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Australian doctors transplant 'dead' hearts in surgical breakthrough
24 Oct 2014 at 2:04am
Sydney (AFP) - Australian surgeons said Friday they have used hearts which had stopped beating in successful transplants, in what they said was a world first that could change the way organs are donated.
Doctor with Ebola in Manhattan hospital after return from Guinea
24 Oct 2014 at 1:07am
By Ellen Wulfhorst and Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - A doctor who worked in West Africa with Ebola patients was in an isolation unit in New York on Friday after testing positive for the deadly virus, becoming the fourth person diagnosed with the disease in the United States and the first in its largest city. The worst Ebola outbreak on record has killed at least 4,900 people and perhaps as many as 15,000, mostly in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, according to World Health Organization figures. ...
Watch: Ohio College Student Diagnosed with Brain Cancer Receives Final Wish
24 Oct 2014 at 1:07am
Lauren Hill, 19, will get to play one last game of college basketball with her Mount St Joe's team.
Official cites 'epidemic of fear' in US
24 Oct 2014 at 12:49am
WASHINGTON (AP) ? The likelihood of a significant outbreak of Ebola in the U.S. is remote, in the view of a top Health and Human Services official who is assuring lawmakers that government agencies are preparing for any contingency.
Hikma Pharma says US FDA issues warning on Portugal plant
24 Oct 2014 at 12:34am
(Reuters) - Drugmaker Hikma Pharmaceuticals Plc said the U.S. health regulator had raised issues related to investigations and environmental monitoring at its plant in Portugal. The Jordanian company said it had received a warning letter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday following an inspection of the plant in March. Shares in the company, which makes and markets branded and non-branded generics and injectibles, fell 3.5 percent in early trading on the London Stock Exchange on Friday. Hikma produces powder, liquid and lyophilized injectible drugs at the Portugal plant. ...
Cash aid for refugees succeeds despite donors' doubts
24 Oct 2014 at 12:23am
By Oliver Holmes BEIRUT (Reuters) - For decades, aid groups have assumed they know what's best for refugees and the poor; a growing body of evidence suggests they're wrong. Both academic research and practical experience, such as with the mass of Syrians fleeing civil war, shows that simply handing out traditional relief goods may not be the most effective way of helping the dispossessed. Aid agencies are tentatively also giving away cash and letting refugees decide for themselves what they need. ...
'Clever' Japan firm donates high-tech masks for Ebola fight
24 Oct 2014 at 12:21am
A little-known Japanese company has donated 10,000 high-tech face masks to several Ebola-hit African nations and says it is now getting calls from New York City, which confirmed its first case of the virus Thursday. Clever, a maker of air filters, said it is sending thousands of the $75 masks for use by doctors and other health professionals in Guinea, Liberia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. "We got a call from the government of Guinea asking for our product," said Tsuyoshi Nakagawara, a board member of the firm which is based in central Aichi prefecture, a major industrial centre. Clever says its Pittarich mask -- originally developed for the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus, known as the MERS -- is coated in chemicals that kill 99 percent of viruses, including Ebola, when they come into contact with the specialised device.
Nigeria pledges 600 volunteers as Africa steps up Ebola fight
24 Oct 2014 at 12:20am
By Felix Onuah and Umaru Fofana ABUJA/FREETOWN (Reuters) - Nigeria pledged on Thursday to send a contingent of 600 volunteers to help fight the worst ever outbreak of Ebola on record which has killed nearly 5,000 people in West Africa. With financial pledges flowing in from around the world but trained doctors and nurses scarce in the three worst effected countries -- Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, the African Union appealed last week to member states to urgently fill the gap. ...
Mali becomes sixth West African nation hit by Ebola
24 Oct 2014 at 12:06am
By Adama Diarra and Tiemoko Diallo BAMAKO (Reuters) - Mali confirmed its first case of Ebola on Thursday, becoming the sixth West African country to be touched by the worst outbreak on record of the haemorrhagic fever, which has killed nearly 4,900 people. Mali's Health Minister Ousmane Kone told state television that the patient in the western town of Kayes was a two-year-old girl who had recently arrived from neighbouring Guinea, where the outbreak began. "The condition of the girl, according to our services, is improving thanks to her rapid treatment," the minister told state television. ...
Doctor who worked in Africa first Ebola case in New York City
23 Oct 2014 at 11:33pm
By Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York City doctor who treated Ebola patients in West Africa became the first person to test positive for the virus in America's largest city, setting off fresh fears about the spread of the disease. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said residents were safe to travel around the city, even as officials disclosed that Dr. Craig Spencer had ridden subways, taken a taxi and visited a bowling alley since returning from Guinea on Oct. 17. Spencer, 33, had worked with the humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders in Africa. ...
After 1st Ebola case in NYC, 3 others quarantined
23 Oct 2014 at 11:14pm
NEW YORK (AP) ? A doctor who became New York City's first Ebola patient was praised for getting treatment immediately upon showing symptoms, and health officials stressed that the nation's most populous city need not fear his wide-ranging travel in the days before his illness began.
New York officials: Doctor has Ebola, 1st in city
23 Oct 2014 at 10:13pm
NEW YORK (AP) ? A Doctors Without Borders physician who recently returned to the city after treating Ebola patients in West Africa has tested positive for the virus, according to preliminary test results, city officials said Thursday.
Obama offers federal help to NY with Ebola case
23 Oct 2014 at 9:51pm
WASHINGTON (AP) ? President Barack Obama is offering federal support to New York as it responds to its first Ebola case.
In NYC Ebola case, crowded city complicates efforts to track exposure
23 Oct 2014 at 8:08pm
By Jonathan Allen and Julie Steenhuysen NEW YORK/CHICAGO (Reuters) - As a New York City doctor tests positive for Ebola after volunteering in West Africa, health officials face the challenge of deciding how wide a net to cast for his possible contacts in the largest, most crowded city in the United States. Dr. Craig Spencer, an emergency doctor who was working with Doctors Without Borders in Ebola-stricken Guinea earlier this month, returned to the city last Friday. ...
5 Reasons Runners Are Like Toddlers
23 Oct 2014 at 8:01pm
After finishing a 50-miler race the other weekend, I decided to spend the next day at the beach -- recovering, naturally. I paddleboarded around for a few of hours and then retired to my towel to enjoy a rare warm and sunny fall afternoon.I wasn't the only one taking advantage of the sunshine, though. The beach was littered with families. Young...