Medicine


Sugary Drinks May Raise Cancer Risk Sugary Drinks May Raise Cancer Risk
- July 14, 2019

The team at Université Sorbonne Paris Cité speculate that the impact of blood sugar levels may be to blame. Other populations will have to be studied for definitive proof. "These data support the relevance of existing nutritional recommendations to limit sugary drink consumption, including 100% fruit juice, as well as policy actions, such as taxation and marketing restrictions targeting sugary drinks", the authors wrote in conclusion. (more...)
OH confirms first case of measles this year OH confirms first case of measles this year
- July 13, 2019

Ohio State Epidemiologist Sietske de Fijter said Friday that a new case has been confirmed in Stark County. Twenty-eight states, including neighboring states to OH, already have measles cases with several having confirmed outbreaks. The disease also can cause more serious symptoms, such as such as diarrhea, ear infections, pneumonia, brain infection, seizures and death. Complications from measles are more common among children younger than 5 years of age, adults older than 20 years of ... (more...)
MS confirms 1st case of West Nile virus for 2019 MS confirms 1st case of West Nile virus for 2019
- July 13, 2019

Sunenshine. In 2018, MS had 50 cases of the mosquito-borne illness, with no deaths from it. Humans are infected through a mosquito bite. West Nile Virus is spread by mosquitoes in Iowa. · Use EPA-registered insect repellents containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR3535 when going outdoors. But more severe cases can end in paralysis or death. (more...)
President Trump signs executive order to transform kidney care, increase transplants President Trump signs executive order to transform kidney care, increase transplants
- July 12, 2019

The topic has a personal connection for the president. President Donald Trump holds up a signed executive order about kidney health at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Wednesday, July 10, 2019, in Washington . (more...)
Setbacks for Trump's drive to lower prescription drug costs Setbacks for Trump's drive to lower prescription drug costs
- July 12, 2019

But administration officials were sharply divided over the plan , even as experts questioned how it effective it would be at lowering prices. The rebate rule would have forced companies either to forgo the discounts or pass them onto patients enrolled in their health insurance plans and drug plans. (more...)
Amazon partners with the NHS to help United Kingdom patients access health advice Amazon partners with the NHS to help United Kingdom patients access health advice
- July 12, 2019

Amazon has teamed up with the UK's National Health Service (NHS) to help elderly people, blind people and other patients who can not easily search for health advice online to access health information through its AI-powered voice assistant Alexa. (more...)
Study finds possible link between sugary drinks and cancer Study finds possible link between sugary drinks and cancer
- July 11, 2019

People who drink a lot of sugary drinks have a higher risk of developing cancer , although the evidence can not establish a direct causal link, researchers said on Thursday. "It's important for people to know that all beverages - either with sugar or without are safe to consume as part of a balanced diet", Danielle Smotkin, a spokeswoman for the American Beverage Association said in a statement. (more...)
Few supplements have proven heart benefits Few supplements have proven heart benefits
- July 10, 2019

However nearly everything else, including niacin, iron and a veritable alphabet soup of vitamins, "had no important effect on mortality or cardiovascular disease outcomes", in accordance with the evaluation, revealed Monday in the medical journal Annals of Internal Medicine . (more...)
Biden apologizes for touting past work with segregationist senators Biden apologizes for touting past work with segregationist senators
- July 10, 2019

Former Vice President Joe Biden told CNN in an interview that Democrats are not too far left, despite most of the party's presidential candidates embracing "Medicare for All " and other radical, out-of-the-mainstream proposals. As to why he should be president, Biden noted that while serving under former President Barack Obama he faced severe scrutiny during the vetting process. (more...)
Why court battle represents existential threat to Obamacare Why court battle represents existential threat to Obamacare
- July 10, 2019

Scheduled to hear Tuesday's arguments are 5th Circuit Judges Carolyn Dineen King, Jennifer Walker Elrod and Kurt Engelhardt - two of whom are Republicans. The lawsuit threatens not only to end protections for pre-existing conditions but "could create a striking blow to the entirety of the Affordable Care Act", said Antoinette Kraus, executive director of the Pennsylvania Health Access Network, a patient advocacy organization. (more...)
Chopper crash victim was reportedly helping Chris Cline's daughter Chopper crash victim was reportedly helping Chris Cline's daughter
- July 10, 2019

