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U.S. leaders call for 'war' on Ebola outbreak, pledge troops

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ATLANTA - U.S. lawmakers called for a government-funded "war" to contain West Africa's deadly Ebola epidemic before it threatens more countries, building on an American pledge to send 3,000 military engineers and medical personnel to combat the virus.

U.N. Security Council eyes action to heighten Ebola response

UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations Security Council could adopt a resolution later this week to expand the global response to the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa by calling on countries to lift travel restrictions and provide urgent assistance, including field hospitals and staff.

Coke, J&J join big companies behind new employee wellness push

WASHINGTON - Leaders of some of the biggest U.S. corporations, from Coca-Cola Co to Johnson & Johnson , unveiled a campaign on Tuesday to reduce the nation's healthcare costs, urging their peers to embrace wellness programs to improve employee health.

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American waistlines still expanding, study says

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The average waistline of Americans increased by more than an inch over the past decade, according to a study from U.S. health researchers.

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Obama says Africa Ebola epidemic 'spiraling out of control'

ATLANTA - U.S. President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that the Ebola epidemic in West Africa is "spiraling out of control" and exhorted the global community to move faster and contribute more help to contain the spread of the deadly disease.

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Post-immunization epilepsy likely not related to vaccine: study

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Children who start having seizures soon after a vaccination and go on to develop epilepsy usually turn out to have an underlying cause of the seizure disorder, according to a new study published in Pediatrics.

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Fewer hospitalizations for diabetic veterans using VA’s home-based care

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - For older U.S. military veterans with multiple chronic conditions, including diabetes, taking advantage of home-based primary care from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) was linked to fewer hospitalizations, in a recent study.

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Children's respiratory illness spreads to a dozen U.S. states: CDC

- A serious respiratory illness sickening U.S. children has spread to 12 states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Tuesday, as it predicted that more states will report cases in coming weeks.

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U.S. lawmakers want to curb antibiotic use on farms

- Two U.S. lawmakers are calling for action to rein in antibiotic use in livestock in response to a Reuters investigation showing how top U.S. poultry firms have been administering drugs to their flocks.

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Weight loss on antipsychotics is possible: study

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The drugs people take to help ease serious mental illnesses often contribute to weight and blood sugar problems - but researchers say a lifestyle intervention can be helpful on both fronts.

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