Thursday, 31 July 2014

Judge says unclear if NYC is fair when revoking licenses

By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal judge in New York said it is an open question whether the city's Taxi and Limousine Commission treats drivers fairly in hearings over whether to revoke their licenses. U.S. District Judge Sidney Stein made the assessment in a 50-page decision on Thursday, in which he reviewed challenges by drivers to revocations of licenses because of failed drug tests or some criminal convictions, including misdemeanors. Stein nonetheless declined to declare the TLC license revocation process unconstitutional. The 6-1/2-year-old lawsuit by seven former drivers, who seek class action status, claimed the TLC violated their due process rights by taking away their licenses or recommending revocation. via Health News Headlines - Yahoo News Read More Here..

On first meeting, men prefer ‘nice’ women: study

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – For heterosexual men, women who are “nice” are also “attractive,” according to a new study, but the same doesn’t hold true for women meeting a man for the first time.

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5 food writers subpoenaed in 'pink slime' lawsuit

'Pink Slime' Returns as Beef Prices Spike Several food writers, including a New York Times reporter, have been subpoenaed by a meat producer as part of its $1.2 billion defamation lawsuit against ABC in regards to the network's coverage of a beef product dubbed "pink slime" by critics.

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Australia urged to come clean on asylum-seekers' mental health

Sri Lankan asylum seekers sent back by Australia stand outside the magistrate's court in Galle on July 8, 2014 Australia's human rights commissioner said Thursday the government must come clean about conditions at offshore asylum-seeker camps after an inquiry heard of an alleged cover-up of mental health problems. The facilities have been under the spotlight in recent weeks following reports that up to a dozen mothers had attempted suicide at a detention centre on Christmas Island, an Australian territory in the Indian Ocean. The women did so under the belief that their babies would have a better chance of being settled in Australia if they were orphans, reports said. A leading psychiatrist alleged at a national inquiry into the mandatory detention of children seeking asylum that figures showing the extent of mental health issues had been covered up by the immigration department.

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Antibiotics in Chickens Develop Indians Antibiotic-Resistant: CSE Study

Indians are developing resistance to antibiotics and falling prey to a host of otherwise curable ailments due to large-scale uncontrolled use of antibiotics in the poultry industry, says a study conducted by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE). The organization also sought implementation of a comprehensive set of regulations including banning of antibiotic use as growth promoters in the poultry industry as it puts lives of people at stake. ...

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Japan's smoking rate drops to record low

Japan's smoking rate has dropped below 20% for the first time, according to a new survey Japan's smoking rate has dropped below 20 percent for the first time, according to a new survey, as a recent rise in cigarette prices helped to further discourage the habit. The proportion of adult smokers stood at 19.7 percent as of May, down 1.2 percentage points from a year earlier and the lowest rate since the survey started in 1965. The number of smokers in Japan stands at about 20.6 million, according to the study published Wednesday, which is conducted by cigarette monopoly Japan Tobacco. The overall figures put Japan roughly on par with the United States, where the Centers for Disease Control estimates that some 18.1 percent of the adult population smokes.

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Liberia shuts schools as Ebola spreads, Peace Corps leaves 3 countries

Medical staff working with Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF) put on their protective gear before entering an isolation area at the MSF Ebola treatment centre in Kailahun By David Lewis and Emma Farge DAKAR (Reuters) - Liberia will close schools and consider quarantining some communities, it said on Wednesday, rolling out the toughest measures yet imposed by a West African government to halt the worst outbreak on record of the deadly Ebola virus. "This is a major public health emergency. It's fierce, deadly and many of our countrymen are dying and we need to act to stop the spread," Lewis Brown, Liberia's information minister, told Reuters. "We need the support of the international community now more than ever.

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World Breastfeeding Week 2014: BREASTFEEDING: A Winning Goal - for Life!

The World Breastfeeding Day has been observed by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) for the past 22 years. The theme for this years' World Breastfeeding Week that is being observed between August 1 to August 7, 2014 is 'BREASTFEEDING: A Winning Goal - for Life!' a href="" target="_blank" class="vcontentshlink"Breastfeeding/a is the first and best gift that a mother ...

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RNA That Regulates Cell Death Discovered

An RNA known as INXS that modulates the action of an important gene in the process of apoptosis, or programmed cell death has been discovered by University of Sao Paulo scientists. According to Sergio Verjovski-Almeida, professor at the USP Chemistry Institute and coordinator of a research funded by Sao Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), INXS expression is generally diminished in cancer cells, and methods that are capable of stimulating the production of this ...

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New Strategy For a HIV-Free Generation: Scientists

Procedures to help HIV-babies born to HIV-infected mothers is being assessed by researchers, after the recent news of HIV detected in the Mississippi baby, thought to be cured of HIV. These infants around the world are in need of new immune-based protective strategies, including vaccines delivered to mothers and babies and the means to boost potentially protective maternal antibodies, say researchers who write in the Cell Press journal emTrends in Microbiology/em on July ...

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'Tumor Softening' Treatment Benefiting Bladder Cancer Patients

A protein that can identify potential bladder cancer patients who could benefit from a treatment that makes radiotherapy more effective, has been identified by scientists in Manchester, revealed a study published in the iBritish Journal of Cancer/i (BJC). The team from The University of Manchester, funded by the Medical Research Council, found that patients whose bladder tumour had high levels of a protein, called 'HIF-1 (and) #945;', were more likely to benefit from ...

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