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Congo health minister resigns over government handling of Ebola

Congo's health minister, Oly Ilunga, resigned on Monday in protest at the presidency's announcement last week that it was stripping his team of control over the response to the Ebola outbreak.
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Congo health minister resigns in protest over government handling of Ebola response

Democratic Republic of Congo's health minister, Oly Ilunga, resigned on Monday in protest at the presidency's announcement last week that it would take control of the response to the Ebola outbreak instead of his team.
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U.S. recorded 25 new cases of measles last week

The United States recorded 25 new measles cases last week, bringing the total number of cases in the year to 1,148 as the country recorded its worst outbreak of the disease since 1992, federal health officials said on Monday.
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Medical News Today: New anticancer strategy 'disguises drugs as fats'

Researchers have found a way to 'disguise' anticancer drugs in order to safely deliver higher doses to tumors. This approach was successful in mouse models.
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Medical News Today: Misdiagnosis of the 'big three' results in 'serious harm'

New research finds that diagnostic errors involving cancer, infections, and vascular events often lead to death or permanent disability.
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Cannabis among top priorities for new Thai government

Developing a medical cannabis industry is among top policy priorities for Thailand's new government, according to a document released before the formal announcement.
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Medical News Today: Study introduces 'the Big Bang Theory of migraine'

A new study finds a link between migraine and signs of early puberty. The scientists suspect that estrogen plays a key role in how migraine originates.
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Trump administration pauses new rule limiting abortion referrals: report

U.S. President Donald Trump's administration will pause its enforcement of a new rule barring federally funded family planning clinics from referring women for abortions, the Washington Post reported late on Saturday.
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Medical News Today: Alzheimer's: Common gene explains why some drugs fail

A new study helps to explain why some Alzheimer’s drugs work in some people but not in others, and why some yet may succeed in animals but not in humans.
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Medical News Today: Can we blame procrastination on our genes?

New research has found a genetic difference in procrastinators, but there is a catch. The research also reveals important sex differences.
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African swine fever hits pig farm in northeast Bulgaria

Bulgaria reported on Saturday an outbreak of African swine fever at a breeding farm for pigs near the Danube city of Ruse in the north east of the Balkan country.
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Medical News Today: Computer use later in life may prevent cognitive decline

New research finds that using a computer and playing games, among other activities, can significantly reduce the risk of mild cognitive impairment.
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Medical News Today: How an omega-6 fatty acid may keep heart disease at bay

New research in mouse cells sheds light on some mechanisms that help explain how dihomo-gamma-linolenic acid, an omega-6, prevents atherosclerosis.
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Medical News Today: What to know about waking up with anxiety

A person may wake up with anxiety due to an underlying psychological condition, a chronic health issue, or a more temporary cause. Counseling and coping strategies can often help improve symptoms. Learn more about waking up with anxiety here.
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Medical News Today: What to know about walking for weight loss

Walking can help people lose weight. Setting a faster pace, using an incline, and walking multiple times per day can all help increase the amount of calories a person burns. Learn more here.
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Medical News Today: Everything you need to know about Wellbutrin for ADHD

Doctors sometimes prescribe Wellbutrin to treat ADHD if a person cannot take stimulants. Learn more about the efficacy and risks here.
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Biohaven's treatment for Lou Gehrig's disease fails to win FDA nod

Biohaven Pharmaceutical Holding Co Ltd said on Friday the U.S. health regulator failed to approve its treatment for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease, sending its shares down nearly 6% in extended trading.
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Medical News Today: How to strengthen your knee

People can do many exercises to strengthen their knees, which can relieve pain and reduce the risk of injury. These exercises include leg lifts, hamstring curls, and wall squats. Learn more about how to strengthen the knee here.
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CDC links two deaths to multi-state salmonella outbreak

Two people have died following a multi-state outbreak of salmonella infections linked to backyard poultry, U.S. health officials said on Friday.
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Some women don't heed warnings of acne drug danger during pregnancy conception

(Reuters Health) - It's long been known that the highly effective acne medication isotretinoin - marketed as Accutane and Roaccutane - is tied to the risk of severe birth defects. But even with a special program in place to prevent conception in women ...
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Medical News Today: Everything you need to know about berberine

Berberine is a naturally occurring compound in plants such as goldenseal, Oregon grape, and tree turmeric. By making changes within the body’s cells, it may help treat conditions such as high blood pressure, inflammation, and cancer. Learn more about b...
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Medical News Today: Top 3 benefits of vitamin C serum

Topical vitamin C serums may have a range of benefits, such as protecting the skin against sun damage and evening out the skin tone. Learn about the benefits and how to use vitamin C serum here.
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Medical News Today: What can cause a tingling sensation on the scalp?

