Some stories from around the world related to injury, health, and justice for Wednesday.
BP is floating a financial lifeline to gas station owners.
The British oil giant is helping distributors and station owners stay competitive against a consumer boycott by offering cheaper gas in hopes of luring customers back who are taking their anger out on the BP name and image over the gusher in the Gulf.
Obesity Off the Charts
Obesity rates have jumped in 28 states with rates pushing above 25 percent in two-thirds of states, a dramatic change in a relatively short period of time. Just nine years ago, not a single state had an obesity rate over 20 percent.
Cancer survivors are being encouraged to exercise to fight off the physical decline that can occur during and after therapy.
1,800 Vets Exposed to HIV, Hepatitis?
A Veterans Affairs hospital in Missouri may have exposed more than 1,800 veterans to life-threatening diseases from improperly cleaned dental tools.
Taser Death Prompts lawsuit
A 45-year-old psychiatric patient died after being shocked with a Taser while he was in the hospital being restrained. The family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against University Hospital in Cincinnati and University of Cincinnati police for shocking the paranoid schizophrenic, bi-polar disorder patient to death after he had already been sedated in the hospital.
Top Drug Makers to Access the Poor
Glaxo, Merck and Novartis rank among the top companies for outreach to the world’s poor with lower priced or donated drugs.
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