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Why Dr. Kent Brantly Couldn’t Donate Blood to Thomas Eric Duncan

Why Dr. Kent Brantly Couldn’t Donate Blood to Thomas Eric Duncan

JarekJoepera/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person in the United States to be diagnosed with Ebola and who later died, didn't receive a blood transfusion from a physician who survived the virus because their blood types didn't match.Dr. Kent Brantly told ABC News Wednesday that his blood type is A+, while Duncan's family has said his blood type was B+, making them incompatible for a transfusion of whole blood or plasma. Blood transfusions from someone who successfully battled the disease are believed to be beneficial to Ebola patients.Because of the incompatibility of blood types, had Duncan received a blood transfusion from Brantly, it would have caused hemolysis - the breakdown of red blood cells - according to Dr. Christopher Stowell, director of Transfusion Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital.Brantly was caring for sick Ebola patients with the aid group Samaritan's Purse in Monrovia, Liberia, when he became the first American diagnosed with Ebola in late July. He said he has since given blood to Ashoka Mukpo, Dr. Richard Sacra and Nina Pham.Duncan died last Wednesday at a hospital in Dallas where he was being treated. According to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, where Duncan was being treated, Duncan did not receive any kind of blood transfusion because his blood type was not compatible with any of the donors.Two health workers who treated Duncan have since tested positive for the virus.

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Plane Used by Ebola-Infected Nurse Was Cleaned, Put Back in Service

Plane Used by Ebola-Infected Nurse Was Cleaned, Put Back in Service

File photo. FrontierAirlines(NEW YORK) -- The plane that transported an Ebola-infected nurse from Cleveland to Dallas was cleaned and put back into service the next day, according to Frontier Airlines.The plane has flown to at least one other U.S. city after being cleaned in Dallas, according to the airline, which confirmed it was cleaned again in Cleveland on Tuesday.Amber Vinson, 29, is the second health care worker from Dallas to be infected with Ebola. Vinson flew Frontier Airlines Flight 1143 from Cleveland to Dallas on Monday, landing a little after 8 p.m., authorities said. Vinson was put into isolation in Dallas the following day after arriving at the hospital with a fever. The 29-year-old has tested positive for Ebola in preliminary tests, officials said.The U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention is reaching out to 132 passengers who were on the same flight as Vinson to monitor them for any signs of the disease, CDC Director Tom Frieden said Wednesday during a news conference.Frontier Airlines stressed that the flight was the last of the day and that the plane was cleaned "within CDC guidelines" after Vinson's flight.The carrier has not confirmed what other cities the plane was flown to besides Cleveland.During Wednesday's new conference, Frieden said Vinson "should not have traveled on a commercial airline."According to the CDC, Vinson reported no Ebola symptoms during the flight. But Frieden said the nurse should not have been flying at all per CDC guidelines, Frieden said.When Vinson first traveled to Ohio, there had been no reported cases from health workers in Dallas, Frieden said. However, once Dallas nurse Nina Pharm tested positive, Vinson should not have been using public transportation, he said."Because at that point she was in a group of individuals known to have exposure to Ebola, she should not have traveled on a commercial airline," Frieden said."From this moment forward, we will ensure that no individual monitored for exposure undergoes travel in any way other than controlled movement," he said referring to non-public transportation, such as a personal car or chartered flight.Flight 1143 from Cleveland to Dallas was an Airbus 320 capable of seating 168 passengers, according to Flight Aware. Vinson's flight was delayed more than two hours according to Flight Aware, after storms swept through the Midwest on Monday.Cleveland Hopkins International Airport Director Ricky Smith said that since Wednesday morning, the Frontier Airlines aircraft has been decontaminated twice at a remote location at the airport. It was scheduled for a flight to Denver Wednesday, Smith said.

