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Spanish judge orders release of ill boy's parents

This is an undated handout photos issued by England's Hampshire Police on Monday Sept. 1, 2014, of Brett King and Naghemeh King, the parents of Ashya King, who have legal proceedings against them continuing in Spain after they took the five-year-old brain cancer patient out of hospital without doctors' consent. Critically-ill 5-year-old boy Ashya King driven to Spain by his parents is receiving medical treatment for a brain tumor in a Spanish hospital as his parents await extradition to Britain, police said Sunday Aug. 31 2014. Officers received a phone call late Saturday from a hotel east of Malaga advising that a vehicle fitting the description circulated by police was on its premises. Both parents were arrested and the boy, Ashya King, was taken to a hospital, a Spanish police spokesman said. (AP Photo/Hampshire Police)SOTO DEL REAL, Spain (AP) — Spanish officials have ordered the immediate release of a detained British couple who were wanted by police in the United Kingdom after they took their critically ill child for treatment abroad without doctors' consent.


NY attorney general sues Actavis and Forest Labs over Alzheimer's drug
By Devika Krishna Kumar (Reuters) - The attorney general of New York filed a lawsuit against Actavis Plc and its subsidiary to stop the companies from discontinuing its Alzheimer's drug, alleging that they were trying to maintain a monopoly position illegally. Eric Schneiderman, New York's attorney general, alleges that Actavis and its subsidiary Forest Laboratories violated anti-trust and state laws. “Unfortunately, schemes to block competition, without considering the consequences to patients, are a growing trend in the health care industry. ...

Texas doctor poisoned lover's coffee over obsession: prosecutor
By Amanda Orr HOUSTON (Reuters) - A breast cancer physician charged with spiking her lover's coffee with a compound used in antifreeze was obsessed with the man and even had a private investigator follow him, prosecutors said in opening statements at her trial on Monday. Dr. Ana Maria Gonzalez-Angulo, 43, is charged with aggravated assault of a family member, which also covers domestic violence in dating relationships, for allegedly spiking Dr. George Blumenschein's coffee in January 2013. ...

Lawyer grills DePuy executive over safety studies for Pinnacle hips
By Jessica Dye and Marice Richter (Reuters) - An executive at Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy Orthopaedics Inc unit on Monday defended the company’s assessment of safety risks associated with metal-on-metal Pinnacle hip implants in a Dallas court from a lawyer who said the company had neglected to perform critical safety testing. Pamela Plouhar, the worldwide vice president of clinical research at DePuy, was grilled by a lawyer for plaintiff Kathy Herlihy-Paoli during the first trial among more than 6,000 lawsuits over the Pinnacle hips that have been consolidated in Dallas federal court. ...

Ohio man walks into traffic, sets himself on fire: police
By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - A Ohio man was in critical condition on Monday after he walked into busy traffic outside of Cleveland and then lit himself on fire in front of three young children, police said. Hugo Ramos, 28, pulled his vehicle over in Pittsfield Township, 35 miles (56 km) west of Cleveland, walked directly into traffic and was struck by a truck around 11 a.m. local time, according to Craig Cvetan, a spokesman for the Ohio State Highway Patrol. ...

GE exec says avoided geared design in jet engine battle with Pratt

The General Electric logo is seen in a Sears store in SchaumburgGeneral Electric Co avoided using a geared design for its new engine for narrowbody jets because of concerns about weight and reliability, said a top GE executive on Monday as it battles with rival Pratt & Whitney for billions of dollars in engine orders. Pratt, part of United Technologies Corp , developed a geared turbofan that relies on a gearbox and lets the front fan operate at a different speed than the rest of the engine, while on GE's traditionally configured engines the fans run at the same speed. Speaking at a Morgan Stanley investor conference, GE Chief Technology Officer Mark Little said the company had "considered a geared approach ... and we chose very consciously not to take that approach." "Some other application someday, maybe, but not for this one," Little said at the conference in Dana Point, California, that was broadcast over the Internet. Through its joint venture called CFM with France's Safran , GE is competing against Pratt for airline and other customers that choose Airbus' new A320neo single-aisle plane.


Smoking rates on the rise in New York City

FILE--In this Feb. 18, 2011 file photo, Katherin Burns, 19, left, smokes with Shannon Roy, 18, right, in the pedestrian plaza in Times Square in New York. New York City's Department of Health released data Monday, Sept. 15, 2014 showing that for the first time since 2007 there are more than 1 million smokers in the city. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, file)NEW YORK (AP) — For the first time in years, more than 1 million New Yorkers are smoking, according to data released Monday, marking a disturbing rise of tobacco use in the city that pioneered a number of anti-smoking initiatives that were emulated nationally.


