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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.
Taking insurance companies out of health care
15 Sep 2014 at 2:00am
If Boeing experiment flies, health care system could be transformed
Australia probes 'threats' against hospitals days after stepping up terror alert
15 Sep 2014 at 1:11am
Australian police were investigating "threats" on Monday against four hospitals in the city of Sydney amid reports of at least one being partially evacuated over a bomb threat, just days after the country raised its terror alert level to "high". Patients and hospital staff were evacuated from parts of Prince of Wales Private Hospital, while police also went to Royal Prince Alfred hospital, Longueville Private hospital and Royal North Shore hospital, media reported. Last Friday, Australia raised its terror threat level to "high" for the first time, citing the chance of terrorist attacks by Australian citizens radicalised in Iraq or Syria.
Danaher to buy Nobel Biocare Holding for $2.2 billion including debt
15 Sep 2014 at 12:37am
Danaher said on Monday it would pay 17.10 Swiss francs per Nobel Biocare share in cash, about 23 percent above Nobel Biocare's closing price on July 28, the day before the Swiss firm said it was in talks with potential buyers. Nobel Biocare's shares fell 5.5 percent in early trade after analysts had said the company could fetch a price of over 20 francs per share. Analysts at Bank of America Merrill Lynch said it was unlikely a counter bid would materialise since fellow dental implant makers Straumann STMN.S and Dentsply XRAY.O had already ruled out interest. The acquisition of the world's second-biggest dental implant maker will bring Danaher a premium range of implants to add to its orthodontics and digital imaging systems and boost its dental business to sales of around $3 billion.
Obama to detail plans on Ebola offensive Tuesday: WSJ
15 Sep 2014 at 12:18am
(Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to detail on Tuesday a plan to boost his country's involvement in mitigating the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday. The plan would involve a greater involvement of the U.S. military in tackling the worst recorded outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, the Journal reported, citing people familiar with the proposal. The outbreak has now killed upwards of 2,400 people, mostly in Liberia, neighbouring Guinea and Sierra Leone as poorly resourced West African healthcare systems have been overrun. The U.S. ...
Sierra Rutile sees limited operations during Ebola lockdown
15 Sep 2014 at 12:11am
(Reuters) - Minerals group Sierra Rutile Ltd said its operations would be restricted during the three-day countrywide lockdown to halt the spread of Ebola across Sierra Leone and that it would optimise operations in the lead-up to mitigate overall impact of the disruption. The company, which mines rutile in the south west of Sierra Leone, said export of products to customers would not be affected and that essential services such as the power plant and a health clinic would continue to operate as normal. ...
Four burned in explosion at Arizona pet food factory
14 Sep 2014 at 10:42pm
(Reuters) - Four contractors were burned on Sunday in an explosion at an Arizona pet food factory, a fire department official said. The workers were welding in a grain elevator at the Nestle Purina plant in Flagstaff at around 4:30 p.m. when grain dust caught fire and sparked an explosion, said Flagstaff Fire Department Captain Bill Morse.
Roche starts late-stage trial for eye drug lampalizumab
14 Sep 2014 at 10:22pm
ZURICH (Reuters) - Swiss drugmaker Roche said on Monday it had started late-stage trials for its experimental drug lampalizumab as a treatment for a serious eye disease. The Basel-based firm has initiated Phase III trials for lampalizumab as a treatment for geographic atrophy, a leading cause of blindness in adults over 55, which gradually causes vision loss in the macula, making it harder to read, drive and recognise people's faces. (Reporting by Caroline Copley)
Kids' poisonings linked to anti-addiction medicine
14 Sep 2014 at 9:21pm
CHICAGO (AP) ? An anti-addiction drug used to fight the nation's heroin and painkiller abuse epidemics poses a threat to young children who accidentally swallow relatives' prescriptions, a federal study says. Some children have died.
Venezuela's newest shortage: breast implants
14 Sep 2014 at 9:09pm
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) ? Venezuela's chronic shortages have begun to encroach on a cultural cornerstone: the boob job.
Post-war counseling awaits Gaza children going back to school
14 Sep 2014 at 7:52pm
By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Some 500,000 children returned on Sunday to school in the Gaza Strip, where many will be given psychological counseling before regular studies begin after a devastating 50-day war between Palestinian militants and Israel. The opening of the school year had been delayed for three weeks because of damage to more than 250 schools and the use of about 90 U.N. educational facilities as shelters for tens of thousands of residents displaced by fighting, the United Nations and local authorities said. "The top priority now is making sure that after a period of psychosocial support, including the use of theater for development techniques, our students can return to their regular curricula," said Pierre Krähenbühl, head of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, which runs more than 200 Gaza schools. He said UNRWA has employed over 200 counselors who would engage with the approximately 240,000 students in its schools, with a transition to standard studies scheduled in a week.
Obama to detail plans on Ebola offensive on Tuesday: WSJ
14 Sep 2014 at 7:22pm
President Barack Obama is expected to detail on Tuesday a plan to boost his country's involvement in mitigating the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday. The outbreak has now killed upwards of 2,400 people, mostly in Liberia, neighboring Guinea and Sierra Leone as poorly resourced West African healthcare systems have been overrun. The move would come just days after Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf appealed to Obama for urgent aid, saying that without it her country would lose the fight against the disease.
Liberia president sacks 10 officials told to return to fight Ebola
14 Sep 2014 at 7:16pm
By James Harding Giahyue MONROVIA (Reuters) - Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has sacked 10 senior officials because they failed to heed a warning to return from overseas travel to help the government's fight against an Ebola epidemic that has killed at least 1,100 Liberians. They were initially told in August to return to Liberia. "These government officials showed insensitivity to our national tragedy and disregard for authority," said the statement released late on Saturday. The contagious, haemorrhagic fever was first discovered in eastern Guinea in March and has since killed more than 2,400 people, mostly in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, making it the worst Ebola outbreak the world has seen.
China police detain 24 after anti-incinerator protest: newspaper
14 Sep 2014 at 5:58pm
Chinese police detained 24 people for disturbing social order during a protest on Saturday against a proposed trash incinerator in southern China, the state-run China Daily newspaper reported.
Governments hold key to unlocking billions for social good: G8 report
14 Sep 2014 at 4:30pm
By Astrid Zweynert LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Governments can unleash billions of dollars to tackle social problems more effectively if they take bold steps to reduce barriers to investing for both profit and social good, a task force set up by the world's richest nations said on Monday. In its first report, the G8 Social Impact Investment Task Force calls on governments to make tax and regulatory reforms to catalyze the market in investments that generate social or environmental benefits alongside financial returns. "This is not about increasing or reducing public expenditure, but helping government to benefit from innovation and private sector capital in order to achieve more impact with the money it has," Ronald Cohen, the chair of the year-old task force, said in a statement. The report highlights the potential of so-called "impact investing" to help solve some of society's most pressing issues, such as caring for children and the elderly, community regeneration, financial inclusion, housing and prisoner reoffending.