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What Would Happen If Ebola Landed in the US


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The current Ebola virus outbreak is already the worst on record, with 1,201 infected in three countries across West Africa. Of those infected, 672 have died, including top Ebola doctors in Liberia and Sierra Leone.While the staggering numbers of the infected and dead are frightening, an outbreak in the U.S. is unlikely to be as devastating as the hardest hit areas in Africa, health officials said.The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other governm

Drug Dealer Arrested for Selling 'Molly' to Man Who Died


iStock/Thinkstock(BUFFALO, N.Y.) -- A Buffalo, New York man was arrested on Wednesday for selling a club drug to someone who later died.Patrick Morgan is accused of selling the synthetic drug "molly," a form of ecstasy, to several people including Jeffrey Russ.At last summer's Electric Zoo music festival in New York, Russ collapsed and had a seizure. He died at the hospital.Two others also died from molly overdoses at the festival, prompting the city to call off Electric Zoo.Despite Russ's death

Sugary Drinks Linked to Poor Memory Function


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Sugary drinks may hurt more than your waistline and teeth.Researchers at USC found a disturbing connection between regular sweetened drink consumption in childhood and poor memory function in adulthood.They reported that the hippocampus region of the brain -- where memories are made and stored -- is particularly sensitive to environmental assault including high fructose levels.This includes soda, apple juice, lemonade, sports drinks, and anything with added sugar

Sen. Boxer: Obama's Pollution Proposal Can Prevent Bronchitis, Asthma Attacks, H


US Senator Barbara Boxer(WASHINGTON) -- Environmental Protection Agency hearings are discussing a proposed rule that would limit carbon pollution from power plants.The proposal, from the Obama administration, would cut pollution 30% by 2030.Senator Barbara Boxer supports the proposal, saying it would save and improve thousands of lives."It will avoid up to 3,700 cases of bronchitis in children; 150,000 asthma attacks; 3,300 heart attacks; 6,600 premature deaths and 490,000 missed days of school

How US Government Could Evacuate Americans with Ebola


U.S. Centers for Disease Control(WASHINGTON) -- A government-owned jet equipped with a plastic isolation tent could evacuate Ebola-stricken Americans from the West African hot zone, health officials say.The portable tent, designed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Defense and the Phoenix Air Group, transforms an airplane into a portable isolation ward. It’s called an Aeromedical Biological Containment System, and it can house a sick patient along wit

CDC: Two Thousand Americans Die from Weather Every Year


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Weather reportedly kills 2,000 Americans every year.According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only 6% of weather-related deaths are from extreme situations like storms-- 63% of the victims die from cold exposure, while 31% die from heat.The old, the poor, people in cities, and people in rural areas are the most susceptible.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js

Woman Dies on US Airways Flight


iStock/Thinkstock(PHEONIX) -- A passenger died aboard a US Airways flight from Honolulu to Phoenix.The victim, a woman in her 50's, suffered a medical emergency as flight 693 was decending.She reportedly became unconsious, and when the plane touched down in Phoenix, firefighters say she had no pulse and was declared dead.Her cause of death is not yet known.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.sr

Aid Group Pulls Some Workers from West Africa Amid Ebola Outbreak


iStock/Thinkstock(BOONE, N.C.) -- An American aid group on the front lines of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is evacuating non-essential personnel as two if its workers fight to survive the deadly infection.Samaritan’s Purse, an evangelical Christian charity based in Boone, North Carolina, said it would pull non-essential personnel from Liberia “because of instability and ongoing security issues in the area.”Two workers with the group, Dr. Kent Brantly and missionary Nancy W

Hungry People Feel More Entitled at Work, Study Finds


iStock/Thinkstock(ITHACA, N.Y.) -- You don’t necessarily have to be brought up spoiled to have a sense of entitlement. Instead, all it might take is skipping a meal.After a series of experiments, Cornell University and Dartmouth College researchers say that workers on empty stomachs tend to think they're owed certain privileges than those who’ve satisfied their hunger.In one of the trials, students both entering and leaving the Cornell cafeteria were asked if they agreed with stateme

Radio Voices Are Born Not Made


iStock/Thinkstock(SYDNEY) -- Say, with a voice like that, you ought to be on the radio. If you’ve been told that, you can thank certain vocal cord vibration patterns that set you apart from people with ordinary voices.Speech pathologists at the University of Sydney Voice Research Laboratory say until now, scientists haven’t been able to figure out what makes radio voices deep, warm and resonant.However, by using a device called a videoendoscopy camera, Dr. Cate Madill and Dr. Samanth

The Hard Lives of Organ Transplant Doctors


iStock/Thinkstock(DETROIT) -- Organ transplant surgeons usually deal in life-and-death situations. With so much riding on the outcome of their work, it’s no wonder that so many of these doctors are experiencing burnout, according to a study led by the Henry Ford Transplant Institute.In the survey of 218 transplant surgeons, 40 percent reported feeling emotionally exhausted, which is certainly understandable given the nature of the work they do.However, what is far more surprising is that c

Twenty-Five NJ Residents Test Positive for Chikungunya Virus


iStock/Thinkstock(TRENTON, N.J.) -- The New Jersey State Health Department says 25 New Jersey residents have tested positive for the Chikungunya virus, which can be brought back to the United States by travelers from the Caribbean.The first two cases in the U.S. were reported last week in Florida.The infection is rarely fatal but it can cause severe joint pain, high fever, headache and muscle pain.Dr. Greg Williams who heads the Hudson County Mosquito Control Division says his department is now

Moderate Running Can Reduce Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A new study finds a little bit of activity goes a long way in promoting good health.From weekend joggers to serious sprinters, a study from the University of lowa determined that even moderate running can profoundly reduce your risk of heart attacks and strokes.The researchers found similar benefits from running as little five to 10 minutes a day to three times as long. According to the lead researcher, because, "time is one of the strongest barriers to physical ac

Surgeon General: Skin Cancer Is 'Major Public Health Problem'


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The Surgeon General is calling skin cancer a "major public health problem" and says tanning is a direct cause.A report from the office of Surgeon General Boris Lushniak says unlike other forms of cancer in the United States, the rate of skin cancer is on the rise, with 5 million people getting treated each year.About 63,000 people are treated for melanoma and about 10% of those cases are directly linked to indoor tanning.Lushniak says all states should ban minors f

Exercise: Why 6 Seconds Can Be as Worthwhile as 90 Minutes


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- When it comes to exercise, even a little can go a long way. A slew of new studies suggest that working out for just a few minutes -- seconds, even -- can be beneficial to your health. Read on to find out how any amount of exercise is completely worthwhile. The amount you should do just depends on your goals.6 Seconds:  For seniors, every second of exercise counts.  In a new Scottish study, retirement-age subjects were asked to do six six-second sprints on

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