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U.S. Army shipped anthrax samples over more than year-long period
Two U.S. Army facilities, the Dugway Proving Ground in Utah, and the Edgewood Chemical Biological Center in Maryland, mistakenly shipped suspected live anthrax samples from March 2014 through April 2015, a U.S. official said on Wednesday. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Dugway Proving Ground had reported, apparently erroneously, the inactivation of the anthrax stock in question following its treatment with gamma irradiation. The samples originated at Dugway but were also later shipped from Edgewood to U.S. federal, private and academic facilities, the official said, adding, however, that there were no suspected anthrax infections so far or risk to the general public.

Colorado cinema gunman's writings show murder plans, musings

File photo of James Holmes sitting in court for an advisement hearing at the Arapahoe County Justice Center in CentennialBy Keith Coffman CENTENNIAL, Colo., (Reuters) - A journal that Colorado cinema gunman James Holmes wrote before he opened fire inside a packed theater contains his plans to commit a mass killing, interspersed with personal musings and philosophical questions, a document showed on Wednesday. The writings were introduced by prosecutors in the murder trial of the 27-year-old California native and former neuroscience graduate student who is charged with multiple counts of first-degree murder and attempted murder. Holmes has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to fatally shooting 12 moviegoers and wounding 70 more in a suburban Denver theater during a screening of the Batman film “The Dark Knight Rises.” Holmes, who could face the death penalty over the July 2012 rampage, mailed a spiral notebook containing the writings to his psychiatrist a day before he launched his attack on the theater.

U.S. military mistakenly ships live anthrax to labs in nine states
By Phil Stewart and Sharon Begley WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. military facility in Utah mistakenly sent live anthrax bacteria to private laboratories in nine U.S. states and a U.S. military base in South Korea, the Pentagon said on Wednesday. The four face "minimal" risk, said Jason McDonald, a spokesman for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which has begun an investigation of the incident. When anthrax becomes airborne, it can cause a deadly illness called inhalation anthrax.

Hundreds rally in Myanmar over 'boat people' crisis
By Aubrey Belford and Hnin Yadana Zaw YANGON (Reuters) - Hundreds of protesters marched through the streets of Myanmar's largest city of Yangon on Wednesday to denounce foreign criticism of the country's treatment of stateless Rohingya Muslims. About 300 people, led by about 30 Buddhist monks, shouted slogans against the United Nations and Western media, who they accuse of unfairly blaming Myanmar for a "boat people" crisis that has seen thousands of trafficked Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants wash up in Southeast Asia in recent weeks. Protest leaders argued that the vast majority of those who have landed or been rescued at sea were citizens of neighboring Bangladesh, who were pretending to be Rohingya in order to receive refugee protection.

Wearable fitness tracker maker Fitbit sued by rival Jawbone
By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Wearable fitness tracking device maker Fitbit Inc is being accused by rival Jawbone of attempting to steal core confidential data about Jawbone's business, according to a lawsuit filed on Wednesday. The lawsuit, filed in San Francisco Superior Court, alleges Fitbit engaged in a clandestine effort to steal talent, trade secrets and intellectual property. A number of recently departed employees used USB thumb drives and other tactics to take information about Jawbone's supply chain, gross margins, product lineup and market predictions, the lawsuit said. ...

Pentagon: Military mistakenly shipped live anthrax samples

Pentagon: Military mistakenly shipped live anthrax samplesWASHINGTON (AP) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday it is investigating what the Pentagon called an inadvertent shipment of live anthrax spores to government and commercial laboratories in as many as nine states, as well as one overseas, that expected to receive dead spores.

Four people in U.S. may be taking medication after anthrax mishap
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. authorities have so far recommended that four civilians take precautionary medication after a U.S. military facility in Utah mistakenly shipped live samples of anthrax, instead of inactive ones, a U.S. official said on Wednesday. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, did not describe the medication, saying only that it was a form of "preventative prophylaxis." (Reporting by Phil Stewart; Editing by Sandra Maler)

How to Stop Being So Self-Critical: ANGTFT

How to Stop Being So Self-Critical: ANGTFT"But about a month before my friend Pammy died, she said something that may have permanently changed me. We had gone shopping for a dress for me to wear that night to a nightclub with the man I was seeing at the time. Pammy was in a wheelchair, wearing her Queen Mum wig, the Easy Rider look in her eyes. I tried on a lavender minidress, which is...

