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U.S. says 7.3 million with Obamacare health plans have paid premiums

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WASHINGTON - The Obama administration on Thursday said 7.3 million people were up to date on their monthly premiums for private health plans under President Barack Obama's healthcare law as of Aug. 15.

Death toll in West Africa Ebola epidemic reaches 2,630: WHO

LONDON/GENEVA - At least 2,630 people have died in the worst outbreak of Ebola virus in history, which has so far infected at least 5,357 people in West Africa, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday. | Video

Former addicts may be at lower risk of new addictions

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People who manage to get clean after being addicted to drugs are at lower risk of becoming addicted to something else in the future than people who never overcame the first substance use disorder, according to a new study.“The results are surprising, they cut against conventional clinical lore which holds that people who stop one addiction are at increased risk of picking up a new one,” said senior author Dr. Mark Olfson, a professor of clinical psychiatry at Columbia

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International surrogacy traps babies in stateless limbo

THE HAGUE (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The lack of regulation around international commercial surrogacy has left many babies in stateless limbo, with no country granting them citizenship because of complex conflicts over who the legal parents are.

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Secure Italian military lab to grow medical marijuana

ROME - Italy said on Thursday it would grow medical marijuana at a secure military lab outside Florence and distribute it through pharmacies to slash costs and make it more easily available to the sick.

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Novo's Ryzodeg effective in type 2 diabetes treatment: study

COPENHAGEN - Novo Nordisk's type 2 diabetes treatment Ryzodeg has proved effective in providing good blood sugar control with fewer injections than a so-called basal-bolus treatment, according to new data from a late-stage study.

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Boehringer to pay up to $600 million for CureVac cancer vaccine

- Boehringer Ingelheim is betting on a cancer vaccine to fight lung tumors after signing a deal worth up to $600 million with U.S.-based CureVac, despite recent disappointments with cancer vaccines from rival firms.

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Bayer hits record high on move to list plastics business

FRANKFURT - Germany's Bayer plans to list its plastics business on the stock market in a deal that could value the division at about 10 billion euros ($13 billion) and allow the group to focus on its more profitable life-science businesses. | Video

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U.S. to begin Ebola hospital equipment lift to Liberia

WASHINGTON - The first planeload of hospital equipment in the U.S. military's battle against West Africa's deadly Ebola outbreak will arrive in Liberia on Friday, a senior administration official said on Wednesday.

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Faster-acting erectile dysfunction drug gets FDA approval

- An erectile dysfunction drug that reduces by half the time patients need to take the pill before sexual activity has won approval for marketing in the United States.

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