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Ebola survivor: No time to waste as Obama ups aid

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An American doctor who survived Ebola said there's no time to waste as President Barack Obama outlined his plan to ramp up the U.S. response to the epidemic in West Africa. More>>

Australia promises $6.4 million to fight Ebola

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Australia announced on Wednesday it will immediately provide an additional 7 million Australian dollars ($6.4 million) to help the international response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. More>>

Hospitals struggled during Sandy, report says

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When Superstorm Sandy slammed into the Northeast nearly two years ago, hospitals found themselves dealing with surges in patients, lost power supplies and employees who couldn't get to work - problems that a new... More>>

Concerns raised over 'Obamacare' abortion coverage

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A nonpartisan congressional agency is raising new questions about compliance with a key compromise on abortion that allowed the federal health care law to pass in 2010. More>>

Doctor pleads guilty to cancer treatment fraud

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A Detroit-area cancer doctor accused of putting people through unnecessary treatments and then billing insurers for millions of dollars pleaded guilty to fraud Tuesday, admitting that he knew his patients often didn't... More>>

Obama's Ebola response: Is it enough and in time?

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President Barack Obama declared Tuesday that the Ebola epidemic in West Africa could threaten security around the world, and he ordered 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the region in emergency aid muscle for a crisis... More>>

Probe: HealthCare.gov website must boost security

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HealthCare.gov, the health insurance website serving more than 5 million Americans, has significant security flaws that put users' personal information at risk, nonpartisan congressional investigators have concluded. More>>

Landmark fracking study finds no water pollution

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The final report from a landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, found no evidence that chemicals or brine water from the gas drilling process moved upward to contaminate drinking water at a site in... More>>

Severe respiratory illness confirmed in 12 states

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Health officials say 12 states now have respiratory illnesses caused by an uncommon virus - enterovirus 68. More>>

UN: Nearly $1 billion needed now to stop Ebola

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The number of Ebola cases could start doubling every three weeks in West Africa, the World Health Organization said Tuesday, warning that the outbreak will cost nearly $1 billion to contain so it does not turn into a... More>>

Belgium grants jailed rapist, murderer euthanasia

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A Belgian man convicted of murder and rape is being put to death. Yet the country doesn't have the death penalty. Confused? Authorities have granted a request for assisted suicide by the man, who says he's a menace... More>>

CDC study: Americans' bellies are expanding fast

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The number of American men and women with big-bellied, apple-shaped figures - the most dangerous kind of obesity - has climbed at a startling rate over the past decade, according to a government study. More>>

Tracing the rise of Ebola in West Africa

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Since the Ebola outbreak first emerged in West Africa, The Associated Press has been reporting on it. A timeline compiled from AP dispatches since March shows the dreaded disease being identified in a remote part of Guinea... More>>

Gilead to license generic version of Sovaldi

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By TOM MURPHY AP Business Writer Gilead Sciences has reached a deal with several generic drugmakers to produce a cheaper version of its popular, $1,000-per-pill hepatitis C drug Sovaldi for use in... More>>

A look at US response to Ebola crisis

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A look at some of the initiatives President Barack Obama is announcing to ramp up the U.S. response to West Africa's Ebola crisis: More>>

US to assign 3,000 from US military to fight Ebola

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The Obama administration is ramping up its response to West Africa's Ebola crisis, preparing to assign 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the afflicted region to supply medical and logistical support to overwhelmed local... More>>

More children live to age 5, work still to be done

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More of the world's children are surviving to their fifth birthday, but 6.3 million still died last year, mostly from preventable causes, the U.N. children's agency said Tuesday. More>>

Kids' poisonings linked to anti-addiction medicine

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An anti-addiction drug used to fight the nation's heroin and painkiller abuse epidemics poses a threat to young children who accidentally swallow relatives' prescriptions, a federal study says. Some children have... More>>

