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Liberia's Supreme Court suspends election campaign over Ebola
28 Nov 2014 at 2:26pm
MONROVIA (Reuters) - Liberia's Supreme Court suspended campaigning for next month's senate election on Friday while it considers a petition warning that electioneering risks spreading the Ebola outbreak, the information minister said. A group including some former government officials and political party representatives filed the petition earlier this week for the Dec. 16 vote to be delayed until next year when the outbreak will possibly be over. Liberia, the nation hardest hit by the worst Ebola epidemic on record, has seen over 3,000 of its citizens killed by the disease. ...
Heavy drinking raises women?s injury risk more than men?s
28 Nov 2014 at 1:14pm
By Janice Neumann (Reuters Health) ? Heavy drinking increases the risk of being injured, and far more so for women than men, researchers say. In a review of emergency department admissions in 18 countries, they also found that violence was involved in twice as many drinking-related injuries as were traffic collisions, falls or other causes. ?Even small amounts of drinking put one at risk for injury,? said lead researcher Cheryl Cherpitel of the Alcohol Research Group in Emeryville, California. After three standard drinks, both men and women were about 4. ...
New York State blocks free medical services at event
28 Nov 2014 at 1:11pm
By Sascha Brodsky NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York state health officials have stopped a nonprofit group from providing free medical care to thousands of patients lacking health insurance during a four-day dental conference that starts Friday. The nonprofit, Remote Area Medical, had raised $3 million and enlisted hundreds of volunteer doctors and other medical workers to offer a range of health services, including dental care, new eyeglasses and other services. The group had planned to treat about 7,000 patients at the New York Sate event. ...
France's Hollande warns against isolating Ebola-hit Guinea
28 Nov 2014 at 1:00pm
By Saliou Samb CONAKRY (Reuters) - President Francois Hollande, the first Western leader to visit Ebola-stricken West Africa, warned on Friday against isolating one of the countries hit by the worst epidemic of the disease on record. During a brief visit to Guinea's capital Conakry, Hollande was greeted by President Alpha Conde before visiting a hospital and meeting health workers battling the outbreak. Hollande said the French people should be aware of what was happening in Guinea, the origin of the epidemic that has killed 1,200 Guineans and more than 5,600 people across West Africa. ...
Arizona man who visited Sierra Leone hospitalized over Ebola concerns
28 Nov 2014 at 12:50pm
(Reuters) - A Phoenix man who became ill after returning this week from Sierra Leone, one of the three West African nations hardest hit by an Ebola outbreak, was taken to a hospital on Friday to check if he was infected with the virus, officials said. The 32-year-old man, who was not identified, was transported to the Maricopa Integrated Health System in Phoenix for evaluation after complaining of sickness including dry-heaving and diarrhea, Phoenix Fire Department spokesman Mark Vanacore said. Dr. ...
Rehab may be best option for young adult opiate addicts
28 Nov 2014 at 12:22pm
By Madeline Kennedy (Reuters Health) - Young adults addicted to opiates like oxycodone and heroin may have the best chance at long-term abstinence in residential treatment - often known as rehab - programs, according to a recent study. ?Given evidence that outpatient treatment for opioid dependence in young adults is not as effective as it is in older adults, we need alternatives to protect this vulnerable population,? said lead author Dr. Zev Schuman-Olivier. According to the U.S. ...
Pursuit and restraint raise police officers? risk of sudden death
28 Nov 2014 at 11:04am
By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) ? Police officers are at increased risk for sudden cardiac death when performing stressful duties like chasing, restraining or fighting with suspects, researchers say. Sudden cardiac death is up to 70 times more likely during those kinds of stressful activities, compared to when police officers perform routine duties, according a new study of U.S. law enforcement deaths. The results aren't surprising, said senior author Dr. Stefanos N. Kales of Harvard School of Public Health in Boston. ...
