'No apology' over Ashya King search





















Naveed King









A video clip posted on YouTube before the couple were arrested showed Mr King explaining why they had travelled to Spain








Police say they will not apologise for the way they conducted a search for a five-year-old boy with a brain tumour, who was removed from a UK hospital by his parents against medical advice.

Heart drug launch could be 'most exciting ever', says Novartis

The logo of Swiss drugmaker Novartis is seen at its headquarters in Basel October 22, 2013.   REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

The logo of Swiss drugmaker Novartis is seen at its headquarters in Basel October 22, 2013.

Credit: Reuters/Arnd Wiegmann


(Reuters) – The expected launch of Novartis’s new heart failure drug next year promises to be the company’s most exciting ever and profit margins on the medicine will be good, its head of pharmaceuticals said on Sunday.

The Swiss drugmaker impressed doctors at the European Society of Cardiology meeting in Barcelona at the weekend by unveiling strikingly good clinical trial results for the drug, known as LCZ696, in a keenly awaited clinical trial.

Study raises concerns over Servier, Amgen heart drug


(Reuters) – A major clinical study has raised concerns about a drug from private French company Servier that helps lower the heart rate and which was licensed to U.S. group Amgen last year.

Ivabradine is not currently approved in the United States but it is sold in Europe for treating stable angina, or chest pain due to obstruction of heart arteries, and for heart failure, when the heart fails to pump blood effectively.

Celebration in Liberia slum as Ebola quarantine lifted


(Reuters) – Crowds sang and danced in the streets of a seaside neighborhood in Liberia on Saturday as the government lifted quarantine measures designed to contain the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.

Faced with the worst Ebola outbreak in history, West African governments have struggled to find an effective response. More than 1,550 people have died from the hemorrhagic fever since it was first detected in the forests of Guinea in March.

Test Ebola drug '100% effective'








By James Gallagher
Health editor, BBC News website


Ebola virus

The only clinical trial data on the experimental Ebola drug ZMapp shows it is 100% effective in monkey studies, even in later stages of the infection.

The researchers, publishing their data in Nature, said it was a “very important step forward”.

Yet the limited supplies will not help the 20,000 people predicted to be infected during the outbreak in West Africa.

Post-natal care lacking, say midwives








Woman and her baby in hospitalIn a survey of midwives, most said women do not receive the post-natal care they need


A survey by the Royal College of Midwives suggests that up to 40% of women may be being discharged from hospital before they are ready after having a baby.

The report, entitled Postnatal care planning, says the needs of women and babies after birth are not being met.

More midwives are required to ensure women get the post-natal visits they need, the RCM says.

Ebola outbreak reaches Senegal, riots break out in Guinea

Health workers wearing protective clothing prepare to carry an abandoned dead body presenting with Ebola symptoms at Duwala market in Monrovia August 17, 2014. REUTERS/2Tango


(Reuters) – The West African state of Senegal became the fifth country to be touched by the world’s worst Ebola outbreak on Friday, while riots broke out in neighboring Guinea’s remote southeast where infection rates are rising fast.

In the latest sign that the outbreak of the virus, which has already killed at least 1,550 people, is spinning out of control, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said that Ebola cases rose last week at the fastest pace since the epidemic began in West Africa in March.

West Africa Ebola outbreak could infect 20,000 people, WHO says

Volunteers prepare to remove the bodies of people who were suspected of contracting Ebola and died in the community in the village of Pendebu, north of Kenema July 18, 2014.  REUTERS/WHO/Tarik Jasarevic


(Reuters) – The Ebola epidemic in West Africa could infect over 20,000 people and spread to more countries, the U.N. health agency said on Thursday, warning that an international effort costing almost half a billion dollars is needed to overcome the outbreak.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) announced a $490 million strategic plan to contain the epidemic over the next nine months, saying it was based on a projection that the virus could spread to 10 further countries beyond the four now affected – Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.

Genetic clues to spread of Ebola








By Helen Briggs
Health editor, BBC News website


Augustine Goba, laboratory director at Kenema Government Hospital Lassa fever laboratoryExperts at Kenema Government Hospital in Sierra Leone have been monitoring the outbreak

Scientists have tracked the spread of Ebola in West Africa, revealing genetic clues to the course of the outbreak.

Genetic analysis of patient samples suggests the virus spread from Guinea to Sierra Leone at a single funeral.

The virus is mutating and must be contained rapidly, warn African and US experts. But they say there is no evidence the virus is changing its behaviour.