UK: 450,000 women missed out on breast cancer test

UK: 450,000 women missed out on breast cancer test

UK: 450,000 women missed out on breast cancer test

Britain’s health minister apologized Wednesday for what he called a “serious failure” that resulted in hundreds of thousands of women in England not being invited to a screening test for breast cancer.

Jeremy Hunt said Wednesday in Parliament that the mistake appeared to be the result of a “computer algorithm failure” dating back to 2009.

“The fact is that for many years, oversight of our screening program has not been good enough,” Hunt said. He said about 450,000 women aged between 68 Read more about UK: 450,000 women missed out on breast cancer test

Diseases from mosquito, flea and tick bites have tripled, spread new disease: CDC

Diseases from mosquito, flea and tick bites have tripled, spread new disease: CDC

Diseases from mosquito, flea and tick bites have tripled, spread new disease: CDC

More than 640,000 patients came down with diseases transmitted by bites from the three types of insects were reported across the U.S. between 2004 and 2016, according to the analysis from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The range of diseases, many of which are new and challenging for health officials to combat, is wide –- as is the growing burden of mosquito-borne and tickborne illnesses in the U.S.

Diseases from mosquito, flea and tick bites have tripled, spread new disease: CDC

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California sues over plan to scrap car emission standards

California sues over plan to scrap car emission standards

California sues over plan to scrap car emission standards

California and 16 other states sued the Trump administration on Tuesday over its plans to scrap standards on vehicle greenhouse gas emissions, which help set gas mileage rules.

The suit takes aim at a plan by the Environmental Protection Agency to roll back and revise emissions standards for vehicles manufactured between 2022 and 2025. Those standards would have translated to vehicles getting 36 miles of real-world driving per gallon (58 kilometers per gallon) by 2025, about 10 miles (16 Read more about California sues over plan to scrap car emission standards

CDC chief asks for, and gets, cut to his record $375K pay

CDC chief asks for, and gets, cut to his record $375K pay

CDC chief asks for, and gets, cut to his record $375K pay

Government officials say the new head of the top U.S. public health agency has asked for — and will receive — a cut to his record-setting pay.

Officials are not yet saying what Dr. Robert Redfield Jr.’s new salary is.

The 66-year-old HIV researcher was picked in March to head the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

His annual compensation was set at $375,000. That sum was at least $150,000 more than any previous CDC director had received. It also was well above the Read more about CDC chief asks for, and gets, cut to his record $375K pay

Father of Army vet shot at Oregon VA clinic feels betrayed

Father of Army vet shot at Oregon VA clinic feels betrayed

Father of Army vet shot at Oregon VA clinic feels betrayed

The father of a veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder who was shot at a government clinic in Oregon blames Veterans Affairs for letting down his son.

Gilbert “Matt” Negrete, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, is in jail in the former timber town of Medford, charged with attempted assault and other crimes after he allegedly displayed a knife during a confrontation at the VA clinic in nearby White City on Jan. 25. A VA guard shot him in the chest.

“First they shoot him, now they’re Read more about Father of Army vet shot at Oregon VA clinic feels betrayed

UN agency that fights AIDS reopens sexual harassment case

UN agency that fights AIDS reopens sexual harassment case

UN agency that fights AIDS reopens sexual harassment case

The United Nations agency that fights AIDS has reopened a sexual harassment investigation of a top official who was cleared in an initial probe, saying Monday that additional allegations have emerged.

UNAIDS declined to specify the new allegations against Luiz Loures, the agency’s outgoing deputy executive director for programs. Loures faced sexual harassment and assault accusations from a lower-level employee, Martina Brostrom.

Brostrom alleged he forcibly kissed and grabbed her in a Read more about UN agency that fights AIDS reopens sexual harassment case

Health care new front for transgender rights under Trump

Health care new front for transgender rights under Trump

Health care new front for transgender rights under Trump

Military service. Bathroom use. Job bias. And now, health care.

The Trump administration is coming under fire for rewriting a federal rule that bars discrimination in health care due to “gender identity.” Critics say it’s another attempt to undercut acceptance for transgender people.

The Health and Human Services Department rule dates to the Obama administration, a time when LGBT people gained political and social recognition. But a federal judge in Texas said the rule went too far by Read more about Health care new front for transgender rights under Trump

Russia: Floating nuclear plant towed to sea for fueling trip

Russia: Floating nuclear plant towed to sea for fueling trip

Russia: Floating nuclear plant towed to sea for fueling trip

A floating nuclear power plant built in Russia has embarked on its first sea voyage so its reactors can be loaded with fuel.

The floating plant, the Akademik Lomonosov, was towed on Saturday out of the St. Petersburg shipyard where it was constructed.

It is to be pulled through the Baltic Sea and around the northern tip of Norway to Murmansk in northwest Russia, where the nuclear reactors are to be fueled.

The Lomonosov is to be put into service in 2019 in the Arctic off the coast of Read more about Russia: Floating nuclear plant towed to sea for fueling trip

Sick British toddler at center of legal battle dies

Sick British toddler at center of legal battle dies

Sick British toddler at center of legal battle dies

Alfie Evans, the sick British toddler whose parents won support from Pope Francis during a protracted legal battle over his treatment, died early Saturday. He was 23 months old.

Kate James and Tom Evans made the announcement on social media, saying they were “heartbroken.” The death of Alfie, who had a rare degenerative brain condition that left him in a “semi-vegetative state” with almost no brain function, came five days after doctors removed life support.

Doctors overseeing Alfie’s Read more about Sick British toddler at center of legal battle dies