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Healthy Humans Make Nice Homes for Viruses

September 17, 2014 | Comments

The same viruses that make us sick can take up residence in and on the human body without provoking a sneeze, cough or other troublesome symptom, according to new research.                       

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Sierra Leone to shut down for 3 days to slow Ebola

September 18, 2014 11:35 am | by Clarence Roy-macaulay - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Shoppers crowded streets and markets in Sierra Leone's capital on Thursday stocking up for a three-day shutdown that authorities will hope will slow the spread of the Ebola outbreak that is accelerating across West Africa. The Ebola outbreak sweeping West Africa has...

WHO: 700 more Ebola cases emerge in only 1 week

September 18, 2014 10:36 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The World Health Organization says more than 700 more Ebola cases emerged in West Africa in one week, a statistic that shows the outbreak is accelerating. Just three weeks ago the number of new cases was around 500 for a one-week period. The number of people believed to have killed is now more...

CDC tells healthy adults not to forget flu vaccine

September 18, 2014 10:36 am | by Lauran Neergaard - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | Comments

Think the flu's only a big threat to kids and seniors? Influenza hospitalized a surprisingly high number of young and middle-aged adults last winter — and this time around the government wants more of them vaccinated. Fewer than half of Americans get a flu vaccine every year. Vaccination rates...


FDA OKs faster-acting label for ED drug Stendra

September 18, 2014 8:35 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Federal regulators have approved a new label for Vivus' impotence drug, stating that it becomes effective in half the time that the previous label had stated. Shares jumped more than 9 percent before the opening bell Thursday. The label on Stendral now reads that the drug can be taken...

UK nurse who survived Ebola to help US patient

September 18, 2014 7:34 am | by Maria Cheng - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | Comments

A British nurse who survived Ebola has traveled to the United States to donate blood to an American still battling the disease, an experimental measure some scientists think can help patients fight off the virus. British nurse William Pooley was one of those infected while working in Sierra Leone...

Bayer to split off polymer division with IPO

September 18, 2014 7:34 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

German pharmaceuticals and chemicals company Bayer AG says it plans a separate stock listing for its polymer division. The Leverkusen-based company that invented aspirin said Thursday the move would be part of an effort to focus the group on its health care and crop science businesses. German...

A&M to dedicate key element of vaccine center

September 18, 2014 1:34 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Gov. Rick Perry will join other dignitaries at the dedication of what's described as a national pandemic influenza vaccine facility. The center is a key part of a $91 million vaccine manufacturing plant at Texas A&M University that proponents hope will create...

Experts want restrictions on testosterone drug use

September 17, 2014 6:34 pm | by Matthew Perrone - AP Health Writer - Associated Press | Comments

Federal health experts said Wednesday there is little evidence that testosterone-boosting drugs are effective for treating common signs of aging in men and that their use should be narrowed to exclude millions of Americans currently taking them. The panel of Food and Drug Administration advisers...


Doctors expect Nebraska Ebola patient to recover

September 17, 2014 5:35 pm | by Margery A. Beck - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

An American aid worker infected with Ebola who's being treated in Nebraska is now expected to make a full recovery, his doctors said Wednesday. The medical team treating Rick Sacra also said it's optimistic that the 51-year-old from Worcester, Massachusetts, will soon be able to leave the...

US scientist: Ebola unlikely to become airborne

September 17, 2014 3:34 pm | by Lauran Neergaard - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | Comments

It's incredibly unlikely that Ebola would mutate to spread through the air, and the best way to make sure it doesn't is to stop the epidemic, a top government scientist told concerned lawmakers Wednesday. "A virus that doesn't replicate, doesn't mutate," Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National...

Study Links Physical Activity to White-matter Integrity

September 17, 2014 2:00 pm | Comments

Like everything else in the body, the white-matter fibers that allow communication between brain regions also decline with age. In a new study, researchers found a strong association between the structural integrity of these white-matter tracts and an older person’s level of daily activity.


Study: Artificial Sweeteners may promote diabetes

September 17, 2014 1:35 pm | by Malcolm Ritter - AP Science Writer - Associated Press | Comments

Using artificial sweeteners may set the stage for diabetes in some people by hampering the way their bodies handle sugar, suggests a preliminary study done mostly in mice. The authors said they are not recommending any changes in how people use artificial sweeteners based on their study, which...

One-minute Point-of-care Anemia Test Shows Promise

September 17, 2014 12:54 pm | Comments

A simple point-of-care testing device for anemia could provide more rapid diagnosis of the common blood disorder and allow inexpensive at-home self-monitoring of persons with chronic forms of the disease.             


Auxilium Pharma board adopts anti-takeover plan

September 17, 2014 8:35 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The board of Auxilium Pharmaceuticals Inc. has adopted a "poison pill" shareholder rights plan to ward off a hostile takeover after Endo International PLC announced an unsolicited offer worth about $1.41 billion for its fellow drugmaker. Shares of Auxilium soared Wednesday before markets opened...

Ebola survivor: No time to waste as Obama ups aid

September 17, 2014 3:35 am | by Lauran Neergaard - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

An American doctor who survived Ebola said there's no time to waste as President Barack Obama outlined his plan to ramp up the U.S. response to the epidemic in West Africa. "We can't afford to wait months, or even weeks, to take action, to put people on the ground," Dr. Kent Brantly told senators...


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