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Magnesium in Diet Cuts Diabetes Risk

October 20, 2014 | Comments

Getting enough magnesium in the diet may reduce the risk of diabetes, especially for those who already show signs of heading that way, according to a new study.                         

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Fairness is in the Brain

October 20, 2014 12:18 pm | Comments

Ever wondered how people figure out what is fair? Look to the brain for the answer. According to a new study, people appreciate fairness in much the same way as they appreciate money for themselves, and also that fairness is not necessarily that everybody gets the same income.

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Experimental Drug Restores Pleasure-seeking Behavior in Bipolar Patients

October 20, 2014 11:05 am | Comments

A drug being studied as a fast-acting mood-lifter restored pleasure-seeking behavior independent of— and ahead of— its other antidepressant effects, in an NIH trial.                         

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EU seeking to create $1.27 billion Ebola fund

October 20, 2014 9:27 am | by Raf Casert - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

European Union nations are working to reach 1 billion euros ($1.27 billion) in aid by the end of the week to fight Ebola in West Africa and are seeking a common approach to the crisis. EU foreign ministers began a week of talks Monday so their 28 leaders can agree by Friday on better measures to...

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CDC to Revise Ebola Protocol, Pentagon Preps Team

October 20, 2014 8:30 am | by Mike Stobbe - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

Revised guidance for health care workers treating Ebola patients will include using protective gear "with no skin showing," a top federal health official said Sunday, and the Pentagon announced it was forming a team to assist medical staff in the U.S., if needed.

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EU seeking to find 1 billion euro fund for Ebola

October 20, 2014 6:26 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

European Union nations are working to find 1 billion euros to help fight Ebola in West Africa and seeking a common approach in dealing with the disease outbreak. EU foreign ministers on Monday opened a week of talks so that their 28 leaders can agree by Friday on a package of measures which...

Ebola fear, monitoring eases for some in Dallas

October 20, 2014 1:25 am | by Marilynn Marchione - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

Ebola fears began to ease for some Monday as a monitoring period passed for those who had close contact with a victim of the disease and after a cruise ship scare ended with the boat returning to port and a lab worker on board testing negative for the virus. Federal officials meanwhile ramped up...

Liberia president describes heavy cost of Ebola

October 19, 2014 3:25 pm | by Jonathan Paye-layleh - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said Ebola has killed more than 2,000 people in her country and has brought it to "a standstill," noting that Liberia and two other badly hit countries were already weakened by years of war. Appealing for more international help, Sirleaf described the...

Ebola: Africa's image takes a hit

October 19, 2014 1:26 pm | by Christopher Torchia - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

In the United States, some parents fearful of deadly Ebola pulled children out of a school after the principal returned from Zambia, an African nation far from the area hit by the disease. In Geneva, a top U.N. official warned against anti-African discrimination fueled by fears of Ebola. The...

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UK nurse back in Sierra Leone after Ebola recovery

October 19, 2014 1:25 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

A British nurse who contracted Ebola while working in Sierra Leone has returned to the country after treatment in London. Medical group King's Health Partners says William Pooley is due to start work Monday at an Ebola isolation unit it runs in Freetown. Pooley was flown back to Britain in...

Fauci: Ebola protocols to call for no skin showing

October 19, 2014 10:26 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Revised guidance for health care workers treating Ebola patients will include using protective gear "with no skin showing," a top federal health official said Sunday. Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said those caring for an Ebola patient in...

Ebola lapses persisted for days at Dallas hospital

October 18, 2014 12:25 pm | by Matt Sedensky - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

Just minutes after Thomas Eric Duncan arrived for a second time at the emergency room, the word is on his chart: "Ebola." But despite all the warnings that the deadly virus could arrive unannounced at an American hospital, for days after the admission, his caregivers are vulnerable. The Centers...

WHO won't discuss Ebola mistakes document

October 18, 2014 11:25 am | by Maria Cheng - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | Comments

The World Health Organization said Saturday that it wouldn't explain details contained in an internal document obtained by The Associated Press in which the U.N. health agency said it fumbled early attempts to contain the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. In the draft document, which wasn't released...

Mission Unaccomplished: Containing Ebola in Africa

October 18, 2014 10:25 am | by Marilynn Marchione - AP Chief Medical Writer - Associated Press | Comments

Looking back, the mistakes are easy to see: Waiting too long, spending too little, relying on the wrong people, thinking small when they needed to think big. Many people, governments and agencies share the blame for failing to contain Ebola when it emerged in West Africa. Now they share the...

Officials fear Ebola's on AIDS path; some disagree

October 18, 2014 3:25 am | by Mike Stobbe - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | Comments

Is Ebola the world's worst infectious disease threat since AIDS? Comparisons between the two deadly diseases surfaced in the last few months as the Ebola outbreak escalated. Both emerged from Africa and erupted into an international health crisis. And both have been a shocking reminder that...

Anti-abuse label approved for painkiller Embeda

October 17, 2014 8:25 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says it has approved new labeling for another opioid designed to limit painkiller abuse. The FDA said Friday that Pfizer Inc.'s Embeda can have labeling indicating that it has properties expected to reduce abuse of the drug when it is crushed and taken orally...

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