Venezuela's newest shortage: breast implants

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Venezuela's chronic shortages have begun to encroach on a cultural cornerstone: the boob job. More>>

New questions over abortion coverage in health law

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A nonpartisan congressional agency is raising new questions about compliance with a key compromise on abortion that allowed the federal health care law to pass in 2010. More>>

Smoking rates on the rise in New York City

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For the first time in years, more than 1 million New Yorkers are smoking, according to data released Monday, marking a disturbing rise of tobacco use in the city that pioneered a number of anti-smoking initiatives that... More>>

APNewsBreak: NY bid to halt Alzheimer's drug swap

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New York's attorney general filed a federal lawsuit Monday seeking to stop a manufacturer from discontinuing its drug widely used to treat Alzheimer's patients, arguing the company is illegally driving patients to... More>>

Obama to visit Atlanta health center to talk Ebola

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President Barack Obama will travel next week to Atlanta to address the Ebola crisis during a visit to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the White House said Friday. More>>

Rampant Ebola fear takes toll on Africa tourism

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Ebola is thousands of miles away from Kenya's pristine Indian Ocean beaches, but the deadly disease appears to be discouraging tourism there and elsewhere in this vast continent. More>>

Ebola patient in Nebraska bored in isolation room

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Nebraska doctors treating an American aid worker battling Ebola say that as he improves, he's getting bored in his isolation room. More>>

Some consumers risk losing health law tax credits

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Thousands of consumers risk losing financial aid for health care premiums under President Barack Obama's law unless they clear up lingering questions about their incomes, administration officials said Monday. More>>

Sierra Leone: WHO too slow to help doc with Ebola

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Sierra Leone accused the World Health Organization on Monday of being "sluggish" in facilitating an evacuation of a doctor who died from Ebola before she could be sent out of the country for medical care. More>>

4th doctor dies of Ebola in Sierra Leone

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Sierra Leone has lost a fourth doctor to Ebola after a failed effort to transfer her abroad for medical treatment, a government official said Sunday, a huge setback to the impoverished country that is battling the virulent... More>>

Cuba sending dozens of doctors to fight Ebola

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Cuba's health ministry said Friday it is sending more than 160 health workers to help stop the raging Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, providing a much-needed injection of medical expertise in a country where health... More>>

Silicon Valley struggles to speak FDA's language

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From Apple's new smartwatch that tracks heartbeats to contact lenses that measure blood sugar - Silicon Valley is pouring billions into gadgets and apps designed to transform health care. But the tech giants that have... More>>

From Ebola front line: Teaching how to stay safe Video included

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He's traveled to the sites of worrisome outbreaks of SARS, bird flu, MERS. But the Ebola outbreak that's spiraled out of control in West Africa presents new challenges for even a veteran infectious disease doctor -... More>>

Seeking help after years of 9/11 survivor guilt

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The roar of a plane above Lower Manhattan. The rise of a pristine tower where ruins once smoldered. News of terrorist attacks in far-off lands. More>>

Livestrong takes hit after Armstrong confession

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The Livestrong cancer charity is reporting a sharp drop in donations and revenue after founder Lance Armstrong admitted taking performance-enhancing drugs during most of his record-setting cycling career. More>>

Texas asks court to allow closure of most clinics

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Texas asked a federal appeals court Friday to allow the state to immediately enforce a law requiring all abortion clinics to adhere to costly standards required for walk-in surgical clinics, which would close more than... More>>

Ebola patient in Omaha eating ice cream

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Officials at the Nebraska Medical Center where an American aid worker infected with Ebola is being treated say the patient is getting his appetite back. More>>

Sierra Leone requests funds for Ebola evacuation

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The World Health Organization said Saturday it could not meet a request from Sierra Leone to evacuate a doctor who contracted the deadly Ebola disease. More>>

Lawmakers to high court: Protect pregnant workers

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More than 120 members of Congress urged the Supreme Court on Thursday to recognize that pregnant workers are entitled to reasonable accommodations such as light duty, saying it's needed to ensure that expecting mothers... More>>

