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Published: Sun, 04 Dec 2016 17:12:50 -0500

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Former astronaut Buzz Aldrin to stay in New Zealand until lungs clear

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 17:12:50 -0500

(image) Former U.S. astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, has been advised by doctors to stay in New Zealand until fluid from his lungs clears, days after he was evacuated from the South Pole as his condition worsened. The 86-year-old adventurer who was visiting the pole as part of a tourist group, was flown to Christchurch, New Zealand, early on Friday because of congestion in his lungs. "I am being very well looked after in Christchurch.



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Novartis CEO plays down prospects for Actelion bid: Blick

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 07:52:36 -0500

(image) Novartis Chief Executive Joe Jimenez has played down suggestions the Swiss drugmaker could bid for Swiss biotech group Actelion, which is in talks with U.S. healthcare group Johnson & Johnson about a transaction. Asked by Swiss Sunday newspaper SonntagsBlick whether Novartis could emerge as a white knight, he said: "We have always said that we will concentrate on complementary acquisitions in the range of $2 billion to $5 billion." He did not elaborate. Actelion is worth nearly $20 billion at Friday's closing price.



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Players: Kerr's marijuana admission could spark dialogue

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 23:08:30 -0500

(image) OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — David West has undergone four surgeries in his long NBA career: left knee, right elbow and right foot twice to fix a couple of toes.



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The snake-catching tribe saving lives in India

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 22:28:49 -0500

(image) A small scythe, a crowbar and a bundle of canvas bags are all that Kali and Vedan carry when they venture into the fields of southern India to catch some of the world's deadliest snakes. Since it began in the 1970s, the Irula snake-catchers' cooperative on the outskirts of the southern city of Chennai has revolutionised the treatment of snake-bites in India, enabling it to produce enough anti-venom to supply hospitals across the country. It also provides much-needed income for the Irula, one of the region's most deprived groups, who used to hunt snakes and sell the skins but lost their livelihood overnight when India banned the practice in 1972.



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Novartis says 82 percent of leukemia patients in remission after CAR-T

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 20:52:30 -0500

(image) An experimental cancer therapy being developed by Novartis AG eliminated an aggressive form of blood cancer in 82 percent of children and young adults treated with modified immune cells in a mid-stage trial, the company said on Saturday. Interim results from the multi-center trial for 50 patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia whose cancer returned or did not respond to other treatment, showed that 41 were disease-free three months after treatment with the drug, called CTL019. The trial results were presented at a meeting of the American Society of Hematology in San Diego.



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Chelsea apologizes to abused former player

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 16:52:20 -0500

English soccer club Chelsea issued a public apology to former striker Gary Johnson on Saturday for the sexual abuse he suffered as a young player and said it had been wrong to insist on a confidentiality clause when paying him compensation. Johnson, 57, said on Friday that he had been abused by former Chelsea chief scout Eddie Heath in the 1970s, receiving 50,000 pounds from the club in settlement in 2015. Chelsea added that an external review would establish whether they carried out a proper investigation when the allegations first surfaced.



Chelsea apologises to abused former player

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 16:39:45 -0500

English soccer club Chelsea issued a public apology to former striker Gary Johnson on Saturday for the sexual abuse he suffered as a young player and said it had been wrong to insist on a confidentiality clause when paying him compensation. Johnson, 57, said on Friday that he had been abused by former Chelsea chief scout Eddie Heath in the 1970s, receiving 50,000 pounds from the club in settlement in 2015. Chelsea added that an external review would establish whether they carried out a proper investigation when the allegations first surfaced.



Stephen Hawking discharged from Rome hospital

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 11:45:06 -0500

(image) British physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking was discharged from hospital on Saturday after two days of checks, the Rome-based hospital said. Hawking, who was in the Italian capital to attend a conference at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and met Pope Francis on Monday, was taken to Rome's Gemelli hospital on Thursday night. The hospital, considered one of the country's best and where popes are treated, said Hawking was in a good condition and was returning to Britain.



