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Plague outbreak kills 40 people in Madagascar

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A plague outbreak has killed 40 people on the island nation of Madagascar, with 119 people diagnosed with the bacterial disease since August. Learn More

 

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Mali: New Ebola case confirmed, 2 more suspected

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali on Saturday confirmed a new case of Ebola and said two more suspected patients are being tested, raising concern about a further spread of the disease which has already killed at least five people in the country. More »

 

Pope meets with autistic children

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis tenderly embraced children with autism spectrum disorders, some of whom avoided meeting his gaze, during an audience Saturday aimed at offering solidarity to people living with the condition. More »

 

Cuban doctor arrives in Geneva for Ebola treatment

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. More »

 

Report: Global obesity costs hits $2 trillion

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. More »

 

Bandits in Guinea steal suspected Ebola blood

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. More »

 

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. More »

 

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. More »

 

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. More »

 

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. More »

 

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