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In swansong, FDA chief defends drug approval process

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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.

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.

World 4:41pm EDT

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. 1:15pm EDT

Liberia's sole remaining known Ebola patient dies

MONROVIA - A woman who was Liberia's sole remaining known Ebola patient died on Friday at a treatment center in the capital, said Francis Ketteh, acting head of the country's Ebola response team.

27 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

USDA hog report confirms active herd growth as pig virus ease

- The U.S. hog herd grew 7 percent during the December-February quarter versus the same period last year, a U.S. Department of Agriculture report showed on Friday, reflecting producer profitability and the less-severe pig virus, said analysts.

27 Mar 2015

British Ebola patient cured after experimental treatment

LONDON - A 25-year-old British military nurse who was the first person in the world to be treated for Ebola with the experimental drug MIL 77 was discharged from hospital on Friday, London's Royal Free Hospital said.

27 Mar 2015