Medical


Contact Lenses are Costing the Environment Contact Lenses are Costing the Environment
- August 22, 2018

To help address their outcome during treatment, the scientists exposed five polymers detected in many manufacturers' contact lenses to aerobic and anaerobic microorganisms present at wastewater treatment plants for varying times and performed Raman spectroscopy to examine them. (more...)
Moderate carbohydrate intake is best for health, new study suggests Moderate carbohydrate intake is best for health, new study suggests
- August 22, 2018

Eating carbohydrates in moderation seems to be optimal for health and living a long life, the research found. In the study, published in The Lancet Public Health , 15,400 people from the United States filled out questionnaires on the food and drink they consumed, along with portion sizes. (more...)
Here's Why a Harvard Professor Says Coconut Oil Is Here's Why a Harvard Professor Says Coconut Oil Is "Pure Poison"
- August 22, 2018

The video, which has garnered 400,000 hits, comes after the American Heart Association has advised people to avoid coconut oil. Although it is widely believed to have health benefits, Michels and other health professionals call the claims nothing but erroneous myths. (more...)
Google Redesigns Fit, Adds New Features Google Redesigns Fit, Adds New Features
- August 21, 2018

Activities that get your heart pumping harder result in even greater health benefits. Google says it worked with the American Heart Association and the World Health Organization to develop the new features. There are a plethora of fitness apps on the Play Store, and Google's in-house solution Google Fit hasn't caught on like that. There are two ways that a fitness watch can measure the distance a person has ran, walked or jogged. (more...)
Smoky air returns to Seattle through at least Wednesday Smoky air returns to Seattle through at least Wednesday
- August 21, 2018

Sunday's weather sees the continuation of the a special air quality statement for Metro Vancouver. A shift in the wind pattern is expected to bring more dense smoke throughout western Manitoba which will continue into the southern parts later tonight . (more...)
ME sixth worst state for increase in overdose deaths ME sixth worst state for increase in overdose deaths
- August 20, 2018

This is more than the previous year count of 64,000 people in 2016 which was the highest count before 2017. Opioids-both natural like heroin and synthetic like fentanyl-are again behind the vast majority of overdose deaths (49,060) this year, exceeding the number of similar fatalities last year. (more...)
Ogle County mosquito pool tests positive for West Nile Ogle County mosquito pool tests positive for West Nile
- August 20, 2018

West Nile virus is transmitted through the bite of Culex mosquitoes, commonly called a house mosquito, which has picked up the virus by feeding on an infected bird. Repel - when outdoors, wear shoes and socks, long trousers and a long-sleeved shirt, and apply insect repellent that contains DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR 3535 according to label instructions. (more...)
Contact lenses end up in the ocean endangering sealife Contact lenses end up in the ocean endangering sealife
- August 20, 2018

Now a research team based in the U.S. has shown for the first time how they can get eaten by fish and other marine life and be returned to us on our plates. These animals are part of a long food chain. "Contacts are created to absorb liquid, and that includes not just water but anything that's in the water", Mason says. (more...)
WHO expects more Ebola cases in DR Congo WHO expects more Ebola cases in DR Congo
- August 20, 2018

We expect to see more cases as a result of earlier infections and these infections developing into illness", World Health Organization spokesman Tarik Jasarevic told a Geneva news briefing. An epidemic between 2013 and 2016 killed more than 11,300 people in West Africa. The outbreak in North Kivu province was declared on August 1 and UNICEF reported that so far, two children have died, while six others, who either are infected by the disease or suspected to be, are receiving treatment ... (more...)
'K2' synthetic marijuana blamed for 46 overdoses at New Haven park 'K2' synthetic marijuana blamed for 46 overdoses at New Haven park
- August 20, 2018

A total of 15 people overdosed on the New Haven Green starting Wednesday morning, authorities said at a press conference earlier in the day. Alston said initial reports indicate people overdosed on K2, a synthetic marijuana that contains a variety of chemicals and has been linked to prior large-scale overdoses. (more...)
16 nurses pregnant at Arizona hospital 16 nurses pregnant at Arizona hospital
- August 19, 2018

