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Europe and Central Asia failing to curb spread of HIV: WHO
27 Nov 2014 at 3:55am
By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - Despite major advances in treating and preventing HIV, Europe and Central Asia have failed to tackle the epidemic, with some 136,000 people becoming newly infected with the incurable AIDS virus last year, health officials said on Thursday. Figures from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) showed 80 percent more new HIV cases in 2013 compared to 2004, meaning a crucial target to reverse the tide of AIDS in the region will be missed. ...
Cricket-Former ICC chief wants review of safety standards
27 Nov 2014 at 2:16am
By Sudipto Ganguly MUMBAI, Nov 27 (Reuters) - Former International Cricket Council chief Jagmohan Dalmiya has called on the game's administrators to work on upgrading safety standards to ensure that incidents like the shock death of Australian batsman Phillip Hughes never happen again. Hughes, wearing a helmet, was struck on the neck by a short-pitched delivery when batting in a domestic match on Tuesday, with the force of the blow piercing his vertebral artery and causing blood to gush into his brain. He died in hospital on Thursday aged 25. ...
Tropical fly-borne illness reported near Damascus: WHO
27 Nov 2014 at 2:15am
GENEVA/BEIRUT (Reuters) - At least three wounded people have been infected near Damascus with a tropical disease spread by flies that had never before been reported in Syria, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said. The outbreak of myiasis, also known as screw worm, stems from deteriorating water and sanitation conditions. While not life-threatening, its presence is an indicator of how bad health conditions have become, according to the global health body. ...
Cricket-Grief-stricken Clarke shows true off-field leadership
27 Nov 2014 at 1:39am
By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE, Nov 27 (Reuters) - Long called upon to rescue his team from treacherous situations, Australia captain Michael Clarke could do little to save his close friend Phillip Hughes, but bore his grief quietly in a vital supporting role for his "little brother's" family. Clarke was among the first to arrive at St Vincent's hospital on Tuesday after Hughes was rushed there with a sickening head injury and read the family's statement upon his death, three days before his 26th birthday. ...
Liver transplant recipient marks 25th anniversary
27 Nov 2014 at 1:33am
SEVERN, Md. (AP) ? Alyssa Riggan hasn't dwelled on being the first person in the U.S. to successfully receive part of a liver from a living donor 25 years ago, a medical procedure that paved the way for routine live-donor transplants.
Thai court sentences five to death in war-torn south
27 Nov 2014 at 12:30am
BANGKOK (Reuters) - A Thai court sentenced to death five suspected Muslim separatists convicted of killing four soldiers, prompting Human Rights Watch to accuse the government of applying "double standards" in the turbulent south. Thailand is predominantly Buddhist but parts of the south, in particular the three southernmost provinces of Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat, are majority Muslim. A low-level insurgency in the region has claimed more than 6,000 lives since 2004 following the resurgence of a dormant Muslim separatist movement. ...
Lab-coated Muggles use Harry Potter to study brain
27 Nov 2014 at 12:21am
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Harry Potter swoops around on his broom, faces the bully Malfoy and later runs into a three-headed dog. For scientists studying brain activity while reading, it's the perfect excerpt from the young wizard's many adventures to give their subjects.
Cricket-Hughes death casts doubts on first India test
27 Nov 2014 at 12:21am
* Hughes would have wanted game to go ahead - Chappell * The whole of Australian cricket is grieving, says Cricket Australia boss (Updates after Hughes death) MELBOURNE, Nov 27 (Reuters) - The shocking death of batsman Phillip Hughes on Thursday has cast doubts on whether the first test between Australia and India will go ahead in Brisbane next week. A two-day tour match between India and a Cricket Australia XI in Adelaide was called off following the announcement of the 25-year-old's death, while New Zealand and Pakistan suspended their test match in Sharjah for the day out of respect. ...
Cricket-Fractured cheekbone lucky escape from bouncer - Shehzad
26 Nov 2014 at 11:56pm
KARACHI, Nov 27 (Reuters) - Pakistan test opener Ahmed Shehzad knows he had a lucky escape when a short-pitched ball cracked his cheekbone earlier this month and says he "froze" when he heard the news of Australian batsman Phil Hughes' death on Thursday. Hughes died in a Sydney hospital two days after being struck by a ball that led to a "catastrophic" injury which caused "massive" bleeding to his brain. ...
Cricket-'Freakish accident' gave Hughes little chance of survival - doctors
26 Nov 2014 at 11:32pm
SYDNEY, Nov 27 (Reuters) - The death of Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes was caused by a "freakish accident" that gave the 25-year-old international batsman little chance of survival, his doctors said on Thursday. Hughes was struck by a short-pitched delivery on Tuesday while playing in a domestic match and died in St Vincent's hospital on Thursday having never regained consciousness. "I think in this instance, this was a freakish accident because it was an injury to the neck that caused haemorrhage in the brain. ...
Cricket-Reaction to the death of Phillip Hughes
26 Nov 2014 at 11:29pm
* Australian PM leads tributes * "a shocking aberration," says Abbott (Updates with more reaction) SYDNEY, Nov 27 (Reuters) - Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes died in hospital on Thursday, two days after the batsman was struck on the head by a bouncer during a domestic match. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott led a flood of tributes for the 25-year-old. - - - "His death is a very sad day for cricket and a heartbreaking day for his family. What happened has touched millions of Australians. For a young life to be cut short playing our national game seems a shocking aberration. ...
Cricket-Australia's Hughes dies after being hit by ball
26 Nov 2014 at 11:22pm
* Hughes suffers "massive" brain bleeding * Hughes dies two days after emergency surgery * Tributes flood social media (Recasts, adds quotes, details) By Swati Pandey SYDNEY, Nov 27 (Reuters) - Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes died in a Sydney hospital on Thursday, two days after being struck by a ball that led to a "catastrophic" injury which caused "massive" bleeding to his brain and ultimately proved fatal. ...
Ebola vaccine from Glaxo passes early safety test
26 Nov 2014 at 11:00pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - An experimental Ebola vaccine made by GlaxoSmithKline caused no serious side effects and produced an immune response in all 20 healthy volunteers who received it in an early-stage clinical trial, scientists reported on Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine. The trial, which began on Sept. 2 and will monitor the volunteers for 48 weeks, is primarily aimed at assessing how safe the vaccine is. But the immune response offered hope that it would also be effective. ...
Number of Ebola cases nears 16,000 as Sierra Leone loses ground: WHO
26 Nov 2014 at 10:24pm
By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The death toll in the world's worst Ebola epidemic has risen to 5,689 out of 15,935 cases reported in eight countries by Nov. 23, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday. Almost all cases and all but 15 deaths have been in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia - the three hardest-hit countries, which reported 600 new cases in the past week, the WHO said in its latest update. "The total number of cases reported in Sierra Leone since the outbreak began will soon eclipse the number reported from Liberia," it said. ...
Australia batsman Hughes passes away aged 25
26 Nov 2014 at 10:07pm
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes died in hospital on Thursday, two days after the international batsman was struck on the head by a ball during a domestic match. Governing body Cricket Australia (CA) confirmed the 25-year-old had lost his fight for life, casting a pall over the cricket-mad nation who are co-hosting the World Cup early next year. "We are extremely sad to announce that Phillip Hughes has passed away at the age of 25," CA said on its Twitter feed. "Our thoughts go out to Phillip's family, friends, and the entire cricket community on this incredibly sad day. ...