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Food companies' U.S. calorie-cutting pledge could stall: researchers

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NEW YORK - A campaign by 16 of the world's largest food and beverage companies to dramatically cut the number of calories sold in the United States may have stalled after initial success, researchers reported on Wednesday.

Citing security threat, Obama expands U.S. role fighting Ebola

ATLANTA/MONROVIA - President Barack Obama on Tuesday called West Africa's deadly Ebola outbreak a looming threat to global security and announced a major expansion of the U.S. role in trying to halt its spread, including deployment of 3,000 troops to the region. | Video

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Urine test for cervical cancer virus offers alternative to smear

LONDON - A simple urine test for the virus that causes cervical cancer could offer a less invasive and more acceptable alternative to the conventional cervical smear test, researchers said on Tuesday.

Science, 16 Sep 2014

Sanofi unveils heart disease partnership with MyoKardia

PARIS - French drugmaker Sanofi announced on Wednesday a partnership with U.S.-based MyoKardia to develop therapies for patients with genetic heart diseases.

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GAO report warns of security risks in U.S. healthcare website

- HealthCare.gov, President Barack Obama's health insurance exchange, has security and privacy protection vulnerabilities, a U.S. government watchdog reported on Tuesday, nearly a year after the website's troubled rollout.

16 Sep 2014

U.S. leaders call for 'war' on Ebola outbreak, pledge troops

ATLANTA - U.S. lawmakers called for a government-funded "war" to contain West Africa's deadly Ebola epidemic before it threatens more countries, building on an American pledge to send 3,000 military engineers and medical personnel to combat the virus.

16 Sep 2014

Dispute could delay Florida rollout of limited medical marijuana

MIAMI - Florida patients with epilepsy and other diseases hoping to gain limited access to medical marijuana may have to keep waiting as the state's largest nursery is contesting newly developed rules needed to roll out a special strain of cannabis.

U.S., 16 Sep 2014

Coke, J&J join big companies behind new employee wellness push

WASHINGTON - Leaders of some of the biggest U.S. corporations, from Coca-Cola Co to Johnson & Johnson , unveiled a campaign on Tuesday to reduce the nation's healthcare costs, urging their peers to embrace wellness programs to improve employee health.

16 Sep 2014

American waistlines still expanding, study says

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The average waistline of Americans increased by more than an inch over the past decade, according to a study from U.S. health researchers.

16 Sep 2014

U.N. Security Council eyes action to heighten Ebola response

UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations Security Council could adopt a resolution later this week to expand the global response to the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa by calling on countries to lift travel restrictions and provide urgent assistance, including field hospitals and staff.

World, United Nations, Africa 16 Sep 2014