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3More Ebola cases in DR Congo: authorities

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The health ministry late Thursday said almost 500 people have been vaccinated in Mbandaka, the provincial capital of northwest Equateur province, since May 21. Hiller Manzimbo, a hospital director, told The Associated Press. This is Congo's ninth Ebola outbreak since 1976, when the hemorrhagic fever was first identified. Read More »

Gene test shows more breast cancer patients can skip chemo

Breast cancer is also the most common cancer in the UK. The patients' tumors were analyzed using a test called Oncotype DX , which examines the activity of 21 genes to predict the risk of a recurrence over 10 years. "Irish women contributed significantly to this trial and can be rightly proud of their input into improving care for future women who present with breast cancer". Read More »

Many women with early-stage breast cancer can skip chemotherapy

The study is the largest ever done of breast cancer treatment, and the results are expected to spare up to 70,000 patients a year in the United States and many more elsewhere the ordeal and expense of these drugs. The study found that for participants with gene test scores between 11 and 25 - especially among women ages 50 to 75 - there was no significant difference between the chemotherapy and no chemotherapy groups. Read More »

Relay for Life offers hope in battling cancer

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Participants raised about $80,000 coming into Friday night's activities. "It's really a tremendous event for families of all ages". The Relay concludes at 2 a.m. Having a support system, a group that comes out and says, 'We're going to fight this together, ' is what means a lot". Omaha native Pam Pochop of Hastings participated in the event from a wheelchair pushed by her husband, Russ. Read More »

Number of Texans sickened by E. coli from romaine lettuce rises

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The lettuce was harvested on April 16, 2018 and harvest season is now over. Of 158 patients interviewed by state and local health officials, all but 18 reported eating romaine lettuce in the week before their illness started. Eighty-nine of the cases required hospitalization, 26 of those cases involved a potentially lethal kidney failure, and five cases resulted in death. Read More »

Earlier colorectal screening advised but check insurance

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Dr. Cedrek McFadden is a physician with GHS. Barfield says colonoscopies are the gold standard of cancer screening because it's also a preventative test. PolypDx™ gives doctors a new tool in the prevention of colorectal cancer. "I wasn't supposed to get colon cancer no one in my family has colon cancer", Kyrkostas said. Read More »

Lyme -- The First Epidemic of Climate Change author

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Their bites usually are just an itchy nuisance, but these ticks can also carry diseases. However, you will also have to keep yourself protected in order to keep your family and your pets (if you have any) safe from the ticks. Wash your hands with soap and water after the tick is removed. Use permethrin-based clothing sprays, unless you have cats, which find it toxic. If this happens, remove the mouth-parts with tweezers. Read More »

Excessive protein consumption increases the risk of heart failure

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Generally, there is higher risk of heart failure associated with nearly all protein dietary sources other than proteins from eggs and fish. "More research is also needed in other study populations". Although the Ketogenic and Atkins diets are not exactly high-protein ones, those that partake in them often end up consuming much more protein than they should. Read More »

Five dead, nearly 200 ill in US romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak

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That means it is unlikely that any romaine lettuce from the Yuma growing region is still available in people's homes, grocery stores or restaurants due to its 21-day shelf life. coli and when the illness is reported to CDC. Symptoms include diarrhea, which can be bloody, severe stomach cramps and vomiting. Most E. coli bacteria are not harmful, but some produce toxins that can cause severe illness. Read More »

'Holy grail' of blood tests can detect 10 types of cancer

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The test was administered on 749 cancer-free patients and 878 with newly diagnosed but untreated cancer. 'This is potentially the holy grail of cancer research, to find cancers that are now hard to cure at an earlier stage when they are easier to cure, ' said Dr Eric Klein, lead author of the research from the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. Read More »

