Health News

China drafts policy on emergency Ebola diagnosis, approves products


SHANGHAI - China has drafted a policy on the emergency use of diagnostic products for the Ebola virus disease and clinical trials, the country's drug regulator said on Friday, as the number of people affected globally by the epidemic nears 16,000.

China reports new human case of H7N9 bird flu

SHANGHAI - China confirmed a new human infection of the deadly H7N9 avian influenza virus, state news agency Xinhua said, the first case this winter in the southern province of Guangdong.

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Arizona man hospitalized over Ebola concerns tests negative

- A Phoenix man who became ill after returning this week from Sierra Leone, one of the three West African nations hardest hit by an Ebola outbreak, on Friday was taken to a hospital where he tested negative for the virus, officials said.

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New York State blocks free medical services at event

NEW YORK - New York state health officials have stopped a nonprofit group from providing free medical care to thousands of patients lacking health insurance during a four-day dental conference that starts Friday. 

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Cuban doctor with Ebola 'improving' in Geneva hospital

HAVANA - The Cuban doctor who contracted Ebola while treating patients in Sierra Leone is improving with each day and eating normally, though he is still weak, a Swiss hospital said on Friday.

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Liberia's Supreme Court suspends election campaign over Ebola

MONROVIA - Liberia's Supreme Court suspended campaigning for next month's senate election on Friday while it considers a petition warning that electioneering risks spreading the Ebola outbreak, the information minister said.

28 Nov 2014

WHO advises male Ebola survivors to abstain from sex

LONDON - Men who recover from Ebola should abstain from sex for three months to minimize the risk of passing the virus on in their semen, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.

28 Nov 2014

Heavy drinking raises women’s injury risk more than men’s

(Reuters Health) – Heavy drinking increases the risk of being injured, and far more so for women than men, researchers say.

28 Nov 2014

Rehab may be best option for young adult opiate addicts

(Reuters Health) - Young adults addicted to opiates like oxycodone and heroin may have the best chance at long-term abstinence in residential treatment - often known as rehab - programs, according to a recent study.

28 Nov 2014

France's Hollande warns against isolating Ebola-hit Guinea

CONAKRY - President Francois Hollande, the first Western leader to visit Ebola-stricken West Africa, warned on Friday against isolating one of the countries hit by the worst epidemic of the disease on record.

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