APNewsBreak: NY bid to halt Alzheimer's drug swap
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's attorney general filed a federal lawsuit Monday seeking to stop a manufacturer from discontinuing its drug widely used to treat Alzheimer's patients, arguing the company is illegally driving patients to its newer patented drug to avoid losses from cheaper generic alternatives coming out next year.

UK lawmakers say government environmental record ranges from bad to worse

A supermoon rises over Tower Bridge in LondonBy Nina Chestney LONDON (Reuters) - British lawmakers say the government is doing a worse job of reducing air pollution, preventing flooding and protecting wildlife than it was four years ago, according to a report published on Tuesday. The Environmental Audit Committee's report scored the government according to the progress it has made in 10 areas of the environment. Those included air pollution, emissions and climate change, forests, flooding and coastal protection, resource efficiency and water availability. The parliamentary committee assigned a traffic-light score to each environmental area.


Dutch doctors feared to have Ebola leave hospital

A girl walks past a sign warning of the dangers of Ebola outside a government hospital in Freetown, Sierra Leone, on August 13, 2014The Hague (AFP) - Two Dutch doctors flown home from west Africa after fears they might have been contaminated with the killer Ebola virus have left hospital "in good health," their employer, the Lion Heart Medical Centre, said Monday.


Personal Trainers: How to Price Your Services
Whether you're expanding your personal training business, introducing new classes or offering private appointments for the first time, determining pricing can be both an art and a science. On one hand, you want to make sure you aren't setting prices so high that it would deter clients from signing up, but on the other, you don't want to set...

Dental Insurance Questions Debunked By a Dentist

Dental Insurance Questions Debunked By a DentistEveryone dreams of flashing the confident, sparkle-in-the-eyes, I'm-feeling-good smile! How often do you wonder what kind of impression your smile projects? We all want to be noticed for how unique we are, and a smile is the best natural accessory.Innovation in technology and advancements in the quality of dental materials have made it easier...


GMO safety, weed control top concerns as U.S. study kicks off

A scientist shows "Golden Rice" and ordinary rice at the International Rice Research Institute in Los BanosBy Carey Gillam (Reuters) - Agriculture experts raised a number of concerns with genetically modified crops, including safety and spreading weed resistance, at the first public meeting of a U.S. government sponsored study of genetically engineered crops held Monday. The study, led by the National Research Council (NRC) and sponsored in part by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, comes at a time of growing consumer suspicion of genetically modified crops, which are used in a variety of packaged food products. Many U.S. ...


Sierra Leone: WHO too slow to help doc with Ebola

A area that was used to treat Ebola virus patients forming part of the Lumley Government Hospital, where medical doctor Olivet Buck worked before contracting the Ebola virus and passing away on Saturday near the city of Freetown, Sierra Leone, Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. Sierra Leone accused the World Health Organization on Monday of being “sluggish” in facilitating an evacuation of a doctor who died from Ebola before she could be sent out of the country for medical care. Dr. Olivet Buck died Saturday, hours after the U.N. health agency said it could not help evacuate her to Germany. (AP Photo/ Michael Duff)FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Sierra Leone accused the World Health Organization on Monday of being "sluggish" in facilitating an evacuation of a doctor who died from Ebola before she could be sent out of the country for medical care.


Ebola patient in Nebraska bored in isolation room

In this photo from Sept. 10, 2014, which was released by the Nebraska Medical Center, ebola patient Dr. Richard Sacra listens to Bible verses, read to him by his wife Debbie Sacra, unseen, via a video link . Dr. Sacra is being treated at the biocontainment unit at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Neb. The photo was taken by their son, Max. (AP Photo/Nebraska Medical Center, Max Sacra)OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska doctors treating an American aid worker battling Ebola say that as he improves, he's getting bored in his isolation room.


Gilead slashes cost of $1,000-a-pill hepatitis drug for poor nations

The World Health Organisation estimates there are 185 million people infected with Hepatitis CNew Delhi (AFP) - US biotechnology giant Gilead Sciences announced on Monday licensing deals with seven Indian drug firms to produce cheaper copies of a $1,000-a-pill to treat Hepatitis C in over 90 developing countries.


App developers seek clearer U.S. health data privacy guidelines
By Christina Farr SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Developers of apps for mobile devices are asking a U.S. agency to clarify its rules for protecting patient health information to reflect the fast-evolving technology. On Monday, a consortium of start-ups including CareSync, AirStrip and AngelMD, sent a letter to Pennsylvania Republican Representative Tom Marino, to express their frustration at the lack of developer-friendly online resources surrounding the privacy rules, known as HIPAA. ...

Some consumers risk losing health law tax credits

This Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, photo shows part of the healtcare,gov Website inWashington. Thousands of consumers risk losing financial aid for health care premiums under President Barack Obama’s law unless they clear up lingering questions about their incomes, administration officials said Monday. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of consumers risk losing financial aid for health care premiums under President Barack Obama's law unless they clear up lingering questions about their incomes, administration officials said Monday.


