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Discuss risks of radiation imaging: cardiologists
 By Kathryn Doyle NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Cardiologists should discuss with patients the risks and benefits of chest imaging using ionizing radiation before the procedure, according to a new statement endorsed by several medical organizations. Ionizing radiation, which can come from cardiac stress tests, CT scans and certain heart procedures, is tied to increased cancer risk. “There is continuing concern on the part of patients in the area of ionizing radiation,” said Dr. Andrew J. Einstein, an associate professor of medicine in radiology at Columbia University in New York. ...

Global spa, wellness industry estimated at $3.4 trillion: report
 

A view of the main spa area of The Palms hotel, where Portugal's national soccer team will be based at during the 2014 World Cup, in CampinasBy Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - A growing middle class and consumers' evolving attitudes toward health and travel have fueled a global spa and wellness industry worth an estimated $3.4 trillion in 2013, according to a report released on Tuesday. Nutrition and weight loss, preventative and personalized health, complementary and alternative medicine, and beauty and anti-aging treatments were the biggest growing sectors, the report compiled by the non-profit research center SRI International showed. ...



First Ebola Case in US, But CDC Vows 'We Will Stop It Here'
 CDC Confirms First Ebola Case Diagnosed in U.S.

Obama, Modi work to deepen improving U.S.-India ties
 

Modi waves to supporters after paying homage at the Mahatma Gandhi Statue in front of the Indian Embassy in WashingtonBy Steve Holland and David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi agreed on Tuesday to deepen U.S.-Indian cooperation on maritime security to ensure freedom of navigation in what amounts to a response to China's naval muscle-flexing in Asia. ...



Advocates file petition to legalize marijuana in Mississippi
 By David Minsky (Reuters) - Marijuana advocates in Mississippi have filed a petition to put the legalization of recreational pot use on the politically conservative state's 2016 ballot, state officials said Tuesday. The petition, filed Monday, comes amid a broader, nationwide push for marijuana legalization spurred by Washington state and Colorado voting to become the first U.S. states to allow recreational use of the drug in 2012. Some 23 states and the District of Columbia permit medical marijuana use, though the drug remains illegal under federal law. ...

Government confirms first case of Ebola in US
 

Director of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Dr. Tom FriedenDALLAS (AP) — The first case of Ebola diagnosed in the U.S. was confirmed Tuesday in a patient who recently traveled from Liberia to Dallas — a sign of the far-reaching impact of the out-of-control epidemic in West Africa.



The US Ebola case: 5 things to know
 

FILE - This undated file image made available by the CDC shows the Ebola Virus. U.S. health officials have warned for months that someone infected with Ebola could unknowingly carry the virus to this country, and on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, came word that it had happened: A traveler in a Dallas hospital became the first patient diagnosed in the U.S. (AP Photo/CDC, File)Health officials on Tuesday announced the first case of Ebola diagnosed in the United States — a man isolated in intensive care at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.



China to open first high security bio laboratory
 

China's first high-security biosafety laboratory will be ready for use by December, a move hailed as a 'crucial' in the fight against EbolaBeijing (AFP) - China's first high-security biosafety laboratory will be ready for use by December, in a move hailed as a "crucial" moment in the fight against pathogens such as the Ebola virus, officials said.



Plant-based vaccines challenge big pharma for $3 billion flu market
 

A worker inspects the Nicotiana benthamiana plants at Medicago greenhouse in Quebec CityBy Sharon Begley NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two tiny companies are preparing to challenge some of the world's largest drug makers in the battle for dominance in the $3 billion global market for influenza vaccines, armed with little more than tiny tobacco plants. The use of plants to produce life-saving pharmaceuticals captured global attention when it was revealed that the Ebola drug ZMapp is produced in the leaves of tobacco plants. ...



Mexico says Ghanaian patient shows no signs of Ebola virus
 MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A 52-year-old man from Ghana who has been hospitalized in Mexico does not shows signs of the deadly Ebola virus, the country's health ministry said in a statement on Tuesday night. The patient displayed fever-like symptoms and has been quarantined in a Ciudad del Carmen hospital in southern Campeche state in line with standard protocol, the statement said. Laboratory tests that could reveal the presence of a range of infectious diseases are being performed and will be sent to Mexico's national epidemiological institute INDRE for further analysis, the ministry added.

UN Ebola mission head wants significant progress in 60 days
 

UN World Food Programme regional director for Asia Tony Banbury speaks at a news conference in BeijingACCRA (Reuters) - The U.N. mission for Ebola wants to achieve significant progress in combating the deadly disease within 60 days, including ensuring that 70 percent of cases receive treatment, its new head Tony Banbury said on Tuesday. At least 3,091 people have died from Ebola since the West African outbreak was first reported in the remote southeast forest region of Guinea in March. The other two most affected countries are Sierra Leone and Liberia. ...



