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Early data suggest Sanofi, Regeneron drug may halve heart risk

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By Ben Hirschler BARCELONA (Reuters) - An experimental cholesterol-lowering drug from Sanofi and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals roughly halved the number of heart attacks and strokes in a clinical trial, researchers reported on Sunday. The injectable drug, alirocumab, is from a new class of medicines, which are also...(more) 

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Clockwork heart pacemaker does away with batteries

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By Ben Hirschler BARCELONA (Reuters) - Swiss engineers, famous for making the world's finest watches, are turning their hands to cardiology with a prototype battery-less pacemaker based on a self-winding wristwatch. Current pacemakers, which help the heart beat more regularly, offer a lifeline for many patients...(more) 

Tripping seniors on purpose to stop future falls

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CHICAGO (AP) -- Researchers are tripping seniors on purpose, and it's not some kind of warped practical joke.... 

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Bionic pancreas: A new dawn for diabetics?

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Labs in race to find bionic solution for Type 1 Diabetes 

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Obama family attends long-time aide's wedding to TV journalist

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President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and their two daughters on Saturday attended the wedding of their long-time friend and food guru Sam Kass to media personality Alex Wagner at a farm outside New York City, the White House said. Kass is officially Senior Policy...(more) 

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Health workers strike at Sierra Leone Ebola hospital

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Health workers have gone on strike at a major state-run Ebola treatment center in Sierra Leone, over pay and poor working conditions, hospital staff told Reuters on Saturday. Sierra Leone's government is struggling to cope with the worst Ebola outbreak in history, that has killed more...(more) 

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California governor lauds passage of 'historic' sick leave bill

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By Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - A measure to grant California workers mandatory sick leave that passed the state legislature early on Saturday appeared poised to become law after Governor Jerry Brown lauded it as a historic achievement. The bill would require employers to provide at least...(more) 

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Liberian Ebola survivor praises experimental drug

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MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- A Liberian health worker who recovered from Ebola after receiving an experimental drug urged the manufacturer to speed up its production and send it to Africa, while crowds celebrated in the streets Saturday after authorities reopened a slum that had been barricaded...(more) 

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Ebola takes big toll on already poor health care

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FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — When the dreaded Ebola virus began infecting people in the Sierra Leone town of Kenema, Dr. Sheik Humarr Khan and his team were on the front lines. After stepping out of his protective suit following hours on a sweltering ward, he...(more) 

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Liberia's international airport battles to contain Ebola

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With the last rays of sunlight speckling the departures area at Liberia's international airport, passengers queue patiently to go through medical screening designed to show up the Ebola virus. Roberts International Airport, a former United States Air Force base built 55 kilometres (35 miles) outside of...(more) 

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Boston Scientific nerve device no help in heart failure study

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By Ben Hirschler BARCELONA (Reuters) - A Boston Scientific device that stimulates the vagus nerve – a superhighway connecting the brain to the rest of the body - failed to help patients with heart failure in a mid-stage clinical trial. Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS), which involves...(more) 

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WFP says it needs $70 million to feed 1.3 million people in Ebola quarantine

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The World Food Programme needs to raise $70 million to feed 1.3 million people at risk from shortages in Ebola-quarantined areas in West Africa, with the agency's resources already stretched by several major humanitarian crises, its regional director said. WFP's West Africa Director Denise Brown said...(more) 

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