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Exclusive: Can the blood of Ebola survivors create a cure?

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CHICAGO - For months, Vanderbilt University researcher Dr. James Crowe has been desperately seeking access to the blood of U.S. Ebola survivors, hoping to extract the proteins that helped them overcome the deadly virus for use in new, potent drugs.

China parliament weighs tough curbs on tobacco advertising: Xinhua

BEIJING - China's parliament is considering tough curbs on tobacco advertising as the world's top consumer of cigarettes looks to kick its smoking habit, state media reported on Monday.

China 2:55am EST

Cambodia charges unlicensed doctor for spreading HIV to over 100 people

PHNOM PENH - Cambodian prosecutors said they charged an unlicensed medical practitioner with murder on Monday, alleging he spread HIV among at least 106 villagers in the country's remote northwest.

7:36am EST

FDA approves BioCryst's intravenous flu drug

- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Biocryst Pharmaceuticals Inc's intravenous flu drug, sending the company's shares up nearly 10 percent in premarket trading.

7:08am EST

Germany to step up bird flu testing after new cases discovered

HAMBURG - Germany will on Monday announce compulsory testing of ducks and geese for bird flu before slaughtering after two more cases of the H5N8 strain of the disease were discovered, the country's agriculture ministry said.

Germany 4:29am EST

Express Scripts to cover AbbVie hepatitis C drug, drops Gilead treatment

- The nation's largest pharmacy benefit manager has lined up a cheaper price from AbbVie Inc on its newly approved hepatitis C treatment and, in most cases, will no longer cover Gilead Sciences Inc treatments, Express Scripts said on Monday.

12:03am EST

Activity trackers get smarter at measuring fitness

NEW YORK - Fitness activity trackers have come a long way since Leonardo da Vinci sketched a rudimentary gear-and-pendulum pedometer to track the treks of 15th century Roman soldiers.

Tech, Media 4:12am EST

Ebola response in rural Sierra Leone not yet rapid enough

KOIDU, Sierra Leone - The rapid response team has arrived and the chaos is easing, but medics in a remote Sierra Leonean district are struggling to control a local Ebola outbreak when it's too late to nip it in the bud.

21 Dec 2014

Britain lifts bird flu restrictions on duck farm

LONDON - Britain on Sunday lifted restrictions on the movement of poultry in a six-mile (9.7-km) zone around a duck farm in northern England where the highly contagious H5N8 bird flu strain was found last month.

21 Dec 2014

Ebola death toll in three African countries hits 7,373: WHO

GENEVA - The death toll from Ebola in the three worst-affected countries in West Africa has risen to 7,373 among 19,031 cases known to date there, the World Health Organization said on Saturday.

World, Africa 20 Dec 2014