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Obama seeks funds to fight Zika; sees no cause for panic

WASHINGTON/LONDON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will ask the U.S. Congress for more than $1.8 billion in emergency funds to fight Zika at home and abroad and pursue a vaccine, the White House said on Monday, but Obama also said there was no reason to panic over the mosquito-borne virus. Learn More


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U.S. health official: Widespread Zika vaccine not likely to be available for years

(Reuters) - U.S. health officials said on Monday that a widespread vaccine to combat the Zika virus will likely not be available for years. More »


Lives at risk unless WHO reforms, U.N. report says

LONDON, Feb 8 (Reuters) - The World Health Organization needs urgent reform to boost its ability to respond to crises, and failure to act now could cost thousands of lives, according to an advance copy of a high-level U.N. report. More »


Race to fast-track Zika trials as 12 groups seek vaccine

LONDON (Reuters) - At least 12 groups are now working to develop a Zika vaccine and health authorities said on Monday they were working to ensure development proceeded as rapidly as possible. More »


Pot fans, foes fume as Washington DC tests limits of high life

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Almost a year has passed since it became legal to smoke, but not sell, marijuana in Washington, D.C., and pot enthusiasts and opponents alike are chafing under a compromise that leaves smokers in a haze over how to obtain their weed. More »


Risk of suicide increases three-fold after a concussion

(Reuters Health) - Adults who suffer a concussion are at three times the long-term risk of suicide compared to the general population, according to a new study from Canada. More »


Lawyers see limited legal options for workers sent in Zika's way

(Reuters) - Employees of U.S. companies seeking to avoid exposure to the Zika virus likely have few legal avenues to either refuse travel to affected areas or sue if they actually become sick from the virus. But it may be a different story if such workers subsequently give birth to Zika-infected babies. More »


Chipotle stores shut nationwide for staff food safety meeting

(Reuters) - Chipotle Mexican Grill shut its stores for four hours on Monday to hold a nationwide staff meeting, where Chief Executive Steve Ells apologized for E.coli and norovirus outbreaks and laid out the company's recently developed food safety program. More »


Drop in prostate cancer screening reveals split among doctors

(Reuters Health) - - After U.S. guidelines advised against routine tests, declines in prostate cancer screening have been sharper among primary care doctors than urologists, according to a new study that suggests the medical community remains divided over the best way to look for these tumors. More »


UK cost agency rebuffs Sanofi cholesterol drug but backs Amgen's

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's cost watchdog has recommended that patients with high cholesterol should not get Sanofi and Regeneron's new cholesterol-lowering injection Praluent, although Amgen's similar drug Repatha will be available. More »


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