Health News

Ghana strike ends but election campaign to test IMF deal further


ACCRA - Ghana faced down the first major challenge to an IMF austerity program on Monday when doctors suspended a three-week strike but a bigger test of President John Mahama's commitment will come next year as he fights for reelection.

Neurologist, author Oliver Sacks dies at age 82

- Oliver Sacks, the neurologist who studied the intricacies of the brain and wrote eloquently about them in books such as "Awakenings" and "The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat," died on Sunday at the age of 82, his personal assistant said.

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Dead woman tests positive for Ebola in Sierra Leone

FREETOWN - The body of a woman who died in Sierra Leone has tested positive for the Ebola virus, less than a week after the last person confirmed to have had the disease was released from hospital, health officials said.

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Texas teen dies of rare brain-eating amoeba infection

- A Texas teenager who contracted a rare brain-eating disease after swimming in a lake about 70 miles (110 km) north of Houston has died, according to his family and local media.

U.S., 7:57pm EDT

Alnylam, Medicines cholesterol drug lasts months after one shot

LONDON - A new drug in early development cuts cholesterol as much as two potent injections recently cleared for sale but lasts much longer, meaning it may need to be given only every three to six months, initial findings suggest.

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Planned Parenthood goes to court to fight funding cuts in Alabama

Planned Parenthood filed a complaint in Alabama federal court on Friday seeking to stop the state from defunding its health clinics after the release of covertly recorded videos attacking the organization's handling of aborted fetal tissue.

Politics, U.S. 29 Aug 2015

European heart experts okay longer use of blood thinners

LONDON - European heart experts on Saturday endorsed the potential use of multiple blood thinning drugs for heart attack patients beyond one year, in a move that may boost demand for AstraZeneca's Brilinta.

29 Aug 2015

Caffeine may chip a couple strokes off golf score

(Reuters Health) - A moderate dose of caffeine may help combat fatigue and shave about two strokes off the scores of skilled collegiate players, according to a small study.

28 Aug 2015

Healthy workplace tied to fewer obese young workers

(Reuters Health) - Workplaces that encourage healthy lifestyle practices are tied to fewer obese employees among millennials, according to a new study.

28 Aug 2015

Five more California inmates diagnosed with Legionnaires' disease

- Five more California inmates have been diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease at San Quentin State Prison, as officials work to determine the source of the outbreak and minimize its spread, the state corrections department said on Sunday.

U.S., 7:47pm EDT