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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.
ACLU sues to block Alabama underage abortion hearings law
2 Oct 2014 at 8:57am
By Jonathan Kaminsky (Reuters) - The American Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday sued to block a recently enacted Alabama law requiring special court hearings for girls seeking legal abortions without parental consent. Under the law, which took effect in July, underage females seeking abortions in the state without parental approval are subject to hearings where prosecutors represent the state and judges can appoint advocates for their fetuses. While 26 states require parental consent for girls seeking abortions, no other state has a law similar to Alabama's, the ACLU said. ...
Air industry battles Ebola with heat scans and handwash
2 Oct 2014 at 8:40am
By Victoria Bryan BERLIN (Reuters) - Airlines and airports handling travel to countries worst hit by the Ebola epidemic are trying to prove that flying to West Africa is safe, following concerns that the first case diagnosed in the United States could curtail worldwide services. Some airlines have already suspended or cut back flights since the summer, and only one European carrier now offers direct services to Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. However, those still operating have taken measures to protect passengers and crew, along with airports in the region and beyond. ...
MERS patient in Austria assumed infectious on Doha-Vienna flight: WHO
2 Oct 2014 at 8:36am
GENEVA (Reuters) - A Saudi woman suffering from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is assumed to have been infectious when she flew from Doha to Vienna on Sept. 22, the World Health Organization said on Thursday. "Follow-up with passengers on the flight is ongoing and personal data of the crew on the flight has been communicated to Qatar," it said. The 29-year-old is in hospital in Vienna, the WHO said. Two close contacts are also showing possible symptoms of the disease and have been hospitalized, it said. (Reporting by Tom Miles; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall)
Now hunger threat shadows Ebola in West Africa
2 Oct 2014 at 8:28am
By Umaru Fofana and Bate Felix FREETOWN/DAKAR (Reuters) - The threat of hunger is tracking Ebola across affected West African nations as the disease kills farmers and their families, drives workers from the fields and creates food shortages. In the worst-hit states of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, Ebola is ravaging their food-producing 'breadbasket' regions, preventing planting and harvesting, and disrupting supply routes and markets. "Hunger will kill us where Ebola failed," said Pa Sorie, a 61-year-old rice and cassava farmer in Port Loko in northern Sierra Leone. ...
Eli Lilly stops development of lupus drug; XTL shares soar
2 Oct 2014 at 8:27am
(Reuters) - Eli Lilly and Co said it would stop the development of its drug to treat the autoimmune disorder lupus, after it was found to be not effective enough in late-stage trials. While Lilly's shares hardly budged on the news, the ADRs of Israel-based XTL Biopharmaceuticals Inc, which is developing its own lupus treatment, nearly tripled to $5.00. Lupus is a condition in which the body's immune system starts attacking healthy tissues, causing inflammation, pain and, in extreme cases, death. About 1. ...
Food crisis looms as Ebola rampages through West Africa
2 Oct 2014 at 8:05am
By Misha Hussain and Chris Arsenault DAKAR/ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The mango season finished early for Mamadou Barry, a fruit vendor in Marche Kermel, an old covered market in the Senegalese capital Dakar. Where stalls once brimmed with tropical produce imported from neighbouring Guinea, the Ebola-related border closure has emptied the tables. Barry, of Guinean origin like many storekeepers in Senegal, has been going back and forth between the two countries for three years. ...
Supreme Court to decide Idaho Medicaid reimbursement dispute
2 Oct 2014 at 7:53am
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court is set to decide in a case coming from Idaho whether private medical providers can sue a state in order to raise Medicaid reimbursement rates to deal with rising medical costs. The justices agreed on Thursday to hear an appeal filed by the state of Idaho, which says that medical providers have no legal recourse to sue. The case focuses on rates for certain residential services. Medicaid is a federal health insurance program for lower-income people that is administered by the states. ...
When Ebola Strikes the U.S
2 Oct 2014 at 7:45am
The one burning question that has been on nearly every one's lips in the U.S. is not "Could the Ebola virus strike the U.S.?" But "What happens if it does strike the U.S.?" There was a partial answer to that question when the first confirmed and suspected cases of Ebola turned up in Dallas. The alarm bells that rang faintly among Americans now...
UK must channel aid to fight FGM in Sierra Leone: lawmakers
2 Oct 2014 at 7:43am
By Emma Batha LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Britain must set up a program to tackle female genital mutilation in Sierra Leone, where the practice is seen as a prerequisite for marriage and even used as a political tool, a parliamentary committee said. The International Development Committee said on Thursday it was astounded that Britain ? which has put itself center stage in global efforts to eradicate FGM ? had left Sierra Leone out of its £35 million program to help end FGM in Africa. ...
EU to extend Zimmer, Biomet probe, clear Eli Lilly, Novartis deal: sources
2 Oct 2014 at 7:42am
By Foo Yun Chee BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU antitrust regulators will open an extensive probe into Zimmer Holdings Inc's $13.4 billion bid for Biomet Inc, concerned that the creation of the world's second-largest orthopedic products group may hurt competition, three people familiar with the matter said on Thursday. In contrast, U.S. drugmaker Eli Lilly's proposed $5.4 billion takeover of Swiss peer Novartis's animal health business triggered no such worries and will be cleared unconditionally, the sources said. ...
Supreme Court takes up Idaho Medicaid challenge
2 Oct 2014 at 7:42am
WASHINGTON (AP) ? The Supreme Court said Thursday it will decide whether private sector health care providers can force a state to raise its Medicaid reimbursement rates to keep up with the rising cost of services.
More than 80 people had direct or indirect contact with Ebola patient - Dallas
2 Oct 2014 at 7:41am
AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) - More than 80 people were exposed in some way to the patient infected with Ebola, a spokeswoman for Dallas County's public health department said on Thursday. The department said 12 to 18 people came into direct contact with the Ebola patient and the rest came into contact with members of that group. They are all being monitored and no one has shown any symptoms, said Erikka Neroes, a spokeswoman for the Dallas County Department of Health and Human Services. ...
Scores possibly exposed to U.S. Ebola patient; four isolated
2 Oct 2014 at 9:09am
By Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - Up to 100 people may have had direct or indirect contact with the first person to be diagnosed with the deadly Ebola virus in the United States, and four of his relatives have been quarantined in their homes as a precaution, health officials said Thursday. Dallas County officials said 12 to 18 people had direct contact with the Texas patient, and they in turn had contact with scores of others. ...
Pay attention to pollution to combat asthma symptoms: case study
2 Oct 2014 at 7:18am
By Kathryn Doyle NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - For a 38-year old professor who cycled to work every day, asthma symptoms tended to be worst in midmorning and early afternoon on weekdays, but improved noticeably on weekends. Her doctor suspected the air pollution on her commute was provoking her asthma, so he mapped a new route further from major roadways. Within a month, her wheezing and other symptoms had decreased dramatically, according to the authors of a review of her case. ?It has long been suspected that avoiding air pollution is a good idea for people with asthma,? said senior author Dr. ...