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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.
Second container possibly leaked at New Mexico nuclear dump
18 Sep 2014 at 7:39pm
By Laura Zuckerman (Reuters) - A second container of plutonium-contaminated debris may have contributed to a radiation leak that has led to the indefinite suspension of operations at an underground nuclear waste dump in New Mexico, a U.S. Energy Department official said on Thursday. Preliminary findings from an investigation of a Feb. 14 accident at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad that sent high levels of radiation into a salt mine half a mile (0. ...
Sierra Leone launches controversial Ebola shutdown
18 Sep 2014 at 7:26pm
Freetown (AFP) - Sierra Leone launched on Friday a controversial three-day shutdown to contain the deadly spread of the Ebola virus, as the UN Security Council declared the deadly outbreak a threat to world peace.
U.N. to deploy Ebola mission as death toll reaches 2,630
18 Sep 2014 at 6:36pm
By Elizabeth Pineau and Michelle Nichols NEW YORK/PARIS (Reuters) - The United Nations Security Council on Thursday declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa a "threat to international peace and security" as the death toll hit 2,630 and France became the latest Western nation to step up its support. French President Francois Hollande announced the deployment of a military hospital to the remote Forest Region of southeastern Guinea, where the outbreak was first detected in March. ...
U.N. Security Council declares Ebola threat to peace and security
18 Sep 2014 at 6:36pm
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council on Thursday declared the Ebola outbreak in Africa a "threat to international peace and security" and called on all states to provide urgent resources and assistance to help tackle the crisis. The 15-member body unanimously adopted a resolution that also calls on states "to lift general travel and border restrictions, imposed as a result of the Ebola outbreak, and that contribute to the further isolation of the affected countries and undermine their efforts to respond." (Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by James Dalgleish)
United Nations to deploy Ebola mission in worst-affected states
18 Sep 2014 at 6:36pm
By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations will create a special mission to combat Ebola, deploying staff in the worst-affected states - Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone - as the U.N. Security Council declared the outbreak a "threat to international peace and security." U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he will appoint a special envoy to head the U.N. Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), which will push a "rapid and massive mobilization" of people, material and financial resources. "This international mission ... ...
Worst Ebola outbreak on record tests global response
18 Sep 2014 at 6:36pm
(Reuters) - International agencies and governments are fighting to contain the world's worst Ebola epidemic since the disease was identified in 1976. The fever, which causes external and internal bleeding, has killed at least, 2,630 people in West Africa. Here is a timeline of the main developments in the outbreak: March 22: Guinea confirms that a previously unidentified hemorrhagic fever, which killed over 50 people in its southeastern Forest Region, is Ebola. One study traces the suspected original source to a 2-year-old boy in the town of Gueckedou. ...
Police seek shooting suspect at Phoenix's Sky Harbor airport
18 Sep 2014 at 5:59pm
(Reuters) - Police arrested one man and were seeking another at Phoenix's Sky Harbor International Airport on Thursday after officers pursued a car there carrying suspects in a shooting at a nearby gas station, authorities said. No one was being allowed into the airport's Terminal Four because of police activity, and people were told to avoid the area, said Sergeant Steve Martos, a Phoenix Police Department spokesman. Sergeant Mike Pooley of the Tempe Police Department said a patrol car had followed the suspects' vehicle from the scene of the shooting to the airport. ...
Cerner and Athenahealth say integrating with Apple's mobile health service
18 Sep 2014 at 5:22pm
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Cerner Corp and Athenahealth Inc, two leading U.S. electronic health record providers, said on Thursday they are working with Apple Inc to develop applications that leverage Apple's mobile health service HealthKit. Cerner and Athenahealth representatives said they are building integrations with HealthKit and working with Apple. Previously, Apple announced a partnership with rival electronic health record company Epic Systems. Apple did not respond to a request for comment. ...
I'm the Crystal (And So Are You): A Poem for Cold Times
18 Sep 2014 at 5:14pm
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U.S. government warns Oregon researchers about monkey care
18 Sep 2014 at 5:05pm
By Courtney Sherwood PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture has warned a major research hospital that it provides inadequate veterinary care to monkeys at its primate research center, Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) said on Thursday. The Aug. 6 warning letter, the lowest-level penalty issued by the USDA, followed an inspection that found that more than half of the rhesus macaques at Oregon National Primate Research Center were experiencing hair loss, and that 15 monkeys had been injured in a fight that left six of the animals dead, OHSU said. ...
Two Ebola vaccines to be tested in Switzerland
18 Sep 2014 at 4:25pm
Geneva (AFP) - Clinical trials of two experimental vaccines against the deadly Ebola virus are due to begin soon in Switzerland, the country's Tropical and Public Health Institute said on Thursday.
Sierra Leone to shut down for 3 days to slow Ebola
18 Sep 2014 at 4:19pm
In a desperate bid to slow West Africa's accelerating Ebola outbreak, Sierra Leone ordered its 6 million people confined to their homes for three days starting Friday while volunteers conduct a house-to-house search for victims in hiding.
U.S. says Medicare Advantage enrollment at all-time high
18 Sep 2014 at 3:39pm
(Reuters) - Elderly Americans have enrolled in privately managed Medicare health plans in record numbers even as average premiums continue to rise, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) said on Thursday. The agency said the average Medicare Advantage premium would increase by $2.94 a month next year, to $33.90 per month, but 61 percent of enrollees will not see any premium increase at all. Based on Medicare Advantage bids, CMS projects that plan enrollment will grow to just over 16 million in 2015 from 15.6 million this year, an increase of 3. ...
Anaesthesia additive blamed for Syria measles vaccine deaths
18 Sep 2014 at 3:06pm
Beirut (AFP) - Syria's opposition said Thursday that 16 children who died during a measles vaccination campaign in the mostly rebel-held province of Idlib had been given an anaesthesia additive by mistake.