Avastin fails studies in new brain tumor patients
2013-06-02 16:30:51 UTC
CHICAGO (AP) — New research raises fresh questions about which cancer patients benefit from Avastin, a drug that lost its approval for treating breast cancer nearly two years ago.
Avastin did not prolong life when used as a first treatment for people with brain tumors like the one U.S. Sen...
Saudi Arabia says 3 more die from new virus
2013-06-02 16:04:01 UTC
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia has reported that three more people have died from a new respiratory virus related to SARS, bringing the total number of deaths in the kingdom to 24.
The Ministry of Health said Sunday the three deceased were among 38 infected in the kingdom with the ...
Frightened Okla. residents opt to flee tornadoes
2013-06-02 05:30:09 UTC
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — It's a warning as familiar as a daily prayer for Tornado Alley residents: When a twister approaches, take shelter in a basement or low-level interior room or closet, away from windows and exterior walls.
But with the powerful devastation from the May 20 twister that ...
Wife: Lou Reed recovering after liver transplant
2013-06-01 17:09:26 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Rock icon Lou Reed is recovering after a life-saving liver transplant in the U.S., according to an interview with his wife published Saturday in a British newspaper.
Laurie Anderson told the Times of London that Reed "was dying" before the operation several weeks ago at Ohio's ...
Russia smoking ban takes effect
2013-06-01 17:01:08 UTC
MOSCOW (AP) — A law that bans smoking in public places has taken effect in Russia, a contentious move in a country with one of the highest smoking rates in the world.
The ban, which came into force Saturday, prohibits smoking in workplaces, schools, universities and on public transportation....
French man dies of SARS-related respiratory virus
2013-06-01 16:51:41 UTC
PARIS (AP) — A French patient infected with a deadly new respiratory virus related to SARS died Tuesday of the disease, which has killed half the people known to be infected and alarmed global health officials.
The novel coronavirus is related to SARS, which killed some 800 people in a...
Study: Doctors often on board to help sick fliers
2013-06-01 16:50:47 UTC
Is there a doctor on board? Surprisingly often, there is — in half of in-flight medical emergencies — and sick airline passengers almost always survive, a new study finds.
The research is the largest look yet at what happens to people who develop a medical problem on a commercial flight — ab...
Healthy quintuplets born in Salt Lake hospital
2013-06-01 16:48:12 UTC
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah woman gave birth to a healthy set of quintuplets over the weekend with help from a team of eight doctors, one anesthesiologist and dozens of nurses ensuring the mother and the tiny babies survived.
Guillermina and Fernando Garcia's five babies — three girls a...
Ill. passes nation's toughest fracking regulations
2013-06-01 16:37:49 UTC
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois came a giant step closer to approving the nation's strictest regulations for high-volume oil and gas drilling on Friday, as lawmakers approved a measure they hoped would create thousands of jobs in economically depressed areas of southern Illinois.
Decontaminating patients cuts hospital infections
2013-06-01 16:23:27 UTC
CHICAGO (AP) — Infections in U.S. hospitals kill tens of thousands of people each year, and many institutions fight back by screening new patients to see if they carry a dangerous germ, and isolating those who do. But a big study suggests a far more effective approach: Decontaminating every...
Hepatitis A outbreak linked to Ore. berry farm
2013-06-01 05:03:45 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration is investigating an outbreak of hepatitis A linked to a frozen organic berry mix sold by an Oregon company.
The FDA and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday that 30 illnesses are linked to Townsend Farms Org...
McDonald's CEO: I lost weight by being more active
2013-05-30 17:06:28 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — They might start calling it the McDiet.
McDonald Corp.'s CEO Don Thompson revealed at an analyst conference this week that he shed about 20 pounds in the past year by getting his "butt up" and "working out again." But he said he hasn't changed his habit of eating at McD...
Like your health care policy? You may be losing it
2013-05-30 05:16:31 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Many people who buy their own health insurance could get surprises in the mail this fall: cancellation notices because their current policies aren't up to the basic standards of President Barack Obama's health care law.
They, and some small businesses, will have to find...
USDA: Unapproved modified wheat in Oregon field
2013-05-30 05:12:13 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Unapproved genetically engineered wheat has been discovered in an Oregon field, a potential threat to trade with countries that have concerns about genetically modified foods.
The Agriculture Department said Wednesday that the genetically engineered wheat is safe to eat...
Doc: Face transplant patient making good progress
2013-05-28 05:03:33 UTC
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A surgeon who operated on Poland's first face transplant patient says the man is already practicing swallowing and making sounds.
The 33-year-old man received a skin-and-bone transplant on May 15, three weeks after losing his nose, upper jaw and cheeks in a workplace ac...
Mom's obesity surgery may help break cycle in kids
2013-05-28 05:00:12 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Obese mothers tend to have kids who become obese. Now provocative research suggests weight-loss surgery may help break that unhealthy cycle in an unexpected way — by affecting how their children's genes behave.
In a first-of-a-kind study, Canadian researchers tested c...
NYC launches bike share program, largest in nation
2013-05-27 18:11:09 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Mayor Michael Bloomberg calls a long-awaited bicycle-sharing program a "big win" for New York City residents and tourists.
The privately funded Citi Bike program was launched Monday. It now offers 6,000 bikes at 330 docking stations in Manhattan and parts of Brooklyn, with pl...
'Crack baby' scare overblown, teen research says
2013-05-27 17:26:22 UTC
CHICAGO (AP) — Research in teens adds fresh evidence that the 1980s "crack baby" scare was overblown, finding little proof of any major long-term ill effects in children whose mothers used cocaine during pregnancy.
Some studies have linked pregnant women's cocaine use with children's beh...
WHO: Scientific red tape mars efforts vs. virus
2013-05-27 04:15:49 UTC
GENEVA (AP) — International efforts to combat a new pneumonia-like virus that has now killed 22 people are being slowed by unclear rules and competition for the potentially profitable rights to disease samples, the head of the World Health Organization warned Thursday.
Dr. Margaret Chan,...
Shuttered NM plant resumes making peanut butter
2013-05-27 04:11:17 UTC
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The eastern New Mexico peanut butter plant shuttered eight months ago after a salmonella outbreak is back in production, and company officials say their coveted natural and organic butters could be back on store shelves within a month.
Sunland Inc. Vice Preside...
Protesters across globe rally against Monsanto
2013-05-26 05:36:20 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Protesters rallied in dozens of cities Saturday as part of a global protest against seed giant Monsanto and the genetically modified food it produces, organizers said.
Organizers said "March Against Monsanto" protests were held in 52 countries and 436 cities, including Lo...
Protesters to march vs Monsanto in 250 cities
2013-05-25 17:26:40 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Marches and rallies against seed giant Monsanto were held across the U.S. and in dozens of other countries Saturday.
"March Against Monsanto" protesters say they want to call attention to the dangers posed by genetically modified food and the food giants that produce it. M...
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 patien...
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.
New rules for labeling meat go into effect in US
2013-05-24 04:50:56 UTC
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Shoppers in the U.S. will soon have more information about where their meat comes from after new federal labeling rules went into effect Thursday.
The rules require labels on steaks, ribs and other cuts of meat to say where the animal was born, raised and slaughtered. Ea...