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  • Liberian slums barricaded as Ebola sets new record

    Liberian slums barricaded as Ebola sets new record

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 5:25 PM EDT2014-08-20 21:25:37 GMT
    Riot police and soldiers acting on their president's orders used scrap wood and barbed wire to seal off 50,000 people inside their Liberian slum Wednesday, trying to contain the Ebola outbreak that has killed...
    Riot police and soldiers acting on their president's orders used scrap wood and barbed wire to seal off 50,000 people inside their Liberian slum Wednesday, trying to contain the Ebola outbreak that has killed 1,350...
  • Pryor's 'Obamacare' ad highlights his cancer fight

    Pryor's 'Obamacare' ad highlights his cancer fight

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 5:04 PM EDT2014-08-20 21:04:14 GMT
    U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor is reaching into his own medical history to explain his vote on the nation's new health care law, telling Arkansans that his battle with a rare cancer 18 years ago influenced his vote.
    U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor is reaching into his own medical history to explain his vote on the nation's new health care law, telling Arkansans that his battle with a rare cancer 18 years ago influenced his vote.
  • Audit: 'Obamacare' tax not meeting revenue target

    Audit: 'Obamacare' tax not meeting revenue target

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 5:04 PM EDT2014-08-20 21:04:01 GMT
    A government audit says an "Obamacare" tax on medical devices is falling short of its revenue target because thousands of companies aren't paying it.
    An "Obamacare" tax on medical devices is falling short of its revenue target because thousands of companies aren't paying it, according to a government audit released Tuesday.
  • Livestrong $50M gift biggest since Armstrong exit

    Livestrong $50M gift biggest since Armstrong exit

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 3:45 PM EDT2014-08-20 19:45:11 GMT
    Lance Armstrong's former charity made the largest investment in its history Tuesday by giving $50 million to the University of Texas, marking the group's biggest splash since severing ties with the...
    Lance Armstrong's former charity made the largest investment in its history Tuesday by giving $50 million to the University of Texas, marking the group's biggest splash since severing ties with the disgraced...
  • Drug for Ebola-like virus promising in ill monkeys

    Drug for Ebola-like virus promising in ill monkeys

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 3:33 PM EDT2014-08-20 19:33:41 GMT
    Texas researchers are reporting that an experimental drug saved monkeys from a virus closely related to Ebola even after symptoms began.
    An experimental drug saved monkeys from a virus closely related to Ebola even after symptoms began, Texas researchers reported Wednesday. A drug that targets Ebola in the same way is under development, and the study raises...
  • UN urges exit screening for Ebola at some airports

    UN urges exit screening for Ebola at some airports

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 3:33 PM EDT2014-08-20 19:33:25 GMT
    The U.N. health agency is urging Ebola-affected countries to start screening all passengers leaving international airports, sea ports and major ground crossings.
    Ebola-affected countries should immediately begin exit screening all passengers leaving international airports, sea ports and major ground crossings, the U.N. health agency said on Monday.
  • WHO: West Africa Ebola death toll rises to 1,350

    WHO: West Africa Ebola death toll rises to 1,350

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 1:25 PM EDT2014-08-20 17:25:00 GMT
    Security forces are enforcing a quarantine around a slum in the Liberian capital, where looters raided an Ebola screening center over the weekend and removed contaminated sheets and other items.
    The World Health Organization says the death toll from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is now at least 1,350 people.
  • UN undertakes polio vaccination campaign in Iraq

    UN undertakes polio vaccination campaign in Iraq

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 1:24 PM EDT2014-08-20 17:24:55 GMT
    The United Nations says it is undertaking a mass polio vaccination campaign in Iraq, hoping to reach millions of children.
    The United Nations said Monday it was undertaking a mass polio vaccination campaign in Iraq, hoping to reach millions of children as the highly contagious virus crosses from Syria into neighboring countries.
  • Missionary visits Ebola-stricken wife in hospital