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For Apple and others, tin supply chain has ties to rebel-held Myanmar mine

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 11:42:24 -0500

(image) (Corrects Nov. 29 story to clarify that Shenmao Technology did not say it bought tin from the Wa mine) By Yimou Lee and Joel Schectman YANGON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - From a remote corner of northeastern Myanmar, an insurgent army sells tin ore to suppliers of some of the world's largest consumer companies. More than 500 companies, including leading brands such as smartphone maker Apple, coffee giant Starbucks and luxury jeweler Tiffany & Co, list among their suppliers Chinese-controlled firms that indirectly buy ore from the Man Maw mine near Myanmar's border with China, a Reuters examination of the supply chain found. The mine is controlled by the United Wa State Army (UWSA), which the United States placed under sanctions for alleged narcotics trafficking in 2003.



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"Unprecedented" numbers face severe hunger in South Sudan - U.N

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 02:37:31 -0500

(image) Some 3.6 million people in South Sudan face severe food shortages - the highest levels ever experienced at harvest time - and the crisis is likely to worsen when food from the current harvest runs out next year, the World Food Programme (WFP) said. The country's hunger levels have doubled since last year, the U.N. agency said in a report released on Friday. Nearly 60 percent of the population of Northern Bahr el Ghazal state is affected, 56 percent in Unity, and 47 percent in Western Bahr el Ghazal.



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New bird flu outbreak hits French foie gras exporters

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 21:14:12 -0500

(image) A new outbreak of bird flu hit France's foie gras producers just as a ban on exports outside Europe was about to be lifted in time for the crucial holiday period. The agriculture ministry said the outbreak of the "highly pathogenic" H5N8 strain of the virus was detected Thursday on a duck farm in the southwestern Tarn region, the heart of the lucrative, though controversial, foie gras industry. Exports outside the European Union had been suspended after an outbreak a year ago, and producers were waiting for the green light -- which had been set for Saturday -- to resume shipments just in time for the Christmas holidays, when the delicacy is especially popular.



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Trump moves to quickly fill his top Cabinet ranks

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 19:31:08 -0500

(image) By Emily Stephenson NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President-elect Donald Trump said he expected to have most members of his Cabinet announced next week, interviewing more candidates at Trump Tower for top jobs in his administration as he prepares to take office on Jan. 20. Trump is still weighing who to choose as secretary of state. The Republican president-elect said on Thursday he had chosen retired Marine Corps General James Mattis as defense secretary and would make a formal announcement on that on Monday.



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New data on risk vs benefit for potent CAR-T cancer drugs

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 19:14:18 -0500

A promising but risky new group of customized cancer drugs will be in focus this weekend at the annual meeting of the American Society of Hematology (ASH), where clinical trial results will help clarify their potential for doctors and investors. Experimental chimeric antigen receptor T-cells, or CAR-Ts, are made by genetically altering a patients' own T-cells in the lab to help the immune system find and kill cancer cells. Early excitement over the drugs has propelled investor interest in biotech Kite Pharma Inc, whose shares have tripled since a 2014 initial public offering, as well as rival Juno Therapeutics Inc, whose therapy JCAR015 has generated concerns after five leukemia patients died due to severe brain swelling.



U.S. pushes to close lead testing gaps, echoing Reuters report

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 18:37:02 -0500

By Joshua Schneyer and M.B. Pell NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. states must do more to ensure that all children enrolled in the Medicaid health care program are tested for lead poisoning, a U.S. Government agency said this week, acknowledging major gaps in screening that were highlighted in a recent Reuters investigation. In a bulletin published on Wednesday, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) directed states to comply with requirements to test all Medicaid-enrolled children for lead at ages one and two. It also cited steps that state Medicaid administrators should take to ensure children do not miss the tests.



Wal-Mart to settle U.S. lawsuit over benefits for same-sex spouses

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 18:06:54 -0500

(image) Wal-Mart and lawyers for Jacqueline Cote, the worker who filed the 2015 lawsuit in federal court in Boston, said in a court filing that the money may be split among more than 1,000 people who were denied spousal benefits between 2011 and 2014, when Wal-Mart changed its policy. Sally Welborn, a senior vice president at Bentonville, Arkansas-based Wal-Mart, said in a statement that diversity and inclusion were among the company's core values. "We will continue to not distinguish between same and opposite sex spouses when it comes to the benefits we offer under our health insurance plan," she said.



