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'Don't be taken in by anti-vaccine myths on social media'
People who believe the myths spread by anti-vaccine campaigners "are absolutely wrong", England's top doctor has said. Prof Dame Sally Davies said the MMR vaccine was safe and had been given to millions of children worldwide but uptake was currently ...

Minimally Invasive Surgery Is Standard for Cervical Cancer. But A New Study Shows It's Not Effective
In a demonstration that newer isn't always better, two studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine show that minimally invasive surgery techniques, including robotic surgery, lead to higher death rates from any cause than traditional, open ...

Iowa health officials: Opioid-related deaths fall 35 percent
Opioid-related deaths in Iowa are down this year compared to this time last year, according to preliminary data from the Iowa Department of Public Health. The number of deaths involving opioids has fallen 35 percent. In the first eight months of this ...

How This Woman Got A Maggot In Her Groin While On Vacation
Pictured here are human botfy maggots. Adult human botflies capture mosquitoes and some small flies in midair and deposit their eggs on the insects' bellies. These host insects then can surreptitiously land on warm-blooded animals, including humans ...

U of M doctor helps unravel AFM mystery
MINNEAPOLIS - Halloween is a welcome treat for Dr. Mark Schleiss. When he's not at home, this professor of pediatrics at the University of Minnesota Medical School often sees kids when they're not so healthy and recently there's one topic that keeps ...

This Study Does Not Say Remove Your Appendix To Prevent Parkinson's Disease
In the party that is your body, your appendix can seem like a wallflower. After all, you may not really notice your appendix until it gets inflamed. Then, it can get promptly removed. Otherwise what else does a dangling out-pouching from your large ...

10th child dies from adenovirus outbreak in New Jersey
(CNN) A 10th child has died following an outbreak of adenovirus at a New Jersey rehabilitation facility, state health officials said. At least 27 children have been linked to the outbreak at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Haskell ...

10th child dies amid adenovirus outbreak at New Jersey pediatric care center
WOODLAND PARK, N.J. — A 10th child died Wednesday night from adenovirus after an outbreak at a New Jersey long-term care center that has infected 27 medically fragile children, the state Health Department said. The death came as the outbreak entered ...

Appendix Removal Linked to Lower Future Parkinson's Risk
Two new epidemiologic studies have suggested an important role for the appendix in the origin of Parkinson's disease. One large study, which involved the whole population of Sweden and had a 50-year follow-up, found that individuals whose appendix had ...

Merck Pulls Out Of Agreement To Supply Life-Saving Vaccine To Millions Of Kids
The pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. Inc. is ending a long-term agreement to supply a lifesaving vaccine for children in West Africa. At the same time, the company has started sending the vaccine to China, where it will likely be sold for a much higher ...

Medical expert criticize CDC's response to AFM
ATLANTA - One of the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's own medical experts is criticizing the agency's response to an illness that's paralyzing children. Channel 2 Action News has reported on the spread of Acute Flaccid ...

Another Breakthrough: 3 Paralyzed People Now Walk
By Dennis Thompson. HealthDay Reporter. WEDNESDAY, Oct. 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The science of spinal cord stimulation has been fine-tuned to the point that three previously paralyzed patients can now walk with minimal assistance, Swiss ...

Study: Minimally invasive surgery has worse outlook than open surgery for cervical cancer
Nov. 1 (UPI) -- Early-stage cervical cancer patients who undergo a minimally invasive hysterectomy have a worse survival outlook than open surgery of the procedure, according to two studies published simultaneously. Researchers "recommend on only ...

Final report says cellphone radiation may cause cancer in rats but not people
The federal government's National Toxicology Program released its final report Thursday on whether cellphones cause cancer. The final verdict: cellphone radiation may sometimes cause tumors in rats at high, continuous doses, but not in people. The ...

Premature Birth Rates Rise Again, But A Few States Are Turning Things Around
The rate of premature birth across the United States rose for the third year in a row, according to the annual premature birth report card from March of Dimes, a nonprofit organization that works to improve maternal and infant health. This comes after ...

Immigration to the US Westernizes Asians, and their gut microbes
(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Pajau Vangay, University of Minnesota and Dan Knights, University of Minnesota ...

Is it normal to feel sick after the flu shot?
“Mrs. Jones, would you like the flu vaccine today?” Interested in Flu Season? Add Flu Season as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Flu Season news, video, and analysis from ABC News. Flu Season. Add Interest. “No, doc. When I was younger I ...

