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Woman’s fatal brain-eating infection linked to tap water

A woman who was told by her doctor to rinse her sinuses twice daily to clear up a chronic sinus infection died from a brain-eating amoeba. A neti pot is a teapot shaped product used to rinse out the sinuses and naval cavity, according to a study recently published in the International Journal of Infectious Diseases . Read More »

Say no to raw cookie dough — CDC issues warning

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However: Don't fret, there is some cookie dough you can eat. Kristi King, a senior clinical dietitian at Texas Children's Hospital, acknowledges that while not everyone who eats raw cookie dough will get sick, the risk is very real. The CDC is using this holiday season to remind all the bakers out there that eating or tasting unbaked products can make you sick. Flour and raw eggs can contain bacteria and salmonella , which of course, can make you sick. Read More »

Doctors say amoebas in tap water turned woman's brain into 'bloody mush'

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But after performing brain surgery and taking a tissue sample, they realized she actually had a rare amoeba called Balamuthia mandrillaris . A year later, she died of a brain-eating amoeba. "I suspect it was probably a container that had been sitting around.an amoeba could set up shop in there and then the tap water had been maybe sitting around and maybe it just grew in that", he said. Read More »

No 10 denies reports that May could postpone Tuesday's Brexit vote

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The UK PM office at 10 Downing Street also confirmed that the historic vote would go ahead on Tuesday, according to the Financial Times . Reports suggested Mrs May could make an emergency trip to Brussels ahead of a planned summit on Thursday in an effort to secure further concessions in an effort to win over critics of her plan. Read More »

MS has 1st pediatric death of current flu season

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Jean Kutner, chief medical officer at UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital. This year's Flu strain is more risky for younger people. Webby, who was not involved in the NORC survey, said vaccination rates are similar to those of years in which flu activity has been widespread and illness severe for many people. Read More »

Woman dies from brain-eating amoeba after using neti pot

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An amoeba is a single-cell organism that can cause fatal disease in humans, and they live in warm soil and water. "There have been 34 reported infections in the U.S.in the 10 years from 2008 to 2017, despite millions of recreational water exposures each year", according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC ). Read More »

Man coughs up a part of his lung after being hospitalised

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Doctors were treating him with oxygen tanks when he had the coughing fit. After previously coughing up other, smaller blood clots, the man let out a big one, and up came this folded-over clot in the exact shape of his right bronchial tree , one of the primary parts of the lung. Read More »

First baby born using uterus transplanted from deceased donor

The baby girl was born almost a year ago to a 32-year-old woman who wasn't born with a uterus, according to the report detailed in the medical journal Lancet on Tuesday. Doctors then removed the uterus so the mother would not have to continue anti-rejection medications. The demonstrated success of a procedure involving a deceased donor, he says, may spare live donors from undergoing risky procedures, and make transplants possible for far more women. Read More »

Apple Watch update enables ECG functionality

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While the ECG support is a feature now only reserved for the Watch Series 4, the watchOS 5.1.2 update will also bring a new heart rate feature that will work with the Watch Series 1 and later. Excitement had been building for the release of the latest version of the watch's OS once it became clear that Apple had begun circulating a training document giving key instructions on how Apple Store employees should interact with customers regarding the addition, so it was thought to be only a ... Read More »

Infant ibuprofen recall from Wal-Mart, CVS, Family Dollar

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Tris Pharma says the concentrations may be too high and infants may be "more vulnerable to permanent NSAIDs -associated renal injury". "Tinnitus, headache and gastrointestinal bleeding". According to the label, the ibuprofen - meant to be used as a pain reliever or fever reducer - contained 50 mg per 1.25 mL. Eastern TIme to 5:00 p.m. Read More »

British MP becomes first to reveal to parliament that he has HIV

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Strengthening the gains chalked in the fight against HIV and AIDS as well as achieving the 90, 90, 90 target depends on stopping the stigmatization of infected persons, says Ms Dzid Enyonam Kwame, the Media Specialist for the U.S President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). Read More »

