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U.N. to miss Dec 1 Ebola target due to rising Sierra Leone cases

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ACCRA - The U.N. Ebola Emergency Response Mission will not fully meet its Dec. 1 target for containing the virus due to escalating numbers of cases in Sierra Leone, Anthony Banbury, the head of UNMEER, said on Monday.

'Dramatic improvement' in Ebola outlook in Liberia: U.S. general

DAKAR - A U.S. general in the force helping Liberia fight the Ebola epidemic reported on Monday a dramatic improvement in the situation there and confirmed the cancellation of two planned treatment facilities.

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Exclusive: Pay per puff? Caffeine stick? E-cigarette boom sparks race for new patents

LONDON - Electronic cigarette makers are racing to design and buy variations of a technology that has lit a billion-dollar boom, created a new vocabulary, and prompted a backlash from health officials worried about the impact of the new smokeless devices. | Video

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Italian Ebola patient due to be flown home: health ministry

ROME - An Italian doctor who contracted Ebola while working in Sierra Leone is being flown to Italy, the Health Ministry in Rome said on Monday.

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Little understood chemicals cut men’s fertility

(Reuters Health) – A new study suggests that chemicals in sunscreen may impair men’s ability to father children, government scientists say.

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GSK shareholders to vote on Novartis deal on Dec. 18

LONDON - Britain's GlaxoSmithKline has asked its shareholders to vote at a meeting on Dec. 18 on its proposed major deal with Switzerland's Novartis , which will see the two pharmaceutical group trade more than $20 billion of assets.

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For rural veterans with PTSD, telemedicine may help

(Reuters Health) – For the many veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) who don’t have access to a trained mental health care team, connecting with such a team remotely by phone and video chats may help, a new study suggests.

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HealthSouth buys home health operator as U.S. population ages

- Hospital operator HealthSouth Corp bought the owner of Encompass Home Health and Hospice, the latest deal in an industry that looks poised to grow as the U.S. population ages.

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Helmets, engine size important in child deaths on ATVs

(Reuters Health) - Child deaths from crashes of all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), which dipped after 1985, began to climb again around 2001, and 12- to 15-year-olds accounted for more than half of all fatalities, according to a new study of Consumer Product Safety Commission data.

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Merck buys rights to NewLink's experimental Ebola vaccine

- Merck & Co Inc on Monday said it would buy worldwide commercial rights to NewLink Genetics Corp's experimental vaccine against the Ebola virus.

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