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Staff of MSF demonstrates one month after the US bombing of their charity-run hospital in Kunduz in Afghanistan in GenevaThe U.S. investigation into a deadly Oct. 3 strike on a hospital run by Medecins Sans Frontieres in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz concluded it was a tragic accident caused primarily by human error, a top U.S. military commander said on Wednesday. "This was a tragic mistake. U.S. forces would never intentionally strike a hospital or other protected facilities," U.S. Army General John Campbell, the commander of international and U.S. forces in Afghanistan, said at a news conference to announce the results of the investigation. . . more
Swiss drugmaker Roche's logo is seen at their headquarters in Basel, SwitzerlandThe European Union gave its green light to Roche's Cotellic for use in combination with the drug Zelboraf against advanced melanoma, the company said on Wednesday. Roche is counting on Cotellic to help it revive flagging sales of five-year-old Zelboraf, which dropped 25 percent during the first nine months of 2015. It has been under intense pressure from rivals' drugs as the standard of care moves to combination therapy. . . more
Wed, 25 Nov 2015 09:40:24 -0500 
Five Steps for a Healthy Holiday SeasonThe holiday season is upon us! If you are like many, you see the six-week period between Thanksgiving and New Year's as one bacchanalian festival during which all health and fitness goals are not-so-casually tossed into a heap in the corner. Even if that isn't your mindset, the fact that December is a dark and cold month canthrow you off your... . . more
A Volkwagen compnay logo sits atop the VW factory in WolfsburgVolkswagen will not lower planned provisions of 6.7 billion euros ($7.1 billion) for the costs of its diesel emissions scandal, though the technical fix for 8.5 million cars in Europe have turned out to be simpler than expected. VW is seeking as much as 20 billion euros ($21.18 billion) in funding from banks as it struggles to cope with the expected costs of the scandal, which analysts say could top 40 billion euros including fines, legal claims and vehicle refits. VW said during a presentation it only needs to install a mesh near the air cleaner in 3 million 1.6-litre EA 189 diesel engines to ensure they comply with EU emissions rules. . . more
Wed, 25 Nov 2015 08:36:08 -0500 
4 Times You Should Stay Home For The HolidaysThanksgiving kicks off the season of holiday get-togethers, but for vulnerable guests, visits with family can pose an unhealthy risk. Whether it's severe food allergies or fragile sobriety, toxic relatives orfamily food pushers, experts sort out whether staying put is your best option and how to get through the holidays whole.Food Allergies:... . . more
A company logo is seen at a Pfizer office in Dublin(Reuters) - Pfizer Inc said its blockbuster pain drug, Lyrica, had failed to show benefit in patients suffering from a type of post-traumatic nerve pain, in a late-stage study. Currently, there is no approved treatment in the United States for post-traumatic neuropathic pain. Lyrica, which generated $1.22 billion in sales in the third quarter, is already approved to treat nerve pain associated with diabetes, shingles, spinal cord injury and fibromyalgia. . . more
A man stands on a hilltop overlooking Korogocho in NairobiBy Siegfried Modola NAIROBI (Reuters) - "I have lost a lot of people I knew to crime," says George Kiru, nursing a drink at 2 in the morning in a bar on the edge of Nairobi's Korogocho slum. Personally I always said no to crime, says Kiru, who buys and sells second-hand goods and picks up occasional work as a minibus driver to feed his two daughters and send them to school. Eventually, you will get killed. Around 2 million people have made their homes in the shantytowns packed in around Kenyas capital - Korogocho, its bigger, equally infamous near neighbors Mathare, Mukuru kwa Njenga, Kibera and others. . . more
Studies suggest a woman's risk of cancer and diabetes may be lowered by breastfeeding. . . more
Wed, 25 Nov 2015 06:29:41 -0500 
France, the European Union's biggest agriculture producer, reported an outbreak of the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus in chickens on Wednesday, its first since 2007. "A case of avian influenza has been confirmed in a backyard in Dordogne," the farm ministry said in a statement. The bird flu outbreak, found among chickens, is the first to be reported in France since 2007 when it had been detected in wild swans, data from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) showed. . . more
