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Liberia facing massive shortage of foreign help against Ebola: U.N.

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GENEVA - Liberia, the West African state hardest-hit by the worst Ebola outbreak in history, remains gravely short of foreign health care workers despite repeated pleas for help, a senior U.N. official said on Tuesday.

Ebola drug trials to be fast-tracked in West Africa

LONDON - Experimental Ebola drugs including compounds from Mapp Biopharmaceutical, Sarepta and Tekmira will be tested in affected West African states for the first time in a bid to fast-track trials, the Wellcome Trust said on Tuesday.

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Ebola could strike 20,000 in six weeks, 'rumble on for years': study

GENEVA - The Ebola outbreak in West Africa could infect 20,000 people as soon as early November unless rigorous infection control measures are implemented, and might "rumble on" for years in a holding pattern, researchers said on Tuesday. | Video

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U.S. agency moves to end sex bias in biomedical research

WASHINGTON - The U.S. National Institutes of Health began putting in place on Tuesday its new policy aimed at ending long-standing sex bias in biomedical research favoring male lab animals and cells in the pivotal studies that are done before human clinical trials.

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Smartphone app may allow parents to screen newborns for jaundice

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – A new smartphone application still in development may someday help parents and health care providers screen for jaundice in newborns.

22 Sep 2014

Ebola toll passes 2,800 but 'contained' in Senegal, Nigeria : WHO

FREETOWN - An outbreak of Ebola in West Africa has been largely contained in Senegal and Nigeria, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday, but the disease is still spreading elsewhere and has now killed over 2,811 people in the region. | Video

World, Africa 22 Sep 2014

U.S., Canada allow emergency use of Tekmira's Ebola treatment

- Canadian drugmaker Tekmira Pharmaceuticals Corp said on Monday that U.S. and Canadian regulators have authorized the use of its Ebola treatment in patients who have confirmed or suspected infections from the deadly virus.

22 Sep 2014

Germany's Merck to buy Sigma-Aldrich for $17 billion to boost lab supplies operation

FRANKFURT - Drugs and chemicals maker Merck KGaA agreed on Monday to acquire U.S.-based Sigma-Aldrich Corp for $17 billion in cash to boost its lab supplies business, the biggest takeover in the German group's history.

Congo's Ebola outbreak 'almost over', prime minister says

KINSHASA - An outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in Democratic Republic of Congo, unrelated to the epidemic in West Africa, is "almost over" with no new cases detected for several days, Prime Minister Augustin Matata Ponyo said.

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Flying home by commercial jet may be safe after heart attack: study

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People who have a heart attack while traveling abroad may be able to safely fly home on a regular commercial flight, according to a new study published in the Air Medical Journal.

22 Sep 2014