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Health minister named as Haiti’s new interim prime minister

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

Ebola response in rural Sierra Leone not yet rapid enough

Health workers rest outside a quarantine zone at a Red Cross facility in the town of KoiduBy 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

BUSTED: 4 Common Myths About Catching Cold In Cold Weather

BUSTED: 4 Common Myths About Catching Cold In Cold WeatherDoes 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

As Ford closes, European rust belt seeks new ideas

A worker leaves the factory for one of the final shifts at the Ford assembly plant in GenkBy 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

Britain lifts bird flu restrictions on duck farm

Ducks in cages are seen at a duck farm in NaffertonLONDON (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

U.N.’s Ebola mission should be closed once battle won: Ban

United Nations Secretary General Ban speaks during a meeting with Liberia's President Johnson Sirleaf at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in MonroviaBy 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

Liberian voter turnout low as Ebola overshadows senate election

Bystanders read the headlines illustrating the battle over the holding of elections in Liberia amid the Ebola crisis at a street side chalkboard newspaper in MonroviaBy 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

South Korea halts U.S. poultry imports due to bird flu in U.S.

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

Child tests negative for Ebola at Chicago hospital

(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

Liberia holds Senate vote amid Ebola fears

An election workers takes the temperature of a voter in the West Point slum before she casts her vote, during the senate election in Monrovia, Liberia. Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. Health workers manned polling stations across Liberia on Saturday as voters cast their ballots in a twice-delayed Senate vote that has been criticized for its potential to spread the deadly Ebola disease. (AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh)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

Health – Physical, mental and sexual health coverage

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

Secret plans to double ambulance waiting times revealed

Health Secretary says plans are ‘categorically’ untrue amid criticism that he has ‘run up the white flag’ over ambulance waiting times

Posted on 21 December 2014 | 3:44 pm

Decent care is a fundamental human right

Telegraph View: Fresh evidence suggests that some care homes are not up to scratch. Britain’s ageing population deserves much better.

Posted on 21 December 2014 | 7:00 am

Watchdog: We do not care enough for the elderly

Government watchdog the Care Quality Commission says Britain “does not care enough” about older people to treat them with dignity when they become frail

Posted on 20 December 2014 | 10:14 pm

The women’s voices that make men feel all tingly – and why

Scientists say that have discovered that a man’s skin really does tingle when he hears a woman speak.

Posted on 20 December 2014 | 8:45 pm

Alternative health: remedial face and jaw realignment

Specialist Lyn Rae believes the jaw is the centre of our physical and emotional wellbeing

Posted on 20 December 2014 | 8:00 am

Calling obesity a ‘disability’ is simply fatuous

Fat-shaming is not the way forward – but nor is labelling obesity a disability, says Judith Woods

Posted on 20 December 2014 | 7:05 am

Pet subjects: should I get a bib for my cat?

Vet Pete Wedderburn solves your pet dilemmas. This week: a cat with messy eating habits, and a dog who loves to eat mince pies

Posted on 20 December 2014 | 7:00 am

Why dementia sufferers have something to sing about

More of us are sharing our experiences of this disease, and fresh ideas are gaining ground, says Joan Bakewell

Posted on 20 December 2014 | 6:15 am

Making A&E better

Telegraph View: One solution to the annual A&E winter crisis is surely to improve GP services.

Posted on 20 December 2014 | 6:10 am

NHS ‘buckling under strain’ as Christmas approaches

Figures suggest Accident & Emergency units have had their worst week on record amid fears over health service’s ability to deal with demand over Christmas

Posted on 19 December 2014 | 10:00 pm

BBC News – Health

Ambulance wait times ‘may increase’

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

VIDEO: Fixing bones with a household drill

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

First UK reservists join Ebola fight

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

Asthma inhalers ‘not used properly’

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

Ebola kills top Sierra Leone doctor

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

EU approves first stem cell therapy

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

Stem cell scandal scientist resigns

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

A&E has ‘worst week’ in England

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

NHS staff to strike in new year

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

VIDEO: Robotic suit helps patients to walk

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