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New bird flu cases probable in Iowa, millions of birds affected: Iowa
28 Apr 2015 at 6:58am
By P.J. Huffstutter CHICAGO (Reuters) - (This April 27, 2015 story was refiled to correct the seventh paragraph to show that the USDA corrects to chicken farm from turkey farm.) Initial tests have found probable avian influenza outbreaks at five new commercial poultry sites in Iowa, affecting more than 6 million birds, the state's agriculture department and the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Monday. In the avian influenza outbreak of 1983 to 1984 in the northeast, which was the largest in U.S. history, about 17 million birds were culled. "This is a big deal," Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey said during a conference call on Monday. Or does this mean more birds as we go forward." Iowa state officials have quarantined the five farm sites, Northey said.
UN says it will try to identify all Ebola cases by June
28 Apr 2015 at 6:38am
LONDON (AP) ? The World Health Organization says it aims to identify and isolate all new Ebola cases in West Africa by the end of May to stop the spread of the lethal virus before the rainy season.
Merck says FDA again declines to approve Bridion, needs more data
28 Apr 2015 at 6:31am
(Reuters) - Merck & Co on Tuesday said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has again declined to approve Bridion, its drug to reverse the effects of muscle relaxants used in surgery, until the agency receives more data on allergic reactions to the product. Roger Perlmutter, Merck's research chief, told analysts on a conference call that the FDA wants to receive and examine more data on "hypersensitivity" to the drug, whose chemical name is sugammadex and is sold in more than 60 countries. The FDA has repeatedly refused to approve the drug in recent years, largely due to concerns about potentially dangerous allergic reactions to the product.
Nepalis rue slow government response, some blame politics
28 Apr 2015 at 6:19am
By Gopal Sharma and Krishna N. Das KATHMANDU/NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Nepal's government has drawn early criticism from opposition politicians and some residents for what they say has been a sluggish response to the humanitarian crisis triggered by Saturday's massive earthquake. As the body count from the 7.9 magnitude quake in Nepal rose to more than 4,300 on Tuesday, aid had begun to arrive in the country, but disbursement in many areas was slow. "The government's response has not been good. They have not been able to carry out rescue and relief operations well," said Shiva Khakurel, aide to former Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, the former communist revolutionary better known as Prachanda.
At least 52 missing, feared dead in Afghanistan landslide
28 Apr 2015 at 5:56am
At least 52 people are missing and feared dead following a landslide in a remote village in northeastern Afghanistan, officials said on Tuesday. Officials in the province of Badakhshan, about 600 kilometers (373 miles) from the capital, Kabul, are arranging helicopters to fly to the village to rescue survivors, said provincial governor Shah Waliullah. Most of the 52 people reported missing by the district police were women and children, said Lal Mohammad Ahmadzai, a spokesman for Badakhshan's police chief. The area hit by the landslide has no paved roads and heavy snow still covers the paths to the village, officials said.
Indonesia says will not delay execution of Filipina convict
28 Apr 2015 at 5:37am
JAKARTA (Reuters) - The execution of a Filipina drug convict by an Indonesian firing squad will not be delayed despite last-minute appeals by the Philippine government, the attorney general said on Tuesday. Indonesian President Joko Widodo earlier met with a migrant workers' group to discuss the case of Mary Jane Veloso, who is one of nine people set to be executed within hours. (Reporting by Rosemarie Francisco in MANLIA and Gayatri Suroyo in JAKARTA; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)
Near remote Nepal quake epicenter, survivors dig for loved ones alone
28 Apr 2015 at 5:07am
By Sanjeev Miglani JHARIBAR, Nepal (Reuters) - Her husband away in India, Sunthalia worked alone for hours in the rubble of her house perched on a ridge near the epicenter of Nepal's earthquake to pull out the bodies of her 10-year-old daughter and a son aged eight. He founded the Shah dynasty who ruled the Himalayan nation of 28 million people for 240 years until the abolition of the monarchy in 2008.
Pfizer cuts full-year forecast on stronger dollar
28 Apr 2015 at 5:00am
(Reuters) - U.S. drugmaker Pfizer Inc cut its full-year revenue and profit forecast, blaming a stronger dollar. However, the drugmaker reported a better-than-expected first-quarter profit, helped by demand for its vaccines and cancer drugs. Pfizer's shares were roughly unchanged at $34.62 in premarket trade on Tuesday morning. The company, which got 60 percent of its 2014 revenue from outside the United States, cut its 2015 revenue forecast to $44-$46 billion from $44.5-$46.5 billion. ...
