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Group says world is losing battle against Ebola

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The international group Doctors Without Borders warned Tuesday that the world is losing the battle against Ebola and lamented that treatment centers in West Africa have been "reduced to places where people go to die alone." More>>

Preschools latest to take on green movement

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Three-year-old Clara Centola seems unconcerned by the adults around her as she works at a mini-kitchen, deciding which cloth-toy fruits and vegetables to serve her imaginary guests. There are no plastic fast-food replicas... More>>

Ill UK boy's parents freed from custody in Spain

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The British parents who took their critically ill child for treatment abroad without doctors' consent were released from custody in Spain on Tuesday after authorities in the United Kingdom dropped charges of child... More>>

Obama addresses West Africans on facts about Ebola

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President Barack Obama urged West Africans on Tuesday to wear gloves and masks when caring for Ebola patients or burying anyone who died of the disease. He also discouraged the traditional burial practice of directly... More>>

US eating habits improve a bit _ except among poor

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Americans' eating habits have improved - except among the poor, evidence of a widening wealth gap when it comes to diet. Yet even among wealthier adults, food choices remain far from ideal, a 12-year study found. More>>

Double mastectomy doesn't boost survival for most

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A big study says removing both breasts to treat cancer in just one doesn't boost survival for most women. That's compared with removing just the tumor plus radiation. More>>

Ebola takes big toll on already poor health care

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When the dreaded Ebola virus began infecting people in the Sierra Leone town of Kenema, Dr. Sheik Humarr Khan and his team were on the front lines. After stepping out of his protective suit following hours on a sweltering... More>>

Experimental Ebola drug heals all monkeys in study

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By MARILYNN MARCHIONE AP Chief Medical Writer An experimental Ebola drug healed all 18 monkeys infected with the deadly virus in a study, boosting hopes that the treatment might help fight the outbreak... More>>

Tax forms could pose challenge for HealthCare.gov

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If you got health coverage through President Barack Obama's law this year, you'll need a new form from your insurance exchange before you can file your tax return next spring. More>>

Action-packed TV might make you snack more: Study

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Could action-packed TV fare make you fat? That's the implication of a new study that found people snacked more watching fast-paced television than viewing a more leisurely-paced talk show. More>>

Parents of ill UK boy fight extradition from Spain

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The parents say they want to give their 5 year-old-boy with a brain tumor the best chance to live with a revolutionary new treatment they learned about on the Internet. Their British hospital says the boy has a 70 percent... More>>

Senegal monitors contacts of 1st Ebola patient

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Senegalese authorities on Monday were monitoring everyone who was in contact with a student infected with Ebola who crossed into the country, and who has lost three family members to the disease. More>>

Ebola in mind, US colleges screen some students

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College students from West Africa may be subject to extra health checks when they arrive to study in the United States as administrators try to insulate campuses from the worst Ebola outbreak in history. More>>

US to begin safety testing Ebola vaccine next week

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Federal researchers next week will start testing humans with an experimental vaccine to prevent the deadly Ebola virus. More>>

Scientists dig into Ebola's deadly genes for clues

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A single funeral caused many. More>>

USDA seizes more than 1,200 illegal giant snails

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The giant African snail damages buildings, destroys crops and can cause meningitis in humans. But some people still want to collect, and even eat, the slimy invaders. More>>

WHO: Senegal Ebola case 'a top priority emergency'

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The effort to contain Ebola in Senegal is "a top priority emergency," the World Health Organization said Sunday, as the government continued tracing everyone who came in contact with a Guinean student who has tested... More>>

Parents of British boy in Spain face extradition

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A critically-ill 5-year-old boy driven to Spain by his parents against doctors' advice is receiving medical treatment for a brain tumor in a Spanish hospital as his parents await extradition to Britain, police said... More>>

Liberian Ebola survivor praises experimental drug

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A Liberian health worker who recovered from Ebola after receiving an experimental drug urged the manufacturer to speed up its production and send it to Africa, while crowds celebrated in the streets Saturday after... More>>

Do-it-yourself blood pressure care can beat MDs

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"Do-it-yourself" blood pressure measurements and medicine changes work better than usual doctor-office care in some patients, a study of older adults in England found. More>>

3 ways insurers can discourage sick from enrolling

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By TOM MURPHY AP Business Writer Insurers can no longer reject customers with expensive medical conditions thanks to the health care overhaul. But consumer advocates warn that companies are still using... More>>

UN health agency urges crackdown on e-cigarettes

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Governments should have tougher rules for electronic cigarettes - banning their use indoors and putting them off limits for minors - until more evidence can be gathered about their risks, the U.N. health agency said Tuesday. More>>

