Health

2:08pm

Fri August 22, 2014
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California Trees Nailed As The Source Of Mystery Infections

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 3:45 pm

A false-color electron microscope image of the fungus Cryptococcus gatii, which can cause fatal illnesses in humans. The yellow areas are spores.
Microbial Pathogenesis/Duke University

A fungus called Cryptococcus gattii can cause life-threatening infections, especially in people with compromised immune systems. One-third of AIDS-related deaths are thought to be caused by the fungus.

But though people in Southern California have been getting sick from C. gatti for years, nobody knew how.

Eucalyptus trees were a prime suspect, since they harbor the fungus in Australia. But even though eucalyptus trees grow like crazy in Southern California, the fungus hasn't been found on eucalyptus there.

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7:16am

Fri August 22, 2014
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Insurers Refuse To Cover Some Contraceptives, Despite Health Law

Originally published on Tue August 26, 2014 6:54 am

The NuvaRing contraceptive ring can be used monthly to prevent pregnancy.
Sandy Huffaker Getty Images

How much leeway do employers and insurers have in deciding whether they'll cover contraceptives without charge and in determining which methods make the cut?

Not much, as it turns out, but that hasn't stopped some from trying.

People still write in regularly describing battles they're waging to get birth control coverage they're entitled to under the Affordable Care Act.

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2:27pm

Thu August 21, 2014
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Vision Problems Increase The Risk Of Early Death In Older People

Originally published on Thu August 21, 2014 5:32 pm

Seeing better can mean living longer because it helps people remain independent.
iStockphoto

An eye exam may be the ticket to a longer life, researchers say, because good vision is essential for being able to shop, manage money and live independently. And maintaining independence in turn leads to a longer life.

Researchers have known for years that people who have vision problems as they get older are more likely to die sooner than those who still see well. But they weren't sure why that was so.

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1:34pm

Thu August 21, 2014
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Would A Prize Help Speed Development Of Ebola Treatments?

Originally published on Tue August 26, 2014 6:54 am

Dr. Bruce Ribner, medical director of Emory University Hospital's infectious disease unit, embraces Dr. Kent Brantly (left) who was treated with an experimental Ebola medicine and released from the Atlanta hospital Thursday.
John Bazemore AP

The human toll of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa is becoming clearer by the day. The virus has killed at least 1,350 people, making this the largest outbreak of the disease ever.

There's no Ebola cure, and only a few experimental treatments are in the works.

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10:05am

Thu August 21, 2014
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Mental Health Meets 'Moneyball' In San Antonio

Originally published on Thu August 21, 2014 10:07 am

Leon Evans, director of the community mental health system for Bexar County and San Antonio, broke through barriers that had hindered care.
Jenny Gold Kaiser Health News

The jails aren't overflowing in San Antonio anymore. People with serious mental illnesses have a place to go for treatment and the city has saved $10 million a year on. How did it happen?

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