Missouri enacts 72-hour abortion waiting period

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Missouri women seeking abortions will face one of the nation's longest waiting periods, after state lawmakers overrode the governor's veto to enact a 72-hour delay that includes no exception for cases of rape or... More>>

Body donation programs in 3 states scrutinized

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Authorities are investigating programs in at least three states that collect bodies donated for scientific research, medical training and other purposes. More>>

Man pleads not guilty in tainted steroid case

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A pharmacist who worked for a Massachusetts company blamed for a nationwide meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people pleaded not guilty to a mail fraud charge Thursday as his lawyer said he is concerned he could be made a... More>>

Doctors: Finding source unlikely in E. coli deaths

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By JEFF BARNARD The Associated Press Investigators say they don't expect to find the specific sources of fatal strains of E. coli that killed two children in the Pacific Northwest and left a... More>>

4th Sierra Leonean doctor infected with Ebola

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Another doctor from Sierra Leone who has tested positive for Ebola will be evacuated for medical treatment, an official said Thursday, making her the first citizen of a hard-hit country to be treated abroad. More>>

FDA panel backs Novo Nordisk injection for obesity

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Federal health experts say a diabetes drug from Novo Nordisk should be approved for a new use in treating obesity. More>>

Study: Many hospitals use too many antibiotics

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Doctors in many U.S. hospitals are unnecessarily prescribing multiple antibiotics for several days when just one would do the job, a new study released Wednesday suggests. More>>

23andMe CEO navigates health regulation

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No Silicon Valley company better embodies the promise and the pitfalls of working in health care than DNA testing firm 23andMe. Launched in 2006 to a flurry of media coverage, the Mountain View, California-based company... More>>

35 deaths attributed to Ebola outbreak in Congo

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The World Health Organization says that an Ebola outbreak in Congo is thought to have killed 35 people of the more than 60 sickened. More>>

Missouri lawmakers enact 72-hour abortion wait

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Missouri lawmakers enacted one of the nation's most stringent abortion waiting periods Wednesday, overriding a veto of legislation that will require women to wait 72 hours after consulting with a doctor before ending a... More>>

Nebraska doctors: Ebola patient improving

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A Nebraska doctor treating an American who became infected with Ebola while working in Liberia says the man's condition is improving. More>>

4th US aid worker with Ebola arrives in Atlanta

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The fourth U.S. aid worker sickened with Ebola arrived in Atlanta on Tuesday, mirroring the carefully choreographed routine of the two Americans already successfully treated and released from Emory University... More>>

US gives ambulances to Sierra Leone to fight Ebola

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As the U.S. government and the United Nations both stepped up giving Wednesday to quell the Ebola epidemic sweeping through several West African countries, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced it will spend $50... More>>

Gates Foundation to spend $50M on Ebola response

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The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced Wednesday that it will spend $50 million to support emergency response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, marking the group's largest donation to a humanitarian effort. More>>

GOP bill would avert fed shutdown till Dec. 11

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Republicans controlling the House unveiled a short-term spending bill Tuesday that would keep the government open into mid-December and provide $88 million to battle the Ebola outbreak. More>>

Serious respiratory illness hits hundreds of kids

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Hundreds of children in more than 10 states have been sickened by a severe respiratory illness that public health officials say may be caused by an uncommon virus similar to the germ that causes the common cold. More>>

FBI: Air marshal attacked with syringe in Nigeria

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A U.S. air marshal was being monitored after being attacked with a syringe containing an unknown substance at a Nigerian airport, officials said Tuesday. More>>

Veterans Watchdog: VA managers lied about delays

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Managers at more than a dozen Veterans Affairs medical facilities lied to federal investigators about scheduling practices and other issues, the department's inspector general said Tuesday. More>>

