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Man's Limbs Amputated Due Rare Blood Infection Caught From Dog Licks: What Is Capnocytophaga?

A man remains positive even after losing four limbs to a blood infection that he got from dog saliva. The bacteria that infected him are not often harmful to humans but may cause severe illness in people with compromised health.

Health August 3, 2018

Both Alcohol Abstinence And Heavy Drinking Linked To Raised Dementia Risk: Study

Researchers of a two-decade study found that both heavy drinking and abstaining from alcohol are linked to increased dementia risk. The study also highlights the importance of safe alcohol consumption to overall health.

Health August 3, 2018

Bacteria Increasing Tolerance Of Hand Sanitizers In Hospitals: Study

A common gut bacteria that's responsible for many healthcare-related infections has become more tolerant to hand sanitizers in hospitals. What does this mean for our everyday use of hand sanitizers?

Health August 3, 2018

Having Trouble With Weight Loss? Blame Your Gut Bacteria

The thing about weight loss is that no magic plan will work on all types of people. A new research from Mayo Clinic supports this concept, suggesting that gut bacteria may affect the success of weight loss.

Health August 2, 2018

Chicken Meat Most Likely To Make People Sick, According To CDC

Chicken sickened the most number of people during related outbreaks, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The findings from the report resulted in divided opinions among poultry experts.

Health August 3, 2018

Boy Loses Part Of Brain, But Now He's A Mostly Normal 10-Year-Old

A boy lost one-sixth of his brain before he turned 7 years old as part of a tumor surgery. Three years later, he is doing very well, with his brain forming new neural connections to compensate for the missing parts.

Health August 2, 2018

CDC: For The Love Of God, Don’t Wash Or Reuse Condoms

Condoms shouldn’t be reused, the CDC warns. Even if it’s washed with soap and water, that won’t remove harmful organisms on the condom that can lead to more serious complications for both participants.

Health August 1, 2018

Pressuring Picky Eaters May Actually Be Useless, Says New Study

Most parents have trouble forcing their children to eat certain types of food. However, a new study says that picky eaters shouldn’t be pressured to eat what they don’t want.

Health August 1, 2018

Man Loses All Limbs After Getting Rare Blood Infection From Dog Licking

A man from Wisconsin lost all four limbs to amputation after contracting an infection from bacteria known as capnocytophaga. The man's body reacted aggressively with a rapid drop in blood pressure, causing circulation in his limbs to quickly decline.

Health August 1, 2018

FDA Cautions Against ‘Vaginal Rejuvenation’ Treatments, Says They Might Cause Serious Side Effects

The FDA says vaginal rejuvenation devices have not gone through the correct approval process required to show they’re effective or let alone safe to use. These alternative treatments have increased in popularity thanks to the media.

Health July 31, 2018

Dehydration Affects Mental Performance, So Try Drinking Water If You Can't Focus

A new study from Georgia Tech revealed that dehydration affects mental performance. People who are finding it hard to focus or struggling with motor coordination may want to try drinking water to see if it helps.

Health July 31, 2018

Some Men Feel Sad, Tearful, And Irritable After Sex, Too: Study

Men also get conflicted feelings after sex, not just women. A new study on postcoital dysphoria sheds light on the male sexual experience, and argues men’s feelings after sexual intercourse might be more complicated than previously thought.

Health July 30, 2018

Teen Suffers 2nd Degree Burns From The Hot Water Challenge, Another Stupid Internet Craze

The Hot Water Challenge, which has been around for years, claimed a new victim in a 15-year-old teenager from Indiana. The teen suffered second-degree burns to his chest, back, and face after a prank gone wrong.

Health July 30, 2018

Boston Officials Warn Of Possible Measles Exposure In Restaurant And Airport

People who passed Logan Airport and went to a restaurant in Boston in mid-July may have been exposed to the measles virus. The United States technically eradicated measles in 2000, but the virus still gets into the country.

Health July 29, 2018

Parents Sue School District Over Teacher Who Allegedly Strapped Their Autistic Daughter To Chair

An 8-year-old girl with autism was allegedly strapped to a chair by her teacher. It is prohibited to use any kind of physical restraint on a child unless there is imminent danger of harm to self or others.

