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  • Kidnapped Mexican striker Pulido escaped by punching captor-official

    (Recasts with how Pulido fought his kidnapper and escaped) By Natalie Ann Schachar MEXICO CITY, May 30 (Reuters) - The authorities billed it as a rescue, but Mexican soccer player Alan Pulido escaped his kidnappers by punching the one guarding him, snatching a cellphone and calling for help, a top official in the country's violent northeast said on Monday. State security forces located Pulido within minutes of his call from a safe house in the restive city of Ciudad Victoria in Tamaulipas state, as they were scouring the area nearby, state prosecutor Ismael Quintanilla told local radio. The 25-year-old Mexico national team striker who also plays professionally with the Greek team Olympiakos disappeared in his hometown on Saturday night, when he was intercepted by gunmen after leaving a party with his girlfriend.

  • After a heart attack, people more likely to take statins as directed

    By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Heath) - People may do a better job of following doctors' orders to take statin drugs - prescribed to protect against cardiac problems - after they wind up hospitalized for a heart attack, a large study suggests. "Our theory is that the heart attack hospitalization appeared to serve as a teachable moment, or a wake-up call, to patients to do everything possible to prevent another heart attack," lead study author Dr. Ian Kronish of Columbia University Medical Center said by email. Millions of people worldwide take statins to help reduce their blood levels of low-density lipoprotein, or LDL, cholesterol – the bad kind that builds up in blood vessels, damages artery walls and can lead to clots and heart attacks.

  • Chile's red tide outbreak recedes, giving fishermen a break

    By Anthony Esposito SANTIAGO (Reuters) - An unusually widespread and deadly "red tide" outbreak in southern Chile's fishing-rich waters is abating, a top scientist said on Monday, giving some reprieve to communities that depend on the Pacific Ocean for their livelihoods. The red tide - an algal bloom that turns the sea water red and makes seafood toxic - is a common, naturally recurring phenomenon in southern Chile. "From the first analysis of the samples taken from the ocean around Chiloe island, we can conclude that the red tide phenomenon is receding," University of Concepcion investigator Laura Farias told reporters on a conference call.

  • Health officials now confirm 11 cases of measles in Arizona

    ELOY, Ariz. (AP) — An outbreak of measles that began with an inmate at a federal detention center for immigrants in central Arizona has now grown to 11 confirmed cases, officials said Monday.

  • Delaying Rio Games would give 'false security' on Zika: WHO panel head

    A Brazilian Army soldier shows pamphlets during the National Day of Mobilization Zika Zero in Rio de JaneiroBy Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - Postponing the Rio Olympics due to fears that the event could speed the spread of the Zika virus would give a "false" sense of security because travelers are constantly going in and out of Brazil, the head of the World Health Organization's emergency committee said. More than 100 medical experts and scientists called last Friday for the Rio Games to be postponed or moved due to fears over the spread of the virus, which is linked to serious birth defects.. The WHO rejected their call. Extensive travel in a globalized world is the issue, not the Games that start on August 5, said David Heymann, chair of the Health Protection Agency in Britain who also leads the WHO panel of independent experts on Zika.


  • Canada considers irradiating ground beef

    Canada considers allowing the irradiation of raw ground beef after the largest meat recall in Canadian history, linked to an Alberta meat packaging plant in 2013Ottawa (AFP) - Canada is considering allowing the irradiation of raw ground beef in order to kill E. coli, salmonella and other dangerous bacteria, according to the health ministry.


  • How Researchers Are Using Google to Find Chickenpox Seasons

    The virus has been found to peak during the spring.

  • CancerCon, Part 4: What is the One Thing That Surprise You the Most During Cancer?

    Peter: "I was surprised by how bad cancer kicks your ass. I was a big strong guy and it kicked my ass."One day, a good friend of mine called me to say that a friend had been diagnosed with testicular cancer. Since I had survived this, he asked if I'd be willing to give the guy some pointers, to which I totally agreed. A few days later, my...

  • Flame retardants tied to risk of thyroid disease in women

    By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Women with high levels of common flame retardants in their blood may have an elevated risk for thyroid disease, a recent study suggests. PBDEs belong to “a class of chemicals that interfere with our endocrine system – so-called endocrine disrupting chemicals," said lead researcher Joseph Allen of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. PBDEs disrupt the endocrine system by interfering with the body's production of the hormone estrogen.

  • No Muslim family should engage in birth control: Turkey's Erdogan

    Turkish President Erdogan, accompanied by his wife Emine, greets supporters during a rally to mark the 563rd anniversary of the conquest of the city by Ottoman Turks, in IstanbulNo Muslim family should engage in birth control or family planning, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday, calling again on pious Muslims to have more children. No Muslim family can have such an approach," he said in a speech in Istanbul broadcast live on television. Women's groups and opposition politicians have criticized Erdogan, a devout Muslim for telling women how many children to have and dismissing the Western idea of gender equality.