Wednesday, 4 March 2015

White House 'pleased' with solicitor's Supreme Court arguments: spokesman

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration was "quite pleased" with its lawyer's arguments on Wednesday before the U.S. Supreme Court defending President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law, a White House spokesman said. Spokesman Josh Earnest cautioned against drawing conclusions about how the court will decide the case based on questions during oral arguments. The Supreme Court appeared divided on ideological lines as it heard the challenge to the 2010 law on Wednesday. (Reporting by Emily Stephenson; Editing by Bill Trott) via Health News Headlines - Yahoo News Read More Here..

Family Battles Laws That Kept Brain-Dead Pregnant Women Alive

The family of a brain-dead pregnant woman is fighting to stop the tragedy from occurring again in a new documentary "The Pregnancy Exclusion." via Health News Headlines - Yahoo News Read More Here..

'Over the counter' birth control pills might save public money

(Reuters Health) - Providing no- or low-cost birth control pills over the counter may reduce costs and prevent up to a quarter of unplanned pregnancies, researchers say.















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Workplace injury, illness costs being foisted on workers, government, OSHA's Michaels says

OSHA chief David Michaels spoke with the Center about a new agency report highlighting a "broken" workers' compensation system. via Health News Headlines - Yahoo News Read More Here..

Texas hospital disputes some claims made in nurse's Ebola lawsuit

By Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - A Texas hospital group on Wednesday said it disputes some claims made by nurse Nina Pham, the first person infected with Ebola in the United States who this week sued it for failing to prevent her from contracting the virus and then invading her privacy. Texas Health Resources Chief Executive Barclay Berdan said the hospital complied with government privacy regulations to determine what information to share publicly about Pham's condition and Pham consented to its release, a hospital group spokesman said. He first made the comments in an email sent to staff shortly after the suit was filed on Monday, its spokesman, Wendell Watson, said. Pham, 26, was one of two nurses at the Dallas hospital who contracted Ebola when treating Thomas Duncan, who contracted the disease in Liberia and was admitted to the Dallas hospital in late September. via Health News Headlines - Yahoo News Read More Here..

McDonald's to cut back on chicken fed antibiotics

Fast-food giant McDonald's announced Wednesday it would stop serving chicken raised with antibiotics that are important to human health, as worries grow over resistance to crucial drugs Fast-food giant McDonald's announced Wednesday it would stop serving chicken raised with antibiotics that are important to human health, as worries grow over resistance to crucial drugs. McDonald's, primarily a hamburger chain but which also sells a number of chicken-based meals, said it has been working closely with poultry farmers to cut back the use of antibiotics. The move will help prod changes by the large industrial chicken suppliers which have fostered widespread use of human antibiotics among growers. McDonald's said that it hoped to implement the new restrictions at its 14,000 US restaurants over the next two years.




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GastroBreak: Big C. Diff Burden, Coupling and Colonoscopies

(MedPage Today) -- The latest news and research in gastroenterology. via MedPageToday.com - medical news plus CME for physicians Read More Here..

The Medium Is The Message: Second Study Confirms Mediums' Accuracy

(MedPage Today) -- A journal publishes another paper reporting that officially certified mediums are accurate. via MedPageToday.com - medical news plus CME for physicians Read More Here..

Flu Vaccine: A Matter of Time

(MedPage Today) -- Effectiveness of the vaccines depends on choices made months before it's needed. via MedPageToday.com - medical news plus CME for physicians Read More Here..

It's Official: Science Confirms Indian Food Is Effing Delicious, And Here's Why

Not that we ever needed science to gorge on Indian food, tbh.


Researchers at IIT, Jodhpur analysed thousands of recipes to try and determine what makes Indian food so rich in taste.



According to Washington Post, they crunched the numbers on recipes from Tarla Dalal's website to compare the ingredients used in popular Indian dishes.


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Traditionally, western chefs prefer using ingredients that have overlapping flavours.



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But a lot of Asian cuisines, and especially Indian foods, tend to do the exact opposite.



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Here is a simple representation of a hypothetical Indian dish, broken down to its components.


Here is a simple representation of a hypothetical Indian dish, broken down to its components.


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Qantas Is Now Serving Alaskan Halibut And Caviar From Abu Dhabi

Australia’s national airline is pulling out all the stops with its new first, business, and premium economy class menus.Yasa caviar tartlet, anyone?



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Less than two years after introducing a trendy new uniform, Australia's national airline is again revamping its image, this time with its inflight food service.


Qantas Airways this week unveiled an elaborate new menu for its first, business, and "premium economy" classes, offering caviar, Kingfish ceviche and seared Alaskan Halibut. To wash down these delicacies, the airline is serving a "diverse collection" of Australian wines, nine of which apparently won medals at this year's Cellars in the Sky Awards.


For long-haul flights, Qantas faces stiff competition both from Asian operators like Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific, and Persian Gulf airlines like Etihad and Qatar Airways. All are known for stellar service and over-the-top luxury aboard their planes, as is Dubai's Emirates, which entered into a partnership with Qantas in late 2013. Competition, along with rising costs, led to Qantas posting the largest annual loss in its history in 2014, but it is now in turnaround mode, returning to profitability in results announced last week. Qantas stock has risen by more than 80% in the last six months.


