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West African powerhouse Ivory Coast battles to keep out Ebola

Dr. Joel Montgomery, team leader for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Ebola Response Team in Liberia, is dressed in his personal protective equipment while adjusting a colleague's PPE before entering the Ebola treatmentBy Joe Bavier ABIDJAN (Reuters) - The billboard depicts a masked health worker in a biohazard suit looming over a bed-ridden patient. Above them, bright red letters warn commuters on a busy Abidjan street that "The Ebola risk is always there". As Ivory Coast campaigns to fend off an Ebola outbreak ravaging neighbouring West African states, such grim reminders of the catastrophe unfolding across its western border are everywhere. ...

'Lather Against Ebola': 'Ice Bucket' challenge against the virus

Ivorians are promoting a new "Lather Against Ebola" campaign to alert others to the need for hygiene to ward off the Ebola epidemic raging in neighbouring countriesAbidjan (AFP) - Bringing a soapy twist to the "Ice Bucket Challenge" that has swept the world in recent weeks, Ivorians are raising awareness about the deadly disease outbreak in west Africa with a new "Lather Against Ebola" campaign.

Mystery illness plagues girls in Colombia

A teenage girl is brought to hospital in Carmen de Bolivar, Bolivar Province, Colombia, after fainting on September 2, 2014El Carmen de Bolivar (Colombia) (AFP) - A mystery illness is plaguing girls in this town in northern Colombia, and locals say a vaccine against the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus, or HPV, is to blame.

Online volunteers map uncharted Ebola zones to help save lives

By Stella Dawson WASHINGTON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Donating to disasters used to mean writing a check to Oxfam or the Red Cross. These days in the Internet age, for the Ebola crisis, citizens from all over the world are donating their time by going online to build maps for relief workers. Call it crowd-sourced cartography that can save lives. ...

San Francisco lawmaker says he takes anti-HIV drug, urges wider use

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - An openly gay San Francisco lawmaker went public on Wednesday with his daily use of a highly effective HIV-prevention drug and urged more at-risk city dwellers to do the same. Scott Wiener, a member of the city's Board of Supervisors, said in an op-ed published by the Huffington Post that he takes Truvada, in an effort to raise awareness about the drug's benefits. The pill, part of a therapy called pre-exposure prophylaxis or PrEP, can cut the likelihood of HIV infection for those at high risk by as much as 92 percent if taken daily, according to the U.S. ...

Asia's rising tobacco epidemic

Three elderly men take a cigarette break, in Shanghai, on March 22, 2012Smoke-filled bars and packed cancer wards reflect decades of neglect of no-smoking policies in Asia, where both high- and low-income countries are belatedly waking up to a growing tobacco-related health epidemic.

South Carolina father accused of killing kids feared them: report

By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON S.C. (Reuters) - The man accused of killing his five children in South Carolina and dumping their bodies in Alabama feared that they were going to chop him up and feed him to the dogs, a local television station reported, citing arrest records. Timothy Ray Jones Jr., 32, is being held in South Carolina on murder charges after he allegedly killed his children, ages 1 to 8, and then drove their bodies through five states before dumping them in Alabama, according to authorities. ...

Sierra Leone readies for controversial Ebola lockdown

A sign warning of the dangers of Ebola outside a government hospital in Freetown on August 13, 2014Freetown (AFP) - Sierra Leone prepared Thursday for an unprecedented three-day nationwide lockdown to contain the deadly spread of the Ebola virus in a controversial move which experts claimed could worsen the epidemic.

First French Ebola patient 'still in Liberia waiting for airlift'

A health worker, wearing Personal Protective Equipment, stands inside the high-risk area at Elwa hospital in Monrovia on September 7, 2014Paris (AFP) - The first French person to have been infected by the deadly Ebola virus was still in Liberia Thursday and was waiting to be airlifted home, according to the humanitarian group she works for.

