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Medicare drug premiums to rise for 2nd year
31 Jul 2014 at 1:42pm
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Medicare says premiums for prescription drug plans will rise in 2015 for the second year in a row.
U.S. warns against traveling to Ebola-hit countries
31 Jul 2014 at 8:11pm
U.S. health officials are warning Americans not to travel to the three African countries hit by an outbreak of Ebola.
Colorado considers a new look for edible pot
31 Jul 2014 at 11:12pm
DENVER (AP) ? Edible marijuana comes with all kinds of warning labels in Colorado. But once those pot brownies and gummy bears are out of the package, they can look identical to straight-laced treats.
Alzheimer's documentary 'Alive Inside' pushes for music therapy
1 Aug 2014 at 4:07am
By Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Michael Rossato-Bennett initially thought it was the worst job he had ever taken. When Rossato-Bennett started filming three years ago he met Henry.
The Pill linked to breast cancer risk for younger women
1 Aug 2014 at 4:03am
By Kathryn Doyle NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A new statistical analysis finds that women under age 50 who were diagnosed with breast cancer were also more likely to have recently been on some versions of the Pill. The increased cancer risk still translates to less than a one percent chance of developing breast cancer for most younger women, researchers emphasize, so the results should not outweigh the many benefits of taking oral contraceptives. These results are not enough to change clinical practice or to discourage any women from taking birth control pills, said lead study author Elizabeth F. Beaber, of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington. Some past research suggests that the hormones in birth control pills could ?feed? hormone-sensitive tumors and thereby raise younger women?s risk of a breast cancer diagnosis, or of developing more aggressive cancers (see Reuters Health article of February 26, 2013 here: http://reut.rs/1s8tM44).
Pakistan widows, 'second' wives flee fighting but are denied aid
1 Aug 2014 at 3:42am
By Katharine Houreld and Saud Mehsud BANNU Pakistan (Reuters) - Thousands of women displaced by fighting in Pakistan are struggling to get food and other aid because they lack identity cards and conservative Muslim elders have forbidden them from going to distribution centers. The women are among nearly a million people who registered for aid after the army began an offensive against the Pakistani Taliban in North Waziristan, a mountainous region on the Afghan border. Many ended up in Bannu, a small city on the main road out of the semi-autonomous tribal region. No census has been conducted in North Waziristan for years, so no one knows the true scale of the problem.
Sierra Leone declares emergency as Ebola death toll hits 729
1 Aug 2014 at 3:35am
By Umaru Fofana FREETOWN (Reuters) - Sierra Leone has declared a state of emergency and called in troops to quarantine Ebola victims, joining neighbouring Liberia in imposing controls as the death toll from the outbreak of the virus hit 729 in West Africa. The World Health Organisation said it would launch a $100 million response plan on Friday during a meeting with the affected nations in Guinea. The WHO on Thursday reported 57 new deaths in the four days to July 27 in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria, raising the death toll to 729. It said the number of Ebola cases had topped 1,300.
African leaders to launch $100m Ebola emergency battle plan
1 Aug 2014 at 3:26am
The head of the World Health Organization and presidents of the west African countries suffering the world's worst-ever Ebola outbreak were due to meet in Guinea on Friday to launch a $100 million emergency response plan. The leaders of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia will gather in Conakry to organise the deployment of "several hundred" medical personnel, the WHO said, to help overstretched workers and facilities struggling with an epidemic which has claimed nearly 730 lives. The plan will also bolster efforts to prevent and detect suspected cases, urge better border surveillance, and reinforce WHO's sub-regional outbreak coordination centre in Guinea. The meeting comes after US, German and French health authorities issued warnings against travel to the three African countries to stop the disease spreading to their shores.
Smith & Nephew offers low-cost hip, knee service in U.S
1 Aug 2014 at 2:59am
By Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) - Smith & Nephew, Europe's largest maker of artificial joints, is to offer U.S. customers a new "no frills" service that will slash the cost of buying its replacement hips and knees. Chief Executive Olivier Bohuon said the so-called Syncera service, designed to strengthen S&N's position in a highly competitive market, would appeal to between 5 and 10 percent of U.S. hospitals that cannot afford its full-service offering. The British company unveiled Syncera alongside second-quarter results, which showed a 10 percent rise in trading profit as the group regained momentum after a weak start to the year, despite problems in its wound management division.