Four drunk driving arrests in 48 hours lands R.I. man in prison
28 Apr 2015 at 4:59am
(Reuters) - A Rhode Island man arrested four times in less than 48 hours for drunken driving is going to prison. A Providence judge sentenced John Lourenco, 53, to two years in prison and two years probation on Monday and ordered his license revoked for eight years following his release. Lourenco, of Cumberland, Rhode Island, also must undergo alcohol counseling, the judge said.
Egypt's Suez Canal revenues at $420.1 mln in March - government website
28 Apr 2015 at 4:41am
CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's revenue from the Suez Canal was $420.1 million in March, a government website said on Tuesday, up from $382 million in February. The fastest shipping route between Europe and Asia is one of Egypt's main sources of foreign currency.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome Isn't All in Your Head, But Docs Say Therapy Can Help
28 Apr 2015 at 4:33am
Approximately 15 percent of the population in the U.S. suffers from IBS. CBT may help.
All climbers at camps high up Everest airlifted to safety
28 Apr 2015 at 3:50am
By Douglas Busvine NEW DELHI (Reuters) - All of the climbers who had been stranded at camps high up Mount Everest by a huge earthquake and avalanches have been helicoptered to safety, mountaineers reported from base camp on Tuesday. Eighteen climbers at Everest base camp died in Saturday's avalanche that destroyed half of the tents there, according to Nepal's mountaineering association. Canadian Nick Cienski said many of the returning climbers' tent camps had been wiped out by the avalanche which, surging at speeds estimated at up to 300 km per hour, cut a swath through base camp, hurling gear, people and tents hundreds of feet. Danish climber Carsten Lillelund Pedersen said his team had been trekking on Saturday down from camp 2, which is at an altitude of 6,400 meters, when it was caught in a whiteout and had to turn back.
India cancels licenses of nearly 9,000 charities over foreign funds
28 Apr 2015 at 3:43am
By Aditya Kalra NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundatiob) - India has canceled the registration of nearly 9,000 charities for failing to declare details of donations from abroad, as New Delhi tightens surveillance on foreign-funded non-governmental organizations in the country. The crackdown comes days after the government suspended the license of Greenpeace India and put U.S.-based Ford Foundation on a security watch list, ordering government approval of any of its activities in the country. Critics have argued that the government's decision to restrict the movement of foreign funding to local charities is an attempt to stifle the voices of those who oppose Prime Minister Narendra Modi's economic agenda. Last June, India's intelligence service said Greenpeace and other lobby groups were damaging the country's economy by campaigning against power projects, mining and genetically modified food.
GSK shingles vaccine shows benefits across all age groups
28 Apr 2015 at 3:42am
An experimental shingles vaccine from GlaxoSmithKline is effective across all age groups, researchers said on Tuesday, boosting the prospects of a key product in the British drugmaker's development pipeline. In contrast to Merck's established Zostavax, currently the only product on the market, GSK's vaccine HZ/su showed no diminution in efficacy with age, according to detailed results from a large Phase III trial. Zostavax is less effective among people who are 70 years or older - a group often at risk from shingles. Goldman Sachs analysts said in a report on Tuesday that efficacy across age groups could give HZ/su a meaningful edge over Zostavax, and GSK's product had the potential to achieve peak sales of around 1 billion pounds ($1.5 billion) a year.
Lower prices to hurt Africa's oil producers -IMF
28 Apr 2015 at 2:59am
Lower oil prices will reduce growth in sub-Saharan Africa's major petroleum producing countries and push governments to implement significant policy adjustments, the International Monetary Fund said on Tuesday. Sub-Saharan Africa growth could slow to 4.5 percent this year from 5.0 percent in 2014, largely because of weaker oil prices, according to the IMF, which forecast growth rising to 5.1 percent in 2016. "For the eight oil exporters, (lower prices) will pose a formidable challenge and, with limited buffers, will require them to undertake significant fiscal adjustment," said the IMF in its Regional Economic Outlook report. "Oil exporters are facing a challenging environment and their growth in 2015?2016 is expected to average 4.75 percent, substantially marked down from 7 percent expected in October 2014," it said in the publication issued twice each year.