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US expands Ebola checks; Rwanda to check Americans

FILE - In this Oct. 16, 2014, file photo, Registered nurse Keene Roadman, stands fully dressed in personal protective equipment during a training class at the Rush University Medical Center, in Chicago. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidelines Monday, Oct. 20, for how health workers should gear up to treat Ebola patients. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — As the U.S. closed a gap in its screening of airline passengers arriving from three West African nations, an Ebola-free African country said it would begin checking visiting Americans for the disease.

Posted on 21 October 2014 | 9:02 pm

Giving pricey hepatitis drug to prisoners may be financially wise

By Andrew M. Seaman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – When prisoners have hepatitis C, treating them with expensive new antiviral drugs makes fiscal sense despite the hefty price tag, according to a new study. Based on computer models, new pricey drug combinations that treat hepatitis C infections were more cost-effective than older drug combinations and no treatment at all, researchers found. “Essentially what our model does is follow a hypothetical cohort of prisoners that looks like a prison population in the U.S.,” Jeremy Goldhaber-Fiebert told Reuters Health. …

Posted on 21 October 2014 | 8:54 pm

Court orders mental health evaluation for White House fence jumper

New River Regional Jail booking photo of Omar GonzalezBy Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A federal judge in Washington on Tuesday ordered a 30 day mental health evaluation for Omar Gonzalez, the Iraq war veteran charged with jumping the fence of the White House and entering the presidential mansion with a knife last month. Gonzalez was found "not competent" to stand trial in a one-hour screening performed while he was detained following the Sept. 19 incident. Gonzalez cannot be arraigned on charges returned last week by a federal grand jury unless he is found competent to stand trial. …

Posted on 21 October 2014 | 8:45 pm

Study finds drugs still in recalled supplements

CHICAGO (AP) — Dietary supplements containing potentially dangerous prescription drug ingredients may still be for sale even years after safety recalls, a study found.

Posted on 21 October 2014 | 8:36 pm

More than 20 children attacked by bees at Texas school

AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) – A swarm of bees attacked two dozen children at a school near Fort Worth, Texas, on Tuesday after a student appeared to rattle a nest during a gym-class soccer game, a school spokeswoman said, Four of the children, who are in sixth grade, were taken to the hospital. There was no immediate information on their condition. The nest was in an underground irrigation box at Highland Middle School in Saginaw, said Kristin Courtney, a spokeswoman for the Eagle Mountain-Saginaw Independent School District. (Reporting by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Peter Cooney)

Posted on 21 October 2014 | 8:25 pm

U.S. House panel seeks NHTSA briefing on Takata air bag defects

A sign board of Japanese auto parts maker Takata Corp's Annual General Meeting is seen on a street near the venue in TokyoWASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee has asked a federal regulator to provide a briefing on its investigation into automobile air bags manufactured by Takata Corp., a committee aide said on Tuesday. The aide also said that committee staffers plan to meet with auto manufacturers "to discuss supplier issues." Some of Takata air bags have deployed with too much force, spraying metal shrapnel onto drivers and resulting in severe injuries and some deaths. …

Posted on 21 October 2014 | 8:17 pm

Recalled, drug-tainted supplements still available for purchase

By Kathryn Doyle NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Long after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued recalls for dietary supplements tainted with banned drugs, more than half of the tainted supplements were still available for purchase, a new study found. “There’s no question that these supplements that contain pharmaceuticals are not allowed to be sold, there are clear cut laws,” lead author Dr. Pieter A. Cohen told Reuters Health by phone. The FDA does have some loose regulatory power over supplements, which are categorized like a food, Cohen said. …

Posted on 21 October 2014 | 8:06 pm

Dominican Republic joins entry ban for Ebola-affected countries

By Manuel Jimenez SANTO DOMINGO (Reuters) – The Dominican Republic joined other countries in banning entry to foreigners who have visited Ebola-affected countries in the last 30 days, the country’s Ministry of Public Health announced on Tuesday. The Caribbean country joined several other states in the Americas, including Colombia, Jamaica, and St. Lucia, to issue travel bans. …

Posted on 21 October 2014 | 7:40 pm

U.S. to funnel travelers from Ebola-hit region through five airports

Protestor Hulbert of Annapolis holds a sign reading "Stop the Flights" as he demonstrates in favor of a travel ban to stop the spread of the Ebola virus, in front of the White House in WashingtonBy Jeffrey Dastin NEW YORK (Reuters) – The United States ratcheted up its safeguards against Ebola on Tuesday, requiring travelers from three countries at the center of an epidemic in West Africa to fly into one of five major airports conducting enhanced screening for the virus. The restrictions on passengers whose trips originated in Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea were announced by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and were set to go into effect on Wednesday. The precautions stop well short of the travel ban sought by some U.S. …

