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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.

Companies' tests used in 'superbug' scope cleaning flawed: FDA

- Manufacturers' tests of procedures to clean medical scopes linked with "superbug" outbreaks contained flaws that render their cleaning instructions unreliable, according to a senior official with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Science, 1:24am EST

Parents often want changes in kids’ shots schedule

(Reuters Health) - Many parents ask doctors to spread out toddlers' vaccines instead of following the recommended immunization schedule, according to a new study.

12:24am EST

Lumber Liquidators flooring fails safety tests: '60 minutes'

- Lumber Liquidators Holdings Inc, a retailer of hardwood flooring in North America, sold flooring with higher levels of formaldehyde than permitted under California's health and safety standards, according to television news program "60 Minutes".

U.S., 12:25am EST

FDA rejects Pacira's application for expanded use of pain drug

- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration rejected Pacira Pharmaceuticals Inc's application for expanding the use of its post-surgery pain drug, Exparel.

7:22am EST

Africa's medicine men key to halting Ebola spread in Guinea

MACENTA, Guinea (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In a land where witchcraft is sought after more than science for curing illness, medicine men in Guinea say the Ebola epidemic would be over by now if they had been properly included in the outbreak response.

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Amgen says Kyprolis doubles progression-free survival vs Velcade

- Amgen Inc's Kyprolis helped patients with relapsed multiple myeloma live twice as long before their blood cancer worsened compared to a regimen containing rival drug Velcade, according to an interim analysis announced by the company on Sunday.

01 Mar 2015

North Korea ending Ebola travel restrictions: tour firms

SEOUL - North Korea is ending a ban on foreign tourists imposed more than four months ago because of worries about the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, two tour operators and a source in regular contact with North Korean officials said on Monday.

North Korea 01 Mar 2015

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