Going all out on luxury food options is one way to push back against the world's best-known luxury airlines. And fliers will need a wide-open checkbook to experience one of the Flying Kangaroo's Yasa caviar tartlets, with a business-class flight from L.A. to Sydney in mid-April currently going for a little over $8400.


Depending on your appreciation of kingfish ceviche, that could all be worth it. Here's a look at the lengths to which Qantas is going to offer Americans "a unique Australian experience the second they step on board a Qantas flight," as a company representative described it to BuzzFeed News.



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Ben And Jerry Are Totally Down With Weed-Infused Ice Cream

Soon you might be able to “satisfy [your] bowl” and get “half baked” while listening to some “Cherry Garcia.” (Yes those are all real Ben and Jerry’s flavors).




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Restaurant calorie labels less likely to influence poor, uneducated

(Reuters Health) - People with higher income and education levels are more likely to make food choices based on calorie information in restaurant menus, according to a recent study that calls for new ways of displaying the information to make a wider impact.















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Medical News Today: Newly identified compounds in spider venom could help treat chronic pain

Using a new technology to screen venoms from 205 species of spider, researchers identified seven compounds that show promise for the treatment of chronic pain. via Featured Health News from Medical News Today Read More Here..

Medical News Today: Multiple sclerosis: becoming aware of its invisible difficulties

For National Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week, we take a closer look at a complex and elusive condition and the difficulties that exist in its diagnosis and treatment. via Featured Health News from Medical News Today Read More Here..

U.S. Supreme Court divided over Obamacare subsidies challenge

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court appeared divided on ideological lines on Wednesday as it weighed tax subsidies key to the implementation of the Obamacare health law. Potential swing vote Justice Anthony Kennedy raised concerns to lawyers on both sides about the possible negative impact on states if the government loses the case, suggesting he could back the Obama administration. But he did not commit to supporting either side. (Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; Editing by Will Dunham) via Health News Headlines - Yahoo News Read More Here..

Obamacare challenged in Supreme Court, but the states did it first

The Supreme Court takes on King v. Burwell today, but Obamacare faces challenges by state lawmakers in at least 16 states via Health News Headlines - Yahoo News Read More Here..

8 Ways to Create the Happiest Career (and Life) on Earth

8 Ways to Create the Happiest Career (and Life) on Earth Given advances in everything today, you can basically be whatever you want. But Gallup tells us only 13 percent of people are very happy in their work. Why is it so hard for so many people to feel inspired every day? Years ago, I found myself frustrated with my job, trying to build a great career but not knowing the best path. I wanted to...




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Climate Change Has Negative Impact on Health of the Patients

Climate change has negative impact on the human health, reveals a new study. A survey of the ATS membership on climate change which found that the majority of ATS members believe that climate change is real and that it is having a negative impact on the health of the patients that they care for. Key results of the survey included; 89 percent of respondents believe climate change was happening, 68 perecent believe climate change is being driven entirely ...

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Spider Venom may Offer Pain Relief

Researchers have revealed that spider venom may contain a long-sought secret ingredient for an effective, long-term painkiller. In lab-dish tests, seven compounds obtained from venom blocked a protein crucial for transmitting the sensation of pain to the human brain. "The hunt for a medicine based on just one of these compounds, which would open up a new class of potent painkillers, is now a step closer," said a statement issued with the study published ...

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Medical News Today: NYC rats 'could transmit plague'

The first study of its kind since the 1920s finds that rats in New York City carry the Oriental flea, notorious for their role in transmitting the bubonic plague. via Featured Health News from Medical News Today Read More Here..

Disasters have same human impact as tuberculosis: U.N.

By Megan Rowling BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Deaths, economic losses and other negative impacts from disasters have caused losses equivalent to 42 million years annually since 1980, a measure that is comparable to the burden of tuberculosis worldwide, the United Nations said. More than 90 percent of the total "years" lost in disasters between 1980 and 2012 were in low and middle-income countries, representing a serious setback to their development, the U.N. Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) said. "If these figures show that disaster loss is as much a critical global challenge to economic development and social progress as is disease, they also show that it is a challenge unequally shared," the UNISDR said in a report on Wednesday. Bina Desai, UNISDR policy and research coordinator, referred to the number of years lost due to disaster-related deaths, injuries, economic damage and other losses as an "opportunity cost". via Health News Headlines - Yahoo News Read More Here..

Disasters have same human impact as tuberculosis: U.N.

BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Deaths, economic losses and other negative impacts from disasters have caused losses equivalent to 42 million years annually since 1980, a measure that is comparable to the burden of tuberculosis worldwide, the United Nations said.


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U.S. high court's Kennedy criticizes challenge to Obamacare subsidies

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Justice Anthony Kennedy, a possible swing vote on a closely divided U.S. Supreme Court, told a lawyer challenging Obamacare subsidies on Wednesday that his argument raised a serious constitutional problem, but said the lawyer might win anyway on other grounds. Justice Anthony Kennedy questioned lawyer Michael Carvin part way into the scheduled one-hour oral argument about how a ruling might unlawfully pressure states in a case that tests President Barack Obama's signature domestic policy achievement. (Reporting by David Ingram; Editing by Will Dunham) via Health News Headlines - Yahoo News Read More Here..

Fried Foods and Heart Failure Risk

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