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New Jersey man with Lassa fever dies in U.S. after Liberia trip through JFK; CDC says it monitored anyone who made contact

A New Jersey man died Monday evening after been diagnosed with Lassa fever — a frightening infectious disease from West Africa that is rarely seen in the United States, a federal health official said. The man recently returned from Liberia, arriving at New York City’s JFK International Airport on May 17. He grew critically ill […]

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Heat Wave In India Kills Over 500 People

Soaring temperatures have gripped parts of southern and northern India in an extreme heat wave which has killed more than 500 people and looks set to continue this week, officials said on Monday. The hottest place in India was Allahabad, a city in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, which saw mercury rise to 47.7 […]

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NYPD’s Breathalyzer devices shut down 20 times in 4 years over HIV disease fears

NYPD Breathalyzer machines were taken out of service more than 20 times over a four-year period due to exposure to HIV, other potentially infectious substances and even bedbug infestations, the Daily News has learned. The disclosure is contained in maintenance records obtained by a Manhattan law firm for the Intoxilyzer 5000EN devices, used by cops […]

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Government backs down on some requirements for digital medical records

Government regulators are backing down from many of their toughest requirements for doctors’ and hospitals’ use of digital medical records, just as Congress is stepping up its oversight of issues with the costly technology. Under Obamacare, doctors and hospitals are being pushed to switch from paper to electronic records or be penalized. Electronic health records […]

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Was CVS’ cigarettes decision the right one?

Last fall, CVS Health Corp (CVS) made national news when it announced that it would no longer sell cigarettes and other tobacco products in its 7,850 stores. CVS Health’s decision to opt out of these products cost it $2 billion in annual sales, but does that mean CVS Health’s decision was the wrong one? Let’s […]

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Putting An End To These 5 Common Pregnancy Myths

The minute a woman becomes pregnant, people start throwing all sort of advice – some accurate, some not – her way from not being able to have sex to coffee being strictly off limits. Not only is it overwhelming, but you also start to lose sight of what’s true and what’s not true. With the […]

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Demand for travel nurses hits a 20-year high

With her children grown and husband nearing retirement, Amy Reynolds was ready to leave behind snowy Flagstaff, Ariz., to travel but she wasn’t ready to give up her nursing career. She didn’t have to. For the past three years, Reynolds, 55, has been a travel nurse – working for about three months at a time […]

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Patti LaBelle: Just Gets Better With Time

Patti LaBelle, Auntie Patti, Ms. LaBelle, Lady Marmalade…whatever you want to call her, Patti’s name is synonymous with good music and big smiles. Born Patricia Louise Holte-Edwards in Philadelphia on May 24, 1944, her career spans over a half of century with awards, critical acclaim and a string of hits. Recently, sat down with Ms. […]

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Scary These parasites can control your mind

Did you think that mind-controlling parasites were real? Well, this Ted Talk might scare you, because it sounds like there are some pretty scary things being naturally produced on our planet. Take a look.

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As mentally ill prisoner population rises, Cook County turns to psychologist

With prisons across the country struggling to deal with inmates with mental illness, officials here have turned to a clinical psychologist to lead the nation’s second-largest jail. Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart announced on Tuesday he has tapped Nneka Jones Tapia, 37, who currently oversees mental health strategy, to serve as the jail’s executive director. […]

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