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Lyme Action Network warns against outdated treatment guidelines
PHOTO PROVIDEDShown here are ixodes scapularis, or black-legged deer ticks, at various stages of development. The parasites are known to transmit Lyme disease and other serious illnesses. PLATTSBURGH — Christina Fisk believes there's a lot of ...

Teach pupils about breastfeeding, say Royal College doctors
Schoolchildren should be taught about the importance of breastfeeding, doctors say. The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health says the UK has one of the lowest rates of the practice in Europe - with just a third of babies receiving breast milk ...

West Nile Virus In Nashville: Mosquitoes In Waverly-Belmont Test Positive
NASHVILLE, TN — A fifth batch of mosquitoes in Nashville have tested positive for West Nile virus, according to the Metro Department of Health. A batch of mosquitoes collected by the department's Pest Management Division in the Waverly-Belmont ...

Cardiovascular advantages of the Mediterranean diet linked to socioeconomic status
A study conducted by a team of researchers from the Institute for Research, Hospitalization and Health Care (I.R.C.C.S.) Neuromed, Italy, states that the risk of cardiovascular disease is reduced by the Mediterranean diet; however, the benefits are ...

PTSD patients can now buy Minnesota's medical marijuana
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota residents suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder can start buying medical marijuana. Tuesday brought the latest expansion of the state's medical marijuana program that launched in July 2015. Patients suffering ...

Mom Warns About Sunless Heatstroke After Toddler Won't Wake Up From Her Nap
With summer days getting hotter and hotter, parents have been taking precautions to keep their children safe. And as we continue filling up our kids' water cups, applying sunscreen, and double-checking the car before entering and leaving, one mom is ...

Grandmother came into contact with flesh-eating bacteria in Myrtle Beach, family claims
The family of a North Carolina woman says she is in stable condition after they claim she came into contact with flesh-eating bacteria while wading in Myrtle Beach waters. The victim, a grandmother from Lumberton, N.C., was airlifted from UNC Medical ...

Breaking Breastfeeding Barriers
Women have the power to save the lives of over 820,000 young children each year and to help millions more thrive and reach their full intellectual potential. They are physically equipped to remove billions of dollars from global healthcare costs and ...

Second Mother Warns Against Letting Anyone Kiss Your Baby After Her Son Gets Herpes
CBS Local — An Iowa mother is sharing upsetting photos of her 1-year-old son covered in red sores after he tested positive for the herpes virus. Samantha Rogers, of Des Moines, said her baby Juliano developed the sores in and around his mouth, and ...

FDA Approves Novel Oral Drug, Enasidenib (Idhifa), for AML Subset
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved enasidenib (Idhifa, Celgene) for the treatment of adults with relapsed or refractory acute myeloid leukemia (AML) who have a specific genetic mutation. Enasidenib is an oral targeted inhibitor of ...

New York growing its number of medical marijuana suppliers, though demand remains low
Nicholas Vita, CEO of Columbia Care, at the company's Union Square medical marijuana dispensary on in January 2016. (James Keivom/New York Daily News). BY Kenneth Lovett. NEW YORK DAILY NEWS. Tuesday, August 1, 2017, 4:33 PM. ALBANY ...

Mom warns parents after baby contracts herpes
A mother is putting out a stern warning after she said her infant son tested positive for herpes. (WLS). Tuesday, August 01, 2017 03:37PM. DES MOINES, Iowa --. A mother is putting out a stern warning after she said her infant son tested positive for ...

Advocates fear FDA blowing smoke on nicotine limits
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is raising eyebrows with talk of cracking down on nicotine levels in cigarettes and flavored tobacco products, including menthol. The agency on Friday said it's planning to look at reducing nicotine in cigarettes ...

Florida reports 1st sexually transmitted Zika case in 2017
MIAMI — Florida health officials are reporting the state's first sexually transmitted case of Zika in 2017. According to a Florida Department of Health statement , the Pinellas County resident's partner showed symptoms of the mosquito-borne virus ...

Your Kitchen Sponge Is Gross, and Cleaning It Isn't Helping
Maybe you saw the MythBusters on the secret grossness of everyday items like the kitchen sponge, and resolved to clean up your act by tossing the bacteria-ridden thing in the dishwasher or microwave every so often. Alas, according to a new study from ...

A New Clue Is Helping to Solve the Mystery Behind Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
A recent study shows that cytokines are elevated in patients with severe chronic fatigue syndrome, potentially paving the way for a more definitive test and cure. By Leah Rosenbaum. August 1, 2017. 6:02 PM EDT. Share on Facebook · Tweet this article ...

