Monday , 22 January 2018

Health

Young women using ADHD medicine up 700 percent over 8 years, CDC report finds

The number of women in their late 20s who filled a prescription for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medicine skyrocketed by 700 percent between 2003 and 2015, according to a report released today by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While the uptick in the percentage of American women who use ADHD medicine was most pronounced among those ages 25 …

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World moves closer to eradicating Guinea worm disease

A new report says the world is moving closer to eradicating Guinea worm disease, in which a meter-long worm slowly emerges from a blister in a person’s skin. The U.S.-based Carter Center, which leads the eradication campaign, says just 30 cases were reported last year in isolated areas of Ethiopia and Chad. All 15 cases in Ethiopia occurred at a …

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Federal officials say flu epidemic has killed at least 30 children

A deadly flu epidemic spreading across the nation has now claimed the lives of at least 30 children, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday. The CDC’s latest influenza-associated pediatric mortality report released Friday shows that at least 10 children died between Jan. 6 and Jan. 13, and the others have died the since the flu season …

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Flu patient spikes cause Texas school district closure, tents at California hospital

A deadly flu epidemic sweeping the nation has triggered one Texas school district to cancel classes for the week and one California hospital has set up a triage tent outside an emergency room for flu patients. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified a particular strain of influenza A, H3N2, as the culprit affecting thousands from coast …

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US flu season gets worse, has 'lot more steam' than expected

The flu season in the U.S. is getting worse. Health officials last week said flu was blanketing the country but they thought there was a good chance the season was already peaking. But the newest numbers out Friday show it grew even more intense. “This is a season that has a lot more steam than we thought,” said Dr. Dan …

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Letter sent to police barracks sickens 2 troopers, staffer

A letter containing what investigators are calling a “biohazard” has been sent to a Pennsylvania police barracks and has sickened three employees. State police and federal authorities say two state troopers and a civilian staff member became ill Thursday afternoon immediately after one of the troopers opened the letter at the Carlisle barracks and were taken to a hospital. The …

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Anti-smoking plan may kill cigarettes–and save Big Tobacco

Imagine if cigarettes were no longer addictive and smoking itself became almost obsolete; only a tiny segment of Americans still lit up. That’s the goal of an unprecedented anti-smoking plan being carefully fashioned by U.S. health officials. But the proposal from the Food and Drug Administration could have another unexpected effect: opening the door for companies to sell a new …

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The Latest: Trump addressing March for Life from Rose Garden

The Latest on President Donald Trump and his views on abortion rights (all times local): 11:25 a.m. President Donald Trump is addressing the anti-abortion March for Life from the White House Rose Garden. Organizers say the video address Friday makes him the first president to speak to the march using that technology. Anti-abortion activists say their fight against abortion rights …

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