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Four dead, 65 sick in New York City Legionnaires’ disease outbreak

By Katie Reilly NEW YORK (Reuters) – A deadly outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease, a severe type of pneumonia, has now killed four people and sickened 65 in the Bronx section of New York City since July 10, New York City health officials said on Saturday. This wave of Legionnaires’, which officials have called unusual, is now more than five times the number of cases recorded in the last outbreak, in which 12 people in the Bronx fell ill in December 2014. The disease is caused by Legionella, a bacteria found in certain plumbing systems, including hot tubs, humidifiers, cooling towers and hot water tanks.

Posted on 1 August 2015 | 8:49 pm

Fetal tissue research declining, still important

A woman sits with a sign showing a baby as she attends a "Women Betrayed Rally to Defund Planned Parenthood" at Capitol Hill in WashingtonBy Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) – A political battle over the use of fetal tissue in medical research has been reinvigorated by the release of undercover videos targeting Planned Parenthood officials. Newer, less-controversial technologies, including the “reprogramming” of adult skin cells to create specific types of stem cells, have rendered fetal tissue less central – though still important – to medical research, they said. Dr. Robert Lanza, chief scientific officer of Advanced Cell Technology, said that much of tissue needed for research "can now be generated in the laboratory." At Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, for instance, only about 10 out of 8,000 active research protocols involve fetal tissue, according to an official at the Harvard-affiliated hospital who asked to remain anonymous.

Posted on 1 August 2015 | 6:31 pm

NYC Doctor, Who Survived Ebola, Says Experimental Vaccine Could Be ‘A Way Forward’

NYC Doctor, Who Survived Ebola, Says Experimental Vaccine Could Be 'A Way Forward'A New York City doctor, who made headlines after he was diagnosed with Ebola, said he hoped an experimental vaccine could be “a way forward” for a region decimated by the deadly virus. Craig Spencer, an emergency room physician at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, made headlines last year when he contracted Ebola after treating patients for the disease in Guinea. After his treatment Spencer returned to Guinea to treat patients and he got to see firsthand how the vaccine trial affected patients and health care workers.

Posted on 1 August 2015 | 1:44 pm

Kenya mulls granting refuge to chimps from Ebola-hit Liberia

A chimp swings from a branch at the Jane Goodall Institute Chimpanzee Eden sanctuaryBy Edith Honan NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenyan officials said on Friday they were considering conservationists' appeals to give two baby chimpanzees, rescued from possible traffickers in ebola-hit Liberia, sanctuary in a Kenyan reserve but public health fears were holding up transfer. Conservationists believe the animals had been victims of trafficking that sent baby chimps from West and Central Africa to Chinese zoos and private estates in the Middle East, where they can fetch as much as $25,000. Ebola has killed more than 11,200 people in West Africa since it broke out in December 2013.

Posted on 1 August 2015 | 9:34 am

Breakthrough in quest for Ebola vaccine

The World Health Organization began human trials of the VSV-ZEBOV vaccine across Guinea in March 2015An Ebola test vaccine provided blanket protection in a field trial in Guinea, researchers said, possibly heralding "the beginning of the end" for the devastating West African outbreak that has killed thousands. The serum was 100 percent effective after a week in more than 7,600 people inoculated, according to results published in The Lancet medical journal and hailed as "extremely promising" by World Health Organization (WHO) chief Margaret Chan. The world was "on the verge of an effective Ebola vaccine," the UN's health agency said in a statement.

Posted on 1 August 2015 | 7:31 am

Virginia pursuing school policing reforms following Center probe

Virginia pursuing changes in wake of Center probe

Posted on 1 August 2015 | 7:00 am

Rio pledges cleaner waters for Olympics next year

By Karolos Grohmann KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Efforts to improve the water quality for the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympics are ongoing, Games organizers said on Saturday, adding the welfare of the athletes was a top priority after reports of severe pollution off the shores of the Brazilian metropolis. Privately commissioned tests of the water quality, where rowers, sailors and open water swimmers will be competing, revealed this week a high level of disease-causing viruses. The waters along Rio’s Atlantic coast, including Guanabara Bay where sailing events will be held, have been polluted for years and successive governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on supposed clean-ups to little effect.

Posted on 1 August 2015 | 5:10 am

India court concludes hearing Maggi noodles case

A view of a roadside Maggi noodles eatery is pictured in New DelhiAn Indian court has concluded hearing a case filed by Nestle India challenging a local regulator's report that Maggi instant noodles contained excess lead, a lawyer for the company said. The Bombay High Court will give a judgment at a later date, Rajesh Batra said in a statement late on Friday. Nestle has been at the center of India's worst food scare in a decade after a regulator in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh in May said it found excess lead in a sample of the firm's popular Maggi noodles.

Posted on 1 August 2015 | 5:07 am

Olympics-Rio pledges cleaner waters for Olympics next year

By Karolos Grohmann KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 1 (Reuters) – Efforts to improve the water quality for the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympics are ongoing, Games organisers said on Saturday, adding the welfare of the athletes was a top priority after reports of severe pollution off the shores of the Brazilian metropolis. Privately commissioned tests of the water quality, where rowers, sailors and open water swimmers will be competing, revealed this week a high level of disease-causing viruses. “The bay is the most iconic part of the Rio 2016 legacy,” Games communications chief Mario Andrada told the International Olympics Committee in a progress presentation just over a year before the Games start on Aug 5, 2016.

