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Deadline to clear up health law eligibility near
13 Aug 2014 at 12:15am
WASHINGTON (AP) ? The clock is ticking for hundreds of thousands of people who have unresolved issues affecting their coverage under the new health care law.
Ebola: Questions, answers about an unproven drug
12 Aug 2014 at 12:41am
WASHINGTON (AP) ? An experimental Ebola drug has been used to treat two American aid workers and a Spanish missionary priest. Could Liberian doctors be next?
Texas abortion law could send women across borders
12 Aug 2014 at 1:40pm
EL PASO, Texas (AP) ? Crossing borders is a part of life in El Paso in far West Texas, where people may walk into Mexico to visit family or commute to New Mexico for work. But getting an abortion doesn't require leaving town.
FDA approves use of Eliquis to treat leg, lung clots
21 Aug 2014 at 11:49am
(Reuters) - Bristol-Myers Squibb Co and Pfizer Inc on Thursday said U.S. Food and Drug Administration also approved use of the pill to reduce risk of recurrent blood clots in the deep veins of the leg, called deep vein thrombosis, and in the lung, called pulmonary embolism, following initial therapy.
Why American Ebola Survivor Got So Many Hugs
21 Aug 2014 at 11:44am
Hospital staff hugged Dr. Kent Brantly to show public he's not contagious.
Ethical experts urge 'fair' sharing of Ebola test drugs
21 Aug 2014 at 11:43am
The limited doses of Ebola trial drugs must not be reserved for the well-off or well-connected, two medical ethics experts said on Thursday as two American doctors treated with an experimental serum were pronounced cured. "Fair selection of participants is essential," Ezekiel Emanuel of the University of Pennsylvania and Annette Rid of Kings College London wrote in The Lancet medical journal. "Health-care workers are often well-off and have special ties to the medical establishment," said Emanuel and Rid.
Ebola Drug's Role in Americans' Recoveries Remains Unclear
21 Aug 2014 at 11:42am
American Ebola survivor Dr. Kent Brantly credited doctors, God and an experimental drug for his recovery today. But experts say itâ??s unclear whether the drug, known as ZMapp, helped or hindered his recovery.
Study: Combining vaccines boosts polio immunity
21 Aug 2014 at 11:42am
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Polio has been wiped out of many countries thanks to massive use of oral vaccine. But new research suggests trying a one-two punch where the disease is still a threat: Giving a single vaccine shot to children who've already gotten the drops boosted their immunity.
Ireland testing dead person recently in Africa for Ebola
21 Aug 2014 at 11:25am
Ireland is testing a dead person who recently returned from Africa for the Ebola virus, the Health Service Executive (HSE) of Ireland said on Thursday. Appropriate infection control procedures are being put in place in the community and at the mortuary in the north-west county of Donegal where the person's remains lie, pending the outcome of laboratory tests, the HSE said. "The public health department was made aware earlier today of the remains of an individual, discovered early this morning, who had recently traveled to one of the areas in Africa affected by the current Ebola virus disease outbreak," it said.
Ebola response of MSF and 'boiling frog' WHO under scrutiny
21 Aug 2014 at 11:18am
By Misha Hussain DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A decade ago, scientists would have laughed at the idea of Ebola as a public health emergency of international concern. Ebola, a rare tropical disease, has killed almost as many people in 6 months as in the previous 40 years. Experimental vaccines and treatments are available, but months away from use by the estimated 30,000 people who could have benefited from them, according to Nature magazine. ?I would have laughed if you had said Ebola would be a global public health emergency,? said David Heymann, who was working with the CDC team in 1976 when the deadly virus was first recorded close to the River Ebola in Democratic Republic of Congo, then Zaire. ?Ebola outbreaks can be stopped with a robust response.? Since 1976, 25 Ebola outbreaks have occurred throughout Africa.
2 American Ebola patients discharged from hospital
21 Aug 2014 at 10:57am
ATLANTA (AP) ? At least one of the two American aid workers who were infected with the Ebola virus was to be discharged Thursday from an Atlanta hospital, a spokeswoman for the aid group he was working for said.
Two American Ebola patients leave hospital
21 Aug 2014 at 10:57am
Two American missionaries who were sickened with Ebola while working in Liberia and were treated with an experimental drug are doing better and have left the hospital, doctors said Thursday. Doctor Kent Brantly, 33, and Nancy Writebol, 60, both Christian aid workers, were infected with Ebola in Monrovia last month as the largest outbreak in history swept West Africa. They were airlifted to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia for treatment in special isolation units three weeks ago. "The discharge from the hospital of both these patients poses no public health threat," said Bruce Ribner, director of Emory's Infectious Disease Unit.
WHO says 70 die from illness in Congo, denies Ebola link
21 Aug 2014 at 10:41am
KINSHASA/DAKAR (Reuters) - At least 70 people have died in northern Democratic Republic of Congo from an outbreak of hemorrhagic gastroenteritis, the World Health Organization said on Thursday, denying that the illness was Ebola. A local priest who asked not to be named said that the illness had affected several villages and estimated that the death toll was over 100 people. Kinshasa sent its health minister, Felix Kabange Numbi, and a team of experts on Wednesday to the region after reports of several deaths. The outbreak began in the remote jungle province of Equateur where the first case of Ebola was reported in 1976, prompting speculation that it was the same illness that has killed more than 1,350 people in an outbreak now raging in West Africa.
US missionaries beat Ebola as Liberia crisis worsens
21 Aug 2014 at 10:31am
Two American missionaries who contracted Ebola while treating patients in Liberia have left hospital after making a full recovery, doctors said on Thursday, as authorities in the west African nation struggled to deal with their dead. Doctors Kent Brantly, 33, and Nancy Writebol, 60, caught the disease in Monrovia in the midst of an outbreak that has has killed 1,350 people since March in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.
WHO holding talks next month on Ebola treatments
21 Aug 2014 at 10:30am
The World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Thursday it would convene talks early next month on potential treatments and vaccines to contain the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The infectious disease has killed 1,350 people among 2,473 cases in four countries - Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone - according to the United Nations health agency. The WHO this month backed the use of untested drugs on people infected with Ebola, but the scarcity of supplies has raised questions about who gets priority access to treatment. "The consultation has been convened to gather expertise about the most promising experimental therapies and vaccines and their role in containing the Ebola outbreak in West Africa," it said in a statement on the talks set for Sept. 4-5 in Geneva.