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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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U.S. to funnel travelers from Ebola-hit region through five airports

Protestor Hulbert of Annapolis holds a sign reading "Stop the Flights" as he demonstrates in favor of a travel ban to stop the spread of the Ebola virus, in front of the White House in WashingtonBy 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. Restrictions on passengers whose trips originated in Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea were announced by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and due to go into effect on Wednesday. The precautions stop well short of the travel ban sought by some U.S. lawmakers to prevent more Ebola cases in the United States. ...


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Singer Kesha denied drug, sex claims against producer three years ago

Recording artists Kesha arrives to the premiere of "Planes: Fire & Rescue" at the El Capitan Theater in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles in this file photoBy Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Pop singer Kesha said in a deposition three years ago, unsealed on Tuesday, that music producer Dr. Luke never had sex with her nor gave her drugs in the latest salvo in the legal battle between the longtime music partners. An attorney for Dr. Luke, whose legal name is Lukasz Gottwald, successfully asked a New York state judge to unseal portions of the depositions which stem from a 2010 lawsuit brought by Kesha's former manager against the singer and producer. ...


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Jury deliberations begin in first trial over DePuy's Pinnacle hips

By Jessica Dye and Marice Richter (Reuters) - A lawyer for a Montana woman on Tuesday urged jurors in a U.S. court to find Johnson & Johnson's DePuy Orthopedics unit liable for failing to warn patients that metal-on-metal Pinnacle hip implants were defective at the close of the first trial over the device. During the seven-week trial in Dallas, lawyers for Kathleen Herlihy-Paoli accused the company of concealing the safety risks of the metal-on-metal Pinnacle hip implants she received in 2009. ...

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NBC cameraman recovers from Ebola: US hospital

Liberian health workers are seen at the MSF Ebola treatment center in Monrovia, on October 18, 2014Washington (AFP) - A US photojournalist who was infected with Ebola in Liberia is now free of the deadly virus and will go home on Wednesday, the Nebraska hospital treating him said.


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Girl who died at Ohio haunted house attraction had heart condition: official

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 visited the Land of Illusion complex with friends and family in Middletown, Ohio, 20 miles south of Dayton. 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. He said Benge had a heart condition and went willingly to the haunted-house complex. ...

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FDA panel votes to expand use of Vertex cystic fibrosis drug

By Bill Berkrot (Reuters) - A U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory panel on Tuesday voted 13-2 to recommend expanding approval of Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc's cystic fibrosis drug Kalydeco to include a wider range of patients with the rare lung disease, the company said. The panel of experts said Kalydeco should be approved for patients ages 6 and older with a specific mutation of the R117H gene, of which there are about 500 people in the United States. The FDA usually follows recommendations of its advisory panels, but is not obligated to do so. ...

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US expands Ebola checks; Rwanda to check Americans

FILE - In this Oct. 16, 2014, file photo, Registered nurse Keene Roadman, stands fully dressed in personal protective equipment during a training class at the Rush University Medical Center, in Chicago. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidelines Monday, Oct. 20, for how health workers should gear up to treat Ebola patients. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Fending off demands to ban travel from Ebola-stricken West Africa, the Obama administration instead tightened the nation's defenses against Ebola by requiring that all arrivals from the disease-ravaged zone pass through one of five U.S. airports.


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Mentally ill Briton extradited to U.S. over alleged plan for militant camp

By Joseph Ax and Stephen Addison NEW YORK/LONDON (Reuters) - A mentally ill Briton pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to U.S. terrorism charges that he conspired with notorious London imam Abu Hamza al-Masri to set up a jihadist training camp in Oregon in 1999. Haroon Aswat, 40, was arraigned in federal court in New York on four counts, including conspiracy to provide support to al Qaeda and providing such support, after his extradition from Britain earlier in the day. ...

