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Fatal brain-eating amoeba may have come from woman's neti pot

Sat, 08 Dec 2018 15:40:23 GMT

A Seattle woman rinsed her sinuses with tap water. A year later, she died of a brain-eating amoeba.

The scientist, the twins and the experiment that geneticists say went too far

Sat, 01 Dec 2018 12:04:27 GMT

Humanity was reluctantly dragged into a new era this week.

Columbia University and its hospitals sued over doctor's sexual abuse

Fri, 07 Dec 2018 19:09:58 GMT

Seventeen women are accusing Columbia University and the NewYork-Presbyterian hospital system of enabling a sexually abusive doctor over roughly 20 years of practice, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday in New York Supreme Court. The doctor, Robert Hadden, pleaded guilty in 2016 to criminal sex act in the third degree and forcible touching, surrendering his medical license, according to court documents. He received no jail time.

Migrants are not a threat to health systems, report finds

Wed, 05 Dec 2018 23:32:40 GMT

Retired FDA research monkeys find new home in Florida

Tue, 04 Dec 2018 14:28:54 GMT

Squirrel monkey chirps filled a small ranch-style building in north Gainesville, Florida -- a chorus that made Kari Bagnall's smile swell even wider.

Two-year-old needs some of the rarest blood in the world to survive

Wed, 05 Dec 2018 15:58:52 GMT

Two-year-old Zainab Mughal has some of the rarest blood in the world.

Body fat levels linked to breast cancer risk in post-menopausal women

Mon, 10 Dec 2018 19:34:41 GMT

Older women with excess body fat, even if they have what's considered a normal body-mass index, could be at greater risk for breast cancer, according to a study published Thursday in the medical journal JAMA Oncology.

Sedative addiction and anxiety on the rise among children, reports show

Fri, 07 Dec 2018 15:39:35 GMT

An apparent rise in anxiety among British children has prompted concern from mental health experts, as two reports reveal an alarming surge in medication addiction and the number of young people seeking counseling for the disorder.

Ancient plague may have wiped out European farmers

Sat, 08 Dec 2018 10:53:00 GMT

The fearsome disease known as the plague might help explain a mystery that has puzzled scientists for years.

Romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak tied to 9 more illnesses, FDA says

Fri, 07 Dec 2018 14:27:19 GMT

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to warn against eating any romaine lettuce harvested from the central Coastal growing regions of Northern and Central California amid a multistate outbreak of E. coli illnesses linked to romaine lettuce. The agency also reported Thursday that nine additional people have been reported ill since November 26.

Ebola cases surge in Congo, with women and children disproportionately sick

Thu, 06 Dec 2018 22:25:41 GMT

There have been 18 more cases of illness and five more deaths reported in just two days in the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to the Ministry of Health. Since the outbreak began, the total number of probable cases is now 471, including 273 deaths, the ministry reported Thursday.

How to check your medical records for dangerous errors

Mon, 10 Dec 2018 11:27:38 GMT

In the worst-case scenario, an incorrect diagnosis, scan or lab result may have been inserted into a record, raising the possibility of inappropriate medical evaluation or treatment.

World first: Baby born to woman with uterus transplanted from deceased donor

Wed, 05 Dec 2018 06:00:41 GMT

For the first time, a baby has been born to a woman who received a uterus transplant from a deceased donor, according to Hospital das Clínicas at the University of São Paulo School of Medicine in Brazil.

Chrissy Teigen inspires parents to share photos of babies with head-shaping helmets

Tue, 04 Dec 2018 17:09:26 GMT

American model Chrissy Teigen sparked a social media trend after sharing on Twitter and Instagram a photo of her son, Miles, with a corrective helmet to treat his flat head syndrome.

Football player with history of concussions became pioneer on NASCAR's pit road

Fri, 07 Dec 2018 12:34:16 GMT

On a warm, sunny November day, the ISM raceway near Phoenix is literally roaring with action. The NASCAR Cup Series is heading into its second-to-last race of the year, and drivers are speeding around the track for the final practice of the day.

