Health news - 8NEWS - WRIC | News Where You Live

Experimental Ebola drug heals all monkeys in study

Updated:

By MARILYNN MARCHIONE AP Chief Medical Writer An experimental Ebola drug healed all 18 monkeys infected with the deadly virus in a study, boosting hopes that the treatment might help fight the outbreak... More>>

Top Stories

Scientists dig into Ebola's deadly genes for clues

Updated:

A single funeral caused many. More>>

3 ways insurers can discourage sick from enrolling

Updated:

By TOM MURPHY AP Business Writer Insurers can no longer reject customers with expensive medical conditions thanks to the health care overhaul. But consumer advocates warn that companies are still using... More>>

UN health agency urges crackdown on e-cigarettes

Updated:

Governments should have tougher rules for electronic cigarettes - banning their use indoors and putting them off limits for minors - until more evidence can be gathered about their risks, the U.N. health agency said Tuesday. More>>

US to begin safety testing Ebola vaccine next week

Updated:

Federal researchers next week will start testing humans with an experimental vaccine to prevent the deadly Ebola virus. More>>

Ebola in mind, US colleges screen some students

Updated:

College students from West Africa may be subject to extra health checks when they arrive to study in the United States as administrators try to insulate campuses from the worst Ebola outbreak in history. More>>

USDA seizes more than 1,200 illegal giant snails

Updated:

The giant African snail damages buildings, destroys crops and can cause meningitis in humans. But some people still want to collect, and even eat, the slimy invaders. More>>

Do-it-yourself blood pressure care can beat MDs

Updated:

"Do-it-yourself" blood pressure measurements and medicine changes work better than usual doctor-office care in some patients, a study of older adults in England found. More>>

UN: Ebola disease caseload could reach 20,000

Updated:

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is accelerating and could grow six times larger to infect as many as 20,000 people, the World Health Organization said Thursday. The U.N. health agency unveiled a new road map for... More>>

Shades of Pigpen: We travel with our own germs

Updated:

Sorry, clean freaks. No matter how well you scrub your home, it's covered in bacteria from your own body. And if you pack up and move, new research shows, you'll rapidly transfer your unique microbial fingerprint... More>>

UN scientist with Ebola in Germany for treatment

Updated:

A scientist who was infected with Ebola while working for the World Health Organization in Sierra Leone began receiving treatment Wednesday in a Hamburg hospital after being flown overnight to Germany. More>>

Heart group: E-cigarettes might help smokers quit

Updated:

By MARILYNN MARCHIONE AP Chief Medical Writer The American Heart Association's first policy statement on electronic cigarettes backs them as a last resort to help smokers quit. The American Cancer... More>>

Pediatricians' Rx for schools: Later start times

Updated:

Pediatricians have a new prescription for schools: later start times for teens. More>>

Poll: Parents uncomfortable with youth football

Updated:

By KURT VOIGT AP Sports Writer Parents are worried about their children playing football, but most haven't decided to keep their kids from putting on a helmet and stepping onto the field. More>>

NFL, FIFA join forces to evaluate concussions

Updated:

Medical officials from the NFL, FIFA and other sports organizations are banding together to look into better ways to identify, manage and treat concussions. More>>

Sweeping lawsuit targets soccer concussions

Updated:

Soccer joined the growing legal debate over head injuries Wednesday after FIFA and some of the sport's governing bodies in the United States were made the target of a lawsuit seeking new safety rules. More>>

IG: Shoddy care by VA didn't cause Phoenix deaths

Updated:

Government investigators found no proof that delays in care caused veterans to die at a Phoenix VA hospital, but they found widespread problems that the Veterans Affairs Department is promising to fix. More>>

US official warns Ebola outbreak will get worse

Updated:

A third top doctor has died from Ebola in Sierra Leone, a government official said Wednesday, as a leading American health official warned that the outbreak sweeping West Africa would get worse. More>>

Ebola has 'upper hand' says US health official

Updated:

Ebola still has the "upper hand" in the outbreak that has killed more than 1,400 people in West Africa, but experts have the means to stop it, a top American health official said during a visit to the hardest-hit countries. More>>

Health-care fears loom large in gay marriage cases

Updated:

When Niki Quasney felt a piercing pain in her ribcage in March, the oncologist treating her advanced ovarian cancer told her to get to an emergency room immediately. More>>

Correction: Ebola story

Updated:

In a story Aug. 22 about Ebola, The Associated Press erroneously reported that Nigeria's total of confirmed infections was 16. In fact, the number of Ebola cases confirmed by the WHO was 12. More>>

CDC director to visit Ebola outbreak countries

Updated:

