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Tick Bite May Have Caused 2-Year-Old Indiana Girl’s Death

A tick bite may have led to the death of a two-year-old girl in Indiana, who was diagnosed with Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. This condition is only one among different tick-borne diseases potentially leading to death.

HEALTH June 8, 2017

Brain Scans May Spot Autism In Babies As Early As 6 Months Of Age

In a first, researchers used brain imaging to spot changes in how specific infant brain regions synchronize, predicting the risk of autism in babies as young as 6 months. Find out how artificial intelligence ups the accuracy of the predictions.

HEALTH June 8, 2017

Hormone Therapy Drug Shows Promise In Upping Survival Rates Of Prostate Cancer Patients

The hormone therapy drug abiraterone (Zytiga) can significantly extend the lives of prostate cancer patients by slowing tumor progression and increasing survival rates. These findings came from two clinical trials presented this weekend at the 2017 ASCO Annual Meeting.

HEALTH June 7, 2017

Is Whole Wheat Bread Healthier Than White Bread? Answer May Vary From Person To Person

A new study has found no 'clinically significant' differences between the two effects of whole wheat bread and white bread on health markers. One's gut microbiome is pinpointed as the potential force behind these largely individualized effects.

HEALTH June 7, 2017

Even Moderate Drinking Can Damage The Brain: Study

Moderate drinkers who consume between 14 and 21 units of alcohol per week still have higher risk for a type of brain damage compared with teetotalers. What does this say about drinking limit guidelines?

HEALTH June 7, 2017

US Opioid Epidemic Poses Potentially Deadly Threats To First Responders

Police officers and paramedics face potentially deadly threats when responding to drug overdose incidents. They still face these threats even when they observe safety precautions such as wearing gloves and masks.

HEALTH June 8, 2017

Chemical That Mimics Sunlight To Give Suntan May Prevent Skin Cancer And Slow Down Aging

A new chemical that can produce suntan without the damaging effects of UV radiation may be used along with sunscreen. Here's how it works for better protection against skin cancer and aging.

HEALTH June 14, 2017

Roche’s Breast Cancer Combo Therapy Offers Tiny Benefit In Large Drug Trial – And It’s A Pricey Drug

Roche’s new combination therapy achieved modest positive results compared with the company’s standard Herceptin treatment. The combo therapy targets an aggressive form of breast cancer called HER2-positive, and involves adding Perjeta to the existent Herceptin plus chemo treatment.

HEALTH June 6, 2017

Manhattan Doctor Arrested For Writing Unnecessary Painkiller Prescriptions Worth $20 Million

Manhattan based 81-year old Dr. Martin Tesher was arrested on charges of unnecessary distribution of painkillers. The police stated that Dr. Tesher prescribed more than 14,000 oxycodone pain pills to his patients.

HEALTH June 6, 2017

Gene-Based Therapy That Reprograms Immune Cells Offers Hope For Multiple Myeloma Cure

CAR T-cell therapy had some multiple myeloma patients see significant reduction in their cancer and even enter full remission. How does this gene-based therapy work and what are its side effects?

HEALTH June 6, 2017

Want Your Baby To Sleep Longer? Make The Infant Sleep In Their Own Room

A new study recommended that parents do not share their beds with babies. The researchers advised parents to stop sharing the bed after the baby was six months to reduce the infant’s poor sleep.

HEALTH June 7, 2017

Pregnancy-Linked Death Rate Skyrockets In Texas, Emerges As Highest In The Developed World

Pregnancy-related death rates have doubled in Texas, shows a 2016 study. However, Texas lawmakers failed to vote on a number of measures that could have helped curb the state’s increased maternal mortality rate.

HEALTH June 5, 2017

Newly Tattooed Man Dies From Infection: How Soon Can You Go Swimming After Getting Inked?

Can you swim after getting a tattoo? Here's the answer plus safe tattoo care and healing tips, following the case of a 31-year-old man who died after contracting flesh-eating bacteria upon swimming with his new body art.