Health July 29, 2018

Scientists Just Discovered A Brand-New Shape, And There’s Tons Of It In You

A new shape could explain why epithelial cells are able to pack tightly together as they turn into the linings of our organs. It all has to do with scutoid, a prism-like cell that acts like Lego pieces.

Health July 28, 2018

US Considered One Of The Worst Countries For Childbirth: Here’s Why

Doctors and nurses know how to properly care for a woman during childbirth, including constantly monitoring blood pressure and blood loss. So why aren’t they doing it?

Health July 28, 2018

Teen Gets Hookworms From Being Buried In Beach Sands: What To Know About Hookworms

What are some important things to remember about preventing hookworm infections? It would be wise to not defecate outdoors and avoid walking barefoot on potentially contaminated soil.

Health July 28, 2018

Backyard Chickens Linked To Multistate Salmonella Outbreak: CDC

Since the year 2000, over 4,700 people have been infected with salmonella because of contact with backyard chickens. The current outbreak has so far affected 44 states.

Health July 29, 2018

New Jersey Woman Strangles Rabid Fox That Attacked And Bit Her

In an escape attempt, a New Jersey woman strangled the rabid fox that had already bitten her multiple times. In 2015 alone, there were over 5,500 rabies cases in the United States.

Health July 27, 2018

Giving Sleeping Pills To Dementia Patients With Insomnia May Raise Fracture Risk By 40 Percent

The so-called Z-drugs often prescribed for people with insomnia may increase the risk of fracture by 40 percent. Here are some alternatives to giving sleeping pills to dementia patients.

Health July 26, 2018

UNICEF: Every 3 Minutes, A Teenage Girl Is Infected With HIV

Majority of those who were infected HIV in 2017 are women, according to a new report by the UNICEF. It sheds a light on the global AIDS crisis, and how girls are bearing the brunt of the epidemic.

Health July 26, 2018

Parasite In Cat Poop May Give People Courage To Start Own Business

Students who tested positive for toxoplasma gondii, a mind-controlling parasite found in cat feces, were more likely to be a business major. People tested positive for the parasite are also 1.8 times more likely to have started their company.

Health July 26, 2018

Teen Infected With Hookworms After Friends Bury Him In Sands Of Florida Beach

Michael Dumas' friends buried him in the sand during a trip to a Florida Beach. The doctor said hookworms may have burrowed under his feet while he was buried.

Health July 25, 2018

FDA Just Approved A New Pill That Could Help With Endometriosis Pain

There is a new hope for women who are suffering greatly from the pain induced by endometriosis. The Food and Drug Administration just approved a new pill that could give relief to women who have this condition.

Health July 25, 2018

Meditation Changes The Brain In Different Ways In Veterans And Beginners

Researchers found that mindfulness meditation alters neural networks in long-time practitioners and new meditators differently. As one meditates more, the part of the brain that regulates emotions becomes more automatic.

Health July 25, 2018

Turmeric Eye Drops Could Cure Glaucoma In Its Early Stage

Eye doctors developed turmeric eye drops that can deliver high amounts of curcumin straight to the eyes. Curcumin has long been known minimize the loss of nerve cells and prevent glaucoma patients from going blind.

Health July 25, 2018

This Common Painkiller Can Triple The Side Effects Of Dementia

Findings of a new study revealed that an opioid-based painkiller prescribed to up to 15 percent of dementia patients can triple the harmful side effects of dementia. Patients who received this drug were also less active than their counterparts.

Health July 25, 2018

Woman's Pedicure Infection Nearly Led To Leg Amputation

A woman who had a pedicure at a salon contracted cellulitis, a bacterial infection that can rapidly become life-threatening. Doctors said she may have been infected after a minor cut by a callus cutter.

Health July 25, 2018

11 Babies Dead In Drug Trial That Gave Viagra To Pregnant Women

A Viagra drug trial involving pregnant women has gone wrong, resulting in the death of 11 babies due to lung problems. The erectile dysfunction drug was supposed to help promote better blood flow to underdeveloped placentas.

