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Ebola outbreak reaches Senegal, riots break out in Guinea
29 Aug 2014 at 2:07pm
By Diadie Ba and Saliou Samb DAKAR/CONAKRY (Reuters) - The West African state of Senegal became the fifth country to be hit by the world's worst Ebola outbreak on Friday, while riots broke out in neighboring Guinea's remote southeast where infection rates are rising fast. In the latest sign that the outbreak of the virus, which has already killed at least 1,550 people, is spinning out of control, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said that Ebola cases rose last week at the fastest pace since the epidemic began in West Africa in March. The epidemic has defied efforts by governments to control it, prompting the leading charity fighting the outbreak, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), to call for the U.N. Security Council to take charge of efforts to stop it. Including the fatalities, more than 3,000 have been infected since the virus was detected in the remote jungles of southeastern Guinea in March and quickly spread across the border to Liberia and Sierra Leone.
Experimental Ebola drug heals all monkeys in study
29 Aug 2014 at 2:04pm
An experimental Ebola drug healed all 18 monkeys infected with the deadly virus in a study, boosting hopes that the treatment might help fight the outbreak raging through West Africa ? once more of it can be made.
Ebola Survivor 'Walked Through the Valley of Death'
29 Aug 2014 at 1:58pm
Dr. Philip Ireland Will Go Back to Treating Patients
African-Americans may be getting inferior breastfeeding advice
29 Aug 2014 at 1:49pm
By Ronnie Cohen NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Mothers who give birth in areas with higher concentrations of African-Americans are less likely to get breastfeeding support on maternity wards than mothers in other communities, a new study shows. The study of 2,727 American hospitals and birth centers sought to uncover the reasons for the racial disparities. ?What this study suggests is that hospital practices, not just women?s choices, beliefs or values, contribute to the observed racial disparities in infant feeding,? sociologist Elizabeth Armstrong told Reuters Health in an email.
Senegal confirms Ebola case as outbreak hits 5th WAfrican country
29 Aug 2014 at 1:28pm
The Ebola epidemic that has killed more than 1,500 people across West Africa spread to a fifth country in the region on Friday with the first confirmed case of the deadly virus in Senegal. The case marks the first time a new country has been hit by the outbreak since July and comes a day after the World Health Organization warned the number of infections is increasing rapidly. Senegal's health ministry said the patient is a young Guinean man who was immediately quarantined at a Dakar hospital, where he is in a "satisfactory condition". The man is believed to have been infected in Guinea's capital Conakry, and may have travelled to Senegal before Dakar closed its land border with Guinea on August 21.
Ebola Outbreak: Dr. Besser's Look at Life Inside the Hot Zone
29 Aug 2014 at 1:27pm
Dr. Richard Besser reports on the growing outbreak from Monrovia, Liberia.
Sierra Leone dismisses health minister over handling of Ebola
29 Aug 2014 at 1:19pm
FREETOWN (Reuters) - Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma dismissed his Health Minister Miatta Kargbo on Friday over her handling of the Ebola epidemic that has killed more than 400 people in the West African country. A presidency statement said that Kargbo was removed "to create a conducive environment for efficient and effective handling of the Ebola outbreak". She will be replaced by her deputy Dr Abubakarr Fofanah, the statement said. (Reporting by Umaru Fofana; Writing by Daniel Flynn; Editing by Alison Williams)
R&B singer CeeLo Green pleads no contest to ecstasy charge
29 Aug 2014 at 1:11pm
Grammy-winning R&B singer and former "The Voice" judge CeeLo Green pleaded no contest on Friday to giving a woman the drug ecstasy in 2012. Green, 39, whose real name is Thomas DeCarlo Callaway, was charged last year by the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office with one count of furnishing a controlled substance. He was sentenced to three years of formal probation by Superior Court Judge Mark Young and ordered to complete 52 Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous meetings as well as 360 hours of community service. "CeeLo Green is pleased that the District Attorney's office would allow him the opportunity to resolve this appropriately and maintain his innocence.
Colombia arrests suspected drug trafficker for major Mexico cartel
29 Aug 2014 at 1:00pm
Colombian authorities have arrested a Costa Rican man accused of trafficking shipments of cocaine to the United States on behalf of Mexico's infamous Sinaloa cartel. Oscar Antonio Berrocal, 52, was detained late on Thursday after arriving in the Colombian capital Bogota on a flight from Ecuador, where he lives. "Berrocal, known to authorities under the aliases Charlie, the Chef, Finquero and Rolex, is required by U.S. "In Colombia there is a valid order for his arrest and extradition." Authorities said Berrocal is accused of coordinating the shipment of large quantities of cocaine to the United States for the Sinaloa cartel, one of the world's largest drug trafficking organizations, often via smuggling networks in Central America.
Prototype Ebola drug clears early test hurdle
29 Aug 2014 at 12:14pm
A prototype drug that has been urgently given to a handful of patients with Ebola has cleared an important test hurdle, showing that it cured lab monkeys with the disease, scientists said Friday. Normally, experimental drugs are tested first on animals and then on progressively larger groups of humans to ensure they are safe and effective. Reporting online in the British journal Nature, researchers at the Public Health Agency of Canada said 18 rhesus macaque monkeys given high doses of Ebola virus fully recovered after being given ZMapp, even when it was administered five days after infection. The 21 animals had been given the so-called Kikwit strain of Ebola, named after a location in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the country where the haemorrhagic fever was discovered in 1976.
Kraft issues voluntary recall of some American Singles cheese product
29 Aug 2014 at 11:45am
By Anjali Athavaley NEW YORK (Reuters) - Kraft Foods Group Inc said on Friday it is voluntarily recalling 7,691 cases of some varieties of its Kraft American Singles as a precautionary measure after a supplier failed to store an ingredient correctly. The Northfield, Illinois-based company said the recall affects four varieties of Kraft American Singles Pasteurized Prepared Cheese Product. A supplier did not store an ingredient in accordance with Kraft's temperature standards. Kraft said it has had no consumer illness complaints for the product associated with the recall.
Fears of addiction keep cancer patients from getting pain relief
29 Aug 2014 at 11:22am
By Randi Belisomo NEW YORK (Reuters Health) ? Fears of opioid abuse and addiction might be keeping patients with advanced cancer from getting enough pain medicine, researchers say. ?At the end of life, we should feel comfortable providing whatever necessary to control pain,? said Joel Hyatt, assistant regional director at Kaiser Permanente. Concerns about overdose and addiction, he told Reuters Health, should not prevent terminally ill patients from obtaining relief. Pain undertreatment is estimated to affect half of cancer patients, according to a recent report in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
Ebola Survivor â??Walked Through the Valley of Deathâ??
29 Aug 2014 at 11:13am
Dr. Philip Ireland remembers the moment he realized he had Ebola.
ALS Association backs down on 'Ice Bucket' trademark attempt
29 Aug 2014 at 10:45am
In the wake of criticism over its attempt to trademark the words "ice bucket challenge," the ALS Association said it is withdrawing its applications from the U.S. Following a blog post by a Virginia trademark attorney that was critical of the trademark application and a report by Internet tech news site Techdirt that said ALS did not originate the ice bucket challenge, criticism of the trademark move grew on Twitter and other social media sites.
Ebola Outbreak Spreads: Senegal Reports 1st Case
29 Aug 2014 at 9:41am
The Ebola outbreak is expected to reach 20,000 in six months.