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Liberia shuts schools as Ebola spreads, Peace Corps leaves three countries

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DAKAR - Liberia will close schools and consider quarantining some communities, it said on Wednesday, rolling out the toughest measures yet imposed by a West African government to halt the worst outbreak on record of the deadly Ebola virus.

Khosla-backed startup hopes to bring doctors to patients' mobiles 1:10am BST

SAN FRANCISCO - HealthTap Chief Executive Officer Ron Gutman believes paying the doctor a visit is expensive and time-consuming. So why not bring the doctor to the patient - digitally?

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Liberia shuts schools, considers quarantine to curb Ebola 12:54am BST

DAKAR - Liberia will close schools and consider quarantining some communities, it said on Wednesday, announcing the toughest measures yet imposed by a West African government to halt the worst Ebola outbreak on record.

Most kids will use shade if provided at outdoor sports camps: study 30 Jul 2014

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Without any encouragement from coaches, more than two-thirds of kids at an outdoor soccer camp used nearby tents for shade during rest periods, a new study found.

Depression linked to faster cognitive decline in old age 30 Jul 2014

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Among older adults with dementia, those who are also depressed tend to have more rapid cognitive decline, according to a new study.

Drug-resistant malaria reaches Southeast Asia borders, could spread to Africa 30 Jul 2014

LONDON - Drug-resistant malaria parasites have spread to border regions of Southeast Asia, seriously threatening global efforts to control and eliminate the mosquito-borne disease, researchers said on Wednesday.

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U.S. doctor, missionary with Ebola show improvement 30 Jul 2014

WINSTON-SALEM N.C. - Two American aid workers infected with Ebola in Africa while responding to an outbreak of the deadly virus have shown slight improvement but remain in serious condition, a relief organization said on Wednesday.

White House says Ebola outbreak won't alter U.S.-Africa summit 30 Jul 2014

WASHINGTON - An outbreak of the Ebola virus in Africa will not change a summit in Washington next week that about 50 African leaders are expected to attend, a White House spokesman said on Wednesday.

J&J seeks return of device seen as possibly raising cancer risk 30 Jul 2014

- Johnson & Johnson said on Wednesday it plans to ask doctors to return its power morcellators, a controversial surgical device that may inadvertently spread cancer in women being treated for uterine growths called fibroids.

Navigators can help guide breast cancer patients through care 30 Jul 2014

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Patient navigators may be able to help steer women with breast cancer through what can be a daunting treatment process, a new study suggests.