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Suspected Ebola victim dies in quarantine in Nigeria

GENEVA (Reuters) – A Liberian man suspected to have Ebola virus has died in quarantine in Lagos, Nigeria, a Nigerian official in Geneva told Reuters on Friday. The man, who collapsed on arrival at the airport in Nigeria’s commercial centre, Lagos, on Thursday, was being kept in isolation by authorities and had not entered the mega-city of 21 million people, he said. “While he was in quarantine he passed away,” the official said.

Posted on 25 July 2014 | 3:01 pm

Allergan gets EU recommendation on new use of eye drug

Allergan Inc, known best for its Botox wrinkle treatment, said on Friday that European Union regulators had recommended use of its eye drug Ozurdex be extended to treat patients with diabetic macular edema. The European Medicines Agency’s recommendation for approval of the extension of the drug’s use comes one month after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted this broader use. The extension involves allowing Allergan’s sustained-release biodegradable steroid implant to be used to treat diabetic macular edema in adult patients who have an artificial lens implant or are scheduled for cataract surgery. The drug is approved to treat macular edema and non-infectious ocular inflammation.

Posted on 25 July 2014 | 2:32 pm

Europe backs new leukemia drugs from J&J and Gilead

By Reuters Staff LONDON (Reuters) – Two new leukemia drugs from Johnson & Johnson and Gilead Sciences have been recommended for approval by European regulators, paving the way for formal approval in a couple of months. The European Medicines Agency said on Friday its experts had issued positive opinions for J&J’s ibrutinib, developed with Pharmacyclics, and Gilead’s idelalisib. Ibrutinib, marketed at Imbruvica, was approved by U.S. …

Posted on 25 July 2014 | 2:29 pm

WHO seeks humanitarian corridor to evacuate Gaza wounded

The World Health Organisation (WHO) called on Friday for a humanitarian corridor to be set up in Gaza to allow aid workers to evacuate the wounded and bring in life-saving medicines. WHO officials have discussed the proposal with both Israeli and Egyptian officials, but there has been no response yet, WHO spokesman Paul Garwood said. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry pressed regional proxies to agree on a Gaza ceasefire on Friday as the death toll soared to over 800. In a statement, the U.N. health agency said that it was difficult for the sick and wounded to get access to health care and that some needed to leave the coastal strip for treatment.

Posted on 25 July 2014 | 2:00 pm

U.S. meat, seafood prices rising on drought and disease: USDA

steaks and other beef productsBy Ros Krasny WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Overall U.S. food inflation will remain near the historic norm in 2014, even as prices for meat and seafood are pushed higher by disease and widespread drought, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Friday. USDA said wholesale pork prices will jump by 10 percent to 11 percent in 2014, hurt by declining supplies after a virus has killed millions of piglets in the past year. Food inflation, which includes items bought in grocery stores as well as in restaurants, will rise by 2.5 percent to 3.5 percent this year and subside to 2 percent to 3 percent in 2015, the USDA said in its first forecast for the new year. The agency noted a recent jump in vegetable prices but said it was too soon to tie the move to the severe drought in California, the largest U.S. grower of fruits and vegetables.

Posted on 25 July 2014 | 1:56 pm

Bayer says Nexavar fails in breast cancer study

The logo of Germany's largest drugmaker Bayer is pictured in LeverkusenFRANKFURT (Reuters) – German drugmaker Bayer said a Phase III trial of cancer drug Nexavar in patients with advanced breast cancer did not meet its primary endpoint of delaying the progression of the disease. The study, called Resilience, evaluated Nexavar in combination with chemotherapeutic agent capecitabine, in women with HER2-negative breast cancer. Oral drug Nexavar, which Bayer is developing jointly with Amgen, is approved for use against certain types of liver, kidney and thyroid cancer. Study details are expected to be presented at an upcoming scientific conference. …

Posted on 25 July 2014 | 1:37 pm

Liberian with Ebola-like symptoms dies in Nigeria: official

Members of Doctors Without Borders (MSF) put on protective gear at the isolation ward of the Donka Hospital in Guinea's capital Conakry on July 23, 2014A Liberian man hospitalised in Lagos with Ebola-like symptoms has died, an official said Friday, without confirming the virus was the cause of his death. The 40-year-old Monrovia resident arrived in Nigeria's mega-city on Sunday and was admitted to hospital after suffering from severe vomiting and diarrhoea. "The Liberian man has died," said a source with the Lagos state health ministry who requested anonymity. The patient's blood samples have been sent to a lab in Lagos and the World Health Organization in Dakar.

Posted on 25 July 2014 | 1:28 pm

Report Raises Safety Questions on Popular Blood Thinner

Pradaxa has been linked to bleeding complications.

Posted on 25 July 2014 | 1:18 pm

First Ebola victim in Sierra Leone capital on the run

By Umaru Fofana FREETOWN (Reuters) – Sierra Leone officials appealed for help on Friday to trace the first known resident in the capital with Ebola whose family forcibly removed her from a Freetown hospital after testing positive for the deadly disease. Radio stations in Freetown, a city of around 1 million inhabitants, broadcast the appeal on Friday to locate a woman who tested positive for the disease that has killed 660 people across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone since an outbreak was first identified in February. “Saudatu Koroma of 25 Old Railway Line, Brima Lane, Wellington,” the announcement said. We need the public to help us locate her.” Koroma, 32, a resident of the densely populated Wellington neighbourhood, had been admitted to an isolation ward while blood samples were tested for the virus, Health ministry spokesman Sidi Yahya Tunis.