Thyroid, kidney cancers up in kids but still rare

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Children's kidney and thyroid cancers have increased in recent years, and though the diseases are rare, experts wonder if the rising rates could be related to obesity. More>>

Study: Screening may benefit heavy-smoking seniors

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Some current or former heavy smokers may benefit from a new lung cancer test even if they're 65 or older - although they experience more false alarms, suggests an analysis that comes as Medicare is debating whether to... More>>

With surge in Liberia, Ebola case toll above 4,200

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A surge in Ebola infections in Liberia is driving a spiraling outbreak in West Africa that is increasingly putting health workers at risk as they struggle to treat an overwhelming number of patients. More>>

Study: Rise in ER visits after Medicaid expansion

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Many people newly insured by Medicaid under the federal health care law are seeking treatment in hospital emergency rooms, one of the most expensive medical settings, a study released Monday concludes. More>>

NY lawmakers: Reauthorize 9/11 compensation law

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Days before the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, elected officials from New York called on Congress to reauthorize federal legislation to compensate first responders who became ill working at ground zero. More>>

Parkinson's, cancer findings earn medical prizes

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Key discoveries about breast cancer, Parkinson's disease and the body's handling of defective proteins have earned prestigious medical awards for five scientists. More>>

Ebola is surging in places it had been beaten back

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Doctors Without Borders shuttered one of its Ebola treatment centers in Guinea in May. They thought the deadly virus was being contained there. More>>

4th American with Ebola to be flown to US for care

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A fourth American who contracted Ebola in West Africa was expected to arrive in the U.S. for care Tuesday and will be treated at an Atlanta hospital where two other aid workers successfully recovered from the disease, the... More>>

WHO: Liberia will see thousands of new Ebola cases

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The United States and Britain will send medical equipment and military personnel to help contain West Africa's Ebola outbreak, as the World Health Organization warned Monday that many thousands of new infections are... More>>

Missouri lawmaker challenges birth control mandate

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A Missouri lawmaker fighting required birth control coverage in his state-sponsored insurance plan is relying on the U.S. Supreme Court's recent Hobby Lobby ruling as he contests a lower court's rejection of his... More>>

British boy arrives in Prague for cancer treatment

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A British boy who caused an uproar after being taken by his parents from a U.K. hospital without doctors' consent landed in Prague on Monday to get treatment for his brain tumor. More>>

Pesticide drift is persistent problem for farmers

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The cloud of insecticide that drifted from a neighbor's corn field onto the asparagus on Andrew and Melissa Dunham's central Iowa farm cast a shadow over their organic vegetable business. More>>

Children's hospital-linked infections fall sharply

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Hospitals are becoming safer for very sick children, according to a new study that found steep declines in dangerous infections sometimes transmitted through treatments in intensive care units. More>>

FDA OKs Merck drug, 1st in new cancer drug class

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Merck & Co. on Thursday won the first U.S. approval for a new kind of cancer drug with big advantages over chemotherapy and other older cancer treatments. More>>

WHO: Use survivors' blood to treat Ebola patients

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The World Health Organization recommends that doctors should use blood from survivors to treat patients in an effort to combat the biggest-ever outbreak of Ebola. More>>

NIH finds old ricin, other forgotten germs in labs

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The National Institutes of Health said it has uncovered a nearly century-old container of ricin and a handful of other forgotten samples of dangerous pathogens as it combs its laboratories for improperly stored hazardous... More>>

White House asks for $30M for CDC's Ebola efforts

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The White House on Friday sent Congress a request for $30 million to pay for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's efforts to help contain the Ebola outbreak in western Africa. More>>

Democrats borrow a GOP idea on health care costs

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Borrowing a Republican idea, a group including former senior Obama and Clinton advisers is unveiling a novel proposal to let states take the lead in controlling health costs. More>>

Monkey study: Ebola vaccine works, needs booster

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New monkey studies show that one shot of an experimental Ebola vaccine can trigger fast protection, but the effect waned unless the animals got a booster shot made a different way. More>>

Obama warns Ebola outbreak could worsen

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President Barack Obama says helping contain the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa is a U.S. national security priority but it's going to be a long and difficult task. More>>

Could the blood of Ebola survivors help patients?

