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Utah's first West Nile death of 2018 reported in Salt Lake County


Officials say the man was hospitalized but is now recovering at home. Officials said a horse that was stabled in Hampshire County also contracted West Nile Virus and had to be euthanized. Although mosquitoes are active throughout the summer, West Nile virus typically doesn't begin to appear until late summer, said Nicholas Rupp, department spokesman. Read More »

Alcohol causes 2.8 million deaths each year worldwide


He writes that to understand the 0.5% increase in risk from drinking one drink a day , 25,000 people would need to drink 10g of alcohol a day (10g being the amount recognised as a single drink in the report ) for a year, that's 3,650g of alcohol each. Read More »

Arizona sports teams, athletes react to death of Sen. John McCain

He was "one of the most principled people I've ever known", Brown said. "I'm not sure what to make of President Trump's convictions", McCain wrote, via Business Insider . Domestic politics is often said to stop at the water's edge: that is, while overseas, politicians don't criticise the governments or leaders of their home countries. Read More »

Weighing the coconut oil health claims

In an educational talk titled Coconut oil and other nutritional errors , a professor from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health - Dr Karin Michels called the oil pure poison and one of the worst foods a person can possibly eat. Read More »

No amount of alcohol is safe for your health, study finds

The study used data from 694 studies to estimate how common drinking alcohol is worldwide, then used a further 592 studies to analyse the health risks associated with alcohol. "There is no safe level of alcohol", said Max Griswold , a researcher at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation in Seattle, Washington and lead author for a consortium of more than 500 experts. Read More »

Making Universal Donor Blood From Other Blood Types | Headline Science


This would make blood transfusions much easier, since donor and patient blood types must usually match, unless the donor's blood is type O negative. As a video from the American Chemical Society explains , type A and B blood cells have specific sugars attached outside their cells called antigens, while type AB blood cells have both type A and B antigens. Read More »

Eleven people dead in Greece after being infected with West Nile Virus


Delaware's Division of Public Health is announcing the state's second human case of West Nile Virus this year. There have been no reported human cases in the area. The hot and muggy weather is creating optimal breeding conditions for mosquitoes. Eliminate standing water: Mosquitoes need water to lay eggs. Wearing long-sleeves, long trousers and socks when outdoors will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin. Read More »

Coconut oil is 'pure poison,' Harvard professor says in talk on nutrition


Sacks said he was surprised by the negative backlash he received after the American Heart Association advisory came out past year. This isn't the first time in recent years that experts have attempted to set the record straight. It's important to know the different types of fat that we're looking at: "there's saturated fat, there's unsaturated fat , The unsaturated fat is what we consider heart healthy", explained Noel Konken, a clinical dietitian with Lee Health. Read More »

Google Fit gets ready to take on the Apple Watch


Apple's three-ring design - which tracks and sets goals for daily movement, exercise and time spent standing - has made the pursuit of closing those rings an obsession for some Apple Watch fans. Today Google has unveiled a brand new version of its Fit app for both Android phones and smartwatches running its Wear OS platform (previously known as Android Wear). Read More »

Heavy smoke remains in Yakima Valley, air quality "hazardous"


During this time, fine particle pollution is expected to remain at, or above, a level that is considered unhealthy for sensitive groups. Now, another index conveys just how risky the air quality is. The air quality in parts of Seattle is now worse than Beijing, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency. "It's substantial. Air quality definitely has an impact on public health". Read More »

Moderate carbohydrate intake may lower mortality risk


Co-author Professor Walter Willett of Harvard School of Public Health , said: 'These findings bring together several strands that have been controversial. "There is nothing to be gained from long-term adherence to low-carbohydrate diets rich in fats and proteins from animal origins", said Mr Ian Johnson, a nutrition researcher at Quadram Institute Bioscience in England. Read More »

Fentanyl use drove drug overdose deaths to a record high in 2017


In New Jersey, opioid overdose deaths increased 27 percent. The increase was driven primarily by a continued surge in deaths involving synthetic opioids, a category that includes fentanyl. Maine's mortality rate from overdoses rose 10.9 percent between January 2017 and January 2018, the highest in New England. President Donald Trump has declared the opioid crisis a national public health emergency, but stopped short a year ago of declaring a state of emergency that would've given ... Read More »

Roundup ingredient found in Cheerios, Quaker Oats, and other cereals


Traces of glyphosate, an active chemical ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup weed killer , was found in two among the 45 products that were made with oats. In a statement Fox Business , a spokesperson for General Mills said that "our products are safe and without question, they meet regulatory safety levels". Read More »

NY University offers free tuition for all medical students


Rising tuition and six-figure loans have been pushing new doctors into higher-paying fields and contributing to a shortage of researchers and primary care physicians. The scholarship covers annual tuition costs of up to $55,000 (£43,000). Those range from around $27,000 to $29,000 per year, according to the medical school. Read More »

Vaping Shuts Off Immune-Fighting Cells in the Lungs, Lab Study Finds


He added: "I don't believe e-cigarettes are more... But we should have a cautious skepticism that they are as safe as we are being led to believe". It was found that vapor caused inflammation and impaired the activity of alveolar macrophages, cells that remove potentially damaging dust particles, bacteria, and allergens. Read More »

More than 90 people overdose on K2 in Connecticut park


This isn't the first time the city has seen a mass-overdose: A New Haven man pleaded guilty to charges in connection with overdoses of more than a dozen people in June 2016 . Emergency responders were forced to cut a press conference short in the morning to rush to the aide of one victim who fell ill nearby. The New Haven Police Department is investigating the case. Read More »