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What Latest Ebola Infection Says About Odds of Widespread US Outbreak

What Latest Ebola Infection Says About Odds of Widespread US Outbreak

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Fears that a widespread outbreak of Ebola in the United States were heightened Wednesday as health officials revealed that a second Dallas nurse infected with Ebola flew on an airplane just a day before being placed in isolation.And as troubling as this second case may be, especially in terms of possible lapses in protocol, it also could serve as a much-needed wake-up call to public health officials nationwide about how vigilant they must be, experts said."The issue is with the health care workers at hospital in Dallas who were exposed while caring for a sick individual. The average person does not have to be concerned," said Dr. William Schaffner, chair of preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.The difficulties at the Dallas hospital aside, the overall public health response has been swift and efficient, Schaffner said. As soon as the two individuals with infection were identified, health officials acted immediately to isolate them from the general public, he pointed out. Their contacts were quickly found and put under surveillance, he said, and their homes and belongings were disinfected.Immediate quarantine or isolation is one of the keys to preventing a large scale outbreak, explained Dr. Peter Hotez, a member of the Texas task force of infectious disease preparedness and response set up by Texas Gov. Rick Perry.Patients cannot spread the virus to others until they themselves show symptoms, Hotez said. At the beginning of their illness they are not very contagious and cannot infect others through casual contact such as shaking hands or touching the skin. Also, unlike the cold or flu, Ebola is not airborne, which means it doesn't linger in the air."Patients become more and more contagious as the disease progresses because viral load increases and more organ systems involved," said Hotez, who is also the dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.Health care workers are at high risk for Ebola because an Ebola patient near the end of life or after death will be completely saturated with virus, including the skin, Schaffner said. Nurses and doctors can become infected without proper protective gear, and the virus might enter the body through cuts or when they touch their eyes, nose or mouth, he said. This is also why the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued very specific guidelines for the handling of deceased Ebola patients, including disinfecting the body and wrapping it in plastic before burial or cremation.Schaffner said he is actually encouraged by how immediate the public health response has been in Dallas. It is also a good sign that so far none of the family or friends of Thomas Eric Duncan -- the first patient to die of Ebola in the U.S. -- have become ill. With their 21-day quarantine period almost at an end, it doesn't appear the virus had a chance to spread, he said."This is a terribly important lesson that virus is not going to run rampant in Dallas or anywhere else in the U.S.," Schaffner said. "Let's not forget that we've done some things right."

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Marathon Runner Won’t Let Allergy to Exercise Hold Her Back

Marathon Runner Won’t Let Allergy to Exercise Hold Her Back

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Mary Johnson was on one of her regular runs last August when her eyes became itchy and her tongue started to swell. Soon, her body was covered in hives as her eyelids, lips and throat started to balloon, too.It was happening again.Johnson, 27, has what is called exercise-induced anaphylaxis -- a rare exercise allergy.“My throat was so swollen that I had gone from having a normal-sounding voice...to almost no voice at all in a matter of minutes,” Johnson wrote on her blog, itsamarython.com. “In the past, my voice had always been intact.”Her in-laws rushed her to the emergency room as her eyes became so swollen she could barely see. Once there, doctors injected her with epinephrine and intubated her to keep her airway open as her throat closed. She wound up staying in the intensive care unit overnight amid fears that she would have a second reaction.Although Johnson is a marathoner who runs up to six times a week, she has had only three serious exercise allergy attacks in her life, each one worse than the last, she told ABC News. She also has the occasional “mini-attack” with just a tingly mouth and some swelling that she can treat herself with some Benadryl at home, she said.The first one happened when she was 18 and went out for a morning run before breakfast. Because she hadn’t eaten anything and didn’t test positive for any food allergies, doctors eventually diagnosed her with exercise-induced anaphylaxis.Dr. Kent Knauer, an allergist at UH Case Medical Center in Cleveland, said exercise-induced anaphylaxis is so rare that what exactly triggers it is unknown. He's never met Johnson, and said he's seen only four or five cases in his 25-year career.Some exercise-induced anaphylaxis cases are tied to food, Knauer said. Others, like Johnson's, are not. He said he had one patient who only had an allergic reaction if she ate corn a few hours before exercising."In her case, if she eats corn, it's no problem. If she exercises, it's no problem," he said. "If she eats corn within one or two hours of exercise, she has a mild form of anaphylaxis."Johnson said she has met a few other people with exercise-induced anaphylaxis, and that she considers herself lucky not to have more frequent attacks. But her attacks are more severe than those of other people she knows with the allergy.Although Johnson’s been told to consider slowing down from time to time, she said she loves to run. And she’s good at it. She qualified for the Boston Marathon in 2013 and ran it in 3 hours, 8 minutes and 34 seconds. That’s a 7-minute-and-12-second mile. And when she runs a half marathon, she can run a mile in 6 minutes and 45 seconds.Still, she said, her allergy requires her to be extra careful. She never runs too far from home, always knows where her epinephrine pen is, and never leaves for a run without telling someone where she’s going. Although she’s had three serious attacks, she reminds herself that she has had hundreds of workouts over the years with no attacks at all.“Don’t let it shape who you are,” she said.

