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  • NYC union: Cops not to blame for drugged-out death

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Officers shouldn't be held responsible for the death of a drugged-out man in police custody, the head of a police union said Saturday. The New York Police Department said Friday it was being investigated by Manhattan prosecutors for the July 13 death of Ronald Singleton. The 45-year-old was high on PCP, a hallucinogenic drug, and had been acting erratic in a taxi when officers responding to a 911 call restrained him, placing him in a protective body wrap, police said. He was headed to a hospital to undergo a psychiatric evaluation when he went into cardiac arrest and died. The medical examiner's office said Singleton was in a state of excited delirium related to severe intoxication from the drug.

  • Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation celebrates 68 years

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    “It was business as usual,” said President Stephen Prescott, M.D. “Which means that our scientists were working in their labs and clinics, searching for new ways to treat and prevent disease.” What began as a two-person operation in 1946 has grown into an internationally recognized research institute. OMRF employs more than 400 staff members who study cancer, heart disease, autoimmune disorders and diseases of aging. Their discoveries have yielded more than 600 U.S. and international patents and three life-saving drugs. “OMRF has a long track record of transforming laboratory discoveries into treatments that impact patients’ lives,” said Prescott. “It’s what sets us apart from our peers, and it’s why we ex

  • NY police probed for 2nd restraint-related death

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Police Department said Friday it's under investigation for a second restraint-related death, this one involving a drugged, emotionally disturbed man four days before a fatal videotaped chokehold that fueled community outcry and led the department to overhaul its use-of-force training. The medical examiner's office cited "physical restrain by police" as a factor in the July 13 death of Ronald Singleton, who went into cardiac arrest in an ambulance and died on the way to a hospital. It ruled his death a homicide. The police department is cooperating with the Manhattan district attorney's office, which is leading the investigation into Singleton's death, a police spokesman said.

  • Bob Cohen: Infertility doc who also helped animals at Zoo conceive

    Updated: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    Dr. Bob Cohen was an obstetrician and gynecologist who specialized in infertility medicine. He worked with his longtime friend, Dr. Sherman Silber, an expert in male infertility. Couples came from across the country for their help. When the two physicians weren’t helping human patients to conceive, they volunteered at the St. Louis Zoo to help infertile gorillas and other animals become parents. Dr. Cohen died Tuesday (Aug. 26, 2014) at Missouri Baptist Medical Center in Town and Country. He lived in Creve Coeur. He was 77 and suffered a mild heart attack several days before his death, his family said. He was diagnosed with heart disease about 30 years ago. Robert Stuart Cohen grew up in upstate New York, on the

  • The role of health care in preventing climate catastrophes

    Updated: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    This week, leading health authorities are huddled at World Health Organization headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, discussing how to confront one of the most urgent threats to humanity. It’s not Ebola. And it’s not HIV/AIDS, malaria, cancer, obesity, heart disease or diabetes. The problem — a changing climate — doesn’t fit the traditional definition of health hazard and yet it threatens to undermine the health of individuals and communities in nearly every nation. In 2009, The Lancet named climate change “the biggest global-health threat of the 21st century.” Since then, the threat has increased dramatically.

  • Hospitals equip to handle obese@

    Updated: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

  • A cobbler that lets peaches shine on their own

    Updated: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    Special To The Washington Post. Cobblers are staples at Labor Day barbecues and other summer parties, making delicious use of in-season fruits. But most recipes are loaded with refined flours and sugars, butter and milk. Paula Deen's peach cobbler recipe uses an entire stick of butter and two cups of sugar. The nutritional value of the peaches is completely overwhelmed by the high content of sugar and fat. So how do you create a cobbler worthy of nutritional merit? When selected and stored properly, peaches are Mother Nature's summertime candy. But unlike candy, they offer important nutrients, including fiber and potassium.

