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Blood surplus up while donations down

The need for blood at hospitals is decreasing.  This as advances in surgical procedures diminish the use of blood during certain operations.  However, the American Red Cross said it still needs public donations to keep up with the thousands of units of blood it supplies each day.  

Liberia quarantine zone

CNN

Inside the Ebola 'quarantine zone'

A red rope guarded by police marks the "quarantine line" around the West Point slum in the Liberian capital, Monrovia.

Beyond it, more than 70,000 people are trapped -- angry, scared and increasingly hungry -- as authorities seek to halt the spread o...

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Ban on indoor e-cigarette smoking sought

The World Health Organization is calling for major regulations on the e-cigarette industry, including a ban on indoor smoking.

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China seizes tons of tainted chicken feet

In the latest stomach-churning food scandal to hit China, authorities have seized over 30,000 tons of chicken feet contaminated with hydrogen peroxide, according to state media.

Five-year-old gets second chance at life thanks to his dad

If you saw 5-year-old Kyle Morrison now, you would have no idea he's been fighting for his life, his whole life.

Medical marijuana

KDVR

Marijuana laws may reduce painkiller abuse

States that have legalized marijuana for managing chronic pain have significantly fewer deaths from prescription painkiller overdoses each year, according to a new study published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Centers for Disease Control

DR Congo confirms two new cases of Ebola

The Democratic Republic of Congo is reporting new Ebola cases in a northern town, sparking fears that the deadly virus is expanding far beyond West Africa.

Two people in Gera tested positive for Ebola, a government spokesman said Sunday.

A lab and qu...

Testing for Ebola

REUTERS/Misha Hussain

Ebola: Your most pressing questions answered

The largest Ebola outbreak in history has struck fear into the hearts of people around the world.

Testing for Ebola

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Ebola contacts in Africa go missing

Earlier this summer, Kelsey Mirkovic, a disease detective with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, entered a hut with her team in Gueckedou, Guinea, to speak with a man who had Ebola.

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Avoid the 'back-to-school plague'

On average, elementary school children get eight to 12 colds or cases of the flu each school year, according to the CDC. For the older kids, it is about half that. Teachers and parents commonly refer to it as the Back-to-School Plague. But there are simple ways to keep your kids healthy.

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