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Liberia doctors strike, U.N. warns of food shortages due to Ebola

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MONROVIA - Scores of healthcare workers at Liberia's main hospital have gone on strike over unpaid wages, complicating the fight against the world's worst Ebola epidemic that the U.S. disease prevention chief said was spiraling out of control. | Video

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Exclusive: 'Back to normal' for AstraZeneca CEO, despite Pfizer rumors 1:59pm BST

BARCELONA - Though speculation is rife of a new Pfizer bid, AstraZeneca's chief executive is not holed up with advisers in London or New York. Instead, he has spent the last three days immersed in heart science in Barcelona.

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McDonald's to boost China supplier audits after food safety scandal 9:32am BST

SHANGHAI - McDonald's Corp will increase the number of audits it conducts of suppliers in China, the firm said on Tuesday, after a food scandal in July dented China sales at the U.S. fast food chain and rival Yum Brands Inc.

Switching to ‘adult doctor’ sometimes hard for kids with chronic illness 4:42pm BST

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Chronically ill kids who “graduate” from their pediatrician to an “adult" doctor often feel dissatisfied with the transition, says a new study.

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Novo Nordisk drops inflammation business to focus on diabetes 2:02pm BST

COPENHAGEN - Danish pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk has stopped research and development activities in inflammatory disorders to concentrate on the prevention and treatment of diabetes, its biggest business.

Lundbeck says Northera available in U.S. after FDA approval 3:18pm BST

COPENHAGEN - Lundbeck said on Tuesday its drug used to treat disorders caused by an underlying neurological disease had been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the capsules are available to the country's market through specialty pharmacies.

Teva finds positive results in advanced trials for asthma drug 4:02pm BST

TEL AVIV - Teva Pharmaceutical Industries said a drug under development had positive results in reducing the frequency of clinical asthma exacerbations in two advanced trials in patients with moderate to severe asthma.

South Korea lifts ban on beef with feed additive: food ministry 8:27am BST

SEOUL - South Korea has lifted a ban on the use of animal feed additive zilpaterol in beef, opening the door to imports containing the growth enhancer as well as domestic sales of the product.

China poultry farm hit in new outbreak of H5N6 bird flu 2:02am BST

SHANGHAI - Nearly 18,000 geese died on a poultry farm in northeast China after being stricken by the H5N6 bird flu virus last month, the agriculture ministry said.

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Nigeria records another Ebola case in oil city, 17 cases total 1:31am BST

ABUJA - Nigeria has a third confirmed case of Ebola in the oil hub of Port Harcourt, bringing the country's total confirmed infections to 17, with 271 people under surveillance, the health minister said on Monday.