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Why isn't there a treatment or vaccine for Ebola?
1 Aug 2014 at 12:08pm
LONDON (AP) ? In the four decades since the Ebola virus was first identified in Africa, treatment hasn't changed much. There are no licensed drugs or vaccines for the deadly disease.
Americans with Ebola returning to US for treatment
1 Aug 2014 at 7:39pm
NEW YORK (AP) ? Two American aid workers seriously ill with Ebola will be brought from West Africa to Atlanta for treatment in one of the most tightly sealed isolation units in the country, officials said Friday.
Colorado panel considers new look for edible pot
1 Aug 2014 at 10:28am
GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) ? Marijuana can go in more than brownies and cookies. And the dizzying variety of foods that can be infused with the drug is complicating matters for Colorado regulators who want to make sure pot-infused edibles and drinks won't be confused with regular foods.
West Africa seeks to seal off Ebola-hit regions
1 Aug 2014 at 7:11pm
West Africa's Ebola-hit nations have agreed to impose a cross-border isolation zone at the epicentre of the world's worst-ever outbreak, amid warnings that the deadly epidemic is spiralling out of control. The announcement came at an emergency summit in the Guinean capital on Friday to discuss the outbreak, which has killed more than 700 people, with the World Health Organization warning Ebola could cause "catastrophic" loss of life and severe economic disruption if it continued to spread. "We have agreed to take important and extraordinary actions at the inter-country level to focus on cross-border regions that have more than 70 percent of the epidemic," said Hadja Saran Darab, the secretary-general of the Mano River Union bloc grouping the nations. Opening the summit, WHO chief Margaret Chan told leaders that the response of the three countries to the epidemic had been "woefully inadequate", revealing that the outbreak was "moving faster than our efforts to control it".
U.S. FDA says 'stands ready' to work with companies developing Ebola drugs
1 Aug 2014 at 6:45pm
By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - The worst Ebola outbreak in history is heaping new pressure on U.S. regulators to speed the development of treatments for the deadly virus, which has killed more than 700 people since February. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday said in an emailed statement the agency "stands ready" to work with companies and investigators working with patients "in dire need of treatment." A senior official within FDA told Reuters the agency would consider proposals for providing treatments under special emergency new drug applications, if the benefits of the treatment outweighed the potential safety risks. FDA's statement follow calls by doctors fed up by the lack of progress on Ebola treatments, a market deemed too small to gain much attention by large pharmaceutical companies. Earlier this month, the agency put a hold on a Tekmira Pharmaceuticals Corp clinical trial of TKM-Ebola, one of the few Ebola treatments advanced enough to be tested in people.
U.S. CDC lab inspectors may have risked public safety: documents
1 Aug 2014 at 6:25pm
By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. laboratory inspectors charged with protecting the public from the release of deadly pathogens were repeatedly criticized by a federal watchdog for overlooking biosafety lapses long before this year's anthrax scare at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Newly released federal documents show that oversight gaps at the CDC Division of Select Agents and Toxins (DSAT) may have contributed to biosafety lapses at six laboratories handling pathogens including smallpox, influenza and monkeypox. As a result, the inspectors may have put public safety at risk. "We found that DSAT did not effectively monitor and enforce certain federal select agent regulations at the laboratories," Daniel Levinson, inspector general for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said in a July 2011 report sent with a letter to CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden. "These weaknesses may have contributed to the laboratories not being in full compliance with certain federal select agent regulations, which may have put public health and safety at increased risk." The documents of the HHS inspections of the CDC labs were released on Friday by the House Energy and Commerce Committee and provide insights into a repeating pattern of biosafety problems that date back to 2008 and span both the Obama and Bush administrations.
