NEW YORK (AP) ? The nation's record-low teen birth rate stems from robust declines in nearly every state, but most dramatically in several Mountain States and among Hispanics, according to a new government report.
DENVER (AP) ? In the most prominent challenge of its kind, Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. is asking a federal appeals court Thursday for an exemption from part of the federal health care law that requires it to offer employees health coverage that includes access to the morning-after pill.
BSB open up to MTV News about making a set list from 20 years of hits, plus their thoughts on tourmates Pauly D and Jesse McCartney.
By Jocelyn Vena
Scientists Locate Biomarkers for Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Researchers trying to find the key to a mysterious group of digestive ailments have located a number of biomarkers for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Their discovery could lead to earlier diagnoses and intervention for individuals still asymptomatic.
Joe is ready to 'stand up' at his upcoming June 24 court hearing, he tells 'RapFix Live.'
By Rob Markman, with reporting by Sway Calloway
J&J plans filing on more than 10 new drugs by 2017
(Reuters) - Johnson & Johnson said on Thursday it plans to submit more than 10 new products for regulatory approval by 2017, including drugs to treat hepatitis C, immune diseases and schizophrenia, and vaccines for flu, rabies and polio. It said products launched since 2009 will account for nearly half of its pharmaceutical sales by 2017. It also said it plans to continue developing its pipeline of new development-stage drugs in Japan and China, where it also has drugs in later stages of development. ...
'I've been running around in this music for a long time man. It's time now,' Frenchie tells Mixtape Daily. By Rob Markman, with reporting by Ade Mangum
Saudi Arabia confirms another death from SARS-like virus
DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia has announced another death from the SARS-like novel coronavirus (nCoV) in its central al-Qassim region, bringing the total number of deaths in the kingdom to 17. A non-Saudi, whose nationality and age were not given, died on Tuesday, the Health Ministry said on its website late on Wednesday. It said he had been admitted to a hospital in al-Qassim several days ago with an "acute respiratory syndrome". "Most cases recorded so far are among elderly patients and people with multiple chronic diseases," it added. ...
'I don't want to play every song behind the piano,' Miller tells MTV News of her post-'Idol' debut.
By James Montgomery
BTG says interventional medicine buys could boost sales to $1 bln
By Paul Sandle LONDON (Reuters) - British pharmaceutical company BTG announced two deals on Thursday that it said could create an interventional medicine business with potential sales of $1 billion. Chief Executive Louise Makin told Reuters the deals would more than double BTG's revenues in the fast-growing market of targeting specific areas rather than administering drugs to the whole body. BTG added to its liver cancer treatments by agreeing to buy the targeted therapies division of Nordion Inc for about $200 million, adding Therasphere radioactive glass beads to its chemotherapy beads unit. ...
Heiress says she's signed to Weezy's label and will focus on house music on her summer sophomore album.
By Jocelyn Vena
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Ala. Mystery Illness May Be Coincidence
A mystery illness has sickened seven people in southeastern Alabama, killing two of them, according to the state Health Department, but it's not clear whether the patients ? or their symptoms ? are connected.
'American Idol' runner-up calls breakthrough country star 'the epitome of class.'
By Jocelyn Vena
GSK flu shot may raise adult narcolepsy risk: Finnish scientists
HELSINKI/LONDON (Reuters) - GlaxoSmithKline Plc's H1N1 pandemic flu shot may put adults at higher risk of developing narcolepsy, not only children as previous studies found, Finland's National Institute for Health and Welfare said on Thursday. Growing evidence of a link between GSK's Pandemrix vaccine and an increase in narcolepsy, a rare sleep disorder, among children who received it in Europe has delayed approval of a similar vaccine in the United States. ...
Ballerina invite features West's 'Hey Mama'; 'garden chic' party is set for June 2.
By Jocelyn Vena
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian
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Lawyers in Colorado shooting case to challenge insanity defense law
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Public defenders representing James Holmes, accused of killing 12 moviegoers in Colorado last summer, will return to court on Thursday to challenge the state's insanity defense law in a bid to try to avoid the death penalty for their client. Lawyers representing Holmes, 25, are challenging Colorado's capital punishment statute on several fronts, and on Thursday are arguing that it unconstitutionally bars him from calling his own mental health experts at sentencing if he refuses to cooperate with court-appointed psychiatrists. ...
Canadian pop-rock star talks to MTV News about her relationship with Manson outside of the studio.
By Christina Garibaldi
Can You Do Yoga if You Aren't Flexible?
I always thought that of yoga as something only done by young, lithe ballet enthusiasts. It was definitely not something practiced by uncoordinated, middle-aged guys who can?t touch their toes. Put me in the latter category and add to that that I?m nearly six-and-a-half feet tall and have had two back...
