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India's Sun Pharma recalls over 40,000 bottles of antidepressant

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MUMBAI - India's Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd is recalling 41,127 bottles of antidepressant venlafaxine hydrochloride in the United States after the drug failed to dissolve properly, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said.

Singing familiar songs may help prompt Alzheimer’s patients to speak

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – With advanced Alzheimer’s disease, language deteriorates and patients spontaneously speak less and less. In a small study from Israel, group music therapy sessions using tailored songs helped people with middle- to late-stage Alzheimer’s strike up communication.

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Mustaches may raise burn risk with home oxygen therapy

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A new case report from U.S doctors suggests that men who use home oxygen therapy should consider a clean-shaven look to reduce their risk of serious facial burns.

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More than half of rugby tournament players lost time from injuries

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Nearly 55 percent of rugby players were sidelined by injuries during a 2012 international tournament, according to a new report.

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Key high-risk HIV groups threaten AIDS progress, warns the WHO

GENEVA/LONDON - Five key groups, including gay men, prostitutes and prisoners, have stubbornly high rates of HIV that are threatening progress in the global AIDS battle, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Friday.

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Anthrax probe reveals new incident with bird flu, widespread safety lapses

- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday it had uncovered a new safety breach at its bioterror research laboratories involving dangerous avian flu, just as it was investigating the failures behind the potential exposure of researchers to live anthrax bacteria.

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CDC director set to address anthrax mishap, release report

CHICAGO - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday its director is scheduled to hold a press conference at 11:30 a.m. to address the mishandling of anthrax in its laboratories.

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Ebola deaths surge in Sierra Leone and Liberia: WHO

GENEVA - Ebola continues to spread in Sierra Leone, Liberia and to a lesser extent in Guinea, with a combined 44 new cases and 21 deaths between July 6-8, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.

WTC cleanup workers may renew health claims: U.S. appeals court

NEW YORK - A federal appeals court in New York has revived claims by 211 cleanup workers who sought compensation for their alleged exposure to toxic contaminants in buildings near the World Trade Center site after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

U.S., 10 Jul 2014

Combining vaccines may help eradicate polio

LONDON - Combining two types of polio vaccine, including one that is injected rather than given orally, appears to give better immunity and could speed efforts to eradicate the crippling disease, scientists said on Friday.

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