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Higher blood clot risk after starting testosterone treatment

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 17:10:50 -0500

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - - Men may have an increased risk of blood clots after they start taking testosterone to treat sexual dysfunction, a recent study suggests. In the first six months after starting testosterone, men have a 63 percent higher risk of clots in the legs and lungs than they did before beginning treatment, the study found. While the absolute risk of a clot, known as a venous thromboembolism, is low and diminishes over time, men should still discuss it with their doctors, said lead study author Dr. Carlos Martinez of the Institute for Epidemiology, Statistics and Informatics GmbH in Frankfurt, Germany.



Heavy teenage drinking linked to abnormal brain development

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 16:49:32 -0500

By Madeline Kennedy (Reuters Health) – - Teens who drink heavily are more likely than their peers to have less gray matter, an important brain structure that aids in memory, decisions, and self-control, according to a Finnish study. The study was observational, so it is impossible to say whether heavy drinking caused this stunted brain development. “Substance use has been found to be connected to social exclusion, mental health problems and lower educational attainment,” said lead author Noora Heikkinen of the University of Eastern Finland.



U.S. health spending in 2015 rose at fastest rate since 2007

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 16:19:17 -0500

(image) Growth rose 5.8 percent to $3.2 trillion, or $9,990 per person, according to federal data published in the independent journal Health Affairs and compiled into a report by officials with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. After five years of historically low growth between 2009 and 2013, spending picked up in 2014 and 2015 as the Affordable Care Act - sometimes referred to as Obamacare - expanded health insurance coverage through marketplace insurance plans and Medicaid, the report said. Over the two-year period between 2013 and 2015 the number of people with private health insurance rose 2.5 percent on average to 9.7 million.



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Driving home from night shift may be safer with light therapy

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 16:01:57 -0500

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - - Exhausted shift workers may be safer driving home at night when they're exposed to bright light before they hit the road, a small study suggests. To test the effect of light therapy on driving, researchers did a series of three experiments with 19 adults. In two scenarios, participants spent a night being sleep-deprived in a lab and then spent 45 minutes in dim or bright light before a driving test.



US health care tab hits $3.2T; fastest growth in 8 years

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 15:45:02 -0500

(image) WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's health care tab grew at the fastest rate in eight years in 2015, driven by the coverage expansion in President Barack Obama's law and by costly prescription drugs, the government said Friday.



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FDA lets Lilly cite Jardiance heart data, shares jump

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 15:30:23 -0500

U.S regulators said on Friday they would allow Eli Lilly and Co to state that its diabetes drug Jardiance reduces risk of death from heart problems, lifting company shares almost 3 percent and potentially giving a strong boost to the drug's future sales. Jardiance, a once-daily pill also known as empagliflozin, was approved by the FDA in 2014 to help lower blood sugar in patients with type 2 diabetes. Lilly sells the drug in partnership with privately held German drugmaker Boehringer Ingelheim.



Factbox: Contenders, picks for key jobs in Trump's administration

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 15:23:19 -0500

(Reuters) - U.S. President-elect Donald Trump said in an interview aired on Friday that he expected to have most members of his Cabinet announced next week. Trump takes office on Jan. 20. Below are people mentioned as contenders for senior roles as Trump works to form his administration before taking office on Jan. 20, according to Reuters sources and media reports. See the end of list for posts already filled. ...



Trump creates business advisory council stacked with CEOs

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 14:58:12 -0500

(image) By Ginger Gibson and Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President-elect Donald Trump announced the formation of a council to advise him on job creation, a group comprised of the leaders of a variety of major U.S. corporations including GE, GM, Boeing, Disney and IBM. Stephen Schwarzman, chief executive officer of major investment firm Blackstone Group LP, will chair the council. ...



