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China drafts policy on emergency Ebola diagnosis, trials

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China has drafted policy on the emergency use of diagnostic products for the Ebola virus disease as well as clinical trials, the country’s drug regulator said on Friday, as the number of people affected globally by the epidemic nears 16,000. In a brief statement, the China Food and Drug Administration said it had approved three companies to produce Ebola testing products for emergency reserve use. No cases of Ebola have been reported in China, but many Chinese nationals live and work overseas in the affected areas of West Africa. …

Posted on 28 November 2014 | 10:15 am

Nepal devotees sacrifice thousands of animals in Hindu ritual

A sacrificial goat is tied to a vehicle trailer on the eve of the sacrificial ceremony for the "Gadhimai Mela" festival in BariyapurBy Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Sword-wielding Hindu devotees in Nepal began slaughtering thousands of animals and birds in a ritual sacrifice on Friday, ignoring calls by animal rights activists to halt what they described as the world's largest such exercise. More than 80 percent of Nepal's 27 million people are Hindus, but unlike most of their counterparts in neighboring India, they frequently sacrifice animals to appease deities during festivals. Authorities deployed hundreds of police personnel to make sure there were no clashes between activists and the devotees. …

Posted on 28 November 2014 | 9:28 am

China writer goes on trial for media censorship protest after long delay

Policemen guard in front of an entrance to a court where the trial of Chinese rights activist Guo Feixiong's was taking place, in GuangzhouBy James Pomfret HONG KONG (Reuters) – The long-awaited trial of a prominent Chinese writer and activist resumed in southern China on Friday, more than two months after his lawyers boycotted an earlier hearing with Beijing showing little sign of easing its clampdown against rights campaigners. Guo Feixiong, 48, was arrested for taking part in a rare public protest against media censorship outside the offices of the Southern Weekly newspaper in January last year in the southern city of Guangzhou. …

Posted on 28 November 2014 | 8:21 am

Soccer great Pele in intensive care, condition improving -hospital

Brazilian soccer legend Pele waves next to a public telephone booth with an image of his face painted by Brazilian artist Sipros after he autographed it, during the Call Parade art exhibition in Sao PauloSAO PAULO (Reuters) – Retired Brazilian soccer great Pele is in the intensive care unit in a Sao Paulo hospital where he is being treated for a urinary tract infection, but his condition is improving, the hospital said on Thursday. The Albert Einstein Hospital said Pele, 74, was receiving renal support treatment, which helps kidneys to filter waste products from the blood, after he had an operation to remove kidney stones earlier this month. A series of tweets in English from the former player's account aimed to calm concerns over his health. One read: "Want to let you know I am doing fine. …

Posted on 28 November 2014 | 8:08 am

Canada to deploy military health staff to Sierra Leone in Ebola fight

By David Ljunggren OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada will send up to 40 military staff to Sierra Leone to help battle Ebola, the government said on Thursday as it also launched a campaign to recruit healthcare workers to help operate treatment centers in three West African countries. The death toll in the world’s worst Ebola epidemic had risen to 5,689 out of 15,935 cases reported in eight countries as of Nov. 23, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday. …

Posted on 28 November 2014 | 7:10 am

Ebola cases near 16,000, Sierra Leone to overtake Liberia soon with most cases – WHO

Health workers remove the body a woman who died of Ebola virus in the Aberdeen district of FreetownBy Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) – The death toll in the world's worst Ebola epidemic has risen to 5,689 out of 15,935 cases reported in eight countries by Nov. 23, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday. Almost all cases and all but 15 deaths have been in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia – the three hardest-hit countries, which reported 600 new cases in the past week, the WHO said in its latest update. "The total number of cases reported in Sierra Leone since the outbreak began will soon eclipse the number reported from Liberia," it said. …

Posted on 28 November 2014 | 7:09 am

GlaxoSmithKline fires executive who raised race complaint in South Africa: Bloomberg

The logo of GlaxoSmithKline is seen on its office building in Shanghai(Reuters) – Britain's biggest drugmaker, GlaxoSmithKline Plc, fired an executive from its South African unit for refusing to appear for a performance review, which was called a week after he complained of racial discrimination in the workplace, Bloomberg reported, citing company documents.

Posted on 28 November 2014 | 12:06 am

Italy’s pharmaceutical watchdog raises alarm on batches of flu drug

ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s pharmaceutical watchdog AIFA suspended two batches of anti-flu vaccine FLUAD made by Switzerland’s Novartis on Thursday, saying three deaths potentially connected to the drug had been reported. AIFA said it had not yet established whether there was a direct link between the drug and the fatalities and had imposed the ban only as a precaution. Novartis said in a statement that no causal relationship had been established. …

Posted on 27 November 2014 | 9:24 pm

Needy patients to get new hips or knees for free next week

By Randi Belisomo (Reuters Health) – Excruciating hip pain forced 50-year-old Army veteran David Chalker to leave his machinist job two years ago, a decision that led to mounting debt, inability to afford health insurance and even a move into his in-laws’ home with his wife and three daughters. But his family is counting on one operation next week – entirely free of charge – to change the course of both his health and finances. The Long Island, New York resident is one of 120 patients scheduled for hip or knee replacement during the first week of December, provided by Operation Walk USA. …

