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Officials: Little risk of Ebola outbreak in US
28 Jul 2014 at 1:56pm
NEW YORK (AP) ? U.S. health officials are monitoring the Ebola outbreak in Africa but say the risk of the deadly germ spreading to the United States is remote.
Fist bumps less germy than handshakes, study says
28 Jul 2014 at 10:11am
NEW YORK (AP) ? When it comes to preventing the spread of germs, maybe the president is on to something with his fondness for fist bumps.
Deal to improve veterans' health care costs $17B
28 Jul 2014 at 1:48pm
WASHINGTON (AP) ? A bipartisan deal announced Monday would authorize about $17 billion to help veterans avoid long waits for health care, hire more doctors and nurses to treat veterans and make it easier to fire executives at the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Targacept stops development of bladder drug, shares plunge
28 Jul 2014 at 2:49pm
(Reuters) - Targacept Inc said it was stopping the development of its bladder drug after it failed to show a statistically significant reduction in episodes of urinary incontinence in a mid-stage study. The company also said based on results from this and previous trials, modulation of nicotinic receptors did not "appear to predict new treatments with a meaningful improvement over the current standard of care." Targacept stopped the development of its Alzheimer's drug earlier this month and its schizophrenia drug last year.
Ebola can spread like 'forest fire,' US warns
28 Jul 2014 at 2:36pm
The deadly Ebola virus can spread like a forest fire, US health authorities said Monday, urging travelers to West Africa to take extra precautions amid the largest outbreak in history. Since March, there have been 1,201 cases of Ebola and 672 deaths in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. Two Americans -- one doctor and one healthcare worker -- in Monrovia, Liberia have come down with the virus, characterized by fever, joint pain, diarrhea, vomiting and often fatal bleeding. "The likelihood of this outbreak spreading beyond West Africa is very low," admitted Stephan Monroe, deputy director of the CDC's National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases.
Family of Texas doctor with Ebola not showing signs of virus
28 Jul 2014 at 2:29pm
By Colleen Jenkins WINSTON-SALEM N.C. (Reuters) - The family of a Texas doctor who contracted the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa had traveled back to the United States before he showed symptoms and was not at risk for getting or spreading the disease, U.S. health officials said on Monday. Dr. Kent Brantly, 33, is one of two American relief workers to test positive for the highly contagious virus that has killed 672 people across the region in the largest-ever Ebola outbreak, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. He was treating Ebola patients in Monrovia, Liberia, in his role as medical director for a case management center run by North Carolina-based Samaritan?s Purse, a relief organization headed by evangelist Franklin Graham. The organization said a missionary from Charlotte, North Carolina, was also in isolation receiving treatment after testing positive for Ebola.
Doctors Battling Ebola Are Met With Fear, Mistrust
28 Jul 2014 at 1:46pm
Doctors Struggle To Contain Ebola Outbreak
Medicare's own health looking better, report says
28 Jul 2014 at 1:43pm
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Medicare's financial future is looking brighter despite a growing wave of baby boomers reaching retirement.
Sierra Leone president visits Ebola center
28 Jul 2014 at 1:39pm
FREETOWN (Reuters) - Sierra Leone's president visited the center of an Ebola outbreak on Monday as West African leaders stepped up efforts to contain the spread of the deadly virus. It was Ernest Bai Koroma's first visit to the northeastern district of Kenema since the start of the epidemic that has killed some 672 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), making it the worst outbreak yet. Sierra Leone has the highest number of Ebola cases, at 525, surpassing neighboring Guinea where the virus was first reported in February. ...
Short jogs linked to lower risk of death from heart disease
28 Jul 2014 at 1:34pm
By Kathryn Doyle NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People who run in their spare time, even if it?s not very fast or very far, tend to have a lower risk of dying from heart disease or from any cause than non-runners, according to a new study. It?s difficult to use more rigorous randomized controlled trials to look at outcomes like death, because that takes so long to track, said lead author Duck-chul Lee, from the College of Human Sciences at Iowa State University in Ames. Participants answered questions about their physical activity habits over the past three months, including running speed, duration and frequency. About 3,400 people died during that time, including roughly 1,200 from cardiovascular causes, including heart disease and stroke.
Dementia patients more likely to get pacemakers: study
28 Jul 2014 at 1:33pm
By Andrew M. Seaman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People with dementia are more likely to get pacemakers than people without any cognitive impairment, according to a new study. The study can?t explain why people with dementia are more likely to get the devices, which help control irregular heart rhythms, according to the lead author. ?It may be completely appropriate,? Nicole Fowler said. ?There may be something that we haven?t been able to measure that makes people with dementia need them more.? Alternatively, she told Reuters Health that the difference could represent family members or doctors choosing more aggressive treatment for people with dementia.
As the Seasons Change
28 Jul 2014 at 1:25pm
When I was 19, a wise wino told me, "The truth only hurts for a minute." In September I will turn 60, and that truth hurts for more than a minute. The sad thing is that when (if) I am 70, I will be wishing I were 60, like I wish I were 50, like I wished I were 40 when I turned 50. However, when I turned 40, I was such a party animal that I did...
Quick, short runs pack health benefits: US study
28 Jul 2014 at 1:19pm
Running as little as five to 10 minutes per day can significantly cut the risks of getting heart disease and dying young, said the findings in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. People who exercised by running showed a 30 percent lower risk of death and a 45 percent lower risk of dying from cardiovascular disease than people who did not run at all. "Since time is one of the strongest barriers to participate in physical activity, the study may motivate more people to start running," said lead author Duck-chul Lee, an assistant professor in the Iowa State University Kinesiology Department.
Obama briefed on Ebola outbreak as U.S. agencies provide support: U.S. official
28 Jul 2014 at 12:40pm
President Barack Obama is getting updates on the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria, an administration official said on Monday, noting U.S. agencies had increased their assistance in the past several weeks. The outbreak of the highly infectious disease has killed 672 people. The United States has been providing supplies including personal protective equipment, the administration official said. "We have been engaged on this outbreak since April, when the first cases were reported and have increased response significantly over the last several weeks as the outbreak deepened," the official said.
Slower U.S. healthcare cost rise extending life of Medicare fund: trustees
28 Jul 2014 at 12:38pm
By Jason Lange and David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Tamer spending at U.S. hospitals and expected savings from President Barack Obama's healthcare overhaul are shoring up the funding outlook for the Medicare program for the elderly, trustees of the program said on Monday. Medicare's trust fund for hospital bills will run out of money in 2030, four years later than previously estimated, the trustees said in a report. The trustees, however, reiterated a warning that the Social Security program would run out of money to fully pay disability benefits by 2016 and could not meet all of its obligations on pensions after 2033. While the arrival date for Medicare's crunch has been pushed into the future, an aging population is already stressing the finances of programs that provide income for the disabled.