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Mindful enjoyment of Halloween chocolate may improve mood

By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) People who mindfully consume their chocolate treats this Halloween may experience more of a mood boost than those who do so without thinking, or who mindfully consume other foods, a new study suggests. Mindful eating practices encourage people to slow down and think about their eating experience, said lead author Brian P. Meier of Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania. My guess is that most people do not do that routinely. Meier and colleagues studied a group of mostly white college students who ate either five pieces of Blommers Appalachian Gold Milk Chocolate Discs or five Carr's Plain Table Water crackers, each about a 75 calorie portion.

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 12:59:31 -0400
Does baby powder cause cancer? Another jury says yes.

FILE - In this April 19, 2010, file photo, Johnson's baby powder is squeezed from its container in Philadelphia. On Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016, Johnson & Johnson was hit with a multimillion-dollar jury verdict in the massive litigation over whether the talc in its iconic baby powder causes ovarian cancer when applied regularly for feminine hygiene. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)TRENTON, N.J. (AP) For the third time, Johnson & Johnson has been hit with a multimillion-dollar jury verdict over whether the talc in its iconic baby powder causes ovarian cancer when applied regularly for feminine hygiene.

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 12:40:13 -0400
St. Jude halts certain pacemaker implants over data issue

The ticker and trading information for St. Jude Medical is displayed where the stock is traded on the floor of the NYSE(Reuters) - Medical device maker St. Jude Medical Inc said on Friday it has paused implanting of one of its cardiac pacemakers due to problems with electronic data reporting. The affected device is the Nanostim leadless cardiac pacemaker (LCP). St. Jude, which is being acquired by Abbott Laboratories, said it had seven reports of lost telemetry and heart pacing output from the devices.

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 12:31:00 -0400
Death in Washington of ex-Russian press minister ruled accidental

PRESIDENT PUTIN MEETS MINISTER REIMAN IN MOSCOW.The unexplained death last year in Washington of Mikhail Lesin, a Russian media executive and former adviser to President Vladimir Putin, was accidental and caused partly by alcohol poisoning after days of heavy drinking, U.S. authorities said on Friday. The death of Lesin, who was found in his hotel room on Nov. 5, 2015, was partly attributable to "acute ethanol intoxication," according to a statement by city police and the U.S. Attorneys Office for the District of Columbia.

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 12:22:56 -0400
Fatal measles complication more common than thought: U.S. study

A worker places a banner for a measles prevention programme during an awareness campaign by health workers at the Ciudad Juarez Mexican border crossing with El Paso, TexasA deadly complication of measles in young children that strikes years after infection may be more common than previously thought, according to a study presented on Friday that stressed the importance of vaccinations against the highly contagious disease. The risk of acquiring the always fatal neurological disorder, subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (SSPE), was believed to be about 1-in-1,700, based on an earlier German study of children under five years of age infected with measles. The new research, looking at children who got measles during a large California outbreak around 1990, found the rate of SSPE to be 1-in-1,387 for those infected before the age of five.

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 12:06:21 -0400
More than one million children starve as Yemen war rages: U.N. agencies

By Lin Taylor LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Around 1.5 million children in Yemen are malnourished and half the population lives in hunger, United Nations aid agencies said on Friday, three days after pictures of an emaciated Yemeni teenager sparked headlines around the world. Yemen's 18-month war has left 370,000 children at risk of severe malnutrition - a condition which needs urgent treatment to prevent a child from dying - the U.N. children's agency UNICEF said at a press briefing in Geneva on Friday. When you see mothers who have little to eat themselves and they see their children slipping away, it just breaks your heart," said World Food Programme (WFP) spokeswoman Bettina Luescher at the briefing.

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 11:51:05 -0400
First U.S. soda tax cuts consumption beyond expectations

Cans of soda are displayed in a case at Kwik Stops Liquor in San DiegoBy Ronnie Cohen (Reuters Health) - As voters consider soda taxes in four U.S. cities, a new study finds that low-income Berkeley neighborhoods slashed sugar-sweetened beverage consumption by more than one-fifth after the Northern California city enacted the nations first soda tax. Berkeley voters in 2014 levied a penny-per-ounce tax on soda and other sugary drinks to try to curb consumption and stem the rising tide of diabetes and obesity. After the tax took effect in March 2015, residents of two low-income neighborhoods reported drinking 21 percent less of all sugar-sweetened beverages and 26 percent less soda than they had the year before, according to the report in the October American Journal of Public Health.

