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Ruling on antibiotics in livestock reversed
24 Jul 2014 at 1:57pm
NEW YORK (AP) ? The U.S. Food and Drug Administration isn't required to hold public hearings to evaluate the health risks of widespread use of antibiotics in animal feed, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.
Varying health premium subsidies worry consumers
24 Jul 2014 at 10:39am
MIAMI (AP) ? Linda Close was grateful to learn she qualified for a sizable subsidy to help pay for her health insurance under the new federal law. But in the process of signing up for a plan, Close said her HealthCare.gov account showed several different subsidy amounts, varying as much as $180 per month.
China lifts quarantine after man dies of plague
23 Jul 2014 at 10:27pm
BEIJING (AP) ? A nine-day quarantine imposed on parts of a northern Chinese city where a man died of bubonic plague has been lifted, China's official news agency reported Thursday.
Nigeria confirms Liberian man died of Ebola in Lagos
25 Jul 2014 at 10:08am
Abuja (AFP) - Nigeria said Friday that Ebola caused the death of a Liberian national who died in quarantine in Lagos, confirmation that the worst-ever outbreak of the virus has reached Africa's most populous country.
Liberian man tests positive for Ebola in Nigeria's Lagos
25 Jul 2014 at 10:01am
ABUJA (Reuters) - A Liberian man who died in Nigeria's megacity of Lagos on Friday has tested positive for the deadly Ebola virus, Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu said in a press conference. The man in his 40s collapsed on arrival in Lagos, a city of 21 million people, on Sunday, and was taken from the airport and put in isolation in a local hospital. (Reporting by Felix Onuah; Writing by Tim Cocks; Editing by Chijioke Ohuocha)
Allergan gets EU recommendation on new use of eye drug
25 Jul 2014 at 9:33am
(Reuters) - Allergan Inc, known best for its Botox wrinkle treatment, said on Friday that European Union regulators had recommended use of its eye drug Ozurdex be extended to treat patients with diabetic macular edema. The European Medicines Agency's recommendation for approval of the extension of the drug's use comes one month after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted this broader use. The extension involves allowing Allergan's sustained-release biodegradable steroid implant to be used to treat diabetic macular edema in adult patients who have an artificial lens implant or are unresponsive or unsuitable for non-corticosteroid therapy. The drug is approved to treat macular edema and non-infectious ocular inflammation.
U.S. meat, seafood prices rising on drought and disease: USDA
25 Jul 2014 at 8:58am
By Ros Krasny WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Overall U.S. food inflation will remain near the historic norm in 2014, even as prices for meat and seafood are pushed higher by disease and widespread drought, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Friday. Prices for shelf-stable and processed items made by companies such as General Mills and Kraft Foods Group are relatively flat. "It appears that supermarkets are maintaining minimal price inflation on packaged food products, possibly in an effort to keep prices competitive in light of rising cost pressures for most perishable items," the USDA said.
Teens speak more openly with doctors in private
25 Jul 2014 at 8:52am
By Ronnie Cohen NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Teenagers are more likely to discuss topics like sexual health and drug use with their doctors if their parents are out of the room for at least part of their check-up, a new study shows. It?s really important for them to be there to foster conversation with a doctor,? said study author Matthew Aalsma, of Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis.
WHO seeks humanitarian corridor to evacuate Gaza wounded
25 Jul 2014 at 8:22am
By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization (WHO) called on Friday for a humanitarian corridor to be set up in Gaza to allow aid workers to evacuate the wounded and bring in life-saving medicines. Yet some sick and injured in Gaza are dying because of a lack of access to ambulances or health facilities, or the inability to leave the enclave for specialized treatment, the agencies said. As casualties mount daily, WHO officials have discussed the humanitarian corridor proposal with both Israeli and Egyptian officials, but there has been no response yet, WHO spokesman Paul Garwood said. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry pressed regional proxies to agree on a Gaza ceasefire on Friday as the death toll soared to over 800.
Suspected Ebola victim dies in quarantine in Nigeria
25 Jul 2014 at 8:01am
GENEVA (Reuters) - A Liberian man suspected to have Ebola virus has died in quarantine in Lagos, Nigeria, a Nigerian official in Geneva told Reuters on Friday. The man, who collapsed on arrival at the airport in Nigeria's commercial centre, Lagos, on Thursday, was being kept in isolation by authorities and had not entered the mega-city of 21 million people, he said. "While he was in quarantine he passed away," the official said.
Europe backs new leukemia drugs from J&J and Gilead
25 Jul 2014 at 7:29am
By Reuters Staff LONDON (Reuters) - Two new leukemia drugs from Johnson & Johnson and Gilead Sciences have been recommended for approval by European regulators, paving the way for formal approval in a couple of months. The European Medicines Agency said on Friday its experts had issued positive opinions for J&J's ibrutinib, developed with Pharmacyclics, and Gilead's idelalisib. Ibrutinib, marketed at Imbruvica, was approved by U.S. ...
Report Raises Safety Questions on Popular Blood Thinner
25 Jul 2014 at 7:16am
By Suneel Kamath, MD A scientific study released Wednesday suggests the makers of the blood thinner Pradaxa may have held back information that may have prevented serious bleeding complications among some of the million or so Americans using it. Meanwhile, the maker of Pradaxa, German...
Bayer says Nexavar fails in breast cancer study
25 Jul 2014 at 6:37am
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German drugmaker Bayer said a Phase III trial of cancer drug Nexavar in patients with advanced breast cancer did not meet its primary endpoint of delaying the progression of the disease. The study, called Resilience, evaluated Nexavar in combination with chemotherapeutic agent capecitabine, in women with HER2-negative breast cancer. Oral drug Nexavar, which Bayer is developing jointly with Amgen, is approved for use against certain types of liver, kidney and thyroid cancer. Study details are expected to be presented at an upcoming scientific conference. ...
First Ebola victim in Sierra Leone capital on the run
25 Jul 2014 at 6:17am
By Umaru Fofana FREETOWN (Reuters) - Sierra Leone officials appealed for help on Friday to trace the first known resident in the capital with Ebola whose family forcibly removed her from a Freetown hospital after testing positive for the deadly disease. Radio stations in Freetown, a city of around 1 million inhabitants, broadcast the appeal on Friday to locate a woman who tested positive for the disease that has killed 660 people across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone since an outbreak was first identified in February. "Saudatu Koroma of 25 Old Railway Line, Brima Lane, Wellington," the announcement said. We need the public to help us locate her." Koroma, 32, a resident of the densely populated Wellington neighbourhood, had been admitted to an isolation ward while blood samples were tested for the virus, Health ministry spokesman Sidi Yahya Tunis.
India battles to contain 'brain fever' as deaths reach almost 570
25 Jul 2014 at 6:13am
By Nita Bhalla NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Almost 570 people in India have died after contracting encephalitis, commonly known as "brain fever", health authorities said on Friday, warning the death toll may rise with more people still at risk. Outbreaks of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome and Japanese Encephalitis are common every year in India, especially during the monsoon season, and claim hundreds of lives. In West Bengal, where at least 111 people have died from both strains, a senior health official said authorities were taking emergency steps to contain the outbreak.