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  1. U.K. Nurse With Ebola in Critical Condition

    Jan. 5, 2015 -- Pauline Cafferkey's battle with Ebola took a turn for the worse over the weekend. The 39-year-old nurse from Scotland is in critical condition, London's Royal Free Hospital said on Saturday. She's receiving treatment there in an isolation unit. Cafferkey caught Ebola while working in

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  2. Binge Drinking May Weaken Immune System

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Jan. 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Young adults who engage in just one bout of binge drinking may experience a relatively quick and significant drop in their immune system function, a new small study indicates. It's well-known that drinking ups injury risk, and

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  3. DASH Diet Is Tops Again, Fifth Year in a Row

    Jan. 6, 2015 -- Tis the season to start dieting. Besides resolve, of course, you need to figure out how you'll shed those pounds. If you’re still thinking about which diet you may want to try, U.S. News & World Report is offering its annual list of best diet plans. The Best Diets of 2015 is the publ

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  4. FDA Shares Advice to Avoid Colds and Flu

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Jan. 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Viral infections can happen at any time, but they're more common during winter when people spend more time in close contact with others indoors. Although most respiratory viruses clear up within a few days, some can

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  5. Some Blind People Use Echolocation to 'See'

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Jan. 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Some people who are blind develop an alternate sense -- called echolocation -- to help them "see," a new study indicates. In addition to relying on their other senses, people who are blind may also use echoes to d

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  6. Random Mutations Responsible for Most Cancer Risk

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Jan. 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Although about one-third of cancers can be linked to environmental factors or inherited genes, new research suggests the remaining two-thirds may be caused by random mutations. These mutations take place when stem

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  7. Cancer Deaths Down; 1.5 Million Saved in 20 Years

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Dec. 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Progress in the war against cancer has triggered a 22 percent drop in U.S. deaths over the past two decades, translating to about 1.5 million lives saved, a new American Cancer Society report finds. Even so, the annua

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  8. Common Breast Biopsy Finding May Be Dangerous

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Dec. 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Women who have a pre-cancerous condition known as atypical hyperplasia of the breast are at higher risk of developing breast cancer than experts had believed, a new study finds. Hyperplasia is an overgrowth of cells.

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  9. U.K. to Review Airport Ebola Checks

    Dec. 31, 2014 -- Procedures for screening people returning to the United Kingdom from countries affected by Ebola will be reviewed after an infected nurse was cleared to fly from London to Glasgow, Scotland, despite apparently telling airport staff she felt unwell. Another National Health Service wo

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  10. Lindsay Lohan Sick With Chikungunya Virus

    Dec. 31, 2014 -- Actress Lindsay Lohan has contracted the mosquito-borne chikungunya virus while on vacation in French Polynesia, USA Today reports. On her Twitter feed on Monday, Lohan said that "being sick is no fun. But Happy New Year everyone." And more recently she tweeted, "I refuse to let a v

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