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Officials Warn Virus Could Sicken, Kill Dogs

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Health officials are warning dog owners to be on the lookout for a deadly canine virus that could sicken or kill their pets. Dozens of dogs have been killed by the canine parvovirus in New Jersey, according to ABC News affiliate WPVI-TV in Philadelphia. The American Veterinary Medical Association says the virus is highly contagious and can ... Read More »

Swedish Man Acquitted of Rape Due to ‘Sexomnia’

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Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(SUNDSVALL, Sweden) — A Swedish man who was convicted of rape had his charges overturned after an appeals court found the man could have been asleep during the attack and cited “sexomnia” as a reason he should be released. Mikael Halvarsson was acquitted of rape this month after experts said he was asleep during the attack and had no ... Read More »

Insurance Coverage Could Be Obstacle to Genetic Testing That Could Warn of Breast Cancer Risk

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monkeybusinessimages/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Researchers say that poor insurance coverage may mean a lack of genetic testing to warn women of their risk of breast cancer. When breast cancer runs in families, mutations in the BRCA gene puts women at much higher risk of developing the disease. If those mutations are found, steps can be taken to prevent those cancers from ... Read More »

Researchers Call for Improved End-of-Life Care

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drpnncpp/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Researchers at the Institute of Medicine released a report on Wednesday calling for improved end-of-life care. “For patients and their loved ones, no care decisions are more profound than those made near the end of life,” the study reads. Researchers point out that factors including barriers to access for certain groups, a mismatch between services needed and ... Read More »

Enterovirus Confirmed in Washington State, 160 Sick

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Thomas Northcut/Digital Vision/Thinkstock(KING COUNTY, Wash.) — The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed at least two cases of Enterovirus 68 in Washington state, officials announced on Friday. The CDC “did confirm the presence of Enterovirus 68 in two children that were hospitalized at Children’s Hospital,” Dr. Jeff Duchin of King County Public Health said. The respiratory disease is ... Read More »

Bone Marrow Recipient Meets Donor Who Saved His Life

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — Two men who changed each other’s lives forever by being on the giving and receiving ends of a bone marrow transplant met for the first time on Friday and had their first chance to say, “Thank you,” face-to-face. “Thank you so much,” Joe Yannantuono, 33, said to his bone marrow donor, Justin Jenkins, 35, as he ... Read More »

Sierra Leone Starts ‘Lockdown’ as UN Sounds Alarm on Ebola

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Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — As the worst-ever Ebola outbreak shows no sign of slowing, government officials have now resorted to desperate measures to stop the virus from infecting more people. In Sierra Leone, the government will attempt to institute a 72-hour “lockdown” in order to give volunteers a chance to find Ebola patients and keep the deadly disease from spreading. The ... Read More »

Lawmakers Propose Overhaul to Federal Black Lung Program

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Two U.S. senators are preparing legislation to better protect ailing coal miners who are suffering from black lung disease on the heels of reports by ABC News and the Center for Public Integrity that exposed flaws in the federal benefits program. “We don’t want these kinds of injustices that have been perpetrated for many years now to continue,” ... Read More »

Emergency Room Wait Times Vary Widely

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — How long did you have to wait the last time you visited an emergency room? According to two new studies reported in JAMA Internal Medicine, wait and treatment times vary widely, and the hospital setting is a factor. An analysis of medical records for adults seen at almost 3,700 different emergency rooms across the country in 2012 ... Read More »

FDA: ‘Low T’ Therapy Provides Few Benefits and Increased Heart Risk

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — You’ve seen the “Low-T” commercials targeted at Baby Boom generation men to convince them that testosterone replacement therapy is the answer to the sagging muscles, lower energy levels and sexual problems that often come with aging, but a Food and Drug Administration advisory panel reported this week there is little evidence the treatment works. The panel voted 20-1 ... Read More »