7 Dead in NYC Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak

Tweet 7 Dead in NYC Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak Aug. 4, 2015 — Seven people have died and 86 have been sickened in a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in South Bronx, N.Y., according to media reports. Sixty-four of the people infected since July 10 had to be hospitalized, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said Tuesday. Legionnaires’ disease is a type of pneumonia...
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Crohn’s Disease, Colitis Tied to Anxiety in Study

Tweet Crohn’s Disease, Colitis Tied to Anxiety in Study By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Aug. 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) — People with inflammatory bowel disease, such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, have an increased risk for an anxiety disorder, especially women, a new study suggests. Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a group of disorders...
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Better Control of Drug-Resistant Germs Could Save Thousands of Lives: CDC

Tweet Better Control of These Germs Could Save Many Lives By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Aug. 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) — An immediate, focused effort to halt the spread of antibiotic-resistant germs could save tens of thousands of lives and prevent hundreds of thousands of new infections over the next five years, a new government report suggests. As many as 37,000...
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Zurich Film Festival Gala Screenings to Include Lance Armstrong Biopic

Tweet Stephen Frears‘ Lance Armstrong biopic The Program, Catherine Hardwicke‘s drama Miss You Already and Noah Baumbach‘s tragicomedy Mistress America are among the titles that will get feature gala screenings at this year’s Zurich International Film Festival. The first batch of gala films announced by Zurich represents an eclectic mix. The gala movies unveiled Tuesday also...
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Urine Test Might Find Pancreatic Cancer Early, Study Suggests

Tweet Urine Test Might Find Pancreatic Cancer Early By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Aug. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Scientists report that they have developed a urine test that may detect pancreatic cancer at an early stage. Usually, symptoms of this deadly disease do not appear until it is at an advanced stage and has spread, and little can be done to save the...
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Vitamin D Supplements Won’t Strengthen Older Women’s Bones: Study

Tweet Vitamin D Won’t Strengthen Older Women’s Bones By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Aug. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) — High doses of vitamin D do not appear to protect postmenopausal women from the dangers of osteoporosis, new research indicates. “While high-dose vitamin D did indeed increase calcium absorption, the increase was only 1 percent and [it]...
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FAQ: Kids and Picky Eating

Tweet FAQ: Kids and Picky Eating Aug. 3, 2015 — Children’s picky eating, often dismissed by parents and doctors as just a phase, can sometimes signal more serious issues such as anxiety or depression. “It’s not necessarily something that goes away for all kids,” says William Copeland, PhD, associate professor of psychiatry at Duke University School of Medicine. Copeland...
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Antidepressant, Blood Thinner Name Mix-Up Warning

Tweet Antidepressant, Blood Thinner Name Mix-Up Warning July 30, 2015 — Confusion between the names of the antidepressant Brintellix (vortioxetine) and the anti-blood clotting medication Brilinta (ticagrelor) has led to the wrong medication being prescribed or dispensed, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. While no patients have used the wrong medication, reports of prescribing and dispensing...
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Drones Might Fly Blood Samples to Clinics, Study Finds

Tweet Drones Might Fly Blood Samples to Clinics By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, July 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Drones can be used to transport blood samples short distances, a new study finds. Johns Hopkins University researchers found that common and routine blood tests were not affected when blood samples spent up to 40 minutes traveling on hobby-sized drones. The...
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California Survey: Newly Insured Satisified With Coverage, More Financially Secure

Tweet continued… Despite those failings, the Kaiser Family Foundation survey found the recently insured are largely satisfied with their coverage, including 83 percent of Medi-Cal  enrollees and 63 percent of Californians who purchased private plans on the Covered California exchange. One positive, according to the survey respondents, was that they are having an easier time getting medical...
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