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Senegalese WHO doctor with Ebola arrives for treatment in Germany

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HAMBURG - A Senegalese doctor who contracted Ebola while working for the World Health Organisation (WHO)in Sierra Leone arrived in Hamburg on Wednesday for treatment at a tropical medicine unit, becoming Germany's first patient with the disease.

Ebola causing huge damage to West Africa economies: development bank

FREETOWN - The worst ever Ebola outbreak is causing enormous damage to West African economies as foreign businessmen quit the region, the African Development Bank said, while a leading medical charity branded the international response "entirely inadequate." | Video

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U.S. CDC says flies home staffer who had 'low-risk' contact with Ebola

CHICAGO - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday it flew an employee back to the United States from West Africa by chartered plane after the staff member came in contact with an international healthcare worker who later tested positive for Ebola.

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Fishery mislabeling could mean more mercury than buyers bargain for

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – That Chilean sea bass from the local grocery store could have twice the methylmercury that’s expected – if it comes from a region other than indicated on the label, a new study says.

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Repros says its testosterone drug found superior in study

- Repros Therapeutics Inc said its experimental drug to treat low testosterone was superior to a leading marketed gel and a placebo in the first of two identical studies.

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Self management may reduce blood pressure: study

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Even people at significant risk for heart attacks and strokes can take an active role in reducing their own high blood pressure, by measuring it themselves and adjusting their medications, according to a new study from the UK.

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Scientists find mild cases of MERS among patients' families

CHICAGO - Fewer than half of Saudi Arabian patients in a study passed the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome virus to household members, and many of those who developed secondary infections contracted mild cases of MERS, global researchers reported on Wednesday.

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Florida firm plans big, low cost, medical marijuana grow operation

ORLANDO Fla. - A Florida company plans to build what it believes will be the biggest medical marijuana factory in the country, hoping the economy of scale will lower the cost of the drug which is not covered by insurance.

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Shift work linked to greater diabetes risk

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – People who work night shifts, or constantly changing shifts are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes compared to non-shift workers, suggests a new analysis of previous studies.

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Adding therapy to meds may speed depression recovery for some

NEW YORK - For about a third of people with depression, adding cognitive therapy to treatment with antidepressant medication helps them reach remission and recovery quicker, according to a new study.

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