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Oct 14, 2014

European code against cancer calls for smoke-free, active lives

LONDON (Reuters) – Cancer experts issued a 12-point code on Tuesday aimed at preventing up to half of all new cases of the disease in Europe by guiding people towards smoke-free, active lives free from cancer-causing infections and substances.

Publishing the new European code against cancer, experts at the World Health Organization’s (WHO) cancer research agency said the dozen simple steps would help people reduce their risk of developing and dying from the disease.

Oct 13, 2014

Experts question ethics of placebo drug trials in case of Ebola

LONDON, Oct 13 (Reuters) – A group of influential health
experts has argued the standard practice of using placebos in
drug trials would be unethical in the case of experimental
medicines for Ebola, given that the world is in the middle of a
deadly epidemic.

Faced with a disease with a death rate of between 40 and 90
percent, randomised controlled trials (RCTs) — where patients
are assigned to get either the drug or a dummy pill — would be
unfair and ethically unacceptable, according to the disease
specialists from Europe, Africa and the United States.

Oct 8, 2014

Spain Ebola nurse may have touched face with contaminated gloves

MADRID/LONDON, Oct 8 (Reuters) – A Spanish nurse who is the
first person to contract Ebola outside of Africa may have
touched her face with the gloves of her protective suit while
caring for a priest who died of the disease, a doctor treating
her said on Wednesday.

The nurse, Teresa Romero, was being treated for the deadly
infection at a Madrid hospital while Spanish officials launched
an investigation into how she was able to contract Ebola despite
strict protocols for handling contagious patients.

Oct 7, 2014

More cases of Ebola in Europe ‘unavoidable’, WHO says

LONDON, Oct 7 (Reuters) – Europe will almost inevitably see more cases of the deadly Ebola virus within its borders but the continent is well prepared to control the disease, the World Health Organization’s regional director said on Tuesday.

Speaking to Reuters just hours after Europe’s first local case of Ebola infection was confirmed in a nurse in Spain, the WHO’s European director, Zsuzsanna Jakab, said further such events were “unavoidable”.

Oct 7, 2014

Europe to see more Ebola cases after first transmission outside Africa

MADRID/LONDON, Oct 7 (Reuters) – The World Health
Organization said on Tuesday that Europe would almost certainly
see more cases of Ebola after a nurse in Spain became the first
person known to have caught the virus outside Africa.

With concerns growing globally that Ebola could spread
beyond West Africa, where it has already killed more than 3,400
people in the worst outbreak in history, Spanish officials tried
to reassure the public that they were tackling the threat. But
health experts said the risk of a full-blown outbreak outside
Africa was slim.

Oct 7, 2014

Interview: More cases of Ebola spreading in Europe “unavoidable”, WHO says

LONDON, (Reuters) – More cases of the deadly Ebola virus will almost inevitably spread in Europe but the continent is well prepared to control the disease, the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) regional director said on Tuesday.

Speaking to Reuters just hours after Europe’s first local case of Ebola infection was confirmed in a nurse in Spain, the WHO’s European director Zsuzsanna Jakab said further such events were “unavoidable”.

Oct 7, 2014

More cases of Ebola spreading in Europe ‘unavoidable’, WHO says

LONDON, Oct 7 (Reuters) – More cases of the deadly Ebola virus will almost inevitably spread in Europe but the continent is well prepared to control the disease, the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) regional director said on Tuesday.

Speaking to Reuters just hours after Europe’s first local case of Ebola infection was confirmed in a nurse in Spain, the WHO’s European director Zsuzsanna Jakab said further such events were “unavoidable”.

Oct 6, 2014

Nobel Prize for medicine goes to discoverers of brain’s ‘inner GPS’

STOCKHOLM/LONDON (Reuters) – British-American John O’Keefe and Norwegians May-Britt and Edvard Moser won the 2014 Nobel Prize for medicine for discovering the brain’s navigation system and giving clues as to how strokes and Alzheimer’s disrupt it.

The Nobel Assembly, which awarded the prize of 8 million Swedish crowns ($1.1 million) at Sweden’s Karolinska Institute on Monday, said the discovery solved a problem that had occupied philosophers and scientists for centuries:

Oct 5, 2014

High risk Ebola could reach France and UK by end-Oct, scientists calculate

LONDON, Oct 5 (Reuters) – Scientists have used Ebola disease
spread patterns and airline traffic data to predict a 75 percent
chance the virus could be imported to France by October 24, and
a 50 percent chance it could hit Britain by that date.

Those numbers are based on air traffic remaining at full
capacity. Assuming an 80 percent reduction in travel to reflect
that many airlines are halting flights to affected regions,
France’s risk is still 25 percent, and Britain’s is 15 percent.

Oct 2, 2014

HIV pandemic’s roots traced back to 1920s Kinshasa

LONDON (Reuters) – Bustling transport networks, migrant labor and changes to the sex trade in early 20th-century Congo created a “perfect storm” that gave rise to an HIV pandemic that has now infected 75 million people worldwide, researchers said on Thursday.

In an analysis of the genetic history of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that causes AIDS, the scientists said the global pandemic almost certainly began its global spread in the 1920s in Kinshasa in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

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      "I cover health and science news for the region of Europe, Middle East and Africa -- from flu pandemics to the newest planetary discovery to the latest drug and research developments. I joined Reuters in 1993 and worked in London, Amsterdam and Frankfurt before moving to BBC television to work on European politics for Newsnight for 2 years. Since returning to Reuters, I have also worked as a parliamentary correspondent in Westminster and on the main news desk of the London bureau."
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