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Health Study: House calls for frail elders bring savings Study: House calls for frail elders bring savings
Ten or 12 times a year, Beatrice Adams' daughter would race her frail mother to the emergency room for high blood pressure or pain from a list of chronic illnesses.
Health Camps take cystic fibrosis patients surfing Camps take cystic fibrosis patients surfing
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.
Health Have insurers found new ways to avoid the sick? Have insurers found new ways to avoid the sick?
Ending insurance discrimination against the sick was a central goal of the nation's health care overhaul, but leading patient groups say that promise is being undermined by new barriers from insurers.
Health Study questions need for most people to cut salt Study questions need for most people to cut salt
A large international study questions the conventional wisdom that most people should cut back on salt, suggesting that the amount most folks consume is OK for heart health - and too little may be as bad as too much. The findings came under immediate attack by other scientists.
Health Atlanta hospital deemed 1 of safest for Ebola care Atlanta hospital deemed 1 of safest for Ebola care
The Ebola virus has killed more than 700 people in Africa and could have catastrophic consequences if allowed to spread, world health officials say. So why would anyone allow infected Americans to come to Atlanta?
Health US doctor with Ebola in Atlanta for treatment US doctor with Ebola in Atlanta for treatment
An American doctor infected with the Ebola virus in Africa arrived in Atlanta for treatment Saturday, landing at a military base, then being whisked away to one of the most sophisticated hospital isolation units in the country, officials say.
Health American doctor in Africa gets treatment for Ebola American doctor in Africa gets treatment for Ebola
An American doctor infected with the deadly Ebola disease received intensive treatment Sunday in West Africa and was in stable condition, talking to his medical team and working on his computer, a spokeswoman for an aid group said.
Health FBI issues warning about air conditioner coolant
As the U.S. tries to phase out a polluting refrigerant that is used in millions of air conditioners across the country, unapproved coolant is popping up on the market - with potentially dangerous consequences.
Health Genentech Alzheimer's drug misses goals in studies Genentech Alzheimer's drug misses goals in studies
Researchers say an experimental drug from the biotech company Genentech failed to slow mental decline in tests on more than 500 people with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease.
Health Secondhand smoke as harmful to pets as people Secondhand smoke as harmful to pets as people
Secondhand smoke can cause lung and nasal cancer in dogs, malignant lymphoma in cats and allergy and respiratory problems in both animals, according to studies done at Tufts University's School of Veterinary Medicine in Massachusetts.
Health Forgotten vials of smallpox found in storage room Forgotten vials of smallpox found in storage room
A government scientist cleaning out an old storage room at a research center near Washington made a startling discovery last week - decades-old vials of smallpox packed away and forgotten in a cardboard box.
Health  No practicing on patients: New docs get boot camp No practicing on patients: New docs get boot camp
First-day jitters come with any new job but when the work involves pushing needles into strangers' bellies, stitching up gaping wounds or even delivering babies, that debut can be especially nerve-wracking — for everyone involved.
Health Free birth control is emerging standard for women Free birth control is emerging standard for women
More than half of privately insured women are getting free birth control under President Barack Obama's health law, a major coverage shift that's likely to advance.
Health Study: Just thinking by yourself isn't much fun Study: Just thinking by yourself isn't much fun
Wouldn't you love to escape this busy world and just spend some time alone with your thoughts? Maybe not, says a study of volunteers who actually tried it.
Health Studies question UN strategies to save mothers Studies question UN strategies to save mothers
In the past decade, billions of dollars have been spent trying to save the lives of mothers in developing countries using strategies - usually inexpensive drugs - deemed essential by the U.N. health agency.
Health FDA grapples with oversight of fecal transplants FDA grapples with oversight of fecal transplants
Imagine a low-cost treatment for a life-threatening infection that could cure up to 90 percent of patients with minimal side effects, often in a few days. It may sound like a miracle drug, but this cutting-edge treatment is profoundly simple - though somewhat icky.