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If It Feels Like Stress Is Killing You, That's Because It Might Be

When you feel frazzled, so do your organs and cells<p>Chronic stress stems from many circumstances, such as poverty, a bad marriage, or long-term ailments. Its repercussions—elevated cortisol levels and inflammation—can wear us out, from the cellular level on up to our major biological systems.<p>Nervous …

IUDS, implants generate new enthusiasm and some worries

More than 50 years ago, the birth control pill launched a social revolution and changed the way U.S. women shape their lives and families. But the pill and other popular birth control methods have never come close to eliminating unintended pregnancies – both because the methods can fail and because …

Texas healthcare worker tests positive for Ebola

Dallas police stood guard Sunday at a two-story tan brick apartment building roped off with red police tape. No-trespassing signs marked the building and the one next door as off-limits, and a yellow biohazard barrel was in front until workers in hazmat suits hauled it away.<p>The Centers for Disease …

Disease

Army demotes, retires general over handling of sex assault accusation

A two-star Army general faulted for failing to properly investigate sexual assault and other accusations against a colonel on his staff will be retired at one-star rank, the Army announced Wednesday.<p>The decision by Army Secretary John M. McHugh comes more than a year after Maj. Gen. Michael T. …

WHO says Ebola cases could exceed 20,000

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says the Ebola outbreak in West Africa eventually could exceed 20,000 cases, more than six times as many as doctors know about now.<p>A new plan to stop Ebola by the UN health agency also assumes that in many hard-hit areas, the actual number of cases may be two to …

Why Graceful, Type-A, Adrenaline-Junkies Make the Best Pilots (and Tend to Be Women)

Women who fly helicopters for the United States Army weigh in.<p>It was Christmas day when helicopter pilot Lt. Ashley P. flew her first flight across the desert in Afghanistan for the U.S. Army. She was 25, and had just deployed abroad in active service. At the command of the hulking Black Hawk, she …

Disease

Poachers Slaughter Dozens of Elephants in Key African Park

Garamba National Park is under attack by poachers possibly from Lord's Resistance Army.<p>One of Africa's oldest national parks announced Tuesday that it had been hit by an unusual wave of attacks by armed elephant poachers, with dozens of carcasses found, and three suspected poachers killed.<p>Garamba …

Wildlife

Health law gives pregnant women new options

WASHINGTON (AP) — The health care law has opened up an unusual opportunity for some mothers-to-be to save on medical bills for childbirth.<p>Lower-income women who signed up for a private policy in the new insurance exchanges will have access to additional coverage from their state's Medicaid program …

India admits Delhi matches Beijing for air pollution threatening public health

World Health Organisation study finds Indian capital had dirtiest atmosphere of 1,600 cities around the world for PM2.5 particles<p>India's state air monitoring centre has admitted that pollution in Delhi is comparable to that of Beijing, but disputed a World Health Organisation (WHO) finding that the …

Hunting the 'fiery serpent': The quest to wipe out Guinea worm

Vital Signs is a monthly program bringing viewers health stories from around the world.<p><b>(CNN) —</b> "It's such a loser of a disease that some countries eradicated it without even knowing they'd had it. It can naturally disappear."<p>The disease Sandy Cairncross of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical …

Teenage pregnancy, birth, abortion rates all falling, report says

Looks like good news may come in threes. The teenage pregnancy rate, birth rate and abortion rate have all dropped sharply since their respective peaks in the 1990s, according to new research by the Guttmacher Institute, a nonprofit organization focused on reproductive health.<p>The recent fall in …

Pregnancy

Don't use aspirin to prevent cardiovascular disease, FDA warns

Going against years of widely dispensed advice, the FDA warned the public in a statement yesterday that most people shouldn't take aspirin to prevent heart attacks, Bloomberg reports.<p>In the statement, the FDA explained that ingesting aspirin on a regular basis isn't recommended to people who have …

Nigerian Schoolgirl Describes Kidnapping by Terrorists

The girls in the school dorm could hear the sound of gunshots from a nearby town. So when armed men in uniforms burst in and promised to rescue them, at first they were relieved.<p>"Don't worry, we're soldiers," one 16-year-old girl recalls them saying. "Nothing is going to happen to you."<p>The gunmen …

Africa

Polio, Spreading Abroad, Threatens US

A resurgence of polio in the Middle East and Africa has sparked a dire warning from public health officials, including U.S. experts who fear the …

Public Health

If We’re Sharing Everything Else, Why Not Our Coffee Cups?

A simple fix for cutting down on New York’s enormous waste stream of to-go coffee cups involves returning your cup when you’re done.<p>Every day, New Yorkers stop by their local coffee shops and ask for a cup to go. The next day, same thing. And the next and the next.<p>There’s only one problem with this …

Coffee

Dozens of Muslims killed in ethnic violence in north-east India

Police arrest 22 people and army called in to restore order in Assam state after 29 killed and many houses burned<p>Nearly 30 Muslims have been killed and houses burned in the worst outbreak of ethnic violence in the remote north-eastern region of India in two years, officials have said.<p>Police …

The States With the Worst Healthcare Systems

Nearly a quarter of West Virginians have lost six or more teeth, and other findings from a new Commonwealth Fund report.<p>Minnesota has the nation's best-performing healthcare system, according to a Commonwealth Fund ranking released this week, and Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire are tied …

Texas Is Permanently Shutting Abortion Clinics and the Supreme Court Can’t Do Anything About It

When Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed a sweep­ing anti-abor­tion law in 2013, he did so know­ing the meas­ure faced an un­cer­tain fu­ture. In­deed, the …

Pro-life Movement

Associated Press News

DRC court clears most soldiers of rape

The biggest rape trial in the history of the Democratic Republic of Congo has delivered just two guilty verdicts against government soldiers.<p>The trial relates to the alleged mass rape of 130 women by 39 soldiers. A military court in DR Congo on Monday cleared almost all of 39 soldiers accused of …