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BOJ shocks markets with surprise easing as inflation slows
30 Oct 2014 at 10:49pm
By Leika Kihara and Tetsushi Kajimoto TOKYO (Reuters) - The Bank of Japan surprised global financial markets on Friday by expanding its massive monetary easing as economic growth and inflation have not picked up as expected after a sales tax hike in April. The jolt from the BOJ, which had been expected to maintain its level of asset purchases, came as the government signaled its readiness to ramp up spending to boost the economy and as the government pension fund, the world's largest, was set to increase purchases of domestic and foreign stocks. ...
Life goes on for nurse in standoff over Ebola
30 Oct 2014 at 10:40pm
FORT KENT, Maine (AP) ? In between going on a bike ride and taking delivery of a pizza, nurse Kaci Hickox and her boyfriend did chores and watched a movie while state officials struggled to reach a compromise in a standoff that has become the nation's most closely watched clash between personal freedom and fear of Ebola.
New Zealand's Fonterra says China lifts ban on baby formula ingredients
30 Oct 2014 at 10:20pm
WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand's Fonterra Co-Operative Group, the world's biggest dairy exporter, said the Chinese government has lifted a ban on the last two products that were embroiled in last year's contaminated infant formula scare. It said the ban on New Zealand producers exporting whey powder and base powder containing whey for infant formula to China has ended. The ban was imposed in August last year in the wake of the scare that whey powder had been contaminated with a bacteria that could cause botulism. ...
Nurse defies Ebola quarantine with bike ride; negotiations fail
30 Oct 2014 at 9:27pm
By Steve Holland CAPE ELIZABETH Maine (Reuters) - A nurse who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone but has tested negative for the virus went for a bike ride on Thursday, defying Maine's order that she be quarantined in her home and setting up a legal collision with Governor Paul LePage. Attorneys for Kaci Hickox, 33, said they had not yet been served with a court order to enforce the 21-day quarantine - matching the virus's maximum incubation period - but remained prepared to fight such an order if necessary. ...
U.S. envoy to report temperature twice daily after West Africa visit
30 Oct 2014 at 8:10pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power returned to New York on Thursday after a brief visit to Ebola-stricken West Africa and will report her temperature twice daily to the New York state health department for the next 20 days. Traveling on a U.S. government plane, Power's delegation did not come in contact with any Ebola patients during a visit to Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, the three countries worst affected by the deadly hemorrhagic fever that has killed some 5,000 people. Customs and Border Protection officers at New York's John F. ...
Efforts to compromise with Maine nurse stall
30 Oct 2014 at 6:56pm
FORT KENT, Maine (AP) ? Insisting she is perfectly healthy, nurse Kaci Hickox again defied the state's Ebola quarantine Thursday by taking a bike ride with her boyfriend, and Maine health authorities struggled to reach a compromise that would limit her contact with others.
Game of Leukemia Fight
30 Oct 2014 at 6:49pm
GOLF may be just a game for many, but for Jarrod Lyle it means much more. Whether we wear pink, yellow or any color, no matter what our cancer story is, we are all part of the same fight for ourselves and those we care about. I want to believe we share the same goal: to end every form of cancer and eliminate pain from our loved ones.At the...
U.S. nurses union to stage strikes over Ebola protections
30 Oct 2014 at 6:31pm
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - A California-based nurses union said Thursday it was organizing strikes and other protests against what it views as insufficient protection for nurses caring for patients stricken with the deadly Ebola virus. The nurses have demanded better protection when treating Ebola patients for weeks, ever since two nurses in Texas became infected with the virus while treating Thomas Duncan, a Liberian who fell ill and died while visiting Dallas. ...
5 Things You Should Stop Saying to People who are on a Diet
30 Oct 2014 at 6:21pm
As someone who is always on some type of "diet" or structured nutrition plan, more often than not I hear all types of snarky remarks and unprovoked comments about my food choices. While I am not someone who takes much offense or is easily swayed by comments or suggestions, I know that there are others who fall into cravings and lose their...
U.S. quarantines 'chilling' Ebola fight in West Africa: MSF
30 Oct 2014 at 5:40pm
By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - Mandatory quarantines ordered by some U.S. states for doctors and nurses returning from West Africa's Ebola outbreak are creating a "chilling effect" on aid work there, the humanitarian aid group Doctors Without Borders said on Thursday. In response to questions from Reuters, the group said it was discussing whether to shorten some assignments as a result of restrictions imposed by several states since one of its American doctors, Craig Spencer, was hospitalized in New York City last week with the virus. ...
Connecticut school lifts ban on girl barred over Ebola fears
30 Oct 2014 at 5:28pm
(Reuters) - A 7-year-old girl banned from attending school in Connecticut over fears that she may be carrying the Ebola virus after a trip to Nigeria will be allowed back on Friday, according to a joint statement by the school district and the girl's father. A widely publicized lawsuit brought by the father, Stephen Opayemi, against Milford Public Schools demanding her readmission will be settled, according to the statement, without giving further details. "The student has had no contact with any Ebola patients and she does not have Ebola," the statement said. ...
Nintendo to develop "quality of life" device to track sleep, fatigue: CEO
30 Oct 2014 at 5:26pm
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese video game maker Nintendo Co Ltd will develop a device to measure a user's fatigue and map their sleep, Chief Executive Satoru Iwata said on Thursday, the first offering from the company's newly created healthcare division. The device will be developed with U.S. firm ResMed Inc, which currently makes products to treat sleep disorders, and will be available in the financial year ending March 2016. "By using our know-how in gaming... to analyze sleep and fatigue, we can create something fun," Iwata said. ...
Dallas nurse to be reunited with dog quarantined for Ebola checks
30 Oct 2014 at 5:21pm
DALLAS (Reuters) - Dallas nurse Nina Pham, who recovered from an Ebola infection, will be reunited with 1-year-old King Charles Spaniel on Saturday after testing indicated the pet was free of Ebola, a spokeswoman for the city of Dallas said on Thursday. The dog named Bentley had been removed from Pham's apartment by animal workers in protective suits. It was placed in a 21-day quarantine to check for signs of infection after Pham was diagnosed with the disease and placed in isolation. "All 3 samples came back negative today. ...
Ebola fears infect Louisiana medical conference
30 Oct 2014 at 4:02pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) ? Ebola fears have infected a medical conference on the subject. Louisiana state health officials told thousands of doctors planning to attend a tropical diseases meeting this weekend in New Orleans to stay away if they have been to certain African countries or have had contact with an Ebola patient in the last 21 days.
FDA panel backs Daiichi's blood thinner
30 Oct 2014 at 3:58pm
By Natalie Grover (Reuters) - A panel of advisers to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration voted 9-1 in favor of approving Japanese drugmaker Daiichi Sankyo Co's blood thinner for use in some patients with atrial fibrillation. The drug, edoxaban, is a once-daily anticoagulant that inhibits Factor Xa, a protein that plays a central role in blood-clotting. If approved, it would compete with three other medicines already vying to displace a decades-old treatment. ...