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New fears about Ebola spread after plane scare

In this photo taken on Sunday, July 27, 2014, Medical personnel inside a clinic taking care of Ebola patients in the Kenema District on the outskirts of Kenema, Sierra Leone. Liberia President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has closed some border crossings and ordered strict quarantines of communities affected by the Ebola outbreak. The announcement late Sunday came a day after Sirleaf formed a new taskforce charged with containing the disease, which has killed 129 people in the country and more than 670 across the region.(AP Photo/ Youssouf Bah)DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — No one knows for sure just how many people Patrick Sawyer came into contact with the day he boarded a flight in Liberia, had a stopover in Ghana, changed planes in Togo, and then arrived in Nigeria, where authorities say he died days later from Ebola, one of the deadliest diseases known to man.

Posted on 29 July 2014 | 2:31 am

Judge gives go-ahead for $2 billion sale of NBA’s Clippers

Shelly Sterling, 79, speaks at a news conference with her lawyer Pierce O'Donnell in Los AngelesBy Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The estranged wife of Los Angeles Clippers co-owner Donald Sterling can proceed with the record $2 billion sale of the NBA team despite her husband's objections, a judge ruled on Monday, in a likely coda to a case of lingering racism in American sports. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas said the deal struck by Shelly Sterling with former Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer was permissible and could be consummated even if Sterling, who has been banned for life from the National Basketball Association for racist remarks, chose to appeal. "She had every good reason to believe that Donald agreed to the sale of the team," said Levanas, who added that he found Donald Sterling's combative testimony at the emotionally charged nine-day trial "often evasive and inconsistent." The ruling was a major victory for an embarrassed NBA and Shelly Sterling, who had asked the probate judge to confirm her as the trustee of the family trust that owns the Clippers.

Posted on 29 July 2014 | 12:50 am

Doctor who contracted Ebola in grave condition

This photo provided by the CDC shows an ebola Virus. U.S. health officials are monitoring the Ebola outbreak in Africa but say the risk of the deadly germ spreading to the United States is remote. (AP Photo/CDC)FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Kent Brantly always wanted to be a medical missionary, and he took the work seriously, spending months treating a steady stream of patients with Ebola in Liberia.

Posted on 29 July 2014 | 12:25 am

Officials: Little risk of Ebola outbreak in US

This photo provided by the CDC shows an ebola Virus. U.S. health officials are monitoring the Ebola outbreak in Africa but say the risk of the deadly germ spreading to the United States is remote. (AP Photo/CDC)NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials are monitoring the Ebola outbreak in Africa but say the risk of the deadly germ spreading to the United States is remote.

Posted on 28 July 2014 | 11:42 pm

Nigeria isolates hospital in Lagos as Obama briefed on Ebola outbreak

Abdulsalami Nasidi, director of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Lagos state health commissioner Jide Idris and Lagos Special Advisor on Health Yewande Adesina, speak about the update on the Ebola outbreak during a news conference in LagosBy Tim Cocks LAGOS (Reuters) – The Nigerian city of Lagos shut and quarantined a hospital on Monday where a Liberian man died of the Ebola virus, the first recorded case of the highly-infectious disease in Africa's most populous country. Patrick Sawyer, a consultant for Liberia's Finance Ministry in his 40s, collapsed on arrival at the Lagos airport on July 20. The decontamination process in all the affected areas has commenced," Lagos state health commissioner Jide Idris told a news conference. Ebola has killed 672 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone since it was first diagnosed in February.

Posted on 28 July 2014 | 11:28 pm

Judge allows $2 billion sale of NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers to proceed

Shelly Sterling's lawyer Pierce O'Donnell gestures as he arrives at the court in Los AngelesBy Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The record $2 billion sale of pro basketball's Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft Corp chief executive Steve Ballmer can proceed over the objections of co-owner Donald Sterling, a judge tentatively ruled on Monday. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas said the deal, brokered by Sterling's estranged wife, Shelly Sterling, was permissible and could be consummated even if Sterling, who has been banned for life from the NBA for racist remarks, chose to appeal. The ruling was a major victory for the NBA and Shelly Sterling, who had asked the probate judge to confirm her as the trustee of the family trust that owns the Clippers after having her 80-year-old husband removed when neurologists deemed him to have early Alzheimer's disease and was unable to handle business affairs.

Posted on 28 July 2014 | 11:15 pm

Holocaust victim, artist Charlotte Salomon’s life premieres as opera

Antoun as Daberlohn and Crebassa as Kann perform on stage during a dress rehearsal of 'Charlotte Salomon' in SalzburgBy Michael Roddy SALZBURG Austria (Reuters) – The Berlin-born Jewish artist Charlotte Salomon left behind a body of watercolors and text she called "Life? Salomon's life, which has inspired films, plays and a musical, was turned into an opera that plumbed the depths of human emotion in its premiere on Monday at the Salzburg Festival in Austria. With music by French composer Marc-Andre Dalbavie, staging by Swiss director Luc Bondy and libretto by German-Jewish author Barbara Honigmann, who used 85 percent of Salomon's own text, the work was the season's most anticipated opera at the prestigious festival in the city of Mozart's birth. Although a gang of uniformed Nazi toughs appeared at strategic moments as a reminder of the inevitable ending, the opera focused more on the difficult emotional and intellectual problems Salomon faced as a young woman.

Posted on 28 July 2014 | 11:05 pm

Targacept discontinues bladder drug, shares plunge

(Reuters) – Targacept Inc said it was stopping development of a drug to treat overactive bladder after it failed to show significant reduction in incontinence in a mid-stage study. The company’s shares fell 32 percent in extended trading after it canceled its third drug development program in eight months and said it may change the direction of its research. Targacept said based on this and previous trial results its key technology did not appear to produce “new treatments with a meaningful improvement over the current standard of care.” Targacept’s key technology is based on modulating receptors found in the central nervous system which transmit signals between various organ systems and the brain. The company still has one compound based on this technology in clinical development to treat diabetic gastroparesis which causes the partial paralysis of the stomach.

