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Venezuela says 13 inmates die of overdose after robbing infirmary ward
27 Nov 2014 at 7:30am
CARACAS (Reuters) - Thirteen inmates have died after breaking into a Venezuelan jail's infirmary and ingesting medical products including antibiotics and pure alcohol in the latest outbreak of unrest in the country's turbulent prisons. A total of 145 prisoners were intoxicated during a revolt in the David Viloria penitentiary center in the western state of Lara on Monday, the government said on Thursday. Inmates had launched a hunger strike to demand the dismissal of an official, and the protest quickly spiraled. "Around 8.30 a.m. ...
Cricket-Helmets have made batsmen feel too safe, says Boycott
27 Nov 2014 at 7:02am
(Adds Gatting quotes) LONDON, Nov 27 (Reuters) - Helmets have given a false sense of security to batsmen, who no longer have the necessary technique to deal with fast bowling, according to former England opener Geoff Boycott. The death of Australian Phillip Hughes on Thursday after being struck on the head by a short-pitched delivery has fuelled debate about safety in cricket. "Most of my career I batted on uncovered pitches without a helmet," Boycott wrote in the Daily Telegraph. "This taught me how important it was to have a good technique against fast bowling. ...
Ebola shows WHO needs revamp, says UN reformer Rudd
27 Nov 2014 at 6:34am
By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization (WHO) needs reform to prevent a recurrence of crises such as West Africa's Ebola outbreak, former Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd said on Thursday. Rudd is leading a two-year study to suggest ways to improve the effectiveness of the United Nations system and other global bodies, which are often deadlocked by disagreements between states or hamstrung by their internal bureaucracy. The WHO's Africa office has been widely criticised for its slow response to the Ebola epidemic, which has now killed at least 5,689 people. ...
Most chickens sold in UK stores have traces of food bug - watchdog
27 Nov 2014 at 6:32am
LONDON (Reuters) - Almost three-quarters of fresh chickens sold by British retailers were found to have traces of a potentially fatal food-poisoning bug, a food watchdog warned on Thursday and said major grocers were not doing enough to tackle the problem. Tackling the campylobacter bug, the most common form of food poisoning in Britain, affecting an estimated 280,000 people a year, is the Foods Standards Agency's (FSA) number one food safety priority and it is leading a campaign to bring together the whole food chain to deal with the problem. ...
Liposomal spray may ease contact lens discomfort
27 Nov 2014 at 6:26am
By Kathryn Doyle Contact lens wearers with ?dry eye? and discomfort may find relief from sprays or drops that add lipids back to the eye, Australian researchers say. They found that among contact lens wearers with the bothersome symptoms, the outermost layer of tears on the eye, a protective layer of lipids, is more degraded than among people without the symptoms. The liposomal spray used in the study is already available on the market, as are similar compounds in drop form, senior author Fiona Stapleton told Reuters Health by phone. ...
Ebola shows WHO needs revamp, says U.N. reformer Rudd
27 Nov 2014 at 6:23am
By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization (WHO) needs reform to prevent a recurrence of crises such as West Africa's Ebola outbreak, former Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd said on Thursday. Rudd is leading a two-year study to suggest ways to improve the effectiveness of the United Nations system and other global bodies, which are often deadlocked by disagreements between states or hamstrung by their internal bureaucracy. The WHO's Africa office has been widely criticized for its slow response to the Ebola epidemic, which has now killed at least 5,689 people. ...
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. ...