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Supreme Court takes Christian-affiliated hospital pension case

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 14:49:56 -0500

(image) New Jersey-based St. Peter's Healthcare System, Illinois-based Advocate Health System and California-based Dignity Health each appealed separate federal appeals courts rulings that refused to throw out the employee lawsuits. The justices agreed to hear all three cases.



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Miami Now Free of Locally Transmitted Zika Virus, CDC Says

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 14:45:03 -0500

(image) Florida health officials have announced continued progress in the fight against the Zika virus after a Miami neighborhood was declared free of ongoing Zika transmission today. The Little River area of Miami is now free of active Zika transmission after no new cases were reported in the last 45 days, officials from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said today. It was the last area in Miami to have ongoing locally transmitted Zika virus.



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Stephen Hawking hospitalised in Rome for checks

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 14:33:31 -0500

(image) British physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking has been hospitalised in Rome for checks after not feeling well but his condition is not believed to be serious, a spokesman said. Hawking, 74, who was in Rome to attend a conference at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and met Pope Francis on Monday, was taken to Rome's Gemelli hospital on Thursday night. Both the spokesman and a Vatican source said Hawking, who suffers from motor neurone disease, was not believed to be in serious condition.



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Supreme Court takes up hospital pension dispute

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 14:29:43 -0500

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will decide whether some of the nation's largest health providers can rely on their church affiliations to avoid complying with federal laws covering pension benefits for workers.



Bird flu returns to France's southwest foie gras heartland

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 13:29:49 -0500

France confirmed on Friday an outbreak of severe bird flu on a duck farm in the southwest and said the virus was spreading in the region, in a setback for French poultry and foie gras producers recovering from a bird flu epidemic a year ago. The H5N8 avian influenza virus was confirmed at a farm in the Tarn administrative department, the agriculture ministry said, days after the virus was detected among wild birds in northern France and following outbreaks in Europe linked to migrating birds. A series of cases of H5N8 and other bird flu strains in Europe in recent weeks has led to slaughtering of poultry on some farms and preventative measures such as keeping commercial flocks indoors.



Senate GOP shies from fight over Medicare

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 13:15:59 -0500

(image) WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Democrats are warning that Speaker Paul Ryan and President-elect Donald Trump are gunning for Medicare — and they are rubbing their hands with glee at the prospect of an epic political battle over the government's flagship health program that covers 57 million Americans.



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Drug for one hepatitis type may activate another: watchdog

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 13:02:00 -0500

(image) Drugs against one type of hepatitis may activate another, sometimes with fatal consequences, Europe's medicines watchdog warned on Friday. The medicines, which are highly effective against hepatitis C, may trigger latent hepatitis B in patients infected with both types, the European Medicines Agency said in a statement. It named the antivirals Daklinza, Exviera, Harvoni, Olysio, Sovaldi and Viekirax used to treat chronic hepatitis C, an infectious liver disease.



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Germany detects H5N1 bird flu on poultry farm in Brandenburg

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 11:41:39 -0500

Germany reported a first case of the contagious bird flu strain H5N1 on Friday on a small poultry farm in the northeastern state of Brandenburg, the state's consumer protection ministry said. The farm in the Oberhavel district was sealed off and some 500 chicks, ducks and geese were culled, a spokeswoman for the consumer protection ministry of Brandenburg said. "It's the first time in the current season that this type of bird flu was detected on a poultry farm in Brandenburg," the spokeswoman said.



U.N.: South Sudan conflict spawns horrific sexual violence

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 11:30:23 -0500

By Katharine Houreld NAIROBI (Reuters) - South Sudanese soldiers brutally raped an elderly woman and a pregnant woman lost her baby after being gang-raped by seven soldiers, according to United Nations investigators. The U.N. human rights investigators presented the testimonies on Friday, saying increasingly brutal attacks on women are an integral part of spreading ethnic cleansing. "The scale of gang rape of civilian women as well as the horrendous nature of the rapes by armed men belonging to all groups is utterly repugnant," said the chairwoman of the U.N. independent commission on human rights, Yasmin Sooka.



