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Maine nurse defies Ebola quarantine with bike ride

This undated image provided by University of Texas at Arlington shows Kaci Hickox. In a Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014 telephone interview with CNN, Hickox, the nurse quarantined at a New Jersey hospital because she had contact with Ebola patients in West Africa, said the process of keeping her isolated is "inhumane." (AP Photo/University of Texas at Arlington)FORT KENT, Maine (AP) — Practically daring Maine health authorities to go to court to have her confined, nurse Kaci Hickox went out on a bike ride Thursday in defiance of the state's voluntary quarantine for medical workers who have treated Ebola patients.

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 6:00 pm

U.S. sues Gerber over health claims in baby formula ads

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government is suing baby food maker Gerber, owned by Nestle SA, alleging it advertised that its Good Start Gentle formula would reduce the risk of a baby developing allergies despite having no proof for the claim. The Federal Trade Commission, which filed the lawsuit on Wednesday, said Gerber put stickers on the baby food which said the formula would “reduce the risk of developing allergies.” The FTC also said Gerber advertised that the Food and Drug Administration approved its health claims, although the agency had not done so. …

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 5:49 pm

Terminally ill woman may postpone taking her life

In this Oct. 21, 2014 photo provided by TheBrittanyFund.org, Brittany Maynard, left, hugs her mother Debbie Ziegler next to a helicopter at the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. The 29-year-old terminally ill woman has fulfilled a wish on her bucket list: visiting the Grand Canyon. Maynard, who has advanced brain cancer, has said she plans use Oregon's death-with-dignity law to end her own life Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014 though she could still change her mind. Maynard and her husband moved to Oregon from Northern California because Oregon allows terminally ill patients to end their lives with lethal medications prescribed by a doctor. (AP Photo/TheBrittanyFund.org)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A 29-year-old terminally ill woman who expects to take her life under Oregon's death-with-dignity law has released a new video, saying she's feeling better and might postpone the day she had planned to die.

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 5:48 pm

Oregon woman visits Grand Canyon ahead of planned assisted suicide

(Reuters) – A 29-year-old Oregon woman with terminal brain cancer has ticked off the Grand Canyon from her bucket list and said in a video released this week that she might end her life through assisted suicide in a couple of days. Brittany Maynard was diagnosed in January with a glioblastoma brain tumor and has said she plans to take prescribed medication to die when her pain becomes unbearable. She has moved from her San Francisco Bay area home to Oregon, which allows assisted suicide for terminally ill patients. …

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 5:41 pm

Speed of weight loss may have little impact on success at keeping it off

By Roxanne Nelson (Reuters Health) – In a trial of weight loss approaches, the rate at which people dropped excess pounds was not linked to their success in keeping the weight off over the next three years. Researchers say the small study shows that current guidelines advising slow and steady weight loss should be revised, and the focus should be instead on improving methods for helping people maintain their weight over the long term. …

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 5:34 pm

Ebola fears infect Louisiana medical conference

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Ebola fears have infected a medical conference on the subject. Louisiana state health officials told thousands of doctors planning to attend a tropical diseases meeting this weekend in New Orleans to stay away if they have been to certain African countries or have had contact with an Ebola patient in the last 21 days.

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 5:19 pm

Kimberly-Clark faces $500 million suit over Ebola protection gown

By Siddharth Cavale (Reuters) – A Southern California law firm has sued Kimberly-Clark Corp for more than $500 million, alleging that the Kleenex tissue maker committed fraud by marketing and selling some of its surgical gowns as protection against Ebola. Law firm Eagan Avenatti said it filed a class-action lawsuit in a Los Angeles court on Wednesday, stating that Kimberly-Clark had falsely represented to health regulators and healthcare workers that its “MICROCOOL Breathable High Performance Surgical Gowns” are impermeable and provide protection against Ebola. …

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 5:10 pm

U.S. nurse defies Maine’s Ebola quarantine, takes bike ride

Nurse Kaci Hickox and her boyfriend Ted Wilbur address the media during an informal meeting with the news media outside their home in Fort KentBy Joseph Ax and Jeff Mason (Reuters) – A nurse who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone but has tested negative for the virus ventured out of her home in Maine and took a bike ride on Thursday, defying a quarantine order and setting up a legal collision with state authorities. Attorneys for Kaci Hickox, 33, said they had not yet been served with a court order to enforce a 21-day quarantine – matching the virus's maximum incubation period – but remained prepared to fight such an order if necessary. …

