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FDA Warns That Tattoo Inks Can Cause Infections

August 7th, 2014
(Image Courtesy: MGN Online) By MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) -- Thinking about getting inked? Check the bottle first. The Food and Drug Administration is warning tattoo parlors, their customers and those buying...

Study Ties New Gene to Major Breast Cancer Risk

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August 7th, 2014
(Associated Press) -- It's long been known that faulty BRCA genes greatly raise the risk for breast cancer. Now scientists say a more recently identified, less common gene can do the same. Mutations in the gene can make breast cancer up to nine...

New York Hospital Patient Tests Negative for Ebola

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August 6th, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials in New York City say a man who recently visited West Africa and had a high fever and gastrointestinal symptoms does not have the Ebola virus. Mount Sinai Hospital said Wednesday that the man tested negative...

ABC’s Dr. Richard Besser Discusses Ebola Cases, Treatment

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August 5th, 2014
(AP Photo/WSB-TV Atlanta) SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- The two American aid workers infected with Ebola were treated with an experimental drug.  It’s never been tested on humans before and was  only identified earlier this year as part...

NYC Hospital Testing Patient for Possible Ebola

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August 4th, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City hospital says it is performing Ebola tests on a patient who recently traveled to West Africa. Mount Sinai Medical Center in Manhattan says a male patient with a high fever and gastrointestinal symptoms came in...

Nigeria Confirms Doctor as 2nd Ebola Case

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August 4th, 2014
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigerian authorities on Monday confirmed a second case of Ebola in Africa's most populous country, an alarming setback as officials across the region battle to stop the spread of a disease that has killed more than 700...

Plant-based diet is his secret

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July 31st, 2014
In 2009, Benji Kurtz was near his heaviest weight of 278. Only 5 feet 5 inches tall, he was considered severely obese. Kurtz tried just about every diet without seeing any lasting results. He found it difficult to shop for clothing, fit...

Generation of Tanners See Spike in Deadly Melanoma

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July 29th, 2014
By ANNE FLAHERTY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) -- Stop sunbathing and using indoor tanning beds, the acting U.S. surgeon general warned in a report released Tuesday that cites an alarming 200 percent jump in deadly melanoma cases since...

Fist Bumps Less Germy Than Handshakes, Study Says

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July 28th, 2014
(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File) By MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer NEW YORK (AP) -- When it comes to preventing the spread of germs, maybe President Obama is on to something with his fondness for fist bumps. The familiar knocking of...

Drops 100 pounds 'marathon' style

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July 25th, 2014
Nicole Durham had participated in sports most of her life, but she says it wasn't enough to keep the extra pounds from piling on. At restaurants, Durham, right, often felt people judged her if she wasn't eating the healthiest...

Head of Troubled CDC Anthrax Lab Resigns

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July 23rd, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) -- Health officials say that the head of the government lab which potentially exposed workers to live anthrax has resigned. Michael Farrell was head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lab since 2009. A CDC...

Survey Finds Sharp Increase in Teen Use of HGH

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July 23rd, 2014
By DAVID CRARY, AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Experimentation with human growth hormones by America's teens more than doubled in the past year, as more young people looked to drugs to boost their athletic performance and improve their...

You won't believe the 'after' pics

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July 23rd, 2014
In 2011, Robert and Jessica Foster weighed 327 pounds and 287 pounds, respectively. Click through the gallery to see the Colorado couple's amazing transformation. In December 2012, the couple ran the local 5-kilometer "Ugly Sweater Run."...

Study: Many Heavy Kids Think They’re Normal Weight

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July 23rd, 2014
By The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) -- Nearly a third of children in a national survey didn't have an accurate idea of their own weight -- most of them heavy or obese children who viewed themselves as normal. These false impressions were...

First Diaper Bank to Open in Springfield

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July 21st, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WGGB) -- Springfield's first diaper bank is set to open this Thursday. The bank will help low-income families in the area who are struggling to make ends meet. The Boston Medical Center HealthNet Plan hopes to deliver...