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Biggest Ever Weekly Rise in Ebola Cases, U.N. Agency Says
FRIDAY, Aug. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The West African Ebola outbreak took a more deadly turn Friday with the World Health Organization announcing an estimated 500 new cases this week -- the biggest jump in infections so far.

Monkey Trial Supports Ebola Drug That May Have Helped 2 Stricken Americans
FRIDAY, Aug. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental Ebola drug previously given to two American aid workers successfully cured a group of monkeys infected with the deadly virus in laboratory tests, researchers report.

European MRSA Originated in Sub-Saharan Africa, Study Finds
FRIDAY, Aug. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The main strain of a common antibiotic-resistant infection in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa originated in sub-Saharan Africa, a new study says.

Spaceflight Might Weaken Astronauts' Immune Systems
FRIDAY, Aug. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Astronauts may be at heightened risk of illness because space travel appears to disrupt human immune systems, a new study suggests.

'Doctor-Shopping' for Painkillers Common After Broken-Bone Surgery, Study Finds
FRIDAY, Aug. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- About one in five patients operated on for broken bones or other orthopedic trauma shops around for additional painkillers after surgery, a new study finds.

Could Too Much Salt Harm MS Patients?
THURSDAY, Aug. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Too much salt in the diet may worsen symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS), a new study from Argentina suggests.

Encouraging Your Baby's Babbling May Speed Language Development
FRIDAY, Aug. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The way that parents respond to their infant's babbling might affect the baby's language development, a new study suggests.

Faced With Prostate Cancer, It Helps to Know the Enemy
FRIDAY, Aug. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Prostate cancer patients lacking knowledge about the disease have difficulty making good treatment decisions. This can lead to worse quality of care and long-term results, new research suggests.

Health Highlights: Aug. 29, 2014
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

Health Tip: Exercise While Watching Television
(HealthDay News) -- If your favorite TV shows are pulling you away from your workout, why not combine the two?

Health Tip: Teach Your Child to Read Food Labels
(HealthDay News) -- Teaching a child to make healthy food choices empowers the child to lead a healthier lifestyle when he or she is grown.

Scientists Find Differences in Brains of Those With Dyslexia
FRIDAY, Aug. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers have discovered that people with dyslexia have disrupted network connections in their brains.

Study Counters Critics of Plainer Cigarette Packaging
FRIDAY, Aug. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Selling cigarettes in plain packages doesn't increase the use of low-cost or illegal tobacco and doesn't harm sales in small stores, according to new research from Australia.

Take Steps to Control Bunions
FRIDAY, Aug. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- If you have bunions, taking care of them now can help you avoid more serious treatment later, an expert says.

Ebola Outbreak Could Infect 20,000 People, U.N. Says
THURSDAY, Aug. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The deadly Ebola outbreak hitting four West African nations could eventually infect more than 20,000 people, the World Health Organization announced Thursday.

Gene Research Yields Insights Into Ebola Virus
THURSDAY, Aug. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Genetic research performed during the early days of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has given scientists unprecedented insight into how the virus mutates and spreads.

Donated Livers Not Harmed by Travel Distances, Study Finds
THURSDAY, Aug. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Transporting donated livers long distances does not affect the quality of the organs, according to new research.

California Trees Harbor Fungus Deadly to People With HIV
THURSDAY, Aug. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A potentially deadly fungus that has been sickening HIV/AIDS patients in Southern California for decades grows on trees, a new study finds.

Concussion Recovery Can Reverse After Return to Activity, Study Shows
THURSDAY, Aug. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Athletes who seem to have recovered from a concussion may actually show a subtle worsening in a particular mental ability after they return to exercise, a small study suggests.

Electrical Pulses to Scalp May Boost Memory: Study
THURSDAY, Aug. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists have found that sending electrical currents through the scalp to a specific network of brain structures can enhance people's memories, for up to a day.

Eye Pigment May Help Vision in Hazy Conditions
THURSDAY, Aug. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Having greater amounts of yellow pigment in your eyes could boost your ability to see distant objects in hazy conditions, a new study reports.

Health Highlights: Aug. 28, 2014
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

Health Tip: Eating When You're Not Hungry
(HealthDay News) -- Eating when you're not hungry can pack on unnecessary pounds and calories.

Health Tip: Recognizing Hay Fever
(HealthDay News) -- Millions of people are bothered by hay fever, an allergy to grass, trees, weeds or other types of pollen. Symptoms of the most common type of allergy frequently make sufferers feel miserable.

Less Sleep in Teen Years Tied to More Pounds at 21
THURSDAY, Aug. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Lack of sleep not only puts teens at risk for poor grades, it also puts them at increased risk for obesity, researchers warn.