A top U.S. health official plans to travel to West Africa to see firsthand how the Ebola outbreak is unfolding. More>>

New Obama birth control fixes for religious groups

Updated:

Seeking to quell a politically charged controversy, the Obama administration announced new measures Friday to allow religious nonprofits and some companies to opt out of paying for birth control for female employees while... More>>

VA says no proof delays in care caused vets to die

Updated:

The Department of Veterans Affairs says investigators have found no proof that delays in care caused any deaths at a VA hospital in Phoenix, deflating an explosive allegation that helped expose a troubled health care... More>>

Liberia: Doctor given experimental Ebola drug dies

Updated:

A Liberian doctor who received one of the last known doses of an experimental Ebola drug has died, officials said Monday. Separately, Canada said it has yet to send out an untested vaccine that the government is donating. More>>

American Ebola doc urges help fighting outbreak

Updated:

As one of few Ebola survivors with medical expertise, Dr. Kent Brantly seems keenly aware of the position his painful experience has put him in. He hasn't spoken yet about his plans, but spent much of his first public... More>>

Dentist at center of hepatitis scare cedes license

Updated:

An Oklahoma oral surgeon whose filthy clinic conditions led to the testing of thousands of patients for HIV and hepatitis permanently surrendered his professional license on Friday. More>>

Study: Combining vaccines boosts polio immunity

Updated:

New research suggests a one-two punch could help battle polio in some of the world's most remote and strife-torn regions: Giving a single vaccine shot to children who've already swallowed drops of an oral polio... More>>

Ebola: Care and recovery of 2 American aid workers

Updated:

Two American aid workers have recovered from Ebola and left an Atlanta hospital, after weeks of intensive treatment in a special isolation unit. More>>

Official: British Ebola patient to be evacuated

Updated:

The first British citizen confirmed to be infected with the deadly Ebola disease is being evacuated from Sierra Leone on a jet sent by the Royal Air Force, a Sierra Leone official said Sunday. More>>

Democrats reframe debate on health care

Updated:

President Barack Obama's unpopular health care law is losing some of its political punch as vulnerable Democrats see it as less of an election-year minus and Republicans increasingly talk about fixing it instead of... More>>

US diplomats barred from ice bucket challenge

Updated:

The charity stunt has lured athletes, celebrities, politicians and rock stars and gone viral on the Internet, but don't look for U.S. diplomats to get in on the fun. More>>

Sierra Leone makes hiding Ebola patients illegal

Updated:

Sierra Leone has passed a new law imposing possible jail time for anyone caught hiding an Ebola patient - a common practice that the World Health Organization believes has contributed to a major underestimation of the... More>>

New restrictions on hydrocodone to take effect

Updated:

The federal government is finalizing new restrictions on hundreds of medicines containing hydrocodone, the highly addictive painkiller that has grown into the most widely prescribed drug in the U.S. More>>

Livestrong $50M gift biggest since Armstrong exit

Updated:

Lance Armstrong's former charity made the largest investment in its history Tuesday by giving $50 million to the University of Texas, marking the group's biggest splash since severing ties with the disgraced... More>>

Drug for Ebola-like virus promising in ill monkeys

Updated:

An experimental drug saved monkeys from a virus closely related to Ebola even after symptoms began, Texas researchers reported Wednesday. A drug that targets Ebola in the same way is under development, and the study raises... More>>

American Ebola doc: 'I am thrilled to be alive'

Updated:

Calling it a "miraculous day," an American doctor infected with Ebola left his isolation unit and warmly hugged his doctors and nurses on Thursday, showing the world that he poses no public health threat one month after... More>>

Pryor's 'Obamacare' ad highlights his cancer fight

Updated:

U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor reached into his own medical history Tuesday to explain his vote on the nation's new health care law, telling Arkansans his battle with a rare cancer 18 years ago influenced him. More>>

Audit: 'Obamacare' tax not meeting revenue target

Updated:

An "Obamacare" tax on medical devices is falling short of its revenue target because thousands of companies aren't paying it, according to a government audit released Tuesday. More>>

Disabilities in kids rise; not physical problems

Updated:

Disabilities among U.S. children have increased slightly, with a bigger rise in mental and developmental problems in those from wealthier families, a 10-year analysis found. More>>

US won't reveal records on health website security

Updated:

After promising not to withhold government information over "speculative or abstract fears," the Obama administration has concluded it will not publicly disclose federal records that could shed light on the security of the... More>>

Liberian slums barricaded as Ebola sets new record

Updated:

Riot police and soldiers acting on their president's orders used scrap wood and barbed wire to seal off 50,000 people inside their Liberian slum Wednesday, trying to contain the Ebola outbreak that has killed 1,350... More>>

