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British health worker being tested for Ebola after needle injury

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LONDON - A British military healthcare worker was flown back to England from Sierra Leone on Saturday following a needle-stick injury sustained while treating a person with Ebola, the Public Health England (PHE) service said on Saturday.

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U.S. government releases draft plan for electronic health data 30 Jan 2015

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration on Friday proposed a plan to move most doctors, hospitals and their patients to national standards for handling electronic clinical data by the end of 2017.

Second California patient tests negative for Ebola hours after first 1:31am GMT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Two patients hospitalized in Sacramento, California, and tested for possible Ebola infection were found to be free of the deadly virus within hours of each other on Friday.

FDA approves Shire's Vyvanse for binge-eating disorder 30 Jan 2015

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved Shire Plc's stimulant Vyvanse to treat binge-eating disorder, the first product to be approved for the condition.

More than 100 cases of measles now confirmed in U.S 1:12am GMT

LOS ANGELES - More than 100 people in the United States have been confirmed as infected with measles including 91 in California, most of them linked to an outbreak that began at Disneyland in December, public health officials said on Friday.

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Sun Pharmaceutical wins U.S. approval to buy Ranbaxy 30 Jan 2015

WASHINGTON - India's Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd has won U.S. approval to buy Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd on condition that it sell its interest in a generic antibacterial medicine, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission said on Friday.

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Gates Foundation awards $50 million to Stanford vaccine discovery 30 Jan 2015

SEATTLE - The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation said on Friday it had awarded Stanford University a $50 million grant to accelerate vaccine development efforts for the world's most deadly diseases, including AIDS and malaria.

Chimerix to stop participation in clinical studies of Ebola drug 12:02am GMT

- Drug developer Chimerix Inc said it would stop participation in clinical studies of its Ebola drug, brincidofovir, citing a significant decrease in the number new cases for the virus in Liberia.

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Ex-Super Bowl champ Leonard Marshall to teach about concussions 30 Jan 2015

- Two-time Super Bowl champion Leonard Marshall is teaming up with the lawyer who first sued the NFL over concussions to form an educational road show on how to avoid and treat head injuries in sports.

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U.S. proposes effort to analyze DNA from 1 million people 30 Jan 2015

WASHINGTON - The United States has proposed analyzing genetic information from more than 1 million American volunteers as part of a new initiative to understand human disease and develop medicines targeted to an individual's genetic make-up.