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Potential California Warning: The Chemical In Your Coffee That May Cause Cancer
In California, coffee sellers may soon have to warn you about what's lurking in your coffee. (Photo: Shutterstock). What would you like with your coffee? Some sugar? Milk, perhaps? Pumpkin spice? How about some acrylamide? What's that you say? You didn ...

Animal obesity crisis fueled by couch-potato lifestyle and excessive food consumption, vets warn
There's an animal obesity crisis among pets, vets warn, blaming a sedentary lifestyle and poor diet. (SWNS). Binge eating and a couch-potato lifestyle is fuelling a four-legged obesity crisis, say vets amid the launch of a slimming competition for pets ...

Breast cancer treatments can raise risk of heart disease, American Heart Association warns
The American Heart Association issued a stark warning Thursday for women with breast cancer: Lifesaving therapies like chemotherapy and radiation can cause heart failure and other serious cardiac problems, sometimes years after treatment. The ...

Flu hits Washtenaw County: 4 tips to help you stay healthy
This year's flu season is likely to last through March, according to the Washtenaw County Public Health Department. As of the week that ended Jan. 20, most of the U.S. was experiencing "widespread" flu - with a Type A strain called H3N2 being the most ...

As opioid addicts binge on anti-diarrhea drugs, FDA cracks down
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -Federal regulators want to make it harder for people to buy and take large quantities of over-the-counter diarrhea medication to get high -- a growing problem in Upstate New York. The Food and Drug Administration has asked manufacturers ...

Ex-NECC head pharmacist gets eight years in jail for role in fatal meningitis outbreak
CONVICTED: Glenn Chin, supervisory pharmacist at the now-closed New England Compounding Center, is shown in September leaving federal court in Boston. Placeholder image. EFFECTS CONTINUE: Willard Mazure, who fell ill with fungal meningitis after taking ...

Doctors Warn of Heart Risk From Some Breast Cancer Therapies
Health experts are stepping up warnings that certain breast cancer treatments may harm the heart. Feb. 1, 2018, at 8:58 a.m.. Doctors Warn of Heart Risk From Some Breast Cancer Therapies. Share. ×. Share on Facebook · Post on Twitter · Post to Reddit ...

Big Pharma Has the Flu
Flu vaccines make pharma companies $3 billion a year and aren't very effective. Without a Manhattan Project-style initiative to modernize immunizations, things aren't going to get any better. Author: Maryn McKennaBY Maryn McKenna. A week ago, the ...

Lawsuit asks that coffee be labeled with a warning about a possible link to cancer
A lawsuit that wants coffee shops to post a warning about the potential link between coffee and cancer has put a spotlight on a chemical compound called acrylamide. Acrylamide is a chemical that forms when coffee beans are roasted at high temperatures ...

“Anxiety Cells” Have Been Identified In The Brain That Trigger Anxiety-Related Behaviors, According To A Study
Big news for anyone who deals with anxiety: According to a new study, “anxiety cells” might exist in the brain — and there might actually be away to toggle them on or off. Researchers from UC San Francisco and Columbia University's Irving Medical ...

Should I get a flu shot? Is it too late to get a flu shot?
You should get a flu shot. It's not too late to get a flu shot. By Joe Brown 46 minutes ago. should I get a flu shot? A flu shot does not guarantee you will be flu-free. You should get it anyway. Halfpoint via Depositphotos. You should get a flu shot ...

A cancer 'vaccine' is completely eliminating tumors in mice
Dr. Ronald Levy, professor of oncology at Stanford University, led the work on a possible cancer treatment that involves injecting two immune-stimulating agents directly into solid tumors. (Steve Fisch via Stanford School Of Medicine). BY Ariel Scotti ...

Teen girl dies after initially testing negative for flu
ATLANTA — A Georgia county coroner says a 15-year-old girl is the state's first flu-related child death this season. Coweta County Coroner Richard Hawk told news outlets that Kira Molina died Tuesday at an Atlanta hospital. He says the Newnan High ...

Vaping With Fake Pot Leads to Two US Army Deaths and Dozens of Hospitalizations
An alarming number of military personnel were sent to the hospital in January after experiencing adverse effects potentially related to cannabidiol (CBD) oil. The U.S. Army has since warned the public about the possible dangers of vaping synthetic ...

CDC to cut by 80 percent efforts to prevent global disease outbreak
Four years after the United States pledged to help the world fight infectious-disease epidemics such as Ebola, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is dramatically downsizing its epidemic prevention activities in 39 out of 49 countries ...

Tamiflu: What you need to know about this flu medicine
As the nation weathers what may be the worst flu season in years, many with the illness -- and those around them -- may find themselves getting prescriptions for a flu antiviral medicine. The most popular such drug is oseltamivir, often known by the ...

