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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.
Obama to announce ramped-up efforts to beat Ebola
16 Sep 2014 at 4:07am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States will ramp up its response to the Ebola crisis in West Africa with plans to build 17 treatment centers, train thousands of healthcare workers and establish a military control center for coordination, U.S. officials said. The plan will be unveiled by President Barack Obama on Tuesday, senior administration officials told reporters. ...
Northwest Bio drug gets first slot under UK early access scheme
16 Sep 2014 at 3:37am
LONDON (Reuters) - An experimental Northwest Biotherapeutics drug for inoperable tumors is the first medicine to have been selected for fast-track designation under a new early access scheme in Britain. The U.S. firm's cell therapy DCVax-L has been awarded "promising innovative medicine" status, which is the first step in the scheme that allows access to novel drugs months or even years before they are officially licensed for sale, the department of health said on Tuesday. The initiative, which has similarities with a U.S. ...
Medical charity: Time running out to stop Ebola
16 Sep 2014 at 3:35am
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) ? International efforts to stop the accelerating spread of Ebola in West Africa were ramping up Tuesday, but a medical charity warned that the response is still dangerously behind and time is running out to act.
Pioneering L.A. chef Roy Choi on improving food in inner cities
16 Sep 2014 at 3:03am
By Lisa Baertlein LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Los Angeles chef Roy Choi sparked a nationwide food movement with his Kogi BBQ food trucks that peddle short rib tacos, kimchi quesadillas and other Korean/Mexican mash-ups and turned Americans' view of the "roach coach" on its head. Choi, 44, spent his youth wandering and eating his way through L.A.'s ethnic neighborhoods. Classical training at the Culinary Institute of America in New York ended a streak of partying and gambling. Success came quickly, with stints in kitchens from New York's celebrated Le Bernardin to the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. ...
Study shows Novo's new diabetes drug effective and safe for children
16 Sep 2014 at 3:01am
COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Novo Nordisk's new long-acting insulin Tresiba has been shown to be effective and safe for long-term use in children and young adults with type 1 diabetes, according to new data from a late-stage trial presented on Tuesday. Long-acting Tresiba is an important product for future growth at the company, which is the world's top insulin maker. U.S. regulators have refused to approve Tresiba due to potential heart risks, dealing a blow to the company. Tresiba was approved in the European Union last year. ...
Switzerland takes on its top drugmakers in price row
16 Sep 2014 at 2:58am
By Caroline Copley ZURICH (Reuters) - Switzerland, home to the world's two biggest drugmakers, might be expected to give them an easy ride. But Roche and Novartis are finding no immunity in their home market from a European-wide price squeeze. Governments and healthcare authorities around the world are questioning whether they are getting the best value for money as they struggle to find space in their budgets to care for an ever older and sicker population. Their demands that medicine prices be cut is a growing challenge for drugmakers. ...
Merck KGaA agrees to market Lupin drugs in emerging countries
16 Sep 2014 at 2:57am
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German drugmaker Merck KGaA said it struck a deal with Lupin Limited to market some of the Indian drugmaker's cardiovascular and diabetes treatments in emerging markets. The partnership covers Brazil, Mexico, Indonesia, Philippines as well as several countries in Africa and eastern Europe, among others, Merck said in a statement on Tuesday. The deal could add up to 20 new drugs to Merck's current portfolio and first product launches are expected in 2016, it added. Last year, emerging markets accounted for close to 1.8 billion euros ($2. ...
China ups its medics in Ebola-hit Sierra Leone to 174
16 Sep 2014 at 2:47am
Geneva (AFP) - China will send more medics to Ebola-hit Sierra Leone to help boost laboratory testing for the virus, raising the total number of Chinese medical experts there to 174, the UN said Tuesday.
Children's rights groups urge Defense program to stop giving school cops mili...
16 Sep 2014 at 2:00am
Groups trying to curb use of police in school discipline urge federal officials not give military weapons to campus police departments.
Hunger easing globally but 1 in 9 people undernourished: report
16 Sep 2014 at 1:05am
ROME (Reuters) - The number of hungry people in the world has fallen by more than 100 million in the past decade but 805 million people, or one in nine, still do not have enough to eat, three global food and agriculture agencies said on Tuesday. Government drives to improve nutrition have helped put the developing world on track to meet a United Nations goal to halve the proportion of people suffering from hunger between 1990 and 2015, the U.N. food agency, International Fund for Agricultural Development, and World Food Program said. ...
AstraZeneca gets up to $500 million from Lilly for Alzheimer's drug
16 Sep 2014 at 12:17am
By Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) - AstraZeneca has signed a partnership deal with U.S. rival Eli Lilly that could earn the British company up to $500 million if a promising ? but risky ? experimental Alzheimer?s drug proves successful. AstraZeneca said in May that it was looking to find a partner for its so-called BACE inhibitor drug called AZD3293, which is set to enter late-stage Phase III clinical testing against Alzheimer's. The decision by Lilly to buy into the project is an endorsement of the science behind the new oral drug, given the U.S. ...
US to assign 3,000 from US military to fight Ebola
16 Sep 2014 at 12:16am
WASHINGTON (AP) ? The Obama administration is ramping up its response to West Africa's Ebola crisis, preparing to assign 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the afflicted region to supply medical and logistical support to overwhelmed local health care systems and to boost the number of beds needed to isolate and treat victims of the epidemic.
Concerns raised over 'Obamacare' abortion coverage
16 Sep 2014 at 12:14am
WASHINGTON (AP) ? A nonpartisan congressional agency is raising new questions about compliance with a key compromise on abortion that allowed the federal health care law to pass in 2010.
Fish and snips: Australian goldfish surgery goes 'swimmingly well'
15 Sep 2014 at 9:44pm
A pet goldfish named George was recovering "swimmingly well" after emergency surgery to remove a life-threatening head tumor, a veterinarian at an Australian animal hospital said. Veterinarian Tristan Rich said 10-year-old George was unable to eat or swim properly and was starting to "really suffer", which tipped the scales on the decision to operate.