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Thailand's only known MERS patient is virus-free
3 Jul 2015 at 2:32am
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.
Aetna to buy Humana for $37 billion in largest insurance deal
3 Jul 2015 at 1:14am
Health insurer Aetna Inc said it would buy smaller rival Humana Inc for about $37 billion in cash and stock, in the largest ever deal in the insurance industry. 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.
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.
Montana polygamist vows to fight for marriage license
2 Jul 2015 at 9:25pm
Nathan Collier, 46, said his bid to make his marriage to his second wife ?legitimate? was influenced by the U.S. Supreme Court decision last week that legalized same-sex marriages in the United States. Collier, his lawful wife and a woman he said he married in a ?spiritual? ceremony earlier this week sought a license from officials in Billings to legalize their plural marriage. Bigamy and polygamy are illegal under both federal and Montana state law.
California cancer patient with amnesia identified by family
2 Jul 2015 at 6:56pm
A Southern California cancer patient unable to recall her identity or family since she was found dazed on a street four months ago has finally reconnected with relatives after a nephew spotted her on the evening news, media reported on Thursday. The woman, whose Facebook image has circulated widely on the Internet and was previously known only as Sam, was identified on Wednesday night as Pennsylvania native Ashley Manetta, 53, according to San Diego's NBC television affiliate. The TV station, which originally broke the story about a California cancer patient with amnesia, said the two siblings then spoke by telephone.
New Embassies Open Door to Cuba's Health Care Triumphs
2 Jul 2015 at 4:35pm
As President Obama proclaimed diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba for the first time in 50 years, the World Health Organization (WHO) was simultaneously celebrating Cuba Wednesday as the first country ever to eliminate mother-to-child transmissions of HIV/AIDS and congenital syphilis. Dr. Roberto Morales, minister of public health and the first Cuban minister to come to the United States since 1952, visited Washington, D.C., to discuss the historic success. While the monumental public health achievement was the intended focus of his news conference, Obama?s news was critical to the process.
Possible Link Between Eye Color and Alcoholism Risk Revealed in New Study
2 Jul 2015 at 4:35pm
There's a new potential clue in the ongoing effort to understand the genetic links to alcoholism: eye color. People with lighter eye colors appear to be more likely to develop alcoholism, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Medical Genetics. The study, published this week, examined genetic samples from 1,263 people with alcohol dependency and found that those with lighter eyes, especially blue eyes, appeared to develop alcoholism at a higher rate.
For first time, gene therapy shows promise in cystic fibrosis
2 Jul 2015 at 4:03pm
By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists conducting a major trial of a therapy that replaces the faulty gene responsible for cystic fibrosis say the treatment has showed significant benefit for the first time in patients' lung function. The technique, developed with the technology commercialization firm Imperial Innovations, replaces the defective gene behind the inherited lung disease by using inhaled molecules of DNA to deliver a normal working copy of the gene to lung cells. "Patients who received the gene therapy showed a significant, if modest, benefit in tests of lung function compared with the placebo group," said Eric Alton, a professor at Imperial College London who led the trial.
Washington state reports first U.S. measles death in 12 years
2 Jul 2015 at 3:56pm
By Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE (Reuters) - A previously undetected measles infection was found by an autopsy to be the underlying cause of a Washington state woman's death this spring, marking the first known U.S. fatality from the disease in 12 years, public health officials said on Thursday. The woman from Clallam County, in northwestern Washington, was most likely exposed to measles at a medical facility during a recent outbreak in the area, the state Health Department said in a statement on its website. The cause of her death was ruled by medical examiners as pneumonia due to measles, according to the agency.
John Smoltz the 1st HOFer following Tommy John surgery
2 Jul 2015 at 3:26pm
When John Smoltz is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in three weeks he'll be the first player enshrined following Tommy John surgery.
Thousands evacuated after freight train derails, catches fire, in Tennessee
2 Jul 2015 at 3:01pm
A freight train carrying flammable and toxic gas derailed in eastern Tennessee, igniting a fire in one car and spreading noxious fumes that forced the evacuation of more than 5,000 people and the hospitalization of 25, officials said. Homes and businesses were evacuated following the derailment around midnight Wednesday of the CSX Corp train in Blount County, near Maryville, the officials they said. Local officials said the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was monitoring air quality in the area.