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Nov 17, 2013

Top Democrat denies party members retreating from Obamacare

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The top Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives said on Sunday that her party would not abandon President Barack Obama’s landmark healthcare reform law, despite unrelenting Republican opposition and emerging signs of market turmoil for consumers and health insurers.

Two days after 39 House Democrats joined Republicans on a bill aimed at undermining the law known as Obamacare, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi denied that Democrats have lost confidence in Obama’s ability to overcome a botched rollout of his signature domestic policy achievement.

Nov 17, 2013

Top Democrat Pelosi denies party members retreating from Obamacare

WASHINGTON, Nov 17 (Reuters) – The top Democrat in the U.S.
House of Representatives said on Sunday that her party would not
abandon President Barack Obama’s landmark healthcare reform law,
despite unrelenting Republican opposition and emerging signs of
market turmoil for consumers and health insurers.

Two days after 39 House Democrats joined Republicans on a
bill aimed at undermining the law known as Obamacare, House
Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi denied that Democrats have lost
confidence in Obama’s ability to overcome a botched rollout of
his signature domestic policy achievement.

Nov 14, 2013

FDA panel says safety issues do not rule out Sanofi MS drug approval

SILVER SPRING, Maryland, Nov 13 (Reuters) – A federal
advisory panel said safety issues do not preclude approval of
Sanofi SA’s experimental multiple sclerosis drug
Lemtrada on Wednesday, but voiced concerns about the quality of
clinical studies.

An advisory panel to the Food and Drug Administration voted
17 to 0, with one abstention, on Wednesday that the drug’s
potential to cause cancer and other serious conditions was not a
reason to prevent patients from gaining access to it.

Nov 13, 2013

FDA panel supports approval of Sanofi MS drug Lemtrada

SILVER SPRING, Nov 13 (Reuters) – A federal advisory panel
recommended approval of Sanofi SA’s experimental
multiple sclerosis drug Lemtrada on Wednesday, but said the drug
should be reserved for patients who have failed other therapies.

In a surprise decision, an advisory panel to the Food and
Drug Administration voted 14 to 0, with one abstention, that the
drug should be approved despite its potential to cause cancer
and other serious conditions.

Oct 22, 2013
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Disasterology 8: A panda baby boom, five years after Sichuan earthquake

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For survivors of Superstorm Sandy in the U.S. Northeast, the Sendai tsunami in Japan and the massive earthquake in Chengdu, China, the scars of disaster are still palpable. I’m part of a group of journalists brought together by the East-West Center in Hawaii to see how the people and environments hit by these catastrophes are faring, one year,  two years and five years later. We began our tour on Sept. 29. Here are the other posts in the series:

This has been a bumper year for giant pandas at the Chengdu Research Base: 17 babies born, including a rare set of triplets and a set of twins. Fourteen survived as of October 12 and nine of those shared a playpen in which they mostly napped, the picture of adorable peacefulness.

Oct 17, 2013

Returning U.S. government workers greeted with doughnuts, coffee, anxiety

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Furloughed U.S. government workers returned to their jobs on Thursday, greeted with doughnuts, coffee, pep talks from Obama administration bosses and anxiety over whether they will face another shutdown threat in the new year.

“I’m glad this whole thing is behind us and to be able to go back to work,” Mike McParland, who works for USAID’s Food for Peace program, said en route to his office. “I just hope they find a way forward before January so we don’t have to go through this again.”

Oct 11, 2013
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Disasterology 7: Earthquake-scarred Sichuan village reimagined as tourist hub, memorial

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For survivors of Superstorm Sandy in the U.S. Northeast, the Sendai tsunami in Japan and the massive earthquake in Chengdu, China, the scars of disaster are still palpable. I’m part of a group of journalists brought together by the East-West Center in Hawaii to see how the people and environments hit by these catastrophes are faring, one year,  two years and five years later. We began our tour on Sept. 29. Here are the other posts in the series:

Oct 10, 2013
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Disasterology 6: Signs of commerce return to “The Town That Disappeared”

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For survivors of Superstorm Sandy in the U.S. Northeast, the Sendai tsunami in Japan and the massive earthquake in Chengdu, China, the scars of disaster are still palpable. I’m part of a group of journalists brought together by the East-West Center in Hawaii to see how the people and environments hit by these catastrophes are faring, one year,  two years and five years later. We began our tour on Sept. 29. Here are the other posts in the series:

As shopping centers go, the Minamisanriku Sun Sun Shopping Village is minor: a fish monger, a beauty parlor, a vegetable stand and a florist, along with a few other stores. The people who run the shops live elsewhere since their homes were destroyed by the 2011 tsunami, and the areas that flooded are still not considered safe for residents to return.

Oct 10, 2013
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Disasterology 5: When the high ground isn’t high enough

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For survivors of Superstorm Sandy in the U.S. Northeast, the Sendai tsunami in Japan and the massive earthquake in Chengdu, China, the scars of disaster are still palpable. I’m part of a group of journalists brought together by the East-West Center in Hawaii to see how the people and environments hit by these catastrophes are faring, one year,  two years and five years later. We began our tour on Sept. 29. Here are the other posts in the series:

The school children in Minamisanriku knew what to do in case of a tsunami: run as fast as they could up the hill to the Togura middle school, perched more than 40 meters, or 131 feet, above Shizagawa Bay. This wasn’t high enough when the waves rolled in on March 3, 2011.

Oct 7, 2013
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Disasterology 4: Disaster Candy in Japan

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For survivors of Superstorm Sandy in the U.S. Northeast, the Sendai tsunami in Japan and the massive earthquake in Chengdu, China, the scars of disaster are still palpable. I’m part of a group of journalists brought together by the East-West Center in Hawaii to see how the people and environments hit by these catastrophes are faring, one year,  two years and five years later. We began our tour on Sept. 29. Here are the other posts in the series:

A fair featuring cartoon frogs and rhinos, baskets of toys to trade and hands-on crafts might sound like the answer to a parent’s prayer on a rainy weekend. But this was a fair with a difference: the annual Bo-Sai Expo in Tokyo, an event meant to prepare young families for disaster.

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