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Spain nurse definitively cured of Ebola: doctors

A protester holds her nurse identification card during a demonstration in support of Spanish nurse Teresa Romero infected with the deadly Ebola virus in Madrid on October 11, 2014Madrid (AFP) - A Spanish nurse who was the first person to catch Ebola outside Africa has been cured of the deadly virus, doctors confirmed Tuesday, easing fears of it spreading in Europe.


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Ebola nurse's status upgraded to good from fair

Staff members of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital gather outside the emergency room to show support for fellow nurse Nina Pham, in DallasNEW YORK (Reuters) - The medical status of nurse Nina Pham, who contracted Ebola when she helped treat the first patient to be diagnosed with the disease on U.S. soil, was upgraded to good from fair on Tuesday, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced. Pham was admitted to the NIH Clinical Center Special Clinical Studies Unit in Bethesda, Maryland, on Oct. 16. (Reporting by Sharon Begley)


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Watch: Ebola Travel Restrictions: Passengers Fly to Designated Airports

Homeland Security announces restrictions for passengers entering the U.S. from Ebola-ravaged countries.

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Giving pricey hepatitis drug to prisoners may be financially wise

By Andrew M. Seaman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Using expensive new antivirals to treat hepatitis C in prisoners makes fiscal sense, a new paper says. Based on computer models, new pricey drug combinations 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. ...

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Dominican Republic mourns death of fashion icon Oscar de la Renta

By Manuel Jimenez SANTO DOMINGO (Reuters) - Government officials, artists and citizens on Tuesday mourned the death of Oscar de la Renta, the fashion designer who raised the profile of the Caribbean nation where he was born and which he supported throughout his life. News of de la Renta's death from cancer late on Monday at the age of 82 dominated national newspapers and the government declared Wednesday a national day of mourning with flags to be flown at half mast. ...

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Court orders mental health evaluation for White House fence jumper

New River Regional Jail booking photo of Omar GonzalezBy 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. ...


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More than 20 children attacked by bees at Texas school

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)

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U.S. House panel seeks NHTSA briefing on Takata air bag defects

A sign board of Japanese auto parts maker Takata Corp's Annual General Meeting is seen on a street near the venue in TokyoWASHINGTON (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. ...


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Recalled, drug-tainted supplements still available for purchase

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. ...

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Dominican Republic joins entry ban for Ebola-affected countries

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. ...

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Curfew in Sierra Leone town after rioting, shooting over Ebola case

FREETOWN (Reuters) - Authorities in Sierra Leone imposed a curfew in the eastern town of Koidu on Tuesday after a dispute between youth and police over a suspected case of Ebola degenerated into gunfire and rioting, officials said. A local civil society leader said he had seen at least two bodies with gunshot wounds. The head of the local police unit said youth had fired at officers with shotguns but denied anyone had been shot dead. The clashes highlight tensions in Sierra Leone over the government's attempt to bring the worst Ebola outbreak on record under control. ...

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Americans back travel ban from Ebola outbreak countries: Reuters/Ipsos poll

Protestor Hulbert of Annapolis holds a sign as he demonstrates in favor of a travel ban to stop the spread of the Ebola virus, in front of the White House in WashingtonBy Gabriel Debenedetti WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Nearly three-fourths of Americans support a ban on civilian air travel in and out of the West African countries that have experienced an Ebola outbreak, a new Reuters/Ipsos poll shows, suggesting growing pressure on President Barack Obama over the issue. Republicans have been clamoring for a broad travel ban as they campaign ahead of November's congressional elections, and in recent days a handful of Obama's fellow Democrats in close Senate races have joined the fray. ...


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Animal rights group honors 'Noah' director avoiding animal use in film

Crowe and Connelly pose with director Aronofsky during the U.S. premiere of "Noah" in New YorkLOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Director Darren Aronofsky will be honored by the Humane Society of the United States for using computer-generated images instead of animals in this year's biblical flood epic "Noah," the animal-protection organization said on Tuesday. Known for his psychological films like ballet drama "Black Swan," Aronofsky said the easiest and most humane way to show the biblical animal kingdom he envisioned was through visual effects. "It was quickly apparent that working with live animals would be dangerous for them," Aronofsky said in a statement. ...


