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Sierra Leone declares emergency as Ebola death toll hits 729

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FREETOWN - Sierra Leone has declared a state of emergency and called in troops to quarantine Ebola victims, joining neighboring Liberia in imposing controls as the death toll from the outbreak of the virus hit 729 in West Africa. | Video

U.S. government seeking to test Ebola vaccine on humans: reports

LOS ANGELES - The U.S. government will begin testing on people an experimental Ebola vaccine as early as September, after seeing positive results from tests on primates, according to media reports on Thursday.

31 Jul 2014

Obamacare subsidy case could be reviewed by U.S. Supreme Court

- The U.S. Supreme Court has been asked to review a case about whether the federal government can subsidize health insurance for millions of Americans, a party involved in the lawsuit said on Thursday.

U.S., Politics 31 Jul 2014

U.S. CDC says salmonella outbreak from Foster Farms' chicken appears over

CHICAGO - A salmonella outbreak linked to California-based poultry producer Foster Farms' contaminated chicken appears to be over, more than 17 months after it began, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Thursday.

U.S. 31 Jul 2014

Ebola patient coming to U.S. as aid workers' health worsens

CHICAGO/WINSTON-SALEM N.C. - A U.S. aid worker who was infected with the deadly Ebola virus while working in West Africa will be flown to the United States to be treated in a high-security ward at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, hospital officials said on Thursday. The aid worker, whose name has not been released, will be moved in the next several days to a special isolation unit at Emory. The unit was set up in collaboration with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Preve

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U.S. reforms poultry inspections to boost food safety

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced on Thursday reforms to decades-old processes for inspecting poultry facilities in a bid to cut down on the number of foodborne illnesses, but dropped an industry-backed plan to speed up production.

U.S. 31 Jul 2014

U.S. aid worker infected with Ebola to be moved to Atlanta hospital: official

- A U.S. humanitarian aid worker who was infected with Ebola in West Africa will be transferred back to the United States and treated in a special high security ward at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, hospital officials said on Thursday.

U.S. 31 Jul 2014

On first meeting, men prefer ‘nice’ women: study

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – For heterosexual men, women who are “nice” are also “attractive,” according to a new study, but the same doesn’t hold true for women meeting a man for the first time.

31 Jul 2014

U.S. doctor battling Ebola takes slight turn for worse

WINSTON-SALEM N.C. - The health of a U.S. doctor who contracted Ebola in Liberia while helping fight an unprecedented outbreak of the deadly disease has worsened slightly, a relief organization said on Thursday.

U.S. 31 Jul 2014

Smoking linked to risk, progression of macular degeneration

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People who smoke, or have smoked a large number of cigarettes over time, are more likely to develop age-related macular degeneration or to have it worsen sooner, according to a long-term study.

31 Jul 2014