Researchers Probe Mystery of Illnesses in U.S. Cuba Embassy Personnel

Tweet THURSDAY, Feb. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) — They described hearing loud, unusual noises in either their homes or hotel rooms. Afterwards, they experienced concussion-like symptoms such as memory and thinking problems, headaches, dizziness and balance issues. But the exact nature of what harmed more than 20 U.S. government personnel stationed in Havana, Cuba, last year remains mysterious,...
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Your Tax Dollars Fund Research on Lots of New Meds

Tweet THURSDAY, Feb. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The U.S. National Institutes of Health spent more than $100 billion on research that led to 210 new medicines gaining U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval over six years, a new study shows. Nearly $64 billion of that spending was for the development of 84 first-in-class drugs that use new biological mechanisms or targets. The study is the...
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FDA Warning: Euthanasia Drug Found in Wet Dog Food

Tweet Feb. 16, 2018 — The FDA on Friday warned pet owners that several popular brands of dog food has been found to include small amounts of a drug used to euthanize animals.  The agency says it is investigating how pentobarbital wound up in certain shipments of Gravy Train, Kibbles ‘N Bits, Ol’ Roy, and Skippy canned wet dog food “The FDA’s preliminary evaluation of the testing...
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How to Spare Family and Coworkers Your Flu Misery

Tweet FRIDAY, Feb. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) — You’ve caught the flu, but you have to go to work and you can’t desert your family. What do you do? Believe it or not, one expert says there are ways to stem the spread of sickness — even if you can’t avoid being around other people. It sounds like a tall order during this brutal flu season, with 48 U.S. states reporting...
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Kids With Sickle Cell Are Missing Out On Meds

Tweet FRIDAY, Feb. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Less than a fifth of U.S. children with sickle cell anemia are getting the antibiotics that could save their lives, a new study finds. “Longstanding recommendations say children with sickle cell anemia should take antibiotics daily for their first five years of life,” the study’s lead author, Sarah Reeves, said in a news release...
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In Shooting’s Wake, ‘Stop the Bleed’ Kits Urged for Schools

Tweet FRIDAY, Feb. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Some of the 17 people killed Wednesday in the senseless Florida school shooting might have survived if their bleeding could have been stopped in time, experts say. Noting that it takes only 5 to 10 minutes for a gunshot victim to bleed to death, the American College of Surgeons has long pushed a nationwide program to train teachers simple but effective...
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Transgender Woman Able to Breast-Feed Infant

Tweet In what doctors say is the first documented case in the world, a 30-year-old transgender women was able to breast-feed her infant. Doctors said the case shows “modest but functional lactation can be induced in transgender women,” The Guardian newspaper in the U.K. reported. The case is described in the journal Transgender Health. Dr. Tamar Reisman, of Mount Sinai hospital in New...
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Pets Good Medicine for Those Battling Mental Ills

Tweet “They are something that is very important in my recovery and helping me not get too depressed. Even when I was so depressed, I was kind of suicidal. I never got really bad, but I was suicidal at one time. The thing that made me stop was wondering what the rabbits would do. That was the first thing I thought of, and I thought, ‘Oh, yeah, I can’t leave because the...
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Flu Season Shows First Signs of Slowing

Tweet FRIDAY, Feb. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) — While this flu season is still one of the worst seen in years, the first signs that infection rates are starting to level off were reported by U.S. health officials on Friday. As of Feb. 10, a total of 43 states continued to experience widespread flu activity, down from 48 the week before, according to the latest surveillance report from the U.S....
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Pet Alert: Euthanasia Drug Found in Wet Dog Food

Tweet Feb. 15, 2018 — A major producer of popular dog food brands has voluntarily withdrawn products over concerns they include a drug used to euthanize animals. J.M. Smucker Co. said it has pulled specific shipments of Gravy Train, Kibbles ‘N Bits, Ol’ Roy, and Skippy canned wet dog food. The move, which is not considered an official recall, came after a Washington, D.C., television...
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