Michigan 12-year-old with flu-like symptoms dies days after vomiting at dinner

CLAY TOWNSHIP, Mich. – “I’m a mom. I’m supposed to protect my kids, and I couldn’t,” Jessica Decent-Doll tells WJBK. The Michigan mother says she has been left with a sense of guilt after her 12-year-old son Michael died last week just days after coming down with flu-like symptoms. Decent-Doll tells the Times Herald that Michael vomited during dinner Jan. 9. She took him to urgent care the next day when his symptoms didn’t go away. Decent-Doll says Michael—who had gotten the flu vaccine in December—tested negative for flu, had normal vitals, and…

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It’s not concussions that cause CTE. It’s repeated hits, a study finds

The neurodegenerative disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy can start early and without any signs of concussion, according a study released Thursday. The Alzheimer’s-like disease has been most commonly associated with former professional football players, but has also been detected in military veterans, including many who have been exposed to roadside bombs and other types of military blasts. Previous studies have shown that repetitive hits to the head — even without concussion — can result in CTE, but scientists said this is the most definitive study to date to find this connection.…

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‘Nobody ever thinks it will happen to them’: 27-year-old woman dies after catching flu

TUSTIN, Calif. – The parents of Katharine Gallagher said she was a healthy, vibrant 27-year-old woman when she suddenly died after contracting the flu and then developing pneumonia last month. The Southern California woman went to urgent care on a Sunday, and by 6 p.m. the following Tuesday, she was dead. “Walking down the aisle behind her casket was probably the worst thing that’s ever happened to us,” her mother, Liz Gallagher, told KTLA in a tearful interview in Lake Forest on Tuesday. Katharine Gallagher was 27 when she got the…

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Aetna customers get $17 million in HIV privacy settlement

After thousands of customers’ HIV statuses were revealed in mailings last year, a federal class-action lawsuit against health care company Aetna has reached a $17 million settlement. The lawsuit was filed in August after some 12,000 Aetna customers nationwide received letters mailed in July that accidentally revealed their HIV status through the windows of the envelopes, indicating they were taking either HIV medications or PrEP, a pre-exposure prophylactic that prevents HIV. Under the terms of the proposed settlement, which is now subject to court approval, Aetna has agreed to pay $17,161,200 to resolve the…

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New study links cigarettes and pot to teen psychosis

For teens, using either marijuana or cigarettes is associated with higher odds of psychotic-like experiences, a new study published Wednesday in the journal JAMA Psychiatry found. Psychosis describes the mental condition of losing touch with reality, such as experiencing hallucinations or delusions. “Individuals who use cannabis regularly have a 2- to 3-fold increased risk of a psychotic outcome,” University of Bristol researchers wrote in the study. Past research has calculated a statistical association between daily use of tobacco and an increased risk of psychosis. The researchers wondered, are there differences for teens? For the…

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Poison control calls ‘spike’ due to online laundry pod challenge

Watch Video It used to be that washing your kid’s mouth out with soap was seen as a punishment. Now, authorities are trying to keep teens from doing just that. Teens have been increasingly biting into laundry pods, with some posting the videos online as part of a “challenge,” according to a statement Tuesday by the American Association of Poison Control Centers. The results can be potentially harmful or even deadly. In the first 15 days of the new year, poison control centers received 39 such calls — the same number they…

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Here are the best ways to cure your sore throat

RICHMOND, Va. — Sore throats can be a real pain in the neck. According to the National Institutes of Health, viral infections cause most sore throats, usually triggered by the common cold or flu. Antibiotics, of course, don’t work against viruses and therefore can’t soothe the throat, but there are several options you can try. Gargling with salt water may seem like an old wives’ tale, but experts say it can be very effective way to ease a sore throat. A 2016 study found that rinsing with saline (salt water)…

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Doctors want President Trump’s head examined

Watch Video President Donald Trump is “in excellent health,” White House physician, Dr. Ronny Jackson, said following his physical Friday. But it’s not clear whether any mental health tests were conducted, despite urging from mental health professionals. Jackson received an urgent letter from dozens of doctors and health professionals Thursday urging him to perform basic mental health tests on the President. While reviews of the past five presidents’ physical exams show only a brief mention of mental health and none of the records includes a readout of the mental health tests, this letter points…

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Veteran says he found VA hospital scalpel in his abdomen after excruciating MRI

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – An Army veteran is suing a Connecticut Veterans Affairs hospital after he says doctors found a scalpel that had been left in his body four years earlier. According to attorneys at the Faxon Law Group,  Glenford Turner, 61, and a United States Army veteran from Bridgeport,  was at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System, West Haven Campus, for a scheduled MRI after experiencing a recent episode of dizziness and long-term abdominal pains. The MRI was stopped when Turner started having  severe  abdominal pain. Attorneys said that X-rays…

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