Posted on 25 July 2014 | 1:17 pm

India battles to contain ‘brain fever’ as deaths reach almost 570

By Nita Bhalla NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Almost 570 people in India have died after contracting encephalitis, commonly known as “brain fever”, health authorities said on Friday, warning the death toll may rise with more people still at risk. Outbreaks of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome and Japanese Encephalitis are common every year in India, especially during the monsoon season, and claim hundreds of lives. In West Bengal, where at least 111 people have died from both strains, a senior health official said authorities were taking emergency steps to contain the outbreak.

Posted on 25 July 2014 | 1:13 pm

Health – Physical, mental and sexual health coverage

Get the latest health news and wellbeing advice from the Telegraph, including family health, diet and fitness.

The Green Edit: organic beauty for teenagers

As the Environmental Working Group’s first major study into ingredients in make-up and beauty turns 10 years old, green beauty blogger, Imelda Burke, revisits the cleaner cosmetic offering for teenagers

Posted on 25 July 2014 | 2:19 pm

Live Well: Avoid television after work and get a good night of sleep for clear memories

Live Well: Every week, The Telegraph rounds up the best of this week’s scientific studies and developments which will help you live a happier, healthier, longer life

Posted on 25 July 2014 | 1:59 pm

Infertility faux pas: What not to say to a woman who can’t get pregnant

Author Tracy Buchanan has ‘dodgy eggs’ and struggled to conceive for five years. During that time, she was shocked by some of the ‘comforting’ words she received. Here, she explains what to say (and what you definitely shouldn’t)

Posted on 25 July 2014 | 7:30 am

Pensioners cling to daily tipple as sober young shun drink, drugs and sex

Baby-boomers making the most of retirement by indulging their taste for a tipple – while young people turn their backs on drink, sex,drugs and smoking

Posted on 25 July 2014 | 6:00 am

Hundreds die each year in NHS due to faulty machines: report

Hundreds of people die and thousands are injured in the NHS as a result of faulty medical equipment, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ has warned, saying the NHS must take urgent action

Posted on 25 July 2014 | 5:45 am

Breast cancer drugs ‘impaired by street lights’

Researchers find that lights could make certain cancers resistant to the drug tamoxifen

Posted on 25 July 2014 | 5:00 am

Breast cancer patients to get new quick radiotherapy treatment

Breast cancer patients will be given a 20-minute one off dose of radiotherapy during surgery to remove their tumour instead of repeated visits afterwards, following approval by Nice

Posted on 24 July 2014 | 11:01 pm

Antibiotic research funding is ‘inadequate’, scientists say

Despite the dire warnings about the impact of antibiotic resistance, research in the field receives just 1 per cent of public funding

Posted on 24 July 2014 | 11:01 pm

Boris Johnson shows off his boxing and softball skills

London mayor Boris Johnson displays his sporting skills by taking part in softball and boxing at Stratford Park, London

Posted on 24 July 2014 | 5:19 pm

Fast Beach 5:2 diet: what do you want to know?

Put your questions to Mimi Spencer, creator of the Fast Beach 5:2 Diet, who is doing a live webchat next week to answer all your health and nutrition queries

Posted on 24 July 2014 | 1:00 pm

BBC News – Health

Could bulk-buying save NHS pounds?

Can it really save the NHS millions?

Posted on 25 July 2014 | 2:39 pm

CAR: Fighting spreads like infection

Trying to save CAR, where fighting spreads like an infection

Posted on 25 July 2014 | 2:31 pm

S Leone hunts seized Ebola patient

A hunt is launched in Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown, for a woman with Ebola who was forcibly removed from hospital by her relatives.

Posted on 25 July 2014 | 12:55 pm

Sexism ‘puts women off sports’

A report by MPs suggests a lack of female participation in sport has long-term health and social consequences.

Posted on 25 July 2014 | 11:42 am

AUDIO: Shift work ‘increases diabetes risk’

IOSH’s Jane White and London Business School’s Lynda Gratton discuss new research suggesting Type 2 diabetes is more common in people who work shifts.

Posted on 25 July 2014 | 9:33 am

One-shot cancer therapy gets NHS nod

A pioneering breast cancer treatment that replaces weeks of radiotherapy with a single, targeted shot is set to be offered on the NHS.

Posted on 25 July 2014 | 8:00 am

Bedtime light ‘may stop cancer drug’

Even dimly lit bedrooms may stop breast cancer drugs from working, according to US research.

Posted on 25 July 2014 | 7:40 am

Chicken factory health probe ordered

An investigation into allegations of hygiene failings at poultry processing factories is ordered by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

Posted on 25 July 2014 | 7:14 am

Autism school’s legacy lives on

The man who set up a free school in the 80s

Posted on 25 July 2014 | 1:14 am

Shift workers ‘face diabetes risk’

Type 2 diabetes is more common in people who work shifts, with effects on waistlines, hormones and sleep increasing the risk, a study suggests.

Posted on 25 July 2014 | 12:14 am