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Friday, January 2, 2015

1/2/15 Health News: Teen's death shows horror of flu ♦ Bats are a source of Ebola epidemic ♦ Five bad weight loss strategies ♦ New cancer treatment

Teen's death shows horror of flu epidemic
.: Flu at epidemic level; 15 children dead this season. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced December 30 that the U.S. officially surpassed the epidemic threshold for the flu virus for the season after a total of 15 children died due to the virus which was declared widespread among 36 States.Continue Reading
Bats are a possible source of Ebola epidemic in West Africa
The outbreak of the Ebola virus disease occurring in West Africa may have originated from contact between humans and virus-infected bats, suggests a study. The report identifies insectivorous free-tailed bats as plausible reservoirs and expands the range of possible Ebola virus sources to this type of bats. The results also reveal that larger wildlife are not the source of infection. Continue Reading
Resolved to lose weight in 2015? Here are five bad strategies to avoid
Is your New Year’s resolution to lose weight? Here are five bad strategies to avoid, provided by an American physician. Continue Reading
Cancer treatment potential discovered in gene repair mechanism

A two-pronged therapeutic approach has been discovered that shows great potential for weakening and then defeating cancer cells. The research team's complex mix of genetic and biochemical experiments unearthed a way to increase the presence of a tumor-suppressing protein which, in turn, gives it the strength to direct cancer cells toward a path that leads to their destruction. Continue Reading

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