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  • Push for charges in NYC police chokehold death

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — New Yorkers enraged by a man's death in police custody see a medical examiner's ruling that blames a prohibited chokehold as a clear indication the officers involved should face criminal charges. "They killed somebody," neighbor Charlene Thomas said after the city's medical examiner deemed Eric Garner's death a homicide. "Why? Because they're cops, they gotta get away with this?" Garner was killed by neck compressions from the chokehold and "the compression of his chest and prone positioning during physical restraint by police," city medical examiner spokeswoman Julie Bolcer said Friday. Ramsey Orta, a friend of Garner's who videotaped his struggle with police, said the medical examiner's ruling wasn't

  • AP News in Brief at 10:58 p.m. EDT

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    Israel pushes deeper into Gaza after soldier is captured by militants and cease-fire collapses GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Backed by tank fire and airstrikes, Israeli forces pushed deep into southern Gaza on Friday, searching for an Israeli army officer believed to be captured by Hamas fighters during deadly clashes that shattered an internationally brokered cease-fire. The apparent capture of the soldier and the collapse of the truce set the stage for a possible expansion of Israel's 25-day-old military operation against Hamas. President Barack Obama and U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon called for the immediate release of the soldier but also appealed for restraint.

  • Autopsy: Police chokehold caused NYC man's death

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — A medical examiner ruled Friday that a police officer's chokehold caused the death of a man whose videotaped arrest and final pleas of "I can't breathe!" sparked outrage and led to the overhaul of use-of-force training for the nation's largest police department. Eric Garner, a black man whose confrontation with a white police officer has prompted calls by the Rev. Al Sharpton for federal prosecution, was killed by neck compressions from the chokehold and "the compression of his chest and prone positioning during physical restraint by police," city medical examiner spokeswoman Julie Bolcer said. Asthma, heart disease and obesity were contributing factors in the death of the 43-year-old Garner, a 6-foot-3, 350

  • AP News in Brief at 8:58 p.m. EDT

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    House passes tougher bill dealing with crisis on US-Mexico border; Obama condemns plan WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has approved a $694 million bill to address the crisis of unaccompanied migrant youths arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border. The GOP legislation passed 223-189 late Friday on a nearly party-line vote. Last-minute changes won support from conservative holdouts who had forced GOP leaders to pull the bill from the floor a day earlier. The bill would increase spending for National Guard at the border and add immigration judges and detention facilities. It makes policy changes so that the migrant kids could be sent home more quickly. But with the Senate already out of session for the summer, the bill

  • Man’s death after NYPD chokehold has been ruled a homicide, medical examiner says

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    NEW YORK — A police chokehold, as well as chest compression, were the causes of death for Eric Garner, the Staten Island man who died two weeks ago in a confrontation with police, the city medical examiner’s office said Friday. Ruling Garner’s death a “homicide,” meaning death of a person caused by another, the city medical examiner said Garner’s asthma, obesity and heart disease also were contributing factors in his death. “Compression of neck (choke hold), compression of chest and prone positioning during physical restraint by police” was how the medical examiner listed the cause of death. Garner, 43, died after police wrangled him to the ground as they tried to handcuff him.

  • FDA approves Lilly, Boehringer diabetes drug

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    Federal regulators have approved a new treatment from U.S. drugmaker Eli Lilly and Co. and its German counterpart, Boehringer Ingelheim, for the most common form of diabetes . The Food and Drug Administration said Friday it will permit Jardiance tablets to be used by adult patients with type 2 diabetes who also are trying to control their condition with diet and exercise. The drug is designed to be taken once a day to reduce a patient's blood sugar levels by blocking glucose reabsorption in the kidneys and removing excess glucose through urine. Unlike other diabetes treatments, it does not depend on a patient's insulin levels to be effective. European Union regulators had already approved the drug, also labeled empaglif

  • Fighting the heat: Precautionary measures needed on hot, ?humid days

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    At the height of summer temperatures, many are susceptible to heat stress when out in blistering heat for long periods of time. People who are 65 years and older, overweight, have heart disease or high blood pressure or are taking medication are the most likely to be affected by extreme weather conditions. Those who work in hot environments also must take precautionary measures to help keep the body cool. According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, there are five types of heat stress ranging from heat rash to heat stroke. Factors that cause heat-related illnesses include high temperature and humidity, low fluid consumption, direct sun exposure, physical exertion and lack of previous exposure to hot workp

