Health News

CDC worker possibly exposed to Ebola in mishap shows no signs of disease: U.S. official


WASHINGTON - The laboratory technician who may have been exposed to Ebola in a mishap last week at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta is showing no signs of the disease, the U.S. Ebola coordinator said on Sunday.

Hong Kong confirms first case of deadly bird flu this winter

HONG KONG - A woman is critically ill in Hong Kong with the deadly H7N9 strain of bird flu, the first confirmed case in the city this winter, the Hong Kong government said.

27 Dec 2014

Elder-care challenges prompt tech executives to create startups, apps

SAN FRANCISCO - For years, Google Inc's commerce chief, Stephanie Tilenius, held a demanding job and helped oversee the medical care of her parents, an experience that led her to leave the Internet search giant in 2012 and start a company to help patients combat chronic disease. 

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Language barriers and fear of police may prevent minority 911 calls

- In poor, mostly Latino areas of Denver, Colorado, people who suffer cardiac arrest are less likely to get help in part because distrust of law enforcement and language barriers stop bystanders from calling 911 or learning CPR, researchers say.

26 Dec 2014

Life support can be ended for clinically-dead pregnant woman: Irish court

LONDON - Ireland's High Court ruled on Friday that a life support machine keeping a brain-dead woman alive could be switched off because her unborn fetus had no chance of survival, a decision likely to upset anti-abortion campaigners.

26 Dec 2014

Teen drivers may run a fatal risk in older, smaller cars

- Teenagers are more likely than middle aged drivers to die in crashes while driving older, smaller cars, according to a recent study.

26 Dec 2014

Yoga may benefit heart health as much as aerobics

- Those sun salutations and downward dogs could be as good for the heart as cycling or brisk walking, and easier to tolerate for older people and those with health challenges, according to a new review of existing research.

26 Dec 2014

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

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