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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
By 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
By 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
SAO 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
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. …
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By 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
(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
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
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
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
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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
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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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 and young children are having the seasonal flu vaccine, the chief medical officer for England warns.
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