  • Nation’s aging population faces shortage of geriatric specialists

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    ATLANTA — Lillian Brown didn’t think much of it when she noticed one of her feet was darker than the other. Her doctor, though, recognized it as a sign of poor circulation. When she turned a little forgetful, Brown, 62, figured she’d be told, “That’s just part of aging.” But her doctor ordered an MRI and found a cyst on her brain. Brown’s doctor, Ugochi Ohuabunwa, is a geriatrician — specially trained to care for the elderly. A doctor who is not a geriatrician, Brown believes, might not have discovered her problems. “They’re more in tune as to what to watch for. They’re more able to catch things,” she says. As the elderly population soars nationwide, however, the number of geriatricians is

  • FDA to start regulating lab-developed tests

    Updated: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday it will begin regulating laboratory-developed tests, a growing class of medical diagnostics that have never before been subject to federal oversight. The agency says its proposal is designed to make sure that the tests used to diagnose cancer, heart disease and thousands of other conditions are safe, accurate and reliable. "Inaccurate test results could cause patients to seek unnecessary treatment or delay and sometimes forgo treatment altogether," said FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg, on a call with reporters. "These devices need to be accurate and reliable.

  • Correction: Overdose Deaths-Antidote story

    Updated: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — In a story July 29 about drug overdose deaths in Tennessee, The Associated Press reported erroneously that overdoses are the leading cause of deaths in Tennessee. Cancer and other ailments accounted for more annual deaths. A corrected version of the story is below: Overdose deaths in Tennessee top wrecks, homicides Tennessee overdose deaths top car wrecks, homicides; new law allows access to life-saving drug NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Drug overdoses are again a leading cause of death in Tennessee, ahead of motor vehicle accidents and homicides. But the state Health Department is hoping a new law will reverse that trend.

  • Views and Voices Advisory: Crime and Punishment

    Updated: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    c.2014 Economist Newspaper Limited, London. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission. Distributed by The New York Times Syndicate LEADERS OPINION: AN UNLOVED BILLIONAIRE VIEWS-AND-VOICES-MUKESH-AMBANI — Why Mukesh Ambani, India’s richest man, needs to reform his empire. 1,000 words. OPINION: CRIME AND PUNISHMENT VIEWS-AND-VOICES-BRITAIN-PRISONS — Britain’s prisons are in a shameful state. The solution is simple, but takes courage. 620 words. With sidebar: BACKSTORY: ROUGH JUSTICE VIEWS-AND-VOICES-PRISONS-BACKSTORY — Overcrowded and understaffed, prisons in England and Wales are deteriorating. 570 words.

  • Diabetes screening allows woman to change her life

    Updated: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    Julie Phelps was part of an large club and she wanted out. Phelps, along with as much as a third of the U.S. population, was prediabetic. Prediabetes is a condition in which all the pieces are in place to develop Type 2 diabetes if changes in diet and exercise aren’t made. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates only 11 percent of people know they’re prediabetic. Phelps became aware of her condition last year through a free diabetes screening program offered by her job followed by troubling news about her health numbers — high cholesterol, high triglycerides and more — from her doctor. That’s why she joined the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program.

  • Nation and world news briefs

    Updated: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    NATION Economy rebounds strongly in 2nd quarter, expands at 4% annual rate WASHINGTON—The U.S. economy rebounded strongly in the second quarter after a winter contraction, expanding at a 4 percent annual rate, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. Analysts had projected the nation’s total economic output, or gross domestic product, to expand at a 3.1 percent in the second quarter. But the economy performed better than expected, with growth in the April-May period the best since the third quarter of last year. “Some of the past quarter’s growth performance reflects a catch-up from the dismal first-quarter performance,” said Gad Levanon, director of macroeconomic and labor market research at the Conferen

  • Watercress wrapped in nutritious glory

    Updated: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    Copyright 2014 WP Bloomberg A recent study at William Paterson University in New Jersey ranked the top "powerhouse fruits and vegetables," based on the nutrients they provide per calorie. What topped the list? No, not kale or spinach (though they didn't do too badly). The most powerful of the powerhouses was watercress. The ranking used Agriculture Department data based on fruits and vegetables' content of fiber, potassium, protein, calcium, folate, vitamin B12, vitamin A, vitamin D and other nutrients, all considered important to our health. Watercress, a cruciferous vegetable, received a score of 100 (51 points higher than kale). At only four calories per cup, every bite packs a huge dose of vitamins and minerals.

