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Dutch to destroy 8,000 ducks to prevent bird flu outbreak
22 Nov 2014 at 2:24am
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch health authorities on Saturday were destroying 8,000 ducks to prevent the possible spread of bird flu, which has infected three farms in a week in the Netherlands, a leading poultry and egg exporter. A government statement said ducks were being culled in the central town of Barneveld as a precaution because authorities want to eliminate all risks after the H5N8 virus spread to three out of 12 provinces since last Sunday. ...
UK volunteers fly to Sierra Leone to fight Ebola
22 Nov 2014 at 2:22am
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) ? The British government says the first group of National Health Service volunteers has left for Sierra Leone, where they will work in Ebola treatment centers across the country.
Plague outbreak kills 40 people in Madagascar
22 Nov 2014 at 2:04am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) ? The World Health Organization says 40 people have died from the plague in Madagascar.
International Ebola fight helping but more work needed -U.N. chief
22 Nov 2014 at 12:16am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - International efforts to fight Ebola are helping to slow the rate of new infections in some areas but increased infections in others and fears of further contagion in Mali indicate much work is still to be done, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Friday. Ban said more trained medical teams are needed, especially in remote districts of countries in West Africa where more than 5,400 people have been killed by the virus. Ban said the coordinated efforts of country leaders and safer burial practices, combined with international support, are helping. ...
Car jackers in Guinea steal suspected Ebola blood samples
22 Nov 2014 at 12:03am
CONAKRY (Reuters) - Robbers in Guinea hijacked a Red Cross vehicle this week and made off with a cooler containing blood samples from suspected Ebola patients, a senior Red Cross official said on Friday. "No doubt they thought it was something else," Youssouf Traoré, head of the Red Cross delegation in Guinea, told Reuters. He gave no further details of the attack but said the robbers would probably dump the cooler once they found it did not contain gold or diamonds. More than 5,000 people have died in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia in the worst outbreak of the Ebola virus on record.
Plague in Madagascar has killed 40 people out of 119 cases -WHO
22 Nov 2014 at 12:00am
GENEVA (Reuters) - An outbreak of the plague has killed 40 people out of 119 confirmed cases in Madagascar since late August and there is a risk of the disease spreading rapidly in the capital, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday. So far two cases and one death have been recorded in the capital Antananarivo but those figures could climb quickly due to "the city's high population density and the weakness of the healthcare system", the WHO warned. ...
Ebola death toll rises to 5,459 - WHO
21 Nov 2014 at 11:57pm
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.
Letters detail thoughts of gunman killed at Florida university
21 Nov 2014 at 4:01pm
By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE Fla. (Reuters) - Authorities are investigating mailed packages linked to a gunman who shot three people before he was killed by officers at Florida State University, the FBI said on Friday. Officials said the packages were part of their investigation into why the gunman opened fire in a crowded library. Thought to have been mailed by suspected shooter Myron May before his rampage, the packages were not considered a threat to the public, said U.S. Postal Inspection Service officials. ...
Connecticut man pleads not guilty in son's death in hot car
21 Nov 2014 at 3:47pm
By Richard Weizel MILFORD Conn. (Reuters) - A Connecticut man pleaded not guilty on Friday to a charge of criminally negligent homicide in the death of his 15-month-old son, who died on a hot summer day after the father left him in the back seat of his car and went into work. The cause of the boy's death on July 7 was "hyperthermia due to environmental exposure," the chief state medical examiner's office said, ruling the death as a homicide in August. Kyle Seitz, who faces up to a year in jail if convicted, has said he forgot he had the toddler in the back seat when he arrived at his ...
Newtown massacre shooter indulged dark obsessions online, report says
21 Nov 2014 at 3:22pm
By Richard Weizel MILFORD Conn. (Reuters) - By the time Adam Lanza massacred 26 children and adults at a Connecticut school two years ago, he was living in nearly complete isolation, communicating with no one except an online network of people obsessed with mass murder, a report released on Friday said. The 20-year-old's fascination with violence, which came to a head in the December 2012 shootings at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, was already evident when Lanza was himself in grade school, according to the state's Office of the Child Advocate. ...
Transvaginal mesh trial losses put pressure on Boston Scientific
21 Nov 2014 at 3:19pm
By Jessica Dye NEW YORK (Reuters) - Boston Scientific Corp?s back-to-back losses in the first two federal trials over its transvaginal mesh devices could drive up the cost of resolving thousands of similar lawsuits, according to legal experts. On Thursday, a jury in West Virginia awarded four women $18.5 million for injuries they said were caused by the Massachusetts-based company?s Obtryx device for stress urinary incontinence, including $4 million for ?gross negligence.? The verdict came one week after a Miami jury awarded $26. ...
Judge in Colorado cinema rampage case allows second sanity exam at trial
21 Nov 2014 at 3:02pm
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A judge overseeing the Colorado theater massacre case rejected a defense motion on Friday to have a second sanity examination administered to accused gunman James Holmes barred from his upcoming murder trial, court records show. Holmes, 26, has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to opening fire inside a Denver-area theater during a midnight screening of the Batman film ?The Dark Knight Rises? in July of 2012, killing 12 moviegoers and wounding dozens more. ...
The Importance of Loving Your Self
21 Nov 2014 at 2:59pm
I recently did an exercise in my acting class where we tapped into abundance and played with the energy that it evokes. We got to see it, visualize it, hold it and touch it. When I awoke from the trance, I had a profound experience where I realized that for the first time, I truly trust my self and honor my self -- something I know I didn't...
Health for the Holidays? Have Fun!
21 Nov 2014 at 2:49pm
With this singular season of lofty ideals, crass commercialism, family gatherings, varying religious significance, aeronautical ungulates, indulgent torpor and culinary debauchery- euphemistically known as "the holidays" -- upon us, where should health figure in it?At the front of the line, I say. Have a good time!You might expect me, a...
Ebola-related events in the United States and response
21 Nov 2014 at 2:47pm
(Reuters) - Health agencies around the world are grappling with the worst Ebola epidemic since the virus was identified in 1976. The following is a chronology of events in the United States and the government's response at home and abroad from the time the World Health Organization identified the beginnings of the outbreak in early 2014 in Guinea: March 22: Guinea confirms hemorrhagic fever that killed more than 50 people is Ebola. March 30: Liberia reports two Ebola cases; suspected cases in Sierra Leone. May 26: WHO confirms first Ebola deaths in Sierra Leone. ...