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(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 Duncan, is being treated at an isolation unit at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas.Duncan, who is in his ...
(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 spread to five countries -- Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal and Sierra Leone -- infecting 7,178 people. The report also notes t...
(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 that man was released from the hospital with antibiotics, officials said Wednesday.The first Ebola patient diagno...
(ATLANTA) -- The country's top medical official who has vowed to stop Ebola "in its tracks" in the U.S., conceded Wednesday that it's "not impossible" that others will contract the disease.Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said an extensive tracking process is underway in the wake of the first Ebola diagno...
Posted 2014-10-01 08:46:43
(NEW YORK) -- Dr. Drew Ramsey has started a Change.org 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 positive health benefits of eating more kale,” said Ramsey, a practicing psychiatrist who also happens to...
By 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 women my age avoid.I was 40 years old and had put off having my first mammogram for a number of reason...
(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 home in Charleston, South Carolina. The former news director at ABC News’ Charleston affiliate, WCI...
(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 test. Her mother tagged along for moral support.“My mother said, ‘I have to come with you,’” Rivas remembers...
(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 that while all apples contain non-digestible compounds that have certain health benefits, it’s the Granny S...
Posted 2014-10-01 04:04:24
(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 60 countries say they snack at least once daily and one in five enjoy snacks three or four times on a typical ...
(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 and colon cancers, among others. It is not, however, sufficiently recognized, doctors say. About 84,000 cancer diagnose...
(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 here.Officials from the U.S. Centers of Disease Control confirmed Tuesday that the first Ebola patient has been diagnosed in the U.S., after arriving from Liberi...
(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 looked at data from 240,000 Swedish men and found that those who were obese as teenagers were 2.37 times as likely to develop ...
(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 through the deaths of their mother, father or family members from Ebola," UNICEF Regional Director for West and Central Africa...
(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, they all contracted Ebola in West Africa. Ebola has killed 2,917 people and infected 3,346 others since the ou...
(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 brush, her parents were blown away by how she approached the painting. She shied away from doing simple paintings of houses or sm...
REPORTER'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 protective gear.I’m about to become the first journalist allowed inside. My head tells me we&rsq...
(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 experts aren't sure why."Everyone is scratching their heads on this one," said Dr. William Schaffner, chairman of th...
(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 serious medical jeopardy.In fact, the researchers from Glasgow say that a deep-fried Mars bar may increase the r...
(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 found that infants under the age of 2 who received more frequent doses of wide-spectrum antibiotics were more likely to be obese t...
(NEW YORK) -- Doctors from the American Academy of Pediatrics say that long-acting reversible contraceptive methods should be used for teenagers before the birth control pill.LARC methods, such as intra-uterine devices and subdermal implants, have been found to be safe for use in teenagers, according to the academy, and may actually be more effecti...
(NEW YORK) -- Researchers say soda may cause problems for children's bone health, particularly if it leads to children drinking less milk.The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, points to the importance of calcium in children, and notes that choosing soda over beverages containing calcium is one route that could lead to poor bone health. Pa...
Posted 2014-09-29 15:57:42
(NEW YORK) -- There's a new mystery surrounding a respiratory virus suspected of sickening children in 45 states since August: temporary paralysis.The virus, called enterovirus 68, can start out like the common cold but can quickly turn serious and send children to the hospital with breathing problems. And now, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control ...
(NEW YORK) -- Singer Debbie Gibson admits that she is just now starting to feel like herself again after struggling from Lyme disease for the past year."This is my first pain-free month," she told People magazine. "My strength has really come back. I've put back on about 12-15 lbs. Before, I couldn't ride my bike. I could hardly walk. Now I can. I ...
(WASHINGTON) -- America's richest man has a plan to fight Ebola, and he isn't shy about trumpeting its greatest benefactor: the United States.In his first interview since donating $50 million to counter the quickly-expanding threat of Ebola in West Africa, Bill Gates outlined the obligations America has in shaping the institutions that will curb th...
(NEW YORK) -- University of Michigan football coach Brady Hoke defended his team's handling of quarterback Shane Morris, who stayed in Saturday’s game despite appearing dazed and wobbly following a vicious hit. "We would never ever put a guy on the field when there is a possibility with head trauma," Hoke said at a news conference Monday.He a...
REPORTER'S NOTEBOOK By ABC News' Dr. Richard Besser(MONROVIA, Liberia) -- "First thing was the headache," a Liberian teen tells me.I've arrived in a remote village with a medical team from The International Medical Corps to take him to an Ebola treatment unit.Ten days ago, the teen, a local bishop's son named Boimah, shared a room with a community ...
(DENVER) -- Simon Humphrey spent nine days in a Colorado hospital room fighting for his life.Humphrey, 13, is one of hundreds of children across the country stricken by Enterovirus 68.He later had problems moving his limbs."I couldn't move my legs," he told ABC affiliate KMGH-TV in Denver. "The muscles in my arms could barely lift the weight of my ...
(BALTIMORE) -- The best way to treat social anxiety disorder, which can literally paralyze people in social situations, is through talk therapy more so than drugs.That's the finding of a John Hopkins University study, which looked at a disorder affecting millions of Americans."Social anxiety is more than just shyness," says study leader Evan Mayo-W...
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