Medicine


First case of paralyzing, polio-like disease confirmed in Florida First case of paralyzing, polio-like disease confirmed in Florida
- October 20, 2018

The surge has baffled health officials, who on Tuesday announced a change in the way the agency is counting cases. While AFM is incredibly rare, the current rate is less than one case for every 1 million Americans, Messonnier urged parents and health care providers to be on the lookout for symptoms . (more...)
Polio-like illness causing paralysis in children reaches the Carolinas
- October 18, 2018

The disease is being called acute flaccid myelitis , or AFM, and although researchers suspect that it's caused by a virus, no virus has yet been discovered that's associated with the condition. The spinal cord condition is caused by a polio-like enterovirus and manifests with similar symptoms, particularly muscle weakness and partial paralysis. (more...)
10 kids diagnosed with rare polio-like illness in Illinois 10 kids diagnosed with rare polio-like illness in Illinois
- October 16, 2018

In addition to the pair of cases at CHOP, three cases are also being treated in Pittsburgh, 6ABC reported . This year, there have been 38 confirmed cases in 16 states across the U.S. Preventing AFM can start by protecting yourself and children from poliovirus by getting vaccinated, according to the CDC. In summer and fall 2014, NY and other states witnessed an outbreak of EV-D68 associated with severe respiratory illness. (more...)
The Pretty in Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Brunch The Pretty in Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Brunch
- October 16, 2018

So she was shocked when, just six weeks later, her doctor found a ridge under her right breast. People still lack information yet they need this if they are to beat the deadly ailment. Diane Kabarungi a midwife at Oshen King Faisal says since it's evident that breast cancer cases are rising and that it is upon the public to be aware of this. (more...)
Senate Dems lose health care vote, hope it's campaign fodder Senate Dems lose health care vote, hope it's campaign fodder
- October 14, 2018

But its ultimate impact remains uncertain. The Kavanaugh case now takes its place as one of the issues against President Trump and his Republican Party in the United States mid-term elections this November. "One key facet of the independence of the judiciary is not to make commitments on particular cases", including on recusal, Kavanaugh told Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal. (more...)
McConnell: If Democrats investigate Trump, it could help him win re-election McConnell: If Democrats investigate Trump, it could help him win re-election
- October 12, 2018

In a letter Wednesday to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, Roberts said he selected the court in Colorado to "accept the transfer and to exercise the powers of a judicial council with respect to the identified complaints and any pending or new complaints relating to the same subject matter". (more...)
GOP Voters Madder, More Likely to Vote Because of Kavanaugh GOP Voters Madder, More Likely to Vote Because of Kavanaugh
- October 11, 2018

Slotkin said . Trump also heaped praise on Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, an immigration hard-liner who has often been criticized for statements about whites and minority groups. His friend, Mark Judge, she alleged, watched and at times egged Kavanaugh on. "One has to assume that no matter what was said during the confirmation process that he will approach each case, including this case, with an open mind", Bondurant said. (more...)
American Jim Allison Will Be Award 2018 Nobel Prize in Medicine American Jim Allison Will Be Award 2018 Nobel Prize in Medicine
- October 05, 2018

James Allison , from the University of Texas, and Tasuku Honjo , from Japan's Kyoto University, worked in parallel as they tried to stimulate the immune system's ability to attack tumours. The drugs that have been developed from their discoveries are known as checkpoint inhibitors . The Nobel committee cited Allison's study of a protein that functions as a brake on the immune system , CTLA-4. (more...)
Former Scripps Research postdoc wins Nobel Prize in medicine Former Scripps Research postdoc wins Nobel Prize in medicine
- October 01, 2018

Research by Allison at the University of Texas in the U.S. and Honjo at Japan's Kyoto University explored how the body's immune system can be harnessed to attack cancer cells by releasing the brakes on immune cells. "A comment like that makes me happier than any prize", he said . In 1995, Allison was one of two scientists to identify the ligand CTLA-4 as an inhibitory receptor on T-cells. (more...)
Flu shots made available as the cold season creeps in Flu shots made available as the cold season creeps in
- September 30, 2018

Pneumonia is a serious flu complication that can result from either influenza virus infection alone or from co-infection of flu virus and bacteria. "We've got to try to do something about the messaging", said William Schaffner , medical director of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases and an infectious diseases professor at Vanderbilt University. (more...)
County health department is offering clinics for flu vaccine County health department is offering clinics for flu vaccine
- September 22, 2018

