Tue, 02 Sep 2014 14:30:05 -0400

This is an undated handout photos issued by England's Hampshire Police on Monday Sept. 1, 2014, of Brett King and Naghemeh King, the parents of Ashya King, who have legal proceedings against them continuing in Spain after they took the five-year-old brain cancer patient out of hospital without doctors' consent. Critically-ill 5-year-old boy Ashya King driven to Spain by his parents is receiving medical treatment for a brain tumor in a Spanish hospital as his parents await extradition to Britain, police said Sunday Aug. 31 2014. Officers received a phone call late Saturday from a hotel east of Malaga advising that a vehicle fitting the description circulated by police was on its premises. Both parents were arrested and the boy, Ashya King, was taken to a hospital, a Spanish police spokesman said. (AP Photo/Hampshire Police)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.


Mon, 20 Oct 2014 08:41:25 -0400

Nurses and health care staff hold a rally in support of their colleagues Pham and Vinson outside the Texas Presbyterian Hospital in DallasDALLAS (Reuters) - Weeks of worries about a possible Ebola infection ended for dozens of people on watch lists in the United States on Monday but scores were still being monitored after potential exposure to the virus, Texas health officials said. Forty-three people who had contact with Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person diagnosed with the disease in the United States, were cleared overnight of twice-daily monitoring after 21 days of showing no symptoms, the state health department said, while another 120 were still on watch lists. ...


Mon, 20 Oct 2014 08:40:45 -0400

British Foreign Minister Philip Hammond, right, speaks with Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini during a round table meeting of EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg on Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. European Union nations are working to find funds to help fight Ebola in West Africa and streamline a common approach in dealing with the health crisis. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)LUXEMBOURG (AP) — European Union nations are working to reach 1 billion euros ($1.27 billion) in aid by the end of the week to fight Ebola in West Africa and are seeking a common approach to the crisis.


Mon, 20 Oct 2014 08:12:23 -0400

The head offices of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. are seen in Laval, Quebec(Reuters) - Canada's Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc , embroiled in a bitter fight to take over Botox maker Allergan Inc , posted a better-than-expected quarterly profit, driven by demand for its skin, neuro and eye drugs. The company also raised its full-year adjusted earnings forecast to $8.22-$8.32 per share from $7.90-$8.10 per share to reflect its strong performance in the second half of the year. The company raised its fourth-quarter adjusted profit forecast to $2.45-$2.55 per share on expectations of double-digit same-store organic growth. ...


Mon, 20 Oct 2014 08:08:48 -0400
(Reuters) - NewLink Genetics Corp said it entered into an agreement with Roche Holding AG to develop NewLink's cancer immunotherapy, making the Ebola vaccine developer eligible to receive over $1 billion in milestone payments. NewLink's shares jumped nearly 30 percent before the bell on Monday. Immunotherapies are a class of drugs designed to help the body's own immune system fend off disease. ...
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 08:06:06 -0400
By Daniel Trotta HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba and its closest allies from Latin America and the Caribbean meet in Havana on Monday to set plans for protecting their countries from Ebola and seek ways to help West Africa. Ebola has killed more than 4,500 people since March in the worst outbreak on record, mostly in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. No cases have yet been reported in Latin America or the Caribbean but the virus has reached the United States and Spain. ...
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 08:05:36 -0400

A school official takes a Goverment Secondary School Garki pupil's temperature using an infrared digital laser thermometer in front of the school premises, as school resumes in AbujaBy Camillus Eboh and Angela Ukomadu ABUJA/LAGOS (Reuters) - The World Health Organization declared Nigeria free of the deadly Ebola virus on Monday after six weeks with no new cases, an achievement with lessons for countries still struggling to contain the deadly virus. "This is a spectacular success story," WHO representative Rui Gama Vaz told a news conference in the capital Abuja, where officials broke into applause when he announced that Nigeria had shaken off the disease. ...


Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:34:19 -0400

Zambia's President Sata waits to address the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New YorkLUSAKA (Reuters) - Zambian President Michael Sata has left for a medical check-up abroad at an undisclosed destination, his office said on Monday. The statement said Sata left last night accompanied by his wife and members of his family but gave no further details. Concern about 77-year-old Sata's health has been mounting in Africa's second largest copper producer since June, when he disappeared from the public eye for a period without explanation and was then reported to be getting medical treatment in Israel. Sata missed his scheduled speech at the U.N. ...


Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:17:46 -0400
By Jeff Mason and Roberta Rampton CHICAGO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Ebola czar Ron Klain faces a hefty to-do list when he begins his new role: soothe Americans' jitters about the virus, fix federal coordination with states, and restore a sense of control over the crisis that the White House had lost. Klain, a former senior aide in two Democratic administrations who is known for his keen political antenna, also must smooth over tensions with lawmakers who are angry about the government's missteps and mixed messages. ...
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 06:38:33 -0400
By Megha Rajagopalan BEIJING (Reuters) - China's corporations and billionaires have lagged behind in contributions to fighting the Ebola epidemic in West Africa despite vast economic ties to the region, the World Food Programme said on Monday. An Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the worst on record, has killed more than 4,000 people. China has contributed about $40 million in aid to fight the disease, including $6 million to the World Food Programme. ...
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 06:16:00 -0400

Officials at Brussels Airport took the temperatures of some 200 Brussels Airlines passengers who had flown from Conakry via Freetown and had them fill out a World Health Organization questionnaireBrussels (AFP) - Belgium's Brussels Airport on Monday became the latest European hub to screen passengers for the deadly Ebola virus when a flight landed from Guinea via Sierra Leone, an airport spokeswoman said.


Mon, 20 Oct 2014 06:11:28 -0400

Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, carries her son Prince George as he examines a butterfly on the hand of his father Prince William during a visit to the Sensational Butterflies exhibition at the Natural History Museum in LondonLONDON (Reuters) - The second child of Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate is due to be born in April, his office announced on Monday. William, grandson of Queen Elizabeth and second-in-line to the throne, announced last month that Kate was expecting a second baby to join Prince George who was born in July last year, but no date for the birth was disclosed at the time. ...


Mon, 20 Oct 2014 05:01:09 -0400
By Dorene Internicola NEW YORK (Reuters) - High Intensity Interval Training, or HIIT, which has successfully sprinted from the playing fields of professional athletes to the fitness centers of everyday exercisers, may be coming to a cubicle near you. Experts say even mini-interludes of this cardiovascular workout, which alternates short, high-intensity intervals with longer, slower ones, can help fend off the sedentary perils of time-pressed, computer-shackled men and women. ...
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 05:00:00 -0400
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Mon, 20 Oct 2014 03:33:34 -0400

President Barack Obama delivers remarks during a campaign rally for Gov. Pat Quinn, D-Ill., at Chicago State University on Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)CHICAGO (AP) — Rarely one to leave anything to chance, President Barack Obama is playing it by ear this week as his administration's response to the Ebola scare continues to evolve.


Mon, 20 Oct 2014 02:18:22 -0400

Surabaya Mayor To Close Red-Light DistrictBy Katy Migiro NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The alcohol lining the 12-year-old Kenyan girl's stomach did nothing to quell her hunger pangs. So when one of her mother's drunken customers, in the one-room drinking den that doubles as their home in Nairobi, offered her a boiled egg in exchange for sex, she agreed. Brittanie Richardson, a 27-year-old American campaigning against the child sex trade in Kenya, witnessed the act during a routine visit to meet the family and felt powerless to act. "The room was full of people: men, women, the mum is there, the sister. ...


Mon, 20 Oct 2014 01:22:36 -0400
By Chris Prentice and Marcy Nicholson NEW YORK (Reuters) - Major food suppliers and trade houses have been diving into the stevia market since 2008, when U.S. regulators deemed sweeteners made from the South American plant safe for consumption. Below are some key players in this growing market. *ARCHER DANIELS MIDLAND Archer Daniels Midland Co, a major player in the U.S. corn syrup market and global commodities trade, this month completed a $3-billion acquisition of Wild Flavors, looking to expand in the fast-growing "natural" markets. ...
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 01:15:12 -0400
DALLAS (AP) — Ebola fears began to ease for some Monday as a monitoring period passed for those who had close contact with a victim of the disease and after a cruise ship scare ended with the boat returning to port and a lab worker on board testing negative for the virus.
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 01:13:46 -0400
By Chris Prentice and Marcy Nicholson NEW YORK (Reuters) - The maker of America's top sugar brand Domino Sugar is launching its first no-calorie "natural" sweetener extracted from the stevia plant in Paraguay, the strongest sign yet that the upstart product is threatening to eat into raw-sugar demand. In less than a decade, the sweet-tasting stevia powder has stolen a big chunk of the $1.3-billion global market for artificial sweeteners as more health-conscious consumers use it in what they eat and drink. Consumers' appetite for artificial sweeteners like Cumberland Packing Co. ...
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:33:11 -0400
By Andrew M. Seaman NEW YORK (Reuters) - Roughly every eight minutes from 2002 through 2012, a child in the U.S. experienced a medication mistake, according to a new study of calls to poison control hotlines. The number and rate of reported medication mistakes rose during the 11-year study, except for cough and cold medicines, the researchers report in the journal Pediatrics. ...
Sun, 19 Oct 2014 19:15:30 -0400

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious DiseasesATLANTA (AP) — Revised guidance for health care workers treating Ebola patients will include using protective gear "with no skin showing," a top federal health official said Sunday, and the Pentagon announced it was forming a team to assist medical staff in the U.S., if needed.


