Tuesday , 30 September 2014


What You Need to Know About Enterovirus 68

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iStock/Thinkstock(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 and Prevention says it ... Read More »

Debbie Gibson Opens Up About the Lows of Lyme Disease

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ABC/Kelsey McNeal(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 ... Read More »

Burying Ebola Victims in Liberia

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Dr. Richard Besser/ABC News(MONROVIA, Liberia) — REPORTER’S NOTEBOOK By: Dr. Richard Besser Matthew Lincoln died Saturday night. He was one of two patients to die at the Bong County Ebola Treatment Unit on Saturday. When Lincoln died, I was embedded with a group of aid workers tracking down Ebola patients. We were on our way to the center with his ... Read More »

American Doctor to Be Admitted for Observation After Exposure to Ebola in Sierra Leone

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VILevi/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — An American doctor who had been volunteering in an Ebola treatment unit in Sierra Leone will be admitted for treatment at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center after being exposed to the virus. According to the NIH, the decision to admit the patient was made “out of an abundance of caution.” The patient, who was not identified, ... Read More »

CDC Investigates Limb Paralysis in Children After Enterovirus 68 Outbreak

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating whether limb weakness and paralysis in nine children could be connected to the far-reaching outbreak of the respiratory disease Enterovirus 68. The CDC released a statement on Saturday saying nine children in Denver had reported a neurologic illness that led to some limb weakness or paralyzation. All of ... Read More »

Police Officers Collect Unused Prescription Drugs for National Take Back Day

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Time to toss those pills sitting in your medicine cabinet– Saturday is the last annual National Prescription Drug Take Back day. Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, police officers across the country are collecting expired, unneeded, or unwanted prescription drugs– no questions asked. Authorities then discard the drugs safely. Officials say the collection aims to ... Read More »

Death of NJ Preschooler May Be Linked to Enterovirus

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The mysterious respiratory illness enterovirus that has been striking children throughout the country is spreading fast, and may be the cause of a preschooler’s death. Authorities in New Jersey are investigating if the death of a four-year-old boy, who suffered from a respiratory illness, may be from a rare strain of the disease. Officials have ordered that ... Read More »

Ebola Outbreak: Dr. Richard Besser Reveals Safety Tips En Route to Liberia

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — En route to Liberia, ABC News Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Richard Besser shared the medical advice given to passengers headed into the heart of the Ebola outbreak zone. While waiting for a plane to Monrovia, Liberia, Besser read the Ebola information sheet given to passengers. Passengers are warned to “avoid direct contact with blood or body fluids ... Read More »

Cops Take On Mission to Place Homeless, Mentally-Disabled Teen

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iStock/Thinkstock(SEATTLE) — Two Washington state police officers are exceeding the call of duty in a mission to find a home for a homeless teen with mental and physical disabilities. Officers Paul Henderson and Derrick Lether of the Monroe Police Department were called by a concerned citizen who saw Jake, 19, walking in and out of the road along a busy ... Read More »

American Doctor with Ebola Is ‘Grateful’ Following Release from Hospital

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Hemera/Thinkstock(OMAHA, Neb.) — A third Ebola patient treated in America after being placed in isolation at a bio-containment unit at the Nebraska Medical Center since early September was released from the hospital Thursday. Dr. Richard Sacra, 51, underwent treatment after contracting the deadly virus while treating patients in Liberia. An upbeat, but gaunt Sacra, a family physician from Massachusetts, was ... Read More »