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Consumer Reports: ETX home to best surgery hospitals in TX
Update: An earlier version of this story did not include Longview Regional Medical Center. According to Consumer Reports, Longview Regional Medical Center also received the highest surgery rating. Some of the best Texas hospitals for surgery are right ...

After a heart attack, women want information on resuming sex
CHICAGO, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- Despite fears of another heart attack or dying, many U.S. women started having sex within a month after their heart attack, researchers say. Lead author Emily M. Abramsohn of the University of Chicago and colleagues surveyed 17 ...

How feasting on steak and spinach can cut the chances of Alzheimer's
Iron-rich foods such as steak, spinach, liver and nuts could cut the risk of dementia in later life, say researchers. A study has found that people with anaemia – where levels of red blood cells are lower than normal – were more likely to develop conditions such ...

Eat steak to reduce risk of dementia, scientists claim
A study found that people with anaemia, a condition where someone has lower levels of red blood cells than normal, have an increased likelihood of developing dementia. The most common cause of anaemia besides heavy blood loss is iron deficiency, ...

Several passengers fall ill on Qantas flight to Sydney; airline suspects they were ...
Several passengers fall ill on Qantas flight to Sydney; airline suspects they were ...

Critics hit lack of information on salad-linked outbreak that has sickened people ...
Critics hit lack of information on salad-linked outbreak that has sickened people ...

Scientists Make Teeth Using Urine
Did you think repurposing feces for better digestive health was kind of weird? A team of scientists at the Guangzhou Institutes of Biomedicine and Health decided to take inspiration from the other orifice. Duanqing Pei, a professor of stem cell biology at the ...

Study links hygiene and height
BANGKOK, 1 August 2013 (IRIN) - Soap and clean water for effective handwashing can help boost a young child's growth, according to the first large-scale scientific review to link hygiene to height - one measure of child nutrition. While medical studies have ...

Glucose Test Strips recalled over false abnormall...
Glucose Test Strips recalled over false abnormall...

Stomach Bug Outbreak Grows, Bagged Salad Implicated
THURSDAY, Aug. 1 (HealthDay News) -- The ongoing outbreak of stomach illness linked to the cyclospora parasite has now spread to 15 states and New York City, with 378 cases reported, according to the latest U.S. Centers for Disease Control and ...

26 People fall Ill during Qantas Flight from Santiago to Sydney
About 26 people fell ill on a Qantas flight from Chile to Australia. The passengers were treated and are now being quarantined at the Sydney airport. Qantas said in a statement that the passengers contracted a type of gastro intestinal illness. The airline said ...

Anemia may put people at higher risk for dementia
People who have been diagnosed with anemia have a nearly 41 percent higher risk for developing dementia than those who are not anemic, according to a new study published in the journal Neurology. Anemia is fairly common among older adults, with up to ...

CDC: Rates of Breast-feeding on the Rise
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recently published 2013 Breast-feeding Report Card shows that more and more new moms have been breast-feeding over the last 10 years. On average, 77 percent of infants born in the United States in 2010 ...

Norovirus outbreak reported on Qantas flight to Sydney
SYDNEYTwenty-six passengers on a Qantas flight from Chile to Sydney, Australia were quarantined following an apparent outbreak of the norovirus stomach bug. The Boeing 747 was met by ambulance paramedics who treated the sick passengers in ...

Popular drug for Type 2 diabetes extends lifespan in mice
A common Type 2 diabetes medication has been shown to have anti-aging and disease-preventing effects on mice. A new study published on July 30 in Nature Communications shows that metformin may be able to increase the lifespan of mice by the ...

Giant 13-pound baby born in Germany without a C-section; New world record?
The obstetrician in charge of Jasleen's birth chose a vaginal birth because he was concerned about the health risks of performing a C-section on the baby's mother. Giant 13-pound baby born in Germany without a C-section; New world. Photo credit: Flickr ...

Smartphone cradle, app detect toxins
SHARE 2 CONNECT 2 TWEETCOMMENTEMAILMORE. URBANA, Ill. (AP) — Afraid there may be peanuts or other allergens hiding in that cookie? Thanks to a cradle and app that turn your smartphone into a handheld biosensor, you may soon be able to run ...

