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Nigeria may have no polio cases next year, says Bill Gates

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NAIROBI - Nigeria could cut the number of polio cases to zero next year and be declared free of the disease in 2018 even though a national eradication campaign has had to contend with an insurgency in the north, Bill Gates told Reuters.

U.S. health insurers to pay $330 million in premium rebates

- U.S. health insurers will send out about $330 million in rebates to employers and individuals this summer under President Barack Obama's healthcare law, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said on Thursday.

U.S., 12:03am EDT

Over 10 million U.S. adults gain coverage under Obamacare: study

WASHINGTON - An estimated 10.3 million American adults have gained health coverage since Obamacare enrollment began last October, with the biggest gains among young adults and Hispanics, according to a study published on Wednesday.

U.S. 23 Jul 2014

Exclusive: CDC says lab director behind anthrax mishap resigns

WASHINGTON - The director of a U.S. government bioterror lab that potentially exposed scores of workers to live anthrax last month has resigned, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday.

U.S., 23 Jul 2014

China probes 581 firms, restaurants as food safety scare spreads

SHANGHAI - China's food regulator has visited close to 600 restaurants, businesses and food distributors as it investigates a fast-spreading food safety scare that has dragged in a number of global brands and hit food outlets as far away as Japan.

23 Jul 2014

South Korea confirms hog foot-and-mouth outbreak

SEOUL - South Korea has confirmed a case of foot-and-mouth disease at a hog farm, the country's first outbreak in more than three years, the agriculture ministry said in a statement on Thursday.

South Korea 1:58am EDT

San Francisco approves soda tax for November ballot

SAN FRANCISCO - San Francisco city leaders have approved a measure for the November ballot that would place a two-cents-per-ounce municipal tax on sodas and other sugary beverages, hoping to become the first major city to successfully impose such a levy.

U.S., 23 Jul 2014

FTC commissioner warns on mobile health-data gathering

SAN FRANCISCO - Federal Trade Commissioner Julie Brill, speaking in Washington on Wednesday, expressed concern about the way apps on smartphones and mobile devices are siphoning sensitive health data, and how some of that information may then be shared with third parties.

Tech, Media, iPad 23 Jul 2014

India's Ipca halts shipments to U.S. from local plant after FDA concerns

MUMBAI - India's Ipca Laboratories Ltd said on Thursday it has voluntarily suspended shipments to the United States from one of its drug ingredient manufacturing plants after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expressed concerns regarding the unit.

2:21am EDT

U.S. FDA approves Gilead blood cancer drug Zydelig

- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Wednesday it has approved Gilead Sciences Inc's Zydelig, a drug to treat three types of blood cancer.

23 Jul 2014