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Flu season is here
By Dr. Jonathan Steinman. (NEW YORK) — It's the start of fall, which means flu season is here. Last year, flu hospitalizations were the highest they've ever been; 106 out of every 100,000 people were hospitalized for the flu in the 2017-18 season ...

Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2018: Numbers and dates to know
It's Breast Cancer Awareness Month — 31 days of the ubiquitous pink ribbon. Here are some other stats to know about breast cancer. 1 in 8 women, or 12 percent, will get breast cancer sometime in their lives. For many women, it won't occur until they ...

Other view: Biased research fueled countless harmful diet fads
For all its prominence in public health, there's little real understanding of overeating, being overweight, and how these things connect to each other and to illness. A widely circulated piece in the Huffington Post stated the obvious—“Smoking is a ...

Why are food allergies in children on the rise – and is there anything parents can do to protect them?
In July 2016, Natasha Ednan-Laperouse collapsed on a flight from London to Nice, suffering a fatal allergic reaction to a baguette bought from Pret a Manger. At an inquest, the court heard how Natasha, who was 15 and had multiple severe food allergies ...

Diabetes type 2: Try these easy exercise tips to help keep your blood sugar levels low
Diabetes type 2 is when the level of sugar in the blood is too high. It occurs in people whose bodies don't produce enough insulin, or whose cells don't react to insulin. Insulin is needed to control glucose in the blood and ensure it enters the cells ...

Think You Don't Need A Flu Shot? Here Are 5 Reasons To Change Your Mind
There are a lot of misconceptions out there about the flu shot. But following a winter in which more than 80,000 people died from flu-related illnesses in the U.S. — the highest death toll in more than 40 years — infectious disease experts are ...

Study: Limiting kids' screen time improves brain function
Cutting back on screen time, along with the right amount of sleep and physical activity, is linked to improvements in coginition among children, a study suggests. The observational study analyzed data from a broader study funded by the National ...

Nobel Prize in Medicine 2018 honours 'landmark' cancer therapy
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Identity Of Woman Buried In 160-Year-Old Iron Coffin In New York Finally Revealed
In 2011, construction workers who were excavating an abandoned lot in the Elmhurst neighborhood of Queens, New York, unearthed a human body clothed in a white gown and knee-high socks. The body was in such a good condition it was initially thought ...

First person bitten by east Asian longhorned tick
The Tick Testing Laboratory at The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station is reporting the first evidence of an east Asian longhorned tick biting a resident of Fairfield County. This newly discovered tick is a major livestock pest that feeds on a ...

Less sleep associated with risky behavior in teens, study says
(CNN) The amount a teenager sleeps is associated with how likely they are to engage in risky and suicidal behavior, says a new study. "Fewer hours of sleep on an average school night [is] associated with increased odds of all selected unsafe behaviors ...

UC Cancer Institute opens clinic for high-risk breast cancer patients
CINCINNATI -- Appropriately timed with the start of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, women who believe they have a higher risk for developing breast cancer have a new community resource for risk assessment. The University of Cincinnati Cancer Institute's ...

Breakthrough Leukemia Treatment Backfires in a Rare Case
By Denise Grady, New York Times. A highly unusual death has exposed a weak spot in a groundbreaking cancer treatment: One rogue cell, genetically altered by the therapy, can spiral out of control in a patient and cause a fatal relapse. The treatment, a ...

Wider Use Of Osteoporosis Drug Could Prevent Bone Fractures In More Elderly Women
A large study has produced strong evidence that a drug commonly used to treat the bone-thinning disease osteoporosis could safely prevent fractures in elderly women who have bones that aren't as weak. The study of 2,000 women age 65 and older at ...

Syracuse University student diagnosed with potentially deadly bacterial meningitis
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- A Syracuse University student has been diagnosed with bacterial meningitis, a potentially deadly illness. SU announced today the unidentified student has left campus and is being treated at a hospital near the student's hometown. SU ...

Contaminated Polio Vaccines Given To Kids In Telangana, Maharashtra, UP
Some vials of the oral polio vaccines contaminated with the type-2 polio virus were administered to children in Maharashtra and Telengana, besides Uttar Pradesh, Health Ministry officials confirmed. The vials were manufactured by a Ghaziabad-based ...

Cayuga County confirms rare tick-borne Powassan virus case
Powassan virus is spread to people by the bite of an infected tick. The state Health Department notified Cayuga County health officials that an adult living in the county has a confirmed case of Powassan virus.CDC.gov. AUBURN, N.Y. -- Cayuga County ...