The time to get your annual flu shot is now, according to area doctors. The CDC encourages everyone to get a flu vaccination, especially young children, older adults, pregnant women, children and adults with chronic diseases. Health officials say it is never too early to be vaccinated so hopefully the HealthMap Vaccine Finder will help you and your family stay well ahead of flu season. (more...)
Two mental-health patients in sheriff’s van drown in S.C. floodwaters Two mental-health patients in sheriff’s van drown in S.C. floodwaters
- September 21, 2018

The South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division is investigating the incident . Horry County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Brooke Holden said a sheriff's office van was carrying two "detainees" and two deputies to Darlington on Tuesday night when it was overtaken by floodwaters. (more...)
Blood-testing company Theranos is set to dissolve Blood-testing company Theranos is set to dissolve
- September 08, 2018

Theranos claimed that it could run a range of physiological tests from a few drops of blood, collected via its portable blood analyser, including testing for conditions including cancer and diabetes. The company is also in default of its loans under Fortress, which has the right to foreclose and take ownership of all of Theranos' assets under the terms of their agreement. (more...)
Florida candidate makes 'monkey' comment about black opponent Florida candidate makes 'monkey' comment about black opponent
- August 30, 2018

That is not going to work. "I actually believe that Florida and its rich diversity are going to be looking for a governor who's going to bring us together, not divide us". That makes ... more sense, I suppose, than the idea that DeSantis thought it'd be smart to try to pander to reactionaries by racializing the gubernatorial race on day one, but it seems too clever by half and too risky for the benefits it might produce. (more...)
Family bids tearful farewell to 'fighter' John McCain Family bids tearful farewell to 'fighter' John McCain
- August 30, 2018

Among those on the Arizona ballot was former state Sen. For a short time Wednesday, the Russell Senate Office Building was renamed the McCain Senate Office Building. It was Obama, ironically, who was far more reticent around the press. "They're eager not only to honor a colleague who was more beloved by Democrats than GOP voters in recent years, but also to delete the current name of the building", according to The Washington Times . (more...)
State raises West Nile virus warning level State raises West Nile virus warning level
- August 26, 2018

Veterinarians can arrange for testing of samples from horses suspected of infection with West Nile Virus . Chris Boling, the county's environmental health specialist, said he was informed by State Entomologist Bryan Price that a sample of mosquitoes taken August 10 tested positive for the disease. (more...)
NYU makes tuition free for all medical students NYU makes tuition free for all medical students
- August 19, 2018

Fresne also emphasized that although medical school is expensive, the federal government offers financial loans to cover the full cost of tuition and repayment plans take into consideration income. Few medical schools have managed to cover tuition for a wide swath of students . Three out of four medical students who graduated in 2017 were in debt, usually around $200,000. (more...)
CDC studying measles outbreak in NC, other states CDC studying measles outbreak in NC, other states
- August 18, 2018

Last year, 118 people from 15 states were reported to have measles . the United States experienced a record number of cases in 2014 with 667 cases. In Michigan, four cases have been reported this year. In all, 527 people at CRMC were at risk of contracting measles. It causes fever, dry coughs, sore throats, and a skin rash. While the state does require children that enroll in child care facilities and public schools to have their measles vaccination, but children can be exempted either ... (more...)
Vaping warning: E-cigarettes ‘may be more harmful than we think’ Vaping warning: E-cigarettes ‘may be more harmful than we think’
- August 17, 2018

It is a popular belief as is purported by the e-cigarette makers that they are safer than traditional cigarettes. It also impaired the function of certain cells that remove bad things like dust, bacteria and allergens called alveolar macrophages. (more...)
Dallas County Reports First West Nile Virus Death Of The Year Dallas County Reports First West Nile Virus Death Of The Year
- August 10, 2018

DCHHS did not disclose any additional details in order to protect the person's privacy. The CDC says that most people infected with West Nile virus do not develop any symptoms. It's now been detected in Ada County. They are most active at dawn and dusk and will bite humans as well as other mammals and birds. Last year, 26 people contracted the virus and two died in Dallas County. (more...)
Florida Man Dies After Consuming Oyster With Flesh-Eating Bacteria Florida Man Dies After Consuming Oyster With Flesh-Eating Bacteria
- July 21, 2018

