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Both American Ebola Patients Discharged from Hospital

August 21, 2014 | by Jeff Martin and Katie Foody - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

After nearly three weeks of treatment, the two American aid workers who were infected with the deadly Ebola virus in Africa have been discharged from an Atlanta hospital, officials said Thursday.               

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New restrictions on hydrocodone to take effect

August 21, 2014 11:23 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The federal government is finalizing new restrictions on hundreds of medicines containing hydrocodone, the highly addictive painkiller that has grown into the most widely prescribed drug in the U.S. The new rules mean that Vicodin, Percocet and other generic versions will be subject to the same...

Aid groups: US workers with Ebola out of hospital

August 21, 2014 11:23 am | by Jeff Martin - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

The two American aid workers who were infected with the deadly Ebola virus in Africa have been discharged from an Atlanta hospital where they were treated, the aid groups they were working for said Thursday. Alison Geist, a spokeswoman for Samaritan's Purse, told The Associated Press she did not...

Severing Nerves May Shrink Stomach Cancers

August 21, 2014 11:07 am | Comments

Research shows that nerves may play a critical role in stomach cancer growth and that blocking nerve signals using surgery or Botox (onabotulinumtoxinA) could be an effective treatment for the disease.              

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TB Likely Spread with Help from Seals, Sea Lions

August 21, 2014 10:34 am | Comments

Scientists who study tuberculosis have long debated its origins. New research shows that tuberculosis likely spread from humans in Africa to seals and sea lions that brought the disease to South America and transmitted it to Native people there before Europeans landed on the continent.

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Test Reliably Detects Inherited Immune Deficiency

August 21, 2014 10:24 am | Comments

A newborn screening test for severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) reliably identifies infants with this life-threatening inherited condition, leading to prompt treatment and high survival rates, according to a new study.        

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Liberia slum calm; American recovers from Ebola

August 21, 2014 8:23 am | by Jonathan Paye-layleh - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

Calm returned Thursday to a slum in the Liberian capital that was sealed off in the government's attempt to halt the spread of Ebola, a day after clashes erupted between residents and security forces. In the United States, an aid worker who was infected in Liberia has recovered and was to be...

German doctor accused of drugging, abusing women

August 21, 2014 7:21 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Authorities in Germany have arrested a hospital doctor on suspicion he drugged and sexually abused female patients participating in a fake clinical study he set up. German news agency dpa reported Thursday that the unidentified 48-year-old worked at a clinic in the Bavarian town of Bamberg. ...

Noodles: Friend or foe? S. Koreans defend diet

August 21, 2014 3:22 am | by Foster Klug - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

Kim Min-koo has an easy reply to new American research that hits South Korea where it hurts — in the noodles. Drunk and hungry just after dawn, he rips the lid off a bowl of his beloved fast food, wobbling on his feet but still defiant over a report that links instant noodles to health hazards. ...

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Liberian slums barricaded as Ebola sets new record

August 20, 2014 4:22 pm | by Jonathan Paye-layleh - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

Riot police and soldiers acting on their president's orders used scrap wood and barbed wire to seal off 50,000 people inside their Liberian slum Wednesday, trying to contain the Ebola outbreak that has killed 1,350 people and counting across West Africa. Hundreds of slum residents clashed with...

Drug for Ebola-like virus promising in ill monkeys

August 20, 2014 3:21 pm | by Lauran Neergaard - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | Comments

Texas researchers are reporting that an experimental drug saved monkeys from a virus closely related to Ebola even after symptoms began. The drug targets a strain of Marburg virus that is even more lethal than the Ebola currently ravaging West Africa. Both viruses take time to multiply in the...

Neanderthals and humans had 'ample time' to mix

August 20, 2014 1:23 pm | by Frank Jordans - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

Humans and Neanderthals may have coexisted in Europe for more than 5,000 years, providing ample time for the two species to meet and mix, according to new research. Using new carbon dating techniques and mathematical models, researchers examined about 200 samples found at 40 sites from Spain to...

WHO: West Africa Ebola death toll rises to 1,350

August 20, 2014 1:23 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The World Health Organization says the death toll from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is now at least 1,350 people. The latest figures Wednesday show that the deaths are mounting fastest in Liberia, which now accounts for at least 576 of the deaths. The U.N. health agency also warned in its...

Enzyme Holds the Door for Influenza

August 20, 2014 12:47 pm | Comments

The enzyme phospholipase D (PLD) helps the influenza virus escape the immune response, and blocking it could lead to a new way to prevent the flu.                             

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Type 1, Type 2 Diabetes Share Underlying Mechanism

August 20, 2014 12:36 pm | Comments

New work by scientists suggests that both major forms of diabetes, type 1 and type 2, are the result of the same mechanism - the formation of toxic clumps of a hormone called amylin.                   

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Gene Predicts Breast Cancer Relapse, Response to Chemo

August 20, 2014 12:29 pm | Comments

Scientists have made it easier to predict both breast cancer relapses and responses to chemotherapy, through the identification of a unique gene, a new study shows.                         

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