She also said that their non-pregnant colleagues have been of enormous help at assisting with patients they should not be exposed to because of conditions or treatments that are potentially harmful for expectant women, such as tuberculosis or shingles or chemotherapy due to the radiation. (more...)
No alarm over West Nile virus case - English No alarm over West Nile virus case - English
- August 19, 2018

York County hasn't endured a West Nile virus-related fatality in more than a decade, but that doesn't mean it's smart to be lackadaisical about battling against mosquitoes. Symptoms in humans are like a cold or flu, Smith said, with fever, headache, body ache, occasionally a mild skin rash. - Dispose of tin cans, ceramic pots and other unnecessary containers on your property. (more...)
E-cigarettes can be key weapon against smoking, say MPs E-cigarettes can be key weapon against smoking, say MPs
- August 19, 2018

Critics argue that e-cigarettes could act as a "gateway" to smoking, especially for young people - but this report claims non-smokers are very unlikely to take up vaping. They also said the government should look again at regulations limiting e-juice refill strengths and tank sizes which were brought in by the EU. "The committee believes that the risk for smokers of continuing to use conventional cigarettes is greater than the uncertainty over the long-term use of e-cigarettes", the report ... (more...)
Overdose deaths up nationwide, down in Utah, says CDC Overdose deaths up nationwide, down in Utah, says CDC
- August 19, 2018

Ahmad, of the Division of Vital Statistics at the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics, noted in the report . More than 72,000 Americans died of drug overdoses in 2017, up almost 7% from 2016, according to preliminary data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention . (more...)
Contact lens removed from woman's eyelid after 28 years Contact lens removed from woman's eyelid after 28 years
- August 19, 2018

Instead, at age 42, she visited an ophthalmologist for what she thought was an unrelated problem: Her left eyelid had been swollen and drooping for about six months, and doctors could feel a small lump under the skin, according to a report of her case, published August 10 in the journal BMJ Case Reports . (more...)
Meat-Heavy, Low-Carb Diets Can 'Shorten Lifespan' Meat-Heavy, Low-Carb Diets Can 'Shorten Lifespan'
- August 19, 2018

The study looked at the diets of more than 15,400 people in the United States, finding the moderate carb intake has the best outcome in terms of mortality risk. A low-carb diet could shorten life expectancy by up to four years, a study suggests. Food plans which replace carbs with protein and fat, such as the Ketogenic or Atkins diets, have gained popularity, and endorsed by celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Kim Kardashian. (more...)
New Cases Bring Measles Count To 3 In Florida's Gulf Coast New Cases Bring Measles Count To 3 In Florida's Gulf Coast
- August 19, 2018

A recent outbreak of measles has some doctors encouraging vaccination as the best way to prevent measles and its spread. The CDC noted that measles is common in many parts of the world, and travelers continue to bring the disease into the United States. (more...)
Mass Overdose Leaves Connecticut Park Strewn with Dozens of Drugged-Out Victims Mass Overdose Leaves Connecticut Park Strewn with Dozens of Drugged-Out Victims
- August 18, 2018

Dozens of people have been treated in CT during the past two days after officials say they overdosed on K2, an often-laced synthetic drug. New Haven Police have arrested three people in connection with the case, and the investigation is now ongoing, New Haven Police Chief Anthony Campbell said in a press conference. (more...)
Google may launch new health and fitness assistant Google Coach Google may launch new health and fitness assistant Google Coach
- August 18, 2018

However, Google claims that the Pie Go edition would take up even lesser space and provide faster device boot times for smartphones . The biggest highlight of the update is more internal storage out of the box. "A core part of these apps include unique features, like free downloading in YouTube Go , that aren't found in the classic app", Kamdar added. To deliver faster charging, Pixels and many Android phones use the USB power delivery. (more...)
New study finds glyphosate in kids' cereals and snack bars New study finds glyphosate in kids' cereals and snack bars
- August 18, 2018

