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Chile leader visits ailing 14 year-old who wants to end her life

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Chile's President Michelle Bachelet on Saturday visited a 14-year-old girl suffering from cystic fibrosis who made a heart-wrenching video appeal to be allowed to end her life. Valentina Maureira had addressed Bachelet personally in the message, which she recorded with a smartphone and uploaded to YouTube...(more) 

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Sierra Leone vice president places himself in Ebola quarantine

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Sierra Leone's Vice President Samuel Sam-Sumana said on Saturday that he had placed himself in a 21-day quarantine after one of his bodyguards died of Ebola amid a worrying recent surge in new infections in the West African nation. Cases of Ebola, which has killed nearly...(more) 

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Bayer crown prince vows independence for diversified drugmaker

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By Ludwig Burger LEVERKUSEN, Germany (Reuters) - Werner Baumann, seen as heir apparent to Bayer Chief Executive Marijn Dekkers, says he will fight for the independence of Germany's largest drugmaker after the spin-off of its plastics unit. "We will always try anew every day to defend...(more) 

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Risk factors for heartburn: excess weight, smoking

a shared story    5 hours 16 minutes ago
Other factors linked to higher odds of new GERD symptoms included getting older, being a woman, having less education, and even quitting smoking – if it led to weight gain. GERD is defined as having “troublesome” symptoms of acid reflux - where stomach acid flows back...(more) 

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Herbalife cuts pay of CEO Johnson 36 percent after missed targets

a shared story    6 hours 16 minutes ago
Herbalife Ltd cut the pay of Chief Executive Michael Johnson 36 percent for 2014 after the nutrition and weight loss company failed to meet performance goals set for him and other top executives, according to a securities filing on Friday. Herbalife said Johnson, who is also...(more) 

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Study on biology of chronic fatigue illness stirs debate

a shared story    7 hours 16 minutes ago
By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - A team of scientists said on Friday they had found "robust evidence" that a condition called Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a biological as opposed to a psychological disorder, but some experts questioned the findings. The team from Columbia University...(more) 

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China says to implement drug distribution reforms

a shared story    8 hours 16 minutes ago
China said on Saturday it would implement drug distribution reforms including centralization measures designed to cut prices and reduce corruption. The State Council, China's cabinet, said it urged drug manufacturers to negotiate directly with hospitals on payment for pharmaceuticals instead of going through middle men. Authorities...(more) 

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Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew still in intensive care, health improves slightly

a shared story    9 hours 16 minutes ago
The health condition of Singapore's first prime minister and the man widely credited with the city-state's economic success, Lee Kuan Yew, has improved slightly though he remains on mechanical ventilation, the prime minister's office said on Saturday. "Lee Kuan Yew's condition has improved slightly. He remains...(more) 

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Motherlode Blog: My Dad: Strict. My Daughter’s ‘Papa’? Not So Much.

a shared story    9 hours 16 minutes ago
My mom tells me that my dad has always been great with children. But that’s not what I remember. 

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Blood biomarkers found for chronic fatigue syndrome

a shared story    10 hours 16 minutes ago
Chronic fatigue syndrome is a disease with distinct stages that can be identified through biomarkers in the blood, researchers said Friday, offering hope that earlier diagnosis may improve treatment. With no known cause or cure, chronic fatigue syndrome -- known formally as encephalomyelitis (ME/CFS) -- has...(more) 

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Three infected with measles at Las Vegas seafood restaurant

a shared story    11 hours 16 minutes ago
Three new cases of measles have been confirmed in Las Vegas, in people believed infected by a contagious worker at an upscale MGM Grand Hotel and Casino seafood restaurant, Nevada public health officials said on Friday. The newly diagnosed patients, two staff members and a patron...(more) 

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China imposes trade restrictions on Canadian beef

a shared story    12 hours 16 minutes ago
OTTAWA (Reuters) - China has imposed temporary trade restrictions on Canadian beef and beef products in the wake of Canada's discovery of mad cow disease earlier this month, Canada said on Friday. China joins the list of countries that have imposed trade restrictions since Canada confirmed...(more) 

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