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Safest Hospitals In Illinois: Full List
The nonprofit group Leapfrog released its bi-annual round of hospital safety grades. Thirty-two hospitals in Illinois received an A grade. By Shannon Antinori (Patch National Staff) - Updated Nov 1, 2017 2:11 am ET ...

WATCH: Georgia Dad Lovingly Comforts Newborn Son Getting His First Vaccination Shots
A Georgia man became an inspiration for many after a video of him comforting his newborn baby at the doctor's office went viral Tuesday. According to reports, Antwon King Lee of Warrenton took his 2-month-old son, Debias King, to the pediatrician on ...

Climate change already hurting our health and economy, report warns
Residents wade past a flooded car as they evacuate their homes near the Addicks Reservoir as floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey rise in Houston on Aug. 29. David J. Phillip / AP file. Climate change is already killing people, hurting their health, ...

Why are women more vulnerable to Alzheimer's disease than men?
In a disease riddled with unknowns, it's one of Alzheimer's biggest mysteries: Why do women make up two-thirds of cases? An innovative new study may offer some insights and help develop effective treatments. November is National Alzheimer's Disease ...

Woman Accuses Cosmetics Store Sephora of Giving Her Oral Herpes
A woman claims lipstick gave her herpes at a Hollywood Sephora. Angie Crouch reports for the NBC4 News on Monday, Oct. 30, 2017. (Published Monday, Oct. 30, 2017). One woman accused cosmetics store Sephora of giving her oral herpes after she tried ...

Premature birthrate increases in Mississippi, according to March of Dimes
JACKSON, Miss. — Mississippi is the worst state in the nation for premature births, and the problem isn't getting any better. According to the 2017 March of Dimes Premature Birth Report Card, released Wednesday, Mississippi earned an F. Last year, 13 ...

As Madagascar plague outbreak loosens grip, concerns linger
An outbreak of plague in Madagascar has started to decline in recent weeks, with 12 previously affected districts reporting no new confirmed or probable cases, according to WHO. As of Oct. 24, health officials have identified more than 1,300 suspected ...

Can brain scans predict suicidal tendencies?
Brain scans may be able to identify when people are having suicidal thoughts, researchers report. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among young adults in the United States, but suicidal risk is difficult to assess and predict. This study ...

Pennsylvania opens up medical marijuana registry for patients and caregivers
The Pennsylvania Department of Health said Wednesday patients in need will be able to get medical marijuana within six months. State officials announced the development in Harrisburg while unveiling a new patient and caregiver registry. Patients and ...

See who in the Lehigh Valley can prescribe marijuana
Marijuana plants are a few weeks away from harvest Sept. 15, 2015, in the "Flower Room" at the Ataraxia medical marijuana cultivation center in Albion, Illinois. Pennsylvania as of Nov. 1, 2017, had given the go-ahead to two medical marijuana ...

Michigan reverses stance, will let certain marijuana shops stay open
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Certain medical marijuana businesses will be able to remain open in Michigan while seeking a state license required under a new regulatory system. The state Department of Licensing and Regulatory reversed course Wednesday after ...

You should not be worried about Sephora giving you herpes
The internet is all agog over news of a Los Angeles lawsuit: according to court documents, an individual is suing the beauty store Sephora for strict liability, negligence, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and negligent infliction of ...

Breastfeeding for 2 months cuts baby's SIDs risk almost in half, study says
Moms who breastfeed for just two months reduce their baby's risk of sudden infant death syndrome by nearly half, according to a new study. The study, published in Pediatrics, looked at eight international studies with breastfeeding data examining more ...

San Diego reports 20th death from Hepatitis A outbreak
San Diego County has reported a 20th person has died from a Hepatitis A outbreak — the worst of its kind in the United States in 20 years. Dr. Eric McDonald, chief of the county's Epidemiology and Immunization Services Branch, told the San Diego Union ...

Report: Delaware ties for worst state in hospital safety
Delaware is one of the worst states in the U.S. for hospital safety, even though it was in the top 10 only five years ago, according to a national report released this week. The First State tied with District of Columbia and North Dakota for 49th, or ...

Suicide risk can be hard to measure. But a brain's reaction to words like 'carefree' may offer clues.
When a person's distress, depression or discouragement appears to have taken a sharp turn for the worse, it's time to ask him or her a weighty question: Are you thinking of harming yourself? If only the answer were a better guide. One study has found ...

FDA Warns Companies Against Claims That Marijuana Cures Diseases
Hemp plants growing in a greenhouse operated by Stanley Brothers, a leading marijuana products company based in Colorado. Credit Matthew Staver for The New York Times. WASHINGTON — Everyday Advanced Hemp Oil, Bosom Lotion and CBD ...

