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Restroom Hand Dryers Spread More Germs Than Paper Towels, Study Finds

November 21, 2014

FRIDAY, Nov. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Those air-blown hand dryers in public restrooms may spread far more germs than conventional paper towels, a new study suggests.
British researchers placed a harmless type of bacteria on the hands of volunteers in order to simulate poorly washed hands. They then had them use warm-air dryers, high-powered “jet-air” [...]


Ick! Tapeworm Infecting Man’s Brain Yields Genetic Secrets

November 21, 2014

FRIDAY, Nov. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Scientists say they’ve mapped the genome — the genetic “blueprint” — of a tapeworm extracted from a British man’s brain, in hopes it might help others with this very rare infection.
As reported Nov. 21 in the journal Genome Biology, the tapeworm was removed from the brain of a [...]


Flu Season Off to a Slow Start … for Now

November 21, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, Nov. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) — This year’s flu season is off to a slow but detectable start. And it appears to be a typical one that’s likely to peak in January or February, a leading U.S. health official says.
“We are starting to see a little more flu in the country, [...]


Parents Want Children in Day Care to Be Vaccinated: Poll

November 18, 2014

TUESDAY, Nov. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Three-quarters of American parents would consider removing their children from day care if other kids did not have all the recommended vaccinations, and many say that under-vaccinated children shouldn’t be allowed to attend day care.
Those are among the findings from a national survey of parents of children up [...]


Bedbugs Could Be Potential New Source of Tropical Disease in U.S.

November 17, 2014

MONDAY, Nov. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Until recently, insect-transmitted Chagas disease was found mainly in Latin America and South America, but it has made its way to the United States over the past few years.
The potentially fatal illness is typically transmitted via the bite of the “kissing bug,” which feeds on the faces [...]


10 Seconds of Kissing Can Transfer 80 Million Germs

November 17, 2014

A kiss isn’t just a kiss: It’s also an opportunity to transfer millions of germs.


Ebola Patient Dr. Martin Salia Dies at Nebraska Hospital

November 17, 2014

A doctor from Sierra Leone who became infected with Ebola in his native country died Monday morning at a specialized hospital in Nebraska.


Trust Is Key to Curbing West Africa Ebola Outbreak, Study Finds

November 17, 2014

MONDAY, Nov. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Gaining peoples’ trust is key to efforts by health workers to rein in the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, a new study suggests.
The study found that a lack of trust among the affected people of Guinea was a major reason the Ebola outbreak got out of control early [...]


Could Flu Raise Risk of Fatal Artery Tear?

November 16, 2014

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
SUNDAY, Nov. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Influenza is a nasty virus in its own right. But, it might also increase a person’s risk of suffering a life-threatening tear in the body’s most important artery, a new study suggests.
During flu season, an increased number of people land in the hospital with a [...]


Doctor With Ebola Arrives in U.S. for Treatment

November 15, 2014

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
SATURDAY, Nov. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A doctor from Sierra Leone who lives in the United States and became infected with Ebola in his native country arrived Saturday at a specialized hospital in Nebraska for treatment.
Dr. Martin Salia arrived by ambulance at Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. He is a general [...]



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