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Certain diabetes drugs must warn of deadly flesh-eating genital infection, FDA says
Certain medications used to treat diabetes have been linked to cases of a rare, potentially deadly flesh-eating genital infection, the Food and Drug Administration announced this week. The medications affected: sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 (SGLT2) ...

Oregon's only heart transplant program shuts down
The only Oregon hospital to offer heart transplants abruptly shut down its program Friday, leaving nearly two dozen patients on its waitlist to seek out-of-state treatment and hundreds of others in limbo for post-operative care. It came just two days ...

Providence considers heart transplant program, out-of-state hospitals prepare for Oregon patients
In the wake of Oregon's only heart transplant center shutting down indefinitely, hospitals in Oregon, Washington and California have started to prepare to absorb an influx of patients. Oregon Health & Science University announced Friday afternoon that ...

'We've all lost a child to this epidemic': Hundreds gather on Utah capitol steps for overdose awareness
The One Voice Children's Choir sings a song as Overdose Awareness Utah hosts an event for International Overdose Awareness Day at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City on Friday, Aug. 31, 2018. The global event is held on Aug. 31 each year and aims ...

How One Class Of Diabetes Medications May Lead To Flesh-Eating Genital Infections
"May lead to a flesh-eating genital infection." Now that's a warning that may get some attention during a drug commercial. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning about a rare but highly disconcerting condition that may occur with ...

ADHD rates in the US almost doubled in the last two decades
From 1998 to 2016, the rate of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in US children has gone up from about 6% to over 10%, according to a study published Friday (Aug. 31) in JAMA Pediatrics. The rate of ADHD among US children has been steadily ...

SHOP: Camel City Hemp offers a healthy high
First things first: North Carolina is not Colorado or California, and recreational marijuana use remains illegal here. Camel City Hemp has a cannabis leaf in its logo, but its products are completely legal and won't get you high. What they could do is ...

Why Hasn't Science Solved Acne Yet?
There are dozens, if not hundreds, of theories on preventing and treating acne. Some people swear by supplements. Others sing the gospel of giving up dairy or even drinking dog pee in order to eliminate the pesky (and sometimes painful) bumps. But even ...

Insulin's High Cost Leads To Lethal Rationing
Diabetic ketoacidosis is a terrible way to die. It's what happens when you don't have enough insulin. Your blood sugar gets so high that your blood becomes highly acidic, your cells dehydrate and your body stops functioning. Diabetic ketoacidosis is ...

Invasive mosquitoes are spreading across Los Angeles County. Have you been bitten?
Have you experienced an unusual number of mosquito bites this summer? Have they landed mostly below the knee and especially around your ankles? Advertisement. And did the six-legged perpetrator fly off unnoticed, like a mosquito ninja, after feasting ...

Similar Brain Changes Seen in Those with ADHD and Emotional Instability Disorders
Clinical observation has long shown that individuals with attention-deficit/ hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) often have emotional problems, such as chaotic emotional responses, anxiety and depression. Yet the link between ADHD and impaired emotional ...

Israel reports on West Nile virus situation, Points to climate change
The Israel Ministry of Health has recorded 74 human West Nile virus cases as of this week, including three fatalities in individuals with underlying health conditions. Image/francok35. Among the councils and the areas in which mosquitoes tested ...

FDA's ongoing investigation into valsartan impurities and recalls and an update on FDA's current findings
Washington, DC - Millions of Americans take medication daily to control their blood pressure. We recently found that some generic versions of one medication, valsartan, contain an impurity that doesn't meet FDA's safety standards. Valsartan is an ...

Legionnaires' cases in Hampton, NH, rise to 14; two unrelated cases in Nashua
The number of Legionnaires' disease cases tied to an outbreak in Hampton, N.H., has risen to 14 while two residents of Nashua, N.H., have also been sickened by the illness, a state public health official said Saturday. The two Nashua residents who fell ...

Last Labor Day, he was bit by a mosquito and caught West Nile. He's still in rehab
Alton Stockton is down to two therapy sessions a week at Texas Health Fort Worth after months of having to go Monday through Friday. He still has to exercise every day to try to improve strength in his right leg, which just months ago was paralyzed. It ...

Syphilis, Gonorrhea, Chlamydia Cases On The Rise: See MD Numbers
MARYLAND — The number of cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis diagnosed in the United States in 2017 went up once again, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported this week. According to preliminary data released by the CDC, ...

