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George H. W. Bush had sepsis – why is it so dangerous?

April 27, 2018 | By | Reply More
George H. W. Bush had sepsis – why is it so dangerous?

Former president George H.W. Bush was hospitalized April 21 with sepsis, a life-threatening condition caused by complications of the body fighting back against an infection. Between 1 in 8 and 1 in 4 patients with sepsis will die during hospitalization. Sepsis contributes to one-third to one-half of all in-hospital deaths. Sepsis, sometimes inaccurately referred to as blood poisoning, is sparked by your body’s reaction to infection.

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What care for the criminally insane can teach us about mental health treatment

April 25, 2018 | By | Reply More
What care for the criminally insane can teach us about mental health treatment

About 14 percent of state and federal prisoners (about 200,000) and 26 percent of jailed inmates (about 190,000) have serious mental illnesses, Prison and jail officials don’t have the resources to treat them, and many deteriorate behind bars. But in some states those judged to be criminally insane receive better mental health treatment than practically anybody else — including people who have never committed a crime.

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Fact Check: does coffee cause cancer?

April 23, 2018 | By | Reply More
Fact Check: does coffee cause cancer?

Nobody disputes that coffee contains acrylamide or that acrylamide causes DNA damage, but it’s how much you consume that is important.

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Texas disability groups want a voice at the table in gun debate

April 23, 2018 | By | Reply More
Texas disability groups want a voice at the table in gun debate

Mass shootings also tend to garner a lot of media attention but tens of thousands of Americans become disabled because of day-to-day gun violence in major cities. The publ cost of these injuries is astronomical. It’s also easy to forget, experts note, that among victims of gun violence, about three to five times the number of people who die from it actually survive.

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CDC issues warning for all types of romaine lettuce from Yuma, Arizona

April 20, 2018 | By | Reply More
CDC issues warning for all types of romaine lettuce from Yuma, Arizona

Throw out any romaine lettuce if you’re uncertain about where it was grown. This includes whole heads and hearts of romaine, chopped romaine, and salads and salad mixes containing romaine lettuce. If you do not know if the lettuce is romaine, do not eat it and throw it away.

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Can a brain injury change who you are?

April 20, 2018 | By | Reply More
Can a brain injury change who you are?

Phineas Gage was a well-mannered, respectable, smart business man, but after a severe brain injury became irresponsible, rude and aggressive. He was careless and unable to make good decisions. Was his brain injury the cause of his personality change?

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New Medicare perk for diabetes prevention stumbles at rollout

April 19, 2018 | By | Reply More
New Medicare perk for diabetes prevention stumbles at rollout

Medicare’s new diabetes prevention program — a yearlong series of classes about healthy eating, physical activity and behavioral change for people at high risk of developing diabetes — is getting off to a rocky star and except in a few locations isn’t up and running yet.

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Wealthy Americans know less than they think they do about food and nutrition

April 18, 2018 | By | Reply More
Wealthy Americans know less than they think they do about food and nutrition

Affluent Americans are more likely to encounter unsubstantiated information – online, among friends and family, and at farmers’ markets and pricier upscale grocery stores – that raise unfounded concerns about technology. The result is a persistent perception that certain “organic” or non-GMO products are somehow healthier, which is unsupported by research.

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Barbara Bush may have suffered from a chronic lung disease called COPD – a doctor explains

April 18, 2018 | By | Reply More
Barbara Bush may have suffered from a chronic lung disease called COPD – a doctor explains

COPD is a chronic respiratory condition that results in cough and shortness of breath. It often gets worse. The disease is most commonly caused by tobacco smoking and is thus often preventable. Mrs. Bush smoked cigarettes for decades, she wrote in her biography, but quit in 1968.

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‘Remarkable’ immunotherapy trial changes advanced lung cancer treatment

April 16, 2018 | By | Reply More
‘Remarkable’ immunotherapy trial changes advanced lung cancer treatment

At one year, 69 percent of the patients who received pembrolizumab and chemotherapy were alive, compared with 49 percent of the patients who received chemotherapy alone.

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