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U.S. government releases draft plan for electronic health data

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WASHINGTON - The Obama administration on Friday proposed a plan to move most doctors, hospitals and their patients to national standards for handling electronic clinical data by the end of 2017.

Second California patient tests negative for Ebola hours after first

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A second hospital patient in Sacramento, California, tested negative for the Ebola virus on Friday, the hospital reported, hours after the first was found to be free of the deadly disease at a nearby medical center.

U.S., 7:09pm EST

FDA approves Shire's Vyvanse for binge-eating disorder

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved Shire Plc's stimulant Vyvanse to treat binge-eating disorder, the first product to be approved for the condition.

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White House urges parents to heed advice urging childhood vaccines

WASHINGTON - With U.S. measles cases on the rise, the White House on Friday urged parents to heed the advice of public health officials and scientists in getting their children vaccinated.

U.S. 4:20pm EST

Sun Pharmaceutical wins U.S. approval to buy Ranbaxy

WASHINGTON - India's Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd has won U.S. approval to buy Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd on condition that it sell its interest in a generic antibacterial medicine, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission said on Friday.

Deals, 2:32pm EST

Gates Foundation awards $50 million to Stanford vaccine discovery

SEATTLE - The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation said on Friday it had awarded Stanford University a $50 million grant to accelerate vaccine development efforts for the world's most deadly diseases, including AIDS and malaria.

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Chimerix to stop participation in clinical studies of Ebola drug

- Drug developer Chimerix Inc said it would stop participation in clinical studies of its Ebola drug, brincidofovir, citing a significant decrease in the number new cases for the virus in Liberia.

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Ex-Super Bowl champ Leonard Marshall to teach about concussions

- Two-time Super Bowl champion Leonard Marshall is teaming up with the lawyer who first sued the NFL over concussions to form an educational road show on how to avoid and treat head injuries in sports.

U.S. proposes effort to analyze DNA from 1 million people

WASHINGTON - The United States has proposed analyzing genetic information from more than 1 million American volunteers as part of a new initiative to understand human disease and develop medicines targeted to an individual's genetic make-up.

U.S., Science, 12:22pm EST

Canada says husband of woman diagnosed with avian flu also infected

TORONTO - The husband of a woman who tested positive for the H7N9 avian flu virus earlier this week was also infected, likely from a common source during their visit to China, Canadian federal and provincial governments confirmed on Friday.

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