Walk, 5K to raise awareness of sickle cell disease, money for local scholarships
Daryl Rosborough likes to talk about his body's resistance toward malaria, has defied the odds by living to 41 and has found his calling in advocating for others like him. Many of the details of Rosborough's life are related to his experience living ...

Health Department investigating two cases of Legionnaires' disease in the Bronx
THE BRONX — The Health Department is currently investigating two cases of Legionnaires' disease in a residential building in the Bronx, officials told PIX11 News on Saturday. Officials said tenants can still use and drink water “but tenants at higher ...

Mosquito-borne illness circulating throughout region
Public health officials are urging area residents to protect themselves from mosquitoes this holiday weekend after an increase in West Nile virus cases in mosquitoes and humans, including two deaths in Tennessee and one in Georgia. Mosquitoes "aren't ...

Measles warning as Birmingham cases skyrocket to alarming levels
There have been more than 80 cases of measles reported in Birmingham since the start of the year - five times as many as last year. Outbreaks of the disease have been confirmed in England, with young people in their late teens and early twenties - who ...

Michigan mom pushes for meningitis vaccination requirement
WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich. (AP) - A Detroit-area mom whose daughter died of bacterial meningitis is asking universities to require that students get the meningitis B vaccine. The Detroit News reports that Alicia Stillman's 19-year-old daughter, Emily ...

New pill that will help people reach 150-year-old is ready and will be sold for the price of coffee a day
A new technique in human that will help reduce by 50 years the aging process is ready and will be sold for the price of a daily coffee. Sydney researchers gave the pill to mice and the results were astonishing as the mice lived 10% longer. New process ...

FDA cautions about rare genital infection linked to diabetes medication
Published: Saturday, September 01, 2018 @ 5:30 AM By: Bob D'Angelo, Cox Media Group National Content Desk. The Food and Drug Administration warned that some diabetes medicine could cause a flesh-eating bacterial infection.(John Moore/Getty ...

What you need to know about new Wisconsin deer carcass transport rules in CWD-affected counties
At its August meeting, the Natural Resources Board approved new rules for white-tailed deer management in Wisconsin, including enhanced fencing at captive cervid facilities and additional restrictions on deer carcass transport. Although the emergency ...

China culls 38000 pigs as swine fever spreads
More than 38,000 pigs have been culled across China, state media said Sunday, as the world's largest pork producer scrambles to contain an outbreak of African swine fever. The disease has been discovered in five Chinese provinces, the official Xinhua ...

CDC Data Reveals Sharp Increase In STD Cases In Recent Years
Latest CDC data reveals that more and more people are getting STDs in recent years. Cases are at an all time high in the country for the fourth year in a row. ( Pixabay ). New CDC data reveals a sharp increase in sexually transmitted disease (STD ...

Number of children in US tops 10 percent
WASHINGTON (TNS) — The number of children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder has reached more than 10 percent, a significant increase during the past 20 years, according to a study released Friday. The rise was most pronounced in ...

Cancer survivor uses Times Square billboard in search of kidney donor
Marc Weiner, 53, is a cancer survivor and now a billboard model. Weiner needs a new kidney - and what better way to ask for a donor than in Times Square, the crossroads of the world? "I adore life. Life is the most precious thing. I don't want to die ...

UCLA researchers test whether eating one avocado per day could promote weight loss
(NBC News) -- California researchers are kicking off a tasty study that may leave you green with envy. Dr. Zhaoping Li and her colleagues at the University of California Los Angeles are recruiting people to eat an entire avocado every day for six ...

Revolutionary Anti-Aging Breakthrough Could Help You Live Until 150 By Regenerating Your Organs
A new and potentially revolutionary anti-aging pill could help extend your lifespan by 50 years by regenerating your organs, according to Harvard professor David Sinclair and his team of researchers. The process, which has been developed by the ...

Organs infected with hepatitis C can now be transplanted
New antiviral drugs that promise a cure for the millions of Americans with chronic hepatitis are also benefiting another category of patients: those awaiting organ transplants. Those patients can now receive an organ that has tested positive for ...

FDA warns of flesh-eating genital infection linked to diabetes medication
WASHINGTON (WTVO/ WTEN-TV) - The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning diabetes patients that some drugs may cause a flesh-eating bacterial infection of the genitals. The FDA issued the warning on Wednesday. Cases of Fournier's gangrene ...

The bad news about drinking
If you are among the 30 percent of adults who has a daily alcoholic drink, maybe a glass of wine with dinner, this column does not bring good news. A new international study suggests that, not only is regular alcohol not beneficial, it may be a leading ...

