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British Ebola sufferer 'receiving experimental drug'

A nurse wears protective clothing as he demonstrates the facilities in place at the Royal Free Hospital in north London on August 6, 2014A British nurse infected with Ebola while working in Sierra Leone is being given the same experimental drug used on two US missionaries who have recovered for the disease, doctors in London said Tuesday. William Pooley, 29, is being treated with ZMapp after being flown out of Sierra Leone on a specially-equipped British military plane on Sunday. Others who have received ZMapp include two US missionaries, Dr Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, who were treated in the US city of Atlanta before leaving hospital last week. Liberian doctor Abraham Borbor died Sunday despite receiving the serum.

Nigeria has only one Ebola patient: health minister

Passengers, wearing protective face masks and hand gloves push troleys loaded with personal effects upon arrival at the Murtala Mohammed Airport in Lagos on August 11, 2014Nigeria said Tuesday that two more people had been released from isolation after recovering from Ebola, leaving only one living patient with the disease in the country. According to the health ministry, Nigeria has recorded 13 confirmed cases of Ebola, including the Liberian-American Patrick Sawyer, who brought the virus to the economic capital Lagos on July 20 and died five days later. In all five people have died of the disease in Nigeria. Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu announced that an additional two patients had been discharged, bringing the number of those released to seven.

Building a Community of Creative Collaborators

Building a Community of Creative CollaboratorsThis is a guest post by Martin Segal, Managing Director, Segal Family Foundation (SFF). Martin is the son of Barry Segal, founder of SFF.Our grassroots partners are at the heart of Segal Family Foundation's mission and work. I know each and every one of our partners, which is a point of pride with over 150 partners and acronyms like SHOFCO,...

Medicaid payouts for office visits may influence cancer screening: study
 By Kathryn Doyle NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – In states where Medicaid pays doctors higher fees for office visits, Medicaid beneficiaries are more likely to be screened for breast, cervical or colorectal cancer, according to a new study. “States tend to vary in their reimbursement rates for different types of medical care services; Each state establishes its own coverage and reimbursement policies.

More parents think their overweight child is 'about right'
 By Kathryn Doyle NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Between 1988 and 2010, the number of parents who could correctly identify their children as overweight or obese went down, according to a new study. “Today, almost one out of every three kids is overweight or obese,” said senior author Dr. Jian Zhang of the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro. Zhang and his team examined height and weight data on 2,871 children, ages six to 11, from the 1988 to 1994 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey and 3,202 similar kids from the 2005 to 2010 cycles of the survey. In all cases, the children’s parents were asked if they considered their child ‘overweight, underweight, just about the right weight, or don’t know.’ In the 1988 to 1994 data set, 78 percent of parents of an overweight boy and 61 percent of parents of an overweight girl, identified the child as ‘about the right weight.’ That number increased to 83 percent for boys and 78 percent for girls in the 2005 to 2010 period.

This Boomer Couple Is Making Your Health Their Business

This Boomer Couple Is Making Your Health Their BusinessFor the Year of the Boomer -- 2014 is the year the youngest boomers turn 50 -- here is another installment in my year-long survey of 50 over-50 boomers across 10 career categories who have reinvented themselves within the last 10 years.Most of the health focus of the boomer Generation is on how we're living longer.

Ebola Outbreak: Dispatches From the Hot Zone
 With more than 1,400 deaths and counting, the Ebola outbreak continues its relentless march across parts of West Africa.

U.S. names Connecticut official to lead federal Obamacare marketplace
 By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration on Tuesday named the head of Connecticut's state health exchange to oversee the federal marketplace that provides subsidized private health insurance to consumers in 36 states under Obamacare. In a move that administration officials billed as an effort to bring new accountability to the federal operation, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell announced that Kevin Counihan would oversee federal operations, as well as health insurance regulation, in the new post of marketplace chief executive officer. His appointment comes less than a year after the botched rollout of the federal marketplace enrollment portal,, which crashed during its launch on Oct. 1, 2013, plunging President Barack Obama's healthcare law into a political crisis for months.

Watch: Inside the Triage Unit Where Patients Find Out If They Have Ebola
 ABC News' Dr. Richard Besser gets a behind-the-scenes look at Ebola crisis at JFK Medical Center in Liberia.

