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.


Sat, 20 Sep 2014 19:37:27 -0400

U.S. Military to Fight Ebola: 'What Does Victory Look Like?'In an August 22 column on the Ebola crisis, I noted that the current outbreak of Ebola in West Africa -- "the worst in recorded history" -- had claimed 1,350 lives. Less than a month later the World Health Organization reports that the number of people in West Africa who have contracted and died from Ebola has doubled to 2,622.On Thursday, in...


Sat, 20 Sep 2014 18:10:15 -0400

An empty street is seen at the start of a three-day national lockdown in FreetownBy Umaru Fofana FREETOWN (Reuters) - A team burying Ebola victims was attacked in Sierra Leone's capital on Saturday, a member of parliament said, as a small group defied a three-day lockdown aimed at halting the worst outbreak of the disease on record. In one of the most extreme measures since the epidemic began, Sierra Leone has ordered its population of 6 million to stay indoors as volunteers circulate to educate residents about the disease as well as isolate the sick and remove the dead. ...


Sat, 20 Sep 2014 17:17:19 -0400

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton leads a panel discussion during the U.S.-Africa Business Forum in WashingtonBy Caren Bohan and Sharon Begley WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - New initiatives from the United States, Britain, France and other countries to help fight the Ebola epidemic that has been spreading exponentially in West Africa marked a "good beginning," former President Bill Clinton said on Saturday, but said the world will need to do more. "We're still a little behind the curve but we're getting there," Clinton told reporters in a conference call, a day before his charity, the Clinton Global Initiative, was set to begin its 10th annual meeting in New York. ...


Sat, 20 Sep 2014 16:29:52 -0400

An undated picture provided on September 20, 2014 by Juan Ciudad ONGD shows Brother Manuel Garcia Viejo with a patient at San Juan de Dios hospital in Lusar, Sierra LeoneMadrid (AFP) - Spain is sending a plane to fly a Catholic missionary infected with the deadly Ebola virus home from Sierra Leone, officials said Saturday.


Sat, 20 Sep 2014 16:24:41 -0400

A water drain in the surroundings of the "Buena Vista" copper mine, in Cananea community, Sonora state, Mexico on August 13, 2014Mexico City (AFP) - A Mexican copper mine which spewed millions of gallons of acid into a river last month is still causing pollution and the facility's owners are blocking the work of investigators probing the accident, authorities said.


Sat, 20 Sep 2014 15:33:04 -0400
FREETOWN (Reuters) - A team burying Ebola victims was attacked in Sierra Leone's capital on Saturday, a member of parliament said, as some residents defied a three-day lockdown aimed at halting the worst outbreak of the disease on record. Claude Kamanda, MP for the Waterloo district of Freetown, said that armed policemen accompanying the burial team quickly arrived, causing the attackers to flee. Sierra Leone has asked its population of 6 million to stay indoors for three days as volunteers circulate to educate people about the disease as well as isolate the sick and remove the dead. ...
Sat, 20 Sep 2014 15:03:19 -0400

Health worker volunteers talk to a resident to distribute bars of soap and information about Ebola in Freetown, Sierra Leone, Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. Thousands of health workers began knocking on doors across Sierra Leone on Friday in search of hidden Ebola cases with the entire West African nation locked down in their homes for three days in an unprecedented effort to combat the deadly disease. (AP Photo/Michael Duff)FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Some in Sierra Leone ran away from their homes Saturday and others clashed with health workers trying to bury dead Ebola victims as the country struggled through the second day of an unprecedented lockdown to combat the deadly disease.


Sat, 20 Sep 2014 13:52:19 -0400
MADRID (AP) — The Spanish government is preparing to repatriate a priest who has been diagnosed with the Ebola virus after working in Sierra Leone.
Sat, 20 Sep 2014 07:29:33 -0400

Worker offload the first consignment of USAID medical equipment towards the fight against Ebola, at the Roberts International Airport in MonroviaWASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. government technology expert who helped Microsoft Corp co-founder Bill Gates launch the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will join the Obama administration's battle against Ebola in West Africa, administration officials said on Friday. Steve VanRoekel is stepping down as chief information officer at the White House to join the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), which is overseeing the Obama administration's response to the outbreak, officials said. VanRoekel's task as USAID's chief innovation officer will be to coordinate a U.S. ...