U.S. prepares to receive two American aid workers stricken with Ebola
1 Aug 2014 at 6:05pm
By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - Two American aid workers, both seriously ill after being infected with the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia, will be flown to the United States and treated in isolation at an Atlanta hospital, officials said on Friday. A plane equipped to transport Dr. Kent Brantly and missionary Nancy Writebol can carry only one patient back at a time, and Christian relief group Samaritan's Purse said it did not know who would return first. "We have learned that we will be receiving a patient with Ebola at Emory University Hospital on Saturday," said Holly Korschun, spokeswoman for the facility where they will be treated.
Colorado officials propose tightening rules for marijuana edibles
1 Aug 2014 at 5:42pm
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A Colorado task force charged with tightening controls on marijuana edibles unveiled proposed rules on Friday to limit potency levels, require clearer labeling and assure that children cannot get their hands on pot-infused confections. Under the guidelines released by the Colorado Department of Revenue, serving sizes of edible pot products would be restricted to 10 mg of THC, the psychoactive component in marijuana, down from 100 mg. Packaging would also have to alert consumers the items contain cannabis. The proposals represent an effort by Colorado officials to rein in the sale of edibles, which are especially controversial for their potential to attract children and pot novices, with possibly dangerous consequences. Colorado lawmakers passed legislation in May charging the task force, comprising pot industry representatives, health professionals and law enforcement officials, with drafting new regulations after two deaths possibly linked to pot-infused foods made headlines.
Express Scripts drops Amgen anemia drugs from formulary
1 Aug 2014 at 3:58pm
(Reuters) - Express Scripts Holding Co, the largest U.S. pharmacy benefit manager, on Friday said it will remove 25 products from its 2015 list of preferred drugs, including anemia treatments Epogen and Aranesp, both sold by Amgen Inc. The company will continue to include Procrit, a similar anemia drug sold by Johnson & Johnson, on its list of preferred drugs, or formulary. "The products we have chosen to exclude from our formulary are those that cost significantly more than other available options but that fail to provide additional health benefit," the company said in an emailed statement.
Ebola moving faster than control efforts
1 Aug 2014 at 3:33pm
CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) ? An Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 700 people in West Africa is moving faster than efforts to control the disease, the head of the World Health Organization warned as presidents from the affected countries met Friday in Guinea's capital.
US evacuating two Americans sick with Ebola
1 Aug 2014 at 3:24pm
Two Americans infected with Ebola in West Africa will be evacuated back to the United States in the coming days to be cared for in strict isolation, officials said Friday. Kent Brantly, a doctor who was treating Ebola patients in Liberia, and Christian missionary worker Nancy Writebol, are being flown home, but it was not immediately clear when they would arrive back in the US. Meanwhile US President Barack Obama said that delegates from Ebola-hit countries attending a US-Africa summit next week in Washington and who may have been exposed to the deadly virus would be screened before leaving their countries. The World Health Organization said the fast-moving outbreak was causing "catastrophic" loss of life in the affected countries of Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.
Plane arrives in W. Africa to evacuate Americans infected with Ebola
1 Aug 2014 at 3:23pm
Two Americans seriously ill with the deadly Ebola virus should arrive in the U.S. from West Africa by early next week.
Watch: Ebola Outbreak Prompts Dispatch of Health Workers
1 Aug 2014 at 3:00pm
CDC to send 50 medical experts to infected areas.
Watch: Ebola Patients to be Treated on US Soil
1 Aug 2014 at 2:47pm
Infected Americans to be transported from Liberia to US facility.
Israeli troops kill two Palestinians in West Bank clashes: medics
1 Aug 2014 at 2:41pm
Israeli forces killed two Palestinians in clashes in the occupied West Bank on Friday, Palestinian medical officials said. The violence erupted when a few thousand Palestinians took to the street to protest Israel's military operation in the Gaza Strip. An Israeli military spokeswoman said troops shot one man in the city of Tulkarm after violence got out of control, with protesters throwing stones and gasoline bombs at soldiers. Fighting flared between Israel and militant groups in Gaza again on Friday after a three-day truce collapsed shortly after taking effect.