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Brain-Eating Amoeba Tied to Tap Water in Neti Pot

This a rare case that serves as a reminder for people to follow the directions when using a Neti pot, and to use only boiled or distilled water, said Dr. Charles Cobbs, a neurosurgeon at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle who treated the woman, CBS News reported.

Supreme Court Declines Key Planned Parenthood Case

Abortion opponents have say Planned Parenthood -- the nation's largest abortion provider -- should not receive any government money.

New Exercise Guidelines Urge Everyone: Just Move

This is only the second time HHS has released these types of physical activity recommendations. The original set was issued in 2008

Study: Statins’ Benefits Solid, Side Effects Rare

The benefits of statins are clear, and side effects from the cholesterol-fighting drugs are rare, according to a new analysis of decades of scientific research.

Autism, ADHD Tied to Raised Risk in Siblings

Younger siblings of children with autism have a 30-fold increased relative risk they'll be diagnosed with autism themselves. They're also nearly four times as likely to be diagnosed with ADHD, researchers report.

Have Heart Failure? Flu Shot May Save Your Life

People who were recently diagnosed with heart failure and got a flu shot cut their risk of premature death by 18 percent, compared with not getting a shot, according to a new study from Denmark.

Electronic Health Records Bogging Docs Down

Managing electronic health records is creating “technology-related stress” for physicians, and primary care doctors are most at risk, according to a new survey.

Almost Half of U.S. Adults to Skip Flu Shot

Results showed that 43% of adults have received the flu shot and that 14% had not yet been vaccinated but planned to be. Yet 41% of adults surveyed said they did not plan to get vaccinated. About 2% were undecided or did not respond.

Opioids Exact Another Toll on Newborns: Smaller Heads

Infants born addicted to opioids had significantly smaller head circumferences, researchers have found, potentially putting them at higher risk for mental health and developmental problems.

Family, School Support May Help Stop Bullies

The stronger a student's reported positive family relationships, the more likely a student was to deem aggressive behaviors and retaliation unacceptable, and the more likely they were to intervene in either case, researchers found in a recent study.

Too Much Salt Might Help Spur A-Fib

People with the highest levels of salt in their diet had a higher rate of atrial fibrillation than those with the lowest salt intake in a new study.

Valsartan Blood Pressure Drug Recall Widens

The drugs were recalled because of trace amounts of an impurity, N-nitrosodiethylamine, or NDEA, which may cause cancer in humans, according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

Study Finds 'Mismatch' of Mental Health Need, Care

About one-third of people with serious mental health distress –don’t get the care they need, according to a new study. Instead, much of treatment is going to people suffering from little to no psychological distress.

Drug May Cut Hot Flashes After Breast Cancer

A familiar drug for urinary incontinence has been found to reduce hot flashes in women after breast cancer.

Healthy Lifestyle Lowers Odds of Breast Cancer's Return

Healthier lifestyles might improve the prognosis of people with breast cancer if they will stick with the positive changes, researchers say.

With Same Breast Cancer Care, Black Women Do Worse

In a recent study, leveling the playing field by bringing women to the same doctors and getting the same treatment" didn't equalize breast cancer outcomes between black and white women.

Liquid Ibuprofen Recalled at Walmart, CVS, Others

Infants run a small risk of permanent kidney damage from the higher concentration of ibuprofen.

Want More Easy Protein? Go Eat a Bug

The movement to encourage eating of insects — and to make it not weird, but a common practice (as it already is in other parts of the world) -- is clearly under way in the U.S.

Lower-Dose Tamoxifen Works As Well As High-Dose

New research shows that a lower dose of the hormone therapy Tamoxifen is as effective as the higher dose treatment in helping to prevent breast cancer from returning and guarding against new cancers in women who had high-risk breast tissue.

Study Again Links Obesity, Heart Failure Survival

A new study is the latest to confirm the so-called "obesity paradox," a puzzling pattern that researchers have noted for years: Obese patients with heart disease tend to survive longer than their normal-weight counterparts.

Can Supervised Heroin Programs Help Opioid Crisis?

To assess the effectiveness of heroin-assisted treatment, the researchers examined evidence from Canada, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

Another Plus to Cardiac Rehab: Better Sex

Attending cardiac rehab is associated with improved sexual function and more frequent sex, according to a new evidence review.

Too Much Time in the Sun? Skin Patch Might Tell

Powered by the sun while designed to measure its rays, the patch automatically transmits sun readings to a user's smartphone. It works wet or dry, is fully reusable, and weighs next to nothing.

Rapid Test for Cancer Developed by Researchers

The team at the University of Queensland in Australia created the test after discovering that cancer forms a unique DNA structure when placed in water, CNN reported.

Too Much Sleep May Bring Heart Disease, Death Risk

The authors of the study published Dec. 5 in the European Heart Journal also found that daytime napping was associated with an increased risk of heart disease and death among those who slept more than six hours a night, but not among those who got less sleep.

Infections in the Young Tied Mental Illness Risk

The risk appeared greater for severe infections that required hospitalization. But less severe infections treated with drugs were also linked to an increased risk for mental disorders, the researchers found.

