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Scientists Say Their Experimental Drug Knocks Out the Flu, in Animal Tests at Least

Scientists Say Their Experimental Drug Knocks Out the Flu, in Animal Tests at Least

We might be inching closer to a holy grail of medicine: an incredibly effective flu-killing drug that the virus can’t quickly adapt to. A new experimental treatment was able to rapidly reduce the flu virus in ferrets, but human trials are still a ways off.

Researchers at Georgia State and Emory University have spent the last few years trying to develop what they’ve billed as next-generation...

Ed Cara Ed Cara yesterday at 00:45. 4 comments

The Bacteria That Cause Stomach Ulcers Are Becoming Drug-Resistant, Too

The Bacteria That Cause Stomach Ulcers Are Becoming Drug-Resistant, Too

A common bacterial infection that causes stomach ulcers and cancer has gotten increasingly harder to fend off, according to new preliminary research out this week. In Europe, it suggests, strains of the bacteria Helicobacter pylori have become more resistant to the first-line drugs used to kill it over the past 20 years, with resistance rates doubling for at least one antibiotic.

H. pylori...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Oct 09, 2019. 12 comments

STDs in America Hit Another Record High in 2018

STDs in America Hit Another Record High in 2018

It’s been a banner half-decade for sexually transmitted diseases in the U.S., according to a new report out Tuesday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2018 saw yet another record high for STDs in the country, with reported cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis climbing for the fifth straight year.

The report’s findings, as even the CDC admits, are an imperfect measure...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Oct 05, 2019. 12 comments

State Fair Hot Tubs Probably Spread Deadly Legionnaires' Disease Outbreak in North Carolina

State Fair Hot Tubs Probably Spread Deadly Legionnaires' Disease Outbreak in North Carolina

State fairs are a mixed bag in the best of times. But for a hundred or so people who attended the North Carolina Mountain State Fair this past September, it was a nightmare. State health officials have traced an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease to the fair, with the most likely source of infection being contaminated hot tubs.

The fair ran from September 6 to 15. Since then, according to the...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Oct 04, 2019. 8 comments

Aspirin, Strangely Enough, Might Protect Our Lungs From Air Pollution

Aspirin, Strangely Enough, Might Protect Our Lungs From Air Pollution

A dose of aspirin can do more than just soothe your headache, a new study suggests—it might also protect your lungs from air pollution.

Air pollution harms our bodies in all sorts of ways , both short-term and long-term. One of these ways is through irritating and inflaming lung cells. So it makes sense that aspirin and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) could have a...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Oct 04, 2019. 3 comments

Prospective Fathers Should Avoid Binge Drinking, Study Finds

Prospective Fathers Should Avoid Binge Drinking, Study Finds

Prospective parents—but especially dads—might be wise to avoid too much alcohol, according to a new study out this week. It suggests that women and men who binge drink in the months before conception are more likely to have children with congenital heart defects, with the father’s alcohol consumption surprisingly having a greater impact on the future child’s heart health.

The study, published...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Oct 03, 2019. 5 comments

Judge Rules That Supervised Injection Site Planned in Philly Is Legal

Judge Rules That Supervised Injection Site Planned in Philly Is Legal

On Wednesday, a federal judge struck down the U.S. government’s attempt to stop the development of the country’s first supervised injection site in Philadelphia—a move heralded by many public health experts worried about the opioid and drug overdose crisis.

Supervised, or safe, injection sites are public spaces where people are given the opportunity to use illicit drugs safely without the...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Oct 03, 2019. 4 comments

Brexit Sparked a UK Man's Psychotic Episode, Doctors Say

Brexit Sparked a UK Man's Psychotic Episode, Doctors Say

For one British man, the controversial vote that led to Brexit in 2016 might have literally driven him around the bend, causing a temporary bout of psychosis.

The strange tale was detailed by the man’s physicians this week in BMJ Case Reports. According to the paper, the man—only described to be in his 40s—had been brought to an emergency room by paramedics three weeks after the pivotal June...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Oct 02, 2019. 13 comments

Human Fetuses Develop Lizard-Like Body Parts That Disappear Before Birth

Human Fetuses Develop Lizard-Like Body Parts That Disappear Before Birth

New research this week seems to show that human fetuses develop several muscles in their legs and arms that disappear by the time they’re born. And some of these muscles were last seen in our adult ancestors over 250 million years ago.

The evolutionary journey of any species is littered with detours and dead-ends. Humans, for instance, have vestigial body parts that once served a function but...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Oct 02, 2019. 4 comments

A 1964 Earthquake Might Have Unleashed a Deadly Fungus on the Pacific Northwest

A 1964 Earthquake Might Have Unleashed a Deadly Fungus on the Pacific Northwest

Two decades ago, a rare but deadly fungal infection began killing animals and people in the U.S. and Canada. To this day, no one has figured out how it arrived there in the first place. Now a pair of scientists have put forth their own theory: Tsunamis, sparked by a massive earthquake in 1964, soaked the forests of the Pacific Northwest with water containing the fungus.