Women who drink more water get fewer UTIs
By Lisa Rapaport. (Reuters Health) - Women who drink extra water to avoid urinary tract infections (UTIs) may be on to something. A new experiment offers fresh evidence that drinking more water each day can make UTIs less frequent. For the study ...

James Allison and Tasuku Honjo win Nobel Prize for landmark cancer immunotherapy discoveries
Two scientists who first harnessed the power of the immune system to fight incurable cancers have won the 2018 Nobel Prize in medicine or physiology. The discoveries made by American researcher James P. Allison and Japan's Tasuku Honjo have brought ...

Man dies from bacterial infection after Hurricane Florence
(CNN) A North Carolina man died after contracting a bacterial infection while doing yard work related to Hurricane Florence, according to CNN affiliate WECT. Ron Phelps of Wilmington scraped his leg and it became infected, prompting doctors to amputate ...

Survivors kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Some 25 years after they launched what turned into a major breast cancer awareness program on Long Island, two leading advocates said Monday the movement has made great strides, but more needs to be done. Geri Barish and Lorraine Pace said the ...

Rare, Brain-Eating Amoeba Kills Man Who Visited Texas, Is Also Found in Louisiana Water System
Naegleria fowleri is a deadly brain-eating amoeba—and not the kind of thing you want to come in contact with. Two recent incidents have exposed people to the terrifying microbe, one leading to the death of a 29-year-old a New Jersey man. The stir ...

LA County sees its first case of rare mosquito-borne illness in 21 years
A San Fernando Valley resident has contracted a mosquito-borne illness that hasn't been recorded in Los Angeles County since 1997, health officials said Monday. The elderly woman became ill with St. Louis encephalitis in late August, the L.A. County ...

Former Playboy model with brain tumor forgoes chemo for CBD: report
Former Playboy model Kerri Parker said she's refused chemotherapy to treat her brain cancer, and is reportedly using cannabis oil instead. (Getty Images). A former Playboy model who was diagnosed with brain cancer has refused chemotherapy as treatment ...

Clif Cleaveland: Addressing the deadly epidemic of binge drinking
Binge drinking represents a conscious effort to consume multiple alcoholic beverages within a short period of time with the goal of intoxication. Sometimes, the goal is a euphoric state. Some drinkers imbibe to unconsciousness. For statistical purposes ...

Heroin deaths drop in Utah for first time in 7 years
SALT LAKE CITY — For the first time in seven years, heroin overdose deaths decreased in Utah in 2017, state leaders said Monday. According to the state's calculations, there were 159 fatal overdoses connected to heroin in 2017, a 14.5 percent decrease ...

Former Playboy Model 'Treating' Brain Cancer With Cannabis Oil After Refusing Chemotherapy
A former Playboy model with brain cancer says she has refused chemotherapy and is instead trying to treat her disease with cannabis oil. Kerri Parker, 34, told the U.K.'s The Mirror, that she did not want to have the chemotherapy advised by her doctors ...

What we know about alcohol-induced blackouts
... • A blackout occurs when the brain is temporarily unable to record memories. It can be induced by drinking, because alcohol disrupts the activity of the hippocampus, inhibiting its ability to create long-term memories. “It's like a temporary gap in ...

E-cigarettes such as Juul are popular among teenagers—are they harmful?
E-cigarettes are electronic devices that heat a liquid to produce an aerosol that can be inhaled. Such e-liquid usually contains nicotine, flavorings, and other chemicals. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that an estimated ...

How two 1990s discoveries have led to (some) cured cancers, and a Nobel Prize
This year's award of the Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine to James P. Allison and Tasuku Honjo, for their work in the early 1990s on immune checkpoint proteins CTLA4 and PD1, is a fitting recognition of how their work has led to a seismic shift ...

North Carolina health officials sound warning after one of the state's 'deadliest' flu seasons
Flu season is here, and North Carolina health officials are urging residents to get vaccinated. CDC urges early flu shots; Estimated 80,000 flu deaths last year in US "A flu vaccination is a simple, easy step that can help keep you healthy," said Dr ...

When You Know You Know: Today, Take 5 Minutes to Assess Your Breast and Ovarian Cancer Risk
Like everything else in this hypercapitalist country, even breast cancer awareness has been commodified (there's even a term for it: pinkwashing). From the uniforms of the NFL to razors, perfume and handbags, October is literally awash in pink. But ...

Man, 29, dies of brain-eating amoeba after visiting water park
Fabrizio Stabile, a 29-year-old surfer from Atlantic County, died of a brain-eating amoeba after a visit to the wave pool of a Texas resort. ( GoFundMe ). Comment. By Janet Pickel · [email protected] A 29-year-old man died of brain-eating amoeba ...

