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Medicare drug premiums to rise for 2nd year
31 Jul 2014 at 1:42pm
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Medicare says premiums for prescription drug plans will rise in 2015 for the second year in a row.
U.S. warns against traveling to Ebola-hit countries
31 Jul 2014 at 11:48am
U.S. health officials are warning Americans not to travel to the three African countries hit by an outbreak of Ebola.
Colorado panel considers new look for edible pot
1 Aug 2014 at 8:10am
GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) ? Edible marijuana comes with all kinds of warning labels in Colorado. But once those pot brownies and gummy bears are out of the package, they can look identical to straight-laced treats.
South Africa's social grant helps children grow, but is it sustainable?
1 Aug 2014 at 8:12am
By Ed Stoddard JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's system of cash grants for children in poor households shows that a little money goes a long way, resulting in bigger, healthier kids who do better in school. The system, one of the most extensive of its kind in the developing world, now covers 11 million recipients - which means that more than half of South Africa's children qualify because their parents' annual income does not exceed 74,400 rand ($7,000) and they live in extreme poverty. As debt levels rise and economic growth slows, this raises questions about how sustainable the programme is, even as the government discusses raising the age limit to 23 from 18 because many in that age group remain poor and vulnerable in a country where youth unemployment tops 50 percent. Expanding the grant might be sustainable because of relatively low debt levels and given current demographics, but the costs could rise sharply if slow economic growth pushes more families into poverty.
Exposure of health workers weakens Africa's Ebola fight
1 Aug 2014 at 8:07am
Now she fears for her own after three of her colleagues died of Ebola. Health workers like Jenneh are on the frontline of the battle against the world's worst ever outbreak of the deadly hemorrhagic fever that has killed 729 people in Sierra Leone, neighboring Liberia, Guinea and Nigeria so far. With West Africa's hospitals lacking trained staff, and international aid agencies already over stretched, the rising number of deaths among healthcare staff is shaking morale and undermining efforts to control the outbreak. More than 100 health workers have been infected by the viral disease, which has no known cure, including two American medics working for charity Samaritan's Purse.
WHO chief says Ebola out of control but can be stopped
1 Aug 2014 at 8:06am
By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - West Africa's Ebola outbreak is out of control but it can be stopped, World Health Organization chief Margaret Chan said on Friday. "This outbreak is moving faster than our efforts to control it," Chan told the presidents of Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Ivory Coast at a meeting in Guinea's capital Conakry.
Crowdsourcing the answers to medical mysteries
1 Aug 2014 at 8:01am
By Daniel Gaitan NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - For people plagued for years by mysterious illnesses, a new online service aims to help by ?crowdsourcing? among medical professionals for a diagnosis. The service, called CrowdMed (www.crowdmed.com), relies on retired doctors, nurses and other ?medical detectives? to help patients find answers to their hard-to-diagnose medical conditions. Jared Heyman, the founder of CrowdMed, told Reuters Health, ?We?ve been live for 15 months, and more than 50 percent of our patients tell us that their case was successfully solved.? Heyman was inspired to launch CrowdMed after watching his sister suffer from a chronic undiagnosed medical condition and rack up nearly $100,000 in medical bills. Today CrowdMed has nearly 2,000 active medical detectives.
WHO: Ebola moving faster than control efforts
1 Aug 2014 at 7:55am
CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) ? An Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 700 people in West Africa is moving faster than the efforts to control the disease, the head of the World Health Organization warned as presidents from the affected countries met Friday in Guinea's capital.
Ebola patient coming to U.S. as aid workers' health worsens
1 Aug 2014 at 7:40am
By Julie Steenhuysen and Colleen Jenkins CHICAGO/WINSTON-SALEM N.C. (Reuters) - A U.S. aid worker who was infected with the deadly Ebola virus while working in West Africa will be flown to the United States to be treated in a high-security ward at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, hospital officials said on Thursday. The aid worker, whose name has not been released, will be moved in the next several days to a special isolation unit at Emory. The unit was set up in collaboration with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC spokeswoman Barbara Reynolds said her agency was working with the U.S. State Department to facilitate the transfer.
Nigeria quarantines body of man who died in Liberia over Ebola fears
1 Aug 2014 at 7:35am
The body of man who died in Liberia has been quarantined by authorities in southeast Nigeria as a precaution amid growing concern over Ebola, an official said on Friday. There was no immediate evidence that Ebola caused his death, but panic broke out in Oyi when locals learned that he had died in Liberia, one of three countries ravaged by the deadliest known outbreak of the virus, an Anambra government spokesman Emeka Ozumba, told AFP. "The government decided to keep the corpse away from relations and the public until we are sure of the cause of death since the body was flown in from Liberia," Ozumba said. The length of the man's stay in Liberia or the precise day he died were not immediately known.
Yum pledges to improve China supply chain oversight
1 Aug 2014 at 7:31am
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Yum Brands Inc on Friday said it would strengthen oversight of its China supply chain after it severed ties with supplier OSI China following a food safety scandal. Yum, which owns KFC and Pizza Hut restaurants in China, said on its microblog it would require suppliers to install monitoring equipment in their production facilities, improve scrutiny during unannounced visits and introduce an incentive system for whistleblowers. (Reporting by Brenda Goh and Samuel Shen; Editing by Stephen Coates)
Smith & Nephew sees more sector deals, not under investor pressure
1 Aug 2014 at 7:29am
By Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) - Smith & Nephew (S&N), Europe's largest maker of artificial joints, expects continued deal-making in the medical technology sector but has not come under pressure from investors to sell out, its chief executive said on Friday. Olivier Bohuon, who has eschewed a wave of mergers sweeping the industry, said S&N had a bright future as a standalone group after reporting improved second-quarter results that came in just ahead of analyst expectations.
Ebola 'moving faster than efforts to control it': WHO
1 Aug 2014 at 7:07am
The World Health Organization warned west Africa's Ebola-hit nations on Friday that the epidemic was spiralling out of control and could spread to other countries, causing "catastrophic" loss of life and severe economic disruption. WHO chief Margaret Chan told the leaders of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia at a regional summit the response to the epidemic had been "woefully inadequate", revealing that the outbreak was "moving faster than our efforts to control it". The leaders were in Guinean capital Conakry to organise the deployment of hundreds of extra medical personnel as part of $100 million emergency response to an epidemic which has claimed more than 700 lives.
Twinless Twins Grieve Together
1 Aug 2014 at 7:07am
People whose twin has died have found one another on Facebook.
Biota's lead drug fails mid-stage study, shares slump
1 Aug 2014 at 6:56am
(Reuters) - Biota Pharmaceuticals Inc said its influenza treatment failed to meet the main goal in a mid-stage study, about two months after the company lost a key government contract supporting the drug's development. Biota's shares fell as much as 29 percent to a record low of $2.29, making the stock one of the top percentage losers in early trade on the Nasdaq. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services told the company in April that it was pulling out of its contract to support the drug's development with up to $231 million in funding. After losing the contract, Biota announced a restructuring plan that included cutting its workforce by about two-thirds and closing a facility in Melbourne, Australia.