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Deadline to clear up health law eligibility near
13 Aug 2014 at 12:15am
WASHINGTON (AP) ? The clock is ticking for hundreds of thousands of people who have unresolved issues affecting their coverage under the new health care law.
Ebola: Questions, answers about an unproven drug
12 Aug 2014 at 12:41am
WASHINGTON (AP) ? An experimental Ebola drug has been used to treat two American aid workers and a Spanish missionary priest. Could Liberian doctors be next?
Texas abortion law could send women across borders
12 Aug 2014 at 1:40pm
EL PASO, Texas (AP) ? Crossing borders is a part of life in El Paso in far West Texas, where people may walk into Mexico to visit family or commute to New Mexico for work. But getting an abortion doesn't require leaving town.
Ebola zone countries isolated as airlines stop flights
27 Aug 2014 at 8:00pm
The three nations at the centre of the west African Ebola outbreak were left increasingly isolated Thursday as more airlines suspended flights to the crisis zone. Air France has agreed to Paris's request for a "temporary suspension" of services to Sierra Leone, leaving its capital Freetown and Monrovia in neighbouring Liberia with just one regular service, from Royal Air Morocco. "In light of the analysis of the situation and as requested by the French government, Air France confirms it is maintaining its program of flights to and from Guinea and Nigeria," the flag carrier said Wednesday.
Repros says its testosterone drug found superior in study
27 Aug 2014 at 6:51pm
(Reuters) - Repros Therapeutics Inc said its experimental drug to treat low testosterone was superior to a leading marketed gel and a placebo in the first of two identical studies. Patients who were given the drug, Androxal, experienced superiority in sperm concentration compared with those who used Abbvie Inc's AndroGel, said the company. Food and Drug Administration recommended sperm concentration and responder rates as important parameters for assessing the drug's approval. Androxal is being developed as an oral therapy to treat men of reproductive age with low testosterone.
IBM launches Watson system for research, hopes for breakthroughs
27 Aug 2014 at 6:03pm
By Marina Lopes WASHINGTON (Reuters) - International Business Machines Corp on Wednesday launched a computer system that can quickly identify patterns in massive amounts of data, an ability that IBM said should hasten breakthroughs in science and medical research. The computer system, Watson Discovery Advisor, understands chemical compound interaction and human language and can visually map out connections in data, the company said in a statement. Some researchers and scientists have already been using Watson Discovery Advisor to sift through the sludge of scientific papers published daily. Sanofi, a French pharmaceutical company is working with Watson to identify alternate uses for existing drugs.
Man drops sex abuse lawsuit against 'X-Men' director Bryan Singer
27 Aug 2014 at 5:37pm
A 31-year-old man on Wednesday withdrew a high-profile lawsuit accusing "X-Men" director Bryan Singer of sexually abusing him when he was an aspiring teen actor. Michael Egan filed a motion for voluntary dismissal of the civil lawsuit brought against Singer in April, according to court documents filed in Hawaii. Egan had also filed three other lawsuits claiming he was sexually abused as a teen by entertainment firm executive Gary Goddard and TV executives David Neuman and Garth Ancier, all of which have been dismissed.
Sweeping lawsuit targets soccer concussions
27 Aug 2014 at 5:03pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) ? Soccer joined the growing legal debate over head injuries Wednesday after FIFA and some of the sport's governing bodies in the United States were made the target of a lawsuit seeking new safety rules.
A Look Inside a Slum Cut Off by the Ebola Outbreak
27 Aug 2014 at 4:40pm
Quarantined West Point Residents Are Desperate for Food
Ebola vaccine from GSK to begin U.S. clinical trials within weeks: sources
27 Aug 2014 at 3:28pm
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), will make the announcement as part of a previously scheduled briefing for reporters, the sources said. In addition, a steering committee made up of senior officials from NIH and the Department of Defense last week approved the first step toward using three advanced laboratories to manufacture Ebola vaccines and treatments, a person familiar with the planning told Reuters. The three labs, in Texas, Maryland and North Carolina, were set up in 2012 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in partnership with private industry to respond to pandemics or chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear threats.