  • Weather kills 2,000 a year; cold is top culprit

    Updated: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — The weather kills at least 2,000 Americans each year and nearly two-thirds of the deaths are from the cold, according to a new government report. That may surprise some people, the researchers acknowledged. Hurricanes, tornadoes and heat waves "get more publicity, for some reason, than cold-related deaths," said Deborah Ingram, one of the report's authors. The report released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analyzed U.S. deaths attributed to the cold, the heat, storms, floods and lightning. It used national death certificate information for five years. The report found: — Of the 10,649 deaths attributed to the weather, about 63 percent were tied to exposure to the cold or

  • Study finds 5 servings of produce is enough, but we’re not eating it

    Updated: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    How many times will we have to be told? Apparently we haven’t reached the point when we’ll change our habits, but here goes again: Eating five servings of fruits and vegetables every day can help us live longer. That comes from researchers’ analysis of 16 studies covering 833,234 people, published this week in the BMJ. Scientists from China and the United States looked at the growing evidence of a connection between produce consumption and heart disease and cancer. They wanted to quantify the “dose response”—or how much we need to eat—in relation with all causes of death, heart disease and cancer.

  • Billboard raises ethical issues

    Updated: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    Myrna Bernstein was driving around, wondering what else to do to find a kidney donor, when it hit her: Why not take out a billboard ad? It was a bold thought, but a little more than a month after Bernstein's advertisement went up along a well-traveled stretch of Central Avenue in Colonie it seems it was a good one. After dozens of inquiries, the 64-year-old Albany resident has three potential living donors, all of whom are undergoing medical tests to determine their eligibility to give her a kidney. ''It's remarkable," Bernstein said. "When I did this, I just never envisioned what the response would be. I felt this was my last resort.

  • Study: If you can run for 5 minutes a day, you may add years to your life

    Updated: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    People who jogged or ran for as little as five minutes a day reduced their risk of premature death by nearly one-third and extended their lives by about three years, according to a new study. Researchers examined the exercise habits of more than 55,000 adults in the Dallas area who were monitored for six to 22 years. About 24 percent of the adults described themselves as runners. Compared to those who didn’t run, those who did were 30 percent less likely to die of any cause during the course of the study. They were also 45 percent less likely to die as a result of cardiovascular disease, researchers reported Monday in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

  • Low T: A number or just you?

    Updated: Sun, Jul 27, 2014

    If you watch much TV, you know all about “Low T.” And, if you’re a male, you have undoubtedly decided that you have it. Low T, of course, stands for low testosterone, the male sexual hormone that, among other things, affects sexual functioning, bone and muscle mass, fat distribution and energy level. Male hypogonadism, a condition involving inadequate production of testosterone, is sometimes present at birth or develops later in life as a result of an infection or injury. The effects can be serious, and, as a result the Food and Drug Administration has approved a number of products that have been proven effective at improving testosterone levels. Oral testosterone is available but, if used over the long term, coul

  • Classes aim to hook US blacks on African foods

    Updated: Sun, Jul 27, 2014

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Rickey Dorsey knows he doesn't have the best diet, and his plump belly proves it. "I'm definitely used to a lot of fried food and sweets," the Birmingham man said. "And sweet tea." Dorsey, 53, is trying to change that. He is among about 500 people across the United States who have participated in a program to learn about cooking fresh foods based on traditional African cuisine. Aimed at blacks but open to anyone, the "Taste of African Heritage" classes are sponsored by the Boston-based nonprofit Oldways, which promotes healthier eating through traditional foods. Sessions are held nationwide to encourage people to skip burger joints and processed meals and get comfortable in the kitchen cooking