U.S. senators call for federal judge to resign over wife beating

(Reuters) - Three U.S. senators on Wednesday called for the resignation of a federal judge accused of beating his wife in an Atlanta hotel room last month. Senators Richard Shelby and Jeff Sessions, both Republicans of Alabama, joined Senator Claire McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat, in calling for the resignation of Alabama-based U.S. District Court Judge Mark Fuller. “Judge Fuller’s unacceptable personal conduct violates the trust that has been placed in him. He can no longer effectively serve in his position and should step down,” Sessions said in a statement. ...

U.S. to begin Ebola hospital equipment lift to Liberia

Lindborg testifies before a House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee hearing on "global efforts to fight Ebola"? on Capitol Hill in WashingtonBy David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The first planeload of hospital equipment in the U.S. military's battle against West Africa's deadly Ebola outbreak will arrive in Liberia on Friday, a senior administration official said on Wednesday. The United States hopes its expanded effort to contain the spread of the virus will help rally other countries in ramping up the global response to the epidemic, U.S. aid official Nancy Lindborg told a U.S. House of Representatives committee. ...

Texas executes woman convicted of starving nine-year-old

Texas Department of Criminal Justice photo of Lisa Ann ColemanBy Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - A woman convicted of the 2004 starving death of a 9-year-old boy was executed on Wednesday by lethal injection at a Texas state prison, authorities said. Lisa Ann Coleman, 38, was pronounced dead at 6:24 p.m. CDT at the state's death chamber in Huntsville, said Robert Hurst, spokesman for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Coleman was the second woman executed in the United States this year and the 15th since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976. She was the 517th prisoner put to death in Texas, the most of any state, since 1976. ...

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford diagnosed with rare cancer

Toronto Mayor Ford makes his closing remarks during a mayoral debate hosted by the Canadian Tamil Congress in Scarborough(Reuters) - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has a very rare and aggressive type of cancerous tumor in his abdomen, his doctor said on Wednesday, and the controversial municipal leader will start chemotherapy treatment within days. Ford, who made international headlines with his admission that he smoked crack cocaine while in office, was hospitalized last week after having unbearable abdominal pains. He dropped out of the city's hotly contested mayoral race last week. ...

GSK melanoma pill backed by UK cost watchdog with price cut

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's healthcare cost agency NICE has recommended a third new drug for melanoma, this time from GlaxoSmithKline, after the drugmaker offered to supply it at a discount to the state-run National Health Service. GSK currently markets Tafinlar but the product will soon transfer to Novartis under a deal between the two companies to trade assets. Tafinlar is an oral medicine that works in a similar way to Roche's already recommended drug Zelboraf. Both target a specific gene mutation linked to around half of aggressive melanomas. ...

First French Ebola victim to be flown home from Liberia

Volunteers wearing t-shirts of the United Nations Development Programme show a placard to raise awareness about the symptoms of the Ebola virus to students in Abidjan, on September 15, 2014Paris (AFP) - The first French Ebola patient was set to be flown home Thursday, as the World Bank warned the spiralling epidemic is threatening economic catastrophe in west Africa.

U.S. to begin Ebola hospital equipment lift to Liberia this week

Lindborg testifies before a House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee hearing on "global efforts to fight Ebola"? on Capitol Hill in WashingtonBy David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The first planeload of hospital equipment in the U.S. military's battle against West Africa's deadly Ebola outbreak will arrive in Liberia on Friday, a senior administration official said on Wednesday. The United States hopes its expanded effort to contain the spread of the virus will help rally other countries in ramping up the global response to the epidemic, U.S. aid official Nancy Lindborg told a U.S. House of Representatives committee. ...

WHO: 700 more Ebola cases emerge in only 1 week

Dr Felicity Hartnell, who is a clinical research fellow at Oxford University, holds a vial of an experimental vaccine against Ebola in Oxford, England Wednesday Sept. 17, 2014. A former nurse will be the first of 60 healthy volunteers in the UK who will receive the vaccine. The vaccine was developed by the U.S. National Institutes of Health and GlaxoSmithKline and targets the Zaire strain of Ebola, the cause of the ongoing outbreak in West Africa. A trial of the same vaccine has already begun in the U.S. (AP Photo/Steve Parsons/Pool)DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The World Health Organization says more than 700 more Ebola cases emerged in West Africa in one week, a statistic that shows the outbreak is accelerating.