HEALTH June 5, 2017

CDC Warns Public Not To Get Too Close To Chicken, Geese And Other Fowls: Here's Why

The CDC issued an advisory to the public, warning people from being in close contact with chickens, birds and other fowls. The advisory is a result of a Salmonella outbreak in over 40 states.

HEALTH June 4, 2017

CDC Reports 14 Cases Of Wild ‘Death Cap’ Mushroom Poisoning In Northern California

The CDC revealed 14 incidences of wild mushroom poisoning in the last two weeks of December 2016. The agency advises against foraging and eating wild mushrooms.

HEALTH June 3, 2017

Frozen Tuna In Oklahoma, California, And Texas Recalled Over Hepatitis A Fears

Following two major product recalls in May, the FDA and CDC are conducting an investigation on Hepatitis A positive tuna products. Authorities are calling for unvaccinated consumers affected by the recall to undergo post-exposure prophylaxis.

HEALTH June 3, 2017

Man Dies After Flesh-Eating Bacteria Infected His New Tattoo: Safety Precautions To Remember After Getting Inked

A 31-year-old man lost his life to a bacterial infection after he took a swim in the Gulf of Mexico shortly after getting a tattoo. Here are some safety precautions that you can follow if you're planning to get a tattoo.

HEALTH June 3, 2017

Contaminated Measles Vaccine Kills 15 Children In South Sudan

Health workers who vaccinated children in South Sudan against measles reused the same unsterilized syringe 15 times. The investigation also revealed they committed another blunder that cost the lives of more than a dozen children in the country.

HEALTH June 3, 2017

National Doughnut Day 2017: Here Is A Rundown Of The Sugar Content In Doughnuts

National Doughnut Day has come again, and big names are giving out free doughnuts to their patrons. Before you go claiming your free doughnuts, let’s have a quick rundown of some of the most popular donuts’ sugar content.

HEALTH June 3, 2017

More Than 500 California Patients Sought Life-Ending Prescriptions In 1st Year Of Law

Nearly a year after the California law on assisted suicide was passed, advocacy group Compassion and Choices estimated 504 persons opted for end-of-life prescriptions. Know the data and stories behind the controversial law.

HEALTH June 2, 2017

Macaques Help Scientists Crack Human Facial Recognition Code

A new study reveals how facial recognition is a result of facial feature analysis rather than mere identification. Results of the study do not just defy precious scientific beliefs, but also cracks the code on facial recognition.

HEALTH June 2, 2017

Hot And Cold Water Are Equally Effective In Removing Bacteria: Study

Study finds that cold water is just as effective in removing bacteria as warm water when washing hands. The more important part is following proper handwashing methods.

HEALTH June 2, 2017

Baby Teeth Show Link Between Exposure To Toxic Lead And Autism

It is difficult to uncover and understand the causes of autism and much more difficult to point to a single cause. A new research now shows how exposure to essential and toxic metals can be linked to autism.

HEALTH June 2, 2017

Man Dies From Flesh-Eating Bacteria After Getting New Crucifix And Praying Hands Tattoos

A man who decided to go swimming five days after getting inked with new tattoos contracted flesh-eating bacteria vibrio vulnificus. What made the man vulnerable to the deadly infection?

HEALTH June 1, 2017

Doctors Warn About Putting Wasp Nest In Vagina: Here's Why Some Women Do It

Oak galls can cause burning and drying of women's private parts. An ob-gyn warned it can cause infection, but why do some women use these wasp nests as a vaginal product?

HEALTH June 2, 2017

Psychologists Come Up With Clever Way To Get People To Eat More Vegetables

In an experiment conducted at a university cafeteria, psychologists found a way to nudge people to eat more healthy food. The clever trick involves giving vegetables fancy names.

HEALTH June 13, 2017

Internet Withdrawal: Study Finds Social Media Addiction Can Raise Heart Rate, BP

Internet addiction can cause physical changes once you go offline, which usually include elevated heart rate and blood pressure. Researchers call it internet withdrawal, and it shows most people who spend too much time online are hooked to social media.

HEALTH June 1, 2017

How Did The US Opioid Epidemic Start? Study Points To A 1980 Doctor's Letter On Painkiller Addiction

Researchers suggest the U.S. opioid epidemic may have started with a 100-word letter, published in 1980 in a medical journal. The brief note tackled the addiction risk of opioid painkillers in certain conditions and was blatantly misquoted in the scientific literature.

