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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.
Wealthy countries must send medical teams to halt Ebola: Medecins Sans Fronti...
2 Sep 2014 at 1:41pm
The worst ever outbreak of the Ebola virus will not be halted unless wealthy nations dispatch specialized biological disaster response teams to West Africa to stop its spread, the head of medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres said on Tuesday. "Six months into the worst Ebola epidemic in history, the world is losing the battle to contain it," MSF President Joanne Liu said in a speech to United Nations member states. She said aid charities and West African governments did not have the capacity to stem the outbreak and needed intervention by foreign states. The organization is known in the United States as Doctors Without Borders.
Common Misconceptions About Spine Surgery
2 Sep 2014 at 1:37pm
There are a lot of common beliefs about spine surgery that are false or only partially true. It is important that you are well-informed before making any decisions about your health care. When in doubt, always consult a health care professional to get the answers you need.Here are some common thoughts people have about spine surgery. Did you...
Obama addresses West Africans on facts about Ebola
2 Sep 2014 at 1:37pm
WASHINGTON (AP) ? President Barack Obama urged West Africans on Tuesday to wear gloves and masks when caring for Ebola patients or burying anyone who died of the disease. He also discouraged the traditional burial practice of directly touching the body of someone who died of Ebola, which is one way the disease has been spreading in the region.
U.S. CDC says Ebola threatens stability of stricken countries
2 Sep 2014 at 1:29pm
By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - The world's worst Ebola outbreak is threatening the stability of affected and neighboring countries in West Africa, and requires a "massive" effort to bring it under control, the head of the U.S. Already we have widespread transmission Liberia. Frieden said the outbreak was the first epidemic of Ebola the world has ever known, meaning it is spreading widely in society and is "threatening the stability" of affected and neighboring countries. The Charlotte, North Carolina-based group did not identify the physician but said he was not treating Ebola patients and that he had isolated himself immediately when symptoms began.
Group says world is losing battle against Ebola
2 Sep 2014 at 1:26pm
UNITED NATIONS (AP) ? The international group Doctor Without Borders warned Tuesday that the world is losing the battle against Ebola and lamented that treatment centers in West Africa have been "reduced to places where people go to die alone" as the world struggles to contain the disease.
U.S. contract approved to speed tests of Mapp's Ebola drug
2 Sep 2014 at 1:26pm
Department of Health and Human Services said on Tuesday a federal contract worth up to $42.3 million would help accelerate testing of an experimental Ebola virus treatment that is being developed by privately held Mapp Biopharmaceutical Inc. The agency said an initial 18-month contract worth $24.9 million had been approved by its Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response and that the contract could be extended up to a total of $42.3 million Mapp, based in San Diego, will manufacture a small amount of the drug, called ZMapp, for early stage safety studies and for animal studies needed to prove its effectiveness and safety in people, the agency said in a statement. It binds to proteins on the Ebola virus and triggers the immune system to destroy them. Mapp previously developed two different cocktails of antibodies, but they protected only 43 percent of monkeys that were given the drug as late as five days after infection. On Friday, scientists reported that ZMapp had cured all 18 lab monkeys infected with Ebola in one trial, including those suffering fever and hemorrhaging that were hours from death.
Ashya King Case Highlights Dilemma of Parents Overriding Doctors
2 Sep 2014 at 1:20pm
British Parents Took 5-Year-Old Son to Spain for Alternative Cancer Treatment
Another American Doctor Tests Positive for Ebola in West Africa
2 Sep 2014 at 1:20pm
SIM Missionary Doctor Worked at Same Hospital as Dr. Kent Brantly
Mississippi woman gets life sentence in fatal buttocks injection case
2 Sep 2014 at 1:09pm
By Emily Le Coz JACKSON Miss. (Reuters) - A Mississippi woman convicted of murder for administering an unlicensed silicone buttocks injection to a patient who later died was sentenced on Tuesday to life in prison. Tracey Lynn Garner, 54, performed the unlicensed injection in 2012 in her Jackson home on 37-year-old Karima Gordon, who fell ill immediately after the procedure and died a few days later. A jury last week found Garner guilty of depraved-heart murder. Prosecutors argued during the trial that Garner was motivated by greed. Garner faces a separate trial in the death of Marilyn Hale, an Alabama woman who authorities say died under similar circumstances two years earlier. Lee McDivitt, an investigator for the Mississippi Attorney General's Office, testified during the trial that he found a large bottle of silicone and syringes in Garner's home that were labeled "veterinary use only." Garner, who is transgender, was formerly named Morris Garner.
Ill UK boy's parents freed from custody in Spain
2 Sep 2014 at 1:09pm
SOTO DEL REAL, Spain (AP) ? The British parents who took their critically ill child for treatment abroad without doctors' consent were released from custody in Spain on Tuesday after the charges against them were dropped, their lawyer said.
Double mastectomy doesn't boost survival for most
2 Sep 2014 at 1:06pm
Removing both breasts to treat cancer affecting only one side doesn't boost survival chances for most women, compared with surgery that removes just the tumor, a large study suggests. The results raise concerns about riskier, potentially unnecessary operations that increasing numbers of women are choosing.
Another US health worker infected with Ebola
2 Sep 2014 at 12:55pm
A third American health worker has tested positive for the Ebola virus while working with patients in West Africa, the Christian missionary group SIM said Tuesday. The group did not release the name of the doctor, but said he had been working in obstetrics at the SIM-funded ELWA hospital in the Liberian capital Monrovia. Two Americans who also worked at ELWA, Doctor Kent Brantly and nurse Nancy Writebol, were previously flown home from Liberia and successfully treated for the virus. Unlike Brantly and Writebol, the new US victim had not been working directly with Ebola patients, and it is not yet clear how he caught the disease, which is usually fatal.
U.S. missionary doctor in Liberia tests positive for Ebola
2 Sep 2014 at 12:54pm
(Reuters) - An American doctor working in Liberia has tested positive for the Ebola virus after working with obstetrics patients at a missionary hospital in Monrovia, the Christian organization SIM USA said on Tuesday. The North Carolina-based group did not identify the doctor, who had not been treating the Ebola patients hospitalized in isolation on the missionary's sprawling campus. "The doctor is doing well and is in good spirits," SIM USA said in a statement. The worst Ebola outbreak in history has infected more than 3,000 people and killed some 1,550 since it was first detected early this year in West Africa, according to the World Health Organization.
Comedian Joan Rivers still on life support: daughter
2 Sep 2014 at 12:46pm
Comedian Joan Rivers remained on life support on Tuesday after being hospitalized in serious condition due to cardiac arrest, her daughter Melissa said. At this time, she does remain on life support," Melissa Rivers said in a statement. Rivers, an actress and stand-up comedian known for her acerbic brand of humor, has been at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan since Thursday. The comedian, who once described herself as the "plastic surgery poster girl" and joked about her numerous procedures, stopped breathing after suffering cardiac arrest.