UPDATE 1-Abbott strikes deals with heart valve replacement companies

July 30 - Abbott Laboratories on Thursday said it would buy a small private company and has invested in another, with an option to buy, as it places bets on the future growth potential of minimally invasive systems to replace diseased heart valves.

Malawi a model for Africa in liberalising abortion, activists say

NAIROBI, July 30 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Malawi's use of evidence-based research to build support for a more liberal stance on abortion can make it a role model for Africa, campaigners said, following publication of a bill to liberalise the country's 164-year-old abortion law.

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CORRECTED-UPDATE 3-Health insurer Cigna says 2nd-qtr medical costs stay low; profit beats

July 30 - Health insurer Cigna Corp, which agreed last week to be bought by Anthem Inc for $47 billion, said on Thursday that medical services use was low in the second quarter, helping to keep costs in check and beat Wall Street profit estimates.

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BRIEF-Essilor of America agrees to acquire Vision Source - Vision Source

* Says Essilor subsidiary Essilor of America agrees to acquire Vision Source to further support independent eye care professionals

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BRIEF-Mologen: Oliver Krautscheid reelected as chairman of supervisory board

* Oliver Krautscheid reelected as chairman of the supervisory board Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage: (Gdynia Newsroom)

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