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  • Judge rejects Ebola quarantine for nurse

    FORT KENT, Maine (AP) — A Maine judge gave nurse Kaci Hickox the OK to go wherever she pleases, handing state officials a defeat Friday in their bid to restrict her movements as a precaution against Ebola.

  • Could breathing differently change how people climb mountains?

    By Kathryn Doyle NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A brief new report claims that using a breathing technique based on Tibetan Buddhist tradition, 26 inexperienced mountain climbers made it up Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa in 48 hours while avoiding acute mountain sickness. They were trained to take quick deep breaths constantly while climbing, said coauthor Dr. Geert A. Buijze of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the Academic Medical Center Amsterdam in The Netherlands. “Compare it to the deep breathing when performing strenuous exercises,” Buijze told Reuters Health by email. ...

  • Judge rejects strict limits on U.S. nurse who treated Ebola patients

    By Joel Page FORT KENT Maine (Reuters) - Declaring Ebola fears in the United States "not entirely rational," a judge rejected Maine's bid for a quarantine on a nurse who treated victims of the disease in West Africa but tested negative for it, and instead imposed limited restrictions. Nurse Kaci Hickox's challenge of the Maine quarantine became a key battleground for the dispute between officials in some U.S. states who have imposed strict quarantines on health workers returning from three Ebola-ravaged West African countries and the federal government, which opposes such measures. ...

  • Insurance broker Aon launches Ebola liability cover

    Medical staff members take part in a Ebola virus preventive drill at Ditan Hospital in BeijingLONDON (Reuters) - (The story was corrected in the first and fourth paragraphs of Oct. 28 story to show Aon is based in Britain, and not the United States) British insurance broker Aon has launched Ebola liability cover for hospitals and other health care institutions, the company said on Tuesday. The Ebola virus has killed nearly 5,000 people worldwide, mainly in West Africa. Fear of Ebola infections spreading to developed economies has prompted insurance companies to add exclusion clauses to their standard policies or to develop new products. ...

  • Aging Is All In Your Head, Study Says

    Aging Is All In Your Head, Study Says"You can't teach an old dog new tricks," you might joke. Or think to yourself, "I'm too old to do that." Stop it, we beg you. A new study shows perceptions of age are as good as reality when it comes to physical functioning.Researchers from Yale University and University of California, Berkeley set out to find out just how powerful negative --...

  • GMO crops have fans, critics

    (Reuters) - Since commercialization of the world's first genetically engineered crops in 1995-1996, there has been an ongoing debate globally about the safety and effectiveness of the crops. China has recently slowed its process for allowing imports of certain types of GMO corn and rejected millions of dollars worth of U.S. * GMO crop developers and other backers say many scientific studies show the crops are safe, and the USDA promotes the crops as a means to enhancing global food security. The last import approval for a GMO grain was granted in June 2013, said Matthew O'Mara, director of international affairs at the Biotechnology Industry Organization, an industry group.

  • China lifts suspension on Washington State delicious apples

    By Ros Krasny WASHINGTON (Reuters) - China will lift its suspension on the import of red and golden delicious apples from Washington State, reopening a market once valued at about $6.5 million a year, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said on Friday. The restrictions were placed in August 2012 by Chinese quarantine authorities due to the repeated interception of three apple pests: speck rot, bull's-eye rot, and Sphaeropsis rot. Since then, USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) worked with the U.S. ...

  • Canada imposes visa ban on nations where Ebola raging

    Passengers make their way in a security checkpoint at the International JFK airport in New YorkOTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada will stop issuing visas to people from those West African nations where the Ebola virus is widespread, the government said on Friday. The federal citizenship ministry, explaining the move, said in an official document that "the introduction or spread of the disease would pose an imminent and severe risk to public health in Canada". (Reporting by David Ljunggren; Editing by Meredith Mazzilli)

  • Why an Ebola Survivor's Dog's Tail Will Wag Saturday

    Dallas Nurse Nina Pham hasn't seen her dog, Bentley, 21 days.

  • Former Adobe exec's start-up seeks to improve the mammogram experience

    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Former Adobe Chief Medical Officer Melissa Dyrdahl hopes to bring a spa-like feel to the experience of breast cancer screenings. Her start-up, Ella Health, has opened seven mammogram centers across the United States, in places ranging from Toms River, New Jersey to San Francisco. Ella's pitch: to improve the often nerve-wracking process so women will not skip their annual mammogram. "We want women to feel like they're in a spa, not a cold and clinical hospital," Dyrdahl, who is chief executive of the company, said in an interview. ...