UN: Ebola disease caseload could reach 20,000

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The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is accelerating and could grow six times larger to infect as many as 20,000 people, the World Health Organization said Thursday. The U.N. health agency unveiled a new road map for... More>>

Shades of Pigpen: We travel with our own germs

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Sorry, clean freaks. No matter how well you scrub your home, it's covered in bacteria from your own body. And if you pack up and move, new research shows, you'll rapidly transfer your unique microbial fingerprint... More>>

UN scientist with Ebola in Germany for treatment

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A scientist who was infected with Ebola while working for the World Health Organization in Sierra Leone began receiving treatment Wednesday in a Hamburg hospital after being flown overnight to Germany. More>>

Heart group: E-cigarettes might help smokers quit

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By MARILYNN MARCHIONE AP Chief Medical Writer The American Heart Association's first policy statement on electronic cigarettes backs them as a last resort to help smokers quit. The American Cancer... More>>

Pediatricians' Rx for schools: Later start times

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Pediatricians have a new prescription for schools: later start times for teens. More>>

Poll: Parents uncomfortable with youth football

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By KURT VOIGT AP Sports Writer Parents are worried about their children playing football, but most haven't decided to keep their kids from putting on a helmet and stepping onto the field. More>>

NFL, FIFA join forces to evaluate concussions

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Medical officials from the NFL, FIFA and other sports organizations are banding together to look into better ways to identify, manage and treat concussions. More>>

Sweeping lawsuit targets soccer concussions

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Soccer joined the growing legal debate over head injuries Wednesday after FIFA and some of the sport's governing bodies in the United States were made the target of a lawsuit seeking new safety rules. More>>

IG: Shoddy care by VA didn't cause Phoenix deaths

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Government investigators found no proof that delays in care caused veterans to die at a Phoenix VA hospital, but they found widespread problems that the Veterans Affairs Department is promising to fix. More>>

US official warns Ebola outbreak will get worse

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A third top doctor has died from Ebola in Sierra Leone, a government official said Wednesday, as a leading American health official warned that the outbreak sweeping West Africa would get worse. More>>

Ebola has 'upper hand' says US health official

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Ebola still has the "upper hand" in the outbreak that has killed more than 1,400 people in West Africa, but experts have the means to stop it, a top American health official said during a visit to the hardest-hit countries. More>>

Health-care fears loom large in gay marriage cases

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When Niki Quasney felt a piercing pain in her ribcage in March, the oncologist treating her advanced ovarian cancer told her to get to an emergency room immediately. More>>

Correction: Ebola story

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In a story Aug. 22 about Ebola, The Associated Press erroneously reported that Nigeria's total of confirmed infections was 16. In fact, the number of Ebola cases confirmed by the WHO was 12. More>>

CDC director to visit Ebola outbreak countries

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A top U.S. health official plans to travel to West Africa to see firsthand how the Ebola outbreak is unfolding. More>>

New Obama birth control fixes for religious groups

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Seeking to quell a politically charged controversy, the Obama administration announced new measures Friday to allow religious nonprofits and some companies to opt out of paying for birth control for female employees while... More>>

VA says no proof delays in care caused vets to die

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The Department of Veterans Affairs says investigators have found no proof that delays in care caused any deaths at a VA hospital in Phoenix, deflating an explosive allegation that helped expose a troubled health care... More>>

Liberia: Doctor given experimental Ebola drug dies

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A Liberian doctor who received one of the last known doses of an experimental Ebola drug has died, officials said Monday. Separately, Canada said it has yet to send out an untested vaccine that the government is donating. More>>

American Ebola doc urges help fighting outbreak

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As one of few Ebola survivors with medical expertise, Dr. Kent Brantly seems keenly aware of the position his painful experience has put him in. He hasn't spoken yet about his plans, but spent much of his first public... More>>

Dentist at center of hepatitis scare cedes license

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An Oklahoma oral surgeon whose filthy clinic conditions led to the testing of thousands of patients for HIV and hepatitis permanently surrendered his professional license on Friday. More>>

Study: Combining vaccines boosts polio immunity

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New research suggests a one-two punch could help battle polio in some of the world's most remote and strife-torn regions: Giving a single vaccine shot to children who've already swallowed drops of an oral polio... More>>

Ebola: Care and recovery of 2 American aid workers

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Two American aid workers have recovered from Ebola and left an Atlanta hospital, after weeks of intensive treatment in a special isolation unit. More>>