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As West Africa struggles to contain the biggest ever outbreak of Ebola, some experts say an unusual but simple treatment might help: the blood of survivors. More>>

Wife, son of Ebola patient visit Nebraska center

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A doctor who became infected with Ebola while working in Liberia visited Saturday with two of his family members at the Nebraska hospital where he's receiving treatment, a spokesman said. More>>

Study: More than 8 in 10 US homes forbid smoking

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Smoking is banned in more than eight out of 10 U.S. homes - nearly twice as many as two decades ago, according to a new government study. More>>

US doctor infected with Ebola in stable condition

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A doctor who became infected with Ebola while working in Liberia - the third American aid worker sickened with the virus - is sick but in stable condition and communicating with his caregivers at the Nebraska Medical Center. More>>

US doctor infected with Ebola in stable condition

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A doctor who became infected with Ebola while working in Liberia is sick but in stable condition and communicating with his caregivers at the Nebraska Medical Center, officials said Friday. More>>

AP Photos: HIV patients in Myanmar struggle

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Myanmar, which only recently emerged from a half-century of dictatorship and self-imposed isolation, has one of the world's worst health care systems, with tens of thousands dying each year because treatment is lacking... More>>

US to provide $75M to expand Ebola care centers

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The American aid agency announced Thursday it would donate $75 million to fund 1,000 more beds in Ebola treatment centers in Liberia and buy 130,000 more protective suits for health care workers. More>>

US doctor infected with Ebola heading to Nebraska

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A doctor who was infected with Ebola while working in Liberia is being flown to a Nebraska hospital for treatment, doctors there said Thursday. 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>>

Double mastectomy doesn't boost survival for most

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Removing both breasts to treat cancer affecting only one side doesn't boost survival chances for most women, compared with surgery that removes just the tumor, a large study suggests. The results raise concerns about... More>>

Pharmacist arrested in tainted steroid case

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A pharmacist who oversaw the sterile clean rooms at a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy responsible for a deadly meningitis outbreak was arrested Thursday as he was about to board a flight for Hong Kong, federal officials... More>>

Brazil's maternal milk banks model for globe

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Thirty years ago, poor Brazilian women were paid for their breast milk, leaving their children at risk of malnourishment. Equipment at the few milk collection centers was so costly it limited the country's ability to... 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>>

Pace of health care spending likely to speed up

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The nation's respite from troublesome health care inflation is ending, the government said Wednesday in a report that renews a crucial budget challenge for lawmakers, taxpayers, businesses and patients. 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>>

Texas abortion clinic to reopen after court ruling

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Women in South Texas facing a 200-mile drive for access to legal abortions learned Wednesday that a local clinic shuttered by a sweeping anti-abortion law would reopen, marking the first tangible effect of a court ruling... More>>

FDA: Little evidence to support testosterone drugs

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The Food and Drug Administration says there is little evidence that testosterone-boosting drugs taken by millions of American men are beneficial, though the agency is also unconvinced by studies suggesting the hormone... More>>

WHO: New Ebola fears mount in Nigeria Video included

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An ill doctor in southern Nigeria exposed dozens of people to the Ebola virus by continuing to treat patients before his death, the World Health Organization warned Wednesday as it announced the toll across West Africa had... More>>

British parents reunite with ill son at hospital

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The British parents who were pursued by police for taking their critically ill son out of a UK hospital for treatment abroad reunited with the child Wednesday after they were released from a Spanish prison. More>>

Group says world is losing battle against Ebola Video included

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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>>

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>>

Ebola takes big toll on already poor health care Video included

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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 Video included

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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>>

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