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19/07/2019

Diabetes Raises Heart Failure Risk More in Women

By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, July 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Diabetes brings with it a variety of long-term complications, but at least one of those -- heart failure -- is a bigger threat to women than men, new research suggests. The risk difference was even more pronounced for women with type 1 diabetes. "Our global review of 12 million people shows that having diabetes increases the risk of heart failure in both women and men. However, this increase is greater for women than men," said study author Toshiaki Ohkuma. He's an honorary senior fellow at The George Institute...
18/07/2019

Overdose Deaths Fall for First Time in Decades

July 18, 2019 -- For the first time in three decades, drug overdose deaths in the United States fell last year, preliminary federal government data suggests. Provisional numbers released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show nearly 68,000 drug overdose deaths in 2018, and the agency expects that even if the final confirmed number is higher, it will be below 69,000, the Associated Press reported. Overdose deaths have risen each year since 1990, reaching a peak of 70,000 in 2017. The reason for the decline in 2018 was fewer deaths from heroin and prescription painkillers, but there...
18/07/2019

WHO Says Congo Ebola Outbreak Is Health Emergency

By EJ Mundell HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday called the year-old outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo a global health emergency, The New York Times reported. The declaration, made by a panel of experts, follows news this week that the deadly infectious disease had spread to Goma, the largest city in eastern Congo. Earlier this week, a preacher with Ebola arrived by bus to the city of 2 million, which is near the border with Rwanda. He has since died, WHO confirmed. And as of Monday,...

12/07/2019

Tropical Storm Barry: What to Know and Do

July 12, 2019 -- Tropical Storm Barry is looming ever closer to residents of Louisiana. Concerns about heavy rains and flooding aren’t limited to Louisiana. Mississippi, the Florida Panhandle, and Alabama are also at risk of flooding and extreme rain. President Donald Trump declared a federal emergency for Louisiana to start coordinating relief efforts between the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Residents are boarding up storefronts and setting up storm barriers to cut the chance of flood damage. Taking action before the storm may help lessen problems during and after the storm. Tips for Handling...
11/07/2019

‘Like Being in an Ocean’: The Many Stages of Grief

July 11, 2019 -- Around 2 a.m. on April 28, 2016, Cathy Semeria made a call no mother should ever have to make. Her son Nick had been awoken by a friend with troubling news of a fatal crash the night before that involved five University of Georgia students -- possibly including his sister Christina. Nick urged his parents to call Athens Regional Medical Center near where she went to school. Hands shaking, Cathy dialed the number. “I said, ‘You just need to let me know that my daughter is OK,’” she recalls. “There was total silence on the other...
11/07/2019

Is Your Mattress Releasing Toxins While You Sleep?

By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 10, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Most people consider their bed a safe haven, but new research suggests your body heat might trigger the release of potentially harmful chemicals from your mattress. Mattresses are known to release minute amounts of gaseous chemicals called volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These VOCs come mainly from the polyurethane used in the mattress, but also from other chemicals used in flame retardants and plastics, the researchers said. Unfortunately, your body heat appears to increase VOC emissions from your mattress, according to tests conducted on eight different types of polyurethane...

11/07/2019

'Toy Story 4' Toys Recalled Due to Choking Hazard

July 10, 2019 -- "Forky" 11-inch plush toys have been recalled because the plastic eyes can detach and pose a choking hazard to young children, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says. About 80,000 of the toys of a character from Disney Pixar's Toy Story 4 were sold in the United States, and about 650 were sold in Canada. There haven't been any reported injuries associated with the toys, according to the CPSC. It said consumers should immediately take the recalled toy away from children and return it to any Disney Store retail location, Walt Disney World, or Disneyland Resort...
11/07/2019

Trump to Sign Order to Improve Kidney Disease Care

June 10, 2019 -- Significant changes in how kidney disease is treated in the United States are outlined in an executive order expected to be signed Wednesday by President Donald Trump. The objective is to switch from a system that emphasizes costly, time-consuming dialysis in large centers to at-home dialysis or transplants that can lengthen patients lives, the Associated Press reported. There's a severe organ shortage, which could impede the push for more transplants. In order to tackle that problem, the administration wants to ease financial challenges for living donors. The executive order also includes measures to help groups that...
10/07/2019

Giving Up Alcohol Boosts Mental Health in Women

July 9, 2019 -- For women, quitting drinking may be linked to a significant improvement in mental health, according to a study published online this week in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. The findings come from a comparison of two groups of people, which together included more than 40,000 people. In both, women who never drank alcohol reported the highest levels of mental well-being, but women who started out as moderate drinkers and quit during the 4-year study period had the greatest improvements in mental health, such that their well-being was close to that of the abstainers. Mental health also...

10/07/2019

Legalizing Marijuana Not a Trigger for Teen Toking

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, July 9, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Despite what many might think, legalizing marijuana does not encourage pot use among teenagers, and it may actually discourage them from smoking weed, a new study suggests. Medical marijuana laws don't appear to influence teens' use of pot one way or the other, according to survey data from more than 1.4 million U.S. high school students. And teen marijuana use actually seems to decline in states that have gone further and legalized recreational pot, researchers report online in the July 8 issue of the journal JAMA Pediatrics. "There is...
10/07/2019

Billionaire, Presidential Hopeful Ross Perot Dies

Former U.S. presidential candidate Ross Perot died Tuesday at age 89. The Texas billionaire died at his home in Dallas, The New York Times reported. Family spokesman James Fuller said the cause was leukemia. Perot made his fortune in the computer services industry and eventually ran for president in 1992 and 1996 with populist talk of restoring Norman Rockwell's America, according to the Times. He was born in 1930 to a cotton broker father in Texarkana, excelling at everything he set his mind to -- from paper boy to the Boy Scouts to becoming class president at the U.S. Naval...
10/07/2019

CDC: Polio-like Illness in Kids May Be On Its Way

By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, July 9, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The "season" for a polio-like illness that mainly strikes children is about to begin, so public health officials sent out an early warning to doctors on Tuesday. The largest recorded outbreak of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) occurred last year, with the illness debilitating 233 people in 41 states across the nation, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. AFM cases typically spike between August and October, so the CDC is alerting medical professionals around the United States. "Doctors and other clinicians across the United States...