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U.S., Liberia kick off trial of Ebola drug ZMapp


CHICAGO - U.S. and Liberian researchers have started a clinical trial to test the safety and effectiveness of Mapp Biopharmaceutical Inc's Ebola drug ZMapp, an experimental treatment that has already been tried in a handful of Ebola patients, including two U.S. missionaries.

Three infected with measles at Las Vegas seafood restaurant

- Three new cases of measles have been confirmed in Las Vegas, in people believed infected by a contagious worker at an upscale MGM Grand Hotel and Casino seafood restaurant, Nevada public health officials said on Friday.

U.S., 2:40pm EST

Decision on Ebola mass vaccination in August at earliest: WHO

GENEVA - An independent advisory body will decide in August at the earliest on whether to recommend widespread introduction of an Ebola vaccine, depending on results of clinical trials and the epidemic's course, the World Health Organization said on Friday.

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Risk factors for heartburn: excess weight, smoking

(Reuters Health) - Excess pounds and smoking might each raise the likelihood of frequent heartburn or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), according to a large study from Norway.

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Study on biology of chronic fatigue illness stirs debate

LONDON - A team of scientists said on Friday they had found "robust evidence" that a condition called Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a biological as opposed to a psychological disorder, but some experts questioned the findings.

2:06pm EST

Watch out for nasty global flu surprises, WHO warns

LONDON, Feb 27 - The world remains highly vulnerable to a possible severe flu pandemic and governments should increase surveillance, vigilance and preparedness, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.

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Inhaled drug may help with sociability in autism

(Reuters Health) - In an early study, inhaling the hormone oxytocin appeared to encourage men with autism to make more eye contact.

11:34am EST

Bayer crown prince vows independence for diversified drugmaker

LEVERKUSEN, Germany - Werner Baumann, seen as heir apparent to Bayer Chief Executive Marijn Dekkers, says he will fight for the independence of Germany's largest drugmaker after the spin-off of its plastics unit.

Germany 12:22pm EST

Roche says EU agency recommends Avastin for cervical cancer

ZURICH - Roche said on Friday that European regulators had recommended approval of its drug Avastin in combination with chemotherapy as a treatment for women with an advanced form of cancer of the cervix.

11:49am EST

Private equity 'walks on eggshells' as funds eye Brazil hospitals

SAO PAULO - Brazilian hospitals and health clinics are drawing strong interest from global buyout firms after the government recently decided to allow foreign ownership of those facilities, although the suitors may find only a few promising targets.

Deals, Brazil 12:26pm EST