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MSF says 33 still missing after US air strike
8 Oct 2015 at 10:26am
Thirty-three people are still missing five days after a catastrophic US air strike on an Afghan hospital, medical charity MSF said Thursday, sparking fears that the death toll may significantly rise. The bombing raid last Saturday killed 12 MSF staff and 10 patients, prompting the charity to close the trauma centre, seen as a lifeline in a war-battered region with scant medical care. "We are still in shock," Doctors Without Borders (MSF) country representative Guilhem Molinie told a press conference in Kabul.
Flint will return to Detroit water system due to lead concerns
8 Oct 2015 at 9:59am
By Serena Maria Daniels DETROIT (Reuters) - Flint will resume getting water from Detroit, officials said on Thursday, a week after the Michigan city confirmed that children were showing elevated levels of lead since it began using water from a nearby river. "Reconnecting to Detroit is a major step toward safe water," Flint Mayor Dayne Walling said at a news conference. Michigan Governor Rick Snyder told reporters he would ask the state legislature to provide half of the $12 million needed to connect Flint's water supply with the Great Lakes Water Authority through next summer.
Neurocrine's neurological disorder drug effective in late: stage study
8 Oct 2015 at 9:57am
Neurocrine Biosciences Inc's experimental drug for tardive dyskinesia, a neurological disorder, was effective in a late-stage study, bringing it a step closer to becoming the first treatment to win U.S. approval for the condition. Data showed the drug, NBI-98854, was significantly more effective than a placebo in reducing involuntary movements in patients with tardive dyskinesia, a condition frequently afflicting patients taking antipsychotic drugs. About 10 percent of the 6 million U.S. patients who are currently on antispychotics develop tardive dyskinesia, Leerink Partners' analyst Paul Matteis estimated, assigning an 80 percent probability that the drug would be approved.
Patients who feel ready to leave the hospital are more satisfied
8 Oct 2015 at 9:48am
?In general, the length of hospitalization is determined by the amount of time it takes for patients to return to a state of health that will allow the remainder of their recovery to be done safely outside the hospital,? said senior author Dr. Emily R. Winslow of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison. In this study, most patients were hospitalized for small bowel obstruction, which is marked by abdominal pain, nausea or constipation and can have many causes, like hernias or Crohn?s disease. ?For patients with bowel obstructions in particular, the length of the hospital stay is predicated primarily on the time to resolution of the obstruction,? Winslow told Reuters Health by email.
License suspended for nurse accused of reusing syringes
8 Oct 2015 at 9:33am
WEST WINDSOR, N.J. (AP) ? A nurse accused of reusing syringes while giving flu shots to 67 patients at a pharmaceutical company voluntarily surrendered her license, New Jersey officials said Thursday.
Afghan medical NGOs faced growing danger long before MSF hospital tragedy
8 Oct 2015 at 9:18am
By Krista Mahr KABUL (Reuters) - The U.S. air strike in Afghanistan that killed at least 22 patients and staff at a Medecins Sans Frontieres hospital wasn't the first time the escalating war has affected an aid-run medical facility. According to Sagot-Priez, in mid-August intense fighting broke out near a remote clinic operated by Premiere Urgence in Kunar, in the east.
Why is elephant cancer rare? Answer might help treat humans
8 Oct 2015 at 9:14am
CHICAGO (AP) ? Cancer is much less common in elephants than in humans, even though the big beasts' bodies have many more cells. That's a paradox known among scientists, and now researchers think they may have an explanation ? one they say might someday lead to new ways to protect people from cancer.
Snoring, apnea linked to diabetes risk in older adults
8 Oct 2015 at 8:35am
By Madeline Kennedy (Reuters Health) - Seniors with nighttime breathing issues like snoring or sleep apnea often have high blood sugar and may be almost twice as likely as sound sleepers to develop type 2 diabetes, according to a recent study. Findings from some 6,000 U.S. adults who were followed for up to 10 years suggest that doctors may want to monitor blood sugar in older patients with sleep-disordered breathing, researchers say. ?Recent evidence suggests that diabetes patients have a higher prevalence of sleep disturbances than the general population,? lead author Linn Beate Strand said by email.
Roche drug may set new benchmark in MS, data suggest
8 Oct 2015 at 8:32am
Roche's big new drug hope ocrelizumab cut multiple sclerosis relapses by nearly 50 percent compared with the older product Rebif in two large clinical trials, underscoring its potential in the main relapsing form of the disease. Ocrelizumab also cut clinical disability by nearly a quarter in a separate study of patients with primary progressive multiple sclerosis (PPMS), which affects around 15 percent of patients and for which there is currently no approved treatment. The Swiss company had previously said its new drug worked in both settings but the scale of effect is only being disclosed this week at the European Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis congress in Barcelona.
Hungary hopes to decide Croatian border closure in a week
8 Oct 2015 at 7:38am
Hungary will decide in a week whether to close its border with Croatia, where a double fence to stop a massive flow of migrants through the country is "99 percent finished," a top government official said on Thursday. Hungary has seen more than 330,000 migrants pass through its territory so far this year, Janos Lazar, Prime Minister Viktor Orban's chief of staff, told journalists on Thursday, and the government wants to put an end to the flow. About 6,000 migrants are passing through daily now, officials say, coming over the border from Croatia and being sent directly to Austria.
In boost for transplants, kidney tissue grown in lab
8 Oct 2015 at 6:28am
Scientists said Wednesday they had grown rudimentary human kidney tissue from stem cells, a key step towards the Holy Grail of fully-functional, lab-made transplant organs. The researchers from Australia and the Netherlands grew their "kidney-like structure" from induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells -- adult cells reprogrammed into a neutral state from which they can be coaxed to develop into other cell types. Given the critical shortage of donor organs to replace those damaged by accident or disease, it has long been a goal of science to create human organs from stem cells.
Mixup Leads Florida Woman to Glue Eye Shut
8 Oct 2015 at 6:19am
Katie Gaydos was mistakenly given fingernail glue instead of eye drops by her friend after a piece of debris landed in her eye.
Aid group MSF to review work in Afghanistan after air strike
8 Oct 2015 at 5:58am
By James Mackenzie KABUL (Reuters) - Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) will review its operations in Afghanistan following last weekend's deadly U.S. air strike on a hospital in the city of Kunduz, officials from the international aid group said on Thursday. At least 22 patients and MSF staff were killed on Saturday when a U.S. aircraft attacked the hospital during fighting between Afghan government troops and Taliban forces. "The overwhelmingly shocking nature of the event forces us to take stock of our work in Afghanistan generally and to carefully weigh the safety and security of our staff and patients," Christopher Stokes, general director of the group, told a news conference in Kabul.
India's Cipla ties up with Serum Institute to sell vaccines in South Africa
8 Oct 2015 at 3:21am
Cipla Ltd, India's fourth-largest drugmaker by sales, said on Thursday it had agreed to an exclusive deal with Serum Institute of India to supply vaccines to South Africa, adding a new market to their partnership in India and Europe. Cipla's unit Cipla Medpro, South Africa's third-largest drugs manufacturer, will be responsible for obtaining regulatory approvals and marketing of the vaccines under the deal terms, Cipla said in a statement to exchanges.
Flies, worms and crickets crawl onto EU policymakers' menu
8 Oct 2015 at 2:44am
By Barbara Lewis BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Houseflies, crickets and silkworms can be safe, nutritious and more environmentally friendly alternatives to chicken, beef or pork, research carried out for the European Commission finds. The Commission, the EU executive, is working on revised legislation on novel foods, after a previous proposal failed because of opposition to animal cloning. It asked the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to research the safety of eating insects.