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Experimental Ebola drug ZMapp proves promising in primate study
By Associated Press | August 30, 2014
An experimental Ebola drug healed all 18 monkeys infected with the deadly virus in a study, boosting hopes that the treatment might help fight the outbreak raging through West Africa—once more of it can be made.
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Siemens office gets unexpected visitor: a moose
By Modern Healthcare | August 30, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
A young male moose sauntered into an administrative office building of healthcare technology giant Siemens in Dresden, Germany, last week and got stuck behind a glass wall.
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Carol Solomon: targeting chronic illness in New Orleans
By Mike Mitka | August 29, 2014
Cajun and Creole foods and a “let the good times roll” attitude make New Orleans and its surrounding parishes a great place to visit, but they're also among the contributing factors making it difficult for residents to maintain healthy lifestyles. Statewide figures show Louisiana has...
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White House orders U.S. labs to take inventory of infectious agents
By Reuters | August 29, 2014
The White House has ordered federally funded labs working with infectious agents to conduct an immediate inventory of the pathogens in their labs and review their safety and security protocols, according to a memo released on Thursday.
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U.S. to begin safety-testing Ebola vaccine next week
By Associated Press | August 28, 2014
Federal researchers next week will start testing humans with an experimental vaccine to prevent the deadly Ebola virus
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Twitter helps Chicago find sources of food poisoning
By Reuters | August 27, 2014
When Chicago health officials saw Twitter users complaining about local food poisoning episodes, they reached out on Twitter to those users and often ended up charging the restaurant in question with a violation.
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Ebola fight needs $430 million to end outbreak, WHO says
By Bloomberg.com | August 26, 2014
More than $430 million will be needed to bring the worst Ebola outbreak on record under control, according to a draft document laying out the World Health Organization’s battle strategy.
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International clampdown needed on e-cig use, says WHO
By Steven Ross Johnson | August 26, 2014
The World Health Organization on Tuesday called on countries to impose tougher regulations on electronic cigarettes out of concerns over their unknown health risks, recommending bans on indoor use as well as sales to minors.
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Medical marijuana laws tied to fewer drug overdose deaths
By Steven Ross Johnson | August 25, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
States that have enacted laws allowing for the medicinal use of marijuana have lower annual rates of drug overdose death than do states without such laws, according to a study.
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Billing Medicare for poor care not a false claim, court rules
By Bob Herman | August 25, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A recent appellate court ruling in favor of an Illinois nursing home could shield other healthcare providers from False Claims Act allegations that involve poor quality of care.
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