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January 24, 2018

Health and Safety

Zika striking women at higher rates than men- U.S. study

By Julie Steenhuysen – CHICAGO (Reuters) – Adult women in Puerto Rico were significantly more likely to develop Zika than men, researchers said on Thursday, raising new questions about the potential role of sexual transmission of the virus from males to females. The study, published in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s weekly report

California approves tax increase on cigarettes

California approves tax increase on cigarettes By Jilian Mincer (Reuters) – California voters agreed to significantly increase the tax on cigarettes and vaping devices, but similar measures fell short in Colorado, North Dakota and Missouri, according to late Tuesday vote tallies. California’s Proposition 56 will increase taxes on a pack of cigarette from 87 cents

October 15 is Global Hand washing Day

The first Global Handwashing Day was held in 2008 when over 120 million children around the world washed their hands with soap in more than 70 countries. Since 2008, community and national leaders have used Global Handwashing Day to spread the word about hand washing, build sinks and tippy taps, and demonstrate the simplicity and

Tax sugary drinks to fight obesity, WHO urges governments

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) – Governments should tax sugary drinks to fight the global epidemics of obesity and diabetes, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday, recommendations industry swiftly branded “discriminatory” and “unproven”. A 20 percent price increase could reduce consumption of sweet drinks by the same proportion, the WHO said in “Fiscal Policies

Surgery during pregnancy carries low risk

By Linda Thrasybule (Reuters Health) – Surgical procedures during pregnancy are generally safe, new research indicates. “Clearly, surgery during pregnancy should only be considered if absolutely necessary,” said Paul Aylin, study co-author and an epidemiologist at the Imperial College London in England. But when expectant mothers do need to undergo surgery, “the information provided in

Botox shots little better than nerve stimulation for incontinence

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) – Botox injections may be slightly better at reducing urinary incontinence in some older women than InterStim, an implanted bladder control device, results of a U.S. trial suggest. Researchers tested onabotulinumtoxinA (Botox) against InterStim in patients with overactive bladder who couldn’t tolerate or didn’t respond to other drugs or treatments

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