Virginia legislature sends Medicaid expansion to governor

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Once Northam signs the bill , Virginia will join the 32 other states plus D.C. that have expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), according to the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF), which tracks state actions on the program. "This is raising the cost of health care and will do nothing to help the people of Virginia", said GOP Sen. But it's still very good news for up to 400,000 low-income Virginians who could become eligible for the wide array of services Medicaid provides. Read More »

"No Tobacco Day" focuses on cardiovascular health

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He further said that the government also compromised on tobacco tax this year as well by accommodating the tobacco industry by continuation of the third tier which allows most selling brands with least tax. To stop the diseases caused by tobacco use, let us make every day a " World No Tobacco Day ". In Africa alone, some 146,000 adults aged 30 years and more die every year from tobacco-related diseases. Read More »

Mosquitoes tests positive for West Nile virus in IL

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Officials are urging residents to take precautions against the virus as mosquito season - May to November - ramps up in North Texas. Unfortunately, there are no vaccines available for WNV yet. IDPH Director Nirav Shah said in the press release the health department expected a rise in WNV infection among the human population as summer progresses. Read More »

Wearing Glasses May Really Be A Sign Of Intelligence

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The study, which is the largest genetic study of cognitive function ever conducted, shows that people with higher intelligence are more likely to have poor eyesight. According to lead researcher Ian Deary, "We also need to study our results closely to see what they can tell us about the possibility of understanding the declines in cognitive function that happen with illness and in older age", such as Alzheimer's disease. Read More »

Death toll rises to 5 in USA tainted lettuce outbreak

Canadian health officials also recently identified E. coli cases in several provinces that could potentially be linked to the outbreak in the United States. According to the latest CDC update, there have been a total of 197 illnesses, 89 hospitalizations and five deaths in 35 states. When eaten, it can cause diarrhoea, vomiting and even kidney failure in severe cases. Read More »

Relay for Life at TISS

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Get ready to "Paint Our Square Purple" on Friday, June 15, for the 2018 Relay For Life at the Brown County Courthouse square in Hiawatha. 10 on your side Today anchor Katie Collett is hosting the event. Chairman of the Reservoir Hills CANSA Relay for Life Committee, Rama Reddy said this is a pandemic that has gripped the community and is robbing residents of their loved ones. Read More »

Soldier from Kerala dies in Kolkata of suspected Nipah virus infection

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The two most affected districts were Kozhikode and Mallapuram. He worked as a mason in Kerala, where he developed an unknown fever. "But there is no reason to panic and the outbreak is well under control as of now". Initially, his family took him to Murshidabad Medical College and Hospital for treatment, but later he was referred to Beliaghata ID Hospital. He was admitted to the command hospital on 20 May, where he died five days later, a Defence spokesperson here said. Read More »

Cancer group says colon screening should start at 45, not 50

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The new recommendation is for people at average risk, those who do not have a history of colon or rectal polyps. "While we commend the ACS for its forward thinking ... If you are in your mid-40s and have not been screened for colorectal cancer, it may be time to do so. "We've known for a while that some groups are at a higher risk for colorectal cancer, but what is becoming clear is that the prevalence in the white population is rising". Read More »

May recognized as Mental Health Awareness Month

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When Born This Way Foundation about this issue a year ago, we found that about 9 in 10 young people recognize it as a very important priority, but only about half actually talk about it with anyone - friends, healthcare professionals, and even their families. Read More »

Researchers Create First 3-D Printed Human Corneas

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The cornea is the outer layer of the human eye and plays a central role in focusing our vision. On top of that figure, around five million people are suffering from complete blindness due to corneal scarring commonly caused by lacerations, burns, diseases, and abrasions. Read More »

Severe obesity rates doubling through primary school

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A spokesperson said: "Brent Council and our partners take tackling childhood obesity very seriously, and we are committed to reducing childhood obesity as part of a borough-wide strategy to improve the health and well-being of all children and young people in Brent". Read More »