Changing just one habit at work could help you lose weight, study finds
We all know how easy it would be to just sit at work all day (if you can). But there's also some risks that can stem from that habit — including an earlier death, no matter how much time you spend exercising, according to a study published in Annals ...

Tamiflu eyed in teen's suicide
"Being the child Charlie was, he was very happy. No red flags at all that would have led us to believe he would have harmed himself otherwise,". Author: NBC News. Published: 4:41 PM EST February 1, 2018. (WTHR) The family of an Indiana teen says the ...

Breast cancer treatments can raise heart risks, doctors warn
(CNN) Heart disease and cancer are the top two leading causes of death in the United States -- and a new paper highlights how these major health concerns can intertwine. A scientific statement from the American Heart Association, published Thursday in ...

'She was a beautiful and vibrant young woman.' Parents remember teen who died from flu complications
The 15-year-old died suddenly from flu-related complications, just days after she first saw a doctor for her flu symptoms. Author: Adrianne Haney, Joe Henke. Published: 6:38 PM EST February 1, 2018. Strong. Beautiful. Kind. Driven. A fighter. Those are ...

Kansas takes over as nation's flu hotspot, according to smart thermometer
Move over, Missouri. Kansas is now the nation's hotspot for flu-like symptoms, according to Kinsa smart thermometer data. Kinsa, one of several companies that make thermometers that connect to smartphones, has produced data on flu-like symptoms for the ...

Officials urge New York residents to get vaccinated as flu epidemic continues
Although the flu continues to spread, officials say that no shortages of vaccines and antiviral medications have been identified in New York. The flu vaccine is available at West Hempstead Pharmacy, Thursday, Feb 1, 2018. Photo Credit: Danielle ...

The Latest: Feds withdraw appeal in forceps injury suit
The Latest on the federal government withdrawing an appeal of a lawsuit brought by the parents of a Pennsylvania boy left disabled from brain injuries caused by the use of forceps during his birth (all times local):. 6:50 p.m.. The U.S. Attorney's ...

Florida nurse calls ER 'a cesspool of funky flu' in viral video rant
Katherine Smith Lockler posted her frustrated flu-rant to Facebook after coming off a 12-hour shift at the hospital. (Facebook). A frustrated nurse coming off a long shift in the emergency room shared a bit of unsolicited advice in a Facebook video ...

Nurses with a mission: Send older ER patients home with help
CHICAGO — When 86-year-old Carol Wittwer took a taxi to the emergency room, she expected to be admitted to the hospital. She didn't anticipate being asked if she cooks for herself. If she has friends in her high-rise. Or if she could spell lunch ...

News Daily: Prostate cancer warning and US school shooting
Hello. Here's your morning briefing: Illustration of 3D prostate cancer cells Image copyright Getty Images. Prostate cancer deaths overtake those from breast cancer. The UK's population is ageing, and one of the outcomes of this is that more men are ...

Woman who suffered 3 heart attacks at age 40 wants women to know this about heart disease
One woman dies of cardiovascular diseases, including stroke, every 80 seconds and the majority are preventable, the AHA says. Tara Robinson, a teacher and U.S. Army veteran in Fort Worth, Texas, said she suffered three heart attacks in one week at the ...

Nurse fired for violating attendance policy, staying home with the flu
An Ohio nurse lost her job after she violated her employer's attendance policy by staying home sick with the flu. Theresa Puckett was a “fill-in” nurse at University Hospitals when she called out of work once in December and was sent home early on ...

Florida nurse posts epic rant on terrible flu season: 'Wash your stinking hands'
PENSACOLA, Fla. --- A Florida nurse posted an epic rant about the flu on Facebook earlier this week, warning people to avoid the “cesspool of funky flu at the ER” unless they have a real emergency. In a video, which has been viewed almost 5 million ...

Mom dies from flu after hospital sends her home
(CNN) On Saturday, January 13, Tandy Harmon was an energetic maid of honor, running around with her best friend and making last-minute wedding preparations. Harmon didn't make it to the wedding. That Monday -- just two days after feeling fine -- she ...

Just How Bad Is This Flu Season? Experts Weigh In
FRIDAY, Feb. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The United States is in the grip of a tough flu season, no doubt. It might seem as if every other person you know has fallen prey to influenza. Actually, though, health experts say this flu season is pretty much ...

Is Drinking Healthy? Alcohol Helps Clean Toxins From the Brain, Study Shows
A little bit of alcohol might help your brain clean itself, new research published Friday in Scientific Reports suggests. The research was done in mice, so it's impossible to say if the benefit is the same for humans. But still. We already knew that ...

A glass of wine after work may be good for your brain, according to science
Need another reason to validate that glass of wine before bed or bottle of beer on Super Bowl Sunday? Science is on your side. A new study conducted by researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center found that low levels of alcohol ...