Immigrating To The US? Get Ready For A New Gut Microbiome (And Maybe More Pounds)
A lot changed for Minnesota-based chef Yia Vang's family when they fled persecution in Laos and, in 1988, resettled in the American Midwest. For one, "I think my parents realized they don't have to go out and kill one every time we want to eat chicken ...

Appendix Removal Could Lower the Risk of Parkinson's Disease by Nearly 20 Percent
An appendectomy is a painful, but common surgery to remove the appendix, an unnecessary organ. And as researchers just found, it is linked to lowering the risk of developing Parkinson's disease. The surprising new study found that people who had their ...

Officials report first flu-related death in North Carolina
RALEIGH, NC — Officials with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services' Division of Public Health today announced the first reported flu-related death of the 2018-19 flu season, which occurred last week and involved an adult in the ...

Man, 55, with HIV, sexually abused girl, 14, for months, police say
“This animal” is how Davie police referred to a 55-year-old man who is HIV positive and accused of having sex, multiple times, with a 14-year-old girl. William Charles Bell had sex with the teen inside his trailer in Davie and also had pornographic ...

FDA Issues Alert on Recalled Irbesartan Due to Contamination
SciGen Pharmaceuticals has voluntary recalled certain lots of the angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARB) irbesartan, owing to the presence of N-nitrosodiethylamine (NDEA), a probable human carcinogen, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said in a ...

Ocean County measles outbreak hits 2 more people, more could have been exposed
Two more people have been infected with measles in Lakewood after being exposed to the highly-contagious virus from a traveler who brought it into the country last month, the New Jersey Department of Health said. The department warned residents ...

Rabid bat found after falling out of elementary student's jacket
DRIPPING SPRINGS, Texas (KXAN) — A rabid live bat was found last week when it fell out of a student's jacket at Sycamore Springs Elementary School in Dripping Springs ISD. The Hays County Sheriff's Office was called to the school on Friday, Oct. 26, ...

Legislature to look into viral outbreak that led to 10 deaths at NJ pediatric facility
The state Senate is planning a hearing to look into what factors may have contributed to the deadly viral outbreak at a pediatric healthcare facility that has so far claimed the lives of ten children, and continues to grow. Sen. Joseph Vitale, D ...

Cross talk: Federal agencies clash on cellphone cancer risk
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two U.S. government agencies are giving conflicting interpretations of a safety study on cellphone radiation: One says it causes cancer in rats. The other says there's no reason for people to worry. No new research was issued ...

How Long Should Older Moms Wait Before Getting Pregnant Again?
Sign up for the CommonHealth newsletter to receive a weekly digest of WBUR's best health, medicine and science coverage. Many older first-time moms face a dilemma when it comes to baby No. 2. The clock is ticking louder than ever. But doctors advise ...

A new, eye-wateringly high estimate of the cost of obesity in the US
A report released this week puts a surprisingly high figure on the societal cost of obesity in the US: $1.72 trillion annually, or 9.3 percent of GDP. By contrast, the current CDC estimates are in the region of $150 billion, less than one tenth as high ...

American diet changes gut bacteria of immigrants
Immigrants coming to the United States from Southeast Asia experience a rapid “Westernizing” of the bacteria in their guts that could explain their rising rates of obesity and related diseases. University of Minnesota researchers discovered the pattern ...

1 in 5 childhood scald burns caused by instant soup and ramen, research shows
(CNN) Instant soup -- often sold as "ramen" in the United States -- is cheap, tasty and wildly popular among hungry college students. But new research suggests that the products may put young children at risk. The soups cause about one in five ...

Cellphone study shows risk of cancer in rats exposed to radio frequency radiation
A government-funded study trying to understand the link between cellphones and cancer determined radiation from the devices causes cancer in male rats. The National Toxicology Program, nominated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, observed ...

Blood pressure drug recalled for possible cancer risk, FDA says
Certain lots of a blood pressure medication have been recalled because they may contain an impurity believed to cause cancer, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday. Some Irbesartan tablets manufactured by ScieGen Pharmaceuticals ...

First FDA-approved marijuana-based drug now available in US
Several months after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the use of a drug derived from marijuana for the first time, the drug became available in the U.S. on Thursday. Epidiolex will be legally used to treat two serious and rare kinds of ...

How A Dog Could Stop The Global Spread Of Disease
Several years ago, British entomologist Steve Lindsay landed at an American airport and was immediately struck by all the furry creatures walking around the baggage claim area. "I was astounded to see sniffer dogs, looking for fruits and vegetables ...

