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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.
Exclusive: U.S. nears solution for safe disposal of Ebola waste
1 Oct 2014 at 9:03pm
By Patrick Rucker and Julie Steenhuysen WASHINGTON/CHICAGO (Reuters) - The United States is days away from settling the critical question of how hospitals should handle and dispose of medical waste from Ebola patients, a government official said on Wednesday. Experts have warned that conflicting U.S. regulations over how such waste should be transported could make it very difficult for U.S. hospitals to safely care for patients with Ebola, a messy disease that causes diarrhea, vomiting and in some cases, bleeding from the eyes and ears. ...
Eyeing 2015 vote, Cameron pledges 7 billion pounds in tax cuts
1 Oct 2014 at 8:46pm
By Andrew Osborn and William James BIRMINGHAM England (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron promised to hand almost half the British population a tax cut if re-elected next year, a pledge he hopes will win over millions of voters and refocus debate away from a schism inside his party over Europe. The promise, which will cost over 7 billion pounds to fund, was a calculated gambit to try to shift the narrative from one which has focussed on the damage the anti-EU UK Independence Party (UKIP) is doing to Cameron's re-election hopes by siphoning off voters and lawmakers. ...
Australia criticized for not sending medical staff to fight Ebola
1 Oct 2014 at 8:20pm
By Colin Packham SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia on Thursday announced additional funds for tackling Ebola but ruled out sending medical staff to Sierra Leone, prompting criticism for medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières that it was failing to meet its commitment. The government said it would give an additional A$10 million ($8.79 million) to tackle Ebola, taking its total financial assistance to A$18 million. But Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said no medical personnel would be sent for now. ...
Failing sense of smell strong predictor of death, study tells
1 Oct 2014 at 8:12pm
Washington (AFP) - A declining sense of smell in older people is a strong predictor of death within just five years, according to new research.
2 white Ohio women sue over sperm from black donor
1 Oct 2014 at 7:19pm
CLEVELAND (AP) ? An Ohio woman and her partner have sued a Chicago-area sperm bank after she became pregnant with sperm donated by a black man instead of a white man as she'd intended.
Foreign doctors, military guards: Bespoke care for North Korea's Kims
1 Oct 2014 at 6:41pm
By James Pearson SEOUL (Reuters) - In 1993, French neurosurgeon Francois-Xavier Roux received a phone call in Paris from an unidentified North Korean official. The then leader-in-waiting, Kim Jong Il, had suffered a head injury from a horse-riding accident and they wanted his advice. Fifteen years later the North Koreans contacted him again. This time, it was more urgent. They flew Roux out to Pyongyang in an operation so secret Roux himself was unaware who his patient would be until he met a frail Kim Jong Il lying in a modern intensive care bed flanked by his doctors. ...
Judge to make final ruling on Stockton bankruptcy late October
1 Oct 2014 at 6:38pm
By Robin Respaut SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - The judge presiding over the Stockton, California, bankruptcy case said on Wednesday that he will wait until late October to make a final ruling over whether the city can exit bankruptcy. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Christopher Klein said he was "not in a position to make a decision right now." Earlier in the day, Klein surprised the courtroom by ruling that the city's contract with the California Public Employees' Retirement System, the world's largest pension fund, could be rejected. ...
Montana seeks to give away bison from Yellowstone to five states
1 Oct 2014 at 6:20pm
By Laura Zuckerman (Reuters) - Montana wants 145 bison that originated in Yellowstone National Park given away to six organizations in five states, including New York's Bronx Zoo, to further the conservation of America's last pure-bred wild buffalo, under a plan released on Wednesday. The select bison were part of an experiment Montana wildlife managers launched a decade ago with the U.S. Department of Agriculture that quarantined the animals to produce a herd certain to be free of a cattle disease carried by roughly half of Yellowstone's buffalo. ...
Questions and answers about the US Ebola case
1 Oct 2014 at 6:18pm
WASHINGTON (AP) ? U.S. health officials have warned for months that someone infected with Ebola could unknowingly carry the virus to this country. Now it has happened: A traveler in a Dallas hospital became the first patient diagnosed in the U.S.
Respiratory virus seen in 4 deaths; role unclear
1 Oct 2014 at 6:16pm
NEW YORK (AP) ? Four people who were infected with a virus causing severe respiratory illness across the country have died, but what role the virus played in the deaths is unclear, health officials said Wednesday.
Ebola-infected passenger was sent home from ER
1 Oct 2014 at 6:14pm
DALLAS (AP) ? The airline passenger who brought Ebola into the U.S. initially went to a Dallas emergency room last week but was sent home, despite telling a nurse that he had been in disease-ravaged West Africa, the hospital said Wednesday in a disclosure that showed how easily an infection could be missed.
Report: Hospital protocol failed in TB outbreak
1 Oct 2014 at 5:10pm
EL PASO, Texas (AP) ? An El Paso hospital worker who exposed more than 850 infants to tuberculosis was allowed to return to work despite showing symptoms of the disease and coughing up blood at a hospital health screening, a federal report shows.
Timeline for first case of Ebola diagnosed in US
1 Oct 2014 at 4:58pm
The first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States traveled from Liberia to Dallas, where he is being treated at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. Key dates in the case:
U.S. delays plans to replace Healthcare.gov site host: WSJ
1 Oct 2014 at 4:57pm
(Reuters) - The U.S. government has shelved plans to move the HealthCare.gov insurance website to a new host, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday. The decision represented "the best path forward to ensure a successful second open enrollment period. It was made in order to improve the consumer experience and have sufficient time for testing," the journal reported, citing Aaron Albright, a spokesman for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The agency signed a contract last November to replace Verizon Communications Inc with Hewlett-Packard Co as the host of the HealthCare. ...