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Scientists Successfully Use CRISPR To Snip Genetic Defect From Human Embryo

Hereditary diseases may soon be a thing of the past. Scientists from OHSU successfully corrected a faulty gene that leads to fatal heart disease using CRISPR.

HEALTH August 5, 2017

Fat-Shaming In Doctor's Clinic Can Be Physically Harmful

Presenters at the 125th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association shed light into the negative effects of fat-shaming in doctor's clinics. Such acts could lead to serious psychological and physical harm to a patient.

HEALTH August 5, 2017

Kitchen Sponges Are Host To Millions Of Bacteria

Scientists reveal that kitchen sponges may be more dangerous than originally believed and should be replaced weekly. Cleaning or sterilizing sponges do not remove bacteria.

HEALTH August 4, 2017

Half Of People Using Cannabidiol Products Stopped Taking Prescriptions And Traditional Medications

A recent survey of HelloMD members who use Cannabidiol products reveals that nearly half discontinued taking pharmaceutical drugs. Eighty percent believe CBD is very effective.

HEALTH August 4, 2017

Suicide Rate Among US Teen Girls Hit 40-Year High: CDC

Since recording began in 1975, suicide rates among teenagers between the ages of 15 and 19 have increased. Among female teenagers in the age group, the suicide rates saw a peak back in 2015.

HEALTH August 4, 2017

Heart Benefits Of Mediterranean Diet May Only Be For The Rich: Study

The cardiovascular benefits of the Mediterranean diet seem to be exclusive to the rich and educated, a new study has found. Learn about the connection of this diet to socioeconomic standing based on a study of 18,000 Italians.

HEALTH August 1, 2017

FDA Targets Lower Nicotine Levels To Combat Cigarette Addiction

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) chief Scott Gottlieb announced Friday new measures to lower nicotine levels in cigarettes and vaping products. The federal agency made the proposal for the first time to curb cigarette addiction.

HEALTH July 31, 2017

Utah Health Department Confirms That Livestock Caused The Deadly E. Coli Outbreak

The Health Department reports findings of its investigation on the deadly E. Coli outbreak that killed 2 children in Southwest Utah. Officials say that livestock is responsible.

HEALTH July 30, 2017

Drinking Alcohol Regularly May Lower Risk For Type 2 Diabetes

A new study reveals that drinking alcohol three to four times a week in moderate amounts reduces the risk for diabetes. Is it too good to be true?

HEALTH July 29, 2017

Researchers Say It’s OK Not To Finish Antibiotics But Doctors Disagree

Researchers recently claimed that patients do not need to finish out their antibiotics. Doctors are now firing back over the irresponsible and potentially harmful advice.

HEALTH July 28, 2017

Drinking Alcohol After Studying Can Improve Memory: Study

Consuming alcohol after learning something new appears to boost the brain's ability to retain information. Researchers also found that drinking more alcohol is linked to greater enhancement of the memory.

HEALTH July 26, 2017

One Way Money Can Buy Happiness, According To Science

If you think money can't buy happiness, think again. A new study reveals the benefits of buying time, such as paying someone to do household tasks, for greater life satisfaction.

HEALTH July 25, 2017

4-Year-Old Boy Contracted Flesh-Eating Disease After He Bumped His Head

Four-year-old Rhys Pritchard sustained a small cut above his eye after bumping his head. The problem went worse when he started to show symptoms of necrotising fasciitis, more commonly known as flesh-eating disease.

HEALTH July 24, 2017

Man Recovers After Contracting Flesh-Eating Bacteria On Hike

A Florida man finally recovers after battling flesh-eating bacteria contracted from a hike in New Hampshire. Health experts say blaming Mount Garfield is an inaccurate assumption.

HEALTH July 23, 2017

Pairing Sugary Drinks With High Protein Meals Makes You Store More Fat: Study

USDA funded research finds bad news with high protein meal and high sugar drink pairings. As it turns out, combining these two could lead to more fat storage and salty food cravings.

HEALTH July 22, 2017

War Veteran Can Keep Ducks To Relieve PTSD: City Council

The West Lafayette city council voted to let a war veteran keep his ducks despite a city ordinance barring farm animals in properties. The war veteran takes care of the ducks as a form of therapy for his PTSD.

