Health Care


Virtual whale ride helps ease fear of heights, study reveals
- July 14, 2018

The authors identified some limitations, such as the lack of a direct comparison between now utilized psychological treatments for phobias (counseling, cognitive behavioral therapy or psychotherapy) and the automated VR therapy. Other exclusion criteria included having photosensitive epilepsy, balance problems, or no stereoscopic vision. One hundred participants were randomized to either automated VR delivery in roughly six 30-minute sessions administered two to three times per week over a ... (more...)
Certain dog food ingredients linked to heart disease
- July 14, 2018

At this time, no specific dog food brands are being recalled in connection with this. A dog approaches a bowl of kibble in Princeton, Illinois, on August. The FDA said it is contacting pet food manufacturing companies and veterinarians about this potential link. The FDA said it's concerned about recently reported cases of DCM in Golden and Labrador Retrievers, a Whippet, a Shih Tzu, a Bulldog, Miniature Schnauzers, and mixed breeds. (more...)
Virginia Beach Mosquito Control sees increase in West Nile Virus activity
- July 14, 2018

Oxford Drive in the Kings Grant neighborhood. When mosquitoes test positive, the program increases its prevention efforts during daytime and evening hours in the area where the trap is located. Those over the age of 50 or with immune system disorders are at greater risk of serious illness. Wear long, loose and light colored clothing. Use an insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535. (more...)
5-Year-Old Writes His Own Obituary Before Dying of Cancer 5-Year-Old Writes His Own Obituary Before Dying of Cancer
- July 14, 2018

An idea was born, and together the family started planning Garrett's send-off when his cancer was declared terminal in June. Before then, as his parents, Ryan and Emilie Matthias told the Des Moines Register , they had asked Garrett a series of questions about his favorite things and his least favorite things, his favorite people and his favorite superheroes. (more...)
Teen Burns Face, Arms From Giant Hogweed Plant Teen Burns Face, Arms From Giant Hogweed Plant
- July 14, 2018

Alex's mother, a nurse at VCU Medical Center, returned home and determined the 17-year-old's injuries were 2nd to 3rd-degree burns that needed immediate medical attention. He's anxious about not being able to attend Virginia Tech this fall on his ROTC scholarship. Childress was discharged Thursday. "I just don't say it because he's my kid, but he's one of the toughest kids that I've ever seen". (more...)
SMOKING IS BANNED FROM ALL PUBLIC HOUSING STARTING JULY 31st SMOKING IS BANNED FROM ALL PUBLIC HOUSING STARTING JULY 31st
- July 13, 2018

The new rule will expand the impact to more than 940,000 units. The smoke-free policy also extends to all outdoor areas up to 25 feet from the public housing and administrative office buildings. The Hazard Housing Authority has HUD housing available and has already implemented the new policy. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated in 2014 that the smoking ban would save government housing agencies $153 million a year in repairs and health care costs, including $16 ... (more...)
Obamacare 'navigator' program cut further by Trump administration Obamacare 'navigator' program cut further by Trump administration
- July 13, 2018

Blue Cross Blue Shield's Serota said the decision to freeze the program will "create turmoil" for insurers and small businesses in the small group market and "undermine Americans' access to affordable coverage". Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, listens during a meeting on healthcare reform at the White House. (more...)
Jury orders J&J to pay $4.7 billion in Missouri asbestos cancer case Jury orders J&J to pay $4.7 billion in Missouri asbestos cancer case
- July 13, 2018

The company said it remained confident that its products do not contain asbestos or cause cancer. A previous ruling in 2017 by a California jury awarded $417m (£323.4m ) to a woman who said she developed ovarian cancer after using the firm's products including baby powder. (more...)
Scientists Have Tricked Cancer Cells Into Fighting Each Other Using CRISPR
- July 13, 2018

The team used the CRISPR approach to introduce S-TRAIL to the cancer cells using two methods and found that in mice with primary brain cancer, recurrent brain cancer, and breast cancer that had metastasized to the brain, the engineered cells that were re-introduced to the body went directly to the tumors and also killed the cancer cells. (more...)
Bacteria sickens more than 500 at Tennessee zipline center Bacteria sickens more than 500 at Tennessee zipline center
- July 13, 2018

During the investigation, the health department emailed surveys to people who'd been to the park asking if they'd been sick afterward, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported . "By Sunday afternoon, 6/8 (including a 9 and 11-year-old) of us were throwing up and terribly sick and could not figure out why", Oney wrote in a review on Facebook on July 3. (more...)
Bankrate Survey: Maryland Among Worst States For Retirement Bankrate Survey: Maryland Among Worst States For Retirement
- July 13, 2018

To determine this ranking, they looked at seven categories that affect retirees and compared them across every state with the help of multiple sources. However, other states dinged for cold, snowy winters also made the top five this year. If you're thinking about retirement - or just dreaming about it - you might be wondering where you should land. (more...)
Health Canada urges consulting doctor after blood pressure drug is recalled Health Canada urges consulting doctor after blood pressure drug is recalled
- July 13, 2018

The recall and review were sparked after Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceuticals - the company that supplies the active ingredient for some valsartan medicines - detected an impurity, N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), in their product. After its announcement on Saturday, the ministry launched on-site investigations of 82 pharmaceutical companies to check whether the drugs contain NDMA. (more...)
Most African-Americans develop high blood pressure by age 55, study finds Most African-Americans develop high blood pressure by age 55, study finds
- July 13, 2018

