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AbbVie CEO says new form of Humira could thwart generics
5 Mar 2015 at 9:46am
(Reuters) - An updated experimental form of AbbVie Inc's Humira arthritis drug has clear advantages over the original that could help the company confront looming cheaper biosimilar forms of the blockbuster medication, Chief Executive Richard Gonzalez said in an interview. "It's a fundamental change in the formulation of Humira," Gonzalez said.
Liberia releases last known Ebola patient from care
5 Mar 2015 at 9:42am
By James Harding Giahyue MONROVIA (Reuters) - Liberia's last Ebola patient left hospital on Thursday to cheers of delight from friends and family, a year after the West African country reported its first case. Liberia's capital, Monrovia, was once at the heart of an epidemic that has killed nearly 10,000 across West Africa. Liberia has reported no new Ebola cases in 13 days, but can be deemed Ebola-free only after 42 days have passed -- double the normal incubation period for the virus. Dressed in a bright orange T-shirt and multi-colored beads, a joyous Beatrice Yardolo greeted a small crowd outside the Chinese Ebola treatment center in the Paynesville suburb of Monrovia, where she was hospitalized for two weeks.
3 Easy Steps To Improve Your Health and Wellness
5 Mar 2015 at 9:37am
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Jodi Arias escapes death penalty after Arizona jury deadlocks
5 Mar 2015 at 9:26am
By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - A jury in Arizona failed to reach a verdict on Thursday in the sentencing retrial of Jodi Arias, sparing the former waitress from the death penalty for murdering her ex-boyfriend in 2008. Arias, 34, was found guilty of the murder in 2013 but jurors at that trial deadlocked on whether to give her the death penalty. A new jury of eight women and four men was seated in October to hear a sentencing retrial but announced on Thursday it could not decide on a punishment. Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Sherry Stephens said the jury was hung and declared a mistrial.
Dentists might be able to screen for diabetes
5 Mar 2015 at 9:04am
By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Dentists may be able to screen patients for diabetes while cleaning their teeth, a small study suggests. Researchers found that testing for diabetes using blood that appears on the gums during a routine oral cleaning might be just as accurate as a standard screening that gets a blood sample by pricking the finger with a tiny needle. "There are more than 8 million people in this country who have diabetes and don't know it, and many of these people see a dentist much more regularly than they see a primary care provider," said lead study author Sheila Strauss. "If dentists can screen for diabetes, it may help people get treated sooner when we can get better results managing their disease," said Strauss, an associate professor of nursing and co-director of the Statistics and Data Management Core for New York University's colleges of nursing and dentistry.
FDA staff backs injection to reduce double chin
5 Mar 2015 at 8:46am
(Reuters) - An injection for "double chin" reduction developed by Kythera Biopharmaceuticals Inc cleared the first hurdle toward approval as U.S. Food and Drug Administration staff concluded the drug's benefits outweighed its risks. Kythera's stock jumped as much as 25 percent as investors bet on what could be the first approved drug in the United States to reduce localized fat deposits. No safety issues associated with long-term use of ATX-101 have been identified so far, FDA reviewers said on Thursday. An independent panel of experts will meet on Monday to discuss the drug and recommend to the FDA whether it should be approved.
Soccer-Sherwood welcomes Petrov return to Villa
5 Mar 2015 at 8:41am
(Adds Sherwood quotes) LONDON, March 5 (Reuters) - Former Bulgaria international Stiliyan Petrov is returning to Premier League club Aston Villa as part of the coaching set-up, two years after retiring following treatment for leukaemia. I have had a lot of chats with him about the game," new manager Tim Sherwood told Villa's website (www.avfc.co.uk) on Thursday. "He is a great asset." Petrov, 35, played more than 200 games for Villa and wore the captain's armband. He was at Villa Park on Tuesday when Villa beat West Bromwich Albion 2-1 to ease their relegation fears and give Sherwood a first win since taking over at the Midlands club.
Last Ebola patient is released in Liberia
5 Mar 2015 at 8:34am
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) ? Liberia released its last Ebola patient, a 58-year old teacher, from a treatment center on Thursday, beginning its countdown to being declared Ebola free.
Liberia's last Ebola patient discharged
5 Mar 2015 at 8:31am
Liberia discharged its last confirmed Ebola patient on Thursday, as it reported for the first time in nine months it had gone a full week without any new infections. Beatrice Yordoldo left the Chinese-built Ebola treatment unit (ETU) in the Paynesville suburb of the capital Monrovia to cheers from healthcare workers, government officials and aid workers. Liberia "reported no new confirmed cases" during the week to March 1, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a report late Wednesday. Almost 24,000 people have been infected with the virus since December 2013, almost all in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, and 9,807 of them have died, according to (WHO).
