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West Africa struggles to contain Ebola as warnings and deaths mount


MONROVIA - The United Nations said on Tuesday the spread of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa was causing food shortages in one of the world's poorest regions and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned the disease was threatening the stability of stricken countries and their neighbors. | Video

U.S. GMO labeling foes triple spending in first half of this year over 2013 5:04am BST

- Opponents of mandatory labeling for foods made with genetically modified organisms spent more than $27 million in the first six months of this year on GMO-related lobbying, roughly three times their spending in all of 2013, according to an analysis released Wednesday.

Final trial confirms efficacy of Sanofi's dengue vaccine 6:05am BST

PARIS - French drugmaker Sanofi, developing the first vaccine against dengue fever, said its product reduced disease cases by 60.8 percent in a large final clinical trial.

GE's 3D mammography device gets FDA approval 3:07am BST

- General Electric Co's healthcare unit last week won U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for its mammography device that produces three-dimensional images to detect breast cancer.

Dolphin virus adds to deaths in troubled Florida lagoon 02 Sep 2014

ORLANDO Fla. - A measles-like virus that is blamed for killing hundreds of dolphins on the U.S. East Coast has spread into a Florida lagoon where hundreds of manatees, brown pelicans and dolphins already died mysteriously in recent years.


CDC says Ebola threatens stability of stricken countries 3:28am BST

CHICAGO - The world's worst Ebola outbreak is threatening the stability of affected and neighboring countries in West Africa, and requires a "massive" effort to bring it under control, the head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Tuesday. | Video

U.S. missionary doctor in Liberia tests positive for Ebola 02 Sep 2014

- An American doctor working in Liberia has tested positive for the Ebola virus after working with obstetrics patients at a missionary hospital in Monrovia, the Christian organization SIM USA said on Tuesday.

For blind bus riders, a new app boosts independence 02 Sep 2014

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – A new smartphone app helps blind people navigate public transit in the Seattle area.

Diets work, but the brand doesn’t matter 02 Sep 2014

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – When it comes to diet programs, brand names don’t make much difference, according to a new review.


Exclusive: 'Back to normal' for AstraZeneca CEO, despite Pfizer rumors 02 Sep 2014

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.