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John McCain to Discontinue Medical Treatment for Brain Cancer

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Mr. McCain has been at his ranch near Sedona, where he's been receiving well-wishers from among the country's political elite, while battling his disease. Trump was furious about McCain's vote and frequently referred to it at rallies but without mentioning McCain by name. McCain, a celebrated Navy pilot in the Vietnam War, has been absent from Washington since last December. Read More »

Ancient fossil's mom was a Neanderthal, but dad was Denisovan

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But the most compelling evidence that inter-species hanky-panky in Late Pleistocene Eurasia may not have been that rare lies in the genes of contemporary humans. Scientists confirmed Denny came from two separate hominins - and not two hybrids - by looking at where the genomes between Neanderthals and Denisovans differ. Read More »

Coconut oil is ‘pure poison’ says Harvard professor

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The scientist argued that coconut oil, which is chock-full of saturated fats , is " one of the worst foods you can eat " and even went as far as calling it " pure poison ". "It's probably better than partially hydrogenated oils (which are) high in trans fats but not as good as the more unsaturated plant oils that have proven health benefits, like olive and canola oil", said Dr. Read More »

Former CDC Chief Frieden Accused of Groping

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He is expected to appear in court later Friday. Prior to that, he served as New York City Health Commissioner. A statement was reportedly released on his behalf. Frieden was CDC director from 2009 to 2017, overseeing the agency's Ebola response. In 2009, President Barack Obama's administration picked Frieden to head the CDC. Read More »

Europe sees sharp rise in measles: 41,000 cases, 37 deaths

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The UK recently achieved World Health Organization measles elimination status, meaning that for the past few years the number of cases has been low enough to stop the disease circulating around the country. "Measles can be a serious illness and is highly infectious". Experts said that anti-vaccine sentiment had allowed the potentially fatal disease to make a comeback. Read More »

Ebola in the DRC: Death toll rises in second outbreak

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The health ministry said in a daily bulletin late on Tuesday that the 10 patients who received mAb114 since August 11 have experienced a "positive evolution", but the outbreak has continued to grow. It says militia violence has prevented aid workers from reaching people who may have been infected by the virus. So far, the minister said there was no Ebola case in Tanzania but noted that there was need to put in place control measures to ensure that the virus does not wreak havoc in the ... Read More »

Coconut oil is pure poison, says professor

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Coconut oil is all the rage these days but a Harvard professor recently called coconut oil "pure poison" for its saturated fat content and threat to cardiovascular health . Michels based his warning on the high proportion of saturated fat in coconut oil , which is known to raise levels of LDL cholesterol, and thus, the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Read More »

USPSTF Updates Its Recommendations for Cervical Cancer Screening

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For women aged 30 to 65, the USPSTF recommends screening via a Pap smear every 3 years, or HPV (human papillomavirus) testing every 5 years or with both tests, also every 5 years. The overarching recommendation is simply that women should get screened, and to do so regularly until the age of 65. Are there downsides to using the HPV test? Melnikow said that the current analysis did not specifically review the evidence on Pap smear, also referred to as cytology, because prior ... Read More »

Coconut oil is 'pure poison' - Harvard Prof

While giving a lecture at the University of Freiburg in Germany, Karin Michels said positive health claims surrounding coconut oil are "absolute nonsense". Other organisations have issued similar warnings. "To date, there is no strong scientific evidence to support health benefits from eating coconut oil". Read More »

An Enzyme Found in Our Guts Could Increase Our Blood Supply

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Burn and accident victims as well as patients undergoing surgery are all dependent on the availability of blood and platelets, but with critically low blood supplies, they may not be able to receive treatment, Healthline noted . "With metagenomics , you take all of the organisms from an environment and extract the sum total DNA of those organisms all mixed up together", so he was able to determine the best candidate. Read More »

Test positive for West Nile virus

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In a two-page press release, Interior Health said two dead ravens from the Kimberley area tested positive for West Nile. Delaware's Division of Public Health is announcing the state's second human case of West Nile Virus this year. West Nile can potentially pass from birds to mosquitoes to humans, but there is no indication that any people have been affected. Officials are urging horse owners to ensure their animal's vaccine and boosters are up to date. Read More »

Epidemic infection rise in Europe warns WHO

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A CDC mid-year report showed at least 107 confirmed measles cases across 21 USA states and D.C., which is on pace to be the highest number of cases since 2014. It spreads in the air and nearly everyone who has not been vaccinated will develop an infection if they are exposed. The reasons for non-vaccination can vary from issues of vaccine access, a lack of perceived need to vaccinate, and concerns around the safety of vaccination - in 2016 the Vaccine Confidence Project found that the ... Read More »

Low and high carb diets increase risk of early death

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The research, published in the Lancet public health journal, pooled eight large observational studies, involving more than 430,000 people across the world. The study analyzed self-reported data from more than 15,400 middle-aged Americans who participated in the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study . Read More »

Fitbit Charge 3 goes official with touchscreen display, 7-day battery life

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There's also advanced sleep tracking on the Fitbit Charge 3 , with Sleep Stages and Sleep Insights, so you can see how long you've been in deep sleep and REM sleep. A special edition with additional colors and the wireless pay feature will go on sale later for $170. There's also an upgraded heart rate sensor and a new SpO2 (or oxygen saturation) sensor for the first time on a Charge device. Read More »

Are Contact Lenses a New Hazard to Our Sealife?