McKinstry sacked as coach of Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone's national soccer team coach Johnny Mckinstry supervises a training session at the Felix Houphouet Boigny stadium in AbidjanFREETOWN (Reuters) - Sierra Leone's Northern Irish coach Johnny McKinstry has lost his job after two African Nations Cup qualifying defeats this month, the country’s sports ministry said on Thursday. Sierra Leone lost 2-1 to the Ivory Coast after leading at half-time and were then beaten by the Democratic Republic of Congo. Preparations for both qualifiers were severely affected by the deadly outbreak of Ebola virus in the country which has led to a ban on matches in the country and prevented support staff from travelling. ...

Death toll in West Africa Ebola epidemic reaches 2,622: WHO

Health workers remove the body of Prince Nyentee, a man whom local residents said died of Ebola virus in MonroviaLONDON (Reuters) - At least 2,622 people have died in the worst outbreak of Ebola virus in history, which has so far infected at least 5,335 people in West Africa, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Thursday. In an update on the epidemic, which is raging through Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia and has spread into Nigeria and Senegal, the WHO said there were no signs yet of it slowing. "The upward epidemic trend continues in the three countries that have widespread and intense transmission - Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone," the United Nations health agency said. ...

MSF says French Ebola patient's repatriation far too slow

By John Irish PARIS (Reuters) - Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) on Thursday criticised the delay in repatriating a foreign health worker infected with Ebola in Africa after it took two days to fly out the infected French volunteer from Liberia. A specially adapted aircraft was due in Monrovia on Thursday from the United States to take the female healthcare worker home to France after she was diagnosed with the deadly disease. ...

Bill aims to stop coal companies from denying benefits to miners with black lung

Two coal-state senators plan to introduce legislation today to reform the federal benefits program for black lung victims.

Boehringer to pay up to $600 million for CureVac cancer vaccine

(Reuters) - Boehringer Ingelheim is betting on a cancer vaccine to fight lung tumors after signing a deal worth up to $600 million with U.S.-based CureVac, despite recent disappointments with cancer vaccines from rival firms. The unlisted German drugmaker said on Thursday it was investing 35 million euros ($45 million) upfront, with CureVac entitled to a further 430 million euros - plus royalties on any eventual sales - if the experimental project is a success. ...

Bayer hits record high on move to list plastics business

File photo of the logo of Germany's largest drugmaker Bayer in LeverkusenBy Georgina Prodhan and Ludwig Burger FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany's Bayer plans to list its less profitable plastics business on the stock market in a deal that could value the division at around 10 billion euros ($13 billion) as it focuses on healthcare, veterinary drugs and crop protection. News of the planned spin-off of the MaterialScience division, where profit margins are less than half the company average, lifted Bayer shares to a record high. It follows a wider healthcare industry trend of divesting weaker businesses and bulking up in areas of strength. ...

Developing world revives nuclear power prospects, but yet to commit

A mustard field is seen in front of the cooling towers of the Temelin nuclear power plant near Tyn nad VltavouBy Karolin Schaps and Nina Chestney LONDON (Reuters) - Developing nations are leading a revival of interest in nuclear power, say atomic plant builders, but orders remain elusive as more safety features post-Fukushima have inflated investment costs. Three-and-a-half years after Japan's reactor accident shook confidence, around 25 countries are thinking of turning nuclear to sustain strong growth and provide cleaner and reliable power. "It's not so much growth in the developed countries but we're seeing a lot of other countries that are wanting to develop nuclear. ...