  • Buffett search for sure thing propels 76-year junk food quest

    Updated: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    (c) 2014, Bloomberg News. NEW YORK — Billionaire investor Warren Buffett got his entrepreneurial start at age 7, buying six-packs of Coke for a quarter, then hawking the beverages for a nickel apiece on hot summer nights. Now, at age 83, he's still betting on simple indulgences. Berkshire Hathaway Inc. agreed Tuesday to provide $3 billion of financing for Burger King Worldwide Inc.'s purchase of doughnut chain Tim Hortons Inc. Buffett, Berkshire's chairman and chief executive officer, has built his career investing in businesses that have broad consumer recognition and appeal. Such wagers, like a $16.6 billion stake in Coca-Cola Co., allow him to park his capital for years while the companies grow in value, fuel

  • Good nutrition deserves the old college try

    Updated: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    The following editorial appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Tuesday, Aug. 26: ——— Just in time for the millions of young people who have returned to college comes a study in The Journal of Nutrition that warns of the health risks of that fast and cheap campus favorite, ramen noodles. A two-year survey of 10,711 South Koreans showed that eating two or more servings of ramen noodles a week can result in an increase in heart disease, type 2 diabetes and stroke. Next thing you know, they’ll be telling students that large quantities of pizza and beer aren’t good for them either. No one needed a medical study to demonstrate that a package of processed ramen noodles is not a healthy food choice.

  • We need to stand firm on healthy school lunches

    Updated: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    The beginning of the school year is a time to recommit ourselves to good childhood nutrition. Back in 2010, Congress passed the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, inspired by Michelle Obama’s anti-child-obesity campaign. The law provides extra money for school lunches to schools that follow higher nutritional standards. These include additional servings of fruits and less salt, sugar and fat at lunchtime. Think whole-grain bread instead of white bread, and no more French fries or chocolate milk. Responsible adults should be cheering this law, since children confront a blizzard of advertising for sugary cereals and candies and other junk food whenever they watch TV.

  • Venezuela battles obesity amid dearth of good food

    Updated: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Venezuela's socialist government is sounding the alarm about growing waistlines in a country where record food shortages are making it harder to put healthy meals on the table, prompting many people to fill up on empty calories. Authorities launched a public relations campaign Tuesday to halt a steady rise in obesity that threatens to lead to a costly, public health crisis if left unchecked. Under the slogan "Get informed, eat healthy" President Nicolas Maduro's government hopes over the next five years to cut in half the nearly 40 percent rate of obesity among Venezuelans, a condition putting them at greater risk of heart disease and diabetes. According to the World Health Organization, 67.

  • Monitoring your fitness progress

    Updated: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    DAYTON, Ohio -- When it comes to getting into shape, keeping track of your progress is an important element for maintaining motivation. Studies show that those who monitor their exercise lose more weight, are more motivated and make greater improvements in fitness levels than those who don't. One of the most convenient and popular ways to monitor progress, the Polar Loop Activity Tracker, is for those who are serious about getting results. Waterproof, and designed to work 24/7, it monitors number of steps taken, activity milestones reached, calories burned and time of day on a bright LED display. It features an inactivity alert, reminding you to get up and move when you've been sitting too long.

  • Roche to buy InterMune for $8.3 billion, adding lung drug

    Updated: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    (c) 2014, Bloomberg News. Roche Holding, the world's largest maker of cancer drugs, is strengthening its portfolio of medicines for respiratory ailments with an agreement to buy InterMune for $8.3 billion in cash. Roche will pay $74 a share for InterMune, an unprofitable biotechnology company that's awaiting U.S. approval of its biggest drug, the Basel, Switzerland-based company said Sunday in a statement. The agreement reflects Roche's confidence in pirfenidone, potentially the first drug in the U.S. for a rare lung disease that typically kills in five years. The deal's one of several this year involving a handful of disease areas where the medical need is great, treatment options are few and prices may be substantial.

