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Liberia works to contain Ebola, find source of new cases
3 Jul 2015 at 8:56am
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) ? Liberia is working hard to contain Ebola and find the source of the latest infections of the deadly virus recorded this week.
Hospira wins French biosimilar drug tender at 45 percent discount
3 Jul 2015 at 8:39am
PARIS (Reuters) - A major French hospital group has chosen a cheap copycat version of a top-selling drug for treating its patients with rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn's disease in a victory for a new type of medicine known as biosimilars.††† In a document seen by Reuters, the central purchasing agency for the Assistance Publique - HŰpitaux de Paris (AP-HP) said on Friday it had decided to buy the biosimilar version of infliximab from Hospira, after the company offered an estimated 45 percent discount in a tender. (Reporting by Matthias Blamont and Andrew Callus; Editing by Ben Hirschler)
Aetna to buy Humana for $37 billion in largest insurance deal
3 Jul 2015 at 8:38am
The combination will push Aetna close to Anthem Inc's No.2 insurer spot by membership, and would nearly triple Aetna's Medicare Advantage business. The deal will face antitrust scrutiny but if it goes through it would dwarf the previous largest insurance deal announced just this week, where Swiss property and casualty giant ACE Ltd announced it was buying Chubb Corp for $28 billion.
U.N. calls on Israel, Palestinians to prosecute Gaza war crimes
3 Jul 2015 at 8:29am
By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations human rights body called on Israel and the Palestinians to prosecute alleged war crimes committed in the 2014 Gaza war and to cooperate with the International Criminal Court's preliminary investigation. The U.N. Human Rights Council debated the issue days before the first anniversary of Israel launching "Operation Protective Edge" in response to rockets fired by militants in the Hamas-ruled enclave into Israel.
Scientists convinced European heat waves boosted by climate change
3 Jul 2015 at 8:14am
By Laurie Goering LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As Germany and Spain sweated and London sweltered through its hottest July day on record this week, scientists said it is "virtually certain" that climate change is increasing the likelihood of such heat waves in Europe. In real-time data analysis released on Friday, a team of international climate scientists from universities, meteorological services and research organizations said the kind of heat waves hitting Europe this week ? defined as three-day periods of excessive heat ? are becoming much more frequent in the region. In De Bilt in the Netherlands, for example, a heat wave like the one forecast for the next few days would have been a roughly 1-in-30-years event in the 1900s, according to the scientists.
Tests rule out MERS in Czech tour guide
3 Jul 2015 at 8:11am
Tests have ruled out the potentially fatal MERS virus in a Czech tour guide hospitalised in Prague, the health minister said Friday. "Based on laboratory tests on the patient... I can definitely confirm the disease was not MERS," Svatopluk Nemecek told reporters without elaborating. The 33-year-old tour guide spent a week in May in South Korea, where the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) has killed 33 people out of the 184 diagnosed since the latest outbreak in late May.
Insurer Aetna to buy Humana in $35B deal
3 Jul 2015 at 6:03am
Aetna will spend about $35 billion to buy rival Humana and become the latest health insurer bulking up on government business as the industry adjusts to the federal health care overhaul.
Kenya port workers end strike, warn of further protests
3 Jul 2015 at 4:52am
By Joseph Akwiri MOMBASA (Reuters) - Striking workers at East Africa?s biggest port in Kenya's coastal city of Mombasa returned to work on Friday after being warned they could lose their jobs, but said protests over higher health care costs could resume next week. The work stoppage has disrupted business at the biggest in the region, which handles imports such as fuel for Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda, South Sudan, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and Somalia but the port's management has said normal services would resume by Monday. Workers protesting higher deductions for the government's national health insurance scheme refused to work on Wednesday and Thursday, paralysing operations at the port and prompting port management to advertise their positions in local media.
Thailand's only known MERS patient is virus-free
3 Jul 2015 at 3:53am
BANGKOK (AP) ? A 75-year-old Omani man who became Thailand's only known case of the often-deadly MERS virus was declared free of the illness by the Health Ministry on Friday.
Thai hospital discharges only MERS case after found virus-free
3 Jul 2015 at 3:52am
A 75-year-old Omani man who became Thailand's first case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) was discharged from hospital Friday after being declared free of the deadly virus, officials said. Thailand now appears to be MERS-free after the Omani patient tested negative for the virus and the 176 other people who were under surveillance for having been in contact with him also showed no signs of the disease. "A communicable diseases expert has confirmed that he's free from MERS," Public Health Minister Rajata Rajatanavin said in a statement.
Brain-Eating Amoeba Kills California Woman
3 Jul 2015 at 12:43am
A 21-year-old woman from Bishop, California, has reportedly died from a rare but devastating infection caused by a brain-eating amoeba.Inyo County public health officials told the Reno Gazette-Journal that the woman died on June 20 after being infected by Naegleria fowleri, a microscopic amoeba usually found in warm freshwater and soil. The...
Thailand's first MERS case to leave hospital
3 Jul 2015 at 12:40am
An Omani man who became Thailand's first case of Middle East Respiratory Sydnrome (MERS) has made a full recovery and will be discharged from hospital on Friday, Thailand's health minister said. The 75-year-old man, who had traveled to Bangkok for treatment for a heart condition and was then diagnosed with the virus, was declared free of the disease earlier this week. "The medical team looking after the patient and three of his relatives have decided that they can return home," Thai Public Health Minister Rajata Rajatanavin told reporters, adding that the man and three of his relatives who traveled with him to Bangkok were preparing to leave an infectious diseases facility.
Liberia investigating animal link after Ebola re-emerges
2 Jul 2015 at 11:45pm
By Alphonso Toweh and James Harding Giahyue MONROVIA (Reuters) - Liberia confirmed a third Ebola case on Thursday, nearly two months after it was declared Ebola free, and officials said they were investigating whether the disease had spread through animals before resurfacing. Dr Moses Massaquoi, case management team leader for Liberia's Ebola task force, said the three villagers who had tested positive for the disease "have a history of having had dog meat together." Dog meat is commonly eaten in Liberia. The first new Liberian sufferer, 17-year-old Abraham Memaigar, died on Sunday in the village of Nedowein, about 50 km (30 miles) from the capital Monrovia.
Could insulin pills prevent diabetes? Big study seeks answer
2 Jul 2015 at 11:33pm
CHICAGO (AP) ? For nearly a century, insulin has been a life-saving diabetes treatment. Now scientists are testing a tantalizing question: What if pills containing the same medicine patients inject every day could also prevent the disease?
VA hospital that once treated Civil War veterans could close
2 Jul 2015 at 10:45pm
HOT SPRINGS, S.D. (AP) ? Perched atop a bluff in the remote Black Hills, a veterans hospital built of thick blocks of pink sandstone and topped with red-tiled roofs in a Spanish mission style overlooks the tiny town of Hot Springs, South Dakota, and has provided recovering soldiers a bucolic haven for more than a century.