An App, Your Fingernail -- and Anemia Screening Is Done

The app converts fingernail colors into quick readings of blood hemoglobin levels, according to researchers at Emory University in Atlanta. They said the technology could be used by anyone at any time, but its use right now is  limited to screening, not a formal diagnosis of anemia.

Adenovirus Kills 12 in 2 States, But What Is It?

Adenovirus refers to a cluster of viruses -- more than 50 known strains -- that most commonly infect the respiratory system. Each strain may bring about a different set of symptoms, such as the common cold, sore throat, fever, bronchitis, and pneumonia

New Chlamydia Test Offers Rapid Results

Study leader Charlotte Gaydos said the goal of point-of-care technology is to deliver quick results and give patients more options.

As Gun Violence Grows, U.S. Life Expectancy Drops

In terms of life expectancy, gun-related violence has a greater impact on blacks, while suicide had a greater impact on whites.

Drug Halves Recurrence for Common Breast Cancer

All of the women in the new trial had undergone a standard treatment scenario. First, they received traditional chemotherapy and the drug Herceptin (trastuzumab) -- an antibody that targets HER2-positive cancer cells. Then they had surgery to remove any remaining cancer.

More Green Space May Mean a Healthier Heart

The investigators also found lower levels of F2-isoprostane in the participants' urine, which indicates less oxidative stress and better health. The study also showed that folks from greener spaces had greater ability to repair blood vessels.

First Baby Born From Uterus of Deceased Donor

One U.S. fertility expert said the success in this case really could be a breakthrough.

New Drug Treats Dogs Scared by Loud Noises

Pexion (imepitoin tablets), just approved by the Food and Drug Administration, is for dogs scared by loud noises such as fireworks, street/traffic racket, and gun shots.

1 in 10 Will Develop Eczema in Their Lifetime

A new report confirms that eczema risk is common among children, that risk starts to drop off by young adulthood and middle age, but rises again when people reach their 70s.

Sickle Cell Gene Therapy Makes Another Advance

The therapy targets the genetic flaw that causes sickle cell. In a small group of patients, researchers said the therapy appears safe and effective enough to keep moving forward into larger trials.

Toxic Amounts of Vitamin D Spur Dog Food Recall

If your dog has eaten any of the recalled brands and show these symptoms, you should contact your veterinarian immediately, the FDA said.

Are You a Victim of 'Clean Plate' Syndrome?

In recent experiments, scientists repeatedly found that a single item left on the plate exerted a much stronger end-of-meal pull than multiple items, whether it be chocolate-covered almonds, cookies or pizza.

CDC: Cases of Polio-Like Illness May Have Peaked

As of Nov. 30, there had been 134 cases of AFM confirmed in 33 states out of 299 cases reported to the CDC. This is an increase of 18 confirmed cases from the previous week, but most of the latest confirmed cases occurred in September and October.

Nurse Fired for Refusing Flu Shot, Protestors Say

An unidentified nurse who was allegedly fired for refusing a flu shot drew the attention of protesters, who rallied in support of what they said was a violation of her rights.

Do Soaps, Shampoos Push Girls Into Early Puberty?

A research team has found that the higher the levels of specific chemicals including phthalates, parabens and phenols in mothers' or daughters' bodies, the earlier the puberty" among girls.

Most Americans Lie to Their Doctors

Between 60 and 80 percent of people admit they avoid telling their doctor details that could be relevant to their well-being.

Fetal Alcohol Costs: $23,000 A Year Per Case

Children with fetal alcohol syndrome face a range of lifelong problems including birth defects, growth problems, developmental delays, intellectual disability and behavioral disorders, all of which can require costly care.

Another Tally Puts Autism Cases at 1 in 40

A federal study reported last week that one in 40 children have an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and a second study that was published online Dec. 3 in the journal JAMA Pediatrics arrived at the same conclusion. Previously, it was estimated that one in 59 children have autism.

What's Herd Immunity, and How Does It Protect Us?

When lots of people in an area are vaccinated, fewer people get sick. Then fewer germs are around to spread from person to person. This concept is called herd immunity, or community immunity.

Pediatricians: Simple Playtime Beats Digital Toys

The best toys for babies and young children are traditional playthings like dolls, cars, blocks and crayons rather than virtual ones, like games played on mobile devices or talking animals that read stories out loud, American’s pediatricians say.

Some Some Types of Epilepsy Riskier In Pregnancy

Women with frontal lobe epilepsy, in which seizures begin in the front of the brain, have a higher chance having more seizures during pregnancy, a small new study suggests.

Former President George H.W. Bush Dies

George Herbert Walker Bush, the nation's oldest living former president, has died at the age of 94.

An Abusive Partner May Worsen Menopause Symptoms

Women who are emotionally tormented by a spouse or partner may suffer from more night sweats, painful sex and hot flashes when their periods stop, researchers say.

What to Expect as a Caregiver

Many Americans are caregivers, bus some aren’t prepared for the job when it falls into their lap. Read advice for caregivers as they embark on their new role.

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