    Missionary visits Ebola-stricken wife in hospital

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 1:24 PM EDT2014-08-20 17:24:39 GMT
    An American missionary has been released from quarantine and has visited his wife, who is being treated for the deadly Ebola virus.
    An American missionary has been released from quarantine and has visited his wife, who is being treated for the deadly Ebola virus.
  • Nigerian woman suspected of Ebola dies in UAE

    Nigerian woman suspected of Ebola dies in UAE

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 1:24 PM EDT2014-08-20 17:24:38 GMT
    Health officials in the Emirati capital of Abu Dhabi say that a Nigerian woman who arrived on a flight transiting the city and who may have been infected with the Ebola virus has died.
    The national airline of the United Arab Emirates said Monday it has disinfected one of its planes after health authorities there announced that a Nigerian woman who died after flying in to the capital, Abu Dhabi, may have...
  • US won't reveal records on health website security

    US won't reveal records on health website security

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 1:24 PM EDT2014-08-20 17:24:37 GMT
    The Obama administration has concluded it will not publicly disclose federal records that could shed light on the security of the government's signature health care website because doing so could "potentially"...
    After promising not to withhold government information over "speculative or abstract fears," the Obama administration has concluded it will not publicly disclose federal records that could shed light on the security of the...
  • Ebola health workers battle death, heat, rumors

    Ebola health workers battle death, heat, rumors

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 1:24 PM EDT2014-08-20 17:24:28 GMT
    Doctors and nurses fighting Ebola in West Africa are working 14-hour days, seven days a week, wearing head-to-toe gear in the heat of muddy clinics. Agonizing death is the norm. The hellish conditions aren't...
    Doctors and nurses fighting Ebola in West Africa are working 14-hour days, seven days a week, wearing head-to-toe gear in the heat of muddy clinics. Agonizing death is the norm. The hellish conditions aren't the only...
  • Disabilities in kids rise; not physical problems

    Disabilities in kids rise; not physical problems

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 1:24 PM EDT2014-08-20 17:24:22 GMT
    Disabilities among U.S. children have increased slightly, with a bigger rise in mental and developmental problems in those from wealthier families, a 10-year analysis found.
    Disabilities among U.S. children have increased slightly, with a bigger rise in mental and developmental problems in those from wealthier families, a 10-year analysis found.
  • Liberia president declares Ebola curfew

    Liberia president declares Ebola curfew

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 8:05 PM EDT2014-08-20 00:05:57 GMT
    The U.N. health agency says the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has now killed more than 1,200 people.
    Liberia's president declared a curfew and ordered security forces to quarantine a slum home to at least 50,000 people late Tuesday as the West African country battled to stop the spread of Ebola in the capital.
  • Camps take cystic fibrosis patients surfing

    Camps take cystic fibrosis patients surfing

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 3:24 PM EDT2014-08-19 19:24:33 GMT
    For three of Rob and Paulette Montelone's five kids, spending the summer surfing is more than just a fun activity. It could also extend their lives.
    For three of Rob and Paulette Montelone's five kids, spending the summer surfing is more than just a fun activity. It could also extend their lives.
  • Report: CDC scientist kept quiet about flu blunder

    Report: CDC scientist kept quiet about flu blunder

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 7:43 AM EDT2014-08-19 11:43:42 GMT
    An investigation into a potentially dangerous blunder at a government lab found that a scientist kept silent about the accident and revealed it only after other employees noticed something fishy.
    A government scientist kept silent about a potentially dangerous lab blunder and revealed it only after workers in another lab noticed something fishy, according to an internal investigation.
  • Growing unrest sets back Liberia's Ebola fight

    Growing unrest sets back Liberia's Ebola fight

    Monday, August 18 2014 2:07 PM EDT2014-08-18 18:07:02 GMT
    An official says some of the people who fled an Ebola quarantine center when it was looted in Liberia's capital are again under observation.
    Authorities in Liberia urgently searched on Monday for 17 people who fled an Ebola medical center over the weekend when it was attacked by looters who stole blood-stained sheets and mattresses and took them into an...
  • Scientists racing to test Ebola vaccines in humans

