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NJ Surfer Dies From Rare, "Brain-Eating Amoeba"


Initial symptoms of PAM usually start within 1 to 7 days after infection. However, such as in the case of Stabile, Naegleria fowleri can be contracted when contaminated water enters the body through the nose, either in a chlorinated swimming pool water or if one uses contaminated tap water to rinse their sinuses. Read More »

Limiting screen time can lead to better cognition in children, says study


The study associates kids who met the guidelines - which include 9 to 11 hours of sleep , at least one hour of physical activity , and less than two hours on screens - with improvements in cognition. "Evidence suggests that good sleep and physical activity are associated with improved academic performance, while physical activity is also linked to better reaction time, attention, memory , and inhibition", Dr. Read More »

American, Japanese academics win Nobel Prize in Medicine for cancer research


The Nobel Prize laureates for Medicine or Physiology 2018 are James P. Allison , US, and Tasuku Honjo , Japan, presented at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm on Monday. Therapies based on his method have also proved effective in fighting cancer. Allison developed this idea into a new type of cancer treatment. Lower left: Antibodies (green) against CTLA-4 block the function of the brake leading to activation of T cells and attack on cancer cells. Read More »

First human diagnosed with rat disease in China


Researchers from the University of Hong Kong discovered the case after testing showed abnormal liver function following a liver transplant . Before this case, there had been no previous evidence that rat hepatitis E, one of the variants of the virus that affects mammals, could be transmitted to humans. Read More »

Texas pool closes after surfer dies from 'brain-eating amoeba'


BSR Cable Park's Surf Resort is closed while the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC ) tests for Naegleria fowleri , a rare but highly deadly amoeba, CBS affiliate KBTX-TV reports. The surf resort has been closed pending the test results from the CDC, he said. According to the CDC, the fatality rate for the amoeba is over 97 percent. Read More »

Danbury Resident Tests Positive for West Nile Virus


Raul Pino on Thursday said all five became ill in early to mid-September. In most instances, people infected with West Nile virus show no symptoms or relatively mild symptoms. Serious illness can occur in people of any age. West Nile Virus is transmitted to humans and animals by the bite of an infected mosquito. In more typical cases, people may develop a fever with other symptoms, such as a headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea or rash, according to the U.S. Read More »

Waterways rise in SC, residents told to leave


District Attorney Matthew Delbridge made a decision to drop the charges Monday-while still accusing Hedges of "taking advantage of a dire situation to solicit money and opioid narcotics from our generous and well-intentioned citizens". The plaintiffs say Lumberton officials were refused permission by CSX to build a temporary sandbag berm at the underpass as Florence approached. There, residents are also preparing for the worst flooding in their lifetimes. Read More »

Are you getting a Flu Shot?


The shot can prevent infections and reduce the severity of complications from the disease. Last flu season , 616 people were hospitalized due to flu in Spokane County and 41 deaths were attributed to flu-related complications. "Just get your flu shot.I get mine every year". For one, the same officials say that this year's vaccine looks to be working well. This comes after a severe flu season. Read More »

Amazon Alexa outage: Digital assistant service suffers 'system issues'


Los Angeles-based startup Aiva Health got a shot in the arm from the Google Assistant Investment Program to support development of its artificial intelligence-powered voice assistant. With the built-in smart home hub, Echo Plus can be connected to compatible smart home devices. Amazon actually offers a package deal at the moment that includes two Echo Plus (2nd Gen) and an Echo Sub all for £299.97/US$329.97. Read More »

Aetna to sell Medicare drug business to WellCare

Aetna will sell its Medicare prescription drug plan business to WellCare Health Plans as it seeks approval of its planned $69 billion takeover of CVS Health. For its part, CVS has held that its Aetna acquisition would not harm competition. Two years ago, the DOJ still blocked Aetna's proposed $37-billion acquisition of Humana, despite an offer from the firms to divest part of their overlapping Medicare Advantage businesses covering almost 300,000 people in a sale to Molina Health, ... Read More »

80,000 deaths caused by flu last season, CDC says


She explained that last season, unlike previous seasons, flu did not strike one region of the country and then move across the land. Meanwhile, Islanders aged 65 and over - an age group that is more likely to suffer complications from flu, resulting in hospitalisation - will be eligible for an "adjudvanted" vaccine for the first time. Read More »