One Park, One Day, 41 Overdoses

No deaths were reported, but officials said two people suffered life-threatening symptoms. The Rev. Luk De Volder, rector of the historic Trinity Church on the Green, told the paper there were ambulances on the Green on Monday night as well. Read More »

California Among 21 States Being Monitored by CDC for Measles Outbreak


The Florida Department of Health said Monday it is investigating a case of measles in an unvaccinated child in Pinellas County . Symptoms typically appear 10-14 days after initial exposure and will last 7-10 days. Ann Hennessey, a pediatrician with Mercy Clinic, has encouraged all of her patients to get vaccinated. He said measles is contagious and can even send people to the hospital. Read More »

New Jersey reports first human case of West Nile virus this year


Raul Pino in a statement. Mosquitoes tested at various locations, including Hartford's Keney Park, have tested positive for the West Nile Virus this year. Experts recommend using insect repellent, avoiding the peak mosquito feeding times of dawn and dusk and wearing loose fitting clothing. 'Until the state's first hard frost, whether it's for work or play, being outside means there's a risk for West Nile virus'. Read More »

Dallas County First West Nile Death 2018


Scott Sawlis of Dallas County Health and Human Services demonstrates a mosquito trap. North Iowa says it is treating a confirmed case of West Nile Virus . They are most active at dawn and dusk and will bite humans as well as other mammals and birds. Wearing light-coloured, long-sleeved shirts, pants, socks and a hat is recommended, as is using insect repellent containing DEET or Icaridin. Read More »

Pentagon Restricts Fitness And GPS Trackers For Deployed Personnel


According to a memo obtained by the Associated Press , the Pentagon is restricting the use of fitness tracking devices and apps at sensitive bases and some "high-risk warzone areas". "The rapidly evolving market of devices, applications, and services with geolocation capabilities presents a significant risk to the Department of Defense personnel on and off duty, and to our military operations globally", Manning said yesterday. Read More »

August Is Breastfeeding Awareness Month


Exclusive breastfeeding is universally recognized as the most cost effective, high impact preventive intervention that promotes the health of mothers and babies while reducing health care costs for government and families. Breastfeeding makes economic sense as well, being a more affordable option than purchasing formula. It also offers a quiet relaxed time for mother and baby to bond. Read More »

Four U.S. cities sue over Trump 'sabotage' of Obamacare


Now, short-term plans can span an initial period of less than 12 months and can be extended for 36 months at maximum. "There are many lawsuits and consumer complaints around the country stemming from unpaid bills" resulting from the short-term plans, Richard Besser, president of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the biggest USA health philanthropy, said in a letter to the administration opposing the expansion of the plans . Read More »

Congo declares new Ebola outbreak in eastern province


Twenty people have died from hemorrhagic fevers in a densely populated area near the town of Beni close to the Ugandan border, the ministry said in its statement, without saying when these occurred. Travel through the village of Mangina, where the majority of the cases are from, has been barred, according to The Washington Post . "This is an active conflict zone". Read More »

"Vaginal rejuvenation" procedures and devices unsafe says FDA


Laser and energy-based devices have been approved for use in destroying pre-cancerous cells in cervical or vaginal tissue, as well as genital warts , but they have not undergone testing for rejuvenation therapies. "The deceptive marketing of unproven treatments may not only cause injuries but may also keep some patients from accessing appropriate, recognized therapies to treat severe medical conditions", Gottlieb continues. Read More »

The shocking reason a man’s legs and hands were amputated


Greg Manteufel, of West Bend, Wisconsin, was sent to the emergency room for what he thought was the flu, Fox6 reported on July 30 . 48-year-old Manteufel began to go into septic shock as the mysterious symptoms continued to worsen. Doctors were forced to amputate his limbs. If you would like to donate to Manteufel medical care, you can do so through the families GoFundMe page . Read More »

Smoking no longer allowed in NYC Public Housing


The ban, implemented by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) states that lit cigarettes, cigars, and pipes can only be smoked at least 25 feet away from public housing units - but federally, electronic cigarettes will still be permitted. Read More »

Toronto Residents Will Hold Vigil For Danforth Shooting Victims Tonight


Yesterday, however, Amaq claimed that Hussain "carried out the attack in response to calls to target nationals of countries of the coalition" that has been fighting IS in Syria and Iraq since 2014. Police believe that Hussain's older brother, Fahad Hussain, who has been in a coma since last summer following a drug overdose, may have been the source of the gun. Read More »

CVS apologizes to transgender woman for prescription denial


Hall wrote that she's lucky that her family and friends accept and support who she is. "He just kept asking, loudly and in front of other CVS staff and customers, why I was given the prescriptions", Hall recalls. CVS spokesman DeAngelis apologized for the company's unresponsiveness to Hall's complaints about her treatment. My doctor ended up having to call the prescription into the local Walgreens, where the medication was filled without question. Read More »

Man dies from bacterial infection after eating bad oyster in Sarasota County


Sarasota County didn't have any cases or deaths in 2017. Health officials tell ABC Action News that the 71-year-old man also had other medical ailments that contributed to his death. Though sometimes labeled a "flesh-eating" bacteria , Vibrio vulnificus can not attack healthy skin, the Sun-Sentinel reported. "We tell everybody regardless of age or immune status that they should avoid eating raw or undercooked shell fish or seafood or avoid or being in the salt water when they have an ... Read More »