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U.S. Military Hospitals Are Ordered to Improve Care, Access and Safety

2 hours ago from NY Times Health

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel gave the military four to six weeks to improve access to treatment, quality of care and patient safety at hospitals and clinics.

Ebola Suspected in U.N. Staffer’s Death

2 hours ago from NY Times Health

The victim was Liberian who had worked for the United Nations peacekeeping mission in her country.

U.S. to Increase Production of the Ebola Drug ZMapp, but May Not Meet Demand

2 hours ago from NY Times Health

Despite the new efforts, supplies of the drug, ZMapp, are expected to be limited to hundreds or thousands of treatment courses by early next year, which would not be nearly...

Caught in the social safety net

4 hours ago from MIT Research

When a nursing student named Marcella Wagner swerved to avoid another car on a freeway in northern California, in February 2012, her entire life changed. Wagner, who was seven months pregnant, skidded off...

Effect of topical antibiotics on antibiotic resistance, patient outcomes in ICUs

4 hours ago from Science Daily

A comparison of prophylactic antibiotic regimens applied to an area in the mouth and throat and digestive tract were associated with low levels of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and no differences in...

Treatment of substance abuse can lessen risk of future violence in mentally ill

4 hours ago from Science Daily

If a person is dually diagnosed with a severe mental illness and a substance abuse problem, are improvements in their mental health or in their substance abuse most likely to...

Gut bacteria are protected by host during illness

4 hours ago from Science Daily

To protect their gut microbes during illness, sick mice produce specialized sugars in the gut that feed their microbiota and maintain a healthy microbial balance. This protective mechanism also appears...

Fertility preservation option for young boys with cancer

4 hours ago from Science Daily

Treatments for certain childhood cancers come with a high risk of sterility. A new research study for young boys is focused on fertility preservation and restoration.

Decreased ability to identify odors can predict death: Olfactory dysfunction is a harbinger of mortality

4 hours ago from Science Daily

The inability of older adults to identify scents is a strong predictor of death within five years. Almost 40% of those who failed a smelling test died during that period,...

Hypertension risk rises closer to major roadways

4 hours ago from Science Daily

In a newly published analysis, the risk of high blood pressure among 5,400 post-menopausal women was higher the closer they lived to a major roadway. The result, which accounts for...

Hospitals with aggressive treatment styles had lower failure-to-rescue rates

4 hours ago from Science Daily

Hospitals with aggressive treatment styles, also known as high hospital care intensity, had lower rates of patients dying from a major complication but longer hospitalizations.

Texas driver allegedly kills girlfriend while in middle of a sex act

5 hours ago from UPI

Heather RecordsKAUFMAN, Texas, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- Texas man is alleged to have been in the middle of a sex act with his girlfriend at the time of fatal crash.

Questions about tuberculosis after infants exposed

7 hours ago from AP Health

EL PASO, Texas (AP) -- Authorities say more than 850 infants have been exposed to tuberculosis in an El Paso hospital by a nursing assistant who...

Despite rumors, ESPN's Jon Gruden not interested in Raiders head coaching gig

10 hours ago from UPI

Matt BradwellBRISTOL, Conn., Oct. 1 (UPI) -- Despite being called out by name by Raiders ownership, Super Bowl-winning coach Jon Gruden says he's not interested in taking over the struggling...

HPV Vaccination Rates Still Low for Boys

11 hours ago from Live Science

The human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the U.S., but most doctors still are not recommending the HPV vaccine to their male patients, according to...

Grafted Stem Cells Display Vigorous Growth in Spinal Cord Injury Model

12 hours ago from Newswise - Scinews

Researchers used human iPSC stem cells to grow brand new nerves in a rat model of spinal cord injury. The neurons grew tens of thousands of axons that extended the...

Neuroticism and Long-Time Stress Linked to Alzheimer's in Women

12 hours ago from Live Science

Women with the personality trait of neuroticism may be at an increased risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, a new study suggests.

Doctors remove 9-pound hairball from teenager's stomach

12 hours ago from UPI

Aileen GraefBISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- Doctors in Bishkek removed a nine-pound hairball from the stomach of 18-year-old Ayperi Alekseeva after she could no longer eat or drink.

After Ebola Case in Dallas, Health Officials Seek Those Who Had Contact With Patient

12 hours ago from NY Times Science

Officials said Wednesday they believed the man had come into contact with 12 to 18 people, including five school children, and they are trying to identify anyone else who may...

Cung Le recieves 9-month ban from UFC for HGH use

12 hours ago from UPI

Aileen GraefNEW YORK, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- Middleweight fighter Cung Le has been suspended from the UFC for nine months after testing positive for human growth hormone following his Aug....

MRSA Biofilms in Joint Fluid Make Infections Tough to Tackle

12 hours ago from Newswise - Scinews

Scientists from Thomas Jefferson University and the National Institutes of Health come one step closer to understanding the difficulty of treating joint infection. Biofilm formation plays a role.

Pennsylvania newborn loses eye to hunter's stray bullet

13 hours ago from UPI

Frances BurnsPITTSBURGH, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- A newborn hit by a hunter's stray bullet remained in critical but stable condition at a Pittsburgh hospital days later.

Paralysis-like symptoms detected in 2 enterovirus D68 patients

13 hours ago from CBC: Health

Provincial health authorities are trying to determine if a man and boy with enterovirus D68 developed paralysis-like symptoms because of the infections.

Alyssa Milano departs ABC's 'Mistresses'

14 hours ago from UPI

Annie MartinLOS ANGELES, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- Alyssa Milano will not return for season three of "Mistresses" in order to focus on being a mother.

Respiratory virus seen in 3 deaths; role unclear

14 hours ago from AP Health

NEW YORK (AP) -- Health officials say three people died who were infected with a virus causing severe respiratory illness across the country. But what role...

Dick Donato reveals he is HIV-positive on 'Couples Therapy'

14 hours ago from UPI

Annie MartinLOS ANGELES, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- "Big Brother" winner Dick Donato will go public with his HIV-positive status on Wednesday's episode of VH1 series "Couples Therapy."

The sour side of artificial sweeteners

16 hours ago from

A new study found that saccharin alters the gut microbiome of mice and produces insulin resistance, but it’s not the first to show the sour side of diet drinks.

Karadzic denies responsibility at war crimes trial

16 hours ago from UPI

Ed AdamczykTHE HAGUE, Netherlands, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- Ex-Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic ended his genocide trial Wednesday by denying responsibility for the deaths of 100,000 people in the 1992-1995...