Medical


Roller coaster rides can dislodge kidney stones Roller coaster rides can dislodge kidney stones
- September 17, 2018

The winners had to travel at their own expense, but they received a "huge" compensation: $10 trillion Zimbabwean dollars - less than 1 USD! "Why do people keep doing it?" Instead, they were shown an online voodoo doll with their supervisor's initials. (more...)
Mother Charged with Stealing, Using Terminal Ill Daughter's Medication Mother Charged with Stealing, Using Terminal Ill Daughter's Medication
- September 16, 2018

The listing identified Ballweg's daughter as "CM", but did no longer indicate what form of illness the girl has. A Missouri woman failed to give her dying daughter pain medications and instead took the meds herself, according to charges announced Wednesday by the Troy Police Department. (more...)
Zimbabwe's government criticized over cholera outbreak Zimbabwe's government criticized over cholera outbreak
- September 16, 2018

The outbreak has been blamed on poor sanitation, the proliferation on food vending as well as continued lack of clean running which has forced residents, in some cases, to resort to unsafe wells to acquire the necessity. Human rights groups warned that unless urgent action was taken, the current death toll was likely to be as significant as the outbreak in 2008 when more than 4 300 people died of the water borne disease. (more...)
France calls for measures after African swine fever found in Belgium France calls for measures after African swine fever found in Belgium
- September 16, 2018

Belgium remains unscathed from the disease at the level of pig farms. The EU is collectively the world's second-largest pigmeat producer after China and the largest exporter, with most of its pork industry concentrated in Germany, Denmark, France and Spain. (more...)
West Nile Virus Positive Test Confirmed in Gage County West Nile Virus Positive Test Confirmed in Gage County
- September 16, 2018

James Tomarken today reported one human case of West Nile virus in Suffolk County, the first human case reported this year. According to the Jefferson County Health Department, the mosquitos were collected September 11 from Crystal City, De Soto, Hematite, Imperial, and Kimmswick, and surrounding areas. (more...)
Weather Channel Reporter Mocked for Appearing to Exaggerate Florence Weather Channel Reporter Mocked for Appearing to Exaggerate Florence
- September 16, 2018

A 78-year-old man in Kinston, North Carolina , was electrocuted when he tried to connect two extension cords outside in the rain, according to Lenoir County Emergency Services Director Roger Dail. More than 360 people had been carried to safety since Thursday night. Duke Energy, which provides electricity to customers in eastern North Carolina, has roughly 380,000 customers without power. (more...)
Americans Getting Fatter: Obesity Rates Over 35 Percent In 7 States Americans Getting Fatter: Obesity Rates Over 35 Percent In 7 States
- September 15, 2018

West Virginia posted the highest obesity rate at 38.1 percent, while Colorado posted the lowest obesity rate at 22.6 percent. Over the past five years (2012 - 2017), 31 states had statistically significant increases in their obesity rate and no state had a statistically significant decrease in its obesity rate. (more...)
Polar's latest watches know if you're maximizing your workouts Polar's latest watches know if you're maximizing your workouts
- September 15, 2018

Both the Vantage V and the lower-end Vantage M have all-new heart rate sensors, using a green and red LED array and new metal contacts that use skin contact to help maintain heart-rate accuracy. Dedicated GPS watches do much better. The Polar Vantage M has numerous same features but lacks the ability to track running power. Polar Flow for Coach has been updated to allow coaches develop seasonal training calendars. (more...)
Cancer deaths rise to over 9 million in 2018 Cancer deaths rise to over 9 million in 2018
- September 15, 2018

One in five men and one in six women worldwide develop cancer during their lifetime, and one in eight men and one in 11 women die from it, IARC's Global Cancer Observatory said in its first report since 2012. Stomach cancer (783,000 deaths) and liver cancer (782,000 deaths) are the third and fourth most prevalent cancer deaths in 2018. Furthermore, it underscored that in contrast to other regions, the proportions of cancer deaths in Asia and Africa are higher than the proportions ... (more...)
Can you get the flu shot too early? Can you get the flu shot too early?
- September 15, 2018

The vaccine is free, safe and painless. "Help Us Help You" is based on the concept of reciprocity, encouraging people to take appropriate actions (be that getting the flu vaccination or accessing the appropriate service) to better enable the NHS to help them", PHE said. (more...)
New iPhone XS to Watch Series 4: Here’s everything what Apple announced New iPhone XS to Watch Series 4: Here’s everything what Apple announced
- September 15, 2018

