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  • Medical workers in Congo city finish vaccinating contacts of Ebola patients

    June 4, 2018 2:51 PM 25

    KINSHASA (Reuters) - Medical workers in Democratic Republic of Congo have given all the immediate contacts of Ebola patients in the city of Mbandaka an experimental vaccine as they try to thwart a disease that has killed around 25 people, the health ministry said. Ebola spreads easily through bodily fluids and the medical strategy involves vaccinating

  • Death toll hits 5 in E. coli outbreak tied to romaine lettuce

    June 1, 2018 3:44 PM 101

    In an update Friday, health officials said 25 more cases raised the total to 197 illnesses in 35 states. At least 89 were hospitalized. (iStock) Four more deaths have been linked to a national food poisoning outbreak blamed on tainted Arizona-grown romaine lettuce, bringing the total to five. The Arizona growing season is long over and it's unlikely

  • Nipah virus death toll rises to 15, two new cases found in India's Kerala

    May 31, 2018 6:17 AM 28

    KOCHI/MUMBAI (Reuters) - Two new cases of the deadly brain-damaging Nipah virus have been confirmed in the southern Indian state of Kerala, where another two people were killed by the virus, a health official said on Thursday. The two new Nipah cases in Kerala take the total number of confirmed cases to 17, Kozhikode district medical officer V. Jayashree

  • FDA clears Pfizer's Xeljanz for inflammatory bowel disease

    May 30, 2018 4:46 PM 28

    (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Wednesday that it had approved Pfizer Inc’s drug, Xeljanz, to treat adults with moderate-to-severe active ulcerative colitis. The effectiveness of Xeljanz in treating ulcerative colitis was shown in three controlled clinical trials, including two trials that showed the drug caused disease remission

  • Chiefs lineman celebrates med school graduation

    May 29, 2018 7:29 PM 104

    While some kids dream of making it to the NFL, Kansas City Chiefs lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif actually dreamt of becoming a doctor. On Tuesday, the 2014 sixth-round draft pick achieved his dream when he graduated from Montreal’s McGill University, becoming the NFL’s first active player to hold a medical degree. The 6-foot-5 right guard shared a photo

  • WHO's Congo Ebola plan assumes 100-300 cases over three months

    May 29, 2018 3:43 PM 28

    GENEVA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization said it was assuming 100-300 cases of Ebola in Democratic Republic of Congo over a three-month timeline, under a revised strategic response plan it published on Tuesday. The WHO, which said the figure is not a prediction, had assumed there would be 80-100 cases in an earlier version of the plan, based

  • Canadian hockey player paralyzed in tragic bus accident headed to US for treatment

    May 29, 2018 2:04 PM 53

    Ryan Straschnitzki was paralyzed following a bus crash that killed 16 people. He is scheduled to fly to Philadelphia on Wednesday to continue treatment. (AP) CALGARY, Alberta – A young hockey player who was paralyzed in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash is heading to the United States for specialized spinal treatment. Ryan Straschnitzki, who has been getting

  • Belgian prosecutors raid food safety agency over eggs scare

    May 29, 2018 1:49 PM 24

    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Belgian prosecutors said on Tuesday they had raided the premises of the country’s food safety agency over an insecticide scandal in eggs that rattled European consumers last summer. Commonly used as a treatment for fleas and ticks in domestic pets, fipronil is banned for use in the food chain, but small doses of it were found in European

  • 9-year-old raises $6G in lemonade fundraiser for baby brother battling rare illness

    May 29, 2018 12:45 PM 40

    In this Saturday, May 26, 2018, photo, Andrew Emery collects donations at a lemonade stand he set up in Greenwood, S.C., to benefit his baby brother, Dylan. Andrew, the 9-year-old South Carolina boy selling lemonade to help his sick baby brother, has raised nearly $6,000 in two hours. (Adam Benson/The Index-Journal via AP) GREENWOOD, S.C. – A 9-year-old

  • Loxo-Bayer cancer drug gets priority review from FDA

    May 29, 2018 11:37 AM 28

    (Reuters) - Loxo Oncology and Bayer AG said on Tuesday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted priority review to their cancer drug and would decide on the marketing application by Nov. 26. The drug, larotrectinib, is being developed for a wide variety of tumors that share a rare mutation, and analysts expect annual sales to reach $500 million