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Uganda tightens border, bans gatherings as second Ebola death confirmed

Thu, 13 Jun 2019 14:51:53 GMT

Ugandan authorities beefed up border controls and banned public gatherings in the region affected by Ebola Thursday, confirming a second death after the disease was first detected in the country this week.

He's 10 years old and just beat cancer. Now he's police chief for the day

Tue, 11 Jun 2019 20:40:40 GMT

Cincinnati, Ohio, has a new police chief and he's only 10 years old.

Expert witness: Johnson & Johnson's role in opioid crisis may be 'worse' than Purdue's

Tue, 11 Jun 2019 20:58:50 GMT

One of the nation's top experts on opioid addiction said Tuesday that Johnson & Johnson's role in the current epidemic may be even "worse" than that of Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin.

This little girl noticed that some hospitalized kids didn't have stuffed animals. So, she did something about it

Tue, 11 Jun 2019 15:57:51 GMT

A 7-year-old with epilepsy has spent a lot of time in the hospital -- and she's always had her teddy bear to comfort her. But she noticed that other kids didn't. So, she went on a mission to provide stuffed animals to children in hospitals, foster care and emergency situations.

Many breakfast cereals still contaminated by weed killer, environmental group says

Wed, 12 Jun 2019 12:04:03 GMT

Several popular breakfast foods, including Cheerios and Nature Valley products, continue to test positive for trace amounts of a controversial herbicide that may increase the risk of cancer, according to a report released Wednesday by an environmental advocacy group.

The top 10 questions about surrogacy for same-sex couples, answered

Fri, 14 Jun 2019 13:47:23 GMT

For heterosexual couples who want to have children, surrogacy is often one of the last options they consider, following time-consuming and emotionally and physically exhausting consultations with a fertility specialist. But for gay couples who want kids, surrogacy is one of only two options (the other being adoption). It is a lengthy and expensive process, and because of differing laws from state to state, it can be an even more complicated process for same-sex prospective parents.

2 cases of tick-borne Powassan virus confirmed in northern New Jersey

Tue, 11 Jun 2019 17:00:37 GMT

As people head outdoors during the summer, their risk of becoming infected with tick-borne diseases rises. Two cases of a rare tick-borne disease were confirmed Saturday by the Sussex County Division of Health in northern New Jersey.

Lawmakers urge DOJ to launch criminal investigation of generic drug makers

Thu, 13 Jun 2019 21:02:49 GMT

Two top lawmakers urged the US Department of Justice on Thursday to launch a criminal investigation into the nation's generic drug manufacturers to see whether their executives conspired to raise prices at the expense of the American public.

17 staffers in this medical center unit are all expecting. Yes, 17!

Fri, 14 Jun 2019 18:42:08 GMT

At first, Hillary Slusser thought she had the flu.

Brain disease linked to lychee toxins kills 47 children in India

Thu, 13 Jun 2019 16:16:10 GMT

Almost 50 children have died in northern India over the past three weeks from a brain disease that has been linked to toxins in lychees.

Sleeping with lights on and weight gain in women linked in new study

Mon, 10 Jun 2019 15:03:56 GMT

Keeping a lot of light on while you snooze -- such as from a television or bright nightlight -- has been linked with an increased risk of weight gain and obesity.

A young girl was afraid of IVs. So she invented a teddy bear to disguise them

Fri, 14 Jun 2019 14:15:54 GMT

A young girl from Connecticut turned her time spent in the hospital into a chance to help ease the fear of many other young patients.

5 ways to spend Father's Day and give back at the same time

Fri, 14 Jun 2019 13:12:15 GMT

It comes every year on the third Sunday of June. Father's Day can be a struggle to find the right gift or activity to celebrate dad. There are the usual neckties and socks or breakfast in bed. But for a bigger impact, volunteering with your dad or donating in his name could be just the thing.

CDC investigates after 4 patients got sepsis from contaminated platelet transfusions

Thu, 13 Jun 2019 17:09:48 GMT

Four people in three states developed sepsis after receiving bacteria-contaminated platelet transfusions between May and October last year, according to a US government report released Thursday. One of the four patients died.