U.S. government to test Ebola vaccine on humans: reports
1 Aug 2014 at 2:17am
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The U.S. government will begin testing on people an experimental Ebola vaccine as early as September, after seeing positive results from tests on primates, according to media reports on Thursday. The National Institutes of Health's infectious disease unit is working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to put the vaccine into trial as quickly as possible, according to CNN and USA Today. The director of that unit could not be reached for comment.
Seychelles forfeit tie after refusing team entry over Ebola fears
1 Aug 2014 at 12:18am
The Seychelles have forfeited their African Nations Cup qualifying tie against Sierra Leone after refusing the west African nation?s soccer team entry over Ebola virus fears. Sierra Leone, which has declared a state of emergency to quarantine victims of the deadly disease, were due to face the Seychelles in a playoff second leg on Saturday but on Thursday were denied permission to board a Nairobi to Mahe flight. The Seychelles have since said they will forfeit the game, allowing Sierra Leone to advance to the next round. Seychelles Health Commissioner Jude Gedeon said regular World Health Organisation (WHO) alerts indicated that while the disease has so far been transmitted from epicentres in Liberia, Guinea-Conakry and Sierra Leone over borders by land, there are now strong indications it is also being spread by air travel.
Ebola patient coming to U.S. as aid workers' health worsens
31 Jul 2014 at 11:26pm
By Julie Steenhuysen and Colleen Jenkins CHICAGO/WINSTON-SALEM N.C. (Reuters) - A U.S. aid worker who was infected with the deadly Ebola virus while working in West Africa will be flown to the United States to be treated in a high-security ward at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, hospital officials said on Thursday. The aid worker, whose name has not been released, will be moved in the next several days to a special isolation unit at Emory. CDC spokeswoman Barbara Reynolds said her agency was working with the U.S. State Department to facilitate the transfer. Reynolds said the CDC was not aware of any Ebola patient ever being treated in the United States, but five people in the past decade have entered the country with either Lassa Fever or Marburg Fever, hemorrhagic fevers similar to Ebola.
Canada's telcos burst into banking, healthcare in hunt for growth
31 Jul 2014 at 10:06pm
By Alastair Sharp and Euan Rocha TORONTO August 1 (Reuters) - Canada's three biggest telecom firms, keen to keep shareholders happy with fat dividends, are breaking into businesses ranging from banking to healthcare to drive growth as they run out of expansion options and shy away from overseas purchases. BCE Inc , Rogers Communications Inc and Telus Corp dominate their industry in Canada but with landline connections on the wane, cable TV losing out to online portals and wireless growth slowing, Canada's telecom giants are pushing into uncharted businesses. Some of the moves - such as Rogers' C$5.2 billion-deal ($4.8 billion) for exclusive National Hockey League broadcast rights - may bring a rapid pay-off. Others, like Telus' bid to dominate healthcare services, are gambles that may not pay off for many years.
Oregon Medicaid targets expensive hepatitis drug
31 Jul 2014 at 7:09pm
WILSONVILLE, Ore. (AP) ? An Oregon Medicaid committee on Thursday significantly scaled back access to an effective ? but expensive ? new drug used to treat hepatitis C.
Obamacare subsidy case could be reviewed by U.S. Supreme Court
31 Jul 2014 at 7:03pm
(Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court has been asked to review a case about whether the federal government can subsidize health insurance for millions of Americans, a party involved in the lawsuit said on Thursday. The petition requests the U.S. high court decide the issue after two lower U.S. court rulings created uncertainties last week regarding the legitimacy of subsidies for individuals enrolled on federally run exchanges under the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. The Competitive Enterprise Institute, which is coordinating and funding the cases, filed the petition, according to the not-for-profit's website. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled in a 2-1 decision that the language in the Affordable Care Act dealing with subsidies shows they should only be provided to consumers who purchase benefits on exchanges run by individual states.