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US to track everyone coming from Ebola nations

This undated handout photo provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) shows a kit that travelers from Ebola-stricken West African nations will be given containing information cards and a thermometer and they will be required to make daily check-ins with state or local health officials to report their status. CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said the check-ins could be in person, by telephone, Skype or Facetime or through employers — CDC was consulting with the state and local officials to help them work that out. (AP Photo/CDC)ATLANTA (AP) — All travelers who come into the U.S. from three Ebola-stricken West African nations will now be monitored for three weeks, the latest step by federal officials to keep the disease from spreading into the country.


Being a Couch Potato Could Harm You in Ways You Don't Even Know

Being a Couch Potato Could Harm You in Ways You Don't Even KnowIs your sofa bad for your health? A host of scientists and advocacy groups say the answer may be yes -- and some government officials may slowly be agreeing with them. The problem lies with fire-retardant chemicals in foam sofa cushions. In the 1970s concerns over house fires, some sparked by lit cigarettes on furniture, prompted a move to...


Physicians on the Front Lines: Where Technology Can Help to Make the Clean Hand the Winning Hand
Whether in a personal or professional setting, very few of us find ourselves wanting to be apart from our smart phones. They keep us connected to just about everything these days. In healthcare, electronic devices are permeating both the hospital and consumer/patient settings with everything from electronic health records to wearable devices...

Official WHO Ebola toll near 5,000 with true number nearer 15,000

Health worker in protective equipment carries a sample taken from the body of someone who is suspected to have died from Ebola virus, near Rokupa HospitalBy Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - At least 4,877 people have died in the world's worst recorded outbreak of Ebola, and at least 9,936 cases of the disease had been recorded as of Oct. 19, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday, but the true toll may be three times as much. The WHO has said real numbers of cases are believed to be much higher than reported: by a factor of 1.5 in Guinea, 2 in Sierra Leone and 2.5 in Liberia, while the death rate is thought to be about 70 percent of all cases. That would suggest a toll of almost 15,000. ...


Dozens released Ebola-free from Sierra Leone site

CAPTON CORRECTS THE DATE In this grab from video provided by Associated Press Television on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, Ebola survivors Hawanatu Turay, left and an unidentified woman, display their certificates, after being given the all clear, at a treatment centre at Hastings, near Freetown, Sierra Leone. Dozens of Ebola survivors were discharged from a treatment center near Sierra Leone's capital on Wednesday and told they were virus-free. The third group released from the Hastings Treatment center, which included 45 patients, were also issued with health certificates they proudly held up. (AP Photo/Associated Press Television)FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Dozens of Ebola survivors have been discharged from a treatment center near Sierra Leone's capital and told they were virus-free, as police and residents clashed in other areas of the West African country.


Florida governor's race a dead heat, poll shows

Former Florida Governor Charlie Crist and Florida Governor Rick Scott take part in a gubernatorial debateBy Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE Fla. (Reuters) - Florida Governor Rick Scott and his challenger for re-election, former Governor Charlie Crist, are locked in a dead heat in their race to run the nation's largest swing state, poll results released on Wednesday show. The Quinnipiac University Poll results show Scott, a Republican, and Crist, a former Republican running as a Democrat, each with 42 percent support, with both candidates struggling with low popularity. "Mr. Crist and Mr. ...


Ebola survivors in Liberia are symbols of hope and help

Four survivors of the Ebola outbreak walk at a clinic outside MonroviaBy Misha Hussain DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Ebola survivors in Liberia are quickly becoming an important part of the fight against the deadly virus that has killed more than 4,500 people in West Africa since being detected in the region in March. Once rejected by their communities, survivors are now being seen as part of the solution as scientists try to find a way to use the antibodies in their blood to help treat victims. ...


Biogen's Tecfidera sales miss estimates; confirms first PML case

A pedestrian passes the sign outside the headquarters of Biogen Idec Inc. in CambridgeBy Bill Berkrot (Reuters) - Biogen Idec Inc said on Wednesday sales of its big-selling new multiple sclerosis drug Tecfidera fell short of Wall Street's lofty expectations, and the company confirmed a serious brain infection in a patient who took the oral medication, sending its shares 7 percent lower. Biogen reported the first case of progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML) in a Tecfidera patient, who had been part of a clinical trial and was taking the drug for 4-1/2 years. ...


WHO: Ebola responsible for 4,877 deaths
LONDON (AP) — Ebola is now believed to have killed 4,877 people globally and that the spread of the lethal virus remains "persistent and widespread" in West Africa, the World Health Organization said Wednesday.

