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Spanish judge orders release of ill boy's parents

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.


France uses tax to put pressure on hepatitis C drug prices

Alton speaks with the media during a news conference in New DelhiBy Natalie Huet PARIS (Reuters) - France will tax drugmakers whose costly hepatitis C drugs threaten to throw off course its healthcare budget, the government has said, heaping pressure on pharmaceutical companies like Gilead Sciences to cut their prices. The Socialist government said it had designed a "progressive contribution scheme" ensuring all patients can access new and more effective treatments against the liver-destroying virus, while limiting the burden of these drugs on state finances. ...


US Ebola labs, parts for clinic arrive in Liberia

An Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) employee walks past drying safety boots at MSF's Ebola isolation and treatment center, in Monrovia, Liberia, Monday Sept. 29, 2014. Six months into the world’s worst-ever Ebola outbreak in West Africa authorities are desperately waiting for shipments of aid to help in the fight of this deadly disease. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — U.S. mobile Ebola labs should be up and running in Liberia this week, and American troops have broken ground for a field hospital, as the international community races to increase the ability to care for the spiraling number of people infected with the dreaded disease.


Steroid-fattened cows spark health fears in Bangladesh on Eid

A Bangladeshi workers grooms a cow at the Gabtoli cattle market in Dhaka on September 30, 2014, ahead of Eid-al Adha, the feast of the sacrificeDhaka (AFP) - Bangladesh sent medical teams on Tuesday to check millions of cows set for slaughter due to fears they have been pumped with banned steroids for fattening ahead of the Eid holiday.


Athletics-What they say about parkrun
(Refile of story issued Sept. 26 fixing first name of Hugh Brasher (from Chris) in second para) By Mitch Phillips LONDON, Sept 26 (Reuters) - What people have said about parkrun, which celebrates its 10th anniversary on Oct. 4. Hugh Brasher, race director of the London Marathon, which has direct links with parkrun: "We support parkrun because it is about the grass roots of running, it is about encouraging people to start running and also to be more competitive with their running. "I was involved via (sports store and parkrun sponsor) Sweatshop and I'm a director of parkrun now. ...

NFL TV ratings on the rise despite domestic violence fumble

NFL: Preseason-Baltimore Ravens at Dallas CowboysBy Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Americans are tuning into NFL football in greater numbers than last year, according to early season viewership figures, signaling the league's fumbled handling of domestic violence cases has not dented its overall popularity. Through the first three weeks of the season, audiences watching nationally televised primetime broadcasts have risen and nearly all networks have seen an uptick in viewership so far this season. ...


Families wait in agony for word on Ebola patients

In this picture taken Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, Finda Saah, 28, holds six-week-old Prosper Junior, as 5 year old Alice and 13-year old son Augustin look on, at their St Paul Bridge home in Monrovia, Liberia. Finda lost her husband to the deadly Ebola virus and gave birth three days later. Ebola has killed more than 1800 people in Liberia this year. As the death toll from Ebola soars, crowded clinics are turning over beds as quickly as patients are dying. This leaves social workers and psychologists struggling to keep pace and notify families, who must wait outside for fear of contagion. Also, under a government decree, all Ebola victims must be cremated, leaving families in unbearable pain with no chance for goodbye, no body to bury. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — First the ring tone echoed outside the barbed-wire-topped walls of the Ebola clinic. Then came the wails of grief, as news spread that 31-year-old Rose Johnson was dead just days after she was brought here unconscious by relatives.


India's Modi must resist U.S. pressure on drug patents: MSF

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, during his visit to the United StatesBy Nita Bhalla NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi must not give in to U.S. pressure to change intellectual property laws which allow India to produce generic medicines poor people can afford, the medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said. Modi, who is visiting the United States to bolster trade and investment ties, has been meeting senior Congressmen and business leaders. He met President Barack Obama at a White House dinner on Monday and the two will hold further talks on Tuesday. MSF said U.S. ...


No U.S. 'chlorine chicken' in Europe, EU's health nominee says

Health and Food Safety Commissioner-designate Andriukaitis of Lithuania gestures before his address to the European Parliament's Committees on Agriculture and Rural Development and Environment Public Health and Food Safety in BrusselsBy Robin Emmott BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The EU's nominee for health chief pledged on Tuesday to oppose the import of some U.S. foodstuffs such as chemically-treated meat that Washington hopes to be able to sell to Europe under a planned multi-billion-dollar transatlantic trade deal. In comments at his confirmation hearing in the European Parliament that will delight EU heavyweights France and Germany, Vytenis Andriukaitis also said genetically modified crops posed a "philosophical problem" that threatened Europe's biodiversity. ...


