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Ebola fears speed changes in U.S. hospital record systems

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CHICAGO - The worst Ebola outbreak on record, and its spread beyond West Africa, has accelerated changes in how U.S. hospitals address the threat of infectious diseases, say health IT companies and industry experts.

Exclusive: Amgen's new leukemia drug to carry $178,000 price tag

- Amgen Inc on Wednesday said its new type of treatment for a deadly form of leukemia would cost about $178,000 when it becomes available on Thursday, which would make it one of the world's most expensive cancer drugs.

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U.S. doctor who recovered from Ebola will return to Liberia

- A doctor from Massachusetts who came down with Ebola while volunteering in Liberia will return to West Africa in January to resume medical work, the missionary group he works with said on Wednesday.

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Colorado awards $8 million to study medical marijuana uses

DENVER - Colorado health officials awarded $8 million in research grants on Wednesday to study the use of medical marijuana in the treatment of symptoms associated with Parkinson's disease, childhood epilepsy and post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Docs may be too conservative about sex after heart attack

Reuters Health - Most people get no advice from their doctors about whether or when it’s safe to have sex after a heart attack, according to a survey of American and Spanish patients under age 55.

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Tetraphase's antibiotic succeeds late-stage trial, shares rise

- Tetraphase Pharmaceuticals Inc said its antibiotic to treat complicated intra-abdominal infections was as effective as Merck & co Inc's ertapenem in a late-stage study.

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Prop plane pilots exposed to tanning-bed radiation levels

Reuters Health - Flying for an hour at 30,000 feet exposes pilots to as much ultraviolet radiation as they would get from 20 minutes in a tanning bed, according to a new study.

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Ebola centres overflow as Sierra Leone steps up fight

DEVIL HOLE, Sierra Leone - Ebola centres in Sierra Leone overflowed on Wednesday as health workers combed the streets of the capital Freetown for patients, after the government launched a major operation to contain the epidemic in West Africa's worst-hit country. | Video

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Ebola toll nears 7,000; rate of spread slows in Sierra Leone: WHO

GENEVA - The death toll in the Ebola epidemic has risen to 6,915 out of 18,603 cases as of Dec. 14, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday.

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Novartis sues India's Cipla over respiratory drug Onbrez

MUMBAI - Swiss drugmaker Novartis AG said on Wednesday it had sued India's Cipla Ltd for infringing patents covering its respiratory drug Onbrez, a month after Cipla launched a copy at a fifth of the original drug's price.

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