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US to track everyone coming from Ebola nations
22 Oct 2014 at 5:16pm
ATLANTA (AP) ? All travelers who come into the U.S. from three Ebola-stricken West African nations will now be monitored for three weeks, the latest step by federal officials to keep the disease from spreading into the country.
Being a Couch Potato Could Harm You in Ways You Don't Even Know
22 Oct 2014 at 2:46pm
Is your sofa bad for your health? A host of scientists and advocacy groups say the answer may be yes -- and some government officials may slowly be agreeing with them. The problem lies with fire-retardant chemicals in foam sofa cushions. In the 1970s concerns over house fires, some sparked by lit cigarettes on furniture, prompted a move to...
Physicians on the Front Lines: Where Technology Can Help to Make the Clean Ha...
22 Oct 2014 at 1:13pm
Whether in a personal or professional setting, very few of us find ourselves wanting to be apart from our smart phones. They keep us connected to just about everything these days. In healthcare, electronic devices are permeating both the hospital and consumer/patient settings with everything from electronic health records to wearable devices...
Official WHO Ebola toll near 5,000 with true number nearer 15,000
22 Oct 2014 at 11:32am
By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - At least 4,877 people have died in the world's worst recorded outbreak of Ebola, and at least 9,936 cases of the disease had been recorded as of Oct. 19, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday, but the true toll may be three times as much. The WHO has said real numbers of cases are believed to be much higher than reported: by a factor of 1.5 in Guinea, 2 in Sierra Leone and 2.5 in Liberia, while the death rate is thought to be about 70 percent of all cases. That would suggest a toll of almost 15,000. ...
Dozens released Ebola-free from Sierra Leone site
22 Oct 2014 at 11:31am
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) ? Dozens of Ebola survivors have been discharged from a treatment center near Sierra Leone's capital and told they were virus-free, as police and residents clashed in other areas of the West African country.
Florida governor's race a dead heat, poll shows
22 Oct 2014 at 11:14am
By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE Fla. (Reuters) - Florida Governor Rick Scott and his challenger for re-election, former Governor Charlie Crist, are locked in a dead heat in their race to run the nation's largest swing state, poll results released on Wednesday show. The Quinnipiac University Poll results show Scott, a Republican, and Crist, a former Republican running as a Democrat, each with 42 percent support, with both candidates struggling with low popularity. "Mr. Crist and Mr. ...
Ebola survivors in Liberia are symbols of hope and help
22 Oct 2014 at 10:56am
By Misha Hussain DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Ebola survivors in Liberia are quickly becoming an important part of the fight against the deadly virus that has killed more than 4,500 people in West Africa since being detected in the region in March. Once rejected by their communities, survivors are now being seen as part of the solution as scientists try to find a way to use the antibodies in their blood to help treat victims. ...
Biogen's Tecfidera sales miss estimates; confirms first PML case
22 Oct 2014 at 10:55am
By Bill Berkrot (Reuters) - Biogen Idec Inc said on Wednesday sales of its big-selling new multiple sclerosis drug Tecfidera fell short of Wall Street's lofty expectations, and the company confirmed a serious brain infection in a patient who took the oral medication, sending its shares 7 percent lower. Biogen reported the first case of progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML) in a Tecfidera patient, who had been part of a clinical trial and was taking the drug for 4-1/2 years. ...
WHO: Ebola responsible for 4,877 deaths
22 Oct 2014 at 10:50am
LONDON (AP) ? Ebola is now believed to have killed 4,877 people globally and that the spread of the lethal virus remains "persistent and widespread" in West Africa, the World Health Organization said Wednesday.
Cuban doctors, nurses land in Liberia to fight Ebola alongside U.S.
22 Oct 2014 at 10:38am
By James Harding Giahyue MONROVIA (Reuters) - A team of Cuban doctors and nurses arrived in Liberia on Wednesday to help to fight the worst outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus on record alongside a U.S. military mission deploying in the West Africa country. A jet from the national airline Cubana carrying the 51 medical personnel touched down at 6.45 a.m. EDT at the Roberts International Airport outside Monrovia, a stone's throw from a new Ebola clinic built by U.S. forces. The doctors and nurses, dressed in white uniforms, disembarked from the aircraft waving Cuban flags. ...
Drugmakers to join forces to make millions of Ebola vaccine doses
22 Oct 2014 at 10:38am
By Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) - Leading drugmakers plan to work together to speed up the development of an Ebola vaccine and hope to produce millions of doses for use next year. U.S. firm Johnson & Johnson said on Wednesday that it aims to produce at least 1 million doses of its two-step vaccine next year and has already discussed collaboration with Britain's GlaxoSmithKline, which is working on a rival vaccine. ...
CDC to Monitor Travelers From Ebola-Hit Nations for 21 Days
22 Oct 2014 at 10:27am
All travelers to Ebola-affected countries to undergo 21-day monitoring.
Ebola becomes a workplace concern
22 Oct 2014 at 10:23am
Employers face thorny issues when trying to figure out how to deal with the deadly virus.
U.S. tightens Ebola monitoring for West African visitors
22 Oct 2014 at 10:21am
By Bill Berkrot NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. health officials unveiled new measures on Wednesday to carry out Ebola monitoring on anyone entering the country from the three nations at the center of a West African epidemic, increasing precautions to stop the spread of the virus. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that beginning Monday, travelers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea will be directed to check in with health officials every day and report their temperatures and any Ebola symptoms for 21 days, the period of incubation for the virus. ...
Dog of Ebola-infected Texas nurse tests negative for virus
22 Oct 2014 at 10:21am
DALLAS (Reuters) - The 1-year-old King Charles Spaniel belonging to a Dallas nurse infected with Ebola has tested free of the virus and will remain in isolation for the remainder of his 21-day monitoring period, the city of Dallas said on Wednesday. "Bentley is doing great! Turns out he likes butt rubs," Dallas spokeswoman Sana Syed wrote in a recent Tweet about the dog belonging to nurse Nina Pham, who is in good condition at a National Institutes of Health hospital in Maryland. ...