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Ebola increasing in Congo due to ‘security challenges,’ U.N. says

The World Health Organization says Ebola has spiked in Congo in recent days because of “increased security challenges,” a week after its director-general predicted the outbreak might be contained within six months. Read More

Smoking strong pot daily raises psychosis risk, study finds

Smoking high-potency marijuana every day could increase the chances of developing psychosis by nearly five times, according to the biggest-ever study to examine the impact of pot on psychotic disorder rates. Read More

Newer heart valves may let more people avoid surgery

Surgery for certain bad heart valves may soon become a thing of the past. New studies suggest it’s OK and often better to have a new valve placed through a tube into an artery instead. Read More

Apple Watch may spot heart problem but more research needed

A huge study suggests the Apple Watch can detect a worrisome irregular heartbeat at least sometimes — but experts say more work is needed to tell if using wearable technology to screen for heart problems really helps. Read More

Weight-loss supplement makers, promoters plead guilty to fraud

The makers and promoters of OxyElite Pro, the weight-loss supplement that is blamed for the deaths of two Hawaii residents, pleaded guilty to felony charges in Dallas. Read More

Does that headache signify something more serious?

Headaches come with a wide range of accompanying symptoms and severity. Most often, they are due to a primary headache disorder. However, older adults are more likely than their younger counterparts to experience a secondary headache disorder. Read More

Water, water, everywhere — so why aren’t you drinking it?

A study in Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology and Physiology found a correlation between dehydration, thickening of the blood and damage to the arteries and the development of coronary artery disease. Read More

Complementary medicine use going unreported

A recent metastudy found that about 1 out of 3 patients using what researchers called “complementary medicines” don’t tell their docs about everything they have decided to take. Read More

Mood food transforms mind, body

What you eat transforms your mood, your energy and your motivation. Body and mind are intertwined. Read More

Gene-edited food quietly arrives in restaurant cooking oil

Somewhere in the Midwest, a restaurant is frying foods with oil made from gene-edited soybeans. That’s according to the company making the oil, which says it’s the first commercial use of a gene-edited food in the U.S. Read More

NIH cancer chief to serve as acting FDA commissioner

The head of the National Cancer Institute will temporarily take charge of the Food and Drug Administration next month after the departure of its current chief. Read More

HMSA’s payment rates under scrutiny

Nearly three years after the Hawaii Medical Serv­ice Association changed the way it pays primary- care doctors and pediatricians, lawmakers are considering funding a study to see whether the program is actually saving money and improving quality. Read More


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