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Ruling on antibiotics in livestock reversed
24 Jul 2014 at 1:57pm
NEW YORK (AP) ? The U.S. Food and Drug Administration isn't required to hold public hearings to evaluate the health risks of widespread use of antibiotics in animal feed, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.
Varying health premium subsidies worry consumers
24 Jul 2014 at 10:39am
MIAMI (AP) ? Linda Close was grateful to learn she qualified for a sizable subsidy to help pay for her health insurance under the new federal law. But in the process of signing up for a plan, Close said her HealthCare.gov account showed several different subsidy amounts, varying as much as $180 per month.
China lifts quarantine after man dies of plague
23 Jul 2014 at 10:27pm
BEIJING (AP) ? A nine-day quarantine imposed on parts of a northern Chinese city where a man died of bubonic plague has been lifted, China's official news agency reported Thursday.
WHO seeks humanitarian corridor to evacuate Gaza wounded
25 Jul 2014 at 7:00am
The World Health Organisation (WHO) called on Friday for a humanitarian corridor to be set up in Gaza to allow aid workers to evacuate the wounded and bring in life-saving medicines. WHO officials have discussed the proposal with both Israeli and Egyptian officials, but there has been no response yet, WHO spokesman Paul Garwood said. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry pressed regional proxies to agree on a Gaza ceasefire on Friday as the death toll soared to over 800. In a statement, the U.N. health agency said that it was difficult for the sick and wounded to get access to health care and that some needed to leave the coastal strip for treatment.
U.S. meat, seafood prices rising on drought and disease: USDA
25 Jul 2014 at 6:56am
By Ros Krasny WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Overall U.S. food inflation will remain near the historic norm in 2014, even as prices for meat and seafood are pushed higher by disease and widespread drought, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Friday. USDA said wholesale pork prices will jump by 10 percent to 11 percent in 2014, hurt by declining supplies after a virus has killed millions of piglets in the past year. Food inflation, which includes items bought in grocery stores as well as in restaurants, will rise by 2.5 percent to 3.5 percent this year and subside to 2 percent to 3 percent in 2015, the USDA said in its first forecast for the new year. The agency noted a recent jump in vegetable prices but said it was too soon to tie the move to the severe drought in California, the largest U.S. grower of fruits and vegetables.
Bayer says Nexavar fails in breast cancer study
25 Jul 2014 at 6:37am
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German drugmaker Bayer said a Phase III trial of cancer drug Nexavar in patients with advanced breast cancer did not meet its primary endpoint of delaying the progression of the disease. The study, called Resilience, evaluated Nexavar in combination with chemotherapeutic agent capecitabine, in women with HER2-negative breast cancer. Oral drug Nexavar, which Bayer is developing jointly with Amgen, is approved for use against certain types of liver, kidney and thyroid cancer. Study details are expected to be presented at an upcoming scientific conference. ...
Liberian with Ebola-like symptoms dies in Nigeria: official
25 Jul 2014 at 6:28am
A Liberian man hospitalised in Lagos with Ebola-like symptoms has died, an official said Friday, without confirming the virus was the cause of his death. The 40-year-old Monrovia resident arrived in Nigeria's mega-city on Sunday and was admitted to hospital after suffering from severe vomiting and diarrhoea. "The Liberian man has died," said a source with the Lagos state health ministry who requested anonymity. The patient's blood samples have been sent to a lab in Lagos and the World Health Organization in Dakar.
Report Raises Safety Questions on Popular Blood Thinner
25 Jul 2014 at 6:18am
Pradaxa has been linked to bleeding complications.
First Ebola victim in Sierra Leone capital on the run
25 Jul 2014 at 6:17am
By Umaru Fofana FREETOWN (Reuters) - Sierra Leone officials appealed for help on Friday to trace the first known resident in the capital with Ebola whose family forcibly removed her from a Freetown hospital after testing positive for the deadly disease. Radio stations in Freetown, a city of around 1 million inhabitants, broadcast the appeal on Friday to locate a woman who tested positive for the disease that has killed 660 people across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone since an outbreak was first identified in February. "Saudatu Koroma of 25 Old Railway Line, Brima Lane, Wellington," the announcement said. We need the public to help us locate her." Koroma, 32, a resident of the densely populated Wellington neighbourhood, had been admitted to an isolation ward while blood samples were tested for the virus, Health ministry spokesman Sidi Yahya Tunis.
India battles to contain 'brain fever' as deaths reach almost 570
25 Jul 2014 at 6:13am
By Nita Bhalla NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Almost 570 people in India have died after contracting encephalitis, commonly known as "brain fever", health authorities said on Friday, warning the death toll may rise with more people still at risk. Outbreaks of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome and Japanese Encephalitis are common every year in India, especially during the monsoon season, and claim hundreds of lives. In West Bengal, where at least 111 people have died from both strains, a senior health official said authorities were taking emergency steps to contain the outbreak.
West Africa Ebola death toll reaches 660: WHO
25 Jul 2014 at 6:13am
The death toll in West Africa's Ebola outbreak has risen to 660, with the number of cases surpassing 1,000, the World Health Organization said Friday. WHO spokesman Paul Garwood said that the extent of what is the deadliest outbreak of Ebola on record was still emerging. Thirteen were in Sierra Leone, 11 in Liberia and four in Guinea, which had previously borne the brunt. Forty-five new cases were recorded over the same period, in West Africa's first-ever Ebola outbreak.
What Not To Say To Someone Who Doesn't Drink
25 Jul 2014 at 5:20am
Novo wins EU recommendation for two-in-one diabetes drug
25 Jul 2014 at 5:15am
By Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) - A Novo Nordisk drug combining its long-acting insulin degludec with its type 2 diabetes treatment Victoza has been recommended for approval in Europe, in an important boost for the Danish company. The European Medicines Agency said on Friday it had issued a positive opinion for Xultophy, previously known as IDegLira, implying the medicine is likely to be formally approved by the European Commission within three months. Novo said it planned to launch Xultophy in the first European markets in the first half of 2015. Jakob Riis, executive vice president of marketing and medical affairs at Novo Nordisk, said Britain, Germany and Denmark were likely to be among the first launch markets for the product.
Novo sees two-in-one diabetes drug in Europe in first half of 2015
25 Jul 2014 at 4:46am
Novo Nordisk, the world's largest insulin maker, said on Friday it expected European Commission marketing authorization for its new two-in-one insulin drug within three months after an EU medicines agency recommended the drug. It said subject to the EU Commission approval and the completion of pricing and reimbursement discussions, it expected to have the drug out into the first European markets by the first half of 2015.
Town 'sealed off' after man dies of plague in China
25 Jul 2014 at 4:09am
A Chinese town has been sealed off and 151 people placed in quarantine since last week after a man died of bubonic plague, state media said Tuesday. The 30,000 people living in Yumen in the northwestern province of Gansu are not being allowed to leave, and police at roadblocks on its perimeter are telling motorists to find alternative routes, the television arm of the official news agency Xinhua said.