Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Retired nurse sues for $275,000 in Oregon pet duck attack

By Jonathan Kaminsky OLYMPIA, Washington (Reuters) - A woman visiting her mother in Oregon is suing her neighbor, seeking $275,000 for pain, suffering and other damages she says were inflicted when a pet duck ambushed her for no apparent reason. Cynthia Ruddell, 62, of Washougal, Washington, was on her mother's property in Estacada, Oregon, about 25 miles southeast of Portland, when a neighbor's duck attacked her without provocation, according to the suit filed in Oregon state court last Friday. In her attempt to run away from the agitated waterfowl, Ruddell fell to the ground, breaking her right wrist and spraining an elbow and shoulder, the suit claims. The complaint accuses the bird's owner, Lolita Rose, of failing to maintain control of her pet or "to warn or otherwise inform neighbors of her duck's dangerous propensity in attacking individuals." Ruddell, a retired nurse, is seeking up to $275,000 in damages, including roughly $25,000 for medical expenses, with the remainder being for pain, suffering and the toll her injuries have taken on her daily life. via Health News Headlines - Yahoo News Read More Here..

FDA Panel Snubs Morphine-Oxycodone Combo

(MedPage Today) -- An FDA advisory committee has voted unanimously against approval of an oral combination of morphine and oxycodone (Moxduo) for acute pain. via MedPageToday.com - medical news plus CME for physicians Read More Here..

U.S. panel to take on rising prescription drug, heroin abuse

(Reuters) - A panel of the U.S. House of Representatives has scheduled a hearing for April 29 on a rising tide of prescription drug and heroin abuse in the United States. The House Energy and Commerce Committee "will review the growing concerns regarding heroin and prescription opioid abuse and related deaths," the panel said in a statement on Tuesday. Data from the National Institute on Drug Abuse finds that heroin use has been increasing since 2007, with nearly double the number of Americans using heroin in 2012 than in 2006. via Health News Headlines - Yahoo News Read More Here..

Retirees who use the Internet less likely to be depressed: study

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Older Americans who regularly spent time online were about a third less likely to suffer from depression in a new study that compared them to peers who did not use the Internet.















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Stroke Rounds: AVM Outcomes Better With Conservative Tx (CME/CE)

(MedPage Today) -- Patients with unruptured arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) in the brain appeared to fare better over the long-term by following a conservative strategy and avoiding interventions, an nonrandomized, observational study suggested. via MedPageToday.com - medical news plus CME for physicians Read More Here..

Benzos Equal for Kids With Status Epilepticus (CME/CE)

(MedPage Today) -- Diazepam proved equal to lorazepam for effectiveness and safety in treating children with status epilepticus, surprising the randomized trial's investigators and others in the field. via MedPageToday.com - medical news plus CME for physicians Read More Here..

Size of Fetus May Affect Stillbirth Risk

Study linked abnormally low or high weight to greater odds of fetal death via Resurrection Health Care - Daily News More READ

Certain Type of Brain Malformation May Be Best Left Alone

Saying no to surgery, radiation tied to better outcomes in study of abnormal brain connections via Resurrection Health Care - Daily News More READ

Glaucoma Drug May Help Reverse Obesity-Related Vision Loss

Study gave Diamox, along with weight-loss plan, to patients with a different eye disease via Resurrection Health Care - Daily News More READ

Low Blood Sugar May Affect Heartbeat in People With Diabetes

Study found abnormal rhythms when blood sugar dipped at night in people with type 2 disease via Resurrection Health Care - Daily News More READ

New Drugs May Help Prevent Migraines

Two early trials show two experimental compounds reduced number of headaches for sufferers via Resurrection Health Care - Daily News More READ

Two Drugs Work Equally Well for Epileptic Seizures in Kids: Study

Ativan, Valium both good options for emergency treatment, experts say via Resurrection Health Care - Daily News More READ

