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Fist bumps less germy than handshakes, study says

NEW YORK (AP) When it comes to preventing the spread of germs, maybe the president is on to something with his fondness for fist bumps.

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:05:30 -0400
After 6 weeks, finally a deal on VA health care

FILE - In this July 24, 2014, file photo, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., right, with Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. The chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees have reached a tentative agreement on a plan to fix a veterans' health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up delays. Miller and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., scheduled a news conference Monday, July 28, to talk about a compromise plan to improve veterans' care. (AP Photo/File)WASHINGTON (AP) After more than six weeks of sometimes testy talks, House and Senate negotiators have agreed on a compromise plan to fix a veterans health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up delays.

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 03:53:10 -0400
Aid Group: 2 Americans have Ebola in Liberia

In this 2014 photo provided by the Samaritan's Purse aid organization, Dr. Kent Brantly, left, treats an Ebola patient at the Samaritan's Purse Ebola Case Management Center in Monrovia, Liberia. On Saturday, July 26, 2014, the North Carolina-based aid organization said Brantly tested positive for the disease and was being treated at a hospital in Monrovia. (AP Photo/Samaritan's Purse)BOONE, N.C. (AP) Two American aid workers have tested positive for the Ebola virus while working to combat an outbreak of the deadly disease at a hospital in Liberia, a relief group official said.

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 05:46:35 -0400
U.S. lawmakers expand probe of federal biolab mishaps

The Centers for Disease Control sign is seen at its main facility in AtlantaU.S. lawmakers on Monday said they were expanding their investigation of federal biosecurity lapses including problems at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that led to the mishandling of anthrax and bird flu pathogens. Republicans from the House Energy and Commerce Committee said they sent a letter on Monday to the CDC director, Dr. Thomas Frieden, asking him to explain why the leading U.S. public health agency was unable to detect systemic problems involving the handling of deadly agents dating back to 2010. Since part of CDCs epidemiology work is detecting or recognizing patterns of disease outbreaks, how could CDC not recognize the pattern of select agent incidents?" five Republican lawmakers led by committee chairman Fred Upton of Michigan ask Frieden in the letter.

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:15:53 -0400
Sierra Leone president visits Ebola epicenter

Sierra Leone's president visited the epicenter of an Ebola outbreak on Monday as West African leaders stepped up efforts to contain the spread of the deadly virus. It was Ernest Bai Koroma's first visit to the northeastern district of Kailahun since the start of the epidemic that has killed some 672 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), making it the worst outbreak ever. The president headed to Kailahun by helicopter after a prayer session at the national stadium to mark the end of the Muslim month of fasting. Koroma, a Christian, told the Muslim congregation that he would visit Sheik Umar Khan, the country's leading Ebola doctor who tested positive for the virus last week.

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:14:52 -0400
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