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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.
Ebola low among top U.S. worries, Americans warned about scams
21 Oct 2014 at 6:52am
(Reuters) - A new poll on Tuesday showed Ebola ranks well behind the economy, jobs and other issues among America's top problems, while a law enforcement official warned about Ebola-related scams promising protection against the virus that has killed thousands in West Africa. Ebola debuted in the top 10 concerns of Americans but remained far behind five other issues: the economy, dissatisfaction with government, jobs, healthcare and immigration, the Gallup polling organization said. The poll was conducted from Oct. ...
Ebola: Why virus kills some, other people survive
21 Oct 2014 at 6:43am
WASHINGTON (AP) ? People who shared an apartment with the country's first Ebola patient are emerging from quarantine healthy. And while Thomas Eric Duncan died and two U.S. nurses were infected caring for him, there are successes, too: A nurse infected in Spain has recovered, as have four American aid workers infected in West Africa. Even there, not everyone dies.
Israel's ThetaRay turns to maths to detect cyber threats
21 Oct 2014 at 6:37am
By Tova Cohen HOD HASHARON Israel (Reuters) - As businesses face a growing threat of cyber attacks, Israeli start-up ThetaRay is betting on maths to provide early detection, enabling the shutdown of systems before damage can be done. The year-old company's first investor was venture capital firm Jerusalem Venture Partners. It is now also backed by heavyweights like General Electric, which uses ThetaRay to protect critical infrastructure such as power plants, and Israel's biggest bank, Hapoalim, which deployed the technology to detect bank account anomalies. ...
Ebola Hysteria Fever: A Real Epidemic
21 Oct 2014 at 6:34am
Thus far, the Ebola virus has infected three people in the United States that we know of, however Ebola hysteria seems to have infected somewhere close to 300 million. There are reports of kids being pulled out of schools and even some school closings. People in many areas are not going to work and others are driving cars rather than taking...
Petition calls on Roche to cut breast cancer drug price
21 Oct 2014 at 6:22am
LONDON (Reuters) - A British-led petition signed by 29,000 people has demanded that Switzerland's Roche, the world's biggest maker of cancer medicines, cut the price of its expensive new breast cancer drug Kadcyla. The campaign shows the growing pressure on drug companies as a raft of promising new cancer treatments reach the market. U.S. insurers also say they are alarmed by a coming flood of cancer medicines with "astronomical price tags", while pricing rows have flared in France and Italy. ...
23andMe, MyHeritage partner to combine DNA and family trees
21 Oct 2014 at 6:06am
TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Personal genetics company 23andMe and Israel's MyHeritage said on Tuesday they would collaborate to enable people to discover their heritage based on genetic ancestry and documented family history. California-based 23andMe, which is backed by Google, is a pioneer in the sale of home genetic tests and has more than 750,000 clients. It sells a $99 DNA test, from which it provides its customers ancestry-related genetic reports. MyHeritage helps families find their history with family tree tools and a library of more than 5.5 billion historical records. ...
WHO: Ebola vaccine trials in W. Africa in January
21 Oct 2014 at 5:53am
GENEVA (AP) ? The hunt for an Ebola vaccine will produce data soon about whether two experimental vaccines are safe and could lead to larger medical trials in West Africa by January, a top World Health Organization official said Tuesday.
Mentally ill Briton extradited to U.S. over alleged plan for militant camp
21 Oct 2014 at 5:47am
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain has extradited to the United States a mentally ill man alleged to be a lieutenant of Abu Hamza, a London imam convicted of terrorism charges in New York in May, police said on Tuesday. Haroon Aswat, 40, a British citizen of Indian descent from Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, is wanted in the United States for allegedly conspiring with Hamza to establish a militant training camp in the state of Oregon in 1999. He was originally arrested in Zambia in 2005 and deported to Britain where he was detained on arrival following a request from the U.S. for his extradition. ...
Flu drug aimed at Ebola may also fight norovirus, study finds
21 Oct 2014 at 5:29am
LONDON (Reuters) - An experimental Japanese flu drug that has hit the headlines because of its potential to fight Ebola may also work against norovirus, the winter vomiting bug, British researchers said on Tuesday. As with Ebola, the research is still at an early stage but a study in mice found that Fujifilm's Avigan, or favipiravir, was effective at reducing -- and in some cases eliminating -- norovirus infection. The drug works by causing the virus to self-destruct in a process known as "lethal mutagenesis", which causes errors in its genetic information. ...
Omeros suspends mid-stage trial of Huntington's drug, shares fall
21 Oct 2014 at 5:27am
(Reuters) - Omeros Corp said it suspended enrolment in a mid-stage study testing its experimental Huntington's drug as the company evaluates data from a concurrent trial in rats, sending its shares down 10 percent before the bell. A high dose of the drug, OMS824, in several rats demonstrated a much higher drug concentration in the blood, than has been measured in patients, the company said. The drug has been well tolerated in all human trials, Omeros said. ...
Chewing too much hassle? Japan's got just the thing
21 Oct 2014 at 3:55am
Are you worried that you're just not chewing enough to keep your mind and body in tip-top condition? Then never fear: Japan has invented something to help you count your bites.
Paralysed man walks again after breakthrough spinal treatment
21 Oct 2014 at 3:31am
London (AFP) - A paralysed Bulgarian man can walk again after receiving revolutionary treatment in Poland in a breakthrough hailed by one of the British scientists responsible as "more impressive than a man walking on the Moon".
Analysts see U.S. approval of Novo Nordisk's obesity drug by year-end
21 Oct 2014 at 3:23am
COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is likely to approve Novo Nordisk's new drug to treat obesity this year, analysts said after wide expectations of an FDA decision late on Monday were not met. Danish drugmaker Novo Nordisk applied for approval for liragludtide, under the name of Saxenda, on Dec. 20 last year. Monday, exactly 10 months after the filing, was seen by analysts as a deadline for a decision from FDA about approval. ...
Rational altruism against Ebola
21 Oct 2014 at 2:37am
It may seem surprising that there has been a deluge of international press coverage of the recent outbreak of Ebolavirus: In fact, this disease where it does occur, unlike many others, starting with cholera, causes many fewer deaths. Its media impact, though, is justified on the basis of its appalling aspect, by the absence of vaccines or drugs...