Wall Street Journal, New York

Human trial of experimental Merck Ebola vaccine Is suspended

marketwatch.com — A human trial of an experimental Ebola vaccine recently licensed by Merck & Co. has been suspended until January after four healthy volunteers receiving it experienced mild joint pain, according to a Geneva hospital helping conduct the trial. "As a precautionary measure, the study team has declared a pause in the injections," the hospital said.

Ebola Crisis Stretches Doctors Without Borders’ Means

online.wsj.com — Eight months into the Ebola epidemic, the humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders is still the most functional outfit in a dysfunctional global health system. Yet its outsize role in the crisis threatens to overwhelm what is still at heart a medical aid group. The human costs to the organization have been high.

OPEC Doubts Russia's Pledge On Cuts, Presaging Price War

online.wsj.com — OPEC and Russia are edging back toward the brink of a price war. Russia has pledged to cut its oil exports by 150,000 barrels a day to meet demands by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries that non-OPEC producers join the cartel in reducing output to prop up crude prices.

Putin Foe Mikhail Khodorkovsky Aims to Remake Russia

online.wsj.com — NEW YORK-Russian tycoon and Vladimir Putin foe Mikhail Khodorkovsky said he is aiming to bring about a constitutional conference that would shift power away from the Russian presidency and toward the legislature and judiciary.

Payments Show Range of Doctors' Ties With Industry

Doctor Group Backs Implantable Devices to Prevent Teen Pregnancies

Hospitals Cut Costs by Getting Doctors to Stick to Guidelines

online.wsj.com — A hospital group in Delaware was concerned it was spending too much on cardiac monitoring for patients outside of intensive care who didn't need it. So it changed its computer system to encourage doctors to follow American Heart Association guidelines for using the monitors.

Read slowly to benefit your brain and cut stress

online.wsj.com — Once a week, members of a Wellington, New Zealand, book club arrive at a cafe, grab a drink and shut off their cellphones. Then they sink into cozy chairs and read in silence for an hour. The point of the club isn't to talk about literature, but to get away from pinging electronic devices and read, uninterrupted.

Many Pediatricians Are Skipping the Sex Talk With Teens

online.wsj.com — Talking to teenagers about sex is tough-so tough that many pediatricians appear to be avoiding the topic all together. Health experts recommend that teens receive regular care relating to their sexual health, including screening and vaccination for sexually transmitted infections, but studies show that few pediatricians offer these services regularly.

English Gardeners' Fix for Too Many Snails? Toss Them into Neighbors' Yards

online.wsj.com — SURREY, ENGLAND-Jill Vickers spends three hours a day tending her lush, hydrangea-trimmed garden. So the sight of snails munching holes in her plants makes her mad. Her usual way of coping is to toss them in the compost bin.
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Dec 19, 2014

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Dec 17, 2014

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Dec 17, 2014

RT @marclacey: For American travelers to Cuba, this is an important detail buried in the Obama announcement: $100 worth of cigars and rum will be allowed.

Dec 17, 2014

RT @denisfitz: Deal announced on Pope Francis's 78th birthday RT @FrancisXRocca Vatican statement on role in US-Cuba rapprochement press.vatican.va/content/salast…

Dec 17, 2014

RT @mattdpearce: John Kerry: "I look forward to being the first Secretary of State in 60 years to visit Cuba."

Dec 17, 2014

RT @IvanCNN: CNN's man in Havana @CNN_Oppmann just reported church bells began ringing across Havana after Raul Castro's live televised speech #Cuba

Dec 17, 2014

RT @dt007: #RaulCastro: profound differences remain between Cuba & US but countries have to learn to live w/their differences in civilized …

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