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Family of Texas doctor with Ebola not showing signs of virus

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By Colleen Jenkins WINSTON-SALEM N.C. (Reuters) - The family of a Texas doctor who contracted the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa had traveled back to the United States before he showed symptoms and was not at risk for getting or spreading the disease, U.S. health...(more) 

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Obama briefed on Ebola outbreak as U.S. agencies provide support: U.S. official

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President Barack Obama is getting updates on the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria, an administration official said on Monday, noting U.S. agencies had increased their assistance in the past several weeks. The outbreak of the highly infectious disease...(more) 

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Peanut company officials stand trial in Georgia in deadly salmonella outbreak

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By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - The federal trial of three former peanut company officials charged in connection with a salmonella outbreak that killed nine people and sickened hundreds more began on Monday with jury selection in Albany, Georgia. The contamination at the Peanut Corporation of...(more) 

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Veterans funding deal to provide $17 billion to ease medical wait times

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Leaders of the Veterans Affairs committees in Congress on Monday said they had agreed on legislation providing about $17 billion in funding to ease long waiting times for VA medical centers. Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent, and Representative Jeff Miller, a Republican, announced the deal at...(more) 

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Medical marijuana support high ahead of Florida vote

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Support for legalizing medical marijuana in Florida gathered steam ahead of a November referendum, with a poll out Monday showing 88 percent in favor of the measure. Only 10 percent of residents opposed legalization, the survey by Quinnipiac University found. Florida took a preliminary step in...(more) 

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Florida support for medical marijuana stays near 90 percent: poll

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By Barbara Liston ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) - Support for legalizing medical marijuana in Florida is holding steady at 88 percent despite weeks of vigorous campaigning by opponents ahead of a November referendum on the issue, a poll released on Monday showed. The survey, conducted by Quinnipiac...(more) 

U.S. lawmakers expand probe of federal biolab mishaps

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers on Monday said they were expanding their investigation of federal biosecurity lapses including problems at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that led to the mishandling of anthrax and bird flu pathogens. Republicans from the House Energy and Commerce Committee...(more) 

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Sierra Leone president visits Ebola epicenter

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Sierra Leone's president visited the epicenter of an Ebola outbreak on Monday as West African leaders stepped up efforts to contain the spread of the deadly virus. It was Ernest Bai Koroma's first visit to the northeastern district of Kailahun since the start of the epidemic...(more) 

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AstraZeneca taps Roche, Qiagen for new blood-based cancer drug tests

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AstraZeneca has signed up Roche and Qiagen to develop two separate diagnostic tests, both using simple blood samples, to identify patients who will benefit from its lung cancer drugs. Currently testing patients to see if their tumors contain genetic mutations that make them suitable for drug...(more) 

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Fist bumps more hygienic than handshakes, say scientists

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Fist bumps are more hygienic than handshakes and drastically reduce the risk of spreading infectious diseases, researchers in Britain have found. The study discovered that a handshake transfers 10 times as much bacteria as a fist bump, following a series of tests at Aberystwyth University on...(more) 

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Liberia closes borders and steps up Ebola screening

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Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has announced the closure of most of the Ebola-hit country's land borders, with stringent medical checks being stepped up at airports and major trade routes. The measure comes as Liberia struggles to contain an outbreak of the tropical virus which has...(more) 

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U.S. group overhauls China business in meat safety scandal

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By Samuel Shen and Kazunori Takada SHANGHAI (Reuters) - A leading U.S. meat supplier said on Monday that a Chinese unit at the center of a food safety scandal had issues that were "absolutely inconsistent" with the group's high standards. "This is my company and events...(more) 

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