Health Care

E-cigarette usage almost doubles in US high-schools

E-cigarette usage almost doubles in US high-schools That's according to an unusual advisory issued Tuesday U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams about the the dangers of electronic cigarette use among U.S. E-cigarettes have been a divisive topic in the public health community. In this year's survey, approximately 37% of high school seniors said they had used an e-cigarette during the prior year, compared to about 28% in 2017. [Full Article...]

Fitbit OS 3.0 makes Ionic and Versa's dashboard even more useful

Fitbit is rolling out a new update (Fitbit OS 3.0) to the Ionic and Versa , making it easier to log and track your health data on its smartwatches. Others coming in early 2019 include FitBark, Gold's Amp, Mindbody, Noonlight, and TRX. The company says the API will allow its community of third-party developers to create new apps and watch faces faster and more efficiently than before. [Full Article...]

Flu Activity On the Rise Across Minnesota

Flu Activity On the Rise Across Minnesota Louisiana is among one of the states with the highest levels of flu activity so far this season. Flu vaccination protects individuals from influenza infections, decreases the severity of influenza infections, and minimises the spread of flu viruses to other persons. [Full Article...]

One day before enrollment deadline, Texas judge rules Affordable Care Act unconstitutional

One day before enrollment deadline, Texas judge rules Affordable Care Act unconstitutional The deadline to enroll for Connecticut's version of the Affordable Care Act is less than two days away. The sign-up period for next year's individual health insurance coverage runs from November 1 to December 15. "There are a lot of plans available now", says Karen Perez of Access Health CT. The Trump administration said in June that it would not defend several important provisions of Obamacar... [Full Article...]

Obamacare ruled unconstitutional by USA federal judge in Texas

Obamacare ruled unconstitutional by USA federal judge in Texas The Republican led House and Senate, under President Donald Trump , outlawed the individual mandate in the tax cut law past year. The decision is nearly certain to be appealed all the way to the Supreme Court. "The remainder of the ACA is non-severable from the individual mandate, meaning that the Act must be invalidated in whole". The Supreme Court may or may not choose to hear the appeal, how... [Full Article...]

Risk of heart attack highest at 10pm on Christmas Eve

Risk of heart attack highest at 10pm on Christmas Eve They analysed the exact timing of 283,014 heart attacks reported to the Swedish coronary care unit registry (SWEDEHEART) over a 16-year period from 1998 to 2013. But the senior author, David Erlinge, head of the cardiology department at Lund University in Sweden, said that the holidays have special stresses - travel, hard relatives or friends, complicated preparations for guests, extra physica... [Full Article...]

Breast Cancer risk increases after giving birth, lasts for decades

Breast Cancer risk increases after giving birth, lasts for decades An updated breast cancer screening guideline places a new emphasis on shared decision-making between women and their health care providers to support women to make an informed decision on based on preferences. Women who had given birth before 25 had no elevated risk compared to peers who had never given birth , while risk was higher, compared to peers, for women who had given birth for the ... [Full Article...]

Fentanyl Now the Deadliest Drug in the US

Fentanyl Now the Deadliest Drug in the US As the USA opioid epidemic grinds on, fentanyl is fast becoming the main culprit in drug overdose deaths , health officials report. The prescription painkiller Oxycodone ranked highest in 2011. Deaths involving heroin have also continued to rise, increasing threefold from 2011 to 2016. Coroners and medical examiners often don't state exactly which drugs contributed to a death on a death certi... [Full Article...]

Puzzle solving 'won't stop mental decline'

Puzzle solving 'won't stop mental decline' The younger we start these activities (providing we continue to consistently participate), the better our brain function should be as we age. However, they highlight the importance of a "predisposition toward mental engagement" and the positive influence that regularly participating in intellectually engaging activities can have on mental ability across lifetime. [Full Article...]

SCOTUS Gave Planned Parenthood A Victory Today Thanks To Justices Roberts & Kavanaugh

SCOTUS Gave Planned Parenthood A Victory Today Thanks To Justices Roberts & Kavanaugh In his 4-page dissent, the conservative jurist accused the court of being scared from taking the cases simply because " Planned Parenthood " appeared in their titles. Unfortunately, with lower courts permanently altering the trajectory of our politics, culture, sovereignty, and even national security, the passivity of the Roberts court is a recipe for judicial hell. [Full Article...]

