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Deadline to clear up health law eligibility near
13 Aug 2014 at 12:15am
WASHINGTON (AP) ? The clock is ticking for hundreds of thousands of people who have unresolved issues affecting their coverage under the new health care law.
Ebola: Questions, answers about an unproven drug
12 Aug 2014 at 12:41am
WASHINGTON (AP) ? An experimental Ebola drug has been used to treat two American aid workers and a Spanish missionary priest. Could Liberian doctors be next?
Texas abortion law could send women across borders
12 Aug 2014 at 1:40pm
EL PASO, Texas (AP) ? Crossing borders is a part of life in El Paso in far West Texas, where people may walk into Mexico to visit family or commute to New Mexico for work. But getting an abortion doesn't require leaving town.
Robin Williams' ashes scattered in San Francisco Bay
21 Aug 2014 at 1:59pm
Comedian Robin Williams' ashes have been scattered in the San Francisco Bay following his apparent suicide, according to a death certificate released by Marin County on Thursday. Williams, 63, was found hanged in his Tiburon, California, home last week. The "Mrs. Doubtfire" star had been suffering from severe depression, anxiety and early Parkinson's disease before his death. Williams' cremated remains were released on Aug. 12, the day after his death, according to the document.
Ireland tests suspected Ebola case after death
21 Aug 2014 at 1:53pm
Irish authorities are testing a "suspected case of Ebola virus" after a person who travelled to an affected area in Africa was found dead, the health service said on Thursday. "The public health department was made aware earlier today of the remains of an individual, discovered early this morning, who had recently travelled to the one of the areas in Africa affected by the current Ebola virus disease outbreak," the Health Service Executive (HSE) said in a statement. The outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa is the largest ever and has killed 1,350 people in Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Nigeria since March. "We await the outcome of the laboratory tests before we will know whether or not this individual had contracted Ebola virus disease," said Darina O'Flanagan, the head of the HSE health protection surveillance centre.
Lack of leadership hurts Ebola fight in West Africa: MSF
21 Aug 2014 at 1:52pm
By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - Efforts to curb the deadly Ebola epidemic that swept across four West African states are being undermined by a lack of leadership and emergency management skills, the international head of Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF) said on Thursday. In an interview, Joanne Liu also said the world's worst ever outbreak of Ebola has caused widespread panic and the collapse of health care systems particularly in Liberia, where pregnant women have lost babies while seeking a safe place to deliver.
Africa tightens Ebola travel curbs as affected countries face food shortages
21 Aug 2014 at 1:33pm
By Clair MacDougall MONROVIA (Reuters) - African countries tightened travel curbs on Thursday in an effort to contain the Ebola outbreak, ignoring World Health Organization warnings that such measures could heighten shortages of food and basic supplies in affected areas. In the West Point slum in Liberia's capital Monrovia, the scene of violent clashes with the army on Wednesday after the area was quarantined to curb the spread of Ebola, hundreds of people jostled their way towards trucks loaded with water and rice. I feel bad," said Hawa Saah, a pregnant 23-year-old resident of West Point, speaking in the pidgin English common to this part of West Africa. The World Food Programme says deliveries of basic supplies to more than 1 million people across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone are intended to avoid a food crisis in those West African countries, where more than 1,300 people have died from Ebola in the worst outbreak of the disease in history.
Knee replacement may go poorly for people who think life isn?t fair
21 Aug 2014 at 1:29pm
By Kathryn Doyle NEW YORK (Reuters Health) ? People who tend to blame others for their suffering and think setbacks in their lives are irreparable tend to report more pain after knee replacement surgery, according to a new study. ?Pain is a complex phenomenon that is influenced by biological, social, and psychological factors,? said lead author Esther Yakobov, a doctoral student in clinical psychology at McGill University in Montreal. ?Studies conducted with patients who suffer from chronic pain because of an injury demonstrated that individuals who judge their experience as unfair, focus on their losses, and blame others for their painful condition also tend to experience more pain and recover from their injuries slower than individuals who do not,? she told Reuters Health by email. For the new study, a group of 116 men and women with severe osteoarthritis, between ages 50 and 85 years old and scheduled for knee replacement surgery in Canada, first filled out questionnaires assessing perceived injustice, how much they think about or worry about pain and their fear of movement or re-injury.