    Scientists racing to test Ebola vaccines in humans

    Monday, August 18 2014 10:54 AM EDT2014-08-18 14:54:00 GMT
    Scientists are racing to begin the first human safety tests of two experimental Ebola vaccines, but it won't be easy to prove that the shots and other potential treatments in the pipeline really work.
    Scientists are racing to begin the first human safety tests of two experimental Ebola vaccines, but it won't be easy to prove that the shots and other potential treatments in the pipeline really work.
  • Liberia: Ebola fears rise as clinic is looted

    Liberia: Ebola fears rise as clinic is looted

    Sunday, August 17 2014 12:52 PM EDT2014-08-17 16:52:50 GMT
    The Kenyan government says it will prevent entry into Kenya of passengers traveling from and through the Ebola-stricken West African countries of Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia.
    Liberian officials fear Ebola could soon spread through the capital's largest slum after residents raided a quarantine center for suspected patients and took items including bloody sheets and mattresses.
  • Study questions need for most people to cut salt

    Study questions need for most people to cut salt

    Sunday, August 17 2014 10:23 AM EDT2014-08-17 14:23:28 GMT
    By MARILYNN MARCHIONE AP Chief Medical Writer A large international study questions the conventional wisdom that most people should cut back on salt, suggesting that the amount most folks consume...
    By MARILYNN MARCHIONE AP Chief Medical Writer A large international study questions the conventional wisdom that most people should cut back on salt, suggesting that the amount most folks consume is OK...
  • Liberia expands Ebola treatment in capital

    Liberia expands Ebola treatment in capital

    Saturday, August 16 2014 7:10 PM EDT2014-08-16 23:10:26 GMT
    Authorities in Liberia are opening a new center to treat Ebola patients after the existing one in the capital became overwhelmed with patients.
    Liberian authorities expanded Ebola treatment centers in the capital Saturday to cope with increasing numbers of patients, while two more airlines announced they were halting flights to the capitals of Liberia and Sierra...
  • Deadline to clear up health law eligibility near

    Deadline to clear up health law eligibility near

    Saturday, August 16 2014 10:40 AM EDT2014-08-16 14:40:22 GMT
    The clock is ticking for hundreds of thousands of people who have unresolved issues affecting their coverage under the new health care law.
    The clock is ticking for hundreds of thousands of people who have unresolved issues affecting their coverage under the new health care law.
  • Texas abortion law could send women across borders

    Texas abortion law could send women across borders

    Saturday, August 16 2014 9:49 AM EDT2014-08-16 13:49:59 GMT
    A sweeping Texas anti-abortion law that would ban the procedure at 18 clinics statewide is putting attention on one facility in New Mexico.
    Crossing borders is a part of life in El Paso in far West Texas, where people may walk into Mexico to visit family or commute to New Mexico for work. But getting an abortion doesn't require leaving town.
  • Aid group: W. Africa Ebola outbreak like 'wartime'

    Aid group: W. Africa Ebola outbreak like 'wartime'

    Friday, August 15 2014 4:11 PM EDT2014-08-15 20:11:16 GMT
    The World Health Organization says beds in Ebola treatment centers in West Africa are filling up faster than they can be provided.
    The Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 1,100 people in West Africa could last another six months, the Doctors Without Borders charity group said Friday. One aid worker acknowledged that the true death toll is still...
  • Ebola survivor shunned by boyfriend, even school

    Ebola survivor shunned by boyfriend, even school

    Friday, August 15 2014 4:10 PM EDT2014-08-15 20:10:55 GMT
    The medical school professors no longer want Kadiatou Fanta in the classroom. Her boyfriend has broken up with her. Each day the 26-year-old eats alone and sleeps alone. Even her own family members are afraid to...
    The medical school professors no longer want Kadiatou Fanta in the classroom. Her boyfriend has broken up with her. Each day the 26-year-old eats alone and sleeps alone. Even her own family members are afraid to touch her...
  • Ebola: Questions, answers about an unproven drug