Eating too much black licorice is harmful, FDA warns
The candy, made from a shrub usually found in Greece, Turkey and Asia, contains a compound (glycyrrhizin) that can lower a person's potassium levels. | STOCK.ADOBE.COM. USA TODAY Network. Do not eat large amounts of black licorice this ...

A Woman Sued Sephora for Getting Herpes From Lipstick. But Is That Possible?
Earlier this week, TMZ reported that a woman had sued a Sephora store in Hollywood for contracting herpes on her lip after swiping on a “common use” tubes on display in October 2015. TMZ's report said that the woman was suing because Sephora did not ...

Safety grades slip for two of Triad's three main hospitals, including Moses Cone
Winston-Salem — Two of the Triad's three largest hospitals have taken a step back when it comes to their grade in a key measuring stick on patient safety. A semiannual study was released Wednesday by the Leapfrog Group, a national not-for-profit ...

New cases of E. coli reported at Marine Corps Recruit Depot
SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Marine Corps officials Wednesday announced more than two dozen more cases of E. coli infection at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego and Camp Pendleton amid a week-old outbreak of diarrheal illnesses at the military installations ...

Five takeaways about Pennsylvania doctors who can prescribe medical marijuana
Over the summer, experts said the big unknown in Pennsylvania's bid to launch a medical marijuana industry would be whether doctors would sign on. (RICK WILKING / REUTERS). Morning Call Staff. 1. Over the summer, experts said the big unknown in ...

State will let marijuana shops stay open, for now
LANSING, Mich. (WILX) -- Thousands of medical marijuana dispensaries will not be forced to close next month while they apply for a state license. The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs reversed its stance, after previously giving ...

It's rare but not impossible to fall pregnant during a pregnancy
It might not be probable, but it's possible to fall pregnant again while already expecting. Photo: Getty. Alana Mitchelson Journalist @AlanaMitchelson. Share. Tweet Share Reddit Pin EmailComment. A surrogate mother's emotional ordeal of unknowingly ...

Peyronie's Disease: Curved Penis Makes Men at Higher Risk of Cancer
Men with a rare disease that causes curvature of the penis are at higher risk of developing several cancers, a large-scale study has found. The research, which looked at over 1.5 million men and was presented at the American Society for Reproductive ...

PPIs Boost Gastric Ca Risk in H. Pylori Patients
The long-term use of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) could more than double gastric cancer risk in patients successfully treated for Helicobacter pylori infection, according to researchers. Analysis of the Hong Kong Hospital Authority database showed ...

E. Coli Outbreak Sickens More Than 200 Marine Recruits In Camp Pendleton, San Diego
CAMP PENDLETON (CBSLA) – An E. coli outbreak at training facilities in San Diego and Camp Pendleton has sickened more than 200 Marine recruits. The Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego reported Wednesday evening that at least 214 of its 5,500 ...

Flu Shot Facts and Myths: Everything You Need to Know About the Vaccine
It's the least wonderful time of the year: flu season. With coughs and sniffles abound, many are eager to get the flu vaccine — while others are avoiding the shot like, well, the plague. While the nasal flu vaccine has been largely unavailable in ...

Surprising Implications for Stent Patients in New Study
In this Feb. 16, 2017 photo, Dr. Annapoorna Kini, center, performs a non-emergency angioplasty at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. Through a blood vessel in the groin, she guides a tube to a blockage... (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan). (Newser) – "All ...

Men with Peyronie's disease may have increased risk for cancer
Men with Peyronie's disease demonstrated an increased risk for cancer, according to a large retrospective cohort study presented at the American Society for Reproductive Cancer Scientific Congress and published in Fertility & Sterility. “This is the ...

More than 1000 register for medical marijuana on Pennsylvania's first day
The Pennsylvania Health Department reported on Thursday that more than 1,000 people registered on the first day of applications for the state's new Medical Marijuana Program. The estimate includes patients and caregivers, according to Nate Wardle, ...

Lesson from the biggest losers: Exercise keeps off the weight
While initial weight loss depends on calories cut from the diet, exercise is key to maintaining that weight. Dr Jennifer Kerns, an author of the study, said exercising for 35 minutes to 40 minutes a day is helping her keep off lost weight.PHOTO ...

Georgia toddler denied kidney transplant due to father's criminal record
A Georgia toddler desperately needs a kidney transplant, and his father was deemed the perfect match, but the operation was canceled due to the father's criminal record. Now, the little boy is fighting for his life as his family pleads for help. A.J ...