Sun, 19 Oct 2014 18:55:52 -0400
MADRID (AP) — A Spanish nursing assistant infected with Ebola after treating missionary priests with the disease repatriated from West Africa has managed to beat it after nearly two weeks of treatment in Madrid and has no traces of the virus in her bloodstream, according to test results released Sunday night by Spain's government.
Sun, 19 Oct 2014 18:00:27 -0400

A worker in a hazardous material suit removes the contents of the apartment unit where a man diagnosed with the Ebola virus was staying in DallasBy Karen Brooks (Reuters) - The fiancée of Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian who died of Ebola in Dallas earlier this month, said on Sunday she was grateful to be leaving quarantine without any signs of the disease that killed the man she was to marry, but saddened by the toll the virus has taken. "We are so happy this is coming to an end, and we are so grateful that none of us has shown any sign of illness," Louise Troh said in a statement. "We continue to mourn his loss and grieve the circumstances that led to his death, just at the time we thought we were facing a happy future together. ...


Sun, 19 Oct 2014 17:39:23 -0400

The Carnival Magic cruise ship is seen after reaching port in Galveston, TexasBy Erwin Seba GALVESTON Texas (Reuters) - The United States will issue strict new guidelines telling American health workers to cover their skin and hair when dealing with Ebola patients, a top health official said on Sunday, while some of the dozens of people being watched for possible exposure to the virus are expected to be cleared. In Texas, a lab worker who spent much of a Caribbean holiday cruise in isolation tested negative for the deadly virus and left the Carnival Magic liner with other passengers after it docked at Galveston early on Sunday morning. ...


Sun, 19 Oct 2014 15:29:17 -0400

Medical staff wearing protective suits work at the Carlos III hospital, where Teresa Romero is being treated for Ebola, in Madrid on October 12, 2014Madrid (Spain) (AFP) - A Spanish health worker who was the first person to catch Ebola outside of Africa no longer has the virus, according to medical test results Sunday, the government said.


Sun, 19 Oct 2014 15:25:04 -0400
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A daughter of the leader of Hamas in Gaza was admitted to an Israeli hospital for emergency medical treatment this month after she suffered complications from a routine procedure, two sources familiar with the case said. Ismail Haniyeh's daughter's week-long admission to a hospital in Tel Aviv - which Israeli and Palestinian officials declined to confirm or deny - shows humanitarian coordination between the sides continues just weeks after the Gaza war ended. ...
Sun, 19 Oct 2014 15:10:23 -0400

Health workers in protective suits stand at a window in the isolation ward of the Carlos III hospital in MadridMADRID (Reuters) - The Spanish nurse who contracted Ebola while caring for two infected priests in a Madrid hospital, becoming the first person to contract the virus outside West Africa, appears to have overcome the deadly disease, the government said on Sunday. Tests on Teresa Romero, 44, hospitalized earlier this month with a high fever and treated in an isolation unit in a specially-adapted hospital in central Madrid, gave a negative result for the virus on Sunday, it said in a statement. ...


Sun, 19 Oct 2014 15:05:43 -0400

An employee cleans next a poster on the prevention of Ebola at Benito Juarez International airport in Mexico CityBy Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New guidelines being developed for U.S. hospitals treating Ebola patients will be more stringent and will direct workers to make sure their skin and hair are fully covered, a top U.S. health official said Sunday. Anthony Fauci, the director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, spoke about the new guidelines being developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in an interview on CBS's "Face the Nation. ...


Sun, 19 Oct 2014 14:08:31 -0400

Hagel delivers the keynote address to the Association of U.S. Army annual meeting in WashingtonWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered the creation of a 30-member expeditionary medical support team to be able to provide emergency help in the event of an Ebola crisis in the United States, a Pentagon spokesman said on Sunday. The team of five doctors, 20 nurses and five trainers could respond on short notice to help civilian medical professionals, a statement from Rear Admiral John Kirby said. Three cases of Ebola have been diagnosed in the United States, prompting widespread concern about the potential spread of the virus. ...