Kavanaugh wrongly claims he could drink legally in Maryland


Speaking briefly to reporters after an event for Native Americans at the Capitol in Sacramento, Brown called Thursday's hearing before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee a "step toward an increasingly polarized America". "That's not happened, that's your answer?" "Yeah, and I'm curious if you have", Kavanaugh said. During the interview period, when Kavanaugh was asked about his drinking habits, he said, "I drank beer with my friends". Read More »

Limited screen time good for children's brains


The Canadian study of 4,520 children aged eight to 11 found that U.S. kids spent an average of 3.6 hours a day in recreational screen use. Half of the children got enough sleep , 37% respected the screen-time limits, and 18% of them met the exercise recommendation. Read More »

2nd West Nile death confirmed in New Jersey


West Nile Virus (WNV) is a disease that is transmitted by the bites from infected mosquitoes. 1-800-433-1610. Because Jefferson County now has a bird that tested positive for West Nile Virus, no more birds will be tested. Landscape to prevent water from pooling in low-lying areas, and trim tall grass, weeds, and vines since mosquitoes use these areas to rest during hot daylight hours. Read More »

Brett Kavanaugh's angry display of partisanship disqualifies him for the Supreme Court


When the committee's top Democrat, Sen. Graham appeared eager to speak himself, however, when it came time to question Kavanaugh , and several Republicans followed his lead. Christine Blasey Ford testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sept. 27 , 2018 in Washington . Fellow Democrat Sen. Patrick Leahy echoed those concerns about Kavanaugh's behavior, saying that he has "never seen such volatility, partisanship and lack of judicial temperament" in a nominee. Read More »

What is monkeypox? Signs and symptoms of the virus

PHE have refused to say how many patients were treated by the healthcare worker before the disease was detected but say they are now tracing those affected. Nick Phin, deputy director of the national infection service at Public Health England, said: "We have been actively monitoring contacts for 21 days after exposure to detect anyone presenting with an illness so that they can be assessed quickly". Read More »

Congenital syphilis cases more than double in 5 years, says CDC


Gonorrhea cases dropped almost by half from 2008 to 2014 but have climbed almost 60 percent in the past three years including a 20 percent jump in 2017 to 15,413 cases. Of the 2017 cases, 77 resulted in stillbirths or newborn deaths, per USA Today . This small spike, though, caused the rate to rise from 17.9 cases per 100,000 births to 35.3 cases. Read More »

Emotional, 'heroic' and with factual gaps: Highlights from Kavanaugh’s accuser’s testimony


Appearing with his wife Ashley Estes Kavanaugh, the veteran jurist said he has fought for women's equality throughout his life and denied the charges brought against him by the women. The American Bar Association, which previously gave Kavanaugh its highest rating of "well qualified", asked the Senate committee and the full Senate to delay their votes until the Federal Bureau of Investigation could do a full background check on the assault claims - something President Donald Trump has ... Read More »

American Bar Association Urges Senate to Postpone Kavanaugh Confirmation Vote


Ford broke her silence after 36 years, telling senators she originally wished to remain anonymous but once her story became public, she believed it was her "civic duty" to come forward. Senators are expected to listen to testimony, consider the records and come to conclusions. Democrats repeatedly mentioned the 1991 Anita Hill-Clarence Thomas hearing to draw a parallel between Ford and one of the most notorious sexual harassment hearings in USA history. Read More »

Fiery Kavanaugh denies quiet accuser Ford in Senate showdown


She has no witnesses who say she told them about the alleged assault at the time-until she first spoke of it at a couples therapy session 30 years later in 2012. "I believed he was going to rape me", she testified, referring to Kavanaugh. Ford delivered her testimony with steady, deliberate certitude. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, the committee chairman, thanked her "for your bravery coming out". Read More »

Brett Kavanaugh says family name 'destroyed' by sex assault claim

Kavanaugh vehemently denied it all. The note sits near the microphone on the witness table that will soon by occupied by Christine Blasey Ford . "The one issue here is her statement ". Throughout the whole process of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's sexual assault allegations, and the subsequent others that have followed, Kavanaugh's defenders keep bringing up his sterling character. Read More »