    Ebola: Questions, answers about an unproven drug

    Friday, August 15 2014 10:30 AM EDT2014-08-15 14:30:57 GMT
    An experimental Ebola drug has been used to treat two American aid workers and a Spanish missionary priest. Could Liberian doctors be next?
    An experimental Ebola drug has been used to treat two American aid workers and a Spanish missionary priest. Could Liberian doctors be next?
  • Many Kenyan men flee to avoid forced circumcisions

    Many Kenyan men flee to avoid forced circumcisions

    Friday, August 15 2014 10:30 AM EDT2014-08-15 14:30:46 GMT
    The circumcision season in Kenya's Bukusu ethnic group brings a festive atmosphere: music, food and free-flowing beer. For uncircumcised men from other tribes in the area, however, it is not time to party,...
    The circumcision season among Kenya's Bukusu ethnic group brings a festive atmosphere: music, food and free-flowing beer. For the uncircumcised men from other tribes in the area, however, it is not time to party,...
  • WHO: Ebola toll may 'vastly underestimate' crisis

    WHO: Ebola toll may 'vastly underestimate' crisis

    Thursday, August 14 2014 7:02 PM EDT2014-08-14 23:02:01 GMT
    Nigeria's health minister, Onyebuchi Chukwu, has announced there is another Ebola case in Africa's most populous country, bringing the total confirmed cases there to 11.
    There is evidence the numbers of dead and sickened by Ebola in West Africa may "vastly underestimate the magnitude of the outbreak," the World Health Organization said Thursday. The U.N. health agency said it was prepared...
  • Liberian ex-soccer star Weah records Ebola song

    Liberian ex-soccer star Weah records Ebola song

    Thursday, August 14 2014 10:49 AM EDT2014-08-14 14:49:32 GMT
    Liberia's world famous soccer star George Weah has produced a song to raise awareness about Ebola, the deadly disease ravaging West Africa.
    Liberia's world famous soccer star George Weah has produced a song to raise awareness about Ebola, the deadly disease ravaging West Africa.
  • Nigeria confirms 1 more Ebola case

    Nigeria confirms 1 more Ebola case

    Thursday, August 14 2014 9:49 AM EDT2014-08-14 13:49:48 GMT
    Nigeria's Minister of Health, Onyebuchi Chukwu, says that the West African country has one more confirmed Ebola case, a nurse who was treating Patrick Sawyer, the Liberian-American who flew into the country...
    Nigeria has one more confirmed Ebola case, a nurse who was treating the Liberian-American who flew into the country with the disease and died of it last month, the health minister announced Monday.
  • Doctors: Ebola drug poses 'impossible dilemma'

    Doctors: Ebola drug poses 'impossible dilemma'

    Wednesday, August 13 2014 6:33 PM EDT2014-08-13 22:33:45 GMT
    Officials at the World Health Organization say they considered giving a doctor from Sierra Leone an experimental Ebola drug but decided against it. The drug was later given to three Westerners.
    Doctors treating a Sierra Leone physician with Ebola defended their decision not to give him an experimental drug, saying Wednesday they feared it was too risky.
  • Panel urges 2nd pneumonia shot for older adults

    Panel urges 2nd pneumonia shot for older adults

    Wednesday, August 13 2014 5:00 PM EDT2014-08-13 21:00:38 GMT
    A federal panel says older Americans should start getting a new vaccine against bacteria that cause pneumonia.
    A federal panel says older Americans should start getting a new vaccine against bacteria that cause pneumonia.
  • US bots flagged Ebola before outbreak announced

    US bots flagged Ebola before outbreak announced

    Wednesday, August 13 2014 2:39 PM EDT2014-08-13 18:39:37 GMT
    The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is focusing a spotlight on an online tool that flagged a "mystery hemorrhagic fever" in the region several days before the World Health Organization formally announced the epidemic.
    The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is focusing a spotlight on an online tool run by experts in Boston that flagged a "mystery hemorrhagic fever" in forested areas of southeastern Guinea nine days before the World Health...
  • UN: OK to use untested Ebola drugs in outbreak