Immigration to US Westernizes Asian guts
Have you ever lived long enough in another country to see changes in your overall health? Or perhaps, you have noticed that after a friend moved to the U.S. his health seemed to deteriorate. Many immigrants arrive in the U.S. healthy. But after living ...

Adenovirus victim's parents: Shut down pediatric care center where 10 children died
The parents of a 4-year-old girl who they say died in a viral outbreak that has killed nine other severely debilitated children at a long-term care center in Wanaque are calling for the facility to be shut down because they say their daughter was ...

2 physicians who lost their young son to the flu: Get vaccinated
Two physicians who lost their young son to the flu last year want parents to listen to their message, born of great grief and suffering: Get your child a flu shot. Drs. Laura and Anthony Sidari's 4-year-old son, Leon, did not get the flu vaccine last ...

Here are some reasons why people don't get the flu shot — and why they're wrong
Every year, health officials warn people to get their flu shots. Every year, people ignore those calls. Just 37 percent of U.S. adults were estimated to have been vaccinated last flu season, down 6 percentage points from the year before, according to ...

Fearing cross-border spread, Uganda to start vaccinating against Ebola
Uganda will begin vaccinating heath care and other front-line workers against the Ebola virus next week amid concerns that a large outbreak in neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo will spread across the border. Ugandan health minister Jane Ruth ...

Llamas could one day help prevent the flu
Every year, we line up for flu shots hoping that the annual vaccine will be the right formula to ward off that year's strain. It's filled with bits of neutralized flu virus that trigger your immune system to create antibodies that will destroy the ...

She Chose To 'Go Flat' And Wants Other Breast Cancer Survivors To Know They Can Too
Catherine Guthrie already knew a lot about breast cancer when she found a lump on her left breast at age 38. A women's health journalist, Guthrie had written about breast cancer patients' experiences and had followed the latest treatment innovations ...

Measles Outbreak: More Cases, More Clinics In Rockland
Now with 46 cases, officials are offering shots for babies as young as six months, because measles is more dangerous for little children. By Lanning Taliaferro, Patch Staff | Nov 2, 2018 12:43 pm ET | Updated Nov 2, 2018 4:06 pm ET ...

DHEC: 3 measles cases now confirmed in Spartanburg County
SPARTANBURG COUNTY, SC (FOX Carolina) - South Carolina's Department of Health and Control confirmed Friday that two additional measles cases had been confirmed in Spartanburg County. The agency reported on October 30 that the first case had ...

Llama blood clue to beating all flu
Scientists in the US have recruited an unlikely ally in their efforts to develop a new flu treatment. Llamas have been used to produce a new antibody therapy that has the potential to work against all types of flu, including new pandemics. Influenza is ...

Study: 1 in 5 childhood scald burns caused by instant soup, ramen
New research led by Emory University scientists suggests one in five childhood scald burns are a direct result of soups like instant soup or ramen. » RELATED: Georgia police investigating $98,000 ramen noodles heist ...

Cell Phone Radiation Was Linked To Cancer In A New Study In Rats, But Even The Authors Are Saying Not To Worry
If your parents have been stressing that you're going to get a brain tumor because of your smartphone, tell them to rest easy. Yes, cell phone radiation was linked to cancer in a new study, according to BuzzFeed News, but before you freak out, you ...

A woman went to a hospital for back surgery — and left without one of her kidneys
Maureen Pacheco had expected to have a spinal procedure. It was April 2016, and she was told a surgeon would fuse together a couple of vertebrae in her lower back to help relieve pain believed to be from an injury she sustained in a car accident the ...

Doctors' son died 10 days before his flu shot appointment. Now, they want to save your child
Two physicians who lost their young son to the flu last year want parents to listen to their message, born of great grief and suffering: Get your child a flu shot. Drs. Laura and Anthony Sidari's 4-year-old son, Leon, did not get the flu vaccine last ...

FDA approves powerful opioid despite fears of more overdose deaths
The Food and Drug Administration approved a powerful opioid Friday for use in health-care settings, rejecting criticism from some of its advisers that the drug would inevitably be diverted to illicit use and cause more overdose deaths. The opioid is ...

FDA Approves Powerful New Opioid Despite Warnings of Likely Abuse
WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved a new form of an extremely potent opioid to manage acute pain in adults, weeks after the chairman of the advisory committee that reviewed it asked the agency to reject it on grounds ...

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