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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.
Gilead's experimental cancer drug fails in mid-stage study
17 Sep 2014 at 3:23am
(Reuters) - Gilead Sciences Inc said its experimental drug did not significantly improve the length of time that patients with a type of pancreatic cancer lived without the disease worsening. The mid-stage study was evaluating the drug, simtuzumab, in combination with chemotherapy against a placebo plus chemotherapy, in previously untreated patients with advanced pancreatic cancer. (Reporting by Natalie Grover in Bangalore; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila)
Ebola crisis 'spiraling out of control' warns Obama
17 Sep 2014 at 2:04am
Atlanta (AFP) - President Barack Obama issued a global call to action to fight West Africa's Ebola epidemic, warning the deadly outbreak was unprecedented and "spiraling out of control," threatening hundreds of thousands of people.
Credit Suisse loans under U.S. Fed scrutiny: WSJ
17 Sep 2014 at 1:18am
Sept 17 (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Reserve has asked Credit Suisse CSGN.VX to address problems relating to the bank's underwriting and sale of leveraged loans, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing a source familiar with the matter. The use of these high-interest loans by private equity firms to finance deals has attracted the scrutiny of the Federal Reserve and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, with officials planning to take action firm by firm if banks do not rein in relaxed underwriting and debt-laden deals, the WSJ reported. (http://on.wsj. ...
Ebola survivor: No time to waste as Obama ups aid
17 Sep 2014 at 12:24am
WASHINGTON (AP) ? An American doctor who survived Ebola said there's no time to waste as President Barack Obama outlined his plan to ramp up the U.S. response to the epidemic in West Africa.
Citing security threat, Obama expands U.S. role fighting Ebola
16 Sep 2014 at 11:53pm
By Jeff Mason and James Harding Giahyue ATLANTA/MONROVIA (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Tuesday called West Africa's deadly Ebola outbreak a looming threat to global security and announced a major expansion of the U.S. role in trying to halt its spread, including deployment of 3,000 troops to the region. "The reality is that this epidemic is going to get worse before it gets better," Obama said at the Atlanta headquarters of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). "But, right now, the world still has an opportunity to save countless lives. ...
Sanofi unveils heart disease partnership with MyoKardia
16 Sep 2014 at 10:26pm
PARIS (Reuters) - French drugmaker Sanofi announced on Wednesday a partnership with U.S.-based MyoKardia to develop therapies for patients with genetic heart diseases. The collaboration includes up to $200 million in equity investments, milestone payments, and research and development services through 2018, Sanofi said in a statement. MyoKardia was founded in 2012 and is funded by healthcare investor Third Rock Ventures. (Reporting by James Regan; Editing by Blaise Robinson)
Hospitals struggled during Sandy, report says
16 Sep 2014 at 9:47pm
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) ? When Superstorm Sandy slammed into the Northeast nearly two years ago, hospitals found themselves dealing with surges in patients, lost power supplies and employees who couldn't get to work ? problems that a new federal report finds they were not prepared to handle.
Australia promises $6.4 million to fight Ebola
16 Sep 2014 at 9:25pm
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) ? Australia announced on Wednesday it will immediately provide an additional 7 million Australian dollars ($6.4 million) to help the international response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
Food companies' U.S. calorie-cutting pledge could stall: researchers
16 Sep 2014 at 9:08pm
By Sharon Begley NEW YORK (Reuters) - A campaign by 16 of the world's largest food and beverage companies to dramatically cut the number of calories sold in the United States may have stalled after initial success, researchers reported on Wednesday. The companies, including Campbell Soup and PepsiCo, announced in January that they had collectively sold 6.4 trillion fewer calories in the United States in 2012 than in 2007. The drop - 10.6 percent, or 78 calories per person per day - was hailed as an important contribution to the nation's fight against obesity. ...
Quake strikes northeast of Tokyo, no reports of serious damage
16 Sep 2014 at 7:54pm
TOKYO (Reuters) - An earthquake with preliminary magnitude of 5.6 shook buildings in eastern Japan, including the capital Tokyo, on Tuesday but there were no reports of serious damage. The earthquake was centered in Ibaraki Prefecture, just northeast of Tokyo, Japan's Meteorological Agency said. The depth of the earthquake was 50 km and there was no risk of a tsunami, it added. Japan Atomic Power Co and Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) reported no irregularities at their three nuclear plants in eastern Japan. A Japan Atomic official said there have been no irregularities at the 1. ...
GAO report warns of security risks in U.S. healthcare website
16 Sep 2014 at 7:24pm
(Reuters) - HealthCare.gov, President Barack Obama's health insurance exchange, has security and privacy protection vulnerabilities, a U.S. government watchdog reported on Tuesday, nearly a year after the website's troubled rollout. The General Accounting Office (GAO) said that despite steps taken by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for security and privacy protection, weaknesses remain in the processes used for managing information security and privacy. The GAO also identified issues regarding the technical implementation of IT security controls. ...
Obama's Ebola response: Is it enough and in time?
16 Sep 2014 at 7:14pm
WASHINGTON (AP) ? President Barack Obama declared Tuesday that the Ebola epidemic in West Africa could threaten security around the world, and he ordered 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the region in emergency aid muscle for a crisis spiraling out of control.
Doctor pleads guilty to cancer treatment fraud
16 Sep 2014 at 6:44pm
DETROIT (AP) ? A Detroit-area cancer doctor accused of putting people through unnecessary treatments and then billing insurers for millions of dollars pleaded guilty to fraud Tuesday, admitting that he knew his patients often didn't need chemotherapy.
U.S. leaders call for 'war' on Ebola outbreak, pledge troops
16 Sep 2014 at 4:43pm
By Jeff Mason ATLANTA (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers called for a government-funded "war" to contain West Africa's deadly Ebola epidemic before it threatens more countries, building on an American pledge to send 3,000 military engineers and medical personnel to combat the virus. Democratic and Republican lawmakers pledged increased support for efforts to contain the virus that has killed nearly 2,500 people out of almost 5,000 cases in West Africa. ...