Faster-acting erectile dysfunction drug gets FDA approval

(Reuters) - An erectile dysfunction drug that reduces by half the time patients need to take the pill before sexual activity has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Developed by Auxilium Pharmaceuticals Inc and Vivus Incs, the drug, Stendra, is the first FDA-approved erectile dysfunction drug that can be taken about 15 minutes prior to sexual activity. Pfizer Inc's blockbuster erectile dysfunction drug, Viagra, can be taken about an hour before sex. ...

Nepal adopts jab to boost polio fight

Polio mainly affects children under five and attacks the central nervous systemNepal on Thursday launched a drive to eradicate polio by supplementing oral vaccines with an injection that experts say will boost children's immunity against the disease.

International surrogacy traps babies in stateless limbo

By Emma Batha THE HAGUE (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The lack of regulation around international commercial surrogacy has left many babies in stateless limbo, with no country granting them citizenship because of complex conflicts over who the legal parents are. Experts said the problem could affect thousands of babies as more and more couples seek surrogates in countries like India, Mexico and Thailand, turning it into a multimillion dollar business. ...

Merck KGaA seeks partner for immuno-oncology drug by year-end

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German drugs and chemicals maker Merck KGaA is in advanced talks with potential partners interested in its experimental cancer immunotherapy drug and expects to clinch a partnership deal before the end of the year. Its medicine is a so-called anti-PD-L1 agent, one of a number of new drugs from rival companies within the hot research area of immuno-oncology that are designed to make tumor cells more vulnerable to attack by the body’s immune system. U.S. ...

Novo's Ryzodeg effective in type 2 diabetes treatment: study

By Shida Chayesteh COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Novo Nordisk's type 2 diabetes treatment Ryzodeg has proved effective in providing good blood sugar control with fewer injections than a so-called basal-bolus treatment, according to new data from a late-stage study. Ryzodeg combines Tresiba, Novo Nordisk's great hope for future growth, with insulin aspart, a man-made form of insulin, also known as NovoRapid, in a single pen injector. Novo Nordisk, the world's biggest insulin maker, has launched Ryzodeg commercially in Mexico. ...

Yoga Competitors Pose to the Extreme

Yoga Competitors Pose to the Extreme

Condoms hottest item at Asian Games

Athletes are snapping up thousands of free condoms being given out at the Asian Games, organizers saySeoul (AFP) - Athletes are snapping up thousands of free condoms being given out at the Asian Games, organizers said Thursday.

Merck KGaA appoints pharma head Oschmann as deputy CEO

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German drugs and chemicals maker Merck KGaA appointed the head of its pharma business, Stefan Oschmann, as deputy chief executive, it said on Thursday. Oschmann, 57, will share strategic management functions and representation of the company with CEO Karl-Ludwig Kley as of Jan. 1, 2015, it said. The promotion puts Oschmann in the frame to possibly succeed Kley, whose contract runs until September 2016. Belen Garijo, 54, will take over leadership of the entire pharma business, according to the statement. ...

IMF proposes $127 mln for three Ebola-hit countries in W.Africa

A photographer takes pictures through a glass carrying the International Monetary Fund logo during a news conference in BucharestWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone could receive an additional $127 million from the International Monetary Fund to help them deal with the worst-ever outbreak of the Ebola virus, the IMF said on Wednesday. The funds, which must still be approved by the IMF's executive board, would help cover an estimated $300 million financing gap in the West African countries over the next six to nine months, when the IMF expects the impact of the outbreak to be most acute. ...

Liberia hopes U.S. Ebola pledge will spur others to act

MONROVIA (Reuters) - Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said on Wednesday she hoped U.S. President Barack Obama's decision to send 3,000 troops to West Africa to battle the worst Ebola outbreak on record would spur other countries to help. "On behalf of the Liberian people and in my own name, I want thank President Obama and the American people for scaling up the American response," Johnson Sirleaf said in an address to Liberians. "We remain in touch with the leaders of other governments to take similar steps and join us in partnership to end this disease," she said. ...

