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By Amelie Baron PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) – Haitian Health Minister Florence Duperval Guillaume was named interim prime minister on Sunday to replace Laurent Lamothe, who resigned a week ago following several weeks of protests. The announcement is part of an effort to resolve a mounting political crisis over long-delayed elections. Under Haiti’s constitution, Guillaume can hold the interim position for up to 30 days before a permanent choice is nominated for approval by parliament. …
Posted on 21 December 2014 | 5:25 pm
By Emma Farge KOIDU, Sierra Leone (Reuters) – The rapid response team has arrived and the chaos is easing, but medics in a remote Sierra Leonean district are struggling to control a local Ebola outbreak when it's too late to nip it in the bud. A deployment of medical workers and equipment to Kono District has been the fastest so far in Sierra Leone, a country with nearly half the total Ebola cases,- under a strategy of tackling epidemic hotspots before they get too big. …
Posted on 21 December 2014 | 3:13 pm
Does exposure to cold weather really make you more likely to catch a cold? No, it doesn't. In fact, as a new YouTube video entitled Cold Weather Myths explains, research suggests just the opposite: frigid temps lower the risk of catching cold by stimulating the body's production of infection-fighting immune cells known as granulocytes.And you…
Posted on 21 December 2014 | 2:17 pm
By Robin Emmott and Robert-Jan Bartunek GENK, Belgium (Reuters) – In the heart of western Europe, the Belgian-Dutch-German rust belt has been dealt another blow. Two car plants closed this month as companies sought cheaper labor elsewhere, the final chapter of a manufacturing boom that began when coal mines fuelling Europe's industrialization shut in the 1960s. The final production day at Ford Motor Co’s plant in the eastern Belgian city of Genk came barely two weeks after General Motors closed its Opel Bochum factory across the border in Germany, both part of automakers' strategy to adapt to falling sales following the euro zone crisis. "I worked at Ford Genk for almost 40 years, I've never applied for another job in all my life," said Pierre Boonen, 57, after one of his last shifts at the plant that generated work directly or indirectly for around 10,000 people.
Posted on 21 December 2014 | 12:16 pm
LONDON (Reuters) – Britain on Sunday lifted restrictions on the movement of poultry in a six-mile (9.7-km) zone around a duck farm in northern England where the highly contagious H5N8 bird flu strain was found last month. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said in a statement that all restrictions, including those covering the storage, transport and sourcing of meat products, had been lifted. …
Posted on 21 December 2014 | 9:45 am
By Matthew Mpoke Bigg BAMAKO (Reuters) – The United Nations mission to fight Ebola should be wound down quickly once the battle is won, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said on Saturday during his first tour of countries stricken with the virus. The U.N. emergency Ebola response mission, or UNMEER, was set up in September to coordinate policy and logistics for a campaign that includes governments, charities and healthcare workers from affected countries. Ban said UNMEER differed from peacekeeping missions and should not outlive its immediate purpose. …
Posted on 21 December 2014 | 7:53 am
By James Harding Giahyue MONROVIA (Reuters) – Turnout for Liberian parliamentary elections on Saturday appeared to be low as concerns about Ebola kept many voters at home. Polling stations were largely empty after voting began at 8 a.m. (0800 GMT) in the seafront capital Monrovia, with voters occasionally drifting in, despite precautions put in place by the National Elections Commission (NEC). Staff with temperature guns at polling stations checked voters for any signs of the hemorrhagic fever, which is spread via bodily fluids. …
Posted on 21 December 2014 | 7:27 am
By Meeyoung Cho SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea has suspended imports of U.S. poultry and poultry products because of an outbreak of bird flu in the United States, the Agriculture Ministry said in a statement on Sunday. The suspension, from Saturday, comes as South Korea is struggling to contain its own outbreak of bird flu in birds. “This import suspension is a quarantine measure to prevent the HPAI virus from entering the country,” the ministry statement said, referring to highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) virus. …
Posted on 21 December 2014 | 3:42 am
(Reuters) – A child being monitored for Ebola in a Chicago hospital has been discharged after testing negative for the virus, the state health agency said on Saturday. Federal officials screening for Ebola at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago detected a fever in the child, who had been held in isolation at the University of Chicago Medical Center for monitoring since Friday. “Tests by the Illinois Department of Public Health confirmed a negative result for Ebola,” the Illinois Department of Public Health said in a statement. …
Posted on 20 December 2014 | 8:33 pm
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Health workers carrying thermometers and sanitizers manned polling stations across Liberia on Saturday as voters cast their ballots in a twice-delayed Senate election that has been criticized for its potential to spread the deadly Ebola disease.
Posted on 20 December 2014 | 7:04 pm
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Target times for ambulances to reach some seriously ill patients in England could be lengthened, a document leaked to the BBC shows.
Posted on 21 December 2014 | 2:45 pm
A Canadian team has come up with an ingenious solution for using an ordinary power drill safely in surgery – wrapping it in a sterile bag
Posted on 21 December 2014 | 2:09 am
The first British army reservists along with 100 regular soldiers head to Sierra Leone to help the battle against Ebola in the West African state.
Posted on 20 December 2014 | 6:17 pm
Charities warn patients are not being taught how to use potentially life-saving asthma inhalers and allergy auto-injectors correctly.
Posted on 20 December 2014 | 12:00 am
One of Sierra Leone’s top doctors, Victor Willoughby, died from Ebola hours after the arrival of experimental drug ZMab, medical officials say.
Posted on 19 December 2014 | 5:51 pm
A stem cell therapy has been approved for widespread medical use in the EU for the first time.
Posted on 19 December 2014 | 1:48 pm
A Japanese stem cell scientist at the heart of a scandal over false claims and fabricated research has resigned.
Posted on 19 December 2014 | 12:27 pm
Pressures in A&E units in England have hit record levels while Wales and Northern Ireland also perform poorly, figures show.
Posted on 19 December 2014 | 11:32 am
There will be a fresh wave of strikes across the NHS in England in new year, it has been announced.
Posted on 19 December 2014 | 11:31 am
Nikki Fox, the BBC’s disability correspondent, has walked without help for the first time in 10 years, thanks to motorised robotic equipment.
Posted on 19 December 2014 | 10:28 am