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American Ebola doc: 'I am thrilled to be alive'

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ATLANTA (AP) -- Calling it a "miraculous day," an American doctor infected with Ebola left his isolation unit and warmly hugged his doctors and nurses on Thursday, showing the world that he poses no public health threat one month after getting sick with the virus....

Ebola: Care and recovery of 2 American aid workers

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Two American aid workers have recovered from Ebola and left an Atlanta hospital, after weeks of intensive treatment in a special isolation unit....

Study: Combining vaccines boosts polio immunity

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- New research suggests a one-two punch could help battle polio in some of the world's most remote and strife-torn regions: Giving a single vaccine shot to children who've already swallowed drops of an oral polio vaccine greatly boosted their immunity....




US diplomats barred from ice bucket challenge
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The charity stunt has lured athletes, celebrities, politicians and rock stars and gone viral on the Internet, but don't look for U.S. diplomats to get in on the fun....

Liberia gives food in slum sealed to stop Ebola
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- Government officials handed out bags of rice and sachets of drinking water Thursday to residents of an impoverished slum in Liberia's capital where tens of thousands of people have been barricaded in an effort to stop the spread of Ebola....

Big Apple doctor-in-chief seeks community approach
NEW YORK (AP) -- New York City's new health boss doesn't want to be your nanny. Think of her more as a tutor....

Noodles: Friend or foe? S. Koreans defend diet
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Kim Min-koo has an easy reply to new American research that hits South Korea where it hurts - in the noodles. Drunk and hungry just after dawn, he rips the lid off a bowl of his beloved fast food, wobbling on his feet but still defiant over a report that links instant noodles to health hazards....

New restrictions on hydrocodone to take effect
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The federal government is finalizing new restrictions on hundreds of medicines containing hydrocodone, the highly addictive painkiller that has grown into the most widely prescribed drug in the U.S....

Drug for Ebola-like virus promising in ill monkeys
WASHINGTON (AP) -- 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 work....

Pryor's 'Obamacare' ad highlights his cancer fight
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor reached into his own medical history Tuesday to explain his vote on the nation's new health care law, telling Arkansans his battle with a rare cancer 18 years ago influenced him....