Medical


Fall 2018 flu vaccine clinics available Fall 2018 flu vaccine clinics available
- September 21, 2018

A study supported by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was conducted during four recent flu seasons and showed that getting a flu shot lessened the risk of developing a severe case of the flu among adults. Peak flu season in Georgia usually occurs in late January and early February. Reed said the vaccine contains viruses that have been "inactivated" and thus can't cause influenza. (more...)
Yogurt products may contain more sugar than soft drinks Yogurt products may contain more sugar than soft drinks
- September 21, 2018

Researchers said: "Not all yoghurts are as healthy as perhaps consumers perceive them, and reformulation for the reduction of free sugars is warranted". "Getting into the habit of eating Greek yogurt with fresh, whole fruit for sweetness would add no free sugar and would have the added benefit of contributing to the five a day recommendation for fruit and veg", added Moore. (more...)
Baby-aspirin risks overwhelm benefits in healthy elderly Baby-aspirin risks overwhelm benefits in healthy elderly
- September 20, 2018

In fact, aspirin could put their health at risk by increasing the risk of bleeding in the brain and the gastrointestinal tract, researchers found. "The take-home message of such a complex, large, placebo-controlled study is that healthy older people contemplating how best to preserve their health will be unlikely to benefit from aspirin", said John McNeil, a professor at the Monash University in Australia. (more...)
Cigna-Express Scripts merger OK'd by Justice Department Cigna-Express Scripts merger OK'd by Justice Department
- September 20, 2018

The transaction still remains subject to certain state regulatory approvals and filings, including clearances from certain departments of insurance. Approval by the Justice Department smooths the way for the deal to wrap up by the end of the year, the companies said Monday in a joint statement . (more...)
Two female mental health patients drown while chained up in police van Two female mental health patients drown while chained up in police van
- September 20, 2018

The women were in the back of the van, in shackles. Several roads in the area were closed due to flooding. "Just like you, we have questions we want answered", Horry County Sheriff Phillip Thompson said. The Horry County Sheriff's Office transport van was still in the water as of about 8:45 p.m. Tuesday, WPDE reported . The two women - passengers in an Horry County sheriff's office van - were chained inside the back of the vehicle when it experienced a "high-water incident " while ... (more...)
Apple’s Watch Series 4 rethinks health, design Apple’s Watch Series 4 rethinks health, design
- September 19, 2018

This is partially down to 40mm and 44mm sizes that the new watches will be available in, up from 38mm and 42mm that we had seen in all Apple Watch models launched till date. Other health features include improved heart rate monitoring and the ability to perform an electrocardiogram (ECG), which New Atlas reports will be enabled later in the year for US customers. (more...)
Aspirin does not reduce heart attack, stroke risk Aspirin does not reduce heart attack, stroke risk
- September 19, 2018

According to the lead researcher Professor John McNeil head of the Department of Epidemiology and Preventative Medicine at Monash University , this was a seven year study and proves that there is no medical reason to continue taking aspirin prophylactically. (more...)
Household Disinfectants May Be Making Children Overweight Household Disinfectants May Be Making Children Overweight
- September 19, 2018

The surprising discovery was made by researchers from the University of Alberta who studied data from AllerGens' Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development or CHILD to investigate the link between cleaning products and overweight children. (more...)
Think Twice Before Starting to Take Daily Aspirin
- September 18, 2018

The trial found 90.3 percent of the people who took aspirin remained alive with no persistent physical disability or dementia, compared with 90.5 percent of people on the placebo. "This should set the record straight", said Dr. Vincent Bufalino of the Advocate Heart Institute in Chicago, who was not involved in the study. Other studies have been conducted that address this question with mix results. (more...)
First human case this year of West Nile Virus identified in Milwaukee First human case this year of West Nile Virus identified in Milwaukee
- September 16, 2018

A recent collection of adult mosquitos across five cities in Jefferson County tested positive for the West Nile virus . The agency reported investigating 73 cases of the West Nile virus so far in 2018. To date, Nebraska has reported 79 cases with 42 of the cases being neuroinvasive. The Northern Kentucky Health Department said the cases have been confirmed of three human cases since July. (more...)
The Apple Watch is inching toward becoming a medical device The Apple Watch is inching toward becoming a medical device
- September 14, 2018

