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Two U.S. hospitals report patients undergoing Ebola tests
By Businessweek | August 20, 2014
Blood samples from two patients at separate U.S. hospitals are being tested for Ebola as countries in West Africa struggle to contain the worst-ever outbreak of the disease. Health officials from both states said neither person is likely to have the disease.
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Ebola death toll in West Africa tops 1,200
By New York Times | August 19, 2014
As West African nations grappled with the worst-ever outbreak of the Ebola virus, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday that the death toll had exceeded 1,200 and announced increased efforts to forestall severe food shortages in areas isolated by quarantines.
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Despite noted revenue growth, Medtronic sees drop in profits
By Jaimy Lee | August 19, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Medical devicemaker Medtronic reported a drop in profits even as the company enjoyed what CEO Omar Ishrak described as its “highest revenue growth performance in five years.” The Minneapolis-based company disclosed no new information about its pending deal to acquire Irish medical supplies company Covidien.
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Chinese hackers hit Community Health Systems; others vulnerable
By Beth Kutscher and Joseph Conn | August 18, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
An outside group of hackers targeted Community Health Systems' computer network and stole nonmedical patient data on 4.5 million individuals, the company disclosed in a regulatory filing.
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Liberia hunts escaped Ebola victims as WHO calls for controls
By Reuters | August 18, 2014
Liberia struggled on Monday to track down 17 suspected Ebola carriers who fled quarantine over the weekend, while the U.N. health agency urged affected West African nations to screen all departures in a bid to contain the worst outbreak of the virus.
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Another Ebola problem: Finding its natural source
By Associated Press | August 17, 2014
A scary problem lurks beyond the frenzied efforts to keep people from spreading Ebola: No one knows exactly where the virus comes from or how to stop it from seeding new outbreaks.
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Medtronic earnings report may bring Covidien news
August 16, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
This week, devicemaker Medtronic will report first-quarter earnings for fiscal 2015. While the financial results are important, many analysts will tune in to hear more about the company's pending acquisition of Covidien.
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Ebola song by Liberian soccer star aims to raise awareness
By Modern Healthcare | August 16, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
With Ebola ravaging his homeland, world-famous Liberian soccer star George Weah decided he could make a difference by singing about it.
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Experts question protocol in using experimental Ebola drug
By Steven Ross Johnson | August 15, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The federal government's actions surrounding the use of an untested, unapproved drug to treat the Ebola virus highlight the lack of protocols for use of such drugs in other countries, some experts say.
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CDC ramps up Ebola fight
By Steven Ross Johnson | August 13, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
More than 50 disease experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have arrived in West Africa to aid in efforts to stop the spread of the ongoing Ebola virus outbreak responsible for more than 1,000 deaths across four countries, the agency said Wednesday.
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The best care money can buy? | The U.S. delights in its medical technology, and pays a premium for it, but studies show other countries beat us in outcomes, value
By Cinda Becker | August 09, 2004 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
No other country in the world can beat the U.S. in medical technology. No other country spends as much for it either.The mantra "Americans have the best medical care in the world" is frequently recited by U.S. policymakers and clinicians, according to a study published in the May/June issue of the journal Health Affairs that compares the quality of care in five English-speaking countries. But international data--limited though it is--places the U.S. in the bottom quartile of industrialized countries in terms of life expectancy and infant mortality, according to the report.The best...
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