An updated iPhone X, now called the XS, stays at $1,000. The camera on the iPhone XR has had one hell of a shakeup; there's a single camera system, which the company assures is the "best ever". This feature is expected to come in India. The iPhone XS will cost $1,649 and up, while the iPhone XS Max begins at $1,799, available in 64GB, 256GB and 512GB, and with the choice of space grey, silver, and a new gold finish. (more...)
Cholera outbreak: state of emergency declared in Zimbabwe Cholera outbreak: state of emergency declared in Zimbabwe
- September 15, 2018

Tests from some wells and boreholes showed water was contaminated with cholera and typhoid-causing bacteria. In December 2008, the Zimbabwean government declared the outbreak a national emergency and requested global aid. Such outbreaks are common as local authorities are battling to provide potable water and sanitation facilities in the city, where slums without running water have mushroomed and whose infrastructure is falling apart due to years of neglect. (more...)
Three cases of West Nile Virus reported in Arkansas Three cases of West Nile Virus reported in Arkansas
- September 14, 2018

In rare cases, the illness can be serious and even fatal. "Nevertheless, it is hard to know exactly how many cases there are, because 80 per cent of those that get infected with West Nile show no symptoms at all", he added. The Health District says that since this test was over a month ago, the new positive result is considered a sporadic event and not due to sustained mosquito activity. (more...)
18 million new cancer cases this year 18 million new cancer cases this year
- September 14, 2018

The total number of people alive within five years of a cancer diagnosis is estimated at 43.8 million. The research agency, part of the United Nations and World Health Organization, estimated in its latest annual GLOBOCAN report that cancer will account for one in eight deaths among men and one in 11 among women. (more...)
IPhone XR Release Date And Cheaper Price Revealed At Apple Keynote 2018 IPhone XR Release Date And Cheaper Price Revealed At Apple Keynote 2018
- September 14, 2018

On the back, there's a single 12-megapixel, f/1.8 camera with a noticeable bump. These upgrades apply to the front camera too , so your selfies can look like they were taken by a professional photographer. The iPhone XS models unveiled Wednesday come with an "eSIM" feature that supports two cellular services and easier switching between carriers, but that technology won't be available in China, Hong Kong, and Macau. (more...)
E-cigarette sales to kids targeted E-cigarette sales to kids targeted
- September 14, 2018

US health officials are sounding the alarm about teenage use of e-cigarettes, calling the problem an "epidemic" and ordering manufacturers to reverse the trend or risk having their flavored vaping products pulled from the market. Gottlieb is talking about reneging on the FDA's four-year extension of the deadline for seeking regulatory approval to continue selling e-cigarettes, which would wreak havoc with a market that he concedes has great potential for reducing smoking-related disease and ... (more...)
New research says dairy can help reduce heart disease risk New research says dairy can help reduce heart disease risk
- September 14, 2018

The high intake group also had a lower rate of stroke (1.2% vs 2.9%) and death (3.4% vs 5.6%) than the no dairy group. "Our study is an observational study and we report association between exposure and outcome we can not prove any causality", emphasized Dehghan. (more...)
US plans crackdown on e-cigarette firms citing 'epidemic' teen use US plans crackdown on e-cigarette firms citing 'epidemic' teen use
- September 14, 2018

Since a year ago, FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb and other federal officials have discussed e-cigarettes as a potential tool to ween adult smokers off cigarettes , although that benefit hasn't been proven. Gottlieb echoed those concerns, saying he's anxious about the effects of nicotine in e-cigarettes on the developing brain, and that a proportion of teenagers who use the devices will end up on regular cigarettes. (more...)
Flu vaccine remains a shot in the dark Flu vaccine remains a shot in the dark
- September 14, 2018

The Ottawa County Department of Public Health tells 13 ON YOUR SIDE FluMist is another option but they say it will likely come later and have a limited supply available. Patients were included if they were at least 1-year-old and had seen a doctor within seven days of the onset of flu-like symptoms. "Our 13 health departments within our district are ready to start vaccinating people against the flu , and of course we want people who are being vaccinated to be vaccinated early", Michael ... (more...)
UK Battles 2 Monkeypox Cases From Nigerian Travellers
- September 13, 2018

They have been transferred to Liverpool University Hospital for treatment. The first patient to be diagnosed , a Nigerian national, is being treated at the Royal Free Hospital in London after being diagnosed with the rare viral infection while staying at a naval base in Cornwall . (more...)
Middle-aged drinkers in UK should have alcohol free days Middle-aged drinkers in UK should have alcohol free days
- September 13, 2018

