Health News

  • Vaccine offers 100% Ebola protection: …
    Vaccine offers 100% Ebola protection: … AFP - 2 hours 22 minutes ago

    An Ebola vaccine provided 100-percent protection in a field trial in hard-hit Guinea, researchers and officials said Friday, mooting "the beginning of the end" of the killer West African outbreak. More »

  • Healthcare deals lift July to seventh …
    Healthcare deals lift July to seventh … Reuters - 3 hours ago

    A surge of takeover activity involving healthcare, financial and retail companies lifted the value of deals in July over $430 billion, making it the seventh-busiest mergers and acquisition month on record, Thomson Reuters data showed. Goldman Sachs was the busiest investment bank in July, by value of transactions, advising on deals worth $148.8 billion. It worked on 35 deals, including five of the month's top 10, according to Thomson Reuters. More »

  • Fluoride debate hits Colorado's … Associated Press - 11 hours ago

    DENVER (AP) — Colorado's largest supplier of public drinking water is in the midst of a debate over how much fluoride — if any — to put into its delivery system after the federal government announced new standards in April. More »

  • Get up, stand up: stand up for your …
    Get up, stand up: stand up for your … AFP - 14 hours ago

    Being healthier may be found in something as simple as standing more and sitting less at work, said a study Friday. More »

  • Health fallout from Fukushima mainly …
    Health fallout from Fukushima mainly … AFP - 14 hours ago

    The most lasting health impact of the Fukushima nuclear disaster will likely be psychological not physical, according to a trio of studies published Friday in The Lancet. More »

  • USOC official keeping eye on Rio waters … Reuters - 14 hours ago

    (Reuters) - The U.S. Olympic Committee is paying close attention to the water quality for sailors and rowers at the 2016 Rio Olympics, but USOC chief of sport Alan Ashley said he would have no qualms taking a canoe on the polluted waters. "I would do it," Ashley said during a conference call on Thursday marking the upcoming 100 days out from the Rio Games about going on a canoe ride at the Olympic site. The International Olympic Committee said in a statement that it was in continual dialogue with organizers on ensuring the waters were clean enough. More »

  • Free checkups helping Special Olympics …
    Free checkups helping Special Olympics … Associated Press - 15 hours ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — They arrived in Los Angeles by the thousands to run, jump and swim and to play such team sports as soccer and softball. More »

  • Brilinta? Brintellix? FDA warns of drug … Associated Press - 15 hours ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday that some doctors and pharmacies are getting confused by the similar names of an antidepressant and a blood-thinning medicine. More »

  • Only small increase in US girls getting … Associated Press - 17 hours ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — More U.S. girls are getting a controversial vaccine, but the increase last year was only slight. More »

  • Olympic sailors, rowers shrug off reports … Reuters - 18 hours ago

    Sailors and rowers were not worried about getting sick during the Rio Olympics next year despite reports that waters to be used for events have pollution levels equivalent to raw sewage, competitors said on Thursday. The International Olympic Committee reacted by reiterating that the health and welfare of athletes was its top priority. "For example, we know that proactive measures around the Guanabara Bay - such as closing landfills, reducing industrial pollution, increasing water treatment works, and reducing floating garbage - are being taken and implemented by the local authorities," the IOC said in a statement. More »

  • Feds release updated strategy against … Associated Press - 19 hours ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials have updated their strategic plan for fighting AIDS, setting new goals for reducing infections and deaths. More »

  • Health law's nonprofit insurance …
    Health law's nonprofit insurance … Associated Press - 19 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Fed up with the insurance industry, Democrats used the health care overhaul to create nonprofit co-ops that would compete with the corporations. Now a government audit finds co-ops are awash in red ink. More »

  • Clarkson and "Top Gear" presenters …
    Clarkson and "Top Gear" presenters … Reuters - 19 hours ago

    By Kate Holton LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's former BBC "Top Gear" host Jeremy Clarkson has signed an exclusive deal with Amazon to present a new motoring show for the online retailer's subscription service alongside co-presenters Richard Hammond and James May. Clarkson had generated both controversy and profits for Britain's publicly-funded broadcaster. The 55-year-old had become the popular face of the programme by mixing a passion for cars with a swagger and blunt commentary that offended numerous groups over the years, including environmentalists, mental health charities and cyclists. More »

  • Special Report - Indian doctor’s legal …
    Special Report - Indian doctor’s legal … Reuters - 20 hours ago

    By Steve Stecklow, Andrew MacAskill and Aditya Kalra LUCKNOW, India (Reuters) - The former president of the Medical Council of India, which regulates the country’s medical colleges, stood before a judge last week in a dingy courthouse in this northern city. For several years, Dr. Ketan Desai has been facing allegations that he conspired in 2009 to have the Medical Council recommend that a private medical college be allowed to add more students. Prosecutors there allege he was involved in a conspiracy in 2010 to obtain a 20 million rupee bribe – about $450,000 at the time – in return for having the Medical Council recommend allowing another school to expand its student body. More »

  • World Medical Association to look into …
    World Medical Association to look into … Reuters - 21 hours ago

    By Steve Stecklow, Andrew MacAskill and Aditya Kalra NEW DELHI/LONDON (Reuters) - The World Medical Association, the leading international medical-ethics body, said it will look into “a number of questions” raised by a Reuters investigation of the organisation’s future president. Earlier today, Reuters reported that the WMA is standing behind Indian urologist Dr. Ketan Desai, who is scheduled to assume its presidency in 2016, even as he faces criminal allegations in two cases in Indian courts. Desai was first elected president of the WMA in 2009 but his inauguration, originally slated for 2010, was suspended after he was arrested on allegations that he was involved in a conspiracy to obtain a bribe from a medical college. More »