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Battling nightmare infections: US CDC's plan to beat supberbugs

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CHICAGO/NEW YORK - With painstaking effort, a group of Chicago hospitals has managed to cut by half the number of infections caused by an especially deadly type of superbug. Now U.S. health officials want that kind of campaign to go national.

GSK agrees UK deal for meningitis shot after Novartis stand-off

LONDON - GlaxoSmithKline has reached a deal with the British government to supply a new meningitis B vaccine, following a lengthy stand-off over price with the product's previous owner Novartis.

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Guinea president announces new emergency measures in Ebola fight

CONAKRY - Guinea's President Alpha Conde announced on Saturday new emergency measures enabling authorities to restrict movements in western Guinea where Ebola transmission continues a year after the epidemic was declared.

World, Africa 28 Mar 2015

Police fire tear gas on crowd during Sierra Leone Ebola lockdown

FREETOWN - Police fired tear gas at an angry crowd fighting over food supplies in Sierra Leone on Saturday, while other residents defied a three-day national lockdown that the government hopes will accelerate the end of the Ebola epidemic. | Video

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In swansong, FDA chief defends drug approval process

WASHINGTON - In her final speech after six years as commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Dr. Margaret Hamburg defended the agency's drug approval standards against critics seeking weaker regulatory standards.

27 Mar 2015

Minnesota finds third bird flu infection in commercial poultry

CHICAGO - The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Saturday confirmed the third infection of a virulent strain of avian flu in a commercial poultry flock in Minnesota, the nation's top turkey-producing state.

U.S. 28 Mar 2015

Senate delays vote on Medicare payment fix for two weeks

WASHINGTON - The Senate will wait more than two weeks before acting on a bill to permanently fix the flawed formula for reimbursing Medicare physicians, after an April 1 deadline to start a 21 percent cut in payment rates.

Politics 27 Mar 2015

FDA rejects Adamis injection for treating acute allergies

- The United States Food and Drug Administration rejected Adamis Pharmaceuticals Corp's injection for treating severe allergic reactions, the company said.

27 Mar 2015

Vision loss increases risk for thoughts of suicide

(Reuters Health) – - Vision loss was linked with suicidal thoughts or suicide attempts, in a new study from South Korea.

South Korea 27 Mar 2015

For disabled vets, playing team sports boosts quality of life

(Reuters Health) - - Wheelchair basketball and other adaptive sports could help disabled veterans boost their self-esteem and lead healthier lives, early research suggests.

27 Mar 2015