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  • Rubio, on stump in Puerto Rico, says island needs new leadership

    Republican presidential candidate, Senator Marco Rubio participates in "Restoring American Leadership: A Conversation with Senator Marco Rubio" at the 3 West Club in New YorkRepublican presidential candidate Marco Rubio told residents of Puerto Rico on Friday the island needed new political leadership as it grapples with its fiscal crisis, but protection under bankruptcy laws would not solve the U.S. territory's problems. "I believe the Puerto Rico government has the ability to solve its own issues," Rubio, a Cuban-American, told a crowd in San Juan, speaking in Spanish. "What you need is new political leadership that has the courage and willingness to do the right and needed reforms." Puerto Rico Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla said in June the U.S. territory could not afford to pay its debts, totaling $72 billion, and called for the commonwealth to be allowed to restructure its debts under the U.S. bankruptcy code.

  • Informing athletes about concussions may not change behavior

    By Rob Goodier NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Educating athletes about the risk of concussion may do little to change long-term behavior, a new qualitative research review has found. It's not just the athlete,” the paper's lead author, Dr. Martin Mrazik from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, told Reuters Health by email.

  • Protesters rally at California jail after deputies arrested

    Several dozen protesters gathered on Friday outside the California jail where three correctional deputies were accused of beating to death a mentally ill inmate last week, according to news reports and images on social media. Corrections deputies Matthew Farris, Jereh Lubrin and Rafael Rodriguez were arrested early on Thursday morning and face murder, assault and conspiracy charges in the killing of Michael James Tyree, 31. About 50 protesters assembled in front of the Santa Clara County main jail holding signs that said "murder in uniform" and "stop guard abuse," according to photographs posted online and the San Jose Mercury News.

  • 3 Reasons Every Weekend Should Be A Long Weekend

    3 Reasons Every Weekend Should Be A Long WeekendThree-day weekends are what summer is all about. We need those extra hours for traveling farther, grilling longer and taking in more sunsets. But did you know that the time-honored tradition is also good for your health? Here's your cheat sheet for convincing your boss to extend the goodness of the three-day weekend all year long:1. Planning...

  • Court upholds contraceptive mandate against Indiana nonprofits

    A divided panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals lifted a lower court order exempting the groups from the law. The nonprofits, including the Saint Anne Home & Retirement Community of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Grace Schools, Biola University and others, sued the federal government in 2012.

  • Reproductive control can be a form of partner violence

    An illustration picture shows a woman holding a pill at her home in NiceBy Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) - Intimate partner violence or abuse can take the form of birth control sabotage, pregnancy pressure or coercion, which can have devastating consequences including unintended pregnancy, abortion and psychological trauma, according to a new review. This type of intimate partner violence is called ‘reproductive coercion,’ and health care providers should know how to screen for it and intervene effectively, the authors write. “Ultimately, (reproductive coercion) is about power and control - the perpetrators get off on that feeling of having complete power over their partners, even to the point of controlling a bodily function exclusive to women: pregnancy,” said lead author Dr. Jeanna Park of the University of Illinois in Chicago.

  • Legionnaires' Disease Outbreaks Shine Light on Rising Number of Cases in US

    New outbreaks reported in a California prison and in Illinois.

  • Near LA's Koreatown, pastor tries to lift veil on drug abuse

    In this Tuesday, July 14, 2015 photo, pastor Young Ho Han plays the guitar as he leads an evening service for Korean-American drug addicts at Nanoom Christian Fellowship in Los Angeles. In a blue-and-white painted church on the outskirts of Los Angeles’ Koreatown, Han is trying to lift the veil on a problem silently scourging his community: Drug abuse among young Korean Americans. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a blue-and-white church on the outskirts of Los Angeles' Koreatown, pastor Young Ho Han is trying to lift the veil on a problem silently afflicting his community: drug abuse among young Korean-Americans.

  • An ER Doctor's 5 Fast Home Remedies

    An ER Doctor's 5 Fast Home Remediesphoto credit: monkeybusinessimages/thinkstock"What whiskey will not cure, there is no cure for," goes an old proverb. Sore throat? Whiskey and honey. Arthritis acting up? Whiskey and raisins. To some, it's the original multi-tasking remedy. In my own home, I don't raid the bar (well, at least I don't raid the bar for medical treatments) -- but...

  • For diabetes in obesity, weight-loss surgery beats medication

    A man crosses a main road as pedestrians carrying food walk along the footpath in central Sydney, AustraliaBy Anne Harding (Reuters Health) - Weight-loss surgery beats medication for controlling type 2 diabetes in obese people, according to the longest-term trial ever to compare the two approaches. Half of the patients treated with weight-loss surgery in the study were diabetes-free at five years, said Dr. Francesco Rubino of Kings College London in the UK and colleagues in a report in The Lancet. “The fact that some patients at five years are basically disease-free is a remarkable finding.” In 2009, he and his colleagues randomly assigned 20 obese patients with type 2 diabetes to receive medical treatment, 20 to receive a type of weight-loss surgery called a gastric bypass, and another 20 to undergo a weight-loss operation called a biliopancreatic diversion.