Lokai: Balancing Life (#ArtofY)

Lokai: Balancing Life (#ArtofY)"You have to stay hopefully in the low times, and humble in the high times?" Those are the words on which Steven Izen, 23, founded Lokai in 2013. I sat down with Steven to learn about his personal journey, Lokai's beginnings, and the bracelet he hopes will inspire others.Steven Izen with a Lokai display (photo by author)Where did you go to...

WHO urges stiff regulatory curbs on e-cigarettes
 By Stephanie Nebehay and Ben Hirschler GENEVA/LONDON (Reuters) - The World Health Organization (WHO) called for stiff regulation of electronic cigarettes as well as bans on indoor use, advertising and sales to minors, in the latest bid to control the booming new market. In a long-awaited report that will be debated by member states at a meeting in October in Moscow, the United Nations health agency on Tuesday also voiced concern about the concentration of the $3 billion market in the hands of big tobacco companies. "In a nutshell, the WHO report shows that e-cigarettes and similar devices pose threats to public health," Douglas Bettcher, director of the agency's department on non-communicable diseases, told a news briefing in Geneva. Because they are so new, there is a lack of long-term scientific evidence to support their safety, and some fear they could lead to nicotine addiction and tobacco smoking.

Overhydration may have been factor in Mississippi football player's death

Walker Wilbanks is pictured in this undated handout photo(Reuters) - The death of a Mississippi high school football player three days after he fell ill during a game was due to swelling in his brain possibly triggered by overhydration, a doctor who treated him said on Tuesday. "This seems to be a fluke, freak tragedy," said Dr. Joe Pressler, who treated Walker Wilbanks, 17, at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Wilbanks was playing in a Friday night game for Jackson Preparatory School, the state's top private high school football team, when he came off the field saying he did not feel well, a school spokeswoman said.

Ebola Wards See Flood of Patients, Outflow of Bodies

Ebola Wards See Flood of Patients, Outflow of BodiesTreatment Centers Fill Faster Than Bodies Are Removed

Do-it-yourself blood pressure care can beat MDs

FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2013 file photo, Monica Torres, left, checks the blood pressure of Esther Fisher, right, during an event at the Jackson-Hinds Comprehensive Health Center in Jackson, Miss. A study published Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that "Do-it-yourself" blood pressure measurements and medicine changes work better than usual doctor-office care in some patients. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)CHICAGO (AP) — "Do-it-yourself" blood pressure measurements and medicine changes work better than usual doctor-office care in some patients, a study of older adults in England found.

Obama tells veterans better mental health care on the way

U.S. President Obama speaks about developments in Iraq and civil unrest in Missouri, from the White House in WashingtonBy Mark Felsenthal CHARLOTTE N.C. (Reuters) - President Barack Obama sought to make amends with veterans on Tuesday, announcing steps to expand their access to mental health care and an initiative with financial companies to lower home loan costs for military families. The president was embarrassed earlier this year when it was revealed that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) had been covering up lengthy delays in providing healthcare to former military personnel. Obama, speaking at the American Legion's national convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, announced steps to improve availability of mental health care for military personnel as they move to civilian life and expanded research into post-traumatic stress disorder and suicide.

U.S. says non-allergic peanut moves closer to commercial reality
 By Ros Krasny WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A new method for removing allergens from peanuts means help could soon be on the way for the roughly 2.8 million Americans with a potentially life-threatening allergy to the popular food, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Tuesday. In a blog post, the agency said researchers at North Carolina A&T State University have found a way to reduce peanut allergens by 98 percent to 100 percent by focusing on certain proteins that can trigger food-related anaphylaxis, a severe, whole-body allergic reaction. "We found that treating peanuts with protein-breaking enzymes reduced allergenic proteins," said Dr. Jianmai Yu, a food and nutrition researcher at NC A&T’s School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences.

Twitter helps Chicago find sources of food poisoning

People holding mobile phones are silhouetted against a backdrop projected with the Twitter logo in WarsawBy Shereen Lehman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – When Chicago health officials saw Twitter users complaining about local food poisoning episodes, they reached out on Twitter to those users and often ended up charging the restaurant in question with a violation. “We know that the majority of cases of foodborne outbreaks really never end up getting reported to the local health department anywhere in the country,” Dr. Bechara Choucair told Reuters Health in a phone call. “We realize the people might not pick up the phone and call the doctor, but they might go to Twitter and complain to the world that they got food poisoning from eating out,” he said. Choucair and his colleagues in the Chicago Department of Public Health wondered if there was some innovative way for them to identify new cases of foodborne outbreaks in Chicago that are regularly missed.