Posted on 27 November 2014 | 7:41 pm

Liver transplant recipient marks 25th anniversary

In this Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, photo, Alyssa Riggan, who was the first in the United States to successfully receive a liver from a living donor 25 years ago, poses with her husband, Benjamin, in their home in Severn, Md. As Riggan marks the 25th anniversary of her successful surgery on Thursday, she says its success has enabled her to live a normal life almost completely untouched by what was an often-fatal disorder. Riggan was 21 months old when her mother, Teri Smith, donated more than a third of her liver to save her daughter from a disorder called biliary atresia. (AP Photo/ Brian Witte)SEVERN, Md. (AP) — Alyssa Riggan hasn't dwelled on being the first person in the U.S. to successfully receive part of a liver from a living donor 25 years ago, a medical procedure that paved the way for routine live-donor transplants.

Posted on 27 November 2014 | 7:30 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.

Is 73 too old to play five-a-side football?

Two pacemakers, cancer and ‘all the usual football injuries’ haven’t stopped Keith Carabine turning out for his local team in his eighth decade






Posted on 28 November 2014 | 8:45 am

Health Q&A: tummy bugs

Britain’s leading health and wellbeing specialists answer your questions






Posted on 28 November 2014 | 7:00 am

Busy? Stressed? Do stop boasting about it. You’re not the only one

We work shorter days than ever, have machines for the household chores and spend hours on Facebook – so why are we are all so busy?






Posted on 28 November 2014 | 7:00 am

Two children tested for ebola in Newcastle

The children are said to have recently arrived in the UK from Africa but there is believed to be uncertainty about which country they had been in and how recently they arrived






Posted on 27 November 2014 | 11:55 pm

Blood test could pick up risk of cancer five years in advance, say Harvard scientists

Harvard University has found that mutations in blood indicate that a person is at higher risk of developing cancer






Posted on 27 November 2014 | 11:00 pm

NHS spends on £80 million a year on paracetamol prescriptions

Over 20 million prescriptions a year issued for medicine that can be bought for as little as 19p in the supermarket






Posted on 27 November 2014 | 10:00 pm

Top three tips on how to handle raw chicken safely

How Clean Is Your House? presenter Aggie MacKenzie shares her tips on how to handle raw chicken safely following an FSA report stating that two out of three chickens are affected by the potentially deadly campylobacter bacteria






Posted on 27 November 2014 | 7:41 pm

Give those fat Britons a free gastric band! We can’t afford not to

As two million obese Britons are offered free weight-loss surgery on the NHS, Cathy Newman explains why it’s a good move






Posted on 27 November 2014 | 2:52 pm

The Bulletproof Diet: simplistic, invalid and unscientific

Tech millionaire Dave Asprey claims his high-fat diet will enhance your body and boost your brain






Posted on 27 November 2014 | 11:45 am

Why sharing medical data could be good for your health

Vital advances can be made through the careful use of shared health information






Posted on 27 November 2014 | 6:30 am

BBC News – Health

Lowest ever winter deaths recorded

The lowest ever number of winter deaths were recorded last year, official figures for England and Wales show.

Posted on 28 November 2014 | 10:17 am

Ebola test results ‘in 15 minutes’

A rapid 15-minute blood test for Ebola which researchers say would increase the chances of survival from the virus, is to be trialled in Guinea.

Posted on 28 November 2014 | 10:13 am

VIDEO: ‘Too few’ toddlers having flu vaccine

The chief medical officer for England has warned that too few toddlers are having the seasonal flu vaccine.

Posted on 28 November 2014 | 10:07 am

VIDEO: Mental health deaths as beds cut

Seven mental health patients have killed themselves in England since 2012 after being told there were no hospital beds for them, the BBC has learned.

Posted on 28 November 2014 | 8:20 am

Mental health deaths as beds cut

Seven mental health patients have killed themselves in England since 2012 after being told there were no hospital beds for them, the BBC learns.

Posted on 28 November 2014 | 8:02 am

Hollande to visit Ebola-hit Guinea

French President Francois Hollande is to arrive in Guinea, the first Western leader to visit a nation hit hard by the deadly Ebola virus.

Posted on 28 November 2014 | 2:58 am

Help with coping with big figures

Putting big numbers in context

Posted on 28 November 2014 | 2:55 am

Huddles ‘help children’s hospital care’

Small measures that could boost children’s care

Posted on 28 November 2014 | 2:18 am

Children tested for Ebola on Tyneside

Two young patients who have spent time in Africa are tested at a hospital in Newcastle for Ebola after displaying viral symptoms.

Posted on 28 November 2014 | 2:00 am

‘Too few’ toddlers having flu vaccine

Too few toddlers and young children are having the seasonal flu vaccine, the chief medical officer for England warns.

Posted on 28 November 2014 | 12:00 am