Health Care


Teen had to have gallbladder removed, Hot Cheetos may be to blame
- July 25, 2018

A Memphis mother has a warning after she says her daughter's gallbladder was removed, and she believes it's all because of hot snacks. "When my daughter had to have this surgery, I knew I had to tell everybody about it", she said. According to the National Institutes of Health , "Being overweight or having obesity may make you more likely to develop gallstones, especially if you are a woman". (more...)
Backyard Chickens Sicken People In 44 States
- July 25, 2018

Young children are particularly vulnerable because their immune systems are still developing, and they're more likely to put items like fingers and pacifiers in their mouths. People can become ill by touching live poultry or by entering their environment. Health officials say birds can be carrying salmonella bacteria even if they appear to be healthy and clean. (more...)
Smart phones could damage our memory side of the brain Smart phones could damage our memory side of the brain
- July 25, 2018

But other aspects of phone use, such as sending text messages or playing games, were not linked to affected memory performance. So if you have your mobile phone instead of 1cm, only 10cm's away from your head, it makes your radiation 10 times less, and at some point, even 100 times less, so you can minimize your radiation easily and still use your mobile phone. (more...)
New drug for recurring malaria BBC Online New drug for recurring malaria BBC Online
- July 25, 2018

Malaria is caused by parasites that are spread to people through mosquito bites. Tafenoquine , an 8-aminoquinoline antimalarial, is active against the liver stages including the hypnozoite (dormant stage) of P. The use of a medicine that targets the dormant liver forms of the parasite, co-administered with now available antimalarials such as chloroquine or artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs) is known as a radical cure. (more...)
How to reverse signs of ageing | science | reverse ageing How to reverse signs of ageing | science | reverse ageing
- July 25, 2018

Science has made mice look good by reversing age-related wrinkles and hair loss at the genetic level. Once the mtDNA depletion was reversed and mitochondrial function restored, within two months the mice had no wrinkles and shiny, thick fur. (more...)
At least eleven babies die after their mothers took Viagra while pregnant
- July 25, 2018

Following experiments first conducted on rats, the human subjects were given sildenafil - the drug with the brand name Viagra - with the hopes that the drug would increase the blood-flow through the women's placentas to improve the development of their fetuses. (more...)
4-Day Heat Wave Kicks Off In SoCal With Record-Breaking Heat 4-Day Heat Wave Kicks Off In SoCal With Record-Breaking Heat
- July 25, 2018

Forecaster Andrew Deemer said the Phoenix high of 116 (46 Celsius) on Tuesday was tied with the previous record set in 2014. The National Weather Service says Waco officially reported a high temperature of 114 degrees around 5 p.m., beating the city's previous all-time record of 112 degrees set in August 11, 1969. (more...)
Study finds diet soda may keep colon cancer from recurring Study finds diet soda may keep colon cancer from recurring
- July 25, 2018

According to previous studies, obesity is the primary cause of colon cancer . In a second analysis, researchers found that the benefit they observed in relation to artificially sweetened beverages is in part because the sugar-sweetened beverages were substituted with the artificially sweetened ones. (more...)
Pregnancy history may be tied to Alzheimer’s disease Pregnancy history may be tied to Alzheimer’s disease
- July 25, 2018

No medication has been found effective in altering the course of Alzheimer's disease. "These findings suggest that, despite all efforts and despite being younger and perhaps physically "healthier" than older people, survival time in people with young-onset dementia has not improved since 2000", said Hanneke Rhodius-Meester, M.D., Ph.D., of VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam. (more...)
MS reports second West Nile virus human case of year MS reports second West Nile virus human case of year
- July 24, 2018

It is the state's first death and first confirmed case of West Nile virus in 2018. Less than 1% of people infected with the virus get seriously ill with symptoms that include high fever, muscle weakness, stiff neck, disorientation, mental confusion, tremors, confusion, paralysis, and coma. (more...)
'World at highest risk of losing control of AIDS epidemic' 'World at highest risk of losing control of AIDS epidemic'
- July 24, 2018

Over 15,000 politicians, policymakers, activists, researchers and advocates from more than 160 countries will be in Amsterdam this week for the 22nd International AIDS Conference, where they will share new research and learn from one another about better ways to combat the disease. (more...)
Florida man dies after infected with bacteria from raw oysters
- July 24, 2018

The bacteria is identified as Vibrio vulnificus, which lives in warm, brackish seawater. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , vibriosis causes about 80,000 illnesses and 100 deaths each year in the United States, with most infections occurring between May and October. (more...)
Chinese premier vows crackdown after violation by vaccine maker Chinese premier vows crackdown after violation by vaccine maker
- July 24, 2018

Its Shenzhen-listed shares have now lost over half their value since the middle of July in a scandal that has rippled through the wider market and which dragged down healthcare stocks across the board on Monday. They have slumped 47 percent since mid-July. Marina Cui - a 25-year-old mother from the southwestern Yunnan province whose five-month-old child took a DPT vaccine last week - said the latest revelations had made her anxious about the overall safety of vaccines. (more...)
Texans infected with drug-resistant salmonella linked to turkey Texans infected with drug-resistant salmonella linked to turkey
- July 23, 2018