Though sometimes labeled a "flesh-eating" bacteria , Vibrio vulnificus can not attack healthy skin, the Sun-Sentinel reported. The Florida Department of Health reports that in 2017 there have been 49 cases of Vibrio Vulnificus and caused 11 deaths in Florida . (more...)
National Hot Dog Day 2018 deals and freebies National Hot Dog Day 2018 deals and freebies
- July 19, 2018

Once customers have the barcode, they can redeem one item per person per transaction. On July 18, get 14-ounce Ball Park Angus Franks for $1.99 each and eight-pack hot dog buns for $0.99 . There are several restaurants offering freebies and other deals today, and these are the five best places to take advantage of the unofficial holiday. (more...)
Trump admin opposed resolution that promotes breastfeeding Trump admin opposed resolution that promotes breastfeeding
- July 13, 2018

In 1981, following controversy over Nestlé's aggressive marketing of infant formula, the World Health Assembly adopted the "International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes" aimed at limiting the inappropriate marketing or promotion of breast milk substitutes, which health officials fear are an inadequate replacement for breast milk and can serve to encourage mothers to stop breastfeeding. (more...)
Here Are Trump’s Reported ‘Final Four’ Picks for Supreme Court Justice Here Are Trump’s Reported ‘Final Four’ Picks for Supreme Court Justice
- July 10, 2018

President Donald Trump is set to announce his nomination for the next Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States , to fill the seat vacated by Justice Anthony Kennedy when he announced his retirement on the last day of the Supreme Court session on June 28th. (more...)
Defending champ sets record by eating 74 hot dogs Defending champ sets record by eating 74 hot dogs
- July 06, 2018

Baton Rouge held a hot dog eating contest Wednesday, and no, the contestants weren't exactly pros. The annual Coney Island competition has become a phenomenon over the years. Ten-time victor Joey "Jaws" Chestnut will confront 20 other men during the men's competition later Wednesday for the coveted Mustard Belt. And the men's event will be re-aired on ESPN2 at both 4:00 p.m. (more...)
Thousands join Modi for world yoga celebration; some wear masks Thousands join Modi for world yoga celebration; some wear masks
- June 22, 2018

On December 11, 2014, India's representative to the United Nations , Asoke Mukherji, introduced a resolution to declare June 21, the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and a day of special significance in many cultures throughout the world, as International Yoga Day . (more...)
How to have tough conversations about mental health How to have tough conversations about mental health
- June 11, 2018

Researchers found that more than half of people who died by suicide did not have a diagnosed mental health condition . "It's usually a confluence of factors", said Jerry Reed, a member of the executive committee of the Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention. (more...)
Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, and Ohio Report Salmonella Cases Linked to Cantaloupe Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, and Ohio Report Salmonella Cases Linked to Cantaloupe
- June 10, 2018

Walmart stores in IL have removed pre-cut melons from their shelves, according to IDPH. A new salmonella outbreak is linked to pre-cut melons sold at Illinois Walmart stores. Salmonellosis is caused by the salmonella bacteria. Other states included in this outbreak include Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and Ohio. The CDC says this particular salmonella outbreak could mean more hospitalized people than usual. (more...)
In a remarkable first, woman’s advanced breast cancer is eradicated In a remarkable first, woman’s advanced breast cancer is eradicated
- June 07, 2018

The TAILORx trial used the Oncotype DX test, now available on the NHS, which allows doctors to predict the likelihood of the breast cancer coming back. "Moving forward, when women are making this decision, this study will help us put it into perspective and give them better advice next week than we were able to give them last week", Jennifer Litton, an associate professor and oncologist at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, explained to USA Today . (more...)
Sleeping in on weekends could extend your life Sleeping in on weekends could extend your life
- May 29, 2018

The study followed the sleep habits of 43,880 subjects over the course of 13 years. But people who managed less than five hours each day for a week, then around six to seven hours at the weekend were no more likely to die than those who consistently slept six to seven hours a day over the same period. (more...)
Deadly Virus Carried by Bats Hits India, Raising Fears It Will Spread Deadly Virus Carried by Bats Hits India, Raising Fears It Will Spread
- May 28, 2018

The natural host of the virus is fruit bats of the Pteropodidae family, Pteropus genus . Considering a high floating population between Kerala and Telangana, the state government of Telangana is taking special measures and setting up special wards in all major hospitals to deal with the deadly virus. (more...)
Nipah Virus: Death toll rises to 14, two more cases confirmed Nipah Virus: Death toll rises to 14, two more cases confirmed
- May 28, 2018