Cuban doctor with Ebola 'improving' in Geneva hospital
28 Nov 2014 at 10:08am
HAVANA (Reuters) - The Cuban doctor who contracted Ebola while treating patients in Sierra Leone is improving with each day and eating normally, though he is still weak, a Swiss hospital said on Friday. Felix Baez, 43, arrived at University Hospitals of Geneva (HUG) a week ago for treatment of the disease that has killed more than 5,600 people since March, mostly in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. Baez is one of 256 Cuban doctors and nurses sent to West Africa to treat patients, a commitment that has won wide international praise for the poor, Caribbean island. "Today, Dr. ...
Needy patients to get new hips or knees for free next week
28 Nov 2014 at 10:05am
By Randi Belisomo (Reuters Health) - Excruciating hip pain forced 50-year-old Army veteran David Chalker to leave his machinist job three years ago, a decision that led to mounting debt, inability to afford health insurance and even a move into his in-laws? home with his wife and three daughters. But his family is counting on one operation next week - entirely free of charge - to change the course of both his health and finances. The Long Island, New York resident is one of 120 patients scheduled for hip or knee replacement during the first week of December, provided by Operation Walk USA. ...
South African mother turns tragedy into fight against HIV
28 Nov 2014 at 6:27am
By Katie Nguyen LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Johanna Satekge was pregnant with her first-born when she tested positive for HIV in South Africa's Limpopo province in 2000. When her son was born, he weighed 3.6 kgs. When he died seven months later, he had wasted away to 2 kgs. After three years, Satekge got pregnant again, this time giving birth to a daughter she named Blessing. "She was healthy, I breastfed her. Then she got ill and died after seven months," said the 39-year-old, taking out her wallet to show Blessing's photo. "You can see how painful it was. ...
Brazil's Pele improving, still in intensive care - hospital
28 Nov 2014 at 5:46am
SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazilian soccer great Pele "is in better condition" though he remains in an intensive care unit being treated for a urinary tract infection, the Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo said on Friday. Pele, 74, is receiving renal support treatment, which helps kidneys to filter waste products from the blood, after surgery to remove kidney stones earlier this month. He is not on vasoactive drugs or other supportive therapies, the hospital said. ...
Beijing adopts smoking ban for public places: state media
28 Nov 2014 at 5:28am
China's capital on Friday passed a smoking ban for all indoor public places and offices, state media reported, despite the failure of past attempts to limit where the country's 300 million smokers can light up.
New 15-minute test for Ebola to undergo trials in West Africa
28 Nov 2014 at 5:05am
LONDON (Reuters) - A new test designed to rapidly diagnose Ebola virus infection is to be tried out at a treatment centre for the disease in Guinea, international health charity The Wellcome Trust said on Friday. Researchers developing the 15-minute Ebola test say it is six times faster than similar ones currently in use and, if it proves successful, could help medical staff identify and isolate confirmed Ebola patients faster and start treating them sooner. ...
Bhopal's toxic legacy lives on, 30 years after industrial disaster
28 Nov 2014 at 3:29am
By Danish Siddiqui and Nita Bhalla BHOPAL/NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Beyond the iron gates of the derelict pesticide plant where one of the world's worst industrial disasters occurred, administrative buildings lie in ruins, vegetation overgrown and warehouses bolted. Massive vessels, interconnected by a multitude of corroded pipes that once carried chemical slurries, have rusted beyond repair. In the dusty control room, a soiled sticker on a wall panel reads "Safety is everyone's business". On the night of Dec. 2, 1984, the factory owned by the U.S. ...
Czechs raise security after ministers get poison by mail
28 Nov 2014 at 3:27am
PRAGUE (Reuters) - The Czech Interior Ministry will tighten security at government offices after unknown culprits sent envelopes with deadly doses of poison to two ministries in recent days, Interior Minister Milan Chovanec said on Friday. The two poisoned letters were intercepted before reaching the addressees and no one was hurt. They envelopes were sent by mail from Sweden and Slovenia, addressed to Finance Minister Andrej Babis and Interior Minister Milan Chovanec. The Czech Republic, a member of NATO and the European Union, does not have a record of terrorist attacks in the past decades. ...