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Infertility 'breakthrough': Human eggs fully grown in lab for the first time
A group of scientists are touting an infertility "breakthrough" after human eggs have been grown in a lab from their earliest stages to the point of potential fertilization for the first time. »RELATED: New, affordable at-home fertility test gives ...

Georgian College cancels diploma in homeopathy
Homeopathic treatments are made from diluted water that is believed to hold a molecular memory, a scientifically implausible theory that has been disproven by many studies. (Shutterstock ). Georgian College says it is cancelling its controversial ...

Louisiana couple's honeymoon cruise turns into medical nightmare
GEISMAR, La. - Brant Aymond's paddle boarding accident on a coral reef in Honduras turned his and his wife's honeymoon cruise over Thanksgiving week into a bloody, painful experience. “It's just unfortunate. I fell off and there was a piece of coral ...

27-Year-Old Texas Fitness Trainer Who Exercised 'All the Time' Dies of the Flu
A health and fitness trainer from Texas tragically died after showing symptoms of the influenza virus last month. Jeremy Westerman loved to stay healthy and exercise, and was always passionate about helping others as a personal trainer near his home in ...

RIDOH investigating allergic-type reactions to kiwi fruit among students
The Rhode Island Department of Health is investigating the occurrence of allergic-type reactions in school students Friday that are associated with the consumption of kiwi fruit. Health department officials say they received reports of approximately 34 ...

Man's Rectum Fell Out Of Body After Sitting On The Toilet For 30 Minutes
Let this be a warning to those who spend hours on their cell phones while doing their business in the loo. A man from China had to part ways with his rectum after he sat on the toilet for too long playing video games. The gaming enthusiast was rushed ...

Gerber Chooses Toddler With Down Syndrome To Be Its 2018 Spokesbaby
Lucas Warren, the new face of baby food company Gerber, is about to change how the world views disabilities. All he needs to do is flash his charming smile. ( Cortney Warren | Facebook ). Lucas Warren, an 18-month-old with Down Syndrome and a ...

Minnesota investigates two human Salmonella cases linked to Raws for Paws pet food
In a follow-up on the Raws for Paws recall, Minnesota health and agriculture officials report investigating two cases of Salmonella Reading infection in two Twin Cities children. Salmonella bacteria (red)/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious ...

Kiwi Fruit Linked To Allergic Reactions In Rhode Island
Students in Rhode Island were given antihistamines and sent to the emergency room because of allergic reactions that surfaced after they ate fresh kiwi fruits. Who is most at risk of kiwi fruit allergy? ( Jean-Pierre Muller | AFP/Getty Images ). The ...

February is American Heart Month
February is a month filled with love, cupids and hearts full of chocolates. But it also is a time to take a good look at your heart health. American Heart Month, celebrated each February, is a national initiative designed to help prevent heart attacks ...

Man's Rectum 'Fell Out' While Playing Phone Games On The Toilet: Report
A man in China had been sitting on the toilet for 30 minutes while playing games on his mobile phone when the unusual happened. His rectum fell out of his body. ( Pixabay ). A man in China had been sitting on the toilet for half an hour when his rectum ...

NYC confirms 3rd child flu death
Officials have confirmed the third pediatric flu death in New York City of this 2017-18 flu season. Details about the child, the death, or when it happened have not been released. "The tragic death of a child due to the flu is a reminder of the ...

As terminations rise, will Gerber's Down syndrome 'spokesbaby' change attitudes?
Lucas Warren of Dalton, Ga., won over executives at Gerber baby food who have made him their "spokesbaby" this year. Lucas is Gerber's first spokesbaby with Down syndrome in the company's 91-year history. (Courtesy Warren family/Gerber/Associated Press ...

Teacher on life support as worst flu outbreak in years engulfs US
A special education teacher in Texas is reportedly on life support after contracting both strains of influenza, as the worst flu season in years engulfs the United States. Interested in Flu Season? Add Flu Season as an interest to stay up to date on ...

Fresh kiwi blamed for physical reactions at more than a dozen schools
Kiwi: Kiwi also contains high amounts of Vitamin C, which help fight against macular degeneration. Fresh kiwi blamed for physical reactions at more than a dozen schools. Share. Shares. Copy Link. Copy. {copyShortcut} to copy Link copied! AP. Updated: 2 ...

Capping years of criticism, Purdue Pharma will stop promoting its opioid drugs to doctors
Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, announced this week that it will stop promoting its opioid drugs to doctors. (Associated Press). The manufacturer of the powerful painkiller OxyContin announced this week that it will stop promoting its opioid ...

This Year's Flu Is Now as Bad as the 2009 Swine Flu Epidemic, CDC Says
(NEW YORK) — The flu has further tightened its grip on the U.S. This season is now as bad as the swine flu epidemic nine years ago. A government report out Friday shows 1 of every 13 visits to the doctor last week was for fever, cough and other ...