The Nipah virus has claimed 12 lives in Kerala where it has sparked widespread panic. The latest victim to the outbreak was 22-year-old Abin who was being treated at Baby Memorial Hospital in the city. On that occasion, pigs were the virus hosts but they are believed to have caught it from bats. Sabith's death was not confirmed of Nipah. He said as the weather in Goa is hot at the moment, people are preferring to travel to Malaysia and Singapore whose packages are nearly similar to ... (more...)
Donald Trump cannot block, but he can mute, Twitter users, says judge Donald Trump cannot block, but he can mute, Twitter users, says judge
- May 25, 2018

She says that because Twitter essentially acts as a "public forum" (the 21st-century equivalent of a town hall meeting), by blocking Twitter users, Trump is shutting down their free speech. "If all goes well, Hollywood will immortalize him as an evildoer who got his comeuppance". She also rejected the suggestion that since Twitter is a private company it is beyond the reach of First Amendment forum rules. (more...)
Texas considers how to prevent school shootings Texas considers how to prevent school shootings
- May 25, 2018

The governor's office said he would hold roundtable discussions from Tuesday to focus on the best options. Meanwhile, hundreds of people attended a service held by Houston's Muslim community for Sabika Sheikh, a 17-year-old exchange student from Pakistan, who had talked about one day becoming a diplomat. (more...)
Hawaii's Kilauea volcano: Power plant wells plugged, blue flames in suburban street Hawaii's Kilauea volcano: Power plant wells plugged, blue flames in suburban street
- May 24, 2018

The volcanic eruptions have been escalating for about two weeks, severely damaging nearby residential neighborhoods. The public "should feel pretty comfortable that there should be no untoward events from Puna Geothermal Venture ". Doctors at Hilo Medical Center, where Clinton remains under medical care, were able to save the injured leg, KHON 2 reports - which makes him lucky. (more...)
Scientists Made Snails Remember Something That Never Happened to Them Scientists Made Snails Remember Something That Never Happened to Them
- May 17, 2018

If transferring memories from a snail to another sounds weird, that's because it's the first experiment of its kind. The study also provides understanding about the ways in which the brain stores memories and could be the next big thing in memory loss, dementia and related diseases. (more...)
The Swedish Academy and the Illusions of the Nobel Prize in Literature The Swedish Academy and the Illusions of the Nobel Prize in Literature
- May 14, 2018

This year's literature laureate will be announced in 2019, the academy said. On May 4, the Stockholm-based organization that hands out the prize said its 2018 victor will be announced next year along with the 2019 victor. The prize has been postponed or cancelled only a handful of times , for instance during World War Two. The academy is involved only in the literature award, so other Nobel Prizes are not affected. (more...)
Oil touches 3½-year high after U.S. quits Iran deal Oil touches 3½-year high after U.S. quits Iran deal
- May 12, 2018

In a research note, Gregory Daco of analyst firm Oxford Economics pointed out that Iran's oil production has grown around 1 million barrels per day to 3.8 million barrels per day since US sanctions were lifted a year ago. Beijing has opposed the USA move and many Chinese companies may continue to buy Iranian crude, analysts say. Iranian crude oil shipments to Japan and South Korea have fallen by half from their post-sanction peak in March 2017, hitting just over 300,000 bpd in April, ... (more...)
Southampton write one-star review for hotel which cancelled booking before Swansea game Southampton write one-star review for hotel which cancelled booking before Swansea game
- May 11, 2018

The game was a feisty affair, and Manolo Gabbiadini's scrappy victor was enough to earn an absolutely massive three points for the Saints. The Swans have just two games to rescue their season after dropping into the relegation zone, and face a must win game against Southampton on Tuesday night. (more...)
Voters Support Comprehensive Legislation to Protect Open Internet Voters Support Comprehensive Legislation to Protect Open Internet
- May 11, 2018

Net neutrality is the principle that internet service providers (ISPs) treat all content equally and not give preference to some digital content providers. We're pitching in by sharing on Twitter information on six big parts of all our lives that will suck if net neutrality goes away. Rather than playing policy games, open internet supporters should urge Congress to develop comprehensive national legislation that permanently enshrines net neutrality protections for future generations. (more...)
Amid Sonam Kapoor's wedding rumours, her home gets decked up. See pics Amid Sonam Kapoor's wedding rumours, her home gets decked up. See pics
- April 29, 2018

