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Why life expectancy is dropping in Washington and nationwide
Overall life expectancy for Americans was 78.6 years in 2017... a slight drop from the year before. That's based on two factors: drug overdose deaths - primarily from opioids, and an increase in the suicide rate. Both of these are important public ...

World AIDS Day 2018: 30 questions about HIV/AIDS, answered, for 30 years of World AIDS Day
People around the world on Saturday will observe the 30th annual World AIDS Day, an event aimed at spreading awareness of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. To mark the 30th anniversary of the world's first global health day, here are 30 frequently asked questions ...

CDC: Here Is Where The Asian Longhorned Tick Has Spread Since 2017
Tick, tick, tick. It was only a matter of time before this tick would spread from New Jersey to other states. Just 7 months ago, I wrote for Forbes about how the Asian longhorned tick (Haemaphysalis longicornis) had made its first real appearance in ...

Sudden death of baby elephant leaves Oregon Zoo staff heartbroken
The Oregon Zoo in Portland was closed Friday following the unexpected death Thursday night of Lily, a 6-year-old Asian elephant who was considered "the darling of the zoo," according to the park's director. Lily, the youngest member of the zoo's ...

More adenovirus cases found at UMd, total rises to 22
The University of Maryland health center said Friday that it has learned of 22 confirmed cases of students with Adenovirus. In four cases, tests showed the presence of Adenovirus 7, which can cause more severe illness than other strains. The death of ...

Government tries yet again to regulate tobacco products
The Food and Drug Administration just announced it would once again try to regulate tobacco products. This time the target of the agency's regulatory hand is what it believes is the growing menace of flavored e-cigarettes and other tobacco products ...

After record number of US deaths, opioid epidemic shows signs of an ebb
The CDC released the official 2017 mortality and drug overdose data Friday, and any way you slice it, it's bad. The numbers show the United States in the midst of the longest sustained decline in life expectancy since World War I. The drop is driven in ...

A Face Transplant Gave This 26-Year-Old a 'Second Chance at Life' — And Points to a Promising Future for Patients
Cameron Underwood is back to golfing, restoring cars and even sky-diving, less than three years after sustaining a self-inflicted gunshot wound that severely damaged his face and nearly claimed his life. Underwood, now 26, was left without the majority ...

Why the Ebola outbreak in DRC has spun out of control
GENEVA — An Ebola epidemic that experts are calling “exceptionally dangerous” is unfolding in the Democratic Republic of Congo. So far, there have been more than 420 cases and 240 deaths, which makes it the largest outbreak of Ebola since the ...

World AIDS Day: 5 ways you can make a difference
(CNN) December 1 is World AIDS Day, an annual event dedicated to raising awareness and money to fight AIDS around the world. Over the last four decades, HIV and AIDS have been at the forefront of advocacy and research. But despite medical advances, ...

Dark web dealers voluntarily ban deadly fentanyl
Major dark web drug suppliers have started to voluntarily ban the synthetic opioid fentanyl because it is too dangerous, the National Crime Agency has said. They are “delisting” the high-strength painkiller, effectively classifying it alongside mass ...

'From Nothing to Gangbusters': A Treatment for Sickle-Cell Disease Proves Effective in Africa
A drug that protects children in wealthy countries against painful and sometimes lethal bouts of sickle-cell disease has been proven safe for use in Africa, where the condition is far more common, scientists reported on Saturday. More research remains ...

Meet the 'radical gay doctor' behind NYC's falling HIV rate
On a brisk November afternoon at Mount Sinai Comprehensive Care Clinic in Manhattan, Dr. Demetre Daskalakis sat in a brightly lit exam room, clicking away on a keyboard as his next patient walked in. The patient was in his 50s, and his first question ...

The scientist, the twins and the experiment that geneticists say went too far
Humanity was reluctantly dragged into a new era this week. In a video posted on YouTube, Chinese scientist He Jiankui announced to the world that he successfully used the gene-editing tool CRISPR-Cas9 to modify the DNA of two embryos before birth, ...

Toronto pop-up spa staffed exclusively by HIV-positive 'healers'
Toronto's Healing House is thought to be the world's first spa staffed exclusively by HIV-positive therapists, or "healers." To mark World AIDS Day, Casey House, a hospital that provides care for patients with HIV, launched the pop-up spa, which will ...

Dark web drug dealers are choosing to ban deadly fentanyl, National Crime Agency says
Drug suppliers on the dark web have voluntarily started to ban the synthetic opioid fentanyl because they believe it is too dangerous, the National Crime Agency (NCA) has said. Major operators have stopped selling the high-strength painkiller because ...

