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Mosquitoes in county test positive for West Nile virus
Mosquitoes collected last week in traps set by the St. Charles County Division of Environmental Health and Protection have tested positive for the West Nile virus, according to a press release. This is the first positive test for the county this year ...

WATCH: The Science Behind Why Some Bullets Are More Destructive Than Others
Each year, more than 100,000 Americans are shot. And the wounds to bone and tissue caused by specially designed bullets also are getting more severe according to surgeons. Not all bullets are created equal. The energy of a bullet is determined by its ...

Invasive, dangerous exotic tick species spotted in Pennsylvania
The presence of an invasive and dangerous species of tick has been confirmed in Pennsylvania. Tests by the National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa have confirmed the presence of Asian, or longhorn tick, was discovered on a wild deer in ...

India recalls vaccines made by tainted China firm
India has ordered an immediate recall of rabies vaccines made by a scandal-hit Chinese company, India's drug regulator said Wednesday, complaining it only found out about possible problems through media reports. S. Eswara Reddy, the drug controller ...

SC Doctors Seeing More Cases Of Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease
YORK COUNTY, S.C. – There are growing concerns about a viral illness every parent needs to hear. Doctors in several states, including South Carolina, are seeing an increase in cases of hand, foot and mouth disease. In South Carolina, there have already ...

Doctors highlight brain 'plasticity' after child's drastic surgery
A 10-year-old boy has retained intellect, visual perception and object recognition skills after having one-sixth of his brain removed. By. Dennis Thompson, HealthDay News. (0). The dotted line shows the area of right brain hemisphere doctors removed ...

Police officer who died during training exercise had rare condition
The Cleveland police officer who died last month days after collapsing during a fitness test had a rare condition that caused toxins to be released into his blood stream. The medical examiner's office said 50-year-old Vu Nguyen, who died on July 6 ...

Restaurant berates 'irresponsible reaction' of man who shared video of a worm in his food
A family dining at a seaside restaurant on the New Jersey coast got an unpleasant surprise when, they said, a live worm slithered out of their food. Jim Guinee, from Middletown, posted a video Saturday on Facebook, which he said showed the creature ...

Man's legs, hands amputated after a dog's lick: 'He still loves his dog'
Greg Manteufel has loved dogs all his life, but a dog's kiss nearly killed him in June. Because of an infection caused by contact with dog saliva, Manteufel's legs and hands were amputated and more than a month later, he's still hospitalized awaiting ...

Mom given emergency C-section without anesthesia, lawsuit claims
Delphina Mota and her fiancé, Paul Iheanachor, arrived at Tri-City Medical Center on Nov. for the birth of their daughter. (Tri-City Medical Center). A California mom who welcomed a baby girl in November is suing her doctor and the hospital she gave ...

Treatment-Resistant Depression May Be Linked To Low Levels Of This One Molecule, A New Study Suggests
There are many different types of depression, and one of the most severe is known as treatment-resistant depression. This kind of depression doesn't respond well to traditional treatments, like antidepressants, psychotherapy, or cognitive behavioral ...

Can You Reuse Condoms? Absolutely Not & Here's Why
There are lots of things we have the luxury of reusing in life. Metal utensils. Blankets. Most articles of clothing. Most shoes. Most types of jewelry. Ceramic plates. Toothbrushes. Hair brushes. You get the picture. And, TBH, until now, I believed ...

Healthy food is trying to kill us
Rob Crilly is a British journalist living in New York. He was The Telegraph's Afghanistan and Pakistan correspondent and was previously the East Africa correspondent for The Times of London. The opinions in this article are those of the author. View ...

Pennsylvanians urged to be on the lookout for new, invasive tick species
HARRISBURG — State agriculture officials are urging livestock and pet owners to practice good tick-prevention habits with their animals after an invasive species of the parasite was discovered in Centre County. The Asian longhorn tick, Haemaphysalis ...

Deadly Ebola Strikes Anew, a Week After Previous Outbreak Was Extinguished
The Ebola virus has struck again in the Democratic Republic of Congo and has killed at least 20 people, the country's Health Ministry reported Wednesday, just a week after officials announced the end of an Ebola outbreak 1,550 miles away. The latest ...

San Francisco Squalor: City Streets Strewn With Trash, Needles And Human Feces
San Francisco's streets are so filthy that at least one infectious disease expert has compared the city to some of the dirtiest slums in the world. The NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit surveyed 153 blocks of the city in February, finding giant mounds of ...