Most U.S. Babies Get Their Vaccines: CDC
THURSDAY, Aug. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The vast majority of American babies are getting the vaccines they need to protect them from serious illnesses, federal health officials said Thursday.

Parents' Fights May Strain Bonds With Their Kids
THURSDAY, Aug. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Arguments between parents may damage their relationships with their children, a new study indicates.

Young Driver's Gender May Play Role in Timing, Type of Crash
THURSDAY, Aug. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The types of vehicle crashes involving young drivers often vary by gender, a new study has found.

Your Family's Germs May Move With You
THURSDAY, Aug. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Your family carries its own unique population of bacteria that accompany you when you move to a new home, a new study finds.

MERS Virus Doesn't Seem to Spread Easily, Study Finds
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People infected with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus are unlikely to pass it to others in their household, a new study suggests.

Overconfident Folks May Blind Others to Their Real Abilities
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Overconfident people are better at convincing others that they're more talented than they really are, and therefore are more likely to get promotions and reach high-level positions, a new study indicates.

'Half a Glass' Rule May Curb Overdrinking
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Pouring half a glass of wine at a time may keep you from drinking too much, according to a new study.

Do Antidepressants in Pregnancy Raise Risks for Mental Woes in Kids?
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- There's been controversy for years over whether the use of common antidepressants by women during their pregnancies might raise the odds of mental health issues in their children.

Everest Study Finds High Altitude Affects Blood Pressure
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- In a new study done from the heights of Mount Everest, Italian researchers found that your blood pressure steadily increases if you ascend to great heights.

Health Highlights: Aug. 26, 2014
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

Health Tip: Do You Talk in Your Sleep?
(HealthDay News) -- Talking during sleep can affect your ability to feel rested the next day, not to mention that it can keep your partner awake.

Health Tip: Preparing for the First Day of School
(HealthDay News) -- Your child may be excited yet anxious about school, especially if he or she is going to a new school.

Light Therapy a Good Option for Pre-Cancerous Skin Lesions, Study Says
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Treating pre-cancerous skin spots with a type of light therapy may be more effective than the usual therapy -- freezing the lesions with liquid nitrogen, a new study suggests.

Polyp Removal Doesn't Always Signal Raised Colon Cancer Risk, Study Says
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors may be performing too many repeat colonoscopies on people who've had pre-cancerous polyps removed during an earlier colon cancer screening, a new Norwegian study suggests.

Scientists 'Rewrite' Bad Memories in Mice
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Someone who has been mugged in a dark alley will likely never want to return there, having associated that location with a fear of being attacked.

Scientists Spot Genetic Clues to Crohn's Disease
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new genetic discovery about Crohn's disease could lead to different ways to fight the bowel disorder, researchers report.

Sleep Apnea Treatment Helps Seniors, Study Finds
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new study finds that continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is an effective treatment for seniors with sleep apnea.

Study: Young Adults Who Had Depression Have 'Hyper-Connected' Brain Networks
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Young adults who struggled with depression in adolescence appear to have "hyper-connected" networks in their brain, researchers are reporting.

Heart Studies Don't Reflect Real-World Patients, Study Finds
TUESDAY, Aug. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People who take part in clinical trials of new heart disease treatments are generally younger and healthier than the typical heart patient, a new study confirms.

Steer Clear of Dietary Supplements for Concussions: FDA
TUESDAY, Aug. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- As the fall sports season starts and young players face the risk of concussions, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns that dietary supplements that claim to prevent, treat or cure concussions are untested, unproven and possibly dangerous.

Lack of Protective Gear Leaves Medics at Risk in Ebola Outbreak: Study
TUESDAY, Aug. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Health care workers in poor nations often do not have enough protective gear to keep them safe from being infected with blood-borne viruses such as Ebola and HIV, a new study shows.

Diet, Exercise Counseling Urged for Overweight Americans With Heart Risks
TUESDAY, Aug. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Overweight Americans with risk factors for heart disease should be offered "intensive" counseling on diet and exercise, according to new guidelines released this week.

VA Hospital Delays Didn't Cause Deaths, Investigators Say
TUESDAY, Aug. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Investigators with the U.S. Veterans Affairs Department say there's no evidence that any deaths at a Phoenix VA hospital -- the center of a nationwide scandal -- were caused by delays in care.

'Sleep Drunkenness' Is Common and Linked to Other Behavior Issues
MONDAY, Aug. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- "Sleep drunkenness" is more common than previously thought, affecting about one in seven Americans, or 15 percent, according to a new study that looked at the sleeping habits of more than 19,000 adults.

2 Cases Suggest Stem Cell Transplant Might Ease 'Stiff Person' Syndrome
TUESDAY, Aug. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Two women with a rare disorder called stiff person syndrome recovered after receiving transplants of their own stem cells, a study shows.