- After taking leave to get a mastectomy, a breast cancer survivor was fired from her job the day before she was scheduled to go back to work, allegedly because she had taken too much medical leave.
- Energy drinks have been labeled a “rising public health problem” in the US, as youth consumption of the high-caffeine beverages has doubled the number of people seeking related emergency medical treatment.
- Quebec is pushing ahead with a euthanasia bill that Canada’s federal government has decried as illegal and tantamount to assisted suicide. The move comes after recommendations from legal experts, claiming the bill does not violate Canadian law.
- The US Military’s suicide rate grew a startling 15 percent in 2012. The Pentagon, which has put great effort into lowering military suicide rates, has acknowledged that battle casualties are no longer the primary reason for soldiers’ deaths.
- A New York veteran’s hospital may have exposed more than 700 of its patients with HIV, hepatitis B or hepatitis C by mistakenly reusing its insulin pens, which are used to inject diabetes patients with a hormone produced by the pancreas.
- Thousands swarmed the streets of Madrid enraged at a bill to privatize public hospitals as part of sweeping cuts. The ‘white tide’ of protesters slammed the measure as ‘politically motivated’ and putting the Spanish health system in jeopardy.
- New York State has become the latest US region to declare a health emergency due to a flu epidemic, with the number of confirmed cases already four times higher than last year.
- Sweet beverages, and especially diet versions, could make you 30 per cent more depressed. Coffee, however, saves the day according to research by US scientists.
- In a hate crime against Hindus and Muslims, a New York City woman pushed an Indian man in front of an oncoming subway train, causing him to be crushed to death in the second such murder to occur this month.
- Organs from an executed convict in Taiwan have been harvested to save the lives of at least five people.
- For those looking to lose weight, take note: a new study found that using the social networking site Facebook lowers people’s self-control, making them more likely to gain weight, spend more money and have lower credit scores.
- The Huffington Post is being sued by a Panamanian man who says the website falsely credited him with an article that may have influenced a rash of killings in Pakistan targeting health workers who offer polio vaccinations.