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More Dangerous Ebola Strain Unlikely, Study Shows

March 26, 2015

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, March 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Ebola likely won’t mutate into a strain that goes airborne or dodges current efforts to develop effective vaccines, tests and treatments for the deadly virus, a new study suggests.
That’s because the Ebola virus has been mutating at its normal pace during the current West African […]


Ebola May Hit Young Children Hardest, Study Finds

March 25, 2015

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, March 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Ebola appears to do its damage faster in young children than it does in adults, a new study reports.
Young children infected with Ebola during the current West African epidemic developed symptoms and required hospitalization sooner than adults. They also died days earlier than did adults […]


FDA Warns of Cardiac Effect When Heart Drug Mixed With Hepatitis C Meds

March 25, 2015

WEDNESDAY, March 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A potentially life-threatening slowing of the heart can occur when the common heart drug amiodarone is taken with new hepatitis C medications, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns.
The dangerous slowing of the heart — called symptomatic bradycardia — can occur when amiodarone is taken with the hepatitis […]


New Ebola Vaccine Shows Promise in Human Trials

March 25, 2015

WEDNESDAY, March 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) — An experimental Ebola vaccine shows promise in an early clinical trial, but requires much more testing, researchers report.
The trial included 120 healthy adults in China who received either a low or high dose of the vaccine, or a placebo. Twenty-eight days later, 38 of 40 people in the […]


Study Ties Frequent Antibiotic Use to Higher Odds for Type 2 Diabetes

March 25, 2015

WEDNESDAY, March 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Repeated use of certain antibiotics may increase a person’s risk for type 2 diabetes, a new study suggests.
Researchers analyzed data from one million people in the United Kingdom and found that those who were prescribed at least two courses of four types of antibiotics — penicillins, cephalosporins, quinolones […]


When to Keep Kids Home From School

March 20, 2015

FRIDAY, March 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Trying to determine whether to keep a child home from school due to illness can be difficult for parents, but a pediatrician offers some advice on how to make that call.
“Being a parent is a juggling act, but throw in a child being home sick from school and […]


Decline in U.S. Tuberculosis Rates Slows: CDC

March 19, 2015

THURSDAY, March 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) — As health officials in Kansas struggle with an outbreak of tuberculosis at a local high school, federal officials reported Thursday that the annual decline in U.S. cases is slowing.
In 2014, there were slightly more than 9,400 TB cases in the United States, a rate of three cases per […]


Herpes Drug Might Help Control Spread of HIV, Too

March 17, 2015

TUESDAY, March 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A widely used herpes drug also seems to help people with the HIV virus, even if those people don’t also have herpes, a new small study found.
The researchers said their findings challenge the belief that drug Valtrex (valacyclovir) requires the presence of herpes to benefit people with HIV-1. […]


American With Ebola Now in Critical Condition

March 16, 2015

MONDAY, March 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The condition of an unidentified American health care worker infected with Ebola in West Africa has been downgraded from serious to critical, doctors at the U.S. National Institutes of Health said Monday.
No other details about the patient, who works with the Boston-based non-profit Partners in Health, were being […]


Low Vaccination Rates Likely Behind Disney Measles Outbreak: Study

March 16, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, March 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Pockets of unvaccinated children appear to have fueled the recent measles outbreak traced to Disney theme parks in California, researchers report.
“The Disneyland outbreak is quite possibly a direct consequence of the growing anti-vaccination movement in the United States,” said study author Maimuna Majumder, a research […]



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