2,500-year-old tomb offers earliest evidence of humans using cannabis to get high

Wed, 12 Jun 2019 18:01:34 GMT

Cannabis has been cultivated as a crop for millennia, but there's been little historical or archeological evidence showing when humans began to use the plant for what it's best known for today: getting high.

Still HIV negative but at risk of an infection? Take this pill, experts say

Wed, 12 Jun 2019 13:51:02 GMT

A simple pill taken every day, known as "pre-exposure prophylaxis" or PrEP, can help prevent an infection with HIV. Doctors should offer PrEP to people at high risk of acquiring HIV, according to a new US Preventive Services Task Force statement published Tuesday.

Epilepsy drugs linked to higher risk of birth defects, study says

Wed, 12 Jun 2019 20:00:13 GMT

Side effects of prescription drugs are of particular concern during pregnancy.

New York ends religious exemptions for vaccines

Fri, 14 Jun 2019 00:19:32 GMT

New York is requiring all schoolchildren to be vaccinated, even if parents have religious objections.

Most rabies infections in the United States come from bats, CDC says

Wed, 12 Jun 2019 17:21:42 GMT

In the United States, the culprit behind most rabies cases has shifted from dogs to bats. The flying mammals now cause 7 out of 10 US rabies cases, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Brothers with special needs star in a world without limits

Fri, 14 Jun 2019 08:20:57 GMT

Whether piloting a plane or blasting off into outer space, the sky isn't the limit for the Go Go Brothers.

FDA issues safety alert over fecal transplants after patient's death

Thu, 13 Jun 2019 22:07:15 GMT

The US Food and Drug Administration issued a safety alert on Thursday over the use of fecal transplants after one recipient died.

Ebola outbreak in Congo still not a public health emergency of international concern

Fri, 14 Jun 2019 18:41:53 GMT

The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo does not constitute a public health emergency of international concern, the World Health Organization said Friday.

You could be swallowing a credit card's weight in plastic every week

Mon, 17 Jun 2019 09:22:16 GMT

Worldwide, people ingest an average of 5 grams of plastic every week, the equivalent of a credit card, a new study suggests.

300 inmates in Texas' Harris County jail are quarantined over a mumps outbreak

Thu, 13 Jun 2019 16:22:42 GMT

A mumps outbreak at the Harris County jail in Houston has forced staff to isolate 14 symptomatic people and quarantine a few hundred other inmates, officials said Thursday.

Facebook debuts US blood donation tool, its latest public health move

Wed, 12 Jun 2019 15:41:21 GMT

Facebook is no longer just a place to connect with former high school buddies; the social media giant now wants to make it easier for you to connect with blood banks, too.

Nursing home abuse frequently goes unreported, government agency finds

Wed, 12 Jun 2019 19:54:59 GMT

Abuse in nursing homes remains under-reported in the United States, according to reports released Wednesday by the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the Inspector General.

Hundreds more reported ill in salmonella outbreaks tied to backyard poultry

Thu, 13 Jun 2019 20:32:57 GMT

Over 220 cases of salmonella have been reported in the past month in outbreaks spanning 41 states, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday, and the agency believes that backyard poultry is to blame.

Pampers pledges to install 5,000 baby changing tables in men's restrooms across the U.S.

Tue, 11 Jun 2019 18:54:21 GMT

From the trunk of a car to the lid of a piano, dads sometimes have to get creative when it's time to change their child's diaper without a changing station.

Changing your meat-eating habits could mean a longer life, study suggests

Thu, 13 Jun 2019 17:41:55 GMT

Mounting evidence continues to suggest that eating too much red meat -- such as bacon and hot dogs -- is linked with health problems.

UK Ebola patient Pauline Cafferkey gives birth to twins

Fri, 14 Jun 2019 13:17:00 GMT

A Scottish nurse who fought off Ebola has given birth to twins, telling those who have suffered that "there is a future" after the disease.