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World 28 Apr 2008 | 12:00 AM

China steps up monitoring of deadly virus outbreak

BEIJING (Reuters) - An eastern Chinese province has introduced a daily reporting system to monitor the spread of a virus that has killed 19 children and spread panic among residents, Xinhua news agency reported on Monday.

World 23 Apr 2008 | 12:00 AM

Novartis says cutting prices on malaria drug

ZURICH (Reuters) - Switzerland's Novartis AG is cutting prices for its malaria drug Coartem by a fifth to improve access to treatment, especially in Africa, it said on Wednesday.

World 22 Apr 2008 | 12:00 AM

U.S. says Indonesia stalling in talks on U.S. lab

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Talks between Indonesia and the United States over the future of a U.S. naval medical lab have become entangled in an international dispute over how to share crucial bird flu samples, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt said on Monday.

World 18 Apr 2008 | 12:00 AM

Experimental U.S. bird flu vaccine uses cold virus

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An experimental bird flu vaccine that uses a common cold virus and bits of DNA from the H5N1 virus appears to stimulate an immune response in mice, U.S. researchers said on Thursday.

Health 16 Apr 2008 | 12:00 AM

Hib affects only humans

Vaccination can eliminate invasive Hib infections that cause pneumonia and meningitis.

World 16 Apr 2008 | 12:00 AM

Small company gets U.S. go-ahead on bird flu patch

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A small biotechnology company trying to develop needle-free vaccines won a boost to its efforts on Tuesday with U.S. government approval to test a bird flu skin patch on more people.

The Doctor Says 16 Apr 2008 | 12:00 AM

Hib affects only humans

Vaccination can eliminate invasive Hib infections that cause pneumonia and meningitis.

Fitness 16 Apr 2008 | 12:00 AM

Hib affects only humans

Vaccination can eliminate invasive Hib infections that cause pneumonia and meningitis.

World 08 Apr 2008 | 12:00 AM

Chinese son likely gave bird flu to father - report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A 24-year-old Chinese man who died of bird flu in December passed the virus directly to his father in a rare case of human-to-human transmission of the virus, doctors reported on Monday.

Business 08 Apr 2008 | 12:00 AM

Novartis pays US$11b for stake in Alcon

Novartis AG agreed to buy a 25% stake in Nestle SA's Alcon Inc for US$11bil and said it may acquire the rest to become the world's biggest maker of eye-care products.