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Liberia adds new Ebola centers as tries to contain virus outbreak

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DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Liberia is building five new Ebola treatment centers each with capacity for 100 beds as it struggles to contain the spread of world’s biggest outbreak of the deadly disease, government and health officials said on Saturday.

Ebola outbreak reaches Senegal, riots break out in Guinea

DAKAR/CONAKRY - The West African state of Senegal became the fifth country to be hit by the world's worst Ebola outbreak on Friday, while riots broke out in neighboring Guinea's remote southeast where infection rates are rising fast. | Video

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Fears of addiction keep cancer patients from getting pain relief

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Fears of opioid abuse and addiction might be keeping patients with advanced cancer from getting enough pain medicine, researchers say.

29 Aug 2014

New Novartis heart failure drug cuts risk by a fifth

BARCELONA - A new heart failure drug from Novartis cut the risk of both cardiovascular death and hospitalization by a fifth in a keenly awaited study, boosting hopes for a product that is seen as a multibillion-dollar seller.

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African-Americans may be getting inferior breastfeeding advice

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Mothers who give birth in areas with higher concentrations of African-Americans are less likely to get breastfeeding support on maternity wards than mothers in other communities, a new study shows.

29 Aug 2014

Better education on breast reconstruction may be needed after cancer

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – When it comes to deciding to have breast reconstruction after surgery for breast cancer, most women are generally satisfied with the decision-making process, a new study suggests.

29 Aug 2014

AstraZeneca boosted by start of new cancer drug trial

LONDON - Hopes for AstraZeneca's promising cancer drug pipeline were boosted on Friday by news the company had moved its immuno-oncology medicine MEDI-4736 into a mid-stage study in colorectal cancer.

29 Aug 2014

Medical charity MSF wants U.N. to take lead on Ebola epidemic

PARIS - The U.N. Security Council must lead efforts to stop the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, a senior official from Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said on Friday, warning the current response risked aggravating the crisis.

29 Aug 2014

Germany's Bayer to launch three new Xarelto trials

FRANKFURT - Germany's Bayer unveiled plans to launch three new studies to expand the uses of its anti-clotting drug Xarelto, one of its top five new medicines.

Germany 29 Aug 2014

New test may predict worker hearing loss

NEW YORK - Not everyone exposed to high noise levels at work experiences hearing loss as a result, and a new study suggests a simple test can predict which workers will be affected.

29 Aug 2014