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Car jackers in Guinea steal suspected Ebola blood samples
21 Nov 2014 at 9:50am
CONAKRY (Reuters) - Robbers in Guinea hijacked a Red Cross vehicle this week and made off with a cooler containing blood samples from suspected Ebola patients, a senior Red Cross official said on Friday. "No doubt they thought it was something else," Youssouf Traoré, head of the Red Cross delegation in Guinea, told Reuters. He gave no further details of the attack but said the robbers would probably dump the cooler once they found it did not contain gold or diamonds. More than 5,000 people have died in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia in the worst outbreak of the Ebola virus on record. ...
Intensive Dutch animal farms seen vulnerable to disease
21 Nov 2014 at 9:55am
By Thomas Escritt AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Agriculture has helped make the Netherlands rich, but experts warn that the density of farms and the increasing number of animals in one of the most intensive agricultural sectors in the world make it vulnerable to diseases. The discovery last Sunday of a highly infectious strain of bird flu at a Dutch farm forced officials to impose a three-day lockdown on the transport of all poultry and related products. ...
Plague in Madagascar has killed 40 people out of 119 cases -WHO
21 Nov 2014 at 9:59am
GENEVA (Reuters) - An outbreak of the plague has killed 40 people out of 119 confirmed cases in Madagascar since late August and there is a risk of the disease spreading rapidly in the capital, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday. So far two cases and one death have been recorded in the capital Antananarivo but those figures could climb quickly due to "the city's high population density and the weakness of the healthcare system", the WHO warned. ...
Portugal Legionnaires' outbreak kills 10, no new infections seen
21 Nov 2014 at 9:30am
LISBON (Reuters) - Portugal's largest ever outbreak of Legionnaires' disease has killed 10 people since erupting two weeks ago and 38 are still in intensive care, the health ministry said on Friday, but the risk of contracting the illness is now practically zero. The authorities have traced the source of the Legionella bacteria that infected a total of 336 people - making it one of the world's largest ever outbreaks - back to industrial cooling towers at the Vila Franca de Xira area just northeast of Lisbon. Most of those infected lived or worked in the area. ...
Ebola death toll rises to 5,459; Cuban doctor 'stable'
21 Nov 2014 at 9:01am
GENEVA (Reuters) - The death toll in the Ebola epidemic has risen to 5,459 out of 15,351 cases identified in eight countries by the end of Nov. 18, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday. The figures showed an increase of 39 recorded deaths and 106 new cases since those issued on Wednesday. "Transmission remains intense in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone," the WHO said, referring to the three hardest-hit West African countries that account for all but 15 of the deaths. ...
Florida State reopens library where three shot, gunman killed
21 Nov 2014 at 8:42am
By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE Fla. (Reuters) - Florida State University reopened its main library on Friday, the day after a gunman injured three people when he opened fire in the lobby of the building where hundreds of students were studying for final exams. Normal activities resumed on the North Florida campus, where one student was critically injured by an alumnus who fired a semi-automatic handgun in the lobby of Strozier Library around 12:30 a.m. on Thursday and then was shot dead outside by law enforcement officers. ...
House Republicans sue over Obama's healthcare law
21 Nov 2014 at 8:27am
By Amanda Becker WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday filed a long-anticipated lawsuit challenging the implementation of President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law over employer-based coverage and payments to insurers, according to court documents. The lawsuit, filed in a federal court in Washington against the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Treasury, targets a decision to delay implementation of the law's employer mandate, which requires employers with more than 50 employees to offer healthcare coverage. ...
Banking culture breeds dishonesty, scientific study finds
21 Nov 2014 at 8:20am
By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - - A banking culture that implicitly puts financial gain above all else fuels greed and dishonesty and makes bankers more likely to cheat, according to the findings of a scientific study. Researchers in Switzerland studied bank workers and other professionals in experiments in which they won more money if they cheated, and found that bankers were more dishonest when they were made particularly aware of their professional role. ...
Italy arrests doctors suspected of taking bribes to discourage breast feeding
21 Nov 2014 at 8:09am
By Steve Scherer ROME (Reuters) - Italian police put 12 pediatricians under house arrest on Friday for allegedly accepting extravagant gifts from makers of baby milk formula to promote it in place of breastfeeding. Police have been investigating "a common and widespread practice" in which pediatricians "prescribe baby milk formula to newborns in exchange for bribes in the form of luxury gifts and costly holidays", a statement said. Two of the doctors put under arrest were chief pediatricians in hospitals, the statement said. ...
Young climbers injured as often as kids in other sports
21 Nov 2014 at 7:59am
By Janice Neumann (Reuters Health) - Rock-climbing teens suffer about as many injuries as young ice hockey or soccer players, most often straining or spraining their hands and fingers and developing tendonitis, says a new study from Canada. The risks, the study authors say, are as high as 4.44 injuries per 1,000 hours of climbing. More work is needed to explore what?s leading to the mishaps and how to prevent them, the researchers write in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. ...
The Perfect Diet
21 Nov 2014 at 7:51am
Keeping up with all the diet advice out there is a tough job. It's even tough for me, a registered dietitian. If we listened to all the doctors, news, magazines, friends and family we are left with nothing but confusion about what to eat. Things that we have felt solid about for years -- like milk being good for our bones, or non-calorie...
TSX nears two-month high as China cuts interest rates
21 Nov 2014 at 7:42am
By John Tilak TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index rose to its highest in nearly two months on Friday, driven by gains in most major sectors, as investors cheered a move by China to cut interest rates. The surprise announcement was the first time in two years that China had cut rates, following signals that the pace of growth in the world's second-biggest economy was slowing. The move helped drive gains in the prices of commodities such as gold, copper and oil; and that pushed up shares in the mining and energy sectors. ...
NFL's Peterson vows never to use a switch again
21 Nov 2014 at 7:38am
(Reuters) - Suspended Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson vowed never to use a switch again as a means of discipline and said he was startled to see the injuries it caused to his son. In an interview published Friday by USA Today, the six-time Pro Bowler said he loves his 4-year-old son "more than anyone could ever imagine." The National Football League on Tuesday suspended Peterson for at least the remainder of the season after he entered a no-contest plea in a Texas court to reckless assault of the child. He will not be considered for reinstatement before April 15. ...
WHO declares end of separate Ebola outbreak in Congo
21 Nov 2014 at 6:52am
GENEVA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization (WHO) declared on Friday that an outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo was over after no people showed symptoms for two incubation periods since the last case. The outbreak, the seventh in the former Zaire since the virus was identified there in 1976, was separate from the one spreading in West Africa, where more than 5,400 people have died. There were 49 deaths out of 66 people infected in the remote northwestern Equateur province during the three-month outbreak, Congolese authorities said last week. ...
Ablynx says blood disorder drug estimates conservative
21 Nov 2014 at 5:45am
By Philip Blenkinsop BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Belgian biotech company Ablynx believes its sales estimate for its drug for the rare blood disease TTP is conservative, after tests showed it had potential to treat more than just acute cases. Ablynx recently raised its estimate for peak annual sales for the TTP candidate drug caplacizumab to 300-400 million euros ($373-497 million), from up to 250 million euros previously. "You might still be being conservative around there," Chief Executive Edwin Moses told Reuters in an interview. ...