Ebola outbreaks in Nigeria, Senegal, appear contained- CDC reports
 

A general view of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) headquarters in AtlantaBy Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - Efforts to contain the Ebola outbreaks in Nigeria and Senegal appear to have succeeded, even as the virus continues to spread in the hardest-hit West African countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, U.S. and African health officials said on Tuesday. In Nigeria, no new cases of Ebola have occurred since August 31, "suggesting that the Ebola outbreak in Nigeria might have been contained," according to one of three reports released on Tuesday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. ...



Traveler from Liberia is first Ebola patient diagnosed in U.S
 

A general view of the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in DallasBy Julie Steenhuysen and Sharon Begley (Reuters) - A man who flew from Liberia to Texas has become the first patient infected with the deadly Ebola virus to be diagnosed in the United States, health officials said on Tuesday, a sign the outbreak ravaging West Africa may spread globally. The patient sought treatment six days after arriving in Texas on Sept. 20, Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), told reporters. He was admitted two days later to an isolation room at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. U.S. ...



Questions and answers about the US Ebola case
 

FILE - This undated file image made available by the CDC shows the Ebola Virus. U.S. health officials have warned for months that someone infected with Ebola could unknowingly carry the virus to this country, and on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, came word that it had happened: A traveler in a Dallas hospital became the first patient diagnosed in the U.S. (AP Photo/CDC, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials have warned for months that someone infected with Ebola could unknowingly carry the virus to this country, and there is word now that it has happened: A traveler in a Dallas hospital became the first patient diagnosed in the U.S.



Olympic swimming champ Phelps arrested on drunken driving charge
 

File of Michael Phelps reacting after placing seventh in the 100m freestyle in the 2014 USA National Championships in Irvine, CaliforniaBy Steve Ginsburg WASHINGTON (Reuters) - American swimmer Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, was arrested for drunken driving early on Tuesday after speeding and then crossing the double-lane lines inside a Baltimore tunnel, police said. The 18-time Olympic gold medalist later apologized for the incident, saying he was "deeply sorry to everyone I have let down." Police said Phelps, 29, was clocked by radar around 1:40 a.m. traveling 84 miles per hour (135 kph) in a 45-mph (72-kph) zone. He was booked and released. ...



Exclusive: India set to run out of critical free drug for HIV/AIDS program
 

Seema (R), 33, displays an anti-retroviral drug used to treat HIV/AIDS, inside his residence in New Delhi May 16, 2012.By Aditya Kalra NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India could run out of a critical medicine in its free HIV/AIDS drugs program in three weeks due to bureaucratic bungling, a senior government official said, leaving more than 150,000 sufferers without life-saving drugs for about a month. Missed dosages for long durations can increase patients' drug resistance and result in faster spread of the virus, while changes in medication regimens expose patients to side effects. ...



US Ebola case is first diagnosed outside Africa
 

An awareness poster is presented during a hearing on "Combating the Ebola Threat" at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, DC, on August 7, 2014Washington (AFP) - The United States has diagnosed its first case of Ebola in a man who was infected in Liberia and traveled to Texas, US health officials said, pledging to contain the virus that has killed more than 3,000.



West Africa Ebola crisis hits tourism, compounds hunger in Gambia
 By Misha Hussain DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Pestilence, cyclical droughts and floods, and the West Africa Ebola crisis have pushed hunger to record levels in Gambia, where 200,000 people need urgent food assistance, the United Nations says. Tourism is a significant source of income for the country, and even though Gambia has not seen cases of Ebola, the outbreak in the region has caused visitor numbers to plummet by 60 percent compared to last year, said Ade Mamonyane Lekoetje, the U.N. representative for Gambia. ...

W. Africa Ebola crisis hits tourism, compounds hunger in Gambia
 By Misha Hussain DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Pestilence, cyclical droughts and floods, and the West Africa Ebola crisis have pushed hunger to record levels in Gambia, where 200,000 people need urgent food assistance, the United Nations says. Tourism is a significant source of income for the country, and even though Gambia has not seen cases of Ebola, the outbreak in the region has caused visitor numbers to plummet by 60 percent compared to last year, said Ade Mamonyane Lekoetje, the U.N. representative for Gambia. ...

