China blames France's Veolia for supervision flaws in tap water pollution case

The logo of French utility group Veolia is pictured during the company's 2011 annual results in ParisChina has blamed French utility Veolia Environnement for "supervision problems" in its water quality standards after authorities said a cancer-inducing chemical had been found in tap water supplied by the firm at 20 times above national safety levels, state media said on Wednesday. The above-standards reading of benzene in the tap water in the northwestern city of Lanzhou was taken on Friday, forcing the city to turn off supplies in one district and warn other residents not to drink tap water for the next 24 hours. Lanzhou, a heavily industrialized city of 3.6 million people in the northwestern province of Gansu, ranks among China's most polluted population centers. Investigators looking into the incident found "there were supervision problems within Veolia Water Company related to water quality and safety", China National Radio said on its website, quoting a Lanzhou government spokesman speaking at a news conference.



Cancer-stricken ex-priest on trial for sex abuse

Former Catholic priest James Schook, right, leaves a Louisville, Ky., courtroom with his brother on Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Schook, who has terminal cancer, is facing charges of sexual abuse with two teenage boys in the 1970s. As testimony began Tuesday in the long-delayed trial, a witness said that he had numerous sexual encounters with Schook, beginning at age 13, at a Louisville church. (AP Photo/Dylan Lovan)LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — As testimony began in a long-delayed trial against former Catholic priest James Schook, a witness said Tuesday that he had numerous sexual encounters with Schook, beginning at age 13, at a Louisville church in the 1970s.



DNA alternative to Pap smear sparks medical debate
A high-tech screening tool for cervical cancer is facing pushback from more than a dozen patient groups, who warn that the genetic test could displace a simpler, cheaper and more established mainstay of ...

Lab-Grown Esophagus Could Aid Cancer Patients
Doctors have implanted bio-engineered tracheas in patients, and researchers have experimented with growing bladders and kidneys. Now, another organ joins that list: the esophagus, which brings food and water to the stomach.

Fight Against Childhood Cancer Kept Alive by Friends of Young Victims
When 13-year-old Sydney Tune stood in front of 70 Pennsylvania school principals and administrators in Spotsylvania County, Pa., in February to make her pitch, she wasn't sure if any of them would listen. The Spotsylvania Middle School seventh grader shared the story of her friend, Jordan DuPriest, who died in November after a two-year struggle with brain cancer. She offered alarming statistics, including that “720 children are diagnosed worldwide with cancer each day,” and explained why it was so important to continue her friend’s efforts to raise money for pediatric cancer research. At one point in my elementary school, three kids at the same time were going through cancer.”

FDA approves GSK's Tanzeum to treat type 2 diabetes

The GlaxoSmithKline logo is seen at the entrance of a building in Luxembourg(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved GlaxoSmithKline Plc's Tanzeum injection for treating adults with type 2 diabetes, in combination with diet and exercise. Tanzeum will carry a warning on its label that tumors of the thyroid gland were observed in rodent studies with some drugs belonging to the same class. However, it is unknown whether Tanzeum causes thyroid C-cell tumors, the FDA said on its website. It also asked the company to identify any increase in medullary thyroid cancer cases related to Tanzeum.



Garcia Marquez in 'very fragile' condition, family says

Nobel Literature prize-winning writer and journalist, Colombian Gabriel Garcia Marquez, pictured outside his home in Mexico City, on March 6, 2014Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez is in "very fragile" condition and at risk of complications while recovering at his Mexico City home from a recent hospitalization, his family said. The family issued the statement one week after the 87-year-old Nobel literature laureate was released from a Mexico City hospital, where he had stayed for eight days to be treated for lung and urinary tract infections. The brief statement, released on Monday, made no mention of a report earlier in the day by Mexican newspaper El Universal that Garcia Marquez is fighting cancer and is receiving palliative care due to his age.



Chinese court dismisses water pollution lawsuit
A Chinese court has rejected a lawsuit filed by five residents from a major northwestern city after authorities said a cancer-inducing chemical had been found in tapwater at 20 times above national safety levels, state media reported on Tuesday. Levels of benzene, a cancer-inducing chemical, in Lanzhou's tap water rose 20 times above national safety levels on Friday, forcing the city to turn off supplies in one district and warn other residents not to drink tap water for the next 24 hours. Monday's ruling is a setback for environmentalists, who have argued that courts need to accept pollution lawsuits for proper environmental reform to occur. The lawsuit, filed on Monday afternoon, sought civil damages, a public apology and data from water quality testing in the past year from Lanzhou Veolia Water Co., a local unit of French firm Veolia Environment, according to the Modern Jinbao newspaper, citing Wu Tianying, one of the Lanzhou residents who filed the suit.

Medicines agency sends report on Roche to EU Commission

The logo of Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche is seen outside their headquarters in BaselThe European Medicines Agency (EMA) said on Monday it had concluded an inquiry into lax drug-safety reporting at Roche and sent its report to the European Commission for the next steps. The European Commission will decide whether the matter should be pursued and financial penalties should be imposed. The EMA previously said in November it had not uncovered any new safety issues connected with Roche's drugs as a result of the shortcomings in reporting adverse events. EMA launched its probe into Roche in 2012 after a routine inspection found the firm had failed to properly assess tens of thousands of cases of possible adverse drug reactions, involving 19 drugs, several of which were for cancer.



Ethan Zohn's Marathon Return

Ethan Zohn competes in the 2013 Boston Marathon -- Courtesy Of Ethan ZohnIn today's Healthy Hollywood feature: "Survivor" winner Ethan Zohn is a real hero to Healthy Hollywood. Not only has the former pro soccer player dedicated his post-reality celebrity to raising money for his charity Grassroot Soccer, which uses soccer to help empower African youth, he's also faced a life-altering battle with cancer, that's he's handled with grace and an upbeat attitude that many of us could learn from. In fact, Ethan was celebrating his one-year anniversary of being released from the hospital for his stem cell transplant, when he ran last year's Boston Marathon. This was his first marathon after having undergone a transplant to battle his recurrence of Hodgkin's Lymphoma, and his first Boston Marathon.



British journalist Patrick Seale dies at 84
Patrick Seale, a veteran journalist and author on Middle Eastern affairs as well as one of the world's leading historians on Syria, has died in London after a battle with cancer, according to family and ...

How Obesity May Raise Breast Cancer Risk
Women who have a certain genetic marker may be at increased risk for breast cancer, especially if they are overweight or obese, a new study suggests. In the study, white women with the genetic marker were nearly 70 percent more likely to have breast cancercompared to those without the marker. And if women were overweight or obese and had the marker, their risk of breast cancer increased by 210 percent, compared with those who did not have the marker, the study found. Weight loss is likely a good way to reduce breast cancer risk in general, said study researcher Ting-Yuan David Cheng, a research assistant professor at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, N.Y. If the new findings are confirmed by future studies, researchers may one day be able to screen for this genetic marker to identify women for which weight losswould be even more important in preventing breast cancer, Cheng said.

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