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A Happy Marriage, A Terrible Secret, A Healthy Baby

NPR News - Thu, 2014-09-11 06:42

They were married in South Africa. The next day, he told his bride he was HIV positive. Soon after, she tested positive. And she thought nothing in her life would ever go right.

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Americans mark 9/11 anniversary

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-11 06:40
The names of the nearly 3,000 people killed in the 9/11 attacks are read out as part of the commemorations across the US to mark the atrocities 13 years ago.

Andrews rejoins cabinet in reshuffle

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-11 06:39
Former minister Leighton Andrews rejoins the cabinet as Carwyn Jones reshuffles his ministerial team.

UNESCO Director Concerned About New School Year In Iraq

NPR News - Thu, 2014-09-11 06:38

Irina Bokova, director-general of UNESCO in Paris, calls for international help to protect Iraq's schoolchildren as they return to school.

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Ozone Levels Bounce Back, Showing First Increase In 35 Years

NPR News - Thu, 2014-09-11 06:37

NASA says that a ban on CFCs enacted in the 1980s has contributed to a 4 percent rebound since 2000 in atmospheric ozone in mid-northern latitudes.

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Tenants may win eviction protection

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-11 06:34
Nine million private tenants in the UK could be given extra protection from landlords who try to evict them.

University places information gap

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-11 06:34
What results do students really need to get into university?

ENI boss investigated for corruption

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-11 06:30
The chief executive of the Italian oil and natural gas company ENI is under investigation over possible international corruption charges.

VIDEO: Tributes paid to Bond star Richard Kiel

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-11 06:24
American actor Richard Kiel, who played steel-toothed villain Jaws in two James Bond films, has died in California aged 74.

VIDEO: What RBS relocation announcement means

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-11 06:03
The BBC's Economics Editor Robert Peston analyses RBS's announcement that it would relocate its registered headquarters if Scotland votes for independence.

Rodgers anger over Sturridge injury

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-11 06:01
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers criticises England's handling of Daniel Sturridge as he is ruled out for up to three weeks.

FDA approves new weight-loss drug

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-09-11 06:00

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new weight-loss drug therapy. The drug, Contrave, is a combination of drugs used to treat depression (bupropion) and addiction (naltrexone). 

It’s approved for adults with a body mass index of 30 or higher (considered the threshold for obesity) and adults who are overweight (BMI of 27) but who also have a weight-related health condition.

In one trial cited by the FDA, 42 percent of patients treated with Contrave lost at least 5 percent of their body weight, while 17 percent of patients treated with a placebo did.

It has taken two attempts, four years, and several delays to get Contrave approved. In 2011, an FDA panel voted to approve the drug, but the agency declined and asked Orexigen, the drug’s maker, to pursue longer-term cardiovascular studies. When those studies were completed, the agency delayed approval again as it reviewed labeling and marketing requirements. 

“I don’t know what’s tougher, losing weight or getting an anti-obesity drug passed by the FDA,” says Robert Goldberg with the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest. Goldberg says obesity is linked to the central nervous system, and so are the drugs that treat it, so the FDA is extra-cautious. “The FDA is also worried that people will take these medicines and use them just to get an eight pack after their insanity workout,” when they are otherwise healthy. “Does it have a different bar? Absolutely.”

And yet, despite concerns about widespread use or abuse, sales of existing drugs on the market have proven disappointing. 

“The weight-loss drugs are not completely accepted as standard therapy, even for patients who are obese,” says Dan Mendelson, CEO of Avalere Health. He says getting doctors and patients comfortable with these drugs has proven difficult.

Another challenge for any weight-loss drug is how and whether insurance companies cover it. 

“If a drug is approved and not widely covered, it’s not gonna get adopted,” says Mendelson.

There are at least three more weight-loss drugs under development. 


'No confidence' in beleaguered PCC

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-11 05:57
A vote of no confidence in South Yorkshire's under-fire police commissioner Shaun Wright is passed at a hostile meeting of the county's Police and Crime Panel.

Israel to investigate Gaza attacks

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-11 05:57
Israel's chief military prosecutor orders criminal investigations into five deadly incidents in the recent Gaza war.

Owner puts Hull City up for sale

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-11 05:41
Hull City owner Assem Allam says that the club has been for sale since the decision to block the name change in April.

Coalition publishes MP Recall Bill

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-11 05:33
New laws to allow voters to "recall" their MP and force a by-election have been published by the government.

Armed raid police find man murdered

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-11 05:13
One man is found stabbed to death and another with serious injuries by police called to reports of an armed robbery at a shop in Derbyshire.

Nation Remembers 9/11 On 13th Anniversary Of Attacks

NPR News - Thu, 2014-09-11 05:13

President Obama, the first lady and vice president gathered for a moment of silence at the White House. Other ceremonies are scheduled at the Pentagon, in New York and in Shanksville, Pa.

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Syrian rebels free Fiji peacekeepers

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-11 05:09
Forty-five Fijian UN peacekeepers captured by an al-Qaeda-affiliated rebel group in the Syrian Golan Heights have been released, the UN says.

VIDEO: Lucky escape after van swept off road

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-11 04:59
Mobile phone footage has captured the moment a minivan carrying a couple was swept off Interstate 15 in Moapa, Nevada.
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