School holds prayer vigil for teen who died from flu
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- A touching prayer vigil was held Friday evening for 14-year-old Gabriella Chabot who died from the flu, CBS Los Angeles reports. Chabot would have celebrated her 15th birthday next week. Hundreds of people paid their respects ...

OxyContin maker Purdue to stop promoting opioids to doctors, cut half of sales staff
The maker of the powerful painkiller OxyContin said it will stop marketing opioid drugs to doctors, bowing to a key demand of lawsuits that blame the company for helping trigger the current drug abuse epidemic. OxyContin has long been the world's top ...

Teacher on life support after contracting both strains of flu
Crystal Whitley, a special ed teacher in Mullins, is on a life support at Baylor Scott & White in Dallas. Author: Jason Whitely. Published: 4:04 PM EST February 10, 2018. DALLAS – Friends and family can't quite process what happened to Crystal Whitley ...

Why are people outside high-risk groups dying from the flu?
INDIANAPOLIS — As far as flu seasons go, experts are saying the levels of visits to hospitals and emergency rooms for this one are comparable to the 2009 swine flu. As such, reports of otherwise healthy or young people dying from the infection are ...

NBC should serve up real Olympic journalism
NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt has a notable role in the network's coverage of the Olympics. (Joe Raedle / AP). David WhitleyContact Reporter. Lester Holt did not go to Korea to eat dog, but duty calls. Let me explain. Like every host country ...

Autism, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder share similar gene expression
WASHINGTON, Feb. 10 (Xinhua) -- Major mental disorders such as autism, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder appear to have more in common than previously thought, new research finds. Scientists discovered that these disorders share similarities at a ...

Novel tool that measures cell strength could help identify drugs for asthma, hypertension
LOS ANGELES, Feb. 10 (Xinhua) -- Researchers have developed a new tool that can measure the physical strength of individual cells 100 times faster than current technologies. It is the first high-throughput tool that can measure the strength of ...

Santa Fe County sees 'green rush' as number of medical marijuana cardholders grows
Julayne Farmer, chocolatier and candymaker at Minerva Canna Group, makes leaf-shaped gummy candy Tuesday at the Cerrillos Road store. Luis Sánchez Saturno/The New Mexican. Santa Fe County sees 'green rush' as number of medical marijuana cardholders ...

More Religious Leaders Challenge Silence, Isolation Surrounding Suicide
The Rev. Talitha Arnold was just 2 years old when her father, a World War II veteran, took his own life. "You just didn't talk about those things back then. We didn't even talk about suicide when I was in the seminary," says Arnold, who leads the ...

Weight Watchers set to ditch famous 'before and after' pictures
THE surprising reason why “before and after” weight-loss pictures are about to disappear from TV screens and magazine pages for good. Alexis Carey. news.com.auFebruary 12, 20181:14am. Video; Image. Play Video. Play. Mute. 0:00. /. 0:00. Loaded: 0 ...

Experimental Flu Drug Could Kill the Virus in One Day
It won't be available in the US until next year, but Japanese scientists have developed a drug that can kill the influenza virus in 24 hours. The compound works by blocking the flu from hijacking other cells in the body. News Image. It also only ...

OxyContin maker cuts sales staff, won't hawk drug to docs
The decision by OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma to stop encouraging physicians to write the painkiller's scripts is drawing positive reviews from opioid experts who caution that far more work must be done to crush the killer epidemic. Purdue said it is ...

Your E-Cigarette Might Be Killing You, Study Says Flavoring Liquids In E-Cigarettes Could Cause Lung Damage
New research hints at the possibility of e-cigarettes being not as safe as they were once thought. Flavoring Liquids In E-Cigarettes Can Cause Lung Damage Lindsay Fox / Pixabay Health · 0 · 0 · 0 · Rahul Srinivas. E-cigarettes have long been hailed as ...

Stigma attached, but cervical cancer is preventable
Denelle Hershey sits in the St. Vincent Kokomo oncology office, next to the image of her cervical cancer. Hershey's cancer today is in remission. Tim Bath | Kokomo Tribune. KOKOMO, Ind. — As a mother and a grandmother, Denelle Hershey was constantly ...

Norovirus Emerges As A Tough Competitor At The 2018 Winter Olympics
In the Olympic motto, "faster" and "stronger" (as in "faster, higher, stronger") aren't referring to vomiting and diarrhea. But norovirus is an Olympian among gastrointestinal viruses and has been spreading at PyeongChang, South Korea, site of the 2018 ...

First Gerber baby with Down syndrome
NEW YORK • An 18-month-old boy with Down syndrome has been named by American baby food-maker Gerber as its "spokesbaby" for this year, the company said last week, an action hailed by advocates for people with the genetic condition. Lucas Warren of ...

