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Doctors Expected a Brain Tumor. It Was a Tapeworm

Mon, 06/10/2019 - 16:43

Surgeons operated on Rachel Palma to remove what they suspected was a brain tumor, and were surprised to find a baby tapeworm instead.

Bedroom Light at Night Might Boost Women's Weight

Mon, 06/10/2019 - 15:57

New research published in JAMA Internal Medicine doesn't prove that sleeping with a light on causes weight gain, but it suggests the two may be linked, the researchers said.

Study: Vitamin D Won’t Help Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

Mon, 06/10/2019 - 14:26

After nearly three years, 24.2% of those taking vitamin D developed diabetes, as did 26.7% of those taking the placebo. This difference isn't statistically significant, researchers said.

Study: Whooping Cough Vaccine Power Fades With Time

Mon, 06/10/2019 - 13:34

The researchers said that the findings show the importance of keeping up to date on a child's shots, and the critical need to develop new and better vaccines against whooping cough.

Chickenpox Vaccine Shields Against Shingles Too

Mon, 06/10/2019 - 12:24

Kids who were vaccinated against chickenpox had a 78% lower risk of developing shingles, the researchers said.

Kroger Recalls Berries Tainted With Hepatitis A

Mon, 06/10/2019 - 09:39

The FDA is warning consumers that frozen berries sold at Kroger stores as "Private Selection," brand are contaminated with hepatitis A.

Having an Extra Finger Might Be A Good Thing

Fri, 06/07/2019 - 18:23

Having an additional finger  significantly boosts a person's ability to manipulate objects, so much so that they can execute movements with a single hand that would otherwise require two, a study has found.

Could You Afford Home Health Care? Maybe Not

Fri, 06/07/2019 - 17:30

Only two out of five older adults with significant disabilities have the assets on hand to pay for at least a couple of years of extensive in-home care, researchers found.

Whole Foods Recalling Two Pesto Products

Fri, 06/07/2019 - 16:58

The recall is limited to 41 Whole Foods stores in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. The two products are Whole Foods made-in-house basil pesto and made-in-house sundried tomato pesto.

Antibiotics Pollute Rivers Worldwide, Study Finds

Fri, 06/07/2019 - 16:26

The most common one found was trimethoprim, which is primarily used to treat urinary tract infections. It was detected at 307 of the 711 sites, according to the researchers.

Report: Hundreds of Kids Drown in Pools Each Year

Fri, 06/07/2019 - 15:56

The new report indicates a spike in drowning incidents among all children younger than 15.

Feeling Stressed? Then Your Dog Probably Feels Stressed, Too

Fri, 06/07/2019 - 15:34

In the study, the dogs’ long-term levels of the anxiety hormone cortisol were found to be synchronized with their owners. If the owner showed a lot of stress, the dog did, too. Owners with low cortisol levels had dogs with low levels.

Texas Couple's Death in Fiji Under Investigation

Fri, 06/07/2019 - 15:11

The Fiji Health Ministry is working with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization to investigate the mysterious death of a Texas couple on vacation on the South Pacific Island.

Midlife Diabetes Can Raise Your Stroke Chances Later

Thu, 06/06/2019 - 16:22

People who had type 2 diabetes in their 40s or 50s had a 30% greater chance of a stroke caused by a blood clot, researchers said.

Trouble Tracking Finances Could Be Sign of Dementia

Thu, 06/06/2019 - 14:57

Many people believe that financial difficulties happen only in the late stages of dementia, but they can happen early and the changes can be subtle, the senior study author said.

Tight Diabetes Control May Not Help Heart Long Term

Thu, 06/06/2019 - 14:47

The study findings suggest it might be more important to control other risk factors for heart disease, such as high blood pressure, cholesterol and unhealthy weight.

What to Do About Age Spots

Thu, 06/06/2019 - 14:25

What are age spots, the flat, light-brown spots that pop up on your skin as you age? Does the sun alone cause them? What can treat them, and when should you see a doctor? A dermatology professor explains.

Heartburn Drugs Again Tied to Fatal Risks

Thu, 06/06/2019 - 14:01

Research in recent years has linked long-term use of drugs called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) to increased risks of various diseases and premature death. These latest findings point to the specific causes of death.

Doctor-Approved Tips to Fight Pregnancy Back Pain

Thu, 06/06/2019 - 13:40

From 50% to 70% of women have back pain at some point in their pregnancy. You can ease the ache with these simple tips.

U.S. Measles Outbreak Hits 1,000 Cases, CDC Says

Thu, 06/06/2019 - 12:13

The last time America saw this many cases was in 1992 when over 2,000 cases were reported by that year's end.