Trump blasts 'sham' Senate hearing, tweets support for Kavanaugh

The mood was intense as Kavanaugh's voice filled the room for the extraordinary session, unlike Ford's quiet testimony . She will detail an alleged attack by Kavanaugh more than 30 years ago, when the two were both high school students. The Kavanaugh vote could be a test. Questioning of Ford proceeded in five-minute chunks. The 11 Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee are all men. Read More »

Weight Watchers putting its name on a diet


The re-brand came after years of shifting the company's focus from weight loss to overall health and wellness. The company announced on September 24 that the new WW name reflects its focus on overall health and wellness, and not just shedding pounds. Read More »

World Health Organization extremely concerned about Ebola in Congo


After 21 people died in an attack by the Allied Democratic Forces rebels in the city of Beni on Saturday, community groups called for days of mourning and protests that are expected to last at least until Friday. This is the second Ebola outbreak in Congo this year. Those on lockdown include the teams that distribute vaccinations, those who track family, friends and others who came in contact with those infected, and those who educate the public by working directly with the community. Read More »

Vikings DE Everson Griffen reportedly involved in incident at Minneapolis hotel


Minnesota's star defensive end Everson Griffen was absent from Sunday's game due to a previously reported "personal matter", but now other information is surfacing that suggests the situation is much, much worse. Griffen did not play in Sunday's loss against the Bills. He missed a portion of training camp, too, an absence that Zimmer declined to discuss then. Read More »

Updated Vaccine For 2018-19 Flu Season Expected To Be More Effective


As soon as the influenza (flu) vaccine is available in your community, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) recommends everyone six months and older be vaccinated. Find other locations offering the vaccine on the Flu Vaccine Resource sheet (See following pages) or by visiting The influenza viruses are constantly drifting and shifting, both between flu seasons and during them. Read More »

Cancer Research launches new obesity awareness campaign in Yorkshire


Though more men than women are overweight or obese , obesity has a greater effect on women, with some of the most common obesity-related cancers more likely to affect them, such as breast and womb cancers. The calculations, drawn up by epidemiologists at Cancer Research UK, predict that the number of female cancer cases in the UK linked to obesity will exceed the number caused by smoking for the first time in 2045. Read More »

World Health Organization warns of 'perfect storm' in Congo Ebola outbreak

Dr. Peter Salama said the response to the deadly hemorrhagic fever is at a "critical juncture" in eastern North Kivu province, where the outbreak was declared almost two months ago. Salama further warned that the geographical spread of the outbreak was expanding, notably to border areas, with Uganda now facing "an imminent threat". Read More »

Puppies spread antibiotic-resistant bacteria in recent diarrhea outbreak


Of those 106, 105 reported exposure to dogs , with 101 cases reporting specific exposure to pet-store puppies. Pet store puppies left more than 100 people sick as a dog over a two-year span, a recent study showed. People with weakened immune systems, such as infants, the elderly and those with cancer or other severe illnesses, are most at risk of serious infection. Read More »

Study Shows Octopuses Given Ecstasy Get All Cuddly


However, the MDMA trial group, consisting of four octopuses, showed significantly different behavior. The study was led by Gül Dölen , assistant professor of neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine who explained that the brains of these octopuses are more similar to snails than to humans but the behavioural reactions noted are similar to humans. Read More »

FDA Warns Pet Owners About Flea, Tick Meds Linked To Seizures


The agency's alert concerns drugs in the isoxazoline class, which includes FDA-approved medications Bravecto, Credelio, Nexgard and Simparica. The affected products have been associated with neurologic adverse reactions, including muscle tremors, ataxia (the loss of full control of bodily movements), and seizures in some dogs and cats , the FDA reports. Read More »

New Jersey confirms first death from West Nile this year


The West Nile virus continues to spread throughout the U.S. and has claimed its 35th life in 2018. Standing water is breeding grounds for mosquitoes. But earlier in 2018, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection sounded the alarm about West Nile appearing this year, stating that they were seeing the most activity in the state since the disease first appeared here in 2000. Read More »