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Ebola death toll rises to 5,459; Cuban doctor 'stable'

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GENEVA - The death toll in the Ebola epidemic has risen to 5,459 out of 15,351 cases identified in eight countries by the end of Nov. 18, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.

International Ebola fight helping but more work needed: U.N. chief

WASHINGTON - International efforts to fight Ebola are helping to slow the rate of new infections in some areas but increased infections in others and fears of further contagion in Mali indicate much work is still to be done, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Friday. | Video

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Transvaginal mesh trial losses put pressure on Boston Scientific

NEW YORK - Boston Scientific Corp’s back-to-back losses in the first two federal trials over its transvaginal mesh devices could drive up the cost of resolving thousands of similar lawsuits, according to legal experts.

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Plague in Madagascar has killed 40 people out of 119 cases -WHO

GENEVA - An outbreak of the plague has killed 40 people out of 119 confirmed cases in Madagascar since late August and there is a risk of the disease spreading rapidly in the capital, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.

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House Republicans sue over Obama's healthcare law

WASHINGTON - Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday filed a long-anticipated lawsuit challenging the implementation of President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law over employer-based coverage and payments to insurers, according to court documents.

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Intensive Dutch animal farms seen vulnerable to disease

AMSTERDAM - Agriculture has helped make the Netherlands rich, but experts warn that the density of farms and the increasing number of animals in one of the most intensive agricultural sectors in the world make it vulnerable to diseases.

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Portugal Legionnaires' outbreak kills 10, no new infections seen

LISBON - Portugal's largest ever outbreak of Legionnaires' disease has killed 10 people since erupting two weeks ago and 38 are still in intensive care, the health ministry said on Friday, but the risk of contracting the illness is now practically zero.

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Maintaining a firm grip differs for men and women

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A simple grip-strength test might someday help doctors identify patients’ risk for potentially disabling conditions later in life, but interventions likely would differ for men and women, a new study suggests.

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‘Hypoallergenic’ labels may not be accurate

(Reuters Health) – Products for kids with itchy skin that are labeled hypoallergenic often contain ingredients that can cause allergic reactions, a recent study found.

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Two drugs found effective in treating excess potassium

(Reuters Health) - Two experimental drugs can reduce dangerously high potassium levels in the blood, a problem that can plague people with diabetes and kidney disease and lead to a fatal heart rhythm, researchers say.

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