Ebola Wards See Flood of Patients, Outflow of Bodies

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-08_7c5e166d3f.jpgDr. Richard Besser/ABC News (MONROVIA, Liberia) – Blue steel gates guard the back entrance to an Ebola treatment center, where new patients flood in faster than bodies are removed. On Tuesday, I met a burial team tasked with collecting and burning the bodies – a dangerous but crucial job amid the worst-ever outbreak.

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Two African Ebola Patients to Be Discharged After Receiving Experimental Drug

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-08_a1c8508ca8.jpgiStockphoto/Thinkstock (MONROVIA, Liberia) -- Two African health workers who received doses of the experimental Ebola drug ZMapp are set to be discharged from the hospital later this week, a Liberian health official told ABC News Tuesday. Three African health workers — two African doctors and one physician’s assistant — received the drug after contracting the virus earlier this month, according to Dr. Moses Massaquoi, who heads Ebola case management at Liberia’s health ministry.

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NFL, College Football Players to Utilize New Model of Helmet Intended to Reduce Concussion Risk

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-08_5f1603c991.jpgPhotodisc/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Football equipment manufacturer Riddell has released a brand-new model of football helmet that it says flexes to help absorb impact, helping to minimize concussion risk, and a number of NFL and college football players and teams will be using the new technology this year. Riddell says its SpeedFlex helmets will be available in September and may be seen in use in the college football world as early as this weekend.

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Ebola-Stricken Countries Scramble to Build Treatment Centers

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-08_570283a17d.jpgCourtesy Dr. Richard Besser (MONROVIA, Liberia) -- Aid groups in West Africa are scrambling to build treatment centers for the growing number of Ebola patients in the region. The latest construction in Kenema, Sierra Leone, will house patients currently flooding the city's public hospital. The Ebola outbreak continues to spread through Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, where at least 2,615 people have contracted the virus and 1,427 people have died, according to the World Health Organization.

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Could Medical Marijuana Laws Cut Painkiller Deaths?

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-08_8b7fa80210.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- States that have legalized medical marijuana may be reaping an unintended benefit from easing up on restrictions: They appear to have nearly 25 percent fewer deaths from overdoses involving prescription painkillers, a new study found. The study, published Tuesday in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, comes at a time when the United States finds itself in the throes of a growing painkiller abuse crisis.

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