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Obama Names Ebola 'Czar' as Precautions Expand

October 17, 2014 11:49 am | by JIM KUHNHENN, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama on Friday turned to a trusted adviser to lead the nation's Ebola response as efforts to clamp down on any possible route of infection from three Texas cases expanded, reaching a cruise ship at sea and multiple airline flights.

The Risk of Getting Ebola On a Plane

October 17, 2014 8:36 am | Videos | Comments

CNN talks to an infectious disease physician about the possibilities of becoming infected with...

Republicans Press for Ebola Travel Ban

October 17, 2014 8:19 am | by ERICA WERNER, Associated Press; MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press | News | Comments

House Republicans demanded a travel ban from Ebola-ravaged West Africa Thursday, calling it the...

Overworked & Over-Caffeinated

October 16, 2014 3:22 pm | by Mike Auerbach, Editor In Chief | Blogs | Comments

It’s not big news that most of America is tired. Wherever your look people are yawning – in the...

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New Guidance for Early-Stage Lung Cancer Patients

October 16, 2014 8:50 am | Videos | Comments

Researchers in Texas say that removing the entire lung instead of part increases the chance of survival for early-stage lung cancer patients. Also, there more research linking psoriasis and high blood pressure.        

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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How Plasma Transfusions, Antibodies Fight Ebola

October 15, 2014 8:27 am | by MARILYNN MARCHIONE, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

A Dallas nurse being treated for Ebola has received a plasma transfusion from a doctor who beat his own infection with the deadly virus after getting a similar treatment. The reason: Antibodies in the blood of a survivor may help a patient fight off the germ.

Dallas Nurses Cite Sloppy Conditions in Ebola Care

October 15, 2014 8:21 am | by MATT SEDENSKY, Associated Press; MARTHA MENDOZA, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Liberian Ebola patient was left in an open area of a Dallas emergency room for hours, and the nurses treating him worked for days without proper protective gear and faced constantly changing protocols, according to a statement released late Tuesday by the largest U.S. nurses' union.

Study: 14 Million People Contract Major Diseases From Smoking

October 14, 2014 8:59 am | Videos | Comments

More than seven million smokers have the lung disease emphysema, roughly half of all smoking-related diseases in the U.S. Also, teen baseball pitchers who throw more than 100 pitches a week could have problems with shoulder development.   

New Jersey Enforces Isolation Order for NBC Crew

October 14, 2014 8:36 am | by GEOFF MULVIHILL, Associated Press | News | Comments

New Jersey officials have issued a mandatory quarantine order for members of an NBC crew that was exposed to a cameraman with Ebola. The order went into effect after state health officials said a voluntary 21-day isolation agreement was violated.

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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About 70 Hospital Staffers Cared for Ebola Patient

October 14, 2014 8:28 am | by MARTHA MENDOZA, AP National Writer | News | Comments

About 70 staff members at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital were involved in the care of Thomas Eric Duncan after he was hospitalized, including a nurse now being treated for the same Ebola virus that killed the Liberian man who was visiting Dallas, according to medical records his family provided to The Associated Press.

Hep C Drug Criticized As Unsustainable For Its $90K Price Tag

October 10, 2014 4:30 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

On the heels of the FDA’s approval of a new formulation of hepatitis C drug treatment, AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest global AIDS organization and a vocal critic of runaway drug pricing and drug profiteering, blasted Gilead Sciences over the pricing of its new drug formulation.                

Once-A-Day Hepatitis C Pill Wins FDA Approval

October 10, 2014 4:24 pm | by MATTHEW PERRONE, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

Federal health officials have approved a daily pill that can cure the most common form of hepatitis C without the grueling pill-and-injection cocktail long used to treat the virus.                                 

WHO: Ebola Death Toll Rises To More Than 4,000

October 10, 2014 4:20 pm | by JONATHAN PAYE-LAYLEH, ROBBIE COREY-BOULET, Associated Press | News | Comments

Liberian lawmakers rejected a proposal to grant President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf the power to further restrict movement and public gatherings and to confiscate property in the fight against Ebola. One legislator said such a law would have turned Liberia into a police state.                                         

The Dwindling Stock Of Antibiotics, And What To Do About It

October 10, 2014 3:30 pm | by Washington University in St. Louis | News | Comments

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said that at least 2 million Americans are sickened by antibiotic resistant infections each year and survive. Twenty-three thousand die. These experiences leave deep impressions not just on the patients but on their family and friends.