Sat, 20 Sep 2014 07:27:09 -0400

An empty street is seen at the start of a three-day national lockdown in FreetownBy Umaru Fofana and Josephus Olu-Mammah FREETOWN (Reuters) - Streets in the capital of Sierra Leone were deserted on Friday as the West African state began a contested, three-day lockdown in a bid to halt the worst Ebola outbreak on record. President Ernest Bai Koroma urged people to heed the emergency measures as health workers, some clad in protective biohazard suits, went house to house, checking on residents and marking each doorway they visited with chalk. Radio stations played Ebola awareness jingles on repeat and encouraged residents to stay indoors. ...


Sat, 20 Sep 2014 06:39:07 -0400

US Treasury Secretary Lew stands with his Australian counterpart Hockey during a media conference at the start of the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meeting in the northern Australian city of CairnsBy Lincoln Feast and Gernot Heller CAIRNS Australia (Reuters) - Financial leaders of the Group of 20 top economies remain committed to chasing higher global growth, but were divided on how to achieve it as Germany pushed back at calls from the United States and others for more immediate stimulus. Opening a meeting of G20 finance ministers and central bankers, Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey outlined on Saturday an ambitious agenda of boosting world growth, fireproofing the global banking system and closing tax loopholes for giant multinationals. ...


Sat, 20 Sep 2014 05:11:11 -0400

Health workers bring woman suspected of having contracted Ebola virus to an ambulance in front of a crowd in MonroviaBy Stella Dawson WASHINGTON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A shortage of volunteers to staff the new Ebola clinics and hospitals the international community is building in West Africa threatens efforts to bring the deadly virus rapidly under control, aid agencies have warned. “The missing link is staff,” Athalia Christie, deputy for global health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who has just returned from Liberia, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. The United States this week announced it will send in its military to build 17 Ebola treatment centers in Liberia. ...


Sat, 20 Sep 2014 01:11:30 -0400
(Reuters) - More than 700 newborns and 40 employees of a Texas hospital may have been exposed to a worker who had an active case of the sometimes-deadly tuberculosis, health officials said on Friday. The employee, working in a nursery at Providence Memorial Hospital in El Paso, interacted with patients for months before later being diagnosed with the disease, the El Paso Department of Public Health said. A total of 706 babies and 43 employees were possibly exposed to the infected worker between September 2013 and August 2014, the health department said. ...
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 22:25:08 -0400
By Amanda Orr HOUSTON (Reuters) - A Texas doctor, who prosecutors said was poisoned by an obsessed colleague and lover, testified on Friday in her criminal trial that the woman served him a sweet cup of coffee one morning even though he preferred his black. Dr. Ana Maria Gonzalez-Angulo, 43, an oncologist, is charged with aggravated assault of a family member, a charge that covers domestic violence in dating relationships, for allegedly spiking Dr. George Blumenschein's coffee in January 2013. "It was very, very sweet," Blumenschein testified. ...
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 21:17:48 -0400
By Courtney Sherwood PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) - Tests have confirmed that a green film shimmering on the surface of the Willamette River as it flows through Oregon's largest city is caused by toxic algae that can be dangerous to people and animals, public health officials said on Friday. Authorities also expanded the "warning zone" issued on Wednesday when the algae was first observed, declaring water recreation unsafe for the hundreds of boaters and swimmers who normally use the river daily at this time of year. ...
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 20:50:51 -0400
EL PASO, Texas (AP) — More than 700 infants may have been exposed to tuberculosis at an El Paso hospital over the past year by an employee recently diagnosed with the illness, health officials said Friday.
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 20:40:41 -0400
By Lacey Johnson BALTIMORE (Reuters) - A Baltimore judge on Friday approved a $190 million settlement to compensate thousands of women who were secretly photographed by a now-deceased Johns Hopkins Hospital gynecologist during exams. The hospital and former patients of Dr. Nikita Levy, who had worked there for 25 years, reached a preliminary settlement in July to resolve accusations the doctor secretly filmed and took photos of up to 9,500 women, often using a spy pen. ...
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 20:38:01 -0400

A Denver Broncos player wears pink cleats in recognition of breast cancer awareness month before competing against the Dallas CowboysBy Eric Kelsey and Jennifer Saba LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) - When NFL players strap on their pink shoes and gloves in October for the league's annual Breast Cancer Awareness Month campaign, it will be doing so with one less sponsor, a notable retreat blamed on the league's handling of domestic violence. Crest, Procter & Gamble Co's dental brand, will no longer be offering pink mouth guards to NFL players, the company said on Friday, the first sponsor to publicly withdraw from the NFL's signature overture to women. ...