As such, the new campaign is encouraging middle-aged drinkers to take more alcohol-free days to reduce the health risks associated with booze. "Ultimately you are more likely to cut down if you have some days off drinking ", she said. This follows the results of a YouGov poll that found one in five (20%) United Kingdom adults are drinking above the Chief Medical Officer's low-risk drinking guidelines of 14 units a week and more than two thirds said they would find cutting down on their ... (more...)
Prince William reveals how working as an ambulance pilot affected him
- September 13, 2018

The initiative was announced in February. The project came to be as new studies revealed that nearly half of all United Kingdom workers experienced poor mental health at their current job, and as many as one in four workers struggle with problems such as anxiety and stress without informing their employers. (more...)
Too many teens are using Juuls, according to the FDA Too many teens are using Juuls, according to the FDA
- September 13, 2018

The crackdown marked the "largest coordinated enforcement effort in the FDA's history", the agency said in a statement , warning of even harsher action to come. E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that heat a nicotine liquid into a vapor that can be inhaled. Many use fruit- or candy-flavored liquids that critics say appeal to kids, and risk addicting them to nicotine. (more...)
First UK Monkeypox patient was at Culdrose last week First UK Monkeypox patient was at Culdrose last week
- September 13, 2018

Public Health England said monkeypox does not spread easily and most patients recover within a few weeks, but it can cause severe illness in some people - with anywhere between 1-10% dying. The rash changes and goes through different stages before finally forming a scab, which later falls off. It does not spread easily between people and the risk of transmission to the wider public is very low. (more...)
West Nile Virus stretches south in Chatham-Kent West Nile Virus stretches south in Chatham-Kent
- September 13, 2018

Another human case of West Nile virus has been reported in Box Elder County. The risk of serious illness or death is low. As of Friday, Sept. 7, there have been ten human cases of West Nile Virus in MA so far this year. Ensure door and window screens are in good condition so mosquitoes can not get inside. Eliminate all sources of standing water on your property, including flowerpots, gutters, buckets, pool covers, birdbaths, old vehicle tires, rain gutters and pet bowls. (more...)
FDA calls teen vaping ‘epidemic,’ weighs ban on flavored products
- September 12, 2018

Budding research on e-cigarettes also suggests that these flavors contain terpenes that may be more damaging to the lungs than other flavors are. "It's aimed at retail and online sales of e-cigarettes to minors". The FDA told five major e-cigarette manufacturers on Wednesday to come up with ways to address youth use in 60 days or the agency could require them to stop selling flavored products that appeal to children. (more...)
OxyContin makers secretly ran massive knockoff opioid firm OxyContin makers secretly ran massive knockoff opioid firm
- September 12, 2018

The company produces several opioid-based painkillers that contain addictive drugs including oxycodone, hydrocodone and morphine. In federal court in 2007, three top current and former employees for Purdue pleaded guilty to criminal charges, admitting that they had falsely led doctors and their patients to believe that OxyContin was less likely to be abused than other drugs in its class, according to The New York Times . (more...)
Time to get flu vaccine Time to get flu vaccine
- September 10, 2018

It may seem early, but clinics are already receiving this year's vaccine. Last year, the CDC began using a new methodology for measuring flu season severity based on three criteria: outpatient visits for flu-like illness, flu-related hospitalizations, and flu- or pneumonia-related deaths. (more...)
Only a third of Wakefield residents are registered organ donors Only a third of Wakefield residents are registered organ donors
- September 10, 2018

Just 31% people in Burnley had signed up as a donor as of May a year ago, based on the latest population estimates. The figures have been released by NHS Blood and Transplant to mark Organ Donation Week. Knowing what their loved one wanted helps families support their decision at a hard time. "We don't want people to die because of a fatal complacency that because you know you want to be an organ donor you presume your loved ones know it too". (more...)
Mayo Clinic collaborates with seven hospitals to establish not-for-profit generic drug company Mayo Clinic collaborates with seven hospitals to establish not-for-profit generic drug company
- September 10, 2018

Since then it has attracted more than 120 health organizations, including Catholic Health Initiatives, HCA Healthcare, Intermountain Healthcare, Mayo Clinic and Providence St. The non-profit company intends to become an FDA-approved manufacturer of the generic drugs and either directly manufacture the prescriptions or sub-contract manufacturing to contract manufacturing organizations. (more...)