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Pharmaceutical Companies Share Data For Drug Design

October 10, 2014 3:16 pm | by University of California, San Diego | News | Comments

Pharmaceutical companies will collaborate with researchers at the University of California, San Diego to provide previously unreleased proprietary data for drug discovery through a new $3.7 million effort funded by the National Institutes for Health.

20 Years Of Colorectal Cancer Breakthroughs For Survival

October 10, 2014 3:14 pm | by National Comprehensive Cancer Network | News | Comments

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) has published the 20th annual editions of the NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines) for Colon and Rectal Cancers, two of the eight original NCCN Guidelines published in November 1996.                   

Study Examines How Doctors Use Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs

October 10, 2014 3:08 pm | by American Pain Society | News | Comments

As prescription drug abuse and overdose have escalated nationwide, prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) were implemented in every state, but little is known about the types of clinicians who make the most use of PDMPs.                     

Handheld Raman System Helps In Street Drug Take Down

October 10, 2014 2:56 pm | by B&W Tek, Inc. | News | Comments

With the largest library of narcotics, pills, cutting agents and precursors in the industry, the TacticID-N is changing the face of on-scene narcotics identification for our nation’s top law enforcement personnel.                                

Major Step Toward Diabetes Cure

October 10, 2014 8:35 am | Videos | Comments

Researchers at Harvard say they were able to produce cells that make insulin from embryonic stem cells, which could be a major breakthrough in the treatment of diabetes. Also, why men who have had prostate cancer surgery need to watch their cholesterol and triglycerides.

Oregon Compounding Centers Recalls Unexpired Sterile Products Due to Lack of Sterility Assurance

October 10, 2014 8:16 am | News | Comments

The company has not received any reports of product contamination or adverse events to date, but is issuing this voluntary recall out of an abundance of caution following a recent inspection which identified an issue with sterility assurance.  

Researchers Begin Study of Ebola Vaccine in Africa

October 10, 2014 8:10 am | News | Comments

The U.S. government developed the vaccine. First-stage human safety testing began last month in the U.S. and Britain. University of Maryland researchers announced the Mali study Thursday as part of that broader safety testing and aim to enroll 40 health workers there.

Ebola Screening Measures Rest on Federal Law

October 10, 2014 8:04 am | by ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration's plans to screen certain airline passengers for exposure to Ebola are based on the Constitution and long-established legal authority that would almost certainly stand up in court if challenged, public health experts say.

UN Chief: Twenty Times More Ebola Aid Needed

October 9, 2014 2:21 pm | by CONNIE CASS, Associated Press | News | Comments

The presidents of three Ebola-stricken West African nations made urgent pleas for money, doctors and hospital beds Thursday and representatives of nations gathered for a World Bank meeting promised to send more aid quickly.     

Nearly 200 Airport Employees Walk Off Job Over Ebola Fears

October 9, 2014 9:01 am | Videos | Comments

As the largest US airports step up the fight against the virus, some employees say they are not being kept safe.                       

Next Edition of HealthCare.gov is Unveiled

October 9, 2014 8:41 am | by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration unveiled a new version of HealthCare.gov on Wednesday, with some improvements as well as at least one early mistake and a new challenge. Officials also said that HealthCare.gov won't display premiums for 2015 until the second week of November. Open enrollment season runs Nov. 15 through Feb. 15. Coverage can start as early as Jan. 1.

US Adds Extra Level of Airport Screening for Ebola

October 9, 2014 8:27 am | by LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

About 150 travelers a day will have their temperatures checked using no-touch thermometers, and health officials expect false alarms from fevers due to malaria. The extra screening probably wouldn't have singled out Thomas Eric Duncan when he arrived from hard-hit Liberia last month, because he had no symptoms while traveling.

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