Psy plans to build on the success of 'Gangnam Style' and 'Gentleman' with an album this summer.
By James Montgomery, with reporting by Katie Atkinson
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BTG builds interventional medicine platform with deals
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's BTG said it would make two acquisitions, one extending its expertise in liver cancer and the other a treatment for severe blood clots, to create an interventional medicine business with potential sales of $1 billion. The company said on Thursday it had agreed to buy the targeted therapies division of Nordion Inc, for about $200 million in a deal that adds Therasphere radioactive glass beads treatment for liver cancer to its chemotherapy beads unit. ...
By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - Kathrin Jansen is a microbiologist with at least two breakthrough vaccines to her name: she brought the cervical cancer vaccine Gardasil to market for Merck and helped develop the $4 billion a year pneumonia and meningitis vaccine Prevnar 13 for Pfizer. Jansen's next vaccine success could come by taming the superbug MRSA, a drug-resistant bacterium that she has seen ravage a healthy man up close and personally. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infects an estimated 53 million people globally and costs more than $20 billion a year to treat. ...
Fans are getting an intimate look at the Mrs. Carter Show, thanks to behind-the-scenes clips.
By Jocelyn Vena
Teen birth rates decline in most US states
The U.S. teen birth rate fell 25 percent over five years to a record low of 31 births per 1,000 teens ages 15 to 19, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
'We're working on some mixes ourselves,' Daft Punk say ... and 'Get Lucky' is first to get the treatment.
By James Montgomery
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Nebraska attorney general wants abortion clinic nurse's license revoked
By Katie Schubert OMAHA, Nebraska (Reuters) - Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning on Wednesday filed a petition to revoke the license of the only nurse at a controversial abortion clinic in the state for allegedly providing substandard care and improperly administering drugs. ...
WARSAW, Poland (AP) ? A 33-year-old Polish man received a face transplant just three weeks after being disfigured in a workplace accident, in what his doctors said Wednesday is the fastest time frame to date for such an operation. It was Poland's first face transplant.
By Toni Clarke WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Merck & Co's experimental insomnia drug moved a step closer to U.S. approval on Wednesday after a panel of medical experts said it is effective and safe at lower doses. The advisory panel was convened to help the U.S. Food and Drug Administration decide whether to approve the drug, suvorexant, which would be the first in a new class of sedatives that block chemicals in the brain called orexins that help keep people awake. The drugs are designed to help people fall asleep and stay asleep. ...
Fluoride Loosens Bacterial Enamel Grip
Rather than significantly hardening tooth enamel, fluoride may cut cavities by making it harder for oral bacteria to stick around. Karen Hopkin reports
Vote on pot shops could end lingering LA issue
LOS ANGELES (AP) ? Voters approved a law limiting the number of medical pot shops in Los Angeles after politicians failed for years to corral the blossoming industry.
Senate committee advances drug compounding bill
By Jessica Dye NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. Senate committee on Wednesday unanimously approved legislation that would increase federal oversight for companies that compound and sell sterile drugs across state lines. The proposed legislation was introduced in response to a meningitis outbreak last fall that killed more than 50 people and sickened more than 700. The outbreak was traced to contamination found in steroid injections made by the New England Compounding Center. The bill was passed unanimously on a voice vote by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee. ...
By Toni Clarke WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Merck & Co's experimental insomnia drug was safe and effective at the lower of two doses studied, a panel of medical experts said on Wednesday, increasing the chance it will be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The advisory panel was convened to help the FDA decide whether to approve the drug, suvorexant, which would be the first in a new class of sedatives designed to help people fall asleep and stay asleep. ...
Photos: Man Saved by Face Transplant
Polish doctors say they saved a man's life by performing a face transplant just three weeks after he was severely maimed in a workplace accident.
In a medical first, doctors used plastic particles and a 3-D laser printer to create an airway splint to save the life of a baby boy who used to stop breathing nearly every day.
Health officials probe deadly respiratory illness in Alabama
By Verna Gates BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Reuters) - U.S. and state health authorities are investigating an unidentified respiratory illness that has killed two of 10 people hospitalized with it in Alabama since last week. Preliminary tests do not indicate the bird flu, nor a new mutation of any known influenza virus, said Dr. Mary McIntyre, an assistant state health officer at the Alabama Department of Public Health. Two patients did test positive for the H1N1 strain of the flu. ...
Online tool helps control blood pressure long term
By Genevra Pittman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In a new study, people with high blood pressure who could communicate with their pharmacists online had better blood pressure control a year after that service ended. Previously researchers had found that patients randomly assigned to the web-based pharmacy care did better than those who used a patient website but had no extra help or were only trained to monitor their blood pressure at home. The new findings suggest some of those benefits may hold up over the long run - even after patients stop messaging with their pharmacists, researchers said. ...