South Africa public health union demands 15 pct pay increase
 JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's top public health worker union said on Wednesday it wanted a 15 percent across-the-board wage increase and would begin a series of protest marches over poor government services this week. National Education Health & Allied Workers Union said in a statement there was a public health "crisis" in Africa's most developed economy because of government outsourcing. The union also wants a 3000 rand ($265) housing allowance for its workers. (1 US dollar = 11.2794 South African rand)

Heavyweight South African state union demands 15 percent pay rise
 JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's top public health worker union said on Wednesday it wanted a 15 percent across-the-board wage increase and would begin a series of protest marches over poor government services this week. National Education Health & Allied Workers Union (NEHAWU), which has around 280,000 members, said in a statement there was a public health "crisis" in Africa's most developed economy because of government outsourcing. ...

Heavyweight South African state union demands 15 pct pay rise
 JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's top public health worker union said on Wednesday it wanted a 15 percent across-the-board wage increase and would begin a series of protest marches over poor government services this week. National Education Health & Allied Workers Union (NEHAWU), which has around 280,000 members, said in a statement there was a public health "crisis" in Africa's most developed economy because of government outsourcing. ...

New products from Bellabeat let moms-to-be take charge of baby’s health
 

Sharing the heartbeat with the Shell monitorSan Francisco-based start-up Bellabeat has unveiled three new products that allow expectant mothers to track their baby's weight and hear the heartbeat at anytime without having to visit the doctor.



Special Report: In foreign hands, British automakers overtake France
 

File photo of Peugeot miniature model vintage cars lined-up at French carmaker PSA Peugeot Citroen headquarters in ParisBy Costas Pitas and Gilles Guillaume LONDON/PARIS (Reuters) - When Britain lost its last native car company 20 years ago, it was lamented across the political spectrum as a national catastrophe. "The sheer stupidity and immorality of this betrayal is too scandalous to be ignored," wrote a columnist in the conservative Times of London. The left-leaning Guardian bemoaned: "No one can conceive of Renault, Fiat or indeed BMW fattening themselves up after years of emaciation, ready for sell-off to a foreign rival. ...



Timeline for first case of Ebola diagnosed in US
 

A man walks up the stairway leading to the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. A patient in the hospital is showing signs of the Ebola virus and is being kept in strict isolation with test results pending, hospital officials said Monday. (AP Photo/LM Otero)The first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States traveled from Liberia, federal health officials said. The unidentified man, who flew into Dallas, is being treated at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital:



The Brighter Side of Living With Chronic Illness: 6 Amazing Things You Know Better Than Most
 

The Brighter Side of Living With Chronic Illness: 6 Amazing Things You Know Better Than MostThe diagnosis of any chronic illness comes with much you wish you didn't have to carry, and suffer with, for the rest of your life.You learn the scales of pain, you learn the bureaucracy of the health care system, you learn to grieve for abilities and opportunities lost, and so much more.



Coping When A Family Member Has Alzheimer's
 

Coping When A Family Member Has Alzheimer'sBy Natalie Papailiou for KnowMore.tvI first knew my grandmother's Alzheimer's had gotten bad when she tried to feed my one-year-old black olives with the pits still in them. She thought they were grapes. We had moved in with my folks (my grandmother lives with them) for a few months before our new house was ready and the olive incident was a...



Portola Pharma drug reverses effect of anti-clotting drugs in study
 (Reuters) - Portola Pharmaceuticals Inc said its drug met the main goal of reversing the effect of anti-coagulant drugs in a late-stage study. Data showed that an intravenous shot of the drug, andexanet alfa, immediately reversed the effect of Eliquis, an anti-clotting drug by Bristol-Myers Squibb Co and Pfizer Inc. Andexanet alfa is also being tested against Xarelto, a drug made by Bayer Healthcare and Johnson & Johnson's unit Janssen, Portola said in a statement. (Reporting by Vidya L Nathan in Bangalore; Editing by Kirti Pandey)

Ebola case stokes concerns for Liberians in Texas
 

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in DallasDALLAS (AP) — The first case of Ebola diagnosed in the U.S. has been confirmed in a man who recently traveled from Liberia to Dallas, sending chills through the area's West African community whose leaders urged caution to prevent spreading the virus.



Happy National Kale Day All You Haters
 Not everyone agrees the cruciferous veggie deserves its own holiday.

Novo Nordisk's next big idea: a once-weekly insulin shot
 

A Novo Nordisk employee controls a machine at an insulin production line in a plant in KalundborgBy Shida Chayesteh COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Denmark's Novo Nordisk, the world's largest insulin maker, is betting on a new way to stay ahead in the $40 billion-plus diabetes market by trying to develop the world's first once-weekly insulin injection. It is an ambitious and risky project, with research still at an early stage, but Chief Science Officer Mads Krogsgaard Thomsen thinks the super long-acting insulin, known as LAI287, could be a boon for people wanting to minimize use of needles. ...