Spanish judge orders release of ill boy's parents

This is an undated handout photos issued by England's Hampshire Police on Monday Sept. 1, 2014, of Brett King and Naghemeh King, the parents of Ashya King, who have legal proceedings against them continuing in Spain after they took the five-year-old brain cancer patient out of hospital without doctors' consent. Critically-ill 5-year-old boy Ashya King driven to Spain by his parents is receiving medical treatment for a brain tumor in a Spanish hospital as his parents await extradition to Britain, police said Sunday Aug. 31 2014. Officers received a phone call late Saturday from a hotel east of Malaga advising that a vehicle fitting the description circulated by police was on its premises. Both parents were arrested and the boy, Ashya King, was taken to a hospital, a Spanish police spokesman said. (AP Photo/Hampshire Police)SOTO DEL REAL, Spain (AP) — Spanish officials have ordered the immediate release of a detained British couple who were wanted by police in the United Kingdom after they took their critically ill child for treatment abroad without doctors' consent.

Thai PM apologizes for bikini comment after murder of British tourists

Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha gestures in a traditional greeting before reading out his government's policy at the Parliament in BangkokBy Kaweewit Kaewjinda BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha apologized on Thursday for criticizing tourists who wear bikinis in Thailand, comments that sparked an international outcry following the murder of two Britons there this week. The bodies of David Miller and Hannah Witheridge were found early on Monday on a beach on Koh Tao, a southern island known for its coral reefs and diving. Both bodies were found naked. ...

Thai PM apologises for bikini comment after murder of British tourists

Family members of Hannah Witheridge, one of the two British tourists killed on Koh Tao island, comfort each other at the headquarters of the Royal Thai Police in BangkokBy Kaweewit Kaewjinda BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha apologised on Thursday for criticising tourists who wear bikinis in Thailand, comments that sparked an international outcry following the murder of two Britons there this week. The bodies of David Miller and Hannah Witheridge were found early on Monday on a beach on Koh Tao, a southern island known for its coral reefs and diving. Both bodies were found naked. ...

Bayer eyes MaterialScience float in 12-18 months

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German drugmaker Bayer said on Thursday the planned flotation of its plastics unit Bayer MaterialScience would take place over the next 12-18 months. Bayer earlier announced plans to float MaterialScience on the stock market so that the remaining group can focus entirely on life sciences. Bayer said its supervisory board unanimously approved these plans. (Reporting by Ludwig Burger; Editing by Georgina Prodhan)

CDC tells healthy adults not to forget flu vaccine

Kroger Pharmacist Ralph Winston removes air bubbles from a flu vaccineWASHINGTON (AP) — Think the flu's only a big threat to kids and seniors? Influenza hospitalized a surprisingly high number of young and middle-aged adults last winter — and this time around the government wants more of them vaccinated.

Venezuelan cartoonist says fired for health satire

By Andrew Cawthorne CARACAS (Reuters) - A Venezuelan cartoonist said she was fired from her newspaper for a caricature that used the late socialist leader Hugo Chavez's signature to satirize the state of healthcare. "I was informed of my sacking from El Universal over this caricature and my awkward attitude over graphic satire," veteran cartoonist Rayma Suprani said via Twitter late on Wednesday. There was no confirmation from the newspaper. ...

Reduce your risk of dementia right now

There is some good news laid out in the sixth annual World Alzheimer's Report. For the first time, we're starting to get a clearer understanding of cause and effect when it comes to this debilitating disease.

Georgetown student dies of 'apparent meningitis'

A nursing student at Georgetown University -- who just a few days ago tweeted that she had a 105-degree fever and "this is what dying must feel like" -- passes away Tuesday of what her school called "apparent meningitis."

When pregnancy makes you violently ill

Hyperemesis gravidarum causes extreme sickness during pregnancy. Read about one mother's journey.

'Sumo wrestler' to distance runner: He lost 102 lbs.

When Yusuke Kirimoto visited his relatives in Japan, they would jokingly say, "the sumo wrestler is back." Their comments prompted him to change his lifestyle -- and lose 102 pounds.