Robotic prostate removal tied to surgical changes, costs
 By Andrew M. Seaman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – The introduction of robotic surgery for prostate cancer may have led to changes in the number of surgeons performing prostate removals and in the overall cost, according to a new study. With the technology being used more widely, fewer doctors are performing the procedure and the overall cost of prostate removal has gone up, researchers found. While studies examining the benefits and potential harms of robotic surgery have produced mixed results, the researchers write in BJU International that there is little information on how the innovation influenced prostate removal in the U.S. "We knew by anecdotal reports as well as the scientific literature that it had become relatively widespread but we didn’t know how that had been done,” said Dr. Steven Chang, the study’s lead author from Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.

2 African Ebola Patients to Be Discharged After Getting ZMapp
 The health workers were treated with the experimental Ebola drug.

IG: Shoddy care by VA didn't cause Phoenix deaths

Connie Olberg holds a photo of her brother, Donald DouglassWASHINGTON (AP) — Government investigators found no proof that delays in care caused veterans to die at a Phoenix VA hospital, but they found widespread problems that the Veterans Affairs Department is promising to fix.

No deaths linked to troubled U.S. veterans hospital

The sign of the Department of Veteran Affairs is seen in front of the headquarters building in WashingtonBy Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A probe into long waits for medical treatment at Veterans Affairs facilities in Phoenix documented suffering by sick veterans affected by cover-ups of wait-list delays but did not find evidence that the shoddy care had caused patient deaths. While Phoenix officials masked months-long wait times to try to achieve two-week targets used for salary and bonus awards, some veterans experienced "clinically significant delays" in care, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs' inspector general, an internal watchdog.

Travel with medications, medical devices can be daunting
 By Kathryn Doyle (This August 20th story has been refiled to correct gender of Dr. Bauer in paras 15, 16 and 18, and changes "county" to "country" in para 16.) NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - For international travelers who need to carry medical devices and medications with them, it’s not easy to find out the travel requirements at their destinations, and embassies in general aren’t much help, according to a new study. ...

Some contractors see contract values rise: report

A man looks over the Affordable Care Act signup page on the website in New York in this photo illustrationBy David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Three firms involved in the troubled Obamacare website have seen their contract values exceed initial estimates by more than a quarter-billion dollars, including the lead IT contractor at the time of the site's botched rollout, government data shows. Department of the Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) estimates the original value of 60 information technology (IT) contracts related to the Obamacare federal marketplace at $1.7 billion. The OIG report did not specify a total dollar value.

USC to vet football player's rescue story after doubts: coach
 The University of Southern California plans to vet the story of how one of its football players injured himself rescuing a young nephew from a swimming pool after it received calls questioning the account, head coach Steve Sarkisian said on Tuesday. Josh Shaw, a senior defensive back and team captain, said he suffered two high ankle sprains on Saturday after leaping from a second-floor balcony at an apartment complex in Palmdale, California, to help a 7-year-old nephew who was distressed in a swimming pool. "Within the last few hours or so, we've gotten a few phone calls contradicting what Josh said occurred Saturday night, so we're going to continue to vet," Sarkisian told reporters. Shaw, 22, has been hailed by the university and media for his heroism after his story was published on the USC football team's website on Monday.

Ebola-hit Liberia fires absentee ministers

Nurses wearing protective suits escort a man infected with the Ebola virus to a hospital in Monrovia, August 25, 2014Liberia's leader has sacked ministers and senior government officials who defied an order to return to the west African nation to lead the fight against the deadly Ebola outbreak, her office said. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf had told overseas ministers to return within a week as part of a state-of-emergency announcement on August 6, warning that extraordinary measures were needed "for the very survival of our state". United Nations officials have pledged to step up efforts against the lethal tropical virus, which has infected more than 2,600 and killed 1,427 since the start of the year. The World Health Organization said on Monday more than 120 health workers across west Africa had died during the "unprecedented" outbreak, and more than 240 had been infected.

