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AstraZeneca taps Roche, Qiagen for new blood-based cancer drug tests


LONDON - AstraZeneca has signed up Roche and Qiagen to develop two separate diagnostic tests, both using simple blood samples, to identify patients who will benefit from its lung cancer drugs.

Fist bumps relay 90 percent less germs than handshakes: study

NEW YORK - Ditching handshakes in favor of more informal fist bumps could help cut down on the spread of bacteria and illnesses, according to a study released on Monday.

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Reckitt Benckiser to spin off heroin treatment business

LONDON - Reckitt Benckiser plans to spin off its heroin-addiction treatment in the next 12 months as sales slide under pressure from rival copycat versions of the drug. | Video

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Slower U.S. healthcare cost rise extending life of Medicare fund: trustees

WASHINGTON - Slower growth in U.S. healthcare spending and expected savings from Obamacare are shoring up the funding outlook for the federal Medicare program that covers the hospital bills of the elderly, trustees of the program said on Monday.

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Peanut company officials stand trial in Georgia in deadly salmonella outbreak

ATLANTA - The federal trial of three former peanut company officials charged in connection with a salmonella outbreak that killed nine people and sickened hundreds more began on Monday with jury selection in Albany, Georgia.

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U.S. lawmakers expand probe of federal biolab mishaps

WASHINGTON - U.S. lawmakers on Monday said they were expanding their investigation of federal biosecurity lapses including problems at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that led to the mishandling of anthrax and bird flu pathogens.

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Novartis says Alcon glaucoma treatment approved in EU

ZURICH - Swiss pharmaceutical group Novartis said the European Commission has approved its eyecare unit Alcon's Simbrinza treatment for glaucoma, a chronic, sight-threatening eye disease.

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Sierra Leone president visits Ebola epicenter

FREETOWN - Sierra Leone's president visited the epicenter of an Ebola outbreak on Monday as West African leaders stepped up efforts to contain the spread of the deadly virus.

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Kids’ packed lunches often fall short of dietary guidelines

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Packed lunches that children bring from home are often missing the vegetables, milk and other healthy items recommended by dietary guidelines, says a new study.

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Nigeria isolates Lagos hospital where Ebola victim died

LAGOS - The Nigerian city of Lagos shut down and quarantined on Monday a hospital where a man died of Ebola, the first recorded case of the highly infectious disease in Africa's most populous country.

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