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A Utah mother who pleaded guilty to murdering six of her newborn infants over the course of a decade was sentenced on Monday to 15 years to life in prison. Megan Huntsman, 40, confessed to suffocating or strangling the babies while she was suffering from methamphetamine and alcohol addiction, according to police. The six infants' remains were found in April 2014 wrapped in old towels, shirts and plastic bags inside boxes in the garage in Pleasant Grove, about 40 miles north of Provo. The case of serial infanticide came to light when Huntsman's estranged husband, Darren West, later confirmed by DNA tests to have fathered all of the victims, stumbled on one of the tiny bodies while cleaning out the garage and notified authorities.
Posted on 21 April 2015 | 12:16 am
A form of mental training which helps people recognise the onset of depression, and control it, works as well as anti-depressants in preventing relapse, researchers said Monday. Dubbed Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), the method may offer a welcome alternative for people wishing to avoid long-term use of anti-depressants, which can have unpleasant side effects like insomnia, constipation and sexual problems, said a study in The Lancet medical journal. In a two-year trial with 424 depression sufferers in England, researchers found that MBCT users faced a "similar" risk of relapse to those on anti-depressants. The method was not more effective than drugs, as many had hoped, but the findings nevertheless suggested "a new choice for the millions of people with recurrent depression on repeat prescriptions," said study leader Willem Kuyken, a professor of clinical psychology at the University of Oxford.
Posted on 20 April 2015 | 11:58 pm
By Tom Polansek CHICAGO (Reuters) – Iowa, the top U.S. egg-producing state, found a lethal strain of bird flu in millions of hens at an egg-laying facility on Monday, the worst case so far in a national outbreak that prompted Wisconsin to declare a state of emergency. The infected Iowa birds were being raised near the city of Harris by Sunrise Farms, an affiliate of Sonstegard Foods Company, the company said. The flock has been quarantined, and birds on the property will be culled to prevent the spread of the disease, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said. The Agriculture Department said the Iowa flock numbered 5.3 million birds.
Posted on 20 April 2015 | 11:50 pm
(Reuters) – Bobbi Kristina Brown is expected to live a long life, but her prognosis remains unclear, an attorney for her father Bobby Brown said on Monday, clarifying the singer’s remarks at a weekend concert that she was awake months after being found unresponsive in her bathtub. She's watching me," Brown told concert-goers at the Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie, Texas, according to a video posted on the website TMZ. "However, Bobbi Kristina is presently embarking on a rehabilitation process and the quality of her life will not be known for years to come." Bobby Brown's wife, Alicia Etheredge-Brown, noted in the statement that her husband was "in an emotional state" when he spoke at the concert on Saturday. "He is encouraged by the steps that Bobbi Kristina has made since her hospitalization," she said.
Posted on 20 April 2015 | 11:32 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two U.S. senators introduced legislation Monday that would require the Food and Drug Administration to evaluate and report on some of the ingredients used in cosmetics and personal-care products such as shampoo and skin cream.
Posted on 20 April 2015 | 11:19 pm
By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) – New mammogram screening guidelines from an influential panel of U.S. experts reaffirm earlier guidance that breast cancer screening should begin at age 50 for most women, but they acknowledge that women in their 40s also benefit, something experts say is a step in the right direction. “They made it really clear this time around, unlike 2009, that the discussion between a woman and a clinician about breast cancer screening should begin at 40,” said Dr. Richard Wender, chief cancer control officer at the American Cancer Society. The Department of Health and Human Services provided for mammogram coverage for women age 40 to 49 after the health panel made its recommendation in 2009. The department said on Monday that the guidelines are only in draft form and that nothing has changed regarding access to mammograms or other preventive services. Critics stressed that keeping 50 as the starting age for screening – a change first introduced by the panel six years ago – could threaten insurance coverage for millions of women age 40 to 49. “If this becomes the final guideline, coverage of mammograms would no longer be mandated under the ACA,” said Wender.
Posted on 20 April 2015 | 11:10 pm
By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) – Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) may be just as effective as anti-depressants in helping prevent people with chronic depression from relapsing, scientists said on Tuesday. Depression is one of the most common forms of mental illness, affecting more than 350 million people worldwide. It is ranked by the World Health Organization as the leading cause of disability globally. Treatment usually involves either medication, some form of psychotherapy or a combination of both.
Posted on 20 April 2015 | 11:07 pm
By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) – Two new studies looking at whether electronic cigarettes help smokers to quit their deadly habit have found that while some of them can, it depends on the type and how often it is used. Many experts think e-cigarettes, which heat nicotine-laced liquid into an inhalable vapor, are a lower-risk alternative to smoking, but questions remain about their use and safety. The charity Action on Smoking and Health says more than 2 million adults in Britain use e-cigarettes. So-called "cigalike" e-cigarettes are disposable or use replaceable cartridges, while "tank" models look quite different and have refillable containers of nicotine "e-liquid".
Posted on 20 April 2015 | 11:03 pm
A Utah mother who pleaded guilty to murdering six of her newborn infants over the course of a decade was sentenced on Monday to 15 years to life in prison. Megan Huntsman confessed to suffocating or strangling the babies while she was suffering from methamphetamine and alcohol addiction, according to police.
Posted on 20 April 2015 | 11:01 pm
By David Adams MIAMI, (Reuters) – Florida Governor Rick Scott and the state’s largest union of public employees agreed to end a long-running dispute over the broad use of random drug testing of state workers, according to a court filing on Monday. If approved by a federal judge, the agreement would end the court battle over Scott’s 2011 executive order requiring state employees to submit to mandatory urinalysis drug testing without suspicion of wrongdoing. The order was aimed at state workers in agencies under the governor’s authority, accounting for about 77 percent of the state workforce. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Florida, on behalf of AFSCME Council 79, the state’s largest union of public employees, said the order violated the U.S. Constitution’s Fourth Amendment, which prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures.
Posted on 20 April 2015 | 10:40 pm
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A new study has found that around 1,000 British women each year have abortions, as they can’t cope with the pain of extreme pregnancy sickness. Radhika Sanghani lists the top morning sickness myths that need busting
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Labour would launch an emergency recruitment drive to get 1,000 more nurses into training this year if they win the election, Ed Miliband will say.
Posted on 20 April 2015 | 9:19 pm
The number of schoolgirls at risk of emotional problems has risen sharply in the last five years, a study suggests.
Posted on 20 April 2015 | 6:41 pm
Two common drugs – one for treating athlete’s foot and another for alleviating eczema – might be useful therapies for multiple sclerosis, scientists believe.
Posted on 20 April 2015 | 3:02 pm
According to a new study, a quarter of people with Parkinson’s say they have had their symptoms mistaken for drunkenness. Jayne McCubbin reports.
Posted on 20 April 2015 | 7:15 am
Are women with severe pregnancy sickness being failed?
Posted on 20 April 2015 | 1:16 am
A survey of 2,000 people with Parkinson’s finds that more than half have experienced rudeness or hostility from the public.
Posted on 19 April 2015 | 11:05 pm
The Brazilian authorities in Sao Paulo are fighting a large outbreak of dengue fever that has killed 130 people.
Posted on 19 April 2015 | 12:26 am
Doctors need to move beyond ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to tackling obesity, say scientists in Sheffield.
Posted on 17 April 2015 | 11:01 pm
Sierra Leone’s President Ernest Bai Koroma told the BBC’s Katty Kay that Ebola had a “devastating effect on the economy”.
Posted on 17 April 2015 | 7:05 pm
The UK death rate has reached a tipping point with the numbers of deaths expected to rise after 2015, suggests a report.
Posted on 17 April 2015 | 3:25 pm