Do I have Alzheimer's? My journey with a disease that is complex to diagnose
Twenty years ago, at age 39, I began having memory and cognitive problems. My primary-care doctor and my neurologists said I was stressed and depressed. I also was diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment, or MCI. Ten years later, I received another ...

Why plague caught Madagascar unaware
Madagascar is facing the worst outbreak of plague in 50 years. There have been more than 1,800 cases and 127 deaths since the start of August, according to new figures. The island off the south-east coast of Africa is used to seeing about 400 cases of ...

Gut bacteria 'boost' cancer therapy
Bacteria living in the murky depths of the digestive system seem to influence whether tumours shrink during cancer therapy, say French and US researchers. They tested the microbiome - the collection of microscopic species that live in us - in cancer ...

US rate for gun deaths increases for second straight year
FILE - In this July 7, 2014 file photo, Chicago police display some of the thousands of illegal firearms confiscated during the year. In a government report released on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, the U.S. rate for gun deaths has increased for the second ...

China dispute's Trump's claim of 'flood' of fentanyl into US
BEIJING -- A Chinese official on Friday disputed U.S. President Donald Trump's claim that the deadly opioid fentanyl that is flooding the U.S. is mostly produced in China, just days before a visit by Trump at which he has said he will make China's role ...

The non-alcoholic's guide to drinking less alcohol
(CNN) If you're reading this, you may think you drink a little too much, yet you wouldn't describe yourself as an "alcoholic." Maybe you're a parent who comes home after a stressful day at work and takes a drink to decompress and deal with the kids ...

Heart disease death rate plummets, but overdose death rate rises, CDC says
(CNN) Three new reports from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention bring both good and bad news about Americans' health. Death rates for heart disease, cancer and HIV are all down in the United States in the year ending mid-2017 compared ...

Scientists faked a procedure on patients to find that stents don't actually make them feel better
About 20 years ago, doctors first used a stent—an inflatable tube, usually metal or plastic—to reopen blocked blood vessels around the heart. Since, it's become a standard of care for relieving heart-related chest pain. But new research suggests ...

CDC: Heart disease deaths down, overdose deaths up
(CNN) - Three new reports from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention bring both good and bad news about Americans' health. Death rates for heart disease, cancer and HIV are all down in the United States in the year ending mid-2017 ...

Scientists find key to unwanted thoughts
Have you ever wanted to stop ruminating on something and just been unable to? Scientists could have the secret. They have identified a chemical in the brain's "memory" region that allows us to suppress unwanted thoughts. The discovery may help explain ...

What is Neuroblastoma? 9-Year-Old Patient Plans To Celebrate Christmas Early
Nine-year-old Jacob Thompson from Portland, Maine, has been fighting neuroblastoma cancer since he was 5. The treatment proved to be unsuccessful and the disease has spread to the child's head and hip. According to a report in 11Alive.com, Thompson's ...

Patients' Gut Bugs May Play Role in Cancer Care
THURSDAY, Nov. 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The type of bacteria that cancer patients harbor in the gut might affect their odds of responding to certain treatments, two early studies hint. The research, in humans and mice, adds to evidence that gut ...

Pushed by spike in Chicago, US rate for gun deaths rises for second straight year
July 7, 2014: Chicago police display some of the thousands of illegal firearms confiscated during the year. (M. Spencer Green / AP). Mike StrobbeAP Medical Writer. The U.S. rate for gun deaths has increased for the second straight year, following 15 ...

Florida bride-to-be hospitalized for a week, undergoes surgery after pedicure
TAMPA, Fla. – A Florida woman says a pedicure derailed her life before her wedding when she was rushed to the hospital with a bad infection that required surgery, according to WFTS. Tara Batista went to Nail Image in Tampa for the routine treatment ...

Surrogate mom delivers two babies, one her own
(CNN) The lives of Jessica Allen and her husband, Wardell Jasper, were changed permanently and for the better by a rare medical phenomenon. Their unique story begins with the hope of extending a lifeline to another couple around the globe. Allen, 31, a ...

Are Stents Really Useless After Chest Pain? Cardiologists Not Sure
FRIDAY, Nov. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Heart experts are cautiously embracing the results of a new, landmark clinical trial that questions the value of opening blocked arteries to relieve chest pain. Chest pain sufferers who received a stent -- a ...

How Your Brain Helps You Stop Thinking About Something
If you have been wondering if you'll ever be able to scrub unwanted thoughts from your memory, science says you actually might—if your hippocampus is well-stocked with a particular neurotransmitter. The neurotransmitter responsible for inhibiting the ...

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