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Pledges to U.N. fund to fight Ebola more than double to $50 million

A volunteer for Medecins Sans Frontieres receives training on how to handle personal protective equipment during courses in BrusselsBy Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Pledges to a United Nations trust fund calling for nearly $1 billion to fight Ebola in West Africa have more than doubled to almost $50 million, days after it was disclosed that only one $100,000 donation had been deposited. The United Nations said in September that $988 million would be needed to try to halt the spread of the deadly virus over the next six months. Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea in West Africa have been hardest hit by Ebola, but cases have also been reported in Nigeria, Senegal, Spain and the United States. ...


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Worst Ebola outbreak on record tests global response

(Reuters) - Global health authorities are struggling to contain the world's worst Ebola epidemic since the disease was identified in 1976. The virus has killed more than 4,500 people. (Graphics: http://graphics.thomsonreuters.com/14/ebola/index.html) Here is a timeline of the outbreak: March 22: Guinea confirms a previously unidentified hemorrhagic fever, which killed more than 50 people, is Ebola. March 30: Liberia reports two Ebola cases; suspected cases reported in Sierra Leone. April 1: Medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) warns the epidemic's spread is "unprecedented. ...

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Politicians Are No Scientists On Climate Change, But They're Happy To Give Medical Opinions On Ebola

Politicians Are No Scientists On Climate Change, But They're Happy To Give Medical Opinions On Ebola"I'm not a scientist, but …" has become something of a cliché among politicians who want to weigh in on climate science without actually having to say whether they believe it. But when it comes to Ebola, a number of the same not-a-scientist politicians have been more than happy to provide their medical opinions, as Think Progress documented...


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Why Happy Content Goes Viral

Why Happy Content Goes ViralThe Hollywood Reporter just hit 17.1 million worldwide monthly unique visitors, a massive 21 percent rise over its previous record of 14.1 million unique visitors in March 2014. At the same time, Billboard also set a new all-time high for monthly traffic with 13 million uniques, beating out its previous record of 12.7 million unique visitors...


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Cuban doctors proud to risk lives in mission to halt Ebola

Cuban doctor Leonardo Fernandez, 63, who departs tomorrow for Liberia posses for a picture in HavanaBy Daniel Trotta HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuban doctors and nurses departing for West Africa to combat Ebola consider themselves lucky. Among the 15,000 who volunteered, they are among only 256 who have been chosen for the job. "There have been fights breaking out, heated arguments, with some doctors asking, 'How come my colleague gets to go and I can't?'" doctor Adrian Benitez, 46, said on Tuesday just hours before he was due to board a plane for Liberia. Despite a global alarm over the worst Ebola outbreak on record, Cuban doctors are eager to travel to West Africa and start healing the sick. ...


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MSF aims to start drug trials in Ebola clinics next month

A volunteer for Medecins Sans Frontieres receives training on how to handle personal protective equipment during courses in BrusselsBy Daniel Flynn DAKAR (Reuters) - The medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) intends to start trials of experimental Ebola drugs in its treatment centers in West Africa next month, as it steps up measures to tackle the worst outbreak of the disease on record. Bertrand Draguez, medical director of MSF Belgium, said academics and the World Health Organization (WHO) were currently assessing which drugs to include in the tests. Meanwhile, a team of experts in West Africa was assessing which treatments should be tested in which MSF clinic, he said. ...


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Argentina complains to BBC over 'Top Gear' presenter Clarkson

BBC automobile program Top Gear presenter Clarkson speaks with a member of his crew outside 10 Downing Street in LondonBy William James LONDON (Reuters) - Argentina's ambassador in London has made a formal complaint to the BBC, accusing Jeremy Clarkson, the host of globally popular TV motoring show "Top Gear," of provocative and insulting behavior during the filming of an episode in Argentina. Alicia Castro visited the BBC's offices in person on Monday to allege that Clarkson had evoked memories of the 1982 Falklands war during filming and then made insulting remarks about the Argentine government and people. ...


