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  • Raccoon Parasite Not as Deadly to Humans as Thought

    Posted: 03/27/2017

    Raccoon Parasite Not as Deadly to Humans as Thought FRIDAY, March 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A raccoon parasite that can be deadly in humans can infect people without causing symptoms, a new study indicates. It was believed that the parasite Baylisascaris procyonis , or raccoon roundworm, led to severe neurological problems and even death in infected people. But University of Georgia (UGA) researchers found that isn't necessarily true. They looked at 347 wildlife rehabilitation workers -- who are at h...

  • Remote Amazon Tribe May Have Healthiest Hearts on Earth

    Posted: 03/27/2017

    Remote Amazon Tribe May Have Healthiest Hearts on Earth FRIDAY, March 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A primitive Amazonian tribe appears to have the best heart health in the world, living a simple existence that inadvertently provides them extraordinary protection against heart disease, researchers report. The Tsimane people of Bolivia lead an active life of subsistence farming and foraging for food in the Amazon rainforest, said study author Dr. Gregory Thomas. He is medical director of the Memorial Care...

  • Refugees Deserve Health Care, Compassion, U.S. Pediatricians Say

    Posted: 03/21/2017

    Refugees Deserve Health Care, Compassion, U.S. Pediatricians Say MONDAY, March 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. government should treat immigrant and refugee children with compassion and provide them with appropriate health care, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says in a new policy statement. "Many of the immigrant children arriving to this country from our southern border are victims of unspeakable violence, persecution and abject poverty," AAP President Dr. Fernando Stein said in a news ...

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis Drug May Not Ease Chronic Fatigue Syndrome After All

    Posted: 03/14/2017

    Rheumatoid Arthritis Drug May Not Ease Chronic Fatigue Syndrome After All MONDAY, March 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A small-scale clinical trial has cast doubt upon the potential usefulness of an anti-inflammatory drug to treat chronic fatigue syndrome. Doctors had hoped that anakinra (Kineret) -- a medication for rheumatoid arthritis -- also could be used to relieve symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome. But after a month of daily anakinra injections, a group of 25 women reported chronic fatigue symptom...

  • Risk of Birth Defects 20 Times Higher for Zika Moms: CDC

    Posted: 03/09/2017

    Risk of Birth Defects 20 Times Higher for Zika Moms: CDC THURSDAY, March 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnant women infected with the Zika virus are 20 times more likely to have a baby born with certain birth defects as mothers who gave birth before the Zika epidemic began, U.S. health officials reported Thursday. Even worse, "when you look just at brain abnormalities and microcephaly, what we are seeing is more than 30 times higher than the prevalence before Zika was introduced to the Americas," said M...

  • Rising Number of Kids Ill From Drinking Hand Sanitizers: CDC

    Posted: 03/09/2017

    Rising Number of Kids Ill From Drinking Hand Sanitizers: CDC THURSDAY, March 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Gel hand sanitizer dispensers are ubiquitous now in American homes and schools, but a new government report suggests a rise in kids getting sick after ingesting the products. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers tracked illnesses from 2011 to 2014 for children aged 12 and under. The investigators believe some kids in the higher age range may be drinking sanitizers because o...

  • Researchers Create Artificial Mouse 'Embryo'

    Posted: 03/09/2017

    Researchers Create Artificial Mouse 'Embryo' THURSDAY, March 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- British scientists report that they've created a kind of artificial mouse embryo using stem cells, which can be coaxed to create various parts of the body. Researchers from the University of Cambridge explained that in regular reproduction, when a mammal's egg has been fertilized by a sperm, it starts dividing to create a cluster of stem cells. The stem cells then start dividing into different areas of development: ...

  • Review Raises Questions About Herbal Meds for Heart Problems

    Posted: 03/06/2017

    Review Raises Questions About Herbal Meds for Heart Problems MONDAY, Feb. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- While there's scant evidence that herbal medications are safe or effective to treat heart conditions, they remain popular among people with heart disease, a new review suggests. "Physicians should improve their knowledge of herbal medications in order to adequately weigh the clinical implications related to their use," said senior review author Dr. Graziano Onder. Onder, of the Catholic University of t...

  • Race May Play Role in Recurrent Stroke

    Posted: 03/01/2017

    Race May Play Role in Recurrent Stroke WEDNESDAY, Feb. 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Strokes bring with them a heightened possibility of another attack, and new research suggests black patients may be at especially high risk for recurrence. The risk of recurrent stroke was up to 50 percent higher in black seniors who'd survived a stroke compared to their white peers, according to a report to be presented Wednesday at the International Stroke Conference in Houston. The finding "suggests that neurologists ...

  • Ready for Spring Break? Have Fun But Play It Safe

    Posted: 02/27/2017

    Ready for Spring Break? Have Fun But Play It Safe SATURDAY, Feb. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Spring break is a time to kick back and have fun, but it's important to be on guard against injuries and illness. Many on break -- especially teens and 20-somethings -- may be tempted to take unusual risks. But the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises that wearing a seat belt, life vest and other appropriate safety gear is always important -- even on vacation. The CDC reports that more Americ...