HEALTH June 1, 2017

Spirit Airlines Pilot And Wife Died From Overdose After Ingesting Cocaine With Elephant Tranquilizer

Overdose from cocaine and carfentanil, a drug so powerful it is used to sedate elephants, killed a pilot and his wife in Ohio. The fatal accident occurred a week after the Spirit Airlines pilot's last flight.

HEALTH May 31, 2017

Hackers Leak Private Photos Of Celebrities From Plastic Surgery Clinic

A group of hackers attacked a Lithuanian plastic surgery clinic and released private client information, along with personal photos including nude pictures. The hacking group, identified as the ‘Tsar Team,’ demands Bitcoin ransom in exchange for the sensitive stolen data.

HEALTH May 31, 2017

Dog Flu In Florida: How To Protect Your Pet From Canine Influenza

Keeping your beloved animal companion safe from the dog flu can be an easy task for pet owners who stay on top of the H3N2 virus. Here’s how to protect your dog from canine influenza.

HEALTH May 31, 2017

Small Study Finds Fatal Flaw In Gene Editing Tool CRISPR

The CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing technique may lead to unwanted genetic mutations, warns a new study. Researchers sequenced the whole genome of mice previously treated with CRISPR gene editing for genetic blindness and found it caused unpredicted changes in their DNA.

HEALTH May 31, 2017

Modified Antibiotics Offer Hope Against Superbugs As Multidrug-Resistant Infections Emerge

Amid emerging cases of multi-drug infections in the United States, researchers have found a way to modify drugs to make them more effective at fighting superbugs. This is how they improved the antibiotic vancomycin.

HEALTH May 31, 2017

Listeria Contamination Prompts Recall Of Macadamia Nuts And Cashews

Two food companies recalled some of their products over fear of Listeria contamination. What products are affected and what should consumers do when they have bought the recalled macadamia nuts and cashews?

HEALTH May 30, 2017

Tobacco Also Wreaks Havoc On The Environment: WHO

WHO has linked tobacco use to damages to the environment, citing that smoke emissions do not just spread toxicants into the air. How does the industry contribute to deforestation, use of fossil fuels, and dumping of wastes?

HEALTH May 30, 2017

Dog Flu Cases Confirmed In Florida: Symptoms To Watch Out For

H3N2 canine influenza virus infected at least seven dogs in Florida. What are the symptoms of the dog flu, and what should pet owners do if they suspect infection?

HEALTH May 30, 2017

Sleep Disorder Could Be An Early Warning Sign Of Parkinson's Disease And Dementia

People who act out their dreams are likely to develop Parkinson's disease and Lewy bodies dementia. More than 80 percent of those with REM sleep behavior disorder develop neurodegenerative diseases.

HEALTH May 30, 2017

Were India’s First Few Zika Cases Hidden From The Public After They Were Detected?

Did the government deliberately hide the first few confirmed cases of Zika virus in India? Today, national guidelines are spread to prevent a Zika outbreak in the country already hit by other mosquito-borne illnesses.

HEALTH May 30, 2017

Antibiotic Gets Supercharged To Stop Resistant Bacteria In Their Tracks

Scientists are structurally modifying vancomycin to make it more powerful in the fight against antibiotic resistance. Why it took a long time for vancomycin-resistant enterococci to strike offers clues on the antibiotic's potential.

HEALTH May 30, 2017

Opioid And Drug Theft Rampant At Veterans Affairs Hospitals: Report

Veteran Affairs hospitals have more cases of opioid and drug theft than private hospitals. Doctors and other employees in VA medical centers and clinics are suspected to be behind the missing drugs.

HEALTH May 30, 2017

Got Insomnia? Here's A Safe Way To Get Sleep Without Taking Sleeping Pills

Sleeping pills can be hazardous for some people who suffer from insomnia. Experts said there is a cheaper and safer alternative to taking medications for sleeplessness and even apnea.

HEALTH May 29, 2017

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