Commenting on the study for TCTMD, Keith C. Ferdinand, MD (Tulane Heart and Vascular Institute, New Orleans, LA), said the main message is that "if a person does not have hypertension and they're African-American, their risk of hypertension as they age is going to be quite high, and they should do nonpharmacologic lifestyle measures in order to try to prevent or ameliorate the inexorable increase in blood pressure that you see in this population". (more...)
'Do not eat this cereal': CDC links Honey Smacks, salmonella 'Do not eat this cereal': CDC links Honey Smacks, salmonella
- July 13, 2018

While most recover within a week, some illnesses can last longer and be more severe. The recall effort follows other prominent salmonella outbreaks, including one linked to pre-cut melon from an facility in Indianapolis that sickened 70 people and another connected to eggs from a single North Carolina producer where 45 people were made sick. (more...)
Atlantic County reports positive samples of West Nile virus Atlantic County reports positive samples of West Nile virus
- July 13, 2018

The public is encouraged to become part of the state's monitoring effort for West Nile virus by reporting any dead birds that may have been dead for less than 48 hours. What Is West Nile Virus? It's been reported in other countries for more than 50 years. The CDC recommends anyone with symptoms consistent with West Nile to see a health care provider who can order a test for the infection. (more...)
Lawsuits Alleging Roundup Causes Cancer To Advance Lawsuits Alleging Roundup Causes Cancer To Advance
- July 13, 2018

Monsanto is now a unit of Bayer AG (BAYGn.DE), following a $62.5 billion takeover of the US seed major which closed in June. The plaintiffs will next have to prove Roundup caused cancer in specific people whose cases will be selected for test trials, a phase Chhabria in his Tuesday opinion called a "daunting challenge". (more...)
World Health Organization lists sex addiction as mental illness
- July 12, 2018

While this is the first time World Health Organization has stated sex addiction as a mental disorder, the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) has a listing on the range of sexual compulsions under 'Sexual Disorder Not Otherwise Specified' . (more...)
Sterilised mosquito trial slashes dengue-spreading population Sterilised mosquito trial slashes dengue-spreading population
- July 12, 2018

Female mosquitoes were found unable to reproduce properly after scientists introduced sterile males to the population. Scientists in Australia have managed to wipe out more than 80 percent of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes , known for carrying Zika virus , in a field experiment, by rendering the male mosquitoes impotent. (more...)
First video shows boys in hospital after cave rescue First video shows boys in hospital after cave rescue
- July 12, 2018

Pure Flix is said to be speaking to actors, writers and potential investors about making a film about the heroic acts. Last week, FIFA said it would invite the group to Russian Federation 2018 as soon as they were rescued but the Thai authorities have told world football's governing body that the team will not be fit enough to travel to Sunday's game in Moscow. (more...)
Father fights for life and limbs after contracting flesh-eating bacteria in river Father fights for life and limbs after contracting flesh-eating bacteria in river
- July 12, 2018

The disease has spread to all four of his limbs, causing discoloration and blisters. She said doctors are waiting to see if he responds to antibiotics before considering amputation. State and county officials have acknowledged that Vibrio bacteria "is not uncommon for the waters" but can not do much aside from advising people to stay out of brackish water, according to NJ Advance Media. (more...)
US threatens nations over world breastfeeding resolution, shocking health officials US threatens nations over world breastfeeding resolution, shocking health officials
- July 12, 2018

The Times notes a 2016 series in the Lancet in which researchers estimated that universal breastfeeding could spare the lives of 823,000 children each year and save $302 billion in economic losses. "We recognize not all women are able to breast-feed for a variety of reasons". The spokesman asked to remain anonymous in order to speak more freely. (more...)
Stop Taking Multivitamins to Help Your Heart. Researchers Say They Don't Work Stop Taking Multivitamins to Help Your Heart. Researchers Say They Don't Work
- July 12, 2018

He said: "I hope our study findings help decrease the hype around multivitamin and mineral supplements and encourage people to use proven methods to reduce their risk of cardiovascular diseases - such as eating more fruits and vegetables, exercising and avoiding tobacco". (more...)
Health Canada recalls some drugs containing valsartan due to potential carcinogen
- July 12, 2018

The Mohap explained that other medicines containing Valsartan manufactured using the same active ingredient from other sources are safe to use. The recall came after the detection of a chemical - n-nitrosodimethylamine - that could lead to cancer. (more...)
Texas couple considering divorce to help pay for daughter's health care costs Texas couple considering divorce to help pay for daughter's health care costs
- July 12, 2018

Jake Grey's $40,000 salary is too much for the family to receive Medicaid, and Maria Grey said they are No. 60,000 on the list to receive state assistance. "We don't know what to do". The couple told the news station they fork out up to $15,000 out of pocket each year. "I need the state to step up and give us the benefits that we need". (more...)
Michigan Expands List of Conditions for Medical Pot Michigan Expands List of Conditions for Medical Pot
- July 12, 2018

Officials say they received public comments related to petitions to add conditions to the list. MI is one of six states that specifically lists autism as a qualifying condition for medical cannabis, although doctors in Washington D.C. (more...)