Smoking down, but tobacco use still a major cause of death, disease

On the occasion of World No Tobacco Day Thursday, the United Nations health agency hailed that smoking had declined significantly since year 2000, but warned that there were still far too many people indulging in the unsafe habit. "Tobacco doesn't just cause cancer". But many tobacco users in China and India are unaware of their increased risk of developing heart disease and stroke, making it urgent to step up awareness campaigns, it said. Read More »

Study reveals chewing gum while walking burns more calories

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They monitored the heart rate, and it showed that a natural pace and chewing gum would increase the heart rate. As a result, the team found that the mean heart rate was significantly increased after the gum trial. In men over 40, it also boosted the distance walked, number of steps taken, and energy exerted. In 1999, a study claimed that people used 19% more energy while sitting when they chewed zero-calorie gym. Read More »

Is coackroach milk the next big superfood?

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In fact, cockroach "milk" is made up of nutrient-rich crystals reported to have three times the energy of the equivalent mass of normal dairy milk. The "milk", a "post-natal fluid" secreted by a mother cockroach to nourish her 50-something strong army of baby cockroaches, has been touted as an excellent source of nutrition and amino acids by researchers from the Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine in India. Read More »

Most popular vitamin, mineral supplements provide no health benefit, study finds

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A vast spectrum of the nutritional supplements was covered in the review, which comprised calcium , zinc, iron, selenium, magnesium with vitamins A, B1, B2, B3 ( niacin ), B6, B9 ( folic acid ), C, D, E and mineral supplements β-carotene. New research shows the vast majority of vitamins don't have any measurable benefit. More information on the study can be found in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology . Read More »

Walk and chew gum, it may keep you thin, study shows

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Chewing gum . Whether you munch on it because you're bored or restless, because you simply enjoy the taste, or as a quick fix after a very umami meal, you've probably had a fair share of it in your life. It turned out that both men and women who'd chewed two pellets of real gum during the walk had significantly increased heart rates when compared with their powdered-gum counterparts. Read More »

Another Indian state reports Nipah virus death, fanning fears of spread

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The 27-year-old soldier's medical condition, after his return, prompted the authorities to admit him to Command Hospital on May 20, the defence spokesperson said, adding that Prasad passed away five days later. Mohandas said, as officials continue to try to track the root of the outbreak. Meanwhile, fruit sellers in Kerala were badly hit as the news of Spreading of Virus Linked to Fruits got viral. Read More »

Virginia Senate passes budget with Medicaid expansion

Democrats have pushed unsuccessfully for years to expand Medicaid in Virginia. Wednesday's voting marked the end of a more than four-year battle over whether Virginia should expand the publicly funded health care program for the poor. Health care advocacy groups praised the move and said low income Virginians who can not afford health care coverage will finally receive access to care without jeopardizing their financial future. Read More »

On this World No Tobacco Day Choose Life over Heart Disease

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The day is meant to advocate effective policies which can help in reducing tobacco consumption among the masses. Given that CVDs constitute the number one cause of death in the world, the World Heart Federation (WHF) applauds this initiative by the World Health Organization (WHO). Read More »

AI is now better at detecting skin cancer than expert dermatologists

A team of Germany , United States, and France conducted a research in which Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology was asked to distinguish skin lesions (cancerous cells) from benign (normal) ones among 100,000 images. At level I, humans could accurately detect melanomas 86.6% of the time and correctly identified benign lesions with an average score of 71.3%. "Before doing so, 100 of the most hard lesions were selected to test real dermatologists in comparison to the results of the CNN ... Read More »

Artificial intelligence algorithms appear to be better at detecting skin cancer

In level I, the dermatologists accurately detected an average of 86.6% of melanomas , and correctly identified an average of 71.3% of lesions that were not malignant. Scientists got the computer - known as a deep learning convolutional neural network ( CNN ) - to check pictures from 100 patients. Although the CNN algorithm will not replace human doctors, the researchers believe that it can be used to aid doctors to diagnose skin cancer faster and better. Read More »