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A tool to protect police dogs in drug raids from overdosing
BOSTON (AP) — Police have started carrying new protection for their K-9 partners: naloxone (nuh-LAHX'-ohn), a drug that has long been used to reverse opioid overdoses in humans. Even a tiny amount of powdered fentanyl… Naloxone_for_Dogs_15801 In ...

Group: 504 Californians got life-ending prescriptions
FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2015 file photo, Debbie Ziegler, mother of Brittany Maynard, speaks to the media after the passage of legislation, which would allow terminally ill patients to legally end their lives, at the state Capitol, in Sacramento, Calif ...

Growing pot industry offers breaks to entice minorities
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) " Some cities and states with legal pot are trying to make up for the toll drug enforcement took on minorities by giving them a better shot at joining the marijuana industry. Voters in Massachusetts approved a recreational pot ...

Want more sex? Get better sleep. Want better sleep? Have more sex
Ian Kerner is a licensed couples therapist, writer and contributor on the topic of sex for CNN. (CNN) If you think you're too tired for sex, you're not alone. According to a large new study, women over age 50 who get fewer than seven hours of sleep are ...

Tobacco use kills 7 million a year, poisons environment, WHO says
The World Health Organization is highlighting the dangers of tobacco use as one of the biggest public health threats in the world. More than 7 million people die every year due to tobacco use, costing households and governments more than $1.4 trillion ...

Washing hands in cold water 'as good as hot'
US scientists say they have poured cold water on the theory that washing hands with hot water kills more germs than unheated water. The small study of 20 people found using water at 15 degrees left hands as clean as water heated to 38 degrees. The ...

Astronauts struggle to sleep among stars
(CNN) - An odd thing happens to astronauts as they zip around the Earth at roughly 17,500 miles per hour: They don't get enough sleep. This may be partly because astronauts don't have to wake up early to see daybreak; they get a sunrise and a sunset ...

How drug companies used 1980 doctor's letter to usher in widespread opioids use
Nearly 40 years ago, a respected doctor wrote a letter to the New England Journal of Medicine with some very good news: Out of nearly 40,000 patients given powerful pain drugs in a Boston hospital, only four addictions were documented. Doctors had been ...

Highly contagious dog flu infects a dozen canines in Florida
In this April 16, 2015, file photo, a sign warning of canine respiratory illness is posted at a dog park in Chicago. An outbreak of canine flu has sickened more than 1,000 dogs in the Midwest, killing several and stirring ... more >. Print. By Laura ...

Man dies from flesh-eating bacteria after swimming with new tattoo
The unidentified man, not pictured in this photo, went swimming 5 days after getting a new tattoo. (iStock). A 31-year-old man died after he reportedly ignored warnings about swimming after getting a new tattoo and contracted a flesh-eating bacteria ...

Doctors warn women against putting wasp nests in their vaginas
Women are being warned against trying a bizarre new trend that suggests using ground-up wasp nests to tighten and rejuvenate their vaginas. Some online retailers have been selling oak galls, which are nests that house wasp eggs before they hatch, and ...

You Look Familiar. Now Scientists Know Why.
Researchers at CalTech were able to predict the appearance of faces shown to macaque monkeys simply by monitoring signals in their brains. Credit Doris Tsao/CalTech. The brain has an amazing capacity for recognizing faces. It can identify a face in a ...

Vets urge dog owners to vaccinate against dog flu outbreak
Veterinarians are urging Florida dog owners to get their pets vaccinated as a highly contagious strain of canine influenza spreads throughout the state. More than a dozen cases of the virus strain have been confirmed in North and Central Florida since ...

Powassan Is a Tick-Borne Virus More Dangerous Than Lyme
There's a surge of a deadly tick-borne virus this summer—and it has nothing to do with Lyme disease. Charlotte Hilton Andersen's picture. By Charlotte Hilton Andersen | Jun 01, 2017. Topics: cdc. ticks-fb.jpg. The unseasonably warm winter was a nice ...

Beez in the trap: women putting wasps nests in their vajayjay
At the risk of sounding obvious, it's a bad idea to put a wasp's nest in your, or indeed any, vagina. The latest holistic herbal nonsense trend? Oak galls, for vaginal tightening. What's an oak gall, you ask? It's basically a calcification that forms ...

One short letter's huge impact on the opioid epidemic
(CNN) Every day, 91 Americans die from an opioid overdose. Drug overdoses overall -- most of them from opioid painkillers and heroin -- are the leading cause of accidental death in the US, killing more people than guns or car accidents. In fact, while ...

