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Spanish judge orders release of ill boy's parents
2 Sep 2014 at 11:30am
SOTO DEL REAL, Spain (AP) ? Spanish officials have ordered the immediate release of a detained British couple who were wanted by police in the United Kingdom after they took their critically ill child for treatment abroad without doctors' consent.
U.S. relief group sending key supplies to Liberia to fight Ebola
2 Oct 2014 at 12:26am
By Colleen Jenkins CHARLOTTE N.C. (Reuters) - With the number of Ebola cases in West Africa expected to rise by the thousands, a Christian relief organization in North Carolina is gearing up for a new community and home-based care effort aimed at stopping the spread of the deadly virus. Samaritan's Purse leaders said the 100 tons of equipment and supplies loaded onto a cargo jet due to fly from Charlotte to Liberia on Wednesday was just a fraction of what is needed to combat the disease that has now killed more than 3,000 people. ...
UK must restore aid for Sierra Leone and Liberia-report
2 Oct 2014 at 12:26am
By Kieran Guilbert LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Britain must restore planned cuts in its aid budget for Sierra Leone and Liberia in light of the Ebola crisis sweeping through West Africa, a parliamentary committee said on Thursday. The Department for International Development's (DFID) bilateral budget for the two Ebola-stricken countries will drop by nearly a fifth from 2013-14 to 2015-16, a cut of 14.5 million pounds ($23.5 million), the International Development Committee said. ...
Liberia, U.S. say Texas Ebola patient showed no symptoms before flying
2 Oct 2014 at 12:24am
By David Lewis and James Harding Giahyue DAKAR/MONROVIA (Reuters) - The man being treated for Ebola in Texas showed no signs of fever or symptoms of the virus when he left Liberia for the United States via Brussels on Sept. 19, Liberian and U.S. authorities said on Wednesday. The case is the first to be diagnosed outside West Africa during the current outbreak, raising the prospect that the worst epidemic of the deadly hemorrhagic fever on record could spread to nations beyond the region. ...
Gov't website for doc payments not up to snuff
2 Oct 2014 at 12:21am
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Although it's called "Open Payments," the government's new website doesn't make it easy to find out whether your doctor is getting freebies, travel or other financial benefits from drug companies and medical device manufacturers.
Sudanese women protest worsening oppression, rising food prices
2 Oct 2014 at 12:17am
By Katy Migiro NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Women?s anger is mounting in Sudan as a result of surging food prices and worsening repression in the name of Islam, rights activists said on Wednesday at the launch of a report. The cost of living has soared in Sudan since South Sudan seceded in 2011, taking with it three-quarters of the country?s oil output. Women are bearing the brunt of increasing Islamisation, illustrated by the case of Miriam Ibrahim who was sentenced to death for converting from Islam to Christianity in May. ...
Philips Electronics to appeal ruling in $467 million patent lawsuit
1 Oct 2014 at 11:57pm
(Reuters) - Dutch healthcare equipment company Philips said on Thursday it would appeal against a U.S court ruling ordering it to pay $466.8 million in compensation to Masimo Corp for infringing two patents. The patents related to technology used to help measure blood oxygen and track pulse rates. "We are very disappointed in the verdict of the jury and surprised by the magnitude of the proposed award," Philips Chief Executive Officer Frans van Houten said. "Philips intends to pursue all avenues of appeal of this verdict at both the District and Appellate courts in the US. ...
GSK, NewLink working to bring Ebola vaccines online - WHO
1 Oct 2014 at 11:53pm
By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - Both GlaxoSmithKline and NewLink Genetics are working to boost their capacity to make Ebola vaccines, with a goal of a "very significant increase in scale during the first half of 2015", the World Health Organization said on Wednesday. Even under the best conditions, if the experimental vaccines are proven to be safe and confer protection in clinical trials, a significant number of doses will not be available until late in the first quarter of 2015, the WHO said. ...
Dallas Ebola patient vomited outside apartment on way to hospital
1 Oct 2014 at 11:47pm
By Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - Two days after he was sent home from a Dallas hospital, the man who is the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States was seen vomiting on the ground outside an apartment complex as he was bundled into an ambulance. The Dallas Ebola case, involving a man who flew back to the United States last month from Liberia, has prompted national concern over the potential for a wider spread of the deadly virus from West Africa, where at least 3,338 people have died in the worst outbreak on record. U.S. ...
Rapists confess as Kenyan cleric takes up equality struggle
1 Oct 2014 at 11:36pm
By Katy Migiro NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When the elderly man, in his black-and-white striped prison uniform, confessed to raping his 18-month-old granddaughter to prove his manhood, Reverend Timothy Njoya knew he had made a breakthrough. ?He stood up and testified: ?I wanted to show who has the penis, who is the boss?,? recalled Njoya, a retired Kenyan cleric who campaigns for gender equality. ??My son had a Mercedes, my daughter-in-law a BMW and I was still driving a Volkswagen. I had to prove that I still have what it takes to be a man,?? the prisoner said. ...
U.S. report cites safety lapses at New Mexico nuclear lab
1 Oct 2014 at 9:56pm
By Laura Zuckerman (Reuters) - Chronic lapses in safety procedures at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico may have led to a radiation leak that has forced a prolonged shutdown across the state of the only permanent U.S. nuclear waste repository, federal inspectors said on Wednesday. The inspectors, in a sharply critical report, sought to explain how a barrel of plutonium-tainted debris from the nuclear weapons lab near Santa Fe ended up improperly packaged before it was shipped off for burial 300 miles away at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. ...
Exclusive: U.S. nears solution for safe disposal of Ebola waste
1 Oct 2014 at 9:03pm
By Patrick Rucker and Julie Steenhuysen WASHINGTON/CHICAGO (Reuters) - The United States is days away from settling the critical question of how hospitals should handle and dispose of medical waste from Ebola patients, a government official said on Wednesday. Experts have warned that conflicting U.S. regulations over how such waste should be transported could make it very difficult for U.S. hospitals to safely care for patients with Ebola, a messy disease that causes diarrhea, vomiting and in some cases, bleeding from the eyes and ears. ...
Eyeing 2015 vote, Cameron pledges 7 billion pounds in tax cuts
1 Oct 2014 at 8:46pm
By Andrew Osborn and William James BIRMINGHAM England (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron promised to hand almost half the British population a tax cut if re-elected next year, a pledge he hopes will win over millions of voters and refocus debate away from a schism inside his party over Europe. The promise, which will cost over 7 billion pounds to fund, was a calculated gambit to try to shift the narrative from one which has focussed on the damage the anti-EU UK Independence Party (UKIP) is doing to Cameron's re-election hopes by siphoning off voters and lawmakers. ...
Australia criticized for not sending medical staff to fight Ebola
1 Oct 2014 at 8:20pm
By Colin Packham SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia on Thursday announced additional funds for tackling Ebola but ruled out sending medical staff to Sierra Leone, prompting criticism for medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières that it was failing to meet its commitment. The government said it would give an additional A$10 million ($8.79 million) to tackle Ebola, taking its total financial assistance to A$18 million. But Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said no medical personnel would be sent for now. ...
Failing sense of smell strong predictor of death, study tells
1 Oct 2014 at 8:12pm
Washington (AFP) - A declining sense of smell in older people is a strong predictor of death within just five years, according to new research.