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Man dies of rare disease after eating squirrel brains

Man dies of rare disease after eating squirrel brains Only a few hundred cases of vCJD have ever been reported , a lot of them in the United Kingdom; just four cases have ever been confirmed in the US. In this case, eating contaminated cow meat wasn't the issue - another animal was to blame. [Full Article...]

Samuel U. Rodgers hosts 'Crucial Catch' breast cancer awareness event

Samuel U. Rodgers hosts 'Crucial Catch' breast cancer awareness event Self-screening and regular mammograms, for women 40 and older, are critical tools in early diagnosis. Also, keep in mind to give yourself regular breast self-exams and get annual breast exams from your doctor after the age of 40. Statewide, nearly 30 percent of cancers are diagnosed at the more advanced Stage 3 or 4. To screen oneself for breast cancer, the National Breast Cancer Foundation Inc... [Full Article...]

This year's flu shot more promising that last year's

This year's flu shot more promising that last year's How long does it take for the vaccine to take effect? Roughly two weeks, Lin said. "With the regular flu shot- which most of us are familiar with- it's not a live virus sort of situation". The shot is either made with a virus that has been "killed" or "inactivated" or made with "only a single gene from a flu virus (as opposed to the full virus) in order to produce an immune response without ... [Full Article...]

'Mad Cow Disease' Confirmed At Farm In Aberdeenshire

'Mad Cow Disease' Confirmed At Farm In Aberdeenshire Speaking through NFU Scotland , Thomas Jackson said: "This has been a very hard time - we have found the situation personally devastating". BSE attacks a cow's central nervous system and is usually fatal. Investigations are now under way to work out the origin of the disease, but the case was identified before anything had entered the human food chain. [Full Article...]

Mystery Illness Causing Paralysis in Children Baffles Doctors

Mystery Illness Causing Paralysis in Children Baffles Doctors Acute flaccid myelitis , or AFM , is a condition that affects the nervous system, particularly the spinal cord. On a Facebook page dedicated to the disease, one parent posted that her daughter was diagnosed with AFM four years ago after catching enterovirus . [Full Article...]

Get the flu shot: health unit

Get the flu shot: health unit Health Officials have confirmed that the child who died was not vaccinated. Starting October 15, all Albertans older than six months were able to receive the flu vaccine free of charge through Alberta Health Services (AHS) locations and qualifying pharmacists and physician offices. [Full Article...]

Drug-resistant salmonella from chicken sickens almost 100 in U.S.

Drug-resistant salmonella from chicken sickens almost 100 in U.S. The strain has shown up in samples of pet food, chicken pieces, ground check and whole chickens. The people who became sick reported buying different types of brands and types of chicken products. The CDC has not pinpointed the common supplier at this time. "The strain of Salmonella infantis in this outbreak is not susceptible to ciprofloxacin, ceftriaxone, or other antibiotics including ampic... [Full Article...]

WHO emergency committee to meet on Congo’s Ebola outbreak

WHO emergency committee to meet on Congo’s Ebola outbreak The Committee will gather this Wednesday, October 17th, in Geneva to discuss whether this recent Ebola outbreak represents a public health crisis of global concern and what are the recommendations that should be developed to address this epidemic. [Full Article...]

BDO Wealth Advisors LLC Buys 400 Shares of UnitedHealth Group Inc (UNH)

BDO Wealth Advisors LLC Buys 400 Shares of UnitedHealth Group Inc (UNH) Several other institutional investors and hedge funds have also made changes to their positions in UNH . Welch Group LLC purchased a new stake in shares of UnitedHealth Group in the 2nd quarter valued at approximately $106,000. UnitedHealth Group's dividend payout ratio is presently 35.75%. The firm owned 5,498,557 shares of the healthcare conglomerate's stock after buying an additional 269,652... [Full Article...]