Should you eat before a workout?

Anyone who makes fitness a priority has experienced that moment when a slight tummy rumble comes along just as you head out to the gym.

5 ways to think yourself well

There wasn't anything that could bring singer Pharrell Williams down in his hit song "Happy." Turns out he was on to to something.

15 diseases doctors get wrong

After strange pains or mysterious digestive issues, you hope a trip to the doctor will solve your health woes. That's not always the case.

Menopause Qs you're not asking

Menopause: the permanent end of fertility (and periods!) that commonly happens to women in their late 40s and 50s. For many women, just saying the word can increase anxiety levels.

10 best apps to train your brain

Whether it's to focus at work, do better at school, or just stay sharp, there are various reasons for wanting to boost brainpower. But maintaining psychological well-being is equally as important.

You NEED the corner office

Exposure to daylight improves workers mood, communication abilities, effectiveness on the job, sleep, and overall health.

Twin boys born 24 days apart

Due to a delayed delivery, a set of twins in Massachusetts were born 24 days apart. WCVB's Mary Saladna reports.

Is red meat really bad for you?

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta talks with Nina Teicholz, author of "The Big Fat Surprise."

This is your body on weed

Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains how marijuana affects the brain and how pot can be used to treat certain conditions.

See man after 700-lb. loss

Robert Walls tipped the scales at 950 lbs. before he made a big decision that helped him shed hundreds of pounds.

Teacher eats only McDonald's

A teacher only eats McDonald's for 90 days, and LOSES 37 pounds. KCCI reports.

World's most dangerous workout?

Is the "sport of fitness" the world's most dangerous workout? CNN's Jarrett Bellini asks CrossFitters and gives it a go.

Hear Mrs. O rap for healthy foods

First lady Michelle Obama raps about food at an event to propose limits on the types of foods advertised in schools.

Ebola blood sold on black market

As hospitals struggle to keep up, desperate patients are turning to the black market to buy blood from Ebola survivors, the World Health Organization warns.

The bitter truth about sugar

Kristie Lu Stout speaks to author Robert Lustig about the dangers of added sugar in processed foods

Schizophrenia is eight disorders

What we know -- and psychiatrists have diagnosed for decades -- as schizophrenia may really be eight separate diseases, research published in The American Journal of Psychiatry suggests.

Hallucinogens to treat depression?

Psychedelic drugs are being researched as a potential treatment for conditions ranging from anxiety to tobacco and alcohol addiction.

Catholic health plans offer birth control

Catholic health plans have for years been arranging for outside firms to provide contraceptive coverage to their enrollees.

Migraines linked to Parkinson's

People who suffer from migraines with aura during middle age have double the risk of developing Parkinson's disease or other movement disorders later in life than those who do not, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal Neurology.

I have what Duchess Kate has

Hyperemesis gravidarum causes extreme sickness during pregnancy. Read about one mother's journey.

What if Ebola was airborne?

Every time the Ebola virus copies itself, it mutates. These mutations could change the way the virus behaves.

Crab's blood could save your life

Hundreds of thousands of horseshoe crabs are captured each year for their incredible blue blood.

The monster that took my son

A week before Cole died, I promised him he would do "something big" someday. For two years, I have been fighting to keep that promise.

Gupta: We created the heroin problem

The face of heroin abuse in America is changing. And part of the reason is that society wanted a quick fix to the prescription drug abuse problem.

Surgical 'black box' coming soon

Researchers are working on a tracking device like the ones placed in airplanes that records surgeons' movements during an operation.

How Catholic health plans deal with birth control

Catholic health plans have for years been arranging for outside firms to provide contraceptive coverage to their enrollees.

Migraines in middle age linked to Parkinson's disease

People who suffer from migraines with aura during middle age have double the risk of developing Parkinson's disease or other movement disorders later in life than those who do not, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal Neurology.

Live to 100: Laugh more

Dr. Sanjay Gupta tells us how laughing more can help us live to 100.

