CDC Tightens Rules on Caring for Ebola Patients

MONDAY, Oct. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. health officials on Monday officially tightened guidelines for health workers treating Ebola patients, now requiring full body suits with no skin exposure and use of a respirator at all times.

Airport Screening in West Africa Will Curb Ebola's Spread: Study

MONDAY, Oct. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- If passengers weren't screened before they boarded airplanes in the Ebola-affected countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, three people infected with Ebola would leave on international flights from any of those West African nations every month, a new analysis predicts.

Pricey Hepatitis Drug a Good Bet in U.S. Prisons, Study Says

MONDAY, Oct. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Using an expensive drug to treat prison inmates with hepatitis C is more cost-effective than another treatment option, according to a new study.

Mouse Study Suggests Antibiotics May Aid Salmonella's Spread in Animals

MONDAY, Oct. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Antibiotics might actually help Salmonella -- bacteria that cause food poisoning -- spread among infected animals, according to new research.

Health Highlights: Oct. 20, 2014

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

Dozens in Dallas Said to Be Free of Ebola Risk

MONDAY, Oct. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Some good news arrived Monday on the Ebola front in the United States: Dozens of people who had contact with the Dallas patient who died earlier this month are no longer in danger of catching the disease, health officials said.

Circumcision Past Newborn Stage Poses Risk for Boys, Study Finds

MONDAY, Oct. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Circumcision is typically done in the first days or weeks of life, but about 6 percent of U.S. boys have the procedure later, which increases the risk of complications and increases costs, according to new research.

Ebola or Not? Rapid Test for the Virus Not Here Yet

MONDAY, Oct. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- "Diagnosing Ebola is very different from treating Ebola."

Cruise Ship Passenger Linked to Ebola Back on Shore

SUNDAY, Oct. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A cruise ship carrying a lab worker who was being monitored for Ebola returned to its Galveston, Texas, port early Sunday morning, cruise line officials said.

Obama Urges Calm in Ebola Scare, Opposes Travel Ban

SATURDAY, Oct. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- President Barack Obama on Saturday asked Americans not to give way to panic over Ebola, and he repeated his opposition to a travel ban for flights from affected countries in West Africa.