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Congo Ebola outbreak: 78 cases, 44 deaths, 10 health workers infected

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 15:47:33 GMT

There have been 78 cases of Ebola reported in the current outbreak in North Kivu and Ituri provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo as of Wednesday, the World Health Organization said Friday.

First generic EpiPen gets FDA approval

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 20:35:29 GMT

The US Food and Drug Administration on Thursday announced the approval of the first generic version of EpiPen.

Elephants rarely get cancer. Here's why this matters to humans

Wed, 15 Aug 2018 09:31:50 GMT

You'd think elephants would be getting cancer left and right: They are giants of the animal kingdom and have trillions more cells than humans -- cells that, in theory, could turn into cancer over their decades-long lifespans.

It took 4 years, 3 miscarriages and 1,616 shots to make this baby

Sat, 18 Aug 2018 05:56:23 GMT

This photo is testament to an undying hope in the face of heartbreak after heartbreak.

New Haven police make arrest after overdose calls

Sat, 18 Aug 2018 00:45:01 GMT

Police in the Connecticut city of New Haven have arrested one man in connection with a spate of synthetic marijuana overdoses that sickened scores of people at a park this week.

Florida's toxic algae problem: 'Red tide' and 'green slime'

Sat, 18 Aug 2018 18:00:38 GMT

Florida is dealing with a toxic algae problem on multiple fronts. Here's what that means for your health.

Can 'detox teas' like Teami help you lose weight?

Tue, 14 Aug 2018 10:11:45 GMT

They call her "Cardi Bardi, banging body / Spicy mami, hot tamale" -- and she's got an image to maintain.

Parents break teen out of world-famous hospital

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 14:55:38 GMT

Alyssa Gilderhus' family begged for her to be sent to Mayo Clinic. They never thought they'd have to help her escape a few months later.

Life expectancy drops in the US and the UK, rises in Australia, a new study finds

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 09:08:35 GMT

Life expectancy fell across the majority of high-income countries, signaling a collective and simultaneous decline among affluent nations for the first time in decades, a new study finds.

How a vegan diet can change your body

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 14:43:45 GMT

Veganism, the plant-based diet which shuns meat and dairy, is having its time in the sun. Since 2008, there has been a 350% increase in the number of self-described vegans in the UK alone. Where this motivation stems from is varied, but includes concerns about animal welfare, worries about the environment and religious reasons.

The man bringing rap music to the deaf community

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 15:52:53 GMT

As A$AP Rocky's "Praise the Lord" begins blaring through the speaker, Matt Maxey smiles. "Turn it up," he says, pointing his finger to the sky. Maxey is animated, kinetic. But he isn't just dancing; he's bringing the song to life. Every move has meaning.

Kids in Ancient Rome had Vitamin D deficiency

Mon, 20 Aug 2018 08:36:13 GMT

A new analysis of skeletons from ancient Roman cemeteries across Europe has revealed that vitamin D deficiency was a problem for children 2,000 years ago

When insurance wouldn't pay, parents funded cancer patient's lifesaving treatment

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 15:36:21 GMT

Kate Weissman's parents paid $95,000 for her cervical cancer treatment after her insurer denied coverage. She's now cancer-free. One medical director who denied coverage isn't board-certified in "gynecologic oncology" and was once disciplined for her tattoo removal business.

Historic face transplant gives suicide survivor a 'second chance'

Wed, 15 Aug 2018 08:47:21 GMT

As Katie Stubblefield brushed her fingers across her face, she could feel the wound.

What happened on Easter Island? New theory proposed

Mon, 13 Aug 2018 20:11:32 GMT

For decades, mystery has swirled around what happened to the founding population of the remote Easter Island, known for its towering stone statues depicting large carved heads. A long-held theory suggests that after the islanders set up camp and carved the giant statues, they destroyed their own society through infighting and a depletion of natural resources.

A photographic treatment for people with dementia

Mon, 20 Aug 2018 07:57:36 GMT

One of the first dementia patients Laurence Aėgerter met was in the later stages of the illness. She visited the man at a care facility in Switzerland to note his reactions to photographs she had brought along. As she showed him pictures and asked him to remark on them, he fluttered in and out of awareness, like a lamp flickering on and off, she said. For 10 minutes, the patient hardly said anything, struggling to articulate basic sentences.

