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Aug 29, 2014

Danger in La. Water: What to Know About Brain-Destroying Amoeba

Danger in La. Water: What to Know About Brain-Destroying Amoeba

A rare but potentially deadly brain-destroying amoeba was found in a parish water supply in Louisiana, putting a community on edge.

Aug 28, 2014

Ebola Outbreak Likely Started From 1 Person: Study

Ebola Outbreak Likely Started From 1 Person: Study

One infected person likely started the Ebola outbreak that is devastating West Africa, a new genetic analysis suggests.

Sep 2, 2014

1st Human Trials of Ebola Vaccine to Start

1st Human Trials of Ebola Vaccine to Start

The U.S. government and drug maker GlaxoSmithKline will announce Thursday that they are starting the first human trials of an Ebola vaccine, NBC News reported.

Aug 20, 2014

"Suicide Tourism" to Switzerland Doubles

"Suicide Tourism" to Switzerland Doubles

The number of people who traveled to Switzerland for a voluntary assisted death doubled between 2008 and 2012, researchers reported Tuesday.

Aug 20, 2014

Experimental Drug Cures Ebola-Like Virus in Monkeys

Experimental Drug Cures Ebola-Like Virus in Monkeys

Researchers in the fight against Ebola are hopeful after an experimental drug cured monkeys infected with the Marburg virus — a close relative of Ebola — even after they began showing symptoms, NBC...

Aug 18, 2014

Slum Residents Loot Ebola Clinic in Liberia

Slum Residents Loot Ebola Clinic in Liberia

Residents of a large slum looted an Ebola quarantine center in Liberia's capital on Saturday, raising fears that stolen items, which are likely infected with the virus, will spread Ebola throughout the city,...

Aug 16, 2014

Liberia Overwhelmed by Ebola, Opens 2nd Center in Capital

Liberia Overwhelmed by Ebola, Opens 2nd Center in Capital

Liberian authorities opened a second Ebola treatment center in the country's capital after the first became overwhelmed by patients, Assistant Health Minister Tolbert Nyenswah said.

Aug 13, 2014

Eating More Salt Is Okay, New Study Finds

Eating More Salt Is Okay, New Study Finds

A new study suggests that it's safe for healthy people to eat about twice as much salt as currently recommended, despite federal guidelines that warn otherwise, NBC News reported.

Aug 13, 2014

American With Ebola Getting Stronger, Husband Says

American With Ebola Getting Stronger, Husband Says

The U.S. woman who contracted Ebola while working as an aid worker in Liberia is gaining back her strength, her husband told reporters Wednesday from a North Carolina RV park, where he and two other missionaries...

Aug 10, 2014

Big Tobacco Attempts a Major Makeover

Big Tobacco Attempts a Major Makeover

Big Tobacco is looking to shed its morbid image by pitching "smokeless" e-cigarettes, championing the mantra “harm reduction,” and funding science that could turn tobacco plants into life-saving medicine.

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