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Israeli troops kill three Palestinians in protest at Gaza fence: medics
9 Oct 2015 at 5:30am
Israeli troops fired across the border into Gaza on Friday, killing three Palestinians and wounding 14 others who were throwing stones and taking part in a rally in support of violence in Jerusalem, hospital officials in Gaza said. The demonstration was called in solidarity with Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem and followed a spate of attacks by Palestinians against Israelis and reprisals by Jews against Arabs. An Israeli military spokeswoman said around 200 Palestinians massed at the border fence in northern Gaza, throwing rocks and rolling burning tyres toward troops stationed on the other side.
India's drug stores plan protest against e-pharmacies
9 Oct 2015 at 5:20am
By Aditya Kalra and Zeba Siddiqui NEW DELHI/MUMBAI (Reuters) - As many as 850,000 small chemist shops in India will shut for a day next week to protest against a burgeoning online pharmacy industry that is attracting big money backers. Healthcare provider Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Ltd plans to start online drug sales in India, while Zigy, and Sequoia Capital-backed 1mg already have e-pharmacies to tap a retail market IMS Health says is worth about $13 billion. Varun Gupta, head of medical affairs at 1mg said the company gets up to 60 million hits a month on its website and its mobile app has been downloaded 3.5 million times since 2012.
British nurse who contracted Ebola hospitalized again
9 Oct 2015 at 5:14am
LONDON (AP) ? London's Royal Free Hospital says a nurse who recovered from Ebola last year has been hospitalized again and is being treated for an unusual late complication. Her condition is described as serious.
AstraZeneca pauses two lung cancer drug combination trials
9 Oct 2015 at 5:02am
AstraZeneca has temporarily halted two clinical trials combining experimental drugs to treat lung cancer, following reports of lung disease in some patients, the company said on Friday. The trials involve giving its drug AZD9291, which is currently awaiting regulatory approval, alongside the immune system-boosting medicine durvalumab, also known as MEDI4736, to treat patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer. AZD9291 and durvalumab are two of AstraZeneca's most promising experimental cancer treatments, although their use together in lung disease is only one of many possible applications.
Ebola's persistence in survivors fuels concerns over future risks
9 Oct 2015 at 4:54am
A growing awareness of how the Ebola virus can hide in parts of the body such as eyes, breasts and testicles long after leaving the bloodstream raises questions about whether the disease can ever be beaten. Virologists said Friday's case of a Scottish nurse, Pauline Cafferkey, who had recovered from Ebola but is now suffering complications adds to signs that the virus is a long-term health risk and can lead to a "post-Ebola syndrome". "Over the past few years there has been mounting evidence of mental and physical health problems in Ebola survivors that can last for years after the virus is cleared from the bloodstream," said Ben Neuman, an Ebola expert and lecturer in virology at Britain's University of Reading.
Discharged British Ebola nurse back in hospital
9 Oct 2015 at 4:50am
A Scottish nurse who contracted the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone last year but had seemingly made a full recovery was back in hospital in a serious condition on Friday after suffering a late complication from the disease. Pauline Cafferkey, 39, was transferred from the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow to an isolation unit at the Royal Free Hospital in London early on Friday morning, the Royal Free said in a statement. "Pauline Cafferkey is in a serious condition," the hospital said, adding that she was suffering from "an unusual late complication".
Johnson & Johnson starts Ebola vaccine trial in Sierra Leone
9 Oct 2015 at 4:01am
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) ? Johnson & Johnson has begun clinical trials for an Ebola vaccine in Sierra Leone.
J&J starts vaccine trial in Sierra Leone, even as Ebola fades
9 Oct 2015 at 3:58am
Johnson & Johnson has begun a clinical trial of a two-shot Ebola vaccine in Sierra Leone, underlining its determination to push ahead with development, even as the epidemic fades out in West Africa. The new study will investigate the experimental product's safety and its ability to provoke an immune response to the disease, which the World Health Organization says has killed more than 11,000 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Last week, for the first time since the Ebola outbreak was declared in March 2014, there were no new confirmed cases of the deadly disease in those countries, according to the U.N. agency.
Next Biometrics soars as Swedish investors buys big stake
9 Oct 2015 at 2:45am
OSLO/STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Norwegian fingerprint sensor maker Next Biometrics said it would raise 120 million Norwegian crowns ($14.78 million) from Greenbridge Partners, a firm founded by Swedish investors Melker Schorling and Ola Rollen, sending shares soaring. "Greenbridge Partners Ltd has undertaken a thorough process before making the investment decision," Next said in a statement on Friday. Shares of the Norwegian firm shot up 64 percent at 0417 EDT.
Studies say 1/3 of young men in China to die from smoking
9 Oct 2015 at 1:48am
BEIJING (AP) ? Research published in the medical journal The Lancet says one in three of all the young men in China are likely to die from tobacco, but that the number can fall if the men quit smoking.
Ten quarantined in Nigeria over Ebola scare
9 Oct 2015 at 12:33am
A patient came to the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital on Wednesday with symptoms consistent with the viral hemorrhagic fever, staff there said. "We have sent blood samples for testing and quarantined identified contacts," the hospital's chief medical director, Queeneth Kalu, said. Nigeria's National Emergency Management Agency said 10 people were in quarantine.
Singapore screens hundreds after hepatitis C outbreak
9 Oct 2015 at 12:29am
A hepatitis C scare linked to four deaths so far in Singapore widened Friday after its largest hospital said nearly 1,000 patients and health staff need to be screened for the virus. The state-run Singapore General Hospital said 678 patients as well as 273 medical workers were being contacted to be screened for the virus, local media reported, double the number initially estimated to be affected. The hospital earlier said 22 kidney patients had been infected with hepatitis C between April and June.
Countries at heart of Ebola outbreak see first virus-free week
8 Oct 2015 at 11:46pm
The three West African countries at the heart of an Ebola epidemic recorded their first week with no new cases since the outbreak was declared in March 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday. The U.N. agency said that more than 11,000 people have died in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone in the world's worst known occurrence of Ebola, but there were no new cases in the week to Oct. 4. "Over 500 contacts remain under follow-up in Guinea, and several high-risk contacts associated with active and recently active chains of transmission in Guinea and Sierra Leone have been lost to follow-up," it said in its situation report.
Science won't stop until it beats AIDS, says HIV pioneer
8 Oct 2015 at 11:07pm
By Kate Kelland PARIS, Oct 9 (Reuters) - More than 30 years after she identified one of the most pernicious viruses to infect humankind, Francoise Barre Sinoussi, who shared a Nobel prize for discovering HIV, is hanging up her lab coat and retiring. While a cure for AIDS may or may not be found in her lifetime, the 68-year-old says, achieving "remission" - where infected patients control HIV in their bodies and, crucially, can come off treatment for years - is definitely within reach.
Measure to repeal California vaccine law won't be on ballot
8 Oct 2015 at 7:26pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) ? Proponents of an effort to repeal California's new stricter law requiring mandatory vaccines for school children failed to submit enough signatures to qualify a ballot initiative asking voters to repeal the law.