Posted on 21 October 2014 | 7:40 pm

Girl who died at Ohio haunted house attraction had heart condition: official

By Steve Bittenbender (Reuters) – A teenage girl who died after collapsing at a haunted house attraction in Ohio had a pre-existing heart condition, an official said on Tuesday. Christian Faith Benge, 16, collapsed over the weekend when she and family and friends visited the Land of Illusion complex of five haunted houses 20 miles south of Dayton, Ohio. She was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead. “It’s a natural death,” said Doyle Burke, chief investigator for the Warren County Coroner’s office. …

Posted on 21 October 2014 | 7:35 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 paralysed man who walks, and other miracle cures

The news that pioneering surgery has helped a man to walk again after his spinal cord was severed is just one of the many things modern medicine can do that would be near-magical to our ancestors

Posted on 21 October 2014 | 3:43 pm

Heavy cannabis use ‘linked to lower GCSE results at 16′

A study by academics from University College London finds that heavy users of cannabis have lower GCSE scores, even though occasional access has no impact

Posted on 21 October 2014 | 2:55 pm

Paralysed man helped to walk again

38-year-old Bulgarian Darek Fidyka, who was completely paralysed from the waist down when his spinal cord was sliced in half, has been helped to walk again in what is believed to be a world first

Posted on 21 October 2014 | 1:50 pm

Watch moment blind man sees again with bionic eye

Larry Hester has been blind for half his life, watch the moment doctors help him to “see” again for the first time

Posted on 21 October 2014 | 8:16 am

Twins born through IVF ‘more likely to suffer problems’

Giving birth to twins through fertility treatment substantially increases the risk to both mother and children, new research finds

Posted on 21 October 2014 | 5:00 am

Rubber ducks can kill your sex drive, research finds

Women with highest levels of ‘phthalates’ – chemicals used to make plastics bendy – far more likely to suffer low libido, study reveals

Posted on 21 October 2014 | 5:00 am

Ebola fears on the cocktail party circuit: the return of air kissing

High society events have adopted their own precautions against the deadly disease – prepare to say ‘mwah’

Posted on 20 October 2014 | 2:50 pm

Grandmother dies after receiving wrong prescription

Dawn Britton had been prescribed Prednisolone but was given Gliclazide by staff at Jhoots Pharmacy in Bristol

Posted on 20 October 2014 | 2:39 pm

Lynda Bellingham: I have never met anyone so brave

As it is announced that Lynda Bellingham has died, Liz Grice remembers Lynda Bellingham’s joie de vivre, still present in her final few weeks

Posted on 20 October 2014 | 1:07 pm

Lynda Bellingham’s bravery proves a good death is possible

The actress’s open approach to her illness, in the days leading up to her death, has reminded Bryony Gordon that the end doesn’t have to be miserable and undignified. It is possible to make light of the darkest situations

Posted on 20 October 2014 | 12:04 pm

BBC News – Health

VIDEO: Can pioneering paralysis therapy help others?

The BBC’s David Shukman asks whether a pioneering treatment – which has helped a paralysed man walk using a frame – could help other people with spinal injuries.

Posted on 21 October 2014 | 9:21 pm

Ebola serum for Africa ‘in weeks’

Treatments to tackle the Ebola outbreak in West Africa should become available in the coming weeks and months, says the World Health Organization.

Posted on 21 October 2014 | 6:39 pm

‘Tissue of lies’ over health service

Health Minister Mark Drakeford launches a stinging attack on the Conservatives for telling a “tissue of lies” about the state of the Welsh NHS.

Posted on 21 October 2014 | 5:50 pm

VIDEO: More UK medics travel to Ebola area

International development secretary Justine Greening travels with soldiers from the Royal Army Medical Corps to Ebola-hit Sierra Leone.

Posted on 21 October 2014 | 5:49 pm

Cut in winter heating guidance

Families could reduce energy bills by following new guidance from Public Health England on recommended heating levels.

Posted on 21 October 2014 | 3:16 pm

NHS drafts in extra A&E doctors

The NHS is recruiting about 260 extra doctors in an effort to ease pressure on accident and emergency units in England, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt says.

Posted on 21 October 2014 | 3:06 pm

NHS ‘to grind to halt’ with dementia

The NHS will “grind to a halt” unless more is done to help care for dementia patients in the community, warns Wales’ only professor of geriatrics.

Posted on 21 October 2014 | 10:04 am

VIDEO: UK Ebola vaccine tests continue

As UK efforts to find a vaccine for the Ebola virus continues, Tim Muffett met some of those trying to develop new treatments, and some of the volunteers willing to test it.

Posted on 21 October 2014 | 6:44 am

More UK medics travel to Ebola area

About 100 army medics are travelling to Sierra Leone as part of UK efforts to tackle the Ebola outbreak, as screening begins at Gatwick.

Posted on 21 October 2014 | 5:35 am

VIDEO: Paralysed man walks after cell surgery

A paralysed man has been able to walk again after a pioneering therapy that involved transplanting cells from his nasal cavity into his spinal cord.

Posted on 21 October 2014 | 5:09 am