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 11:46:19 -0400
EU fears VW diesel fixes could damage engines: Der Spiegel

A Volkswagen Passat TDI diesel engine is seen in central LondonThe European Commission fears steps taken by Volkswagen to refit polluting diesel cars may damage the vehicles' engines, the Spiegel magazine reported, citing unidentified staff at the European Union's executive branch. Software updates carried out by Volkswagen (VW) could inflict greater stress on engine components, Spiegel cited a member of staff at the Brussels-based Commission as saying.

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 11:31:27 -0400
At least one killed in a Cairo blast, no claim of responsibility

An explosive device detonated along a main road in Cairo on Friday as security forces passed by, killing at least one civilian passerby and injuring another, the interior ministry said on Facebook. Egypt faces an Islamist insurgency led by Islamic State's branch in North Sinai, where hundreds of soldiers and police have been killed. There have also been attacks in Cairo and other cities.

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 11:01:07 -0400
Women unclear about breast density, breast cancer risks

The world's largest awareness ribbon made of flowers is seen from above during the UAE leg of the Avon Walk around the world for Breast Cancer Awareness walkathon in Zaabeel park in DubaiBy Carolyn Crist (Reuters Health) Women are becoming more aware of the term breast density, but they arent as familiar with its relation to breast cancer risk or mammograms, according to a small U.S. study. In particular, African American and Ashkenazi Jewish women, who may be at a higher risk for breast cancer, seemed to be less knowledgeable about breast density, researchers found. Theres a national movement to increase womens awareness of breast density and help them make better healthcare decisions, said Jennifer Harvey, study author and co-director of the University of Virginia Breast Care Program in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 10:59:41 -0400
VW says 1.23 million diesel cars have been refitted with software update

Volkswagen logo is pictured at the newly opened Volkswagen factory in Wrzesnia near PoznanBERLIN (Reuters) - Volkswagen said it has refitted 1.23 million diesel cars with a software update on pollution control systems as it pushes steps to overcome its emissions scandal.

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 10:51:38 -0400
Lack of choice in health insurance markets a growing problem

Nicole Robinson, middle, with daughter Riley, 11, and son Cole, 9, work on homework in their home Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016, in Cave Creek, Ariz. Americans in the health insurance markets created by President Barack Obama's law will have less choice next year than any time since the program started, with the Phoenix market being hardest hit by insurer exits, shrinking from nine carriers to one, with many other communities affected, like the Robinson family who will have even higher rising premiums and prescription drug costs announced earlier this week. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)WASHINGTON (AP) Americans in the health insurance markets created by President Barack Obama's law will have less choice next year than any time since the program started, a new county-level analysis for The Associated Press has found.

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 10:45:49 -0400
Volkswagen HR chief says expects five-digit number of job cuts: FAZ

Volkswagen logo is pictured at the newly opened Volkswagen factory in Wrzesnia near PoznanVolkswagen expects the shift to electric cars to cost a five-digit number of jobs in coming years, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported, citing the carmaker's human resources chief. Karlheinz Blessing, who sits on VW group's nine-member top management board, said the carmaker will need to cut the number of jobs in production as assembly of electric engines requires fewer workers than making combustion engines, the newspaper said, citing an interview to be published in Saturday's edition. VW's works council, currently in talks with VW's brand management over a turnaround plan for the core VW brand, expects up to 25,000 staff to be cut over the next decade as older workers retire.

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 10:00:57 -0400
South Africa reports first Tomato Leaf Miner outbreak

A worker collects tomatoes in the Dube AgriZone greenhouse situated at King Shaka International AirportSouth Africa has detected its first outbreak of Tomato Leaf Miner, a pest originally from South America which can ruin tomato and potato crops, the department of agriculture said on Friday. The highly destructive insect feeds on leaves, stems and fruits of plants and can cause widespread crop infection. "This pest is disastrous particularly for tomato production and food security in general," the agriculture department said in a statement.

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 09:56:19 -0400
Myanmar detects first Zika infection

The Zika virusMyanmar's government said Friday that a pregnant foreign woman has been diagnosed with the country's first case of Zika, a mosquito-borne virus linked to birth defects. The World Health Organization warned earlier this month that Zika was likely to spread throughout Asia after being detected in 70 countries, including at least 19 in the Asia Pacific region. While the virus has been present in Southeast Asia for years, there has been an uptick in the number of recorded cases in recent months.

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 07:47:21 -0400
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