UN urges exit screening for Ebola at some airports

Updated:

Ebola-affected countries should immediately begin exit screening all passengers leaving international airports, sea ports and major ground crossings, the U.N. health agency said on Monday. More>>

WHO: West Africa Ebola death toll rises to 1,350

Updated:

The World Health Organization says the death toll from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is now at least 1,350 people. More>>

UN undertakes polio vaccination campaign in Iraq

Updated:

The United Nations said Monday it was undertaking a mass polio vaccination campaign in Iraq, hoping to reach millions of children as the highly contagious virus crosses from Syria into neighboring countries. More>>

Missionary visits Ebola-stricken wife in hospital

Updated:

An American missionary has been released from quarantine and has visited his wife, who is being treated for the deadly Ebola virus. More>>

Nigerian woman suspected of Ebola dies in UAE

Updated:

The national airline of the United Arab Emirates said Monday it has disinfected one of its planes after health authorities there announced that a Nigerian woman who died after flying in to the capital, Abu Dhabi, may have... More>>

Ebola health workers battle death, heat, rumors

Updated:

Doctors and nurses fighting Ebola in West Africa are working 14-hour days, seven days a week, wearing head-to-toe gear in the heat of muddy clinics. Agonizing death is the norm. The hellish conditions aren't the only... More>>

Liberia president declares Ebola curfew

Updated:

Liberia's president declared a curfew and ordered security forces to quarantine a slum home to at least 50,000 people late Tuesday as the West African country battled to stop the spread of Ebola in the capital. More>>

Camps take cystic fibrosis patients surfing Video included

Updated:

For three of Rob and Paulette Montelone's five kids, spending the summer surfing is more than just a fun activity. It could also extend their lives. More>>

Report: CDC scientist kept quiet about flu blunder

Updated:

A government scientist kept silent about a potentially dangerous lab blunder and revealed it only after workers in another lab noticed something fishy, according to an internal investigation. More>>

Growing unrest sets back Liberia's Ebola fight

Updated:

Authorities in Liberia urgently searched on Monday for 17 people who fled an Ebola medical center over the weekend when it was attacked by looters who stole blood-stained sheets and mattresses and took them into an... More>>

Scientists racing to test Ebola vaccines in humans

Updated:

Scientists are racing to begin the first human safety tests of two experimental Ebola vaccines, but it won't be easy to prove that the shots and other potential treatments in the pipeline really work. More>>

Liberia: Ebola fears rise as clinic is looted

Updated:

Liberian officials fear Ebola could soon spread through the capital's largest slum after residents raided a quarantine center for suspected patients and took items including bloody sheets and mattresses. More>>

Study questions need for most people to cut salt

Updated:

By MARILYNN MARCHIONE AP Chief Medical Writer A large international study questions the conventional wisdom that most people should cut back on salt, suggesting that the amount most folks consume is OK... More>>

Liberia expands Ebola treatment in capital

Updated:

Liberian authorities expanded Ebola treatment centers in the capital Saturday to cope with increasing numbers of patients, while two more airlines announced they were halting flights to the capitals of Liberia and Sierra... More>>

Deadline to clear up health law eligibility near

Updated:

The clock is ticking for hundreds of thousands of people who have unresolved issues affecting their coverage under the new health care law. More>>

Texas abortion law could send women across borders

Updated:

Crossing borders is a part of life in El Paso in far West Texas, where people may walk into Mexico to visit family or commute to New Mexico for work. But getting an abortion doesn't require leaving town. More>>

Aid group: W. Africa Ebola outbreak like 'wartime'

Updated:

The Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 1,100 people in West Africa could last another six months, the Doctors Without Borders charity group said Friday. One aid worker acknowledged that the true death toll is still... More>>

Ebola survivor shunned by boyfriend, even school

Updated:

The medical school professors no longer want Kadiatou Fanta in the classroom. Her boyfriend has broken up with her. Each day the 26-year-old eats alone and sleeps alone. Even her own family members are afraid to touch her... More>>

Ebola: Questions, answers about an unproven drug Video included

Updated:

An experimental Ebola drug has been used to treat two American aid workers and a Spanish missionary priest. Could Liberian doctors be next? More>>

Many Kenyan men flee to avoid forced circumcisions

Updated:

The circumcision season among Kenya's Bukusu ethnic group brings a festive atmosphere: music, food and free-flowing beer. For the uncircumcised men from other tribes in the area, however, it is not time to party,... More>>

Powered by WorldNow

301 Arboretum Place, Richmond
VA, 23236

Telephone: 804.330.8888
Fax: 804.330.8881
Email: news@wric.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.