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Ancient Cookbook Reveals Hangover Cure from 1,000 Years Ago


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- When you’re hungover, you’ll do anything to make it stop: anti-inflammatory meds, greasy food, even more alcohol.Here’s one you probably haven’t tried, though -- eating an ancient Iraqi stew.That’s what Ibn Sayyar al-Warraq claimed as the ultimate hangover cure in his 10th century Baghdadi cookbook, helpfully translated by Iraqi scholar Nawal Nasrallah in her book, Annals of the Caliphs’ Kitchens.“There were things you take

Another American Doctor Tests Positive for Ebola in West Africa


iStock/Thinkstock(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- Another American doctor working for the missionary group SIM has tested positive for Ebola in Liberia.The doctor was treating pregnant women at ELWA Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia, according to SIM. But he was not treating Ebola patients in the hospital’s separate Ebola isolation facility, the group said, adding that it was unclear how he contracted the virus.“My heart was deeply saddened, but my faith was not shaken, when I learned another of our

Parents Arrested for Trying to Override Doctor's Cancer Treatment for Son


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A British family's arrest following a flight to Spain to get their cancer-stricken son an experimental therapy highlights the delicate balance between when parents should advocate for their children and when doctor knows best.The King family was arrested for taking their 5-year-old son out of the country for proton beam therapy, which they said their hospital refused to offer. Ashya King had already undergone surgery to remove the tumor, but was not on any medicati

Action Flicks May Fuel Mindless Munching, Study Finds


iStock/Thinkstock(ITHACA, N.Y.) -- We’ve all been there before. You hunker down by the TV with a bag of chips, a tub of ice cream or perhaps your very own pizza pie, and before you know it, the credits are rolling, and the food is gone.Were those pepperoni slices extraordinarily tasty? Or did the title of that Hunger Games movie have a subliminal effect on your appetite? Something made it much easier to eat while you were on that couch, but what exactly?A new study from the Food and Brand

Breastfeeding May Influence Kids' Eating Habits at Age 6


Polka Dot/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) -- What you feed your child in his or her first year of life could very well predict their health habits at age 6, according to a new report from researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The findings provide a lens to understanding childhood obesity rates, which have more than doubled in the past 30 years.The researchers surveyed more than 1,500 mothers and concluded that children who were breastfed for longer periods as infants tended to e

Low-Carb May Be Better Than Low-Fat in Diet Debate


Photodisc/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A new medical study found that low-carb diets may be more effective for losing weight than low-fat diets.Researchers at Tulane University, funded by the National Institutes of Health, compared 73 individuals who embarked on a low-fat diet and 75 who took on a low-carbohydrate diet and studied their daily food intake for one year. Each participant also received individual and group diet counseling sessions. According to the study, published in the journal Annals

School Lunches Don't Skimp on Fruits and Vegetables


XiXinXing/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- As much as kids resist eating healthy, most can't say that their schools aren't giving them the opportunity to do so.A national survey from the School Nutrition Association finds that 63 percent of the 1,110 school districts polled offer students salad or produce bars and close to seven in ten cafeterias feature pre-packaged salads.There's also an emphasis on serving locally sourced fruits and vegetables with 52 percent of school districts making these foods ava

Anticipation Is Half the Fun of Any Experience


moodboard/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- What do you look forward to more: a new tablet hitting the market or an upcoming vacation?Researchers at Cornell University and the University of California in Berkeley and San Francisco say if you're like most people, you value the anticipation of an experience rather than something you can touch.The researchers called their study "Waiting for Merlot," a clever play on words about the title of a famous play.Based on a series of experiments built on previous stu

Plants Are Key Ingredients to Better Work Environments


Creatas Images/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- That colleague of yours who likes adorning his or her work area with all kinds of plants is on to something.Marlon Nieuwenhuis from Cardiff University's School of Psychology in Wales says that a plant-enriched workplace make everybody happier in the short and long run.And here's something that should make the boss happier: Nieuwenhuis' study claims that productivity jumps by 15 percent when plants are added to the office.Previous studies have demonstrated t

Human Trial for Ebola Vaccine to Begin This Week


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The first human trial for an investigational Ebola vaccine is set to begin this week.The ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa prompted the National Institutes of Health to expedite safety testing for several vaccines already in the works. Since March, the deadly virus has killed 1,552 people, according to the World Health Organization, which predicted last week that the virus could infect 20,000 people in the next six months.An Ebola vaccine is different from the

'Ebola Is Real' on Streets of Monrovia


Dr. Richard Besser/ABC News(MONROVIA, Liberia) -- REPORTER'S NOTEBOOK by ABC News' Dr. Richard BesserThe rain-soaked roads of Monrovia tell an ominous truth: Ebola is real.The message is spray-painted on walls in the capital of Liberia, the country hardest hit by the worst-ever Ebola outbreak. Nearly 700 people have died here, but denial and government mistrust continue to fuel the virus’s spread.A group of young adults wearing colorful paper hats stood out on the earth-toned streets. &ldq

Kraft Recalls 8,000 Cases of American Singles Cheese Slices


Kraft News Center(NEW YORK) -- Kraft is voluntarily recalling 8,000 cases of its American Singles cheese slices.The company says a supplier did not store an ingredient according to the company's temperature standards which could lead to premature spoilage and food borne illness. The packages have "Best When Used By" dates of February 20, 2015 and February 21, 2015.There have been no reports of illness.Consumers who return the recalled Kraft cheese slices will receive full refunds.Follow @ABCNews

Researchers Say New Heart Failure Drug Could Save Lives


Digital Vision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Researchers say a new heart failure drug could save lives by lowering the mortality rate of heart failure.According to the study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the new drug, called LCZ696, showed improved results. The drug combines valsartan, which has long been used in heart failure treatment, with sacubitril, an investigative treatment for cardiovascular conditions.Those who received the LCZ696 had 20 percent better year-to-year surviv

WHO Releases Ebola Roadmap, Update on Outbreak


Dr. Richard Besser/ABC News(MONROVIA, Liberia) -- The World Health Organization on Friday issued a Roadmap Situation Report on the ongoing Ebola outbreak that contained data on the spread thus far and the international response.Thus far, the WHO says, the total number of confirmed, probable and suspected cases of Ebola in West Africa number 3,052, with 1,546 deaths. The report details the cases found in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone, though isolated cases have been noted in the Democ

Ebola Outbreak Spreads: Senegal Reports Its First Case


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The Senegalese Health Ministry has reported its first Ebola case, a Guinean student who had been in contact with sick people in Guinea and was later hospitalized in Senegal. Earlier this week, the Democratic Republic of Congo -- 800 miles from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa -- reported 24 suspected Ebola cases, including 13 deaths. None of the patients or their close contacts had traveled to West Africa, according to the World Health Organization. “At this

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