Singapore fumes as air pollution hits 16-year high
2013-06-19 06:07:22 UTC
SINGAPORE (AP) — Singaporeans rolled back military training, kept cough-stricken children indoors and considered wearing protective masks to work after a smoky haze triggered by forest fires in neighboring Indonesia caused air pollution to briefly hit its worst level in nearly 16 years.
18 mayors: Limit use of food stamps to buy soda
2013-06-19 05:42:31 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — The mayors of New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and 15 other cities are reviving a push against letting food stamps be used to buy soda and other sugary drinks.
In a letter sent to congressional leaders on Tuesday, the mayors say it's "time to test and evaluate approaches li...
House passes far-reaching anti-abortion bill
2013-06-19 05:24:46 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-led House on Tuesday passed a far-reaching anti-abortion bill that conservatives saw as a milestone in their 40-year campaign against legalized abortion and Democrats characterized as yet another example of a GOP war on women.
The legislation, sparked by ...
Deadly year for encephalitis feared in India
2013-06-18 16:27:35 UTC
GORAKHPUR, India (AP) — A mosquito-borne disease that preys on the young and malnourished is sweeping across poverty-riven northern India again this monsoon season, with officials worried it could be the deadliest outbreak in nearly a decade.
Encephalitis has already killed at least 118 ...
Report: Slowdown in health care costs to continue
2013-06-18 04:51:53 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — There's good news for most companies that provide health benefits for their employees: America's slowdown in medical costs may be turning into a trend, rather than a mere pause.
A report Tuesday from accounting and consulting giant PwC projects lower overall growth in...
Food companies work to make it look natural
2013-06-17 17:17:24 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Here's the latest goal for food makers: Perfect the art of imperfection.
When stretching out the dough for its premium "Artisan Pizzas," Domino's workers are instructed not to worry about making the rectangles too perfect: The pies are supposed to have a more rustic look....
Court hears arguments on NYC's big soda ban
2013-06-17 04:38:30 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — A state appeals court panel had few sweet words Tuesday for a city health regulation that would fight diabetes and obesity by setting a size limit on sugary beverages sold in restaurants.
The four justices peppered a city lawyer with tough questions during a Manhattan cou...
Court hearing on hold over lung transplant rules
2013-06-17 04:37:16 UTC
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A court hearing over organ donor matches involving children is on hold after the 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl at the center of the lawsuit received a lung transplant.
Sarah Murnaghan is recovering after receiving adult lungs this week at Children's Hospital of Philad...
New lungs buy time but don't cure cystic fibrosis
2013-06-17 04:34:32 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl who fought for a lung transplant has a difficult journey ahead. The transplant isn't a cure for her cystic fibrosis, and new lungs don't tend to last as long as other transplanted organs.
But it can extend life by years, buying some tim...
Expert: Dying woman should have got Irish abortion
2013-06-17 04:15:19 UTC
DUBLIN (AP) — A miscarrying woman who died in an Irish hospital should have had her blood poisoning detected much sooner and been offered an abortion to improve her odds of survival, an experts' report concluded Thursday in a case that is forcing Ireland to modernize its abortion laws.
UK to start regulating e-cigarettes as medicines
2013-06-17 04:14:12 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Britain will start regulating electronic cigarettes and other products containing nicotine as medicines, according to the country's top regulator.
E-cigarettes are battery-operated products that turn nicotine into a vapor inhaled by the user.
The Medicines and Healthcare...
HIV drug can also protect injection drug users
2013-06-17 04:10:34 UTC
ATLANTA (AP) — U.S. health officials say doctors should consider giving a daily AIDS drug to another high risk group to prevent infection — people who shoot heroin, methamphetamines or other injection drugs.
A similar recommendation is already in place for gay men and heterosexual couples....
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 sa...
Cheney says his health 'nothing short of miracle'
2013-06-16 17:40:24 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Vice President Dick Cheney says his health is "nothing short of a miracle."
The heart transplant recipient says he now wakes up each morning "with a smile on my face, thankful for the gift of another day I never expected to see."
Cheney tells "Fox News Sunday" tha...
Beyond NYC: Other places adapting to climate, too
2013-06-16 17:16:57 UTC
BONN, Germany (AP) — From Bangkok to Miami, cities and coastal areas across the globe are already building or planning defenses to protect millions of people and key infrastructure from more powerful storm surges and other effects of global warming.
Some are planning cities that will...
US court says human genes cannot be patented
2013-06-16 04:55:22 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that companies cannot patent parts of naturally-occurring human genes, a decision with the potential to profoundly affect the emerging and lucrative medical and biotechnology industries.
The high court's unanimous judgment reverses three...
Levees, removable walls proposed to protect NYC
2013-06-16 04:51:28 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Removable floodwalls would be erected in lower Manhattan, and levees, gates and other defenses would be built elsewhere around the city under a nearly $20 billion plan Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed Tuesday to protect New York from storms and the effects of global warming....
USDA: Modified wheat appears to be isolated
2013-06-15 16:46:57 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Agriculture Department says it has no indications that genetically modified wheat found in Oregon last month has spread beyond the field in which it was found.
No genetically engineered wheat has been approved for U.S. farming, and the department is investigating ho...
World's oldest person dies in Japan at 116
2013-06-12 05:26:10 UTC
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Jiroemon Kimura, who had been recognized by the Guinness World Records as the world's oldest living person and the oldest man ever, died Wednesday of natural causes. He was 116.
Kimura, of Kyotango, Japan, was born April 19, 1897. Officials in Kyotango said he died in a ...
McDonald's says cheap eats helped lift sales
2013-06-11 04:44:15 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Cheap eats and new menu items helped McDonald's boost a key sales figure in May, bouncing back from a decline the previous month.
The world's biggest hamburger chain said Monday that global sales rose 2.6 percent at restaurants open at least a year, helped by an extra Friday...
Oregon Senate passes bill on vaccination education
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
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
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
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
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...