• Second American infected with Ebola

    American doctor in Liberia gets Ebola

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    A second American aid worker in Liberia has tested positive for Ebola, according to the Christian humanitarian group she works for.

    Nancy Writebol is employed by Serving in Mission, or SIM, in Liberia and was helping the joint SIM/Samaritan's Purse te...

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  • Ebola virus reaches Lagos, Nigeria

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    From Doctors Without Borders

    A Liberian man who was hospitalized in Nigeria's biggest city, Lagos, with the Ebola virus has died, Nigerian Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu said.

    "The patient was subjected to thorough medical tests ... which confirmed he had the Ebola virus," Chuk...

  • This won't be the AIDS-free generation

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    He was just 18 years old when he got the news. It was the summer before his senior year in high school. Bryan Seth Johnson was diagnosed with the human immunodeficiency virus, better known as HIV.

  • 5 studies you may have missed

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    Here's a roundup of five medical studies published this week that might give you new insights into your health, mind and body. Remember, correlation is not causation -- so if a study finds a connection between two things, it doesn't mean that one causes the other.

  • CDC lab resumes shipping of TB samples

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    A lab crucial to diagnosing cases of drug-resistant tuberculosis at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reopened, according to the CDC.

  • Man claims his penis was mistakenly amputated

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    An Alabama man has filed a lawsuit accusing doctors of mistakenly amputating his penis during a routine circumcision.

  • Ebola outbreak: Time to test vaccines?

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    Ebola virus disease is sweeping across West Africa in the largest outbreak of the virus to date.

  • McDonald's stands by rotten meat supplier

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    McDonald's is standing by a troubled supplier, even after allegations the company processed tainted and expired meat in China.

    Chinese authorities this week suspended operations at a Shanghai Husi food plant, a subsidiary of Illinois-based OSI Group. ...

  • A check is in the mail for 6.8 million people

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    More than 6.8 million Americans will get a refund from their health insurer this summer.

  • Acetaminophen may not relieve back pain

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    Doctors often suggest taking acetaminophen for low back pain relief. But according to a new study, the popular painkiller isn’t any more effective in alleviating an aching back than letting the pain naturally subside.

  • Train like a lady lumberjack


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    Shana Verstegen started logrolling when she was 7.

  • New abuse-deterrent painkiller approved

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    Oliver Janney/CNN

    In the painkiller world, oxycodone and naloxone seem like strange bedfellows. Oxycodone is a powerful painkiller, while naloxone is used to reverse painkiller overdose.

    On Wednesday, the Food and Drug Administration approved a drug combining the two,...

  • Fake applicants got Affordable Care Act subsidies

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    REUTERS/Brian Snyder

    Nearly a dozen fake applicants were able to obtain coverage subsidies under the Affordable Care Act during undercover testing of enrollment controls, a government watchdog said.

  • CDC lab chief resigns after anthrax incident

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    Ferre' Dollar/CNN

    The head of the bioterrorism lab involved in potentially exposing dozens of workers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to deadly anthrax bacteria has resigned.

  • Spanking the gray matter out of our kids

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    How to discipline the next generation is a hotly debated topic. In 2012, a national survey showed more than half of women and three-quarters of men in the United States believe a child sometimes needs a "good hard spanking."

  • Avoid the rush! Some ERs are taking appointments

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    Anna Gorman/Kaiser Health News

    In an era of increased competition driven by the nation's health law, hospitals around the country are hoping online ER appointments will help attract patients anxious to avoid long waits in a crowded and often chaotic environment.

  • 5 myths about the sudden urge to 'go'

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    Ferre' Dollar/CNN

    Even though urinary incontinence affects about 25 million Americans and there are many treatment options to improve symptoms, talking about the often unexpected and always urgent need "to go" is still taboo, even with your doctor.

  • CNN poll: Is Obamacare working?

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    More than half the public says the Affordable care Act has helped either their families or others across the country, although less than one in five Americans say they have personally benefited from the health care law, according to a new national poll.

  • Sierra Leone Ebola doctor contracts virus

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    A doctor who has played a key role in fighting the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone is infected with the disease, according to that country's Ministry of Health.

    Dr. Sheik Humarr Khan is being treated by the French aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres --...

  • White House revises contraception opt out

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    The Obama administration announced revisions to the Obamacare contraception mandate so that nonprofit religious organizations can opt out of signing a release form to avoid covering birth control and workers for those nonprofits are able to obtain separate contraception coverage without a copay.

  • Split decisions on ACA: The impact on 4.7M Americans

    Affordable Care Act website

    Brian Snyder/Reuters

    Two opposing court rulings issued Tuesday sowed confusion about whether 4.7 million Americans can keep their health care subsidies.

  • 'XL Love': How fat is affecting our sex lives

    XL Love How the Obesity Crisis is Complicating America's Love Life

    Rodale Books

    When it comes to what she deems the American "obesity crisis," Sarah Varney says, it's easy enough to focus on the raw numbers: Sixty-nine percent of Americans are overweight, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and 35.1 percent of those people are obese. In 2008, medical care costs related to obesity were as high as $147 billion, and an obese person's annual medical bill…

  • China scare snares Burger King, Papa John's

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    Sara Bonisteel/CNN

    Burger King and Papa John's joined the list of companies caught up in a Chinese food scandal that has spread to Japan.

    On Monday, local regulators suspended the operations of Shanghai Husi Food, a subsidiary of Illinois-based OSI Group, and ordered a...

  • MERS may be airborne, scientists say

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    The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus, better known as MERS, may be an airborne virus, according to an observation paper published Tuesday in the journal mBio.

  • Fruit recall at Walmart, Costco


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    If you've picked up fruit at Costco, Kroger or Walmart stores recently, keep reading.

    Wawona Packing Co. is voluntarily recalling peaches, nectarines, plums and pluots that were packed at its Cutler, California, warehouses between June 1 and July 12....

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