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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.
Families wait in agony for word on Ebola patients
30 Sep 2014 at 3:38am
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) ? First the ring tone echoed outside the barbed-wire-topped walls of the Ebola clinic. Then came the wails of grief, as news spread that 31-year-old Rose Johnson was dead just days after she was brought here unconscious by relatives.
No U.S. 'chlorine chicken' in Europe, EU's health nominee says
30 Sep 2014 at 3:36am
By Robin Emmott BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The EU's nominee for health chief pledged on Tuesday to oppose the import of some U.S. foodstuffs such as chemically-treated meat that Washington hopes to be able to sell to Europe under a planned multi-billion-dollar transatlantic trade deal. In comments at his confirmation hearing in the European Parliament that will delight EU heavyweights France and Germany, Vytenis Andriukaitis also said genetically modified crops posed a "philosophical problem" that threatened Europe's biodiversity. ...
US Ebola labs, parts for clinic arrive in Liberia
30 Sep 2014 at 2:44am
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) ? U.S. mobile Ebola labs should be up and running in Liberia this week, and American troops have broken ground for a field hospital, as the international community races to increase the ability to care for the spiraling number of people infected with the dreaded disease.
Online abuse of women in Pakistan turns into real-world violence
30 Sep 2014 at 1:34am
By Katharine Houreld ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Internet abuse of women in Pakistan is triggering real world violence against them, but large social media companies, such as Facebook and Twitter, are moving too slowly to stop it, internet rights group Bytes for All said. Women face online threats globally, but they run a unique risk in conservative Muslim Pakistan, where there is a tradition of men killing women seen as having injured a family's honor, besides punitive laws against blasphemy. ...
U.S. military to quickly ramp up Ebola mission in Liberia
30 Sep 2014 at 12:20am
By James Giahyue MONROVIA (Reuters) - The United States plans to quickly increase its presence in Liberia, where military personnel are deploying to help the West African nation halt the advance of the worst Ebola epidemic on record, the general in charge of the mission said on Monday. Washington is sending some 3,000 soldiers to the region to build treatment centres and train local medics. Around half will be based in Liberia, with the rest providing logistical support outside the country. "This is about urgency and speed. ...
Rains complicate delivery of Ebola supplies in West Africa
30 Sep 2014 at 12:04am
By Stella Dawson WASHINGTON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The rainy season in West Africa is compounding difficulties in getting supplies delivered and new treatment centres built as donors rush to isolate people infected with the deadly Ebola virus and stop its rapid spread, U.S. officials said. Nancy Powell, newly appointed as the U.S. State Department's envoy to coordinate its Ebola response, said the top priority is to isolate as many people as quickly as possible. But that faces significant logistical hurdles. ...
Sanofi-Regeneron drug has positive trial results in chronic sinusitis
29 Sep 2014 at 11:49pm
By Natalie Huet PARIS (Reuters) - An experimental drug from Sanofi and Regeneron significantly reduced congestion in in a mid-stage trial on patients with chronic sinusitis with nasal polyps, a condition poorly controlled by existing drugs, the companies said on Tuesday. In a Phase IIa trial of dupilumab in patients who did not respond to intranasal corticosteroids, the injectable drug brought a statistically significant reduction in the size of nasal polyps and improved other symptoms such as congestion and sleep disruption, Sanofi said. ...
Gov't to reveal drug company payments to doctors
29 Sep 2014 at 11:48pm
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Striving to shine a light on potential ethical conflicts in medicine, the Obama administration is releasing data on drug company payments to tens of thousands of individual doctors.
Austria reports first MERS case in Saudi national: media
29 Sep 2014 at 11:10pm
VIENNA (Reuters) - Austria has reported its first case of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus in a woman from Saudi Arabia who had recently traveled to the Alpine country, ORF Oe 1 radio reported on Tuesday, citing the health ministry. MERS, thought to originate in camels, causes coughing, fever and pneumonia, and kills about a third of its victims. Understanding how MERS is transmitted has been a quest for doctors trying to quell the outbreak that emerged in the Middle East in 2012 and has infected more than 850 people and killed 333 worldwide. ...
Texas hospital puts possible Ebola patient in isolation
29 Sep 2014 at 8:59pm
(Reuters) - A Texas hospital said on Monday it has admitted a patient into "strict isolation" to be evaluated for possible infection with the Ebola virus, as health officials battle an epidemic in West Africa that has already killed thousands of people. In a brief statement, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas cited the unnamed patient's symptoms and recent travel history as reasons for the isolation. ...
Long-acting reversible contraceptives best for teens: pediatricians
29 Sep 2014 at 7:47pm
By Will Boggs MD and Nancy Lapid NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - For adolescents who choose not to abstain from sex, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) favors long-acting reversible contraceptives, such as contraceptive implants and intrauterine devices. All methods of hormonal birth control, including contraceptive pills, are safer than pregnancy, Dr. Mary A. Ott from the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, Indiana told Reuters Health by email. ...
Antibiotics in infancy may be linked to childhood obesity: study
29 Sep 2014 at 7:46pm
By Kathryn Doyle NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Kids who receive several rounds of antibiotics before age two may be at an increased risk of being overweight by age five, suggests a new study. The research shows a link between antibiotics and obesity, but it can?t say whether the antibiotics are "at fault," said Dr. L. Charles Bailey, the study?s lead author from the Children?s Hospital of Philadelphia. ?That said, we?re certainly interested in the possibility that antibiotics are actually contributing to the risk of obesity,? Bailey told Reuters Health by email. ...
Studies criticize U.S. medical device approval process
29 Sep 2014 at 7:45pm
By Andrew M. Seaman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Information on the safety and effectiveness of medical devices before and after they are cleared by U.S. health regulators can be improved, according to two new studies. One study found many U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-cleared medical devices meant to be implanted in the body were not backed by publicly available evidence that they are similar to a device already on the market. ...
White substance in envelope at Reagan Library causes security scare
29 Sep 2014 at 6:11pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A white substance from an envelope opened by a staff member at the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California, caused a security scare on Monday, but the substance was later found to be non-toxic, a spokeswoman for the institution said. The staff area where the envelope was opened was closed off for a time, but the library itself remained open to the public, said Melissa Giller, a spokeswoman for the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library. ...