Harmful use of alcohol kills more than 3 million people each year, most of them men

By |2018-09-22T23:03:38+00:00September 22nd, 2018|

More than 3 million people died as a result of harmful use of alcohol in 2016, according a report released by the World Health Organization (WHO) today. This represents 1 in 20 deaths. More than three quarters of these deaths were among men. Overall, the harmful use of alcohol causes more than 5% of the [...]

‘Gut feeling’ may be a hardwired ‘sixth sense’

By |2018-09-22T22:55:35+00:00September 22nd, 2018|

A new study, published in the journal Science, has found that the process through which the gut communicates with the brain is much quicker than previously believed, relying on synapses more than it does on hormones. Nerves before an important meeting can make us feel sick, and now, new research helps us understand why. Over the [...]

Cargill recalls 66 tons of ground beef after deadly E coli O26 outbreak

By |2018-09-22T22:13:36+00:00September 22nd, 2018|

A four-state outbreak of E. coli O26 with 18 illnesses including six hospitalizations and one death was reported late Thursday by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which issued a Food Safety Alert about the incident. CDC’s alert followed by several hours the announcement by Cargill Meat Solutions of a recall of beef [...]

Remembering the ‘Mother of All Pandemics,’ 100 Years Later

By |2018-09-22T21:47:24+00:00September 22nd, 2018|

The Spanish flu pandemic of 1918 came in three waves. When the first wave crept up in New York City during the spring, residents and officials alike saw it as just another round of the seasonal flu. By mid-summer, the number of related deaths waned, and that first wave barely received a mention in the health department’s [...]


By |2018-09-22T21:04:03+00:00September 22nd, 2018|

HELICOPTERS GOT TO Wilmington, North Carolina, after a day of isolation; Hurricane Florence made landfall there, and the city, with one foot in the Atlantic and the other in the Cape Fear River, soon became an island. Its main roads underwater, Wilmington went without help until boats and choppers reached it with medical supplies, water, and food. But [...]

Our lack of pandemic preparedness could prove deadly

By |2018-09-22T20:30:15+00:00September 22nd, 2018|

Tom Inglesby, an infectious-disease physician, is director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. Eric Toner, an emergency physician, is a senior scholar at the center and led the Clade X pandemic exercise project. A few months ago, a disease caused by an engineered biological weapon played the antagonist in a fictional outbreak scenario [...]

FDA: Pets May Have Bad Reactions to Flea Medicine

By |2018-09-22T16:30:25+00:00September 22nd, 2018|

FRIDAY, Sept. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Flea medicines protect your pet, but some animals can have serious side effects from products containing isoxazoline, U.S. health officials warn. Although most dogs and cats handle this powerful pesticide just fine, others can have severe reactions, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Thursday. Isoxazoline products have [...]

5 Scary Things You Can Catch From Floodwater After a Hurricane

By |2018-09-22T14:09:03+00:00September 22nd, 2018|

Hurricane Florence hit the East Coast over the weekend, causing fierce winds, torrential rain, and flooding that sent hundreds of thousands of Americans fleeing from their homes. As of Monday, approximately 10,000 North Carolinians were staying in shelters, and the death toll from the storm had reached 33. Now that the storm surge is over, [...]

Is Your LDL Cholesterol as Low as It Should Be?

By |2018-09-22T13:57:49+00:00September 22nd, 2018|

Numbers to know by heart Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol is a major cause of coronary heart disease. It’s the culprit behind most cholesterol buildup and arterial blockages in your body. Find out if your LDL cholesterol is where it should be. And discover steps you can take to lower it as we decode LDL below. Source

Preventing the Flu: Resources for Parents & Child Care Providers

By |2018-09-22T13:53:52+00:00September 22nd, 2018|

Parents and child care providers can help prevent and slow the spread of the flu. The flu (influenza) is a respiratory illness caused by a virus. Flu infections are highly contagious. They spread easily when children are in a group with other children such as in a child care center or family child care home. Flu is [...]