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Texas Ebola Patient Thomas Duncan Prayed With Family on Phone

Creatas/Thinkstock(DALLAS) --  The patient who became the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States has been identified as a former chauffeur from Liberia who prayed with family members by phone on Wednesday.The patient, Thomas Eric Dunc

West Africa Ebola Transmission Still 'Persistent and Widespread,' WHO Says

Pawel Gaul/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MONROVIA, Liberia) -- The World Health Organization provided a new update on Wednesday, confirming that the number of deaths in the West Africa Ebola outbreak is at 3,338, with nearly 4,000 more sickened.The disease has s

Ebola Patient Released from Hospital Despite Saying He Had Been in Africa

Will Montgomery(DALLAS) -- Even though a sick patient later diagnosed with Ebola told an emergency room nurse at a Texas hospital that he had recently traveled from West Africa, the nurse failed to pass on that information to other hospital staff, and tha

It's 'Not Impossible' Others in US Could Contract Ebola, CDC Head Says

This undated photograph shows a CDC scientist pipetting specimens in the Biosafety Level 4 Influenza Laboratory, Atlanta, GA. (James Gathany/CDC)(ATLANTA) -- The country's top medical official who has vowed to stop Ebola "in its tracks" in the U.S., conc

Happy National Kale Day, All You Haters

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Dr. Drew Ramsey has started a petition to declare today, the first Wednesday in October, National Kale Day.“National Kale Day is a celebration that aims to increase awareness, access, and education about the

Amy Robach Reflects One Year After Breast Cancer Diagnosis

ABC NewsBy ABC's Amy Robach(NEW YORK) -- It was a year ago that I agreed to have a live, televised mammogram in the middle of Times Square on Good Morning America.I was persuaded by GMA producers and Robin Roberts, to help demystify this test that so many

'Thank You for Saving My Life': Amy Robach Meets Breast Cancer Survivor

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Amy Robach underwent her first-ever mammogram last year, live on ABC's Good Morning America for breast cancer awareness month, but never imagined she’d hear the words: "You have breast cancer."Deb Greig was watching from her ho

Woman Finds Out She's Pregnant After Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Courtesy Mount Sinai Health System (NEW YORK) -- At age 34, Adele Rivas thought she was too young to have breast cancer, even though her mother had been diagnosed with the disease in her 40s.But a persistent lump in her breast led Rivas to get a biopsy te

A Granny Smith a Day Keeps Bad Gut Bacteria at Bay

iStock/Thinkstock(PULLMAN, Wash.) -- When it comes to knowing what’s best for your health, granny knows best. Granny Smith, that is, as in the tart green apple that’s very popular this time of year.Washington State University researchers say t

Snacking Makes the World Go Round

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Snacks are about as American as potato chips, chocolate and cheese. But they’re also popular in other parts of the world.In fact, a Nielsen Global Survey of Snacking found that 91 percent of the 30,000 people polled in

Cancer Doctors Target Obesity in Battle Against Cancer

Creatas Images/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Top cancer doctors are calling for the recognition of obesity as a risk factor for some forms of cancer.According to the American Society of Clinical Oncology, obesity is considered a risk factor for breast, prostate

How the CDC Will Make Sure Ebola Doesn't Spread in US

Credit: James Gathany/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(DALLAS) -- To stop the deadly Ebola virus from spreading in the U.S., health officials said they have already started tracking anyone involved with the first Ebola patient to be diagnosed he

Researchers Consider Link Between Adolescent Obesity and Colorectal Cancer

AlexRaths/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Adolescents who are obese may face an increased risk of colorectal cancer later on in life, researchers say.According to a study presented at the American Association of Cancer Research Conference, researchers

Thousands of West African Children Orphaned by Ebola

Bumbasor/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Nearly 4,000 children in West Africa have lost one or both parents to the ongoing Ebola outbreak, a staggering figure reported by the United Nations Children's Fund on Tuesday."Thousands of children are living

First Ebola Case Diagnosed in US Confirmed by CDC

James Gathany/CDC(ATLANTA) -- The first Ebola case has been diagnosed in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced on Tuesday.Although American Ebola patients have been treated in the United States prior to this diagnosis

After Autistic Girl Finds Success in Art World, Parents Shield Her from Spotligh

Courtesy Arabella Carter-Johnson(NEW YORK) -- When Iris Grace Halmshaw's parents introduced her to painting, they were hoping the activity would be a fun diversion and a way to get their autistic child to express herself.But as soon as Iris picked up a br

Face-to-Face with Patients in the Ebola Ward

ABC NewsREPORTER'S NOTEBOOK By ABC News' Dr. Richard Besser(MONROVIA, Liberia) -- "Before we enter the Ebola ward, we pray," Dr. Jerry Brown tells me as we stand just outside the second-oldest Ebola treatment unit in Monrovia, clad in layer after layer of

How This Enterovirus Outbreak Could Affect Adults

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- There's one silver lining in the ominous news about the mysterious respiratory virus that has sickened children in 46 states since August, even causing paralysis in some: It does not seem to be spreading into adults.But expe

Dove Ad Highlights a Mother's Impact on Daughter's Self-Esteem

BananaStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Dove’s buzzy new short film titled “Legacy” asks women to share how they feel about their bodies, but then poses the same question to their daughters.“My number one hate on my body is… ,&r

Deep-Fried Candy Bars May Be Hazardous to Your Health

iStock/Thinkstock(GLASGOW, Scotland) -- Candy is dandy but deep-fried candy bars are really tasty.The problem, according to a report in the Scottish Medical Journal, is that these sugary and fatty confections normally sold at state fairs could put you in

Antibiotics in Young Children May Be Linked to Higher Obesity Risk

Comstock Images/Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A new study indicates that antibiotics, used in children under the age of 2, may be linked to childhood obesity.Researchers at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia looked at data from 65,000 infants and

CDC Investigates Limb Paralysis in Children After Enterovirus 68 Outbreak

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating whether limb weakness and paralysis in nine children could be connected to the far-reaching outbreak of the respiratory disease Enterovirus 68.The CDC released

Police Officers Collect Unused Prescription Drugs for National Take Back Day

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Time to toss those pills sitting in your medicine cabinet-- Saturday is the last annual National Prescription Drug Take Back day. Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, police officers across the country are collecting expi