Health Wellness

  • Oregon Senate passes bill on vaccination education
    O-main-street-family-pharmacy-facebook 2013-06-09 17:02:00 UTC
    SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A bill that is intended to persuade more Oregon parents to take their kids to doctors for shots and get over their mistrust of conventional medicine has taken a big step in the Legislature with passage by the state Senate. Oregon has the nation's highest rate of paren...

  • FDA finds fungus in drugs from Tennessee pharmacy
    O-main-street-family-pharmacy-facebook 2013-06-09 17:00:42 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials say they have found bacteria and fungus in drug vials from a Tennessee specialty pharmacy that recalled all of its injectable medicines last month. The Food and Drug Administration said in an online posting Friday that it identified the growth...

  • Weight loss drug Belviq gets overdue US launch
    Weight_loss_drug_belviq_gets_overdue_us_launch 2013-06-09 16:58:06 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Arena Pharmaceuticals says its weight loss drug Belviq will be available to U.S. patients beginning next week, nearly a year after the drug was officially approved by federal regulators. The Food and Drug Administration approved Belviq last June for adults who are obese o...

  • South Africa: Mandela has lung infection
    C737a8db326b2613340f6a70670012f6 2013-06-09 05:04:14 UTC
    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africans on Saturday said their thoughts were with former President Nelson Mandela, who was in "serious but stable" condition after being taken to a hospital to be treated for a recurring lung infection. Mandela, who is 94 years old, was treated in a hospital se...

  • Africa hopes to speed up medicine approval systems
    Doctor 2013-06-09 04:42:16 UTC
    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Bringing a new medicine to market in Africa requires 54 separate applications to each country on the continent, a time-intensive process that could be costing lives. African leaders are now trying to move toward a regional and eventually continentwide approach to spe...

  • Obama pitching new health care law in California
    2dd2c63112500913340f6a70670014ab 2013-06-07 16:31:12 UTC
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — President Barack Obama is making a personal plea to Californians, Latinos and young people to sign up for coverage under the new health care law. Obama on Friday will use his visit to California to highlight how the state is implementing the Affordable Care Act. H...

  • Target rolling out organic, natural grocery brand
    Targetfacade 2013-06-07 16:24:15 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — Target Corp. is planning a new organic and natural store brand as it works to rev up its grocery business. The big-box retailer said the new brand, called Simply Balanced, will start with drinks and snacks like corn chips on Sunday. The line is an outgrowth of similar product...

  • Weight loss drug Belviq gets overdue US launch
    Weight_loss_drug_belviq_gets_overdue_us_launch 2013-06-07 16:16:56 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Arena Pharmaceuticals says its weight loss drug Belviq will be available to U.S. patients beginning next week, nearly a year after the drug was officially approved by federal regulators. The Food and Drug Administration approved Belviq last June for adults who are obese o...

  • Mexico finds breast-feeding woes as rate drops
    Breastfeeding-jerry 2013-06-07 15:37:52 UTC
    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Despite the well-known advantages to breast milk and vigorous campaigns around the world championing breast as best, Mexican mothers say the bottle is better. In a dramatic decline over the past six years, today only one in seven mothers in Mexico breast-feeds exclusiv...

  • Court: Girls can buy morning-after pill for now
    22219760_bg1 2013-06-07 04:38:59 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — Girls of any age can buy generic versions of emergency contraception without prescriptions while the federal government appeals a judge's ruling allowing the sales, a federal appeals court said Wednesday. The order, the latest in a series of rulings in a complex back-and-...

  • UK's Prince Philip enters hospital for operation
    Prince_philip__duke_of_edinburgh__dies_at_99 2013-06-07 04:27:08 UTC
    LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II's husband has been admitted to a London hospital for an exploratory operation, Buckingham Palace said Thursday. The palace said the operation on 91-year-old Prince Philip — which will take place on Friday — was pre-planned and comes after "abdominal inves...

  • Berries blamed for California man's Hepatitis A
    29c9ef42f7860412340f6a70670089c0 2013-06-07 04:25:10 UTC
    ENCINITAS, Calif. (AP) — Geoff Soza was celebrating his 30th wedding anniversary in Yellowstone National Park when the 64-year-old man learned the hard way that his seemingly healthy breakfast habit of mixing thawed berries with Greek yogurt had exposed him to a national outbreak of hepatit...

