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Researcher believed killed by lab bacteria
Thu,3 May 2012 07:48 PM PDT
Reuters - FAIRFAX, California (Reuters) - A young research associate killed by a highly virulent strain of meningococcal disease is believed to have contracted the bacteria from the San Francisco lab where he was working on a vaccine against it, public health officials said on Thursday. U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention experts are seeking to confirm what they already suspect: that Richard Din, 25, died Saturday in an unusual case of a scientist being fatally infected with an agent from his own laboratory. ... Full Story

Junior Seau's family considering having his brain studied: pastor
Thu,3 May 2012 06:41 PM PDT
Reuters - (Reuters) - The pastor to football great Junior Seau's family said they are "considering" having his brain studied for evidence of football-related injuries, a day after the retired linebacker killed himself at his California beachfront home. Pastor Shawn Mitchell made his comments to Reuters in a telephone interview after meeting with the family. (Reporting By Joseph Schuman, Writing by Alex Dobuzinskis; Editing by Cynthia Johnston) Full Story

Autopsy confirms NFL star Seau committed suicide
Thu,3 May 2012 06:30 PM PDT
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Police escort a departing coroners van from the beach front home of former San Diego Chargers linebacker Junior Seau after he was found dead in Oceanside CaliforniaOCEANSIDE, California (Reuters) - An autopsy confirmed on Thursday that former National Football League star Junior Seau killed himself, and the coroner's office was awaiting family permission for outside researchers to examine his brain for damage from repeated head injuries. Seau, a 12-time Pro Bowl (all-star game) selection who played for 20 years in the NFL, was found unconscious by his girlfriend on Wednesday with a gunshot wound to the chest and a revolver nearby, police said. The former San Diego Chargers linebacker was 43. ...

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Crackdown on drug thieves has trails to Florida
Thu,3 May 2012 04:42 PM PDT
Reuters - (Reuters) - Prosecutors in a number of states have charged dozens of suspects with stealing prescription drugs from warehouses and tractor trailers across the country, including two brothers accused of grabbing more than $70 million of prescription drugs two years ago from an Eli Lilly & Co warehouse in Connecticut. The national crackdown on heists of prescription drugs involved coordinated arrests and indictments in Connecticut, New Jersey and Florida. The U.S. ... Full Story

U.S. to partner with Big Pharma for drug discovery
Thu,3 May 2012 03:22 PM PDT
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A pharmacy employee dumps pills into a pill counting machine as she fills a prescription while working at a pharmacy in New YorkCHICAGO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government will help drug companies find treatments for a host of diseases through a new collaboration in which researchers will test experimental drugs provided by manufacturers. The National Institutes of Health said on Thursday that Pfizer Inc, AstraZeneca Plc and Eli Lilly and Co have agreed to make 24 compounds available for a pilot phase of the project, the biggest of its kind ever launched in the United States. ...

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FDA says number of new drug shortages down
Thu,3 May 2012 03:06 PM PDT
Reuters - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Health officials said the number of new shortages of crucial drugs used to treat cancer and other illnesses had been halved compared to a year ago, and attributed the improvement to earlier notice from drugmakers about looming supply issues. There have been 42 newly scarce drugs so far this year, compared to 90 in the same period a year ago, U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said on Thursday on the agency's website. Efforts to combat shortages escalated last year when 250 medicines were in short supply, up from 56 in 2006. ... Full Story

Facebook calls on members to flag organ donor status
Thu,3 May 2012 02:00 PM PDT
Reuters - CHICAGO (Reuters) - Tired of the long wait for a new kidney, Michael Shelling, a 50-year-old video game marketing consultant based in San Diego, decided to take a more active role in the search. About three months ago, he decided to tap into his social network by setting up a Facebook page to get the word out to his friends, and their friends, that he needs a new kidney and, by the way, his blood type is O. The search may have paid off. A potential donor is going through testing to see if they are a match. It is the kind of scenario Facebook hopes to foster. ... Full Story

