Liver deaths rise linked to alcohol








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Britain’s drinking culture has sparked a “worrying” rise in liver disease deaths, health officials say.

Public Health England says 24-hour drinking and higher levels of alcohol consumption are fuelling the “rapid and shocking” increase in death rates seen in recent years.

Over a decade, the number of people dying from liver disease in England has risen by 40% from 7,841 to 10,948.

Alcohol is linked to more than one-third of these deaths, says PHE.


Avoidable deaths

World must stop Ebola in West Africa or face 'pandemic': Cuba's Castro

Cuba's President Raul Castro (L) talks to his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro during the opening ceremony of the ALBA-TCP Extraordinary Ebola summit in Havana October 20, 2014.  REUTERS/Enrique De La Osa

Cuba’s President Raul Castro (L) talks to his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro during the opening ceremony of the ALBA-TCP Extraordinary Ebola summit in Havana October 20, 2014.

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(Reuters) – The world must confront Ebola in West Africa to prevent what could become one of the worst pandemics in human history, Cuban President Raul Castro said on Monday.

“I am convinced that if this threat is not stopped in West Africa with an immediate international response … it could become one of the gravest pandemics in human history,” Castro told a summit of the leftist ALBA bloc of Latin American and Caribbean countries in Havana.

Regeneron, Sanofi announce initiation of dupilumab Phase 3 study in adults with atopic dermatitis

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: REGN) and Sanofi (EURONEXT: SAN and NYSE: SNY) today announced that the first patients have been dosed in a Phase 3 clinical study of dupilumab, an investigational therapy that blocks IL-4 and IL-13 signaling, in adults with moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis (AD) that is not adequately controlled with topical AD medications.

LIBERTY AD CHRONOS, the first trial in the Phase 3 clinical program for dupilumab, is a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multi-national study with the primary objective of demonstrating the efficacy of dupilumab in adults with moderate to severe AD when administered concomitantly with topical corticosteroids through 16 weeks. Secondary objectives of the study will evaluate the long-term safety and efficacy of dupilumab up to 52 weeks. The trial will enroll approximately 700 adult patients.

Children's genes affect their mothers' risk of rheumatoid arthritis

A child’s genetic makeup may contribute to his or her mother’s risk of rheumatoid arthritis, possibly explaining why women are at higher risk of developing the disease than men. This research will be presented October 21, at the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) 2014 Annual Meeting in San Diego.

Ebola nurse Pooley back in Africa








By James Gallagher
Health editor, BBC News website


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William Pooley, the British nurse who contracted Ebola while volunteering in West Africa, has returned to Sierra Leone to resume his work.

He said there was a “real emergency” in the country and he was “delighted” to be back on the front line.

Mr Pooley will start work at a hospital in the Sierra Leonean capital, Freetown, on Monday.

Spanish Ebola nurse appears clear of disease, says government

Health workers in protective suits stand near a window at an isolation ward on the sixth floor of Madrid's Carlos III Hospital October 12, 2014. REUTERS/Paul Hanna

Health workers in protective suits stand near a window at an isolation ward on the sixth floor of Madrid’s Carlos III Hospital October 12, 2014.

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(Reuters) – The Spanish nurse who contracted Ebola while caring for two infected priests in a Madrid hospital, becoming the first person to contract the virus outside West Africa, appears to have overcome the deadly disease, the government said on Sunday.

Tests on Teresa Romero, 44, hospitalized earlier this month with a high fever and treated in an isolation unit in a specially-adapted hospital in central Madrid, gave a negative result for the virus on Sunday, it said in a statement.

Woman being monitored for Ebola falls ill in Dallas: local media


Health workers in protection suits wait in the corridor near a quarantine ward during a drill to demonstrate the procedures of handling Ebola victims, at a hospital in Guangzhou, Guangdong province October 16, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer


Health workers in protection suits wait in the corridor near a quarantine ward during a drill to demonstrate the procedures of handling Ebola victims, at a hospital in Guangzhou, Guangdong province October 16, 2014.

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(Reuters) – A woman who was being monitored for possible exposure to the Ebola virus was reported falling ill at a Dallas transit station, a local television station reported on its website on Saturday.

Obama to seek more funds to fight Ebola: Bloomberg


U.S. President Barack Obama answers a question from the press after meeting with his team coordinating the government's Ebola response in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, October 16, 2014.  REUTERS/Larry Downing


U.S. President Barack Obama answers a question from the press after meeting with his team coordinating the government’s Ebola response in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, October 16, 2014.

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(Reuters) – President Barack Obama is preparing to ask Congress for additional funding to fight the Ebola virus, Bloomberg reported on Saturday, citing White House and congressional officials.

Obama urges Americans not to give in to Ebola hysteria

U.S. President Barack Obama pauses as he talks next to U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell (L) and Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Dr. Thomas Frieden (R) after meeting with his team coordinating the government's Ebola response in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, October 16, 2014.  REUTERS/Larry Downing


(Reuters) – With three cases of Ebola diagnosed in the United States but dozens of people being monitored in case they contract the disease, President Barack Obama urged Americans on Saturday not to give in to “hysteria” about the spread of the virus.

Obama also made plain he is not currently planning to give in to demands from some lawmakers for a ban on travelers from the worst-hit countries.

“We can’t just cut ourselves off from West Africa,” Obama said in his weekly radio address. “Trying to seal off an entire region of the world – if that were even possible – could actually make the situation worse,” he said.

GSK says Ebola vaccine development progressing at 'unprecedented rate'

The GlaxoSmithKline building is pictured in Hounslow, west London June 18, 2013. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

The GlaxoSmithKline building is pictured in Hounslow, west London June 18, 2013.

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(Reuters) – Britain’s biggest drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline said on Saturday work to develop a vaccine to combat Ebola, which has killed thousands in West Africa, was moving at a rapid pace.

“Development of the vaccine candidate is progressing at an unprecedented rate, with first phase 1 safety trials with the vaccine candidate underway in the USA, UK and Mali, and further trials due to start in the coming weeks,” the firm said in a statement posted on its website.