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Heart Breakthrough: New Drug May Revolutionize Treatment

The experimental drug cut the risk of death and hospitalization due to heart failure by 20 percent, according to a study released Saturday.

Cost of Cutting: Why Surgery Prices Are Soaring

The price to remove a gall bladder or replace a hip has spiked more than 20 percent during the past five years amid new tech and medical monopolies.

7 new tricks to banish late-night food cravings — for good

If your cravings at night make you resemble a rabid raccoon picking through a dumpster, you're not alone. "Nighttime is by far the most common time to have cravings or feel hungrier," says Dr. Scott Isaacs, an endocrinologist at Emory University and author of Beat Overeating Now! Blame your hunger on natural biology.

Big Box Health Care: Checkup for the Price of a Latte?

Wal-Mart is taking an aggressive tack, with in-store branded clinics offering primary health care at a price competitors may find hard to match.

Student Slips Over Border, Spreads Ebola to Senegal

A student infected with Ebola evaded health surveillance for weeks as he slipped into Senegal, carrying the deadly virus to a fifth African nation.

8-Year-Old Triathlete Refuses to Leave Brother Behind

Sibling love stretches across the finish line as boy swims, bikes and runs with younger brother in tow.

Eat it or beat it? Snacks for kids

1. Which has more fat? 4 cheese pizza bites or 4 chicken nuggets? Answer: The chicken nuggets have 15 grams of fat; 230 calories. Pizza bites almost same calories — 200 — but only 5 g fat, or 2/3rds less fat.2. Which crunchy snacks has more calories? 3 cups of "light" butter popcorn or a serving of baked tortilla chips with salsa? Answer: Chips and salsa have 125 calories.

New Ebola Vaccine Shows Promise

A possible Ebola vaccine is fast-tracked for human trials as the epidemic continues to spread in West Africa. NBC's Erika Edwards reports.

ZMapp Saves Sick Monkeys From Ebola, Study Finds

An experimental drug used to treat two sick American missionaries saved a batch of monkeys infected with Ebola virus, even days after they got sick.

Missionaries Exposed to Ebola Released From Quarantine

The missionaries' 21-day health monitoring periods ended at different times depending on when each had last been in contact with Ebola patients.

Baby Announcement Mimics Apple Product Launch

When his son was born, a former Apple employee announced the happy news with a website designed to look just like an Apple product unveiling.

Back-to-School Time Never the Same For Sandy Hook Mom

What used to be a familiar mix of sadness and relief now includes a sense of fear for parents of children who died at Sandy Hook Elementary.

New Gadget or Vacation: Which Makes Us Happier?

Money spent on doing makes us happier than money spent on having, Cornell researchers found.

Senegal Reports First Case of Ebola

Senegal reported its first case of Ebola — a young man from Guinea.

Would you rather — think about vacation or a new smartphone?

Before the latest video game or smartphone goes on sale, people line up for days (hello, iPhone 6!), anticipating its arrival. Often that leads to pushing, shoving, and sometimes punching — even when there is enough supply to go around. Wait. Owning lots of cool stuff, especially the latest gadget, is supposed to make us happy.

Dr. Nancy Explains Joan Rivers' 'Respiratory Arrest'

Joan Rivers in Critical Condition

Safe to Drink? What to Know About Brain-Ravaging Amoeba

If this amoeba reaches your brain, the chances of death are high, but there are simple ways to avoid it.

9 Things This Family Learned Giving Up Junk Food

This family set out to prove that a typical suburban household, with no farm in sight, could in fact survive on non-processed food.

Will One of These Vaccines Stop Ebola in Its Tracks?

Trials of a new Ebola vaccine start next week. Here are some others coming down the pike.

9 Lessons Learned By Giving Up Junk Food

One family spent 100 days avoiding white flour, white sugar, and anything out of a package with more than five ingredients. Here, the lessons learned.

You Live in Your Own Germ Cloud, Study Finds

We carry a unique cloud of germs everywhere we go, possibly providing a better way to track a person than fingerprints or even DNA, says a new study.

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt: Odds in Their Favor?

Even if Pitt and Jolie are rich and famous, their delayed marriage after years of living together is similar to modern family trends.

Nursing Home Patient Left in Sun for Hours

Florida nursing home is being investigated after a 90-year-old patient is left in the sun for hours, resulting in the patient taken to the hospital, with a variety of serious medical issues. WBBH's Bryan Anderson reports.

You're Eating More Trans-Fat Than You Think You Are

You’re getting more trans-fat than you think you are in processed foods, a new study shows.

Did Ebola Outbreak Start With One 'Patient Zero'?

The Ebola virus outbreak that’s ravaging West Africa probably started with a single infected person, a new genetic analysis shows.

Rice Bucket Challenge? Charity Craze Spawns Copycats

Rice buckets? Hot soup? How some are piggybacking off the success of ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to promote other causes.

First Human Trials of Ebola Vaccine Start Next Week

The U.S. government and drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline will announce Thursday that they are starting the first human trials of a vaccine against Ebola.

Parents Uncomfortable With Youth Football, Poll Finds

Parents are worried about their children playing football, but most haven't decided to keep their kids from the field, according to a new poll.

Ice Bucket Challenge Donations Reach $94 Million

A lot of ice has led to a lot of cash flow for The ALS Association.


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