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Spanish judge orders release of ill boy's parents
2 Sep 2014 at 11:30am
SOTO DEL REAL, Spain (AP) ? Spanish officials have ordered the immediate release of a detained British couple who were wanted by police in the United Kingdom after they took their critically ill child for treatment abroad without doctors' consent.
Sierra Leone complies with Ebola lockdown
20 Sep 2014 at 5:09am
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) ? Officials say thousands of health care workers successfully fanned out across Sierra Leone on the first day of an unprecedented three-day anti-Ebola lockdown despite some logistical blunders.
U.S. information chief joins response to Ebola outbreak
20 Sep 2014 at 4:29am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. government technology expert who helped Microsoft Corp co-founder Bill Gates launch the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will join the Obama administration's battle against Ebola in West Africa, administration officials said on Friday. Steve VanRoekel is stepping down as chief information officer at the White House to join the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), which is overseeing the Obama administration's response to the outbreak, officials said. VanRoekel's task as USAID's chief innovation officer will be to coordinate a U.S. ...
Ebola lockdown brings Sierra Leone capital to a halt
20 Sep 2014 at 4:27am
By Umaru Fofana and Josephus Olu-Mammah FREETOWN (Reuters) - Streets in the capital of Sierra Leone were deserted on Friday as the West African state began a contested, three-day lockdown in a bid to halt the worst Ebola outbreak on record. President Ernest Bai Koroma urged people to heed the emergency measures as health workers, some clad in protective biohazard suits, went house to house, checking on residents and marking each doorway they visited with chalk. Radio stations played Ebola awareness jingles on repeat and encouraged residents to stay indoors. ...
As G20 chases growth goal, members differ on how to get there
20 Sep 2014 at 3:39am
By Lincoln Feast and Gernot Heller CAIRNS Australia (Reuters) - Financial leaders of the Group of 20 top economies remain committed to chasing higher global growth, but were divided on how to achieve it as Germany pushed back at calls from the United States and others for more immediate stimulus. Opening a meeting of G20 finance ministers and central bankers, Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey outlined on Saturday an ambitious agenda of boosting world growth, fireproofing the global banking system and closing tax loopholes for giant multinationals. ...
New Ebola clinics useless without more trained staff
20 Sep 2014 at 2:11am
By Stella Dawson WASHINGTON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A shortage of volunteers to staff the new Ebola clinics and hospitals the international community is building in West Africa threatens efforts to bring the deadly virus rapidly under control, aid agencies have warned. ?The missing link is staff,? Athalia Christie, deputy for global health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who has just returned from Liberia, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. The United States this week announced it will send in its military to build 17 Ebola treatment centers in Liberia. ...
Hundreds of babies possibly exposed to TB at Texas Hospital
19 Sep 2014 at 10:11pm
(Reuters) - More than 700 newborns and 40 employees of a Texas hospital may have been exposed to a worker who had an active case of the sometimes-deadly tuberculosis, health officials said on Friday. The employee, working in a nursery at Providence Memorial Hospital in El Paso, interacted with patients for months before later being diagnosed with the disease, the El Paso Department of Public Health said. A total of 706 babies and 43 employees were possibly exposed to the infected worker between September 2013 and August 2014, the health department said. ...
Poisoned Texas doctor says lover gave him 'sweet tasting' coffee
19 Sep 2014 at 7:25pm
By Amanda Orr HOUSTON (Reuters) - A Texas doctor, who prosecutors said was poisoned by an obsessed colleague and lover, testified on Friday in her criminal trial that the woman served him a sweet cup of coffee one morning even though he preferred his black. Dr. Ana Maria Gonzalez-Angulo, 43, an oncologist, is charged with aggravated assault of a family member, a charge that covers domestic violence in dating relationships, for allegedly spiking Dr. George Blumenschein's coffee in January 2013. "It was very, very sweet," Blumenschein testified. ...
Toxic algae warning expanded for Oregon's Willamette River
19 Sep 2014 at 6:17pm
By Courtney Sherwood PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) - Tests have confirmed that a green film shimmering on the surface of the Willamette River as it flows through Oregon's largest city is caused by toxic algae that can be dangerous to people and animals, public health officials said on Friday. Authorities also expanded the "warning zone" issued on Wednesday when the algae was first observed, declaring water recreation unsafe for the hundreds of boaters and swimmers who normally use the river daily at this time of year. ...
700 babies maybe exposed to TB at Texas hospital
19 Sep 2014 at 5:50pm
EL PASO, Texas (AP) ? More than 700 infants may have been exposed to tuberculosis at an El Paso hospital over the past year by an employee recently diagnosed with the illness, health officials said Friday.
Baltimore judge approves $190 million deal on secret gynecological photos
19 Sep 2014 at 5:40pm
By Lacey Johnson BALTIMORE (Reuters) - A Baltimore judge on Friday approved a $190 million settlement to compensate thousands of women who were secretly photographed by a now-deceased Johns Hopkins Hospital gynecologist during exams. The hospital and former patients of Dr. Nikita Levy, who had worked there for 25 years, reached a preliminary settlement in July to resolve accusations the doctor secretly filmed and took photos of up to 9,500 women, often using a spy pen. ...
As NFL tries to reassure women, sponsor Crest is first to retreat
19 Sep 2014 at 5:38pm
By Eric Kelsey and Jennifer Saba LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) - When NFL players strap on their pink shoes and gloves in October for the league's annual Breast Cancer Awareness Month campaign, it will be doing so with one less sponsor, a notable retreat blamed on the league's handling of domestic violence. Crest, Procter & Gamble Co's dental brand, will no longer be offering pink mouth guards to NFL players, the company said on Friday, the first sponsor to publicly withdraw from the NFL's signature overture to women. ...
For victims, settlement marks a step in recovery
19 Sep 2014 at 5:13pm
BALTIMORE (AP) ? Maria Lennon said she felt some relief when she heard the news Friday afternoon: A judge had finalized a $190 million settlement between Johns Hopkins Hospital and more than 8,000 patients of a gynecologist who used tiny cameras to secretly photograph women and girls during examinations.
Allowing blood donations from gay men could help save over a million lives: U...
19 Sep 2014 at 3:59pm
By Jennifer Chaussee SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Lifting a ban on blood donations from gay men would increase the amount of available blood by hundreds of thousands of pints (liters) each year and save more than a million lives a year, a California study showed on Friday. The U.S. Federal Drug Administration has banned gay men from donating blood since 1983, when it was discovered that HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, was being transmitted through transfusions. ...
Three peanut company officials guilty in deadly salmonella outbreak
19 Sep 2014 at 3:51pm
By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - Three former peanut company officials were found guilty on Friday in connection with a 2009 salmonella outbreak that killed nine people and sickened hundreds, federal prosecutors said. The contamination at the Peanut Corporation of America plant in Blakely, Georgia, led to one of the largest food recalls in U.S. history and forced the company into liquidation. "The defendants made a decision that they were more interested in hefty profits than in healthy peanut products," Georgia-based U.S. ...