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Exclusive: Can the blood of Ebola survivors create a cure?


CHICAGO - For months, Vanderbilt University researcher Dr. James Crowe has been desperately seeking access to the blood of U.S. Ebola survivors, hoping to extract the proteins that helped them overcome the deadly virus for use in new, potent drugs. | Video

Death toll from Ebola in West Africa rises to 7,518: WHO

LONDON - The death toll from Ebola in the three West Africa countries hardest hit by the epidemic has risen to 7,518 out of 19,340 confirmed cases recorded there to date, the World Health Organization said on Monday.

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Fast food may lead to lower school results for U.S. kids: study

WASHINGTON - Eating fast food may lead to lower student test scores in math, science and reading, a recent study of U.S. school children said.

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Myths may put off some women from post-cancer breast reconstruction

(Reuters Health) - Misconceptions may be keeping many women from getting breast reconstruction after a mastectomy, even though the procedure can help improve quality of life for cancer survivors, according to a new review.

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Exclusive: WHO says Syria approves medicine deliveries to Aleppo, other areas

BEIRUT - The Syrian government has approved the delivery of medicine and surgical supplies to three areas of the country aid workers were previously unable to reach regularly, including opposition-held Aleppo, the World Health Organization said on Monday.

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Court strikes down North Carolina ultrasound abortion law

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - A North Carolina law requiring doctors to perform an ultrasound and describe the displayed images to women seeking abortions constitutes compelled speech that violates the patients' free speech rights, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Monday.

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Lilly must divest Sentinel products after FTC nod on Novartis deal

WASHINGTON - Eli Lilly and Co has won approval to buy Novartis AG's animal health unit on condition that it divests its Sentinel line of products for treating heartworm in dogs, the Federal Trade Commission said on Monday.

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Treating sleep apnea may lessen depression, too

(Reuters Health) – For people with depression and obstructive sleep apnea, using a nightly device to improve breathing while asleep may also improve depression symptoms, according to a new review of the evidence.

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Express Scripts to cover AbbVie hepatitis C drug, drops Gilead treatment

- The nation's largest pharmacy benefit manager has lined up a cheaper price from AbbVie Inc on its newly approved hepatitis C treatment and, in most cases, will no longer cover Gilead Sciences Inc treatments, Express Scripts said on Monday.

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U.S. FDA approves AbbVie hepatitis C drug, costs $83,319 for 12 weeks

- (Story refiles to correct typographical error in first paragraph to Sovaldi instead of Solvadi)

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