Egyptian man grows 'Beard of Bees', hopes to promote apian benefits

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 11:15:21 -0500

(image) By Amr Abdallah Dalsh SHIBIN EL KOM, Egypt (Reuters) - Mohamed Hagras stands barechested as dozens of honeybees congregate around his face, eventually forming what he calls the "Beard of Bees". "The goal is to show that bees are not aggressive," he told Reuters at his farm in Shibin El Kom, the capital of the Nile Delta province of Menoufia. "One the contrary, they are helpful and produce things that help humans and agriculture." Hagras extracts hormones from queen bees after they die and uses them to attract bees from the same hive to perform his show.



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Medicare recipients with cancer face financial distress

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 11:10:22 -0500

By Carolyn Crist (Reuters Health) - Older cancer patients in the U.S. often face high out-of-pocket costs that are a significant financial burden, according to a new study. Medicare, the federal health insurance program for the elderly and disabled, establishes the fees doctors and hospitals are allowed to charge Medicare patients – but then generally only pays 80 percent of those fees. Many people enroll in Medicare HMOs, or they buy so-called Medicare supplemental policies, to help cover the gap.



EU health regulator warns some hep C drugs could reactivate hep B

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 10:49:33 -0500

(Reuters) - The European Medicines Agency warned on Friday that some of the most successful hepatitis C treatments on the market could reactivate hepatitis B in patients, the second time this year it has raised safety concerns over these treatments. The Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC), part of the EMA, said it suspected the reactivation of the hepatitis B virus was due to the rapid reduction of the hepatitis C virus, which is known to suppress the hepatitis B virus.



Ford recalls 680,000 vehicles including Fusion, MKZ

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 10:35:16 -0500

(image) (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co said on Friday it will recall about 680,000 of its Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ sedans to fix a seat belt issue. About 602,000 of the vehicles recalled are in the U.S. market and about 650,000 of them are in North America as a whole. A small amount of Ford Mondeo sedans are also being recalled, but none of them are in North America.



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Pro-EU party wins parliament seat in Brexit 'shockwave'

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 09:41:50 -0500

(image) By Sarah Young and Kylie MacLellan LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's pro-European Union Liberal Democrats won a parliamentary seat previously held by the ruling Conservatives on Friday and said the surprise win was a rejection of a "hard Brexit" that would pull Britain out of the EU's single market. It also underscored the risks faced by Prime Minister Theresa May as she plots Britain's EU divorce. May spooked markets in October by suggesting she would take a hard line on Brexit by prioritizing border controls, but her government has shown signs of softening its stance since then.



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Lib Dems wins parliament seat in Brexit 'shockwave'

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 09:41:42 -0500

(image) By Sarah Young and Kylie MacLellan LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's pro-European Union Liberal Democrats won a parliamentary seat previously held by the ruling Conservatives on Friday and said the surprise win was a rejection of a "hard Brexit" that would pull Britain out of the EU's single market. It also underscored the risks faced by Prime Minister Theresa May as she plots Britain's EU divorce. May spooked markets in October by suggesting she would take a hard line on Brexit by prioritising border controls, but her government has shown signs of softening its stance since then.



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Amgen, Allergan apply for European nod for Avastin biosimilar

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 09:40:50 -0500

(image) (Reuters) - Amgen Inc and Allergan Plc said they have submitted an application to the European health regulator seeking approval of their biosimilar version of Roche Holding AG's blockbuster cancer treatment, Avastin. The submission is based on the results of a late-stage study that showed Amgen and Allergan's ABP 215 was as safety and effective as Avastin in patients with the most common form of lung cancer. Avastin is also approved for use by patients with cancer of the colon, kidney, ovarian and breast.



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Type 1 diabetes: researchers pinpoint molecule to regenerate insulin-producing cells

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 09:19:59 -0500

(image) A neurotransmitter by the name of GABA, known to reduce brain activity, could induce the regeneration of insulin-producing cells, researchers in France have found. The breakthrough, confirmed in mice and partially validated in humans, brings new hope to patients suffering from type 1 diabetes, explains the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research, INSERM (Institut national de la santé et de la recherce médicale). This latest research, published in the journal Cell, could hold particular significance for patients suffering from type 1 diabetes.



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