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California to shift mentally ill inmates out of solitary confinement

California will move mentally ill prisoners from solitary confinement to special isolation units as part of a series of new policies outlined by corrections officials Friday to improve treatment for inmates with psychiatric illnesses. In 2013, about 28 percent of California’s overcrowded prison population was diagnosed with some sort of mental illness, according to state and federal statistics. Complying with the federal order to amend how it deals with these inmates, the state earlier this month outlined changes to curb the use of force after video footage showed mentally ill prisoners screaming as guards doused them in pepper spray. Corrections officials are “focused on ensuring a strong collaborative environment between mental health and custody staff … to ensure mental health input is fully considered in programming and housing decisions,” Friday’s filing said.

Posted on 30 August 2014 | 3:17 am

Ebola hits 5th WAfrican state as Senegal confirms first case

Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) medical staff wearing protective clothing treat the body of an Ebola victim at their facility in Kailahun, on August 14, 2014The Ebola epidemic that has killed more than 1,500 people across West Africa spread to a fifth country in the region on Friday with the first confirmed case of the deadly virus in Senegal. The case marks the first time a new country has been hit by the outbreak since July and comes a day after the World Health Organization warned the number of infections was increasing rapidly. On Friday, scientists writing in the journal Nature said 18 lab monkeys given high doses of the Ebola virus fully recovered after being given the prototype drug ZMapp, which reversed bleeding in the animals. ZMapp has been given to a handful of frontline health workers who have contracted Ebola, two of whom have recovered, and two of whom have died.

Posted on 30 August 2014 | 3:05 am

Idaho attorney for boys in polygamous sect says he fears for them

By Laura Zuckerman SALMON Idaho (Reuters) – A court-appointed attorney for boys removed from the Idaho home of a follower of imprisoned polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs said on Friday he feared for the well-being of six of the children released to their parents’ custody. Nathan Jessop, a follower of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was charged with misdemeanor child injury offenses after police raided the home on the outskirts of Pocatello last month and took away the eight teenagers. Their parents had agreed to the arrangement but, earlier this month after Jessop was charged, they traveled to Idaho from such states as Arizona and Kansas to reclaim custody of children they had not seen for years, authorities said. Bradley Willis, an attorney appointed by an Idaho court to represent the boys, was opposed to the state’s handoff of the six boys.

Posted on 30 August 2014 | 2:57 am

California bill would remove guns from potential offenders

A bill allowing family members to ask a judge to order firearms removed from people likely to commit gun violence was sent to California Governor Jerry Brown on Friday for signing into law. The bill, one of several gun control measures up for votes in the last week of the state’s legislative session, was introduced after police near Santa Barbara said they were unable to confiscate weapons from a man who later went on a rampage and killed six people, despite concern from his family that he was in poor mental health and might become violent.     The bill passed the Assembly 47-25.     If Brown, who has steered a centrist course on gun control legislation, signs the bill, California would be the first U.S.

Posted on 30 August 2014 | 2:03 am

U.S. judge halts major part of Texas law restricting abortions

District Judge Lee Yeakel said the so-called “ambulatory surgical center requirement” was unjust because it placed an undue burden on women by reducing the number of clinics where they could seek abortions and the regulations had no compelling public health interests. “The court concludes, after examining the act and the context in which it operates, that the ambulatory-surgical center requirement was intended to close existing licensed abortion clinics,” Yeakel wrote in the decision. The requirement was to have gone into effect on Sept. 1. Under it, clinics would have had to meet a set of building standards ranging from widening halls to having facilities for certain surgeries that abortion rights advocates said were unnecessary, especially when an abortion is medically induced.

Posted on 29 August 2014 | 11:57 pm

Porn film moratorium lifted after HIV result proves false positive

The moratorium marked at least the third consecutive summer that the porn industry has voluntarily shut down productions under its health-screening system because of performers who tested positive for a sexually transmitted disease. “We always err on the side of caution,” said Diane Duke, chief executive of the Los Angeles-based Free Speech Coalition, the porn trade industry group. Because false positives are relatively rare with the type of screening the group conducts, its policy is to immediately halt shooting even before exposure to the AIDS virus is confirmed, she said.

Posted on 29 August 2014 | 11:41 pm

Ghana to serve as UN base for supplies bound for Ebola countries

The United Nations will use Ghana as a base for supplies bound for countries stricken by an Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 1,550 people in West Africa, the Ghanaian presidency said in a statement on Friday. UN chief Ban Ki-moon had a telephone conversation on Friday evening with Ghana’s President John Dramani Mahama, who agreed to let international agencies use Ghana’s capital Accra as a base for air lifting supplies and personnel to affected countries, the statement said. The statement said the UN and local authorities would work closely to put in place appropriate screening and prevention measures to avoid any adverse effects on Ghana as a result of the international operations. The UN will also help review and strengthen Ghana’s Ebola preparedness as steps are taken to prevent the virus from spreading to that country, according to the statement.

Posted on 29 August 2014 | 11:27 pm

Better education on breast reconstruction may be needed after cancer

By Andrew M. Seaman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – When it comes to deciding to have breast reconstruction after surgery for breast cancer, most women are generally satisfied with the decision-making process, a new study suggests. “Our findings generally were good news – women who wanted reconstruction got it, those who didn’t were generally satisfied with the decision process,” said Dr. Monica Morrow, the study’s lead author from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. For example, some women who didn’t undergo breast reconstruction said they worried that the implants would interfere with cancer screenings later on, or that they feared the implants. “Our study points to specific topics doctors can address with patients – safety of implants, lack of interference with cancer detection by reconstruction that are of concern to patients,” Morrow wrote in an email.