U.S. begins auction for 50,000 bitcoins tied to criminal website
5 Mar 2015 at 8:24am
By Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Marshals Service on Thursday started auctioning off 50,000 bitcoins following the conviction of Ross Ulbricht for running Silk Road, the underground website where authorities said drugs and other illegal goods could be bought using the virtual currency. The six-hour online auction of roughly $13.5 million worth of bitcoins at current prices began at 8 a.m. EST (1300 GMT). The Marshals Service conducted auctions in June and December for nearly 80,000 bitcoins seized during the Silk Road raid in 2013. Billionaire venture capitalist Tim Draper said he would be a bidder.
Lumber Liquidators faces class-action lawsuit in Florida
5 Mar 2015 at 8:21am
By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - A $5 million class-action lawsuit filed this week in Florida accuses hardwood and laminate flooring giant Lumber Liquidators, Inc of selling products laden with cancer-causing chemicals. The case, filed on Tuesday in federal court in Miami, claims the company "deceptively manufactured, labeled and sold the toxic laminate flooring." A similar lawsuit was filed late last year in California. U.S. Senator Bill Nelson of Florida, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, called on federal agencies Wednesday to investigate the Delaware-based company's flooring. The report sampled Chinese-made laminate flooring sold in California, Virginia, Florida, Texas, and Illinois.
Why we have to #Get2Equal
5 Mar 2015 at 8:21am
Women are often paid far less than men, while they also perform mostof the world's unpaid care work. © Mariana Ceratti/World BankWomen are emerging as a major force for change. Countries that have invested in girls' education and removed legal barriers that prevent women from achieving their potential are now seeing the benefits.Let's take...
As heroin trade grows, a sting in Kenya
5 Mar 2015 at 8:19am
By Drazen Jorgic MOMBASA (Reuters) - One evening last November, a handful of policemen in Kenya's sweltering port city of Mombasa were handpicked to help in the final stages of a U.S.-led drugs sting that spanned three continents. The quarry that night were the alleged leaders of the "Akasha organization." The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) had spent years infiltrating Akasha and alleges that the gang is part of a heroin supply chain that stretches from the poppy fields of Afghanistan through east Africa to the cities of Europe and the United States. Inside a mansion girded by palm trees and a two-meter cobblestone wall, police captured the alleged leader of the crime syndicate, Baktash Akasha, his brother Ibrahim, and two other men. Kenyan police charged them with trafficking narcotics to the United States.
Washington state cannabis retailer opens in defiance of county ban
5 Mar 2015 at 8:08am
By Eric M. Johnson PARKLAND, Wash. (Reuters) - Sealed bags of marijuana dangle behind a counter, curved glass pipes glimmer on shelves, and a steady trickle of middle-aged customers gleefully buys cannabis strains nicknamed Charlie Sheen and Godzilla. "The Gallery" is similar to more than 100 other lawful state-licensed marijuana retail shops and hundreds of medical dispensaries in Washington state, with one exception: It is operating in defiance of local law. Its opening on Sunday set up a potential showdown with authorities in Pierce County, about an hour outside Seattle, which has effectively banned recreational pot shops in unincorporated areas so long as the drug remains illegal under federal law, even as medical pot businesses flourish virtually unregulated. "We didn't do this to pick a fight with the county," said co-owner Tedd Wetherbee, 47, in between chatting up customers in his shop in Parkland, in unincorporated Pierce County.
Wear blue on Friday to raise colon cancer awareness
5 Mar 2015 at 7:35am
By Daniel Gaitan (Reuters Health) - Advocates hope that people with colorectal cancer and their caregivers will dress in blue on Friday to raise awareness about the disease, which is the second-leading cancer-related cause of death in the U.S. Each year on the first Friday in March, supporters hold ?Dress in Blue Day? to encourage more Americans to be tested for the disease. In 2000, President Clinton designated March as National Colon Cancer Awareness Month. ?You need to be screened, and Dress in Blue Day is about getting people to recognize that,? said Eric Hargis, CEO of Colon Cancer Alliance, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit patient advocacy organization. Andrea Shepherd, executive director of the Colon Cancer Prevention Project, a Kentucky-based nonprofit working to eliminate preventable colon cancer death, hopes that all health care organizations participate in the day.