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Obesity Linked to Shorter Life

By | December 5, 2014

Excess body weight can decrease one’s life expectancy by nearly 10 years, according to a new modeling study.

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Travelers to West Africa Banned from Conference

By | October 31, 2014

Louisiana state health officials ask anyone who has visited Liberia, Sierra Leone, or Guinea in the past 21 days to skip next week’s meeting on tropical diseases in New Orleans.

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Chikungunya Transmission in France

By | October 24, 2014

The World Health Organization reports four locally acquired cases of the virus in the country.

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Ebola Scare in DC

By | October 17, 2014

The Scientist senior editor, Jef Akst, is communicating via cell phone with her parents, who were on the bus briefly occupied by an ill woman who was later escorted by hazmat teams to the hospital.

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US Nurse Contracts Ebola

By | October 14, 2014

Despite wearing protective gear, a nurse at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas who helped treat the first US Ebola patient has tested positive for the virus.

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Spain and U.S. Deal with Ebola

By | October 8, 2014

The first case of Ebola contracted outside of West Africa has the Spanish government scrambling to contain the deadly virus. In the U.S., the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the country has died.

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Java Genes?

By | October 8, 2014

Eight genetic loci could partially explain why some people drink more coffee than others.

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UN Calls for $600M in Aid to Stop Ebola

By | September 4, 2014

The United Nations and medical organizations request additional international action on Ebola as the pace of the ongoing epidemic accelerates.

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Ebola’s Toll on Healthcare Workers

By | August 26, 2014

“Unprecedented number of medical staff infected with Ebola,” the World Health Organization says.

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For Polio, Two Vaccines Work Better Than One

By | August 21, 2014

A booster dose of inactivated polio vaccine bolsters the immune system and reduces viral shedding in children already treated with the oral polio vaccine, a study shows. 

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