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Spanish judge orders release of ill boy's parents

This is an undated handout photos issued by England's Hampshire Police on Monday Sept. 1, 2014, of Brett King and Naghemeh King, the parents of Ashya King, who have legal proceedings against them continuing in Spain after they took the five-year-old brain cancer patient out of hospital without doctors' consent. Critically-ill 5-year-old boy Ashya King driven to Spain by his parents is receiving medical treatment for a brain tumor in a Spanish hospital as his parents await extradition to Britain, police said Sunday Aug. 31 2014. Officers received a phone call late Saturday from a hotel east of Malaga advising that a vehicle fitting the description circulated by police was on its premises. Both parents were arrested and the boy, Ashya King, was taken to a hospital, a Spanish police spokesman said. (AP Photo/Hampshire Police)SOTO DEL REAL, Spain (AP) Spanish officials have ordered the immediate release of a detained British couple who were wanted by police in the United Kingdom after they took their critically ill child for treatment abroad without doctors' consent.

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 14:30:05 -0400
Olympic swimming champ Phelps arrested on drunken driving charge

File of Michael Phelps reacting after placing seventh in the 100m freestyle in the 2014 USA National Championships in Irvine, CaliforniaBy Steve Ginsburg WASHINGTON (Reuters) - American swimmer Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, was arrested for drunken driving early on Tuesday after speeding and then crossing the double-lane lines inside a Baltimore tunnel, police said. The 18-time Olympic gold medalist later apologized for the incident, saying he was "deeply sorry to everyone I have let down." Police said Phelps, 29, was clocked by radar around 1:40 a.m. traveling 84 miles per hour (135 kph) in a 45-mph (72-kph) zone. He was booked and released. ...

Wed, 01 Oct 2014 03:07:41 -0400
Questions and answers about the US Ebola case

FILE - This undated file image made available by the CDC shows the Ebola Virus. U.S. health officials have warned for months that someone infected with Ebola could unknowingly carry the virus to this country, and on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, came word that it had happened: A traveler in a Dallas hospital became the first patient diagnosed in the U.S. (AP Photo/CDC, File)WASHINGTON (AP) U.S. health officials have warned for months that someone infected with Ebola could unknowingly carry the virus to this country, and there is word now that it has happened: A traveler in a Dallas hospital became the first patient diagnosed in the U.S.

Wed, 01 Oct 2014 03:06:36 -0400
Traveler from Liberia is first Ebola patient diagnosed in U.S

A general view of the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in DallasBy Julie Steenhuysen and Sharon Begley (Reuters) - A man who flew from Liberia to Texas has become the first patient infected with the deadly Ebola virus to be diagnosed in the United States, health officials said on Tuesday, a sign the outbreak ravaging West Africa may spread globally. The patient sought treatment six days after arriving in Texas on Sept. 20, Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), told reporters. He was admitted two days later to an isolation room at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. U.S. ...

Wed, 01 Oct 2014 02:41:32 -0400
Ebola outbreaks in Nigeria, Senegal, appear contained- CDC reports

A general view of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) headquarters in AtlantaBy Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - Efforts to contain the Ebola outbreaks in Nigeria and Senegal appear to have succeeded, even as the virus continues to spread in the hardest-hit West African countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, U.S. and African health officials said on Tuesday. In Nigeria, no new cases of Ebola have occurred since August 31, "suggesting that the Ebola outbreak in Nigeria might have been contained," according to one of three reports released on Tuesday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. ...

Wed, 01 Oct 2014 02:39:49 -0400
UN Ebola mission head wants significant progress in 60 days

UN World Food Programme regional director for Asia Tony Banbury speaks at a news conference in BeijingACCRA (Reuters) - The U.N. mission for Ebola wants to achieve significant progress in combating the deadly disease within 60 days, including ensuring that 70 percent of cases receive treatment, its new head Tony Banbury said on Tuesday. At least 3,091 people have died from Ebola since the West African outbreak was first reported in the remote southeast forest region of Guinea in March. The other two most affected countries are Sierra Leone and Liberia. ...

Wed, 01 Oct 2014 02:38:52 -0400
Mexico says Ghanaian patient shows no signs of Ebola virus

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A 52-year-old man from Ghana who has been hospitalized in Mexico does not shows signs of the deadly Ebola virus, the country's health ministry said in a statement on Tuesday night. The patient displayed fever-like symptoms and has been quarantined in a Ciudad del Carmen hospital in southern Campeche state in line with standard protocol, the statement said. Laboratory tests that could reveal the presence of a range of infectious diseases are being performed and will be sent to Mexico's national epidemiological institute INDRE for further analysis, the ministry added.

Wed, 01 Oct 2014 02:32:58 -0400
Plant-based vaccines challenge big pharma for $3 billion flu market

A worker inspects the Nicotiana benthamiana plants at Medicago greenhouse in Quebec CityBy Sharon Begley NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two tiny companies are preparing to challenge some of the world's largest drug makers in the battle for dominance in the $3 billion global market for influenza vaccines, armed with little more than tiny tobacco plants. The use of plants to produce life-saving pharmaceuticals captured global attention when it was revealed that the Ebola drug ZMapp is produced in the leaves of tobacco plants. ...

Wed, 01 Oct 2014 02:17:16 -0400
Ebola case stokes concerns for Liberians in Texas

A police car drives past the entrance to the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. A patient in the hospital is showing signs of the Ebola virus and is being kept in strict isolation with test results pending, hospital officials said Monday. (AP Photo/LM Otero)DALLAS (AP) The first case of Ebola diagnosed in the U.S. has been confirmed in a man who recently traveled from Liberia to Dallas, sending chills through the area's West African community whose leaders urged caution to prevent spreading the virus.

Wed, 01 Oct 2014 01:41:44 -0400
China to open first high security bio laboratory

China's first high-security biosafety laboratory will be ready for use by December, a move hailed as a 'crucial' in the fight against EbolaBeijing (AFP) - China's first high-security biosafety laboratory will be ready for use by December, in a move hailed as a "crucial" moment in the fight against pathogens such as the Ebola virus, officials said.

Wed, 01 Oct 2014 00:17:18 -0400
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