Health News

Liberia police fire on protesters as West Africa's Ebola toll hits 1,350


MONROVIA - Police 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 neighbourhood, as the death toll from the epidemic in West Africa hit 1,350.

Northern California patient tested for possible Ebola exposure

- Blood samples from a patient at a Northern California hospital, who is suspected of having been exposed to the deadly Ebola virus, will be tested by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, officials said.

20 Aug 2014

Death toll from Ebola outbreak in West Africa rises to 1350

DAKAR - The death toll from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has risen to 1,350, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday, with 106 new deaths reported between August 17-18 in three countries.

20 Aug 2014

Ohio clinic to halt surgical abortions due to 2013 state law

CLEVELAND - A suburban Cincinnati clinic will stop performing surgical abortions as a result of a 2013 state law that bars agreements to move women needing emergency care to public hospitals, an attorney for the clinic said on Wednesday.

U.S. 20 Aug 2014

UK and Wellcome offer $10 million for emergency Ebola research

LONDON - An emergency research call has been launched to help fight the world's worst Ebola outbreak in West Africa, with the British government and the Wellcome Trust medical charity pledging a combined 6.5 million pounds ($10.8 million).

20 Aug 2014

Travel with medications, medical devices can be daunting

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.

20 Aug 2014

Amid Afghanistan's escalating war, a battle to beat polio

KABUL - Tens of thousands of volunteers fanned out across Afghanistan this week, braving deteriorating security and distrusting parents to administer two chilled drops of the oral polio vaccine each to millions of children.

Afghanistan 20 Aug 2014

Heavy pot use in teen years may predict later-life disability

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A long-term study of Swedish men finds that those who smoked marijuana at age 18, especially the heaviest users, were more likely to end up on the nation’s disability rolls by age 59.

20 Aug 2014

Oregon holds first public hearing on proposed coastal smoking ban

PORTLAND Ore. - Oregon parks officials will hold an initial public hearing on Wednesday night into a plan to would make the state the first to ban smoking along its entire coastline.

U.S., 20 Aug 2014

Novartis hands over experimental TB drugs in antibiotic pullback

ZURICH - Novartis has signed a licensing deal to hand over its experimental tuberculosis (TB) drugs to the Global Alliance for TB Drug Development, joining a growing Big Pharma retreat from antibiotics.

20 Aug 2014