Ardelyx bowel drug succeeds in mid-stage trial
 (Reuters) - Ardelyx Inc said its experimental drug to treat constipation-related irritable bowel syndrome achieved the main goal of increasing bowel movement compared with a placebo in a mid-stage study involving 371 patients. The company's shares were up 5.6 percent at $15.00 in pre-market trading on the Nasdaq on Wednesday. Ardelyx said the trial met its main goal in 60.7 percent of patients taking the drug, tenapanor, compared with 33.7 percent in the placebo group. Half the patients given the drug experienced at least a 30 percent reduction in abdominal pain, compared with 23. ...

Dallas ambulance crew exposed to Ebola patient test negative for virus
 AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) - All three members of Dallas ambulance crew exposed to a patient who developed Ebola have tested negative for the virus, the City of Dallas said on Wednesday. The crew members have been quarantined. They will be closely monitored for the next 21 days, the city said on its Twitter feed. (Reporting by Jon Herskovitz)

Walgreen to sell drugs under Express Scripts 2015 Medicare plans
 (Reuters) - Express Scripts Holding Co, the largest U.S. pharmacy benefit manager, said Walgreen Co would sell prescription drugs under its two Medicare Part D plans for 2015. Beneficiaries of Express Scripts' Medicare Value or Choice plans for 2015 can get Tier 1 generic drugs free or for as little as $1 respectively if they buy from pharmacies in its preferred network, such as Walgreen. Medicare Part D program, which is provided only through private insurance companies, gives subsidies on prescription drugs to the elderly and disabled. ...

Health officials say no other suspected Ebola cases in Texas
 (Reuters) - Texas state health officials said on Wednesday they have no other suspected Ebola cases in the state, where the first confirmed U.S. case of the deadly virus has been reported. "We have no other suspect cases of Ebola in Texas at this time," the state health agency said in a Twitter post. (Writing by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Jim Loney)

Eyeing 2015 vote, British PM Cameron pledges 7 billion pounds in tax cuts
 

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron returns to his hotel after giving radio interviews during the the Conservative Party Conference in BirminghamBy Andrew Osborn and William James BIRMINGHAM England (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron promised to hand almost half the British population a tax cut if re-elected next year, a pledge he hopes will win over millions of voters and refocus debate away from a schism inside his party over Europe. The promise, which will cost over 7 billion pounds (11. ...



U.S. health experts in Dallas review potential Ebola exposure
 

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in DallasBy Susan Heavey WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. health experts in Dallas were taking stock Wednesday of how many people may have been exposed to Ebola, just a day after the first case of the deadly virus was diagnosed in the United States, the nation's top public health official said. The review comes even as health officials in Texas said healthcare workers tested negative for the virus and there were no other suspected cases in the state. ...



Eyeing 2015 vote, Cameron pledges 7 billion pounds in tax cuts
 

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron delivers his keynote address to the Conservative Party Conference in BirminghamBy Andrew Osborn and William James BIRMINGHAM England (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron promised to hand almost half the British population a tax cut if re-elected next year, a pledge he hopes will win over millions of voters and refocus debate away from a schism inside his party over Europe. The promise, which will cost over 7 billion pounds (11. ...



Experts question two-day delay in admitting Texas Ebola patient
 

A general view of the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in DallasBy Julie Steenhuysen and Sharon Begley CHICAGO/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The first patient to be diagnosed with Ebola in a U.S. hospital was evaluated initially and turned away, a critical missed opportunity that could result in others being exposed to the deadly virus, infectious disease experts said. On the patient's first visit to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas last Friday, he walked into the hospital presenting “non-specific symptoms” and was sent home with a prescription for antibiotics, Dr. ...



Spanish judge orders release of ill boy's parents
 

This is an undated handout photos issued by England's Hampshire Police on Monday Sept. 1, 2014, of Brett King and Naghemeh King, the parents of Ashya King, who have legal proceedings against them continuing in Spain after they took the five-year-old brain cancer patient out of hospital without doctors' consent. Critically-ill 5-year-old boy Ashya King driven to Spain by his parents is receiving medical treatment for a brain tumor in a Spanish hospital as his parents await extradition to Britain, police said Sunday Aug. 31 2014. Officers received a phone call late Saturday from a hotel east of Malaga advising that a vehicle fitting the description circulated by police was on its premises. Both parents were arrested and the boy, Ashya King, was taken to a hospital, a Spanish police spokesman said. (AP Photo/Hampshire Police)SOTO DEL REAL, Spain (AP) — Spanish officials have ordered the immediate release of a detained British couple who were wanted by police in the United Kingdom after they took their critically ill child for treatment abroad without doctors' consent.



 
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