Sun, 19 Oct 2014 13:55:06 -0400
WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered the military to prepare and train a 30-member medical support team that could provide short-term help to civilian health professionals if there are more Ebola cases in the United States.
Sun, 19 Oct 2014 13:54:37 -0400
By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists studying fossils have discovered that the intimate act of sexual intercourse used by humans was pioneered by ancient armored fishes, called placoderms, about 385 million years ago in Scotland. In an important discovery in the evolutionary history of sexual reproduction, the scientists found that male fossils of the Microbrachius dicki, which belong to a placoderm group, developed bony L-shaped genital limbs called claspers to transfer sperm to females. Females, for their part, developed small paired bones to lock the male organs in place for ...
Sun, 19 Oct 2014 13:05:32 -0400

FILE- In this Oct. 17, 2014, file photo, airport physician Dr. Bargain, right, demonstrates the use of a thermometer on an actor during a visit for members of the media to highlight measures to screen passengers for the Ebola virus, at the Charles de Gaulle airport, north of Paris. France’s government announced Friday it is strengthening its anti-Ebola efforts, even as it confirmed that no cases of Ebola have been detected in France. Beginning Saturday, temperature checks for passengers arriving in Paris from the Guinean capital of Conakry. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)PARIS (AP) — Brussels Airport says it will begin screening passengers arriving from Ebola-stricken countries Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.


Sun, 19 Oct 2014 12:46:34 -0400

FILE : In this Saturday, Oct. 18, file photo a burial team in protective gear bury the body of a woman suspected to have died from Ebola virus in Monrovia, Liberia. The disease has ravaged a small part of Africa, but the international image of the whole continent is increasingly under siege, reinforcing some old stereotypes. (AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh, File)JOHANNESBURG (AP) — In the United States, some parents fearful of deadly Ebola pulled children out of a school after the principal returned from Zambia, an African nation far from the area hit by the disease. In Geneva, a top U.N. official warned against anti-African discrimination fueled by fears of Ebola. The disease has ravaged a small part of Africa, but the international image of the whole continent is increasingly under siege, reinforcing some old stereotypes.


Sun, 19 Oct 2014 12:27:47 -0400
LONDON (AP) — A British nurse who contracted Ebola while working in Sierra Leone has returned to the country after treatment in London.
Sun, 19 Oct 2014 12:16:20 -0400

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, left, talk during a meeting of the German federal parliament, Bundestag, in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)BERLIN (AP) — Germany's foreign minister has suggested that the European Union could send a civilian mission to West Africa to help combat the Ebola outbreak.


Sun, 19 Oct 2014 11:16:13 -0400

Workers wearing hazardous material suits arrive at the apartment unit where a man diagnosed with the Ebola virus was staying in DallasBy Anna Driver DALLAS (Reuters) - Texas officials are still working to contain the public's fear of Ebola even as dozens of people who may have had contact with a Liberian man who died from the virus are soon expected to be released from a 21-day monitoring period. There have been no new cases since two nurses who cared for Thomas Eric Duncan contracted Ebola. But one traveled on a plane shortly before her diagnosis, sparking worry that fellow airline passengers could be infected. ...


Sun, 19 Oct 2014 11:03:41 -0400

Liberian health workers wear protective gear at an Ebola treatment centre in Monrovia, on October 18, 2014Paris (AFP) - You can't see shells falling, guns pointed or identify the bad guys: for many journalists the invisible threat of Ebola is more unnerving than covering a war.


Sun, 19 Oct 2014 10:45:12 -0400
Lab technician connected to the treatment of Dallas Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan.
Sun, 19 Oct 2014 10:04:14 -0400
MADRID (AP) — Spain has agreed to allow the U.S. to use two military bases in the southwest of the country to support its efforts to combat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
Sun, 19 Oct 2014 09:50:26 -0400
By Erwin Seba GALVESTON Texas (Reuters) - A Dallas hospital lab worker who spent much of a cruise holiday in isolation after possible exposure to Ebola, has tested negative for the disease, Carnival Cruise Lines said on Sunday. The Carnival Magic arrived on Sunday in the port of Galveston, Texas after a week-long trip that included being denied docking by Belize and Mexico because of the presence of the woman on board. The woman works at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital where a Liberian man, Thomas Eric Duncan, was treated for Ebola. ...