General Mills' popular Cheerios brand had the next highest with 530 parts per billion . Getty Images/Blend Images Oat-based cereals, including Cheerios, were found to contain glyphosate. "Parents shouldn't worry about whether feeding their children heathy oat foods will also expose them to a chemical linked to cancer". We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. (more...)
Starbucks debuts its first protein-packed coffee Starbucks debuts its first protein-packed coffee
- August 18, 2018

The latest in Starbucks cold beverage line-up, Protein Blended Cold Brew is made with slow-steeped Starbucks Cold Brew, alternative milk and plant-based proteins for a delicious, non-dairy beverage that's a good source of protein and keeps you going throughout the day. (more...)
Man arrested after overdoses at downtown city park
- August 18, 2018

Some became unconscious and others vomited, authorities said. "People are self-medicating for several different reasons and every agency - police, fire, medical, hospitals - all are strained at this time", Chief Alston said. Campbell said New Haven provides an array of services to people addicted to drugs, many of whom come from other towns where such treatment programs aren't available. (more...)
World's oldest cheese found in Egyptian tomb World's oldest cheese found in Egyptian tomb
- August 17, 2018

The team used unconventional scientific techniques to identify it as the remains of a solid cheese made from cow milk and sheep or goat milk. The study found signs of bacteria potentially causing the deadly disease brucellosis, caught through the ingestion of unpasteurized dairy products . (more...)
Authorities Say 15 Overdosed In 45 Minutes At Connecticut Park
- August 17, 2018

A suspect is in custody after over 40 individuals overdosed in a CT park on a drug suspected of being laced with an opioid, police say. Police did not immediately release the name of the man who was arrested, saying they were waiting for victims to positively identify him. (more...)
Newshour, DR Congo trials experimental Ebola treatment Newshour, DR Congo trials experimental Ebola treatment
- August 17, 2018

The outbreak is the country's 10th since 1976, when the disease was first identified in the Democratic Republic of Congo ( DRC ) near the Ebola River, a tributary of the Congo. The mAb114 treatment was developed in the United States by the National Institutes of Health using the antibodies of the survivor of an Ebola outbreak in the western Congolese city of Kikwit in 1995. (more...)
Overdose total hits 76 in CT park near Yale
- August 17, 2018

It's not yet clear what exactly sparked the suspected mass overdose, but authorities said they received reports that people were smoking in the area. "After 8:00 [a.m. At first, the drug Nalaxone - used to treat narcotic overdoses - appeared not to work. 'Narcan was not effective here at the scene, ' said Alston. K2 is a synthetic cannabinoid related to marijuana that is frequently laced with other drugs, said Dr. (more...)
Mayo Clinic ranked No. 1 hospital nationwide by U.S Mayo Clinic ranked No. 1 hospital nationwide by U.S
- August 17, 2018

The Rochester-headquartered medical system has been named the number one hospital in the nation in the new U.S. News and World Report rankings. University of Michigan Hospitals-Michigan Medicine bumped UCSF Medical Center to round out the top five on the Best Hospitals Honor Roll. (more...)
NYU To Cover Tuition For All Medical Students NYU To Cover Tuition For All Medical Students
- August 17, 2018

Rivera also said the school plans to refund out-of-pocket payments already made for the current year and will return loans taken out by their students. -only degree program. Seventy-five percent of doctors in the US graduated with debt, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges , and the median current debt of a graduating student is $202,000. (more...)
Alphabet Makes a $375 Million Bet on Obamacare Startup Oscar Alphabet Makes a $375 Million Bet on Obamacare Startup Oscar
- August 16, 2018

Schlosser explained in an interview with Wired that Alphabet's new investments will help Oscar Health improve its internal infrastructure, clinical management system, and consumer-facing technologies such as on-demand concierge insurance apps. (more...)
More than 30 people overdose at downtown CT park; synthetic pot suspected
- August 16, 2018

On Thursday morning, New Haven Director of Emergency Management Rick Fontana told WTNH-TV that a K2 sample it tested was negative for the presence of fentanyl. Kathryn Hawk, an emergency medicine physician and professor at Yale-New Haven Hospital, where numerous victims were treated. Officials described a hectic scene as emergency crews worked to respond to all of the overdose reports. (more...)