Google Fit updated with breathing exercises and home screen widgets

Google Fit updated with breathing exercises and home screen widgets The new features follow a pretty radical makeover of Google Fit , which in the past has been a bit of mix bag as far as tracking your health and fitness. Other new features include a deeper workout report, including a Global Positioning System map, and the option to adjust intensity when manually adding a workout in the Journal tab. [Full Article...]

CDC Warning: ‘Say No To Raw Cookie Dough’

CDC Warning: ‘Say No To Raw Cookie Dough’ Ahead of Christmas, with many people doing holiday baking, the CDC said think twice before you reach for a taste of that raw dough. Flour and raw eggs especially can contain bacteria and salmonella respectively. Flour is typically a raw agricultural product. The CDC issued a warning earlier this week to "Say No to Raw Dough!" to remind bakers preparing for the holidays that eating raw doug... [Full Article...]

Neti pot nightmare: BRAIN-EATING amoebas from tap water attack elderly woman

Neti pot nightmare: BRAIN-EATING amoebas from tap water attack elderly woman When they opened her up, the medical team was shocked to observe that, instead of a brain tumor , a rare brain-eating amoeba was practically devouring the Seattle woman's brain. Alarmingly, the fatality rate is practically 100 per cent. Amoebas are single-celled organisms, some of which can cause disease. Since then, more than 200 cases have been diagnosed worldwide, with at least 70 cases in t... [Full Article...]

First ever baby born via womb transplant from deceased donor

First ever baby born via womb transplant from deceased donor Four months prior to the operation, the recipient had one IVF cycle, providing her with eight fertilized eggs which were then frozen. This technique has been done eleven times before using the uterus of a living donor. In total, there have been 39 procedures of this kind, resulting in 11 live births so far. The medical team at the Hospital das Clinicas holding the first baby to be born follo... [Full Article...]

Worldwide hunt for rare blood to help Miami girl fight cancer

Worldwide hunt for rare blood to help Miami girl fight cancer Most people never have to contend with the often-hidden world of rare blood transfusions . So far, OneBlood has identified three matching donors, including two from the United States and one from the United Kingdom, which is the first time the organization has received an global donor for a local patient. [Full Article...]

Patient coughs up blood clot shaped like lung

Patient coughs up blood clot shaped like lung A man coughed up a freaky blood clot that was practically a copy of the inside of his lung, astonishing doctors around the world. The 36-year old man was being treated for a serious heart condition, according to a new report of the case, published November 29 in The New England Journal of Medicine . [Full Article...]

Woman dies from rare brain-eating disease after using neti pot

But when Cobbs operated to remove the mass, "it was just dead brain tissue", making it hard to determine what it actually was. If you haven't used a neti pot before, you've probably at least heard of it. It was microscopic amoebas that were feasting on her brain. According to a study published in the International Journal of Infectious Diseases , doctors believe the woman likely became infe... [Full Article...]

Australian scientists are testing a fast universal test for cancer

Australian scientists are testing a fast universal test for cancer The study published by Nature Journal on Tuesday says Queensland researchers have created a simple test which uses a colour-changing fluid to confirm the presence of cancerous cells anywhere in the body. As part of the development of the test, the researchers found that cancer cells of breast and prostate cancer have a unique "signature" - a sample of molecules of DNA. [Full Article...]

World's first baby born to woman with uterus transplanted from deceased donor

In the Brazilian case, the journal said the recipient had been born without a uterus due to a condition called Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser syndrome. The researchers in Brazil reported that the uterus was ischemic - meaning, off a blood supply - for nearly eight hours, essentially double the reported time from any of the living donor transplants. [Full Article...]

Infants' Ibuprofen sold at Walmart, CVS, Family Dollar recalled over dosage concerns

Infants' Ibuprofen sold at Walmart, CVS, Family Dollar recalled over dosage concerns If ingested, children could experience nausea, vomiting, headaches, gastrointestinal bleeding. The recalled lots are sold in Walmart , CVS and Family Dollar . FBN's Cheryl Casone on Tris Pharma's recall of liquid ibuprofen for infants. Consumers with questions regarding this recall can contact Tris Customer Service at 732-940-0358 (Monday through Friday, 8:00am ET- 5:00pm PT) or via email ... [Full Article...]


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