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Indonesia screens for Zika as Singapore infections mount
JAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesia is screening travelers from neighboring Singapore for the mosquito-borne Zika virus as the city-state reports a growing number of infections and its first case of a pregnant woman testing positive. Indonesian Health ...

'Like it's been nuked': Millions of bees dead after South Carolina sprays for Zika mosquitoes
On Sunday morning, the South Carolina honey bees began to die in massive numbers. Death came suddenly to Dorchester County, S.C. Stressed insects tried to flee their nests, only to surrender in little clumps at hive entrances. The dead worker bees ...

Tapping apps and the internet really does rev up heart health
A new study shows people who use the web, pedometers and mobile apps got healthier. BY Nicole Lyn Pesce. NEW YORK DAILY NEWS. Thursday, September 1, 2016, 6:00 AM. Let's get digital. Many people who tap the internet and their mobile devices for ...

Your dog understands what you're saying – Study
He might be catching on to more than you think — and your intonation when saying certain words is just as important to him as the words themselves, according to a small study published in the journal Science on Tuesday. Dogs use the left hemisphere of ...

Charity watchdog gives Clinton Foundation high marks
WASHINGTON — A charity watchdog with an ongoing relationship with the Clinton Foundation gave the former first family's nonprofit high marks Thursday, after an evaluation prompted by heightened interest in the organization. The Clinton Foundation ...

Australian Judge Rules Child Will Not Be Treated for Cancer
PERTH, Australia — An Australian judge on Thursday ruled against a hospital in favor of a 6-year-old cancer patient's parents who want their son to die without further potentially life-saving treatment. Family Court Justice Richard O'Brien ruled that ...

Some Entenmann's Little Bites snacks are being recalled
Put down the Little Bites. The maker of the snacks is recalling some varieties of its fudge brownies and chocolate chip muffins because they may contain pieces of plastic.More >>. Put down the Little Bites. The maker of the snacks is recalling some ...

Shocking survey – or not? More U.S. adults use marijuana, don't think it's risky
Adult marijuana use is on the rise. Only a third of adults in 2014 said they thought weekly marijuana use was dangerous, down from half of adults in 2002. Pictured: Partygoers dance to live music and smoke pot on the first of two days at the annual 4 ...

As Zika Spread, Paralyzing Guillain-Barré Syndrome Skyrocketed
There's more evidence that Zika virus infection can cause a paralyzing side effect called Guillain-Barré syndrome. Instances of Guillain-Barré skyrocketed in countries hit by Zika virus epidemics — by as much as 877 percent in Venezuela, health ...

Yoga, Acupuncture Can Help Some Pain, Studies Find
Some "natural" techniques can help ease pain, including acupuncture, yoga, tai chi and massage, government researchers said Thursday. A review of high-quality studies shows these approaches rarely cause any harm and can help people with lower back ...

Obesity Rates Fall in Four States
There's some good news about obesity in the U.S. for a change. Rates of obesity fell in four states last year: Minnesota, Montana, New York and Ohio, according to a report released Thursday. Colorado is the slimmest state, with just 20 percent of the ...

New dengue vaccine could instead cause more cases, experts warn
(CNN) This may go against what typically comes to mind when you think about vaccines, but the newly licensed vaccine against the dengue virus -- trade name Dengvaxia -- could lead to an increase in the number of cases of the disease if not implemented ...

Takeda joins effort to develop Zika vaccine with US funding
Japanese drugmaker Takeda Pharmaceutical Co on Thursday said it is developing a vaccine to prevent the Zika virus, which has been linked to severe birth defects, and has secured funding from a U.S. government agency. Takeda, which is also working on ...

Aussie judge: Parents don't have to give dying son treatment
An Australian judge ruled Thursday in favor of a 6-year-old cancer patient's parents who want their son to die without further potentially life-saving treatment. Ruling against the Perth hospital, Family Court Justice Richard O'Brien said that Oshin ...

Lingering debris, water from Hurricane Hermine could hamper Florida's Zika fight
As Floridians prepare for what may be a lousy Labor Day weekend, officials are bracing for what could be a more devastating effect of Hurricane Hermine: derailment of the state's mosquito control efforts to prevent the spread of Zika, a virus that can ...

A Possible Treatment For Alzheimer's Disease Is Demonstrated In A Clinical Trial
A research paper published yesterday by Nature online reports that the antibody aducanumab significantly reduced the buildup of protein deposits in the brain that are thought to be a primary cause of the neural degeneration that results in Alzheimer's ...

3 Zika-Carrying Mosquitoes Found in Florida
THURSDAY, Sept. 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Three mosquitoes in Miami Beach have tested positive for the Zika virus, a first in the continental United States, Florida health officials said Thursday. The mosquitoes were trapped in the same area where ...

