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NY Measles Patient Boarded Amtrak Train at Penn Station

Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images(ALBANY, N.Y.) -- The New York State Department of Health was notified on Friday of a positive case of measles at Bard College in Dutchess County, north of New York City. The DOH was informed the patient traveled on Amtrak

NY Health Officials: Measles Patient Took Amtrak Train

Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images(ALBANY, N.Y.) -- The New York State Department of Health was notified on Friday of a positive case of measles at Bard College in Dutchess County, north of New York City. The DOH was informed the patient traveled on Amtrak

Super Bowl 2015: How This Weekend's Beer Can Be Beauty Treatment

NFL Media(NEW YORK) -- In all of the excitement planning for the ultimate Super Bowl viewing party, it's easy to go overboard buying refreshments and end up with an excess of leftover suds. After all, it is a Sunday night. Beer bottles and cans can take u

Father of Psych Ward Stabbing Victim Says Mental Patients Treated Like 'Prisoner

Joseph Camacho(SUN VALLEY, Calif.) -- The father of a man stabbed to death by his roommate in a southern California hospital psych ward won $3 million in punitive damages on Tuesday against the hospital where his son died. But money isn't on his mind. He

Everything You Need to Know About the Measles

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The measles have made a comeback with 84 cases in the latest outbreak, not to mention 644 cases last year alone. Given that the infectious disease was eliminated decades ago by vaccines, it's not surprising that its resurgen

Free Range Parenting: Should Kids Be Allowed to Roam Unsupervised?

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Rafi and Dvora Meitiv were walking home from the park recently in Silver Spring, Maryland, when they were suddenly confronted by strangers. Not a gang member, or a bully, or a child molester, but the police.“We were over here a

Bullied Girl May Face Permanent Blindness, Parents Say

Patrick and Erin Quarles(AUSTIN, Texas) -- Gwendolyn Quarles has a brain disorder that appeared soon after another child lobbed a football at her face in October of last year, her parents said. Her father, Patrick Quarles, said the incident was no acciden

Officials on Alert for Measles During Super Bowl

NFL Media(PHOENIX) -- Arizona health officials are attempting to contain a measles outbreak that has already spread through multiple states as thousands of fans arrive in Phoenix ahead of Sunday's Super Bowl.Officials are already monitoring 1,000 people i

Preemies Experience Social Development Problems as They Age

iStock/Thinkstock(HELSINKI, Finland) — In addition to physical problems that children who were born prematurely might suffer, scientists say they may encounter certain psychological problems during their teen and young adult years.In a study of peop

Beer Ingredient Could Stave Off Alzheimer's Disease

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Move over wine. Beer might have important health benefits as well.In a study conducted by the American Chemical Society, Jianguo Fang and his fellow researchers say that xanthohumol or Xn, an ingredient in hops, can pre

Time to Get Hooked on Phonics Again

iStock/Thinkstock(BUFFALO, N.Y.) — Remember Hooked on Phonics? Ads for this commercial system of reading education through phonetics were everywhere during the early 1990s until the company ran into trouble with the FTC, leading it to file for bankr

Possible Cure for Peanut Allergies Developed

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Have Australian researchers come up with a cure for peanut allergies?It’s possible that they may have, based on the results of an experiment in which 60 youngsters with these allergies were either given a placebo

CDC: Already More Measles Cases in 2015 than Median Number from 2001 to 2010

Credit: James Gathany/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(NEW YORK) -- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control said Thursday that the number of measles cases in the U.S. since January 1 is already higher than the annual total case counts for several r

Study: Expensive Placebos More Effective than Cheap Ones

Jeffrey Hamilton/Digital Vision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A new study shows that placebos are more effective when they cost more.Researchers looked at data from 12 patients with moderate to severe Parkinson's disease who were told they were being given one

WHO: New Ebola Cases in West Africa Drop Below 100 Last Week

Pawel Gaul/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The World Health Organization on Thursday released a new report on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, showing that the number of new cases identified in the last week had fallen below 100.According to the WHO's Eb

How Tom Brady's Cold Could Affect the Super Bowl

Jared Wickerham/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- This is nothing to sneeze at ahead of the Super Bowl: Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has a cold.Brady told reporters he's sure he'll be fine in time for Sunday's clash against the Seattle Seahwaks, saying, "It's b

Family Seeking Liver Donor to Save Twins Asks for Public's Help

Bhakpong/iStock/Thinkstock(TORONTO) -- A family desperately searching for a liver donor for their twin daughters have started a campaign in order to find a stranger willing to donate to save their girls.Binh and Phuoc Wagner, 3, of Ontario, Canada, both n

Does Shaving Make Your Hair Darker and Thicker?

Jacek Chabraszewski/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- When faced with a patch of unruly hair on your body, it’s tempting to grab a razor and cut it down to size. But should you think again before reaching for the blade to solve your over-active follicl

Scott Foley Explains How to Lose More Than 10 Pounds Overnight

ABC/Ron Tom(LOS ANGELES) — Scott Foley is no stranger to shirtless scenes. However, the Scandal star, whose show premieres Thursday night, said that the real work involved with them happens in the days leading up to the shoot."I'm a juice guy," Fole

Money Is Not the Root of All Happiness

iStock/Thinkstock(EAST LANSING, Mich.) — You've heard the cliché a million times: money can’t buy happiness. Well, maybe there’s something to it after all.Researchers at Michigan State University and the University of British Colu

Paying Pregnant Women to Stop Smoking Pays Off

Wavebreak Media(ATLANTA) — Most women understand the perils of smoking while pregnant yet many women continue to light up anyway, which can affect their health and the well-being of their fetus.The problem is more pervasive than one might imagine. I

Half of Seniors Reluctant to Reveal Falls to Doctors

Purestock/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) — There’s no shame in falling down, particularly if you’re a senior. The real shame is not telling a medical professional about it.According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over half of th

One in 12 Americans Don't Follow Prescription Medication Directions in Effort to

Fuse/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- New data provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that one in 12 Americans choose not to take prescription medication as directed to save money.Eight percent of Americans, the CDC says, do not take

Cat Gets Oxygen Mask After Surviving Fire Inside Wall

Mike Watson Images/moodboard/Thinkstock(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- Firefighters outside Charlotte, North Carolina, were nearly done battling a house fire burning for more than four hours when one of them said they discovered a cat who miraculously survived the m

Organ Transplants Could Provide Two Million Extra Years of Life, Researchers Say

targovcom/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Organ transplants in the United States may lead to as many as two million extra years of life, researchers say.Looking at data since the FDA first approved solid-organ transplants in 1983, researchers say they dete

Study: Insurers May Be Using Drug Costs to Discriminate

Thomas Northcut/Digital Vision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A study in the New England Journal of Medicine claims that insurers may be using the costs of certain drugs to discriminate against "high-cost patients."Researchers analyzed "adverse tiering" in 12 st