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Every Adult over 45 Should Be Tested for Type 2 Diabetes

Every Adult over 45 Should Be Tested for Type 2 Diabetes

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Nobody wants to learn that they have type 2 diabetes, which means the pancreas can’t make enough insulin to keep the body’s cells functioning properly. However, by knowing that you do have the condition, it can be managed through medication and lifestyle changes.As a result, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is recommending that every adult over the age of 45 should be tested for type 2 diabetes and prediabetes. The test is also particularly urged for people at a higher risk for diabetes, including those with a family history of the disease, obese people and those who have been diagnosed with high blood pressure or high cholesterol.

Meanwhile, those with prediabetes can reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by nearly 50 percent through a proper diet and exercise.

The blood sugar test is reportedly simple and inexpensive.

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Low-Birth Weight Kids Have It Tougher in School

Low-Birth Weight Kids Have It Tougher in School

iStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) -- Low-birth weight babies experience more educational problems when they’re old enough to go to school as compared to babies born between 5.5 pounds and ten pounds.David Figlio, a professor at Northwestern University’s Institute for Policy Research, says data seems to support this theory. Figlio and his colleagues examined the records of Florida school children over a ten-year period, which also revealed their birth weights.Invariably, youngsters who were either premature or just smaller because of a mother’s health or substance abuse problems did poorer in school than babies who were at least 5.5 pounds or heavier.Figlio explained, “The effects of poor neonatal health on adult outcomes are largely determined early -- in early childhood and the first years of elementary school.”However, the data also revealed that children whose parents were better educated than others in the study also performed better in school, which at least partially compensated for low-birth weight.In terms of what parents might do to possibly help their children’s development, obstetricians and other health experts believe mothers should carry their babies as close to full term as possible while advising against unnecessary C-sections or inducing labor early.

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Typing on Tablet Keyboards Can Be Murder on the Shoulders

Typing on Tablet Keyboards Can Be Murder on the Shoulders

iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(DEKALB, Ill.) -- As much as you love your tablet, you could be doing your body a disservice.Researchers at Northern Illinois University say that prolonged use of a tablet’s touch-screen keyboard can cause chronic shoulder pain.To reach that conclusion, they enlisted 19 people in their mid-20s to type various passages for five-minute periods on touch-screen, desktop and notebook keyboards as muscle activity in the forearms and shoulders was recorded.By far, the participants typed more words and with greater accuracy on the conventional keyboards.But more importantly, the researchers noted that fingers hovering over touch screens were found to put more muscle exertion on the shoulders, which can then lead to persistent problems.