Nevada's July 1 recreational weed sales start in jeopardy
RENO, Nev. — The July start of Nevada's recreational marijuana sales could be delayed after a group of alcohol distributors filed a legal challenge to a licensing deadline, arguing they have the first rights to distribute recreational pot. A judge in ...

Cracking The Code That Lets The Brain ID Any Face, Fast
Most people have an uncanny ability to tell one face from another, even though the differences are extremely small. Now scientists think they know how our brains do this. In macaque monkeys, which share humans' skill with faces, groups of specialized ...

3.6 Percent Of Americans Found To Have Food Allergies Or Intolerances
Researchers are giving us new insight into the problem of food allergies and intolerances. A new study out of Brigham and Women's Hospital finds 3.6 percent of Americans are dealing with those problems. The study, published in The Journal of Allergy ...

Can Compression Tights Really Make You a Faster Runner?
A new study looked at the effectiveness of compression socks for runners, and the results might surprise you. Sara Angle's picture. By Sara Angle | Jun 01, 2017. Topics: exercise studies,. running. compression-leggings-fb.jpg. Compression gear is a go ...

Baby teeth show how exposure to various metals may be linked to autism, study finds
Understanding why some children develop autism and others -- sometimes even their twins -- do not has stymied researchers for decades, but a new study says that baby teeth may provide some clues. The new study published in Nature Communications ...

Minnesota troopers delivering life-saving blood learn recipient is one of their own
The timely response of three Minnesota State Patrol troopers helped save the life of a southeastern Minnesota woman May 18 when she suffered a massive hemorrhage during her baby's emergency Caesarean section delivery. At a news conference ...

Zika's Set to Return to Mainland US, But Budget Cuts Threaten Response
THURSDAY, June 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The Zika virus will strike the continental United States again this summer, and looming federal budget cuts will make it hard for local officials to curb its spread, public health experts said Wednesday. The ...

Compression tights 'don't help runners go faster'
2nd June 2017 - Many distance runners swear by the use of compression tights to help improve their performance, but a medical conference has heard they don't help you go any faster, or further. New research into their use has been carried out at the ...

Scientists seek protections for cherries from invasive pest
Michigan State University scientists have received $300,000 in grants to research protections for the state's cherries from an invasive fruit fly. The funding will support efforts to fight spotted wing drosophila, which industry surveys say ruined 21 ...

Hope and hype around cancer immunotherapy
(CNN) Immunotherapy treatments for cancer are having a moment. Some hospitals and health care systems call it a "miracle in the making" and a "game-changer." It's a treatment approach that harnesses the body's own immune system to target and attack a ...

How a short letter in a prestigious journal contributed to the opioid crisis
Long before opioid abuse exploded into a public health crisis, before drugs such as OxyContin and Vicodin claimed hundreds of thousands of American lives and ruined countless others, one respected Boston University doctor had a question he wanted ...

Should you eat three big meals or many mini-meals?
Many people have trained themselves to expect a sweet treat at the end of a meal, says Blatner. Swap in a healthier ritual after meals to signal that you're done eating. She recommends brewing a flavorful decaf tea like peppermint, cinnamon, chocolate ...

15 children die in botched South Sudan vaccine campaign
JUBA, South Sudan -- Fifteen young children have died in a botched measles vaccination campaign that saw people as young as 12 years old administering the vaccines, South Sudan's government announced Friday. The United Nations said the children ...

Hot And Cold Water Are Equally Effective In Removing Bacteria: Study
Study finds that cold water is just as effective in removing bacteria as warm water when washing hands. The more important part is following proper handwashing methods. ( Jacqueline Macou | Pixabay ). The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommends ...

Retail Marijuana: A Public Health Expert's Concerns
Since you're on a group advising the governor's task force, what are some public health concerns being discussed? There's a variety of opinions on the degree to which recreational or legal recreational marijuana poses a public health threat. My view is ...

The One-Paragraph Letter From 1980 That Fueled the Opioid Crisis
Like ​The Atlantic? Subscribe to ​The Atlantic Daily​, our free weekday email newsletter. What do you do when a letter in a prestigious medical journal has been so routinely mis-cited it's taken on a life of its own? Like when pharmaceutical companies ...

STASI: Please don't put wasp nests in your vagina!
In an ever-desperate attempt to make the lady bits more — what? — appealing, women have devolved from merely having boiling hot wax poured onto their hoo-hoos like something out of the Torquemada playbook, to most recently putting wasp nests right in ...