Wow! It seems that our celebs are hell-bent on a spree of environmental conservation. Don't worry, we have you covered. PS: Sonam and Anand will be tying the knot on May 8. "Within a week of her marriage, Sonam will be walking the red carpet at Cannes Film Festival". Sumeet Vyas in a statement said, "I would like to put an end to all the rumours and speculation around my engagement to the actress, Ekta Kaul". (more...)
Here's when the best chance of severe weather will be on Sunday Here's when the best chance of severe weather will be on Sunday
- April 16, 2018

Any storms we see, do have the potential to be strong to severe. "A Flash Flood Watch has already been issued for the entire area from 1 am Saturday morning to 1 am Sunday morning as we are expecting 2-4" + across the area. Cooler and more tranquil weather will arrive for Monday . Tuesday's forecast calls for a high of 84 with a low of 61. YOUR FREE WECT MOBILE WEATHER APP: During an overnight storm risk, your First Alert weather app can keep you one step ahead of the storm, and ... (more...)
Regular excess drinking can take years off your life, study finds Regular excess drinking can take years off your life, study finds
- April 15, 2018

The large-scale study analysed the drinking habits of people in 19 countries, and calculated how much lifespan a person might expect to lose if they maintained the same drinking habits from age 40 onwards. But recent research has suggested that Americans need to reassess how much they drink. Tim Chico, is professor of cardiovascular medicine at the University of Sheffield. (more...)
UN Chief Urges Member States to Avoid Escalation of Situation in Syria UN Chief Urges Member States to Avoid Escalation of Situation in Syria
- April 14, 2018

She acknowledged that some commentators have asked why the United States has not made its "intelligence information" public if it has any, but said "a lot of this stuff is classified right now". After warning in a belligerent tweet earlier this week that "missiles are coming", Trump has backed off from talk of imminent action and is meeting with military commanders to look at options. (more...)
Bafana up 4 spots in Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings Bafana up 4 spots in Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings
- April 13, 2018

FIFA President Gianni Infantino, who gained approval a year ago to increase the number of teams from 32 to 48 from the 2026 tournament, received the request from CONMEBOL to hasten the expansion while attending the confederation's congress. (more...)
A Traumatic brain injury increases risk of dementia by 24 percent A Traumatic brain injury increases risk of dementia by 24 percent
- April 12, 2018

It does confirm earlier reports that people who have had brain injuries are at a slightly increased risk of developing the condition, but head injury is still a much smaller contributory factor for developing dementia than smoking, or a sedentary lifestyle - risk factors that are much easier for all of us to do something about. (more...)
Apple forced to pay troll Apple forced to pay troll
- April 12, 2018

According to a new report from Bloomberg , an Eastern Texas court has ruled that Apple infringes on four VirnetX patents and must pay $502.6 million in damages... Apple has been targeted by this twice over the last several years. The Federal Circuit, which handles all patent appeals, declined to put this trial on hold, saying it was so far along that a verdict would come before a final validity decision. (more...)
Another death from synthetic pot outbreak in IL Another death from synthetic pot outbreak in IL
- April 11, 2018

Those who have been affected by the synthetic marijuana with brodifacoum have coughed up blood, experienced blood in the urine, and other reported symptoms include a severe bloody nose, bleeding gums and internal bleeding . OLPD said anyone who has used synthetic marijuana should seek medical attention, as it can take days or weeks for symptoms to appear. Illinois' synthetic pot death toll is up to three. (more...)
Student alleging assault sues Michigan St. Student alleging assault sues Michigan St.
- April 11, 2018

Michigan State is now the subject of multiple investigations into its handling of sexual abuse claims against Larry Nassar , a former doctor at the university and for USA Gymnastics. The room then went dark and she was allegedly thrown face down on the bed and held in place, unable to move. She was "was crying, she could not move, nor could she speak". (more...)
Impressive Blitzboks unbeaten in Hong Kong Impressive Blitzboks unbeaten in Hong Kong
- April 09, 2018

The 2019 Sevens Collection will contain Japan after Damian Karauna's facet beat Germany 19-14 within the annual world collection qualifier in Hong Kong. Former All Black Roger Randle takes over as coach in Hong Kong and has named a squad featuring six players uncapped at world series level. Their third win of the season means they are also now just three points behind overall reigning champions South Africa in the World Rugby Sevens Series leaderboard. (more...)

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