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The Galveston County Daily News : Health

November 27, 2014

Health

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Ebola vaccine seems safe in first-stage testing

WASHINGTON (AP) — An experimental Ebola vaccine appears safe and triggered signs of immune protection in the first 20 volunteers to test it, U.S. researchers reported Wednesday.

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US tightens smog limits in bid to protect health
Updated: November 26, 2014 - 8:03 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a fresh confrontation with Republicans, the Obama administration on Wednesday proposed stricter emissions limits on smog-forming pollution linked to asthma and respiratory illness. The move fulfilled a long-delayed campaign promise by President Barack Obama but left environmental and public health groups wanting more.

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Researchers discover 'pre-cancers' in blood
Updated: November 26, 2014 - 8:03 pm

Many older people silently harbor a blood "pre-cancer" — a gene mutation acquired during their lifetime that could start them on the path to leukemia, lymphoma or other blood disease, scientists have discovered. It opens a new frontier on early detection and possibly someday preventing these cancers, which become more common with age.

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Reading Harry Potter gives clues to brain activity
Updated: November 26, 2014 - 7:03 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Reading about Harry Potter's adventures learning to fly his broomstick activates some of the same regions in the brain we use to perceive real people's actions and intentions.

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Health insurance sign-ups coming to shopping malls
Updated: November 26, 2014 - 7:03 pm

CHICAGO (AP) — The Obama administration will promote health insurance coverage at shopping malls starting on Black Friday and continuing through the busiest shopping days of the holiday season, officials announced Wednesday. They said more than 462,000 people selected a private insurance plan in the first week of 2015 enrollment through the online marketplace HealthCare.gov.

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Sierra Leone official: Ebola may have reached peak
Updated: November 26, 2014 - 7:03 pm

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — The Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, which has been surging in recent weeks, may have reached its peak and could be on the verge of slowing down, Sierra Leone's information minister said Wednesday.

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US adult smoking rate dips just under 18 percent
Updated: November 26, 2014 - 7:04 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — A government report says the smoking rate for U.S. adults dipped below 18 percent for the first time last year.

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Bristol-Myers: FDA blocks hepatitis C drug for now
Updated: November 26, 2014 - 4:00 pm

U.S. regulators have declined to approve Bristol-Myers Squibb's daclatasvir as part of a combination hepatitis C treatment with another antiviral drug called asunaprevir.

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Guinea, hit by Ebola, reports only 1 cholera case
Updated: November 26, 2014 - 7:03 pm

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — The health workers rode on canoes and rickety boats to deliver cholera vaccines to remote islands in Guinea. Months later, the country has recorded only one confirmed cholera case this year, down from thousands.

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