For Teen Drivers, Unruly Passengers May Be Greater Threat Than Phones

Findings underscore importance of license restrictions, researchers say via Resurrection Health Care - Daily News More READ

Retirees who use the Internet less likely to be depressed: study

"The largest impacts on depression were actually for those people who lived alone, so it's really suggesting that it's about connecting with others, eliminating isolation and loneliness," lead study author Shelia Cotten said. Depression affects nearly eight percent of Americans over the age of 50, or between 5 and 10 million people, say the authors in The Journals of Gerontology: Series B. Older adults are much more likely to experience depression, loneliness and social isolation than younger people, Cotten told Reuters Health. A researcher in telecommunication, information studies and media at Michigan State University in East Lansing, she wanted to see if getting older people online might lower that risk. When the researchers compared depression scores, they found the people who were going online had a 33 percent lower probability of depression compared to those who were not. via Health News Headlines - Yahoo News Read More Here..

Pradaxa, Xarelto, Eliquis: NOACs' Reversal a Key?

(MedPage Today) -- The new oral anticoagulants, or NOACs -- dabigatran (Pradaxa), rivaroxaban (Xarelto), and Eliquis (apixaban) -- are touted for their safety, efficacy, and ease of use, but they have one drawback in common: There is no antidote. via MedPageToday.com - medical news plus CME for physicians Read More Here..

Valeant CEO breaks the mold in building drug empire

(Reuters) - At any given time, the acquisitive chief executive of Valeant Pharmaceuticals Inc is brokering multiple deal discussions and eyeing as many as 50 buying opportunities.


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Valeant CEO breaks the mold in building drug empire

At any given time, the acquisitive chief executive of Valeant Pharmaceuticals Inc is brokering multiple deal discussions and eyeing as many as 50 buying opportunities. It's not the usual way of doing business in the drug sector, where research and development is often considered a company's lifeblood. But then there is little that's typical about Michael Pearson's approach to business. Pearson's latest target, with help from activist investor Bill Ackman, is Allergan Inc, maker of anti-wrinkle treatment Botox. via Health News Headlines - Yahoo News Read More Here..

High-fat diets linked to some types of breast cancer

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women who eat a lot of fat, particularly saturated fat, may be at higher risk of certain types of breast cancer, new research suggests.















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Lilly eyes emerging markets in Novartis animal-health deal

PARIS/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The purchase of Novartis' animal-health business will strengthen Eli Lilly's hand in emerging markets, tapping into growing demand there for protein-rich diets and household treatments for pets, top executives of the U.S. company said.


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Female Docs Get Smaller Chunk of Medicare Money

WASHINGTON (MedPage Today) -- Female physicians made about half as much from Medicare as male doctors did in 2012, according to an analysis of newly released Medicare pay data. via MedPageToday.com - medical news plus CME for physicians Read More Here..

High-fat diets linked to some types of breast cancer

By Genevra Pittman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women who eat a lot of fat, particularly saturated fat, may be at higher risk of certain types of breast cancer, new research suggests. Past studies have come to differing conclusions on a possible association between dietary fat and breast cancer. Still, it cannot prove that a high-fat diet is the reason any of the women got cancer. "In our study we confirm that saturated fat intake was positively associated with breast cancer risk," lead author Sabina Sieri, from the Fondazione IRCCS National Cancer Institute in Milan, Italy, told Reuters Health in an email. via Health News Headlines - Yahoo News Read More Here..

Saudi health minister sacked amid virus deaths

FILE - In this Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, file photo, Egyptian Muslim pilgrims, some wearing masks as a precaution against the Middle East respiratory syndrome, pray after they cast stones at a pillar, symbolizing the stoning of Satan, in a ritual called "Jamarat," the last rite of the annual hajj, in Mina near the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah sacked the country’s health minister on Monday, April 21, 2014, amid a spike in deaths and infections from the virus known as the Middle East respiratory syndrome, or MERS. The official Saudi Press Agency carried the royal order that said Abdullah al-Rabiah was relieved of his post as Health Minister, and that Labor Minister Adel Faqih will temporarily take over the health minister’s portfolio until a replacement is named. The statement said al-Rabiah is now adviser to the Royal Court. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File) RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah sacked the country's health minister on Monday amid a spike in deaths and infections from the virus known as the Middle East respiratory syndrome, or MERS.