Florida confirms first sexually transmitted Zika case in 2017
MIAMI -- Florida health officials have reported the state's first sexually transmitted Zika case in 2017. The Florida Department of Health confirmed the case in Pinellas County on Tuesday, and said there was no evidence that transmission through ...

A viral Facebook post has the makings of a vacation horror story. But the city has its doubts.
The account of the episode has the makings of a vacation horror story. Bonita Fetterman, a grandmother visiting South Carolina's popular Myrtle Beach with her family last week, was standing on the balcony of their hotel when she cut her leg on a chair ...

Glittery iPhone cases being recalled due to possible chemical burns
(WFLA/NBC) – About 263,000 liquid glitter mobile phone cases sold in the United States are being recalled over reports of skin irritation and chemical burns. The cases are for the iPhone 6, 6S and 7. The cases were sold in various styles and colors ...

AP: Older people dying on job at higher rate than all workers
Older people are dying on the job at a higher rate than workers overall, even as the rate of workplace fatalities decreases. That's according to an Associated Press analysis of federal statistics. The trend is particularly alarming as baby boomers ...

Your Kitchen Sponge Is Dirtier Than Your Toilet, Study Finds
Do you replace your kitchen sponge every week? If no, then you might want to change that particular habit soon, according to reports Tuesday citing a new study published online in July in the journal Scientific Reports. A German group of researchers ...

Five more organizations gain entry to New York state's medical marijuana program
The state Department of Health has authorized five additional registered organizations to manufacture and dispense medical marijuana in New York. Subscribe to get the full story. Already a subscriber? Sign in. Subscribe to get the full story. Already a ...

Florida: Sexually transmitted Zika infection confirmed in Pinellas County, 1st of 2017
The Florida Department of Health (FLDOH) reported Tuesday on the confirmation of the first sexually transmitted Zika case in 2017. The case was confirmed in Pinellas County. Pinellas County Image/David Benbennick Pinellas County Image/David ...

The Health 202: GOP's next health care fight? Whether to hold hostage Obamacare subsidies
THE PROGNOSIS. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) at a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee hearing on Capitol Hill. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images). Their grand gamble to repeal the Affordable ...

Glitter iPhone cases recalled over chemical burn risk
Smartphone case maker MixBin says it is recalling several versions of its liquid glitter iPhone cases because users face the risk of skin irritation or chemical burns. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the recall impacts more than ...

Study: Nearly Half Of People Who Use Cannabidiol Products Stop Taking Traditional Medicines
Bloom Farms medicinal marijuana in vape cartridge form. It is the second biggest seller for marijuana derived CBD or cannabidiol. The largest survey on cannabidiol or CBD usage to date found that women were more likely than men to use CBD and once ...

Moderate, Heavy Drinkers More Likely To Reach Age 85 Without Dementia, Study Says
CBS Local — Moderate to heavy alcohol drinkers are more likely to reach age 85 without developing dementia and similar cognitive issues when compared to non-drinkers, according to a new study from the University of California, San Diego. The research ...

Your kitchen sponge is even grosser than you thought — here's how often you should replace it
In fact, it's common knowledge among microbiologists that the things you use to clean your dishes are the dirtiest objects in your home. A recent study published in the journal Scientific Reports suggests those spongy bacterial colonies may be even ...

People Are Being Burned By These iPhone Cases Filled With Glitter
One company is even recalling the cases after at least 24 people suffered skin irritation or chemical burns. Posted on August 2, 2017, at 10:36 a.m.. Stephanie McNeal. BuzzFeed News Reporter. Share On facebook Share · Share On vk Share · Share On ...

Oversupply of pain pills after surgery helps fuel opioid epidemic
More than two-thirds of surgery patients in a recent study had prescription opioids left over after they recovered from their operations, and the vast majority failed to safely store or dispose of the often misused and abused pills, researchers say ...

Carbon Dioxide May Rob Crops Of Nutrition, Leaving Millions At Risk
Rising carbon dioxide levels could have an unexpected side effect on food crops: a decrease in key nutrients. And this could put more people at risk of malnutrition. A 2014 study showed that higher levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are likely ...

Opioid Task Force Recommends State Of Emergency And (Sort Of) Bold Treatment Agenda
On Monday, the President's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis released a draft of its findings and an agenda that experts say offers some good steps, but could go further. Created by President Trump's executive order and ...

Want medical marijuana to succeed in Pa.? End draconian physician registry | Philly 420
A cannabis dispensary in Nevada. Pennsylvania requires doctors to register in order to write prescriptions for medical marijuana. by Chris Goldstein, Philly420 [email protected] · Email ...

