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New York patient tests negative for Ebola, Missouri patient awaits results

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NEW YORK - A traveler who returned from Mali tested negative for Ebola at a New York City hospital on Thursday, and a patient who recently came back from West Africa awaited test results at a Missouri hospital, health officials said.

U.S. states get more, spend more on Medicaid under Obamacare: report

WASHINGTON - One part of the Affordable Care Act is going according to plan, with U.S. states receiving and spending more money on the Medicaid health insurance program, a report released by the National Association of State Budget Officers on Thursday showed.

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Doctor who treated source of second Mali Ebola outbreak dies

BAMAKO - A doctor in Mali who treated the patient that sparked a second wave of Ebola in the West African country has died, the government said in a statement on state-owned television on Thursday.

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J&J demands $7.2 billion from Boston Scientific as trial begins

NEW YORK - Boston Scientific Corp should pay Johnson & Johnson $7.23 billion in damages and interest for breach of contract, nearly nine years after Boston Scientific won a controversial bidding war for device maker Guidant, lawyers for J&J told a U.S. federal judge on Thursday.

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Guinea imam's trip to Mali exposes gaps in Ebola response

KOUREMALE/DAKAR - When a sick Muslim imam from Guinea entered Mali at the border town of Kouremale last month, he did not use the main tarmac road with its Ebola checkpoint but took a nearby dirt track.

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Bird flu outbreak hits second Dutch farm, exports to remain frozen

AMSTERDAM - A second Dutch farm was hit by an outbreak of bird flu, the government said on Thursday, prompting the destruction of 43,000 chickens and prolonging restrictions on trade in the world's leading egg-exporting country.

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'Kissing disease' outbreak closes Oklahoma school district

OKLAHOMA CITY - A small Oklahoma school district has ordered all of its students to stay away from classes until December due to an outbreak of mononucleosis, officials said on Thursday.

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Appeals court order keeps Mississippi's sole abortion clinic open

JACKSON Miss. - Mississippi's sole abortion clinic will remain open after a federal appeals court refused on Thursday to reconsider its decision to block a state law that would have closed it.

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With gene mutations, second breast cancer risk rises over time

(Reuters Health) – Women who are genetically susceptible to breast cancer and develop it in one breast are at higher than average risk for a tumor in the other breast, and that risk may increase as time goes on, according to a new analysis.

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Most heavy drinkers are not alcoholics, U.S. study finds

ATLANTA - Contrary to popular opinion, only 10 percent of U.S. adults who drink too much are alcoholics, according to a federal study released on Thursday, a finding that could have implications for reducing consumption of beer, wine and liquor.

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