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China writer goes on trial for media censorship protest after long delay
28 Nov 2014 at 12:21am
By James Pomfret HONG KONG (Reuters) - The long-awaited trial of a prominent Chinese writer and activist resumed in southern China on Friday, more than two months after his lawyers boycotted an earlier hearing with Beijing showing little sign of easing its clampdown against rights campaigners. Guo Feixiong, 48, was arrested for taking part in a rare public protest against media censorship outside the offices of the Southern Weekly newspaper in January last year in the southern city of Guangzhou. ...
Soccer great Pele in intensive care, condition improving -hospital
28 Nov 2014 at 12:08am
SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Retired Brazilian soccer great Pele is in the intensive care unit in a Sao Paulo hospital where he is being treated for a urinary tract infection, but his condition is improving, the hospital said on Thursday. The Albert Einstein Hospital said Pele, 74, was receiving renal support treatment, which helps kidneys to filter waste products from the blood, after he had an operation to remove kidney stones earlier this month. A series of tweets in English from the former player's account aimed to calm concerns over his health. One read: "Want to let you know I am doing fine. ...
Canada to deploy military health staff to Sierra Leone in Ebola fight
27 Nov 2014 at 11:10pm
By David Ljunggren OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada will send up to 40 military staff to Sierra Leone to help battle Ebola, the government said on Thursday as it also launched a campaign to recruit healthcare workers to help operate treatment centers in three West African countries. The death toll in the world's worst Ebola epidemic had risen to 5,689 out of 15,935 cases reported in eight countries as of Nov. 23, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday. ...
Ebola cases near 16,000, Sierra Leone to overtake Liberia soon with most case...
27 Nov 2014 at 11:09pm
By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The death toll in the world's worst Ebola epidemic has risen to 5,689 out of 15,935 cases reported in eight countries by Nov. 23, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday. Almost all cases and all but 15 deaths have been in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia - the three hardest-hit countries, which reported 600 new cases in the past week, the WHO said in its latest update. "The total number of cases reported in Sierra Leone since the outbreak began will soon eclipse the number reported from Liberia," it said. ...
GlaxoSmithKline fires executive who raised race complaint in South Africa: Bl...
27 Nov 2014 at 4:06pm
(Reuters) - Britain's biggest drugmaker, GlaxoSmithKline Plc, fired an executive from its South African unit for refusing to appear for a performance review, which was called a week after he complained of racial discrimination in the workplace, Bloomberg reported, citing company documents.
Italy's pharmaceutical watchdog raises alarm on batches of flu drug
27 Nov 2014 at 1:24pm
ROME (Reuters) - Italy's pharmaceutical watchdog AIFA suspended two batches of anti-flu vaccine FLUAD made by Switzerland's Novartis on Thursday, saying three deaths potentially connected to the drug had been reported. AIFA said it had not yet established whether there was a direct link between the drug and the fatalities and had imposed the ban only as a precaution. Novartis said in a statement that no causal relationship had been established. ...
Needy patients to get new hips or knees for free next week
27 Nov 2014 at 11:41am
By Randi Belisomo (Reuters Health) - Excruciating hip pain forced 50-year-old Army veteran David Chalker to leave his machinist job two years ago, a decision that led to mounting debt, inability to afford health insurance and even a move into his in-laws? home with his wife and three daughters. But his family is counting on one operation next week - entirely free of charge - to change the course of both his health and finances. The Long Island, New York resident is one of 120 patients scheduled for hip or knee replacement during the first week of December, provided by Operation Walk USA. ...
Liver transplant recipient marks 25th anniversary
27 Nov 2014 at 11:30am
SEVERN, Md. (AP) ? Alyssa Riggan hasn't dwelled on being the first person in the U.S. to successfully receive part of a liver from a living donor 25 years ago, a medical procedure that paved the way for routine live-donor transplants.
ICRC seeks record $1.7 billion for humanitarian work in 2015
27 Nov 2014 at 10:40am
By Katie Nguyen LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) appealed on Thursday for a record 1.6 billion Swiss francs ($1.67 billion) to respond to humanitarian crises next year in Syria, South Sudan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia and other hotspots. The ICRC said its most costly operation in 2015 will be Syria, where more than three years of fighting have uprooted 7.2 million people inside the country and led 3.3 million to flee abroad, mainly to neighboring states like Lebanon and Jordan. ...
Mindfulness program may improve some rheumatoid arthritis symptoms
27 Nov 2014 at 10:24am
By Shereen Lehman (Reuters) - A two-month program combining gentle yoga with meditation techniques, known as Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, seemed to ease tenderness, pain and stiffness among patients with rheumatoid arthritis in a new study. ?I think these findings are pretty consistent with other studies of mindfulness and chronic conditions,? said Mary Jo Kreitzer, who was not involved in the research. ...
FDA regs highlight harms of indoor tanning
27 Nov 2014 at 10:20am
By Roxanne Nelson (Reuters) - Early in 2014, the United States Food and Drug Administration moved tanning lamps into a new category of ?moderately harmful? medical devices, and with good reason, researchers say. In a review of the evidence that indoor tanning does damage, and has no health benefits, the study authors point out that the new rules will force device manufacturers and salons to do more to protect users. "We feel that this is a very positive move by the FDA," said Dr. ...
Exercise may prevent excess weight gain during pregnancy
27 Nov 2014 at 10:15am
By Shereen Lehman (Reuters) - Moderate exercise is encouraged during pregnancy for plenty of reasons, but it may also help women avoid gaining too much weight, say UK researchers. They reviewed studies since the 1990s looking at whether exercise alone helps prevent excess weight gain during pregnancy, and found that it does, or helps with weight loss after delivery, and found that it doesn?t. They also found a total of only five solid studies on those questions. ...
Venezuela says 13 inmates die of overdose after robbing infirmary ward
27 Nov 2014 at 9:19am
By Alexandra Ulmer CARACAS (Reuters) - Thirteen inmates have died after breaking into a Venezuelan jail's infirmary and ingesting medical products including pure alcohol and antibiotics, the government said on Thursday, in the latest outbreak of unrest in the country's turbulent prisons. A total of 145 prisoners were intoxicated during a revolt in the David Viloria penitentiary center in the western state of Lara on Monday, the government said in a statement. Inmates had launched a hunger strike to demand the dismissal of an official, and the protest quickly spiraled. "Around 8.30 a.m. ...
Bird flu outbreak in India caused by strain humans can contract: OIE
27 Nov 2014 at 9:04am
PARIS (Reuters) - A bird flu virus found in India this week is the H5N1 strain that can be transmitted to humans, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Thursday. However, the organization said it was not concerned about the situation, because India had faced outbreaks of the virus before. No human case has been reported since at least 2003. India has found thousands of dead ducks infected by a highly contagious bird flu virus in the southern state of Kerala, prompting the authorities to cull more than 200,000 birds. ...
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg released from hospital
27 Nov 2014 at 9:00am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the oldest member of the nine-justice court, was released from a Washington hospital on Thursday after undergoing a heart procedure, a court statement said. Ginsburg, 81, had a stent placed in her right coronary artery at MedStar Washington Hospital Center on Wednesday to improve blood flow after she reported discomfort following routine exercise. "Justice Ginsburg was released from the hospital this morning," court spokeswoman Kathleen Arberg said in a statement. ...