Online abuse of women in Pakistan turns into real-world violence
By Katharine Houreld ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Internet abuse of women in Pakistan is triggering real world violence against them, but large social media companies, such as Facebook and Twitter, are moving too slowly to stop it, internet rights group Bytes for All said. Women face online threats globally, but they run a unique risk in conservative Muslim Pakistan, where there is a tradition of men killing women seen as having injured a family's honor, besides punitive laws against blasphemy. ...

U.S. military to quickly ramp up Ebola mission in Liberia

Police stand guard as officers test the body of a man for the Ebola virus, which according to police is standard protocol when bodies are discovered, in MonroviaBy James Giahyue MONROVIA (Reuters) - The United States plans to quickly increase its presence in Liberia, where military personnel are deploying to help the West African nation halt the advance of the worst Ebola epidemic on record, the general in charge of the mission said on Monday. Washington is sending some 3,000 soldiers to the region to build treatment centres and train local medics. Around half will be based in Liberia, with the rest providing logistical support outside the country. "This is about urgency and speed. ...


Rains complicate delivery of Ebola supplies in West Africa

US ambassador to India Nancy addresses media before she presented EOD 9 suits, Helmets and Disruptors to Mumbai Police at a function in the U.S. embassy in New DelhiBy Stella Dawson WASHINGTON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The rainy season in West Africa is compounding difficulties in getting supplies delivered and new treatment centres built as donors rush to isolate people infected with the deadly Ebola virus and stop its rapid spread, U.S. officials said. Nancy Powell, newly appointed as the U.S. State Department's envoy to coordinate its Ebola response, said the top priority is to isolate as many people as quickly as possible. But that faces significant logistical hurdles. ...


Sanofi-Regeneron drug has positive trial results in chronic sinusitis
By Natalie Huet PARIS (Reuters) - An experimental drug from Sanofi and Regeneron significantly reduced congestion in in a mid-stage trial on patients with chronic sinusitis with nasal polyps, a condition poorly controlled by existing drugs, the companies said on Tuesday. In a Phase IIa trial of dupilumab in patients who did not respond to intranasal corticosteroids, the injectable drug brought a statistically significant reduction in the size of nasal polyps and improved other symptoms such as congestion and sleep disruption, Sanofi said. ...

Gov't to reveal drug company payments to doctors
WASHINGTON (AP) — Striving to shine a light on potential ethical conflicts in medicine, the Obama administration is releasing data on drug company payments to tens of thousands of individual doctors.

Austria reports first MERS case in Saudi national: media
VIENNA (Reuters) - Austria has reported its first case of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus in a woman from Saudi Arabia who had recently traveled to the Alpine country, ORF Oe 1 radio reported on Tuesday, citing the health ministry. MERS, thought to originate in camels, causes coughing, fever and pneumonia, and kills about a third of its victims. Understanding how MERS is transmitted has been a quest for doctors trying to quell the outbreak that emerged in the Middle East in 2012 and has infected more than 850 people and killed 333 worldwide. ...

Texas hospital puts possible Ebola patient in isolation
(Reuters) - A Texas hospital said on Monday it has admitted a patient into "strict isolation" to be evaluated for possible infection with the Ebola virus, as health officials battle an epidemic in West Africa that has already killed thousands of people. In a brief statement, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas cited the unnamed patient's symptoms and recent travel history as reasons for the isolation. ...

Long-acting reversible contraceptives best for teens: pediatricians
By Will Boggs MD and Nancy Lapid NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - For adolescents who choose not to abstain from sex, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) favors long-acting reversible contraceptives, such as contraceptive implants and intrauterine devices. All methods of hormonal birth control, including contraceptive pills, are safer than pregnancy, Dr. Mary A. Ott from the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, Indiana told Reuters Health by email. ...

Antibiotics in infancy may be linked to childhood obesity: study
By Kathryn Doyle NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Kids who receive several rounds of antibiotics before age two may be at an increased risk of being overweight by age five, suggests a new study. The research shows a link between antibiotics and obesity, but it can’t say whether the antibiotics are "at fault," said Dr. L. Charles Bailey, the study’s lead author from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. “That said, we’re certainly interested in the possibility that antibiotics are actually contributing to the risk of obesity,” Bailey told Reuters Health by email. ...

Studies criticize U.S. medical device approval process
By Andrew M. Seaman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Information on the safety and effectiveness of medical devices before and after they are cleared by U.S. health regulators can be improved, according to two new studies. One study found many U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-cleared medical devices meant to be implanted in the body were not backed by publicly available evidence that they are similar to a device already on the market. ...

White substance in envelope at Reagan Library causes security scare
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A white substance from an envelope opened by a staff member at the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California, caused a security scare on Monday, but the substance was later found to be non-toxic, a spokeswoman for the institution said. The staff area where the envelope was opened was closed off for a time, but the library itself remained open to the public, said Melissa Giller, a spokeswoman for the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library. ...