2 big studies in older, healthy adults hope to prevent Alzheimer's
BIRMINGHAM, AL- Scientists hope two new studies will prevent Alzheimer's in older, healthy adults. The studies will target the very first brain changes while memory and thinking skills are intact. To participate, people must first join GeneMatch, a ...

Racial differences in incident hypertension driven by diet, education level
Racial differences in men and women regarding incident hypertension were related to the dietary ratio of sodium to potassium, Southern dietary pattern and education level, according to a study published in JAMA. Other key factors in women but not men ...

To Prevent Urinary Tract Infections, Drink Up
Women are commonly advised to drink extra water to prevent recurrent urinary tract infections, or U.T.I.s, but until now there has been little evidence that it works. Now a randomized trial has found that women who drink more water do indeed get fewer ...

Secret identity of 150-year-old body found in NYC revealed
A PBS documentary reveals the identity -- and an artist's digitally created image -- or the woman whose well-preserved body was found in a metal coffin in Queens seven years ago. (Impossible Factual/Joe Mullins). On the afternoon of Oct. 4, 2011, a ...

A Brain-Eating Amoeba Just Claimed Another Victim
The temperature in Waco, Texas was approaching 83 degrees last Thursday when Mia Mattioli arrived in search of Naegleria fowleri, a brain-eating, warm-water-loving amoeba that kills almost every person it infects. An environmental engineer at the ...

FDA made surprise visit to Juul as CDC finds vape maker dominates market
Juul has come to dominate the e-cigarette market with its slick devices and nicotine-laden “vape juice,” and that's not a good thing, federal health officials said Tuesday. Juul sales have soared, and it's now got the greatest market share of any ...

Nearly half of women and a third of men will develop dementia, stroke or Parkinson's, study says
(CNN) Nearly half of women and a third of men over the age of 45 will develop Parkinson's, dementia or stroke during their lifetime, a new study says. The three conditions are among the leading causes of mortality and disability in the older population ...

Man Chugs Erectile Dysfunction Drug, Ends Up With Permanently Red-Tinted Vision
One man's experience with a common erectile dysfunction drug turned out to be a lot more eye-opening than he expected. According to his doctors, he developed a seemingly permanent red tint to his color vision after taking a massive dose of sildenafil ...

Important info about 'brain-eating amoeba' that killed NJ man
An amoeba that killed a New Jersey man is common in warm, freshwater bodies, but the chances of people getting sick from it, much less dying, is very low. Fabrizio Stabile's main symptom before he died last month after contracting Naegleria floweri was ...

A record 80000 Americans died of flu last year, making it the worst season on record
The United States experienced the deadliest flu season in more than four decades last year, according to a new report from the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. » RELATED: Why now is a good time to get your flu shot ...

To prevent breast cancer, practice healthful habits and seek screening
The pink ribbon bonanza has arrived with October, the reliable sign that Breast Cancer Awareness Month is upon us. The ribbon campaign is a good reminder for women to make an appointment for their annual mammogram (if they're 40 or older) or to share ...

Man swallowed huge dose of erectile dysfunction drug. Now he sees red, doctors say
New York doctors say that this man's experience should serve as a cautionary tale to those who consider “overindulging” in erectile dysfunction drugs. A 31-year-old man went to an urgent care clinic complaining of red-tinted vision, which had gone on ...

Anti-aging effects of compound in some fruits and vegetables verified in novel new research
New research has revealed that fisetin – a natural flavonoid found in many fruits and vegetables – functions as an effective senolytic agent by clearing out damaged aging cells, improving health and extending lifespan. When our cells lose the ability ...

Teen cannabis use is not without risk to cognitive development
Although studies have shown that alcohol and cannabis misuse are related to impaired cognition in youth, previous studies were not designed to understand this relationship and differentiate whether cannabis use was causal or consequential to cognitive ...

Almost 40% of Americans Eat Fast Food on Any Given Day, Report Says
Pick a day at random, and you can bet that nearly 40% of Americans will eat fast food during those 24 hours, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). Between 2013 and ...

Man loses hands, feet and nose after being licked by dog
A man lost parts of his hands, feet and nose after being licked by a dog and contracting a rare bacterial infection. Greg Manteufel, 48, went to the hospital on June 27 after he began exhibiting flu-like symptoms and, within hours of being admitted, he ...

Man Took So Many Erectile Dysfunction Drugs His Vision Was Permanently Tinted Red
A 31 -year-old man developed a permanent red tint to his vision after overdosing on a common erectile dysfunction drug, according to a case study published in the journal Retinal Cases. Researchers from the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai ...

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