Kentucky health officials urges people to get vaccinated

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Kern County Public Health Services Department announced Friday that it has received confirmation of the first flu-related death in Kern County for the 2018-2019 flu season. I realize that I've written about the flu and the importance of immunization already this year ... and last year ... and the year before that. "Everybody six months and older should have a flu shot", said Sarah Engstrom, Registered Nurse at the Hematite Health Clinic. Read More »

Blood test to detect cancer within just 10 minutes developed by scientists

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Co-author Dr. Abu Sina said: "Because cancer is an extremely complicated and variable disease, it has been hard to find a simple signature common to all cancers, yet distinct from healthy cells". The gold nanoparticles were contained in a solution which turned from a reddish colour to blue if healthy cells were detected but stayed the same colour in the presence of cancer cells. Read More »

Unilever gets Boost with Horlicks

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As part of the process, it had initiated a strategic review of Horlicks and other brands. The GSK CH India business delivered total turnover of around Rs 4,200 crore in the year ended March 2018 and a large chunk of it, nearly 95 per cent of its, came from Horlicks and Boost brands. Read More »

Worldwide Donor Hunt to Help Girl with Rare Blood Type

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She will need blood transfusions for the foreseeable future, according to OneBlood . The blood is even harder to find because the donors must have blood types "O" or "A" and be 100 percent of Indian, Iranian or Pakistani descent, Forbes said. Read More »

Commemorating World Aids Day

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The United States President's Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), marking its tenth anniversary in Ghana this year, is in Ho with "Heart to Heart" Ambassadors preaching against stigmatisation and discrimination against people living with HIV condition. Read More »

Today Is World AIDS Day

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She said that in some parts of the region, HIV testing and access to treatment was still lacking and urged leaders to have stronger political will, commitment and increase investment to achieve universal health coverage in all states. However, about 9.4 million people did not know that they were living with HIV. - An estimated 77 million people have become infected with HIV since the start of the epidemic in 1981, including 1.8 million in 2017. Read More »

British MP reveals he is HIV positive

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According to Statistics South Africa there are just over seven million people living with HIV in the country and half of those are on antiretroviral therapy. And we must begin to tackle the reform of the justice system to enable persons who suffer discrimination to obtain redress in a timely manner. Speaking also, the Director-General of the Agency, Dr. Read More »

Anti-vaxxers to blame for huge spike in measles cases

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And 110,000 died from the virus. "This suggests that we are actually regressing in certain cases", he told a news briefing. It shows that since 2000, over 21 million lives have been saved through measles immunizations. Symptoms of measles are rash, high fever, cough, runny nose, and red, watery eyes. In August, WHO reported 41,000 measles cases in Europe alone, making this year the worst year in a decade for measles in Europe. Read More »

Ebola outbreak second largest

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Of the deaths, 198 are confirmed to be from Ebola and 47 are probable. "We haven't seen the height of this outbreak", she warned as Ebola continues to move into new areas in DRC, worrying close to a heavily traveled border with Uganda . Read More »

Another year, another decrease in life expectancy in the US

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In 2017, there were 22 overdose deaths per 100,000 people, compared to six per 100,000 people in 1999. Between 2016 and 2017, mortality rates also decreased for black women, and there was no significant change in rates for black men and Hispanic Americans. Read More »

Lloyd Russell-Moyle: MP tells the Commons he has HIV

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Russell-Moyle described what it was like being diagnosed with HIV: "When you get that call from the clinic and they just say: 'You need to come in.' They don't tell you the details, and you know immediately that something is going to be wrong...." The leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, said in a statement: "Lloyd has shown enormous courage today". Read More »

Lives at risk from lack of climate policy

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During same year 712 extreme weather events resulted in global economic losses of 326 billion U.S. dollars (£255 billion) - nearly triple the previous year. As temperatures rise above physiological limits, sustained work becomes more hard affecting output. India saw the output of its workforce decline seven per cent - equivalent to the loss of 75 billion man hours - past year due to heatwave conditions, the 2018 Lancet report on health and climate change said on Thursday. Read More »