The yeast-like fungus...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Oct 01, 2019. 1 comments

U.S. Workers Are Getting Less Sleep Than 10 Years Ago, Study Finds

U.S. Workers Are Getting Less Sleep Than 10 Years Ago, Study Finds

That many people don’t get enough sleep is hardly news, but a recent study suggests that sleep deprivation is getting worse in the U.S., especially for people with high-pressure jobs in medicine, law enforcement, and transportation.

There’s been plenty of research suggesting that people generally aren’t getting as much sleep as they ought to be. But according to Jagdish Khubchandani, a public...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Oct 01, 2019. 11 comments

CVS and Walgreens Pull Heartburn Drug Zantac From Shelves Over FDA Carcinogen Warning

CVS and Walgreens Pull Heartburn Drug Zantac From Shelves Over FDA Carcinogen Warning

In mid-September, the Food and Drug Administration warned that a popular heartburn drug, commonly known by the brand name Zantac, could contain small amounts of a cancer-causing chemical. Over the weekend, the chain pharmacy CVS announced it would stop selling all versions of the drug, a move that follows a voluntary recall of the drug from several other chains, including Walmart. [Update: On...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Sep 28, 2019. 5 comments

Doctors Say a Washing Machine Helped Spread a Superbug at a Maternity Ward

Doctors Say a Washing Machine Helped Spread a Superbug at a Maternity Ward

In what might be a first, doctors in Germany think that a too-gentle washing machine helped spread a superbug to more than a dozen newborns and children in the same hospital—though thankfully, no one was hurt.

Antibiotic resistance has become a major public health threat over the years, and none more so than in hospitals. The constant presence of antibiotics, sick patients with weaker immune...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Sep 28, 2019. 6 comments

If No One Gets Measles in the Next Three Days, the U.S. Can Call Itself Measles-Free

If No One Gets Measles in the Next Three Days, the U.S. Can Call Itself Measles-Free

On Wednesday, officials from Rockland County, New York declared their almost year-long outbreak of measles over—a mere week before the U.S. would have to forfeit its status of having eradicated any local traces of the disease. If nearby neighborhoods report any more cases in the next few days, we could still lose our measles-free status, but things are finally looking bright.

The Rockland...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Sep 27, 2019. 1 comments

Buying Birth Control Online Can Be Quick, Affordable, and Safe, Study Finds

Buying Birth Control Online Can Be Quick, Affordable, and Safe, Study Finds

For those antsy about getting their birth control online, a new study should offer some reassurance. With the help of secret shoppers, researchers found that several online sites and apps that prescribed contraceptives were generally affordable, timely, and safe.

Researchers at Harvard Medical School and the University of California Davis teamed up for the study, published Wednesday in the New...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Sep 26, 2019. 5 comments

A Woman May Have Gotten 'Broken Heart Syndrome' After Eating Too Much Wasabi at a Wedding

A Woman May Have Gotten 'Broken Heart Syndrome' After Eating Too Much Wasabi at a Wedding

One woman’s wedding wasabi—apparently mistaken for avocado—ended up sending her to the emergency room with a strange medical condition called broken heart syndrome, according to a new case study.

In a paper published this month in the journal BMJ Reports, doctors detailed the unusual incident, which took place in Israel. According to her doctors, the 60-year-old woman had been a guest at a...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Sep 24, 2019. 7 comments

A Brain-Infecting Virus Carried by Mosquitoes Is Spreading Far and Wide This Year

A Brain-Infecting Virus Carried by Mosquitoes Is Spreading Far and Wide This Year

Over the weekend, health officials in several states reported more cases and deaths linked to the Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) virus. The number of cases, while still small, is set to make 2019 the worst recorded year for EEE in recent history—and it may be a sign of things to come in an ever-warming climate.

In Massachusetts, health officials this past Friday reported the death of a man...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Sep 23, 2019. 23 comments

Cats Really Do Bond With Their Humans, Study Finds

Cats Really Do Bond With Their Humans, Study Finds

It’s a widely held assumption, even by some cat owners, that domestic felines don’t get much socially from being our pets. But a new study out Monday is the latest to suggest that many cats form healthy bonds with their humans, in much the same way as dogs and human babies do.

There’s a rich history of research looking into the bonds between dogs and people—and for that matter, between human...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Sep 21, 2019. 5 comments

A Woman's Toothache Remedy Left Her With Horrifying Blue Blood

A Woman's Toothache Remedy Left Her With Horrifying Blue Blood

A Rhode Island women’s toothache ended up causing her a literal case of the blues, thanks to a bizarre reaction she had to pain medication. According to her doctors, the woman developed a rare and potentially life-threatening disorder that deprived her of precious oxygen and turned her blood dark blue.

The women’s case was laid out by her doctors in a report published this week in the New...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Sep 20, 2019. 6 comments

Non-Drinkers Can Still Get Liver Disease, Thanks to Alcohol-Producing Gut Bacteria

Non-Drinkers Can Still Get Liver Disease, Thanks to Alcohol-Producing Gut Bacteria

Researchers say they’ve stumbled upon a peculiar cause of liver disease: a kind of bacteria that produces alcohol inside our gut.

According to lead author Jing Yuan, a doctor at the Capital Institute of Pediatrics in China, their discovery was completely accidental.

He and his colleagues had been treating a patient with severe fatty liver disease, a condition where too much fat builds up in the...

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