Countries scramble to make up 'precious time' lost in Ebola fight

Health workers put on protective clothing at an MSF Ebola treatment facility in Kailahun, on August 15, 2014Brussels (AFP) - The European Union urged the international community Monday to boost aid to make up for "precious time" lost in the response to west Africa's deadly Ebola outbreak, as the UN Security Council announced an emergency meeting on the crisis.


U.S. says 115,000 could lose Obamacare insurance over immigration

A boy waits in line at a health insurance enrollment event in Cudahy, CaliforniaWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration on Monday said 115,000 people in 36 states could lose their private health insurance under Obamacare after Sept. 30, because of unresolved data problems involving their citizenship or immigration status. Another 363,000 people could see their insurance costs change, due to problems involving income data that is used to determine whether enrollees qualify for federal subsidies to help pay premiums on health plans obtained through the federal insurance marketplace, according to the administration. The U.S. ...


Chiropractic care may ease back-related leg pain
By Shereen Lehman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People with leg pain related to back problems had more short-term relief if they received chiropractic care along with exercise and advice, rather than exercise and advice alone, a new study has found. Patients with back-related leg pain, such as sciatica, are usually treated with prescription medications, injections and surgery. Increasingly, spinal manipulative therapy by chiropractors, exercise and self-management are being recommended as low-risk strategies for back-related leg pain, but good research studies have been lacking, experts say. ...

To treat urinary incontinence, start conservatively, doctors say
By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The treatment of urinary incontinence in women should start with conservative measures that depend on what kind of incontinence they have, according to new guidelines from the American College of Physicians. Women with stress urinary incontinence (marked by an inability to hold urine when laughing, coughing, or sneezing) should start with pelvic floor muscle training, sometimes called Kegel exercises. ...

Merck osteoporosis drug passes trial, but side effects hover
By Ransdell Pierson (Reuters) - Merck & Co said it will seek U.S. approval next year for its long-delayed experimental osteoporosis drug, odanacatib, after it proved effective in a late-stage trial but was associated with rare thigh-bone fractures seen with standard treatments. The once-weekly pill, deemed a potential blockbuster product by some industry analysts, significantly reduced risk of fractures of the hip and spine, and of non-vertebral fractures, compared with placebo, Merck said on Monday. ...

Rare Enterovirus Infections Likely Just Tip of Iceberg
The respiratory virus that???s been sweeping the nation and sending asthmatic children to the hospital may have only been officially reported in 97 children, but experts say that???s just the tip of the iceberg.

Nasdaq slumps to worst day since July; S&P 500 dips

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock ExchangeAlibaba's could be the largest initial public offering in history and has seen "overwhelming" interest, meaning Yahoo's 23 percent stake could be worth more next week than it is now. "There is some nervousness out there, so some money is coming out of the high-flyers and some of it is people getting ready to raise some cash to put to work to Alibaba," said Ken Polcari, Director of the NYSE floor division at O’Neil Securities in New York. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 43.63 points, or 0.26 percent, to 17,031.14, the S&P 500 lost 1.41 points, or 0.07 percent, to 1,984.13, and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 48.70 points, or 1.07 percent, to 4,518.90.


New York City needs to step up nail salon inspections: watchdog
By Sebastien Malo (Reuters) - New York City needs to beef up inspections of its 2,000-plus nail salons to ensure that customers are not exposed to health hazards during routine manicures, the city’s top watchdog said on Monday. Public Advocate Letitia James recommended that the city set up its own team of inspectors to complement a state-led force of 27 who are responsible for an estimated 5,000 salons in New York, from Long Island to the Canadian border. ...

A Good Mom Is a Happy Mom
In my past columns I have written about children's issues and how I have best handled those issues with ways to tackle each situation. As a mother, I have found myself engulfed in my children's lives.But this column won't be about children issues. It's about mom issues. This is definitely a mom-to-mom message.I had to sit back and decide what...

Parents' whooping cough vaccines may protect babies
By Andrew M. Seaman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - When babies are too young to get the whooping cough vaccine, vaccinating their parents might protect them from the dangerous infection, a new study suggests. Young children were 51 percent less likely to be diagnosed with pertussis - also known as whooping cough - when their parents had been immunized against the infection at least four weeks earlier, compared to children in homes where parents weren’t immunized, researchers found. ...

Revolutionary Way to Be Healthy, #4: Celebrate What's Good

Revolutionary Way to Be Healthy, #4: Celebrate What's GoodToday, I am here to speak to you of happy things. And I'll get to that in a second. But, first, allow me to share with you the memory of an unfortunate era during my teen years -- an era when I was not so happy.Back in those days, I was preoccupied with being thin (which I thought would make me happy). So, taking my cue from the bikini-body...


