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Ivory Coast closes western borders over Ebola threat


ABIDJAN - Ivory Coast has closed its land borders with Ebola-affected West African neighbours Guinea and Liberia in an attempt to prevent the world's deadliest outbreak of the virus from spreading onto its territory, the government announced.

U.S. moves to ensure birth control access at religious companies

- The Obama administration will ensure access to birth control coverage for employees of closely held companies that object on religious grounds to contraception, one of the health benefits mandated by the Affordable Care Act.

22 Aug 2014

Philippines recalls peacekeepers from Liberia over Ebola threat

MANILA - The Philippines on Saturday ordered 115 troops to return home from peace-keeping operations in Liberia, spurred by a worsening Ebola epidemic in West Africa that has killed almost 1,500 people.

U.S. hospitals overdo Ebola plans, posing new risks: researchers

NEW YORK - Fear of Ebola is causing U.S. hospitals to take precautions that, paradoxically, might backfire, increasing the risk to those caring for a patient with the deadly disease, researchers warned this week.

22 Aug 2014

WHO warns of 'shadow zones' and unreported Ebola cases

GENEVA/MONROVIA - Families hiding infected loved ones and the existence of "shadow zones" where medics cannot go mean the West African Ebola epidemic is even bigger than thought, the World Health Organization said on Friday.

Africa 22 Aug 2014

U.S. missionary still physically recovering after Ebola, son says

WASHINGTON - A U.S. missionary who contracted the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia is better after being released from an Atlanta hospital but still regaining her strength, her son said on Friday.

U.S., 22 Aug 2014

Mammography false alarms linked with later tumor risk

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Women whose screening mammograms produce false alarms have a heightened risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer years later, but the reason remains mysterious, researchers say.

22 Aug 2014

Cholera outbreak in Ghana kills at least 67 since June: health authorities

ACCRA - Cholera has killed at least 67 people in Ghana since June and infected more than 5,000 others in an outbreak that highlights the health and sanitation challenges facing one of Africa's fastest-growing economies.

22 Aug 2014

Demanding, low-control jobs linked to type 2 diabetes

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Even without classic risk factors for type 2 diabetes, people with high-stress, low-control jobs were over 60 percent more likely to develop the disease than unstressed workers in a new German study.

22 Aug 2014

Men, substance users less likely to have weight-loss surgery

NEW YORK, - A one-size-fits-all approach to weight-loss surgery may be keeping obese men, substance users and older people out of the operating room, a new study suggests.

22 Aug 2014