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U.N. vows to press on with securing Aleppo evacuation operation
27 Oct 2016 at 6:50am
By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations vowed on Thursday to press ahead in securing medical evacuations of hundreds of sick and wounded from the Syrian city of Aleppo and demanded that the warring sides drop their conditions. The United Nations aborted plans at the weekend to evacuate patients from rebel-held east Aleppo, which it had hoped to accomplish during a three-day lull in fighting last week, accusing all parties to the conflict of obstructing its efforts. "We are not giving up," Jan Egeland, a U.N. humanitarian adviser, told reporters after the weekly meeting of the humanitarian task force, composed of major and regional powers.
TB treatment's high success rate hailed as 'breakthrough'
27 Oct 2016 at 4:04am
A new treatment for drug-resistant tuberculosis patients, that reported a success rate of 82 percent in a study, has been hailed as a "breakthrough" at a medical summit in Britain. The final results were unveiled at this week's Union World Conference on Lung Health in Liverpool, north-west England, and showed patients across nine African countries responded remarkably well to the nine-month treatment. Of the 1,006 TB sufferers who participated in the observational study of the treatment, all of whom were all resistent to TB medicine rifampicin, 734 were deemed fully cured and in a further 87 cases the treatment appeared to have worked.
Exclusive: India's tobacco industry, government face off ahead of WHO conference
27 Oct 2016 at 3:25am
By Aditya Kalra NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's $11 billion tobacco industry has urged the government to take a softer line on tobacco control efforts when it hosts a WHO conference in New Delhi next month, but officials say the government will not bow to "pressure tactics". Delegates from about 180 countries will attend the Nov. 7-12 World Health Organization (WHO) conference on the sole global anti-tobacco treaty: the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). In force since 2005, the treaty aims to deter tobacco use that kills around 6 million people a year.
PNG court dismisses Australia asylum seeker resettlements on technicality
27 Oct 2016 at 1:16am
By Colin Packham SYDNEY (Reuters) - The Papua New Guinea Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed an application to send asylum seekers held on an isolated island to Australia on a paperwork technicality. A ruling in favor of the 302 detainees would have ordered the PNG and Australian governments to transfer them to Australia within 30 days, a political nightmare for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Under Australia's tough immigration laws, asylum seekers intercepted trying to reach the country by boat are sent for processing on PNG's Manus island and the tiny South Pacific island nation of Nauru.
Bid to speed transplants with hepatitis C-infected kidneys
27 Oct 2016 at 1:01am
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Some patients facing a years-long wait for a kidney transplant are jumping ahead in line thanks to a startling experiment: They're agreeing to an organ almost sure to infect them with hepatitis C.
Policy Prescriptions: Clinton and Trump on health care
27 Oct 2016 at 12:49am
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Hillary Clinton has been involved in the nation's health care debate for more than 20 years and, as her campaign likes to say, she has the scars to prove it.
Nigerian activist held in solitary in Japan, prompting calls for her release
27 Oct 2016 at 12:49am
By Minami Funakoshi and Ami Miyazaki TOKYO (Reuters) - A prominent Nigerian asylum seeker and activist is being held in solitary at a Tokyo detention centre, a case that has highlighted a growing crackdown on foreigners living in Japan without visas and prompted demands for her release. Elizabeth Aruoriwo Obueza was detained two weeks ago after authorities turned down an appeal against her asylum rejection, Obueza and her lawyer told Reuters. Obueza, 48, campaigns for asylum seekers and the 4,700 people on "provisional release" from immigration detention - a status that lets foreigners out from detention but bars them from working and travelling freely.
Sanofi partners with Brazil to accelerate Zika vaccine work
27 Oct 2016 at 12:38am
Sanofi has struck a collaboration deal with a leading Brazilian research institute to speed development of a Zika vaccine, consolidating the French drugmaker's position in the race to defeat the mosquito-borne virus. The deal with the Fiocruz public health center follows a tie-up in July between Sanofi and a U.S. Army research institute, which gave the drugmaker access to one of the furthest advanced vaccines in development. Sanofi said on Thursday that all three research organizations would now work together to "increase the likelihood of successfully developing and licensing a safe and effective Zika vaccine as quickly as possible".
