Updated: 7:18 AM 8/29/2014DAKAR, Senegal - The World Health Organization says the past week has seen the highest increase of Ebola cases since the outbreak began, more evidence that the crisis is worsening. In an update Friday, the U.N. health agency said more than 500 cases were recorded over the past week, by... (More)
Updated: 12:24 PM 8/28/2014BATON ROUGE - St. John the Baptist is using chlorine to flush a water system on the east bank of the Mississippi River after tests showed the presence of a dangerous amoeba. The state Department of Health and Hospitals said the Naegleria fowleri amoeba was found in the water system... (More)
Updated: 8:52 AM 8/28/2014Nearly half of parents say they're not comfortable letting their child play football amid growing uncertainty about the long-term impact of concussions, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll. A majority, however, say they haven't prevented their child from playing the game they love. In the poll, 44 percent of parents... (More)
Updated: 5:58 AM 8/28/2014
GENEVA - The World Health Organization says the Ebola outbreak in West Africa eventually could exceed 20,000 cases, more than 6 times as many as now.
A new study by the U.N. health agency also assumes that in many hard-hit areas, the actual number of cases may be two to four times higher than is currently reported.
The agency on Thursday published new figures saying that 1,552 people have now died from the Ebola virus from among 3,069 cases reported so far.
Updated: 10:20 AM 8/27/2014Women have a new weapon to protect themselves from date rape: nail polish. Four North Carolina State University students are developing a polish that can detect drugs associated with date rape. When dipped in a drink, the polish will change colors if the drink is laced. Once the product... (More)
Updated: 3:49 PM 8/26/2014BATON ROUGE - State employees and retirees face increased out-of-pocket costs and higher deductibles as Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration reworks state health insurance plans to keep the program from financial disaster. Financial analysts say those in the insurance program in many instances will be paying more and getting less. Critics... (More)
Updated: 12:45 PM 8/26/2014WASHINGTON - The Obama administration has picked a Connecticut official to run HealthCare.gov ahead of a second open enrollment season looming as a test of competence for the feds. Kevin Counihan leads Access Health CT, a health insurance marketplace seen as a national model. As CEO of the federal exchange,... (More)
Updated: 5:54 AM 8/26/2014GENEVA - The U.N. health agency says electronic cigarettes should be regulated and banned from use indoors until the exhaled vapor is proven not to harm bystanders. The World Health Organization also calls for a ban on sales to minors of the popular nicotine-vapor products, and to either forbid or... (More)
Updated: 2:12 AM 8/25/2014CHICAGO, IL - Pediatricians are sending a back-to-school message: Let teenagers sleep in a bit. In a new policy statement in the journal Pediatrics, the American Academy of Pediatrics says delaying the start of the school day until at least 8:30 a.m. for teens would help curb their lack of... (More)
Updated: 3:51 AM 8/22/2014ATLANTA, GA - An American doctor who was released from an Atlanta hospital after surviving the Ebola virus says he's glad for any attention his situation brought to African countries fighting an epidemic. Dr. Kent Brantly spoke to reporters briefly Thursday after spending three weeks in an isolation unit at... (More)