CDC: 16 more children died from flu in last week
Sixteen more children died from the flu in the past week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Friday, bringing the total number of pediatric flu-related deaths this season to 53. In the week that ended Jan. 27, the CDC reported the ...

'Wash your stinking hands!': ER nurse rants about 'cesspool of funky flu'
A Florida nurse working to combat “a cesspool of funky flu” in the emergency room has gained widespread attention from a viral video on social media urging people to take precautions to avoid influenza. After a 12-hour night shift last week in an ...

Child death toll in flu season hits 53 as hospitalizations soar
Sixteen more children have died in a flu season that's recorded 53 child deaths and has seen hospitalization rates at their highest in nearly a decade, federal health officials said Friday. “This is a very difficult season,” said Anne Schuchat, acting ...

'Dogs really can sense fear,' media reports
"Adopting an unflappable self-confident swagger could be the best way to avoid a nasty nip," states The Daily Telegraph. Researchers from the University of Liverpool undertook a survey to find out why some people may be more likely to be bitten by dogs ...

Cellphone radiation study finds mixed effects in rodents, without clear implications for human health
The long-awaited results of a $25 million National Institutes of Health study on the effects of cellphone radio-frequency radiation exposure on animals is out, and the results are mixed. They showed a higher risk of tumors, DNA or tissue damage, and ...

Go Red for Women Day: Heart Disease Can Strike Anyone, Any Age
You probably saw a lot of people wearing red today for the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women campaign. It's to help raise awareness about cardiovascular diseases. According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular diseases kill ...

Parents Convinced Teenager He Had Cancer To Make Money From Donations
A Florida couple who allegedly convinced their teenaged son he had cancer was arrested and charged with child abuse and fraud. Ginny Irovando Long, 34, and her husband, Robert Edward Long, 47, led their 13-year-old son to believe he was suffering from ...

Cancer breakthrough? 97 percent of mice cured in Stanford vaccine study
A Stanford University study targeting cancer cells in laboratory mice has been generating buzz and hope. A new experiment for cancer treatment had incredible results using immune-stimulators to target tumors in mice. Specifically activating T cells in ...

Cell phone radiation study finds more questions than answers
(CNN) Cell phone radiation and a potential link to cancer risks have left consumers and scientists alike scratching their heads since mobile phones became widely used in the 1990s. Some studies have failed to show a link between radio frequency from ...

'Australian flu': It's not from Australia
(CNN) We are speaking Italian each time we say "influenza." It's the "influence" of the stars on human beings that causes the sickness, according to Italian folklore from centuries past. Influenza entered the English vocabulary in 1703, when J. Hugger ...

Study: Dogs Bite Anxious People More
If you've ever been nervous around a dog and told to just be calm because dogs can "smell fear", you know that this advice is about as effective as telling a pissed-off person to chill. The sentiment behind that guidance, though, appears to be rooted ...

Wear Red Day reminds women of heart disease warning signs
Red was the color of the day at a Cedars-Sinai Medical Center event to remind women to monitor their heart health. (KABC). KABC. By Denise Dador. Friday, February 02, 2018 08:21PM. LOS ANGELES (KABC) --. It's National Wear Red Day. It's a movement to ...

Mass. doctors fear flu pandemic after over 1600 cases confirmed this week
'ALL HANDS ON DECK': Sen. Edward J. Markey listens to Dr. David Hooper during a press conference yesterday at Massachusetts General Hospital, where the senator called for $1 billion in funding for a universal flu vaccine. AddThis Sharing Buttons. Share ...

Super Bowl Sunday brings high flu risk, especially in these two cities, one study says
As you split chips and dip with friends while you root for the Patriots or Eagles (or against them) this Sunday, you may want to take some extra precautions – you'll want to leave this year's Super Bowl party with good memories, not a bad case of the ...

People With Anxiety Are More Likely to be Bitten by Dogs
Cuddling with your pet is usually a good way to unwind after a particularly challenging day. However, a new study indicates that you might want to think twice before getting too close to your dog when you're feeling anxious as it could make them more ...

As Flu Spreads, Sales of Remedies Go Viral
Flu season is in full swing. The current outbreak, according to the Centers for Disease Control, is on track to match the 2014-2015 season, when 34 million Americans got the flu and about 56,000 people—including 148 children—died. The bug, nasty as ...

Million-Dollar Lottery Winner Dies Of Stage IV Cancer Weeks After Jackpot
A New York man passed away from Stage 4 cancer just weeks after winning the jackpot in the Merry Millionaire scratch-off. The chances of winning the jackpot that he did is one in 1,730,400. ( New York Lottery ). Queens native Donald Savastano passed ...

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