First Person: Choosing Natural Products, Giving My Kids a Healthier Future

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First Person: Choosing Natural Products, Giving My Kids a Healthier Future
A report released Tuesday says the man-made chemicals in products we use every day-toys, perfumes, beverage containers and more-are likely responsible for at least some cancers, birth defects and psychiatric problems. How do parents approach the use of chemicals in their homes? Yahoo News asked for some perspectives. Here’s one.

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Experts issue guidelines for gene tests in kids

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Experts issue guidelines for gene tests in kids

A young girl looks at school at school stationery in a supermarket in NiceNEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Groups representing pediatricians and geneticists issued new recommendations on Thursday to provide doctors with guidance about when to test a child's DNA for genetic conditions. The recommendations are the first collaboration between the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics. Neither organization has issued guidelines for genetic testing of kids in over a decade, according to one of the study's lead authors. "What we're trying to show is a unified and consistent message about genetic testing in children," said Dr. …

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GlaxoSmithKline unit joins patent pool for AIDS drugs

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GlaxoSmithKline unit joins patent pool for AIDS drugs

A GlaxoSmithKline logo is seen outside one of its buildings in west London, ahead of company resultsLONDON (Reuters) – GlaxoSmithKline's HIV/AIDS drugs business is to share intellectual property rights on children's medicine in a patent pool designed to make treatments more widely available in poor countries. ViiV Healthcare, majority-owned by GSK, is the second research-based pharmaceutical business to sign up to the new Medicines Patent Pool, following a lead set in 2011 by Gilead Sciences. Although more than half of people living with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that causes AIDS now get the drugs they need – thanks to a major roll-out of treatment in Africa – an estimated 6. …

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GSK wins priority status for new HIV drug in U.S

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GSK wins priority status for new HIV drug in U.S

A GlaxoSmithKline logo is seen outside one of its buildings in west London, ahead of company resultsLONDON (Reuters) – U.S. regulators gave priority review status to an experimental GlaxoSmithKline drug for HIV/AIDS, which industry analysts view as a possible multibillion-dollar-a-year seller. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration awards certain drugs priority status when they have the potential to offer significant improvement over existing treatments. The agency is due to give its verdict on whether to approve dolutegravir by August 17, Britain's biggest drugmaker said on Friday. …

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Bioengineer developing needle-free "nanopatch" vaccines

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Bioengineer developing needle-free “nanopatch” vaccines

Handout photo of biomedical engineer Mark Kendall posing beside a stereo microscope in a laboratory in BrisbaneLONDON (Reuters) – When it comes to protecting millions of people from deadly infectious diseases, Mark Kendall thinks a fingertip-sized patch covered in thousands of vaccine-coated microscopic spikes is the future. A biomedical engineer with a fascination for problem solving, he has developed the so-called "nanopatch" to try to transform delivery of life-saving vaccines against potential killers like flu and the HPV virus that causes cervical cancer. …

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Poachers kill 11,000 Gabon elephants in under a decade

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Poachers kill 11,000 Gabon elephants in under a decade

To match Feature AFRICA-POACHING/LIBREVILLE (Reuters) – Poachers have killed more than 11,000 elephants in Gabon's Minkebe National Park rainforest since 2004, Gabon's government said on Wednesday, with the massacre fuelled by increasing demand for ivory in Asia. The densely-forested central African country is home to about half the world's roughly 100,000 remaining forest elephants, the smallest species of elephant and coveted by ivory dealers for their harder and straighter tusks. …

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Trying to help schizophrenics with computer brain games

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Trying to help schizophrenics with computer brain games

Believing that brains can be trained through the use of specialized computer programs, researchers are focusing on helping people with schizophrenia, which can cause them to hear imagined voices or believe that others are controlling or plotting against them.

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‘Avenue Q,’ Logo Partner on HIV-Awareness PSAs

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‘Avenue Q,’ Logo Partner on HIV-Awareness PSAs
LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) – “Avenue Q” is partnering with Logo on a series of public service announcements designed to create awareness about HIV, the show’s producer and the cable channel announced Monday. The campaign will include six on-air spots by Tony Award winner Jeff Whitty, who wrote the book for “Avenue Q,” and it will feature puppets from the Broadway musical. …

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Don’t Just Blame Cats: Dogs Disrupt Wildlife, Too

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Don’t Just Blame Cats: Dogs Disrupt Wildlife, Too

Don't Just Blame Cats: Dogs Disrupt Wildlife, TooThough they seem so natural in our homes, cats and dogs are natural predators, too. Most will attack birds, lizards and smaller mammals when given the chance, and scientists have demonstrated how their explosive populations can upset ecosystems.

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Pillows, stretches tied to less misshapen kids’ heads

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Pillows, stretches tied to less misshapen kids’ heads
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Parents who used stretching exercises and special sleeping pillows saw improvements in head deformities often created when infants lay in the same spot for a long time, according to a new study. Those two alternatives are less expensive than special helmets that cost $2,000 or more and that are only typically covered by insurance in some countries, according to a team of German researchers conducting the study. “These are probably easier options for some parents,” study co-author Dr. Jan-Falco Wilbrand, of the University of Giessen, told Reuters Health. …

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Some cancer screenings can confuse patients rather than clarify their health

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Some cancer screenings can confuse patients rather than clarify their health

●The screening for cervical cancer, a Pap smear, gets the highest rating, and is recommended for women ages 21 to 65. Women 21 to 30 should get the Pap every three years; those 30 to 65 can go five years between Pap tests if they’ve had HPV testing.Younger women should skip the screening because the cancer is uncommon before then and the tests are not accurate for this age group. Women older than 65 don’t need to be tested provided they had regular screenings in their younger years.

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Do Antidepressants Hurt Babies? The Scary Thing Is, No One’s Sure

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Do Antidepressants Hurt Babies? The Scary Thing Is, No One’s Sure
It’s a myth that pregnancy is usually one of the happiest times of a woman’s life. Sure, many are delighted to be pregnant; but at least 14 percent of pregnant women are depressed during pregnancy. Pregnancy, in fact, is now recognized as one of the highest risk periods for mental illness among women.

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Horses don’t get stage fright — but their riders do

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Horses don’t get stage fright — but their riders do
It is well known that horses show symptoms of stress when ridden but relatively little attention has been paid to the effects on their riders. This is surprising, as equestrian sports rely on the close cooperation between the animals and their riders. How does the horse-rider team cope with the stress involved in competing in an equestrian event?