Flu still on the rise; hospitalizations high: 'We may be on track to break some records'
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The current flu season is “still on the rise,” the acting director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday. “We may be on track to break some recent records,” Dr. Anne Schuchat added while releasing the ...

CNN Exclusive: California launches investigation following stunning admission by Aetna medical director
(CNN) California's insurance commissioner has launched an investigation into Aetna after learning a former medical director for the insurer admitted under oath he never looked at patients' records when deciding whether to approve or deny care ...

Virgin, 29, Pregnant With 1st Miracle Baby — How She Conceived Without Ever Having Sex
A woman who is still a virgin and plans to never have sex found out she is pregnant. Learn how she achieved her goal of having a child without a partner. A 29-year-old virgin named Lauren has found out she is pregnant with her first child after going ...

Fifteen flu deaths likely just the tip of the iceberg, health officials say
This year in Ontario it is tougher for local public health officials to measure the severity of the flu season in a timely way. Changes in the way flu is being tracked means less immediate information is available. Darren Brown / QMI. Share Adjust ...

Woman has British accent after medical procedure
Michelle Myers, a former Texas beauty queen who's never left the USA, sounds like she's from jolly old England. "Everyone only sees Mary Poppins or hears Mary Poppins." Her lack of a Texas' twang makes people question whether or not she's faking. For ...

Media outlet tries to link Olympic norovirus outbreak to North Korea bio-attack
Several times over the years I see media outlets use hyperbolic and sensationalized headlines and stories in serious topics in the world of outbreaks and infectious diseases. Whether it be about plague or Ebola, this type of news story inevitably ...

Schizophrenia patients calmed by video game
People with schizophrenia can be trained by playing a video game to control the part of the brain linked to verbal hallucinations, researchers say. Patients in a small study were able to land a rocket in the game when it was connected to the brain ...

Why are people outside high-risk groups dying from the flu?
Deaths are happening even to those outside the at-risk groups when symptoms are coupled with pneumonia, heart attack or sepsis. Author: Domenica Bongiovanni, The Indianapolis Star. Published: 9:13 PM EST February 11, 2018. As far as flu seasons go ...

E-cigarette Liquid Flavorings May Still Cause Lung Damage Even Without Nicotine
The liquid flavorings in e-cigarettes may still damage the lungs regardless that they do not contain nicotine. Here are the most dangerous flavors that were found to be most toxic to lung cells. ( Justin Sullivan | Getty Images ). Findings of a new ...

Omaha-area parents praise pick of first Gerber baby with Down syndrome
Lucas Warren, 1, is the new Gerber baby. Choosing a baby with Down syndrome sends a hopeful message, local parents say. The Associated Press. Facebook · Twitter · Email; Print; Save. Leah Janke thought of her own son with pride when she spotted the ...

Texas mom dies from flu after skipping on meds deemed too costly: report
A Texas mother of two died Sunday from flu complications after reportedly deciding that the $116 medication to treat the virus was too costly. Heather Holland, a second-grade teacher at Ikard Elementary School in Weatherford, Texas, died following ...

Study: Far Ultraviolet C Light Inactivates Airborne Viruses
Low doses of far ultraviolet C light can inactivate airborne influenza and other viruses without harming human tissues, according to a study published in the February 9, 2018 issue of the journal Scientific Reports. Welch et al show for the first time ...

Israel develops pocket-size device to test for heart attacks
(CNN) It starts with an uncomfortable pressure gripping the center of your chest. A sharp pain shoots through your arms, neck and jaw. Your breath starts to shorten; you feel a growing urge to vomit. What do you do next? Nearly half of Americans do ...

Here's what state health and hospital officials are saying about the flu in Massachusetts
There's no doubt about it — Massachusetts is experiencing a bad flu season. According to the latest flu report from the state's Department of Public Health, the Bay State has seen 8,152 laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza so far in the 2017-2018 ...

Heart Stents Are Useless for Most Stable Patients. They're Still Widely Used.
Why are so many people paying so much — and putting themselves at risk — for a placebo effect? By Aaron E. Carroll. Feb. 12, 2018. Image. CreditJack Sachs. When my children were little, if they complained about aches and pains, I'd sometimes rub some ...

Smartphone Detox: How To Power Down In A Wired World
If the Russian psychologist Ivan Pavlov were alive today, what would he say about smartphones? He might not think of them as phones at all, but instead as remarkable tools for understanding how technology can manipulate our brains. Pavlov's own ...

Is This Experimental Japanese Drug the Secret to Stopping the Flu?
A Japanese drug company is offering up a big claim: Shionogi & Co. says it has an experimental pill that can kill the flu virus within a single day, according to news reports. In a clinical trial, a single dose of the drug made by the pharmaceutical ...

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