Obama defends U.S. Ebola guidelines, backs American volunteers in Africa

As the second of two nurses infected while treating an Ebola patient left an Atlanta hospital, President Barack Obama on Tuesday said policies adopted in the United States should not discourage Americans willing to fight West Africa’s outbreak. Obama weighed in for the first time since states including New York and New Jersey imposed automatic […]

Ebola watch lists in U.S. to shrink, cruise passenger cleared

Some of the dozens of people who are being watched for possible exposure to Ebola in the United States are expected to be cleared on Sunday and Monday, potentially easing concerns about the spread of the disease after two nurses were infected. A Dallas lab worker who spent much of a Caribbean holiday cruise in […]

Breaking the taboo: It’s time to talk about mental health

On World Mental Health Day, around the globe many of us, perhaps hundreds of thousands or even millions, will be raising awareness of mental health issues to challenge outdated views, and to put an end to life-limiting, and sometimes life-threatening, stigma and discrimination that’s still attached to having a mental health problem in so many […]

Scores possibly exposed to U.S. Ebola patient; four isolated

More than 80 people had direct or indirect contact with the first person to be diagnosed with the deadly Ebola virus in the United States, health officials said Thursday, as four members of the patient’s family were quarantined as a precaution. Dallas County officials said 12 to 18 people had direct contact with the Texas […]

To make the most of a workout, experts say set the proper pace

Whether the goal is to finish a marathon, polish a tennis game or make the most of that hour at the gym, fitness experts say pacing can spell the difference between success and stagnation. Setting the proper workout pace, or the distribution of energy during exercise, deflects boredom and fatigue, syncs body and mind, and […]

Texas abortion law could send women across borders

Crossing borders is a part of life in El Paso in far West Texas, where people may walk into Mexico to visit family or commute to New Mexico for work. But getting an abortion doesn’t require leaving town. That could change if a federal judge upholds new Texas rules that would ban abortions at 18 […]

Heavy pot use in teen years may predict later-life disability

A long-term study of Swedish men finds that those who smoked marijuana at age 18, especially the heaviest users, were more likely to end up on the nation’s disability rolls by age 59. It’s unclear whether the pot use in adolescence may have led to more severe substance abuse or was an early sign of […]

Does vitamin D help with asthma? More study needed

Asthma sufferers who received vitamin D supplements for six months, in addition to their regular inhalers, could breathe a little easier than those who relied only on the inhalers, in a recent study in Iran. The researchers say the results – if confirmed by larger studies – might help the many people who sometimes have […]

FDA approves new drug for rare genetic disease

The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved a new capsule-based drug to treat Gaucher’s disease. Regulators approved the new drug, Cerdelga, for patients with the Type 1 form of the rare genetic disorder, which causes excess fat to build up in the spleen, liver and bone marrow. Cerdelga is from Genzyme, the specialty drugmaker […]

U.S. emergency labs ready to work on Ebola drugs if asked

All three U.S. facilities established to quickly make vaccines and therapeutics in the event of a major public health threat say they are standing by to support any U.S. government effort to scale up a treatment for Ebola. The facilities, called Centers for Innovation in Advanced Development and Manufacturing (ADM), were set up by the […]


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