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Probe exposes flaws behind HealthCare.gov rollout
30 Jul 2014 at 11:40pm
Officials tell The Associated Press that a nonpartisan investigative report concludes that management failures by the Obama administration set the stage for the computer problems that paralyzed the HealthCare.gov website last fall.
$1,000 Sovaldi now hepatitis treatment of choice
29 Jul 2014 at 3:47pm
WASHINGTON (AP) ? The price is sky-high, but so is demand. A new $1,000-per-pill drug has become the treatment of choice for Americans with hepatitis C, a liver-wasting disease that affects more than 3 million.
5 food writers subpoenaed in 'pink slime' lawsuit
29 Jul 2014 at 5:55pm
Several food writers, including a New York Times reporter, have been subpoenaed by a meat producer as part of its $1.2 billion defamation lawsuit against ABC in regards to the network's coverage of a beef product dubbed "pink slime" by critics.
Under fire and out of cash, U.N. overwhelmed by Gaza crisis
31 Jul 2014 at 8:01am
By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Noah Browning GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - The United Nations in Gaza is struggling to withstand a flood of almost a quarter of a million refugees into shelters that have repeatedly come under Israeli fire. Out of cash, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), the main U.N. body in the impoverished enclave of 1.8 million Palestinians, says it can barely handle the humanitarian crisis unleashed by more than three weeks of fighting between militants and Israel. Asked to explain the scale of the civilian suffering to an Arab news station, an UNRWA spokesman simply burst into tears. Mine pale into insignificance compared with Gaza's," Chris Gunness said.
3 Simple Meditations to Help You Thrive
31 Jul 2014 at 7:54am
We are nearing a meditation tipping point. Research is beginning to show that meditation is as essential to our overall health as regular exercise and a healthy diet. Mindfulness helps improve overall health and wellness, quality of sleep and digestion and reduces stress yet many of us do not know how to begin our own meditation practice. Below...
Sierra Leone declares emergency as Ebola death toll hits 729
31 Jul 2014 at 7:52am
By Umaru Fofana FREETOWN (Reuters) - Sierra Leone declared a state of emergency and called in troops to quarantine Ebola victims on Thursday, joining neighbouring Liberia in imposing tough controls as the death toll from the worst-ever outbreak of the virus hit 729 in West Africa. The World Health Organisation said it was in urgent talks with donors and international agencies to deploy more medical staff and resources to one of the world's poorest regions. The WHO reported 57 new deaths between July 24 and July 27 in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. Authorities in Nigeria, which recorded its first Ebola case last week when a U.S. citizen died after arriving on a flight from Liberia, said all passengers travelling from areas at risk would be temperature-screened for the virus.
Whooping cough vaccine safe for pregnant women
31 Jul 2014 at 7:49am
By Madeline Kennedy NEW YORK (Reuters Health) ? Pregnant women in their third trimester can safely receive the whooping cough vaccine to prevent infections in newborns, a recent study from the UK suggests. Whooping cough, or pertussis, is a highly contagious disease. Recent increases in whooping cough infections, some resulting in deaths of newborns, prompted the UK to develop a new vaccine program in 2012. The program offered combined vaccines against diphtheria, pertussis and polio to over 700,000 women in the third trimester of pregnancy.
Sanofi sees first dengue vaccine filings in first quarter of 2015
31 Jul 2014 at 7:43am
Sanofi expects to submit regulatory applications for the world's first dengue vaccine in the first quarter of 2015 and the French drugmaker could start selling the first batches at the end of that year, CEO Chris Viehbacher said on Thursday. "We would expect the first launch countries to be in Latin America - Mexico, Brazil, Colombia - (and) possibly if I look at Asia, Singapore and Malaysia as the priority countries," Viehbacher told analysts on a conference call detailing the group's first-half results. A large late-stage clinical study showed this month that Sanofi's vaccine provided moderate protection against dengue fever, but questions remain as to how well it can help fight the world's fastest-growing tropical disease. Sanofi has invested over 1.3 billion euros ($1.74 billion) in the past 20 years in developing the vaccine, which is several years ahead of potential competitors, and the firm has built a dedicated factory near Lyon in southern France with capacity to produce 100 million doses a year.
