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First Ebola case diagnosed in the United States: CDC

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- U.S. health officials said on Tuesday the first patient infected with the deadly Ebola virus had been diagnosed in the country, in a new sign of how the outbreak ravaging West Africa can spread globally.

Rights body mulls forced sterilization of HIV-positive woman

BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights will consider its first case of forced sterilization of a person living with HIV in Latin America, a rights group has said.

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Trio of pharma companies jump after CDC confirms U.S. Ebola case

NEW YORK - Several pharmaceutical companies with potential Ebola treatments jumped in extended trade on Tuesday after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the first case of the virus diagnosed in the country.

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Acupuncture may not be effective for knee pain: study

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Acupuncture won't improve chronic knee pain in middle-aged people, researchers say.

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Oklahoma judge rules against Obamacare tax subsidies

WASHINGTON - A federal judge in Oklahoma ruled on Tuesday that tax subsidies vital to the implementation of President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law are unlawful, giving a boost to opponents of the measure known as Obamacare.

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Drug, medical device companies paid billions to U.S. physicians, hospitals in 2013: data

NEW YORK - U.S. doctors and teaching hospitals received $3.5 billion from pharmaceutical companies and medical device makers in the last five months of 2013, according to the most extensive data trove on such payments ever made public.

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Ebola outbreaks in Nigeria, Senegal, appear contained: CDC reports

CHICAGO - Efforts to contain the Ebola outbreaks in Nigeria and Senegal appear to have succeeded, even as the virus continues to spread in the hardest-hit West African countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, U.S. and African health officials said on Tuesday.

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U.N. Ebola mission head wants significant progress in 60 days

ACCRA - The U.N. mission to combat Ebola wants to see significant progress in fighting the deadly disease within 60 days, including ensuring that 70 percent of cases receive treatment, its new head said on Tuesday.

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Colorado court hears appeal of worker fired for medical marijuana

- The Colorado Supreme court on Tuesday heard arguments over whether employees can be fired for using medical marijuana, which is legal in the state but illegal under federal law.

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Thousands of children orphaned, rejected as Ebola wrecks families

DAKAR/GENEVA - Two days after his mother died of Ebola at a clinic in the Liberian capital Monrovia last month, four-year-old John was put into foster care so he could be monitored for the disease.

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