Nasacort Spray for Allergies Can Go OTC: FDA Panel
Aug. 1, 2013 -- A federal advisory panel has voted to allow Nasacort AQ, an allergy nasal spray, to be switched from prescription to over the counter (OTC). The 10-to-6 vote supported the Sanofi drug's switch to OTC status "for the treatment of seasonal and ...

Whooping cough booster not enough to stop outbreaks
By Anne Harding. NEW YORK | Thu Aug 1, 2013 11:55am EDT. NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Giving adolescents and adults a booster shot of the whooping cough vaccine offers some protection against the infection - but not enough to prevent outbreaks, ...

Efficient model for generating human iPSCs developed
This graphic depicts single RNA generation of human iPS cells. Credit: Peter Allen, UC Santa Barbara. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine report a simple, easily reproducible RNA-based method of generating human ...

Hospital websites provide wrong information about patient visitors
ALBANY — Some large hospitals in New York pledged to update their websites after a report Thursday found that information posted online was inconsistent with federal and state laws regarding who is allowed to visit patients. Two Rochester and two ...

Access to Clean Water and Soap Vital for Growth in Young Children
Providing children with clean water and soap can lead to an increased in height by 0.5 centimeters. (Photo : Wiki Commons). Children need a lot of nutrients to grow both mentally and physically. Studies have shown that a lack of nutrients can greatly affect ...

Mother says 10-year-old lung transplant recipient in Philly leaving intensive care ...
Mother says 10-year-old lung transplant recipient in Philly leaving intensive care ...

Will You Look More Attractive After Plastic Surgery?
THURSDAY, Aug. 1 (HealthDay News) -- Facial plastic surgery may turn back the hands of time, but new research suggests it may not, alas, boost attractiveness. For this small study, 50 strangers were asked to guess the age and subjectively rank the ...

768 Million People in the World Live Without Access to Clean Water
More than 768 million people are currently without access to safe, clean, drinking water, and 2.5 billion people live without proper sanitation. This kills nearly 4,000 children each day, according to UNICEF. A recent report shows that 14 nations that are ...

FDA Warns of Rare Acetaminophen Risk
Acetaminophen, a fever and pain reliever that is one of the most widely used medicines in the U.S., can cause rare but serious skin reactions, warns the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Although rare, possible reactions to acetaminophen include three ...

If beer or blue cheese smell good to you, thank your DNA
We all smell things a little differently, and new research shows why: By examining the DNA of hundreds of individuals and testing their sense of smell, scientists found the genetic basis for why we smell certain scents. Although smell is a huge part of our ...

Two health workers among latest Saudi cases of MERS virus
LONDON | Thu Aug 1, 2013 5:16pm EDT. LONDON (Reuters) - Two Saudi health workers who had been in contact for patients with Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) coronavirus infections are among three new cases reported to the World Health ...

How much younger does plastic surgery make you look? Three years
Most people have facial plastic surgery because they're hoping to shave a decade or so off their perceived age. But a new study published in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery has found that the average amount of “years saved” is only three – and we're not talking ...

Acetaminophen Poses Risk for Rare, but Fatal Skin Reactions
Anyone who develops a rash, blister, or some other skin reaction while taking acetaminophen should stop using the drug and seek medical care immediately because the painkiller poses the risk for 3 rare but potentially fatal skin disorders, the US Food and ...

Camping may reset your body clock (but leave your flashlight at home)
Do you stay up late and wake up groggy? Then consider getting a tent and a sleeping bag. A week of camping may help reset your body's internal clock, a new study suggests. Researchers from the University of Colorado-Boulder recently took eight people on ...

Supermarket chains recall ground beef over E. coli risk
SHARE 79 CONNECT 26 TWEET 2 COMMENTEMAILMORE. Supermarket chains Winn-Dixie and Bi-Lo are recalling some ground beef because of the risk that the meat has been contaminated with E. coli. The chains announced the recall Thursday as part ...

Face-lifts have minimal effect, according to new study
Before you spring for that face-lift, take another look in the mirror — the face looking back will only look about three years younger and be no more attractive than it was before surgery, according to a new study. While there's a longstanding assumption that ...

FDA Warns Acetaminophen Can Cause Rare Skin Diseases
WASHINGTON—The pain reliever acetaminophen, often sold as Tylenol, can cause rare but serious skin diseases, the Food and Drug Administration said Thursday. The federal agency said the skin disease symptoms can include rashes, blisters and, in the ...

