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India to raise age for tobacco purchases, ban single sales
26 Nov 2014 at 12:39am
Health campaigners Wednesday welcomed India's plans to raise the age for tobacco purchases to 25 and ban unpackaged cigarettes, hailing them as a major step towards stopping nearly one million tobacco-related deaths a year. Health Minister J. P. Nadda told parliament on Tuesday he was drawing up legislation to raise the minimum legal age for buying tobacco products, currently 18, and to force vendors only to sell full packets of cigarettes. The plans, proposed by an expert panel, will need final approval by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's cabinet and parliament to become law. "This is a very welcome move by the government," Binoy Mathew, spokesman for the non-profit Voluntary Health Association of India, told AFP.
South Korea to fly medical workers to Europe if infected fighting Ebola
26 Nov 2014 at 12:36am
SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea said on Wednesday that Britain had agreed to evacuate any South Korean medical workers who may be infected with the deadly Ebola virus while working at a British-run clinic in Sierra Leone for treatment. Seoul will send a team of 10 medical workers next month to work at the new treatment centre in Goderich outside the capital of Sierra Leone, Freetown where they will join British and American volunteer personnel. ...
New Australian treatment could save wounded soldiers
26 Nov 2014 at 12:21am
Researchers claim it could be the first big advance in treating battlefield casualties since the Vietnam War, with the potential to dramatically reduce deaths in the field. "In the last 10 years, about 5,000 allied soldiers have died on the battlefield (in Iraq and Afghanistan) and 87 percent happen in the first 30 minutes before they can even get to a treatment centre, so that is the key time," Geoffrey Dobson of James Cook University, who developed the treatment, told AFP. Dobson's therapy, developed with research associate Hayley Letson, increases the chances of survival for injured soldiers in remote areas by raising blood pressure in the vital first few minutes after they are wounded.
Four polio vaccinators shot dead in SW Pakistan
26 Nov 2014 at 12:18am
Gunmen opened fire on a team of polio vaccinators in Pakistan's restive southwest on Wednesday, killing four of them and forcing authorities to halt an immunisation drive, officials said.
AP sources: Gov't to set stricter smog standard
26 Nov 2014 at 12:17am
WASHINGTON (AP) ? The stricter smog standard proposed by the Obama administration joins a string of historic ? and controversial ? moves by the administration to improve air quality.
Fast bowlers rush to Abbott's defence after Hughes blow
26 Nov 2014 at 12:00am
By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE (Reuters) - As the global cricket community prays for Australia cricketer Phillip Hughes' recovery from a severe head injury, fast bowlers rushed to the defence of Sean Abbott, whose short-pitched ball struck the batsman and left him fighting for his life. Abbott and his New South Wales team mates received counselling on Wednesday, while Hughes lay in an induced coma at St. Vincent's Hospital in Sydney after having surgery to relieve pressure on his brain. ...
Cricket-Fast bowlers rush to Abbott's defence after Hughes blow
25 Nov 2014 at 11:08pm
By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE, Nov 26 (Reuters) - As the global cricket community prays for Australia cricketer Phillip Hughes' recovery from a severe head injury, fast bowlers rushed to the defence of Sean Abbott, whose short-pitched ball struck the batsman and left him fighting for his life. Abbott and his New South Wales team mates received counselling on Wednesday, while Hughes lay in an induced coma at St. Vincent's Hospital in Sydney after having surgery to relieve pressure on his brain. ...
Five killed in clashes between Houthis, Sunnis in Yemen capital
25 Nov 2014 at 10:23pm
SANAA (Reuters) - Five people were killed in clashes between Shi'ite Houthi fighters and Sunni tribal opponents in Sanaa early on Wednesday, medical sources said, in some of the worst violence in Yemen's capital since it was seized by the Houthi movement in September. Residents of al Hasba area of the capital said clashes erupted between Houthi fighters and members of the Sunni al-Ahmar clan early in the morning and continued for two hours. Houthi sources told Reuters that some Ahmar followers had refused to stop at a checkpoint, igniting the clashes. ...
U.S. EPA expected to tighten long-awaited ozone standards: sources
25 Nov 2014 at 6:27pm
By Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to propose on Wednesday more stringent air quality standards for ground-level ozone, the main culprit in smog, sources said. Under a court-ordered deadline of next Monday to release its proposal, the agency could propose a National Ambient Air Quality Standard between 65 and 70 parts per billion concentration of ozone, and take comment on standards within a 60-75 ppb range, sources familiar with the matter said. That would compare with the current level of 75 ppb set under then-President George W. ...
Ebola isolation at US base 'pretty much vacation'
25 Nov 2014 at 5:52pm
HAMPTON, Va. (AP) ? With plenty of flat screen TVs, game nights and even an outdoor fire pit, life in isolation for members of the U.S. military who have returned from the Ebola mission in West Africa can look a lot like summer camp.
Cricket-Australia's Hughes to undergo scans after surgery
25 Nov 2014 at 5:28pm
(Adds details) SYDNEY, Nov 26 (Reuters) - Australia cricketer Phillip Hughes remains in critical condition and will have more scans on Wednesday after undergoing emergency surgery to relieve pressure on his brain at a Sydney hospital. The batsman suffered a severe head injury when he was struck by a ball during a domestic match at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday. ...
Top Democrat says Obama focus on healthcare in 2009 was mistake
25 Nov 2014 at 4:09pm
By Amanda Becker WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A top U.S. Senate Democrat said on Tuesday that President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats made a major political blunder in 2009 when they chose to focus on healthcare reform instead of concentrating on fixing the economy. Charles Schumer, the No. 3 Senate Democrat, said it "made no political sense" for the party to push healthcare reform as its highest domestic priority when lack of health insurance coverage affected only a small portion of voters. ...
HCA hospitals halt use of uterine fibroid surgical tool
25 Nov 2014 at 3:59pm
(Reuters) - HCA Holdings Inc, the largest for-profit U.S. hospital operator, said a procedure for removing uterine fibroids that has been linked to the spread of cancer will no longer be performed at its facilities. The surgical technique involves use of a laparoscopic power morcellator device that pulverizes tissue before it is extracted from the uterus through a small opening. Morcellation is the mincing or pulverization of tissue to make it easier to remove. HCA's decision follows new guidelines for the devices issued Monday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. ...
Doctor behind 'free radical' aging theory dies
25 Nov 2014 at 3:34pm
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) ? Dr. Denham Harman, a renowned scientist who developed a prominent theory on aging that's now used to study cancer, Alzheimer's disease and other illnesses, has died in Nebraska at age 98.
Sierra Leone Ebola burial workers dump bodies in pay protest
25 Nov 2014 at 3:24pm
By Umaru Fofana FREETOWN (Reuters) - Burial workers in Sierra Leone have dumped bodies in the street outside a hospital in protest at authorities' failure to pay bonuses for handling Ebola victims. Residents said up to 15 corpses had been abandoned in the eastern town of Kenema, three of them at a hospital entrance to stop people entering. The head of the district Ebola Response Team, Abdul Wahab Wan, said the bodies included those of two babies. A spokesman for the striking workers, who asked not to be identified, said they had not been paid their weekly hazard allowance for seven weeks. ...