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Controversial skin shocks used at Mass. school draw FDA look

Controversial skin shocks used at Mass. school draw FDA look
In this Aug. 13, 2014, photo, therapist Joe Andrade checks the ankle strap of a shocking device on student Andrew Goldberg during an exercise program at the Judge Rotenberg Educational Center in Canton, Massachusetts. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Some cut themselves. Others slam their heads against walls or desks - so hard that one girl detached both retinas and a young man triggered a stroke. Another pulled out all his teeth.

Kids' poisonings linked to anti-addiction medicine

An anti-addiction drug used to fight the nation's heroin and painkiller abuse epidemics poses a threat to young children who accidentally swallow relatives' prescriptions, a federal study says. Some children have died.

Rampant Ebola fear takes toll on Africa tourism

Rampant Ebola fear takes toll on Africa tourism
In this photo taken Wednesday, March 28, 2012, a man offering camel rides for tourists leads his animals along the Indian Ocean beach of Diani, a popular tourist destination on the coast of Kenya. Ebola is thousands of miles away from Kenya’s pristine Indian Ocean beaches but the deadly disease appears to be discouraging tourism there and elsewhere in this vast continent, with tour operators across Africa saying they face difficulties as the Ebola outbreak, which has killed more than 2,400 people in four countries, continues to defy international efforts to control it. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Ebola is thousands of miles away from Kenya's pristine Indian Ocean beaches, but the deadly disease appears to be discouraging tourism there and elsewhere in this vast continent.

New surgery brings relief to baffling condition

New surgery brings relief to baffling condition »Play Video
Rachael Harper uses sign language to tell her doctor how much she has improved since a new surgical technique was used to treat her mysterious condition.

Local surgeons are making headway against a medical condition that makes patients suddenly lose the ability to eat or drink comfortably. Now a first of its kind surgery in our state brings relief.

Autism breakthrough: test could diagnose at birth

Autism breakthrough: test could diagnose at birth

A Seattle Children's researcher says we're one step closer to diagnosing autism as soon as a baby is born.

Tax forms could pose challenge for HealthCare.gov

Tax forms could pose challenge for HealthCare.gov
If you got health coverage through President Barack Obama's law this year, you'll need a new form from your insurance exchange before you can file your tax return next spring.

Shades of Pigpen: We travel with our own germs

Shades of Pigpen: We travel with our own germs
In this undated photo provided by the Gilbert family shows Dylan Gilbert, 7, of Naperville, Ill., demonstrating how he helped collect samples of bacteria from his foot during a 2012 study. (AP Photo/Gilbert Family)
Sorry, clean freaks. No matter how well you scrub your home, it's covered in bacteria from your own body.

Pediatricians' Rx for schools: Later start times

Pediatricians' Rx for schools: Later start times
FILE - In this March 14, 2012 file photo, Jan Palmer, a biology teacher at Central High School in Aberdeen, S.D., top right, leads her Advanced Placement/Rising Scholars biology class through a practice test. AP Photo/Aberdeen American News, Kevin Bennett, File)
Pediatricians have a new prescription for schools: later start times for teens.

Study: House calls for frail elders bring savings

Study: House calls for frail elders bring savings
Dr. Eric De Jonge of Washington Hospital Center conducts a Medicare house call at the home of patient Beatrice Adams, in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)
Ten or 12 times a year, Beatrice Adams' daughter would race her frail mother to the emergency room for high blood pressure or pain from a list of chronic illnesses.

Camps take cystic fibrosis patients surfing

Camps take cystic fibrosis patients surfing
Michael Montelone, 10, rides a wave Thursday, July 24, 2014, in San Clemente, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
For three of Rob and Paulette Montelone's five kids, spending the summer surfing is more than just a fun activity. It could also extend their lives.

Have insurers found new ways to avoid the sick?

Have insurers found new ways to avoid the sick?
In this Aug. 11, 2014, photo, Charis Hill, who has a rare form of arthritis that affects the spine, poses in Capitol Park in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
Ending insurance discrimination against the sick was a central goal of the nation's health care overhaul, but leading patient groups say that promise is being undermined by new barriers from insurers.

Study questions need for most people to cut salt

Study questions need for most people to cut salt
FILE - In this Feb. 7 2012 file photo, an employee holds packets of salt at a market in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, File)
A large international study questions the conventional wisdom that most people should cut back on salt, suggesting that the amount most folks consume is OK for heart health - and too little may be as bad as too much. The findings came under immediate attack by other scientists.