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Cricket-Reaction to the death of cricketer Phillip Hughes
26 Nov 2014 at 9:51pm
SYDNEY, Nov 27 (Reuters) - Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes died in hospital on Thursday, two days after the batsman was struck on the head by a bouncer during a domestic match. Australian Primer Minister Tony Abbott led a flood of tributes for the 25-year-old. - - - "His death is a very sad day for cricket and a heartbreaking day for his family. What happened has touched millions of Australians. For a young life to be cut short playing our national game seems a shocking aberration. ...
Tradition trumps safety innovation in cricket helmets
26 Nov 2014 at 9:36pm
* Helmet safety in focus after Hughes injury * Manufacturers say baseball, cycling ahead on safety * Elite players slow to adopt new styles (Edits headline) By Jane Wardell SYDNEY Nov 27 (Reuters) - Former Australia cricketer Bryce McGain wore a new, safety-conscious helmet for a series of televised one-day matches a few years ago - and quickly found himself the butt of commentator and player jibes. "They explained the technology and I liked the idea that it was safer," McGain said of the futuristic-looking helmet he wore in 2009. ...
Cricket-Australia batsman Hughes passes away aged 25
26 Nov 2014 at 9:34pm
* Hughes dies two days after emergency surgery * Tributes flood social media (adds detail) SYDNEY, Nov 27 (Reuters) - Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes died in hospital on Thursday, two days after the international batsman was struck on the head by a ball during a domestic match. Governing body Cricket Australia (CA) confirmed the 25-year-old had lost his fight for life, casting a pall over the cricket-mad nation who are co-hosting the World Cup early next year. "We are extremely sad to announce that Phillip Hughes has passed away at the age of 25," CA said on its Twitter feed. ...
Cricket-Statement on the death of Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes
26 Nov 2014 at 9:11pm
SYDNEY, Nov 27 (Reuters) - Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes died in hospital on Thursday, two days after the batsman was struck on the head by a ball during a domestic match. Cricket Australia released the following statement from team doctor Peter Brukner announcing the 25-year-old's death. - - - - "It is my sad duty to inform you that a short time ago Phillip Hughes passed away. "He never regained consciousness following his injury on Tuesday. "He was not in pain before he passed and was surrounded by his family and close friends. ...
Cricket-Australia batsman Hughes dies from head injury
26 Nov 2014 at 8:57pm
SYDNEY, Nov 27 (Reuters) - Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes died in a Sydney hospital on Thursday after being struck by a ball and suffering a severe head injury two days earlier. "We are extremely sad to announce that Phillip Hughes has passed away at the age of 25," Cricket Australia said in a statement. "Our thoughts go out to Phillip's family, friends, and the entire cricket community on this incredibly sad day." Hughes was struck in the head while batting in a match at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday. ...
Cricket-Former players urge Australia to reconsider India test
26 Nov 2014 at 8:09pm
MELBOURNE, Nov 27 (Reuters) - Phillip Hughes' fight for life will have hurt the Australian team's motivation to play cricket and organisers should consider postponing or abandoning next week's first test against India, according to former players. Australia open the four-test series in Brisbane on Dec. 4 and Hughes was a leading candidate to take injured captain Michael Clarke's place in the batting lineup. Hughes remained in critical condition in a Sydney hospital on Thursday after being struck in the head by a ball when batting in a domestic match on Tuesday. ...
China takes 'zero tolerance' approach to regional polluters: Cabinet
26 Nov 2014 at 8:06pm
BEIJING (Reuters) - China will take a "zero tolerance" approach to a wide range of environmental violations and has promised stronger action against regional governments that protect polluters or hinder inspections, according to a Cabinet document. Authorities across China have been ordered to take part in a comprehensive inspection program to be completed by the end of 2015, said the policy document that was released on the official government website late on Wednesday. ...
It's not cricket: tradition trumps innovation in helmets
26 Nov 2014 at 7:28pm
* Helmet safety in focus after Hughes injury * Manufacturers say baseball, cycling ahead on safety * Elite players slow to adopt new styles By Jane Wardell SYDNEY Nov 27 (Reuters) - Former Australia cricketer Bryce McGain wore a new, safety-conscious helmet for a series of televised one-day matches a few years ago - and quickly found himself the butt of commentator and player jibes. "They explained the technology and I liked the idea that it was safer," McGain said of the futuristic-looking helmet he wore in 2009. ...
Uruguay pushes back start of marijuana sale in pharmacies
26 Nov 2014 at 6:13pm
MONTEVIDEO (Reuters) - Uruguay could start selling marijuana in pharmacies in March, the head of the National Drugs Board said on Wednesday, although the government had initially been aiming for year-end. The South American country is the world's first to permit the cultivation, distribution and use of marijuana, aiming to wrest control of the trade from drug gangs while at the same regulating and even taxing its consumption. But a variety of hurdles are preventing the government from making its deadlines in implementing the measures passed into law last December. ...
Ebola vaccine seems safe in first-stage testing
26 Nov 2014 at 5:37pm
WASHINGTON (AP) ? An experimental Ebola vaccine appears safe and triggered signs of immune protection in the first 20 volunteers to test it, U.S. researchers reported Wednesday.
Celiac disease showing up in many forms and at all ages
26 Nov 2014 at 3:03pm
By Janice Neumann (Reuters Health) ? A classical set of celiac disease symptoms no longer reflects the profile of most newly-diagnosed patients, according to a new study from Italy. Instead, doctors need to take other symptoms into account and consider the possibility of celiac disease, even when patients don?t fit the old image of the condition, researchers say. ?It?s been a gradual phenomenon since the 1970s that fewer people are presenting with the classical diarrhea and more with non-classical or silent presentation, both in adults and children,? said Dr. ...
FDA rejects Avanir's migraine drug-device
26 Nov 2014 at 2:34pm
(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration rejected Avanir Pharmaceuticals Inc's migraine drug device, a few weeks after the regulator had raised questions regarding some data submitted as part of the marketing application. Earlier this month the FDA had asked Avanir to assess the root cause of errors observed in the data from the drugmaker's human factors study, which assesses if patients can use a device safely and effectively. The product, AVP-825, delivers a low-dose sumatriptan powder - the most commonly prescribed migraine medicine - through the nose. ...
US tightens smog limits in bid to protect health
26 Nov 2014 at 2:27pm
WASHINGTON (AP) ? In a fresh confrontation with Republicans, the Obama administration on Wednesday proposed stricter emissions limits on smog-forming pollution linked to asthma and respiratory illness. The move fulfilled a long-delayed campaign promise by President Barack Obama but left environmental and public health groups wanting more.
Tensions flare between Senate Democrats, White House
26 Nov 2014 at 2:08pm
By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Criticism of President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law by a top Senate Democrat this week laid bare post-election tensions that could pose challenges for the party in upcoming fights with Republicans over taxes, energy and immigration. In a high-profile speech on Tuesday dissecting Democrats' losses in this month's midterm elections, Charles Schumer, the No. 3 Senate Democrat, listed "a cascade of issues" botched by the White House, starting with Obama's push for healthcare reforms soon after he took office in 2009. ...
Ebola vaccine from Glaxo passes early safety test
26 Nov 2014 at 2:05pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - An experimental Ebola vaccine made by GlaxoSmithKline caused no serious side effects and produced an immune response in all 20 healthy volunteers who received it in an early-stage clinical trial, scientists reported on Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine. The trial, which began on Sept. 2 and will monitor the volunteers for 48 weeks, is primarily aimed at assessing how safe the vaccine is. But the immune response offered hope that it would also be effective. ...