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Ebola-stricken nurse being flown to Washington

October 16, 2014 1:25 pm | by Jim Kuhnhenn - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal health officials said Thursday they still don't know how two Dallas nurses caught Ebola from a patient, as criticism increased from lawmakers who questioned whether the nation is prepared to stop the deadly virus from spreading in the U.S. The revelation that one of the hospital nurses...

News Guide: A look at latest Ebola developments

October 16, 2014 1:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says federal health officials still do not know how two Dallas nurses caught Ebola from a patient. In Washington, lawmakers questioned whether the nation is prepared to stop the deadly virus from spreading in the U.S. A look at the...

Ebola Comes to Last Safe District in Sierra Leone

October 16, 2014 12:26 pm | by Clarence Roy-macaulay - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

The deadly Ebola virus has infected two people in what was the last untouched district in Sierra Leone, the government said Thursday, a setback in efforts to stop the spread of the disease in one of the hardest-hit countries.       

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Embryonic Stem Cells in Trial for Diabetes

October 16, 2014 11:44 am | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Articles | Comments

As San Diego’s ViaCyte was in the midst of launching the first FDA-approved embryonic stem (ES) cell clinical trial for diabetics last week, Boston’s Harvard University reported that cells made from ES cells “cured” diabetic mice.     

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African leaders: Ebola could lead to food crisis

October 16, 2014 10:28 am | by David Pitt - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Financial aid and global coordination are needed to prevent the Ebola health care crisis from becoming a food emergency, agriculture ministers from West African nations at the center of the Ebola outbreak said Wednesday. In Sierra Leone, where thousands are infected and more than 900 have died,...

UN says Ebola death toll rising to 4,500 this week

October 16, 2014 10:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A top official with the U.N. health agency says the death toll from the Ebola crisis will rise to more than 4,500 lives this week from among 9,000 people infected by the deadly disease. Dr. Isabelle Nuttall, director of WHO's global capacities, alert and response, says the new numbers show the...

Dallas nurses cite sloppy conditions in Ebola care

October 16, 2014 10:27 am | by Matt Sedensky - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

A Liberian Ebola patient was left in an open area of a Dallas emergency room for hours, and nurses treating him worked without proper protective gear and faced constantly changing protocols, according to a statement released by the nation's largest nurses' union. Among those nurses was Nina Pham,...

CDC: Nurse exposed to Ebola should not have flown

October 16, 2014 10:27 am | by Mike Stobbe - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

A top federal health official said Wednesday that a Texas nurse exposed to the Ebola virus never should have taken a flight from Cleveland to the Dallas area. She has now been diagnosed with Ebola and officials are now contacting other passengers on the plane. "The level of risk to people around...

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Existing Protocols Might Not be Enough for Ebola

October 16, 2014 10:27 am | by Martha Mendoza - AP National Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

As Thomas Eric Duncan's health deteriorated, nurses Amber Joy Vinson and Nina Pham were at the Ebola patient's side. They wore protective gear as they inserted catheters, drew blood and dealt with his body fluids. Still, the two somehow contracted Ebola from the dying man.

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US steps up response as Ebola worries grow

October 16, 2014 10:27 am | by Jim Kuhnhenn - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

The revelation that a second Dallas nurse who is ill with Ebola was cleared to fly the day before her diagnosis raised new alarms as leaders of the nation's public health system prepared to defend their efforts to contain the deadly virus before a congressional hearing Thursday. President Barack...

FDA: little evidence to drop Chantix boxed warning

October 16, 2014 10:26 am | by Matthew Perrone - AP Health Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal regulators say Pfizer has provided low-quality evidence to support its request to remove a bold-letter warning from its anti-smoking drug Chantix about suicidal behavior. The twice-a-day tablet has carried the Food and Drug Administration's strongest warning label, known as a black box,...

Ex-financial analyst facing insider trading charge

October 16, 2014 10:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A former senior finance analyst at Merck & Co. is facing an insider trading charge after authorities said Tuesday that he passed secrets to a friend he met at college that earned $722,000 in illegal profits. Zachary Zwerko, 32, was arrested Friday in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he lives....

AbbVie says it reconsidering deal with Shire

October 16, 2014 10:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The drugmaker AbbVie said Tuesday it is having second thoughts about its deal to combine with British counterpart Shire after the U.S. government created new limitations on the tax benefits of incorporating overseas. North Chicago, Illinois-based AbbVie Inc. said it notified Shire that its board...

Supreme Court weighs generic drug dispute

October 16, 2014 10:26 am | by Sam Hananel - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

The Supreme Court seems divided as it considers a high-stakes patent dispute between rival pharmaceutical companies over the world's best-selling multiple sclerosis treatment. Justices heard arguments Wednesday in a case that threatens to cut into the profits of Israel-based Teva Pharmaceutical...

Nurses in Safety Gear Got Ebola, Why Wouldn't You?

October 16, 2014 10:26 am | by Connie Cass - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

How come nurses wearing protective gear can catch Ebola from a patient, but health officials keep saying you almost certainly won't get it from someone sitting next to you on a plane?                    

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