The testing is part of a pilot program for the park's 2,500 employees, to see how many were infected with the disease but aren't showing symptoms, reports KTVU-TV in Oakland, California.
Nine people who spent time at the park this year have been infected with the rare virus, the majority after staying at the "Signature" cabins in Curry Village. Three of them died.
(CBS/AP) Teenage girls considering contraception should opt for hormonal implants or IUDS first over more traditional methods, the country's leading group of gynecologists said Thursday.
While some may prefer the pill, the long-lasting implants are more effective don't need to be taken daily, making them a "first-line" recommendation for teens from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists said in its updated guidance for teens.
Both types of contraception are more invasive than the pill, requiring a doctor to put them in place. That, and cost, are probably why the pill is still the most popular form of contraception in the U.S.
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The Fresh Selections Tender Spinach had a "best if used by" date of Sept. 16. The grocer said in a statement on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's website Wednesday that if customers did buy the recalled product, they should return it to stores for a full refund or replacement.
The magazine tested more than 200 samples of rice products - including popular brands, store brands and even organic ones - and found measurable amounts of arsenic in "virtually every product tested."
"We found significant levels of inorganic arsenic, which is a carcinogen, in almost every product category, along with organic arsenic, which is less toxic but still of concern," the authors wrote.Continue »
The woman tried to help her friend save the life of a choking cat, health officials said Friday. Her friend Paul Gaylord, also made headlines in June for contracting the rare, dangerous disease.Continue »
Doctors from the University of Gothenburg on Tuesday said two women in their 30s received wombs from their mothers in surgical procedures on Sept. 15 and 16.
The university said one recipient had her uterus removed many years ago due to cervical cancer and the other was born without a uterus.Continue »
(CBS/AP) American kids eat about 1,000 milligrams of salt more than they should each day - just like adults, a new government study finds. That's about the sodium equivalent of a Big Mac.
The study of U.S. children also shows that the extra salt is tied to an added risk for higher blood pressure, especially in kids who are overweight and obese.
The new findings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) were published online in the Sept. 17 issue of Pediatrics.
Previous research has shown similar results in adults but studies on salt, weight and blood pressure are uncommon in children.Continue »
The latest move from the city that's set trends by banned smoking in bars and trans fats in foods involves sugary drinks sold at restaurants, fast-food chains, theaters, delis, office cafeterias and other places that fall under the New York City Board of Health's regulation by March 2013. Exempt will be drinks sold in convenience and grocery stores, as well as dairy and alcohol-based beverages. Restaurants with self-serve soda fountains will be prohibited from giving out cups larger than 16 ounces, even for diet drinks, but consumers will be allowed refills.
The Board of Health approved the big-soda ban 8-0, with one member, Dr. Sixto Caro, an internal medicine doctor at NYU Langone School of Medicine, abstaining because he felt the plan wasn't comprehensive enough. Barring any legal action, the sugar-sweetened drinks measure will take effect in March.Continue »
There are several formulations to get vaccinated for whooping cough, also known as pertussis. DTaP is a five dose series recommended at 2,4 or 6 months; 15 through 18 months and 4 through 6 years of age. Tdap is a booster dose given to people 11 to 12 years old, pregnant women and any adult that has not previously had been vaccinated.
A study published online in the Sept. 12 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine found that the protective effect weakens dramatically soon after a youngster gets the last of the five recommended shots around age 6.
The ordinance approved Wednesday morning calls for the city water to be fluoridated by March 2014.
Health experts say fluoride is effective against decay by providing teeth with frequent contact with low levels of fluoride throughout each day. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cite studies that show water fluoridation reduces tooth decay nearly 25 percent over a person's lifetime. The agency also said its been studied for more than 65 years and has shown strong evidence of its safety and efficacy.
Opponents of public fluoridation say it's unsafe and violates an individual's right to consent to medication. They also add that council members rushed into action without a public vote, and they plan to collect signatures to force a referendum in May 2014.
Voters in Portland twice rejected fluoridation before approving it in 1978. But that plan was overturned before any fluoride was ever added to the water.
Portland's drinking water already contains naturally occurring fluoride, though not at levels considered to be effective at fighting cavities.
Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish, who co-sponsored the plan, has said more than 200 million Americans drink water with added fluoride, and it doesn't appear to have caused great harm. Most mainstream health organizations, such as the American Medical Association and American Dental Association, endorse it as safe.
Public fluoridation came up this week in Phoenix when a public stir prompted re-examination of a policy in place since 1989. After a contentious hearing Tuesday, council members voted to continue adding fluoride to the water in the nation's sixth-largest city.
Grand Rapids, Michigan became the world's first city to fluoridate its water supply on January 25, 1945, according to the American Dental Association.
The CDC says more than 204 million Americans are served by community water supplies that contain enough fluoride to protect dental health - about 74 percent of the country. For its Healthy People campaign, the agency hopes to boost that level to about 80 percent of Americans by 2020.
(CBS/AP) NEW YORK - McDonald's restaurants across the country will now post calorie information next all its foods, the world's biggest burger chain announced Wednesday.
The company said that it will post calorie information on restaurant and drive-thru menus nationwide starting Monday. The move comes ahead of a regulation that could require major chains to post the information as early as next year.
"We want to voluntarily do this," said Jan Fields, president of McDonald's USA. "We believe it will help educate customers."Continue »
Aimee Copeland aims for independence in rehab from flesh-eating bacteria
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The 24-year-old University of West Georgia graduate student walked onto stage Tuesday on Couric's new show, "Katie," using a new walker. Copeland was joined in New York by her parents and sister.Continue »
(CBS/AP) DENVER - A 7-year-old girl who reportedly was infected with the bubonic plague after burying a dead squirrel is now well enough to go home.
Sierra Jane Downing of Pagosa Springs, Colo. left the Denver hospital Monday afternoon.
Her father had taken her to an emergency room in Pagosa Springslate Aug. 24 after she had a seizure and 107-degree fever. Sierra Jane eventually was flown to Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children in Denver, where doctors diagnosed her with bubonic plague.Continue »
Some believe its only powers are a psychological, placebo effect. But some doctors believe even if that's the explanation for acupuncture's effectiveness, there's no reason not to offer it if it makes people feel better.
One of the oldest healing practices in the world, acupuncture aims to stimulate specific points on the body to restore and maintain health or control pain or stress. The technique most often studied involves penetatring the skin with thin, solid, metallic needles that are stimulated electrically or by the hands, and it is a key component in traditional Chinese medicine.
Several weekly sessions are usually involved, typically costing about $60 to $100 per session.Continue »
Democratic New York Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer issued a statement with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) on the change Monday.
"It took too long, but the right thing is finally being done for 9/11 heroes,"Sen. Charles Schumer said in a statement to CBS New York station WCBS.Continue »
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