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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.
GSK eyes top slot in FTSE 100 index for standalone HIV drugs unit
22 Oct 2014 at 7:11am
By Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) - GlaxoSmithKline , battered by weak U.S. drug sales and a bribery scandal in China, set out a bold recovery plan on Wednesday, including an initial public offering of part of its fast-growing HIV and AIDS drugs business. As a standalone company ViiV Healthcare would be among the top 40 companies in London's FTSE 100 index, outranking such household names as retailer Marks and Spencer , GSK Chief Executive Andrew Witty told reporters. Analysts at Jefferies said they valued the HIV and AIDS division at about 17 billion pounds ($27 billion). ...
Doctors who helped paralyzed man get back on his feet seek new patients
22 Oct 2014 at 6:54am
By Natalia Dobryszycka WROCLAW Poland (Reuters) - A team of doctors who helped a paralyzed man get back on his feet by transplanting cells from his nasal cavity into his spinal cord said they were seeking new patients so they could establish their breakthrough was not a one-off. The doctors said on Wednesday they would advertise via the Internet for volunteers with similar injuries to their patient, Dariusz Fidyka from Poland, who was paralyzed from the chest down after being stabbed in the back by his partner's ex-husband in 2010. He can now walk with the aid of a frame. ...
Doctors who helped paralysed man walk seek new patients
22 Oct 2014 at 6:32am
Wroclaw (Poland) (AFP) - The Polish doctors who performed the revolutionary treatment that allowed a paralysed man to walk again said Wednesday they were looking for new candidates, as their patient described how the medical procedure has changed his life.
U.S. Ebola 'czar' to start work; military team begins training
22 Oct 2014 at 6:32am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The new U.S. Ebola "czar" starts work on Wednesday and a military medical team begins training as the Obama administration ramps up its response to the potential spread of the virus in the United States. The Pentagon's 30-member emergency team, including 5 doctors, 20 critical care nurses and 5 trainers who are experts in infectious disease protocols, were scheduled to gather at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. U.S. ...
Exclusive: Uruguay presidential candidate would repeal marijuana law
22 Oct 2014 at 6:29am
By Esteban Farat MONTEVIDEO (Reuters) - Uruguay's leading opposition candidate said on Wednesday he would try to repeal much of the country's ground-breaking marijuana law, which permits the commercial production and sale of the drug, if he wins Sunday's presidential election. The South American country became the world's first to allow the cultivation, distribution and use of marijuana, but almost two in three Uruguayans oppose the pioneering experiment that aims to wrest control of the trade from drug gangs. ...
US journalist recovers; Ebola 'czar' gets to work
22 Oct 2014 at 6:27am
WASHINGTON (AP) ? A TV news cameraman treated for Ebola was ready to go home Wednesday, the fifth patient transported from West Africa to recover at a U.S. hospital, as President Barack Obama's new Ebola "czar" got to work trying to pull together a coherent national response to the deadly disease.
Doctors to get bonus for dementia diagnoses
22 Oct 2014 at 6:27am
London (AFP) - Britain's National Health Service came under fire on Wednesday for setting up a temporary bonus scheme of for family doctors who refer patients with cases of dementia.
Drug-resistant tuberculosis at crisis levels, warns WHO
22 Oct 2014 at 6:24am
By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - Multi drug-resistant tuberculosis remains at crisis levels, with about 480,000 new cases this year, and various forms of the lung disease killed about 1.5 million people in 2013, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday. In recent years, the emergence of multi drug-resistant TB -- a manmade problem caused by regular TB patients being given the wrong medicines, the wrong doses, or failing to complete their treatment -- has posed an increasing global health threat. About 9 million people contracted tuberculosis during the year and about 3. ...
Big strides made in fighting TB, says WHO
22 Oct 2014 at 6:20am
Paris (AFP) - The known tally of people with tuberculosis rose last year but overall "major progress" is being made in rolling back the disease, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Wednesday.
Oramed's oral insulin succeeds in study, shares jump
22 Oct 2014 at 5:55am
(Reuters) - Oramed Pharmaceuticals Inc said its oral insulin capsule appeared to be safe and was well-tolerated by diabetics in a mid-stage trial. The Israeli biotechnology company's shares jumped about 10 percent to $8.73 before the bell on Wednesday. The treatment, ORMD-0801, was being tested in 25 patients with type 1 diabetes, once known as juvenile diabetes. It is a chronic condition in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin, a hormone needed to allow sugar to enter cells to produce energy. ...
Turkish Airlines to restart Libya flights next week: envoy
22 Oct 2014 at 5:52am
By Tulay Karadeniz ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey's special envoy to Libya said on Wednesday that Turkish Airlines would resume flights to the eastern Libyan city of Misrata next week, the first foreign carrier to fly to the country since fighting there worsened in July. Three years after the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi, Libya is in chaos, with Islamists and other armed groups feuding for territory and power and the government unable to impose control. ...
Drugmakers to join forces to make millions of Ebola vaccine doses
22 Oct 2014 at 5:47am
By Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) - Leading drugmakers plan to work together to accelerate development of an Ebola vaccine and produce millions of doses of the most effective experimental product for use next year. Johnson & Johnson said on Wednesday that it aims to produce at least 1 million doses of its two-step vaccine next year and has already discussed collaboration with Britain's GlaxoSmithKline, which is working on a rival vaccine. The U.S. ...
GSK sees first Ebola vaccine doses ready late this year
22 Oct 2014 at 5:19am
LONDON (Reuters) - GlaxoSmithKline expects to have the first doses of its Ebola vaccine ready late this year and is looking to work with the rest of the pharmaceutical industry to scale up production. "I fully anticipate that the initial supply should be available before the year end," Chief Executive Andrew Witty told reporters on Wednesday after reporting quarterly results. "It will give WHO (World Health Organization) and other agencies a useful tool," he said, adding that the GSK product was likely to be the first vaccine to be deployed. ...
Cuban doctors arrive in Liberia to fight Ebola alongside U.S. troops
22 Oct 2014 at 5:16am
By James Harding Giahyue MONROVIA (Reuters) - A plane carrying some 50 Cuban doctors and nurses arrived in Liberia on Wednesday to help treat victims of Ebola in the West African country, where a U.S. military mission is also deploying to fight the deadly virus. An Air Cubana jet carrying the 51 medical staff touched down at Monrovia's Roberts International Airport. Another group of around 40 doctors from the communist-led Caribbean island were due to arrive in neighboring Guinea on Wednesday. ...