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10 Ebola cases found during Sierra Leone's shutdown
1 Apr 2015 at 12:20pm
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) ? Sierra Leone found 10 new Ebola cases during a three-day countrywide shutdown, an official said Wednesday, declaring that the West African country is now at the "tail end" of the epidemic.
10 Ways to Help Your Kid Get a Good Night's Sleep
1 Apr 2015 at 11:32am
By Erin Wilkey Oh, Common Sense Media editorParents know firsthand the impact a poor night's sleep has on kids. Lack of sleep can contribute to crankiness, problems with attention and learning, behavioral issues and even health problems such as obesity. Though the reasons for poor sleep vary, many parents worry that media and technology...
"New wave" of GMOs: pink pineapples, purple tomatoes
1 Apr 2015 at 11:11am
WASHINGTON (AP) ? With recent government approval of potatoes that don't bruise and apples that don't brown, a new generation of genetically modified foods is headed to grocery shelves.
Questions persist about sexual effects of baldness drug
1 Apr 2015 at 9:25am
A review of 34 clinical trials on a popular drug to treat hair loss in men found that none of the studies adequately reported on sexual side effects, researchers said Wednesday. The findings raise serious questions about whether the drug -- known as finasteride and marketed as Propecia and Proscar, among other names -- is safe, said the report by scientists at Northwestern University, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Dermatology. The drug, approved in 1992, works by interfering with testosterone, and the pharmaceutical giant Merck lists decreased sex drive, impotence and problems with ejaculation among its common side effects.
LGBTQ Health Disparities Have Been Eliminated
1 Apr 2015 at 9:11am
I've worked in the field of LGBTQ health my whole adult life. Frankly, considering the depth of our disparities, I felt that I would have job security forever. After a careful analysis of the latest federal LGBTQ surveillance data, I'm extremely pleased to announce that the unthinkable has indeed occurred: LGBTQ health disparities have been...
Spring Cleaning for the Soul
1 Apr 2015 at 9:09am
We all know that this winter has been pretty rough with the seemingly endless blizzards, ice storms and sub-zero weather. But March marks the beginning of spring -- the season of change. Mother Nature runs her course, thawing life out of the winter cold and breathing new life into spring. People seem to reflect that same change this time of...
Avril Lavigne and Lyme Disease: Your Questions Answered
1 Apr 2015 at 8:56am
Singer Avril Lavigne revealed in the latest issue of People Magazine that she has been diagnosed with Lyme disease.
Why Your Brain Will Trick You This April Fool's Day
1 Apr 2015 at 8:54am
Turns out your brain is predisposed to believe silly April Fool's Day pranks.
Exclusive: Republican White House hopefuls attack Obamacare but take money
1 Apr 2015 at 7:28am
By Andy Sullivan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Several Republican governors likely to run for president have secured hundreds millions of dollars under Obamacare while working to dismantle the healthcare law, according to a Reuters review of federal spending records. Governors Scott Walker of Wisconsin, Chris Christie of New Jersey, Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and former Texas Governor Rick Perry, all staunch opponents of President Barack Obama's 2010 Affordable Care Act, have collectively applied for and won at least $352 million through grant programs set up by the law, federal records show. "Receiving federal grants that existed prior to the ACA is not the same as participating in the core elements of the ACA." The money in question stems from less controversial parts of the law that enhance public health and other nuts-and-bolts programs, rather than the insurance exchanges and expansion of the Medicaid program for the poor that have drawn fierce opposition from Republicans.
Ethiopian maid 'accuses WHO official in Thailand of slavery'
1 Apr 2015 at 6:42am
Thai police said Wednesday they are investigating a senior Bangkok-based World Health Organization official and his wife after their Ethiopian maid accused them of modern-day slavery and physical abuse. The 25-year-old maid filed a complaint last month accusing her employers of beating her and forcing her to work without pay for nearly two years at their residence in a plush expat colony in Nonthaburi, a northern satellite city of Bangkok, police said. "They (the official and his wife) have been accused of human trafficking, tricking her to work, failing to pay her and abuse," Police Colonel Mana Tienmaungpak, head of investigations at Pakkred police station in Nonthaburi, told AFP. The maid's lawyer Surapong Kongchantuk from the Lawyers Council of Thailand confirmed his client had worked for a "high-ranking WHO representative" from July 2013 until early March.
Where Do the World's Hungriest People Live? Not Where You Think
1 Apr 2015 at 4:23am
If you were tasked to end hunger and malnutrition in the world, you might first ask: Where do such vulnerable people live? It may be a surprise that the majority of the world's hungry and malnourished live in large Middle Income Countries (MICs), some of which are global economic powerhouses. These countries are hosts to the Missing Middle, or...
World's oldest person dies at 117 in Japan
1 Apr 2015 at 3:01am
The world's oldest person, Misao Okawa, died in Japan on Wednesday, a month after celebrating her 117th birthday. When she turned 114, she was officially recognised by Guinness World Records as the oldest woman in the globe. Japan, known for the longevity of its people, is home to the world's oldest man -- Sakari Momoi, who celebrated his 112th birthday in February. In 2013, life expectancy for women in Japan was 86.61, the longest in the world followed by Hong Kong women, according to the health ministry.
Stigma stalks India's leprosy sufferers as disease returns
31 Mar 2015 at 10:53pm
Ganga Kalshetty was just two years old when India declared itself leprosy-free in 2005, giving her family hope that she would be spared the disfiguring disease and its social stigma. Kalshetty lives in one of India's dozens of informal "leper colonies", where many of her relatives are afflicted with the disease. Seven months ago her worst fears came true when she, too, was diagnosed with the disease. "I don't want to suffer like her," the 12-year-old told AFP as she glanced at her grandmother's clawed hands, a hallmark of leprosy sufferers, at the family's home in New Delhi.
Senior drivers strive to stay on the road
31 Mar 2015 at 10:43pm
Don Robertson isn't the type to let a snowstorm on the first day of spring -- or his age -- stop him from doing his appointed rounds. "Driving means to keep motivated," says "Mr. Don" as he set outs in his SUV to pick up a fellow Jersey Shore senior who no longer holds a driver's license. Nearly 85 percent held driver's licenses in 2010, compared to barely half in the early 1970s, according to American Automobile Association (AAA) research. "We know through research that older drivers are among the safest on the road," said Jacob Nelson, the AAA's director of traffic safety advocacy and research.
3-D print technology provides 'robohand' to 7-year-old girl
31 Mar 2015 at 8:48pm
LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. (AP) ? Seven-year-old Faith Lennox never thought much about putting a prosthetic limb where her missing left hand had once been.