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U.S. government says 462,125 people signed up for 2015 Obamacare plans

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- Open enrollment for the second year of Obamacare individual health coverage brought in 462,125 people who chose their health plans in its first week, nearly half of whom were first-time customers, the U.S. government said on Wednesday.

Europe and Central Asia failing to curb spread of HIV: WHO

LONDON - Despite major advances in treating and preventing HIV, Europe and Central Asia have failed to tackle the epidemic, with some 136,000 people becoming newly infected with the incurable AIDS virus last year, health officials said on Thursday.

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Tropical fly-borne illness reported near Damascus: WHO

GENEVA/BEIRUT - At least three wounded people have been infected near Damascus with a tropical disease spread by flies that had never before been reported in Syria, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said.

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U.S. approves GSK's purchase of Novartis vaccine business: companies

WASHINGTON - GlaxoSmithKline won U.S. antitrust approval to buy Novartis AG's vaccine business, with the exception of influenza vaccines, the two companies said on Wednesday.

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Breast cancer recurrence risk down since 1980s

(Reuters Health) - Rates of breast cancer recurrence fell by half or more between the 1980s and the early 2000s - likely due to improved treatments and increased screenings, according to a new study from Canada.

26 Nov 2014

U.S. Ebola survivors say thankful for 'second chance'

WASHINGTON - Six of the nine Ebola patients treated in the United States in recent months met for the first time on Wednesday, saying their ordeals fighting the virus have not dampened their desire to help others and that they are grateful to be alive.

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Uruguay pushes back start of marijuana sale in pharmacies

MONTEVIDEO - Uruguay could start selling marijuana in pharmacies in March, the head of the National Drugs Board said on Wednesday, although the government had initially been aiming for year-end.

26 Nov 2014

Cigarette smoking by U.S. adults reaches record low: CDC

ATLANTA - Cigarette smoking among U.S. adults last year touched its lowest on record, a drop spurred by higher prices, smoke-free policies and anti-smoking campaigns, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday.

26 Nov 2014

Ebola vaccine from Glaxo passes early safety test

NEW YORK - An experimental Ebola vaccine made by GlaxoSmithKline caused no serious side effects and produced an immune response in all 20 healthy volunteers who received it in an early-stage clinical trial, scientists reported on Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Sierra Leone seeks U.S. military help to fight Ebola

DAKAR - Sierra Leone appealed to the United States on Wednesday to send military aid to help it battle Ebola as it falls behind its West African neighbors Guinea and Liberia in the fight against the virus.

26 Nov 2014