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'Baby Simulator' Programs May Make Teen Girls More Likely to Become Pregnant, Study Finds

Teens used dolls to imitate life as a parent in the program.

Mylan offers discounts on EpiPen amid wave of criticism

EpiPen auto-injection epinephrine pens manufactured by Mylan NV pharmaceutical company are seen in Washington Mylan NV said on Thursday it would reduce the out-of-pocket costs of its emergency EpiPen allergy injection for some patients amid a wave of criticism from lawmakers and the public over the product's rapidly escalating price. The list price of the drug will remain the same, but the company said it would increase the maximum copay assistance program to $300 from $100 for patients who pay for the 2-pak in cash or who are covered by a commercial health insurer. The price of EpiPen has skyrocketed to $600 from $100 since it was acquired by Mylan in 2007.

Climate change to double number of hay fever sufferers

By mid-century, some 77 million people in Europe will be hit by hay fever misery, up from 33 million today, they reported in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives Climate change and the spread of invasive ragweed are set to double the number of seasonal allergy sufferers across Europe, with similar impacts likely in North America, researchers said Thursday. By mid-century, some 77 million people in Europe will be hit by hay fever misery, up from 33 million today, they reported in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. "Ragweed pollen allergy is likely to become a major health problem across much of Europe," said lead author Iain Lake, a researcher at the University of East Anglia in England.

Deal agreed to end long siege of Damascus suburb: rebel leader, locals

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi AMMAN (Reuters) - Rebels and Syria's army agreed a deal on Thursday to evacuate all residents and insurgents from the besieged Damascus suburb of Daraya, a rebel leader and state media said, ending one of the longest stand-offs in the five-year conflict. Syria's army has surrounded rebels and civilians and blocked food deliveries in Daraya since 2012, regularly bombing the area just 7 km (4 miles) from President Bashar al Assad's seat of power.

Italy quake toll hits 250 as rescuers search flattened towns

Dust is seen coming out from falling rubble following an aftershock in Amatrice By Steve Scherer and Gabriele Pileri AMATRICE, Italy (Reuters) - The death toll from a devastating earthquake in central Italy climbed to 250 on Thursday as rescue teams scoured mounds of rubble for a second day in towns and villages flattened by the natural disaster. "People like myself have lost everything, but at the same time the fact that we have survived means we have to move forward one minute at a time," said Alessandra Cioni, 45, who managed to crawl out of her crumpled house after the quake. Prime Minister Matteo Renzi promised to rebuild the shattered houses and said he would renew efforts to bolster Italy's flimsy defenses against earthquakes that regularly batter the country.

Italy's Renzi promises to rebuild earthquake ravaged communities

Italy will rebuild communities devastated by this week's earthquake and will relaunch efforts to protect the country's buildings and infrastructure from natural disasters, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said on Thursday. At least 250 people died after an earthquake struck the mountainous heart of Italy in the early hours of Wednesday, devastating a string of towns, villages and hamlets. "We cannot forget that we have a moral commitment towards the men and women of these places," Renzi told reporters at the end of a cabinet meeting called to discuss the government's response to the emergency.

Italy earthquake death toll rises to 247

Italy earthquake death toll rises. (Reuters) Aftershocks continue nearly 24 hours after a 6.2-magnitude earthquake rocked the country’s central region.

Exposure to 9/11 disaster tied to low birthweight, preterm delivery

By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) - For years following the events of September 11, 2001 in lower Manhattan, the disaster and its aftermath may have affected women and their babies who were not even conceived yet, according to a new study. Researchers found that among women who were rescue or recovery workers responding to the events of 9/11, or women who resided below Canal Street in the World Trade Center’s neighborhood, those with the most intense exposures to the disaster had doubled rates of preterm delivery and low birthweight babies over the next few years. “Associations between disaster exposure and adverse birth outcomes have been demonstrated repeatedly in the past,” said lead author Carey Maslow, deputy director of research for the World Trade Center Health Registry.

Asylum seekers and refugees donate money, help clearing up after Italian earthquake

By Pietro Lombardi LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Asylum seekers in Italy have rallied to help survivors of the earthquake that killed at least 250 people in Italy, donating money and helping to clear up after the disaster, charity workers said on Thursday. In the southern region of Calabria more than 70 refugees and asylum seekers gave up a daily allowance for personal expenses of 2 euros ($2.30) to help survivors. "Pictures and video of the earthquake made them think of the wars and disasters they fled from," Giovanni Maiolo, local coordinator of the SPRAR project (Protection System for Refugees and Asylum Seekers) told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Accidental overdoses killed 8 people a day in Ohio last year

Ohio Gov. John Kasich speaks at the Regional Judicial Opioid Initiative opening summit, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016, in Cincinnati. Accidental drug overdoses killed 3,050 people in Ohio last year, an average of eight per day, as deaths blamed on the powerful painkiller fentanyl again rose sharply and pushed the total overdose fatalities to a record high, the state reported Thursday. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Accidental drug overdoses killed 3,050 people in Ohio last year, an average of eight per day, as deaths blamed on the powerful painkiller fentanyl again rose sharply and pushed the total overdose fatalities to a record high, the state reported Thursday.

