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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.
U.S. Ebola czar seeks to reverse government mistakes, step up response
20 Oct 2014 at 12:05am
By Jeff Mason and Roberta Rampton CHICAGO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Ebola czar Ron Klain faces a hefty to-do list when he begins his new role: soothe Americans' jitters about the virus, fix federal coordination with states, and restore a sense of control over the crisis that the White House had lost. Klain, a former senior aide in two Democratic administrations who is known for his keen political antenna, also must smooth over tensions with lawmakers who are angry about the government's missteps and mixed messages. ...
Kenyan girls trading sex for food: One woman's battle to help
19 Oct 2014 at 11:18pm
By Katy Migiro NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The alcohol lining the 12-year-old Kenyan girl's stomach did nothing to quell her hunger pangs. So when one of her mother's drunken customers, in the one-room drinking den that doubles as their home in Nairobi, offered her a boiled egg in exchange for sex, she agreed. Brittanie Richardson, a 27-year-old American campaigning against the child sex trade in Kenya, witnessed the act during a routine visit to meet the family and felt powerless to act. "The room was full of people: men, women, the mum is there, the sister. ...
Factbox: The race is on for the 'holy grail' of sweeteners
19 Oct 2014 at 10:22pm
By Chris Prentice and Marcy Nicholson NEW YORK (Reuters) - Major food suppliers and trade houses have been diving into the stevia market since 2008, when U.S. regulators deemed sweeteners made from the South American plant safe for consumption. Below are some key players in this growing market. *ARCHER DANIELS MIDLAND Archer Daniels Midland Co, a major player in the U.S. corn syrup market and global commodities trade, this month completed a $3-billion acquisition of Wild Flavors, looking to expand in the fast-growing "natural" markets. ...
Has sugar lost its sweet spot? Paraguayan plant upends market
19 Oct 2014 at 10:13pm
By Chris Prentice and Marcy Nicholson NEW YORK (Reuters) - The maker of America's top sugar brand Domino Sugar is launching its first no-calorie "natural" sweetener extracted from the stevia plant in Paraguay, the strongest sign yet that the upstart product is threatening to eat into raw-sugar demand. In less than a decade, the sweet-tasting stevia powder has stolen a big chunk of the $1.3-billion global market for artificial sweeteners as more health-conscious consumers use it in what they eat and drink. Consumers' appetite for artificial sweeteners like Cumberland Packing Co. ...
Ebola fear, monitoring eases for some in Dallas
19 Oct 2014 at 10:12pm
DALLAS (AP) ? Ebola fears began to ease for some Monday as a monitoring period passed for those who had close contact with a victim of the disease and after a cruise ship scare ended with the boat returning to port and a lab worker on board testing negative for the virus.
Medications mistakes common among young children
19 Oct 2014 at 9:33pm
By Andrew M. Seaman NEW YORK (Reuters) - Roughly every eight minutes from 2002 through 2012, a child in the U.S. experienced a medication mistake, according to a new study of calls to poison control hotlines. The number and rate of reported medication mistakes rose during the 11-year study, except for cough and cold medicines, the researchers report in the journal Pediatrics. ...
CDC to revise Ebola protocol, Pentagon preps team
19 Oct 2014 at 4:15pm
ATLANTA (AP) ? Revised guidance for health care workers treating Ebola patients will include using protective gear "with no skin showing," a top federal health official said Sunday, and the Pentagon announced it was forming a team to assist medical staff in the U.S., if needed.
Spaniard with Ebola beats the disease, test shows
19 Oct 2014 at 3:55pm
MADRID (AP) ? A Spanish nursing assistant infected with Ebola after treating missionary priests with the disease repatriated from West Africa has managed to beat it after nearly two weeks of treatment in Madrid and has no traces of the virus in her bloodstream, according to test results released Sunday night by Spain's government.
Ebola victim's Texas fiance expresses gratitude, sorrow
19 Oct 2014 at 3:00pm
By Karen Brooks (Reuters) - The fiancée of Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian who died of Ebola in Dallas earlier this month, said on Sunday she was grateful to be leaving quarantine without any signs of the disease that killed the man she was to marry, but saddened by the toll the virus has taken. "We are so happy this is coming to an end, and we are so grateful that none of us has shown any sign of illness," Louise Troh said in a statement. "We continue to mourn his loss and grieve the circumstances that led to his death, just at the time we thought we were facing a happy future together. ...
U.S. to issue new Ebola care guidelines, watch lists to shrink
19 Oct 2014 at 2:39pm
By Erwin Seba GALVESTON Texas (Reuters) - The United States will issue strict new guidelines telling American health workers to cover their skin and hair when dealing with Ebola patients, a top health official said on Sunday, while some of the dozens of people being watched for possible exposure to the virus are expected to be cleared. In Texas, a lab worker who spent much of a Caribbean holiday cruise in isolation tested negative for the deadly virus and left the Carnival Magic liner with other passengers after it docked at Galveston early on Sunday morning. ...
Spanish nurse cleared of Ebola: government
19 Oct 2014 at 12:29pm
Madrid (Spain) (AFP) - A Spanish health worker who was the first person to catch Ebola outside of Africa no longer has the virus, according to medical test results Sunday, the government said.
Hamas leader's daughter received medical treatment in Israel: sources
19 Oct 2014 at 12:25pm
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A daughter of the leader of Hamas in Gaza was admitted to an Israeli hospital for emergency medical treatment this month after she suffered complications from a routine procedure, two sources familiar with the case said. Ismail Haniyeh's daughter's week-long admission to a hospital in Tel Aviv - which Israeli and Palestinian officials declined to confirm or deny - shows humanitarian coordination between the sides continues just weeks after the Gaza war ended. ...
Spanish Ebola nurse appears clear of disease, says government
19 Oct 2014 at 12:10pm
MADRID (Reuters) - The Spanish nurse who contracted Ebola while caring for two infected priests in a Madrid hospital, becoming the first person to contract the virus outside West Africa, appears to have overcome the deadly disease, the government said on Sunday. Tests on Teresa Romero, 44, hospitalized earlier this month with a high fever and treated in an isolation unit in a specially-adapted hospital in central Madrid, gave a negative result for the virus on Sunday, it said in a statement. ...
New Ebola guidelines will be more stringent: U.S. health official
19 Oct 2014 at 12:05pm
By Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New guidelines being developed for U.S. hospitals treating Ebola patients will be more stringent and will direct workers to make sure their skin and hair are fully covered, a top U.S. health official said Sunday. Anthony Fauci, the director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, spoke about the new guidelines being developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in an interview on CBS's "Face the Nation. ...