A tingling sensation on the scalp, called paresthesia, can arise for many reasons, including nerve issues, anxiety, infections, hair loss, and skin irritation. Not all types of paresthesia are unpleasant. Learn more here.
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Smokers have more complications after skin cancer surgery

(Reuters Health) - Complications after skin cancer surgery may be more common in smokers and former smokers, a U.S. study suggests.
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Medical News Today: Why is my chest itchy?

Itchy skin, or pruritus, can affect the chest. In this article, learn about the possible causes of an itchy chest, which include skin conditions, kidney problems, and hormonal imbalances. Also, find out more about treatments and remedies for itchy skin.
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Medical News Today: What to know about the side effects of Elavil

Elavil is a discontinued brand of the generic drug amitriptyline. Doctors may prescribe amitriptyline to treat depression and other conditions. Learn about the side effects here.
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Pets may help older adults manage chronic pain

(Reuters Health) - People with pets may be able to use their companion animals to practice techniques for managing chronic pain without medication, researchers say.
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Medical News Today: Metabolic factors likely contribute to anorexia

A genetic study suggests that anorexia nervosa has metabolic as well as psychiatric components and opens the door to new treatments for the illness.
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Health Canada to keep importing Kaleo's epinephrine shot amid shortages

The Canadian health regulator said on Friday it would keep importing U.S.-based Kaleo Inc's epinephrine auto-injectors and expects adequate supply of the devices in the country over the coming months.
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Indoor smoking ban tied to heart attack decline in older adults

(Reuters Health) - Heart attack rates dropped among older adults in Scotland in the decade after a nationwide indoor smoking ban took effect, a new study suggests.
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Medical News Today: How a gut infection might spark Parkinson's

Scientists are still unpicking the processes involved in Parkinson's. A new study ties together bacterial infection, mitochondria, and the immune system.
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WHO says investigators conclude Ebola victim did not enter Rwanda

A Congolese woman who may have spread the deadly Ebola virus in Uganda did not go to Rwanda or the Congolese city of Goma while contagious, the World Health Organization said on Friday.
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Medical News Today: More evidence that pets benefit mental health

New research examines the fluctuations in levels of the stress hormone cortisol both before and after interacting with dogs and cats.
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Medical News Today: Bison burgers linked to E. coli outbreak

The CDC have linked a recent E. coli outbreak to infected bison meat that has affected 21 people. The manufacturers have recalled the offending products.
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Novartis's older MS drug Gilenya wins Chinese approval

Novartis's Gilenya multiple sclerosis drug has won approval in China, the Swiss drugmaker said on Friday, as the company expands further into the world's most-populous country's growing healthcare sector.
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Medical News Today: What to know about masturbating before sex

Masturbating before sex can help some people achieve arousal and reduce stress. However, there is no clear scientific proof behind the anecdotal evidence that it can help males last longer before orgasm. Learn more here.
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Medical News Today: What are the differences between naproxen and ibuprofen?

Naproxen and ibuprofen are anti-inflammatory, pain relieving drugs. This article looks at their similarities and differences, including their uses, side effects, and drug interactions.
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Trump EPA allows use of controversial pesticide

The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday said it will not ban the use of the pesticide chlorpyrifos, which has been linked to health issues in children, from use on U.S.-grown fruits and vegetables.
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Illinois to defy Trump administration's abortion referral 'gag rule'

Illinois will defy enforcement of the Trump administration's rule barring federally subsidized family planning clinics from making abortion referrals, the governor said on Thursday, vowing the state would step in to fund most of those clinics itself.
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Night shifts, long hours linked to miscarriages and preterm births

(Reuters Health) - Pregnant women who work nights or long hours may be more likely to have a miscarriage or preterm delivery than mothers with day jobs, a research review suggests.