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Ebola toll passes 2,800 but 'contained' in Senegal, Nigeria : WHO


FREETOWN - An outbreak of Ebola in West Africa has been largely contained in Senegal and Nigeria, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday, but the disease is still spreading elsewhere and has now killed over 2,811 people in the region. | Video

Smartphone app may allow parents to screen newborns for jaundice 5:25pm BST

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – A new smartphone application still in development may someday help parents and health care providers screen for jaundice in newborns.


Germany's Merck to buy Sigma-Aldrich for $17 billion to boost lab supplies operation 5:56pm BST

FRANKFURT - Drugs and chemicals maker Merck KGaA agreed on Monday to acquire U.S.-based Sigma-Aldrich Corp for $17 billion in cash to boost its lab supplies business, the biggest takeover in the German group's history.


Congo's Ebola outbreak 'almost over', prime minister says 8:24pm BST

KINSHASA - An outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in Democratic Republic of Congo, unrelated to the epidemic in West Africa, is "almost over" with no new cases detected for several days, Prime Minister Augustin Matata Ponyo said.

Flying home by commercial jet may be safe after heart attack: study 7:16pm BST

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People who have a heart attack while traveling abroad may be able to safely fly home on a regular commercial flight, according to a new study published in the Air Medical Journal.


Sierra Leone records 130 new Ebola cases during three-day lockdown 3:18pm BST

FREETOWN - Sierra Leone recorded 130 new cases of the Ebola virus during a three-day lockdown and it is waiting for test results on a further 39 suspected cases, Stephen Gaojia, head of the Ebola Emergency Operations Centre, said on Monday. | Video


WHO experts advise against travel or trade bans on Ebola-hit Africa 1:09pm BST

GENEVA - Independent health advisers to the World Health Organization (WHO) have assessed that there should be no general ban on travel or trade with countries reeling from an Ebola epidemic in West Africa, the U.N. agency said on Monday.


U.S., Canada allow emergency use of Tekmira's Ebola treatment 3:12pm BST

- Canadian drugmaker Tekmira Pharmaceuticals Corp said on Monday that U.S. and Canadian regulators have authorized the use of its Ebola treatment in patients who have confirmed or suspected infections from the deadly virus.

What makes hospital patients turn violent? 1:35pm BST

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – It's common for patients to come into a hospital with injuries, but too often they’re the ones inflicting injury on nurses, technicians and security guards, according to a new study.