W. Africa Ebola outbreak tops 700 deaths
31 Jul 2014 at 7:35am
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) ? The deadliest recorded Ebola outbreak surpassed 700 deaths across West Africa on Thursday as the World Health Organization announced dozens of new deaths reported in the last several days.
Sierra Leone buries 'hero' Ebola medic
31 Jul 2014 at 7:26am
Sierra Leone on Thursday buried a doctor it hailed as a "national hero" for saving the lives of more than 100 Ebola patients before succumbing himself to the killer tropical disease. Umar Khan, 43, the west African nation's sole virologist, was at the forefront of his country's fight against the epidemic, which has seen more than 700 deaths in Sierra Leone and its west African neighbours. He was laid to rest in the eastern town of Kenema, where he had spent much of his working life, in a Muslim ceremony attended by family, friends, local dignitaries, aid workers and health officials. Local media in Kenema described a "grief-laden" atmosphere weighing heavily on the town, with offices closed and markets empty.
Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds registry for same-sex couples
31 Jul 2014 at 7:24am
The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a 2009 law that establishes a registry for same-sex couples, saying it does not violate an amendment to the state's constitution banning gay marriage. The gay marriage ban was approved by Wisconsin voters in 2006. It now has more than 2,000 couples on it, according to Fair Wisconsin, a gay-rights organization based in Madison. Wisconsin Family Action, an anti-gay rights group, argued in a 2010 lawsuit that the registry violated the amendment because it resembles marriage under state law.
Justice Department wants workers to carry heroin antidote
31 Jul 2014 at 7:14am
U.S. law enforcement agents who deal with heroin addicts may begin carrying the drug naloxone to reverse overdoses, the Justice Department said on Thursday, responding to a surge in heroin use in the United States. Attorney General Eric Holder said he urged federal law enforcement agencies to identify those workers and determine whether they should be trained in how to administer the medication. The move will "pave the way for certain federal agents - such as emergency medical personnel - to begin carrying the potentially life-saving drug," the Justice Department said in a statement. Naloxone is a drug that stops opioids such as heroin from reaching receptors in the brain, which may reverse an overdose.
Death toll from Ebola outbreak rises to 729: WHO
31 Jul 2014 at 6:57am
DAKAR (Reuters) - The death toll from an outbreak of Ebola in West Africa has risen to 729, the World Health Organisation said on Thursday, after 57 deaths were reported between July 24 and 27 in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. The WHO also said Nigerian authorities had so far identified 59 people who had come into contact with a U.S. citizen who died in Lagos last week after traveling from Liberia, via Togo and Ghana. (Reporting by Daniel Flynn; Editing by Bate Felix)
Nigeria starts airport Ebola screening
31 Jul 2014 at 6:56am
Nigeria's civil aviation authority (NCAA) said on Thursday it had started temperature screening passengers arriving from places at risk from Ebola and had suspended pan-African airline Asky for bringing the first case to Lagos. Ebola has been blamed for 729 deaths in Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Nigeria, according to the World Health Organization. It entails checking passengers' temperatures with a hand-held machine," NCAA spokesman Sam Adurogboye said, adding this meant for any journey that passed through Liberia, Guinea or Sierra Leone.
Ebola death toll rises to 729: WHO
31 Jul 2014 at 6:44am
The deaths of 57 more people from Ebola in west Africa have pushed the overall fatality toll from the epidemic to 729, the World Health Organization said Thursday. The 57 deaths were recorded between Thursday and Sunday last week in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone, the UN health agency said in a statement. WHO said the trend in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone "remains precarious with ongoing... transmission of infection". Guinea is suffering the worst from the disease, which causes often fatal bleeding and has no vaccine.