Aug 22, 2014

Two U.S. Ebola patients leave hospital as virus wiped out

Two U.S. health workers infected with Ebola in Liberia were released from Emory University Hospital in Atlanta after treatment there helped wipe out the deadly virus from their blood. Kent Brantly, a doctor, was discharged Thursday. Nancy Writebol, an aid worker, was released Aug. ...

Aug 22, 2014

New U.S. restrictions on painkiller to take effect

The U.S. government is finalizing new restrictions on hundreds of medicines containing hydrocodone, a highly addictive painkiller that has grown into the most widely prescribed drug in the U.S. The new rules mean that drugs like Vicodin, Lortab and their generic equivalents will be ...

Fears of Ebola slow tourist flow to Africa

Aug 21, 2014

Fears of Ebola slow tourist flow to Africa

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is putting off thousands of tourists who had planned trips to Africa this year, especially Asians, including to destinations far from the nearest infected community such as Kenya and South Africa. Ebola, a hemorrhagic disease that can kill ...

Drug for Ebola-like virus promising in ill monkeys

Aug 21, 2014

Drug for Ebola-like virus promising in ill monkeys

An experimental drug saved monkeys from a virus closely related to Ebola even after symptoms began, Texas researchers reported Wednesday. A drug that targets Ebola in the same way is under development, and the study raises questions about how late after infection treatments might ...

Aug 14, 2014

Injecting bacteria shrinks tumors in experiment

Common soil bacteria that were injected into solid cancers in dogs and one human shrank many of the tumors, scientists reported on Wednesday. The preliminary findings offer hope that the experimental treatment could turn out to be more effective than existing cancer therapies for ...

Aug 13, 2014

FDA approves first DNA-based test for colon cancer

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved the first screening test for colon cancer that uses patients’ DNA to help spot potentially deadly tumors and growths. The Cologuard test from Exact Sciences detects irregular mutations in stool samples that can be an ...