Justice Dept expands probe of scope makers linked to superbug outbreak
(Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Justice has subpoenaed two more manufacturers of medical scopes linked to deadly so-called superbug outbreaks in recent weeks, USA Today reported on Wednesday, citing two sources familiar with the investigation. Last week, reports revealed one duodenoscope manufacturer, Olympus Corp, was being investigated by the federal agency, but the broader reach of the investigation, including subpoenas to other makers including Fujifilm Holdings Corp and Pentax Medical, a unit of Ricoh, has not been reported previously, the newspaper said. Reuters was not able to immediately reach Olympus, Fujifilm and Pentax for comment.
Wed, 03 Jun 2015 19:42:49 -0400
Pennsylvania Senate panel clears transgender doctor's nomination
By David DeKok HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - A transgender woman named by the governor to serve as Pennsylvanias physician general was endorsed by a state legislative committee on Wednesday, clearing the way for the full Senate to vote on her nomination next week. If she is confirmed, Dr. Rachel Levine, 57, formerly an adolescent medicine specialist at Penn State Hershey Medical Center, would become the first transgender person to serve as a high-level state official in Pennsylvania history. Jonathan Adams, a spokesman for Lambda Legal in New York, said he did not know of any transgender people in high-ranking state government positions throughout the United States.
Wed, 03 Jun 2015 19:35:57 -0400
Limes and Sunlight Leave Florida Man With 'Burns' After Mixing Margaritas
Don't forget your sunblock this summer, especially if you want to enjoy your margaritas. One Florida man learned this the hard way after he said a rare reaction between lime juice and sunlight left his hands with wounds resembling severe second-degree burns and sent him to the emergency room. Aaron Peers said he is recovering after the reaction called phytophotodermatitis, which can occur when fruit juice or acidic citrus juice hits the skin, leaving it vulnerable to sunlight exposure.
Wed, 03 Jun 2015 19:30:13 -0400
Wondering how long you have? Simple score gives five-year death risk
By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - Health researchers have developed a scientifically rigorous death risk calculator that predicts a person's risk of dying within five years and say they hope people will use it to improve their health. Using a simple set of around a dozen questions about such things as the number of cars you own or whether you tend to be a slow or, better, a fast walker, the predictor can give a five-year death risk calculation for any Briton aged between 40 and 70 years old. The researchers who developed the calculator with Sense About Science,a UK charity that works to help people make sense of scientific and medical claims, say it could improve health awareness and also in future be used by family doctors to identify high-risk potential patients.
Wed, 03 Jun 2015 19:05:29 -0400
Judge in Colorado cinema murder trial rejects defense request for mistrial
By Keith Coffman CENTENNIAL, Colo., (Reuters) - The judge presiding over the murder trial of Colorado theater gunman James Holmes denied a motion by defense lawyers for a mistrial on Wednesday over videos shown to jurors of a psychiatrists interviews with the admitted shooter. Public defender Kristen Nelson argued that a video played in court, in which Holmes described details of the crime to court-appointed psychiatrist William Reid, violated his constitutional right against self-incrimination. It was the second time Arapahoe County District Court Judge Carlos Samour has denied a defense motion for a mistrial since Reid took the stand late last week.
Wed, 03 Jun 2015 18:41:25 -0400
6 Ways to Shift Your Mindset to a Whole New Level
Have you ever felt frustrated or discouraged in your life or career? Does it seem like everyone else is moving faster toward their goals and dream life and with more ease than you are?Sure you have had some success, but every time you have a win, backwards you go again. You're probably thinking what is going on here? Why do I struggle so...
Wed, 03 Jun 2015 18:31:16 -0400
Pentagon says 51 labs in 17 U.S. states, three nations got live anthrax
By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. military base in Utah sent live anthrax samples to 51 labs in 17 states, Washington, D.C. and three foreign nations, more than previously disclosed, and the number may rise, the Pentagon said on Wednesday. Investigators were trying to ascertain whether the inadvertent shipments of the pathogen, which can be used as a biological weapon, stemmed from quality control problems at the base, the Dugway Proving Ground, Pentagon officials said. A number of U.S. military facilities for the past decade have shipped what were supposed to be inactivated, or killed, anthrax samples to outside labs to develop counter-measures to biological weapons.
Wed, 03 Jun 2015 18:03:59 -0400
South Korea reports five more cases of MERS, raising total to 35
South Korea's Health Ministry confirmed five additional cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) on Thursday, raising the total to 35, including two more health care workers who treated infected patients. Aside from the health care workers, one of the new confirmed cases was in a person who had shared a hospital room with an infected patient and two were in people who had visited the ward at another institution where the country's first confirmed patient had been admitted, the ministry said. The transmissions occurred before the existing patients were confirmed to be MERS positive, the ministry said.
Wed, 03 Jun 2015 18:02:53 -0400
US issues new rules limiting antibiotic use in animals
The agency that regulates food and drugs in the United States has drawn up new rules restricting the use of antibiotics in livestock in an effort to combat a growing resistance to the drugs. Only veterinarians will now be allowed to administer antibiotics used by humans to cattle, sheep or poultry, and only when needed for specific animals' health reasons, the Food and Drug Administration announced on Tuesday. Antibiotics for livestock have been sold as nonprescription drugs in the United States until now.
Wed, 03 Jun 2015 18:02:04 -0400
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