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Goats and Soda
12:49 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Dog Gummit, The World Can Wipe Out Rabies

Boys show off their four-legged friends at a rabies vaccination drive set up by the Serengeti Health Initiative in the Bariadi District of Tanzania.
Anna Czupryna Courtesy of Serengeti Health Initiative

The word "rabies" may draw faint memories of Old Yeller or Cujo. Thanks to an effective vaccine for dogs, the deadly virus has been nearly eliminated in U.S.

But rabies is still a problem in many parts of Africa and Asia. The virus kills more than 69,000 people each year, many of them children.

Now scientists say that doesn't need to be the case.

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Shots - Health News
11:43 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Putting Caffeine In Your Underwear Won't Make You Slimmer, Alas

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Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 12:32 pm

I love caffeine. I would love to trim my derriere. Combining the two seems like such an obvious win. Evidently some manufacturers of women's undergarments thought so, too. And now they're $1.5 million poorer.

The Federal Trade Commission has ordered two companies, Norm Thompson Outfitters Inc. and Wacoal America, to stop marketing shapewear infused with caffeine. The firms claimed that the amped-up underwear would cause fat loss and a reduction in body size.

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Shots - Health News
11:32 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Database Flaws Cloud Sunshine On Industry Payments To Doctors

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 1:16 pm

The government's release of a trove of data Tuesday detailing drug and device companies' payments to doctors has been widely hailed as a milestone for transparency. Once posted, the information will let patients see if their physicians receive money from any of the companies whose products they prescribe.

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Goats and Soda
5:06 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Tests Of New Ebola Drugs Could Take Place As Early As November

Some potential new Ebola drugs will be tested at treatment centers like this one run by Doctors Without Borders near Monrovia.
John Moore Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 1:00 pm

Health officials are gearing up to test drugs and vaccines against Ebola in West Africa, and they hope to start within two months. That's an ambitious timeline for a process that often takes years. The challenge is to move forward as quickly as possible while minimizing the risks that come with unproven drugs and vaccines.

Right now there are no proven medications. But researchers have been working methodically for years on vaccines that could protect people from the Ebola virus — and drugs that could treat the sick.

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Goats and Soda
5:06 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Martha Zarway Of Monrovia: 'I'm A Doctor, So We Can't Run Away'

Liberian physician Martha Zarway continues work in a temporary clinic while her original facility is disinfected.
Tommy Trenchard for NPR

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 1:00 pm

As U.S. troops begin arriving in Liberia to help contain the regional spread of Ebola, a physician in the capital is grappling with the virus upfront.

Dr. Martha Zarway's life turned upside down when one of her clinic staff members — a friend — died on Sept. 2 amid rumors that the cause of death was Ebola.

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