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U.S., Liberia kick off trial of Ebola drug ZMapp

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CHICAGO - U.S. and Liberian researchers have started a clinical trial to test the safety and effectiveness of Mapp Biopharmaceutical Inc's Ebola drug ZMapp, an experimental treatment that has already been tried in a handful of Ebola patients, including two U.S. missionaries.

Sierra Leone vice president places himself in Ebola quarantine

FREETOWN - Sierra Leone's Vice President Samuel Sam-Sumana said on Saturday that he had placed himself in a 21-day quarantine after one of his bodyguards died of Ebola amid a worrying recent surge in new infections in the West African nation.

28 Feb 2015

China says to implement drug distribution reforms

BEIJING - China said on Saturday it would implement drug distribution reforms including centralization measures designed to cut prices and reduce corruption.

28 Feb 2015

U.S. judge denies Ranbaxy bid to reinstate approvals for Valcyte, Nexium copies

MUMBAI - A U.S. federal judge has denied Indian generic drugmaker Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd's bid to reinstate approvals granted to it to launch the first copies of the heartburn drug Nexium and the antiviral Valcyte, a court document showed.

28 Feb 2015

Texas Ebola nurse says hospital failed her and her colleagues

DALLAS - The first person infected with Ebola in the United States, nurse Nina Pham, said she was used for publicity purposes by her hospital, which also invaded her privacy and did not properly train her, the Dallas Morning News reported on Sunday.

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Doctors with bad news seen as less compassionate

- Regardless of how they frame the discussion, doctors who deliver bad news may be seen as less compassionate by their patients, a new study suggests.

27 Feb 2015

China imposes trade restrictions on Canadian beef

OTTAWA - China has imposed temporary trade restrictions on Canadian beef and beef products in the wake of Canada's discovery of mad cow disease earlier this month, Canada said on Friday.

27 Feb 2015

Three infected with measles at Las Vegas seafood restaurant

- Three new cases of measles have been confirmed in Las Vegas, in people believed infected by a contagious worker at an upscale MGM Grand Hotel and Casino seafood restaurant, Nevada public health officials said on Friday.

U.S., 27 Feb 2015

Terminal cancer care should do more to treat depression

Depression could be clouding the last 24 hours of life for a significant number of people with advanced cancer, pointing to a need for better – and earlier - psychological help, according to a large study in The Netherlands.

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Decision on Ebola mass vaccination in August at earliest: WHO

GENEVA - An independent advisory body will decide in August at the earliest on whether to recommend widespread introduction of an Ebola vaccine, depending on results of clinical trials and the epidemic's course, the World Health Organization said on Friday.

27 Feb 2015