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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...

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...

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...

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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.          

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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.      

CDC Director Compares Spread of Ebola to AIDS Pandemic

October 10, 2014 8:51 am | Videos | Comments

The CDC director's warning comes as the spread of Ebola in West Africa grows, with new cases doubling about every three weeks.                      

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Americans Living Longer as Most Death Rates Fall

October 8, 2014 8:55 am | by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Americans are living longer than ever before, according to a new government report filled mostly with good news. U.S. life expectancy inched up again and death rates fell. Rates also dropped or held steady for nearly all the leading causes of death. The one exception: The suicide rate reached its highest point in 25 years.

Ebola Training Focuses on Astronaut-Like Gear

October 8, 2014 8:25 am | by LINDSEY TANNER, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The serious-faced physicians practice pulling on bulky white suits and helmets that make them look more like astronauts than doctors preparing to fight a deadly enemy. These training sessions at U.S. hospitals on Ebola alert and for health workers heading to Africa can make the reality sink in: Learning how to safely put on and take off the medical armor is crucial.

Seven Things to Know About Respiratory Bug Plaguing Kids

October 6, 2014 8:39 am | by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The enterovirus 68 has caused serious breathing problems in many children, and now is being eyed as possible factor in at least four deaths, and muscle weakness and paralysis in children in Colorado and perhaps other states. The CDC released a report on the Colorado cluster. The investigation continues and many questions remain unresolved.

Containing Ebola: Five Things to Know

October 3, 2014 8:16 am | by LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Texas health officials have confined four people to their home, under guard, after they had close contact with an Ebola patient hospitalized in Dallas, as disease detectives work to make sure the deadly virus doesn't spread in the U.S.             

CDC: Heroin Deaths Doubled in Much of the Country

October 3, 2014 8:09 am | by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Deaths from heroin overdose doubled in just two years in much of the nation, a new government study says. Heroin overdose deaths rose from 1,779 to 3,665, doubling the death rate to 2.1 deaths per 100,000 people.       

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Shares of Companies Testing Ebola Vaccines Rise

October 1, 2014 8:17 am | News | Comments

Shares of some companies that are studying potential vaccines for Ebola climbed after federal officials announced that the first case of the disease has been diagnosed in the U.S.            

The US Ebola Case: Five Things to Know

October 1, 2014 8:01 am | by MARILYNN MARCHIONE, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

Health officials on Tuesday announced the first case of Ebola diagnosed in the United States — a man isolated in intensive care at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. Five things to know about the case:       

Child Paralysis Cases May Be Linked to Enterovirus 68

September 29, 2014 1:36 pm | Videos | Comments

Health officials are investigating whether the fast-moving respiratory disease is linked to paralysis in some children.                       

Virus Probed in Paralysis Cases in Nine Colorado Kids

September 29, 2014 10:29 am | by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday sent doctors an alert about the polio-like cases and said the germ — enterovirus 68 — was detected in four out of eight of the sick children who had a certain medical test. The status of the ninth case is unclear.

Anti-Addiction Groups Call for New FDA Chief

September 24, 2014 3:07 pm | by MATTHEW PERRONE, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

In a letter released Wednesday, more than a dozen groups ask the Obama administration's top health official to replace FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg, who has led the agency since 2009. The FDA has been under fire from public health advocates, politicians and law enforcement officials since last October, when it approved a powerful new painkiller called Zohydro against the recommendation of its own medical advisers.

Rate of Diabetes Diagnoses Slowing, Study Finds

September 24, 2014 8:38 am | Videos | Comments

CDC researchers say that the rate of people being diagnosed with diabetes has leveled off in recent years. Also, a new study says that pregnant women may not be receiving enough genetic counseling.            

CDC Tells Healthy Adults Not to Forget Flu Vaccine

September 18, 2014 3:19 pm | by LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Think the flu's only a big threat to kids and seniors? Influenza hospitalized a surprisingly high number of young and middle-aged adults last winter — and this time around the government wants more of them vaccinated.      

CDC Study: Americans' Bellies Are Expanding Fast

September 17, 2014 8:23 am | by LINDSEY TANNER, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

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.        

Rare Respiratory Virus Spreading Rapidly

September 11, 2014 9:08 am | Videos | Comments

The CDC is tracking the disease that is currently affecting twelve states.                               

Gates Foundation to Spend $50M on Ebola Response

September 10, 2014 2:49 pm | by DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Seattle-based foundation said the money will go to the United Nations, the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and international organizations involved in fighting transmission of the virus.  

Study: Many Hospitals Use Too Many Antibiotics

September 10, 2014 2:44 pm | by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

A new study suggests that doctors in many hospitals are unnecessarily prescribing multiple antibiotics for several days when just one would do the job. Health officials say overuse of antibiotics is helping to breed dangerous bacteria that are increasingly resistant to treatment.

Thyroid, Kidney Cancers Up in Kids But Still Rare

September 8, 2014 8:17 am | by LINDSEY TANNER, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

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.              

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