• 4 more Zika cases, likely homegrown, found in Texas

    DALLAS (AP) — Four more cases of Zika that were likely transmitted by mosquito bites in Texas have been found in the same neighborhood where the state's first such case was discovered, state health officials said Friday.

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  • Officials: South Beach halts Zika's spread, but risks remain

    MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Florida declared its crisis with local transmission of Zika over for the season Friday in a welcome announcement ahead of peak tourism months, but health authorities warned that travelers would continue bringing the disease into the state.

    Associated Press
  • New CDC data understate accidental shooting deaths of kids

    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Government statistics released this week claiming that 77 minors in the U.S. were killed by unintentional gun discharges last year significantly understate the scope of an enduring public health problem.

    Associated Press
  • French presidential frontrunner Fillon under pressure over healthcare

    By Brian Love PARIS (Reuters) - French Socialist would-be presidential candidate Manuel Valls on Friday criticised conservative rival Francois Fillon's proposals to slash public payroll and health spending, saying they threatened the foundations of a welfare state dear to voters. Valls' salvo

  • Microcephaly quadrupled in Colombia this year due to Zika - report

    By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - Cases of microcephaly in Colombia were four times higher this year than last, an increase that coincides with a widespread outbreak of Zika virus in the country, a report released on Friday said. At its peak in July, microcephaly cases in Colombia were nine

  • GOP's 'Obamacare' repeal path worries health care industry

    WASHINGTON (AP) — One by one, key health care industry groups are telling the incoming Republican administration and Congress that it's not a good idea to repeal the 2010 health care law without clear plans to address the consequences.

    Associated Press
  • New coalition will push back on repeal of Obama health law

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Supporters of the 2010 health care law will launch a political coalition Friday to block its repeal. They're targeting Republican lawmakers whose constituents may now be at risk of losing health insurance.

    Associated Press
  • Paris pollution: Medics on alert, outdoor sports not advised

    PARIS (AP) — With more asthmatic children needing hospital treatment in Paris amid exceptional air pollution, France's government put medics on alert Friday and warned residents to limit outdoor activity over the weekend.

    Associated Press
  • Conjoined Twin Girls Successfully Separated

    Conjoined twin girls who shared much of their lower body were successfully separated after a surgery that took 17 hours, their doctors said. The 2-year-old girls, Erika and Eva Sandoval, were born joined from the lower chest downwards, and shared a liver, a bladder and a leg, according to a statement

  • Can a Chemotherapy Drug 'Turn Back the Clock' in Women's Ovaries?

    The reason for the finding isn't clear, but it suggests that the chemotherapy may spur the development of new eggs, the researchers say. However, the researchers caution that the study was small, and the findings do not prove that the chemotherapy treatment caused the production of new eggs. In

  • Does Your Doctor Need to Show More Empathy?

    Instead of being urged to simply "be more compassionate," doctors should learn specific empathy skills during their training to improve their care of patients, one doctor argues in a new paper. According to Dr. David Jeffrey, an honorary lecturer in palliative medicine at the Center for Population

  • Optimistic Outlook May Lower Women's Risk of Dying

    Women with an optimistic outlook on life may live longer, a new study finds. And although optimism has been linked in earlier studies to healthy behaviors such as eating a healthy diet and getting more exercise, the researchers noted that these behaviors only partially explained the link to a longer

  • Brain Gain: Aerobic Exercise Pumps Up Gray Matter

    Looking to increase your brain size? You may want to try aerobic exercise, a new study suggests. Researchers found that participants who exercised aerobically four times a week for six months showed greater increases in brain volume than participants who exercised for that same amount of time by stretching

  • Staying Well: A Guide to Flu Season When You're Pregnant

    During pregnancy, coming down with the flu is riskier than usual. During the 2009 outbreak of H1N1 influenza, for example, pregnant women made up 5 percent of all U.S. deaths due to the virus, despite constituting only about 1 percent of the population at the time. The risk is greater as pregnancy

  • BRIEF-Shanghai Haohai Biological Technology Co says Tang Minjie appointed chief financial officer

    Dec 9 (Reuters) - Shanghai Haohai Biological Technology CoLtd * Tang Minjie has been appointed as chief financial officer * Board proposes appointment of Tang as an executivedirector of companySource text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

  • Czechs weary of being haven for smokers, eye ban for bars

    PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic may lose its place as one of the last havens for tobacco smokers in Europe.

    Associated Press
  • Beer-loving Czechs approve smoking ban in pubs, restaurants

    By Jan Lopatka PRAGUE (Reuters) - The Czech lower house of parliament on Friday approved a ban on smoking in restaurants, bars and pubs, overcoming years of wrangling and bringing the country in line with most others in the European Union. "This brings the Czech Republic (in line with) civilised

  • Wellness industry to grow at CAGR of 12% by FY20: Ficci

    New Delhi, Dec 9 (IANS) The Indian wellness industry is expected to grow at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12 per cent for the next five years to achieve a Rs 1,50,000 crore-turnover by 2019-20, a leading industry body said on Friday. According to a report by the Federation of Indian Chambers

    IANS India Private Limited
  • New study finds yoga beneficial in lowering blood pressure

    Researchers at the Sir Gangaram Hospital in Delhi, India, studied the impact of yoga on blood pressure in 60 patients with prehypertension but otherwise healthy. Prehypertension is defined as a slightly elevated blood pressure of between 120/80mmHg and 139/89mmHg, according to reference values from

    AFP Relax
  • BRIEF-Hangzhou Tianmushan Pharmaceutical's shareholders reduced almost 5 pct stake

    Dec 9 (Reuters) - Hangzhou Tianmushan PharmaceuticalEnterprise Co Ltd * Says its shareholders reduced almost 5 percent worth ofstake in the company recently Source text in Chinese: http://bit.ly/2hcogzE Further company coverage: (Reporting by Beijing newsroom)

  • Cobra venom can help surgeons see boundaries of cancer

    Moscow, Dec 9 (IANS) In collaboration with researchers from Assam's Tezpur University, Russian scientists have developed a substance-based cobra venom and quantum dots that can glow and help surgeons see the boundaries of cancerous tumour. Surgeons need to see the boundaries of the cancer because

    IANS India Private Limited
  • Under Trump, Congress likely to pull plug on medical device tax

    By Nick Carey and Susan Cornwell WARSAW, Indiana/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When Donald Trump takes over as president on Jan. 20, one of the first business tax breaks he delivers is likely to go to the U.S. medical device industry and companies like Mark Throdahl's. The chief executive of OrthoPediatrics

  • BRIEF-Lanhai Medical Investment's share trade to resume on Dec 12

    Dec 9 (Reuters) - Lanhai Medical Investment Co Ltd * Says share trade to resume on Dec 12 Source text in Chinese: http://bit.ly/2hmBNFk Further company coverage: (Reporting by Beijing newsroom)

  • U.S. Democrats plot uphill fight against some Trump nominations

    By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Democrats plan to fight some of President-elect Donald Trump's choices for top administration jobs, but history and the party's minority status in the chamber are not on their side. A simple majority of 51 votes is needed in the 100-member

  • BRIEF-Sinocare's controlling shareholder unloads shares equivalent to 2.07 pct stake

    Dec 9 (Reuters) - Sinocare Inc * Says its controlling shareholder unloads shares equivalentto 2.07 percent stake from Dec 7-8 Source text in Chinese: http://bit.ly/2gjFbRe Further company coverage: (Reporting by Hong Kong newsroom)



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