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Cuban doctor arrives in Geneva for Ebola treatment
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BERLIN (AP) -- A Cuban doctor who contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone arrived in Switzerland for treatment and was able to walk off the transport plane, a Geneva medical official said Friday....

Report: Global obesity costs hits $2 trillion
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LONDON (AP) -- The global cost of obesity has risen to $2 trillion annually - nearly as much as smoking or the combined impact of armed violence, war and terrorism, according to a new report released Thursday....

Bandits in Guinea steal suspected Ebola blood
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CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) -- It was a highway robbery but the bandits got more than they bargained for when they stopped a taxi in Guinea and made off with blood samples that are believed to be infected with the deadly Ebola virus....





Officials downplay debates over Ebola aid response
NEW YORK (AP) -- U.S. officials on Thursday acknowledged disagreements over coordinating the international response to the Ebola epidemic in Liberia, but they say most issues are being worked out and the overall fight against the disease there seems to be succeeding....

Researcher who found cause of Lyme disease dies
HAMILTON, Mont. (AP) -- The Swiss-born researcher who gained international recognition for discovering the bacteria that causes Lyme disease has died in western Montana....

Soaring generic drug prices draw Senate scrutiny
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Some low-cost generic drugs that have helped restrain health care costs for decades are seeing unexpected price spikes of up to 8,000 percent, prompting a backlash from patients, pharmacists and now Washington lawmakers....

Mali Ebola crisis deepens with doctor's death
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) -- Mali's emerging Ebola crisis deepened Thursday as the government announced that a doctor had died from the disease, becoming the second health worker fatality linked to a single patient initially thought to have kidney disease....

FDA approves new, hard-to-abuse hydrocodone pill
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal health regulators on Thursday approved the first hard-to-abuse version of the painkiller hydrocodone, offering an alternative to a similar medication that has been widely criticized for lacking such safeguards....

Cost of Thanksgiving is going up, but not by much
Giving thanks will be a little costlier this year, but - and here's something you can be truly thankful for - it probably won't empty your wallet....

Family gets $6.75 million in Botox treatment case
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- A New York couple who said Botox treatment of their son's cerebral palsy left him with life-threatening complications and sued its manufacturer won a $6.75 million verdict from a federal jury on Thursday....

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