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Siemens seen picking EQT for hearing aids next week
31 Oct 2014 at 2:30am
MUNICH/LONDON (Reuters) - Siemens is likely to pick EQT next week to buy its hearing aids unit for about 2 billion euros ($2.5 billion), two sources familiar with the matter said. Danish hearing aid maker GN Store Nord was also in the running. Private equity firm Permira, which had been interested, is now out of the race, another source close to the matter said. Siemens' board is expected to make a decision on the matter next Wednesday, all three sources said. Siemens and EQT declined to comment. ...
Soldier or civilian, Ebola protocols not the same
31 Oct 2014 at 2:26am
WASHINGTON (AP) ? A U.S. soldier returning from an Ebola response mission in West Africa would have to spend 21 days being monitored, isolated in a military facility away from family and the broader population. A returning civilian doctor or nurse who directly treated Ebola patients? Depends.
BOJ shocks markets with more easing as inflation slows
31 Oct 2014 at 1:37am
By Leika Kihara and Tetsushi Kajimoto TOKYO (Reuters) - The Bank of Japan surprised global financial markets on Friday by expanding its massive stimulus spending in a stark admission that economic growth and inflation have not picked up as much as expected after a sales tax hike in April. The jolt from the BOJ, which had been expected to maintain its level of asset purchases, came as the government signaled its readiness to ramp up spending to boost the economy and as the government pension fund, the world's largest, was set to increase purchases of domestic and foreign stocks. ...
China to send elite army unit to help fight Ebola in Liberia
31 Oct 2014 at 1:36am
By Megha Rajagopalan BEIJING (Reuters) - China will dispatch an elite unit from the People's Liberation Army to help Ebola-hit Liberia, the Foreign Ministry said on Friday, responding to U.N. calls for a greater global effort to fight the deadly virus in West Africa. Washington has led the international drive to stop the spread of the disease that has killed nearly 5,000 people, sending thousands of troops and committing about $1 billion, but Beijing has faced criticism for not doing enough. ...
APNewsBreak: Medicare bought meds for dead people
31 Oct 2014 at 1:24am
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Call it drugs for the departed: Medicare's prescription program kept paying for costly medications even after patients were dead.
Life goes on for nurse in standoff over Ebola
31 Oct 2014 at 1:24am
FORT KENT, Maine (AP) ? In between going on a bike ride and taking delivery of a pizza, nurse Kaci Hickox and her boyfriend did chores and watched a movie while state officials struggled to reach a compromise in a standoff that has become the nation's most closely watched clash between personal freedom and fear of Ebola.
India considers ban on e-cigarettes, sale of single smokes
31 Oct 2014 at 12:38am
By Aditya Kalra NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India is considering a ban on electronic cigarettes over the risks to public health that they may cause, a senior Health Ministry official told Reuters. The World Health Organization (WHO) in August called for stiff regulation of e-cigarettes as well as bans on indoor use, in the latest bid to control the booming $3 billion global market. Such devices use battery-powered cartridges to produce a nicotine-laced vapor but there is a lack of long-term scientific research that confirms they are safe. ...
A look at Ebola guidelines in some states
31 Oct 2014 at 12:29am
States have broad authority to quarantine people to prevent the spread of disease, and several are exercising that right to go beyond the safety recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control for containing the deadly Ebola virus.
JAL worried about potential impact of Ebola on travel market
31 Oct 2014 at 12:28am
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan Airlines Co Ltd CEO Yoshiharu Ueki on Friday expressed worry about the potential impact of the Ebola outbreak on the travel market. "I'm very concerned, the potential impact could be great," he said at an earnings briefing. (Reporting by Tim Kelly; Editing by Chris Gallagher)
To stop Ebola's spread in West Africa, target funerals: study
31 Oct 2014 at 12:18am
By Sharon Begley NEW YORK (Reuters) - As the global health community ramps up its efforts to treat Ebola patients and curb its spread in West Africa, a new analysis finds that the greatest impact would come from insuring safe burials for victims, scientists reported on Thursday. The need for safe burials has been known from the beginning of the epidemic last spring, when people who attended the funeral of a faith healer in Guinea became infected. U.S. ...
Fighting likely to surge in South Sudan as rainy season ends - report
30 Oct 2014 at 11:36pm
By Alex Whiting LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The end of the rainy season is imminent and warring parties in South Sudan's civil war are preparing for major offensives likely to cause fresh displacement and hunger, the think-tank International Crisis Group said in a report. President Salva Kiir's government forces and rebels allied to his former deputy Riek Machar have been fighting since December 2013, despite ongoing peace talks in Addis Ababa and several ceasefire agreements. A growing number of militias and self-defence forces are joining the conflict. ...
New Zealand's Fonterra says China lifts ban on baby formula ingredients
30 Oct 2014 at 10:20pm
WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand's Fonterra Co-Operative Group, the world's biggest dairy exporter, said the Chinese government has lifted a ban on the last two products that were embroiled in last year's contaminated infant formula scare. It said the ban on New Zealand producers exporting whey powder and base powder containing whey for infant formula to China has ended. The ban was imposed in August last year in the wake of the scare that whey powder had been contaminated with a bacteria that could cause botulism. ...
Nurse defies Ebola quarantine with bike ride; negotiations fail
30 Oct 2014 at 9:27pm
By Steve Holland CAPE ELIZABETH Maine (Reuters) - A nurse who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone but has tested negative for the virus went for a bike ride on Thursday, defying Maine's order that she be quarantined in her home and setting up a legal collision with Governor Paul LePage. Attorneys for Kaci Hickox, 33, said they had not yet been served with a court order to enforce the 21-day quarantine - matching the virus's maximum incubation period - but remained prepared to fight such an order if necessary. ...
Lawsuit: Surgical gowns let diseases pass through
30 Oct 2014 at 8:23pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) ? A $500 million lawsuit against Kimberly-Clark Corp. alleges the company falsely claimed its surgical gowns protected against Ebola and other infectious diseases.
U.S. envoy to report temperature twice daily after West Africa visit
30 Oct 2014 at 8:10pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power returned to New York on Thursday after a brief visit to Ebola-stricken West Africa and will report her temperature twice daily to the New York state health department for the next 20 days. Traveling on a U.S. government plane, Power's delegation did not come in contact with any Ebola patients during a visit to Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, the three countries worst affected by the deadly hemorrhagic fever that has killed some 5,000 people. Customs and Border Protection officers at New York's John F. ...