Nearly half of women and a third of men will develop dementia, stroke or Parkinson’s, study says

Nearly half of women and a third of men over the age of 45 will develop Parkinson’s, dementia or stroke during their lifetime, a new study says. The three conditions are among the leading causes of mortality and disability in the older population, with global costs estimated to be 2% of the annual world gross domestic product. “Usually we hear about heart disease and about cancer but for some reason there is less focus on these diseases,” said lead researcher Kamran Ikram, associate professor of neurology and epidemiology at Erasmus…

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There could be an EpiPen shortage in January

SEATTLE — It was late August. The parent on the other end of the phone was distraught.  She had just learned that she’d have to provide an EpiPen to the school where her first-grade son was enrolled – and was told by a pharmacist that none were available. The boy is allergic to shellfish. EpiPens deliver a dose of epinephrine to stop a life-threatening allergic attack if an allergen is inadvertently eaten. Without the injectors and a signed letter from the child’s doctor, the school wouldn’t allow him to attend. Dr.…

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Man killed by ‘brain-eating amoeba’ after swimming in Texas wave pool

WACO, Texas – A 29-year-old New Jersey man who had recently visited a Texas surf resort died after contracting what is commonly known as a “brain-eating amoeba.” Doctors diagnosed Fabrizio Stabile with Naegleria fowleri after he visited BSR Cable Park’s surf resort in Waco. The rare, devastating infection usually occurs in warm, fresh water, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “The CDC collected water samples and are currently investigating to find the source,” Kelly Craine, a Waco-McLennan County Public Health District spokesperson, told KBTX Sunday. “We hope…

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Less sleep associated with risky behavior in teens, study says

The amount a teenager sleeps is associated with how likely they are to engage in risky and suicidal behavior, says a new study. “Fewer hours of sleep on an average school night [is] associated with increased odds of all selected unsafe behaviors,” the authors wrote, including risk-taking while driving, such as drunk driving, potentially unsafe sexual activity, aggressive behavior, and use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. Participants’ sleep duration was categorized as eight hours or more, seven hours, six hours or less than six hours, then measured against high…

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Teens aren’t just smoking cannabis, study says — they’re eating and vaping it, too

Smoking isn’t the only way teens are using cannabis. According to a study published Friday in the medical journal JAMA Network Open, they are also vaping it or using edibles. The study surveyed 3,177 10th graders in southern California in 2015 and 1,077 reported ever using cannabis. It found that 61.7% of those who had used cannabis had tried at least two methods — combustible, edible or vaporized cannabis. Use of all three cannabis products was reported by 8.2% of those who’d used it. “We found that cannabis use was highly prevalent, but…

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Combined birth control may reduce ovarian cancer risk

Use of contemporary birth control pills, patches or rings that contain both estrogen and progestin was linked to a reduced risk for ovarian cancer in women of reproductive age, according to a new study published in the medical journal BMJ. The findings from the observational study backed up prior data that showed similar results with the use of older forms of oral birth control, widely used until the 1980s. “Based on our results, contemporary combined hormonal contraceptives are still associated with a reduced risk of ovarian cancer in women of reproductive age, with…

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Woman who posted a sign on car looking for donor now has a kidney

SAN DIEGO – After years of searching for a kidney, a California woman who found a donor by placing an ad on the back of her car is now recovering following successful transplant surgery. Teri Sampson, who has a rare genetic disorder and rare B-negative blood type, was having difficulty finding a compatible kidney because only 2 percent of the U.S. population matches that blood type. So, with time running out she put the information on the back of her car – and it paid off. Susan Fox saw the sign on…

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Richmond neighborhood to get medical cannabis oil dispensary

RICHMOND, Va. — A Maryland-based company has chosen South Richmond as the site of one of Virginia’s first medical cannabis oil dispensaries. Green Leaf Medical, which on Tuesday was awarded conditional approval for one of five coveted licenses from the Virginia Board of Pharmacy to open a medical cannabidiol (CBD) oil-processing facility, will be leasing 50,000 square feet in an undisclosed location in Manchester. The facility would house a growing operation and processing, as well as retail. It will produce oils that use one of the nonpsychoactive components of marijuana,…

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Woman’s search for kidney donor ends thanks to ad on her car

SAN DIEGO — Teri Sampson is now recovering following a successful kidney transplant surgery – and she got the chance to meet the woman who saved her life. Teri Sampson’s story began in 2017.  Sampson, who has a rare genetic disorder and rare type B-negative blood, was having difficulty finding a compatible kidney because only 2 percent of the U.S. population matches that blood type, according to KSWB. So, with time running out she put the information on the back of her car, and it paid off. Susan Fox saw the sign…

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