Self-inflicted injuries surge among tween and early teen girls

Emergency room visits for non-fatal, self-inflicted injuries surged in recent years among US girls and young women, especially those between the ages of 10 and 14, according to a new study. However, rates of self-harm among boys and young men between the ages of 10 and 24 remained stable throughout the years 2001 through 2015, the researchers said. “Suicide is preventable,” said Melissa C. Mercado, lead author of the study published Tuesday in JAMA and a behavioral scientist at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “These findings underscore the…

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Mom sentenced to prison in ‘senseless death’ of 7-year-old with strep throat

CALGARY, Alberta – A Canadian mother has been sentenced to three years in prison after failing to take her 7-year-old son to the doctor for a treatable strep throat infection, officials say. Tamara Lovett, 48, of Calgary, was found guilty in January of criminal negligence causing the death of her son, Ryan, who died in 2013. “Our children are vulnerable,” said Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Kristine Eidsvik, during Friday’s sentencing. “Lovett’s actions resulted in the senseless death of an innocent child who needed her protection.” According to CBC News,…

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Spit test may diagnose, predict duration of concussion in kids

A saliva test may someday be able to diagnose a concussion and predict how long symptoms last, according to a study published Monday in the JAMA Pediatrics. A concussion is one type of traumatic brain injury caused by a bump, blow or jolt to either the head or the body. Though not life-threatening, these injuries to the brain can be serious and cause symptoms of headache (or “pressure” in the head), nausea, vomiting, dizziness, balance problems, double or blurry vision, sluggishness, confusion, memory problems and difficulty concentrating. In their study, Penn State College of…

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Ex-NFL player confirmed as 1st case of CTE in living patient

Watch Video Researchers published, what they say is the first case of a living person identified with the degenerative brain disease, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. While unnamed in the study, lead author Dr. Bennet Omalu confirmed to CNN that the subject of the case was former NFL player, Fred McNeill — who died in 2015. Omalu is credited with first discovering CTE in professional football players. The only way to definitively diagnose the disease is with a brain exam after death. The discovery was first made in 2012 using…

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Should you wash pre-washed lettuce?

When you’re at the grocery store shopping for lettuce, are you willing to spend an extra dollar or two to buy a package that has been pre-washed? So if you buy pre-washed, should you still wash it? WITI Reporter Jenna Sachs visited seven grocery stores near Milwaukee and purchased 18 packages of lettuce. Eleven of the varieties purchased claimed to be pre-washed. The other seven lettuce products were not advertised as pre-washed. Sachs took the samples to Accelerated Analytical Lab to get them tested. “We are testing for the general presence…

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Deadly sugar addiction – why carbs, not fats, are the problem

ST. LOUIS — Some doctors say sugar may be the number one killer in America right now. That may sound like a stretch, but you can see why they make that claim. Diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and obesity can all be partially attributed to too much sugar. Mike Norton, 51, had been an athlete most of his life. He thought he was doing everything right with diet and exercise, but then he suffered a heart attack just over five years ago. “I consumed carbs all the time, not knowing that…

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Medicare officials seeking input on ways to cut drug costs for seniors

Noting that the true price of a drug is often hidden from consumers, Medicare officials requested comments late Thursday on how to use discounts and rebates to help decrease what enrollees pay for prescriptions. The proposal request, buried in hundreds of pages released Thursday, asked for public comment on how to share the rebates and discounts that are negotiated by manufacturers, pharmacists and insurers. Insurers and pharmacy benefit managers, or PBMs, administer Medicare’s Part D drug program and negotiate behind-the-scenes fees and discounts that are often hidden from public view.…

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Lil Peep death puts focus on addiction

Watch Video News of Lil Peep’s death shocked fans and ignited a new conversation about mental health and the opioid epidemic in America, which President Donald Trump declared a national public health emergency last month. The rapper, who was a rising star in the hip-hop and emo world, died overnight at the age of 21 ahead of a scheduled show in Tucson, Arizona on Wednesday after he was found unresponsive in his tour bus. “After speaking with people on scene and going into the tour bus (police) said that there…

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New York City parents petition for EpiPens in all schools after grilled cheese allergy death

NEW YORK, N.Y. — Thousands of New York City parents have signed a petition for city schools to require EpiPens on their campuses following the death of a toddler who had a deadly allergic reaction. EpiPens, the life-saving devices that stop an allergic reaction, are now top of mind for many parents of Head Start-Early Education age children since 3-year-old Elijah Silvera suffered a fatal dairy allergy reaction after someone at his Harlem school gave him a grilled cheese sandwich. Now there’s an online petition asking newly re-elected Mayor Bill…

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