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WHO Predicts 10,000 Ebola Cases Weekly Without Swift Action

WHO Predicts 10,000 Ebola Cases Weekly Without Swift Action

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The World Health Organization warned Tuesday that unless the Ebola outbreak in West Africa isn't immediately contained, there could be as many as 10,000 new cases per week by December.The only way to reverse the worst outbreak of the disease since it was first discovered in 1976 is to isolate 70 percent of the cases within two months, according to WHO assistant director-general Dr. Bruce Aylward.Since last March, 4,500 people have died from Ebola with the number of current cases at 9,000, although that figure could be well underestimated.Complicating matters is that the death rate from the disease, which was originally 50 percent, has now risen to 70 percent.The hardest hit countries are Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, and the WHO is especially concerned of how Ebola continues to spread in each nation's densely-populated capital.

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Patients May Find It Tough to Reach Psychiatrists, Regardless of Insurance Status

Patients May Find It Tough to Reach Psychiatrists, Regardless of Insurance Status

shironosov/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Researchers say that patients' attempting to make an appointment with a psychiatrist is incredibly difficult, regardless of the patient's insurance status, with just 26 percent of attempts successful.According to the study, published in the journal Psychiatric Services, researchers posed as patients suffering from depression and used the Blue Cross Blue Shield website to reach out to in-network psychiatrists in three major cities -- Boston, Houston and Chicago. In their first calls, all made during normal business hours, only 33 percent of their calls reached the psychiatric provider.A series of second attempts to contact those who did not initially answer was made, and only 26 percent of calls reached the psychiatrists.Researchers noted that 16 percent of the phone numbers in the Blue Cross Blue Shield database were incorrect, leading patients to unrelated businesses. The study also found that there was no significant difference in the ease of making a psychiatric appointment whether a patient had Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance, Medicare or were paying for services themselves.Researchers did not reach out to non-psychiatrist mental health providers.

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WHO Europe Calls for New Policies on Energy Drinks, Citing Health Effects

WHO Europe Calls for New Policies on Energy Drinks, Citing Health Effects

Mauro Matacchione/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe issued a call for new policies that would decrease the consumption of energy drinks, especially among young people, citing the health-related side effects such drinks have.Previous studies have noted that overuse of energy drinks can cause an increased risk of heart palpitations, hypertension, vomiting, convulsions and sometimes death. The authors of the study, published in the journal Frontiers in Public Health, recommend setting maximum amounts of caffeine in each drink serving, restriction of sales to children or adolescents, and increased regulation of energy drink marketing campaigns.The WHO's Regional Office for Europe also notes that energy drink use among teenagers in Europe has risen to 68 percent. The American Beverage Association has recommended "responsible marketing" of energy drinks -- discouraging mixing them with alcohol drinks and marketing to children. It is not clear whether the U.S. will make similar recommendations for such restrictions domestically.

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Better Ebola Response May Have Prevented Nurse’s Case, CDC Head Says

Better Ebola Response May Have Prevented Nurse’s Case, CDC Head Says

Will Montgomery(WASHINGTON) --  The nation's top health official said Tuesday he regrets not sending a larger team of experts to Texas when the first case of Ebola was diagnosed, a move he said may have prevented a Dallas nurse from getting infected.President Obama said on Tuesday that his administration is “surging resources into Dallas” to examine how nurse Nina Pham contracted Ebola while helping to care for Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan, and ensure “all lessons learned” will be applied across the country.Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said that from now on a "CDC Ebola response team" will be ready to reach a hospital "within hours" of a reported case of Ebola."I wish we had put a team like this on the ground the day the first patient was diagnosed. That might have prevented infection," Frieden said at a news conference Tuesday. "We will do that from today onward with any case in the U.S."The CDC could have sent a "more robust management team and been more hands-on from day one," Frieden said. "Looking back, we say we should have put an even larger team on the ground immediately."Frieden was referring to the case of Duncan, a Liberian man who became the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. He was treated at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, but succumbed to the virus.Subsequently, Pham, a nurse who helped take care of Duncan, was diagnosed with Ebola. She is being treated at the same hospital where she worked.Frieden said 76 health care workers who may have had contact with Duncan are now being monitored.Frieden said he was encouraged that the 48 people that Duncan had contact with before he was diagnosed with Ebola have passed the 14-day mark without any signs of the virus. The virus has an incubation period that can last up to 21 days, experts say."They've now passed through the highest risk period [making it] decreasingly likely that they will develop symptoms," Frieden said.Worrying about the possibility of contracting Ebola is "very anxiety-provoking," he said, noting that after he visited an Ebola facility in West Africa, "Every time I had the slightest sore throat or headache I was concerned."Medical investigators still don't know exactly how Pham contracted the virus while wearing protective gear and following CDC protocols during her time with Duncan. Frieden said the nurse has "been terrific in assisting" investigators tracking the cause of her infection.In his remarks, the president also warned that the global response to the Ebola epidemic remains alarmingly insufficient.“The world as a whole is not doing enough…Unless we contain this at the source, the transmission of this disease...threatens hundreds of thousands of lives and destabilization of nations,” Obama said.

