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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.
U.S. Treasury moves against tax-avoidance 'inversion' deals
23 Sep 2014 at 12:34am
By Kevin Drawbaugh and Jason Lange WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Moving against tax avoidance by corporations, the Obama administration took several actions on Monday to curb "inversion" deals that allow companies to escape high U.S. taxes by reincorporating abroad. The Treasury Department announced new rules, effective immediately, that will reduce the tax benefits available to companies that have inverted, while also making new inversions more difficult to do and less potentially rewarding. ...
Philips to split off lighting business, form separate company
23 Sep 2014 at 12:02am
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Philips said on Tuesday it would break its 120-year-old company in two, creating a stand-alone lighting business and merge consumer and healthcare divisions into a 15-billion euro business. The company said the new structure would bring cost savings of 100 million euros (128.46 million US dollar) next year and a further 200 million euros in 2016. It expects restructuring charges of 50 million euros from 2014 to 2016. ...
Congo's Ebola outbreak "almost over", prime minister says
22 Sep 2014 at 11:38pm
KINSHASA (Reuters) - An outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in Democratic Republic of Congo, unrelated to the epidemic in West Africa, is "almost over" with no new cases detected for several days, Prime Minister Augustin Matata Ponyo said. The government body coordinating the response to Ebola released data on Monday showing Congo had recorded 68 cases in Equateur province since August. Four previously suspected cases had tested negative, but one new case was added. Congo has registered 41 deaths from its outbreak. ...
Ebola outbreak "pretty much contained" in Senegal and Nigeria
22 Sep 2014 at 11:37pm
GENEVA (Reuters) - Two of the five countries affected by the world's worst-ever Ebola outbreak are managing to halt the spread of the disease, the World Health Organization said on Monday, although the overall death toll has risen to 2,811 out of 5,864 cases. "On the whole, the outbreaks in Senegal and Nigeria are pretty much contained," said an update from WHO's regional director in Africa. ...
Ebola could strike 20,000 in six weeks, "rumble on for years" - study
22 Sep 2014 at 11:35pm
By Stephanie Nebehay and Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - The Ebola outbreak in West Africa could infect 20,000 people as soon as early November unless rigorous infection control measures are implemented, and might "rumble on" for years in a holding pattern, researchers said on Tuesday. In an article in the New England Journal of Medicine, experts from the World Health Organization and Imperial College said that infections will continue climbing exponentially unless patients are isolated, contacts traced and communities enlisted. ...
U.S. agency moves to end sex bias in biomedical research
22 Sep 2014 at 9:20pm
By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. National Institutes of Health began putting in place on Tuesday its new policy aimed at ending long-standing sex bias in biomedical research favoring male lab animals and cells in the pivotal studies that are done before human clinical trials. The NIH, the U.S. government's medical research agency, said it had approved about $10 million in funds to supplement grants already given to 82 recipients from various universities and hospitals to expand studies to better explore possible sex differences in numerous types of medical conditions. ...
WHO: 21,000 Ebola cases by November if no changes
22 Sep 2014 at 8:50pm
LONDON (AP) ? New estimates from the World Health Organization warn the number of Ebola cases could hit 21,000 in six weeks unless efforts to curb the outbreak are ramped up.
TB tests for babies when hospital worker diagnosed
22 Sep 2014 at 6:56pm
EL PASO, Texas (AP) ? Health officials in West Texas have begun testing some babies for tuberculosis after the revelation that more than 700 infants at an El Paso hospital were exposed to a worker found to have the disease.
Ravens owner apologizes for not demanding Ray Rice video
22 Sep 2014 at 5:29pm
By Eric Kelsey (Reuters) - The owner of the National Football League's Baltimore Ravens apologized on Monday for not demanding the graphic video of former star running back Ray Rice striking his then-fiance, saying it "never crossed my mind" and he was "deeply sorry." Stephen Bisciotti offered the mea culpa at a news conference the team called to address an ESPN report that alleged the Ravens had advocated for lenient punishment for Rice and knew about the contents of the video early on. ...
Watch: Babies in Texas Tested for Possible Tuberculosis Exposure
22 Sep 2014 at 5:15pm
ABC News' David Wright talks to concerned parents whose children may have been exposed by a hospital employee recently diagnosed.
Most US kids who take ADHD meds don't get therapy
22 Sep 2014 at 4:16pm
Washington (AFP) - Fewer than a quarter of US children prescribed medication for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) get the recommended behavioral therapy along with it, said a study out Monday.
U.S., Canada allow emergency use of Tekmira's Ebola treatment
22 Sep 2014 at 3:47pm
(Reuters) - Canadian drugmaker Tekmira Pharmaceuticals Corp said on Monday that U.S. and Canadian regulators have authorized the use of its Ebola treatment in patients who have confirmed or suspected infections from the deadly virus. The Vancouver-based company said its treatment, TKM-Ebola, has been administered to patients on an emergency basis and the repeat infusions have been well-tolerated. The drug was administered to Rick Sacra, a doctor who contracted the virus in West Africa, and who has shown promising signs, the Nebraska Medical Center said in a statement. ...
Lady Gaga sheds quirky image for jazz album with Tony Bennett
22 Sep 2014 at 3:17pm
By Robert-Jan Bartunek BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, bridging a 60-year age gap to form one of music's unlikeliest pairs, launched a jazz album on Monday that lets the pop diva put aside her wacky image to sing sweet harmonies with the elder statesman of cool. "Cheek to Cheek," on sale on Tuesday after a launch concert in the ornate Renaissance setting of the Grand-Place in Brussels, features jazz standards by Cole Porter, Duke Ellington and others a distant world away from Lady Gaga's 21st century. ...
Sierra Leone, Liberia brace for new Ebola cases
22 Sep 2014 at 3:05pm
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) ? Two of the West African nations hardest hit by Ebola were bracing for new caseloads on Monday after trying to outflank the outbreak with a nationwide checkup and a large new clinic.