Tuesday , 22 August 2017

Health

Critics: Remove statue of doctor who experimented on slaves

Critics want New York City to remove a statue in Central Park that honors a doctor who used slaves in developing a pioneering approach to treating physical problems women can develop after childbirth. The call to remove the statue of Dr. J. Marion Sims has gotten louder and gained urgency in the wake of violence that followed recent a white ... Read More »

Romania: Protest slams decree on jobs for disabled people

People with disabilities have protested outside Romania’s labor ministry against a measure they say could leave them jobless. About 200 protesters — some in wheelchairs, others with crutches — carried banners Tuesday in Bucharest saying “We want to work, not beg!” They were angry at a government emergency decree that means companies with more than 50 employees no longer have ... Read More »

APNewsBreak: Utah to obey order for DEA drug database search

Utah will obey a court order to let the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration search a prescription-drug database without a warrant, despite a state law designed to protect patient privacy. The state disagrees with the ruling that found people can’t expect privacy in the highly regulated prescription-drug industry, but state attorneys have decided not to appeal after reviewing similar cases, said ... Read More »

Severe food allergy cases skyrocket over the past decade, study finds

The number of health insurance claims documenting severe allergic reactions to food has skyrocketed nearly 400 percent over the past decade, according to a study released Tuesday by the nonprofit healthcare organization FAIR Health. The researchers analyzed private insurance claim lines involving the diagnosis of anaphylactic food reactions, or severe allergic reactions from food that could even result in death ... Read More »

Officials: Do not eat fish caught in Shenango River

State officials are warning people not to eat fish caught in a stretch of a western Pennsylvania river after tests found extremely high levels of a potentially dangerous chemical. Environmental protection officials issued the blanket warning Monday for all fish caught in the Shenango River in Mercer and Lawrence counties after previously advising people to stay away from certain species. ... Read More »

Dengue outbreak kills 5 people in northwest Pakistan

A Pakistani health official says an outbreak of dengue fever in the country’s northwest has killed five people in the past 10 days. Provincial Health Minister Shahram Khan Tarakai says more than 1,000 dengue cases have been recorded at hospitals in that period of time. Tarakai said Tuesday that patients with high fever started arriving at hospitals 10 days ago ... Read More »

VA seeks to funnel more nursing home money to rural areas

Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin said Monday during a visit to Montana that his agency will propose changes to make it easier for rural areas to receive funding to build nursing homes for veterans. Rural areas are often bypassed under the agency’s existing guidelines for awarding grants for veterans’ homes, Shulkin told reporters after touring VA facilities and meeting with ... Read More »

The Latest: Plaintiff wanted to help others in talc case

The Latest on a Los Angeles jury ordering Johnson & Johnson to pay $417 million in a case alleging talcum powder causes ovarian cancer (all times local): ——— 12:30 p.m. The attorney for a hospitalized woman who won a $417 million judgment in a lawsuit claiming the talc in Johnson & Johnson’s iconic baby powder causes ovarian cancer says his ... Read More »

Between cancer treatments, McCain maintains rigorous agenda

Sen. John McCain’s packed agenda while on break from Congress in his home state of Arizona has hardly been the schedule of a typical brain cancer patient – or even someone about to turn 81. McCain has been undergoing targeted radiation and chemotherapy treatments at the local Mayo Clinic on weekday mornings before going about his day with vigor. In ... Read More »

Jury awards $417M in lawsuit linking talcum powder to cancer

A Los Angeles jury has ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $417 million in a case to a woman who claimed in a lawsuit that the talc in the company’s iconic baby powder causes ovarian cancer when applied regularly for feminine hygiene. Los Angeles County Superior Court spokeswoman Liz Martinez confirmed the verdict Monday. California resident Eva Echeverria alleged the ... Read More »