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CDC Develops Faster Test for Enterovirus D68

CDC Develops Faster Test for Enterovirus D68

iStock/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) -- The Centers for Disease Control has developed a faster test for enterovirus D68 that will reduce the time to confirm a diagnosis from weeks to days.The CDC has a backlog of about a thousand specimens awaiting a lab test. Since the results will now come quicker than before, public health officials expect the number of confirmed cases to skyrocket.  But that doesn't mean the respiratory illness is getting worse. Rather, it means the CDC will have better data to track the outbreak, which is expected to decline by late fall.

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Probiotics the Latest Trend in Beauty Products

Probiotics the Latest Trend in Beauty Products

Fuse/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Probiotics may be the next big thing in skin care treatments, making their way from your digestive system into topical products and onto beauty-aisle shelves near you, thanks to dermatological researchers. The upshot: skin care treatments are popping up on the market with some science behind them.“We are going to see it in face masks, face washes, creams, serums and more,” says Alexis Wolfer, editor-in-chief of The Beauty Bean and author of The Recipe for Radiance: Discover Beauty's Best-Kept Secrets in Your Kitchen. “The way probiotics helps with your digestion is the same way it will help with your skin.”Just as they are said to calm stomach inflammation, probiotics are billed as having a calming effect on skin redness and irritation like stubborn acne or rosacea flare-ups. Probiotics send signals that stop your skin cells from reacting to bad bacteria, reactions that cause, you guessed it, acne or rosacea, the American Academy of Dermatology reported this year and the Journal of Clinical Microbiology reported in 2009.Probiotics in topical products can also act as a protective shield for your skin’s surface, keeping your skin healthy and putting a halt to future breakouts, the early research shows.“When you apply a probiotic directly it can actually act as a barrier because it’s competing with the bad bacteria from taking hold," says Whitney P. Bowe, a board-certified dermatologist and clinical assistant professor of dermatology at Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York.“The skin is the largest organ in the body and when it’s compromised, then moisture can get out and bad bacteria can get in,” Bowe says. “Probiotics can help keep the bad bacteria out and the good in.”In addition to market skin care products, Wolfer says to look no further than your own kitchen for a quick treatment.

“I like putting full fat Greek yogurt onto a pimple as a spot treatment to help reduce inflammation,” she says. “It contains lactic acid that fights dull skin and healthy fats that’ll moisturize without clogging your pores.”

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Why Blood Transfusions from Ebola Survivor Could Help Patients

Why Blood Transfusions from Ebola Survivor Could Help Patients

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Ebola survivor Dr. Kent Brantly has donated the plasma in his blood to three patients in the last month, echoing what one of his former patients did for him before he left Liberia.Brantly was caring for sick Ebola patients with the aid group Samaritan's Purse in Monrovia, Liberia, when he became the first American diagnosed with Ebola in late July.

His condition was worsening before he was flown to the United States in an air ambulance. But before he left, one of his former patients, a 14-year-old Ebola survivor, gave him "a unit of blood" for a transfusion, according to Samaritan's Purse.Since his recovery and release from Emory University Hospital on Aug. 21, Brantly has donated his plasma to Samaritan's Purse colleague Dr. Rick Sacra and freelance cameraman Ashoka Mukpo, both of whom were receiving treatment for Ebola at Nebraska Medical Center. They received his plasma transfusions on or around Sept. 11 and Oct. 8, respectively -- about 27 days apart.

