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Nigerian activist held in solitary in Japan, prompting calls for her release Thursday October 27th, 2016 02:22:35 AM
By Minami Funakoshi and Ami Miyazaki TOKYO (Reuters) - A prominent Nigerian asylum seeker and activist is being held in solitary at a Tokyo detention center, a case that has highlighted a growing crackdown on foreigners living in Japan without visas and prompted demands for her release. Elizabeth Aruoriwo Obueza was detained two weeks ago after authorities turned down an appeal against her asylum rejection, Obueza and her lawyer told Reuters. Obueza, 48, campaigns for asylum seekers and the 4,700 people on "provisional ...

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW-Rugby-Players paying too high a price, says union head Thursday October 27th, 2016 02:00:01 AM
* Carter affair should trigger debate on players' health, says Tchale Watchou * Rugby makes machines, says head of Top 14 players' union * Doctors' role must be redefined * Mental health a growing concern, too By Julien Pretot MONTPELLIER, France, Oct 27 (Reuters) - Professional rugby is taking such a terrible physical and mental toll on the players, shortening careers and leaving a lifelong legacy of disability, that the soul of the sport is under threat, the head of the French players' union has warned. Player ...

Factbox: Wall Street's take on possible impact of U.S. elections Thursday October 27th, 2016 12:39:03 AM
(Reuters) - U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican candidate Donald Trump are in a tight race ahead of the Nov. 8 U.S. presidential election. Following is a weekly roundup of financial market analysts' views on the likely outcome of the U.S. elections and the possible implications of a Trump or Clinton win on financial markets. MORE COVERAGE: SEE RELATED FACTBOX: LARRY BIEGELSEN, SENIOR ANALYST, HEALTHCARE TEAM, WELLS FARGO "The probability ...

Screening infants could prevent early heart attacks Wednesday October 26th, 2016 09:53:15 PM
Screening young children for high cholesterol at the same time as they receive routine vaccinations could prevent hundreds of heart attacks in young adults each year, researchers in Britain said Wednesday. FH runs in families, and if left untreated can raise the risk of heart disease at a young age as much as 100 times, according to the article.

Cholesterol test for 1-year-olds? Study says it could help Wednesday October 26th, 2016 09:10:21 PM
What if a blood test could reveal that your child is at high risk for early heart disease years in the future, giving you a chance to prevent it now? A big study in England did that — screening thousands of babies for inherited risk — and found it was twice as common as has been thought.

TB treatment's high success rate hailed as 'breakthrough' Wednesday October 26th, 2016 09:04:30 PM
A new treatment for drug-resistant tuberculosis patients, that reported a success rate of 82 percent in a study, has been hailed as a "breakthrough" at a medical summit in Britain. The final results were unveiled at this week's Union World Conference on Lung Health in Liverpool, north-west England, and showed patients across nine African countries responded remarkably well to the nine-month treatment. Of the 1,006 TB sufferers who participated in the observational study of the treatment, all of ...

Dementia risk may rise in the wake of disaster Wednesday October 26th, 2016 09:03:27 PM
By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Elderly people forced out of their homes and separated from their neighbors after a natural disaster may be more prone to dementia than survivors who are able to remain in their homes, a study suggests. This, at least, is how things unfolded after the 2011 tsunami and earthquake in Japan, according to the study of 3,556 elderly survivors of this disaster. "But our study suggests that cognitive decline is also an important issue.” While previous research has documented cognitive ...

Antidepressants in pregnancy tied to health risks for kids Wednesday October 26th, 2016 09:01:53 PM
By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - Children exposed to a common type of antidepressant in the womb may be at an increased risk of complications soon after birth and years later, according to two new studies. One study suggests newborns are more likely to need intensive care after birth if their mothers take selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) during pregnancy. A second study finds those same children may be at an increased risk for speech and language disorders years later.

Cancer survivors take more psych meds than other people Wednesday October 26th, 2016 09:00:37 PM
By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - People who live through a bout with cancer are more likely to use medication for anxiety and depression than those without a history of malignancies, a U.S. study suggests. About 19 percent of adult cancer survivors take drugs for depression, anxiety, or both, compared to roughly 10 percent of other adults, the study found. “Survivors can have uncertainty about the future, worries about recurrence, altered self-image, concerns about relationships, financial hardships, unwanted ...

Man accused in hospital computer hack wages hunger strike Wednesday October 26th, 2016 08:45:55 PM
BOSTON (AP) — A man who acknowledges he attacked the computer network at world-renowned Boston Children's Hospital two years ago, costing it hundreds of thousands of dollars, is waging a hunger strike in prison as he awaits trial.

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