Health News

AstraZeneca taps Roche, Qiagen for new blood-based cancer drug tests


LONDON - AstraZeneca has signed up Roche and Qiagen to develop two separate diagnostic tests, both using simple blood samples, to identify patients who will benefit from its lung cancer drugs.

Liberia shuts border crossings, restricts gatherings to curb Ebola spreading

MONROVIA - The Liberian government on Sunday closed most of the West African nation's border crossings and introduced stringent health measures to curb the spread of the deadly Ebola virus that has killed at least 660 people across the region.

World, Africa 27 Jul 2014

Sierra Leone Ebola patient, recovered from family, dies in ambulance

FREETOWN - A Sierra Leone Ebola patient whose family sparked a nationwide hunt when they forcefully removed her from a treatment center and took her to a traditional healer, died in an ambulance on the way to hospital, a health official said.

World, Africa 27 Jul 2014

U.S. doctor contracts Ebola in Liberia

DAKAR - A 33-year-old American doctor working for a relief organization in Liberia's capital has tested positive for the tropical disease Ebola, according to a statement from Samaritan's Purse.

U.S., 26 Jul 2014

U.N. warns of alarming malnutrition rates in Somali capital

MOGADISHU - The United Nations has reported alarming rates of malnutrition in the Somali capital where aid agencies cannot meet the needs of 350,000 people due to insufficient funds, drought and conflict.

World, United Nations 27 Jul 2014

Nigeria government confirms Ebola case in megacity of Lagos

ABUJA/GENEVA - A Liberian man who died in Nigeria's commercial capital Lagos on Friday tested positive for the deadly Ebola virus, Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu said.

25 Jul 2014

In China meat scandal, McDonald's Japan switches to Thai chicken, no nuggets in Hong Kong

HONG KONG - McDonald's Corp has suspended sales of chicken nuggets and other items in Hong Kong after it said it imported products from Shanghai Husi Food, the U.S.-owned Chinese company at the center of a food safety scare in China.

25 Jul 2014

Europe backs new leukemia drugs from J&J and Gilead

LONDON - Two new leukemia drugs from Johnson & Johnson and Gilead Sciences have been recommended for approval by European regulators, paving the way for formal approval in a couple of months.

25 Jul 2014

First Ebola victim in Sierra Leone capital on the run

FREETOWN - Sierra Leone officials appealed for help on Friday to trace the first known resident in the capital with Ebola whose family forcibly removed her from a Freetown hospital after testing positive for the deadly disease.

25 Jul 2014

Campus security policies for citing drinkers vary widely: study

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - At most colleges, campus police refer students involved in alcohol-related incidents to school officials for discipline rather than taking legal action, according to a study of 343 U.S. schools.

25 Jul 2014