Cultural attitudes impede organ donations in China
2013-05-17 16:41:07 UTC
BEIJING (AP) — China is phasing out its reliance on executed prisoners for donated organs, but an architect of the country's transplant system said Friday that ingrained cultural attitudes are impeding the rise of donations among the general population.
Almost all donated organs in China used to come from executed prisoners. A...
Another round for the House on 'Obamacare'
2013-05-17 04:32:33 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — One more time, with feeling! The Republican-led House voted yet again Thursday to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law, knowing full well that won't stop it.
Only months away from the rollout of coverage for uninsured Americans, it was the 37th attempt in a little more than two years by House Rep...
Puerto Rico faces lowest coffee production ever
2013-05-17 04:11:44 UTC
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Coffee production in Puerto Rico has hit the lowest level ever in the island's history, leaving farmers and government officials worried about how to revive a once burgeoning industry amid a deep economic crisis.
Farmers produced some 80,000 pounds (39,900 kilograms) of coffee during the most re...
Saudi officials expand labs to track deadly virus
2013-05-16 18:22:11 UTC
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia says it has dedicated nine additional laboratories to help investigators track a deadly new respiratory virus related to SARS that appears to be centered in the kingdom.
Thursday's Health Ministry announcement follows its report that two health care workers became ill this month after being...
Stem cells recovered from cloned human embryos
2013-05-16 05:12:15 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Scientists have finally recovered stem cells from cloned human embryos, a longstanding goal that could lead to new treatments for such illnesses as Parkinson's disease and diabetes.
A prominent expert called the work a landmark, but noted that a different, simpler technique now under development may prove mor...
Saudi health workers sickened by SARS-like virus
2013-05-16 05:10:41 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — A deadly new respiratory virus related to SARS has apparently spread from patients to health care workers in eastern Saudi Arabia, health officials said Wednesday.
The Ministry of Health in Saudi Arabia told world health officials that two health care workers became ill this month after being exposed to patien...
Sexual abuse cases put Pentagon under fire
2013-05-16 04:44:06 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — One after another, the charges have tumbled out — allegations of sexual assaults in the military that have triggered outrage, from local commanders to Capitol Hill and the Oval Office.
But for a Pentagon under fire, there seem to be few clear solutions beyond improved training and possible adjustments in how ...
Senate confirms former nurse to run Medicare
2013-05-16 04:34:10 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — A former intensive care nurse with a businesslike approach to a politically divisive public policy area won Senate approval Wednesday to run Medicare and other major health insurance programs.
By an overwhelming 91-7 vote, the Senate confirmed Marilyn Tavenner to oversee Medicare, Medicaid, children's healt...
EU court finds Swiss assisted-suicide laws vague
2013-05-15 07:24:00 UTC
GENEVA (AP) — An elderly Swiss woman who would rather end her life now than decline further in health found sympathy Tuesday from the European Court of Human Rights, which called on the Swiss to clarify their laws on so-called passive assisted suicide.
The Strasbourg, France-based court said Switzerland must specify whether it...
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...
Deaths from West Nile virus hit record last year
2013-05-15 07:18:47 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials say last year was the worst ever for West Nile virus deaths.
The final tally reported Monday was 286 deaths — or two more than the record set in 2002.
But there were far fewer illnesses overall, and fewer serious cases than in previous years.
The Centers for Disease Control and Pr...
Women have new options for breast cancer surgery
2013-05-14 17:49:28 UTC
CHICAGO (AP) — Treating breast cancer almost always involves surgery, and for years the choice was just having the lump or the whole breast removed. Now, new approaches are dramatically changing the way these operations are done, giving women more options, faster treatment, smaller scars, fewer long-term side effects a...
Study questions how sharply US should cut the salt
2013-05-14 17:38:23 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — A surprising new report questions how sharply Americans should cut back on salt.
Make no mistake: Most Americans eat way too much, not just from salt shakers but because of sodium in processed foods.
The Institute of Medicine said Tuesday there's no evidence that cutting well below established g...
Big 4 cellphone carriers unite on anti-texting ads
2013-05-14 06:39:51 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — The country's four biggest cellphone companies are set to launch their first joint advertising campaign against texting while driving, uniting behind AT&T's "It Can Wait" slogan to blanket TV and radio this summer.
AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Sprint and T-Mobile will be joined by 200 other organizations bac...
Angelina Jolie says she had double mastectomy
2013-05-14 06:32:25 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Angelina Jolie says she's had a preventive double mastectomy after learning she carried a gene that makes it extremely likely she'll get breast cancer.
Jolie authored an op-ed for Tuesday's New York Times where she writes that in April she finished three months of surgical procedures to remove both breasts...
2 new diseases could both spark global outbreaks
2013-05-14 06:28:37 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Two respiratory viruses in different parts of the world have captured the attention of global health officials — a novel coronavirus in the Middle East and a new bird flu spreading in China.
Last week, the coronavirus related to SARS spread to France, where one patient who probably caught the disease i...
Federal board issues mixed ruling on San Onofre
2013-05-14 05:39:49 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal board has ruled partly in favor of an environmental group that wants an extended hearing on the plan to restart the troubled San Onofre nuclear power plant in California.
It's not immediately clear how Monday's ruling by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's Atomic Safety and Licensing boa...
High court rules for Monsanto in patent case
2013-05-13 16:50:48 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Monday that an Indiana farmer violated Monsanto Co.'s patents on soybean seeds that are resistant to its weed-killer by growing additional crops without buying new beans.
The justices unanimously rejected the farmer's argument that cheap soybeans he bought from a grain elevat...
H&M backs safety accord in Bangladesh factories
2013-05-13 16:45:14 UTC
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Swedish fashion retailer H&M said Monday that it will sign up to a legally binding fire and building safety plan drawn up by unions in Bangladesh, following the deaths of hundreds of garment workers in a building collapse there last month.
The company described safety issues as "extremely important," saying th...
UK retailers relax rules on GM poultry feed
2013-05-13 16:42:31 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Three major British grocery chains have ended their bans on providing genetically modified feed to chickens.
Sainsbury's, the Co-operative Group and Marks & Spencer cited short supplies of non-GM feed as the reason for the change.
A Co-operative Group statement released Monday said it is no longer "feasible"...
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, ...
New suspicious French case of SARS-related virus
2013-05-12 04:33:55 UTC
PARIS (AP) — France's health minister says tests on three suspected cases of a deadly new respiratory virus related to SARS are negative — but a fourth needs complementary tests and a fifth suspected case has been discovered.
Marisol Touraine said test results of the two remaining suspicious cases — people who had close contac...
3 suspected cases of SARS-related virus in France
2013-05-12 04:30:52 UTC
PARIS (AP) — French health officials said Friday they are investigating three suspected cases of a deadly new respiratory virus related to SARS, in people who had close contact in the hospital with France's only confirmed case.
Beatrice Degrugillers, a spokeswoman for the regional health agency in France's Nord-Pas-d...
Wrigley takes new caffeinated gum off market
2013-05-12 04:29:09 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Food and Drug Administration investigation into the safety of caffeine-added foods has prompted Wrigley to take its new caffeinated gum off the market for the time being.
Wrigley said Wednesday that it will temporarily halt sales and marketing of Alert caffeinated gum after discussions with the F...
One by one, homes in Calif. subdivision sinking
2013-05-11 17:07:14 UTC
LAKEPORT, Calif. (AP) — Scott and Robin Spivey had a sinking feeling that something was wrong with their home when cracks began snaking across their walls in March.
The cracks soon turned into gaping fractures, and within two weeks their 600-square-foot garage broke from the house and the entire property — manicured lawn...