Health officials: Oklahoma child diagnosed with rare polio-like illness

Extremely. According to the CDC , there were 38 confirmed cases in 16 states this year through September 30. The surge has baffled health officials, who on Tuesday announced a change in the way the agency is counting cases. " Poliovirus is not the cause of these AFM cases". AFM affects the nervous system, particularly the area of spinal cord called gray matter, resulting in polio-like sympto... [Full Article...]

Drug-resistant salmonella from chicken sickens almost 100

The CDC says 21 people are sick enough to be hospitalized, although no one has died. So far, no deaths have been reported. Some people may like to feed their cats and dogs raw chicken, but the CDC recommends against it. The CDC cautioned doctors that this strain resists the effects of common antibiotics, and said numerous patients also had urinary tract infections. [Full Article...]

Cases of rare, polio-like illness confirmed in Ohio, Pennsylvania

According to the CDC , the number of patients with AFM symptoms increases each year in August and September. A mysterious illness that's sickening and even paralyzing children is prompting warnings this week from federal health officials to seek medical care immediately should anyone develop its symptoms. [Full Article...]

Your Apple Watch could monitor how you’re recovering after a hip op

Your Apple Watch could monitor how you’re recovering after a hip op With over a million Americans getting hip or knee replacement surgeries each year, this is an important area of study . Then, they are also finding ways to monitor Parkinson's disease symptoms using Apple Watch . Zimmer Biomet has developed an app for the iPhone and Apple Watch created to improve the connection between patients and their surgical care teams . [Full Article...]

Unapproved, Sometimes Dangerous Drugs Found In Dietary Supplements

Unapproved, Sometimes Dangerous Drugs Found In Dietary Supplements Many of these products contain unapproved and unregulated pharmaceutically active ingredients, according to a study published in JAMA Network Open . "It's mind-boggling to imagine what's happening here", said Dr. Pieter Cohen, an associate professor of medicine at the Cambridge Health Alliance in MA. [Full Article...]

AFM in 22 states: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Media reports in recent weeks have suggested that a "polio-like virus" might be triggering the condition, elevating fears that it might be polio itself. "It's rare, but certainly when you hear about it it's very scary for parents", CBS News medical contributor Dr. Tara Narula told "CBS This Morning". [Full Article...]

Polio-like illness affecting children across the country

It follows a peculiar seasonal pattern , with the highest incidence occurring every other year in late summer or fall. The peculiar illness causes weakness in the limbs, loss of muscle tone, and may also result in neck pain, headache, difficulty swallowing or breathing, and in the worst of cases, respiratory failure. [Full Article...]

'Child VAMPIRE' burial ground discovered on archaeological dig in Italy

'Child VAMPIRE' burial ground discovered on archaeological dig in Italy However, tooth marks on the stone indicate that the child may have been alive when it was buried. "I have never seen anything like it". It's called here " the vampire of Lugnano ", said archaeologist and professor at the University of Arizona David Sorein. [Full Article...]

Most states facing confirmed or possible cases of polio-like illness

The CDC has been tracking cases of AFM since a noted spike in 2014. "I encourage parents to seek medical care right way if you or your child develops sudden weakness or loss of muscle tone in arms and legs". Officials said some patients diagnosed with AFM recover quickly, while others need ongoing care. A spokesperson with DPH told 7News that one case has been confirmed in the Bay State, while o... [Full Article...]

Polio-like illness causing paralysis in children reaches the Carolinas

AFM affects a person's nervous system , according to the CDC website, mainly in the spinal cord, and can present polio-like symptoms , including weakness and pain in the arms and legs. She said the CDC and research partners are casting a wide net trying to figure out what is causing the rise in cases, suggesting scientists have been looking at a variety of viruses and even environmental toxins i... [Full Article...]

First flu cases reported in Sedgwick County

As we head into the heart of flu season, Dr. Mallika Marshall provides the facts you need to know to keep you and your family safe. Some are hospitalized and some die. In last week's KDHE flu report for Kansas , there were 101 outpatient visits for influenza-like illnesses. Flu vaccinations are recommended for anyone six months and older, unless otherwise directed by a physician. [Full Article...]


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