West Nile infections show sharp increase this year

West Nile infections show sharp increase this year

The number of West Nile virus cases diagnosed in the District, Virginia and Maryland so far this year is far more than last year, and two deaths have been reported, according to federal data. As of Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention listed 35 Virginia cases. The deaths were reported there. Mosquitoes, which […]

Flea-borne typhus disease on the rise in DTLA, Pasadena

Flea-borne typhus disease on the rise in DTLA, Pasadena

DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES (KABC) — Public health authorities are investigating an outbreak of flea-borne typhus in downtown Los Angeles and epidemic levels of the disease in Pasadena. The disease is not uncommon in L.A. County but there has been a recent spike in cases in the downtown area, according to County Health Officer Dr. Muntu […]

When it comes to flu shots, earlier the better

When it comes to flu shots, earlier the better

When it comes to flu shots, earlier the better  The Columbian Tracking Tucson senior citizens getting flu shots  KVOA Tucson News Health officials urge residents to get flu shots, open clinics across the area  KMOV.com Full coverage Source link

Weight loss drug shows positive effect on diabetes

Weight loss drug shows positive effect on diabetes

Credit: CC0 Public Domain At the 2018 Meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes, Brigham and Women’s Hospital investigators from the Thrombolysis in Myocardial Infarction (TIMI) Study Group presented diabetes-related findings from CAMELLIA-TIMI 61, a clinical trial of overweight and obese patients designed to test lorcaserin, a weight loss drug manufactured by […]

Brainstorm Health: Sexual Assault's Health Effects, Online Drug Sales

Brainstorm Health: Sexual Assault's Health Effects, Online Drug Sales

Good afternoon, readers. This is Sy. The controversial fight over Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court is raging on. It’s a thorny issue that raises plenty of passions. But, politics aside, it’s also brought up important questions about the pervasiveness—and lasting effects—of sexual assault in America at large. And a new study published in […]

Warning that artificial sweeteners in Diet Coke 'are toxic to gut bacteria'

Warning that artificial sweeteners in Diet Coke 'are toxic to gut bacteria'

‘Diet’ and ‘Zero’ drinks are marketed as a healthy alternative – but the sweetener-laden pop could actually carry serious health risks, researchers warn. In experiments, researchers tested six common sweeteners (legal in the UK) and found that they could be toxic to the bacteria in our guts. That could cause a ‘wide range of health […]

Secret identity of 150-year-old body found in NYC revealed

Secret identity of 150-year-old body found in NYC revealed

A PBS documentary reveals the identity — and an artist’s digitally created image — or the woman whose well-preserved body was found in a metal coffin in Queens seven years ago. (Impossible Factual/Joe Mullins) On the afternoon of Oct. 4, 2011, a backhoe dug into an excavation pit in Elmhurst, Queens, and struck iron. Construction […]

Heroin deaths drop in Utah for first time in 7 years

Heroin deaths drop in Utah for first time in 7 years

SALT LAKE CITY — For the first time in seven years, heroin overdose deaths decreased in Utah in 2017, state leaders said Monday. According to the state’s calculations, there were 159 fatal overdoses connected to heroin in 2017, a 14.5 percent decrease from the year before, said Utah Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox. Fatal overdoses stemming […]

Fluctuating weight, BP, cholesterol, blood glucose confer poor outcomes

Fluctuating weight, BP, cholesterol, blood glucose confer poor outcomes

People whose BMI, systolic BP, cholesterol and/or blood glucose levels fluctuate may be at greater risk for MI, stroke and all-cause mortality than those with more stable readings, according to a study published in Circulation. “Health care providers should pay attention to the variability in measurements of a patient’s blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels […]

New Migraine Prevention Drug Approved By FDA

New Migraine Prevention Drug Approved By FDA

A new drug used to help prevent migraines in adults was just approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration, WAFB reports. The new drug is called Emgality and is used specifically to prevent migraines, not to treat the pain caused by them. The list price for the drug is $575 per month. That […]

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