Complications for mothers admitted and babies born at weekends are higher than for weekdays, according to a study of deliveries in English hospitalsResearchers from Imperial College London estimate that there are around 770 extra newborn deaths and 470 more maternal infections each year than if performance were consistent across the whole week. The study into "the weekend effect" also suggests increased rates of other complications for mothers admitted and babies born at weekends. . . more
Health workers put on protective gear before entering a quarantine zone at a Red Cross facility in the town of Koidu(This story filed on 24th November has been refiled to correct WHO quote to provide clarity on possible source of latest infection) By James Harding Giahyue MONROVIA (Reuters) - A 15-year-old boy has died of Ebola in Liberia, the first such fatality for months in a country declared free of the disease in September, its chief medical officer said on Tuesday. The boy tested positive last week and died late on Monday in hospital in Paynesville near the capital, where his father and brother are also being treated for Ebola, officials said. Liberia has placed under surveillance 153 people who may have come into contact with the boy. . . more
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) Gay and transgender activists in Vietnam say a new law recognizing their rights will pave the way for gender reassignment surgery in the communist country and reduce discrimination. . . more
Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh attends an extraordinary meeting of the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) in Senegal's capital DakarBy Kieran Guilbert DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has banned female genital mutilation (FGM) with immediate effect, but campaigners said on Tuesday a law is needed to "save countless lives" in the West African nation where three-quarters of women have been cut. Jammeh announced the ban late on Monday during his annual tour of the country, Information Minister Sheriff Bojang said in a Facebook post. "(Jammeh) has declared in the last few minutes that FGM or female circumcision has been banned in The Gambia with immediate effect!!!" he wrote. . . more
Cars fill the parking lot of a Costco store, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, in Seattle. Health authorities say chicken salad from Costco has been linked to at least one case of E. coli in Washington state. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)SEATTLE (AP) The strain of E. Coli linked to Costco chicken salad that has sickened 19 people in seven states is more likely to be life-threatening than a recent foodborne illness that led to the closure of some Chipotle restaurants in the Northwest . . more
Damaged buildings are seen at the MSF hospital in Kunduz, AfghanistanA U.S. air strike that destroyed a hospital run by Medecins Sans Frontieres in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz last month resulted from "human errors, failures in procedure and technical malfunctions," the New York Times reported on Tuesday, citing military officials briefed on an internal investigation. "It's a combination of factors," the Times quoted an unnamed senior Defense Department official as saying, describing the findings in what it said was a 3,000-page investigative file. Two other military officials said the Air Force AC130 gunship that attacked the hospital was intended to target a different compound several hundred feet (metres) away that was believed to be a Taliban base of operations, the paper reported. . . more
Tue, 24 Nov 2015 19:10:45 -0500 
By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - Researchers voiced concern on Wednesday about poor quality studies on the popular ADHD treatment Ritalin, saying evidence of some benefits, but also of sleep problems and appetite loss, suggests the drug should be prescribed with caution. Ritalin is sold by Swiss pharmaceutical firm Novartis NOVN.VX, known generically as methylphenidate and also sold under the brand names Concerta, Medikinet and Equasym. It has been used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)for more than 50 years. . . more
By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The former chief financial officer of a California hospital and four other people have been charged in a series of health care kickback schemes that generated nearly $600 million in fraudulent billings for spinal surgeries, prosecutors said on Tuesday. All five defendants have agreed to cooperate in a wide-ranging federal investigation into the fraud, dubbed "Operation Spinal Cap", U.S. Attorney's spokesman Thom Mrozek said, and two have already pleaded guilty to federal charges. Prosecutors say one of the schemes involved kickbacks and fraudulent claims submitted in thousands of spinal surgery cases referred to Pacific Hospital in the Los Angeles suburb of Long Beach. . . more