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WTC cleanup workers may renew health claims: U.S. appeals court

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NEW YORK - A federal appeals court in New York has revived claims by 211 cleanup workers who sought compensation for their alleged exposure to toxic contaminants in buildings near the World Trade Center site after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

Key high-risk HIV groups threaten AIDS progress, warns the WHO

GENEVA/LONDON - Five key groups, including gay men, prostitutes and prisoners, have stubbornly high rates of HIV that are threatening progress in the global AIDS battle, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Friday.

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Ebola deaths surge in Sierra Leone and Liberia: WHO

GENEVA - Ebola continues to spread in Sierra Leone, Liberia and to a lesser extent in Guinea, with a combined 44 new cases and 21 deaths between July 6-8, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.

Mississippi baby thought cured of HIV no longer in remission

- A toddler thought to have been cured of HIV now has detectable levels of the virus in her blood, the child's doctors and U.S. health officials said on Thursday.

Science, 10 Jul 2014

Measles cases hit 18-year high in Washington state

- Washington state health officials reported on Thursday the highest number of measles cases since 1996 and urged residents to seek vaccinations against the preventable disease during the state's third outbreak of the virus this year.

U.S. 10 Jul 2014

Californians lacking health insurance halved under Obamacare: study

SACRAMENTO Calif. - The number of Californians without health insurance has been cut in half since the implementation of Obamacare, according to a survey published Thursday.

U.S., 10 Jul 2014

Massachusetts curbs compounding pharmacies after 2012 meningitis outbreak

BOSTON - Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed a law Thursday to rein in compounding pharmacies, after tainted drugs produced by a local company sparked a meningitis outbreak in 2012 that killed 64 people across the United States.

10 Jul 2014

Combining vaccines may help eradicate polio

LONDON - Combining two types of polio vaccine, including one that is injected rather than given orally, appears to give better immunity and could speed efforts to eradicate the crippling disease, scientists said on Friday.

Science, 3:50am EDT

Sanofi dengue vaccine promising but questions remain

PARIS - The first vaccine against dengue fever, from France's Sanofi, provided moderate protection in a large clinical study, but questions remain as to how well it can help fight the world's fastest-growing tropical disease.

Science, France 10 Jul 2014

Shorter sleep may speed brain aging

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - With less sleep, normal aging-related structural changes in the brain progress slightly faster in middle-aged and older people, according to a new brain imaging study.

10 Jul 2014