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U.S. House panel sets witness list for CDC anthrax hearing

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WASHINGTON - A U.S. congressional committee said on Sunday that it will hear from half a dozen witnesses this week about dangerous lapses at federal health facilities, including one that led to the potential exposure of 84 people to live anthrax.

As Ebola stalks West Africa, medics fight mistrust, hostility

CONAKRY Guinea/KENEMA Sierra Leone - Governments and health agencies trying to contain the world's deadliest ever Ebola epidemic in West Africa fear the contagion could be worse than reported because suspicious locals are chasing away health workers and shunning treatment.

13 Jul 2014

FDA recommendations on tobacco grants prompt transparency concerns

WASHINGTON - Last year the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommended that millions of dollars in research grants be awarded to scientists serving on its tobacco advisory committee, even as it rejected several projects deemed by a National Institutes of Health panel to have greater scientific merit, according to confidential scores reviewed by Reuters.

Africa 11 Jul 2014

U.S. Medicaid enrollment nears 7 million since Obamacare rollout

WASHINGTON - New enrollments in Obamacare's Medicaid expansion and other healthcare programs for the poor have reached 6.7 million people since the launch of President Barack Obama's healthcare reforms last year, the administration said on Friday.

U.S., 11 Jul 2014

Shire confirms in talks with AbbVie on takeover bid

- Shire Plc on Friday confirmed it has held a meeting with U.S. drugmaker AbbVie Inc to discuss AbbVie's takeover bid for the Dublin-based maker of drugs for rare diseases.

Deals 11 Jul 2014

U.S. anthrax probe reveals new bird flu mishap, widespread safety lapses

- Federal health officials on Friday disclosed a new safety breach at a high-security U.S. government laboratory involving dangerous avian flu, a lapse that came to light as they investigated the potential exposure of researchers to live anthrax bacteria.

U.S., 11 Jul 2014

Singing familiar songs may help prompt Alzheimer’s patients to speak

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – With advanced Alzheimer’s disease, language deteriorates and patients spontaneously speak less and less. In a small study from Israel, group music therapy sessions using tailored songs helped people with middle- to late-stage Alzheimer’s strike up communication.

11 Jul 2014

In the brain, sex addiction looks the same as drug addiction

LONDON - Pornography triggers brain activity in sex addicts similar to the effect drugs have on the brains of drug addicts, researchers said on Friday - but that doesn't necessarily mean porn is addictive.

Science, 11 Jul 2014

Early ACL surgery has benefits for young athletes

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Young athletes who put off surgery after tearing their anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) may be more likely to sustain a second knee injury, according to a new study.

11 Jul 2014

More than half of rugby tournament players lost time from injuries

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Nearly 55 percent of rugby players were sidelined by injuries during a 2012 international tournament, according to a new report.

11 Jul 2014