Fri, 19 Sep 2014 20:13:05 -0400

FILE - This July 8, 2014, file photo, shows the East Baltimore Medical Center, a community practice affiliated with Johns Hopkins Hospital, in Baltimore. A Baltimore judge has approved a $190 million settlement between Johns Hopkins Hospital and more than 8,000 patients of a gynecologist who used tiny cameras to secretly photograph women and girls during examinations. The settlement was reached in July between the renowned hospital and former patients of Dr. Nikita Levy. Judge Sylvester B. Cox approved the agreement on Friday, Sept. 19. (AP Photo/File)BALTIMORE (AP) — Maria Lennon said she felt some relief when she heard the news Friday afternoon: A judge had finalized a $190 million settlement between Johns Hopkins Hospital and more than 8,000 patients of a gynecologist who used tiny cameras to secretly photograph women and girls during examinations.


Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:59:03 -0400

A gay couple holds hands during a rally in support of the United States Supreme Court decision on marriage rights in San DiegoBy Jennifer Chaussee SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Lifting a ban on blood donations from gay men would increase the amount of available blood by hundreds of thousands of pints (liters) each year and save more than a million lives a year, a California study showed on Friday. The U.S. Federal Drug Administration has banned gay men from donating blood since 1983, when it was discovered that HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, was being transmitted through transfusions. ...


Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:51:15 -0400
By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - Three former peanut company officials were found guilty on Friday in connection with a 2009 salmonella outbreak that killed nine people and sickened hundreds, federal prosecutors said. The contamination at the Peanut Corporation of America plant in Blakely, Georgia, led to one of the largest food recalls in U.S. history and forced the company into liquidation. "The defendants made a decision that they were more interested in hefty profits than in healthy peanut products," Georgia-based U.S. ...
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:13:18 -0400

A GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) employee enters their office headquarters in Shanghai on July 1, 2013A Chinese court on Friday fined British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline 3.0 billion yuan ($490 million) following a nearly year-long bribery probe, the company said.


Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:29:16 -0400

Tippacanoe County Sheriff's Department handout photo of Cody CousinsBy Saran Mishra LAFAYETTE Ind. (Reuters) - A former Purdue University student was sentenced on Friday to 65 years in prison for shooting and stabbing to death a fellow engineering senior that he envied, in front of about a dozen students in a lab class in January. Cody Cousins, 24, of Warsaw, Indiana, took the stand at his sentencing hearing and showed no remorse for killing 21-year-old Andrew Boldt, who was shot at least five times and stabbed 19 times, including in the face and neck. ...


Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:27:28 -0400
We are, it seems, still getting fatter after all. I am yet again compelled to quote the immortal words of Iago the parrot: I am going to have a heart attack and die from THAT surprise.This tale must be qualified by "after all" because we were told obesity rates had stabilized. Recent studies in adults indicated a plateau. Recent studies in...
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:22:21 -0400

The High Moral and Economic Cost of Child Poverty in AmericaJust released U.S. Census Bureau data reveal 45.3 million people were poor in America in 2013. One in three of those who are poor is a child. Children remain our poorest age group and children of color and those under five are the poorest. More than one in five infants, toddlers, and preschoolers were poor during their years of greatest brain...


Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:07:41 -0400
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration on Friday revised sweeping food safety rules proposed last year after farmers complained that the regulations could hurt business.
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:45:42 -0400
WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of promised American forces will be moving into Africa over the next 30 days to set up facilities and form training teams to help the Africans treat Ebola victims, the Army's top officer said Friday.
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:26:48 -0400

Are You Vegan, Vegetarian, Paleo? ShushI would rather have a mind opened by wonder than one closed by belief. -- Gerry SpenceLast week I sat in a new doctor's waiting room filling out paperwork. It was standard stuff past medical history, family history, medication information (none for me) etc. Then there was a section about exercise and eating. I described my exercise routine,...


Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:16:37 -0400
(Reuters) - A man, who was ordered released from jail after ramming his truck through the glass doors of a Las Vegas casino last week, has hanged himself in a nearby hotel, Nevada officials said on Friday. Ryan Brown, 40, was arrested on suspicion of reckless driving and possession and use of cocaine after driving a pickup through the glass front doors of the Stratosphere Casino on Sept. 10, a Las Vegas police arrest report showed. ...
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:56:47 -0400
(Reuters) - National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell said on Friday that policies governing player conduct will change in the wake of the league's poor handling of domestic violence cases. "We do not have a clear and consistent policy that allows us to deal with all of the issues that are arising," Goodell told a news conference, his first appearance in over a week. (Reporting by Mary Milliken; Editing by Bill Trott)
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:50:07 -0400
By Shereen Lehman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Water damage in living rooms or children’s bedrooms, as confirmed by infrared cameras, could be associated with worse eczema in children, says a new study. Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, results in itchy scaly skin. It often affects children, especially during the first year of life. Moisture problems in the home can come from poor ventilation, high humidity or from wet weather and floods. ...
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:48:17 -0400
By Ronnie Cohen NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In a new study, the vast majority of kidney failure patients told researchers they saw no need for a kidney transplant because they were doing fine on dialysis – but the researchers say these patients might not realize how much a transplant could help them. “Nobody is doing fine on dialysis to the point where a transplant wouldn’t be better for them,” senior author Dr. Dorry Segev told Reuters Health. “Transplantation is the better form of renal replacement. ...
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:32:46 -0400
By Jessica Harlan NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - If your mother told you to eat your carrots so you’d be able to see in the dark, she was right. It turns out that feeding kids carrots is just one of a number of things parents can do to promote a lifetime of healthy eyes and good vision. Other things include regular eye exams, and sunglasses or hats to shade kids’ eyes, experts say. While so-called refractive error (that is, the need for vision correction) and eye disease is sometimes hereditary, and some eye disease is congenital, some issues are preventable, said Dr. ...
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:29:43 -0400
By Ransdell Pierson (Reuters) - Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc has quickly become one of the world's biggest biotech companies thanks to its Eylea treatment for macular degeneration, but its little known experimental allergy drug could become equally successful, senior company executives said in interviews. The allergy drug, dupilumab, is meant to treat underlying causes of asthma, eczema and nasal polyps and could transform treatment of those suspected related ailments, the officials say. ...
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:15:02 -0400
By Kathryn Doyle NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Brain scans show that people with the pain disorder fibromyalgia react differently to what others would consider non-painful sights and sounds, new research suggests. The small new study provides clues to what might be going wrong in the nervous system of people with fibromyalgia, along with possible new approaches to alleviating their pain. ...
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:13:00 -0400
By Janice Neumann NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Texting while driving could be contributing to thousands of car crashes, especially among teens, and the American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) wants policy makers, doctors and parents to do something about it. Texting by novice drivers raises the chances of an accident almost four-fold, the authors of a new position statement point out. But they say new laws, combined with public education, could help eradicate this unnecessary risk on the roadways. ...
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:03:46 -0400

U.S. President Barack Obama stands next to Vice President Joseph Biden (L) as he launches the "It's On Us" campaign to help prevent sexual assault on school campuses while in WashingtonBy Susan Heavey WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, who have long talked about the need to curb sexual assault at universities, got some help on Friday from the people many young adults actually listen to: celebrities and athletes. In its latest effort to help college campuses confront the issue, the White House is relying on a combination of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, social media and star power to spread its message aimed at preventing and coping with such assaults. ...


Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:39:23 -0400

A person holds pharmaceutical tablets and capsules in illustration picture in LjubljanaBy Toni Clarke WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Financial incentives and a more flexible regulatory approach are needed to persuade drug companies to develop new antibiotics, drug industry and public health experts told U.S. lawmakers on Friday, though some warned that modifying the drug approval process could jeopardize patient safety. The experts said at a hearing of the U.S. ...


Fri, 19 Sep 2014 12:53:13 -0400
By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - Republic of Congo has become the first country to agree to divert part of its oil revenues toward childhood nutrition, a victory for "innovative financing" to help the world's poorest, the scheme's creator Philippe Douste-Blazy said in an interview. The breakthrough may pave the way for similar financing schemes with other oil producers, first in Africa and then further afield, said Douste-Blazy, the U.N. under-secretary general for innovative finance for development. "It's a first. ...
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