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WASHINGTON (AP) — As the U.S. closed a gap in its screening of airline passengers arriving from three West African nations, an Ebola-free African country said it would begin checking visiting Americans for the disease.
Posted on 21 October 2014 | 9:02 pm
By Andrew M. Seaman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – When prisoners have hepatitis C, treating them with expensive new antiviral drugs makes fiscal sense despite the hefty price tag, according to a new study. Based on computer models, new pricey drug combinations that treat hepatitis C infections were more cost-effective than older drug combinations and no treatment at all, researchers found. “Essentially what our model does is follow a hypothetical cohort of prisoners that looks like a prison population in the U.S.,” Jeremy Goldhaber-Fiebert told Reuters Health. …
Posted on 21 October 2014 | 8:54 pm
By Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A federal judge in Washington on Tuesday ordered a 30 day mental health evaluation for Omar Gonzalez, the Iraq war veteran charged with jumping the fence of the White House and entering the presidential mansion with a knife last month. Gonzalez was found "not competent" to stand trial in a one-hour screening performed while he was detained following the Sept. 19 incident. Gonzalez cannot be arraigned on charges returned last week by a federal grand jury unless he is found competent to stand trial. …
Posted on 21 October 2014 | 8:45 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Dietary supplements containing potentially dangerous prescription drug ingredients may still be for sale even years after safety recalls, a study found.
Posted on 21 October 2014 | 8:36 pm
AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) – A swarm of bees attacked two dozen children at a school near Fort Worth, Texas, on Tuesday after a student appeared to rattle a nest during a gym-class soccer game, a school spokeswoman said, Four of the children, who are in sixth grade, were taken to the hospital. There was no immediate information on their condition. The nest was in an underground irrigation box at Highland Middle School in Saginaw, said Kristin Courtney, a spokeswoman for the Eagle Mountain-Saginaw Independent School District. (Reporting by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Peter Cooney)
Posted on 21 October 2014 | 8:25 pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee has asked a federal regulator to provide a briefing on its investigation into automobile air bags manufactured by Takata Corp., a committee aide said on Tuesday. The aide also said that committee staffers plan to meet with auto manufacturers "to discuss supplier issues." Some of Takata air bags have deployed with too much force, spraying metal shrapnel onto drivers and resulting in severe injuries and some deaths. …
Posted on 21 October 2014 | 8:17 pm
By Kathryn Doyle NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Long after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued recalls for dietary supplements tainted with banned drugs, more than half of the tainted supplements were still available for purchase, a new study found. “There’s no question that these supplements that contain pharmaceuticals are not allowed to be sold, there are clear cut laws,” lead author Dr. Pieter A. Cohen told Reuters Health by phone. The FDA does have some loose regulatory power over supplements, which are categorized like a food, Cohen said. …
Posted on 21 October 2014 | 8:06 pm
By Manuel Jimenez SANTO DOMINGO (Reuters) – The Dominican Republic joined other countries in banning entry to foreigners who have visited Ebola-affected countries in the last 30 days, the country’s Ministry of Public Health announced on Tuesday. The Caribbean country joined several other states in the Americas, including Colombia, Jamaica, and St. Lucia, to issue travel bans. …
Posted on 21 October 2014 | 7:40 pm
By Jeffrey Dastin NEW YORK (Reuters) – The United States ratcheted up its safeguards against Ebola on Tuesday, requiring travelers from three countries at the center of an epidemic in West Africa to fly into one of five major airports conducting enhanced screening for the virus. The restrictions on passengers whose trips originated in Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea were announced by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and were set to go into effect on Wednesday. The precautions stop well short of the travel ban sought by some U.S. …
Posted on 21 October 2014 | 7:40 pm
By Steve Bittenbender (Reuters) – A teenage girl who died after collapsing at a haunted house attraction in Ohio had a pre-existing heart condition, an official said on Tuesday. Christian Faith Benge, 16, collapsed over the weekend when she and family and friends visited the Land of Illusion complex of five haunted houses 20 miles south of Dayton, Ohio. She was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead. “It’s a natural death,” said Doyle Burke, chief investigator for the Warren County Coroner’s office. …
Posted on 21 October 2014 | 7:35 pm
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The actress’s open approach to her illness, in the days leading up to her death, has reminded Bryony Gordon that the end doesn’t have to be miserable and undignified. It is possible to make light of the darkest situations
Posted on 20 October 2014 | 12:04 pm
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The BBC’s David Shukman asks whether a pioneering treatment – which has helped a paralysed man walk using a frame – could help other people with spinal injuries.
Posted on 21 October 2014 | 9:21 pm
Treatments to tackle the Ebola outbreak in West Africa should become available in the coming weeks and months, says the World Health Organization.
Posted on 21 October 2014 | 6:39 pm
Health Minister Mark Drakeford launches a stinging attack on the Conservatives for telling a “tissue of lies” about the state of the Welsh NHS.
Posted on 21 October 2014 | 5:50 pm
International development secretary Justine Greening travels with soldiers from the Royal Army Medical Corps to Ebola-hit Sierra Leone.
Posted on 21 October 2014 | 5:49 pm
Families could reduce energy bills by following new guidance from Public Health England on recommended heating levels.
Posted on 21 October 2014 | 3:16 pm
The NHS is recruiting about 260 extra doctors in an effort to ease pressure on accident and emergency units in England, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt says.
Posted on 21 October 2014 | 3:06 pm
The NHS will “grind to a halt” unless more is done to help care for dementia patients in the community, warns Wales’ only professor of geriatrics.
Posted on 21 October 2014 | 10:04 am
As UK efforts to find a vaccine for the Ebola virus continues, Tim Muffett met some of those trying to develop new treatments, and some of the volunteers willing to test it.
Posted on 21 October 2014 | 6:44 am
About 100 army medics are travelling to Sierra Leone as part of UK efforts to tackle the Ebola outbreak, as screening begins at Gatwick.
Posted on 21 October 2014 | 5:35 am
A paralysed man has been able to walk again after a pioneering therapy that involved transplanting cells from his nasal cavity into his spinal cord.
Posted on 21 October 2014 | 5:09 am