U.S. aid workers who survived Ebola leave Atlanta hospital
21 Aug 2014 at 1:03pm
By Rich Mckay ATLANTA, (Reuters) - Appearing thin but smiling, a Texas doctor who weeks ago entered an Atlanta hospital in a full-body biohazard suit to be treated for Ebola said on Thursday he was "thrilled to be alive" as doctors declared him virus-free and safe for release. Dr. Kent Brantly's release came two days after a second U.S. missionary, Nancy Writebol, was quietly allowed to leave Emory University Hospital, where both had been treated after contracting the deadly virus in July while working for Christian organizations in Liberia. ...
Asthma attack rates similar for black and white kids
21 Aug 2014 at 12:58pm
Disparities between white and black kids with asthma in rates of emergency department visits or hospitalizations have shrunk and rates of asthma attacks ? another sign of poorly managed asthma ? are the same, researchers found. ?In general, this is good news - once differences in asthma prevalence rates are taken into account, national estimates show that progress has been made in addressing asthma disparities among children,? Dr. Lara Akinbami, who led the study, told Reuters Health in an email. ?But, the flipside is that disparities remain, especially for asthma deaths, and black children were increasingly likely to have asthma, and thus disproportionately at risk for the health risks that come from having asthma,? said Akinbami, a researcher with the National Center for Health Statistics in Hyattsville, Maryland.
American Ebola doc: 'I am thrilled to be alive'
21 Aug 2014 at 12:38pm
ATLANTA (AP) ? At least one of the two American aid workers who were infected with the Ebola virus was to be discharged Thursday from an Atlanta hospital, a spokeswoman for the aid group he was working for said.
Marching and praying, U.S. clerics seek to restore calm in Ferguson
21 Aug 2014 at 12:34pm
By Carey Gillam and Scott Malone FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - Some clad in clerical collars and others in flowing robes, religious leaders have descended on Ferguson, Missouri, to help end nearly two weeks of violence sparked by the police killing of an unarmed black teenager. We are close, we are so close," said Tommie Pierson, pastor of Greater St. Mark Family Church, a gathering place for counseling and communication between religious leaders, residents and others protesting the Aug. 9 killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown. "We can see that the clergy has the community's trust and you can see the value of that," said Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson, who was appointed to oversee security for Ferguson during the protests. "The trend is good." An explosion of anger over the shooting of Brown by a white police officer, 28-year-old Darren Wilson, has cast the St. Louis suburb of 21,000 people into the international spotlight as a symbol of often troubled U.S.
Study: Combining vaccines boosts polio immunity
21 Aug 2014 at 12:13pm
WASHINGTON (AP) ? New research suggests a one-two punch could help battle polio in some of the world's most remote and strife-torn regions: Giving a single vaccine shot to children who've already swallowed drops of an oral polio vaccine greatly boosted their immunity.
Why My Dad Committed Suicide
21 Aug 2014 at 12:09pm
Twenty-five years ago, my dad committed suicide when he was 54. I was 19. Why? I demanded. Whywhywhywhywhy? I was old enough to be aware but not yet wise enough to understand. Three thousand miles away at college at the time, I'd talked to my dad on the phone the day before. Our conversation seemed typical: He'd urged me to do well in school,...
FDA approves use of Eliquis to treat leg, lung clots
21 Aug 2014 at 11:49am
(Reuters) - Bristol-Myers Squibb Co and Pfizer Inc on Thursday said U.S. Food and Drug Administration also approved use of the pill to reduce risk of recurrent blood clots in the deep veins of the leg, called deep vein thrombosis, and in the lung, called pulmonary embolism, following initial therapy.