Is the pap smear on the way out?

Is the pap smear on the way out?

WEDNESDAY, July 4, 2018 — The Pap test, used for over 50 years to spot the early signs of cervical cancer, may soon become a thing of the past, new research suggests. Its replacement? The human papillomavirus test. Nearly all cervical cancer cases are linked to HPV infection, and HPV testing detected pre-cancers earlier and […]

Police warn of widespread rabies epidemic after 4th animal found to be infected

Police warn of widespread rabies epidemic after 4th animal found to be infected

BRUNSWICK — Town officials are advising residents to avoid wild animals, especially if they are acting strangely, and to not leave pets or children outside unsupervised following the fourth incident involving a rabid fox in the last three weeks. Brunswick Animal Control Officer Heidi Nelson received confirmation from the Maine Center for Disease Control & […]

FDA Approves Qbrexza, the First-Ever Prescription Treatment for Excessive Sweating

FDA Approves Qbrexza, the First-Ever Prescription Treatment for Excessive Sweating

The first-of-its-kind drug to treat excessive sweating has been approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA). The vexingly spelled Qbrexza, pronounced “kew brex zah,” is a topical treatment applied once daily with an individually wrapped disposable cloth, sort of like a medicated wet wipe. Excessive sweating, also known asprimary axillary hyperhidrosis, impacts over 10 million […]

How opioid use can lead to addiction

How opioid use can lead to addiction

Opioid use — even short term — can lead to addiction and, too often, overdose. Anyone who takes opioids is at risk of developing addiction. Your personal history and the length of time you use opioids play a role, but it’s impossible to predict who’s vulnerable to eventual dependence on and abuse of these drugs. […]

You're probably washing your hands all wrong

You're probably washing your hands all wrong

“You can’t see, smell or feel bacteria,” said Carmen Rottenberg, acting deputy undersecretary for food safety at the USDA. “By simply washing your hands properly, you can protect your family and prevent that bacteria from contaminating your food and key areas in your kitchen.” The results from the USDA’s study indicate our hand-washing habits may […]

Case Western Reserve team discovers two extinct mammals in Bolivia

Case Western Reserve team discovers two extinct mammals in Bolivia

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Researchers from Case Western Reserve University and two other schools have found something new in the prehistoric past. They have identified two previously unknown species of hoofed mammals through their 13-million-year-old fossil remains from a site in Bolivia. The animals, dubbed Theosodon arozquetai and Llullataruca shockeyi, resemble small moose or deer in […]

Avoiding kitchen contamination

Avoiding kitchen contamination

(NBC News) – The absolute best way to avoid cross-contamination of bacteria in the kitchen is to wash your hands, but a new study from the United States Department of Agriculture found home cooks rarely do it well or at all.   “Surprisingly, consumers don’t wash their hands before handling food and that seems like the […]

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