The latest American Ebola patient, Dallas nurse Nina Pham, who contracted the virus while treating Thomas Eric Duncan, received a blood donation of some kind from Brantly, according to health officials.Plasma is a component of blood that contains virus-fighting proteins called antibodies. When someone donates plasma, their blood is drawn into a machine that separates out the plasma and returns the red blood cells to the donor."There is a strong theoretical possibility that this could help, particularly if this is given early," said Dr. William Schaffner, chair of preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.Here's how it works: When confronted with a virus, the immune system creates antibodies to specifically target that virus, kill it and keep it from coming back, he said. Once a person has antibodies, they stay in their blood for life. If the Ebola antibodies found in an Ebola survivor's blood can be imported into a struggling Ebola patient's body, those antibodies can theoretically help the patient's immune system fight off the deadly virus."What those antibodies do is bind to the virus," Schaffner said. "They find the virus and bind to it and prevent it from multiplying further."Schaffner said even though the sick person's body is trying to make antibodies, an infection can be so overwhelming that the sick person's immune system might not be able to keep up with the invading virus. As a result, the sooner someone gets a plasma transfusion, the more likely it is to help that person recover, he said.During his battle with Ebola, Brantly also received the experimental drug ZMapp, a cocktail of three synthetic antibodies to attack Ebola, before leaving West Africa for Emory University Hospital. Brantly was declared virus-free and discharged on Aug. 21, but the hospital epidemiologist, Dr. Bruce Ribner, said it wasn't clear what roles ZMapp and the transfusion played in his recovery.A person can donate plasma up to 13 times a year, or every 28 days, unlike whole blood donations, which must be spaced between two and four months apart, according to the American Red Cross. Though Brantly's first two plasma donations were spaced about a month apart, his last two were barely a week apart. But it's also possible Brantly donated excess plasma during one of his donations, which then went to Pham.Though blood type O is considered the universal donor for whole blood, type AB is the universal donor for plasma, according to the Red Cross. According to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, where Duncan was being treated, Duncan did not receive any kind of blood transfusion because his blood type was not compatible with any of the donors.In September, the World Health Organization said blood therapies should be "considered as a matter of priority." Since then, the number of people who have been infected with Ebola since March has doubled to 8,399, and 4,033 of them have died, according to the latest WHO figures."There is a real opportunity that a blood-derived product can be used now and this can be very effective in terms of treating patients," said Dr. Marie Paule Kieny, WHO's assistant director general, said on Sept. 5.

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Ebola Nurse’s Dog Being Watched at Undisclosed Location

Ebola Nurse’s Dog Being Watched at Undisclosed Location

Courtesy Pham Family(DALLAS) -- Dallas nurse Nina Pham's dog Bentley has been taken into custody by an animal shelter as she is being treated for Ebola, officials said.The King Charles Spaniel was first kept in Pham's apartment while Dallas County officials assessed the situation this weekend. But it has been cause for concern since a Spanish nurse who contracted the disease had her pet euthanized out of fears that it could be a carrier of the deadly virus.It does not appear that any similar action will be taken in Texas, however, as Judge Mike Rawlings said that they will be taking good care of the pet while the 26-year-old nurse is in treatment.The city's animal shelter is now caring for the dog at an undisclosed location, officials said. The Dallas Animal Services and Adoption Center posted a note on its official Facebook page confirming their involvement and they wrote that they will be posting pictures "once we've shown the owner he's okay."They also shared photos that showed a team of people in hazmat suits collecting the dog from Pham's apartment Monday afternoon."It was a bit of a challenge," the caption reads.

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Mexicans Curtailing Sugary Drink Consumption

Mexicans Curtailing Sugary Drink Consumption

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- If you tax it, they'll drink less of it.