Pediatric resident meets nurse who cared for him as newborn
PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — Pediatric resident Brandon Seminatore was doing a monthlong rotation at the same neonatal intensive care unit where he was cared for as a newborn when he came across someone from his past. The East Bay Times reports ...

Study will pay people to eat avocados every day for 6 months
Four universities want to know if millennials are on to something with this avocado craze. Researchers at Loma Linda University, Penn State, Tufts University and the University of California, Los Angeles are each looking to pay 250 avocado fans to eat ...

Task force offers guidelines to treat rat lungworm disease
HONOLULU (AP) — A governor's task force announced new preliminary guidelines to help Hawaii physicians diagnose, treat and manage rat lungworm disease. The state Department of Health says the task force's clinical subcommittee spent the last year ...

Former high school quarterback overdosed— and lived to tell his story
Graham Skinner woke up in a hotel bathtub that night after experiencing his closest brush with death. The former starting quarterback for Norcross High School had just overdosed on heroin. Years of addiction to painkillers brought him to this point ...

Girl catches deadly infection trying on shoes while barefoot
A four-year-old was left fighting for her life after developing deadly sepsis from trying on new shoes. Sienna Rasul became seriously ill the day after trying different sized shoes on her bare feet. Little Sienna was later diagnosed with sepsis, which ...

Study: Air pollution is bad for your brain
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - An alarming new study has found a new way in which air pollution is doing damage to all of us. It's attacking our brains. A new study has alarming findings on what happens to our minds when we're surrounded by poor air quality ...

Lab-grown brain bits open windows to the mind — and a maze of ethical dilemmas
PHILADELPHIA — Xuyu Qian yanked open an incubator door at the University of Pennsylvania to reveal rows of cylindrical tubes swirling, like shaken-up snow globes, with a strange and exotic flurry. The pale, peppercorn-sized spheres were lab-grown ...

CDC says to get your flu shots soon
Waco, Texas Central for Disease Control is recommending people get their flu vaccines before the end of October. “It's important to get it early because it takes two weeks to really take effect in your body and last year the flu season was very early ...

The Flu Epidemic Of Labor Day, September 1918
This is an adapted excerpt from “September 1918: War, Plague, and The World Series” (Regnery History, August 28, 2018) by Skip Desjardin. The war in Europe was always on the minds of Americans, but it was not the only cause for concern. As September ...

Majority in the dark about HPV infection
Few Irish adults realise how prevalent HPV infection is or how much of a risk it poses to men, research has found. Just one in three people questioned knew that men and women are equally susceptible to HPV (human papillomavirus) infection and only one ...

Amid opioid crisis, researchers aim to put medical marijuana to the test
Since California first took the leap in 1996, 30 more states and the District of Columbia have legalized the medical use of marijuana to treat pain. Anecdotal and historical accounts of pot's painkilling properties abound. But so far, scientific ...

Woman died from diabetes after refusing medical advice as she 'didn't do needles'
A woman refused to follow doctors' advice because she 'didn't do needles' died after falling into a diabetic coma. Natasha Horne, 20, kept her Type 1 diabetes diagnosis secret and refused to follow medical advice which would have let her live a normal ...

4-Year-Old Girl Catches Deadly Infection After Trying on New Shoes Barefoot
A young girl in the U.K. developed deadly sepsis from trying on new shoes without wearing socks last month. Sienna Rasul, 4, fell ill one day after she went to the store and tried on different shoes while barefoot. After she was rushed to hospital ...

Woman, 20, with Type 1 diabetes who REFUSED to follow medical advice dies after suspected coma
Woman, 20, with Type 1 diabetes who REFUSED to follow medical advice because she 'didn't do needles' dies after suspected diabetic coma. Tasha Horne, from Middlesbrough, was reluctant to take her insulin injections; She kept her diabetes secret from ...

California nurse meets baby she helped save 28 years ago – and he's a doctor
A California nurse who never forgot a premature baby she cared for early in her career has been reunited with her patient – now a doctor at the same hospital where he was born 28 years ago. Stanford's Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, in a post that ...

Neutrophil nanosponges soak up proteins that promote rheumatoid arthritis
Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed neutrophil "nanosponges" that can safely absorb and neutralize a variety of proteins that play a role in the progression of rheumatoid arthritis. Injections of these nanosponges ...

More antibiotics could be key to battling antibiotic resistance, surprising study shows
Antibiotic resistance could be tackled by giving people a combination of drugs which no longer work on their own, a new study suggests. Scientists have discovered thousands of drug cocktails which can fight bacteria even though bacteria may have grown ...

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