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Hunger and frustration grow at Ebola ground zero in Guinea

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MELIANDOU, Guinea (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A charred kapok tree and around a dozen graves scattered amongst the mud brick houses of Meliandou are painful reminders of the toll Ebola has taken on this village in southeast Guinea.

SEC warns pharma companies to be honest about FDA correspondence

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's top enforcement chief warned on Tuesday that too many pharmaceutical companies are failing to accurately portray their dealings with federal drug regulators - a problem that could get them in trouble.

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Officials urge testing as Portland, Oregon sees rise in syphilis cases

PORTLAND, Ore. - A spike in syphilis cases in Portland in the past three years has prompted concerned public health officials to urge more sexually active adults to get tested regularly for the treatable bacterial infection.

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FDA limits use of testosterone drugs, warns of possible heart risk

- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has asked makers of prescription testosterone therapies to change their labeling to clarify that their products are approved only for men with specific medical conditions and could increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

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Cancer risk above 50 percent for Brits born in 1960

(Reuters Health) - More than half of people born after 1960 in the U.K. may be diagnosed with some form of cancer in their lifetimes, a new estimate suggests.

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Large breakfast, small dinner tied to better diabetes blood sugar

(Reuters Health) - Big breakfasts and small dinners might be a healthier way to eat for people with type 2 diabetes, according to a small new study.

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'Over the counter' birth control pills might save public money

(Reuters Health) - Providing no- or low-cost birth control pills over the counter may reduce costs and prevent up to a quarter of unplanned pregnancies, researchers say.

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Low blood pressure with medicine tied to faster mental decline

(Reuters Health) - For older people with mild cognitive impairment or dementia, low blood pressure might be linked to faster mental decline, according to a new study.

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Irish parliament passes plain tobacco packaging law

DUBLIN - Ireland on Tuesday became the second country in the world to pass legislation requiring cigarettes to be sold in plain packets, despite threats of legal action by tobacco companies opposed to the move.

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Ebola-hit countries seek help to repair their economies

BRUSSELS - The three West African states hardest hit by the Ebola outbreak asked for help from donors on Tuesday to repair the damage to their economies now that the epidemic seems to be waning.

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