I couldn't run benchmarks during my short time with the phone, but the A12's specs look absolutely fearsome, especially in the graphics and image-processing departments. The cameras on the phones are, as usual, "better than ever before", said Apple exec Phil Schiller, who has uttered the same words at previous events. (more...)
Apple Unveils New iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max and iPhone Xr Apple Unveils New iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max and iPhone Xr
- September 14, 2018

The Max has a larger display than the usual Plus size phones but a similar body. Apple Inc introduced its largest-ever iPhone and a watch that detects heart problems on Wednesday in an attempt to get customers to upgrade to more expensive devices in the face of stagnant global demand for smartphones. (more...)
Too many teens are using Juuls, according to the FDA
- September 13, 2018

The agency sent more than 1,100 warning letters and 131 fines to retailers it said illegally sold JUUL and other e-cigarette products to minors during a nationwide undercover sting including brick-and-mortar and online stores this summer. (more...)
And they’re all at risk of serious diseases And they’re all at risk of serious diseases
- September 07, 2018

The new Global Action Plan on Physical Activity sets the target to reduce physical inactivity by 10 percent by 2025 and 15 percent by 2030. In 2016, around 32 percent of women and 23 percent of men - that's one in three women and one in four men - did not reach that goal. (more...)
Theranos to formally dissolve Theranos to formally dissolve
- September 07, 2018

Wednesday's announcement comes almost three months after Theranos founder and former CEO Elizabeth Holmes and former Chief Operating Officer Ramesh Balwani were charged with criminal fraud. In April 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) sanctioned Theranos and revoked its clinical laboratory testing certificate, which caused the pharmacy chain Walgreens to terminate its partnership with the start-up and sue Theranos for $140m. (more...)
JFK Flight Quarantined at Airport as 100 Passengers Fall Ill JFK Flight Quarantined at Airport as 100 Passengers Fall Ill
- September 07, 2018

Kennedy Airport in NY, where the plane is now being held under quarantine. Of those passengers, 10 were transported to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center while the other nine sick travellers refused medical attention, Phillips said . "When they were standing in line to board, people were coughing ", she said. Rapper Vanilla Ice said on Twitter that his flight from Dubai was delayed on the runway at JFK. (more...)
Health Experts Predict Worse Flu Epidemic Season Health Experts Predict Worse Flu Epidemic Season
- September 06, 2018

Still, AAP says the effectiveness of the latest version remains an unknown against the strain. However, last flu season was a particularly tough one for children. Separately, researchers reported that they found no evidence of increased risk of subsequent asthma diagnosis among children younger than 3 years of age who received a LAIV, administered as a nasal spray . (more...)
Your first look at Brie Larson’s CAPTAIN MARVEL is here Your first look at Brie Larson’s CAPTAIN MARVEL is here
- September 06, 2018

Now, another batch of photos provides us with additional looks at Carol Danvers , as well as quite a few of the surrounding players who are going to be featured in Captain Marvel , including the Skrulls and a young Nick Fury . Captain Marvel will also be scored by Pinar Toprak ( Krypton ), marking the first time a major comic book movie has been scored by a woman. It's already September, and the film will premiere on March 8th in the US. (more...)
Rat-fever death toll rises to 66 in flood-battered Kerala Rat-fever death toll rises to 66 in flood-battered Kerala
- September 06, 2018

Additionally, while viral Hepatitis A contaminated 1,044 and killed four this August, there were fully 988 cases in all of 2017.From January to 1 September 2018, Kerala has viewed 788 cases of leptospirosis with 36 deaths, 21,915 rooster pox cases with 15 deaths, and 141 cases of scrub typhus with two deaths. (more...)
South Africa declares end of listeria outbreak South Africa declares end of listeria outbreak
- September 06, 2018

To date, R12 million was spent during the response period to deal with the Listeriosis outbreak. The world's deadliest listeria outbreak is over‚ Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi announced on Monday. Details on its status are expected next month. Symptoms from the food-borne disease include diarrhea, fever, general body pains, vomiting and weakness. (more...)
Blood-testing company Theranos is set to dissolve
- September 06, 2018

