Health News

U.S. government releases draft plan for electronic health data


WASHINGTON - The Obama administration on Friday proposed a plan to move most doctors, hospitals and their patients to national standards for handling electronic clinical data by the end of 2017.

Cancer organization partners with NFL on prostate treatment

PHOENIX - A U.S. cancer organization has partnered with the NFL alumni association ahead of Sunday's Super Bowl XLIX to raise awareness about screening, diagnosis and treatment for prostate cancer, a disease that kills tens of thousands of U.S. men a year. 

Ebola likely to persist in 2015 as communities resist aid: Red Cross

GENEVA - West Africa will be lucky to wipe out Ebola this year, as the local population remains suspicious of aid workers, especially in Guinea, the Red Cross said on Friday.

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POM Wonderful loses bid to tout health benefits in ads

WASHINGTON - POM Wonderful cannot advertise that its pomegranate juice drinks treat or prevent heart disease or other ailments unless it has proof, a U.S. appeals court said on Friday in upholding an order by the Federal Trade Commission.

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Liberia delays school reopening by two weeks as Ebola cases fall

MONROVIA - Liberia said on Friday it would delay reopening schools for two weeks in order to better prepare safety measures against the Ebola virus, which has killed more than 3,650 people in the country but now appears to be receding.

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U.S. proposes effort to analyze DNA from 1 million people

WASHINGTON - The United States has proposed analyzing genetic information from more than 1 million American volunteers as part of a new initiative to understand human disease and develop medicines targeted to an individual's genetic make-up.

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March meeting to plan rebuilding of Ebola-hit states

NAIROBI - Governments and international organizations plan to meet in March to work out how to rebuild three West African nations whose economies have been shattered by Ebola, a U.N. envoy said on Thursday.

29 Jan 2015

Suspected Ebola patient admitted to California hospital

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A patient suspected of contracting Ebola after traveling in West Africa and exhibiting symptoms of the disease was admitted on Thursday to a special isolation hospital unit in Sacramento and was being tested for infection, officials said.

U.S. 29 Jan 2015

CDC urges measles vaccinations amid Disneyland outbreak

LOS ANGELES - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged Americans on Thursday to get vaccinated for measles amid an outbreak that began at Disneyland in December, saying that 2014 saw the highest number of cases in two decades.

29 Jan 2015

Poll finds gaping chasm in views between U.S. public, scientists

WASHINGTON - American scientists and the general public hold vastly different views on key scientific issues including the role of people in causing climate change, the safety of genetically modified food, and evolution, a poll released on Thursday showed.

Science, 29 Jan 2015