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Spanish woman free of Ebola, final tests show

FILE - This is an undated file image released on Wednesday Oct. 8, 2014 by animal rights organization PACMA, of Teresa Romero, the nursing assistant who is infected with Ebola in Madrid, with her dog named Excalibur. Doctors say a second and conclusive test shows a Spanish nursing assistant infected with Ebola is completely clear of the virus. Jose Ramon Arribas of the Carlos III hospital said Tuesday the blood test showed Teresa Romero's immune system had eliminated the virus. Romero, 44, battled for her life after she tested positive Oct. 6 and was admitted to the Madrid hospital. (AP Photo / PACMA, File)MADRID (AP) — Conclusive tests show a Spanish nursing assistant infected with Ebola is cured of the virus, doctors said Tuesday, signaling a huge step forward in her 15-day battle for survival.


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Watch: Utility Workers Indicted Over Brain-Eating Amoeba Testing

The indictment alleges that two Louisiana workers in St. John the Baptist Parish didn't test water samples assigned to them.

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Your Health in the IT Era: How Technology Is Cleaning Up Its Own Mess

Your Health in the IT Era: How Technology Is Cleaning Up Its Own MessAs a chiropractor, I never expected that I'd be sitting in the front row of a new technological revolution. But over the past 10 years, I've found myself battling to keep my patients healthy as our lives become more and more intertwined with technology. Technology has always been a humanitarian discipline; technological advances arise to meet...


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Milk substitutes might not give kids enough vitamin D

By Shereen Lehman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Young children who drank nondairy replacement milks instead of cow’s milk were more like to have low levels of vitamin D in their blood, a new study found. Parents often choose non-dairy beverages, such as almond, soy, or rice milk, for kids who have milk allergies or lactose intolerance. Some parents believe these beverages have health benefits even for kids who can drink regular milk. “Parents ask their child's doctor quite frequently whether alternate milk is good for their children,” Dr. Jonathon Maguire told Reuters Health in a phone call. ...

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Why I No Longer Take My Fear So Seriously

Why I No Longer Take My Fear So SeriouslyI had been wanting to give a cooking class for almost a year now.But something kept holding me back.You're not a chef.This wasn't something someone said to me. This was something my ownmind kept reminding me of.It also told me that nobody would come. That I suck at organisation and logistics. That I would probably forget some vital ingredient....


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Ebola becomes a business problem

New Ebola gear guidelines: head-to-toe coverageEmployers face thorny issues when trying to figure out how to deal with the deadly virus.


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Travelers From West Africa Must Enter US Through Only 5 Airports

Feds issue a new response to help stop the spread of the deadly virus.

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Rwanda Introduces Ebola Screening for Travelers From US, Spain

Rwandan officials want to screen Americans amid Ebola fears.

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Rwanda Introduces Ebola Screening -- for Americans

Rwanda Introduces Ebola Screening -- for AmericansRwanda Turns the Tables on Americans and Spaniards Amid Ebola Fears


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India to step up travel surveillance to stop any Ebola outbreak

By Aditya Kalra NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India stepped up its efforts on Tuesday to prevent an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, conducting mock drills at its airports and installing surveillance systems. Global health authorities are struggling to contain the world's worst Ebola epidemic since the disease was identified in 1976. The virus has killed more than 4,500 people across the three most-affected countries, Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. ...

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Factbox: Ebola cases in the United States

(Reuters) - There have been eight cases of Ebola seen in the United States since the beginning of August. A Liberian man who died Oct. 8 in a Dallas hospital was the first person diagnosed with the virus on U.S. soil. Two hospital employees who cared for the man have been infected with the virus, which has killed more than 4,500 people and infected more than 9,100 in the worst outbreak on record, centered in three impoverished West African countries: Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. ...





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