Maryland Court of Appeals halts lower-court hearing on marijuana licensing
BALTIMORE — Maryland's highest court on Friday intervened in a lawsuit that threatened to upend the state's long-awaited medical marijuana program, but whether the state can move forward remains in question. Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Barry ...

Dog flu virus has arrived in Florida; experts urge vaccination
Show dogs in Georgia and North Florida test positive for canine flu that is highly contagious. Wochit. NDN 0603 dog vaccination 01 LEDE Buy Photo. Veterinarian Deirdre Carver-Raffa, right, and receptionist and technician Erica Guillama give Huckleberry ...

Are Pharmaceutical Companies to Blame for the Opioid Epidemic?
Like ​The Atlantic? Subscribe to ​The Atlantic Daily​, our free weekday email newsletter. Opioid abuse is rampant in states like Ohio, where paramedics are increasingly spending time responding to overdoses and where coroners' offices are running out ...

FDA recalls tuna testing positive for hepatitis A impacting Orange County restaurants, hotels
The FDA has recalled frozen tuna that tested positive for hepatitis A. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik). By Deepa Bharath | [email protected] | Orange County Register. PUBLISHED: June 2, 2017 at 12:49 pm | UPDATED: June 2, 2017 at 2:22 pm. Several ...

Minnesota measles outbreak exceeds last year's nationwide numbers
(CNN) There are now more measles cases in Minnesota than there were in the entire United States last year. There were 70 confirmed cases of measles across the country in 2016, and the majority of people who got measles were unvaccinated, according to ...

Getting too friendly with fowl blamed in salmonella outbreaks
(CNN) They may look cute, and you may think of them as your pets, but experts ask that you keep your chickens in your backyard. Don't snuggle with them. Don't sit them next to you as you watch TV. And please, don't commit a fashion foul and dress them ...

A Botched Vaccine Campaign For Measles Killed 15 Children in South Sudan
In a tragic turn in South Sudan, an effort to protect 15 children ended up killing them. The children, all under age 5, died of severe sepsis and toxicity due to a botched vaccination campaign, according to a joint statement issued Thursday by UNICEF ...

Doctors urge women to not put wasp nests in their vagina
Doctors warn against following a recently-growing trend. They urge women to not put wasp nests inside their vagina. Yes, I too sometimes fear the world is going to hell. Oak gall. That little hole there — that's where the wasp larva exited. Image via ...

Man dies after swimming with new tattoo
An image below contains graphic material. Viewer discretion is advised. (CNN) It all started simply enough: A 31-year-old man went to get a tattoo on his right leg. Beneath an illustration of a cross and hands in prayer, the words "Jesus is my life ...

Puzzling mumps outbreak strikes Latino community
State health officials are investigating a puzzling outbreak of mumps in Latino communities in Boston, Chelsea, and Revere, and have advised health care providers to be alert for additional cases. The state Department of Public Health has recorded 12 ...

Opioid crisis: The letter that started it all
Canadian researchers have traced the origins of the opioid crisis to one letter published almost 40 years ago. The letter, which said opioids were not addictive, was published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) in 1980. Dr David Juurlink ...

Mumps outbreak in Los Angeles: Most are men who have sex with men
More than 40 people in Los Angeles County and surrounding regions have been diagnosed with mumps, prompting public health officials Thursday to declare an outbreak and issue an alert to physicians. In the alert, public health officials said many of the ...

Tuna Recalled in California, Oklahoma and Texas over Hepatitis A Fears
P1130305-640x480 On May 1, the Hawaii Department of Health notified the FDA that a sample of frozen tuna cubes from Indonesia tested positive for the hepatitis A virus. On May 2, the FDA contacted the Tropic Fish Hawaii LLC, a subsidiary distributor of ...

Health officials offer 4 best tips to avoid salmonella...
Health officials offer 4 best tips to avoid salmonella...

14 Poisoned By Wild Death Cap Mushrooms In California
Death cap mushrooms foraged in Northern California have severely poisoned 14 people in the last few months, three so seriously that they needed liver transplants. One victim is a toddler who will have “permanent neurological impairment,” according to a ...

Where there's smoke: The latest on medical marijuana on the Eastern Shore
Medical marijuana could be available to patients on the Lower Shore as early as September at one dispensary now under development in Salisbury. And several other companies aren't far behind its lead in the region. That progress, however, comes with a ...

Prostate cancer treatment 'could help more patients'
One of the largest clinical trials for prostate cancer has given "powerful results", say UK researchers. A drug for treating prostate cancer that has spread was found to save lives when offered earlier, a study found. The trial looked at abiraterone as ...

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