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Family of U.S. singer Tom Petty release results of autopsy

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 23:27:58 GMT

Ringo Starr, Brian May and Bob Dylan were among those who paid tribute to Petty following his death, with Dylan, who performed in the Traveling Wilburys with Petty, saying: "It's shocking, crushing news. I thought the world of Tom.




Congress shuts down the government. Now what? new

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 18:54:31 GMT

The U.S. government shutdown began at midnight Friday as Democrats and Republicans failed to resolve a standoff over immigration and spending. Here's a look at what the parties are fighting over and what it means to shut down the government.




California flu deaths jump from 42 to 74

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 16:38:48 GMT

Flu deaths of Californians under 65 soared again in the latest reporting period and now total 74, according to state public health officials on Friday. The latest figure represents a spike of 32 in addition to the 42 deaths announced by the state last week - and an increase of six in the Greater Bay Area over the same period.




Dangerous flu strain is widespread in most states

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 11:54:09 GMT

"You know, flu is serious and it's widespread every year, but we've never had it hit like it has our campuses this year," school superintendent Jill Siler said. "He came home yesterday with a fever, headache and a stomach ache, and so we went straight to quarantine," parent Morgan Waggoner said.




Trump tells March for Life: - We are with you all the way' NEW

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 07:19:56 GMT

President Donald Trump on Friday delivered new support to the anti-abortion movement he once opposed, telling thousands of activists demonstrating in the annual March for Life, "We are with you all the way." In an address broadcast from the White House Rose Garden, Trump said he's committed to building "a society where life is celebrated, protected and cherished."




Justice Sotomayor 'fine' after treatment for low blood sugar

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 02:55:38 GMT

The Supreme Court says Justice Sonia Sotomayor is "doing fine" after emergency medical personnel treated her at home for symptoms of low blood sugar. Sotomayor is diabetic.




US flu season gets worse, has 'lot more steam' than expected Source: AP

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 22:01:55 GMT

Health officials last week said flu was blanketing the country but they thought there was a good chance the season was already peaking. But the newest numbers out Friday show it grew even more intense.




Peace be with you, but no touching: Flu season altering Mass

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 17:24:09 GMT

Widespread influenza across Maine has prompted the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland to alter some traditions to keep parishioners healthy. The diocese announced Thursday that it's suspending the sharing of consecrated wine during communion and holding hands during the Lord's Prayer.




Anti-smoking plan may kill cigarettes--and save Big Tobacco

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 12:24:03 GMT

Imagine if cigarettes were no longer addictive and smoking itself became almost obsolete; only a tiny segment of Americans still lit up. That's the goal of an unprecedented anti-smoking plan being carefully fashioned by U.S. health officials.




Researchers said the test helps identify the location of eight cancers

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 07:45:55 GMT

A newly developed single blood test has the potential to change the way doctors screen for cancer, researchers have said. Scientists at Johns Hopkins University in the US have developed a test that screens for eight common forms of cancer and helps identify the location of the disease.




There has been an 11% increase in the flu hospitalisation rate

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 03:17:25 GMT

There were 17 further deaths from flu in the last week, taking the total number of flu-related deaths this winter to 120, the latest figures show. Public Health England also said there was an 11% increase in the flu hospitalisation rate, along with a 42% increase in the GP consultation rate with flu-like illness compared to the previous week.




Senate Dems question legality of Medicaid work requirements

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 22:25:12 GMT

The Trump administration's new policy allowing state work requirements for Medicaid recipients is legally questionable, more than two dozen Democratic senators said Thursday, framing an argument likely to be aired in court. The senators' letter to acting health secretary Eric Hargan reads like a memo to legal groups preparing a court challenge on behalf of low-income Medicaid beneficiaries.




Nicola Sturgeon appointed to global health task force

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 20:08:15 GMT

Nicola Sturgeon has been included on a new global task force set up to examine what governments can do to try to curb obesity, smoking and alcohol consumption. Nicola Sturgeon has been included on a new global task force set up to examine what governments can do to try to curb obesity, smoking and alcohol consumption.




HIV positive man - elated' at opportunity to become commercial pilot

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 17:42:18 GMT

An HIV positive man is "elated" he will be able to pursue his dream of training as a commercial pilot after aviation chiefs changed the rules. The man, from Glasgow, had not been able to take up a training place with easyJet because his HIV status prevented him from obtaining the required medical certificate.




Robot scientist finds a toothpaste ingredient could help in the fight against malaria

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 15:14:11 GMT

A "robot scientist" has helped researchers identify a chemical compound found in toothpaste that could help in the fight against malaria. The research team, with help from artificially-intelligent robot Eve, has found triclosan - an antibacterial agent which stops plaque from building up on the teeth - could be used as an anti-malarial drug.




Bad Breath in Pets Could Be a Sign of Poor Health

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 10:21:02 GMT

If you've ever experienced dry mouth, you know how uncomfortable it can be. Unfortunately, your pet can get dry mouth too, and it can lead to more serious issues down the line and can also be a sign of more serious current health issues.




Research believe population testing could lead to fewer breast and ovarian breast cancers

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 05:37:44 GMT

All British women over the age of 30 should be tested for breast and ovarian cancer gene mutations to help save lives and cut costs, new research suggests. Researchers from Barts Cancer Institute at Queen Mary University of London said screening the entire population rather than just those at high-risk of carrying either a BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation would be more cost effective and could help prevent more of the cancers.