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Hopes rise for AstraZeneca cancer drug with start of new trial

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LONDON - Hopes for AstraZeneca's promising cancer drug pipeline were boosted on Friday by news the company had moved its immuno-oncology medicine MEDI-4736 into a mid-stage study in colorectal cancer.

Takeda, Lilly lose bid to overturn $9 billion award for hiding cancer risk

- Takeda Pharmaceutical Co Ltd and Eli Lilly & Co lost a bid to overturn a combined $9 billion punitive damage award by a U.S. jury for hiding cancer risks associated with their Actos diabetes drug, according to a court ruling.

West Africa Ebola outbreak could infect 20,000 people, WHO says

GENEVA/LAGOS - The Ebola epidemic in West Africa could infect over 20,000 people and spread to more countries, the U.N. health agency said on Thursday, warning that an international effort costing almost half a billion dollars is needed to overcome the outbreak. | Video

World, Africa, 28 Aug 2014

U.S. startups get OK for smartphone-based heart tracking

SAN FRANCISCO - For a growing U.S. aging population, tracking heart health via a smartphone can mean the difference between life and death.

Tech, Media 28 Aug 2014

White House orders U.S. labs to take inventory of infectious agents

CHICAGO - The White House has ordered federally funded labs working with infectious agents to conduct an immediate inventory of the pathogens in their labs and review their safety and security protocols, according to a memo released on Thursday.

U.S., 28 Aug 2014

Gene studies of Ebola in Sierra Leone show virus is mutating fast

CHICAGO - Genetic studies of some of the earliest Ebola cases in Sierra Leone reveal more than 300 genetic changes in the virus as it leapt from person to person, changes that could blunt the effectiveness of diagnostic tests and experimental treatments now in development, researchers said on Thursday.

28 Aug 2014

Ebola toll tops 1,550, outbreak accelerates: WHO

GENEVA - The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has killed more than 1,552 people out of 3,069 known cases in four countries and "continues to accelerate", the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Thursday. | Video

World, United Nations, Africa 28 Aug 2014

GSK Ebola vaccine fast-tracked into U.S., UK and African trials

LONDON - An experimental Ebola vaccine from GlaxoSmithKline is being fast-tracked into human studies and the company plans to build up a stockpile of up to 10,000 doses for emergency deployment, if results are good.

28 Aug 2014

Trimming pounds may cut health costs for diabetics

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Overweight adults with diabetes who lost weight and kept it off lowered their average annual health care costs by more than $500, suggests a new study.

28 Aug 2014

Hand sanitizer may spare travelers illness abroad: survey

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – In a French survey of travelers to countries where diarrheal illnesses are common, the people who used hand sanitizer while abroad were half as likely to have their trips spoiled by a bout with Montezuma’s revenge.

28 Aug 2014