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CDC Confirms First Patient Diagnosed With Ebola in United States

September 30, 2014

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Sept. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The first confirmed case of Ebola has surfaced in the United States, involving a man who recently flew here from Liberia, federal health officials announced late Tuesday.
The critically ill patient, being cared for at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, has been diagnosed with [...]


Respiratory Virus Affecting Kids Now in 40 States; May Be Linked to Muscle Weakness

September 30, 2014

Forty states and the District of Columbia now have a total of 277 confirmed cases of Enterovirus D68, the severe respiratory illness that typically targets children, U.S. health officials are reporting.


American Doctor Exposed to Ebola Admitted to NIH Hospital

September 29, 2014

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Sept. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Another American doctor exposed to the Ebola virus while working in West Africa was admitted Sunday to a hospital at the National Institutes of Health in suburban Washington, D.C.
The unidentified patient was working at an Ebola treatment unit in Sierra Leone when exposed to the [...]


Preemies May Have Stronger Immune Systems Than Suspected

September 26, 2014

FRIDAY, Sept. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A baby’s immune system is stronger than previously thought, a new study indicates.
Researchers analyzed blood samples collected from 28 very premature babies during their first weeks of life.
The results showed that the babies’ immune system T-cells could trigger an inflammatory response to bacteria. According to background information from [...]


Nearly 5 Percent of Young U.S. Women Have Chlamydia: CDC

September 25, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Sept. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) — An estimated 1.8 million Americans aged 14 to 39 are infected with the sexually transmitted disease chlamydia, and many don’t know it, federal health officials reported Thursday.
Rates of infection are highest among young women. An estimated 4.7 percent of women aged 14 to 24 were [...]


Whooping Cough Vaccine Rates During Pregnancy Fall Short: CDC

September 25, 2014

THURSDAY, Sept. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) — To protect newborns from whooping cough, U.S. health officials advise all women to get vaccinated against the infection during pregnancy. But researchers report that too few do.
This Michigan-based study of women covered by Medicaid — the publicly funded insurance program for the poor — found only 14 percent [...]


3rd U.S. Aid Worker Infected With Ebola Released From Hospital

September 25, 2014

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Sept. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The third American medical missionary infected with the deadly Ebola virus while working in West Africa left a Nebraska hospital Thursday, free of the virus.
The treatments given to Dr. Rick Sacra, 51, included doses of an experimental drug and blood transfusions from a fellow U.S. [...]


Half of HIV-Positive Gay Men in U.S. Aren’t Getting Proper Treatment

September 25, 2014

THURSDAY, Sept. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Even though gay and bisexual men make up the majority of Americans infected with HIV, half aren’t receiving ongoing care or getting the virus-suppressing drugs they need to stay healthy, a new report finds.
The study, from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), looked at 2010 [...]


Rabies Shots for Dogs Would Save People in Developing Countries: Study

September 25, 2014

THURSDAY, Sept. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Mass rabies vaccination programs for dogs in developing nations could eliminate human cases of the deadly disease, a new study suggests.
Rabies is rare in developed nations due to widespread vaccination of dogs. However, the disease kills about 69,000 people worldwide each year, or 189 a day. Forty percent [...]


29 States, District of Columbia Reporting Respiratory Illness That Targets Kids

September 24, 2014

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia now have a total of 213 confirmed cases of Enterovirus D68, the severe respiratory illness that typically targets children, U.S. health officials are reporting.
Officials said the 29 states are Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, [...]



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