Category Archives: Health

CDC Warns of New Deadly Tick Borne Bourbon Virus Found in Kansas

When ticks infected with the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi bite humans, the transferred bacterium can cause Lyme disease in people (They can also infect pets.). Symptoms of Lyme disease include fever, headache, and fatigue and in severe cases, the infection can … Continue reading

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New Aggressive HIV Strain from Cuba Worries Researchers

In 2013, lead author Steven G. Deeks, M.D. and his colleagues Drs. Sharon R. Lewin and Diane V. Havlir, published an article in the prestigious medical journal The Lancet titled, “The end of AIDS: HIV infection as a chronic disease.” … Continue reading

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The Mediterranean Diet May Help Cut the Risk of Strokes

Strokes are life-threatening medical emergencies that occur when the brain experiences a disturbance in its blood supply. Because the affected area of the brain can no longer function due to oxygen deprivation, symptoms often include the inability to move one … Continue reading

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Lifestyle Changes Such as Diet and Exercise May Not Be Enough to Fight Obesity

Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health have called obesity a “societal problem” and one might be inclined to believe them. Though nothing in our biological makeup has changed, obesity rates have doubled since 1980, and they … Continue reading

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A Glass of Red Wine May Help You Burn Fat

So many of us are looking to lose weight this year. We’ve purchased the gym memberships, the new gym clothes and running shoes. But beware, nutritional biochemist and former director of the University of Utah Nutrition Clinic told the Huffington … Continue reading

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Medicare Will Cover Smokers’ Yearly Lung Cancer CT Scans

High medical costs and poor health outcomes in America compared to its global counterparts inspired our healthcare overhaul and the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2012, and now a significant provision has been added. According to NBC News, … Continue reading

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New York City Subway System Biodiversity Includes Bacteria Harmful to Humans

For germaphobes forced to ride the New York City subway, perhaps this would be a good place to stop reading. According to research conducted by a team of scientists at Weill Cornell Medical School, New York’s subways system is filled … Continue reading

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Health Insurance May Affect Your Tax Refund

The Affordable Care Act, popularly known as ObamaCare, strives to ensure that all Americans are covered by health insurance. Part of the impetus for the passage of the ACA is that Americans continue to spend significantly more on healthcare than … Continue reading

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California Considers Raising the Legal Smoking Age to 21

In America, there are a number of activities individuals are allowed to partake in once they’ve turned 18. These include voting, serving in the armed forces, purchasing a lottery ticket and in some states, marrying another person without parental consent. … Continue reading

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When Is the Last Day to Sign up for Health Insurance 2015?

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), known simply as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or “ObamaCare” was signed into law on Mar. 23, 2010, and represents the “most significant regulatory overhaul” of the U.S. healthcare system since the … Continue reading

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Study Says Kids Eating Pizza Is One Culprit Behind Childhood Obesity

In 2010, First Lady Michelle Obama started her Let’s Move! Campaign to combat child obesity. As discussed in the October 7, 2014, issue of The New York Times Magazine, the average weight of American children has been increasing since the … Continue reading

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Expanding Disneyland Measles Outbreak Fuels Vaccine Exemption Debate

As you travel south toward Orange County, California, the homes you see become larger and more expensive. Unsurprisingly, these homeowners are wealthier than their northern counterparts. Look through the medical records of the wealthiest families’ children and another trend becomes … Continue reading

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Poor Teenage Sleep Patterns May be Indicator of Later Alcohol and Drug Abuse

With access to phones and technology 24/7, hours of homework and socializing to be done, and the high-energy levels typical of that age group, it seems a wonder to find a teenager who is not sleep-deprived. But a recent report … Continue reading

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Forget the Nightcap. Drinking Alcohol before Bedtime Disrupts Sleep Patterns

Sleep is one of biology’s greatest mysteries: everyone requires it, but much is still unknown about this necessity. According to the Fiscal Times, revenue from the sleep industry will likely reach $32.4 billion in part because nearly one-third of Americans … Continue reading

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More Than 1 in 10 Taking Aspirin for Their Heart Are Inappropriately Doing So

Many people have heard of the regimen of taking a daily low-dose aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid) to help ward off heart attacks, and for certain people, it’s a routine which has the potential to save their life. On the other hand, … Continue reading

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Bank Holiday Schedule 2015

One of the most confusing things in the US is that federal holidays aren’t national holidays. The 10 official US federal holidays each year only apply to federal employees. Private businesses such as credit unions and banks, don’t have to … Continue reading

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Obamacare Health IRS Form Should Soon be Coming in the Mail

With the new year, you should start to get tax forms in the mail. There is a new one you should be on the lookout for if you were one of the millions of people who signed up under the … Continue reading

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Being Optimistic Is a Heart Healthy Choice

Being a pessimist could be bad for your heart. A new study conducted by the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign), led by Rosalba Hernandez, analyzed the responses of 5,100 adults about their mental health. The subjects were between the ages of … Continue reading

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Caramel Apple Listeria Outbreak Linked to California Bidart Bros. Apple Supplier

Listeriosis, a bacterial infection often caused by ingesting food contaminated by the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes, is a serious condition with a mortality rate of approximately 20 percent. Its two most common clinical manifestations are sepsis and meningitis, and the disease … Continue reading

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Your Optimism May Be Helping Prevent Heart Disease

Each day, approximately 2,200 Americans die of cardiovascular disease, which averages to around one death every 39 seconds according to Psychology Today. But these statistics obscure a deeper issue. As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports, “Death … Continue reading

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