Monday, October 20, 2014

Health & Wellness

White House: Positive Ebola tests for 2 Texas health workers indicate ‘shortcomings’

WASHINGTON — The White House is conceding there were shortcomings in the response to an Ebola patient’s care in the state of Texas that has now resulted in two health care workers testing positive for the disease.

Ebola vaccine testing underway

TORONTO—Human testing of an experimental Canadian-made Ebola vaccine began yesterday, with federal officials saying the drug could be shipped to West Africa within months if it proves successful.

Canada to boost Ebola screening

TORONTO—Canada will step up border screening to try to prevent an Ebola importation to this country, federal Health minister Rona Ambrose said yesterday.

Overwhelming support for assisted dying: poll

TORONTO—An overwhelming majority of Canadians surveyed in an online poll support assisted dying for those suffering from a terminal illness that results in “unbearable suffering,” a pro-euthanasia group said yesterday, ahead of a Supreme Court of Canada hearing on the controversial issue.

1 in 10 ER patients face lengthy waits for beds, especially seniors: report

TORONTO — Visiting a hospital emergency department often conjures up an image of hours of cooling one’s heels before being assessed by a doctor, treated and released.

Nurse in Spain contracts Ebola

WASHINGTON—Raising fresh concern around the world, a nurse in Spain yesterday became the first person known to catch Ebola outside the outbreak zone in West Africa.
In the U.S., meanwhile, President Barack Obama said the government was considering ordering more careful screening of airline passengers arriving from the region.

Experts starting to admit it may take vaccine to stop Ebola in West Africa

TORONTO — As West Africa’s Ebola outbreak continues to rage, some experts are coming to the conclusion that it may take large amounts of vaccines and maybe even drugs — all still experimental and in short supply — to bring the outbreak under control.

A medical first: Woman in Sweden gives birth to baby after receiving womb transplant

LONDON — In a medical first, a woman in Sweden has given birth after receiving a womb transplant, the doctor who performed the pioneering procedure said Friday.

Outbreak showing polio-like symptoms

TORONTO—A new threat is emerging in the outbreak of the respiratory illness enterovirus D68—a small number of infected patients in Canada and the U.S. have developed polio-like symptoms.
Health officials in B.C. say two young males hospitalized with the respiratory virus have developed paralytic symptoms.

National dementia strategy pledged

BANFF, Alta.—Citing the “impending boom” of a dementia health-care crisis, federal Health minister Rona Ambrose and her provincial and territorial counterparts agreed yesterday to work together to develop a national strategy to fight it.

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