Official: British Ebola patient to be evacuated

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The first British citizen confirmed to be infected with the deadly Ebola disease is being evacuated from Sierra Leone on a jet sent by the Royal Air Force, a Sierra Leone official said Sunday. More>>

Democrats reframe debate on health care

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President Barack Obama's unpopular health care law is losing some of its political punch as vulnerable Democrats see it as less of an election-year minus and Republicans increasingly talk about fixing it instead of... More>>

US diplomats barred from ice bucket challenge

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The charity stunt has lured athletes, celebrities, politicians and rock stars and gone viral on the Internet, but don't look for U.S. diplomats to get in on the fun. More>>

Sierra Leone makes hiding Ebola patients illegal

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Sierra Leone has passed a new law imposing possible jail time for anyone caught hiding an Ebola patient - a common practice that the World Health Organization believes has contributed to a major underestimation of the... More>>

New restrictions on hydrocodone to take effect

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The federal government is finalizing new restrictions on hundreds of medicines containing hydrocodone, the highly addictive painkiller that has grown into the most widely prescribed drug in the U.S. More>>

Livestrong $50M gift biggest since Armstrong exit

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Lance Armstrong's former charity made the largest investment in its history Tuesday by giving $50 million to the University of Texas, marking the group's biggest splash since severing ties with the disgraced... More>>

Drug for Ebola-like virus promising in ill monkeys

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An experimental drug saved monkeys from a virus closely related to Ebola even after symptoms began, Texas researchers reported Wednesday. A drug that targets Ebola in the same way is under development, and the study raises... More>>

American Ebola doc: 'I am thrilled to be alive'

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Calling it a "miraculous day," an American doctor infected with Ebola left his isolation unit and warmly hugged his doctors and nurses on Thursday, showing the world that he poses no public health threat one month after... More>>

Pryor's 'Obamacare' ad highlights his cancer fight

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U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor reached into his own medical history Tuesday to explain his vote on the nation's new health care law, telling Arkansans his battle with a rare cancer 18 years ago influenced him. More>>

Audit: 'Obamacare' tax not meeting revenue target

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An "Obamacare" tax on medical devices is falling short of its revenue target because thousands of companies aren't paying it, according to a government audit released Tuesday. More>>

Disabilities in kids rise; not physical problems

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Disabilities among U.S. children have increased slightly, with a bigger rise in mental and developmental problems in those from wealthier families, a 10-year analysis found. More>>

US won't reveal records on health website security

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After promising not to withhold government information over "speculative or abstract fears," the Obama administration has concluded it will not publicly disclose federal records that could shed light on the security of the... More>>

Liberian slums barricaded as Ebola sets new record

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Riot police and soldiers acting on their president's orders used scrap wood and barbed wire to seal off 50,000 people inside their Liberian slum Wednesday, trying to contain the Ebola outbreak that has killed 1,350... More>>

UN urges exit screening for Ebola at some airports

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Ebola-affected countries should immediately begin exit screening all passengers leaving international airports, sea ports and major ground crossings, the U.N. health agency said on Monday. More>>

WHO: West Africa Ebola death toll rises to 1,350

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The World Health Organization says the death toll from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is now at least 1,350 people. More>>

UN undertakes polio vaccination campaign in Iraq

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The United Nations said Monday it was undertaking a mass polio vaccination campaign in Iraq, hoping to reach millions of children as the highly contagious virus crosses from Syria into neighboring countries. More>>

Missionary visits Ebola-stricken wife in hospital

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An American missionary has been released from quarantine and has visited his wife, who is being treated for the deadly Ebola virus. More>>

Nigerian woman suspected of Ebola dies in UAE

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The national airline of the United Arab Emirates said Monday it has disinfected one of its planes after health authorities there announced that a Nigerian woman who died after flying in to the capital, Abu Dhabi, may have... More>>

Ebola health workers battle death, heat, rumors

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Doctors and nurses fighting Ebola in West Africa are working 14-hour days, seven days a week, wearing head-to-toe gear in the heat of muddy clinics. Agonizing death is the norm. The hellish conditions aren't the only... More>>

Liberia president declares Ebola curfew

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Liberia's president declared a curfew and ordered security forces to quarantine a slum home to at least 50,000 people late Tuesday as the West African country battled to stop the spread of Ebola in the capital. More>>

Camps take cystic fibrosis patients surfing Video included

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For three of Rob and Paulette Montelone's five kids, spending the summer surfing is more than just a fun activity. It could also extend their lives. More>>

Report: CDC scientist kept quiet about flu blunder

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A government scientist kept silent about a potentially dangerous lab blunder and revealed it only after workers in another lab noticed something fishy, according to an internal investigation. More>>

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