Posted on 28 July 2014 | 10:51 pm

Deal to improve veterans’ health care costs $17B

In this July 24, 2014, file photo, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., right, with Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. The chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees have reached a tentative agreement on a plan to fix a veterans' health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up delays. Miller and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., scheduled a news conference Monday, July 28, to talk about a compromise plan to improve veterans' care. (AP Photo/File)WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan deal announced Monday would authorize about $17 billion to help veterans avoid long waits for health care, hire more doctors and nurses to treat veterans and make it easier to fire executives at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Posted on 28 July 2014 | 10:30 pm

The Helms Amendment Hurts Women and Undermines U.S. Development Efforts Around the World

The Helms Amendment Hurts Women and Undermines U.S. Development Efforts Around the WorldIn August, President Obama will welcome leaders from across the African continent to Washington, DC, for a three-day Africa Leaders Summit, the first such event of its kind to be hosted by the U.S., though China, Japan, India, and the EU have held similar summits with African heads of state. A main goal of the summit is to strengthen ties…

Posted on 28 July 2014 | 10:12 pm

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Mary Berry: I wouldn’t have cosmetic surgery – doctors should be saving lives

The Great British Bake Off star, 79, rules out going under the knife, saying doctors have better things to do with their time






Posted on 29 July 2014 | 5:00 am

Give people a legal right to die at home, says former Labour health minister

Lord Warner, a former Labour health minister, proposed legislation which would allow people to formally register a preference on where they would die.






Posted on 28 July 2014 | 5:01 pm

Former NHS finance chief jailed for stealing £2.2m from the health service

Trevor Cosson, former head of finance at a primary care trust, was jailed after pleading guilty to defrauding the NHS out of £2.2 million






Posted on 28 July 2014 | 3:46 pm

Government is misleading public over ‘genetically modified babies’, scientists claim

The Government is being dishonest in redefining genetic modification in order to minimise opposition to a new in vitro fertilisation technique, scientists claim






Posted on 28 July 2014 | 1:48 pm

Thousands of doctors planning to leave NHS to work abroad

The number of doctors fleeing the bureaucracy and long hours in the NHS to work abroad has increased by 20 per cent in the last five years, official figures have revealed






Posted on 28 July 2014 | 11:18 am

What is the Ebola virus, and how worried should we be?

As the death toll from Ebola reaches 670, a second Amercian doctor contracts the virus in Liberia, and it is feared to have spread to Nigeria, here’s an explanation of what Ebola is, how it is spread, and how worried we should be






Posted on 28 July 2014 | 11:15 am

NHS chief spends £50,000 on luxury hotels and dining

Hospital trust orders clampdown after disclosures that former chief executive spent NHS funds on five-star hotels, Waitrose shopping and even a trip to Greggs






Posted on 28 July 2014 | 11:15 am

Five reasons why fistbumps beat handshakes

Researchers have found that greeting people with a fistbump rather than a handshake can reduce the spread of bacteria by up to 90 per cent. But that’s one of many reasons why we should all adopt the gesture






Posted on 28 July 2014 | 10:15 am

Doctor’s Diary: A milestone in heart bypass surgery

Technical developments in coronary angioplasty have made it safer and more effective, says James LeFanu






Posted on 28 July 2014 | 6:02 am

Can this ‘matchbox’ cure my tinnitus?

After years of hearing a high-pitched whistle, Adrian Michaels was hopeful a new device would work






Posted on 28 July 2014 | 6:01 am

BBC News – Health

‘Brain hub predicts negative events’

Scientists have identified a part of the brain that may help us predict when things are about to go wrong and could play a part in depression.

Posted on 29 July 2014 | 12:40 am

Pause NHS privatisation – Labour

NHS privatisation is “being forced through at pace and scale”, and should be halted until the general election, says Labour’s shadow health secretary.

Posted on 29 July 2014 | 12:13 am

Chicken factories given all-clear

Poultry processing plants in Llangefni and Scunthorpe alleged to have committed hygiene breaches are rated “good” and “generally satisfactory”.

Posted on 28 July 2014 | 7:20 pm

AUDIO: ‘On Saturday, I shall die’

BBC Radio 4′s You and Yours programme spoke to one woman who had chosen to end her life after being diagnosed with two brain tumours – and to her daughter about what happened next.

Posted on 28 July 2014 | 6:22 pm

Perils of the English countryside

The risks you may face while taking a walk

Posted on 28 July 2014 | 4:53 pm

Liberia shuts borders to curb Ebola

Most border crossings in Liberia are closed and communities hit by an Ebola outbreak face quarantine to stop the virus spreading.

Posted on 28 July 2014 | 2:40 pm

‘Poor care for hepatitis C virus’

Most people with chronic hepatitis C are not getting treatment which could help clear the virus, an official report says.

Posted on 28 July 2014 | 2:26 pm

The secret to transforming a failing hospital

How a failing hospital transformed itself

Posted on 28 July 2014 | 2:09 am

Blood donors ‘pass on hepatitis E’

Around 1,200 people each year are infected with hepatitis E through donated blood in England, a large study shows.

Posted on 28 July 2014 | 2:04 am

Fist bumps ‘cleaner than handshakes’

Scientists at Aberystwyth University in Wales have shown that more bacteria are transferred by shaking hands, than by fist-bumping or high-fiving.

Posted on 28 July 2014 | 2:00 am