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Officials: Little risk of Ebola outbreak in US
28 Jul 2014 at 4:42pm
NEW YORK (AP) ? U.S. health officials are monitoring the Ebola outbreak in Africa but say the risk of the deadly germ spreading to the United States is remote.
Fist bumps less germy than handshakes, study says
28 Jul 2014 at 10:11am
NEW YORK (AP) ? When it comes to preventing the spread of germs, maybe the president is on to something with his fondness for fist bumps.
Deal to improve veterans' health care costs $17B
28 Jul 2014 at 1:48pm
WASHINGTON (AP) ? A bipartisan deal announced Monday would authorize about $17 billion to help veterans avoid long waits for health care, hire more doctors and nurses to treat veterans and make it easier to fire executives at the Department of Veterans Affairs.
New fears about Ebola spread after plane scare
28 Jul 2014 at 7:31pm
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) ? No one knows for sure just how many people Patrick Sawyer came into contact with the day he boarded a flight in Liberia, had a stopover in Ghana, changed planes in Togo, and then arrived in Nigeria, where authorities say he died days later from Ebola, one of the deadliest diseases known to man.
Judge gives go-ahead for $2 billion sale of NBA's Clippers
28 Jul 2014 at 5:50pm
By Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The estranged wife of Los Angeles Clippers co-owner Donald Sterling can proceed with the record $2 billion sale of the NBA team despite her husband's objections, a judge ruled on Monday, in a likely coda to a case of lingering racism in American sports. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas said the deal struck by Shelly Sterling with former Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer was permissible and could be consummated even if Sterling, who has been banned for life from the National Basketball Association for racist remarks, chose to appeal. "She had every good reason to believe that Donald agreed to the sale of the team," said Levanas, who added that he found Donald Sterling's combative testimony at the emotionally charged nine-day trial "often evasive and inconsistent." The ruling was a major victory for an embarrassed NBA and Shelly Sterling, who had asked the probate judge to confirm her as the trustee of the family trust that owns the Clippers.
Doctor who contracted Ebola in grave condition
28 Jul 2014 at 5:25pm
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) ? Kent Brantly always wanted to be a medical missionary, and he took the work seriously, spending months treating a steady stream of patients with Ebola in Liberia.
Nigeria isolates hospital in Lagos as Obama briefed on Ebola outbreak
28 Jul 2014 at 4:28pm
By Tim Cocks LAGOS (Reuters) - The Nigerian city of Lagos shut and quarantined a hospital on Monday where a Liberian man died of the Ebola virus, the first recorded case of the highly-infectious disease in Africa's most populous country. Patrick Sawyer, a consultant for Liberia's Finance Ministry in his 40s, collapsed on arrival at the Lagos airport on July 20. The decontamination process in all the affected areas has commenced," Lagos state health commissioner Jide Idris told a news conference. Ebola has killed 672 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone since it was first diagnosed in February.
Judge allows $2 billion sale of NBA's Los Angeles Clippers to proceed
28 Jul 2014 at 4:15pm
By Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The record $2 billion sale of pro basketball's Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft Corp chief executive Steve Ballmer can proceed over the objections of co-owner Donald Sterling, a judge tentatively ruled on Monday. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas said the deal, brokered by Sterling's estranged wife, Shelly Sterling, was permissible and could be consummated even if Sterling, who has been banned for life from the NBA for racist remarks, chose to appeal. The ruling was a major victory for the NBA and Shelly Sterling, who had asked the probate judge to confirm her as the trustee of the family trust that owns the Clippers after having her 80-year-old husband removed when neurologists deemed him to have early Alzheimer's disease and was unable to handle business affairs.
Holocaust victim, artist Charlotte Salomon's life premieres as opera
28 Jul 2014 at 4:05pm
By Michael Roddy SALZBURG Austria (Reuters) - The Berlin-born Jewish artist Charlotte Salomon left behind a body of watercolors and text she called "Life? Salomon's life, which has inspired films, plays and a musical, was turned into an opera that plumbed the depths of human emotion in its premiere on Monday at the Salzburg Festival in Austria. With music by French composer Marc-Andre Dalbavie, staging by Swiss director Luc Bondy and libretto by German-Jewish author Barbara Honigmann, who used 85 percent of Salomon's own text, the work was the season's most anticipated opera at the prestigious festival in the city of Mozart's birth. Although a gang of uniformed Nazi toughs appeared at strategic moments as a reminder of the inevitable ending, the opera focused more on the difficult emotional and intellectual problems Salomon faced as a young woman.
Targacept discontinues bladder drug, shares plunge
28 Jul 2014 at 3:51pm
(Reuters) - Targacept Inc said it was stopping development of a drug to treat overactive bladder after it failed to show significant reduction in incontinence in a mid-stage study. The company's shares fell 32 percent in extended trading after it canceled its third drug development program in eight months and said it may change the direction of its research. Targacept said based on this and previous trial results its key technology did not appear to produce "new treatments with a meaningful improvement over the current standard of care." Targacept's key technology is based on modulating receptors found in the central nervous system which transmit signals between various organ systems and the brain. The company still has one compound based on this technology in clinical development to treat diabetic gastroparesis which causes the partial paralysis of the stomach.
The Helms Amendment Hurts Women and Undermines U.S. Development Efforts Aroun...
28 Jul 2014 at 3:12pm
In August, President Obama will welcome leaders from across the African continent to Washington, DC, for a three-day Africa Leaders Summit, the first such event of its kind to be hosted by the U.S., though China, Japan, India, and the EU have held similar summits with African heads of state. A main goal of the summit is to strengthen ties...
Ebola can spread like 'forest fire,' US warns
28 Jul 2014 at 2:36pm
The deadly Ebola virus can spread like a forest fire, US health authorities said Monday, urging travelers to West Africa to take extra precautions amid the largest outbreak in history. Since March, there have been 1,201 cases of Ebola and 672 deaths in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. Two Americans -- one doctor and one healthcare worker -- in Monrovia, Liberia have come down with the virus, characterized by fever, joint pain, diarrhea, vomiting and often fatal bleeding. "The likelihood of this outbreak spreading beyond West Africa is very low," admitted Stephan Monroe, deputy director of the CDC's National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases.
Family of Texas doctor with Ebola not showing signs of virus
28 Jul 2014 at 2:29pm
By Colleen Jenkins WINSTON-SALEM N.C. (Reuters) - The family of a Texas doctor who contracted the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa had traveled back to the United States before he showed symptoms and was not at risk for getting or spreading the disease, U.S. health officials said on Monday. Dr. Kent Brantly, 33, is one of two American relief workers to test positive for the highly contagious virus that has killed 672 people across the region in the largest-ever Ebola outbreak, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. He was treating Ebola patients in Monrovia, Liberia, in his role as medical director for a case management center run by North Carolina-based Samaritan?s Purse, a relief organization headed by evangelist Franklin Graham. The organization said a missionary from Charlotte, North Carolina, was also in isolation receiving treatment after testing positive for Ebola.
Doctors Battling Ebola Are Met With Fear, Mistrust
28 Jul 2014 at 1:46pm
Doctors Struggle To Contain Ebola Outbreak
Medicare's own health looking better, report says
28 Jul 2014 at 1:43pm
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Medicare's financial future is looking brighter despite a growing wave of baby boomers reaching retirement.