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Prepackaged Caramel Apples Linked to Four Deaths

December 22, 2014 8:47 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Caramel apples are most popular around Halloween, and the outbreak started just before then, in mid-October. But the commercially produced variety can have a shelf life of a month or more, and some may still be on store shelves.    

Cases of Most Common STD Falls for First Time in 30 Years

December 17, 2014 8:40 am | by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

For the first time in three decades, the nation's most common sexually transmitted disease is a...

Flu Vaccine May Be Less Effective this Winter

December 4, 2014 10:49 am | by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Health officials are telling doctors that the flu vaccine may not be very effective this winter...

CDC: Circumcision Benefits Outweigh Risks

December 2, 2014 4:11 pm | by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

U.S. health officials on Tuesday released a draft of long-awaited federal guidelines on...

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Plague Outbreak Kills 40 People in Madagascar

November 25, 2014 8:05 am | by LYNSEY CHUTEL, Associated Press | News | Comments

WHO said a national task force has been set up to manage the outbreak, with the cost of the project reaching $200,000. The international health organization said it is working with the Red Cross and Madagascan health authorities to control the disease.

US Looking Past Ebola to Prepare for Next Outbreak

November 24, 2014 8:50 am | by LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The next Ebola or the next SARS. Maybe even the next HIV. Even before the Ebola epidemic in West Africa is brought under control, public health officials are girding for the next health disaster.         

Officials Downplay Debates Over Ebola Aid Response

November 21, 2014 7:58 am | by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer; MARIA CHENG, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

U.S. officials acknowledged disagreements over coordinating the international response to the Ebola epidemic in Liberia, but they say most issues are being worked out and the overall fight against the disease there seems to be succeeding.  

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CDC Chief Drops Worst-Case Ebola Estimate

November 19, 2014 3:10 pm | by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The government's worst-case scenario forecast for the Ebola epidemic in West Africa won't happen, a U.S. health official said Wednesday. In September, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated the number of people sickened by the Ebola virus could explode to as many as 1.4 million by mid-January without more help.

CDC: Lazy Contact Lens Use Main Cause of Eye Infections

November 13, 2014 2:28 pm | by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The reports estimates that there are nearly 1 million patient visits to doctor's offices, clinics and hospitals for treatment of an infection of the cornea called keratitis. Most cases are mild irritations or redness, but a very small number are severe and can lead to blindness.

Scientists Try to Predict Number of US Ebola Cases

November 2, 2014 5:41 pm | by MARTHA MENDOZA, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Top medical experts studying the spread of Ebola say the public should expect more cases to emerge in the United States by year's end as infected people arrive here from West Africa, including American doctors and nurses returning from the hot zone and people fleeing from the deadly disease.

Fearing Ebola? Doctors Say Get a Flu Shot

October 30, 2014 3:10 pm | by LINDSEY TANNER, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Fever? Headache? Muscle aches? Forget about Ebola — chances are astronomically higher that you have the flu or some other common bug. That message still hasn't reached many Americans, judging from stories ER doctors and nurses swapped this week at a Chicago medical conference.

US Health Care Unprepared for Ebola

October 29, 2014 2:00 pm | by JEFF DONN, Associated Press; GARANCE BURKE, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. health care apparatus is so unprepared and short on resources to deal with the deadly Ebola virus that even small clusters of cases could overwhelm parts of the system, according to an Associated Press review of readiness at hospitals and other components of the emergency medical network.

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CDC: New Restrictions for Those at High Ebola Risk

October 28, 2014 8:45 am | by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

U.S. health officials are recommending that people who are at highest risk for coming down with Ebola avoid commercial travel or attending large public gatherings, even if they have no symptoms. The CDC issued the updated advice to state and local officials on Monday.

Feds vs. States: Who Decides on Ebola Quarantines

October 28, 2014 8:41 am | by JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

For Americans wondering why President Barack Obama hasn't forced all states to follow a single, national rule for isolating potential Ebola patients, the White House has a quick retort: Talk to the Founding Fathers.      

CDC Details New Ebola Response and Prep Teams

October 23, 2014 2:11 pm | by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

New federal Ebola response squads — likened to public health SWAT teams — are being readied to rush to any U.S. city where a new Ebola case might be identified, officials say.             