Rolls Royces, movies: private India hospitals go luxe for growth

A general view of the lobby area is pictured at the Fortis Memorial Hospital at GurgaonBy Zeba Siddiqui and Aditya Kalra MUMBAI/NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Cinemas, Rolls-Royces and rooms so plush they could belong in a five-star hotel: private hospital operators in India are all but rolling out a red carpet to lure affluent locals and tourists to seek medical treatment at their luxe facilities. Local hospital firms including Fortis Healthcare Ltd, Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Ltd and privately owned Medanta have built or upgraded facilities to tap the top-end of a private healthcare sector industry body ASSOCHAM estimates would grow 20 percent a year from 2013 to become a $125 billion market in two years time. Overseas rivals including Dubai-based Aster DM Healthcare and ABV Group are also investing in luxury healthcare in India, attracted by strong demand for quality medical care which, due to lower costs and a weaker rupee, they can offer to patients at below-international prices.

Pentagon says one anthrax sample sent to South Korea
The Pentagon said on Wednesday that a suspected live sample of anthrax was sent to a U.S. base in South Korea, in addition to the samples mistakenly sent to nine U.S. states, but stressed no personnel have shown signs of possible exposure. "The sample was destroyed in accordance with appropriate protocols," said Pentagon spokesman Colonel Steve Warren, adding the sample was sent to Osan Air Base.

Mexico working hard to prevent new outbreaks of bird flu: official
Mexico is working hard to prevent outbreaks of a bird flu epidemic that has stricken the U.S. poultry and egg industry in recent months, a senior Mexican agriculture ministry official said on Wednesday. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, was responding to comments on Tuesday by a world health official who said that Mexico was particularly vulnerable. Bernard Vallat, director-general of the Paris-based World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), said there is a high risk that bird flu strains could spread within the American continent, mainly to Mexico.

FDA approves Actavis, Valeant drugs for irritable bowel syndrome
By Toni Clarke WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. health regulators approved new irritable bowel syndrome drugs from Actavis Plc and Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc on Wednesday, validating big investments both companies made to acquire the products. The Food and Drug Administration approved eluxadoline, to be sold under the brand name Viberzi, which Actavis obtained with its $1.1 billion acquisition last year of Furiex Pharmaceuticals. The agency also approved Valeant's Xifaxan, also known as rifaximin, which the company acquired with its $11 billion purchase earlier this year of Salix Pharmaceuticals Ltd. Both drugs are designed to treat diarrhea-predominant irritable bowel syndrome (IBS-D), a condition that affects about 28 million people in the United States and Europe and can cause abdominal pain, bloating and diarrhea.

FDA ban nearly wiped out deaths, poisonings from ephedra
By Gene Emery NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A 13-year tally of deaths and poisonings from ephedra show a spectacular decline after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration banned the sale of weight loss products containing the herb in 2004. "The number of poisonings resulting in major effects or deaths has decreased by more than 98% since 2002. The 2004 FDA ban has proved to be a very effective means of limiting the availability of ephedra and therefore its potential toxicity in the United States," Illinois researchers report in the May 28 New England Journal of Medicine.

Poverty-linked heart risks greatest for poor black women, younger adults
By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) - Among African American adults with low education and income levels, the increase in risk of heart disease or stroke associated with living in poverty is largest for women and people under age 50, according to a large new study. In the Mississippi African American population studied, women with the lowest “socioeconomic position“ were more than twice as likely to have heart disease or stroke as those with the highest socioeconomic position. The effect was also greatest among younger adults, with low-income men and women under age 50 more than three times as likely to experience cardiovascular problems compared to peers with the highest socioeconomic status, according to lead author Samson Y. Gebreab of the National Human Genome Research Institute at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.

One Stretch to Wake Up Your Body

One Stretch to Wake Up Your BodyIt feels amazing first thing in the morning--trust.By Amy Schlinger, SELF Photo of Jenn by Jay SullivanBring your body to life first thing in the A.M. and give your muscles a natural caffeine-like boost with this feel-good stretch from Jenn Seracuse, Director of Pilates at Flex Studios in New York City.Consider this your chance to ease into...

Dietary Guidance: Sustainability or Stupidity?

Dietary Guidance: Sustainability or Stupidity?As a writer, I recognize the need to be blunt at times to deliver a message effectively. I don't shy away from that requirement, but I do try to avoid insult. For one thing, you cannot communicate effectively with someone you alienate. For another, I have far too many doubts about what I think I know to disparage views with which I disagree for...

US high court: California county drug disposal law stands
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court let stand a Northern California county's drug disposal law, paving the way for similar ordinances.

Pentagon says no suspected anthrax infections after lab mishap
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon said on Wednesday there were no suspected cases of anthrax infection among laboratory workers or risk to the general public after live samples were mistakenly sent from a military facility in Utah to nine U.S. states. Colonel Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, said the military facility in Utah had been trying to develop a test to identify biological threats. (Reporting by Phil Stewart; Editing by Eric Beech)

Rhode Island Pegs Increase of STDs to Rise of Social Media Dating
Rhode Island Department of Health officials warn that social media can facilitate high-risk behavior, including casual and anonymous sexual encounters.

