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WHO concerned but 'reasonably confident' on international Ebola spread
23 Oct 2014 at 8:51am
By Stephanie Nebehay and Kate Kelland GENEVA/LONDON (Reuters) - The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday it was "reasonably confident" that the Ebola virus plaguing three West African countries had not spread into neighboring states. Asked whether countries such as Guinea Bissau and Ivory Coast might have cases of the disease crossing their borders without knowing about or reporting them, WHO assistant director general Keiji Fukuda said he considered that unlikely. ...
Six in quarantine in Connecticut as U.S. steps up Ebola checks
23 Oct 2014 at 8:50am
By Richard Weizel WEST HAVEN, Conn. (Reuters) - Connecticut placed six West Africans who recently arrived in the United States under quarantine for possible Ebola exposure, a move that comes as the United States starts new restrictions on those coming from the countries hardest hit by the deadly virus. The family of six West Africans, who arrived Saturday and were planning to live in the United States, will be watched for 21 days, Connecticut state health authorities said Thursday. Officials have yet to say where the family came from. ...
AP-GfK Poll: Disapproval, doubt dominate on Ebola
23 Oct 2014 at 8:28am
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Americans have at least some confidence that the U.S. health care system will prevent Ebola from spreading in this country but generally disapprove of the way President Barack Obama and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have handled the crisis so far.
How Doing Dishes Can Help You Lose Weight
23 Oct 2014 at 8:28am
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Two doctor visits a year linked to better blood pressure control
23 Oct 2014 at 8:14am
By Shereen Lehman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People who went to their doctor?s office at least twice a year were more likely to keep their blood pressure under control compared to those who went once a year or not at all, says a new study. Having health insurance and following treatment for high cholesterol were also linked to better blood pressure control. ?Folks that go to the doctor at least twice a year are more likely to be aware of their blood pressure, more likely to be treated, more likely to be controlled when treated and have significantly better control rates,? Dr. ...
Oklahoma judge allows law banning abortion pills to take effect
23 Oct 2014 at 8:11am
By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - (This story corrects name of group in third paragraph to Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice, not Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Services) An Oklahoma judge said on Wednesday he will allow a law that bans abortion-inducing drugs to take effect as planned on Nov. 1, over the objections of abortion rights advocates who said the measure is poor public health policy that could put women at risk. Oklahoma District Court Judge Robert Stuart turned down a request by abortion rights groups to halt the measure from taking effect. ...
Fixing 'Ebolanomics' in pursuit of vaccines and drugs
23 Oct 2014 at 7:48am
By Kate Kelland and Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) - As researchers from Africa to China to America race to develop vaccines and treatments to fight Ebola, health experts are grappling with the economics of a disease that until this year had been off the drug industry's radar. Whether or not effective drugs come in time to turn around the world's worst epidemic of the virus ravaging three West African countries, the world will want stockpiles to protect against inevitable future outbreaks, experts say. ...
Threat to break isolation in Liberia over food
23 Oct 2014 at 7:47am
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) ? Dozens of people quarantined for Ebola monitoring in western Liberia are threatening to break out of isolation because they have no food, the West African nation's state radio reported Thursday.
QUIZ: Do You know enough to work in the marijuana industry?
23 Oct 2014 at 7:18am
With 23 states now allowing some form of medical marijuana program, the industry is in need of workers. But because marijuana has been illegal for decades (and still is illegal federally) there can be a lack of qualified workers to support the field. The industry is trying to change that.
Lebanon reports first suspected case of Ebola
23 Oct 2014 at 7:13am
BEIRUT (AP) ? A Lebanese man who arrived from West Africa is suspected of having Ebola and was quarantined on Thursday in a Beirut hospital, the first such suspected case in the country, Lebanon's health minister said.
WHO wary of screening arriving passengers for Ebola, but no ban
23 Oct 2014 at 7:11am
GENEVA (Reuters) - Screening passengers for Ebola on their arrival may have "a limited effect" in stopping the virus spreading but whether it adds anything to exit screening from affected countries is a decision for governments, the World Health Organization said on Thursday. The advice from the WHO's Emergency Committee on Ebola came a day after the United States said travelers from three West African countries at the heart of the epidemic must fly into one of five major airports for enhanced screening for the virus. ...
Patients avoiding Dallas hospital where Ebola hit
23 Oct 2014 at 7:11am
DALLAS (AP) ? The Dallas hospital where a man diagnosed with Ebola died and two nurses were infected with the virus has seen patients flee the hospital, with a more than 50 percent decline in visits to its emergency room since the crisis began.
10 Ways to Beat Stress in 10 Minutes or Less
23 Oct 2014 at 7:02am
Stress can be a dangerous burden. We've all felt it whether it be a time constraint on an upcoming project, hitting every red light when you are already late, or just the cause of a frustration. It can be triggered by emotions such as anger, worry, or grief. But whatever may cause it, stress comes on strong, and can domino into something even...
French entrepreneurs launch test to detect pork in food
23 Oct 2014 at 6:59am
By Lucien Libert ASNIERES France (Reuters) - Two French entrepreneurs have launched a portable device to test for the presence of pork in food for use by Muslims who abide by dietary laws. With France's five million Muslims making up about eight percent of the overall population, the test, similar in size to a pregnancy test, aims to help consumers detect traces of pork not just in food, but also in cosmetics or medicines. The kit comes with a small test tube in which a food sample is mixed with warm water. ...
Experts to test if survivors' serum can help Ebola patients
23 Oct 2014 at 6:54am
LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists will start testing whether treatment with antibodies in the blood of Ebola survivors can help infected patients fight off the deadly disease in a clinical trial starting in Guinea next month. If effective, so-called convalescent serum could be scaled up quickly as a short-term intervention while work continues to develop drugs and vaccines. ...