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Hot weather and dangerous rivers make water safety top concern

Hot weather and dangerous rivers make water safety top concern

The weather is warming up, but our area’s lakes, rivers and open water are still extremely cold. Cold water can cause even the strongest swimmers to become incapacitated from cold-water shock, causing muscles to stop working within minutes of immersion in cold water. The best decision this time of year, especially for rivers, is to stay out.

May 26, 2017 | By | Reply More
Influx of elderly patients forces ER to practice comfort care

Influx of elderly patients forces ER to practice comfort care

As the nation’s elderly population swells, more older Americans are visiting the emergency room, which can be an overcrowded, disorienting and even traumatic place. One survey found 1 in 6 visits to the ER were made by an older patient, a proportion that’s expected to rise as baby boomers age.

May 26, 2017 | By | Reply More
Who will care for Abril? Parents fear for their disabled child if they are deported

Who will care for Abril? Parents fear for their disabled child if they are deported

Abril was born convulsing, and doctors encouraged the family to send her to a pediatric hospice, but they decided to bring her home instead. Given her serious brain damage and severe cerebral palsy, Abril wasn’t expected to live past six months. But now her parents face deportation.

May 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
Five bloodcurdling medical procedures that are no longer performed … thankfully

Five bloodcurdling medical procedures that are no longer performed … thankfully

Over time, a number of historic surgical “cures” fell out of favour because they were more akin to a method of torture. Here are five of the most extraordinary and unpleasant: Trepanation, lobotomy, rhinoplasty, lithotomy and bloodletting.

May 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
Overwrought marketing? Ads, not research, create some pharma  best-sellers

Overwrought marketing? Ads, not research, create some pharma best-sellers

An ad campaign for a relatively rare neurological condition has helped fuel the controversy over how direct-to-consumer advertising — typified by ads that call on you to “ask your doctor” about a possible treatment — takes niche medicine and promotes its use for a broad range of patients and fosters the use of pricey prescription products when cheaper ones might suffice.

May 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
Outbreaks of parasitic infections linked to swimming pools double – CDC

Outbreaks of parasitic infections linked to swimming pools double – CDC

Outbreaks of a parasitic infection linked to swimming pools and water playgrounds are increasingly being reported to CDC, with twice as many outbreaks in 2016 as in 2014. At least 32 outbreaks caused by Cryptosporidium(also known as “Crypto”) linked to swimming pools or water playgrounds in the United States were reported in 2016

May 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
New meth surge gathers momentum

New meth surge gathers momentum

By Christine Vestal Stateline An Oklahoma narcotics agent displays 20 pounds of Mexican crystal meth seized from a drug dealer. As federal, state and local health officials focus on the opioid epidemic, the supply and use of methamphetamine is surging in Oklahoma and other Western, Midwestern and Southern states. © Courtesy of the Oklahoma Bureau […]

May 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
Do heartburn pills cause kidney damage?

Do heartburn pills cause kidney damage?

Recent research has linked the proton pump inhibitors, or PPIs, to serious side effects, including chronic kidney disease. The risk of chronic kidney disease is as much as 50 percent higher in people who’ve taken the drug compared with those who’ve not — although no causative link has been proven and manufacturers insist they are safe.

May 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
Arthroscopy does not relieve knee pain or improve function, panel finds

Arthroscopy does not relieve knee pain or improve function, panel finds

Knee arthroscopy is performed more than 2 million times a year across the globe, and in the United States alone costs more than $3 billion annually. But the panel found the surgery did not provide lasting pain relief or improve function.

May 11, 2017 | By | Reply More
What science tells us about successful ageing

What science tells us about successful ageing

If we look to animal models of successful ageing, biological and chronological ageing don’t always go hand in hand. Lobsters live a very long time and they don’t seem to show reductions in function with aging. And naked mole rats show reduced ageing. Their chronological age differs from their biological age and their mortality rates don’t accelerate as they age, like in most mammals.

May 11, 2017 | By | Reply More