HEALTH July 23, 2017

Immune Drugs Darkened Gray Hair Of Lung Cancer Patients

New immunotherapy drugs turned the gray hair of some lung cancer patients into black or dark brown. Do these drugs hold promise for a new gray hair treatment?

HEALTH July 22, 2017

Drugstore Says Lowering Price Of Morning-After Pill May Encourage Women To Use It

Boots Pharmaceuticals angered women for suggesting that decreasing the price of its morning-after pills will encourage inappropriate behavior. The drugstore apologized after a major backlash.

HEALTH July 22, 2017

FDA Grants Approval For First-Ever Neonatal MRI Device

The U.S. FDA has granted Aspect Imaging a 510(k) clearance for its Embrace Neonatal MRI device. Embrace is the first MRI designed for babies in the NICU.

HEALTH July 22, 2017

Cows Could Be Key To Effective HIV/AIDS Vaccine

An NIH-supported study showed cows have a fast and effective immune response to HIV immunogens. Antibodies, which HIV-infected humans take two years to develop, can be generated by cows in just 35 to 50 days.

HEALTH July 22, 2017

Multistate Salmonella Outbreak Linked To Papaya Sickens 47

A multistate Salmonella outbreak has already sickened 47 people from New York to Louisiana. Federal officials believe that the infections are linked to yellow Maradol papayas.

HEALTH July 22, 2017

Senator John McCain Has Glioblastoma: How Doctors Treat This Aggressive Brain Cancer

80-year-old Arizona senator John McCain has been diagnosed with glioblastoma, a highly aggressive brain cancer. Learn the current standard treatment of care for this condition and hope for more effective therapies in the future.

HEALTH July 21, 2017

Fecal Bacteria Found In Drinks Sold By Major Fast Food Restaurants Like McDonald's

Scientists discover another reason why fast food is unhealthy. Three major fast food chains in the UK test positive for poo bacteria in its iced drinks.

HEALTH July 21, 2017

Just Thinking You Are Physically Active Even If You Are Not May Extend Your Life Span

New research sheds light into the effects of perception about levels of physical activity and mortality outcomes. They found that more positive perceptions of physical activity even if you are not very active could lead to more positive health outcomes.

HEALTH July 21, 2017

Doctors Reverse Brain Damage In Drowned Toddler: What To Know About Normobaric And Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Two-year-old Eden Carlson has almost fully recovered just over a year after incurring brain damage from drowning. Get to know the oxygen therapies that doctors used to essentially reverse the damages to her brain.

HEALTH July 21, 2017

More Than Half Of People Infected With HIV On Life-Saving Antiretroviral Treatment

More than half of HIV-infected people are now on life-saving treatment. Experts, however, said that more could have been done given the amount of money spent for battling AIDS epidemic.

HEALTH July 21, 2017

Healthier Living Could Slash Dementia Cases By One-Third: Report

Dementia prevention techniques that involve diet, quitting smoking, and changing one's lifestyle may slash cases by one-third, experts reveal. Learn how leading a healthier life could save you from this brain disorder.

HEALTH July 20, 2017

Oxygen Therapy Reverses Brain Damage In Drowned Toddler

In what is known as the first case of brain damage reversal, doctors used normobaric oxygen therapy and hyperbaric oxygen therapy to treat a toddler who drowned and suffered brain damage. Here’s how the treatment works.

HEALTH July 20, 2017

100 Million Americans Are Either Diabetic Or Prediabetic: CDC

Diabetes rates in the United States paint a picture of low awareness and increasing statistics, a new CDC report has showed. Experts continue to call for optimal nutrition as key in diabetes treatment and prevention.

HEALTH July 19, 2017

Mad Cow Disease Detected In Alabama: Is There Reason To Be Alarmed?

A cow delivered to a livestock market in Alabama and later died was found positive for BSE, or mad cow disease. Does the fifth BSE case in the United States pose human threats?

HEALTH July 18, 2017

Loss Of Certain Speech Abilities And Hearing Deemed Early Signs Of Alzheimer’s

Speech problems may reflect not just less fluency and communication prowess, but also early signs of cognitive decline that could pave the way for Alzheimer's disease later on. Read on for the study details.

