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Measure kids’ medicines in metric units, not spoonfuls, doctors say


(Reuters Health) - Children’s liquid medicines should only be measured in metric units to avoid overdoses common with teaspoons and tablespoons, U.S. pediatricians say.

Experts caution against random drug testing in schools 5:18am BST

(Reuters Health) - Schools should not be using random drug tests to catch or deter drug abusers, the American Academy of Pediatrics advises in an updated policy statement.


Sanofi chairman says acquisitions not 'indispensable' for future 6:52am BST

PARIS - French pharmaceutical company Sanofi has examined acquisitions opportunities but does not view deal-making as "indispensable" to its future, its chairman told French paper Les Echos in an interview.

Liberia urges sexual caution to beat Ebola outbreak 29 Mar 2015

MONROVIA - Liberia called upon Ebola survivors on Sunday to extend a period of sexual abstinence or protected sex beyond an already advised three months following their recovery, amid fears the country's latest case may have resulted from sexual transmission.


Battlefield lessons transform U.S. emergency care 29 Mar 2015

GAITHERSBURG, Md. - Paramedic Dean Elliott rummaged through the ambulance's emergency kit and pulled out a pint-sized red power drill, a tool whose use was honed on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan.


Battling nightmare infections: U.S. CDC's plan to beat supberbugs 29 Mar 2015

CHICAGO/NEW YORK - With painstaking effort, a group of Chicago hospitals has managed to cut by half the number of infections caused by an especially deadly type of superbug. Now U.S. health officials want that kind of campaign to go national.


GSK agrees UK deal for meningitis shot after Novartis stand-off 29 Mar 2015

LONDON - GlaxoSmithKline has reached a deal with the British government to supply a new meningitis B vaccine, following a lengthy stand-off over price with the product's previous owner Novartis.

Police fire tear gas on crowd during Sierra Leone Ebola lockdown 29 Mar 2015

FREETOWN - Police fired tear gas at an angry crowd fighting over food supplies in Sierra Leone on Saturday, while other residents defied a three-day national lockdown that the government hopes will accelerate the end of the Ebola epidemic. | Video


Guinea president announces new emergency measures in Ebola fight 28 Mar 2015

CONAKRY - Guinea's President Alpha Conde announced on Saturday new emergency measures enabling authorities to restrict movements in western Guinea where Ebola transmission continues a year after the epidemic was declared.

Minnesota finds third bird flu infection in commercial poultry 28 Mar 2015

CHICAGO - The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Saturday confirmed the third infection of a virulent strain of avian flu in a commercial poultry flock in Minnesota, the nation's top turkey-producing state.