Senior U.S. Health & Science Correspondent, 3 Times Square
Sharon's Feed
Oct 1, 2014

Experts question two-day delay in admitting Texas Ebola patient

CHICAGO/NEW YORK (Reuters) – The first patient to be diagnosed with Ebola in a U.S. hospital was evaluated initially and turned away, a critical missed opportunity that could result in others being exposed to the deadly virus, infectious disease experts said.

On the patient’s first visit to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas last Friday, he walked into the hospital presenting “non-specific symptoms” and was sent home with a prescription for antibiotics, Dr. Edward Goodman, an infectious disease specialist at the hospital, told a news conference on Tuesday.

Oct 1, 2014
Oct 1, 2014
Oct 1, 2014
Oct 1, 2014

Plant-based vaccines challenge big pharma for $3 billion flu market

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.

Oct 1, 2014

Traveler from Liberia is first Ebola patient diagnosed in U.S.

By 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.

Sep 30, 2014
Sep 30, 2014

First Ebola case diagnosed in the United States -CDC

Sept 30 (Reuters) – U.S. health officials said on Tuesday
the first patient infected with the deadly Ebola virus had been
diagnosed in the country, in a new sign of how the outbreak
ravaging West Africa can spread globally.

The patient had recently traveled to West Africa and
developed symptoms several days after returning to Texas, state
officials said. The patient was admitted to an isolation room at
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.

Sep 30, 2014

Medical industry paid billions to U.S. physicians, hospitals in 2013: data

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. doctors and teaching hospitals received $3.5 billion from pharmaceutical companies and medical device makers in the last five months of 2013, according to the most extensive data trove on such payments ever made public.

The payments, disclosed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on Tuesday, include consulting and speaking fees, travel, meals, entertainment and research grants. The names of the recipients of about 40 percent of the payments reported by companies were withheld because CMS had concerns about data inconsistencies.

Sep 30, 2014
    • About Sharon

      "After covering science and medicine at Newsweek, then the Wall Street Journal, then Newsweek again, I joined Reuters in 2012 to report on neuroscience, genetics, cognitive science, and other research. My books have focused on the brain: 2007's Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain (the first popular account of the revolution in neuroplasticity), and 2012's The Emotional Life of Your Brain (with Richard J. Davidson)."
      Joined Reuters:
      2012
      Languages:
      English
    • More from Sharon

      Publications:
      The Emotional Life of Your Brain (2012)
      Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain (2007)
      The Mind and the Brain (2002)
    • Contact Sharon

    • Follow Sharon