Posted on 29 August 2014 | 9:42 pm

Ebola outbreak reaches Senegal, riots break out in Guinea

Health workers wearing protective clothing prepare to carry an abandoned dead body presenting with Ebola symptoms at Duwala market in MonroviaBy Diadie Ba and Saliou Samb DAKAR/CONAKRY (Reuters) – The West African state of Senegal became the fifth country to be hit by the world's worst Ebola outbreak on Friday, while riots broke out in neighboring Guinea's remote southeast where infection rates are rising fast. In the latest sign that the outbreak of the virus, which has already killed at least 1,550 people, is spinning out of control, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said that Ebola cases rose last week at the fastest pace since the epidemic began in West Africa in March. The epidemic has defied efforts by governments to control it, prompting the leading charity fighting the outbreak, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), to call for the U.N. Security Council to take charge of efforts to stop it. Including the fatalities, more than 3,000 have been infected since the virus was detected in the remote jungles of southeastern Guinea in March and quickly spread across the border to Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Posted on 29 August 2014 | 9:07 pm

Experimental Ebola drug heals all monkeys in study

An experimental Ebola drug healed all 18 monkeys infected with the deadly virus in a study, boosting hopes that the treatment might help fight the outbreak raging through West Africa — once more of it …

Posted on 29 August 2014 | 9:04 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.

After Gaza bombs and heart surgery comes Hala’s simple smile

The mother of Hala, the Palestinian toddler whose plight made headlines worldwide, tells Victoria Lambert their story of survival, and why her joy is still tinged with pain

Posted on 30 August 2014 | 6:10 am

Doctors escaping disciplinary hearings by taking early retirement

Stephen Barclay, the Conservative MP, warns families who lose loved ones through “medical incompetence” are suffering “double injustice” as those responsible are not held to account

Posted on 29 August 2014 | 9:00 pm

Doctors and nurses encouraged to work weekends

Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, says that patients should expect the same standard of care ‘regardless of the day of the week’

Posted on 29 August 2014 | 9:00 pm

Feed the hunger pangs with cold turkey

Jenni Murray hopes a gastric band will help her lose weight, but there are better ways, says Vicki Woods

Posted on 29 August 2014 | 7:17 pm

Don’t forget sunscreen when gardening, men warned, as skin cancer rate rockets

Middle-aged men are increased risk at getting skin cancer because they do no use suncreen while playing golf, mowing the lawn or gardening, health experts have warned

Posted on 29 August 2014 | 5:08 pm

Loom band charms removed from sale over cancer fears

One of Britain’s biggest independent toy retailers removes loom band charms over cancer chemical danger fears

Posted on 29 August 2014 | 4:04 pm

Women pressured into leaving hospital too soon after birth, warn midwives

Hundreds of thousands of women are being rushed out of hospital after giving birth before they are ready, midwives have warned

Posted on 29 August 2014 | 3:37 pm

Open thread: should we manipulate our memories?

Have your say: As scientists find a way to reverse the emotions associated with certain memories, do we need to draw the line on thought control?

Posted on 29 August 2014 | 2:38 pm

Key cancer waiting time targets missed

Key cancer waiting time targets have been missed for the first time as the NHS struggles with huge increases in referrals, it has been admitted

Posted on 29 August 2014 | 1:44 pm

Ashya King: police say ‘time is running out’ for boy with brain tumour

Missing five-year-old Ashya King is being fed by a battery-opearted feeding tube which runs out today

Posted on 29 August 2014 | 1:14 pm

BBC News – Health

Senegal confirms first Ebola case

Senegal’s health ministry confirms a first case of Ebola, making it the fifth West African country now affected by the outbreak.

Posted on 29 August 2014 | 8:28 pm

Missing boy’s ‘life is in danger’

The health of a five-year-old boy taken from hospital by his parents against medical advice will deteriorate rapidly as the battery on his feeding system is likely to have run out, police say.

Posted on 29 August 2014 | 5:06 pm

Test Ebola drug ’100% effective’

The only trial data on the experimental Ebola drug ZMapp shows it is 100% effective in monkey studies, even in later stages of the infection.

Posted on 29 August 2014 | 5:00 pm

Post-natal care lacking, say midwives

A report from the Royal College of Midwives suggests that 40% of women are being discharged from hospital before they are ready after having a baby.

Posted on 29 August 2014 | 1:59 pm

New hospital food rules introduced

Hospitals in England will be expected to provide a higher standard of food under new rules being introduced by the government.

Posted on 29 August 2014 | 7:09 am

Electrical stimulation ‘aids memory’

Electromagnetic stimulation of a specific part of the brain may improve the ability to remember certain facts, researchers say.

Posted on 29 August 2014 | 12:17 am

Plain packs ‘no illegal smoking link’

A study of smokers in Australia suggests there is “no evidence” that the introduction of standardised cigarette packaging has changed the way people buy cigarettes.

Posted on 29 August 2014 | 12:15 am

Ebola travel bans ‘should be lifted’

West African health ministers call for travel restrictions on countries affected by the Ebola outbreak to be lifted, following WHO advice.

Posted on 28 August 2014 | 11:05 pm

Genetic clues to spread of Ebola

Scientists have tracked the spread of Ebola in West Africa, revealing genetic clues to the course of the outbreak.

Posted on 28 August 2014 | 6:00 pm

Ebola region faces UK travel ban

All but essential travel to Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia should be avoided, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office warns British nationals.

Posted on 28 August 2014 | 4:38 pm