UMd says 22 confirmed cases of adenovirus
COLLEGE PARK, Md. — More cases of a respiratory virus have been confirmed at the University of Maryland, College Park, where a freshman died of complications from the virus last month. The director of the university's health center said Friday there ...

2 high blood pressure medications added to recall of heart drug
NEW YORK — A Food and Drug Administration recall of a heart medication due to a cancer-causing chemical now includes two blood pressure medications. Teva Pharmaceuticals has issued a voluntary recall of its amlodipine/valsartan combination tablets ...

Animal rights activists plan rally outside Oregon Zoo over Lily the elephant's death
PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland residents and the animal rights activists are planning to rally at the Oregon Zoo entrance Saturday evening to protest zoo animal captivity after Lily the elephant died Thursday. The rally and vigil is scheduled to begin at 5 ...

California man's face transplant cost $1.5 million, medical center says
A face transplant that gave Cameron Underwood -- a 26-year-old California native who attempted to kill himself two years ago -- a new lease on life cost more than a million dollars. To date, the procedure -- it was performed by the face transplant team ...

World AIDS Day 2018: 30 questions about HIV/AIDS answered
People around the world on Saturday will observe the 30th annual World AIDS Day, an event aimed at spreading awareness of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. To mark the 30th anniversary of the world's first global health day, here are 30 frequently asked questions ...

Hundreds gather in Golden Gate Park memorial grove to mark World AIDS Day
Hundreds of people affected by AIDS — both survivors and their loved ones — sat under a sprawling white canopy adorned with twinkling lights and snowflake-like ornaments on the 25th Annual World AIDS Day Saturday at the National AIDS Memorial Grove ...

New data shows Americans are dying younger because of suicide, drug abuse
Summit County has become famous for having the highest life expectancy in America. Yet it seems Summit is at the top of a slowly eroding mountain, as a recent CDC report revealed a decline in American life expectancy for the third consecutive year ...

The Drug Fentanyl Is So Dangerous, Even Dark Web Drug Dealers Are Refusing To Sell It
The high-strength painkiller has been effectively classified alongside mass-casualty firearms and explosives. Fentanyl written on a bottle with label. Designer491 / Shutterstock Health · Mohit Priyadarshi. The high-strength painkiller has been ...

US urged to send Ebola experts in as Congo outbreak worsens
Global health experts are urging the Trump administration to allow U.S. government disease specialists to return to northeastern Congo to help fight the second-largest Ebola outbreak in history. The U.S. experts have been sidelined for weeks, ordered ...

Protect yourself, others against flu during National Influenza Vaccination Week
With the spirit of giving resting upon us during this holiday season, there is no better public gift you can give than providing flu vaccinations for yourself and your family. The annual flu vaccine is the single best way to protect yourself and your ...

Type-2 diabetes: Avoid these 11 foods to lower blood sugar levels naturally
Type-2 diabetes cases are becoming increasingly prevalent as the condition affects a whopping 3.3 million people in the UK. In response to the epidemic, doctors have urged Brits to think carefully about their lifestyles. Monitoring how much saturated ...

Deadly CWD knocking at the doors for Idaho deer populations
Idaho Fish and Game is anticipating high volumes of sales immediately before the opening day of deer season on Oct. 10. Avoid the long lines and potential wait by buying your tags early. There's a deadly disease with no known cure affecting deer, elk ...

Why Google is killing off Fresno's mosquitoes
Silicon Valley researchers are attacking flying bloodsuckers in California's Fresno County. It's the first salvo in an unlikely war for Google parent Alphabet Inc.: eradicating mosquito-borne diseases around the world. A white high-top Mercedes van ...

WHO: HIV Epidemic Spreads at Alarming Rate in Pakistan
Pakistan is registering approximately 20,000 new HIV infections annually, the highest rate of increase among all countries in the region, warns the World Health Organization (WHO). The international body says mortality among Pakistanis living with the ...

American Girl doll model from Michigan reveals rare cancer diagnosis
MACOMB TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A Michigan model for American Girl Dolls is opening up about her health. Alyea Rourke, who has modeled as the Hawaiian American Girl doll Nanea Mitchell, says she's been diagnosed with a disease so rare it took nearly two ...

Health officials concerned about spike in measles cases
You have read 1 of 10 articles. Log In or Subscribe. If you take the long view, international health organizations have much to be encouraged about when it comes to the global fight against measles. From 2000 to 2017, for instance, the annual number of ...

Some Dark Web Marketplaces in the UK Are Reportedly Refusing to Let Users Sell Fentanyl
The UK's National Crime Agency—which handles organized and transnational crime—claims that at least some of the dark web drug marketplaces operating throughout the nation have voluntarily banned fentanyl, an extremely powerful synthetic opioid that ...