HEALTH July 18, 2017

Verily Releases Bacteria-Infected Mosquitoes To Fight Zika And Dengue: Is Wolbachia Technique Safe For Humans?

Up to 20 million mosquitoes infected by the Wolbachia bacteria will be released in California to fight zika, dengue and chikungunya. Does this technique pose safety risk to humans and other species?

HEALTH July 17, 2017

Doctors Remove 27 Contact Lenses From Woman's Eye During Cataract Surgery

A woman initially thought her eye problem was caused by old age and dry eyes. She was supposed to undergo cataract surgery when doctors discovered a blue mass that turned out to be contact lenses stuck together in her eye.

HEALTH July 17, 2017

Artificial Sweeteners Linked To Weight Gain and Other Health Woes Yet Again

A new study warns against the potential dangers of artificial sweeteners, specifically how they could cause long-term weight gain and other health problems. Read on for details from the University of Manitoba research.

HEALTH July 17, 2017

Stress Of Poverty, Racial Inequities May Raise Risk For Alzheimer's Disease

Four new studies found evidence suggesting that stress of poverty and racism are factors that can increase risk of dementia in African Americans. The findings back up earlier studies that link stress and changes in the brain.

HEALTH July 17, 2017

More Than 200 Hogs Slaughtered After One Confirmed Swine Flu Case At County Fair

An entire hog barn at the Clinton County Fair was tagged ‘Terminal’ after one hog tested positive for swine flu. All 280 hogs will be slaughtered.

HEALTH July 16, 2017

Here's How Pregnant Women Can Avoid C-Section Birth According To Analysis Of 36 Studies

C-section birth comes with a number of unwanted consequences for the mother and child. Here's how pregnant women can avoid it and up their chances for normal delivery, according to science.

HEALTH July 21, 2017

Hot Dogs Sold By New York City Pushcart Vendors Recalled Over Bone Fragment Contamination

As a precautionary measure, a meat processor recalled more than 7 million of its hot dogs and sausages over concern these may contain bone fragments. Here are the affected products.

HEALTH July 16, 2017

Infamous Experiment: Descendants Of Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment Victims Seek Remaining Settlement Money

The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment is infamous for its misleading nature. Families of the victims are now seeking to claim the remaining money from a 1975 settlement.

HEALTH July 16, 2017

Early Prostate Cancer Surgery May Not Prolong Life: Treatment May Even Cause Lifelong Complications

Early surgery may not be necessary, and may even pose side effect risks to some men diagnosed with prostate cancer. A smaller group of patients though may still benefit from early treatment.

HEALTH July 15, 2017

Releasing 20 Million Mosquitoes May Help In Fight Against Zika Virus, Chikungunya And Dengue

Verily's technologically advanced Debug Project is already underway in Fresno County. How will releasing 20 million bacteria-infected male mosquitoes help reduce the population of disease-carrying mosquitoes?

HEALTH July 15, 2017

Hundreds Of Medical Professionals Charged With Health Care-Related Scams

The federal government has concluded its largest takedown operation on health-related scams with hundreds of fraud charges. Doctors were accused of prescribing unnecessary opioids to patients and addicts.

HEALTH July 15, 2017

This 3D-Printed Silicone Heart Beats Like A Real Human Heart

Researchers have developed an artificial heart that is similar to a human heart in form and function. Though the silicone heart still has its limitations, the team's development shows a different way of creating artificial hearts.

HEALTH July 15, 2017

Man With Brain Tumor First Patient Treated In Michigan Proton Therapy Center

A Michigan man who had been diagnosed with brain tumor became the first patient to undergo proton beam therapy in the state. The treatment is considered safer compared with conventional radiotherapy since it only attacks specific cancer cells.

HEALTH July 14, 2017

Scientific Panel Seeks Harsher Strategy, Total Policy Overhaul To Solve Opioid Problem

An FDA-commissioned scientific panel recommends sweeping changes in doctors’ opiod prescription practices and health policy, in general, to stop the growing opioid epidemic in the United States. Here are the details on the new report.

HEALTH July 14, 2017

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