Poll: Many Doubt Hospitals Can Handle Ebola

October 23, 2014 8:19 am | by LAURAN NEERGAARD, Associated Press; EMILY SWANSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

Most Americans have some confidence that the U.S. health care system will prevent Ebola from spreading in this country, but they're not so sure their local hospital can safely handle a patient, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll.   

US to Track Everyone Coming from Ebola Nations

October 22, 2014 2:04 pm | by CONNIE CASS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Stepping up their vigilance against Ebola, federal authorities said Wednesday that everyone traveling into the U.S. from Ebola-stricken nations will be monitored for symptoms for 21 days. That includes returning American aid workers, federal health employees and journalists, as well as West African travelers.

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Ebola Airport Checks Expand; Nurses Get Training

October 22, 2014 8:02 am | by CONNIE CASS, Associated Press; ALICIA A. CALDWELL, Associated Press | News | Comments

The federal government is closing a gap in Ebola screening at airports while states from New York to Texas to California work to get hospitals and nurses ready in case another patient turns up somewhere in the U.S. with the deadly disease.   

CDC Releases Revised Ebola Gear Guidelines

October 21, 2014 8:07 am | by MIKE STOBBE, Associated Press; EMILY SCHMALL, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal officials are going on the road with new guidelines to promote head-to-toe protection for health workers treating Ebola patients. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials will be demonstrating the recommended techniques Tuesday at a massive training at New York City's Javits Center, with an expected attendance of thousands.

Ebola Lapses Persisted for Days at Dallas Hospital

October 20, 2014 8:31 am | by MATT SEDENSKY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Just minutes after Thomas Eric Duncan arrived for a second time at the emergency room, the word is on his chart: "Ebola." But despite all the warnings that the deadly virus could arrive unannounced at an American hospital, for days after the admission, his caregivers are vulnerable.

Clinics Recommend Hospitals for Ebola Testing

October 20, 2014 8:14 am | by JULIE WATSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

When a Dallas County sheriff's deputy who had entered the apartment of the first patient to die from Ebola in the U.S. started feeling ill himself, he didn't rush to the nearest hospital. He chose an urgent care clinic.     

Nurses Infected With Ebola Being Treated With Experimental Drugs

October 17, 2014 8:26 am | Videos | Comments

Both Dallas nurses infected while treating an Ebola patient have been flown to better equipped facilities.                        

Obama Weighs Ebola Czar; Texas Toughens Monitoring

October 17, 2014 8:06 am | News | Comments

Facing renewed criticism about the U.S. response to Ebola, President Barack Obama is conceding that it may make sense to have a single person lead the administration's effort. But he says imposing a travel ban from disease-ravaged West Africa, as Republicans have demanded, would be counterproductive.

Existing Protocols Might Not Be Enough for Ebola

October 16, 2014 8:31 am | by MARTHA MENDOZA, AP National Writer | News | Comments

As Thomas Eric Duncan's health deteriorated, nurses Amber Joy Vinson and Nina Pham were at the Ebola patient's side. They wore protective gear including face shields, hazardous materials suits and protective footwear as they inserted catheters, drew blood and dealt with his body fluids. Still, the two somehow contracted Ebola from the dying man.

US Steps Up Domestic Response to Ebola Crisis

October 16, 2014 8:24 am | by JIM KUHNHENN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The federal government is ramping up its response to the Ebola crisis after a second Dallas nurse became ill and it was disclosed that she had been cleared to fly a day before her diagnosis.          

CDC Develops Faster Test for Enterovirus D68

October 15, 2014 8:34 am | Videos | Comments

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has implemented a faster lab test to detect enterovirus D68, which will take days instead of weeks.                  

Second Person in Texas Tests Positive for Ebola

October 15, 2014 8:02 am | by EMILY SCHMALL, Associated Press; NOMAAN MERCHANT, Associated Press | News | Comments

A second health care worker at a Dallas hospital who provided care for the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the U.S. has tested positive for the disease, the Texas Department of State Health Services said Wednesday.      

CDC: 76 Texas Health Care Workers Monitored for Ebola

October 14, 2014 3:59 pm | News | Comments

Officials say they are actively monitoring 76 hospital workers in Dallas who may have had contact with Thomas Eric Duncan or his blood when he was being treated for Ebola.             

CDC Urges All US Hospitals to 'Think Ebola'

October 14, 2014 8:32 am | by CONNIE CASS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Every hospital must know how to diagnose Ebola in people who have been in West Africa and be ready to isolate a suspected case, Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Monday.      

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