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ebola-102014.jpg All travelers who return from the West African countries plagued by the Ebola virus will be tracked by U.S. health officials. The program, which requires affected parties to have their temperature checked twice daily and report to a local public health department, applies to those who return to the country from Liberia, Guinea or Sierra Leone.

Painrelief-102414.jpg Contract Packaging Resources is recalling nearly 12,000 boxes of the Assured brand naproxen pain relief tablets shipped to Dollar Tree outlets. The recall was issued for 15 count bottles of 220 mg tablets of naproxen sodium, which may actually contain bottles of ibuprofen softgels in 200 mg strength. The ibuprofen tablets represent a threat to those with allergies to the drug.

Greencoffee-102314.jpg A new study that was promoted on the Dr. Oz Show has been redacted because it contained unverified data. The study, about the supposed weight loss benefits of green coffee bean and published in the journal Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity, claimed that green coffee bean extract pills could help people shed excess pounds without having to diet or exercise.

chiaseeds-102314.jpg Chia seeds may pose a risk if they are not consumed properly, according to a new study. The study, conducted at the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, N.C., shows that the seeds, which offer a rich source of fiber, protein and heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, should not be eaten in their dry, raw form. Before eating the seeds, they should be mixed with enough liquid.

pregnant-102314.jpg A new study shows that black women who undergo in vitro fertilization are only about half as likely to become pregnant as white women. The study, presented at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) annual meeting in Honolulu, showed that about 31 percent of white patients became pregnant after IVF, compared to about 17 percent of black patients.

depression-090613.jpg Anti-inflammatory drugs may help ease depressive symptoms along with antidepressants, according to a new study. The study, published online in JAMA Psychiatry, found that the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) could be linked to people having better responses to antidepressants without a higher risk of side effects.

Trastuzumab-102114.jpg When added to chemotherapy for breast cancer treatment, Herceptin (trastuzaumab) has proven to improve survival rates, according to research conducted at he Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville. The study, published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, surveyed data on over 4,000 women with breast cancer, one half got chemo, while the other half got chemo with one year of treatment with Herceptin.

Medicine-102114.jpg Drugs used to treat Parkinson's disease, known as dopamine receptor agonist drugs, may increase the incidence of compulsive behaviors, according to research conducted at George Washington University. The study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, reviewed ten years of records from the FDA. The research team looked at data on 2.7 million adverse drug events reported from 2003 to 2012.

trafficpollution-031014.jpg Pregnant women living in areas plagued by high pollution may be more likely to give birth to children with damaged lungs, according to research conducted at the Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology in Barcelona. The study, published in the journal Thorax, surveyed data on 1,295 women at the beginning of their terms. The research team collected data on exposure to air pollution.

Beer-030512_21Aug12.jpg Those who make the transition from moderate drinkers to problem drinkers may have their DNA to thank, according to research conducted at the University of California-San Francisco. The animal study, published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, isolated a protein - brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) - and tracked its relation to alcohol use disorder (AUD).

ebola-102014.jpg U.S. health officials are tightening recommendations for health care workers handling ebola cases. The guidelines, which have not been released in full, are expected to include the requirement for full skin coverage suits to be worn by health workers. In addition, the guidelines will include provisions for stricter rules for removing equipment and disinfecting hands.

soda-102014.jpg Sugar speeds up the aging process as much as smoking, according to research conducted at the University of California at San Francisco. The study, published in the American Journal of Public Health, surveyed data on over 5,300 healthy Americans from a National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).

vancomycin-102014.jpg Vancomycin, an older antibiotic, is still effective in treating Staphylococcus aureus (staph disease) blood infections, according to research conducted at the University of Nebraska. The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, surveyed data on nearly 8,300 cases of staph.

VitaminD-010913.jpg Vitamin D supplements may help kids with eczema, according to research conducted at the Health Sciences University of Mongolia. The study, published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, collected data on 107 Mongolian kids (aged 2-17) with atopic dermatitis (AD) that had flared up in cold weather.

sportsdrink-101514.jpg Athletes who consume sports drinks may be at a high risk of poor oral health, according to research conducted at the University College London. The study, published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, surveyed data on 39 published studies on the oral health of elite athletes. "Oral health could be an easy win for athletes, as the oral conditions that can affect performance . . ."