Man coughs up blood clot shaped like lung passage

SAN FRANCISCO. – A 36-year-old man has died after suffering from chronic heart failure and coughing so severely that he spit out a bright red blood clot perfectly-shaped like the airway passages of his right lung’s bronchial tree. The unidentified patient was receiving treatment in the intensive care unit at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center, according to a November 29 article in the New England Journal of Medicine. A 36-year-old man was admitted to the ICU with an acute exacerbation of chronic #heartfailure. After a ventricular assist…

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Woman dies from rare, brain-eating amoeba after using neti pot with tap water

SEATTLE, Wash. – When a 69-year old Seattle woman had a seizure earlier this year, doctors at Swedish Medical Center thought she may have had a brain tumor. However, during surgery, they discovered it was something much more unusual, according to KCPQ. Dr. Charles Cobbs said when he operated it was just dead brain tissue. Dr. Cobbs said she most likely became infected by Balamuthia mandrillaris, an amoeba that kills the brain cells slowly over time. Swedish Medical Center didn’t identify the patient who died just a month after being…

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New medicine reduces the risk of breast cancer recurring by 50 percent, researchers say

RICHMOND, Va. — Thirty-eight-year-old Ticiana Machado is going through her second round of chemotherapy. The wife and mother of two was diagnosed with breast cancer two months ago. “How you doing? How you feeling?” said Dr. Mary Helen Hackney. Ticiana’s doctor Mary Helen Hackney with VCU Massey Cancer Center says a new drug combo may help patients like Ticiana who’s diagnosed with HER2 positive breast cancer. The cells in that type of cancer can grow faster and those patients are at a higher risk of their cancer coming back after…

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Australian researchers develop 10-minute cancer test

Researchers in Australia have developed a 10-minute test that can detect the presence of cancer cells anywhere in the human body, according to a newly published study. The test was developed after researchers from the University of Queensland found that cancer forms a unique DNA structure when placed in water. The test works by identifying the presence of that structure, a discovery that could help detect cancer in humans far earlier than current methods, according to the paper published in journal Nature Communications. “Discovering that cancerous DNA molecules formed entirely different 3D…

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Infant ibuprofen sold at CVS, Walmart and Family Dollar recalled

A recall has been issued for infant ibuprofen sold by CVS, Family Dollar and Walmart, Tris Pharma said this week. The three recalled lots of Concentrated Oral Suspension, USP (NSAID) 50 mg per 1.25 mL may have concentrations of ibuprofen that are too high and therefore could be dangerous, according to the recall announcement. The over-the-counter liquid pain reliever and fever reducer is meant for infants who are between the ages of 6 months and 23 months old. Adverse events from the medication may include nausea, vomiting, upper abdominal pain,…

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Two-year-old needs some of the rarest blood in the world to survive cancer

Two-year-old Zainab Mughal has some of the rarest blood in the world. She’s been battling cancer, and to survive, she’s likely to need blood transfusions from seven to 10 donors who haven’t all been found. Zainab Mughal, 2, is sick and needs a blood donor with the same rare blood she has. A global search is underway. That’s because they’re as rare as she is. Only people of Pakistani, Indian or Iranian descent who have the same type of blood as Zainab, whose family hails from Pakistan, are likely to…

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FDA expands dog food recall; 8 brands pulled for making pets violently ill

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration has expanded their recall of dog food brands that have too much vitamin D, which could make your pet sick. Vitamin D is an essential nutrient for dogs, but very high amounts can cause serious health problems like kidney failure or death. The recalled products were sold nationwide. The FDA also says the list of recalled products could continue to grow. Nutrisca Chicken and Chickpea Dry Dog Food UPC 8-84244-12495-7 – 4 lb. bag UPC 8-84244-12795-8 – 15 lb. bag UPC 8-84244-12895-5 – 28…

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5.1 million pounds of beef added to salmonella recall

JBS Tolleson, Inc. is recalling more than 5.1 million pounds of raw beef products that may be tainted with salmonella, the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said Tuesday. The recalled beef was produced and packaged between July 26 and September 7 according to FSIS. The products have been distributed nationwide and include the brands Kroger, Cedar River Farms, Grass Run Farms and JBS generic among others. This is an expansion of a recall that was first issued in October for the same reason. The total amount of “non-intact raw beef products”…

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The scientist, the twins and the experiment that geneticists say went too far

Humanity was reluctantly dragged into a new era this week. In a video posted on YouTube, Chinese scientist He Jiankui announced to the world that he successfully used the gene-editing tool CRISPR-Cas9 to modify the DNA of two embryos before birth, essentially creating the world’s first genetically modified humans. The news, delivered on the eve of a high-profile scientific meeting in Hong Kong on human gene editing, left the science community in shock. “I see it as one of those moments that happens once every few decades,” said William Hurlbut,…

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