FDA sets new limits on arsenic in apple juice
2013-07-12 09:12:38 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Parents who have been fretting over the low levels of arsenic found in apple juice can feel better about buying one of their kids' favorite drinks.
The Food and Drug Administration is setting a new limit on the level of arsenic allowed in apple juice, after more than a year of public pressure from consumer groups w...
Play about American activist performed in Israel
2013-07-09 08:24:55 UTC
JERUSALEM (AP) — A one-woman play about an American activist who was crushed to death by an Israeli military bulldozer in Gaza is being performed for Hebrew-speaking audiences for the first time. Producers hope the show will force Israelis to confront an issue that, 10 years later, is still stirring passions.
Rachel Corrie was kille...
Neil Gaiman's Sandman returns for prequel
2013-07-03 08:07:50 UTC
A quarter-century after his ground-breaking Sandman comic was launched, Neil Gaiman is returning to the character that made him famous with a six-issue prequel about Morpheus, the Lord of Dreams.
Gaiman – currently basking in the glory of phenomenal reviews and booming sales for his first adult novel in eight years, The Ocean at the...
WHO: Treat people with HIV early to stop spread
2013-07-02 00:16:16 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Young children and certain other people with the AIDS virus should be started on medicines as soon as they are diagnosed, the World Health Organization says in new guidelines that also recommend earlier treatment for adults.
The advice will have the most impact in Africa, where nearly 70 percent of people with HIV live...
If you're going to San Francisco – stay on a stylish Sausalito houseboat
2013-06-29 07:20:59 UTC
London (The Guardian) - On the beautiful houseboats in Sausalito, on San Francisco Bay, the countercultural spirit of 1960s California is alive and well. Joshua Surtees jumps aboard and stays for a couple of nights.
Waking up on board the converted 19th-century ferry steamboat Yellow Ferry, I see an immense wooden paddle wheel fill ...
Do you know your RMR? (resting energy expenditure)
2013-06-24 14:02:03 UTC
Do you know your RMR? Better yet, what is RMR! RMR (resting energy expenditure) is the number of calories your body burns each day with little or no activity. Why is this important? Your RMR makes up the largest (65-75%) of your total metabolism. Knowing your RMR is a key tool in weight management. There is no good or bad RMR, on...
Supermoon looms bright in night sky
2013-06-23 03:27:13 UTC
Look up in the sky for a super sight: the biggest and brightest full moon of the year.
The so-called supermoon will appear 14 percent larger than normal early Sunday as our celestial neighbor swings closer to Earth. Some viewers may think the supermoon looks more dazzling, but it's actually an optical illusion. The moon looms larger...
Burberry showcases latest menswear in London
2013-06-18 17:22:51 UTC
LONDON (AP) — British luxury brand Burberry has showcased its latest menswear designs in London after a decade in Milan.
The move brings the brand's menswear division in line with its more profitable womenswear branch, which has led the London Fashion Week circuit for the past few seasons.
Burberry design chief Christopher Bai...
Lilly stops mid-stage Alzheimer's drug study
2013-06-17 04:05:25 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Eli Lilly and Co. said Thursday that it stopped a mid-stage clinical trial of an experimental Alzheimer's disease drug because of potential side effects on patients' livers.
The company stopped testing LY2886721 because of abnormal results in liver biochemical tests. Lilly says the results were found as part of rou...
Obama: Being a good father isn't easy
2013-06-15 17:12:18 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says there's no substitute for the love and support that fathers provide.
In his weekly Internet and radio address, Obama is wishing Americans a happy Father's Day. He's laments that his own father wasn't around and says he's still working to be a better father.
Obama says being a dad is...
Wildlife agency to list all chimps as endangered
2013-06-12 05:31:54 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Fish and Wildlife Service Tuesday called for protection of all chimpanzees as endangered, an action that could affect use of the apes in medical research.
The agency's plan would do away with a "split listing" that has labeled wild chimps as endangered but those in captivity as threatened, a status that off...
Study sheds light on origins of French winemaking
2013-06-07 04:32:49 UTC
PARIS (AP) — Scrapings from the bottoms of 2,500-year-old pottery containers have shed new light on the origins of French winemaking.
A team of archaeologists led by the University of Pennsylvania's Patrick McGovern used biomolecular analysis to confirm that fifth-century B.C. Etruscan amphorae found near Montpellier in sout...