    UN: OK to use untested Ebola drugs in outbreak

    Tuesday, August 12 2014 10:51 PM EDT2014-08-13 02:51:06 GMT
    A spokeswoman for a Madrid hospital says a Spanish missionary priest who was evacuated from Liberia last week after testing positive for Ebola has died.
    The World Health Organization declared it's ethical to use untested drugs and vaccines in the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa, although the tiny supply of one experimental treatment has been depleted and it could...
  • Deadline to clear up health law eligibility near

    Deadline to clear up health law eligibility near

    Tuesday, August 12 2014 4:50 PM EDT2014-08-12 20:50:54 GMT
    The administration is warning hundreds of thousands of consumers they risk losing taxpayer-subsidized health insurance unless they act quickly to resolve issues about their citizenship and immigration status.
    Hundreds of thousands of people who signed up under the new health care law risk losing their taxpayer-subsidized insurance unless they act quickly to resolve questions about their citizenship or immigration status. The...
  • UN: Ebola outbreak a public health emergency

    UN: Ebola outbreak a public health emergency

    Tuesday, August 12 2014 12:20 PM EDT2014-08-12 16:20:44 GMT
    The World Health Organization on Friday declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa to be an international public health emergency that requires an extraordinary response to stop its spread.
    The World Health Organization urged nations worldwide to donate money and resources to stop the spread of Ebola as it declared the outbreak in West Africa to be an international public health emergency.
  • HIV infections rise, thwart Brazil's AIDS efforts

    HIV infections rise, thwart Brazil's AIDS efforts

    Tuesday, August 12 2014 12:18 PM EDT2014-08-12 16:18:30 GMT
    The devastating news didn't make sense to Brazilian Pierre Freitaz. How was it possible that, at age 17, he was infected with HIV if his only boyfriend seemed fit and healthy?
    The devastating news didn't make sense to Brazilian Pierre Freitaz. How was it possible that, at age 17, he was infected with HIV if his only boyfriend seemed fit and healthy?
  • Liberian doctors to get experimental Ebola drug

    Liberian doctors to get experimental Ebola drug

    Monday, August 11 2014 10:20 PM EDT2014-08-12 02:20:57 GMT
    Spain says it has imported a U.S.-made experimental drug to treat a Spanish missionary priest who was evacuated from Liberia last week after testing positive for Ebola.
    Liberia announced Monday that it would soon receive doses of an experimental Ebola drug and give it to two sick doctors, making them the first Africans to receive some of the scarce treatment in a spiraling outbreak.
  • US doctor, aid worker appear to be improving

    US doctor, aid worker appear to be improving

    Monday, August 11 2014 11:47 AM EDT2014-08-11 15:47:49 GMT
    An American doctor infected with Ebola says he's getting stronger every day.
    An American doctor infected with Ebola while working in Liberia indicated Friday he's getting stronger every day, and the husband of a second aid worker with the deadly virus said his wife also seems to be improving.
  • Bad bite: A tick can make you allergic to red meat

    Bad bite: A tick can make you allergic to red meat

    Monday, August 11 2014 4:27 AM EDT2014-08-11 08:27:25 GMT
    By MARILYNN MARCHIONE AP Chief Medical Writer A tick bite might make you a vegetarian, or at least make you swear off red meat.
    By MARILYNN MARCHIONE AP Chief Medical Writer A bug can turn you into a vegetarian, or at least make you swear off red meat. Doctors across the nation are seeing a surge of sudden meat allergies in...
  • Liberians demand that govt picks up Ebola bodies

    Liberians demand that govt picks up Ebola bodies

    Monday, August 11 2014 4:27 AM EDT2014-08-11 08:27:23 GMT
    A Catholic humanitarian group based in Spain says a nun from the Congo who was working in Liberia has died of the Ebola virus.
    Riot police raced to quell a demonstration blocking Liberia's busiest highway Saturday as an angry crowd protested the government's delays in collecting the bodies of Ebola victims.
  • CDC director: Scale of Ebola crisis unprecedented