Cuban doctors, nurses land in Liberia to fight Ebola alongside U.S.
By James Harding Giahyue MONROVIA (Reuters) - A team of Cuban doctors and nurses arrived in Liberia on Wednesday to help to fight the worst outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus on record alongside a U.S. military mission deploying in the West Africa country. A jet from the national airline Cubana carrying the 51 medical personnel touched down at 6.45 a.m. EDT at the Roberts International Airport outside Monrovia, a stone's throw from a new Ebola clinic built by U.S. forces. The doctors and nurses, dressed in white uniforms, disembarked from the aircraft waving Cuban flags. ...

Drugmakers to join forces to make millions of Ebola vaccine doses

bigA nurse writes name of voluteer on protective suit during Red Cross training excercise in WuerzburgBy Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) - Leading drugmakers plan to work together to speed up the development of an Ebola vaccine and hope to produce millions of doses for use next year. U.S. firm Johnson & Johnson said on Wednesday that it aims to produce at least 1 million doses of its two-step vaccine next year and has already discussed collaboration with Britain's GlaxoSmithKline, which is working on a rival vaccine. ...


CDC to Monitor Travelers From Ebola-Hit Nations for 21 Days
All travelers to Ebola-affected countries to undergo 21-day monitoring.

Ebola becomes a workplace concern

New Ebola gear guidelines: head-to-toe coverageEmployers face thorny issues when trying to figure out how to deal with the deadly virus.


U.S. tightens Ebola monitoring for West African visitors

Registered nurse Keene Roadman, stands fully dressed in personal protective equipmentBy Bill Berkrot NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. health officials unveiled new measures on Wednesday to carry out Ebola monitoring on anyone entering the country from the three nations at the center of a West African epidemic, increasing precautions to stop the spread of the virus. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that beginning Monday, travelers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea will be directed to check in with health officials every day and report their temperatures and any Ebola symptoms for 21 days, the period of incubation for the virus. ...


Dog of Ebola-infected Texas nurse tests negative for virus
DALLAS (Reuters) - The 1-year-old King Charles Spaniel belonging to a Dallas nurse infected with Ebola has tested free of the virus and will remain in isolation for the remainder of his 21-day monitoring period, the city of Dallas said on Wednesday. "Bentley is doing great! Turns out he likes butt rubs," Dallas spokeswoman Sana Syed wrote in a recent Tweet about the dog belonging to nurse Nina Pham, who is in good condition at a National Institutes of Health hospital in Maryland. ...

As virus spreads, insurers exclude Ebola from new policies
By Carolyn Cohn, Richa Naidu and Avik Das (Reuters) - As fear of Ebola infections spreads to developed economies, U.S. and British insurance companies have begun writing Ebola exclusions into standard policies to cover hospitals, event organizers and other businesses vulnerable to local disruptions. As a result, new policies and renewals will become costlier for companies opting to insure business travel to West Africa or to cover the risk of losses from quarantine shutdowns at home, industry officials told Reuters. ...

EU, in change of tack, keeps medicines filed under health
LONDON (Reuters) - New European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, in a change of tack, has decided to keep responsibility for medicines in the Commission's division for health, rather than switching it to its industry unit. The supervision of medicines is a hot topic in Europe, following a series of rows over access to clinical trial data, and the original plan to move it from the directorate general (DG) for Health and Consumers to the DG for Enterprise and Industry triggered protests. ...

CDC: Monitoring for all coming from Ebola nations
WASHINGTON (AP) — Significantly expanding their vigilance, federal health officials said Wednesday that they would begin monitoring all travelers — even Americans — who come to the U.S. from Ebola-stricken West African nations for 21 days.

GSK eyes prime FTSE 100 slot for standalone HIV drugs business

A no entry sign is pictured outside the GlaxoSmithKline building in Hounslow, west LondonBy Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) - GlaxoSmithKline , battered by weak U.S. drug sales and a bribery scandal in China, is looking to float its fast-growing HIV drugs business as part of a recovery plan that includes a fresh round of cost cutting. As a standalone company ViiV Healthcare would be among the top 40 companies in London's FTSE 100 index, outranking such household names as retailer Marks and Spencer , GSK Chief Executive Andrew Witty told reporters. Analysts at Jefferies said they valued the HIV and AIDS division at about 17 billion pounds ($27 billion). ...


Ebola riot in S. Leone kills two as WHO to launch vaccine trials

Volunteers arrive to pick up bodies of people who died of the Ebola virus in Freetown, Sierra Leone on October 8, 2014Freetown (AFP) - Tensions surrounding the Ebola epidemic raging in west Africa sparked a deadly riot in Sierra Leone as the World Health Organization prepared Wednesday to coordinate clinical trials of an experimental vaccine against the killer virus.


