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Spanish judge orders release of ill boy's parents
2 Sep 2014 at 11:30am
SOTO DEL REAL, Spain (AP) ? Spanish officials have ordered the immediate release of a detained British couple who were wanted by police in the United Kingdom after they took their critically ill child for treatment abroad without doctors' consent.
Aid groups urge faster, grassroots Ebola response as world leaders meet
23 Sep 2014 at 8:57pm
By Stella Dawson WASHINGTON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Every 30-day delay in isolating Ebola patients will cause a tripling in daily cases of the deadly epidemic sweeping West Africa, according to new forecasts released on Tuesday. As world leaders gather in New York this week for the United Nations? annual meeting, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has called a special Ebola session to scale up international efforts to fight the deadly virus that has infected at least 5,500 people and claimed more than 2,700 lives in five countries. ...
Walgreen explores sale of $1.5 billion infusion business: sources
23 Sep 2014 at 4:33pm
By Soyoung Kim and Greg Roumeliotis NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. drugstore chain operator Walgreen Co is exploring the sale of a majority stake in its infusion services business, in a deal that could value that division at around $1.5 billion, according to four people familiar with the matter. The Deerfield, Illinois-based company has hired Bank of America Corp to run a sale process for Walgreens Infusion Services, which has already attracted interest from private equity firms, the people said this week. ...
Ebola's murderous path from a toddler to global mayhem
23 Sep 2014 at 4:08pm
Geneva (AFP) - When a toddler in a remote Guinean village suddenly died from a mysterious fever last December, no one could have imagined it signalled the start of the worst-ever Ebola epidemic.
New U.S. tax rules chill 'inversion' deal-making; shares dive
23 Sep 2014 at 3:28pm
By Kevin Drawbaugh and Soyoung Kim WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Tough new U.S. government rules on corporate "inversion" deals, aimed at making the tax-avoidance transactions less desirable, undermined share prices in nearly a dozen companies on both sides of the Atlantic on Tuesday. Analysts and tax lawyers were studying the damage to deals currently in the works and the outlook for future such deals, in which U.S. companies escape high taxes at home by shifting their domiciles abroad. ...
Boost in quest for TB breath test
23 Sep 2014 at 3:18pm
Paris (AFP) - A simple breath test may one day show whether someone has a strain of tuberculosis that will respond to a frontline antibiotic, or a drug-resistant type, scientists said Tuesday.
Three more dead from Legionnaire's disease in Spain
23 Sep 2014 at 3:15pm
Barcelona (AFP) - Three more people have died from Legionnaire's disease in Catalonia in northeastern Spain, officials said Tuesday, bringing to seven the death toll from the lung infection in the region in just over a week.
Wall St. ends lower, S&P 500 falls for third straight day
23 Sep 2014 at 3:08pm
By Ryan Vlastelica NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks fell on Tuesday, with consumer staples leading the S&P 500 down to its third straight daily loss, as investors grew concerned about the pace of global economic growth. The day's losses were broad, with all ten primary S&P sectors down. Consumer staples were the weakest on the day, off 0.9 percent, while industrials lost 0.8 percent. Wall Street's losses tracked Europe's 1.3 percent slump after data showed a contraction in French business activity and slower growth in German manufacturing this month. ...
Factbox: Pending 'inversions' that new U.S. Treasury rules may hit
23 Sep 2014 at 2:57pm
(Reuters) - The Obama administration has imposed new rules, effective immediately, meant to curb "inversion" deals. A handful of companies in the midst of completing such tax-avoiding transactions are potentially affected. Here is a list of pending inversions that may be complicated by the new rules: * Mylan Inc , a generic drugmaker based in Pennsylvania, plans to pay $5.3 billion to acquire a chunk of Abbott Laboratories' non-U.S. business. The tax home of the new company would be the Netherlands. ...
Celgene's psoriasis drug gets approval for new indication
23 Sep 2014 at 2:40pm
(Reuters) - Celgene Corp said the U.S. Food and Drugs Administration has approved the expanded use of its drug Otezla for treating patients with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis.The drug, known chemically as apremilast, is already approved for treating psoriatic arthritis, a type of arthritis associated with the skin disease. The drug is also being studied as a potential treatment for a type of spondylitis. Celgene forecast in March annual Otezla sales of $1.5 billion to $2 billion by 2017. ...
US warns that Ebola could infect 1.4 million
23 Sep 2014 at 2:14pm
NEW YORK (AP) ? U.S. health officials Tuesday laid out worst-case and best-case scenarios for the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, warning that the number of infected people could explode to at least 1.4 million by mid-January ? or peak well below that, if efforts to control the outbreak are ramped up.
Oregon issues toxic algae warning for popular fishing lake
23 Sep 2014 at 2:11pm
By Courtney Sherwood PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) - Oregon health officials worried about the presence of dangerously toxic blue-green algae in waters used by the public issued a new warning on Tuesday, this time for a lake popular for fishing and camping. Tests on Cullaby Lake, near the northwest Oregon coast, confirmed high levels of microsystin, making waters unsafe for people and their pets, Oregon Health Authority spokesman Jonathan Modie said. ...
Emergency contraception may not be available to all young men
23 Sep 2014 at 2:08pm
By Andrew M. Seaman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Young men often run into difficulties when they attempt to buy the morning-after pill for their partners, a new study suggests. Researchers report in the journal Contraception that in about one in every five attempts, young men in New York City were not able to buy the drug that can prevent pregnancy up to five days after unprotected sex. ?We give a significant amount of lip service for men to be responsible in the couple and there are a number of ways for them to do that,? Dr. David Bell told Reuters Health. ...
Chicago church gives congregants $500 each to spend for good
23 Sep 2014 at 1:39pm
By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - Churchgoers grumble that they always get hit with pleas for money. But congregants at a Chicago church this month got a surprise - they each received a check for $500, with instructions to go out and do something good with it. "I was just in disbelief," said Valency Hastings, 42, when she got her check from the non-denominational LaSalle Street Church on the city's near north side. "The enormity of the responsibility of it has begun to sink in. ...
Diabetes rates may be leveling off overall: U.S. health officials
23 Sep 2014 at 1:04pm
By Andrew M. Seaman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The drastic increases in the number of people living with diabetes and the number of new cases diagnosed each year may have leveled off, according to U.S. health officials. Researchers found little change in the prevalence and incidence of diabetes between 2008 and 2012, following drastic increases in both numbers between 1990 and 2008. ?We are now for the first time showing that (those rates are) slowing down,? Ann Albright told Reuters Health. ...