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Sierra Leone declares emergency as Ebola death toll hits 729

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FREETOWN - Sierra Leone declared a state of emergency and called in troops to quarantine Ebola victims on Thursday, joining neighboring Liberia in imposing tough controls as the death toll from the worst-ever outbreak of the virus hit 729 in West Africa. | Video

AstraZeneca steps up push into cancer immunotherapy

LONDON - AstraZeneca is accelerating its push into cancer immunotherapy, with plans to test a key experimental drug in new tumor types.

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Justice Department wants workers to carry heroin antidote

WASHINGTON - U.S. law enforcement agents who deal with heroin addicts may begin carrying the drug naloxone to reverse overdoses, the Justice Department said on Thursday, responding to a surge in heroin use in the United States.

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FDA panel: Benefit of Baxter's immune therapy outweighs risk

- The benefits associated with Baxter International Inc's experimental treatment for certain diseases of the immune system outweigh the risks, an advisory committee to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration concluded on Thursday, paving the way for approval of the therapy.

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Hungarian scientists aim for prototype of cancer surgery device

BUDAPEST - Hungarian scientists are aiming for the first prototype of a new device in two years that will help surgeons distinguish between healthy tissue and tumors in a split-second as they operate and remove cancerous tissue precisely.

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U.S. hospitals get lift from surge in Medicaid sign-ups

CHICAGO - U.S. hospitals are getting a stronger-than-expected benefit from a new influx of low-income patients whose bills are paid by the government's Medicaid program, raising their profit forecasts as a result.

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Next Obamacare enrollment period faces bumps: U.S. official

WASHINGTON - U.S. consumers who purchase private health coverage through the federal Obamacare website HealthCare.gov are likely to find only modestly higher premiums but may still have technical problems signing up, a top health official said on Thursday.

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Food scare driving away Yum, McDonald's diners in China

- A food safety scare in China is testing local consumers' loyalty to foreign fast-food brands, including McDonald's Corp and Yum Brands Inc, which owns the KFC and Pizza Hut chains.

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Whooping cough vaccine safe for pregnant women

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Pregnant women in their third trimester can safely receive the whooping cough vaccine to prevent infections in newborns, a recent study from the UK suggests.

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Sanofi sees first dengue vaccine filings in first quarter of 2015

PARIS - Sanofi expects to submit regulatory applications for the world's first dengue vaccine in the first quarter of 2015 and the French drugmaker could start selling the first batches at the end of that year, CEO Chris Viehbacher said on Thursday.

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