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Europe backs continued use of Ariad Pharma’s leukemia drug

(Reuters) – European regulators recommended continued use of Ariad Pharmaceuticals Inc’s cancer drug Iclusig in its already approved indications to treat certain kinds of leukemia. However, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) recommended additional warnings in Iclusig’s European product information to minimize the risk of vascular events, Ariad said on Friday. The decision follows a positive recommendation from the EMA’s Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee, which said earlier this month that the benefits of Iclusig continued to outweigh its risks. …

Posted on 24 October 2014 | 12:03 pm

Canadian consulate in Istanbul gets package containing yellow powder: Turkish disaster body

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish authorities on Friday launched an investigation after an unidentified yellow powder was found in a package sent to the Canadian consulate in Istanbul. “The letter containing a yellow substance was examined in line with regular procedures,” Turkey’s disaster management agency, AFAD, said in a statement. One Canadian consulate employee came directly into contact with the suspicious package and six others had indirect exposure, the statement said. The German and Belgian consulates also received similar packages containing the yellow powder, Turkish media reported. …

Posted on 24 October 2014 | 12:02 pm

AstraZeneca cancer drug pipeline gets boost from European green light

A sign is seen at an AstraZeneca site in MacclesfieldBy Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) – AstraZeneca's cancer drug pipeline received a boost on Friday, as European regulators recommended approval of an experimental medicine against ovarian cancer. The green light from the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for olaparib, or Lynparza, is welcome news since the product hit a road bump in June when a U.S. panel voted against its accelerated approval. AstraZeneca has flagged the medicine as a potential $2 billion-a-year seller. Olaparib blocks an enzyme involved in cell repair and is designed for patients with certain hereditary gene mutations. …

Posted on 24 October 2014 | 11:47 am

Pakistan detects more polio cases on awareness day

ISLAMABAD (AP) — World Health Organization says three more polio cases have surfaced in Pakistan, bringing the number of those affected by the crippling disease in the country this year to 220.

Posted on 24 October 2014 | 11:36 am

New York confirms first Ebola case

A New York City Department of Health and Hospitals Police (NYHP) officer walks past the entrance to Bellevue Hospital October 23, 2014 where a doctor who recently returned to New York from West Africa is being treated for EbolaNew York confirmed the first case of Ebola in the largest city in the United States as the EU dramatically ramped up aid Friday to contain the killer epidemic ravaging west Africa. The EU announcement of one billion euros ($1.3 billion) for the worst-hit countries comes as fears of a spread of the virus grew, with the first confirmed case in Mali, where a two-year-old girl has tested positive. The World Health Organization (WHO), which has warned the Ebola crisis in west Africa "remains of great concern", held talks Thursday on efforts to ensure access to and funding for potential vaccines. The New York case is a doctor who recently returned from treating Ebola patients in Guinea, the epicenter of the world's worst outbreak of the disease.

Posted on 24 October 2014 | 11:28 am

Doctor with Ebola in New York hospital after return from Guinea

An exterior view of Bellevue Hospital in New York CityBy Ellen Wulfhorst and Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) – A doctor who worked in West Africa with Ebola patients was in an isolation unit in New York City on Friday after testing positive for the virus, becoming the fourth person diagnosed with the disease in the United States and the first in its largest city. Dr. Craig Spencer, 33, was placed in a quarantined unit at Bellevue Hospital on Thursday, six days after returning from Guinea, renewing public jitters about transmission of the disease and rattling financial markets. …

Posted on 24 October 2014 | 11:06 am

Cameron: EU secures $1.25 billion for Ebola fight

British Prime Minister David Cameron walks past journalists on the second day of an EU summit in Brussels, on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. EU leaders gather for a two-day summit in which they discuss Ebola, climate change and the economy. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)BRUSSELS (AP) — British Prime Minister David Cameron says that the European Union and its 28 member nations have secured 1 billion euros ($1.25 billion) to fight the Ebola crisis in West Africa.

Posted on 24 October 2014 | 10:56 am

WHO sending Ebola experts to Mali, 43 people monitored for virus

Health worker checks the temperature of a baby entering Mali from Guinea at the border in KouremaleGENEVA (Reuters) – The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday it was sending more experts to help Mali fight Ebola, a day after the first case of the disease was confirmed there. Malian authorities said on Thursday a two-year-old girl who had traveled to neighboring Guinea was infected — making Mali the sixth West African country to be touched by the worst outbreak on record of the hemorrhagic fever, which has killed almost 4,900 people. . …

Posted on 24 October 2014 | 10:47 am

Hikma Pharma shares slip on FDA warning for Portugal plant

(Reuters) – Drugmaker Hikma Pharmaceuticals Plc said the U.S. health regulator had raised issues related to environmental monitoring at its plant in Portugal, which some analysts said accounts for about a quarter of the company’s U.S. injectibles sales. Shares in the Jordanian company fell more than 6 percent on Friday as the warning added to disappointment of weak branded drug sales and a case filed by Takeda Pharmaceutical Co against the approval of Hikma’s drug for gout flares. Hikma’s stock was the top percentage loser on the FTSE-250 Midcap Index in the morning. …