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Not all older adults want emergency stroke drug: study

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - About one-quarter of older adults would not want to receive clot-busting medication for a stroke if they arrived at the hospital unable to make the decision themselves, a new survey found.


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Not all older adults want emergency stroke drug: study

By Genevra Pittman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - About one-quarter of older adults would not want to receive clot-busting medication for a stroke if they arrived at the hospital unable to make the decision themselves, a new survey found. The medication, tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, typically does not save a patient's life following a stroke. But people who receive tPA or similar drugs tend to have better mental functioning after a stroke and are more likely to be able to live independently, according to Dr. Winston Chiong. Chiong led the new study at the University of California, San Francisco. via Health News Headlines - Yahoo News Read More Here..

Drug Passes First Trial -- After Wide Use

(MedPage Today) -- A drug widely used for a rare neurological condition that mainly affects overweight women -- pseudotumor cerebri -- has successfully passed its first randomized trial, researchers reported. via MedPageToday.com - medical news plus CME for physicians Read More Here..

Watch: Dog Digs With Prosthetic Paw

Brooke the black Lab uses her prosthetic paw to dig up her favorite ice treats. via Health News Headlines - Yahoo News Read More Here..

Mini robot doctors that could swim in your bloodstream

Robots that can be operated using magnetic fields could one day be injected into your body with the parts to make therapeutic devices













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Planned powdered alcohol product hits snag with U.S. regulators

The planned release of a just-add-water alcoholic beverage mix called "Palcohol" hit a snag this week when the U.S. regulatory body in charge of approving its sale blocked it over a labeling issue, the company behind the product said. The company, in a statement on its website on Monday, said the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau had found a discrepancy in how much powder was in each bag of its product. via Health News Headlines - Yahoo News Read More Here..

Building Bridges to Be Focus of SGIM Meeting

SAN DIEGO (MedPage Today) -- Building the bridges of generalism with other organizations interested in improving primary care -- especially to vulnerable or complex patients -- will be a major theme at this year's Society of General Internal Medicine meeting. via MedPageToday.com - medical news plus CME for physicians Read More Here..

Hypoglycemia at Night Tied to Arrhythmias (CME/CE)

(MedPage Today) -- Nocturnal hypoglycemia was a major risk factor for cardiac arrhythmias in type 2 diabetes patients who were already at an increased risk for cardiovascular events, according to British researchers. via MedPageToday.com - medical news plus CME for physicians Read More Here..

10 Unassailable Reasons Tacos Are And Always Will Be Better Than Burritos

My favorite food is better than your favorite food. Come at me, bro!


Tacos are a pure expression of flavor.


Tacos are a pure expression of flavor.


Because of the way they're built, burritos are naturally divided into layers of ingredients. In a taco you get every ingredient in every bite


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You can apply salsa once to the whole dang taco.


You can apply salsa once to the whole dang taco.


Pouring salsa from a little cup before every bite is a total messy drag, man


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Tacos allow for an incredible diversity of flavor in a single meal.


Tacos allow for an incredible diversity of flavor in a single meal.


Tacos are a tasting menu, and burritos are a big bowl of porridge


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You can bedazzle your taco like a smartphone case at a kiosk in the mall.


You can bedazzle your taco like a smartphone case at a kiosk in the mall.


In this simile, pickled onions are pink rhinestones


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Appendicitis without surgery may be safe option for some kids

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Children with simple cases of appendicitis may be safely treated with antibiotics instead of surgery, suggests a new study.


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