks after the west African country was declared free of the virus, a government minister said on Tuesday. The body of the 17-year-old tested positive for Ebola on Sunday and he was buried the same day. Authorities have begun tracing people he may have come into contact with while infected, Deputy Health Minister Tolbert Nyenswah said.

Cuba named first country to end mother-to-child HIV transmission

Nurse gives a red ribbon to a woman to mark World Aids Day at the entrance of Emilio Ribas Hospital, in Sao PauloThe World Health Organization on Tuesday declared Cuba the first country in the world to eliminate the transmission of HIV and syphilis from mother to child. The WHO said in a statement that an international delegation that it and the Pan American Health Organization sent to Cuba in March determined the country met the criteria for the designation. In 2013, only two children in Cuba were born with HIV and five with syphilis, the statement said.

Beware of animal diseases as biological weapons, health experts say
The World Health Organization, animal health and national defense officers called on Tuesday for wider international cooperation to avoid the spread of animal diseases that could be used as biological weapons. Sixty percent of human diseases come from animal agents and 80 percent of the agents that could be used for bio terrorism are of animal origin, said Bernard Vallat, director general of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).

Nearly one in three Americans owns a gun

Gloria Lincoln-Thompson carries her 9mm Smith & Wesson pistol in her waist band during a rally in support of the Michigan Open Carry gun law in Romulus, MichiganGun ownership was closely tied to “social gun culture,” wherein family and friends also own guns and think less of non-gun owners, researchers found. “Considering the presence of deeply rooted gun culture and the estimated number of guns in the U.S. to be 310 million, we (suspected) that social gun culture is associated with gun ownership,” said lead author Dr. Bindu Kalesan of the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University in New York. “This association was strong even after removing the effect of other factors such as presence of gun laws and gun deaths,” Kalesan told Reuters Health by email.

GE to sell European private equity financing unit to SMBC

Pedestrians are reflected on a sign outside a branch of Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation in TokyoGeneral Electric Co said it would sell its European private equity financing business to a unit of Japan's Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp (SMBC) for about $2.2 billion as the U.S. conglomerate sheds financial assets amid a restructuring. This makes the deal attractive to the core banking unit of Japan's third largest bank, Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group (SMFG) , which is trying to diversify away from the fiercely competitive corporate lending sector. In 2012, SMFG acquired an aircraft leasing company from Royal Bank of Scotland Group for $7.3 billion and this year, Mizuho Financial Group Inc agreed to buy the U.S. and Canadian loan portfolio of RBS for $3 billion.

World's poorest gain access to water, but not toilets
By Magdalena Mis LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The poor's lack of access to sanitation threatens to undermine the health benefits they have gained from access to clean water, the United Nations said on Tuesday. More than 90 percent of the world population has access to clean water, but 2.4 billion people, most in rural areas, continue to live without toilets, the U.N. children's agency UNICEF and World Health Organisation (WHO) reported. "Until everyone has access to adequate sanitation facilities, the quality of water supplies will be undermined and too many people will continue to die from waterborne and water-related diseases," said Maria Neira, head of public health at WHO.

Spain warns of risk to elderly as it bakes in heatwave

People jump into the Guadalquivir river during a heatwave in Sevilla on June 28, 2015Spain remained locked in a heat wave on Tuesday with most of the country on high alert for forest fires and the elderly urged to take extra care. Spain's national weather office put 40 of the nation's 50 provinces on either "yellow" or "orange" alert due to the scorching temperatures which are forecast to dip on Wednesday before rising again at the weekend. The highest temperatures were expected to be recorded in the central province of Toledo where the mercury was forecast to rise to 41 degrees Celsius (105.8 Fahrenheit).

Efficient stove technology eases North Kenya's medical waste problem
By Kagondu Njagi WAMBA, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Poor weather, security threats and bad roads have made disposing of the Wamba district hospital's medical waste a challenge. The nearest incinerator is about 200 kilometers (125 miles) away and "traveling was not possible during heavy rains because connecting roads were cut off by floods,” said Stephen Lesrumat, a medic at the hospital. "It has reduced the burden of traveling outside the county to get rid of medical waste,” Lesrumat said, sparing hospitals a potentially dangerous build-up of medical waste during periods when roads are impassible.

5 Exercises You Can Do Anywhere

5 Exercises You Can Do AnywhereBy Samuel Blackstone for DETAILS.(photo: Getty)It's officially summer! Time for barbecues, fireworks, and best of all, vacation. But just because you're off from work doesn't mean your body is on break too, especially if you're going to the beach. You may not have a gym, you may not have weights, and with these exercises, brought to you by Mike...

U.S. seeks up to $3.35 billion in Novartis kickback lawsuit

Swiss drugmaker Novartis' logo is seen at the company's plant in the northern Swiss town of SteinThe United States says Novartis AG should pay as much as $3.35 billion in damages and civil fines because the Swiss drugmaker used kickbacks to boost sales of two drugs covered by Medicare and Medicaid. In papers filed Monday night in Manhattan federal court, the government said it deserves that sum under the federal False Claims Act over alleged improper reimbursements for Exjade, used by patients who receive blood transfusions, and Myfortic, for patients with kidney transplants. The government is seeking up to $1.52 billion in damages, representing triple the sums allegedly reimbursed and tainted by kickbacks between 2004 and 2013.

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