An estimated 1.2 million salmonella cases occur annually in the United States and various foods are the source for about 1 million of those illnesses, according to the CDC . The latest illness was reported on June 29. Testing of four outbreak isolates using standard antibiotic susceptibility testing by CDC's National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) laboratory confirmed these results. (more...)
New York City Legionnaires' cluster rises to 22 cases, health officials report New York City Legionnaires' cluster rises to 22 cases, health officials report
- July 23, 2018

Two people living at the St. John's Fountain Lake home have reported symptoms. Both have been hospitalized, according to the release. Legionnaires' disease is caused by the Legionella bacteria and is spread by inhaling the bacteria when it is aerosolized in contaminated water. (more...)
Half of Kansas Identified as High Risk for West Nile Virus Half of Kansas Identified as High Risk for West Nile Virus
- July 23, 2018

Those who do become ill usually experience mild symptoms such as fever, headache, muscle ache, rash, and fatigue. Adult mosquito surveillance shows increasing Culex tarsalis numbers and West Nile virus infection rates. Be sure to use insect repellent and wear long sleeves and trousers at these times, or consider staying indoors during these hours. Prevent mosquitoes from breeding by removing stagnant water from items around your property, such as tin cans, plastic containers, flower pots, ... (more...)
West Nile virus found in San Diego County West Nile virus found in San Diego County
- July 22, 2018

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment said north-central, south-central, and southwest Kansas at at high risk, while northeast, southeast, and northwest Kansas are at moderate risk for West Nile infections. This is the state's first confirmed death this year from the mosquito-borne illness. Most infections happen in late summer and early fall. Cover up, wear light-coloured, long-sleeved shirts and trousers with tightly-woven fabric. (more...)
CVS apologizes for pharmacist who refused to fill transgender woman's prescription CVS apologizes for pharmacist who refused to fill transgender woman's prescription
- July 22, 2018

Hall wrote that the pharmacist repeatedly and loudly asked her why she needed the prescriptions, which almost brought her to tears. The pharmacist not only refused to fill the prescription, but also loudly asked why she needed it. The situation embarrassed her and cost the pharmacist his job. We also apologize for not appropriately following up on Ms. Hall's original complaint to CVS, which was due to an unintentional oversight. (more...)
‘Increased cancer risk for diabetics’ ‘Increased cancer risk for diabetics’
- July 22, 2018

An estimated 1.7 million Australians have diabetes , while two million are diagnosed with pre-diabetes and at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Overall, women with diabetes were 6% more likely to develop some form of cancer than men with diabetes. The researchers said heightened blood glucose levels could have DNA-altering effect, leading to development of tumours and cancers. (more...)
Fight against Aids losing steam Fight against Aids losing steam
- July 22, 2018

However, the agency warns that "progress is slowing and time is running out to reach the 2020 HIV targets". The number of people contracting the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) fell by approximately 100,000 between 2016 and 2017, having remained static over the previous 12 months. (more...)
Salmonella infections linked to raw turkey products, 90 sickened nationwide Salmonella infections linked to raw turkey products, 90 sickened nationwide
- July 22, 2018

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS) is monitoring the outbreak. Minnesota has 13 cases, the most of any state. Check the temperature by inserting a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the food. Whole-genome sequencing suggests that the Salmonella from the samples is closely related to the strain isolated from sick patients. (more...)
Trump thanks Novartis, Pfizer for not raising drug prices Trump thanks Novartis, Pfizer for not raising drug prices
- July 22, 2018

Pfizer Inc., on the other hand, spent $1.94 million on Washington lobbying in the second quarter, a 2.1 percent increase in lobbying spending since past year. Merck said in a press release Thursday that it has "a long history of responsible drug pricing". "We welcome Merck's decision to reduce prices and restrain future price hikes". (more...)
California 'Obamacare' premiums to rise 8.7 percent in 2019 California 'Obamacare' premiums to rise 8.7 percent in 2019
- July 22, 2018

California California is the state's insurance exchange created for the Affordable Care Act . Tulare, Mariposa and Merced counties had rates increase on average of 24 percent for 2018; and Fresno, Kings and Tulare counties increased 4.7 percent. (more...)
Recall issued for a drug used for high blood pressure Recall issued for a drug used for high blood pressure
- July 21, 2018

If the information is not on the bottle, patients should contact the pharmacy that dispensed the medicine. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a similar notice about a week later. The FDA recently recalled medications containing the ingredient valsartan which is found in medications such as Major Pharmeceuticals' Valsartan, Solco Healthcare's Valsartan and Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ), and Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd.'s Valsartan and ... (more...)
More Americans Are Dying From Liver Cancer, Study Says
- July 21, 2018

Elliot Tapper, an assistant professor of gastroenterology at the University of MI. "But the fact is, we are dealing with this kind of condition in our hospital and clinic every day. Initial cirrhosis symptoms of yellowing skin, jaundice and a swollen abdomen are usually the first signs that something is wrong, Mellinger said. In both cases, people are trying to relieve the emotional pain they feel, Tapper said. (more...)