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Ebola-hit countries seek help to repair their economies

Wed, 04 Mar 2015 01:28:20 GMT

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The three West African states hardest hit by the Ebola outbreak asked for help from donors on Tuesday to repair the damage to their economies now that the epidemic seems to be waning.

Officials urge testing as Portland, Oregon sees rise in syphilis cases

Wed, 04 Mar 2015 00:42:31 GMT

PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - A spike in syphilis cases in Portland in the past three years has prompted concerned public health officials to urge more sexually active adults to get tested regularly for the treatable bacterial infection.

Large breakfast, small dinner tied to better diabetes blood sugar

Tue, 03 Mar 2015 23:47:46 GMT

(Reuters Health) - Big breakfasts and small dinners might be a healthier way to eat for people with type 2 diabetes, according to a small new study.

Cancer risk above 50 percent for Brits born in 1960

Tue, 03 Mar 2015 23:07:43 GMT

(Reuters Health) - More than half of people born after 1960 in the U.K. may be diagnosed with some form of cancer in their lifetimes, a new estimate suggests.

FDA limits use of testosterone drugs, warns of possible heart risk

Tue, 03 Mar 2015 22:45:12 GMT

(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has asked makers of prescription testosterone therapies to change their labeling to clarify that their products are approved only for men with specific medical conditions and could increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

SEC warns pharma companies to be honest about FDA correspondence

Tue, 03 Mar 2015 22:41:00 GMT

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's top enforcement chief warned on Tuesday that too many pharmaceutical companies are failing to accurately portray their dealings with federal drug regulators - a problem that could get them in trouble.

'Over the counter' birth control pills might save public money

Tue, 03 Mar 2015 20:20:33 GMT

(Reuters Health) - Providing no- or low-cost birth control pills over the counter may reduce costs and prevent up to a quarter of unplanned pregnancies, researchers say.

Hunger and frustration grow at Ebola ground zero in Guinea

Tue, 03 Mar 2015 19:32:04 GMT

MELIANDOU, Guinea (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A charred kapok tree and around a dozen graves scattered amongst the mud brick houses of Meliandou are painful reminders of the toll Ebola has taken on this village in southeast Guinea.

Low blood pressure with medicine tied to faster mental decline

Tue, 03 Mar 2015 19:13:17 GMT

(Reuters Health) - For older people with mild cognitive impairment or dementia, low blood pressure might be linked to faster mental decline, according to a new study.

In Gaza, demand grows for a plastic surgeon's services

Tue, 03 Mar 2015 18:57:54 GMT

GAZA (Reuters) - In a smart building in an upscale neighborhood of Gaza City, Salah El-Zanin is seeing a growing number of clients. Trained in Greece, he is the only plastic surgeon in Gaza with European qualifications, and his business is booming.

Irish parliament passes plain tobacco packaging law

Tue, 03 Mar 2015 18:41:14 GMT

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland on Tuesday became the second country in the world to pass legislation requiring cigarettes to be sold in plain packets, despite threats of legal action by tobacco companies opposed to the move.

Exclusive: Guinea says Ebola patients sent home after botched blood tests

Tue, 03 Mar 2015 14:58:16 GMT

DAKAR (Reuters) - Health officials botched more than 20 Ebola blood tests in January and February which led to the release of at least four positive patients, two of whom later died, Guinea's anti-Ebola coordinator and other health officials told Reuters.

Most penises are normal, more research says

Tue, 03 Mar 2015 14:40:20 GMT

Reuters Health - Many men are self-conscious about their penis size. Odds are they don’t need to be, but now there’s a chart of what’s “normal,” just in case.

Pakistan arrests parents for refusing children's polio vaccinations

Tue, 03 Mar 2015 13:10:54 GMT

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistan authorities have arrested hundreds of parents who refuse to vaccinate their children against polio, officials said Tuesday, as community opposition and Taliban threats block efforts to eradicate the crippling disease in one of its last strongholds.

Indiscriminate cuts threaten Italy's healthcare successes

Tue, 03 Mar 2015 13:08:58 GMT

CROTONE, Italy (Reuters) - When an inter-city bus smashed into Giovannina Caprara's car five years ago, she was fortunate to be admitted to coma rehabilitation clinic Istituto Sant'Anna, a rare world class medical institution in one of Europe's poorest regions.

Tougher laws a likely legacy of the Disneyland measles outbreak

Tue, 03 Mar 2015 12:49:58 GMT

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Chris Barr had no problem getting his eight children exempted from vaccinations when they went to school. First in California, and later when the family moved to Arkansas, the natural healing practitioner simply signed a piece of paper stating that his personal beliefs didn’t allow the immunizations.

India will not cut multi-billion dollar food handout program: PM

Tue, 03 Mar 2015 12:18:17 GMT

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India will not scale down its multi-billion dollar food welfare program that promises ultra-cheap rice and wheat to most of its people, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told lawmakers in parliament on Tuesday.

Exclusive: Payment delays dent India's flagship health, AIDS programs

Tue, 03 Mar 2015 06:52:29 GMT

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's main public health programs, aimed at millions of rural poor, have been in disarray for months because the government changed the way that over $1.3 billion in federal funds were distributed, according to data and letters seen by Reuters.

Harvard prevention trial studies tau, Alzheimer's other protein

Tue, 03 Mar 2015 06:01:57 GMT

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Alzheimer's researchers at Harvard for the first time are scanning the brains of healthy patients for the presence of a hallmark protein called tau, which forms toxic tangles of nerve fibers associated with the fatal disease.

North Korea reopens borders after months-long Ebola shutdown

Tue, 03 Mar 2015 03:24:27 GMT

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea officially reopened its borders on Tuesday to foreign tourists and businessmen nearly five months after shutting them over fear of the deadly Ebola virus, tour agencies and a diplomatic source told Reuters.