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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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'American Ninja Warrior' princess packs mental and physical punch

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By Dorene Internicola NEW YORK (Reuters) - When gymnast Kacy Catanzaro, the first woman to reach the finals of the “American Ninja Warrior” fitness TV competition show, faces an unfamiliar challenge she closes her eyes and pictures herself conquering it. The 5-foot (1.5-meter), 100-pound (45-kg) powerhouse...(more) 

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Hepatitis E found in donor blood; call for EU screening

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One in almost 3,000 blood donors in England carry the hepatitis E virus (HEV) which can cause liver disease, said a study Monday that sparked a call for screening in Europe. Published on World Hepatitis Day, a study in The Lancet medical journal said a systematic...(more) 

Fist Bumps Are Cleaner Than Handshakes And High-Fives, Study Says

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NEW YORK (AP) — When it comes to preventing the spread of germs, maybe the president is on to something with his fondness for fist bumps.The familiar knocking of knuckles spreads only one-twentieth the amount of bacteria that a handshake does, researchers report. That's better than...(more) 

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Pfizer's need for deal looms larger with earnings report

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By Ransdell Pierson NEW YORK (Reuters) - Pfizer Inc's vulnerability to cheaper generics and its weak roster of experimental medicines will be on display Tuesday when the company reports quarterly earnings, reviving interest in its pursuit of AstraZeneca Plc or other deals to fortify its pipeline....(more) 

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