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Doctor with Ebola in New York stable; nurse is virus-free
24 Oct 2014 at 10:29am
By Ellen Wulfhorst and Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - Authorities retraced the steps of an American doctor with Ebola, who was listed Friday in stable condition at a New York hospital's isolation unit, while seeking to reassure a jittery public that the threat from the virus was limited. Dr. Craig Spencer, 33, who was infected after working with Ebola patients in West Africa, on Thursday became the fourth person diagnosed with the disease in the United States and the first in its largest city. Spencer was awake and talking to family and friends on a cellphone, Dr. ...
Wall St. boosted by earnings; on track for best week of year
24 Oct 2014 at 10:29am
By Chuck Mikolajczak NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks advanced on Friday, as earnings from Microsoft and Procter & Gamble coupled with easing concerns over the possible spread of Ebola in the United States helped put the S&P on track to snap a four-week losing skid. Microsoft was up 1.7 percent at $45.91, after it reported higher-than-expected quarterly revenue while keeping its profit margins largely intact. Fellow Dow component Procter & Gamble gained 2.7 percent to $85. ...
NYC tries to ease Ebola fear after doctor infected
24 Oct 2014 at 10:26am
NEW YORK (AP) ? Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH'-zee-oh) says a team of disease detectives tracking the movements of a New York City doctor diagnosed with Ebola will soon detail their findings.
Suspicious powder sent to western consulates in Istanbul: officials
24 Oct 2014 at 10:24am
By Jonny Hogg ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Packets of an unidentified yellow powder were sent to five western consulates in Istanbul on Friday, officials said, prompting security alerts following two militant attacks in Canada this week. Consulates of the United States, Canada, France, Germany and Belgium received suspicious packages, the officials said. It was not immediately clear what the powder was and Turkish officials said results of tests on them were due on Monday. ...
Cholera sickens nearly 1,000 people in Niger
24 Oct 2014 at 10:20am
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) ? Doctors Without Borders says a cholera outbreak in the West African country of Niger killed 20 people and has sickened nearly 1,000 people.
Two US nurses are declared cured of Ebola
24 Oct 2014 at 10:16am
Two American nurses were declared cured of Ebola on Friday, and one was healthy enough to leave hospital and make plans to meet President Barack Obama. The good news for the nurses, who contracted Ebola while caring for a Liberian patient in Texas, came as the city of New York was dealing with its first case of the deadly virus. Nina Pham smiled and appeared healthy, wearing a turquoise shirt and dark business suit at a news conference outside the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. "I feel fortunate and blessed to be standing here today," Pham told reporters, expressing her gratitude for those who prayed for her and cared for her while she was sick.
Autonomy, cost are key in decisions on long-term care insurance
24 Oct 2014 at 10:16am
By Shereen Lehman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) ? Family discussions that emphasize older parents? independence and their desire to avoid being a burden to adult children could stimulate interest in buying long-term care insurance, researchers say. In focus groups with older adults and their middle-aged children, certain themes dominated parents? decisions about whether or not to purchase coverage for themselves. Tapping into those themes could help families talk about aging parents? needs and everyone?s expectations, according to the researchers. ...
Baxter's blood disorder drug gets FDA approval
24 Oct 2014 at 10:14am
(Reuters) - Drugmaker Baxter International Inc said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had approved its drug for treating bleeding episodes in adults with a rare bleeding disorder. The drug, Obizur, has been approved for use in patients with acquired hemophilia A, which usually affects older adults, Baxter said in a statement. The drug will be launched in the United States in the coming months and is being reviewed by European and Canadian regulators, the company said. Obizur will compete with Biogen Idec Inc's Eloctate, which was approved in June. Both the drugs are long-acting treatments. ...
New York Ebola patient is awake and talking with relatives
24 Oct 2014 at 10:12am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The doctor being treated for Ebola in a New York City hospital is awake and talking to family and friends on a cell phone, the city's health commissioner said on Friday. Dr. Craig Spencer, a 33-year-old New Yorker who was recently working with Ebola patients in West Africa, did not have an increased temperature before Thursday morning, Dr. Mary Travis Bassett, the health commissioner, said at a news conference. (Reporting by Frank McGurty; Editing by James Dalgleish)
Second US nurse is cured of Ebola: hospital
24 Oct 2014 at 10:08am
Washington (AFP) - A second US nurse has been cured of Ebola but is not yet ready to leave the Atlanta, Georgia hospital where she is being treated, Emory University Hospital said Friday.
New York 'fully prepared' to handle Ebola: mayor
24 Oct 2014 at 10:06am
New York is "fully prepared" to handle Ebola, the city's mayor said Friday, after a doctor who treated patients in epidemic-hit Guinea tested positive for the deadly virus. "There is no cause for alarm," Mayor Bill de Blasio told a news conference. "New Yorkers need to understand the situation is being handled and handled well." He spoke one day after the 33-year-old doctor, who returned last week from Guinea, tested positive for the disease, which has already killed .
Newly released Dallas nurse to meet with Obama
24 Oct 2014 at 9:59am
BETHESDA, Md. (AP) ? A nurse who caught Ebola while caring for the patient diagnosed in Dallas was released from a hospital Friday, free of the virus, and was to meet later in the day with President Barack Obama at the White House.
New York Ebola patient is in stable condition, city official says
24 Oct 2014 at 9:55am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The doctor being treated for Ebola in a New York City hospital is in stable condition, the city's health commissioner said on Friday. Dr. Mary Travis Bassett, the health commissioner, said the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had also confirmed the diagnosis of Ebola for Dr. Craig Spencer, a 33-year-old New Yorker who had recently returned from Guinea in West Africa. (Reporting by Frank McGurty; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)
NYC mayor says officials retracing steps of Ebola patient, urges calm
24 Oct 2014 at 9:53am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Friday health officials are retracing all the steps taken by a doctor who is being treated for Ebola at a city hospital. De Blasio said New Yorkers should not worry and that they should not alter their daily routines. (Reporting by Frank McGurty; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)
Obama to meet at White House with U.S. nurse who survived Ebola
24 Oct 2014 at 9:51am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will meet on Friday with Nina Pham, the Dallas nurse who survived a bout with Ebola. The White House said they would meet in the Oval Office at 1:30 p.m. EDT. (Reporting By Steve Holland; Editing by Bill Trott)