Health Rewind: Did Bats Cause the Ebola Epidemic?
Plus, past child abuse raises risk of migraines in adults.
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Study Suggests Bats Are Behind the Recent Ebola Outbreak - Since the Ebola epidemic hit, scientists have been perplexed as to how the virus resurfaced. A recent study suggests the origin may be from an Ebola-carrying bat that bit the first documented Ebola patient. From there, the disease spread and spiraled out of control. — Kellee Terrell
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Black Docs in Cali Are Committed to Enrolling Residents Into Obamacare - African-American doctors from the National Medical Association are doing their part to enroll more Blacks into health care in California, the Los Angeles Sentinel recently reported. By encouraging more doctors to discuss Obamacare enrollment to their Black patients, this group hopes to decrease racial health disparities in their state and link more folks to quality health care. (Photo: LWA/Dann Tardif/Blend Images/Corbis)
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Are Fast Foods Really Getting Healthier? - While fast food joints claim to be more health conscious, a recent report says that isn’t true. Researchers looked at the most popular fast food items and found that the salt and fat levels have stayed the same since 1996. However, trans fat levels in French fries did go down and portion sizes have not gone up, writes Health Day. (Photo: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
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Study: Most Cancers Are Just 'Bad Luck' - An eye-opening report suggests that 75 percent of cancers are just random forms of bad luck, as opposed to being a direct result of lifestyle and diet. Looking at 31 cancer types, 22 of them were caused by cellular mutations that could not be prevented. They cite plain old genetics as the culprit, Time wrote. Photo: SCIENCE SOURCE/Getty Images)
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Kids With Parents Who Have Attempted Suicide More Likely to Do the Same - Children with suicidal parents who suffer from mood disorders are four to five times more likely to attempt suicide down the road, researchers found. They are not sure why this association exists but believe that genetics and learned behavior may play a role. The positive news: mood disorders are treatable with therapy and medication, Reuters points out. (Photo: Corbis)