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  • Liberia's sole remaining known Ebola …
    Liberia's sole remaining known Ebola … Reuters - 6 hours ago

    MONROVIA (Reuters) - A Liberian woman who was the country's sole remaining known Ebola patient died on Friday at a treatment centre in the capital, said Francis Ketteh, acting head of the country's Ebola response team. The case was Liberia's first in weeks and it set back efforts to halt a virus that has killed more than 10,000 people in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. Authorities say the woman may have contracted Ebola through sex with a survivor. More »

  • Conservatives pledge 'seven-day …
    Conservatives pledge 'seven-day … Reuters - 8 hours ago

    Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron, heading into what is set to be the tightest election in a generation, is expected to lay out plans to extend services available under the National Health Service to seven days a week by 2020. Cameron, who will speak at his Conservative party's conference in Manchester on Saturday, is expected to say more hospitals must provide top-level care at the weekend, starting with emergency care. The announcement follows opposition Labour leader Ed Miliband's speech on Friday, when he put the future of the treasured but expensive state-funded health system at the heart of his campaign to oust Cameron.  Health Minister Jeremy Hunt said the NHS plan to extend weekend services would help cut to help cut mortality rates. Labour Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham said Cameron needed to set out clearly how the NHS would be funded. More »

  • Ailing Crowe pens emotional tribute …
    Ailing Crowe pens emotional tribute … Reuters - 12 hours ago

    By Julian Linden MELBOURNE (Reuters) - New Zealand's former cricket captain Martin Crowe, who is terminally ill with lymphoma, has penned a moving tribute to his countrymen ahead of Sunday's World Cup final against Australia. In a heart-wrenching column published on Cricinfo, the 52-year-old said Sunday's match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground might be the last he ever sees. The last, maybe, and I can happily live with that." Crowe, who played 77 tests and 143 One-Day Internationals for New Zealand, was regarded as one of the world's best batsmen during the late 1980s and early 1990s. He was diagnosed with follicular lymphoma two years ago but it went into remission. More »

  • Cricket-Ailing Crowe pens emotional … Reuters - 13 hours ago

    By Julian Linden MELBOURNE, March 28 (Reuters) - New Zealand's former cricket captain Martin Crowe, who is terminally ill with lymphoma, has penned a moving tribute to his countrymen ahead of Sunday's World Cup final against Australia. In a heart-wrenching column published on Cricinfo, the 52-year-old said Sunday's match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground might be the last he ever sees. The last, maybe, and I can happily live with that." Crowe, who played 77 tests and 143 One-Day Internationals for New Zealand, was regarded as one of the world's best batsmen during the late 1980s and early 1990s. He was diagnosed with follicular lymphoma two years ago but it went into remission. More »

  • Lufthansa offers up to 50,000 euros … Reuters - 18 hours ago

    BERLIN (Reuters) - German airline Lufthansa has offered to pay up to 50,000 euros in immediate financial assistance per passenger on the crashed plane of its subsidiary Germanwings, a spokeswoman told Reuters on Friday. (Reporting by Victoria Bryan; Writing by Michelle Martin; Editing by Michael Nienaber) More »

  • Germanwings says co-pilot did not submit … Reuters - 18 hours ago

    Germanwings said on Friday its co-pilot who is suspected of deliberately crashing a passenger plane in the French Alps did not hand over a sick note to the company on the day of the crash. "Currently there is media coverage that the co-pilot of flight 4U 9535 was given a sick note for the day of the accident on Tuesday. Germanwings declares that a sick note for this day was not submitted to the company," the low-cost arm of Lufthansa said in a statement. More »

  • In swansong, FDA chief defends drug …
    In swansong, FDA chief defends drug … Reuters - 18 hours ago

    By Toni Clarke WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In her final speech after six years as commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Dr. Margaret Hamburg defended the agency's drug approval standards against critics seeking weaker regulatory standards. "The great leaps forward in evidence-based medicine of the last 50 years have come in large part as a result of the high standards for product approval that Congress put in place after a series of disasters involving unsafe and ineffective medical products," said Hamburg, 59, said on Friday at a National Press Club lunch in Washington, D.C. Her comments come amid a push by some lawmakers for faster approvals of experimental drugs. A provision in a draft House of Representatives bill known as 21st Century Cures, for example, would allow the FDA to approve drugs designated as "breakthrough therapies" based on preliminary clinical data. "Breakthrough therapy" designation is currently given when early data shows a product may confer substantial improvement over an existing therapy. More »

