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New York tests doctor who was in West Africa for Ebola

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NEW YORK - A physician with Doctors without Borders who returned from West Africa recently and developed potential symptoms is being tested for Ebola at a New York City hospital, health officials said on Thursday, setting off fresh fears about the spread of the virus.

Six in quarantine in Connecticut as U.S. steps up Ebola checks

WEST HAVEN, Conn. - Connecticut placed six West Africans who recently arrived in the United States under quarantine for possible Ebola exposure, a move that comes as the United States starts new restrictions on those coming from the countries hardest hit by the deadly virus.

U.S., 4:07pm EDT

Drugmakers may need indemnity for fast-tracked Ebola vaccines

LONDON/GENEVA - Drugmakers are looking for some kind of indemnity from governments or multilateral agencies against possible losses or claims arising from the widespread emergency use of new Ebola vaccines in Africa.

Africa 9:55am EDT

First case of Ebola confirmed in Mali: health minister

BAMAKO - Mali said on Thursday it had detected its first confirmed case of Ebola, making it the sixth West African country to be touched by the worst outbreak on record of the deadly hemorrhagic fever.

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Johnson & Johnson's DePuy wins first trial over Pinnacle hips

NEW YORK - Johnson & Johnson was found not liable by a Texas jury on Thursday in the first case to go to trial over whether Pinnacle hip implants made by the company’s DePuy Orthopedics unit were defective.

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Knowing prices tied to lower healthcare spending

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People who search and compare the prices of common healthcare services tend to spend a bit less than people who don’t, according to a new study.

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Fixing 'Ebolanomics' in pursuit of vaccines and drugs

LONDON - As researchers from Africa to China to America race to develop vaccines and treatments to fight Ebola, health experts are grappling with the economics of a disease that until this year had been off the drug industry's radar.

China, Science, Africa 10:48am EDT

WHO wary of screening arriving passengers for Ebola, but no ban

GENEVA - Screening passengers for Ebola on their arrival may have "a limited effect" in stopping the virus spreading but whether it adds anything to exit screening from affected countries is a decision for governments, the World Health Organization said on Thursday.

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U.S. government grants five open Ebola waste permits

CHICAGO - The U.S. Department of Transportation has issued five "non-site-specific" special permits to companies for handling waste related to the Ebola virus that has killed one patient in the United States, triggering fear about the spread of the disease.

3:10pm EDT

WHO voices confidence no wider spread of Ebola in Africa

GENEVA/LONDON - The World Health Organization said on Thursday it was still trying to slow the rate of new infections but had "reasonable confidence" that the Ebola virus plaguing three West African countries had not spread into neighboring states.

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