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Amoebas From Neti Pot Devour Seattle Woman's Brain
The woman was treating her chronic sinus infections with a neti pot. That allowed the amoebas to enter her brain, according to doctors. By Neal McNamara , Patch Staff | Dec 6, 2018 11:03 am ET | Updated Dec 6, 2018 11:10 am ET ...

40% of Americans Don't Plan to Get a Flu Shot. They're Putting Others at Risk
Each year, doctors and public health officials urge virtually every American to get a flu shot. But a new poll suggests that many people don't plan to follow that advice. As of mid-November, 43% of American adults said they had already received a flu ...

Body fat levels linked to breast cancer risk in post-menopausal women
(CNN) Older women with excess body fat, even if they have what's considered a normal body-mass index, could be at greater risk for breast cancer, according to a study published Thursday in the medical journal JAMA Oncology. "We do find that excess body ...

Man coughs up part of lung while being treated for heart failure
A 36-year-old California man who was admitted to the intensive care unit with chronic heart failure was coughing so severely that he hacked up a piece of his lung. The unidentified patient, whose case was written about in the New England Journal of ...

When And Where Fruit Flies First Bugged Humans
The next time you swat a fruit fly in your kitchen, take heart from the fact that people have apparently been struggling with these fly infestations for around 10,000 years. A study published Thursday suggests Drosophila melanogaster first shacked up ...

Special Report: After a Child's Dire Diagnosis, Hope and Uncertainty at the Frontiers of Medicine
NEW YORK (Reuters) - “I wish I didn't have this hand anymore,” my 4-year-old son said as he woke one winter morning. “Why, my love?” “Because it's no good,” he said, pulling at the nearly lifeless fingers of his left hand with its stronger partner ...

Progress made in transplanting pig hearts into baboons
A large team of researchers from several institutions in Germany, Sweden, Switzerland and the U.S. has transplanted pig hearts into baboons and kept them alive for an extended period of time. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the group ...

Stair test may predict your risk of dying of heart disease, cancer, study finds
For a glimpse into the state of your health and longevity, just head for some stairs. How people perform on an exercise test that requires them to move very briskly can predict their risk of premature death from heart disease, cancer and other causes ...

Is America Ready For Prescription Heroin?
The U.S. drug crisis does not appear to be letting up. The nation experienced a shattering 47,000 opioid-related overdose deaths in 2017. Driving the surge are potent, cheap synthetics like fentanyl that have spread into the illicit drug supply. In ...

Disneyland Tower Suggested as Legionnaires' Disease Source
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A cooling tower that provides mist to make Disneyland visitors comfortable was the likely source for 22 cases in a Legionnaires' disease outbreak last year near the theme park, a health official testified this week. Most of those ...


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