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Health May 26Researchers use brain scans to hunt for Alzheimer’s cause
Now researchers are adding tau brain scans to an ambitious study that's testing if an experimental drug might help healthy but at-risk people stave off Alzheimer's. Whether that medication works or not, it's the first drug study where scientists can…
Health Jan 11Medicare begins paying doctors to coordinate chronic care for seniors
Starting this month, Medicare will pay primary care doctors a monthly fee to better coordinate care for the most vulnerable seniors - those with multiple chronic illnesses - even if they don't have a face-to-face exam.
Health Nov 23U.S. looking past Ebola to prepare for next outbreak
The next Ebola or the next SARS. Maybe even the next HIV. Even before the Ebola epidemic in West Africa is brought under control, public health officials are girding for the next health disaster.
Health Oct 23Poll: Many Americans doubt local hospitals can treat Ebola
WASHINGTON — Most Americans have some confidence that the U.S. health care system will prevent Ebola from spreading in this country, but they’re not so sure their local hospital can safely handle a patient, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll.
Health Oct 01What we know so far about the U.S. Ebola case
WASHINGTON — U.S. health officials have warned for months that someone infected with Ebola could unknowingly carry the virus to this country, and there is word now that it has happened: A traveler in a Dallas hospital became the first…
Health Sep 16Child deaths decline globally, with more children living to age 5, UNICEF report finds
WASHINGTON — More of the world's children are surviving to their fifth birthday, but 6.3 million still died last year, mostly from preventable causes, the U.N. children's agency said Tuesday.
Nation Sep 14FDA considers ban on electric shock devices used to curb self-harm
Self-injury is one of the most difficult behaviors associated with autism and other developmental or intellectual disabilities, and a private facility outside Boston that takes on some of the hardest-to-treat cases is embroiled in a major debate: Should it use…
Nation Sep 05Forgotten vials of ricin, smallpox and plague uncovered in NIH labs review
The agency began an intensive investigation of all its facilities after a scientist in July found vials of smallpox dating from the 1950s, along with other contagious viruses and bacteria that had been stored and forgotten in one lab on…
World Aug 118 questions about the experimental Ebola drug headed to Africa
The Liberian government said Monday that it will receive doses of the drug to treat two doctors in the country. They would be the first Africans to receive it.
Health Aug 07Ebola crisis may surpass all past outbreaks combined, CDC director says
Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, says the outbreak is unprecedented in part because it's in a region of Africa that never has dealt with Ebola before. He says the outbreak's two main drivers…