U.S. CDC announces new Ebola monitoring steps for travelers

A Moroccan health worker uses a thermometer to screen a passenger(Reuters) - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday announced new measures to monitor for Ebola anyone entering the United States from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea for a 21-day period. Under the measures starting Monday, travelers from the three West African countries will be expected to check in with health officials every day and report their temperatures and any Ebola symptoms through the 21-day period, the CDC said. (Reporting by Bill Berkrot; Editing by Grant McCool)


Silent Partners, Silent Killers

Silent Partners, Silent KillersLet me introduce you to the S partners. They hang out a lot together and are known for causing excitement, a feeling of euphoria, elevated blood pressure and even pandamonium at times. They can be sneaky, sinister, silent and even quite serious. Let me introduce you to stress, sugar and salt.Yes, they like to partner up quite a lot. Stress has...


Wisconsin judge orders competency hearing for girl in 'Slenderman' case
By Brendan O'Brien MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - A judge on Wednesday ordered a competency hearing for one of two Wisconsin pre-teen girls accused of stabbing a friend in an attempt to please the fictional Internet character "Slenderman." A Wisconsin Forensic Unit psychiatrist had already concluded that Anissa Weier was competent to stand trial, according to the results of mental evaluations disclosed in Waukesha County Circuit Court on Wednesday. ...

Watch: Paralyzed Man Walks After Cell Transplant
Surgeons in Poland transplanted cells from Darek Fidyka's nasal cavity into his spinal cord.

German firm wins appeal in Spain thalidomide case
MADRID (AP) — A Spanish court on Wednesday accepted a German pharmaceutical company's appeal against a ruling that had ordered it to pay compensation to 22 Spaniards who blame their disabilities on the drug thalidomide.

Big strides made in fighting TB, says WHO

A poster hangs on a wall at Nhlangano health center to aimed at encouraging people to get tested for HIV and TB on October 27, 2009Paris (AFP) - The known tally of people with tuberculosis rose last year but overall "major progress" is being made in rolling back the disease, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Wednesday.


Medicaid Expansion Politics Have Endless Repercussions

Medicaid Expansion Politics Have Endless RepercussionsThe Affordable Care Act (ACA) -- "Obamacare" -- has turned out to be a great way to measure political character. For people living near or below the poverty level -- those making roughly $15,500 a year or less -- the ACA was supposed to offer insurance through an expanded Medicaid program. Before the ACA, only children in poverty and certain...


Great expectations: Consumers think wearables will improve athletic ability

Great expectations: Consumers think wearables will improve athletic abilityForty-two percent of consumers are placing their bets on wearable tech to dramatically improve their athletic ability in the future, according to the results of a US-based survey of 1,000 consumers by PricewaterhouseCoopers.


Doctors who helped paralyzed man get back on his feet seek new patients

Professors Romuald Zdrojowy and Wlodzimierz Jarmulowicz speak at a news conference about the medical procedure that Darius Fidyka (L) from Poland undertook, at the University Hospital in WroclawBy Natalia Dobryszycka WROCLAW Poland (Reuters) - A team of doctors who helped a paralyzed man get back on his feet by transplanting cells from his nasal cavity into his spinal cord said they were seeking new patients so they could establish their breakthrough was not a one-off. The doctors said on Wednesday they would advertise via the Internet for volunteers with similar injuries to their patient, Dariusz Fidyka from Poland, who was paralyzed from the chest down after being stabbed in the back by his partner's ex-husband in 2010. He can now walk with the aid of a frame. ...


Doctors who helped paralysed man walk seek new patients

Undated picture released by the BBC shows Bulgarian man Darek Fidyka (right) walking with the aid of leg-braces and parallel bars at the Akron Neuro-Rehabilitation Center in Wroclaw, Poland after treatment to repair his severed spinal columnWroclaw (Poland) (AFP) - The Polish doctors who performed the revolutionary treatment that allowed a paralysed man to walk again said Wednesday they were looking for new candidates, as their patient described how the medical procedure has changed his life.


Exclusive: Uruguay presidential candidate would repeal marijuana law

Uruguayan National Party presidential candidate Luis Lacalle Pou gestures during a meeting with businessmen in MontevideoBy Esteban Farat MONTEVIDEO (Reuters) - Uruguay's leading opposition candidate said on Wednesday he would try to repeal much of the country's ground-breaking marijuana law, which permits the commercial production and sale of the drug, if he wins Sunday's presidential election. The South American country became the world's first to allow the cultivation, distribution and use of marijuana, but almost two in three Uruguayans oppose the pioneering experiment that aims to wrest control of the trade from drug gangs. ...