Hand, foot, and mouth disease cases flare up in several states
A contagious childhood illnesses with a memorable name appears to be spreading across several states. Doctors are reportedly seeing more and more cases of hand, foot, and mouth disease — and children aren't the only ones being affected. According to ...

Doctors cut out a large chunk of a boy's brain—now he's doing just fine
A boy who had large parts of the right side of his brain removed due to a slow-growing tumor made a nearly full recovery in the three years after his surgery, with other areas of his brain compensating for the loss, researchers reveal this week in Cell ...

Drinking Too Much Alcohol (And Too Little) Is Linked to Dementia
To drink or not to drink when it comes to your health really depends on a few important factors, including how much you imbibe and what health issues you're concerned about. Alcohol in moderation can lower the risk of heart disease for some people, as ...

What is Vaginal Rejuvenation?
There are thousands of products and procedures marketing to women to help them hold on to youth as long as they can. Vaginal rejuvenation falls into that category with promises of tightening the vagina, stopping incontinence, eliminating vaginal ...

CDC warns people not to wash, reuse condoms
NEW YORK – Apparently, it needs to be said: Don't wash or reuse condoms. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a warning and reminded sexually active individuals to use a new condom for each sex act. “We say it because people do it,” ...

Boy Who Had a Chunk of Brain Removed Turned Out Healthy
The strange case of a young boy who had a large section of his brain removed shows just how good the human brain is at repairing itself — or at least making the most of a tough situation. Beyond being just a lump of tissue that named itself, the brain ...

Prince George's County officials confirm first human case of West Nile Virus in 2018
LARGO, Md. (ABC7) — On Wednesday, officials at the Prince George's County Health Department confirmed the county's first human case of West Nile Virus of the 2018 season. Health officials say the person first showed symptoms in July and lab results ...

Man's legs amputated after dog's licks lead to infection, family says
CBS NEWS A Wisconsin man has lost both of his legs to a virulent infection after being licked by a dog, according to local reports. Earlier this summer, Greg Manteufel contracted Capnocytophaga canimorsus, a bacteria found in dog saliva that can cause ...

Does Abstinence and Heavy Drinking Increase Dementia Risk?
People who abstain from alcohol or who drink in excess of the UK recommended guidelines of 14 units a week during middle age may be at increased risk of developing dementia, according to a study. The research, published in The BMJ, said that the ...

Lyme Disease warning: 'I nearly died from a tick bite'
Until being bitten by a tick, dog owner Lindsay Wood had never heard of Lyme disease which has robbed her of the life she once knew - and almost ended it. The 36-year-old suffered for six months before being diagnosed because doctors wrongly believed ...

US opioid use remained high through 2016
Molly Moore Jeffery. Despite extensive efforts opioid use did not substantial declined in the United States through the end of 2016, according to findings recently published in The BMJ. “Current knowledge about opioid use in the U.S. is largely derived ...

Wisconsin man contracts rare blood infection from dog
WEST BEND, Wis. — Surgeons have amputated the legs and hands of a Wisconsin man who contracted a rare blood infection from a dog lick. Greg Manteufel remains hospitalized at a Milwaukee area hospital. Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin ...

Four new cases of ebola surface in Congo
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — At least four new cases of the Ebola virus have emerged in Congo's northeast, just a week after an outbreak in the northwest was declared over, the country's health ministry said Wednesday. There was no indication the two ...

Yes, the CDC had to ask people not to wash or otherwise reuse condoms
Seems like some people might be really stretched for cash. Or, perhaps more likely, they're too busy to head to the store. Yes, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued an appeal to folks to not wash or otherwise reuse condoms. "We say ...

Cremated remains reveal hints of who is buried at Stonehenge
Stonehenge attracted the dead from far beyond its location in southern England. A new analysis of cremated human remains interred at the iconic site between around 5,000 and 4,400 years ago provides the first glimpse of who was buried there. Some were ...

A 12-year-old had one-sixth of his brain removed. He feels 'perfectly normal.'
It was a solution no parent wants to hear: To get rid of a brain tumor and stop their young son's seizures, surgeons would need to cut out one-sixth of his brain. But for Tanner Collins, it was the best option. A slow-growing tumor was causing ...

Denver woman nearly dies every week before she can get medical treatment
DENVER — Every Monday morning, like clockwork, one of Lucia's children or her husband drives her to the emergency room at Denver Health Medical Center.. Lucia's body is broken; her head throbs. She is short of breath and nauseated, and she drifts in ...