One Million Malnourished Children At Risk Of Cholera In Yemen
More than a million malnourished children are living in areas of Yemen hit hardest by a cholera outbreak, according to a new analysis by Save the Children. The report notes, "Malnourished children have substantially reduced immune systems and are at ...

Assisted Dying Becoming More Common in the Netherlands
Physician assisted dying (PAD) remains a hotly debated and controversial issue, but this practice is now legal, to varying degrees, in several countries and in several states in America. A new report from the Netherlands, which in 2002 became the first ...

Baby Formula Industry Spends More On Marketing Than Governments Do Supporting Breastfeeding Moms
Advertising promoting formula as the "gold standard" is a major reason breastfeeding rates lag behind global targets. By Eleanor Goldberg. Research continues to show that breastfeeding is the ideal nutrition option for babies. Yet worldwide ...

Global blindness set to 'triple by 2050'
The number of blind people across the world is set to triple within the next four decades, researchers suggest. Writing in Lancet Global Health, they predict cases will rise from 36 million to 115 million by 2050, if treatment is not improved by better ...

West Nile found in Wayne, Macomb mosquitoes
The Wayne and Macomb county health departments reported finding mosquito pools that tested positive for West Nile virus. The announcement follows Oakland County Health Department's finding of a pool testing positive in July. No confirmed cases of West ...

First human case of West Nile confirmed in Washoe County
RENO, Nev. (News 4 & Fox 11) — A North Valleys resident has tested positive for West Nile Virus, according to local health officials. Spokesman Phil Ulibarri says even though the resident traveled outside of Washoe County and may have been exposed ...

To Grow Market Share, A Drugmaker Pitches Its Product To Judges
Philip Kirby says he first used heroin during a stint in a halfway house a few years ago, when he was 21 years old. He quickly formed a habit. "You can't really dabble in it," he says. Late last year, Kirby was driving with drugs and a syringe in his ...

Acid victim left with no eyelids describes the 'tortuous' aftermath of his attack and calls for 20-year sentences
Victims of acid attacks in Britain are calling on the government to enforce longer prison sentences and tighten controls on the sale of corrosive substances after a jump in the number of cases last year and in 2017. The issue hit headlines after a ...

CRISPR Gene Editing: Scientists Edit Human Embryos to Safely Remove Disease
Scientists in the U.S. have released a paper showing that they have successfully edited human embryos to correct a mutation that causes an inheritable heart condition. The findings are hugely important as they demonstrate for the first time that the ...

Statin discontinuation post-stroke increases risk for recurrence
Discontinuation of statin therapy within 3 to 6 months following a first ischemic stroke was associated with a 42% higher risk for recurrent stroke within 1 year, researchers reported in the Journal of the American Heart Association. The retrospective ...

Remembering Charlie Gard: 3 Powerful Lessons Learned One Year After His Birth
Supporters of Charlie Gard protested outside the High Court after the verdict was announced July 24, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images). For months, the uncertain fate of a British-born infant raised a difficult question for ...

275K Glitter-Filled Phone Cases Recalled Following Reports Of Chemical Burns
They look fun, but it turns out those glittery iPhone cases could be a tad dangerous. Around 275,000 of the cases with glitter suspended in liquid have been recalled because they can leak and cause chemical burns, blisters and skin irritation. The ...

Mosquito Season Is Spreading Zika and West Nile Across the US
When U.S. temperatures rise in the summertime, most states anticipate growth in the mosquito population, and a corresponding increase in transmission of blood-borne viruses that can cause serious illnesses. The biggest threats are the Zika and West ...

A New Survey Shows Marijuana Is Replacing Some Over-The-Counter Medicines
While marijuana has, of late, become a political football, medical marijuana studies have started to pick up now that doctors can actually survey users. So far, it's mostly been about attitudes and self-reports about usage, but those surveys have ...

Acid attacks lead London emergency doctors to call for public awareness
Acid is an appealing alternative to guns and knives for gang violence because it is an unrestricted substance: It is easy to get, and can be carried legally in large quantities without a license. Photo by Stefan Wermuth/REUTERS. Acid attacks are a ...

Suicide rate hit 40-year peak among older teen girls in 2015
(CNN) The suicide rate among girls between the ages of 15 and 19 reached a 40-year high in 2015, according to new data from the National Center for Health Statistics. In the shorter term, the suicide rate for those girls doubled between 2007 and 2015 ...

'That Fentanyl, That's Death': A Story Of Recovery In Baltimore
Two summers ago, we met a woman who went by the name Teacup. "I'm an active heroin user," she told us. "Thirty-three years as a matter of fact." We were in West Baltimore, reporting on a city-wide effort to stop a growing opioid crisis. On a street ...

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