Cigarette warnings on packages work better with pictures
By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Gruesome photographs on cigarette packages may deliver more effective anti-smoking messages than words, a new analysis finds. Researchers reviewed previous studies comparing images to text warnings on cigarette boxes and found pictures commanded more attention, elicited stronger emotional reactions, summoned more negative attitudes and made it more likely that smokers would vow to quit. “They say a picture is worth a thousand words – that really seems to be the case here,” said lead study author Seth Noar, co-director of the interdisciplinary health communication program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Study reveals flaws in gene testing; results often conflict

FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011 file photo, a scientist works with DNA samples in a New Orleans laboratory. On Wedensday, May 27, 2015, the first report from a big public-private project to improve genetic testing reveals it is not as rock solid as many people believe, with flaws that result in some people wrongly advised to worry about a disease risk and others wrongly told they can relax. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)The first report from a big public-private project to improve genetic testing reveals it is not as rock solid as many people believe, with flaws that result in some people wrongly advised to worry about a disease risk and others wrongly told they can relax.

Don't delay: Study confirms early treatment is best for HIV
WASHINGTON (AP) — A major international study says don't delay in seeking HIV treatment: Starting medication soon after diagnosis helps keep people healthy longer.

US to review pilot mental health issues after Germanwings crash

US aviation regulators announced on Wednesday a study of the mental health of US airline pilots in the wake of the Germanwings and Malaysia Airlines disastersThe Federal Aviation Administration said the study's findings could result in changes to the way pilots are evaluated for fitness to fly. The crash of a Germanwings flight in France in late March, killing all 150 people aboard, apparently was deliberately caused by a co-pilot who had a history of severe depression. A Malaysia Airlines flight inexplicably went missing in a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in 2014.

California scientists test Ecstasy as anxiety-reducer for gravely ill

Undated handout of ecstasy pills, which contain MDMA as their main chemicalBy Emmett Berg SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California scientists are testing whether the illegal psychoactive drug commonly known as Ecstasy could help alleviate anxiety for terminally ill patients, the trial's principal funder said on Tuesday. At least a dozen subjects with life-threatening diseases like cancer, and who are expected to live at least 9 months, will participate in the double-blind trial over the next year in Marin County, said Brad Burge, spokesman for the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies. Each subject will be randomly given either a full dose - 125 milligrams of MDMA followed up later by a supplemental dose - or a placebo with none of the drug, Burge said.

U.S. to review pilot mental health after Germanwings crash
By Jeffrey Dastin and David Morgan NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A panel of experts from government and industry will review how the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration monitors the mental health of commercial pilots and will make recommendations within six months, the agency said Wednesday. Formation of the Pilot Fitness Aviation Rulemaking Committee was announced two months after a Germanwings flight crashed in the French Alps. The committee of U.S. and international experts will examine methods used to evaluate pilots' emotional health as well as the barriers to reporting any issues, the FAA said.

The Future of Fashion: Earth Day, Fash Rev, True Cost

The Future of Fashion: Earth Day, Fash Rev, True CostIt feels like divine momentum that Earth Day and Fash Rev Day are only 24 hrs apart. A multitude of good can spring from even the most dire circumstances -- so how can we best harness the energy of change? By becoming it, Baby. As individuals, we can consciously decide what we allow into our space; we can vote with our $, supporting what we value...

Mystery Illness Strikes North Carolina Elementary School and Sickens At Least 170 People
Health officials are investigating what caused a widespread illness at Shiloh Elementary School in Monroe, North Carolina, last week.

FBI probing what J&J knew about uterine surgery device: WSJ
(Reuters) - The Federal Bureau of Investigation is probing a surgical tool found to spread uterine cancer and what Johnson & Johnson knew about its risks before withdrawing its version of the device last year, the Wall Street Journal reported. J&J said in July that it would ask doctors to return the device, called laparoscopic power morcellator, which is used to treat uterine growths called fibroids. It is unclear what stage the inquiry is in, the Journal reported, citing three people who have been interviewed.

Americans keep getting fatter: poll

Americans keep getting fatter: pollWaistlines of American adults kept growing last year with obesity creeping up to 27.7 percent, according to a Gallup poll released Wednesday. As in previous years, African Americans, the poorest Americans and people living in southern states like Mississippi or Louisiana are the most likely to suffer from obesity. The Gallup poll involved 176,702 American adults and was conducted from January 2 through December 30, 2014.