FDA Did Not Intervene to Curb Risky Fentanyl Prescriptions
WASHINGTON — A fast-acting class of fentanyl drugs approved only for cancer patients with high opioid tolerance has been prescribed frequently to patients with back pain and migraines, putting them at high risk of accidental overdose and death ...

Boy develops normally despite having a sixth of his brain removed
The developing brain of a growing child has incredible ways of compensating for the loss of an essential brain region, a new case study shows. A young boy has retained his ability to recognize faces even though surgeons removed one-sixth of his brain, ...

Evolutionary history and adaptation of a human pygmy population of Flores Island, Indonesia
Flores Island in Indonesia has a long history of hominin occupation, including by the extinct Homo floresiensis and a more recent settlement by modern humans. Furthermore, Flores has an extant population of pygmy humans, and H. floresiensis exhibited a ...

Rat lungworm infects 12 across US, CDC finds
These rat lungworm larvae have reached the infective stage inside their snail host. When a rat eats the snail, it becomes infected with the parasite, which matures and reproduces inside the rat's pulmonary artery.Heather Stockdale Walden / Florida ...

CDC Strongly Suggests People Not Reuse Or Wash Condoms
In a trend worthy of “condomnation,” people are apparently trying to stretch their dollars by reusing old condoms. It may be thrifty, but it's also dangerous, very dangerous. That's why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention felt obliged to be ...

Physicians More Likely to Prescribe Opioids Later in Day
Physicians were 60% more likely to prescribe opioids for low back pain in the last hour of a 4-hour clinical session than they were during the first hour, a study has found. Findings by Lindsey M. Philpot, PhD, MPH, from the Robert D. and Patricia E ...

Some Bacteria Are Becoming 'More Tolerant' Of Hand Sanitizers, Study Finds
In the early 2000s, hospitals across Australia began installing more hand-sanitizer dispensers in their rooms and hallways for staff, visitors and patients to use. Research showed these alcohol-based disinfectants helped battle staph infections in ...

Ebola In A Conflict Zone
The latest Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo comes just a week after the last outbreak there was declared over. Making things worse for Congolese health officials, this new cluster of Ebola cases is in the volatile North Kivu ...

Man's Legs, Forearms Amputated After Dog Lick Leads To Horrifying Infection
MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Wisconsin man was preparing for additional surgeries after having part of his legs and forearms amputated because of a dog lick that led to a rare blood infection, his wife said Thursday. Greg Manteufel, 48, has been hospitalized ...

Plastic Surgeons Are Really Worried About 'Snapchat Dysmorphia'
Ten years ago, a teenager might have come into a plastic surgery clinic clutching a photo of their favorite celebrity, professionally Photoshopped to centerfold-level perfection. These days, teens don't want to look like celebrities anymore. They want ...

A child lost a sixth of his brain, then made an amazing comeback
By the time Tanner was in first grade, he was having as many as 50 epileptic seizures a day. A medical scan at age 4 revealed a golf-ball size tumor in his brain's visual center. Tanner's doctors tried every treatment option until only one remained ...

'Rapid Build-Up Of West Nile Virus Activity' Occurring In CT
HARTFORD, CT — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and state public health officials are advising Connecticut residents to be aware of a rapid build-up of West Nile virus (WNV) activity within the state as recent tests show that infected mosquitoes are rising at ...

Lawsuit says woman had C-section without anesthesia
A woman suing a Southern California hospital says she underwent a cesarean section without anesthesia. According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, the suit filed last month claims an anesthesiologist didn't immediately answer pages at Tri-City Medical ...

MDH: Sickness linked to Zumbrota campground
ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has identified an outbreak of cryptosporidiosis associated with people who visited the Shades of Sherwood Campground in Zumbrota. Investigators have identified three ill people so far ...

Birds learn another 'language' by eavesdropping on neighbors, scientists say
For birds, understanding neighborhood gossip about an approaching hawk or brown snake can mean the difference between life or death. Wild critters are known to listen to each other for clues about lurking predators, effectively eavesdropping on other ...

Which KC hospitals fared best on new sepsis scores? These five for-profit facilities
Sepsis is a complex complication of bloodstream infections that most patients don't know about, but most doctors fear. It kills about 250,000 Americans a year, and one in three people who die in U.S. hospitals have it. “Sepsis is just as serious as a ...

Mother sues hospital alleging doctors performed C-section without anesthesia
(Meredith/AP) — A 26-year-old woman is suing a Southern California hospital, claiming she underwent a cesarean section without anesthesia. The lawsuit filed last month claims the anesthesiologist on call didn't immediately answer pages at Tri-City ...

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