Obesity risk rises if antibiotics given before age two

A US study reveals that kids who get treated with broad-spectrum antibiotics before age two face a higher risk of childhood obesityWashington (AFP) - Kids who get treated with broad-spectrum antibiotics before age two face a higher risk of childhood obesity, said a US study on Monday.


NFL player Belcher likely had brain damage, post-mortem exam shows

A makeshift memorial for Kansas City Chiefs football player Jovan Belcher is seen outside his mother's home in West Babylon, New YorkBy Steve Ginsburg (Reuters) - A Kansas City Chiefs football player who fatally shot his girlfriend in 2012 before committing suicide showed signs of a degenerative brain condition found in other deceased NFL players, an attorney for the family said on Monday. A post-mortem analysis of Jovan Belcher's brain revealed signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), said Dirk Vandever, who is representing Belcher's young daughter. Belcher, 25, shot and killed girlfriend Kasandra Perkins, the mother of his then-3-month-old daughter Zoey. ...


Parents of autistic Pennsylvania boy charged in starvation death

Jarrod Nicholas Tutko, 38, is shown in this undated handout photo obtained by Reuters August 4, 2014.Police in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, charged the parents of a 9-year-old autistic boy with homicide on Monday in their son's starvation death in July. Jarrod Tutko Jr. weighed just 16.9 pounds and measured 42 inches tall at the time of his death, Dauphin County District Attorney Edward Marsico and city police said at a news conference. Jarrod N. Tutko Sr., 38, and Kimberly A. Tutko, 39, were arraigned before District Judge Barbara Pianka on criminal homicide charges. They were denied bail. ...


Baxter plans to open R&D center in Massachusetts for Baxalta spinoff
(Reuters) - Baxter International Inc on Monday said it would form a research and development center in Cambridge, Massachusetts, for the biopharmaceutical business it expects to spin off as a separate company in mid-2015. The new company, to be called Baxalta, is expected to employ about 400 people in research and development at the Cambridge facility, in addition to employees working on business development, oncology and biosimilars teams. Its pipeline is focused on hematology and immunology, through technology platforms such as gene therapy and biosimilars, Baxter said. ...

UN mission to combat Ebola opens HQ in Ghana

Children sit in from of their home in the St. Paul Bridge neighborhood of Monrovia, Liberia, Sunday Sept. 28, 2014. Six months into the world’s worst-ever Ebola outbreak, and the first to happen in an unprepared West Africa, the gap between what has been sent by other countries and private groups and what is desperately needed is huge. Even as countries try to marshal more resources to close the gap, those needs threaten to become much greater, and possibly even insurmountable. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)The U.N. mission to combat Ebola opened its headquarters on Monday in Ghana, where it will coordinate international aid to assist West Africa to combat the accelerating crisis.


Actress Amanda Bynes back in trouble with drug-driving arrest

Actress Amanda Bynes arrives for a court hearing at Manhattan Criminal Court in New YorkLOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Troubled former teen star Amanda Bynes was arrested over the weekend on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence of drugs in Los Angeles, the California Highway Patrol said on Monday. Bynes, 28, who has become known in recent years more for her legal troubles and bizarre public behavior than for her acting, was taken into custody Sunday at 4:10 a.m. (1110 GMT), the CHP said. CHP declined to say what drugs Bynes was suspected of having used. The arrest report said Bynes was arrested "based on the observed driving and her evaluation. ...


Our Health, on Fire: The #UseWhatWeKnow Campaign

Our Health, on Fire: The #UseWhatWeKnow CampaignI was privileged to speak to hundreds of healthcare colleagues at a Lifestyle Medicine summit in Nashville, TN yesterday. I was even more privileged to give the keynote address that closed out the conference, although there are some liabilities attached to being the last thing between a restless audience and their freedom.As the conference...


ER May Reveal Basic Problems in Hospitals
One brief -- and, as it turned out, not too serious -- visit to the emergency room in one of New York City's biggest and best hospitals this summer proved to be very interesting because it revealed some systemic issues. Perhaps if the problems seen and encountered there could be better understood and addressed, a trickle effect through the rest...

Pennsylvania baby shot in head in apparent hunting accident
By Elizabeth Daley (Reuters) - A newborn baby was in critical condition on Monday after being shot in the head in western Pennsylvania while lying on his father's lap at home, an incident that appears to have been a hunting accident, prosecutors say. The infant, identified by local media as Thayne Iverson, was just days old when a stray bullet struck him in the head on Sept. 25 at around 7 p.m., said Dianna Rostis, a spokeswoman for the Indiana County District Attorney's office. She declined to confirm the infant's name or identify the father. ...