UK Ebola victim treated with experimental drug ZMapp
 The first Briton to have contracted the deadly Ebola virus has been given the experimental drug ZMapp, the London hospital where he is being treated said on Tuesday, two days after he was brought back from West Africa. British volunteer nurse William Pooley, 29, had been working at an Ebola center in Sierra Leone when he tested positive for the disease. He was flown home on Sunday in a specially adapted Royal Air Force cargo plane and taken to an isolation unit at the Royal Free Hospital in north London. "After careful consideration William decided that he would like to take the experimental drug ZMapp and he took the first dose of the drug on Monday," the hospital said in a statement.

Ebola has 'upper hand' says US health official
 MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Ebola still has the "upper hand" in the outbreak that has killed more than 1,400 people in West Africa, but experts have the means to stop it, a top American health official said during a visit to the hardest-hit countries.

Insurers pay more tax on executive compensation under Obamacare: study

Julian Gomez explains Obamacare to people at a health insurance enrolment event in CommerceWhen Washington eliminated corporate tax deductions on health insurance executive compensation above $500,000 under President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law in 2013, it generated more than $72 million in additional tax revenue for the U.S. The report from the Institute for Policy Studies examined executive compensation in the 2013 proxy filings from WellPoint Inc and UnitedHealth Group Inc, among others, and found that those companies paid more taxes than they would have if the law had not been passed.

Japan lab unable to replicate 'stem cell' findings: report

A photo released by Japan's national institute Riken on January 28, 2014 shows what is meant to be Stimulus Triggered Acquisition of Pluripotency (STAP) cells. The research has now been called into questionResearchers in Japan have been unable to replicate experiments that were hailed earlier this year as a "game-changer" in the quest to grow transplant tissue, amid claims evidence was faked, a report said Wednesday. In a scandal that rocked Japan's scientific establishment, Riken -- a research institute that sponsored the study -- launched an independent experiment in April to verify research published by scientist Haruko Obokata and her colleagues earlier this year. Obokata was feted after unveiling findings that appeared to show a straightforward way to re-programme adult cells to become stem cells -- precursors that are capable of developing into any other cell in the human body. Identifying a readily manufacturable supply of stem cells could one day help meet a need for transplant tissues, or even whole organs, meaning that any advance in the field is met with excitement in the scientific community.

WHO shuts Sierra Leone lab after worker infected with Ebola

Volunteers carry bodies in a centre run by Medecins Sans Frontieres for Ebola patients in KailahunBy Umaru Fofana and Media Coulibaly FREETOWN/KINSHASA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday it had shut a laboratory in Sierra Leone after a health worker there was infected with Ebola, a move that may hamper efforts to boost the global response to the worst-ever outbreak of the disease. The WHO has deployed nearly 400 of its own staff and partner organisations to fight the epidemic of the highly contagious hemorrhagic fever, which has struck Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea and Nigeria. A separate outbreak was confirmed in Democratic Republic of Congo on Sunday. Nigeria's health minister said on Tuesday his country had "thus far contained" the Ebola outbreak.

Nigeria says has "thus far contained" Ebola, one case left to treat
 Nigeria's health minister said on Tuesday authorities had "thus far contained" the Ebola outbreak that started last month, with only one out of 13 confirmed cases still being treated in isolation in the commercial capital Lagos. Onyebuchi Chukwu said of the other cases that five had died and the other seven had been discharged. The remaining one was the spouse of one of the doctors who treated Patrick Sawyer, the Liberian who brought the virus to Africa's most populous nation.

Japan lab unable to replicate 'stem cell' findings

A photo released by Japan's national institute Riken on January 28, 2014 shows what is meant to be Stimulus Triggered Acquisition of Pluripotency (STAP) cells. The research has now been called into questionResearchers in Japan said Wednesday they have been unable to replicate experiments that were hailed earlier this year as a "game-changer" in the quest to grow transplant tissue, amid claims evidence was faked. In a scandal that rocked Japan's scientific establishment, Riken -- the research institute that sponsored the study -- launched an independent experiment in April to verify research published by scientist Haruko Obokata and her colleagues earlier this year. "Researchers have conducted 22 experiments thus far, but we could not confirm the emergence of cells in the conditions described in (Obokata's) papers," Riken said in an interim report issued Wednesday. The researchers will continue their experiments under more diverse conditions while also considering data obtained by Obokata herself, Shinichi Aizawa, a special adviser at Riken, told a lengthy press conference.

