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American Doctor in Liberia Tests Positive for Ebola


iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MONROVIA, Liberia) -- An American doctor working with an international relief organization in Liberia tested positive for the Ebola virus.Dr. Kent Brantly had been working as the medical director for Samaritan's Purse, an organizati

Can a Jolting Wearable-Fitness Tracker Get You to Work Out?


iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) --  If you need a little incentive to get up off the couch, a new wearable device could give you just the jolt you need to get you to the gym.The Pavlok device isn't on the market just yet, but its creator Maneesh Set

Boy Battling Cancer Turns Six with 'Close to 100,000' Birthday Cards


Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(BOSTON) -- Danny Nickerson celebrated his 6th birthday with the one birthday present he had been hoping for: tens of thousands of birthday cards.The 6-year-old is fighting an inoperable brain tumor and his mother made an appea

American Red Cross Issues Urgent Call for Blood Donations


Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The American Red Cross issued a call for blood donations this week, saying that donations are down eight percent in the last 11 weeks, creating thee risk of a shortfall of blood.The Red Cross says that because Independence D

Playing Hard to Get May Not Work for Women, Study Says


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- When it comes to dating, some may tell women play it coy, but new research shows that more responsive females are successful in the mating game. In a report published in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, resear

Daughter, Terminally Ill Dad, Hold Early Walk Down the Aisle


iStock/Thinkstock(KINGSTON, Tenn.) -- It was a day she'll never forget, her dad dressed in a sharp black suit accented with bright pink bowtie -- her favorite color -- hooked arm in arm as they slowly and steadily make their way down the homemade aisle pl

Officials Issue Arrest Warrant for California Man with Tuberculosis


iStock/Thinkstock(SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY, Calif.) -- Officials in Northern California issued an arrest warrant for a man with tuberculosis who has refused treatment. Eduardo Rosas Cruz is putting the public at risk, according to Stockton Police, as a result o

Baseball GM Keeps Promise, Has Public Prostate Exam During Game


iStock/Thinkstock(MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.) -- A minor league baseball executive in South Carolina made good on his promise to get a public prostate exam during the seventh-inning stretch of a game Thursday night.Andy Milovich, general manager of the Single-A M

Extreme Weight Loss: How They Lost 100 Pounds or More


Photodisc/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Growing up, Judith Anthony had no boundaries for snacking.“I would literally go to the store and buy $3 worth of the 25 cent potato chips. And I'd just sit there and eat them,” the 26-year-old from Orange, New

Report Raises Safety Questions on Popular Blood Thinner


Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A scientific study released Wednesday suggests the makers of the blood thinner Pradaxa may have held back information that may have prevented serious bleeding complications among some of the million or so Americans using it.

Life's Rude Awakening Happens at 36


iStock/Thinkstock(BRISTOL, England) -- Life can seem like a party when you’re young, but eventually, most come to the realization that they can’t keep ignoring their mortality.A new study out of the United Kingdom suggests that the magic age w

Multiple Chronic Illnesses Plague the Elderly


Purestock/Thinkstock(BALTIMORE) -- Even with all the advances in medicine that occur with greater frequency than ever before in history, increases in life expectancy among older Americans is slowing.Researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public

Agency Releases First Data from National ALS Registry


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- An estimated four in 100,000 people in the United States live with Amyotriphic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, health officials announced Thursday. Researchers released the first data summary fro

Health Officials: Too Few Teens Receiving HPV Vaccines


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The number of teens receiving vaccines for the human papillomavirus (HPV) remains "unacceptably low," officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday. Girls and boys between the ages of 13 an

CDC Lifts Moratorium on Shipment of Tuberculosis Samples


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is resuming shipments of biological samples including tuberculosis bacteria, the agency announced Thursday. The CDC lifted the moratorium on a specific type of material tr

Fear of Flying Amplified by Flurry of Air Disasters


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The recent flurry of air disasters does little to comfort nervous fliers, who suffer from what some experts call a “perfect storm” of fears.“You start with fear, and then you have evidence that the fear is

Cards Keep Pouring In for 5-Year-Old Boy Battling Cancer


Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Over 15,000 cards have been mailed to Danny Nickerson, the 5-year-old battling cancer who is turning 6 Friday.The Massachusetts boy was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor known as diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma in Oc