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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.
Health 3-D mammogram scans may find more breast cancer 3-D mammogram scans may find more breast cancer
3-D mammograms may be better at finding cancer than regular scans, a large study suggests, although whether that means saving more lives isn't known.
Health Poll: Many still struggle to pay health premiums Poll: Many still struggle to pay health premiums
Most people who signed up under President Barack Obama's health care law rate their new insurance highly, but a substantial number are struggling with the cost, according to a poll released Thursday.
Health FDA prepping long-awaited plan to reduce salt FDA prepping long-awaited plan to reduce salt
Food companies and restaurants could soon face government pressure to make their foods less salty — a long-awaited federal effort to try to prevent thousands of deaths each year from heart disease and stroke.
Health Anheuser-Busch, MillerCoors post beer ingredients Anheuser-Busch, MillerCoors post beer ingredients
Anheuser-Busch and MillerCoors, two of the world's biggest beer makers, are posting online what's inside bottles of Budweiser and Miller Lite after pressure from a food blogger.
Health FDA: Pregnant women should eat low-mercury seafood FDA: Pregnant women should eat low-mercury seafood
The government is reminding pregnant women to stay away from certain fish that can be high in mercury. But the agency won't require package labeling on mercury content, which is what consumer groups had sought.
Health Cheap drug greatly boosts prostate cancer survival Cheap drug greatly boosts prostate cancer survival
A cheap, decades-old chemotherapy drug extended life by more than a year when added to standard hormone therapy for men whose prostate cancer has widely spread, doctors reported Sunday.
Health Medicare coverage ban on sex-change surgery lifted Medicare coverage ban on sex-change surgery lifted
Transgender people receiving Medicare may no longer be automatically denied coverage for sex reassignment surgeries, a U.S. Department of Health and Services review board ruled Friday in a groundbreaking decision.