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First Ebola victim in Sierra Leone capital on the run

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FREETOWN - Sierra Leone officials appealed for help on Friday to trace the first known resident in the capital with Ebola whose family forcibly removed her from a Freetown hospital after testing positive for the deadly disease.

Novo wins EU recommendation for two-in-one diabetes drug

LONDON - A Novo Nordisk drug combining its long-acting insulin degludec with its type 2 diabetes treatment Victoza has been recommended for approval in Europe, in an important boost for the Danish company.

8:15am EDT

U.S. meat, seafood prices rising on drought and disease: USDA

WASHINGTON - Overall U.S. food inflation will remain near the historic norm in 2014, even as prices for meat and seafood are pushed higher by disease and widespread drought, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Friday.

9:40am EDT

India battles to contain 'brain fever' as deaths reach almost 570

NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Almost 570 people in India have died after contracting encephalitis, commonly known as "brain fever", health authorities said on Friday, warning the death toll may rise with more people still at risk.

9:13am EDT

Bayer says Nexavar fails in breast cancer study

FRANKFURT - German drugmaker Bayer said a Phase III trial of cancer drug Nexavar in patients with advanced breast cancer did not meet its primary endpoint of delaying the progression of the disease.

Science 9:37am EDT

In China meat scandal, McDonald's Japan switches to Thai chicken, no nuggets in Hong Kong

HONG KONG - McDonald's Corp has suspended sales of chicken nuggets and other items in Hong Kong after it said it imported products from Shanghai Husi Food, the U.S.-owned Chinese company at the center of a food safety scare in China.

6:19am EDT

Keryx drug improves phosphorus, iron in kidney patients: trial

- A pivotal trial of Keryx Biopharmaceuticals Inc's experimental drug Zerenex showed that it improved levels of serum phosphorus and iron in patients on kidney dialysis, according to results published on Thursday.

Science 24 Jul 2014

Malaria is the leading killer in Central African Republic: aid group

UNITED NATIONS - As a recent ceasefire deal boosts prospects for peace in Central African Republic, a key medical aid group warned on Thursday that malaria was the leading killer in the impoverished landlocked country.

24 Jul 2014

CDC resumes tuberculosis lab transfers halted after anthrax mishap

- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday lifted a moratorium on transfers of inactivated materials from its clinical tuberculosis laboratory, after a bioterror lab mishap last month potentially exposed workers to live anthrax, prompting the halt of transfers from other high-containment labs.

24 Jul 2014

Too few U.S. youth getting vaccine for sexually transmitted virus: CDC

ATLANTA - More U.S. adolescents are receiving vaccines against the sexually transmitted virus that causes cervical and other types of cancer but vaccination rates for the infection remain too low, federal health officials said on Thursday.

U.S. 24 Jul 2014