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CDC worker monitored for possible Ebola exposure in lab error


- A laboratory technician for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been placed under observation for possible exposure to the deadly Ebola virus due to an apparent mix-up in lab specimens, the Atlanta-based agency said on Wednesday.

Complex jobs might help maintain brain fitness in aging

- Regardless of IQ, people who work at complex jobs have a slightly higher chance of being better thinkers as they age, a recent study suggests.

25 Dec 2014

Somber Christmas, gatherings banned in Ebola-hit Sierra Leone

FREETOWN - Sierra Leoneans observed a somber Christmas in their homes on Thursday, after the government banned traditionally boisterous holiday celebrations to prevent the spread of deadly Ebola in the worst-hit country.

25 Dec 2014

Self-exam and doctor's-exam find similar breast tumors

- Women’s self-exams and physical exams by a doctor both detect breast cancer tumors at about the same size, but older women are more likely to have a tumor discovered via doctor’s examination, according to a new Swiss study.

25 Dec 2014

Punishment can worsen bedwetting

- Punishing children for bedwetting won’t solve the problem and may make it worse, researchers say.

25 Dec 2014

Death toll in Ebola outbreak rises to 7,588: WHO

GENEVA - The global death toll from Ebola has risen to 7,588 out of 19,497 confirmed cases recorded in the year-old epidemic raging in West Africa, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday.

24 Dec 2014

Animal research at NIH lab challenged by members of Congress

- Animal research practices at a National Institutes of Health (NIH) facility in Poolesville, Maryland are being challenged by four members of Congress, who have asked the NIH director to commission a bioethical review of experiments being conducted on monkeys at the lab.

24 Dec 2014

Medical detective work is next phase in Ebola fight

ACCRA - Medical detective work will be the next big phase in the fight against Ebola when the United Nations deploys hundreds of health workers to identify chains of infection as the virus passes from person to person, top U.N. health workers said.

24 Dec 2014

FDA eases 31-year ban on blood donations from gay men

- U.S. health regulators will recommend that gay men be allowed to donate blood one year after their last sexual contact, easing a ban that has been in place since 1983.

23 Dec 2014

U.S. churches catching on to communion breads free of gluten

- Rachel Rieger figured getting diagnosed with celiac disease and having to rid gluten from her diet meant she could no longer partake of the wheat-based communion bread that represents a key facet of her Catholic faith.

24 Dec 2014