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U.N. chief praises Ebola nurses, pledges support during visit
19 Dec 2014 at 4:43pm
By Matthew Mpoke Bigg HASTINGS, Sierra Leone (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Friday praised healthcare workers fighting the Ebola virus as he paid his first visit to Liberia and Sierra Leone following an outbreak that has killed nearly 7,000 people. Ban paid tribute to local workers and the United Nations, but he singled out medics from the three countries at the heart of the epidemic who have fallen sick while treating patients. ...
FDA approves AbbVie combo hepatitis C treatment
19 Dec 2014 at 4:36pm
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) ? Patients with chronic hepatitis C have a new option for treating the liver-damaging virus, with the approval of a combination treatment developed by AbbVie.
Coal ash is not hazardous waste under U.S. agency rules
19 Dec 2014 at 4:02pm
By Jonathan Kaminsky (Reuters) - In a disappointment to environmentalists, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued rules on Friday labeling coal ash, a byproduct of coal-based power production containing toxic materials such as arsenic and lead, as non-hazardous waste. The label means that states and environmental groups taking legal action, and not the EPA, will be the primary enforcers of the first-ever federal rules targeting coal ash, which will require the closure of some coal ash holding ponds leaking contaminants into surrounding water but will not cover others. ...
Child being observed at Chicago hospital to rule out Ebola
19 Dec 2014 at 3:49pm
By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - A child who arrived in Chicago with a fever was under observation on Friday at a city hospital to rule out the Ebola virus, hospital officials said. Federal officials screening arriving passengers at O'Hare International Airport detected the fever, but no other symptoms of the disease, the University of Chicago Medical Center said in a statement. The patient was isolated under strict quarantine protocols until the child?s condition improves and a diagnosis is established, the hospital said. The child was in stable condition. ...
Prepackaged caramel apples linked to 4 deaths
19 Dec 2014 at 3:47pm
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Health officials are warning consumers to avoid prepackaged caramel apples because they are linked to four deaths and more than two dozen illnesses in 10 states.
AbbVie says newly approved hepatitis C treatment costs $83,319
19 Dec 2014 at 3:47pm
(Reuters) - An AbbVie Inc spokeswoman on Friday said that the company's newly approved hepatitis C treatment will cost $83,319 for a 12-week course, coming in a bit below the price of competing treatments from Gilead Sciences Inc. U.S. health regulators earlier on Friday approved AbbVie's all-oral treatment for hepatitis C, providing the first competition for Gilead. (Reporting by Caroline Humer)
FDA approves Cubists' drug for antibiotic-resistant bacteria
19 Dec 2014 at 3:12pm
By Amrutha Penumudi and Rosmi Shaji (Reuters) - Cubist Pharmaceutical Inc's drug to treat complicated urinary tract and intra-abdominal infections won U.S. approval on Friday, highlighting the regulator's interest in tackling the growing threat of the so-called superbugs. Cubist shares were up 1.9 percent in extended trading. The drug, Zerbaxa, treats infections caused by gram-negative bacteria ? a type of antibiotic-resistant pathogens, often called superbugs. ...
Husbands Sign Up To Support Wives In Safe Motherhood Program in Uganda
19 Dec 2014 at 2:55pm
George Lwigala has probably never heard of HeForShe nor indeed of Emma Watson. But the 36-year-old father, who lives in Butansi in rural Uganda, embodies the spirit of the gender equality campaign launched by the actress in New York in September.George has five children with his wife Annette, who recently joined a Safe Motherhood and Maternal...
Oklahoma to again employ injection mix used in flawed execution
19 Dec 2014 at 2:48pm
By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - Oklahoma plans to use the same lethal injection drug combination it employed during a botched execution in April, Department of Corrections officials told a federal court hearing arguments on whether to halt death sentences in the state from being carried out. Lawyers for 21 death row inmates in Oklahoma, four of whom are scheduled to die next year, have asked the court to suspend future executions following the lethal injection of convicted murderer Clayton Lockett. ...
USDA report says pesticide residues in food nothing to fear
19 Dec 2014 at 2:27pm
By Carey Gillam (Reuters) - More than half of food tested by the U.S. government for pesticide residues last year showed detectable levels of pesticides, though most were within levels the government considers to be safe, according to a report issued Friday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The USDA looked at fresh and processed fruits and vegetables as well as infant formula, apple juice, and other products. ...
Parents of Colorado theater gunman plead for son?s life to be spared
19 Dec 2014 at 2:20pm
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - The parents of the man charged in the fatal shootings of 12 people at a Colorado movie theater broke their silence over the 2012 killings on Friday, saying their son is mentally ill, "not a monster," and should be spared the death penalty. Arlene and Robert Holmes urged prosecutors to accept a guilty plea from their son, James Holmes, and a life sentence without parole to avoid the ?additional trauma? that a lengthy trial would inflict on survivors and victims' families. ...
Missouri school regrets swapping blind student's cane for foam tube
19 Dec 2014 at 2:05pm
(Reuters) - A Missouri school district has apologized for taking a cane away from a blind student and forcing him to use a foam tube called a pool noodle, the boy's father said on Friday. Earlier this week, North Kansas School District confiscated the cane of 8-year-old Dakota Nafzinger, who was born without eyes, after he reportedly swung it on a bus. A teacher gave the boy the foam tube instead, said his father Don Nafzinger. The school district, which serves more than 19,000 students in Kansas City, Missouri, said in a statement it made a mistake. ...
Wall Street up for third day, led by energy shares
19 Dec 2014 at 2:02pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks extended gains for a third session on Friday, giving the S&P 500 its best weekly performance in nearly two months as energy shares continued to rebound.
Conjoined Twin Babies Undergo First Step Toward Separation
19 Dec 2014 at 1:45pm
Knatalye and Adeline Mata underwent a 5-hour skin-stretching surgery.
19 Dec 2014 at 1:22pm
Credit: World Altering MedicineThe Kamuzu Central Hospital stands tall on a hill in the center of Lilongwe, the capital city of the southern African country Malawi. The largest of the tertiary health centers in the country, Kamuzu Central Hospital sees the widest variety of patients from the widest variety of communities. Primary health...