Russia court closes McDonald's branch for 90 days: agency

The walls and towers of the Kremlin are reflected in a window of a closed McDonald's restaurant, one of four temporarily closed by the state food safety watchdog, in MoscowMOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian court on Wednesday ordered the closure of a McDonald's restaurant branch in Moscow for 90 days over breaches of sanitary rules, Russia's RIA news agency reported. The restaurant is on Moscow's Manezh square, under the walls of the Kremlin. (Reporting by Maria Kiselyova; Writing by Christian Lowe; Editing by Mark Trevelyan)

WHO staffer with Ebola taken to Germany for treatment

Medical staff in protective clothing transport a patient infected with the Ebola virus from a plane to an ambulance at Hamburg airport, northern Germany, on August 27, 2014A World Health Organization (WHO) employee who has contracted Ebola arrived in Germany Wednesday, the first patient with the virus to be treated in the country, officials said. A plane carrying the patient -- a Senegalese epidemiologist who was infected in Sierra Leone -- touched down at the airport of the northern city of Hamburg and was to be taken to a hospital isolation ward.

UN scientist with Ebola in Germany for treatment

A man in special protection suit sits in an ambulance in front of the entrance of Eppendorf hospital in Hamburg, Germany, Wednesday Aug. 27, 2014. Officials say an epidemiologist who was infected with Ebola while working for the World Health Organization in Sierra Leone has arrived in Germany for treatment. Hamburg health department spokesman Roland Ahrendt said Wednesday the doctor would be treated in the city’s UKE hospital at WHO’s request. WHO spokeswoman Fadela Chaib said the patient is a man from Senegal who was working for the WHO as a consultant when infected by the virus in Sierra Leone. To date, the WHO says more than 240 health care workers have developed the disease in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone, and more than 120 have died. (AP Photo/dpa,Georg Wendt)BERLIN (AP) — A scientist who was infected with Ebola while working for the World Health Organization in Sierra Leone has arrived in Germany for treatment in a Hamburg hospital, officials said Wednesday.

Liberia troops fire on protesters as West Africa's Ebola toll hits 1,350
 By Clair MacDougall and James Harding Giahyue MONROVIA (Reuters) - Security forces in the Liberian capital fired live rounds and tear gas on Wednesday to disperse a stone-throwing crowd trying to break an Ebola quarantine imposed on their neighborhood, as the death toll from the epidemic in West Africa hit 1,350. In the sprawling oceanfront West Point neighborhood of Monrovia, at least four people were injured in clashes with security forces, witnesses said. It was unclear whether anyone was wounded by the gunfire, though a Reuters photographer saw a young boy with his leg largely severed just above the ankle. Liberian authorities introduced a nationwide curfew on Tuesday and put the West Point neighborhood under quarantine to curb the spread of the disease.

WHO employee infected by Ebola to be flown to Hamburg for treatment

An employee of the WHO, who contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone, arrives at the 'Universitaetsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf ' in an ambulance, in HamburgAn employee of the World Health Organization (WHO) who contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone will be flown to the German city of Hamburg for treatment, a spokesman for the city said. Rico Schmidt, spokesman for the Hamburg Health Senate, said the patient would arrive later on Wednesday and be treated at Hamburg university clinic's tropical medicine institute. One of the deadliest diseases known to man, Ebola is transmitted by contact with body fluids and the current outbreak has killed at least 120 healthcare workers.

Texas abortion law could send women across borders

The Women's Reproductive clinic is seen in Santa Teresa, New Mexico, Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. If the new abortion law, one of the toughest in the nation, is upheld by a federal judge, the only remaininc abortion clinic in El Paso, across the state border from Santa Teresa, will be forced to close due to new requirements and women will have to travel hundreds of miles or go to New Mexico to obtain an abortion. (AP Photo/Juan Carlos Llorca)EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Crossing borders is a part of life in El Paso in far West Texas, where people may walk into Mexico to visit family or commute to New Mexico for work. But getting an abortion doesn't require leaving town.

Ebola: Questions, answers about an unproven drug
 WASHINGTON (AP) — An experimental Ebola drug has been used to treat two American aid workers and a Spanish missionary priest. Could Liberian doctors be next?

Deadline to clear up health law eligibility near

FILE - This Nov. 29, 2013, file photo shows a part of the website, photographed in Washington. The administration is warning hundreds of thousands of consumers they risk losing taxpayer-subsidized health insurance unless they act quickly to resolve issues about their citizenship and immigration status. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The clock is ticking for hundreds of thousands of people who have unresolved issues affecting their coverage under the new health care law.

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