Doctors to get bonus for dementia diagnoses

Britain's National Health Service came under fire for setting up a temporary bonus scheme of  for family doctors who refer patients with cases of dementiaLondon (AFP) - Britain's National Health Service came under fire on Wednesday for setting up a temporary bonus scheme of for family doctors who refer patients with cases of dementia.


Drug-resistant tuberculosis at crisis levels, warns WHO
By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - Multi drug-resistant tuberculosis remains at crisis levels, with about 480,000 new cases this year, and various forms of the lung disease killed about 1.5 million people in 2013, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday. In recent years, the emergence of multi drug-resistant TB -- a manmade problem caused by regular TB patients being given the wrong medicines, the wrong doses, or failing to complete their treatment -- has posed an increasing global health threat. About 9 million people contracted tuberculosis during the year and about 3. ...

Oramed's oral insulin succeeds in study, shares jump
(Reuters) - Oramed Pharmaceuticals Inc said its oral insulin capsule appeared to be safe and was well-tolerated by diabetics in a mid-stage trial. The Israeli biotechnology company's shares jumped about 10 percent to $8.73 before the bell on Wednesday. The treatment, ORMD-0801, was being tested in 25 patients with type 1 diabetes, once known as juvenile diabetes. It is a chronic condition in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin, a hormone needed to allow sugar to enter cells to produce energy. ...

Turkish Airlines to restart Libya flights next week: envoy
By Tulay Karadeniz ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey's special envoy to Libya said on Wednesday that Turkish Airlines would resume flights to the eastern Libyan city of Misrata next week, the first foreign carrier to fly to the country since fighting there worsened in July. Three years after the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi, Libya is in chaos, with Islamists and other armed groups feuding for territory and power and the government unable to impose control. ...

GSK sees first Ebola vaccine doses ready late this year
LONDON (Reuters) - GlaxoSmithKline expects to have the first doses of its Ebola vaccine ready late this year and is looking to work with the rest of the pharmaceutical industry to scale up production. "I fully anticipate that the initial supply should be available before the year end," Chief Executive Andrew Witty told reporters on Wednesday after reporting quarterly results. "It will give WHO (World Health Organization) and other agencies a useful tool," he said, adding that the GSK product was likely to be the first vaccine to be deployed. ...

Ebola gives U.S. 'preppers' another reason to prepare for worst

Founder of the HomeSafety Academy D'Eugenio poses with his supplies in Lake ParkBy Jonathan Kaminsky (Reuters) - With the closest known U.S. cases of Ebola diagnosed about 160 miles away in Dallas, Cary Griffin is taking no chances. If, as the former correctional officer fears, the virus spreads to hundreds of people, Griffin is headed to the woods. "I'll do what the English royalty did to survive the bubonic plague," Griffin said, referring to King Charles II's flight to the countryside during the Great Plague of London in 1665-66. "I'm going into the country. ...


Siemens sees catch-up with rivals beginning in 2018

A Siemens logo is pictured on an office building of Siemens AG in MunichFRANKFURT (Reuters) - German engineering group Siemens may need until 2018 before it can start to catch up with major rivals in terms of sales growth, its chief executive told a German magazine. CEO Joe Kaeser unveiled a corporate overhaul in May, dubbed "Vision 2020", that will simplify the group's structure and help the company make up ground lost to more profitable competitors such as Switzerland's ABB and U.S.-based General Electric . ...


Cuban doctors arrive in Liberia to fight Ebola alongside U.S. troops

A health worker sprays a colleague with disinfectant during a training session for Congolese health workers to deal with Ebola virus in KinshasaBy James Harding Giahyue MONROVIA (Reuters) - A plane carrying some 50 Cuban doctors and nurses arrived in Liberia on Wednesday to help treat victims of Ebola in the West African country, where a U.S. military mission is also deploying to fight the deadly virus. An Air Cubana jet carrying the 51 medical staff touched down at Monrovia's Roberts International Airport. Another group of around 40 doctors from the communist-led Caribbean island were due to arrive in neighbouring Guinea on Wednesday. ...


Liberian air passenger checked for Ebola in New Jersey: media
(Reuters) - A Liberian passenger who flew into New Jersey on Tuesday was taken to hospital over fears he had been exposed to Ebola, media reported. The man, who had flown from Liberia to Brussels and then caught a connecting flight to Newark, had a fever, NBC New York reported, citing unnamed officials. The passenger was "identified as reporting symptoms or having a potential exposure to Ebola," a spokeswoman for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) told the network. The CDC was not immediately available for comment. ...

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