The department says that an operation has been underway since the crash of the Augusta AW139 chopper in waters just off Grand Cay on Thursday. He says Cline and his 22-year-old daughter Kameron were on board the aircraft when it went down. Kameron was killed alongside her father, friends Brittney Searson, Delaney Wykle and Jillian Clark, and helicopter pilot David Jude. West Virginia Golf Association sent its condolences to Jude's family. (more...)
Backed Lawsuit to Invalidate Obamacare Back in Court Backed Lawsuit to Invalidate Obamacare Back in Court
- July 10, 2019

Depending on what happens at the appeals court level, the health law could be back in front of the Supreme Court - which has upheld the health law on other grounds in 2012 and 2015 - and land there in the middle of next year's presidential campaign. (more...)
Obamacare returns to court, creating new uncertainty about health coverage for millions Obamacare returns to court, creating new uncertainty about health coverage for millions
- July 10, 2019

Republicans including President Donald Trump have repeatedly and unsuccessfully tried to repeal the ACA since it was passed in 2010. They argued that because the individual mandate, the ACA tenet that required Americans to either purchase health insurance or pay a fine, was repealed by the 2017 tax overhaul, the law was no longer constitutional. (more...)
Scottish Government confirms boys to be vaccinated against HPV virus Scottish Government confirms boys to be vaccinated against HPV virus
- July 09, 2019

HPV is a virus transmitted though intimate skin-to-skin contact . Human papilloma virus ( HPV ) may be the cause of most cervical cancers in women , but vaccinating boys will not only help protect their partners who may be susceptible to contracting the virus via sexual transmission, but also reduce the circulation of the virus in general. (more...)
Biden: It would be 'great' to have a female vice president Biden: It would be 'great' to have a female vice president
- July 05, 2019

Harris recalled during the debate how she was benefitted from mandatory school busing in order to integrate public schools and slammed Biden for opposing the controversial policy. "You're the only person I've ever seen on a debate stage say 'I'm out of time, '" Cuomo said. "Look, it's center-left", he said. He's the bully that used to make fun when I was a kid that I stutter, and I'd smack him in the mouth'. (more...)
Salmonella outbreak linked to pig ear dog treats, the CDC warns Salmonella outbreak linked to pig ear dog treats, the CDC warns
- July 04, 2019

Pet owners should wash their hands after having contact with the treats, Zimmer said. The illness usually lasts for about a week. Two retailers have removed pig ear pet treats from their shelves after the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development found that the pig ears, which are sold in bulk at Michigan stores, may be contaminated with salmonella . (more...)
Seattle hospital closes operating rooms after patient dies of mold infection
- July 04, 2019

Bernal said the hospital had "identified deficiencies in our air handlers, including gaps in the air filtration system that we believe to be key contributing factors to the air quality issue", and in collaboration with outside experts had replaced one air handing system, installed a new humidification system, added an extra step to operating room cleaning protocols that uses ultraviolent light to disinfect surfaces, and sealed leaks in the ventilation system. (more...)
Indestructible Poop Parasites May Be Lurking In Your Pool Indestructible Poop Parasites May Be Lurking In Your Pool
- July 04, 2019

Hundreds of outbreaks resulted in over 7,400 confirmed cases, tied predominantly to public swimming pools and water playgrounds. That's 10 more cases than by the same point in 2017. There are preventative measures that can help stem the number of outbreaks, and the CDC is working to educate the public on them. Crypto are hardy parasites, which protect themselves with a shell that "allows it to survive outside the body for long periods of time and makes it very tolerant to chlorine ... (more...)
Health Dept. confirms West Nile case | Franklin Hamburg Lafayette NJ Health Dept. confirms West Nile case | Franklin Hamburg Lafayette NJ
- July 03, 2019

Other preventive measures include avoiding being outdoors from dusk to dawn, when mosquitoes are most active, covering exposed skin and using an Environmental Protection Agency-registered insect repellent. There is no specific treatment for the disease and the best way to prevent it is to avoid mosquito bites, officials said. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most people who become infected with West Nile virus do not develop any symptoms. (more...)
Researchers One Step Closer to Find Cure for HIV Researchers One Step Closer to Find Cure for HIV
- July 03, 2019

So far HIV can be treated with antiretroviral therapy (ART), which suppresses the virus from replicating, but is now uncurable. Antiretroviral therapy, or ART, requires lifelong use to stall the virus' spread and, as a May study found, can potentially end the transmission of HIV between sexual partners. (more...)

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