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Maine nurse defies Ebola quarantine with bike ride
30 Oct 2014 at 7:32am
FORT KENT, Maine (AP) ? A nurse who vowed to defy Maine's voluntary quarantine for health care workers who treated Ebola patients followed through on her promise Thursday, leaving her home for an hour-long bike ride.
Telemedicine eczema care just as effective as office visits
30 Oct 2014 at 7:26am
By Shereen Lehman (Reuters Health) - After a year of emailing photos of their skin and communicating with their dermatologists online, eczema patients showed just as much improvement as people who saw their own doctors in person, according to a new study. ?Patients often report having to drive long distances and take time away from work and school to care for their skin,? said Dr. April Armstrong, the study?s lead author. ...
China 'vulnerable' to Ebola outbreak, says expert
30 Oct 2014 at 7:24am
China is "vulnerable" to the deadly Ebola outbreak due to the soaring number of Chinese working in Africa and poor infection control at home, a co-discoverer of the virus warned Thursday. Belgian microbiologist Peter Piot also said experience with other viral outbreaks showed that airport screening was largely ineffective, and repeated his earlier criticism of the World Health Organization's initially "slow" response to the crisis. China is Africa's largest trading partner and Beijing's diplomatic footprint across the continent has expanded hugely in recent years as it seeks resources to drive the world's number-two economy. "So it is not impossible that one of them will go (back) to China.
Maine nurse defies state Ebola quarantine, leaves home
30 Oct 2014 at 7:15am
(Reuters) - A nurse in Maine vowing not to be bullied by politicians and threatening to sue the state over an Ebola quarantine she calls unscientifically sound, defied the order and left her home for a bike ride on Thursday, according to television images. Kaci Hickox left her home in Fort Kent to take a morning bicycle ride with her boyfriend, MSNBC and other networks reported. Hickox, 33, who tested negative for Ebola after returning from treating patients in West Africa, said that she plans to take the issue to court if the state did not lift the quarantine by Thursday. ...
Fujifilm cautious on Avigan profitability, eyes Ebola spread
30 Oct 2014 at 7:10am
By Ayai Tomisawa TOKYO (Reuters) - (This version corrects story to remove word "bio" in the fifth-last paragraph, and corrects disposible cameras to instant cameras in third last paragraph) Japan's Fujifilm Holdings Corp said it was difficult to estimate the profitability of its influenza drug Avigan, which has been earmarked to fight Ebola, given the uncertainty over the spread of virus, a company executive said on Thursday. Fujifilm has said it is expanding the production Avigan anti-influenza. ...
Correction: Superstorm-Mental Health story
30 Oct 2014 at 6:54am
LONG BEACH, N.Y. (AP) ? In a story Oct. 29 about Superstorm Sandy victims experiencing mental health issues, The Associated Press erroneously reported the name of an organization helping with disaster distress response. The organization is the Visiting Nurse Service, not the Visiting Nurse System.
World Bank funding for Ebola fight hits $500 million
30 Oct 2014 at 6:48am
GENEVA (Reuters) - The World Bank pledged $100 million on Thursday to help recruit more foreign health workers in the fight against Ebola, taking its funding for the three worst-hit countries to more than half a billion dollars over the past three months. The biggest recorded outbreak of the deadly virus has killed almost 5,000 people, according to the World Health Organization, mainly in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. Some aid groups have criticized the scale of the initial international response. ...
Niger drops sex education from syllabus at Muslim leaders' urging
30 Oct 2014 at 6:46am
By Abdoulaye Massalaki and Misha Hussain NIAMEY/DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The Niger government has withdrawn a course on sexual and reproductive health from the school syllabus after Islamic organisations said the teachings were contrary to the country's values. The predominantly Muslim nation of 17 million has the highest fertility rate in the world, an average of around eight children per woman. Some 30 percent of girls are married by the age of 15, and 77 percent by 18, according to the latest government health surveys. ...
Teva optimistic U.S. top court to rule in favor of MS drug patent
30 Oct 2014 at 6:16am
TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Teva Pharmaceutical Industries is optimistic the U.S. Supreme Court will decide in its favor regarding patent protection for Copaxone, its multiple sclerosis treatment, Chief Executive Erez Vigodman said on Thursday. Vigodman said in a conference call with analysts that he expects a decision by late this year or the first quarter of 2015. The court earlier this month appeared closely divided as it weighed Teva's high-profile fight with generic drug manufacturers over patent protections for its $4-billion-a-year drug. ...
Bristol immunotherapy shows promise in lung cancer trial
30 Oct 2014 at 6:12am
By Bill Berkrot (Reuters) - Treatment of advanced squamous cell non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) with Bristol-Myers Squibb Co's experimental immunotherapy nivolumab led to a one-year survival rate of 41 percent in a midstage clinical trial, according to data being presented at a medical meeting. While the study called CheckMate-063 did not compare nivolumab with another drug or placebo, the historical one-year survival rate for patients like those in the trial, whose cancer had progressed after treatment with two or more prior therapies, is between 5. ...
Cipla asks India to revoke Novartis patents on respiratory drug
30 Oct 2014 at 6:10am
By Zeba Siddiqui MUMBAI (Reuters) - Generic drugmaker Cipla Ltd said on Thursday it has asked the Indian government to revoke five patents held by Swiss firm Novartis AG on respiratory drug Onbrez and has launched a cheaper copy to boost access in the local market. Cipla alleged that Novartis has had patents on the medicine since 2008 but instead of producing it in India has imported a "negligible quantity" from Switzerland, leading to a shortage of supplies in the Indian market. ...
In U.S. Ebola fight, no two quarantines are quite the same
30 Oct 2014 at 5:58am
By Jonathan Allen and Yasmeen Abutaleb NEW YORK (Reuters) - (This story has been refiled to correct typographical error in first paragraph) In the U.S. battle against Ebola, quarantine rules depend on your zip code. For some it may feel like imprisonment or house arrest. For others it may be more like a staycation, albeit one with a scary and stressful edge. If they are lucky, the quarantined may get assigned a case worker who can play the role of a personal concierge by buying groceries and running errands. ...
Novo Nordisk more cautious on timing of U.S. Tresiba launch
30 Oct 2014 at 4:59am
COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Novo Nordisk is more cautious in its assessment of when it would launch its Tresiba diabetes drug in the United States, a critical growth driver for the future, according to statements it made in its quarterly report. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) refused in February 2013 to approve Tresiba, a long-acting insulin drug, until Novo provided additional tests for potential heart risks. In August, the company said it expected to be able to submit an interim analysis to the FDA during the first half of 2015, leading to a potential launch at the start of 2016. ...
Watch: Early Days of Modern Medicine Shown in Haunting Photos
30 Oct 2014 at 4:31am
Dr. Stanley Burns' archive of medical photography underscores how far modern medicine has come in just over 100 years.
Ebola: Danger in Sierra Leone, progress in Liberia
30 Oct 2014 at 3:28am
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) ? Liberia is making some progress in containing the Ebola outbreak while Sierra Leone is "in a crisis situation which is going to get worse," the top anti-Ebola officials in the two countries said.