Health News

  • Sixteen injured in fire at Cairo convention …
    Sixteen injured in fire at Cairo convention … Reuters - 1 hour 47 minutes ago

    At least 16 people were injured on Wednesday when a large fire broke out at a convention centre in a northeastern Cairo neighbourhood, medical and security sources said. Health Ministry spokesman Hossam Abdel Ghaffar said 16 people were wounded in the fire. Interior Ministry spokesman Hani Abdellatif told state television the initial investigation showed the fire may have started in a closed office and spread through central air-conditioning vents. More »

  • France faulted by rights body over failure … Reuters - 3 hours ago

    Europe's leading human right's body, the Council of Europe, faulted France on Wednesday for failing to impose a clear ban on slapping and all other forms of corporal punishment of children. The Council, based in the eastern French city of Strasbourg, said it had repeatedly chided France over this matter for failing to adhere to the legally binding rules of a convention called the European Social Charter. If France continues to fail to fall into line, it could face institutional sanctions including a ban on voting the Council's motions, being excluded from certain committees and, theoretically, being deprived of its seat on the Council. "I consider that France today has the laws which allow it to fight against the mistreatment of children," said Laurence Rossignol, secretary of state for the family. More »

  • Spin doctors: Spiders enrolled in pain …
    Spin doctors: Spiders enrolled in pain … AFP - 4 hours ago

    Spider venom may contain a long-sought secret ingredient for an effective, long-term painkiller, researchers said Wednesday. More »

  • In Gaza, demand grows for a plastic …
    In Gaza, demand grows for a plastic … Reuters - 5 hours ago

    By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - In a smart building in an upscale neighbourhood of Gaza City, Salah El-Zanin is seeing a growing number of clients. Trained in Greece, he is the only plastic surgeon in Gaza with European qualifications, and his business is booming. "They may speak different languages, but they all have the same desires and needs about beauty and life." In a conservative society such as Gaza, where the Islamist group Hamas has held sway since 2007, it is hard to pin down how widespread plastic surgery is becoming. Some have suffered disfiguring injuries from the wars Israel and Hamas have fought in Gaza since 2008. More »

  • Australian court backs finding radio …
    Australian court backs finding radio … Reuters - 8 hours ago

    Australia's High Court on Wednesday backed the broadcasting watchdog's finding that an Australian radio station broke the law with a prank call to a British hospital taking care of the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge, paving the way for penalties. Two presenters at Sydney's 2Day FM called the London hospital in December 2012, pretending to be Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles. On Wednesday, the High Court in Canberra ruled in favor of the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), overturning a ruling by the lower Federal Court. The High Court said ACMA did have the power to determine the station had committed a criminal offence, as a preliminary to taking enforcement action under the Broadcasting Services Act. More »

  • Nepal tells Mount Everest litterbugs …
    Nepal tells Mount Everest litterbugs … Reuters - 10 hours ago

    By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Six decades after the first conquest of the world's highest peak, tons of rubbish and human waste abandoned by hundreds of Mount Everest climbers is starting to raise a stink. Nepal is cracking down on the mountaineers who seek to emulate the 1953 feat of Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, in the process giving the 8,850-metre (29,035-foot) peak the dubious honour of being the world's highest garbage dump. Now Nepal has threatened stricter enforcement of penalties to persuade climbers to clean up after themselves and carry litter back to base camp. A 2014 rule for a garbage deposit of $4,000 to be forfeited by any expedition from which a climber fails to bring back 8 kg (17.6 lbs) of trash and human waste, will be strictly enforced this year, a tourism official said. More »

  • Homeless man shot dead by LAPD had served …
    Homeless man shot dead by LAPD had served … Reuters - 12 hours ago

    By Steve Gorman and Daina Beth Solomon LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A homeless man whose fatal shooting by Los Angeles police stirred an uproar among civil rights activists and fellow skid row residents was a convicted bank robber paroled from federal prison last year, according to a law-enforcement source and records. The Times reported that Robinet, accused of pistol-whipping a teller during a 2000 bank holdup north of Los Angeles, told investigators at the time that he robbed the bank to cover the cost of acting classes at the Beverly Hills Playhouse. More »

  • Health officials perplexed by vaccination …
    Health officials perplexed by vaccination … Associated Press - 16 hours ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Certain that they are right, struggling to find ways to get their message across, public health officials are exasperated by their inability to persuade more U.S. parents to vaccinate their children. More »

  • Ubisoft game aims to be what the doctor …
    Ubisoft game aims to be what the doctor … AFP - 17 hours ago

    Ubisoft on Tuesday unveiled a tablet video game crafted as a prescription for a medical condition known as "lazy eye," blending the worlds of play and health care. More »

  • New pot users in Spain outnumber new …
    New pot users in Spain outnumber new … AFP - 17 hours ago

    The number of Spaniards who said they started using cannabis in 2013 outnumbered those who said they took up smoking cigarettes, according to a government study released Tuesday. More »

  • New drugs pose serious health risks …
    New drugs pose serious health risks … AFP - 18 hours ago

    The proliferation of new narcotics developed to circumvent existing drug laws poses a serious health problem, the United Nations drugs control body said on Tuesday. More »

  • NFL-Weatherford, Rice to donate brains … Reuters - 18 hours ago

    By Larry Fine NEW YORK, March 3 (Reuters) - New York Giants punter Steve Weatherford and former National Football League receiver Sidney Rice announced on Tuesday that they will donate their brains to medical research after their death. Rice, who retired from the NFL last July at the age of 27 over worries about the long-term effects of absorbing so many blows to the head, and Weatherford hoped their commitment might mobilize others to aid brain disease research. "It's helpful to get a professional athlete behind something," said Weatherford. More »

  • Former boxing champ Taylor transferred … Reuters - 18 hours ago

    By Steve Barnes LITTLE ROCK, Ark., March 3 (Reuters) - Former world middleweight champion Jermain Taylor, awaiting trial on several felony charges, was ordered by a judge on Tuesday to be transferred from a secure private hospital to a residential drug treatment center. Taylor was also ordered to wear an electronic monitoring device on his ankle. Taylor underwent a court-ordered psychiatric examination following his arrest in January for allegedly threatening a husband and wife and their three children with a handgun at the conclusion of a parade in Little Rock honoring civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. Witnesses told police Taylor fired at least one shot into the air. Citing his legal and medical difficulties, the International Boxing Federation last month declared the middleweight championship vacant. More »

  • FDA warning: men's testosterone …
    FDA warning: men's testosterone … Associated Press - 19 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration is warning doctors against over-prescribing testosterone-boosting drugs for men, saying the popular treatments have not been established as safe or effective for common age-related issues like low libido and fatigue. More »

  • Israel must investigate civilian killings … Reuters - 19 hours ago

    By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - A United Nations envoy called on Israel on Tuesday to investigate the killing of more than 1,500 Palestinian civilians, one third of them children, during the 2014 Gaza war, and to make the findings public. Makarim Wibisono, a former Indonesian ambassador, issued his first report to the U.N. Human Rights Council since becoming its special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories last June. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry accused the forum on Monday of being obsessed by allegations of Israeli abuses and said the United States would defend Israel against efforts to isolate it. Israel says it launched the offensive after rocket attacks by militants operating out of the Islamist Hamas-ruled strip. More »