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EU approves Novartis' Signifor drug for rare hormonal disorder
23 Nov 2014 at 10:29pm
ZURICH (Reuters) - The European Commission has approved Novartis' drug Signifor to treat a rare hormonal disorder, the Swiss drugmaker said on Monday. The drug, used to treat adults with acromegaly for whom surgery is not an option, was approved after two late-stage studies showed the drug allowed for greater disease control than existing therapies, Novartis said. Acromegaly is caused by a benign tumor in the pituitary gland that secretes excess growth hormone, and can lead to the enlargement of body parts, including the hands, feet and facial features. ...
Pregnant Egyptian woman dies of H1N1 swine flu: health ministry
23 Nov 2014 at 10:05pm
CAIRO (Reuters) - An Egyptian woman who was six months pregnant has died of H1N1 swine flu, five days after being admitted to hospital, a health ministry spokesman said on Sunday. The 31-year-old woman, who was not named, was admitted on Nov. 18 with flu-like symptoms and was placed in intensive care when she did not respond to treatment, Hossam Abdel Ghaffar said. "We thought it was bird flu, but she tested positive for the H1N1 flu instead," Ghaffar said. Two people died from bird flu in Egypt in the past week.
U.S. Army base in Texas lifts lockdown after suspicious vehicle found
23 Nov 2014 at 8:29pm
By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - A brief lockdown at a U.S Army base in San Antonio was lifted after officials detained a man on Sunday in what a military spokesman described as a "high-security incident," while adding there was no threat. One person remained under arrest at Fort Sam Houston after a suspicious vehicle was found in the middle of the post, spokesman Alex Delgado said. "There were no other passengers in the vehicle and emergency personnel report no other individuals are suspected of being involved," Delgado said. The base is the home of the U.S. ...
Energy Vampires: Are You Their Next Prey?
23 Nov 2014 at 8:07pm
You know them. Energy vampires. They disguise themselves in human form. They kindly befriend you, seemingly act like a comrade, your best bud. But then, as you begin to get to know them, they slowly suck the vibrant energy out of you. You probably were just trying to be a good friend by listening to their plight, their hardship, their...
3 Tips to Blast the Holiday Bulge
23 Nov 2014 at 7:49pm
Ho, ho, ho... yep, it's that time of year again. This year I'm inviting you to do your holidays differently, though. Instead of more sugar, stress, and alcohol, I have three tips, and if you put them in place, it could be your best holiday season yet.The holidays are a time of tradition, which also means deep patterning in your beliefs and...
Health care M&A leads global deal surge
23 Nov 2014 at 1:30pm
In a big year for deal making, the health care industry is a standout.
Celebrity song to aid fight against Africa Ebola crisis tops UK charts
23 Nov 2014 at 11:30am
LONDON (Reuters) - Band Aid 30's reworked version of "Do They Know it's Christmas", a song intended to raise money to fight the spread of Ebola in Africa, went straight to the top of Britain's single charts on Sunday, the Official Charts Company said. The track was inspired by a celebrity song of the same name with different lyrics which was recorded in 1984 and raised millions of pounds to fight famine in Africa. Bob Geldof, former lead singer of the Irish rock band the Boomtown Rats, helped mastermind the track, as he did the original. ...
Scandal-plagued former Washington mayor Marion Barry dies
23 Nov 2014 at 9:35am
By Bill Trott WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Marion Barry, the scandal-plagued former mayor of Washington, D.C., who was jailed for smoking crack cocaine before making a surprising return to office, died early on Sunday aged 78. Before his fall from grace, Barry had been one of the nation's most promising black politicians. Years later, many Washingtonians would consider him a scoundrel but he remained a hero to many others in impoverished parts of the city, even as his continuing battles with substance abuse went public. ...
Tony Robbins Shares 7 Steps to Becoming Financially Free
23 Nov 2014 at 8:00am
Last week, I was talking to Joe Polish, Founder of Piranha Marketing and the Genius Network, catching up on recent happenings and discussing his latest efforts, helping Tony Robbins promote his latest book, MONEY: Master The Game, 7 Simple Steps To Financial Freedom. Joe, along with his podcasting partner-in-crime, marketing guru Dean Jackson,...
U.N. worker leaves French hospital after Ebola recovery
23 Nov 2014 at 4:09am
PARIS (Reuters) - A U.N. health worker was discharged from a French hospital on Sunday and left the country after recovering from Ebola, the French Health Ministry said in a statement. The U.N. worker, whose name and nationality have not been disclosed, had been flown to France from Sierra Leone and was in isolation at the Begin military hospital in the eastern Paris suburb of Saint-Mandé. The death toll in the Ebola epidemic has risen to 5,459 out of 15,351 cases identified in eight countries by the end of Nov. 18, the World Health Organization said on Friday. ...
Sweden's Wallenberg dynasty prepares for sixth generation
23 Nov 2014 at 12:22am
By Alistair Scrutton and Niklas Pollard STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Jacob Wallenberg, the 58-year-old head of one of Europe's most enduring family dynasties, is trying to work out how the empire controlling much of Sweden's economy could look with a woman or someone without the family name at the helm. Roughly 30 members of the sixth generation, aged between 15 and 30, are contenders to see if they could one day run Wallenberg's Investor holding company and several foundations with major stakes in Electrolux, Atlas Copco and Ericsson. ...
Landmark open meeting on Agent Orange held at Oregon VA hospital
22 Nov 2014 at 7:04pm
By Courtney Sherwood PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) - Vietnam War veterans on Saturday called for more research into the health effects of U.S. service members' exposure to Agent Orange, in a first of its kind open meeting at a VA hospital in Portland, Oregon, on the lingering effects of the chemicals. The U.S. military during the Vietnam War sprayed millions of gallons of Agent Orange to destroy foliage and expose enemy troops. The herbicide, nicknamed for its giant orange storage drums, was often contaminated with a type of dioxin, a potently carcinogenic chemical. ...
University of Virginia suspends fraternal organizations in assaults probe
22 Nov 2014 at 2:29pm
(Reuters) - The University of Virginia is suspending all fraternal organizations until January after a magazine article described in detail an alleged sexual assault that occurred on the campus, the school said on Saturday. All fraternal organizations and associated social activities will shut down until Jan. 9, the beginning of the spring semester, so that students, faculty and alumni can address sexual assault and sexual violence on campus, said Teresa Sullivan, president of the prestigious state university, located in Charlottesville, about 100 miles southwest of Washington, D.C. ...
Aviva says will compensate customers sold wrong annuities
22 Nov 2014 at 11:17am
LONDON (Reuters) - British insurer Aviva plc said on Saturday it would compensate around 250 annuity customers who had been short-changed because of an error in its sales process. The Telegraph newspaper reported on Saturday that Aviva had discovered staff had sold hundreds of customers inappropriate pensions in 2013. Savers with medical conditions including diabetes, high blood pressure and smokers should have been offered an increased annuity - which provides an income for life - based on their lower life expectancy, the newspaper said. ...
Merkel ally warns SPD against own diplomacy towards Russia
22 Nov 2014 at 10:41am
BERLIN (Reuters) - A senior ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned the foreign minister and his fellow Social Democrats (SPD) against pursuing a more friendly approach towards Russia in the Ukraine crisis, according to Spiegel magazine. "I know Mr (Frank-Walter) Steinmeier as a sensible diplomat. And we also need the dialogue with Russia," Horst Seehofer, leader of the Bavarian Christian Social Union (CSU), was quoted as saying in an interview published on Saturday. ...