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Demonstrators Rally For Pregnant Women's Rights Outside Supreme Court

Social welfare groups protested outside the Supreme Court Wednesday as justices weighed whether pregnant women can be forced to take unpaid leave.

A Tale Of Dueling Ebola Songs: One From Britain, One From Africa

African musicians have recorded a fund-raising song to help fight Ebola. They say it truly reflects what's happening in their homeland — unlike the Brit pop Ebola song "Do They Know It's Christmas?"

Liberia President Sets Dec. 25 Goal For No New Ebola Cases

Ebola has killed more people in Liberia than any other country — just over 3,100. And it continues to be a problem in Liberia's countryside. But the number of new cases overall in the West African nation dropped over the last two months, according to health officials.

In New York, Video Chat Trumps Quarantine To Combat TB

Ebola isn't the first dangerous microbe to spur calls for quarantine in American cities. But as New York City's experience with drug-resistant tuberculosis suggests, isolation isn't always best.

A Drug Might Heal Spinal Injuries By Sparking Nerve Growth

A neurologist's unorthodox thinking led to an experimental drug that allows trapped nerve fibers to grow again. And that growth helps amplify signals that restored movement in laboratory rats.

Is HIV Evolving Into A Weaker Virus?

In parts of southern Africa, HIV has picked up mutations that slow down its ability to grow inside a person's blood. That's a good sign. But will it be enough to make a difference in the epidemic?

Startling Statistic: Only 8 Patients In Largest Ebola Hospital

The hospital in Liberia was erected this summer in a field. It has 250 beds. It was full as recently as October. Now it is nearly empty.

Want To Perk Up Your Love Life? Put Away That Smartphone

Sure, you just wanted to take a peek at Facebook. But that can chill a relationship, a study finds, especially if you and your love aren't on the same page about when it's OK to use technology.

Texas Death Row Case Draws Attention To Mentally Ill Convicts

On Wednesday, Texas is scheduled to execute Scott Panetti for killing his in-laws. Panetti is mentally ill, and there are last-minute efforts underway to halt his execution.

CDC Considers Counseling Males Of All Ages On Circumcision

Citing reduced risk of HIV and other sexually acquired diseases, the federal agency says health care providers should discuss circumcision with men as well as parents of infants and teen boys.