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Ebola death toll rises to 5,459: WHO
21 Nov 2014 at 8:34am
GENEVA (Reuters) - The death toll in the Ebola epidemic has risen to 5,459 out of 15,351 cases identified in eight countries by the end of Nov. 18, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday. The figures showed an increase of 39 recorded deaths and 106 new cases since those issued on Wednesday. "Transmission remains intense in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone," the WHO said, referring to the hardest-hit countries. All six known Ebola cases in Mali have now died and 327 contacts exposed to the virus are being monitored in the capital Bamako, it said. ...
House Republicans sue over Obama's healthcare law
21 Nov 2014 at 8:27am
By Amanda Becker WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday filed a long-anticipated lawsuit challenging the implementation of President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law over employer-based coverage and payments to insurers, according to court documents. The lawsuit, filed in a federal court in Washington against the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Treasury, targets a decision to delay implementation of the law's employer mandate, which requires employers with more than 50 employees to offer healthcare coverage. ...
Banking culture breeds dishonesty, scientific study finds
21 Nov 2014 at 8:20am
By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - - A banking culture that implicitly puts financial gain above all else fuels greed and dishonesty and makes bankers more likely to cheat, according to the findings of a scientific study. Researchers in Switzerland studied bank workers and other professionals in experiments in which they won more money if they cheated, and found that bankers were more dishonest when they were made particularly aware of their professional role. ...
Italy arrests doctors suspected of taking bribes to discourage breast feeding
21 Nov 2014 at 8:09am
By Steve Scherer ROME (Reuters) - Italian police put 12 pediatricians under house arrest on Friday for allegedly accepting extravagant gifts from makers of baby milk formula to promote it in place of breastfeeding. Police have been investigating "a common and widespread practice" in which pediatricians "prescribe baby milk formula to newborns in exchange for bribes in the form of luxury gifts and costly holidays", a statement said. Two of the doctors put under arrest were chief pediatricians in hospitals, the statement said. ...
Young climbers injured as often as kids in other sports
21 Nov 2014 at 7:59am
By Janice Neumann (Reuters Health) - Rock-climbing teens suffer about as many injuries as young ice hockey or soccer players, most often straining or spraining their hands and fingers and developing tendonitis, says a new study from Canada. The risks, the study authors say, are as high as 4.44 injuries per 1,000 hours of climbing. More work is needed to explore what?s leading to the mishaps and how to prevent them, the researchers write in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. ...
The Perfect Diet
21 Nov 2014 at 7:51am
Keeping up with all the diet advice out there is a tough job. It's even tough for me, a registered dietitian. If we listened to all the doctors, news, magazines, friends and family we are left with nothing but confusion about what to eat. Things that we have felt solid about for years -- like milk being good for our bones, or non-calorie...
TSX nears two-month high as China cuts interest rates
21 Nov 2014 at 7:42am
By John Tilak TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index rose to its highest in nearly two months on Friday, driven by gains in most major sectors, as investors cheered a move by China to cut interest rates. The surprise announcement was the first time in two years that China had cut rates, following signals that the pace of growth in the world's second-biggest economy was slowing. The move helped drive gains in the prices of commodities such as gold, copper and oil; and that pushed up shares in the mining and energy sectors. ...
NFL's Peterson vows never to use a switch again
21 Nov 2014 at 7:38am
(Reuters) - Suspended Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson vowed never to use a switch again as a means of discipline and said he was startled to see the injuries it caused to his son. In an interview published Friday by USA Today, the six-time Pro Bowler said he loves his 4-year-old son "more than anyone could ever imagine." The National Football League on Tuesday suspended Peterson for at least the remainder of the season after he entered a no-contest plea in a Texas court to reckless assault of the child. He will not be considered for reinstatement before April 15. ...
WHO declares end of separate Ebola outbreak in Congo
21 Nov 2014 at 6:52am
GENEVA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization (WHO) declared on Friday that an outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo was over after no people showed symptoms for two incubation periods since the last case. The outbreak, the seventh in the former Zaire since the virus was identified there in 1976, was separate from the one spreading in West Africa, where more than 5,400 people have died. There were 49 deaths out of 66 people infected in the remote northwestern Equateur province during the three-month outbreak, Congolese authorities said last week. ...
Ablynx says blood disorder drug estimates conservative
21 Nov 2014 at 5:45am
By Philip Blenkinsop BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Belgian biotech company Ablynx believes its sales estimate for its drug for the rare blood disease TTP is conservative, after tests showed it had potential to treat more than just acute cases. Ablynx recently raised its estimate for peak annual sales for the TTP candidate drug caplacizumab to 300-400 million euros ($373-497 million), from up to 250 million euros previously. "You might still be being conservative around there," Chief Executive Edwin Moses told Reuters in an interview. ...
Europe gives green light to AbbVie hepatitis C drugs, others
21 Nov 2014 at 5:44am
LONDON (Reuters) - European regulators recommended approval for two drugs made by AbbVie to treat hepatitis C, both of which belong to a new generation of medicines that have proved effective in treating a condition that is the most common cause of liver transplants in Europe. Dasabuvir, known commercially as Exviera, and a combination therapy called Viekirax, gave physicians additional treatment options with high cure rates, the European Medicines Agency said on Friday. ...
Uganda plans to pass new version of anti-gay law by Christmas: lawmaker
21 Nov 2014 at 4:52am
By Elias Biryabarema KAMPALA (Reuters) - Drafters of a revised anti-gay law want parliament to pass it in time to be a "Christmas gift" for Ugandans, a lawmaker said on Friday, after a controversial earlier version was quashed because of legal technicalities. Legislation passed by parliament almost a year ago, which would have punished gay sex with long prison terms, provoked a storm of international protest and led some donor countries to withhold aid. A constitutional court overturned the law in August. ...
Cuban doctor arrives in Geneva for Ebola treatment
21 Nov 2014 at 4:37am
BERLIN (AP) ? A Cuban doctor who contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone arrived in Switzerland for treatment and was able to walk off the transport plane, a Geneva medical official said Friday.
Thanksgiving grease cooks up plumbing disasters
21 Nov 2014 at 4:02am
By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Thanksgiving is a royal pain in the U.S. drain. Thanksgiving means turkey dinners, family gatherings and football. For household drains and aging sewers across the United States, it means a lot of grease going down the pipes - and into the sewers. For some harried cooks, the simplest way to get rid of fat from turkeys, bacon and roasts is down the kitchen drain. There it congeals, clogging the pipe and trapping food scraps until the only solution is to call the plumber. ...
Third Dutch chicken farm hit by bird flu
21 Nov 2014 at 3:26am
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - A Dutch bird flu outbreak has spread to a third farm, the government said on Friday, prompting inspections at dozens of other farms in the Netherlands, a leading exporter of eggs and poultry. The latest infection was discovered on a chicken farm in the northern town of Kamperveen, more than 100 km (60 miles) from two farms where infections have been reported in the past week, the Economics Ministry said in a letter to parliament. All 10,000 birds would be destroyed and an exclusion zone of 10 km (6 miles) was imposed. Inspections were to be carried out at 32 nearby farms. ...