  • Senate votes to move forward on farm bill
    Farm-tractor 2013-06-06 18:41:03 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate voted Thursday to move forward on a wide-ranging, five-year farm bill. The legislation advanced on a 75-22 procedural vote that sets up a vote to pass the measure next Monday. The bill would cost almost $100 billion annually and would set policy for farm subs...

  • Gov't proposes safety labels for tenderized beef
    Beefcattle-usda406x250 2013-06-06 18:07:44 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Beef tenderized by machines before it is sold in grocery stores could soon carry labels warning customers to cook the meat thoroughly. The Agriculture Department is proposing to require the new labels and cooking instructions for the meat, which is poked with needles or b...

  • Kan. farmer sues Monsanto over GMO wheat discovery
    _h353_w628_m6_otrue_lfalse-2 2013-06-05 04:35:51 UTC
    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas farmer has sued seed giant Monsanto over last week's discovery of genetically engineered experimental wheat in an 80-acre field in Oregon, claiming the company's gross negligence hurt U.S. growers by driving down wheat prices and causing some international ma...

  • EPA: Spend billions to upgrade aging water systems
    Waterdrop 2013-06-05 04:14:24 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency says nearly $400 billion in infrastructure spending is needed over the next two decades to ensure that Americans continue to have safe drinking water. The agency says that thousands of miles of pipes and tens of thousands of treatme...

  • Frozen berry mix linked to hepatitis A recalled
    5-31-frozen-fruit 2013-06-04 16:45:54 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — An Oregon company is recalling a frozen berry mix sold to Costco and Harris Teeter stores after the product was linked to at least 34 hepatitis A illnesses in five states. The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday that Townsend Farms of Fairview, Ore., is recalling ...

  • New push at OAS for US to alter anti-drug approach
    099cb0399aefbc12330f6a7067008d3d 2013-06-04 05:58:33 UTC
    ANTIGUA, Guatemala (AP) — Latin American countries frustrated by the United States' refusal to change its drug war strategy will push at a conference beginning Tuesday for the U.S. government to start discussing alternative approaches to a fight that has killed tens of thousands in a regi...

  • EPA warehouse needs cleanup; feces, mold found
    1-12031609262e43 2013-06-04 05:40:15 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency has some cleaning up of its own to do. An inspector general's report released Monday found rodent feces, mold and other problems at an EPA storage warehouse in suburban Washington that the government leases for $750,000 a year. The ...

  • Shares of Merck, Bristol jump on cancer drug news
    224070-merck-co 2013-06-04 05:26:52 UTC
    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Experimental drugs that help the immune system detect otherwise-invisible cancer cells shrank tumors and extended the lives of patients with advanced melanoma, according to early research some analysts are hailing as an approach that could become the future gold stand...

  • Ill Salvadoran woman denied abortion has C-section
    Abortion-ban-woman-is-all-008 2013-06-04 05:18:06 UTC
    SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — A seriously ill woman denied a medical abortion has had a successful cesarean section to deliver a baby that doctors have given little chance of surviving, El Salvador's Health Ministry announced late Monday. The 22-year-old woman, known only as Beatri...

  • Michael Douglas didn't blame sex for cancer
    130603043200_michael_douglas 2013-06-04 05:11:25 UTC
    LONDON (AP) — A representative for actor Michael Douglas now says the actor doesn't blame his throat cancer on oral sex. The Guardian newspaper published an interview Monday saying that Douglas attributed his illness to the HPV virus from oral sex. When asked about his cancer, Douglas said "...

  • FDA weighs lifting safety restrictions on Avandia
    R-avandia-large570 2013-06-04 05:05:43 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A former blockbuster diabetes pill which was subjected to major safety restrictions in 2010 may not be as risky as once thought, according to the latest analysis of the much-debated GlaxoSmithKline drug Avandia. The Food and Drug Administration is reviewing a new interp...

  • Sunscreen slows skin aging, if used often enough
    Diaalnews 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 qu...

  • Obama calls for end to mental illness stigma
    A91f5ffe99b8b712330f6a7067000065 2013-06-03 17:06:07 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Monday called for a more robust national discussion on mental illness, saying the time had come to bring the issue "out of the shadows." Speaking at the opening session of a White House conference on mental health, the president said his goal was...