Zika may persist in vaginal tract: study

Miami-Dade mosquito control worker Carlos Vargas points to the Aedes aegypti mosquito larvae at a home in Miami, Florida, on June 8, 2016 Zika may replicate in the vagina for several days after infection, researchers said Thursday after using lab mice to study sexual transmission of the virus blamed for serious birth defects. Infection with Zika via the vaginal tract may be a robust source of infection "with potentially dire consequences," said the study by a Yale University team, published in the journal Cell. When pregnant mice were infected vaginally with Zika, the virus amplified and spread from the genitals to the fetal brain.

Judge rejects doctors' lawsuit against Quackwatch website

A New York judge has thrown out a defamation lawsuit that two pioneers in the anti-aging movement brought against a Quackwatch website. Manhattan federal Judge Paul Gardephe ruled Wednesday that Dr. Robert ...

Trump's data indifference hampering the GOP

Trump’s lack of a data operation is hurting the GOP, operatives say The candidate's lack of focus on analytics is "a shame" and has weakened Republicans, laments one operative.

Trump on Clinton: 'It's Watergate all over again'

Trump on Clinton: ‘It’s Watergate all over again’ The GOP nominee escalates his war of words with Hillary Clinton by evoking the 1970s scandal.

Walgreens clinics run by SSM to include birth control

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The nonprofit Catholic organization SSM Health will provide birth control pills at the 26 clinics inside St. Louis-area Walgreens stores that it began operating Thursday, an SSM spokesman said.

How not to get dragged down by the Donald

How not to get dragged down by the Donald. (Yahoo News) The GOP Senate candidate in Nevada may be the best example of how Republicans can save themselves from Trump.

Illinois man charged with bomb attempt ruled mentally unfit

The suspect, Adel Daoud of Hillside, Illinois, sincerely believes that his lawyers are Freemasons, U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman said. Daoud, 22, also believes the judicial system "is controlled by the Illuminati, a secret ruling class, who he repeatedly describes as reptiles in disguise," she said. "The government has not shown by a preponderance of the evidence that the defendant is competent to stand trial," Coleman wrote in her decision.

U.S. pharmacies sell cigarettes for less than other stores

Cigarette butts in an ashtray in Los Angeles, California By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) - Cigarettes are often cheaper at the very place that people shop for health supplies and fill medicine prescriptions, according to a new study in California. “Compared to other types of stores, pharmacies charged customers less for cigarettes, more for bottled water,” said lead author Lisa Henriksen of the Stanford Prevention Research Center at Stanford University School of Medicine in Palo Alto. Pharmacies represent 7 percent of the 380,000 tobacco retailers nationwide, Henriksen and her colleagues write in the American Journal of Public Health, online August 23.

Cash may convince some smokers to quit

A woman lights a cigarette in this illustration picture taken in Paris By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Paying smokers to quit and giving them more money the longer they avoid cigarettes might help get more people to kick the habit than cessation advice on its own, a recent study suggests. To test the power of money to combat addiction, researchers in Switzerland offered about 800 low-income smokers pamphlets and online cessation guides.

Chorus grows for Clintons to shutter charitable foundation

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton waves to the crowd with her husband, former president Bill Clinton at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania The Clinton Foundation, the family philanthropy of Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, should shut down or transfer operations to another charity despite its good work to avoid perceptions of "pay-for-play," The Washington Post and USA Today said in editorials on Wednesday. Despite plans announced earlier this week to reorganize the Clinton Foundation if Hillary Clinton wins the Nov. 8 election, USA Today said the global charity must close for the Democratic candidate to avoid any appearance of unethical ties. "The only way to eliminate the odor surrounding the foundation is to wind it down and put it in mothballs, starting today, and transfer its important charitable work to another large American charity such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation," the paper's editorial board wrote.

Factbox: Why the Clinton Foundation draws both praise and criticism

(Reuters) - Since announcing her presidential bid last year, Hillary Clinton has had to field questions about the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, her family's global philanthropy. * THE FOUNDATION'S HISTORYBill Clinton established the Clinton Foundation in 1997 to raise funds for his presidential archive in Little Rock, Arkansas, as he prepared to leave the White House.