Rate of women addicted to opioids during pregnancy quadrupled in 15 years, CDC says

Sat, 18 Aug 2018 00:46:30 GMT

Nationwide, the rate of opioid use disorder among women delivering babies more than quadrupled over the 15-year period ending in 2014, according to a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report published Thursday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Teen accuses world-famous hospital of 'medical kidnapping'

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 14:55:31 GMT

In a jaw-dropping moment caught on video, an 18-year-old high school senior rushes to escape from the hospital that saved her life and then, she says, held her captive.

Violent crime is like infectious disease -- we can stop it spreading

Wed, 15 Aug 2018 08:31:58 GMT

In the 1980s and early 1990s, American epidemiologist Gary Slutkin was in Somalia, one of six doctors working across 40 refugee camps containing a million people. His focus was on containing the spread of tuberculosis (TB) and cholera.

Why does alcohol give you the munchies?

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 08:36:56 GMT

If you're like many people, the more you drink, the more you eat.

What are the health benefits of turmeric?

Tue, 07 Aug 2018 07:52:29 GMT

Turmeric is a popular spice similar to ginger, known for its bright yellow color and use in curry powders and mustards. Turmeric has been used for medicinal purposes for nearly 4,000 years.

The 'under the radar' drug behind more than 100 New Haven overdoses

Sat, 18 Aug 2018 16:02:44 GMT

A drug called K2 is believed to be behind more than 100 overdoses in New Haven, Connecticut, this week. Some of those who overdosed experienced speeding heart rates, difficulty breathing and vomiting. Others were found collapsed in a semiconscious or unconscious state on the New Haven Green, the downtown park.

Families struggle with anxiety over chemicals in tap water

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 13:27:44 GMT

When Parchment, Michigan, learned that its tap water had the contaminant PFAS at up to 200 times federally recommended levels, the city and state immediately took action. But for residents, it's created a sense of anxiety over their health and the health of their families.

Unsafe levels of a weed killer chemical in oat products, report says

Wed, 15 Aug 2018 08:46:08 GMT

Some types of oat cereals, oatmeal, granola and snack bars contain higher levels of a chemical found in the weed killer Roundup than what the Environmental Working Group considers safe, according to a report released Wednesday by the advocacy group.

US drug overdose deaths rose 7% in 2017 and doubled over a decade, CDC reports

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 17:18:44 GMT

More than 72,000 Americans died of drug overdoses in 2017, up nearly 7% from 2016, according to preliminary data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The 2017 preliminary death count for all 50 states and the District of Columbia represents a twofold increase over a decade, the CDC says.

FDA warns of pet owners using animals to get opioids

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 08:55:14 GMT

The US Food and Drug Administration has raised alarm about one way people might access opioids to misuse and abuse: their pets.

Escape from the Mayo Clinic: How CNN reported the story

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 13:15:42 GMT

Since CNN published the "Escape from the Mayo Clinic" stories, Mayo Clinic issued several responses that are critical of CNN's reporting. Mayo's responses misrepresent several facts.

Low and high carb diets increase risk of early death, study finds

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 09:07:24 GMT

A low-carb or high-carb diet raises your risk of death, a new study suggests, with people eating the food staple in moderation seeing the greatest benefits to their health.

A contact lens was embedded in woman's eyelid for 28 years

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 11:26:33 GMT

A British woman assumed that her rigid contact lens was lost decades ago during a badminton injury, but it was found embedded in her eyelid.

Teachers' back-to-school supply lists: Lockdown curtains and active shooter posters

Mon, 20 Aug 2018 10:10:41 GMT

Walk in to any given elementary or middle school classroom, and you're bound to be greeted with some evidence of a teacher's love and effort. Maybe it's a hand-drawn poster or chart, specifically tailored to the class' needs and ages. It could be a row of cubbies or another useful, attractive addition, handcrafted over hours of the teachers' free time just to make this space a little brighter, a little better, a little more like the haven it should be.