    CDC director: Scale of Ebola crisis unprecedented

    Sunday, August 10 2014 9:47 AM EDT2014-08-10 13:47:28 GMT
    A U.S. health official warns that the current Ebola crisis in West Africa is on pace to sicken more people than all other previous outbreaks of the disease combined.
    The current Ebola crisis in West Africa is on pace to sicken more people than all other previous outbreaks of the disease combined, the health official leading the U.S. response said Thursday.
  • Soaked for charity: Ice bucket challenges get cool

    Soaked for charity: Ice bucket challenges get cool

    Sunday, August 10 2014 9:47 AM EDT2014-08-10 13:47:24 GMT
    Getting soaked with ice cold water for charity is in vogue.
    The idea is simple: Take a bucket of ice water, dump it over your head, record it and post the video on social media.
  • VA chief makes 1st hospital visit amid scandal

    VA chief makes 1st hospital visit amid scandal

    Sunday, August 10 2014 9:47 AM EDT2014-08-10 13:47:16 GMT
    Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald visited a VA hospital Friday for the first time since taking over the embattled agency last month, meeting with veterans and health care providers and vowing to restore...
    Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald visited a VA hospital Friday for the first time since taking over the embattled agency last month, meeting with veterans and health care providers and vowing to restore trust in...
  • FDA lifts hold on experimental Ebola drug

    FDA lifts hold on experimental Ebola drug

    Sunday, August 10 2014 9:47 AM EDT2014-08-10 13:47:11 GMT
    Federal health authorities have eased safety restrictions on an experimental drug to treat Ebola, a move that could clear the way for its use in patients infected with the deadly virus.
    U.S. health authorities have eased safety restrictions on an experimental drug to treat Ebola, a move that could clear the way for its use in patients infected with the deadly virus.
  • Boost for vets' health: Obama signs new law

    Boost for vets' health: Obama signs new law

    Friday, August 8 2014 6:06 PM EDT2014-08-08 22:06:08 GMT
    Veterans are expected to have an easier time getting government-paid health care from local doctors under a bill that President Barack Obama is set to sign into law Thursday.
    Tens of thousands of military veterans who have been enduring long waits for medical care should be able to turn to private doctors almost immediately under a law signed Thursday by President Barack Obama.
  • Nigeria declares national emergency over Ebola

    Nigeria declares national emergency over Ebola

    Friday, August 8 2014 3:46 PM EDT2014-08-08 19:46:48 GMT
    Nigeria's president is declaring a national state of emergency over the Ebola virus.
    Nigeria's president has declared the containment of the Ebola virus in Africa's most populous nation a national emergency, his office said in a statement Friday, after the health ministry announced two more...
  • Correction: Wetlands-Water Reuse story

    Correction: Wetlands-Water Reuse story

    Friday, August 8 2014 3:45 PM EDT2014-08-08 19:45:52 GMT
    As murky water snakes through a man-made wetland between Dallas and Houston, its shallow ponds of lush vegetation slowly filter out phosphorous and nitrates until, a week later, the water runs clear as a creek into...
    In a story Aug. 3 about a man-made wetland system, The Associated Press erroneously reported the amount of water the system contributes to a local reservoir. It adds 65 million gallons per day, not 65,000 gallons.
  • FDA warns that tattoo inks can cause infections

    FDA warns that tattoo inks can cause infections

    Friday, August 8 2014 3:36 PM EDT2014-08-08 19:36:50 GMT
    Thinking about getting inked? Check the bottle first.
    Thinking about getting inked? Check the bottle first.
  • Ohio water crisis: Threat isn't going away soon

    Ohio water crisis: Threat isn't going away soon

    Friday, August 8 2014 3:25 PM EDT2014-08-08 19:25:29 GMT
    Ohio's governor and several prominent lawmakers promise there will be a lot more attention to Lake Erie after the state's fourth-largest city was forced to tell 400,000 people to stop drinking its water.
    The threat of toxins contaminating water supplies along western Lake Erie is far from over even after Ohio's fourth-largest city declared its water safe again.
  • Spain priest with Ebola stable in Madrid hospital

