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More Than 100 People Quarantined After Sierra Leone Ebola Death

Sierra Leone not free of EbolaMore than 100 people have been quarantined in Sierra Leone after coming in contact with a woman who died of Ebola last week, highlighting the potential for the disease to spread, just as the deadliest outbreak on record appeared to be over.

The World Health Organization (WHO) last week declared that "all known chains of transmission have been stopped in West Africa" after Liberia joined Sierra Leone and Guinea in going six weeks with no reported new cases of Ebola. At the same time, it warned of possible flare-ups as survivors can carry the virus for months.


Why The U.S. Government Is Advising Pregnant Women Not To Travel To Latin America

Pregnancy danger in Latin AmericaPregnant women should postpone travel to over a dozen Latin American and Caribbean countries — and Puerto Rico — according to federal health officials fearing elevated risk of serious birth defects.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued a “Level-2” travel alert in 14 countries and territories in the Western Hemisphere due to the startling spread of the Zika virus. Pregnant women, or women considering becoming pregnant, should exercise “enhanced precautions” when traveling to places where virus transmission is ongoing: Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Suriname, Venezuela, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.


Big tobacco dealt major defeat in court

Menthol cigs to remain regulatedThe nation’s second most powerful court dealt a blow to big tobacco Friday, siding with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the battle over regulating menthol cigarettes.

Tobacco companies challenged a FDA advisory report that says there is evidence to suggest that menthol makes cigarettes more addicting. The report will be used to draft new rules for products that contain the ingredient.


'Serious accident' at clinical trial in France leaves one 'brain-dead' and five hospitalised

Botched clinical trial in FranceA "serious accident" in a French clinical test has left one person "brain dead" and three with "permanent" brain damage, the country's health minister has confirmed.

The test concerned a "cannabis-based painkiller"

Health Minister Marisol Touraine has said the test subjects were taking an oral medication during a trial in Rennes.


Oregon greenlights pharmacist-prescribed birth control

oregon greenlights pharmacy birth controlPharmacists in Oregon are now permitted to prescribe birth control pills to qualifying women as part of a wave of new state laws for 2016.  Oregon is the first U.S. state to put such a law into effect, with California reportedly looking to follow suit.

A doctor's approval is no longer needed for a supply of pills, although experts urge women not to overlook preventative health care in the form of doctor visits.

"Just having birth control accessible through a pharmacist doesn't mean preventative health care isn't important," Dr. Alison Edelman, a supporter of the new law, told outlet KOIN.


Edibles Pulled in Biggest Pot Recall Yet

pot recallThe city of Denver issued its largest-yet recall of marijuana products on Wednesday afternoon, involving nearly 100,000 packages of cannabis-infused edibles.

Edibles company Mountain High Suckers voluntarily recalled 99,574 packages of its suckers, lozenges and powdered candy over concerns about potentially dangerous pesticide on Wednesday. The recall was Mountain High Suckers’ first, affecting edibles that were made with source material the company had purchased from cultivation facilities Western Remedies and Rocky Mountain Farmacy.


The Same Pill That Costs $1,000 in America Sells for $4 in India

SofosbuvirOutsiders don’t want their daughters to marry any local boys, according to the village elders swapping stories in a tailor’s shop behind the Sikh temple, because most residents are infected with black jaundice.

That’s what they call hepatitis C, which is so common in parts of India’s Punjab state that the tailor-shop gossips might not be off base in their estimate. But prevalence could be something of an advantage these days. Drugmakers have made the village of Lande Rode one of the theaters in a battle to grab market share for sofosbuvir, a miracle cure that Gilead Sciences Inc. sells in the U.S. as Sovaldi at a retail price of $1,000 a pill.


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