That's what seems to be happening in Mexico, according to The Wall Street Journal, after the government slapped a tax on sugary drinks to reduce consumption.

A survey by public health advocates reveals that just over half of Mexicans who drink sugary beverages say they've cut back compared to a year ago.According to 2013 statistics, one in four Mexicans consumed three liters of soda weekly with the number now falling to one in five.People have also gotten the message that too much sugar is bad for your health. The survey said that 98 percent of Mexicans are aware that these drinks can boost the risk of diabetes and obesity.That being said, Mexico has one of the unhealthiest diets in this hemisphere with 75 percent of the population reportedly overweight and nearly a fifth of adults over 50 diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

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Americans Have No Beef with Getting Their Protein from Meat

Americans Have No Beef with Getting Their Protein from Meat

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- One of the health lessons drummed into kids' heads is that proteins are essential nutrients in building strong bodies while providing an important fuel source.That lesson sticks with a lot of people well into adulthood given how much Americans consume animal protein.As it happens, the NPD Group found out in a survey that six in 10 respondents eat some kind of animal protein on a daily basis.Tops on the list compiled by the NPD Group are beef, followed by chicken, fish, pork, shellfish and lamb.What's more, at least one in two adults clamors for more protein than what they're already getting. However, they're less inclined to turn to dairy products even though health experts say milk, cheese and yogurt and eggs are good sources of the nutrients, not to mention they're loaded with calcium and many are fortified with Vitamin D.

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Teenage Pitchers at Higher Risk of Shoulder Injuries Later in Life

Teenage Pitchers at Higher Risk of Shoulder Injuries Later in Life

tammykayphoto/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Teenagers who play baseball, specifically pitchers, are at an increased risk of shoulder injuries later in life, researchers say. According to a study published in the journal Radiology, young pitchers who throw more than 100 pitches per week are more likely to develop long-term shoulder damage. Acromial apophysiolysis, the incomplete fusion and pain at a bony shoulder structure known as the acromion, was identified in 2.6 percent of participants in the study. In the long term, 68 percent of those with the newly-identified injury were found to have rotator cuff tears later in life, compared to just 29 percent of those who did not have the injury.The American Sports Medicine Institute currently recommends pitchers between the ages of 15 and 18 play in no more than two games per week, with 50 pitches per game.

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Emirates Flight Met in Boston After Sick Passengers Report

Emirates Flight Met in Boston After Sick Passengers Report

Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(BOSTON) -- A plane arriving at Boston’s Logan Airport from Dubai was met by a hazmat team Monday after five passengers reportedly displayed flu-like symptoms, according to an official from Massport, which runs the airport.Pictures on social media showed medical crews in hazmat suits as they arrived at the scene and boarded the plane, Emirates flight 237. The plane was surrounded by ambulances and emergency responders in white and yellow suits.None of the five sick people had been traveling in West Africa, the official said.The Boston Public Health Commission said in a statement Monday that it "has determined that the patients who arrived on United Emirates Flight #237 at Logan International Airport do not meet the criteria for any infections of public health concern, including Ebola, meningococcal infection, or MERS."The Ebola virus has already killed more than 3,000 people, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

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CDC to Send Team to Dallas to Assist with Control, Monitoring After Second Ebola Case

CDC to Send Team to Dallas to Assist with Control, Monitoring After Second Ebola Case

Credit: James Gathany/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(DALLAS) -- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Monday that it would deploy a second team to Dallas to help assist the staff at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in infection control and monitoring of those staff members who had contact with Thomas Eric Duncan, the Ebola patient who died last week.According to a CDC press release, the nine-person team will include experts in infection control, Ebola and infectious diseases, laboratory science, personal protective equipment and hospital epidemiology. The CDC notes that several individuals on the team were involved in either Ebola outbreaks in West Africa or infectious disease outbreaks at other U.S. hospitals.The deployment comes on the same day that Nina Pham was identified as the second Ebola patient in Dallas. Pham, a nurse, was infected while treating Thomas Eric Duncan at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.

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