11 new cases of chronic wasting disease found in Missouri
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - The Missouri Department of Conservation says 11 deer tested positive for chronic wasting disease after the opening weekend of fall firearms season. The positive tests are from more than 20,000 tissue samples taken during the ...

Legislative Black Caucus will push to raise the age for buying tobacco to 21 in Maryland
Concerned about the long-lasting toll smoking has taken on the African American community, the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland is leading an effort to impose restrictions on access to tobacco products. The caucus is pushing for Maryland to join a ...

California Man Gets Most Advanced Face Transplant Ever After Trying to Kill Himself
A California man who tried to kill himself with a shotgun is now in love with life after undergoing the most advanced face transplant surgery ever performed. Cameron Underwood, 26, had struggled for years with depression, and in 2016, he placed a ...

Man's 'beer belly' turns out to be 77-pound tumor
DOWNEY, Calif. - A California man whose growing midsection often drew stares recently learned that what looked like a "beer belly" was actually a 77-pound tumor. The operation took six hours. https://t.co/DqyhIzANz9. — Keck Medicine of USC ...

The other, carcinogen-cutting side of the debate over vaping
Should the government discourage a technology that can save your life because someone else might suffer ill, though nonlethal, effects from using the same technology foolishly? That's the crux of Washington's debate over electronic cigarettes (also ...

SoCal honors lives lost on World AIDS Day
Southern Californians joined people around the world marking World AIDS Day with sober remembrances of lives lost and reflections on how far society has advanced dealing with the stigma of the disease. In Lincoln Heights, solemn music accompanied the ...

Study: Women who snore at higher risk of heart disease
Women who snore have a higher risk of developing heart disease, a new study has warned. Researchers from Munich University Hospital have discovered a link between a sleep disorder called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and snoring. OSA causes an ...

Here's why patients lie to their doctors
Washington DC: We are all guilty of lying to our doctors. When the doctor asks us things like, how often we exercise or what have we been eating lately, we tend to lie or stretch the truth. It's mostly because we want to avoid being judged. According ...

Face transplant gives man new lease on life
A man from California got a second chance at a normal life after recovering from a successful face transplant surgery early this year. Cameron Underwood, of Yuba City, California, flew to New York city in January to receive his new face after a donor ...

Epileptics in high-crime neighborhoods have three times as many seizures
People with epilepsy living in high crime neighborhoods in Chicago had three times as many seizures as those living in neighborhoods with lower crime rates according to new research from the University of Illinois at Chicago presented at the American ...

Major dark web drug dealers have begun voluntarily banning fentanyl from sales
The dark web has long been a hotspot for illicit substances, with anonymous drug dealers selling everything from marijuana to ice, hidden behind a computer screen. But there's one substance even online drug users are getting too concerned to dabble ...

NYU suicide survivor, 26, received most the sophisticated face transplant ever
by Denis Bedoya | Dec 3, 2018 | Top Stories | 0 comments. Doctors have revealed how they carried out the most technologically advanced face transplant ever on a 26-year-old man who survived a suicide attempt – and the meteorological obstacles they had ...

Vaping weed gets you way, way higher than smoking it, study finds
Scientists have determined that vaping weed will get you much higher than if you smoked it. Research conducted by the Johns Hopkins Behavioral Pharmacology Research Unit in the US determined that vaping is way, way more effective than conventionally ...

Suicides, overdoses push down US life expectancy
NEW YORK (AP) - Suicides and drug overdoses pushed up U.S. deaths last year, and drove a continuing decline in how long Americans are expected to live. Overall, there were more than 2.8 million U.S. deaths in 2017, or nearly 70,000 more than the ...

My Surgeon Left Me With A Nightmarish Condition And Others Are At Risk Too
In my 20s, I went for a routine sinus procedure to alleviate chronic sinusitis ― to help me breathe. Ironically, I wound up suffocating and feeling hungry for air every minute of every day for the next 20 years. Instead of helping, the procedure ...

Dad's picture of sleeping toddler captures frightening cancer symptom
The parents of a 3-year-old girl found out she had cancer after a cute photo of her falling asleep in a swing turned out to be a symptom of the deadly disease. Dad Dave Fletcher, 39, thought he was capturing a tender childhood moment when he pictured ...

CDC warns of exotic ticks spreading across the nation that may carry diseases
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating a tick that is spreading widely across the United States. Nine states have reported finding the Asian longhorned tick, which is known to carry a variety of pathogens. The CDC said late ...

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