Health News

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


NEW YORK - 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.

Obama, advisers to huddle with new Ebola 'czar' on Wednesday

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama and his senior advisers will meet on Wednesday with Ron Klain, the new Ebola "czar" charged with coordinating the U.S. response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa that has ravaged three countries and alarmed Americans.

21 Oct 2014

Ebola nurse's status upgraded to good from fair

NEW YORK - 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.

21 Oct 2014

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

WASHINGTON - 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.

21 Oct 2014

Tekmira starts limited manufacturing of therapeutic for Ebola

- Canadian drugmaker Tekmira Pharmaceuticals Corp has begun limited manufacturing of a therapeutic targeting the Ebola-Guinea virus.

21 Oct 2014

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

- 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.

21 Oct 2014

Recalled, drug-tainted supplements still available for purchase

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.

21 Oct 2014

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

UNITED NATIONS - 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.

21 Oct 2014

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

FREETOWN - 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.

21 Oct 2014

Cuban doctors proud to risk lives in mission to halt Ebola

HAVANA - 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.

Cuba 21 Oct 2014