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Ebola fears speed changes in U.S. hospital record systems

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CHICAGO - The worst Ebola outbreak on record, and its spread beyond West Africa, has accelerated changes in how U.S. hospitals address the threat of infectious diseases, say health IT companies and industry experts.

Ebola centers overflow as Sierra Leone steps up fight

DEVIL HOLE, Sierra Leone - Ebola centers in Sierra Leone overflowed on Wednesday as health workers combed the streets of the capital Freetown for patients, after the government launched a major operation to contain the epidemic in West Africa's worst-hit country. | Video

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Ebola toll nears 7,000; rate of spread slows in Sierra Leone: WHO

GENEVA - The death toll in the Ebola epidemic has risen to 6,915 out of 18,603 cases as of Dec. 14, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday.

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Exclusive: Amgen's new leukemia drug to carry $178,000 price tag

- Amgen Inc on Wednesday said its new type of treatment for a deadly form of leukemia would cost about $178,000 when it becomes available on Thursday, which would make it one of the world's most expensive cancer drugs.

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Ninth Egyptian dies of H5N1 bird flu: Health Ministry

CAIRO - A 20-year-old Egyptian woman died from bird flu on Wednesday, the ninth death in the country from the virus out of 18 identified cases, the Health Ministry said.

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U.N. should stop funding Iran anti-drugs operations: rights groups

VIENNA - Six rights groups urged the United Nations anti-drugs agency on Wednesday to stop funding counter-narcotics police operations in Iran until Tehran ends the death penalty for such offences.

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Clot-grabbing devices offer better outcomes for stroke patients

(Reuters Health) - Going into the blocked artery of someone who is having a stroke to remove the clot is more likely to produce a good recovery than treatment with just clot-busting drugs, according to a study of 500 patients in the Netherlands.

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Novartis sues India's Cipla over respiratory drug Onbrez

MUMBAI - Swiss drugmaker Novartis AG said on Wednesday it had sued India's Cipla Ltd for infringing patents covering its respiratory drug Onbrez, a month after Cipla launched a copy at a fifth of the original drug's price.

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Pozen says FDA rejects two forms of its lead drug, shares fall

- Pozen Inc said two versions of its experimental heart drug were rejected for the second time by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which cited deficiencies in the manufacturing plant of a supplier of an active ingredient.

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Review of evidence finds e-cigarettes may help smokers quit

LONDON - Evidence suggests e-cigarettes help smokers quit, but more research is needed to confirm this and find out if "vaping" nicotine is better than using patches or gum, scientists said on Wednesday.

16 Dec 2014