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US, Liberia kick off trial of Ebola drug ZMapp – Fox News

 (Reuters) U.S. and Liberian researchers have started a clinical trial to test the safety and effectiveness of Mapp Biopharmaceutical Inc’s Ebola drug ZMapp, an experimental treatment that has already been tried in a handful of Ebola patients, including two U.S. missionaries. The trial, a joint effort by the Liberian government and the National Institute of […]

Head Transplants Are Coming Soon, At Least If This Doctor Gets His Way – Huffington Post

Things didn’t go so great for Victor Frankenstein or his monster, but don’t tell that to Sergio Canavero. The Italian doctor believes that it’s now possible to slice the head of off one person, stitch it to the decapitated body of another, and then reanimate the two-human mash-up. What’s more, he says the first head […]

Scopes in UCLA superbug case linked to unreported deaths in other states – Chicago Tribune

Medical scopes suspected of spreading deadly bacteria are under scrutiny since an outbreak at UCLA Medical Center emerged this month. But problems with the devices were recorded years ago: The same type of scopes was implicated in a previously unreported outbreak of antibiotic- resistant superbugs six years ago in Florida that affected 70 patients, including […]

Three infected with measles at Las Vegas seafood restaurant – Reuters UK

(Reuters) – Three new cases of measles have been confirmed in Las Vegas, in people believed infected by a contagious worker at an upscale MGM Grand Hotel and Casino seafood restaurant, Nevada public health officials said on Friday. The newly diagnosed patients, two staff members and a patron of Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House at […]

Leprosy Cases Hit Florida Counties – ABC News

Some people might think of leprosy as a scourge from biblical times, but it still afflicts victims — and a Florida county is reporting a rare increase in cases, with three people diagnosed in just five months. In the past decade, before the new cases, only one person in Volusia County, Florida, was diagnosed with […]

CDC investigates deadly bacteria’s link to doctors’ offices – CNN

(CNN)The Centers for Disease Control is raising a red flag that a potentially deadly bacteria may be lurking in your doctor’s office. The bacteria, C. difficile, is typically found in hospitals, but a study out Wednesday reports a substantial number of people contracted the bug who hadn’t been in a hospital, but had recently visited […]

Emergency responders investigate possible Virginia Ebola case – Philly.com

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Medics, firefighters and a hazardous materials team investigated a possible case of the deadly Ebola virus in a Virginia suburb of Washington on Thursday, an official said. Emergency crews transported a patient from an apartment in the Clarendon section of Arlington County to Virginia Hospital Center using Ebola […]

Risk for Stroke is Greater in People Who Oversleep – TIME

Getty Images Regularly sleeping over eight hours may be a sign of a serious health risk More This Is The Easiest Way to Get Better Sleep This Is What’s Keeping Teens From Getting Enough Sleep Here’s How Much Experts Think You Should Sleep Every Night Oversleeping feels like a treat on the weekend, but regularly […]

Mixed Outcomes in Pregnancy After Weight-Loss Surgery – MedPage Today

Women with a history of bariatric surgery who later gave birth faced both benefits and risks including a lower risk for gestational diabetes, but a higher one for shorter gestation, according to a Swedish cohort study. Compared to a control group of pregnant women who did not undergo bariatric surgery, the procedure […]

Compound from Chinese medicinal herb shows promise for Ebola – Ynetnews

A drug derived from a Chinese medicinal herb is showing promise for combating Ebola infection, effectively imprisoning the virus inside cells so it cannot do its usual damage, scientists said on Thursday.   The researchers said the compound, called tetrandrine, blocked infection of human white blood cells in lab dishes and prevented Ebola […]

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