Exclusive: General Electric wins $900 million Brazil power plant, grid contract
27 Oct 2016 at 12:03am
By Alwyn Scott NEW YORK (Reuters) - General Electric has won a $900 million contract to build a 1,500 megawatt natural-gas-fired combined-cycle power plant in the Brazilian state of Sergipe, the largest such plant in Latin America, company executives said. The contract with Centrais Elétricas de Sergipe SA marks the first such sale of GE's power generators along with the heat recovery steam generator and transmission system technology it acquired from Alstom last year, the executives said in an interview. "This plant is the first very large turnkey project encompassing the turbine and grid," said Reinaldo Garcia, chief executive of General Electric's grid solutions business.
Patients left in limbo as more doctors flee Puerto Rico
26 Oct 2016 at 9:42pm
Wanda Serrano arrived at Puerto Rico's largest public hospital before dawn to take her 17-year-old son to an appointment. Six hours later, they were still in the packed waiting room hoping to see a doctor. ...
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW-Rugby-Players paying too high a price, says union head
26 Oct 2016 at 7:00pm
* Carter affair should trigger debate on players' health, says Tchale Watchou * Rugby makes machines, says head of Top 14 players' union * Doctors' role must be redefined * Mental health a growing concern, too By Julien Pretot MONTPELLIER, France, Oct 27 (Reuters) - Professional rugby is taking such a terrible physical and mental toll on the players, shortening careers and leaving a lifelong legacy of disability, that the soul of the sport is under threat, the head of the French players' union has warned. Player welfare has again been under scrutiny after it was revealed that former All Black Dan Carter played the French Top 14 final for Racing Metro after receiving an injection of corticoids - a legal steroid used to treat inflammation.
Factbox: Wall Street's take on possible impact of U.S. elections
26 Oct 2016 at 5:39pm
(Reuters) - U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican candidate Donald Trump are in a tight race ahead of the Nov. 8 U.S. presidential election. Following is a weekly roundup of financial market analysts' views on the likely outcome of the U.S. elections and the possible implications of a Trump or Clinton win on financial markets. MORE COVERAGE: http://bit.ly/2dOgcoE SEE RELATED FACTBOX: http://reut.rs/2ewdRdg LARRY BIEGELSEN, SENIOR ANALYST, HEALTHCARE TEAM, WELLS FARGO "The probability of either a Republican or a Democratic sweep of both the Executive and Legislative branches is low, but certainly not negligible.
Screening infants could prevent early heart attacks
26 Oct 2016 at 2:53pm
Screening young children for high cholesterol at the same time as they receive routine vaccinations could prevent hundreds of heart attacks in young adults each year, researchers in Britain said Wednesday. FH runs in families, and if left untreated can raise the risk of heart disease at a young age as much as 100 times, according to the article.
Cholesterol test for 1-year-olds? Study says it could help
26 Oct 2016 at 2:10pm
What if a blood test could reveal that your child is at high risk for early heart disease years in the future, giving you a chance to prevent it now? A big study in England did that ? screening thousands of babies for inherited risk ? and found it was twice as common as has been thought.
Dementia risk may rise in the wake of disaster
26 Oct 2016 at 2:03pm
By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Elderly people forced out of their homes and separated from their neighbors after a natural disaster may be more prone to dementia than survivors who are able to remain in their homes, a study suggests. This, at least, is how things unfolded after the 2011 tsunami and earthquake in Japan, according to the study of 3,556 elderly survivors of this disaster. "But our study suggests that cognitive decline is also an important issue.? While previous research has documented cognitive decline and dementia among the elderly after disasters including Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in the U.S., the current study of survivors from the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan offers a unique snapshot of the factors that may influence the odds that these problems will emerge, Hikichi said by email.