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 5:09 pm

Insurers have big plans for 2015 Obamacare enrollment

Estrada looks into signing up for health insurance at a health insurance enrollment event in Cudahy, CaliforniaBy Caroline Humer (Reuters) – U.S. insurers planning to sell 2015 Obamacare health plans expect at least 20 percent growth in customers and in some states anticipate more than doubling sign-ups. In interviews with Reuters, half a dozen privately held and non-profit health insurers around the country say they are expecting this growth based on interest from potential customers they are hearing about through their call centers, sales forces and brokers. …

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 5:07 pm

U.S. attends Ebola meeting in Cuba called by leftist bloc

By Nelson Acosta HAVANA (Reuters) – (This Oct. 29 story has been corrected in the tenth paragraph to show the CDC did not help train Cubans) U.S. government officials joined health experts from throughout the Americas at an Ebola conference in Cuba on Wednesday, the latest show of cooperation between the historic adversaries on fighting the disease. …

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 5:01 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.

NHS workers to strike in pay row with Government

Unions announce nurses, midwives, porters and radiographers to stage new strike in row over pay

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 3:40 pm

Drug laws around the world – does anyone get it right?

As a split emerges in the Government over Britain’s future drug policy we look at the different approaches to drug control taken around the world

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 11:10 am

Hear, hear to the Duke of Edinburgh for going out with his new aid

The frustrations of deafness are not solely in the ear of the beholder, says Jessica Fellowes

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 6:35 am

How a ban on legal highs could work

Ireland introduced a ban on synthetic psychoactive drugs four years ago, which could provide a model for similar laws in Britain

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 6:00 am

Official report triggers Home Office row over decriminalisation of drugs

Official Government study concludes there is ‘lack of any clear correlation’ between tough drugs laws and levels of abuse – overshadowing new plan to ban ‘legal highs’

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 12:01 am

Prevention will be better than care for the NHS

The long-term plan for the health service will involve helping people stay out of hospital, says Jeremy Hunt

Posted on 29 October 2014 | 10:30 pm

In Baby P’s case, actions speak louder than words

A BBC documentary about Haringey children’s services was shockingly biased, says Allison Pearson

Posted on 29 October 2014 | 9:09 pm

Milk: 11 reasons why it’s not such a superfood after all

New research shows that drinking three glasses of milk a day could be bad for your health. Here is what a pinta might be doing to you

Posted on 29 October 2014 | 3:47 pm

Watch out: the anti-smoking fanatics now want to regulate drinking

The anti-smoking lobby has been offering advice to the House of Lords on how to regulate drinking. Draconian moves could follow, warns Peter Oborne

Posted on 29 October 2014 | 12:31 pm

Dementia-related deaths jump 7 pc in Britain

Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease biggest causes of death among women, Office for National Statistics figures find

Posted on 29 October 2014 | 11:39 am

BBC News – Health

Why scratching ‘intensifies itching’

Scratching an itch releases serotonin, which paradoxically makes you more itchy, research suggests.

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 5:14 pm

New strike by NHS staff announced

NHS workers, including nurses and midwives, are to stage a new four-hour strike in England on 24 November as part of an ongoing pay dispute.

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 5:05 pm

VIDEO: UK national sperm bank starts work

A UK national sperm bank – charged with reversing a growing shortage of donor sperm – has started work in Birmingham.

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 3:34 pm

VIDEO: Care plan ‘to ease hospital pressure’

Vulnerable patients in England will get better support in the community as part of plans to ease pressure on hospitals, ministers say.

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 3:17 pm

VIDEO: Tough laws ‘do not stop drug use’

A Home Office report examining drug policies across the world suggests there is no link between tough penalties and the level of use.

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 2:19 pm

Joined-up care: The elephant in the room

Are joined-up care plans as good as they sound?

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 1:53 pm

Cancer survival rates ‘improving’

Most people diagnosed with cancer in recent years are surviving for longer, according to the latest statistics.

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 12:59 pm

AUDIO: ‘We want sperm donors to be proud’

The first national sperm bank is being launched to meet increasing demand; the new service has been awarded £77,000.

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 11:06 am

NHS trusts counting on bailouts

NHS hospital trusts are continuing to draw heavily on government bailouts to plug funding shortfalls – but the cash may not last, the BBC has found.

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 11:01 am

VIDEO: No hugs for Ebola volunteers

The United Nations is appealing for thousands of healthcare workers to volunteer to help in the countries worst affected by Ebola.

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 9:32 am