Even at higher genetic heart risk, lifestyle helps
Thu,3 May 2012 01:24 PM PDT
Reuters - NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - It's no secret that healthy habits do your heart good. But a new study helps confirm that lifestyle also matters for people who have a genetically increased risk of heart problems. The study, reported in the American Journal of Cardiology, focused on men who had at least one parent who'd had a heart attack before the age of 55. That's considered "premature" heart disease, and people whose mom or dad had it are also at higher-than-average risk themselves. That means increased odds of both heart attack and heart failure. ... Full Story

Probe into cause of Norwegian swim champ's death to take 8 weeks
Thu,3 May 2012 12:37 PM PDT
Reuters - PHOENIX (Reuters) - The results of a second set of tests to determine what caused the death of champion 26-year-old Norwegian swimmer Alexander Dale Oen, who collapsed and died in Arizona this week, are not due until late June at the earliest, officials said on Thursday. Authorities suspected that Dale Oen, the world 100 meters breaststroke champion, suffered a heart attack on Monday at an altitude training camp in Flagstaff in northern Arizona. ... Full Story

Can portfolio theory save lives?
Thu,3 May 2012 11:14 AM PDT
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A patient waits in the hallwayNEW YORK (Reuters) - With U.S. biomedical research under assault by everyone from patients to Congress for turning so few scientific discoveries into treatments, a leading finance expert says decisions about what studies to bankroll should be made the same way pension funds, mutual funds, and university endowments decide how to invest their money. Those decisions should be guided by "financial portfolio theory," argues a paper published Wednesday in the science journal PLoS ONE. ...

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After IVF, some couples get pregnant without help
Thu,3 May 2012 11:06 AM PDT
Reuters - NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Despite the label of being "infertile," some couples who have tried fertility treatments are later able to have a baby naturally, according to a new study from France. In some instances from the research, the parents had had another child previously using in vitro fertilization (IVF) -- while in other cases the couple had a baby even after an unsuccessful experience with IVF. "Most infertile couples think that they are unable to conceive spontaneously whereas our study shows (this) remains possible," Dr. ... Full Story

Over 100 more former NFL players sue over head injuries
Thu,3 May 2012 11:02 AM PDT
Reuters - (Reuters) - More than 100 former NFL players on Thursday sued the league claiming ongoing debilitating effects from head injuries, joining a group of some 1,500 retired players who have brought legal action on the same grounds, a plaintiff's attorney said. Full Story

Best face forward: chin implants surge in popularity
Thu,3 May 2012 09:40 AM PDT
Reuters - BOSTON (Reuters) - Over the last year Dr. Darrick Antell has performed up to three or four chin implants a day, reflecting a national trend that has seen chin augmentations emerge as the fastest growing plastic surgery trend of 2011. After about a 45-minute outpatient procedure and a bill ranging from $3,500 to $7,500, New York-based Antell's patients emerge with what he said is a confidence boost: an athletic, youthful look from a more prominent chin. "People want that leading lady, leading man look," said Antell, who is also an assistant clinical professor of surgery at Columbia University. ... Full Story

Mixed data sends Wall St lower ahead of payrolls
Thu,3 May 2012 08:52 AM PDT
Reuters - NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks were lower on Thursday as another round of mixed economic data left a muddled picture of the domestic recovery ahead of Friday's key payrolls report. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped by 27,000, the biggest weekly drop since May 2011. The report ran counter to data indicating weaker private sector hiring that pushed stocks lower Wednesday. But a report from the Institute for Supply Management showed the pace of growth in the U.S. services sector slowed more than expected in April and new orders dropped. ... Full Story

Triplets fare well as teenagers: study
Thu,3 May 2012 08:43 AM PDT
Reuters - NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Although triplets are usually born early and smaller than other babies, they may be faring well by the time they are teenagers, a small study suggests. The study, which followed 19 sets of triplets, found that by about age 14, the teens were in the "normal" range as far as health-related quality of life and behavior. And they were faring no differently than 51 teenagers who were born as "singletons," but also at a low weight. In fact, parents of triplets reported fewer behavioral issues compared with parents of singletons. Dr. ... Full Story

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