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New York confirms first Ebola case
24 Oct 2014 at 4:28am
New York confirmed the first case of Ebola in the largest city in the United States as the EU dramatically ramped up aid Friday to contain the killer epidemic ravaging west Africa. The EU announcement of one billion euros ($1.3 billion) for the worst-hit countries comes as fears of a spread of the virus grew, with the first confirmed case in Mali, where a two-year-old girl has tested positive. The World Health Organization (WHO), which has warned the Ebola crisis in west Africa "remains of great concern", held talks Thursday on efforts to ensure access to and funding for potential vaccines. The New York case is a doctor who recently returned from treating Ebola patients in Guinea, the epicenter of the world's worst outbreak of the disease.
AstraZeneca ovarian cancer drug wins European green light
24 Oct 2014 at 4:18am
LONDON (Reuters) - AstraZeneca's cancer drug pipeline received a boost on Friday as European regulators recommended approval of an experimental medicine against ovarian cancer. The green light from the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for olaparib, or Lynparza, is welcome news since the product hit a road bump in June when a U.S. panel voted against its accelerated approval. AstraZeneca has flagged the medicine as a potential $2 billion-a-year seller. Olaparib blocks an enzyme involved in cell repair and is designed for patients with certain hereditary gene mutations. ...
Doctor with Ebola in New York hospital after return from Guinea
24 Oct 2014 at 4:06am
By Ellen Wulfhorst and Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - A doctor who worked in West Africa with Ebola patients was in an isolation unit in New York City on Friday after testing positive for the virus, becoming the fourth person diagnosed with the disease in the United States and the first in its largest city. Dr. Craig Spencer, 33, was placed in a quarantined unit at Bellevue Hospital on Thursday, six days after returning from Guinea, renewing public jitters about transmission of the disease and rattling financial markets. ...
Cameron: EU secures $1.25 billion for Ebola fight
24 Oct 2014 at 3:56am
BRUSSELS (AP) ? British Prime Minister David Cameron says that the European Union and its 28 member nations have secured 1 billion euros ($1.25 billion) to fight the Ebola crisis in West Africa.
WHO sending Ebola experts to Mali, 43 people monitored for virus
24 Oct 2014 at 3:47am
GENEVA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday it was sending more experts to help Mali fight Ebola, a day after the first case of the disease was confirmed there. Malian authorities said on Thursday a two-year-old girl who had traveled to neighboring Guinea was infected -- making Mali the sixth West African country to be touched by the worst outbreak on record of the hemorrhagic fever, which has killed almost 4,900 people. . ...
Hikma Pharma shares slip on FDA warning for Portugal plant
24 Oct 2014 at 3:45am
(Reuters) - Drugmaker Hikma Pharmaceuticals Plc said the U.S. health regulator had raised issues related to environmental monitoring at its plant in Portugal, which some analysts said accounts for about a quarter of the company's U.S. injectibles sales. Shares in the Jordanian company fell more than 6 percent on Friday as the warning added to disappointment of weak branded drug sales and a case filed by Takeda Pharmaceutical Co against the approval of Hikma's drug for gout flares. Hikma's stock was the top percentage loser on the FTSE-250 Midcap Index in the morning. ...
After 1st Ebola case in NYC, 3 others quarantined
24 Oct 2014 at 3:43am
NEW YORK (AP) ? A doctor who became New York City's first Ebola patient was praised for getting treatment immediately upon showing symptoms, and health officials stressed that the nation's most populous city need not fear his wide-ranging travel in the days before his illness began.
UK boy finishes proton therapy in Prague for tumor
24 Oct 2014 at 3:36am
PRAGUE (AP) ? A clinic in Prague says British boy Ashya King has completed his proton beam therapy treatment for a life-threatening brain tumor.
EU leaders agree to raise Ebola aid budget to 1 bln euros
24 Oct 2014 at 3:01am
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union leaders agreed on Friday to roughly double their financial support for efforts to fight the deadly Ebola epidemic in Africa to 1 billion euros, the chairman of their Brussels summit, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy, said. "EU will increase financial help to 1 billion euros to fight Ebola in West Africa," he said in a Twitter messsage. Total contributions from the 28 nations had been running at about 500 million euros ($630 million) and there had been criticism that the wealthy Europeans were not doing more. (1 US dollar = 0.7908 euro)
EU leaders agree to raise Ebola aid budget to 1 billion euros
24 Oct 2014 at 3:00am
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union leaders agreed on Friday to roughly double their financial support for efforts to fight the deadly Ebola epidemic in Africa to 1 billion euros, the chairman of their Brussels summit, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy, said. "EU will increase financial help to 1 billion euros to fight Ebola in West Africa," he said in a Twitter message. Total contributions from the 28 nations had been running at about 500 million euros ($630 million) and there had been criticism that the wealthy Europeans were not doing more. (1 US dollar = 0. ...
Britons had less gum disease in Roman times than today: study
24 Oct 2014 at 2:36am
Britons had far less gum disease in the Roman era than today, and oral health has seriously worsened despite the advent of toothbrushes and dentists, a study said Friday.
Australian doctors transplant 'dead' hearts in surgical breakthrough
24 Oct 2014 at 2:04am
Sydney (AFP) - Australian surgeons said Friday they have used hearts which had stopped beating in successful transplants, in what they said was a world first that could change the way organs are donated.
Watch: Ohio College Student Diagnosed with Brain Cancer Receives Final Wish
24 Oct 2014 at 1:07am
Lauren Hill, 19, will get to play one last game of college basketball with her Mount St Joe's team.
Official cites 'epidemic of fear' in US
24 Oct 2014 at 12:49am
WASHINGTON (AP) ? The likelihood of a significant outbreak of Ebola in the U.S. is remote, in the view of a top Health and Human Services official who is assuring lawmakers that government agencies are preparing for any contingency.
Cash aid for refugees succeeds despite donors' doubts
24 Oct 2014 at 12:23am
By Oliver Holmes BEIRUT (Reuters) - For decades, aid groups have assumed they know what's best for refugees and the poor; a growing body of evidence suggests they're wrong. Both academic research and practical experience, such as with the mass of Syrians fleeing civil war, shows that simply handing out traditional relief goods may not be the most effective way of helping the dispossessed. Aid agencies are tentatively also giving away cash and letting refugees decide for themselves what they need. ...