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Guinea Ebola outbreak under control: foreign minister

Guinea's Foreign Minister Francois Fall on Monday said the west African country has brought the spread of the deadly haemorrhagic Ebola virus under control after more than 100 people have died. "We are pleased to say we have controlled the spread of the epidemic," Fall told reporters after a meeting his South African counterpart Maite Nkoana-Mashabane in Pretoria. "We have even managed to cure some of those infected." The outbreak is one of the most deadly, with 157 people infected and 101 deaths in Guinea alone.

BBC report says GlaxoSmithKline bribed doctors in Poland to get more drug prescriptions

LONDON - The BBC reports that pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline is accused of bribing doctors to prescribe medicines in Poland. A "Panorama" show to air Monday evening quotes a former sales representative for the company saying doctors there were paid to prescribe its drugs. A different representative said doctors were paid to give speeches and then expected to increase prescriptions.

Lexicon Pharma's diabetes drug successful in mid-stage study

(Reuters) - Lexicon Pharmaceuticals Inc said its experimental drug to treat diabetes met the main goal of reducing the use of insulin at meal times in a mid-stage study on patients with type 1 diabetes. The company's shares rose about 19 percent to $1.89 in trading before the bell. Lexicon said the drug, codenamed LX4211, reduced the total dose of insulin taken by patients at meal times by 32 percent, compared with a 6 percent reduction in patients given a placebo.

Diners in hepatitis A scare at suburban New York restaurant

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hundreds of diners at an Italian restaurant in suburban New York may have been exposed to hepatitis A in the last few weeks after a food handler there was found to have the liver disease, the county health department said. People who ate at or who were working at La Fontana restaurant in the village of Nyack, about 20 miles north of Manhattan, between March 19 and April 1 may have been exposed to the virus, the Rockland County health department said.

Intercept's liver disease drug proves highly effective in study

By Bill Berkrot (Reuters) - A drug being developed by Intercept Pharmaceuticals Inc led to significant improvement in signs of a rare liver disease that primarily affects middle-aged women, likely reducing the risk of need for liver transplant and of death, according to results of a late-stage clinical trial presented on Saturday.

Intercept's liver disease drug proves highly effective in study

By Bill Berkrot (Reuters) - A drug being developed by Intercept Pharmaceuticals Inc led to significant improvement in signs of a rare liver disease that primarily affects middle-aged women, likely reducing the risk of need for liver transplant and of death, according to results of a late-stage clinical trial presented on Saturday.

Kate goes fact-finding on hospice care in New Zealand

The Duchess of Cambridge carried out her first solo engagement Saturday on her New Zealand tour for a fact-finding visit to a children's hospice where she told the curious youngsters that even royals have to eat all their vegetables. The Duchess of Cambridge carried out her first solo engagement Saturday on her New Zealand tour leaving husband Prince William and baby Prince George for a fact-finding mission to a children's hospice. Catherine was welcomed by more than 40 children and their families at the Rainbow Place hospice in the North Island city of Hamilton.

Alberta government spending more on mental health programs for children

EDMONTON - The Alberta government is providing more money for mental health programs for kids. The government says it includes after school supports, wellness education, as well as new residential mental health services for young people in the Calgary and Edmonton regions. Health Minister Fred Horne made the announcement Friday at a southwest Edmonton high school, saying the move would get access to families more quickly.

China and India face huge cancer burden

China and India are facing a cancer crisis, with smoking, belated diagnosis and unequal access to treatment all causing large-scale problems, experts said on Friday. In a major report, published in The Lancet Oncology, more than 40 specialists warn that Asia's big two emerging giants are facing huge economic and human costs from the disease. In China, cancer now accounts for one in every five deaths, ranking second only to cardiovascular disease as the most common cause of mortality, according to the study.

Polio spread in Cameroon - which borders troubled CAR - a concern: WHO expert

The Canadian official who heads the WHO's polio eradication effort says of the many challenges facing the quarter-century-old program, evidence of polio in Cameroon — which borders on the troubled Central African Republic — is currently one of the most concerning. The polio eradication campaign has faced a number of significant setbacks in the past year or so, with outbreaks in the Horn of Africa — Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia — as well as war-torn Syria.
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