Posted on 1 August 2015 | 4:37 am

1st legal medical pot sold in Nevada 15 years after approval

Dozens of people line up outside the Silver State Relief medical marijuana dispensary in Sparks, Nev., Friday, July 31, 2015, to be among the first in Nevada to legally purchase medicinal pot. Nevadans voted to legalize medical marijuana in 2000, but no language was in place to establish a system to sell or distribute it until 2013. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner)SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — Fifteen years after Nevadans voted to legalize it, medical marijuana was sold legally in the state for the first time Friday at a dispensary in a strip mall about 5 miles east of downtown Reno.

Posted on 1 August 2015 | 2:44 am

Health – Physical, mental and sexual health coverage

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

UK hospital to offer proton beam therapy

First hospital in the UK to offer proton beam therapy to fight cancer to open within two years









Posted on 1 August 2015 | 7:54 pm

Medicines watchdog calls for whistleblowers

The authority which enforces the pharmaceutical industry’s code of practice urges insiders to bring them evidence of wrongdoing following Telegraph investigation









Posted on 31 July 2015 | 9:00 pm

A shocking – but fast – way to get fit if you hate exercise

If you don’t mind working out plugged into an electrical space-suit, EMS technology can get you fit in a fraction of the usual time









Posted on 31 July 2015 | 1:52 pm

Royal Berkshire Hospital A&E shut after power cut

Hospital declares major incident and closes Accident and Emergency unit to all but patients in life-threatening conditions after basement flood causes power cut









Posted on 31 July 2015 | 12:53 pm

‘Remarkable’ Ebola vaccine created with 100% success rate

More than 7,500 people who came into contact with Ebola victims were protected from the deadly disease by a new vaccine









Posted on 31 July 2015 | 12:22 pm

Fat new mums need the Government to put them on a diet

Health watchdog Nice has published new guidelines that say obese new mums should be put on strict diets, six weeks after birth. Julia Hartley-Brewer weighs in









Posted on 31 July 2015 | 12:13 pm

When to take daily stress more seriously

If you find yourself relying on caffeine, sugar and alcohol to get you through the day, you could be suffering from adrenal fatigue









Posted on 31 July 2015 | 12:02 pm

Would you trust a spray-on condom?

New York-based student Michele Chu has developed a ‘condom in a can’, using the same technology as spray-on bandages. But just how reliable would this liquid latex be?









Posted on 31 July 2015 | 9:53 am

How my middle-class son became a skunk addict at 13

As police take a softer approach to cannabis and calls for its legalisation grow, one mother explains why she’s passionately against decriminalisation









Posted on 31 July 2015 | 9:31 am

Meet the ‘Leukaemia Warrior’ waging a public battle with cancer

Former Made in Chelsea actor Fabian Bolin is fighting to survive leukaemia by blogging about his battle. He talks to Patrick McAleenan









Posted on 31 July 2015 | 7:02 am

BBC News – Health

VIDEO: Keeping track of HIV in Malawi

People living with HIV in Malawi are being given access to vital tests thanks to a simpler way of transporting blood.

Posted on 1 August 2015 | 11:04 pm

Teenagers urged to have MenW vaccine

Teenagers across the UK going to university and college this year are being urged to get vaccinated against deadly meningitis W.

Posted on 1 August 2015 | 12:33 pm

VIDEO: Trials could lead to first Ebola vaccine

Initial results from an Ebola vaccine trial in Guinea are “exciting” and “promising”, according to the World Health Organization.

Posted on 31 July 2015 | 9:38 pm

Mental health services to get £143m

The government is to invest £143m improving children’s mental health services in England this year, BBC News learns.

Posted on 31 July 2015 | 7:11 pm

Ebola vaccine results ‘remarkable’

A vaccine against the deadly Ebola virus has led to 100% protection in a pioneering trial described as a “potential game-changer”.

Posted on 31 July 2015 | 12:00 pm

Surge in doctors’ days off for stress

Days lost to stress-related sickness by doctors at a hospital trust increases by more than 430% in five years, it is revealed.

Posted on 31 July 2015 | 9:11 am

Etihad sued over obese passenger

An Australian plane passenger, who says he suffered back pain after being seated next to an overweight man, is suing Etihad Airways.

Posted on 31 July 2015 | 8:56 am

NHS recruitment from EU ‘aggressive’

Nursing leaders in Portugal, Spain and Italy say “aggressive strategies” are being used to “fool” a growing number of their staff into working in the NHS.

Posted on 31 July 2015 | 8:00 am

‘It’s a matter of dignity’

Helping homeless women access sanitary towels and tampons

Posted on 31 July 2015 | 12:32 am

How dangerous is laughing gas?

How dangerous is laughing gas?

Posted on 31 July 2015 | 12:28 am