Enterovirus D68 in 17 states, Canada

Enterovirus D68 is likely coming -- if it hasn't already -- to a state near you.

One dance class changed her life

Angela Baldwin can pinpoint the day she changed the course of her life.

Weight loss: What they never tell you

Shannon Britton lost 268 pounds after having gastric bypass surgery. What she's learned since then will surprise you.

No longer lonely: He lost 225 lbs

Tevante Clark enrolled in a nutrition program to try to lose weight naturally. He figured if that failed, he would get gastric bypass surgery.

Adam's story: 63 pills a day

The modest clinic on Milpas Street in laid-back Santa Barbara, California, was well known to patients seeking powerful pain medication.

Mental health help: Where to turn

Americans often don't know where to turn when dealing with a loved one with serious mental illness, but experts emphsize there are resources available.

Lack of sleep may shrink your brain

Can sleep deprivation affect the size of your brain? It's possible, a recent study published in an online issue of Neurology suggests.

Could we erase signs of autism?

The majority of seven caregivers had success when using early behavioral modification techniques with their children who showed early signs of autism. Five of the seven showed no developmental problems after being a part of the study.

Low-carb or low-fat? Doesn't matter

Anyone who's ever attempted to lose weight knows the frustration of trying (and failing at) different diets. A recent study suggests any low-carbohydrate or low-fat diet can produce significant weight loss results.

Eat chocolate. Yes, chocolate.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta tell us how eating certain types of chocolate can help us live to 100.

Smartphones affect your sleep

Dr. Sanjay Gupta tell us how disconnecting before we go to bed can help us live to 100.

Apply the right sunscreen

Dr. Sanjay Gupta tells us how applying sunscreen every day can help you live to be 100.

Can psychedelic drugs be medicine?

Psychiatrists are now considering the benefits of LSD and other psychedelic drugs in treatment. Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports.

Tool helps them see neurons

A Harvard chemist has received the Blavatnik Award for his work on technology to study neurodegenerative diseases.

What is 'too much' caffeine?

Carl Azuz reports on why consuming too much caffeine is not good for you.

Fit Nation triathletes ready to race!

Six CNN viewers selected for the Fit Nation challenge have transformed their bodies and minds.

Inside your mind with 'Brain Games'

Jason Silva from National Geographic's hit show "Brain Games" talks about tricks the mind plays that shape our reality.

The best way to brush

CNN's Martha Shade reports on what's the best way to brush your teeth.

Still smoking after cancer

CNN's Holly Firfer tells us that some people who have beat cancer continue to smoke.

How outbreak can start, and end

Dr. Sanjay Gupta describes how "contact tracing" could help stem the tide of an Ebola outbreak.

The healthiest fish to eat?

As our oceans become more polluted, Sally Kohn sits down with Fabien Cousteau to talk about the healthiest fish to eat.

Plastic surgery gone wrong

Dr. Terry Dubrow and Dr. Paul Nassif from E!'s new show "Botched" discuss the risks and complications of plastic surgery.

Ha! Laughter is the best medicine

Scott Weems, author of "Ha! The Science of When we Laugh and Why," speaks with CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

VIDEO: Playgrounds for senior citizens

Specially designed outdoor gyms for senior citizens in Brazil have been shown to improve their health and fitness

VIDEO: Haiti's disease-fighting eco toilet

Poor sanitation has caused serious health problems in Haiti - but could a special eco toilet improve the situation?

AUDIO: 'New solution' on polio being tested

An innovative vaccine delivery method called the Nanopatch is being evaluated by the World Health Organisation in the hope it can be used to help eradicate polio.

VIDEO: Further cut to sugar intake needed

Targets to reduce sugar consumption should be much more ambitious, health experts say.

VIDEO: Mers: Camel traders unalarmed by virus

Tulip Mazumdar visits a camel market in Saudi Arabia to see how people feel about Middle East Respiratory Virus being linked to the animals.

