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U.S. military orders review as anthrax mishap widens


WASHINGTON - The U.S. military said on Friday it discovered even more suspected shipments of live anthrax than previously thought, both in the United States and abroad, and ordered a sweeping review of practices meant to inactivate the bacteria.

Pfizer's Ibrance drug slows progression of breast cancer

CHICAGO - A Phase III trial of Pfizer Inc's drug Ibrance showed that, in combination with hormone therapy, the drug more than doubled the duration of disease control for women with the most common type of breast cancer.

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Kansas hospital monitoring patient for possible Ebola infection

- The University of Kansas Hospital said on Friday it was monitoring a patient for a possible Ebola infection after he returned from the West African nation of Sierra Leone and developed a fever.

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University of Oregon meningitis outbreak grows; student's father diagnosed

PORTLAND, Ore. - The father of a University of Oregon student has contracted the potentially deadly meningococcal disease amid an outbreak that started in January and has killed one student, bringing the total number of people infected to seven, state health officials said on Friday.

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Obesity increases risk for common heart rhythm disorder

(Reuters Health) - Obesity increases the risk for atrial fibrillation, a common heart rhythm disorder that can lead to blood clots, stroke and heart failure, a new analysis suggests.

29 May 2015

Bristol-Myers sues immunotherapy exec who left for AstraZeneca

NEW YORK - Bristol-Myers Squibb has sued a top cancer immunotherapy executive for violating confidentiality and non-compete agreements after he left for direct competitor AstraZeneca, court documents show.

29 May 2015

People may drink more than they realize

(Reuters Health) - People’s estimates of how much they drink are much higher when they include weekends and holidays, according to a new survey from the UK.

29 May 2015

Idaho abortion restrictions are unconstitutional: appeals court

SAN FRANCISCO - An Idaho law that prohibits abortions of fetuses 20 or more weeks after fertilization is unconstitutional, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Friday.

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Some older breast cancer patients may skip invasive biopsy

(Reuters Health) - Older women with early-stage breast cancer might be able to skip a lymph node biopsy without changing their survival odds, a small study suggests.

29 May 2015

Merck immunotherapy appears effective in head and neck cancer-study

- A Merck & Co drug that helps the immune system fight cancer was about twice as effective as the current standard therapy for patients with recurrent or advanced head and neck cancers, according to study data released on Friday.

29 May 2015