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Heart drug launch could be 'most exciting ever', says Novartis

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BARCELONA - The expected launch of Novartis's new heart failure drug next year promises to be the company's most exciting ever and profit margins on the medicine will be good, its head of pharmaceuticals said on Sunday.

Swedish hospital investigating possible case of Ebola: media

STOCKHOLM - A hospital in the Swedish capital is investigating a possible case of Ebola, Swedish media reported on Sunday.

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Celebration in Liberia slum as Ebola quarantine lifted

MONROVIA/CONAKRY - Crowds sang and danced in the streets of a seaside neighborhood in Liberia on Saturday as the government lifted quarantine measures designed to contain the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.

31 Aug 2014

Study raises concerns over Servier, Amgen heart drug

BARCELONA - A major clinical study has raised concerns about a drug from private French company Servier that helps lower the heart rate and which was licensed to U.S. group Amgen last year.

31 Aug 2014

Clockwork heart pacemaker does away with batteries

BARCELONA - Swiss engineers, famous for making the world's finest watches, are turning their hands to cardiology with a prototype battery-less pacemaker based on a self-winding wristwatch.

31 Aug 2014

Early data suggest Sanofi, Regeneron drug may halve heart risk

BARCELONA - An experimental cholesterol-lowering drug from Sanofi and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals roughly halved the number of heart attacks and strokes in a clinical trial, researchers reported on Sunday.

31 Aug 2014

WFP says it needs $70 million to feed 1.3 million people in Ebola quarantine

DAKAR - The World Food Programme needs to raise $70 million to feed 1.3 million people at risk from shortages in Ebola-quarantined areas in West Africa, with the agency's resources already stretched by several major humanitarian crises, its regional director said.

30 Aug 2014

Liberia adds new Ebola centers as tries to contain virus outbreak

DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Liberia is building five new Ebola treatment centers each with capacity for 100 beds as it struggles to contain the spread of world’s biggest outbreak of the deadly disease, government and health officials said on Saturday.

30 Aug 2014

Boston Scientific nerve device no help in heart failure study

BARCELONA - A Boston Scientific device that stimulates the vagus nerve – a superhighway connecting the brain to the rest of the body - failed to help patients with heart failure in a mid-stage clinical trial.

30 Aug 2014

Ebola outbreak reaches Senegal, riots break out in Guinea

DAKAR/CONAKRY - The West African state of Senegal became the fifth country to be hit by the world's worst Ebola outbreak on Friday, while riots broke out in neighboring Guinea's remote southeast where infection rates are rising fast. | Video

30 Aug 2014
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Reema Abbasi and a glimpse of Pakistan’s Hindu past

“Historic Temples in Pakistan: A Call to Conscience” is a book-length attempt to record in pictures the history of an Islamic country’s Hindu past, especially as extremist activity mounts against Pakistan's religious and ethnic minorities, including Ahmadis, Christians, Sikhs and Shia Muslims.

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