VIDEO: Stephen Sutton's £5m charity legacy

Plans for spending almost £5m raised by teenage cancer sufferer Stephen Sutton have been revealed.

Ebola: Virus posing a deadly threat

What action is needed to bring the outbreak under control?

Surviving childhood in Africa

Why are more children in Africa living beyond five?

The plight of Moldova's orphanage children

Plight of Moldova's orphanage children

Suspended between life and death

Israel's ventilator wards for the dying

The man who helped save 50 million lives

The man who helped save 50m people

Mum and daughter give dyspraxia help

A mother and daughter talk about living with dyspraxia

Mers: Saudis in push to keep Hajj free from deadly virus

Have Saudis done enough to keep Hajj safe from deadly virus?

Artist bids to explain bipolar disorder

One artist's bid to explain bipolar disorder

How maggots can lower Kenyan hospital bills

Would you like larvae to eat your infected flesh?

French MSF worker contracts Ebola

A French aid worker from the medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has contracted the Ebola virus in Liberia, reports say.

Ebola can 'ruin W Africa economies'

The Ebola outbreak could have a catastrophic economic impact on three West African countries, the World Bank says.

Berries in cancer therapy experiment

Early research suggests wild berries could play a role in boosting chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer.

British Ebola nurse travels to US

A British nurse who recovered from Ebola travels to the US to donate blood to try to save the life of another victim of the virus.

US waists 'grow an inch in a decade'

Girths are continuing to expand in the US, despite obesity appearing to be reaching a plateau, data suggests.

Call for further cut in sugar intake

The target to reduce sugar consumption should be much more ambitious, health experts say.

Ebola global security threat - Obama

US President Barack Obama calls the Ebola outbreak in West Africa a threat to security worldwide while announcing a larger US role, including 3,000 troops, to help fight the virus.

Brains may 'resist Alzheimer's'

A small study suggests some people's brains may have the ability to resist early Alzheimer's damage.

Obama 'to pledge troops for Ebola'

President Obama is to announce plans to send 3,000 troops to Liberia to help fight the Ebola virus, US officials say.

Botox 'stunts emotional growth'

Experts warn that treating young people with Botox injections could restrict their emotional and social development.

US man ordered to stop spreading HIV

A Seattle judge orders an HIV-positive man to stop spreading the disease and seek treatment after he infected eight people in four years.

Brain 'still active during sleep'

The brain is still active while we sleep, say scientists, who found people were able to classify words according to their meaning during their slumber.

Blood group 'link to memory loss'

US research suggests there may be a link between a rare blood type and memory problems in later life.

S Korea 'to double cigarette price'

South Korea government proposes nearly doubling the price of cigarettes to lower the country's high male smoking rate.

Fat shaming 'leads to weight gain'

Making people feel shameful about their weight could lead them to gain weight, not lose it, suggests a University College London study.

Chikungunya spreads to Colombia

The mosquito-borne chikungunya virus spreads further in the Americas, with the first four cases in Colombia confirmed on the Caribbean coast.

Concussion 'breathalyser' proposed

Scientists in Birmingham are trialling new medical tests that lead to rapid, pitchside diagnosis of concussion in sport.

Fast-paced TV 'no bad behaviour link'

Watching fast-paced television programmes does not affect children's ability to concentrate afterwards, suggests a Keele University study.

Action films 'may make you fat'

Watching action films could make you more likely than other TV programmes to pile on the pounds, according to US researchers.

Ebola: Why is it this disease we fear?

Why does Ebola cause more concern than other diseases?

Deadly disease v untested treatment

Are the stakes high enough to unleash unproven drugs on Ebola patients?

VIDEO: Ebola: The scale of the challenge

The fight against the deadly Ebola virus is shaping up to be one of the greatest challenges modern medicine has faced in many years. The BBC takes a look at the scale of the challenge.

VIDEO: Should 'vaping bars' be banned?

As new research shows most young people do not plan to smoke e-cigarettes, experts are divided over the safety of "vaping".

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