Neuroscientists say it's possible to overwrite bad memories
27 Aug 2014 at 3:26pm
Emotions connected to memories can be rewritten, making bad events in the past seem better and good things appear worse, scientists from Japan and the United States have found. The discovery of the mechanism behind the process helps to explain the power of current psychotherapeutic treatments for mental illnesses such as depression or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), they said, and could offer new avenues for psychiatric help. "These findings validate the success of current psychotherapy, by revealing its underlying mechanism," research leader Susumu Tonegawa told AFP in Tokyo. The team, formed from a collaboration between Japan's RIKEN institute and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the US, used optogenetics -- a new brain-control technology which utilises light -- to better understand what happens when we reminisce.
Fishery mislabeling could mean more mercury than buyers bargain for
27 Aug 2014 at 3:24pm
By Janice Neumann NEW YORK (Reuters Health) ? That Chilean sea bass from the local grocery store could have twice the methylmercury that?s expected ? if it comes from a region other than indicated on the label, a new study says. While fish certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) is generally considered safe, seafood from regions with high levels of contamination are not. ?Chilean sea bass is already known to sometimes have high mercury levels,? lead author Peter Marko, of the University of Hawai?i at Manoa, Honolulu, told Reuters Health. Food and Drug Administration to avoid shark, tilefish, swordfish and King Mackerel because these species have a mean mercury level of 0.73 to 1.45 parts per million.
InterMune drug may offer big upside to Roche if aimed at liver
27 Aug 2014 at 2:58pm
Roche Holding AG's planned $8 billion purchase of InterMune Inc is centered around hopes for blockbuster sales of its lung drug, but the smaller company's development pipeline may end up giving the Swiss drugmaker a far bigger bang for its buck. Industry analysts have forecast annual sales of about $2 billion for the pulmonary fibrosis treatment, pirfenidone, once it gains U.S. Success there could be a game-changer, given the unmet medical need to treat liver and kidney scarring that can be caused by factors such as obesity, diabetes and alcohol and drug abuse. "Liver fibrosis is a huge, multibillion-dollar market that's far bigger than the lung fibrosis market," said Katherine Xu, an analyst with William Blair & Co. "It involves millions of patients in the United States, versus 100,000." Pirfenidone, a pill with annual sales of about $150 million in Europe and Canada, treats a progressive scarring condition of the lungs called idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis that typically kills patients within a few years.
Self management may reduce blood pressure: study
27 Aug 2014 at 2:57pm
By Andrew M. Seaman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) ? Even people at significant risk for heart attacks and strokes can take an active role in reducing their own high blood pressure, by measuring it themselves and adjusting their medications, according to a new study from the UK. Researchers found that patients who closely monitored their own blood pressure and medications, using detailed instructions from their doctors, lowered their readings more than patients who relied on their healthcare providers to take periodic readings and make medication changes. ?We?ve previously done a study with a group of people with uncomplicated hypertension (or high blood pressure),? said Dr. Richard McManus, the report?s lead author. ?We wanted to see if that intervention would also work with people with greater coronary heart disease and in the elderly.? The intervention consisted of patients creating a detailed plan with their doctor, measuring their own blood pressure daily and adjusting their medications according to their blood pressure readings and instructions in the plan.
Ebola response 'dangerously inadequate,' says MSF official
27 Aug 2014 at 2:42pm
The international response to West Africa's Ebola outbreak is "dangerously inadequate," said the emergency coordinator for Doctors Without Borders (Medecins sans Frontieres) in Sierra Leone on Wednesday. "The Ebola outbreak has been out of control for months, but the global health community has taken a long time to react," wrote nurse Anja Wolz in the New England Journal of Medicine. It first emerged in 1976, and has been fatal in over half of cases in West Africa since the start of the year. More than 1,400 people across Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia and Nigeria have been killed in the largest Ebola outbreak to date, according to the World Health Organization's latest tally.