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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.
WHO experts advise against travel or trade bans on Ebola-hit Africa
22 Sep 2014 at 5:02am
GENEVA (Reuters) - Independent health advisers to the World Health Organization (WHO) have assessed that there should be no general ban on travel or trade with countries reeling from an Ebola epidemic in West Africa, the U.N. agency said on Monday. Some airlines have stopped flights to affected areas and WHO and other agencies have said this has hampered aid efforts and the ability of experts to reach victims of the world's worst ever outbreak of the hemorrhagic fever. ...
Ebola outbreak "pretty much contained" in Senegal and Nigeria
22 Sep 2014 at 4:58am
GENEVA (Reuters) - Two of the five countries affected by the world's worst ever Ebola outbreak are managing to halt the spread of the disease, the World Health Organization said on Monday, although the overall death toll rose to 2,793 out of 5,762 cases. "On the whole, the outbreaks in Senegal and Nigeria are pretty much contained," a WHO statement said. There were no new deaths in Guinea, four in Sierra Leone and 39 in Liberia. A separate Ebola outbreak has killed 40 people in Democratic Republic of Congo, where there have been 71 cases, it said in a statement on the situation as of Sept 18.
Spain: Ebola test drug out of supply worldwide
22 Sep 2014 at 4:56am
MADRID (AP) ? Doctors treating a Spanish priest who was repatriated from West Africa on Monday after being diagnosed with the Ebola virus said there were no samples of experimental drug ZMapp available in the world right now, and they were considering alternative treatments.
Spanish priest with Ebola in serious condition
22 Sep 2014 at 4:48am
MADRID (Reuters) - An elderly Spanish priest infected with the Ebola virus is in a serious condition and will not receive the experimental drug ZMapp because world supplies are exhausted, Madrid health authorities said on Monday. Manuel Garcia Viejo, 69, was taken to Madrid's Carlos III hospital at about 0200 GMT (10 p.m. ET on Sunday) after he was repatriated from Sierra Leone. "The patient is badly dehydrated and his kidneys and liver are affected," said Francisco Arnalich, who oversees internal medicine at the hospital. "His situation at the moment is serious. ...
After China, GlaxoSmithKline faces pressure for change
22 Sep 2014 at 4:36am
By Ben Hirschler and Simon Jessop LONDON (Reuters) - GlaxoSmithKline may have closed one chapter in a saga of corruption allegations by accepting a $489 million fine in China, but the drugmaker has its work cut out to win back skeptical investors. That means continued pressure on Chief Executive Andrew Witty, seen not so long ago as one of the sector's star managers, who is under fire for allowing the erosion of GSK's all-important U.S. business just as much as for the woes in China. ...
Merck KGaA to buy Sigma-Aldrich for $17 billion
22 Sep 2014 at 4:33am
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Drugs and chemicals maker Merck KGaA said it agreed to acquire Sigma-Aldrich for $17 billion in cash to boost its Merck Millipore lab supplies business in the biggest takeover in the German group's history, lifting its shares. The deal, approved by Sigma-Aldrich's management, will see Merck acquire all shares for $140 apiece in cash. That represents a 37 percent premium over the latest closing price of $102.37 on Sept. 19 and a 36 percent premium to the one-month average closing price, according to Merck. ...
Sierra Leone records 130 new Ebola cases during three-day lockdown
22 Sep 2014 at 4:33am
FREETOWN (Reuters) - Sierra Leone recorded 130 new cases of the Ebola virus during a three-day lockdown and it is waiting for test results on a further 39 suspected cases, Stephen Gaojia, head of the Ebola emergency operations center, said on Monday. The country ordered its 6 million citizens to stay indoors for three days until Sunday night in the most extreme strategy employed by a nation since the start of an epidemic that has infected at least 5,357 people in West Africa since March. (Reporting by Umaru Fofana; Writing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg; Editing by Daniel Flynn)
Sierra Leone's three-day Ebola shutdown ends
22 Sep 2014 at 3:50am
Freetown (AFP) - Millions of Sierra Leoneans emerged from their homes on Monday after a controversial nationwide lockdown during which scores of dead bodies and new cases of Ebola infections were uncovered.
India's Modi to observe strict fast during maiden trip to U.S
22 Sep 2014 at 3:47am
By Rupam Jain Nair NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will observe a strict religious fast during his maiden trip to the United States, aides said on Monday, in a test both of the 64-year-old leader's stamina and of protocol in the Obama White House. Throughout a grueling schedule that features the United Nations General Assembly, a rally of Indian Americans at New York's Madison Square Garden and talks with Obama in Washington, the devout Hindu will abstain from food. ...
Has Sierra Leone shutdown slowed Ebola's spread?
22 Sep 2014 at 3:33am
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) ? Life is returning to normal in the capital of Sierra Leone after an unprecedented three-day lockdown during which officials said more 1 million households were checked for Ebola patients and given information on the deadly disease.
DISQ fitness fans look like action figures, train like multitaskers
22 Sep 2014 at 2:06am
By Dorene Internicola NEW YORK (Reuters) - Some cutting?edge fans of cardiovascular fitness are going a bit bionic as they strap on belts, step into stirrups and grab hand loops on the DISQ, a recently-arrived wearable contraption of adjustable resistance cords. Fitness experts say the device, which was launched in Germany a year a half ago and has become popular throughout Europe and Russia, adds simultaneous and constant resistance to an aerobic workout. ...
Health insurers turning into who knows what?
22 Sep 2014 at 2:00am
Commentary: health insurers are transforming themselves ? but into what?
UK opens first clinic for child victims of female genital mutilation
22 Sep 2014 at 12:12am
By Emma Batha LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Britain's first specialist clinic for child victims of female genital mutilation (FGM) opened in London on Monday as part of a push to eradicate the illegal ritual in the country. The University College Hospital clinic, initially to be held once a month while demand is assessed, will offer medical treatment and psychological help to girls up to 18, who have suffered or may be at risk of FGM - a ritual usually involving the partial or total removal of external genitalia. In its most extreme form the vaginal opening is also sewn up. ...
Spain repatriates from Sierra Leone priest diagnosed with Ebola
21 Sep 2014 at 11:19pm
MADRID (Reuters) - Spain on Sunday repatriated from Sierra Leone a Spanish Catholic priest working in the African country who has tested positive for the Ebola virus. The Spanish military plane sent to repatriate Manuel Garcia Viejo, a member of the Hospital Order of San Juan de Dios who worked in the Western city of Lunsar, left the capital Freetown at around 1750 GMT, Spain's defence ministry said. It was scheduled to land in Madrid at around 0100 GMT on Monday, it also said in a statement. ...