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U.S. military to quickly ramp up Ebola mission in Liberia

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MONROVIA - The United States plans to quickly increase its presence in Liberia, where military personnel are deploying to help the West African nation halt the advance of the worst Ebola epidemic on record, the general in charge of the mission said on Monday.

Sanofi-Regeneron drug has positive trial results in chronic sinusitis

PARIS - An experimental drug from Sanofi and Regeneron significantly reduced congestion in in a mid-stage trial on patients with chronic sinusitis with nasal polyps, a condition poorly controlled by existing drugs, the companies said on Tuesday.

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Studies criticize U.S. medical device approval process

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Information on the safety and effectiveness of medical devices before and after they are cleared by U.S. health regulators can be improved, according to two new studies.

29 Sep 2014

Antibiotics in infancy may be linked to childhood obesity: study

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Kids who receive several rounds of antibiotics before age two may be at an increased risk of being overweight by age five, suggests a new study.

29 Sep 2014

Austria reports first MERS case in Saudi national: media

VIENNA - Austria has reported its first case of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus in a woman from Saudi Arabia who had recently traveled to the Alpine country, ORF Oe 1 radio reported on Tuesday, citing the health ministry.

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Long-acting reversible contraceptives best for teens: pediatricians

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - For adolescents who choose not to abstain from sex, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) favors long-acting reversible contraceptives, such as contraceptive implants and intrauterine devices.

29 Sep 2014

Baxter plans to open R&D center in Massachusetts for Baxalta spinoff

- Baxter International Inc on Monday said it would form a research and development center in Cambridge, Massachusetts, for the biopharmaceutical business it expects to spin off as a separate company in mid-2015.

29 Sep 2014

Bill Gates warns Ebola could spread beyond West Africa

WASHINGTON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - It is impossible to guess whether world leaders have done enough to bring the Ebola epidemic under control, given the risks that it will spread to countries beyond West Africa, the technology billionaire and philanthropist Bill Gates said on Monday.

29 Sep 2014

Colorado, CDC probing 10 cases of virus-related paralysis in kids

CHICAGO - U.S. health officials are investigating at least 10 cases of children in Colorado who developed limb weakness or paralysis after testing positive for a respiratory virus, state health officials said on Monday.

U.S. 29 Sep 2014

Caffeine-infused weight loss underwear buzzless: FTC

WASHINGTON - Bras, girdles and leggings infused with caffeine and sold as weight loss aids were more decaf than espresso, and the companies that sold them have agreed to refund money to customers and pull their ads, U.S. regulators said on Monday.

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