Experimental Ebola Drug's Role in Americans' Recoveries Remains Unclear

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-08_8382a0b026.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- American Ebola survivor Dr. Kent Brantly credited doctors, God and an experimental drug for his recovery Thursday. But experts say it’s unclear whether the drug, known as ZMapp, helped or hindered his recovery. Brantly and fellow American aid worker Nancy Writebol contracted the virus while working in Liberia with the missionary groups Samaritan’s Purse and SIM.

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How Ebola Survivors Have Fought the Stigma

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-08_e10f74c98c.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- The recovery and release of two American Ebola patients has spotlighted a lingering side effect of the deadly disease: stigma. Dr. Kent Brantly and missionary Nancy Writebol contracted the virus while working in Liberia. They received an experimental drug and were evacuated from the growing outbreak zone to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, where they were isolated for at least two weeks.

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Gymnastics Skills Help Colorado Man Survive 100-Foot Plunge

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-08_c85e019531.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (CLEAR CREEK COUNTY, Colo.) -- A Colorado man plunged 100 feet while hiking but managed an improbable landing, using his gymnastics skills to help keep him alive. Dylan Schuetz, 21, fell last week at St. Mary’s Glacier, a popular spot for hikers. He tumbled head-first over the ledge, with death almost certain.

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Woman Credits Hypnosis for 140-Pound Weight Loss

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-08_02032ece12.jpgPhotodisc/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Is the secret to weight loss simply tricking your mind into thinking you had gastric bypass surgery? That’s what happened to Julie Evans, an overwhelmed mom of two small children, who at her biggest weighed 287 pounds. Evans claims hypnosis helped her begin craving healthy foods instead of junk. “All I wanted was spinach,” Evans, 35, told ABC News.

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School Year Set to Kick Off with Relaxed Lice Policies

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-08_54aba42741.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- School nurse Mary Beierle is unfazed by flocks of head lice in a young student’s hair. She simply sends the student back to class, she said. “I alert the parents, but we allow the child to finish out the school day,” said Beierle, district nurse for the Palos Heights School District in Illinois, who thinks back-to-school head lice checks are a waste of time.

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