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Sears customer shops near General Electric appliances in SchaumburgWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States filed a lawsuit on Wednesday aimed at stopping Electrolux AB from buying General Electric Co's appliance business, the Justice Department said in a statement. . . more
U.S. President Barack Obama picks up Kelly Bryant at her home to take her to the event where Obama was to speak about the Affordable Care Act during a visit to Taylor Stratton Elementary School in NashvilleFresh from another Supreme Court validation of his landmark healthcare law, President Barack Obama visited healthcare hub Nashville, Tennessee on Wednesday to push state governments to expand the Medicaid health program for the poor. Obamacare, as the president's law is known, envisions a major expansion of the program, but nearly half of all U.S. states, mostly Republican-controlled, have rejected that part of the law and opted out of a Medicaid expansion. The Tennessee legislature voted against an expansion in February and a total of 22 states have made such a stand. . . more
Marijuana enthusiasts gather after midnight to celebrate the legalization of recreational use of marijuana in Portland, OregonCrowds counted down the minutes to midnight then lit up joints as smoking marijuana became legal in Oregon on Wednesday and the legalization movement spread to a fourth U.S. state. The legislation opens the way for shops to sell marijuana by next year, though a bill headed to the governor's desk would allow bans on retail sales in cities and counties where at least 55 percent of voters voted against legal weed. Similar legalization initiatives that have ushered in retail pot shops are already in force in Washington state and Colorado, reflecting a shifting landscape for a drug that remains illegal under federal law. . . more
President Barack Obama walks with Kelly Bryant at her home in Nashville, Tenn., Wednesday, July 1, 2015, en route to Taylor Stratton Elementary School, where he is to speak about the Affordable Care Act. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) President Barack Obama is using the momentum from a recent Supreme Court victory for his health care law to change the conversation from talk about undoing his signature domestic achievement to talk about how to improve it. . . more
Health workers leave after they took a blood specimen from a child to test for the Ebola virus in a area were a 17-year old boy died from the virus on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia, Tuesday, June 30, 2015. Liberian authorities on Tuesday quarantined an area where the corpse was found, sparking fears this West African country could face another outbreak of the disease nearly two months after being declared Ebola-free. (AP Photo/ Abbas Dulleh)MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) Liberian officials confirmed a second Ebola case Wednesday in the same town where the disease was detected days earlier on the corpse of a teenager, seven weeks after the country was declared Ebola-free. . . more
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By Janice Neumann (Reuters Health) - Epinephrine might still have its life-saving potential even if it freezes and thaws out while youre backpacking in the dead of winter, an experimental study finds. Its definitely a small study, but it gives us pretty conclusive evidence that the freeze-thaw does not seem to degrade the epinephrine, said Dr. William Smith, an emergency medicine physician at St. Johns Medical Center in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and one of the studys authors. If it does freeze, its most likely going to be okay to administer and help the patient in an emergency setting. Epinephrine is used by people with severe allergies to insect stings, plants, medications or certain foods, the authors note in the journal Wilderness and Environmental Medicine. . . more
By Kizito Makoye DAR ES SALAAM (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Four men, including a witchdoctor, were sentenced to death by Tanzania's High Court on Wednesday after being found guilty of abducting, killing and dismembering a 17-year-old albino boy. The witchdoctor, Adangalwisye Kayuni, was found with human intestines whose DNA matched that of the dead teenager, and another defendant was found in possession of four fingers and 10 bones which DNA tests proved were also those of the victim, the court in the southern city of Mbeya heard. The boy, Henry Mwakajila, went missing in the Mbeya region one night in 2008, the prosecution said. . . more
By Kate Kelland LONDON, (Reuters) - Scientists investigating why a GlaxoSmithKline flu vaccine triggered narcolepsy in some people say they have the first solid evidence the rare sleep disorder may be a so-called "hit-and-run" autoimmune disease. The researchers were trying to find out why, of two different flu vaccines widely deployed during the 2009/2010 swine flu pandemic, only one -- GSK's Pandemrix -- was linked with a spike in cases of narcolepsy. In a study published in the journal Science Translational Medicine, they said the answer could lie in a protein in the H1N1 flu strain found in high amounts in the GSK shot but at much lower levels in the other vaccine, Novartis' Focetria. . . more
