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Pfizer beats forecasts as oncology drugs grow


- Pfizer Inc , which in May officially abandoned its bid to buy British rival AstraZeneca Plc, reported higher-than-expected second-quarter revenue, helped by growing demand for its cancer medicines.

Nigeria isolates hospital in Lagos as Obama briefed on Ebola outbreak

LAGOS - The Nigerian city of Lagos shut and quarantined a hospital on Monday where a Liberian man died of the Ebola virus, the first recorded case of the highly-infectious disease in Africa's most populous country. | Video

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Aetna says Coventry purchase boosted second-quarter profit

- Aetna Inc , the third-largest U.S. health insurer, on Tuesday reported a higher second-quarter profit that beat analyst expectations, helped by last year's acquisition of Medicare and Medicaid provider Coventry Health Care.

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Legalizing pot has not spurred use among U.S. teens: study

WASHINGTON - A rise in marijuana use among U.S. teens over the past 20 years has no significant tie to the legalization of marijuana for medical use in many states, according to a new research paper.

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Merck quarterly profit beats estimates; shares gain

- Merck & Co Inc reported better-than-expected quarterly results on Tuesday, helped by strong sales of consumer products and medicines for arthritis and HIV, sending its shares up more than 1 percent in morning trading.

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Asky suspends Sierra Leone, Liberia flights amid Ebola scare

DAKAR - West African airline Asky has suspended flights to and from Sierra Leone and Liberia amid increasing concern at the spread of the deadly Ebola virus in the region, its said on its Web site.

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FDA raises concerns about Impax's Taiwanese plant

- Impax Laboratories Inc said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued certain observations regarding violations in the company's manufacturing plant in Taiwan.

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Roche says Gazyvaro approved in Europe against leukemia

ZURICH - Roche said on Tuesday that European regulators approved its drug Gazyvaro, or obinutuzumab, for patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia, boosting the Swiss group's line-up of new cancer treatments.

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NCAA agrees to settle head injury suit for $70 million

CHICAGO - The NCAA has agreed to settle a head injury lawsuit by providing $70 million for concussion testing and diagnosis of current and former student athletes in a move expected to change the way such injuries are handled at colleges nationwide, according to court documents filed in Chicago on Tuesday.

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AstraZeneca taps Roche, Qiagen for new blood-based cancer drug tests

LONDON - AstraZeneca has signed up Roche and Qiagen to develop two separate diagnostic tests, both using simple blood samples, to identify patients who will benefit from its lung cancer drugs.

28 Jul 2014