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  1. Ebola or Not? Rapid Test for the Virus Not Here Yet

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Oct. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- "Diagnosing Ebola is very different from treating Ebola." That assessment, by Dr. Daniel Varga, chief clinical officer at Texas Health Resources, during testimony before a Congressional panel on Thursday, sums up the critical

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  2. Herceptin Boosts Survival for Breast Cancer: Study

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Oct. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Adding the drug Herceptin to chemotherapy for certain breast cancer patients increases overall survival and reduces the risk of recurrence compared to chemotherapy alone, new research shows. The study found that adding a

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  3. CDC Tightens Rules on Caring for Ebola Patients

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Oct. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. health officials on Monday officially tightened guidelines for health workers treating Ebola patients, now requiring full body suits with no skin exposure and use of a respirator at all times. The U.S. Centers for D

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  4. Medication Errors Occur Every 8 Minutes in Kids

    By Tara Haelle HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Oct. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A child receives the wrong medication or the wrong dosage every eight minutes in the United States, according to a recent study. Nearly 700,000 children under 6 years old experienced an out-of-hospital medication error betwe

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  5. U.S. Preparing Tighter Ebola Infection Controls

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter SUNDAY, Oct. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. health officials are planning to tighten recommendations for health care workers treating Ebola patients. The new guidelines, which haven't been formally unveiled, are expected to include recommendations for full-bo

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  6. WHO Admits Botched Response to Ebola in Africa

    By Margaret Farley Steele HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Oct. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The World Health Organization has admitted it dropped the ball with the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, according to a news report published Friday. In a draft internal memo obtained by the Associated Press, WHO bl

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  7. Joan Rivers's Cause of Death

    Oct. 17, 2014 -- Joan Rivers died of complications while having medical procedures to check her voice box and vocal cords and to determine whether she had acid reflux, according to a New York City medical examiner's report released Thursday. It said the 81-year-old comedian's death on Sept. 4 was du

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  8. Black Box Warning Should Remain on Chantix: Panel

    Oct. 17, 2014 -- A black box warning about suicide risks should remain on the anti-smoking drug Chantix until it can be reevaluated using findings from thorough scientific studies, a U.S. Food and Drug Administration panel of experts said Thursday. Chantix has carried the FDA's strongest warning lab

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  9. Older Antibiotic Still Works On Staph Infections

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Oct. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- An older antibiotic called vancomycin is still effective in treating dangerous Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infections, a new study finds. The findings show that doctors should keep using vancomycin to treat Staphyloc

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  10. Too Much Nail Trimming May Lead to Problems

    Oct. 17, 2014 -- Daily trimming of fingernails and toenails to make them look good could lead to serious nail conditions, according to physicists at the University of Nottingham in the U.K. They've come up with a set of equations to identify the physical laws of nail growth, and used them to throw l

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