Sunscreen slows skin aging, if used often enough
2013-06-04 03:09:40 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — If worry about skin cancer doesn't make you slather on sunscreen, maybe vanity will: New research provides some of the strongest evidence to date that near-daily sunscreen use can slow the aging of your skin.
Ultraviolet rays that spur wrinkles and other signs of aging can quietly build up damage pretty much anytim...
Over There is now Over Here
2013-05-28 05:48:15 UTC
San Francisco (DiaalNews) — In the wake of the unthinkable tragedy that was the factory collapse in Bangladesh, a tragedy nearly equal to the WorldTrade Center in scope of death and far more sinister because it was entirely preventable, we western shoppers are obliged to think about the proper response to this outrage.
For far too ...
FDA warns of infections tied to Tennessee pharmacy
2013-05-25 05:39:55 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Health officials are investigating cases involving patients who suffered complications after being injected with potentially contaminated medications made by a Tennessee specialty pharmacy.
The Food and Drug Administration said Friday the problems involve seven patients who received steroid injections from ...
Study: No higher cancer rate at Conn. Pratt plants
2013-05-24 16:03:42 UTC
EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — An 11-year study of the incidence of brain cancer at jet engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney in the state ended Thursday with university researchers saying they found no statistically significant elevations in the rate of cancer among workers.
Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh and the U...
Doctors save Ohio boy by 'printing' an airway tube
2013-05-23 04:53:00 UTC
In a medical first, doctors used plastic particles and a 3-D laser printer to create an airway splint to save the life of a baby boy who used to stop breathing nearly every day.
It's the latest advance from the booming field of regenerative medicine, making body parts in the lab.
In the case of Kaiba (KEYE'-buh) Gionfridd...
12-year-old Mass. boy wins National Geographic Bee
2013-05-22 17:48:25 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Gaining confidence as he nailed questions about obscure island chains, bodies of water, global trade and culture, 12-year-old Sathwik Karnik cruised to victory Wednesday in the 2013 National Geographic Bee.
Sathwik, of Plainville, Mass., correctly named Chimborazo as the mountain in Ecuador that represents ...
NPS hantavirus response followed policy
2013-05-21 04:32:35 UTC
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Federal investigators probing the hantavirus outbreak blamed for three deaths at Yosemite National Park recommended on Monday that design changes to tent cabins and other privately run lodging first be reviewed by National Park Service officials.
The report released by the Interior Department'...
Measles surges in UK years after flawed research
2013-05-20 18:22:26 UTC
LONDON (AP) — More than a decade ago, British parents refused to give measles shots to at least a million children because of now discredited research that linked the vaccine to autism. Now, health officials are scrambling to catch up and stop a growing epidemic of the contagious disease.
This year, the U.K. has had more than ...
Consumer group flags high SPF ratings on sunscreen
2013-05-20 04:36:50 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sunbathers headed to the beach this summer will find new sunscreen labels on store shelves that are designed to make the products more effective and easier to use. But despite those long-awaited changes, many sunscreens continue to carry SPF ratings that some experts consider misleading and potentially dangero...
Russia's Karjakin wins Norway chess tournament
2013-05-19 16:45:49 UTC
STAVANGER, Norway (AP) — Russia's Sergey Karjakin won the €100,000 ($130,000) Norway chess championship on Saturday after drawing against Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria.
Karjakin needed only a draw against Topalov to take the top prize after the world No. 1 player Magnus Carlsen failed to win against Levon Aronian from Armenia, r...
First lady to high school grads: Live your dreams
2013-05-19 07:02:26 UTC
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — First lady Michelle Obama has some advice for some Tennessee high school graduates: Strike your own path in college and life and work to overcome inevitable failures with determination and grit.
Mrs. Obama spoke for 22 minutes to the graduates of Martin Luther King Jr. Academic Magnet High School on...
India announces low-cost rotavirus vaccine
2013-05-15 07:20:05 UTC
NEW DELHI (AP) — The Indian government announced Tuesday the development of a new low-cost vaccine proven effective against a diarrhea-causing virus that is one of the leading causes of childhood deaths across the developing world.
The Indian manufacturer of the new rotavirus vaccine pledged to sell it for $1 a dose, a signi...
Baxter drug fails to slow Alzheimer's in big study
2013-05-13 05:13:25 UTC
DEERFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Baxter International Inc. says that a blood product it was testing failed to slow mental decline or to preserve physical function in a major study of 390 patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease.
The company says that people who received 18 months of infusions with its drug, Gammagard, ...