New Version of RA Drug Enbrel: FAQ
Sept. 1, 2016 -- The FDA cleared the way for what is hoped may be a more affordable version of the popular arthritis drug Enbrel. Tuesday the agency approved Erelzi (etanercept-szzs), a "biosimilar" to Enbrel. The FDA says the two medications work the ...

Zika spraying kills millions of honeybees
(CNN) The pictures are heartbreaking: Millions of honeybees lie dead after being sprayed with an insecticide targeting Zika-carrying mosquitoes. "On Saturday, it was total energy, millions of bees foraging, pollinating, making honey for winter ...

Study Finds Strong Link Between Zika And Guillain-Barre Syndrome
Compared with pre-Zika rates, Guillain-Barre syndrome increased 172 percent in the state of Bahia, Brazil, which was hard hit by the Zika outbreak. A comparison of rates of Guillain-Barre syndrome before and after Zika arrived in seven countries has ...

2 Entenmann's products recalled in R.I. may contain 'small pieces of plastic'
A supplier has issued a recall of two Entenmann's bakery products distributed in Rhode Island, citing concerns about the “presence of small pieces of plastic” that could cut or choke consumers. The Pennsylvania-based supplier has identified the two ...

Takeda to develop Zika vaccine in Mass.
Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. is joining the campaign to develop a Zika vaccine with nearly $20 million in US funding for a Cambridge-based research program. The company, which last year said it will move its global vaccines business to Cambridge from ...

Zika Mosquitoes May Have Bred in Bromeliads, Florida Officials Say
Florida health officials said Thursday they found the Zika virus in mosquitoes trapped in the Miami Beach area, and blamed popular tropical plants known as bromeliads. Florida also announced two more cases of locally acquired Zika, presumably spread by ...

Florida finds Zika in local mosquitoes, bromeliads blamed
CHICAGO — Chicago saw its deadliest month in two decades in August, recording 90 homicides for the month, the city's police department said Thursday. The last time the city recorded 90 killings in a month was August 1996, according to Chicago Police ...

Ohio among 4 states to mark lower obesity rate
According to a study, Ohio is one of four states to see a decrease in obesity rates. ASSOCIATED PRESS. 0902obesity-indd. THE BLADE Buy This Image. Share. Tweet. Share. Email · Print. Comments. Ohio is one of only four states to see a decrease in adult ...

Drug shows promise in reducing abnormal brain proteins linked to Alzheimer's
In what some experts are hailing as a major breakthrough in the field of Alzheimer's research, a new investigational drug was found to reduce the disease's hallmark plaques— potentially slowing cognitive decline and preventing the disease. Researchers ...

CDC: More people are using marijuana, but fewer are abusing it
In this Aug. 11, 2016, file photo, an employee arranges glass display containers of marijuana on shelves at a retail and medical cannabis dispensary in Boulder, Colo. By Christopher Ingraham / The Washington Post. Marijuana abuse and dependency are ...

US fights Zika mosquitoes with limited arsenal
Robert Murillo gets help putting on his spraying apparatus as San Diego County officials hand spray a two block area to help prevent the mosquito-borne transmission of the Zika virus in San Diego, California, U.S. August 19, 2016. REUTERS/Earnie ...

New dengue vaccine may up infection in low affected areas: study
The newly licensed dengue vaccine may actually increase the incidence of infections if used in low transmission areas, a team of international researchers has warned. Dengue -- a viral infection that records nearly 400 million cases per year -- is ...

US government in $300M-plus Zika vaccine R&D deal with Takeda
The U.S. government's public health emergency department BARDA could pay out more than $300 million to Japanese pharma Takeda to develop a new vaccine against the Zika virus as new figures suggest billions are now at risk of the disease. Under the ...

Muscular Dystrophy Association: All's not well in post-telethon era
Enlarge Image Request to buy this photo Chad Henderson / Out of The Blue Skydiving Joe Akmakjian, foreground, and instructor John Mahan jump out of a plane over Calhan, Colo. Akmakjian, of Fort Collins, Colo., was the first adult with muscular ...

Women are mad about Italy's planned fertility day
The Italian Ministry of Health is in hot water after launching a campaign for a Fertility Day, which is exactly what it sounds like. The country, which faces a declining birth rate that's putting its economy in danger, is urging anyone who can make a ...

Will Merck (MRK) Stock Be Hurt by Discontinuing Osteoporosis Drug Development?
Merck (MRK) will no longer develop its osteoporosis treatment due to an increased risk of stroke. Rachel Graf. Follow. Sep 2, 2016 7:52 AM EDT. Get TheStreet Quant Ratings' exclusive 5-page report for (MRK) - FREE. NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Merck (MRK) ...