  • Emotional distress an additional risk for people with type 1 diabetes

    Updated: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    PITTSBURGH — People with type 1 diabetes can face multiple health complications including high blood pressure with potential damage to nerves, kidneys, eyes and heart. But add symptoms of emotional distress, as measured by the Beck Depression Inventory, and the risk of premature death for those with type 1 increases dramatically, according to a new study. The inventory is a 32-point scale with scores of 16 and higher strongly indicating the likelihood of clinical depression. “For every 1 point increase on the scale, participants showed a 4-percent increase in risk for mortality, even after controlling for other relevant factors, such as age, gender, smoking, cholesterol levels and high blood pressure,” said Catherine Fi

  • It’s vegan vs. cavemen as cardiologists square off on nutrition

    Updated: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    CHICAGO — Dr. Kim Williams thought he followed a heart-healthy diet: He avoided red meat and fried foods. He ate his chicken breast without the skin. Then in 2003, the Chicago cardiologist realized his level of LDL, the so-called “bad” cholesterol, was too high. Inspired by a patient’s success with a plant-based diet, Williams began using “meat substitutes” for protein. Within six weeks, he says, his LDL level plummeted almost by half into the healthy range. Now a firm believer in the vegan way of eating — no meat, fish, eggs or dairy — Williams is about to step into a prominent leadership role as president of the American College of Cardiology.

  • 'Living Longer, Living Stronger' series completed

    Updated: Sat, Aug 23, 2014

    Nobody wants to have a chronic long-term illness. Unfortunately, most adults will experience two or more chronic conditions during our lives. These illnesses include heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure, depression, and a host of others can cause most people to experience fatigue as well as to lose physical strength and endurance. That's why the “Living Longer, Living Stronger, Living with Chronic Conditions” series of workshops were held at the Altus Public Library once a week on Tuesday evenings for six weeks in July and finished on August 5. The program was for adults who struggle with their chronic illnesses, and for those who support family members or loved ones with chronic conditions.

  • Ice Bucket Challenge a gimmick best not repeated

    Updated: Fri, Aug 22, 2014

    Good for Barack Obama. While vacationing on Martha's Vineyard, he refused Ethel Kennedy's ice bucket challenge. You know the saying: Just because every idiot in the world is jumping off of a cliff doesn't mean you should too. No question, the group-think summertime craze is proving an effective way to raise funds. But that doesn't make it right. The challenge, as you're probably aware, is that someone dares you either to douse yourself with a bucket full of water and ice or send $100 to the ALS Association. Dares, I've always thought, bring out the worst in people. ''Eat this earthworm." ''No, of course not." ''I dare you to eat this earthworm." ''OK." In this case, the worst has been brought out in dr

  • Messages to kids take all forms@

    Updated: Fri, Aug 22, 2014

  • Colton Sherrill Memorial Fund to present multiple scholarships

    Updated: Fri, Aug 22, 2014

    It has been six years since Colton Sherrill, a shy but caring 10-year-old boy, died of congenital heart disease. But his spirit lives strong through the Colton Sherrill Memorial Fund, the foundation created in his honor by his family. The key purpose of the Colton Sherrill Memorial Fund is to provide training and life-saving devices to Bryan County schools and organizations as well as increase educational opportunities for college students. Colton would have been entering his senior year of high school this fall. While his family will continue to focus on life-saving measures, the goal for this year is to provide 20 scholarships to graduating seniors in Bryan County. Sponsorships from the community and proceeds from Colton's

  • BC-IL--Illinois News Digest 1:30 pm, IL

    Updated: Fri, Aug 22, 2014

    Here's a look at AP's general news coverage at 6 p.m. Questions about coverage plans are welcome, and should be directed to the AP-Chicago bureau at 312-781-0500 or Tammy Webber and Herbert G. McCann are on the desk. AP-Illinois News Editor Hugh Dellios can be reached at 312-920-3624 or A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Central. Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.