Health July 25, 2018

Eating Too Many Spicy Snacks Blamed For Teen's Gallbladder Removal

A 17-year-old girl had to undergo gallbladder removal surgery due to abdominal pain. The doctor said that her consumption of hot chips such as Hot Cheetos, Takis, and Hot Fries caused her stomach problems.

Health July 24, 2018

Climate Change And Mental Health: Rising Temperatures Increase Suicide Rates

Hotter temperature is correlated to increased incidents of suicide in the United States and Mexico. Researchers also found that hot weather is linked to increased use of depressive language on social media.

Health July 24, 2018

Liberian Woman Spreads Ebola To Family A Year After Infection

The woman may have spread the disease to her family when the virus reemerged during her pregnancy. Experts do not think she infected her husband through sexual contact.

Health July 24, 2018

Chinese Drug Company Falsified Records, Distributed Thousands Of Faulty Vaccines For Children

Two vaccines produced by Changchun Changsheng Bio-technology, one of China's largest vaccine manufacturers, have been found defective. Some of the vaccines are already on the market and have been administered to Chinese children.

Health July 24, 2018

Doctors Interrupt, Stop Listening To Their Patients 11 Seconds Into A Conversation

Doctors on average interrupt their patients 11 seconds after the latter start to speak. Specialists are less likely to give ample time to their patients. What are the factors that contribute to this kind of encounters?

Health July 23, 2018

Norovirus Sickens Nearly 100 People At Woods Pond Beach In Maine

If you have norovirus, perhaps it’s a good idea not to go to the beach. Otherwise, you might sicken everyone you come into contact with, just like what happened at this beach in Maine.

Health July 23, 2018

Ritz Cracker Products Recalled For Potential Salmonella Contamination

Mondelēz Global LLC, which produces Ritz Cracker products, issued a recall over fears an ingredient used in the snacks is contaminated with salmonella. Here are the products affected by the recall.

Health July 22, 2018

Dozens Of 'Zombie' Raccoons Found Dead In New York's Central Park: What's Happening?

Officials have found dozens of dead raccoons in New York's Central Park, killed by a viral outbreak that is causing the animals to exhibit zombie-like behavior. What is happening to the animals, and should people stay away from them?

Health July 23, 2018

Man Dies Of Flesh-Eating Bacteria From Eating Raw Oysters: Safety Reminders To Avoid Vibrio Infections From Oysters

What are some food safety tips to avoid getting infections from oysters? Contrary to some people's belief, even experienced oyster lovers cannot determine the presence of harmful bacteria just by seeing, smelling, or tasting an oyster.

Health July 21, 2018

Diet Soda Linked To Reduced Colon Cancer Death And Recurrence Risk: Study

A Yale study found that drinking artificially sweetened drinks can help reduce colon cancer death and recurrence by almost half. This is likely that the benefit is due to the replacement of sugar-sweetened drinks with artificially sweetened ones.

Health July 21, 2018

Living Near Green Public Spaces Can Reduce Depression By 70 Percent

Previously vacant lots that were cleaned and planted with grass and trees help reduce depression and make people happier. Here are other benefits of exposure to green space.

Health July 21, 2018

Experimental Blood Test Can Detect Early Stages Of Melanoma Skin Cancer

Australian scientists developed a blood test that can detect melanoma early and can potentially save thousands of lives. What makes it different and more efficient than current tests for diagnosing skin cancer?

Health July 21, 2018

Complementary Therapies May Increase Risk Of Early Death In Cancer Patients

Patients with breast, prostate, lung or colorectal cancer who received complementary therapies are more likely to refuse standard treatment such as chemotherapy and surgery. They also have a higher risk of early death.

Health July 20, 2018

Salmonella Outbreak In 26 States Linked To Raw Turkey

A salmonella outbreak that sickened 90 people in 26 states has been linked to raw turkey. The CDC said that two of the infected patients live in homes where raw turkey were given as pet food.

Health July 20, 2018

Wild Parsnip Causes Serious Burns And Blisters On Vermont Woman's Legs

After the giant hogweed, there is another invasive plant that people might have to watch out for to avoid serious burns. A Vermont woman shares her experience with wild parsnip to warn the public of its potential dangers.

Health July 19, 2018

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