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Malaria is the leading killer in Central African Republic: aid group

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UNITED NATIONS - As a recent ceasefire deal boosts prospects for peace in Central African Republic, a key medical aid group warned on Thursday that malaria was the leading killer in the impoverished landlocked country.

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CDC resumes tuberculosis lab transfers halted after anthrax mishap 24 Jul 2014

- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday lifted a moratorium on transfers of inactivated materials from its clinical tuberculosis laboratory, after a bioterror lab mishap last month potentially exposed workers to live anthrax, prompting the halt of transfers from other high-containment labs.

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Too few U.S. youth getting vaccine for sexually transmitted virus: CDC 24 Jul 2014

ATLANTA - More U.S. adolescents are receiving vaccines against the sexually transmitted virus that causes cervical and other types of cancer but vaccination rates for the infection remain too low, federal health officials said on Thursday.

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Liberian man in Lagos being tested for Ebola 24 Jul 2014

LAGOS - A Liberian man is being tested for the deadly Ebola virus after he collapsed on arrival at an airport in Nigeria's commercial capital Lagos, a mega-city of 21 million people, the Lagos State Health Ministry said on Thursday.

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Nigeria may have no polio cases next year, says Bill Gates 24 Jul 2014

NAIROBI - Nigeria could cut the number of polio cases to zero next year and be declared free of the disease in 2018 even though a national eradication campaign has had to contend with an insurgency in the north, Bill Gates told Reuters.

Doctors more likely than public to sign up for organ donation: study 24 Jul 2014

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Doctors are almost twice as likely as the general public to be registered organ donors, according to a study of Canadian physicians.

Traumatic childhood events more common among military volunteers 24 Jul 2014

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People who served in the military tend to have experienced more traumatic childhood events, such as being abused or living with an alcohol-dependant parent, than people who are not veterans, according to a new study.

Keryx drug improves phosphorus, iron in kidney patients: trial 12:48am BST

- A pivotal trial of Keryx Biopharmaceuticals Inc's experimental drug Zerenex showed that it improved levels of serum phosphorus and iron in patients on kidney dialysis, according to results published on Thursday.

Behavior therapy may help prevent depression over vision loss 24 Jul 2014

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Combining occupational therapy to help older people adapt to central vision loss with behavior therapy to keep them from becoming too isolated may prevent depression, according to a new study.

Child siblings may influence each other’s obesity risk 24 Jul 2014

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Brothers or sisters might have a greater influence than parents on a child’s likelihood of being obese, suggests new U.S. research.