    Spain priest with Ebola stable in Madrid hospital

    Friday, August 8 2014 9:58 AM EDT2014-08-08 13:58:01 GMT
    A Spanish missionary priest who tested positive for the Ebola virus was in stable condition at a Madrid hospital on Thursday after being evacuated from Liberia, health officials said.
    A Spanish missionary priest who tested positive for the Ebola virus was in stable condition at a Madrid hospital on Thursday after being evacuated from Liberia, health officials said.
  • Study ties new gene to major breast cancer risk

    Study ties new gene to major breast cancer risk

    Friday, August 8 2014 3:05 AM EDT2014-08-08 07:05:06 GMT
    By MARILYNN MARCHIONE AP Chief Medical Writer It's long been known that faulty BRCA genes greatly raise the risk for breast cancer. Now scientists say a more recently identified, less common...
    By MARILYNN MARCHIONE AP Chief Medical Writer It's long been known that faulty BRCA genes greatly raise the risk for breast cancer. Now scientists say a more recently identified, less common gene can...
  • Questions and answers about Lake Erie toxic algae

    Questions and answers about Lake Erie toxic algae

    Thursday, August 7 2014 5:36 PM EDT2014-08-07 21:36:20 GMT
    By JOHN FLESHER AP Environmental Writer Hundreds of thousands of people in Toledo, Ohio, and nearby southeastern Michigan were unable to use tap water from Saturday until Monday morning because of...
    By JOHN FLESHER AP Environmental Writer Hundreds of thousands of people in Toledo, Ohio, and nearby southeastern Michigan were unable to use tap water from Saturday until Monday morning because of unsafe...
  • Poll: Obama health law is a tale of 2 Americas

    Poll: Obama health law is a tale of 2 Americas

    Thursday, August 7 2014 3:47 PM EDT2014-08-07 19:47:27 GMT
    President Barack Obama's health care law has become a tale of two Americas.
    President Barack Obama's health care law has become a tale of two Americas.
  • Glance: percentage of uninsured in 2013, 2014

    Glance: percentage of uninsured in 2013, 2014

    Thursday, August 7 2014 3:45 PM EDT2014-08-07 19:45:10 GMT
    A look at the percentage of people without health insurance in each state in 2013 and midyear 2014:
    A look at the percentage of people without health insurance in each state in 2013 and midyear 2014:
  • Britain pledges new funding to contain Ebola

    Britain pledges new funding to contain Ebola

    Thursday, August 7 2014 2:15 PM EDT2014-08-07 18:15:02 GMT
    Britain has announced 3 million pounds (US$5 million) in new funding to help contain the spread of Ebola in West Africa.
    Britain has announced 3 million pounds (US$5 million) in new funding to help contain the spread of Ebola in West Africa.
  • Saudi being tested for Ebola dies in hospital

    Saudi being tested for Ebola dies in hospital

    Thursday, August 7 2014 12:26 PM EDT2014-08-07 16:26:33 GMT
    Saudi Arabia's Health Ministry says a man who was being tested for the Ebola virus and was in critical condition in an isolation ward has died.
    A Saudi national, who fell ill after returning from Sierra Leone, died early Wednesday in his hospital isolation ward where he was being tested for the Ebola virus, said the Saudi Health Ministry.
  • US gov't had role in Ebola drug given aid workers

    US gov't had role in Ebola drug given aid workers

    Thursday, August 7 2014 8:05 AM EDT2014-08-07 12:05:40 GMT
    One of two known American Ebola victims, missionary Nancy Writebol wasn't looking to abandon her overseas work. But Jeremy Writebol believes his 59-year-old mother can yield a greater good from her impending...
    By MARILYNN MARCHIONE AP Chief Medical Writer Two American aid workers infected with Ebola are getting an experimental drug so novel it has never been tested for safety in humans and was only identified...
  • Nigeria rushes to get isolation tents for Ebola

