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More African nations curtail travel to Ebola-stricken countries
By Associated Press | October 18, 2014
The director of the World Health Organization Margaret Chan cancelled a scheduled press conference in Ghana Saturday. Chan and WHO have come under scrutiny following an internal document obtained by the Associated Press which said the health organization did not respond adequately to contain the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
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Canada will send experimental Ebola vaccine to WHO
By Associated Press | October 18, 2014
The Canadian government said that it will start shipping its experimental Ebola vaccine to the World Health Organization on Monday for possible use in the West African countries hardest hit by the outbreak.
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Obama: U.S. can't cut itself off from West Africa
By Associated Press | October 18, 2014
President Barack Obama urged Americans on Saturday not to succumb to hysteria about Ebola, even as he warned that addressing the deadly virus would require citizens, government leaders and the media to all pitch in.
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Ebola preparedness: The fire this time
By By Merrill Goozner | October 17, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The U.S. healthcare system badly fumbled its first unexpected encounter with the deadly Ebola virus. One misdiagnosed patient is dead, two nurses who treated him are sick, and hundreds of people may have been exposed to the virus. Panic is spreading.
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Stryker's revenue climbs but taxes eat at profits
By By Bob Herman | October 16, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Medical-device maker Stryker Corp. posted big gains in third-quarter sales across all of its business lines, but an overseas tax maneuver dug into the Kalamazoo, Mich.-based company's bottom line.
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Digital doctors: China sees tech cure for healthcare woes
By Reuters | October 16, 2014
Digital technology—from electronic patient records to remote healthcare—is already widely used in developed markets such as the U.S. and Europe, but the sheer size and scale of China offer a huge opportunity for tech firms and a big challenge for doctors, who say China lags far behind.
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Spain tests four with fever for Ebola, isolates jet
By Associated Press | October 16, 2014
Four people with fever considered at risk for Ebola were being tested Thursday in Spain for the virus, including one who arrived on an Air France jet that was isolated at Madrid's airport as a precaution, officials said.
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Steris to become British company after $1.9 billion Synergy Health deal
By Chuck Soder, Crain's Cleveland Business | October 14, 2014
Steris, a Mentor, Ohio-based provider of medical equipment and workflow-management software, will technically become a British company after it acquires Synergy Health in a $1.9 billion deal—the biggest purchase Steris has ever made.
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Stepped-up Ebola screening starting at NYC airport
By Associated Press | October 11, 2014
A stepped-up screening program that checks the temperature of travelers arriving from West Africa is starting at New York's Kennedy International Airport, part of an ongoing effort to stop the spread of Ebola, which has so far killed more than 4,000 people.
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Home dialysis grows despite cost and logistical hurdles
By By Steven Ross Johnson | October 11, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
A growing number of U.S. patients are having dialysis at home. But experts say Medicare payment policies, cost issues for providers and patients, patient demographics and physician comfort levels have gotten in the way of broader use.
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The best care money can buy? | The U.S. delights in its medical technology, and pays a premium for it, but studies show other countries beat us in outcomes, value
By Cinda Becker | August 09, 2004 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
No other country in the world can beat the U.S. in medical technology. No other country spends as much for it either.The mantra "Americans have the best medical care in the world" is frequently recited by U.S. policymakers and clinicians, according to a study published in the May/June issue of the journal Health Affairs that compares the quality of care in five English-speaking countries. But international data--limited though it is--places the U.S. in the bottom quartile of industrialized countries in terms of life expectancy and infant mortality, according to the report.The best...
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