Holmes advertised the company as a cheaper and more efficient way for patients to test for life-threatening conditions, like cancer and diabetes, with just a few drops of blood from their fingers. Former CEO Elizabeth Holmes' black turtleneck and lofty goals drew comparisons with Apple's Steve Jobs. Holmes said she was inspired to start the company in response to her fear of needles. (more...)
Here's your first official look at Brie Larson as Captain Marvel Here's your first official look at Brie Larson as Captain Marvel
- September 05, 2018

Here's another look at Carol Danvers' Captain Marvel suit. When we met him in Guardians of the Galaxy , he's a high-ranking member of Kree society, but surely his extremist views will eventually see him cast out before the end of Captain Marvel . (more...)
Health officials: Sands Resort ordered to remediate Legionella bacteria Health officials: Sands Resort ordered to remediate Legionella bacteria
- September 04, 2018

The Fraser Health Authority has confirmed a "cluster" of cases of Legionnaires' disease in the Guildford area of Surrey. Symptoms, which usually show up two to 10 days after exposure to the bacteria, include cough, shortness of breath, fever, muscle aches, and headaches. (more...)
Biden salutes McCain as 'a brother' Biden salutes McCain as 'a brother'
- September 02, 2018

Beyond that, his words were almost operatic in their emotional arc. Biden also invoked the 2015 death of his own son, Beau, from brain cancer, and that of his first wife and infant daughter in a 1972 auto accident, in offering words of sympathy to McCain's loved ones. (more...)
First human West Nile death reported in LaSalle County First human West Nile death reported in LaSalle County
- September 02, 2018

Last year IDPH reported the first human West Nile virus death in IL on September 29, 2017. West Nile virus is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito. Rain barrels should have tight seals to keep water in and egg-laying mosquitos out. Recently, the agency collected a mosquito sample that tested positive for the potentially fatal disease, according to Whittaker. (more...)
Pediatricians drop age limit for rear-facing car seats Pediatricians drop age limit for rear-facing car seats
- September 01, 2018

He added that auto seat manufacturers nowadays offer seats built to keep kids rear-facing until they are 40 pounds or more, "which means most children can remain rear-facing past their second birthday". "The AAP chose to update its recommendations to reflect how the science has evolved", the organization said. Video shows how a rear-facing seat can absorb a simulated crash compared to one that's forward facing. (more...)
The new study that will pay you to eat avocados The new study that will pay you to eat avocados
- September 01, 2018

It's very important that participants follow the rules of the study, eating avocados every day or twice a month depending on their group. Females, on the other hand, must measure at least 35 inches around the waist. Whereas, the control group will not be allowed to eat more than two avocados per month during the timeframe. Avocados are known to be rich in fats that are good for the heart. (more...)
FDA announces recall of hypertension medication FDA announces recall of hypertension medication
- August 31, 2018

The FDA has announced that Accord Healthcare is voluntarily recalling a blood pressure medication due to a mix-up. One side of the pill has an "H", and the other side has a "1". Spironolactone is veteran to deal with congestive coronary heart failure , cirrhosis of the liver, extreme coronary heart failure, and other prerequisites. (more...)
Long-term exposure to air pollution can impair cognitive function Long-term exposure to air pollution can impair cognitive function
- August 31, 2018

The researchers from the University of Texas, University of British Columbia, Brigham Young University in Utah, Imperial College London and the Boston-based Health Effects Institute looked at outdoor air pollution from PM smaller than 2.5 microns. (more...)
Officials investigate 2 probable cases of West Nile Virus in Montgomery County Officials investigate 2 probable cases of West Nile Virus in Montgomery County
- August 31, 2018

Mosquitoes in York County have tested positive for West Nile virus and Mainers should take steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Doors - Make sure doors and windows are in good repair and fit tightly, and fix torn or damaged screens to keep mosquitoes out of the house. The woman, in her 60s, became ill July 30 with a fever and did not need to be hospitalized, the state Department of Public Health said. (more...)