Some food safety experts worry salad not outbreak culprit
Cyclospora, the identified parasite, is rarely seen in the United States. packaged salad mix. A prepackaged lettuce mix. (Photo: Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY). Story Highlights. The national cyclospora outbreak linked to food has reached 397 victims; Iowa ...

A person's type of happiness can affect their genes
Purposeful life has benefit affect on genes, pleasure seeking doesn't. Anna Kotova arrives at the photo call for the film "A Long and Happy Life" during the 63rd Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin. UPI/David Silpa. License photo. Published: Aug. 1, 2013 at 11:03 ...

Could Camping Be the Key to Better Sleep Patterns?
(DENVER) -- Camping is a classic summer pastime. But new research suggests that its benefits may extend beyond bonding around the campfire. The benefits of camping may follow you to bed as well. Past research as shown that exposure to modern ...

Healthy Life Chemistry vitamins recall due to steroid traces
EAST NORTHPORT, N.Y., Aug. 2 (UPI) -- Purity First Health Products of New York is voluntarily recalling vitamins due to traces of anabolic steroids, officials say. Recalled are: two lots of Healthy Life Chemistry B-50 -- 100 capsules -- one lot of Healthy Life ...

Judge upholds count of assisted suicide
POTTSVILLE, Pa. - A judge on Thursday upheld charges against a Philadelphia woman accused of helping her 93-year-old father commit suicide through a morphine overdose at his home here, where he was in hospice. Prosecutors in Schuylkill County ...

Interest grows in New Zealand's designer drug law
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A novel New Zealand law could legalize some so-called "party pills" and other designer drugs. The new law represents a U-turn from the traditional approach of banning synthetic drugs. Instead New Zealand will allow ...

Anaemia boosts risk of dementia in elderly
Anaemia, or low levels of red blood cells, may increase the risk of dementia in elderly people, a US study has said. "Anaemia is common in the elderly and occurs in up to 23 per cent of adults aged 65 and older," Xinhua quoted study author Kristine Yaffe of ...

As Frustration Mounts, Rep. DeLauro Seeks Answers on Cyclospora Outbreak ...
As Frustration Mounts, Rep. DeLauro Seeks Answers on Cyclospora Outbreak ...

Carry on camping - can a week under canvas reset our body clocks?
Researchers say that camping for a week can reset the biological clock that governs our sleeping patterns. The scientists argue that modern life disrupts our sleep through exposure to electric light and reduced access to sunlight. But after spending time in the ...

Anemia increases dementia risk in elderly, study finds
What the research found was that people who had anemia at the beginning of the study had about a 41 percent higher risk of developing dementia than those who did not. National Monitor, Lena Christine | August 02, 2013 ...

Big Latch On event in Kalamazoo to support breast feeding
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Supporting new moms and bringing awareness to the importance of breast-feeding is the goal of a world-wide event happening Saturday. One of the sites is in Kalamazoo. It's called the "Big Latch On.” Dozens of ...

Cosmetic Surgery Makes You Three Years Younger but Not More Attractive
It is believed that undergoing cosmetic surgery will make you look younger and attractive but a new study proves that it may not be the case for attractiveness. (Photo : Reuters). It is believed that undergoing cosmetic surgery will make you look younger and ...

Dying 2-Year-Old Son To Be Couple's Best Man
JEANNETTE, Pa. - A 2-year-old boy with only weeks to live will serve as best man when his parents wed this weekend. Sean Stevenson and Christine Swidorsky, of Jeannette, had planned to wed next year but decided to move the ceremony up to Saturday ...

A person's type of happiness can affect their genes, study finds
A new study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that happiness affects the human genome. The researchers studied two types of happiness: eudaimonic well-being, which refers to happiness from a sense of purpose in ...

Chemical Changes in Brain Identify Autism
Pediatrics. Chemical Changes in Brain Identify Autism. Published: Aug 2, 2013 | Updated: Aug 2, 2013. By Michael Smith, North American Correspondent, MedPage Today. Reviewed by Robert Jasmer, MD; Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, University ...

Miss. requires umbilical cord blood from some teen moms for paternity test ...
Miss. requires umbilical cord blood from some teen moms for paternity test ...

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