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Reuters: Health News

Three Ebola patients escape Congo quarantine, medics race to control outbreak
MBANDAKA, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) - Three patients infected with the deadly Ebola virus escaped from a hospital holding them in quarantine in the Congo city of Mbandaka, an aid group said, as medics raced to stop the disease spreading in the teeming river port.


POSTED MAY 23, 2018 7:49 AM
Second Indian state reports suspected cases of rare virus, fanning fears of spread
KOCHI/MUMBAI (Reuters) - Indian health officials were checking on Wednesday if a rare, brain-damaging virus had spread to a second state after two suspected cases reported in southern Karnataka, as the death toll in adjacent Kerala, where the outbreak began, rose to 11.


POSTED MAY 23, 2018 5:37 AM
Merck's Keytruda succeeds in late-stage lung cancer study
(Reuters) - Merck & Co on Wednesday said its cancer drug Keytruda helped extend survival and prevented disease progression when tested in a late-stage study in combination with chemotherapy for a type of lung cancer.


POSTED MAY 23, 2018 7:28 AM
Cholera outbreak kills 12 in northeast Nigeria
ABUJA (Reuters) - A cholera outbreak has killed 12 people and may have infected at least 134 others in the northeast Nigerian state of Adamawa, a medical official said on Wednesday.


POSTED MAY 23, 2018 4:43 AM
From Burkina to Zimbabwe, U.S. aid cuts squeeze family planning services
OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - The Marie Stopes Ladies who drive from village to village in the remote north of Burkina Faso offering free contraception, advice on family planning, sexual health and sometimes post-abortion care, may have to stop work in June.


POSTED MAY 22, 2018 2:15 PM
Ten die in India outbreak of brain-damaging virus, spurring rush to hospitals
BENGALURU/KOCHI (Reuters) - A rare virus spread by fruit bats, which can cause flu-like symptoms and brain damage, has killed 10 people in southern India, health officials said on Tuesday, with at least nine more being treated.


POSTED MAY 22, 2018 7:48 AM
FDA issues warning letters to companies selling kratom products
(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Tuesday it issued warning letters to three companies that illegally marketed and distributed products containing the substance, kratom, which they claimed treat opioid addiction and withdrawal.


POSTED MAY 22, 2018 10:50 AM
Doctors distressed by 'unethical' dialysis rules for undocumented immigrants
(Reuters Health) - Doctors who take an oath to 'do no harm' are morally distressed by dialysis payment policies in many U.S. states that don't cover services for undocumented immigrants until they're near death, a new study found.


POSTED MAY 22, 2018 5:44 PM
Irish PM urges voters to see through last minute abortion 'tactics'
DUBLIN (Reuters) - Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar accused campaigners opposing a referendum on liberalizing Ireland's abortion regime of trying to dupe voters into thinking the government could still change the laws even if they voted 'No'.


POSTED MAY 23, 2018 7:30 AM
Exercise after stroke improves blood pressure, may prevent repeat strokes
(Reuters Health) - People who've had a stroke can improve their blood pressure and reduce their risk of repeat strokes if they exercise, according to a new review of previous studies.


POSTED MAY 22, 2018 5:03 PM

News – Insurance Journal

Lloyd’s Receives Approval for Brussels Subsidiary
Lloyd’s of London reported that it has received licence approval from the National Bank of Belgium for Lloyd’s Insurance Co. Lloyd’s Brussels will be able to write non-life risks from the European Economic Area (EEA), so Lloyd’s customers can continue …

POSTED MAY 23, 2018 12:34 PM
A.M. Best Assigns Credit Ratings to Wisconsin’s CM Select Insurance
A.M. Best has assigned a Financial Strength Rating (FSR) of A (Excellent) and a Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating (ICR) of “a” to Wisconsin-based CM Select Insurance Co. (CM Select), a wholly owned subsidiary of Church Mutual Insurance Co. (CMIC). The …

POSTED MAY 23, 2018 5:03 AM
Businesses, Big and Small, Come to Terms with New Data Privacy Law
Lisa Meyer’s London hair salon is a cozy place where her mother serves homemade macaroons, children climb on chairs and customers chat above the whirr of hairdryers. Most of the time Meyer is focused on hairstyles, color trends and keeping …

POSTED MAY 23, 2018 5:00 AM
Cybersecurity Professional Deploys Insurtech to Simplify Small Business Cyber Market
A small business owner and cybersecurity professional frustrated by the complicated cyber coverage buying process decided to take matters into his own hands – he became a cyber insurance broker. “I wanted to solve the cyber insurance problem for small …

POSTED MAY 23, 2018 4:45 AM
Unlicensed Insurance Providers Served Cease & Desist Orders by Tennessee Regulator
Two former Tennessee insurance providers have been served cease and desist orders by the Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance (TDCI) in response to fraudulent practices the department says they used to sell insurance and scam consumers. TDCI issued a …

POSTED MAY 23, 2018 4:44 AM
NBIS in Atlanta Adds Nelson as Transportation Program Manager
NationsBuilders Insurance Services, Inc. (NBIS), a provider of specialty program insurance, has added Chris Nelson as transportation program manager. Nelson will represent NBIS within the transportation industry, specifically the Specialized Transportation & Heavy Haul groups and the Specialized Carriers and …

POSTED MAY 23, 2018 4:40 AM
North Carolina Storm Recovery Chief Accedes Frustrations Over Hurricane Matthew Recovery
North Carolina’s emergency management chief acknowledged a laborious process for homeowners seeking federal funds for repairs due to Hurricane Matthew and is looking for improvements looking to the next storm. While more than $630 million in federal and state funds …

POSTED MAY 23, 2018 4:38 AM
California Worker’s Comp Directors and Officers Cleanup Law Takes Effect July 1
A new law that enables corporate directors and officers owning at least 10 percent of a business to opt out of workers’ compensation coverage goes into effect on July 1. The law is intended to reduce the threshold of ownership, …

POSTED MAY 22, 2018 9:49 PM
WCRI Study: Illinois’ Cost per Workers’ Comp Claim Grew 1-3 Percent Annually
The average total cost per workers’ compensation claim in Illinois grew annually between 1 to 3 percent since 2012, according to a recent study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute. The growth was due to small to moderate changes in …

POSTED MAY 22, 2018 5:48 PM
Farmers Group in California Names Daly President of Personal Lines
Woodland Hills, Calif.-based Farmers Group Inc. has named Keith Daly president of personal lines. Daly, who is currently Farmers’ chief claims officer, takes the new post effective June 11. He joined Farmers in 2009 through the acquisition of 21st Century …

POSTED MAY 22, 2018 5:35 PM

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