New York City to end solitary confinement for teens at Rikers jail

New York's Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks at Britain's opposition Labour Party's conference in ManchesterBy Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City plans to end the use of solitary confinement to punish teenage inmates at the troubled Rikers Island jail complex by the end of the year, according to a Department of Correction memorandum. The policy shift comes less than two months after the U.S. Department of Justice said its investigators had found a pattern of abuse of 16- and 17-year-old inmates that breached their constitutional rights. ...


Texas doctor given 10 years in jail for poisoning lover's coffee
By Amanda Orr HOUSTON (Reuters) - A breast cancer specialist working at a nationally renowned cancer center in Houston was sentenced on Monday to 10 years in prison for lacing the coffee of her lover, a fellow cancer doctor, with a compound used in antifreeze. Dr. Ana Maria Gonzalez-Angulo, 43, an oncologist at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, was found guilty last week of putting ethylene glycol into the coffee of Dr. George Blumenschein, 50, in a 2013 incident. She was sentenced to prison by the same jury that convicted her. Prosecutors had been seeking 30 years. ...

Caffeine-infused weight loss underwear buzzless: FTC
By Diane Bartz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Bras, girdles and leggings infused with caffeine and sold as weight loss aids were more decaf than espresso, and the companies that sold them have agreed to refund money to customers and pull their ads, U.S. regulators said on Monday. The Federal Trade Commission said Wacoal America and Norm Thompson Outfitters, which owns Sahalie and others, were accused of deceptive advertising that claimed their caffeine-impregnated clothing would cause the wearer to lose weight and have less cellulite. ...

New York City Fire captain charged with molesting two boys in L.A
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A captain with the Fire Department of New York has been charged with sexually molesting two young boys while he was in Los Angeles this month and is facing extradition back to California, authorities said on Monday. Wilbert Riera, 51, is charged with six counts of committing lewd acts on a child under the age of 14, stemming from incidents on Sept. 12 and Sept. 14, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said. He faces a maximum sentence of life in prison if convicted at trial. ...

Skirting the Issue: Breast Cancer and Dress Size

Skirting the Issue: Breast Cancer and Dress SizeA recent study in the British Medical Journal suggests that skirt size may be the latest diagnostic tool in the war against breast cancer.Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women and the first or second leading cause of cancer death depending on a woman's ethnicity. About 200,000 American women are diagnosed with breast cancer...


Bill Gates warns Ebola could spread beyond West Africa

Microsoft technology advisor Bill Gates speaks in a news conference in Ethiopia's capital Addis AbabaBy Stella Dawson WASHINGTON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - It is impossible to guess whether world leaders have done enough to bring the Ebola epidemic under control, given the risks that it will spread to countries beyond West Africa, the technology billionaire and philanthropist Bill Gates said on Monday. Countries should get ready to handle a possible outbreak of the deadly hemorrhagic fever in case it spreads further as people from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea move across borders, Gates said at a breakfast meeting sponsored by the newspaper Politico and Bank of America. ...


Colorado, CDC probing 10 cases of virus-related paralysis in kids
By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - U.S. health officials are investigating at least 10 cases of children in Colorado who developed limb weakness or paralysis after testing positive for a respiratory virus, state health officials said on Monday. Of the 10, four children tested positive for Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), a virus that is causing severe respiratory infections in 40 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. From mid-August to September 26, 2014, the U.S. ...

The age of personal DNA storage has arrived

A GENiSYSS personal DNA storage capsuleOn Friday, Santa Barbara-based GENiSYSS started an Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign for its thumb-drive-sized capsules to store DNA in a way that's never been available to the public.


10 Fun Things to Do While on Hold With Your Insurance Company

10 Fun Things to Do While on Hold With Your Insurance CompanyThe time you spend waiting for the insurance company to answer your call can be incredibly frustrating. Here are several activities you can do while waiting for "the next available representative" to assist you:1)Practice the ancient art of origami. (Nothing says "I'm having oodles of fun now!" more than a room filled with paper cranes!)...


Temporary Paralysis and Other Things You Need to Know About Enterovirus

Temporary Paralysis and Other Things You Need to Know About EnterovirusCDC Is Investigating Symptoms of Enterovirus 68


India's Jaitley in isolation ward, may skip U.S. trip
By Manoj Kumar NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's Finance Minister Arun Jaitley may have to cancel a trip to the United States in October after he was moved to an isolation ward of a government-run hospital to recover from an infection that followed a stomach operation to treat diabetes. Jaitley is due to attend a World Bank meeting on Oct. 10-12 in Washington, where he is also expected to meet senior government officials. He was due to leave on Oct. 8. "It seems doubtful that he would be able to take the stress for the long journey to the U.S. ...

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