Breast cancer testing guidelines out of date, missing genetic screening

Mon, 10 Dec 2018 15:08:30 GMT

The current guidelines for genetic testing of breast cancer patients limit the number of women who can get tested. Because of these restrictions, these tests miss as many patients with hereditary cancers as they find, according to a study published Monday in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Four emerging STDs that you can't afford to ignore

Fri, 07 Dec 2018 18:19:12 GMT

New diseases emerge all the time, and sexually transmitted infections, also known as sexually transmitted diseases, are no exception. Here are four bacteria that could become serious public health threats. (Warning: contains a description of animal auto-fellatio.)

Most US adults have not gotten a flu shot for this mild season

Fri, 07 Dec 2018 18:19:49 GMT

Most US adults have not gotten a flu shot this season, according to a new survey from NORC, a research organization at the University of Chicago.

Traffic accidents are eighth leading cause of death globally

Fri, 07 Dec 2018 09:31:54 GMT

The number of traffic-related deaths reached a high of 1.35 million in 2016, according to the 2018 Global Status Report on Road Safety, released by the World Health Organization on Friday. It has also moved up to the eighth leading cause of death for people of all ages, ahead of HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis.

'Disturbing' rape kit investigation prompts action in several states

Wed, 05 Dec 2018 12:44:53 GMT

The Washington attorney general said Tuesday he will notify every law enforcement agency in his state and direct them to ensure that rape kits are not being inappropriately destroyed. His action comes in response to a CNN investigation into the destruction of rape kits nationwide and on the heels of a Missouri police chief's apology to victims.

'Zombie fungi' are saving lives -- and the planet

Fri, 07 Dec 2018 12:26:31 GMT

It's a sunny morning, and Sara Landvik is foraging in the wild parts of Hampstead Heath, one of London's iconic parks.

Infections in kids tied to subsequent mental illness risk in new study

Thu, 06 Dec 2018 19:16:38 GMT

Serious infections during childhood have been tied to a subsequent increased risk of mental disorders in a new study.

The joy and practical wisdom of running

Mon, 03 Dec 2018 14:54:29 GMT

I am not a runner. I nearly failed high school gym because I walked the required cross-country course run. I didn't run for exercise at all until age 27, when my now-wife (two-time marathoner, lifelong fan of "Chariots of Fire") and I started dating. I've done it sporadically since, usually running to coffee shops where the pie I enjoy undoes the work it took to get to it.

How far will you go to reduce your beef intake?

Sun, 09 Dec 2018 08:17:38 GMT

Scientists say that beef consumption must fall drastically to avert a climate catastrophe, but changing diet can be hard. Here are your options.

Tackling climate change could save millions of lives, report says

Wed, 05 Dec 2018 11:30:18 GMT

Climate studies often pinpoint the detrimental public health impacts related to rising atmospheric temperatures, extreme weather events and other consequences of a changing climate.

For gifted kids, better to be hands-on or -off?

Tue, 04 Dec 2018 09:41:44 GMT

For every child, there's an optimal growth zone depending on their knowledge and abilities, one expert says. Push them too much or too little, and they won't learn.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta tests the Apple Watch's new heart monitor

Sat, 08 Dec 2018 15:05:36 GMT

Since the Apple Watch Series 4 was announced in September, one of its most anticipated functions has been the promise to perform a mobile electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) whenever a consumer wants. The feature becomes available in the United States on Thursday via a software update.

10-minute cancer test could detect cancer anywhere in the body, new study says

Thu, 06 Dec 2018 15:50:49 GMT

Researchers in Australia have developed a 10-minute test that can detect the presence of cancer cells anywhere in the human body, according to a newly published study.

HHS contradicts reports on fetal tissue research contract

Thu, 06 Dec 2018 14:57:59 GMT

Anonymous reporting led to an "inaccurate" story about federal funding of controversial fetal tissue research, the US Department of Health and Human Services said Wednesday.

Why is pizza so addictive?

Thu, 06 Dec 2018 09:36:42 GMT

A deliciously fresh pizza pie with warm baked dough, salty tomato sauce and gooey cheese is a delight for the senses. There are few foods that could satisfy me on a daily basis, but pizza is one of them.