    Nigeria rushes to get isolation tents for Ebola

    Wednesday, August 6 2014 10:25 PM EDT2014-08-07 02:25:17 GMT
    Nigeria's health minister says a nurse died of Ebola and the country has five additional confirmed cases of the disease.
    Nigerian authorities rushed to obtain isolation tents Wednesday in anticipation of more Ebola infections as they disclosed five more cases of the virus and a death in Africa's most populous nation, where officials were...
  • FDA agent: Peanut plant 'not fit' to produce food

    FDA agent: Peanut plant 'not fit' to produce food

    Wednesday, August 6 2014 6:41 PM EDT2014-08-06 22:41:37 GMT
    A Georgia peanut plant linked to a deadly salmonella outbreak shipped food to customers that lab tests confirmed was tainted, failed to clean production equipment of possible contaminants and didn't ensure a...
    A Georgia peanut plant linked to a deadly salmonella outbreak shipped food to customers that lab tests confirmed was tainted, failed to clean production equipment of possible contaminants and didn't ensure a peanut...
  • Study: Wide hospital quality gap on maternity care

    Study: Wide hospital quality gap on maternity care

    Wednesday, August 6 2014 6:38 PM EDT2014-08-06 22:38:57 GMT
    Where a woman delivers her baby can make a major difference to her own health - a quality gap that remains largely hidden from mothers-to-be.
    Where a woman delivers her baby can make a major difference to her own health - a quality gap that remains largely hidden from mothers-to-be.
  • How does Ebola virus spread and can it be stopped?

    How does Ebola virus spread and can it be stopped?

    Wednesday, August 6 2014 2:48 PM EDT2014-08-06 18:48:00 GMT
    As a deadly Ebola outbreak continues in West Africa, health officials are working to calm fears about how the virus spreads, while encouraging those with symptoms to get medical care. Typically, outbreaks of the...
    As a deadly Ebola outbreak continues in West Africa, health officials are working to calm fears about how the virus spreads, while encouraging those with symptoms to get medical care. Typically, outbreaks of the disease...
  • BA suspends flights to Liberia amid Ebola outbreak

    BA suspends flights to Liberia amid Ebola outbreak

    Wednesday, August 6 2014 2:35 PM EDT2014-08-06 18:35:53 GMT
    British Airways says it has temporarily suspended flights to and from Liberia and Sierra Leone until the end of August because of the worsening outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus.
    British Airways says it has temporarily suspended flights to and from Liberia and Sierra Leone until the end of August because of the worsening outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus.
  • 'Gluten-free' labeling standards kick in

    'Gluten-free' labeling standards kick in

    Wednesday, August 6 2014 2:35 PM EDT2014-08-06 18:35:45 GMT
    Starting this week, "gluten-free" labels on packaged foods have real meaning. Until now, the term "gluten-free" had not been regulated, and manufacturers made their own decisions about what it means.
    Starting Tuesday, "gluten free" labels on packaged foods have real meaning. Until now, the term "gluten-free" was unregulated, and manufacturers made their own decisions about what it means.
  • Texas abortion clinics ask judge to stop new law

    Texas abortion clinics ask judge to stop new law

    Wednesday, August 6 2014 2:35 PM EDT2014-08-06 18:35:19 GMT
    Nearly three-quarters of Texas' abortion facilities would be forced to close by the end of this month if one of the nation's toughest new anti-abortion laws is allowed to take effect, attorneys for clinics...
    Nearly three-quarters of Texas' abortion facilities would be forced to close by the end of this month if one of the nation's toughest new anti-abortion laws is allowed to take effect, attorneys for clinics...
  • Official: Anthrax found in bison, no food concern

    Official: Anthrax found in bison, no food concern

    Wednesday, August 6 2014 7:54 AM EDT2014-08-06 11:54:36 GMT
    The year's first case of animal anthrax in South Dakota has been confirmed in a bison herd in the northern part of the state, which is home to the most domesticated bison on ranches in the country. But experts...
    The year's first case of animal anthrax in South Dakota has been confirmed in a bison herd in the northern part of the state, which is home to the most domesticated bison on ranches in the country. But experts say...