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Obama keeps his schedule clear to focus on Ebola
20 Oct 2014 | 2:33 am
U.S. Ebola czar seeks to reverse government mistakes, step up response
20 Oct 2014 | 2:05 am
By Jeff Mason and Roberta Rampton CHICAGO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Ebola czar Ron Klain faces a hefty to-do list when he begins his new role: soothe Americans' jitters about the virus, fix federal coordination with states, and restore a sense of control over the crisis that the White House had lost. Klain, a former senior aide in two Democratic administrations who is known for his keen political antenna, also must smooth over tensions with lawmakers who are angry about the government's missteps and mixed messages. ...
Kenyan girls trading sex for food: One woman's battle to help
20 Oct 2014 | 1:18 am
By Katy Migiro NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The alcohol lining the 12-year-old Kenyan girl's stomach did nothing to quell her hunger pangs. So when one of her mother's drunken customers, in the one-room drinking den that doubles as their home in Nairobi, offered her a boiled egg in exchange for sex, she agreed. Brittanie Richardson, a 27-year-old American campaigning against the child sex trade in Kenya, witnessed the act during a routine visit to meet the family and felt powerless to act. "The room was full of people: men, women, the mum is there, the sister. ...
Factbox: The race is on for the 'holy grail' of sweeteners
20 Oct 2014 | 12:22 am
By Chris Prentice and Marcy Nicholson NEW YORK (Reuters) - Major food suppliers and trade houses have been diving into the stevia market since 2008, when U.S. regulators deemed sweeteners made from the South American plant safe for consumption. Below are some key players in this growing market. *ARCHER DANIELS MIDLAND Archer Daniels Midland Co, a major player in the U.S. corn syrup market and global commodities trade, this month completed a $3-billion acquisition of Wild Flavors, looking to expand in the fast-growing "natural" markets. ...
Ebola fear, monitoring eases for some in Dallas
20 Oct 2014 | 12:15 am
DALLAS (AP) — Ebola fears began to ease for some Monday as a monitoring period passed for those who had close contact with a victim of the disease and after a cruise ship scare ended with the boat returning to port and a lab worker on board testing negative for the virus.
Has sugar lost its sweet spot? Paraguayan plant upends market
20 Oct 2014 | 12:13 am
By Chris Prentice and Marcy Nicholson NEW YORK (Reuters) - The maker of America's top sugar brand Domino Sugar is launching its first no-calorie "natural" sweetener extracted from the stevia plant in Paraguay, the strongest sign yet that the upstart product is threatening to eat into raw-sugar demand. In less than a decade, the sweet-tasting stevia powder has stolen a big chunk of the $1.3-billion global market for artificial sweeteners as more health-conscious consumers use it in what they eat and drink. Consumers' appetite for artificial sweeteners like Cumberland Packing Co. ...
Medications mistakes common among young children
19 Oct 2014 | 11:33 pm
By Andrew M. Seaman NEW YORK (Reuters) - Roughly every eight minutes from 2002 through 2012, a child in the U.S. experienced a medication mistake, according to a new study of calls to poison control hotlines. The number and rate of reported medication mistakes rose during the 11-year study, except for cough and cold medicines, the researchers report in the journal Pediatrics. ...
CDC to revise Ebola protocol, Pentagon preps team
19 Oct 2014 | 6:15 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — Revised guidance for health care workers treating Ebola patients will include using protective gear "with no skin showing," a top federal health official said Sunday, and the Pentagon announced it was forming a team to assist medical staff in the U.S., if needed.
Spaniard with Ebola beats the disease, test shows
19 Oct 2014 | 5:55 pm
MADRID (AP) — A Spanish nursing assistant infected with Ebola after treating missionary priests with the disease repatriated from West Africa has managed to beat it after nearly two weeks of treatment in Madrid and has no traces of the virus in her bloodstream, according to test results released Sunday night by Spain's government.
Ebola victim's Texas fiance expresses gratitude, sorrow
19 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
By Karen Brooks (Reuters) - The fiancée of Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian who died of Ebola in Dallas earlier this month, said on Sunday she was grateful to be leaving quarantine without any signs of the disease that killed the man she was to marry, but saddened by the toll the virus has taken. "We are so happy this is coming to an end, and we are so grateful that none of us has shown any sign of illness," Louise Troh said in a statement. "We continue to mourn his loss and grieve the circumstances that led to his death, just at the time we thought we were facing a happy future together. ...
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