Rare Enterovirus Likely Infected Thousands
The respiratory virus that???s been sweeping the nation and sending asthmatic children to the hospital may have only been officially reported in 97 children, but experts say that???s just the tip of the iceberg.

Epirus, Ranbaxy win India approval for arthritis drug copy

A Ranbaxy office building is pictured in the northern Indian city of MohaliBy Natalie Grover and Zeba Siddiqui (Reuters) - Epirus Biopharmaceuticals Inc said India's drug regulator has approved its copy of a top-selling arthritis treatment, paving the way for its launch in the country early next year. The company's Indian partner, Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd, will sell a copycat version of Johnson & Johnson's and Merck & Co Inc's infliximab, an anti-inflammatory drug with annual sales of about $6 billion. ...


Judith Light Is Taking the Flu Very Seriously

Judith Light Is Taking the Flu Very SeriouslyIn the most loving and ironic twist of fate, actress Judith Light has gone from being a woman of the night in One Life To Live to one of the madams in Dallas in a very upscale, very southern house of ill repute. She also got to stare at Tony Danza's cute butt for several seasons on Who's The Boss... Not a bad career if you ask me, and one of...


Competency exam ordered in Wisconsin 'Slenderman' stabbing case
By Brendan O'Brien WAUKESHA Wis. (Reuters) - One of two Wisconsin pre-teen girls accused of stabbing a friend to please the fictional Internet character Slenderman must undergo a mental competency exam, a judge ruled on Monday. The order of an exam for Anissa Weier, 12, on Monday by Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Michael Bohren follows his ruling in August that co-defendant Morgan Geyser was mentally incompetent to stand trial in the stabbing. ...

Dozens of Illinois students treated in suspected carbon monoxide leak
By Fiona Ortiz (Reuters) - Dozens of middle-school children in the southern Illinois town of Girard were taken to hospitals on Monday with nausea and dizziness possibly brought on by a carbon monoxide leak from a furnace, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. An employee who answered the phone at Girard City Hall - 25 miles south of the state capital, Springfield - confirmed that a number of students from North Mac Intermediate School were being treated, but had no other details. ...

What You Should Eat, and Why You Should Eat It!

What You Should Eat, and Why You Should Eat It!I had not intended to write another column today, and to be candid about it -- I could use a break. But a piece about Dr. Jack Sprat and his identical twin brother (actually, it's the brothers Van Tulleken; "Sprat" is easier) crossed my desktop, I posted it on my Facebook page, and at last check, it had over 8,700 views. So it seems to have...


UN Security Council to hold emergency meeting on Ebola

Liberian Red Cross health workers wearing protective suits carry the body of a victim of the Ebola virus on September 10, 2014, in a district of MonroviaUnited Nations (United States) (AFP) - The UN Security Council will hold an emergency meeting on the Ebola crisis Thursday to find ways to scale up the global response to the epidemic, the US ambassador announced.


End 'panic' measures undermining fight against Ebola: Ghana

Ghana's President Dramani Mahama speaks during a session at World Economic Forum in DavosBy James Harding Giahyue MONROVIA (Reuters) - Ghana's President John Dramani Mahama on Monday called for the easing of restrictions on West African nations fighting Ebola, saying "panic" measures had led to isolation and undermined the battle against the disease. Airlines have halted many flights into and around West Africa, where governments have closed some borders and imposed travel restrictions in a bid to fight an Ebola outbreak that has killed over 2,400 people. ...


DuPont to pay $1.85 million fine after herbicide injures trees

A view of the Dupont logo on a sign at the Dupont Chestnut Run Plaza facility near Wilmington, DelawareBy Carey Gillam (Reuters) - DuPont will pay a $1.85 million penalty to resolve allegations that the global chemical company did not properly disclose the risks of using one of its herbicides, leading to widespread damage to tree species through several U.S. states. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ordered DuPont to stop selling the herbicide, Imprelis, in August 2011 after the agency received more than 7,000 reports of tree damage or death tied to its use. ...


U.N. to launch bold plan to end statelessness in a decade
By Emma Batha THE HAGUE (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The United Nations is to launch an ambitious campaign to eradicate statelessness within a decade, ending the plight of some 10 million people referred to as 'legal ghosts' or 'invisibles', a senior U.N. official said on Monday. "It's an anachronism that we have in the 21st century people who fall outside the realm of nation states," said Volker Türk, head of international protection at the U.N. refugee agency (UNHCR). ...

Despite Warnings, Antibiotics Still Overprescribed in Kids
By Dr. Natasha Bhuyan Despite warnings from public health experts that overprescribing antibiotics could lead to difficult-to-treat “superbugs,” doctors are prescribing antibiotics to children about twice as often as they are actually needed, a new study found. Researchers at Seattle Children’s Hospital examined past studies...

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