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The researchers started by conducting an anonymous online survey 400 people who do or don't wear contact lenses. So the researchers tried to replicate a large waste water treatment facility and exposed five polymers used in contact lenses to the kind of microorganisms found in water treatment plants. Read More »

Moderate carbohydrate intake is best for health, new study suggests

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This data was carried out 15 428 people aged 45-64 years who consumed foods in the average number of calories. It also showed that low-carb diets that replace carbohydrates with proteins and fats from plant sources associated with lower risk of mortality compared to those that replace carbohydrates with proteins and fat from animal sources. Read More »

Harvard professor slams coconut oil, says, ‘It’s pure poison’

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A 50-minute long German lecture becoming a viral hit on YouTube might sound unusual - but the title of the talk by Karin Michels , director of the Institute for Prevention and Tumor Epidemiology at the University of Freiburg and professor at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, has caused a bit of a stir online. Read More »

Google Fit gets all-white redesign, new activity rings

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The technology firm has announced a new version of its Google Fit app that works on smartphones and wearables. The new Google Fit will also let you configure more activities, including gardening, pilates, and rowing or spinning. Before, Google Fit would only track a single "active" goal, which broke down to doing any kind of movement for a certain number of minutes a day. For activities such as walking or biking, Google says Fit can automatically track your activity. Read More »

Why you shouldn´t flush your contact lenses down the drain

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To understand how lenses break down in sewage, Rolsky and his colleagues placed the corrective lenses in wastewater treatment tanks filled with hungry microorganisms. Halden says that the most common way is to apply them on land, "which is done to about 55 per cent of all the biosolids produced in the United States". Read More »

'Lost' contact lens removed from woman's eyelid after 28 years

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She presented with left upper eyelid swelling and ptosis, or a droopy eyelid. The paper explains the woman, who is not named, suffered swelling to her eye after the incident but that inflammation was successfully treated by her GP. On removal, the cyst ruptured and a hard contact lens was extracted. It was later confirmed that this was an RGP lens. The team added: 'The migration of a lens into the eyelid is a rare cause of eyelid swelling. Read More »

Ever West Nile Virus case confirmed in Steuben County

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To date this year, early season mosquito testing reveals that both Eastern Equine Encephalitis and West Nile virus are circulating within mosquito populations in New Jersey. West Nile virus is here to stay, so the best way to avoid the disease is to reduce exposure to and eliminate breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Dispose of tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots or similar water-holding containers that have accumulated on your property. Read More »

Norfolk MP says vaping is key in battle against smoking

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E-cigarettes are said to be 95 percent safer than smoking, the report states. A menu of e-liquids is seen at a House of Vapes store, in London, Britain August 17, 2018. Laws around using the e-cigarettes in public spaces should also be relaxed, advised the committee. "E-cigs in teens are a gateway to subsequent smoking lit cigarettes and e-cig vapour contains a large number of toxins which in time will obviously harm users, and bystanders". Read More »

Sixteen nurses at once pregnant at United States hospital

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Of course, it's all a massive coincidence, but bloody hell it's odd. "The next day there were pickles and olives", the nurse said. "We all formulated this plan to have the holidays off!" joked Jolene Garrow, another pregnant nurse. Obviously, being pregnant, there are certain things around the hospital that they just can't do. They also aren't allowed anywhere near the chemotherapy equipment - for obvious reasons. Read More »

CDC: Drug overdoses hit new high in 2017

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The CDC estimates deaths attributed to synthetic opioid use rose sharply in 2017, while deaths attributed to heroin, methadone and prescription opioids fell. The report found that workers in occupations with higher rates of work-related injuries had higher rates of opioid overdose deaths. Particularly significant were the decreases seen in Vermont and MA, two states with relatively high rates of overdose mortality. Read More »

Contact lens lost in woman's eye for 28 years

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Doctors could feel a small lump under the skin, according to a report of her case which was published on August 10 in BMJ Case Reports . The doctors noticed her eyelid drooped a bit. Is there anything more annoying than losing a contact lens? The story gets even weirder from here. After this incident, the patient did not wear RGP lenses ever again, according to Dr. Read More »

Meat-heavy low-carb diets can 'shorten lifespan'

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After correlating health outcomes with diet, researchers found that, over a 25-year period, people who had a moderate carbohydrate intake (50-55% of daily calories ) had an average life expectancy of 83 years - that's four years longer than those with low carb intake (40%), who lived only 79 years on average. Read More »

Measles Outbreak Hits 21 US States, CDC Says

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The CDC says measles are still common in many parts of the world including some countries in Europe, Asia, the Pacific, and Africa, so travelers with measles can bring it into the U.S. Ulyee Choe, an infectious disease specialist and the county's health director, said in a statement Monday. While the disease is treatable, the CDC said, one or two out of every 1,000 children who get measles die from complications . Read More »

Dozens OD on synthetic marijuana in New Haven, Connecticut

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New Haven's fire chief, meanwhile, reportedly said that the K2 may have been laced with other substances and that those being treated will have their blood tested to determine precisely what led to the overdoses. Paramedics and police officers assist a man who has just been administered a dose of Narcan for an apparent opioid overdose in Drexel, Montgomery County, Ohio, on August 3, 2017. Read More »