Posted on 24 October 2014 | 10:45 am

After 1st Ebola case in NYC, 3 others quarantined

FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2014, file photo, Bellevue Hospital nurse Belkys Fortune, left, and Teressa Celia, Associate Director of Infection Prevention and Control, pose in protective suits in an isolation room, in the Emergency Room of the hospital, during a demonstration of procedures for possible Ebola patients in New York. A doctor who recently returned to New York City from West Africa is being tested for the Ebola virus. The doctor had a fever and gastrointestinal symptoms and was taken Thursday to Manhattan's Bellevue Hospital. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)NEW YORK (AP) — A doctor who became New York City's first Ebola patient was praised for getting treatment immediately upon showing symptoms, and health officials stressed that the nation's most populous city need not fear his wide-ranging travel in the days before his illness began.

Posted on 24 October 2014 | 10:43 am

Health – Physical, mental and sexual health coverage

Get the latest health news and wellbeing advice from the Telegraph, including family health, diet and fitness.

Drinking alcohol for the ‘health benefits’ is just silly

Claims that alcohol can protect our memory or hearts are beside the point: drink isn’t ‘good for us’

Posted on 24 October 2014 | 11:38 am

Daily glass of wine aids memory (if you’re over 60)

Older people who consume between one and six alcoholic drinks a week have a ‘significantly’ better ability to recall memories

Posted on 24 October 2014 | 10:31 am

Cancer boy Ashya responding to treatment

Five-year-old Ashya King’s parents are not planning to return to the UK over fears their son, who has a rare brain tumour, will be removed from their care.

Posted on 24 October 2014 | 7:55 am

Ruby Wax on mindfulness: ‘We need to stop stressing about stress’

Ruby Wax might be known for her rapid-fire comedy, but now she’s travelling around Britain educating live audiences on how to survive modern life. Here, she talks to Claire Cohen about mindfulness, mental illness and the urge to buy 70 striped cushions…

Posted on 24 October 2014 | 7:00 am

The ‘Saatchi Bill’ is dangerous and will bring nothing but harm

Quacks, Big Pharma and insurance firms will benefit from the Saatchi Bill – not doctors and certainly not patients, says Peter Oborne

Posted on 24 October 2014 | 7:00 am

Is the Grid X the answer to body aches? Beckham thinks so

Do you suffer from niggling aches and twinges? A new type of ‘trigger’ therapy, already used by David Beckham, may be the answer – and you can do it all by yourself

Posted on 24 October 2014 | 6:00 am

Holiday nightmare : ‘We found my father roped to the bed by the nurses’

Away from the tourist spots, the author Katie Medina saw Cuba’s darker side when her father suffered a stroke on holiday

Posted on 24 October 2014 | 6:00 am

The health revolution is under way – but no fanfare, please

The head of the NHS has launched a series of reforms too radical for politicians to promote, says Fraser Nelson

Posted on 24 October 2014 | 5:30 am

The NHS must be more imaginative

Telegraph View It is refreshing to have the NHS’s financial situation set out with such clarity by the ‘Five Year Forward View’.

Posted on 24 October 2014 | 5:10 am

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Posted on 23 October 2014 | 4:34 pm

BBC News – Health

Dozens monitored for Ebola in Mali

Dozens of people are being monitored in Mali after the nation confirmed a two-year-old girl as its first Ebola case.

Posted on 24 October 2014 | 11:06 am

VIDEO: Clock change ‘decreases activity’

Moving the clocks forward by an extra hour all year in the UK could lead to children getting more exercise every day, according to researchers.

Posted on 24 October 2014 | 8:57 am

VIDEO: Could amputees re-grow lost limbs?

Amputees could one day re-grow their missing limbs, according to researchers at Imperial College London.

Posted on 24 October 2014 | 8:49 am

Ebola crisis: ‘We need help, serious help’

Sierra Leone sailor asks for international help to end the epidemic

Posted on 24 October 2014 | 6:52 am

‘Sunshine can slow weight gain’

Exposure to sunshine could slow down weight gain and the development of diabetes, research on mice suggests.

Posted on 23 October 2014 | 11:45 pm

Roman gums ‘healthier than ours’

People living in Roman Britain had healthier gums than their modern-day descendants, a feat of archaeological dentistry shows.

Posted on 23 October 2014 | 11:45 pm

Ebola blood-therapy team set up

An international team of scientists is set up to determine the effectiveness of using the blood of Ebola-survivors as a treatment.

Posted on 23 October 2014 | 3:24 pm

US ‘probes hackable’ medical devices

US government investigators are looking into about two dozen cases of medical kit suspected to be vulnerable to life-threatening hacks.

Posted on 23 October 2014 | 12:52 pm

Later sunsets ‘make kids more active’

Moving the clocks forward by one extra hour all year could lead to children getting two more minutes of exercise every day, say UK researchers.

Posted on 23 October 2014 | 12:15 pm

NHS ‘needs extra cash and overhaul’

The NHS in England needs extra money and drastic changes to the way services are organised if patient care is not to suffer, health bosses say.

Posted on 23 October 2014 | 11:30 am