Aging demographic to push up Canada cancer rate 40%

Aging demographic to push up Canada cancer rate 40%Canada must boost its capacity to treat cancers as new cases among its aging and growing population are set to soar, the Canadian Cancer Society said Wednesday. The agency released a report in collaboration with Statistics Canada and the nation's public health agency predicting a 40 percent rise in new cancer cases in the next 15 years. The study estimates that 227,000 people a year will be diagnosed with cancer by 2030, amid an upsurge in prostate and colorectal cancer cases.

Gratitude Speaks: Dr. Mario Martinez, Author of the No. 1 Bestselling 'The MindBody Code'

Gratitude Speaks: Dr. Mario Martinez, Author of the No. 1 Bestselling 'The MindBody Code'I'm Miriam Ava, founder of ColorsofGratitude.com and ambassador of good taste. I love sharing messages that matter and Gratitude Speaks is a wonderful format where I get to interview extraordinary people. Find all episodes of Gratitude Speaks here.It's a supreme pleasure to share with you the revolutionary research of my friend Dr. Mario...

Post Holdings says 35 percent of egg supply now affected by bird flu
(Reuters) - Post Holdings Inc said a third company-owned chicken flock in Nebraska had tested positive for avian flu, bringing total affected egg supply to about 35 percent of commitments. The company, best known for its breakfast cereals including Raisin Bran and Honey Bunches of Oats, said the financial impact from the latest outbreak was still being assessed. Post said earlier this month that avian flu constituted a "force majeure event" for its Michael Foods egg business.

Health law court case winner could be political loser

FILE - in this March 25, 2015 file photo, Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y. speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. The party that wins the impending Supreme Court decision on President Barack Obama’s health care law could be the political loser. If the Republican-backed challenge to the law’s subsidies for lower-earning Americans prevails, they’d have achieved a top goal of severely damaging “Obamacare.” (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The party that wins the impending Supreme Court decision on President Barack Obama's health care law could be the political loser.

Good News and Bad News for Antibiotics

Good News and Bad News for AntibioticsEvery credible medical and health organization, including the American Medical Association, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the World Health Organization, has said if we don't significantly reduce antibiotic use in people and agriculture, we will soon live in a world where these drugs no longer work. This...

Hey Coffee Drinkers, There's Something You Should Know

Hey Coffee Drinkers, There's Something You Should KnowYou should probably be drinking your morning cup of coffee around 10 a.m., according to a new video from AsapScience. We know, we know. If you're an I-need-caffeine-as-soon-as-I-wake-up kind of person, this isn't great news. But as AsapScience explains it, the production of cortisol, the "stress hormone" associated with the way the body...

Romania's Antibiotice to boost exports to the U.S.
By Luiza Ilie BUCHAREST (Reuters) - The United States will become Romanian state-owned drugmaker Antibiotice Iasi's biggest foreign market by the middle of next year as it increases exports, its chief executive said on Wednesday. The generic drug producer shifted its focus to exports in 2009 when the financial crisis depressed domestic demand. Since then, its exports have doubled to roughly $25.6 million last year, accounting for a third of its turnover.

Peru lawmakers reject bill to allow pregnant rape victims an abortion
By Anastasia Moloney BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Peruvian rape victims who have become pregnant have no legal option but to keep an unwanted pregnancy after Congress voted against a bill to legalize abortion in such cases, an issue that has divided ordinary Peruvians. The vote, late on Tuesday, meant the Latin American nation kept in place a stringent law that permits abortion only if the mother's life or health is at risk. "It has been decided to shelve this bill, which was proposed by civil society groups that aimed to decriminalize abortion, based on criteria proposed by the Congress committee that the basis of the right to life is from the moment of conception," said conservative congressman Juan Carlos Eguren.

Ukraine faces looming HIV treatment shortage

People walk past quilts on Mikhaylovskaya Square in Kiev on May 13, 2011 to commemorate AIDS victims in UkraineA group of Ukrainians infected with HIV warned on Wednesday that thousands could soon perish because the war-torn country was running out of treatment for the virus responsible for AIDS. "We are calling on the prime minister and the government of Ukraine to avert this catastrophe," protest coordinator Volodymyr Zhovtyak said in a statement. "After all, medication being used by 30,000 HIV-positive people will run out in three weeks," he wrote.

Newer contraceptive pills may further raise risk of blood clots
By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) - Newer versions of the Pill may raise a woman’s risk of dangerous blood clots even more than older versions, a large U.K. study suggests. Women taking any combined oral contraceptive pills - containing both estrogen and progestin - were three times as likely to develop a blood clot in a deep vein in the leg or pelvis, compared to women not on the Pill. “This association is between 1.5 and 1.8 times higher for the newer formulations,” said lead author Yana Vinogradova, a research fellow in medical statistics at the University of Nottingham.

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