  • Sierra Leoneans to stay home in final …
    Sierra Leoneans to stay home in final … Associated Press - 18 hours ago

    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Sierra Leone's 6 million people were told to stay home for three days beginning Friday, except for religious services, as the West African nation attempted a final push to rid itself of Ebola. More »

  • Colorado urges U.S. Supreme Court to … Reuters - 19 hours ago

    By Daniel Wallis DENVER (Reuters) - Colorado's attorney general on Friday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to throw out a lawsuit by Nebraska and Oklahoma which challenges the state's recreational marijuana laws. Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman said that while she shares concerns about illegal pot activity, her office is committed to defending the state's laws. The two states sued neighboring Colorado in the U.S. Supreme Court late last year, complaining that weed is being smuggled across their borders and noting federal law still prohibits the drug, despite Colorado voters legalizing recreational pot use by adults at a landmark ballot in 2012. "At the same time, I share our border states' concerns regarding illegal marijuana activity, and my office, as well as our partner state and local law enforcement agencies, are committed to stopping marijuana diversion," Coffman said in a statement. More »

  • FDA rejects Adamis injection for treating … Reuters - 20 hours ago

    (Reuters) - The United States Food and Drug Administration rejected Adamis Pharmaceuticals Corp's injection for treating severe allergic reactions, the company said. Adamis Pharmaceuticals shares were down 37 percent at $3.40 in after-market trading. The FDA raised questions related to the volume of dose delivered by the pre-filled syringe, Adamis said on Friday. The regulator did not raise any other safety or efficacy issue related to the injection, designed as a low-cost alternative to prevailing auto-injectors. More »

  • JetBlue sued by ex-pilot who had midair … Reuters - 21 hours ago

    By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former JetBlue Airways Corp pilot whose midair meltdown forced an emergency landing of a 2012 flight on Friday sued the carrier for $14.9 million, saying it should have grounded him because it knew he was incapable of flying. Clayton Osbon, 52, filed his lawsuit in Manhattan federal court three days after the crash of a Germanwings plane in the French Alps, which killed 150 passengers and crew. In his lawsuit, Osbon said his conduct on the flight stemmed from a "complex partial brain seizure" that JetBlue should have caught before he boarded, after he had missed a preflight meeting and appeared disheveled, disoriented and slow. "JetBlue failed to make any effort to ensure that Captain Osbon was fit to fly," the complaint said. More »

  • Senate Democrat Reid to retire; wants …
    Senate Democrat Reid to retire; wants … Reuters - 21 hours ago

    By Susan Heavey and Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid said on Friday he will retire next year and threw his weight behind New York Senator Chuck Schumer to replace him as leader after he leaves office. Reid will stay in his post for another 22 months but his announcement positions Schumer, a New Yorker and Wall Street ally, as his heir apparent as the party gears up to try to regain control of the Senate in elections next year. Schumer immediately began rounding up supporters, while his nearest potential rival, Illinois Senator Dick Durbin, announced through a spokesman that he will support Schumer to be the Senate Democrats' next leader after the November 2016 elections. "I am honored and humbled to have the support of so many of my colleagues and look forward to our Senate Democratic Caucus continuing to fight for the middle class," Schumer said in a statement. More »

  • USDA hog report confirms active herd … Reuters - 21 hours ago

    The U.S. hog herd grew 7 percent during the December-February quarter versus the same period last year, a U.S. Department of Agriculture report showed on Friday, reflecting producer profitability and the less-severe pig virus, said analysts. Hog farmers willingly expanded their herds after vaccines and tighter biosecurity measures offset the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) that wiped out an estimated 9 million pigs since May 2013, they said. The USDA report showed the U.S. hog herd as of March 1 at 107.0 percent of the year-ago level, at 65.934 million head, the largest total for that period since 66.718 in 2008. Analysts, on average, expected 65.676 million head, or 106.8 percent of the year-earlier herd. More »

  • White House unveils plan to fight antibiotic-resistant …
    White House unveils plan to fight antibiotic-resistant … Associated Press - 22 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Friday announced a five-year plan to fight the threat posed by antibiotic-resistant bacteria amid fears that once-treatable germs could become deadly. More »

  • For disabled vets, playing team sports … Reuters - 22 hours ago

    By Janice Neumann (Reuters Health) - - Wheelchair basketball and other adaptive sports could help disabled veterans boost their self-esteem and lead healthier lives, early research suggests. While the study doesn’t prove the benefits of adaptive sports for disabled veterans, the researchers say they found a strong association between this special form of recreation and happier and healthier individuals. More »