'Unprecedented' overdose epidemic from fentanyl in US

A new report by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found "substantial increases in fatal synthetic opioid–involved overdoses, primarily driven by fentanyl-involved overdose deaths" in multiple states since 2013 Painkillers containing illegally made fentanyl, a synthetic drug up to 100 times more potent than morphine, are responsible for a surge in overdose deaths in the United States, health authorities said Thursday. Pop legend Prince, who died of an accidental overdose of fentanyl in April, is the latest high-profile victim of the addictive and often-counterfeit pills that are sweeping the nation. A new report by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found "substantial increases in fatal synthetic opioid–involved overdoses, primarily driven by fentanyl-involved overdose deaths" in multiple states since 2013.

Illinois attorney general sues Insys over fentanyl drug marketing

Attorney General for the State of Illinois Madigan testifies before House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on recent Target and Neiman Marcus data breaches in Washington The lawsuit, filed by Attorney General Lisa Madigan in Cook County Circuit Court, comes as Insys faces a number of state and investigations involving its drug Subsys as U.S. authorities seek to combat a national opioid abuse epidemic. "This drug company's desire for increased profits led it to disregard patients' health and push addictive opioids for non-FDA approved purposes," Madigan said in a statement. Madigan, whose office is investigating other opioid manufacturers for similar practices, said the lawsuit seeks to bar Insys from selling its products in Illinois and impose financial penalties on the company.

After backlash, EpiPen maker to help reduce patient costs

A five-fold price hike for EpiPen, which allergy sufferers use to counteract life-threatening reactions, has made Mylan the newest drugmaker to come under attack in the United States for profiteering. The embattled manufacturer of EpiPens said Thursday it would help extreme allergy sufferers meet the costs of the life-saving devices after a five-fold price hike sparked outrage. Mylan NV, which holds a near-monopoly on the manufacture of the epinephrine injectors, said it would expand existing programs to defray out-of-pocket costs but did not say it would lower prices. After a series of price hikes, a pack of two of the devices sells for more than $600, compared to less than $100 in 2007, when Mylan bought the rights to the technology.

Hong Kong reports first case of Zika virus

Hong Kong's first Zika-infected patient is said to be a 38-year-old female who had travelled to a Caribbean island Hong Kong authorities reported the city's first Zika virus infection Thursday, which they described as an imported case of the disease blamed for birth defects. The Zika-infected patient was said to be a 38-year-old female who had travelled to a Caribbean island, before complaining of pain in the joints and red eyes. "Initial investigations show that the patient had travelled to the island of St. Barthelemy in the Caribbean Sea from August 6th to the 20th...she remembered that she was bitten by a mosquito," Leung Ting-hung, head of the Centre for Health Protection, told reporters late Thursday.

Mylan's EpiPen discounts are 'insufficient': Clinton spokesman

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Mylan NV's move on Thursday to expand discount programs for its EpiPen allergy treatment was welcome but not sufficient, a spokesman for U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said in a statement.

Japan's ANA finds problem with Boeing 787 Rolls-Royce engines, cancels some flights

A Boeing 787-9 jet ready for delivery to ANA Holdings Ltd is seen at Boeing's delivery center in Everett, Washington TOKYO/LONDON (Reuters) - Japanese carrier ANA Holdings needs to replace damaged compressor blades in the Rolls-Royce engines powering its Boeing 787s, it said on Thursday, forcing it to cancel some Dreamliner flights over the coming weeks. The carrier said that under certain flying conditions the compressor blades in the engine's interior showed corrosion. ANA's Dreamliners are powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines.

National Park Service hits the century mark

View of Mount Moran from Oxbow Bend, Grand Teton National Park. (Shirley & Pat Collins/McPhoto/ullstein bild via Getty) The federal agency is inviting the public to take part in the anniversary festivities, which include freebies.

Hong Kong confirms first case of Zika virus

Hong Kong has confirmed its first case of Zika, putting the Asian financial center on high alert for any spread of the mosquito-borne virus that has wreaked havoc in Latin America, the Caribbean and beyond. At a media conference late on Thursday, Controller of the Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health, Leung Ting-hung, said relevant measures had been taken to prevent the virus from spreading further. It said it would report the case to the World Health Organization.

Orlando hospitals won't charge nightclub shooting victims for care

Gunshot survivor Patience Carter is comforted by Dr. Neil Finkler as fellow survivor Angel Santiago looks on at a news conference at Florida Hospital Orlando on the shooting at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando Forty-nine people were killed and 53 were wounded by gunman Omar Mateen before police fatally shot him after a three-hour standoff inside the gay dance club on June 12. U.S. authorities said Mateen was self-radicalized and acted alone, without assistance or orders from abroad, to commit the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. "It was incredible to see how our community came together in the wake of the senseless Pulse shooting," said Daryl Tol, president and CEO of Florida Hospital.