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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.
AstraZeneca to partner with Eli Lilly on Alzheimer's drug
15 Sep 2014 at 11:28pm
LONDON (Reuters) - AstraZeneca has struck a partnership deal worth up to $500 million with Eli Lilly for the British group's experimental Alzheimer's drug, which is set to enter late-stage Phase III development. AstraZeneca said in May that it was looking to find a partner for its so-called BACE inhibitor drug, AZD3293. Under the terms of the agreement, Lilly will pay AstraZeneca up to $500 million, depending on progress in the drug's development. AstraZeneca said on Tuesday it expected to receive the first payment of $50 million in the first half of 2015. ...
Fish and snips: Australian goldfish surgery goes 'swimmingly well'
15 Sep 2014 at 9:44pm
A pet goldfish named George was recovering "swimmingly well" after emergency surgery to remove a life-threatening head tumor, a veterinarian at an Australian animal hospital said. Veterinarian Tristan Rich said 10-year-old George was unable to eat or swim properly and was starting to "really suffer", which tipped the scales on the decision to operate.
Quake strikes northeast of Tokyo, no reports of serious damage
15 Sep 2014 at 9:33pm
TOKYO (Reuters) - An earthquake with preliminary magnitude of 5.6 shook buildings in eastern Japan, including the capital Tokyo, on Tuesday but there were no reports of serious damage. The earthquake was centred in Ibaraki Prefecture, just northeast of Tokyo, Japan's Meteorological Agency said. The depth of the earthquake was 50 km and there was no risk of a tsunami, it added. Japan Atomic Power Co and Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) reported no irregularities at their three nuclear plants in eastern Japan. A Japan Atomic official said there have been no irregularities at the 1. ...
US to assign 3,000 from US military to fight Ebola
15 Sep 2014 at 9:25pm
WASHINGTON (AP) ? The Obama administration is ramping up its response to West Africa's Ebola crisis, preparing to assign 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the afflicted region to supply medical and logistical support to overwhelmed local health care systems and to boost the number of beds needed to isolate and treat victims of the epidemic.
Obama to ramp up U.S. response to Ebola with military mission
15 Sep 2014 at 9:04pm
By Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States will ramp up its response to the Ebola crisis in West Africa with plans to build 17 treatment centers, train thousands of healthcare workers, and establish a military control center for coordination, U.S. officials said. The plan will be unveiled by President Barack Obama on Tuesday, senior administration officials told reporters. ...
NY attorney general sues Actavis and Forest Labs over Alzheimer's drug
15 Sep 2014 at 6:29pm
By Devika Krishna Kumar (Reuters) - The attorney general of New York filed a lawsuit against Actavis Plc and its subsidiary to stop the companies from discontinuing its Alzheimer's drug, alleging that they were trying to maintain a monopoly position illegally. Eric Schneiderman, New York's attorney general, alleges that Actavis and its subsidiary Forest Laboratories violated anti-trust and state laws. ?Unfortunately, schemes to block competition, without considering the consequences to patients, are a growing trend in the health care industry. ...
Texas doctor poisoned lover's coffee over obsession: prosecutor
15 Sep 2014 at 5:36pm
By Amanda Orr HOUSTON (Reuters) - A breast cancer physician charged with spiking her lover's coffee with a compound used in antifreeze was obsessed with the man and even had a private investigator follow him, prosecutors said in opening statements at her trial on Monday. Dr. Ana Maria Gonzalez-Angulo, 43, is charged with aggravated assault of a family member, which also covers domestic violence in dating relationships, for allegedly spiking Dr. George Blumenschein's coffee in January 2013. ...
Lawyer grills DePuy executive over safety studies for Pinnacle hips
15 Sep 2014 at 5:29pm
By Jessica Dye and Marice Richter (Reuters) - An executive at Johnson & Johnson?s DePuy Orthopaedics Inc unit on Monday defended the company?s assessment of safety risks associated with metal-on-metal Pinnacle hip implants in a Dallas court from a lawyer who said the company had neglected to perform critical safety testing. Pamela Plouhar, the worldwide vice president of clinical research at DePuy, was grilled by a lawyer for plaintiff Kathy Herlihy-Paoli during the first trial among more than 6,000 lawsuits over the Pinnacle hips that have been consolidated in Dallas federal court. ...
Ohio man walks into traffic, sets himself on fire: police
15 Sep 2014 at 5:01pm
By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - A Ohio man was in critical condition on Monday after he walked into busy traffic outside of Cleveland and then lit himself on fire in front of three young children, police said. Hugo Ramos, 28, pulled his vehicle over in Pittsfield Township, 35 miles (56 km) west of Cleveland, walked directly into traffic and was struck by a truck around 11 a.m. local time, according to Craig Cvetan, a spokesman for the Ohio State Highway Patrol. ...
GE exec says avoided geared design in jet engine battle with Pratt
15 Sep 2014 at 4:58pm
General Electric Co avoided using a geared design for its new engine for narrowbody jets because of concerns about weight and reliability, said a top GE executive on Monday as it battles with rival Pratt & Whitney for billions of dollars in engine orders. Pratt, part of United Technologies Corp , developed a geared turbofan that relies on a gearbox and lets the front fan operate at a different speed than the rest of the engine, while on GE's traditionally configured engines the fans run at the same speed. Speaking at a Morgan Stanley investor conference, GE Chief Technology Officer Mark Little said the company had "considered a geared approach ... and we chose very consciously not to take that approach." "Some other application someday, maybe, but not for this one," Little said at the conference in Dana Point, California, that was broadcast over the Internet. Through its joint venture called CFM with France's Safran , GE is competing against Pratt for airline and other customers that choose Airbus' new A320neo single-aisle plane.
Smoking rates on the rise in New York City
15 Sep 2014 at 4:16pm
NEW YORK (AP) ? For the first time in years, more than 1 million New Yorkers are smoking, according to data released Monday, marking a disturbing rise of tobacco use in the city that pioneered a number of anti-smoking initiatives that were emulated nationally.
APNewsBreak: NY bid to halt Alzheimer's drug swap
15 Sep 2014 at 4:11pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) ? New York's attorney general filed a federal lawsuit Monday seeking to stop a manufacturer from discontinuing its drug widely used to treat Alzheimer's patients, arguing the company is illegally driving patients to its newer patented drug to avoid losses from cheaper generic alternatives coming out next year.
UK lawmakers say government environmental record ranges from bad to worse
15 Sep 2014 at 4:09pm
By Nina Chestney LONDON (Reuters) - British lawmakers say the government is doing a worse job of reducing air pollution, preventing flooding and protecting wildlife than it was four years ago, according to a report published on Tuesday. The Environmental Audit Committee's report scored the government according to the progress it has made in 10 areas of the environment. Those included air pollution, emissions and climate change, forests, flooding and coastal protection, resource efficiency and water availability. The parliamentary committee assigned a traffic-light score to each environmental area.
Dutch doctors feared to have Ebola leave hospital
15 Sep 2014 at 3:43pm
The Hague (AFP) - Two Dutch doctors flown home from west Africa after fears they might have been contaminated with the killer Ebola virus have left hospital "in good health," their employer, the Lion Heart Medical Centre, said Monday.