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A child plays in a public fountain in Bordeaux, on June 30, 2015, as a major heatwave spreads through EuropeA blistering heatwave sweeping through Europe on Wednesday brought blackouts to France and fears of heat stroke for Wimbledon tennis fans, but meant a range of interesting ice creams for the continent's zoo animals. With temperatures pushing 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit), the UN warned heatwaves were growing more frequent and intense due to climate change, and called on more countries to put warning systems in place to inform people of the dangers. At the Safaripark Beekse Bergen zoo in the Netherlands, staff had already put their emergency procedures in place -- including ice cubes for baboons, cold showers for the elephants, and special meat- and fruit-flavoured ice cream for the ring-tailed lemurs. . . more
Candida Fluty, 35, a West Virginia resident, was seen on a hospital security video in January injecting something into the IV bag of her son, then age 9, causing him to run a fever. Fluty was charged in Hamilton County with two counts of felonious assault and two counts of felony child endangerment. . . more
By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) - Some nursing home facilities prescribe antibiotics more often than others, which is tied to increased health risks, even for residents who dont receive the medications, according to a new study. About two-thirds of nursing home residents receive antibiotic treatment of some kind each year. Prescribing the drugs inappropriately increases the risk of medication reactions, allergies, diarrhea and infections by antibiotic-resistant bacteria, the authors write in JAMA Internal Medicine. . . more
The home of Ebola victim Memaigar is seen in NedoweinBy Reuters Staff NEDOWEIN, Liberia (Reuters) - Liberia confirmed on Wednesday it had at least two cases of Ebola, nearly two months after the West African country worst hit by the disease had been declared free of it. More than 11,200 people have died since last year in the worst ever outbreak of Ebola, nearly all of them in three neighboring countries, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. Liberia was the worst-hit, with more than 4,800 people dying, but was declared Ebola-free by the World Health Organization on May 9 after 42 days passed with no new infections. . . more
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By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) - The availability of indoor tanning outside of tanning salons may promote risky use because of lax regulation, U.S. researchers say. Outside of tanning salons, U.S. women who tan indoors can often do so at gyms and health clubs, as well as in some private homes and apartment complexes, a recent study finds. I think these non-salon tanning locations have been under the radar as they have not generally been addressed in the research literature nor have recent policy initiatives to restrict indoor tanning access to minors seemed to specifically consider them, Hillhouse told Reuters Health by email. . . more
Denmark's Novo Nordisk, the world's biggest insulin producer, is to stop selling its new long-acting insulin drug Tresiba in Germany following a row over pricing. The decision is the latest example of tensions between drugmakers and healthcare providers, many of whom are unhappy about the high cost of modern medicines. Novo said on Wednesday it had taken the decision after failing to agree a price in negotiations with the GKV-Spitzenverband, the German national association of statutory health insurance funds. . . more
A pregnant woman touches her stomach as people practice yoga on the morning of the summer solstice in New York's Times SquareBy Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Roughly half of first-time mothers in the U.S. gain too much weight during pregnancy, about the same proportion who are overweight at the start, a study finds. Researchers compared data on more than 2 million U.S. women to a group of about 1,650 of their peers in Germany, where almost three-fourths of first-time mothers started pregnancy at a healthy weight and only 27 percent exceeded weight gain recommendations. The differences in overweight rates pre-pregnancy and in weight gain are surprising, lead study author Dr. Joachim Dudenhausen, an obstetrics researcher at Charite University Medicine in Berlin, said by email. . . more
The logo of Bayer AG is pictured at the Bayer Healthcare subgroup production plant in Wuppertal(Reuters) - Bayer Healthcare said on Wednesday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved using transvaginal ultrasound as an alternate test to confirm if the company's Essure permanent birth control device has been placed properly. Essure is a small metal coil inserted into woman's fallopian tubes. In a transvaginal ultrasound (TVU), sound waves emitted from a probe placed in vagina help a physician check if Essure has been placed properly. . . more
Workers move a container at the main port in the Kenyan coastal city of MombasaMOMBASA (Reuters) - More than 2,000 workers at East Africas biggest port in Kenya's coastal city Mombasa went on strike on Wednesday protesting an increase in the amount they will have to pay for state-run health insurance. The port, the biggest in the region, handles imports such as fuel for Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda, South Sudan, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and Somalia. Interruption of the port activities threatens regional business which heavily relies on cargo passing through the trade gateway. . . more


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