Silicosis class action motion filed against South Africa gold firms

JOHANNESBURG | Fri Dec 28, 2012 7:30am EST (Reuters) – A South African lawyer has moved to file a class action suit against over 30 gold firms on behalf of 17,000 former miners who say they contracted silicosis, a debilitating lung disease, due to negligence in health and safety. The companies include...

Chest compression-only CPR shows long-term benefit

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – People who suffer cardiac arrest – in which the heart stops beating – were less likely to die in subsequent years when bystanders performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation using chest compressions only, a new study found. That builds on previous research that found no short-term survival differences in adult victims given compression-only CPR instead of...

Fungal Meningitis Patients: A Long Road to Recovery

Dec. 26, 2012 — Johnnie McKee thought she was out of the woods. McKee, a 72-year-old grandmother of four from Bethpage, Tenn., was one of nearly 14,000 people who found out this fall that they’d been exposed to tainted medications made by the now shuttered New England Compounding Center. In her case, the threat came from a steroid shot that she’d had on Sept. 7 to relieve some...

Recall of More Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen Tablets

Dec. 26, 2012 — More lots of the combination painkiller hydrocodone-acetaminophen are being recalled by Mylan Institutional. The new alert follows a nationwide recall of 101 lots of the drugs issued by Qualitest Pharmaceuticals that occurred earlier this month. The FDA says the newly recalled lots were manufactured by Qualitest Pharmaceuticals and were repackaged and distributed by Mylan...

Taylor Swift’s ‘Red’ still No. 1 on U.S. album chart

Taylor Swift arrives on the red carpet at Z100′s Jingle Ball 2012, presented by Aeropostale, at Madison Square Garden on December 7, 2012 in New York City. UPI/John Angelillo  License photo Published: Dec. 27, 2012 at 12:29 PM LOS ANGELES, Dec. 27 (UPI) – Taylor Swift’s “Red” is No. 1 on the U.S. album chart for a sixth non-consecutive week, Billboard.com...

Shanghai to enact strict new food safety law – Xinhua

A woman walks past a KFC restaurant as a logo of McDonald is reflected on a door window, in Wuhan, Hubei province, December 18, 2012. Credit: Reuters/Stringer SHANGHAI | Wed Dec 26, 2012 8:26pm EST (Reuters) – Shanghai will introduce tough new laws to blacklist firms that flout food safety laws, the official Xinhua news agency reported, a...

Recreational marijuana should not be top federal priority: Obama

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama says federal authorities should not target recreational marijuana use in two Western states where it has been made legal given limited government resources and growing public acceptance of the controlled substance. His first comments on the issue come weeks after Washington state and Colorado voters supported legalizing pot, or cannabis, last...

In Psychiatric Illness, Families Must Be Our First Responders

No mental health system will ever be able to identify serious behavioral problems as early as family. Memorial tree in Newtown, Connecticut [CraigRuttle/AP] Time is beginning to soften the shock of the Newtown massacre. As their community returns to the routines and rhythms of everyday life, much debate — some reasoned and some polemical — still rages around gun control....

NBA: Cleveland 87, Washington 84

Published: Dec. 26, 2012 at 9:50 PM WASHINGTON, Dec. 26 (UPI) – A 3-point play by Tristan Thompson put Cleveland in front with 24 seconds to play Wednesday and the Cavaliers rallied late to down Washington 87-84. The Wizards owned a six-point lead midway through the final period, but were outscored the rest of the way 14-5 and were deprived of what would have been their fourth win of the...

9/11 responders may have higher risk of some cancers

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Rescue and recovery workers who provided aid after the World Trade Center attacks may have an increased risk of certain types of cancer, including prostate and thyroid cancers, a new study suggests. However, that finding was based on a relatively small number of cancers. And neither relief workers nor people who lived, worked or went to school near the towers had...

Man stabbed, killed in Fla. McDonald’s

Published: Dec. 26, 2012 at 2:58 PM ORLANDO, Fla., Dec. 26 (UPI) – Florida police said a man was killed and another arrested following a Christmas Day stabbing inside a McDonald’s restaurant. Orlando police said Jerry Tyson, 38, was involved in a fight with an unidentified victim while paying for their meals around 8 p.m. Tyson allegedly tried taking the other man’s change and...

‘Try something new’: TV fashion guru and red carpet regular Louise Roe shares her sales tips for stress-free style

By Toni Jones PUBLISHED: 08:58 EST, 26 December 2012 | UPDATED: 08:58 EST, 26 December 2012 Front row regular Louise Roe knows a thing or two about style As well as reporting from fashion’s front line for U.S. TV channel E! and replacing Elle McPherson on the hit show Fashion Star the LA-based stylist has her own clothing line and is often singled out as being...

Doctors warn travellers of vaccine shortages for the potentially deadly typhoid fever

Shortage follows a recall by one pharmaceutical company of 88 per cent of its typhoid vaccine stock in October Typhoid fever occurs mostly in developing countries in areas with poor sanitation Proves fatal in up to 30 per cent of cases if left untreated By Claire Bates PUBLISHED: 06:54 EST, 26 December 2012 | UPDATED: 06:55 EST, 26 December 2012 Holidaymakers escaping the British...

Hold the turkey: Have a very merry Kentucky Fried Christmas

By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 08:05 EST, 24 December 2012 | UPDATED: 09:55 EST, 24 December 2012 A Kentucky Fried Christmas? Orders for the Christmas Party Barrels are taken from October in Japan As one of the culinary staples of the year, we Brits take the traditional turkey dinner for granted. But for those living in Japan, getting hold of a turkey roast with all the...

Obesity declining in young, poorer kids: study

By Genevra Pittman NEW YORK | Tue Dec 25, 2012 5:01pm EST (Reuters Health) – The number of low-income preschoolers who qualify as obese or “extremely obese” has dropped over the last decade, new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show. Although the decline was only “modest” and may not apply to all children,...
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