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U.S. government to shield health workers under 'religious freedom'

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 22:22:46 -0500

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government is seeking to further protect the "conscience and religious freedom" of health workers whose beliefs prevent them from carrying out abortions and other procedures, in an effort likely to please conservative Christian activists and other supporters of President Donald Trump.(image)

China births drop 3.5 percent in 2017 - China Daily

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 19:51:53 -0500

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Births in mainland China fell by 3.5 percent to 17.23 million last year, the China Daily reported on Friday, citing figures from the country's statistics bureau.(image)

FDA plans more restrictive policy for bulk drug compounding

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 17:45:06 -0500

(Reuters) - The head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday said it is preparing a new, more restrictive policy targeting what drugs compounding pharmacies can produce that do not go through the agency's approval process.(image)

Canada's Ontario to stop putting the mentally ill in solitary confinement

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 17:34:52 -0500

TORONTO (Reuters) - Ontario, Canada's most populous province, will stop putting people with mental illness in indefinite solitary confinement and begin phasing out segregation entirely amid growing pressure for Canadian governments to end treatment the United Nations has deemed "torture."(image)

One surprising reason for more positive pregnancy tests this month

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 17:19:38 -0500

(Reuters Health) - - Lots of couples in predominantly Christian countries may be looking at positive pregnancy tests this month at least in part because of cultural forces that encourage mating around major holidays like Christmas, suggests a recent study.(image)

Denial of abortion leads to economic hardship for low-income women

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 16:13:39 -0500

(Reuters Health) - - Women who want an abortion but are denied one are more likely to spend years living in poverty than women who have abortions, a new study suggests.(image)

Gardening may help cancer survivors eat better, feel greater ‘worth’

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 16:02:56 -0500

(Reuters Health) - - For cancer survivors, three seasons of home vegetable gardening may increase physical activity, fruits and vegetables in the diet and also enhance feelings of self-worth, researchers say.(image)

Being around natural greenery may cheer up even adolescents

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:24:18 -0500

(Reuters Health) - - Exposure to trees and other greenery has been shown to stave off depression in adults, and a new U.S. study finds the same may be true for teenagers.(image)

Canada's Aurora to sell medical marijuana to Italy

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 12:14:06 -0500

(Reuters) - Canada's Aurora Cannabis Inc said on Thursday its German unit Pedanios won a contract to supply medical marijuana to the Italian market.(image)

Toothpaste ingredient could fight malaria, research shows

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 11:39:35 -0500

LONDON (Reuters) - Research carried out in part by an artificially-intelligent (AI)'robot scientist' has found that a common ingredient of toothpaste could be developed to fight drug-resistant strains of malaria.(image)