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Senegalese WHO doctor with Ebola arrives for treatment in Germany


HAMBURG - A Senegalese doctor who contracted Ebola while working for the World Health Organisation (WHO)in Sierra Leone arrived in Hamburg on Wednesday for treatment at a tropical medicine unit, becoming Germany's first patient with the disease.

US flies home staffer who had 'low-risk' contact with Ebola: CDC

CHICAGO - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday it flew an employee back to the United States from West Africa after the staff member came in contact with an international healthcare worker who later tested positive for Ebola.

Africa, U.S. 2:46pm EDT

Ebola causing huge damage to West Africa economies: development bank

FREETOWN - Ebola is causing enormous damage to West African economies, draining scarce public funds and slashing economic growth by up to 4 percent as foreign businessmen leave and projects are canceled, the African Development Bank president said. | Video

Africa 2:52pm EDT

Adding therapy to meds may speed depression recovery for some

NEW YORK - For about a third of people with depression, adding cognitive therapy to treatment with antidepressant medication helps them reach remission and recovery quicker, according to a new study.

12:22pm EDT

France tells citizens, Air France to avoid Liberia, Sierra Leone over Ebola

PARIS - The French government on Wednesday recommended its nationals avoid Sierra Leone and Liberia due to the risk associated with the Ebola virus and asked Air France-KLM to suspend flights to the Sierra Leone capital, Freetown.

9:59am EDT

Insurers pay more tax on executive compensation under Obamacare: study

- When Washington eliminated corporate tax deductions on health insurance executive compensation above $500,000 under President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law in 2013, it generated more than $72 million in additional tax revenue for the U.S. government, a left-leaning think tank said on Wednesday.

U.S., 12:20am EDT

Travel with medications, medical devices can be daunting

NEW YORK - (This story has been corrected to clarify Dr. Bauer's comment in paragraph 14)

1:47pm EDT

Twitter helps Chicago find sources of food poisoning

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – When Chicago health officials saw Twitter users complaining about local food poisoning episodes, they reached out on Twitter to those users and often ended up charging the restaurant in question with a violation.

26 Aug 2014

WHO urges stiff regulatory curbs on e-cigarettes

GENEVA/LONDON - The World Health Organization (WHO) called for stiff regulation of electronic cigarettes as well as bans on indoor use, advertising and sales to minors, in the latest bid to control the booming new market. | Video

26 Aug 2014

Robotic prostate removal tied to surgical changes, costs

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – The introduction of robotic surgery for prostate cancer may have led to changes in the number of surgeons performing prostate removals and in the overall cost, according to a new study.

26 Aug 2014