Dogs use same parts of brain to process speech as humans, Hungarian study ...
Dogs use same parts of brain to process speech as humans, Hungarian study ...

Annual report sees adult obesity rates increase in 4 states
Despite obesity rates in American adults increasing in two states between 2014 and 2015, the period marked the first time in a decade that obesity rates decreased in four states. According to The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier ...

FDA Orders Antibacterials Removed From Consumer Soaps
Say goodbye to those "antibacterial" soaps. The Food and Drug Administration says they do little or nothing to make soap work any better and said the industry has failed to prove they're safe. Companies will have a year to take the ingredients out of ...

Dogs Know When You're Praising Them. That Doesn't Mean They Understand Human Speech
Being man's best friend is no walk in the park. In addition to the essential requirement of providing unconditional love, your dog must play exercise companion, get along with other domesticated pets, and even become your therapist by listening to your ...

State suspends dentist over reports of infections, 1 fatal
NEWARK, N.J. — The state has suspended a dentist whose practice has been linked to more than a dozen infections that caused one death and required patients to undergo follow-up heart surgeries. John Vecchione signed an agreement this week to ...

Antibiotic-Resistant STDs Are On The Rise—Here's What You Need To Know
According to new information from the World Health Organization, a growing number of STDs are becoming resistant to antibiotics, meaning doctors need to be more careful about how they treat them. Antibiotic-Resistant-STI_Feat. Neisseria gonorrhoeae, a ...

Clinton camp rips Trump over his foundation's IRS troubles
Under attack from Republicans over pay-for-play allegations, Hillary Clinton's campaign on Friday took the opportunity to punch back, ripping Donald Trump over his own foundation's run-in with the Internal Revenue Service. Trump's foundation — which ...

Zika Count Rises to 189 in Singapore
Singapore reported another big batch of Zika virus cases Friday, bringing its total count in just a week to 189, and World Health Organization officials said the spread of the virus definitely still constitutes a global health emergency. Zika's ...

SC County Sprays For Mosquitoes But Accidentally Takes Out Millions Of Bees
It wasn't meant for the bees. The pesticide raining down from the sky in Dorchester County, S.C., was meant to kill mosquitoes — for the sake of safety, the county says. Mosquitoes, after all, can carry West Nile and Zika, and four cases of Zika were ...

Review Suggests Safe, Effective Ways to Relieve Pain Without Meds
THURSDAY, Sept. 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Popular drug-free methods of managing pain from such common conditions as headaches and arthritis appear to be effective, according to a new review. Millions of Americans seek pain relief through such ...

Clinical Tool May Decrease Antibiotic Use in Kids With RTIs
A clinical decision-support tool developed from specific criteria associated with a young child's likelihood of being admitted to the hospital, may have the potential to decrease unnecessary antibiotic usage, according to preliminary data from a large ...

Boy With Autism Who Ate Lunch With Football Player No Longer Sits Alone
An 11-year-old Florida boy with autism, who gained Internet fame when a college football player joined him for lunch because he was eating alone, no longer sits by himself, his mother said. Bo Paske went from often being secluded at his middle school ...

6 Myths About Suicide That Every Educator And Parent Should Know
Every day, thousands of teens attempt suicide in the U.S. — the most extreme outcome for the millions of children in this country who struggle with mental health issues. As we've reported all week, schools play a key role, along with parents and ...

Compelling Alternatives -- 'Outside Mental Health' -- To Mainstream Psychiatry
It has become increasingly mainstream to criticize psychiatry for its corruption by drug companies, invalid diagnoses, lack of long-term treatment effectiveness, and other scientific failings. Outside Mental Health reminds us that perhaps the most ...

This Week in Zika: Clinical and Public Health Updates
This week, there were several new developments in ongoing research on the clinical impacts of Zika virus, efforts to identify the potential spread, as well as tools to eventually prevent or contain it. To aid in this effort in the U.S., the CDC ...

Mosquitoes in southern Lake County testing positive for West Nile in large numbers
Culex pipien mosquito specimens in the insect collection at the Field Museum Aug. 21, 2012. This mosquito carries the West Nile virus. Culex pipien mosquito specimens in the insect collection at the Field Museum Aug. 21, 2012. This mosquito carries the ...

Twenty children and 20 dogs removed from 'uninhabitable' home; 5 women arrested
Five women were arrested after 20 children and 20 dogs were removed from a Victorville home Thursday morning due to “uninhabitable” conditions, authorities said. Deputies from the Victorville Police Department responded around 10:42 a.m. to the home in ...

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