‘Male Pill’ Makes Another Advance

Tweet Do I Have a Yeast Infection or Something Else? By Robert Preidt                  HealthDay Reporter         MONDAY, March 25, 2019 (HealthDay News) — A male contraceptive pill, long a goal of men — and women — everywhere, may be one step closer to reality, U.S. researchers report. They say their experimental pill appears to be safe while reducing...
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For Toddlers, Books Still Better Than Tablets

Tweet By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, March 25, 2019 (HealthDay News) — When it comes to reading to toddlers, apparently there is no substitute for an old-fashioned book. That’s according to new research that found paper books foster better parent-child interactions than electronic books do. This held true even when comparing print books against...
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Common Diabetes Test May Often Miss the Mark

Tweet 6 Tips to Help if You’re Tired of Your Diabetes By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, March 25, 2019 (HealthDay News) — A commonly used diabetes test may not spot the disease as well as an older test does, a new study suggests. The researchers said the newer test — called hemoglobin A1C — didn’t catch three-quarters of the...
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Pediatrician Sentenced for Abusing 31 Children

Tweet March 21, 2019 — Johnnie Barto, MD, a 71-year-old former Pennsylvania pediatrician, was sentenced on Monday to at least 79 years in state prison for sexually assaulting 31 children. Most of the victims were patients, and some were members of his family, the Associated Press reports. Pennsylvania’s attorney general, Josh Shapiro, said that Barto committed most of the assaults in an...
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Listeria Fears Prompt Avocado Recall in 6 States

Tweet MONDAY, March 25, 2019 (HealthDay News) –Possible listeria contamination has led to recall of avocados by Henry Avocado, a grower and distributor based near San Diego. The recall is for conventional and organic avocados that were grown and packed in California, and sold in bulk across California, Arizona, Florida, Wisconsin, North Carolina and New Hampshire, the Associated Press reported. The...
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Secondhand Smoke Can Raise Fetal Heart Risks

Tweet SUNDAY, March 24, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Fathers-to-be who expose their pregnant partners to secondhand smoke put their babies at risk of heart defects, researchers warn. For the new study, investigators in China reviewed 125 studies that included a total of nearly 9 million prospective parents and more than 137,000 babies with congenital heart defects. All types of parental smoking were...
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Recall: Baby Cough Syrup for Deadly Bacteria Risk

Tweet March 21, 2019 — A brand of baby cough syrup sold nationwide has been recalled because it could be contaminated with bacteria that could be life-threatening. Kingston Pharmaceuticals of Massena, NY, has recalled DG/health NATURALS baby Cough Syrup + Mucus because it could contain Bacillus cereus or Bacillus circulans. B. cereus can lead to illnesses that cause vomiting or diarrhea. Most...
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Gov. Exposed Kids to Chickenpox

Tweet March 21, 2019 — Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin’s revelation that he exposed his children to chickenpox so they would get the disease and become immune is “unfortunate” and “not an example” for others, an infectious diseases expert said Wednesday.   In an interview this week on a local radio station, the Republican governor said all of his children “got the...
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Buyer Beware: Seafood ‘Fraud’ Rampant, Report Says

Tweet Kimberly Warner, senior scientist, Oceana, Washington, D.C. Gavin Gibbons, spokesman, National Fisheries Institute, McLean, VA. John Spink, director, Food Fraud Initiative, Michigan State University, East Lansing. Matt Olson, fresh program manager, Independent Natural Foods Retailers Association, St. Paul, MN. Oceana.org. NOAA.gov: “Seafood Import Monitoring Program,” “Online Tool Screens...
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Mailed Home Colon Cancer Tests Boost Screening

Tweet FRIDAY, March 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) — No one likes to get a colonoscopy, but new research suggests that mailing at-home colon cancer tests to folks who are overdue for their checks might prompt them to get screened. “We believe that mailing kits directly to patients, which frames participation as the default, reduced steps in the screening process, making it easier for patients...
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