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Up to 319 people dead as Congo Ebola outbreak worsens

Up to 319 people dead as Congo Ebola outbreak worsens

One of the deadliest Ebola outbreaks in history continues to worsen in the Democratic Republic of Congo with as many as 319 people now dead. The Ministry of Health said Tuesday that 542 Ebola cases had been recorded in the province of North Kivu — 494 of which have been confirmed. Of the 319 believed…MORE

US Surgeon General issues advisory on teen use of e-cigarettes

US Surgeon General issues advisory on teen use of e-cigarettes

Prompted by an unprecedented spike in the use of e-cigarettes among teens, the US Surgeon General issued a call to action for parents, teachers and health professionals about the negative health consequences of e-cigarettes at a news conference Tuesday. Currently, 1 in 5 high school students uses e-cigarettes, said Dr. Jerome Adams. “Our youth today…MORE

Daughter signs for deaf dad at rock concert and doesn’t miss a beat

Daughter signs for deaf dad at rock concert and doesn’t miss a beat

Rocking out at a concert, Kari Carberry didn’t miss a beat as she signed the lyrics of the songs for her deaf dad in Canada last week. This father-daughter duo bonded over their love for the rock group Three Days Grace, and at the concert in Edmonton, Alberta, on Wednesday they quickly went viral with…MORE

Opioids offer little chronic pain benefit and wane over time, study says

Opioids offer little chronic pain benefit and wane over time, study says

For adults with chronic pain, opioids offer narrow improvements over a placebo for pain and physical functioning, on average, according to a new analysis published Tuesday. And the majority of patients will experience no meaningful benefit. Those benefits also tend to decrease over time and come with the risk of side effects such as vomiting…MORE

Q&A: The future of millions of people’s health insurance is uncertain

Q&A: The future of millions of people’s health insurance is uncertain

On Friday, a federal judge in Texas struck down the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, but that doesn’t mean the law is dead — yet. Here’s what you need to know. What did the judge decide? Texas District Judge Reed O’Connor ruled that the part of the law that mandated that people get…MORE

New year brings altered landscape for abortion battle

New year brings altered landscape for abortion battle

Those engaged in the battle over abortion in the United States are looking out at the thorny landscape and gearing up for what is on the horizon in 2019. What they see includes a more conservative US Supreme Court, 85 confirmed judges appointed by President Donald Trump who are reshaping the courts, and legislative bodies…MORE

For the new year, try 12 monthly ‘micro-resolutions’

For the new year, try 12 monthly ‘micro-resolutions’

We know from research that most New Year’s resolutions last only a month a two. Willpower is in short supply. We lose focus. Things change. My record has been no different. The only one I’ve maintained, for years now, is a weight loss/maintenance scheme in which I weigh myself (for prizes!) on December 31, incentivizing…MORE

Antarctic penguins in danger from human diseases, researchers say

Antarctic penguins in danger from human diseases, researchers say

Scientists have long thought that animals in Antarctica were isolated from harmful human-linked bacteria, but a new study provides evidence that this is no longer the case. Previous studies had found scattered instances of transmission of bacteria from humans to animals, known as reverse zoonosis, in the region, but research remained fragmented. Now, however, researchers…MORE

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome may be due to an overactive immune system, study finds

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome may be due to an overactive immune system, study finds

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, a condition which causes extreme tiredness, could be triggered by an overactive immune system, a study has found. UK researchers found that an exaggerated immune response can trigger long-lasting fatigue, suggesting this is how CFS — also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) — begins. The study, published Monday, is the first to…MORE